Cabinet’s mandate, if fulfilled, could offer a lot for northerners


Expect to cross paths with a few federal cabinet ministers at the airport in Iqaluit this year. Mandate letters issued Friday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ministers of Northern Affairs, Indigenous Services and Crown-Indigenous Relations spelled out a number of specific commitments to Nunavut. They include the construction of a …

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New program aims to connect Indigenous children in care with their families, culture


North The Yukon government and Council of Yukon First Nations say they are working together on a new program that aims to reunite children in foster care with their families or, at the very least, their culture. Yukon government and CYFN say program will reduce number of Indigenous children in …

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Jody Wilson-Raybould is refusing to move out of her entire ministerial office suite


Jody Wilson-Raybould is refusing to vacate the entire suite of Parliament Hill offices she was assigned as a cabinet minister, despite the fact that she is now an Independent MP and is no longer entitled to the space. Wilson-Raybould and her small staff currently occupy a series of six offices …

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House passes motion calling on Ottawa to pay First Nations child welfare compensation ordered by tribunal


Indigenous The House of Commons passed a non-binding NDP motion Wednesday calling on the federal government to pay compensation to children and families affected by the on-reserve child welfare system, as ordered by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in September. Indigenous services minister says government has no plans to drop court challenge …

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FSIN chief offers to fight carbon tax — if Sask. premier helps him on First Nations child welfare


Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron called on Premier Scott Moe to help his organization on First Nations child welfare issues. If Moe agrees, Cameron said he’d help Moe fight the federal carbon tax, and that he’d also help Moe lobby for pipeline construction. At a Wednesday news conference, Federation …

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Hockey Nova Scotia forming task force after racial slurs hurled at teen player


A teenager from Whycocomagh, N.S., who says he faced racist taunts at a recent hockey game has been overwhelmed by the support he’s received — including from a former NHL player — as Hockey Nova Scotia forms a task force to help address discrimination. Logan Prosper says he hopes to inspire …

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‘We deserve to benefit from this land’: Squamish Nation votes for $3B housing project on its land


The Squamish Nation in B.C. voted last night to approve one of the largest real estate projects run by a First Nation in Canada. Janice George, hereditary chief of Sen̓áḵw, an area of Squamish land located near the south end of Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge, says the housing development will be …

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First Nation says Alberta premier is ‘killing’ proposed oilsands mine by failing to address concerns


While Alberta Premier Jason Kenney calls on the federal government to approve the Teck Frontier Mine — a proposed open-pit oilsands mine, the largest ever — one First Nation is accusing him of indirectly sabotaging the project by neglecting to address lingering environmental concerns. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks to …

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First Nations Leadership Council calls for immediate state of emergency over Big Bar landslide


First Nations leaders want all obstructions remaining from the landslide to be removed within the next 60 days. The rock slide narrowed the river, creating a five-metre waterfall that prevented many migrating salmon from getting through to their spawning grounds. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is …

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Plans being made to move Kashechewan, but not fast enough for frustrated flood-prone First Nation


Pushing through the brush and stepping over fallen trees, Stephane Friday looks around and smiles. “It’s my first time here,” says the 25-year-old from Kashechewan First Nation, about 30 km north of this stand of bush on the side of the Albany River.  “I’m just embracing it. Just looking at …

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