Day: September 4, 2017

Missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry to ask for more time

Open this photo in gallery: Michèle Audette, one of four commissioners on the inquiry, said the amount of extra time required has not yet been decided, but a one-year to two-year extension request is being contemplated. The commissioners at the helm of an inquiry examining why a disproportionate number of Indigenous women are killed or go missing in Canada will soon ask the federal government for more time to complete their probe. Michèle Audette, one of four commissioners on the inquiry, said the amount of extra time required has not yet been decided, but a one-year to two-year extension...

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Canada and Tsleil-Waututh Nation take steps to advance reconciliation with signing of Letter of Understanding

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and Chief Maureen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation signed a Letter of Understanding committing to renew and strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship and advance lasting reconciliation with Canada and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Canada and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation will now work towards developing an outline for an agreement that will set out the key components and priorities to support the negotiation of a nation-to-nation agreement. Quotes "The Government of Canada is committed to building a new relationship with Indigenous peoples – one built on the recognition of rights, respect,...

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Indigenous bureaucracy grows again

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jodie Wilson-Raybould mark National Aboriginal Day on Parliament Hill in 2016. (PMO) This week is Premier John Horgan’s first appearance at the B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering, an annual event established by former premier Christy Clark. The province pays expenses to bring together representatives from across the province for meetings in Vancouver. It’s commonly called the “all chiefs” meeting, including as many of B.C.’s 200-odd aboriginal communities as care to go. There will be plenty to talk about this week, from wildfire losses...

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Canada: Indigenous And Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Portfolio To Be Split, In Initial Step Towards Ending The Indian Act And Accelerating The Move To Self-Government

On August 28, 2017, the Federal Government announced a cabinet shuffle that includes plans to split the current Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) into two distinct Departments: (1) Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs and (2) Indigenous Services. The new Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations will be led by the former INAC Minister Carolyn Bennett and in essence will “guide the Government’s forward-looking and transformative work to create a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples.” The new Department will be tasked with improving “nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationships, to accelerate self-government and self-determination agreements based on new policies, laws and operational practices, and to develop a framework to advance a recognition of rights approach”. Accordingly, the Department will likely deal with matters that currently fall within the Treaties and Aboriginal Government section of INAC, such as the negotiation of land claims/modern treaties, sector specific self-government agreements (i.e. in education, health-care etc.), and specific claims, treaty implementation, and the government’s overall policy and approach to consultation and accommodation. It is likely that the current Policy and Strategy Direction division or at least a large portion of it would also fall under this new department, which would include management of most of the government’s extensive portfolio of Aboriginal litigation (shared with the Department of Justice), coordination with provincial governments on Indigenous issues, and the current reconciliation secretariat. The new Department of...

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All aboard: What it’s like for Inuit taking part in Nunavik health study

(Yves Choquette) Roughly 2,000 Inuit from all 14 Nunavik communities are now taking part in the Qanuilirpitaa? 2017 health study . Qanuilirpitaa? means ‘How are we’ in Inuktitut. It’s happening 15 years after a similar study highlighted a number of health and food security issues for people in the area. (Yves Choquette) People like Philip Nunga, 65, in Inukjuak, donned life jackets for the trip. Participants in the survey will be clinically tested for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. (Yves Choquette) Participants can shelter from the wind on a barge that ferries them to the CCGS Amundsen....

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