Oka mayor apologizes to Kanesatake grand chief for inflammatory comments


Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillon has apologized to Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon for comments that led to tensions between between the two communities. Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillion, second from right, has apologized to Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon, second from left, for comments he made earlier this summer. (Ville de Québec) The …

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Emergency foster home with focus on Innu culture to open in Sheshatshiu


An emergency foster home to house children in care for short-term stays will soon open its doors in Sheshatshiu, Labrador. Janet Bellefleur, executive director of Shushepeshipan Ishpitentamun Mitshuap, says the foster home is another step toward keeping Innu children in their home communities. (Tyler Mugford/CBC) An emergency foster home to house children …

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Sixties Scoop survivors lament lack of support during compensation application process


Shayne Metraux, a Sixties Scoop adoptee who grew up in Winnipeg, has filled out the application for compensation but says he has been triggered by the personal experience option. Shayne Metraux was adopted when he was a baby. Without any supports around him, he says he has had difficulties finishing …

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God’s Lake First Nation calls state of emergency over suicide crisis


Manitoba A northern Manitoba First Nation has called a state of emergency in response to a rash of suicide attempts that left four young people dead. Chief reports 4 deaths and 22 attempts so far this summer CBC News · Posted: Aug 29, 2019 9:34 PM CT | Last Updated: …

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Some First Nations tighten membership criteria in response to Bill S-3’s extension of Indian status


Some First Nations are tightening their membership and residency codes against the thousands of people across Canada who could potentially gain Indian status as a result of recent changes to remove remaining sex-based discrimination from the Indian Act. Bill S-3 received royal assent over a year ago but some of its provisions aimed at …

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New MLAs need new vision to advance self-gov’t in N.W.T., leaders say


The territorial government has earned a reputation for hindering negotiations. Could a new assembly be any better? Former N.W.T. premier Stephen Kakfwi said ‘it was our government, it was my bureaucracy, my cabinet, that caused the most headaches and problems for everybody,’ in land claim negotiations. (Alyssa Mosher/CBC) Like assemblies …

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‘Time is running out,’ say ’60s Scoop advocates as deadline to apply for compensation approaches


As the deadline approaches to the year-long claims process for Canada’s settlement agreement with Sixties Scoop survivors, advocates are worried some adoptees will be left out. A handful of Sixties Scoop survivors in Montreal held a rally in March 2018 to raise awareness of Canada’s settlement – and their concerns …

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‘It was a bust’: Indigenous artists ’embarrassed’ after trade mission to Japan


Some Indigenous artists who travelled to Japan as part of an Indig Inc. trade mission, partly funded by a provincial grant, say the trip was “disastrous” and they lost thousands of dollars. The trade mission’s organizer acknowledges she made mistakes, but defends the mission. Cree fashion designer Agnes Woodward poses …

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Feds recognize Tse’K’wa, ancient cave north of Fort St. John, with national historic designation


The archaeological site and spiritual centre has greatly contributed to understanding the lives of early Canadians from as early as 12,500 years ago. Parks Canada says the historic cave site know as, Tse’K’wa, is providing researchers with an understanding of human settlement and environmental change from the last glacial period …

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Ottawa in talks to work out cannabis rules for First Nations territories


The federal government’s lead minister on the cannabis file has been in talks with First Nations leaders over how to carve out First Nations jurisdiction over the cannabis industry on their territories. Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair, left, listens as Isadore Day, CEO of Bimaadzwin, speaks while Pikwakanagan Chief …

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