New funding announced for Indigenous addictions treatment facility near Edmonton


Edmonton The Alberta Government has an announced new funding for an Indigenous addictions treatment facility northwest of Edmonton. Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centres in Sturgeon County will receive extra $1.4M per year over 3 years CBC News · Posted: Dec 04, 2019 5:16 PM MT | Last Updated: December 5 The Alberta government …

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Ottawa failed to work with First Nations to prepare for new child welfare law, says AFN national chief


Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says Ottawa has failed to work with First Nations to prepare for a new Indigenous child welfare law coming into force Jan. 1, 2020, according to a letter sent to Indigenous Services Marc Miller Wednesday. National Chief Perry Bellegarde returns to his seat …

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‘A chance to see who we really are’: Six Nations builds own stock image library


One woman in Six Nations of the Grand River says there’s a severe lack of Indigenous representation in most stock imagery available online, and she’s excited to now work for a company that’s building its own image library for community use — “it gives people a chance to see who we …

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Trudeau government moving forward on UNDRIP legislation, says minister


The Justin Trudeau Liberal government is moving forward with proposed federal legislation on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).and is aiming to pass it by the end of 2020, according to two cabinet ministers. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said Trudeau government is moving ahead with legislation …

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Mother ‘livid’ after learning children’s personal info may have been exposed in cyberattack


A mother of three foster children says she wasn’t told their personal information could be at risk until a week after a cyberattack on the child welfare authority responsible for them. The Southern First Nations Network of Care was the victim of a Nov. 21 cyberattack, which has rendered its entire internal …

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Nechi Institute lease terminated to make room for more addiction treatment


The Nechi Institute will have to find a new home since the Alberta government is terminating its lease at Poundmaker’s Lodge as of March 31, 2020. A letter from Alberta Infrastructure states the government is terminating its lease with the Nechi Institute as of March 21, 2020. (Google) The Nechi …

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Amid uncertainty, Manitoba First Nations, Métis communities consider control of child welfare services


Multiple Manitoba Indigenous communities are mulling a move to take authority over their child welfare systems when a federal law takes effect next month, even as leaders voice concerns about uncertainty surrounding the process.  ‘There’s lots of hypotheticals’ surrounding Bill C-92, says Southern Chiefs’ Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. The …

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Talks to start soon on settling First Nations child welfare compensation, minister tells AFN


Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the government has started to lay the groundwork for compensating First Nations children harmed by the on-reserve child welfare system. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller speaks at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa on Tuesday. He told the assembly that Ottawa is moving …

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Ignoring all those inconvenient traditional and unceded Indigenous rights: Neil Macdonald


Despite its gushing declarations of support for Indigenous people, the government is defying an order to compensate thousands of families for discrimination. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to supporters as Marc Miller, now the Minister of Indigenous Services, looks on during a Liberal Party fundraising event in June. The government …

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First batch of recipients named for Order of Yukon


North Former commissioners, Indigenous elders, and land claim negotiators will be among the first recipients of the Order of Yukon. Former commissioners, First Nations chiefs among the 10 named to territory’s highest honour CBC News · Posted: Dec 02, 2019 8:00 AM CT | Last Updated: December 2 Rolf Hougen, Judy …

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