Infrastructure in Ontario’s far north more at risk due to more frequent, intense wildfires, experts say


Wildfire experts say vital infrastructure that criss-crosses Ontario’s far north, like power lines and telecommunications corridors, will be more at risk to damage or destruction in forest fires as blazes will become more frequent and intense. Forest fires will put infrastructure like roads, power lines and telecommunications corridors at greater …

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B.C. First Nation has change of heart, now opposes Trans Mountain pipeline project


A First Nation that was once in full support of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is now standing in opposition, at least until it feels confident the project won’t destroy one of their ancient villages. The Shxwowhamel First Nation’s lawyer Merle Alexander says the First Nation has a strong case to …

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Dehcho First Nations put land issues aside — for now — in land-claim talks with Ottawa, N.W.T.


The Dehcho First Nations are trying new negotiation tactics in their decades-old land claim process as they seek to break the stalemate that’s developed between themselves, Ottawa and the Northwest Territories. Grand Chief Gladys Norwegian of the Dehcho First Nations says negotiations, for now, will focus on education, health, governance …

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Community-led agenda outlined in Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health strategy


Rather than focusing on specific diseases, the national Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health strategy will examine the underlying factors that influence wellness and resilience in Indigenous communities, looking at things including Indigenous self-determination and environmental factors. Carrie Bourassa, the scientific director at the national Institute for Indigenous Peoples’ Health at …

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First Nations, first-hand art: a look at Yukon artists rebuilding their culture


Each summer, the Yukon is a hotspot for festivals that showcase Indigenous art — with one of the biggest being this weekend’s Adaka Festival. Jennifer Liu looks at First Nations artists drawing on their traditions to rebuild their cultural identities. The Selkirk Spirit Dancers perform at last year’s Moosehide Gathering Cultural Celebration, held near …

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Ottawa signs self-government agreements with Métis Nation in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan


The federal Liberal government signed self-government agreements with the Métis Nation of Ontario, Métis Nation of Alberta and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan on Thursday — the first-ever such agreements with Métis governments. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks at the annual Crown-Metis Nation Summit in Ottawa on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) The federal Liberal government signed self-government …

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New B.C. care plan for mental health and addictions aimed at young people


The B.C. government has released their 10-year plan to better address mental health and addictions care in the province including $10 million to fund low-cost counselling. B.C. Premier John Horgan reveals the province’s 10-year plan for mental health and addictions care at Mountainside Secondary school in North Vancouver on Wednesday. …

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Wood Buffalo needs consistent counsellors for Indigenous populations, researcher says


Indigenous communities in the Wood Buffalo region need full-time mental health support, instead of fly-in, fly-out counsellors, according to research out of the University of Alberta. Forum participants discussed gaps in the mental health care system, and how they can be filled. (Jamie Malbeuf/CBC) Indigenous communities in the Wood Buffalo …

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‘We don’t want another 30 years of dictatorship’: First Nation unites to oust ‘lifetime’ chief


About 30 members of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen met outside the locked gates of a half-built community centre last week to topple Chief Edward Machimity, who has gripped the reins of power in the northern Ontario community for more than 30 years. However, Machimity still refuses to step down. …

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Indigenous-language speakers from around the world gather in Victoria for revitalization conference


Let the Languages Live conference brings together 1,000 delegates from 20 countries with the aim of revitalizing Indigenous languages. Indigenous language educator Ethel Gardner at Crystal Gardens in Victoria on Monday. (Chad Hipolito/THE CANADIAN PRESS) Sto:lo Nation educator Ethel Gardner is confident that the fate of the Coast Salish language …

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