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Toronto Sun

'The Great Game' that betrays Canada's First Nations
Toronto Sun
There are many legitimate issues facing First Nations communities today that will require a firm and consistent political will to resolve. The incarceration rate of Indigenous people is a national shame and youth suicide on reserves a national crisis ...


Macleans.ca

How Indigenous Canadians are reclaiming lacrosse
Macleans.ca
Comyn Jamieson, 3, trains with his lacrosse team every week in the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Ontario. In the locker room, he gets dressed in rib guards, ... a shot at scholarships to college and university. Beginning with the youngest ...


BCBusiness

Have energy companies made secret deals with BC First Nations leaders?
BCBusiness
In its landmark 1997 Delgamuukw decision, the Supreme Court of Canada defined aboriginal rights as communal in nature, meaning that all members of a First Nation should have a say. So when news of a confidential deal breaks, it's common for community ...

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Wiarton Echo

Saugeen Ojibway Nation celebrates court decision
Wiarton Echo
In a celebration of a recent decision from the Superior Court, First Nation members took part in opening prayers and smudge for those in attendance and the Chiefs, at Point Farms Provincial Park in Goderich, July 20. Photo by Kathleen Smith/Goderich ...

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Canada: Ontario Court Overturns Quarry Licence Due To Government Failure To Adequately Consult First Nations
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)
In Haida Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests) (Haida Nation) the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) provided a framework for the government's duty to consult and accommodate the rights and claims of First Nations. The SCC held that this duty ...

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Winnipeg Sun

Feds should revamp First Nations tax exemptions
Winnipeg Sun
First Nations and Indigenous issues draw $20 billion a year from our federal and provincial governments. It's likely increases will be ... Prince Edward Island reported $1.1-million worth of provincial tobacco tax exemptions, despite having only 765 ...


Nunatsiaq News

Inuit, Indigenous groups snub premiers' meeting
Nunatsiaq News
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed speaks during a Toronto press conference July 17, flanked by Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, left, and Clément Chartier, leader of the Métis Nation. (PHOTO COURTESY ITK).

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MetroNews Canada

Athletes fly the Pikangikum First Nation flag proudly at NAIG
MetroNews Canada
TORONTO — Before hopping the overnight bus from Thunder Bay, Ont., to the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto, Lilly Kejick and Tyra King grabbed the green and blue flag from the high school flag pole in Pikangikum First Nation. ... Even as ...

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CBC.ca

'Imperative' that axed court workers return to Watson Lake, says chief
CBC.ca
First Nation chief decries cuts. The Liard First Nation's new chief George Morgan said cutting court support workers is unacceptable. "First Nations people come into contact with the justice system at six times the national average," Morgan said. Liard ...


VICE News

Incomplete picture
VICE News
Canada does not have a complete picture of the suicide crisis among Indigenous communities, with neither the federal government nor the largest organization representing First Nations keeping track. And while Canada's health minister says it would be ...


The Sydney Morning Herald

Activist Sarain Carson-Fox on finding hope for troubled indigenous communities
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Canadian First Nations activist, television presenter and dancer wanted to show the new leader the problems facing the Shoal Lake 40 community in Ontario, including an epidemic of youth suicide. "What many people don't know is that part of the ...

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Indigenous groups won't meet provinces under current rules: Inuit leader
National Post
Three of Canada's main aboriginal organizations chose not to attend a meeting with the premiers on Monday before the leaders convened for their annual summer gathering. Those sitting out included Obed's group, the Assembly of First Nations and the ...

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The Guardian

TOP STORIES-UPDATED: Sears sales to begin, Trudeau in Halifax pride parade
The Guardian
The premiers met with a reduced group of Indigenous leaders in Edmonton on Monday even though three national bodies boycotted the event. The heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council said their ...

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National Observer

Premiers forge ahead with Indigenous meeting despite boycott by three groups
National Observer
Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said Canada's Indigenous Peoples are not just another special interest group and won't stand to be treated as such. "We're not ethnic minorities. We are Indigenous Peoples with the ...

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Globalnews.ca

Premiers forge ahead with Indigenous meeting despite boycott by 3 groups
Globalnews.ca
Canada's premiers met with a reduced group of Indigenous leaders Monday after three national bodies – including the Assembly of First Nations – boycotted the event. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said work was done discussing issues such as the ...

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CBC.ca

Boycott of premiers' meeting by Indigenous groups unfortunate, Notley says
CBC.ca
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Monday it was "unfortunate" three of the five national Indigenous groups invited to meet with Canada's premiers chose to boycott the meeting. The Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis ...

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Huffington Post Canada

Indigenous Groups Ditch Premiers Meet, Ask For Seat At The Table Instead
Huffington Post Canada
Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press The Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed and Metis NationpPresident Clement Chartier speak about Indigenous peoples' participation in ...

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Burnaby Now

Burnaby Village explores Indigenous history
Burnaby Now
“Before at the Burnaby Village Museum, we just didn't talk about First Nation history in Burnaby, and we really wanted to change that,” she says. “So our first step was really reaching out and talking to local First Nations – Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil ...


CBC.ca

Indigenous leaders boycott 'segregated' premiers meeting in Edmonton
CBC.ca
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed and Métis National Council President Clément Chartier told reporters in Toronto that the current format subjugates Indigenous issues, because ...

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CBC.ca

First Nations group will join premiers meeting despite boycott from others
CBC.ca
A First Nations group is refusing to join a boycott against meeting Canada's premiers Monday morning. "We are always there to make sure we're working just as hard for our constituents," Robert Bertrand, national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal ...

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Yahoo News Canada (blog)

What is the significance of acknowledging the Indigenous land we stand on?
Yahoo News Canada (blog)
It's a tradition that has dated back centuries for Indigenous people, but for many non-Indigenous Canadians, officially recognizing the territory or lands we stand on is a fairly new concept. ... "We honour and thank the Huron-Wendat Nation, Metis ...

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The Sudbury Star

Charges point to police-indigenous tensions
The Sudbury Star
The family of a First Nations woman who died in police custody in Ontario says her death is part of larger widespread tensions between police and indigenous communities. Relatives of Debra Chrisjohn say they still have questions about what happened to ...

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Times Colonist

Snuneymuxw seek role in managing Nanaimo Harbour
Times Colonist
The Snuneymuxw First Nation wants a key role in managing Nanaimo Harbour and is taking the call straight to the federal government, which committed Friday to improve on its partnerships with Aboriginal Peoples. “The port authority model is ... the ...


Edmonton Journal

Indigenous groups boycott Edmonton meeting with premiers
Edmonton Journal
The Edmonton event was expected to be no different, but on Friday the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and the Métis Nation issued a joint statement saying they will instead be addressing reporters in Toronto. Isadore Day ...

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The Globe and Mail

The roots of the Indigenous Games
The Globe and Mail
They will arrive by different routes, over thousands of kilometres, with one goal: To be among the 5,000 athletes competing in the largest sporting and cultural gathering of First Nations Peoples on the continent. Among them is golfer ... The federal ...

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News1130

Aboriginal groups pull out of premiers meeting: AFN official
News1130
Isadore Day, Ontario chief with the Assembly of First Nations, says he supports the decision by leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, the Metis National Council and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami not to attend the meeting on Monday, the day before the ...

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AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says First Nations Must Be Directly Involved in Any Policies or Legislation ...
Canada NewsWire (press release)
OTTAWA, July 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde responded to the "Principles Respecting Canada's Relationship with Indigenous Peoples" released today by the federal Minister of Justice, the Honourable Jody ...

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CBC.ca

Indigenous leaders to boycott Monday's meeting with premiers
CBC.ca
Three Indigenous groups will boycott their meeting with Canada's premiers on Monday in Edmonton. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the Métis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) told CBC News they're backing out of the meeting because ...

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Smithsonian

See Canada Through Fresh Eyes on a First Nations Tour
Smithsonian
But B.C. is a complex place, especially when it comes to its aboriginal communities. With a population of just over 4.5 million, the province is home to around 230,000 aboriginal people from 203 different First Nations, who among them speak 34 ...


The Globe and Mail

Globe editorial: Indigenous youths keep taking their own lives, and we keep looking away
The Globe and Mail
“I believe and see evidence that the great fundamental problem lies with the 'apartheid' system into which Aboriginals have been thrust for 150 years or more,” he wrote. The treatment of First Nations in Canada is nothing short of a national shame. But ...

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