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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Moose Cree First Nation gets $100,000 for food co-op feasibility study


Moose Cree First Nation has received $100,000 from the province’s Indigenous Economic Development Fund to do a feasibility study on setting up its own food co-op. Moose Cree First Nation has received $100,000 from the province’s Indigenous Economic Development Fund for a food co-op feasibility study. (www.moosecree.com) If you live …

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Adopted at birth: one woman’s decades-long search for her Indigenous family


A woman adopted by a Vancouver family spent more than 30 years tracking down her birth parents. She overcame family resistance to finally uncover her connection to the west coast Penelakut Tribe. Sally Hart sits on the front porch of her home on Vancouver Island with a photo taken by …

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A life of fighting monsters leaves coyote battling PTSD in new Indigenous tale


Blue Coyote sheds light on mental health issues while also incorporating the First Nation’s language nsyilxcən. ‘Blue Coyote’ is a new book published by the Okanagan Nation Alliance. (Billie Jo Kruger) A new book teaches about mental health issues with Indigenous storytelling, incorporating the Okanagan language nsyilxcən.  In Blue Coyote, interdisciplinary artist Billie …

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Your gift guide to supporting Indigenous artists and businesses this holiday season


Helping support Indigenous businesses, artists and crafters around the holidays is easy according these artists and advocates. It’s as simple as “buy stuff,” says Inuk artist Jason Sikoak. Cory Hunlin, a two-spirit artist and photographer, sold out of most of his beaded earrings at a pop-up market in Montreal last …

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Supreme Court says companies must pay for Grassy Narrows mill-site maintenance


Two forest-product companies are on the hook for looking after a mercury-contaminated site near Ontario’s Grassy Narrows First Nation, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. The Ontario government has been trying to get two former owners of a pulp mill in Dryden, Ont., to pay for ongoing monitoring at …

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Students in southwestern Ontario are singing ‘O Canada’ in Ojibway


Grade 2 students and the school choir at McNaughton Avenue Public School have learned to sing ‘O Canada’ in the Ojibwe language. 1:01 While most schools across the country begin their days with the singing of the national anthem in English or French, some students in Southwestern Ontario are learning the anthem a …

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What to expect from today’s speech from the throne


Amanda Alvaro, Tim Powers, Daniel Turp, Kathleen Monk and Chris Hall discuss the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons and the throne speech. 6:53 The Liberal government will lay out its priorities for its second term in office in the throne speech today — a chance for …

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