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Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports

The TRC released its final report on December 15th, 2015.  Here is a link to Mr. Justice Sinclair's report:  http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=890

 

April 21, 2018:  Why so few people on Six Nations reserve have clean running water

Few households have running water on reserve, a 30 minutes drive away from Hamilton.  Read more at CBC's Out in the Open.     

April 28, 2018:  Manitoba chief to make bid for AFN's top job

Sheila North to challenge current leader Perry Bellegarde to head Canada's largest Indigenous advocacy group.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.    

March 16, 2018:  First Nation schools are taking students back to the land

In a growing number of reserves, Indigenous educators are taking children out of the classroom to steep them in nature and tradition.  Read more at the Globe and Mail 

March 1, 2018:  Elliott Lake partners with 3 First Nations to run provincial park

Three northern Ontario First Nations are partnering with the City of Elliot Lake to operate a provincial park.  The Mississagi Provincial Park Commission is being formed by Sagamok, Serpent River and Mississauga First Nations, in partnership with the City.  The City has operated the 49 square kilometre park since 2014 when it was declared non-operating after provincial budget cuts.  Read more at CBC News.    

February 28, 2018:  New report finds critical gap in data about Toronto's urban Indigenous community

The report titled Our Health Counts Toronto compiles research and data about Toronto's urban Indigenous communities and will provide new insights into the health and health services needs of urban Indigenous people.  Read more at CBC News.    

February 26, 2018:  Ryerson University to help remote First Nation grappling with youth suicide

Ryerson University students will raise money for a remote Ontario First Nation grappling with overcrowded homes and youth suicide.   The fundraising is dedicated to the youth of Nibinamik First Nation, or summer Beaver, a community of about 400 people.  Note:  this is one of the FN communities that will be receiving hockey equipment from the Etobicoke-Palgrave First Nations hockey drive this year.  Read more at the The Star. 

February 11, 2018:  Ontario's First Habitat Home on Reserve Land Built

NEYAASHIINIGMIING - Keys to Ontario’s first Habitat for Humanity home built on First Nation land were handed to a smiling and grateful Donna Akiwenzie Saturday.  Over the last 11 years Habitat for Humanity has built 170 homes for indigenous people, on and off reserve, but this is the first home built on reserve land in Ontario.  Read more at the Owen Sound Sun Times. 

January 25, 2018:  A Special Edition of CBC's The Current In Care and In Crisis:  Canada's Indigenous Child Welfare Emergency

"A humanitarian crisis."  That's what Jane Philpott, the minister of Indigenous services, has called the emergency gripping the foster care system.  Today, The Current is dedicating our episode to the issue.  Listen to the full episode or read the transcript at CBC Radio. 

January 22, 2018:  Excavating Canada's past with a newly critical eye

As reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous peoples grinds ahead, Canadian archeologists are motivated and well placed to show a way forward.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.

December 27, 2017:  Six Natural Resource Projects That Got It Right in 2017 

DeSmog Canada wants to recognize the people and organizations that go out of their way to do development right--those that build their plans around meaningful consultation with Indigenous peoples, minimize environmental harms and raise the bars for their industries.  Read more at DeSmog Canada.

January 9, 2018:  Ottawa moving to exonerate First Nations chief convicted of treason

The federal government is preparing to exonerate Chief Poundmaker who was wrongly convicted of treason in 1885.  Restoring his honour has been a long-standing crusade for some members of the Saskatchewan First Nation that bears his name. Read more at the Globe and Mail.

January 5, 2018:  Indigenous Canadians heavily involved in renewables sector

Canada's electricity sector is in the throes of dramatic transformation and is creating opportunity for Indigenous communities seeking to tap the country's renewable energy potential.  Read the Corporate Knights article.

January 2, 2018:  Canada considers practical demands of U.N. Declaration on Indigenous Rights

America Magazine article about Private Member Bill C-262, an Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, introduced by Romeo Saganash, NDP MP for Abitibi - Baie-James - Nunavik - Eeyou.  Read the America article.

December 19, 2017:  Ontario Expanding Early Years Programming in over 40 First Nations

The Government of Ontario is expanding culturally relevent child and family programs for more than 1800 children and their families in over 40 First Nation communities across the province.  Read more here

December 11, 2017:  Canada, Ontario and Métis Nation of Ontario Sign Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation

The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario ... have achieved a major milestone today with the signing of an historic framework agreement.  Read the Newswire article.

December 8, 2017:  Inuit seek full management of Tallurutiup Imanga, Canada’s largest protected area | Toronto Star

As Canada prepares to establish Tallurutiup Imanga, which covers the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, the chief negotiator impact and benefit agreement Sandra Inutiq said "What we're envisioning is for Inuit to fully manage and control the conservation area."  Read more at the Toronto Star.

November 23, 2017:  Inuit in Canada and Greenland want to co-manage open seas

The tip of Baffin Bay that lies between the Inuit of western Greenland and their relatives in Canada is called the Pikialasorsuaq and is a stretch of open water teeming with the wildlife that has been the staple of their diet for thousands of years.  Along the northern edge of the Pikialasorsuaq is an ice bridge which is becoming less stable due to climate change, tourism and industrial development.  It is an ecological transformation that could eventually deprive the Inuit of both countries of their traditional way of life and their connection with each other.  So they have decided to do something about it.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.  

November 10, 2017:  Senate passes Indian Act amendment after standoff with House

An amended bill that aims to rid the Indian Act of all its sexist elements has been approved by the Senate despite senators' expressed concern that the government has given no timeline for removing one of the most contentious areas of discrimination.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.  

November 9, 2017:  Senators urged to ensure sexism completely removed from Indian Act

Senators who praised the government for amending legislation to rid the Indian Act of sexism are being urged to obtain assurances that the 141-year old law will be purged of provisions that make it more difficult for women than for men to pass their Indian status to their descendants.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.

November 6, 2017:  Ontario Marks 2nd Annual Treaties Recognition Week

Ontario is marking the 2nd annual Treaties Recognition Week by honouring the importance of treaties and helping people learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships.  Read more at Ontario Newsroom.

October 11, 2017:  Indigenous communities embracing clean energy, creating thousands of jobs

An increasing number of indigenous communities are becoming partners in renewable energy projects in Canada and creating thousands of jobs as they do it.  A new national survey shows nearly one-fifth of the country's power is provided by facilities fully or partly owned and run by Indigenous communities.  Read more at CBC News.

October 10, 2017:  Indigenous knowledge paints portrait of transformation in the Mackenzie River basin

A sweeping survey of traditional knowledge from the Mackenzie Basin reveals Canada's largest watershed in the midst of a rapid and uncertain transformation, Ivan Semeniuk reports.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.

August 7, 2017:  How tiny remote Haida Gwaii taught a lesson on achieving Indigenous sovereignty

The Indigenous band on the northern B.C. coast organized, lobbied and blockaded to gain control from governments and logging companies.  Read more at the Toronto Star.

July 24, 2017:  Health summit to be held in remote Ontario First Nation facing suicide crisis

A health summit will be held this fall in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a collection of remote northern Ontario reserves beset by a youth suicide crisis and a perpetual lack of decent medical care.  Read more at The Globe and Mail.

 

July 24, 2017:  Province, feds agree to transform health care for 49 Ontario First Nations

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler met with the federal and Ontario health ministers to sign an agreement to fix a health system that has failed for decades to stop recurring crises and service gaps in First Nations across northern Ontario.  Read more at The Toronto Star.

 

July 24, 2017:  Senator Murray Sinclair to investigate Thunder Bay Police Services Board

Senator Murray Sinclair will investigate the troubled state of policing in Thunder Bay, heading up an Ontario Civilian Police Commission probe into the conduct of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.  Read more at The Globe and Mail.

 

July 20, 2017:  In lacrosse's birthplace, Indigenous women get their chance to compete

Among Indigenous communities, lacrosse has traditionally been something only men participated in.  But in the sport's mecca, five teams of women are blazing a new trail at the North American Indigenous Games.  Read more at The Globe and Mail.

 

July 18, 2017:  Canada committed to improving mental health in Indigenous communities

By Jane Philpott, Federal Minister of Health.  Preventing suicide requires achieving social equity.  We have already taken important steps by investing in key social determinants of health, such as housing, education and the environment.  While these are first steps, our intent is to continue investing in all areas in pursuit of social equity.  Read more at The Star.

 

June 26, 2017:  Indigenous software-testing company

Indigenous software-testing company offers skills and jobs in New Brunswick.  Read more at The Globe and Mail.

 

June 24, 2017:  Hope for Marleah

In northern Ontario, an indigenous student finds hope with a coach in her corner.  Read more at The Globe and Mail.

 

June 20, 2017:  Massey College chapel designated Canada's third Chapel Royal

St. Catherine's Chapel at Massey College was designated Canada's 3rd Chapel Royal.  This designation was created through a collaboration between the Crown, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and Massey College as a gesture of reconciliation.  Read more at The Star.

 

June 7, 2017:  News Release from Ontario Government - More Educational Opportunities for Indigenous Students

Ontario is working with Aboriginal Institutes to give more Indigenous students access to culturally appropriate postsecondary education and training opportunities across the province.  Read more at Ontario Newsroom

 

May 5, 2017:  Harvard program aims to equip Indigenous communities with keys to financial success

This week Harvard Business School launched its first annual Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities program, which set out to equip professionals from First Nations and native-American communities with new ideas for managing their businesses and resources.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.

 

April 6, 2017:  Ottawa plans overhaul of assessment process for resource projects

The Liberal government is planning overhaul its environmental-assessment regime for major development projects to give more decision-making power to Indigenous Canadians, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.

 

March 19, 2017:  Canadian Maggie MacDonnell wins $1-million Global Teacher Prize

Ms. MacDonnell has been teaching at Ikusik High School in Salluit for six years.  Salluit is the 2nd northernmost Inuit community in Quebec, with a population of just over 1,300.  She hopes to start an environmental stewardship program for northern youth with the prize money.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.

 

March 15, 2017:  Ottawa lags on TRC pledges, Sinclair says

The Liberal government has made a lot of promises on reconciliation between Canada's indigenous peoples and the rest of the country. ... Carolyn Bennett, the Indigenous Affairs Minister, said Canadians are understandably "impatient" to meet the calls to action.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.

 

February 24, 2017:  The trouble behind Canada's failed First Nations water plants

Behind every failed First Nations water plant is an unfortunate story.  The Globe and Mail's ongoing research into First Nations water systems has revealed that a significant number of INAC-funded projects did not last as long as expected.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.

 

February 23, 2017:  Indigenous Affairs Minister confident about improving water quality on reserves

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett is confident she can keep her promise to end boil-water advisories on reserves within 4 years, even though a third of the water systems are at risk of failing and the number of advisories has dropped only slightly since 2015.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.

 

February 15, 2017:  The time for indigenous-corporate partnerships is now

All Canadians wonder whether they will be better off in a year's time or whether our economic relationship with the United States will meet new and unexpected challenges.  One solution to our ongoing economic uncertainty in Canada is to target, grow and amplify our partnerships between indigenous corporations and corporate Canada to accelerate employment, business and community investment.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.

 

February 15, 2017:  Lawyers who overcharged in residential school cases have fees reduced

Lawyers for more than 2,000 people who say they were physically or sexually assaulted as children at Indian residential schools have seen their fees reduced by adjudicators who determined that they overcharged their clients, the federal government, or both ... Read more at the Globe and Mail.

 

February 14, 2017:  Ontario Judge Sides with Sixties Scoop Survivors

After a legal battle that lasted nearly a decade, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba ruled that Ottawa is liable to thousands of Ontario natives who were removed from their communities ... Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett said she had no intention of appealing the Ontario ruling.  Read more at the Globe and Mail.       

 

February 14, 2017:  Road to truth and reconciliation paved with poetry, song and sharing in Oakville

"It won't be government and it won't be soldiers who decide our future", said Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.  "It will be the arts."  Read more at insidehalton.com.

 

February 12, 2017:  Hockey Equipment & the Stanley Cup Arrive in Sandy Lake FN

Recently, the Rotary Clubs of Palgrave & Etobicoke partnered together to collect hockey equipment to send to remote FN communities in northern Ontario.  Over 18 tonnes of equipment were donated, enough equipment to support hockey in 6 First Nation communities.  Check out this news clip from CBC about the delivery to one of the FN communities, Sandy Lake.  CBC Morning Live - Sandy Lake FN

 

February 10, 2017:  Ottawa backs off request for delay in Sixties Scoop judgement

The federal Justice Department has rescinded its request to delay the judgement in an 8 year old legal case initiated by indigenous people who say they were deprived of their cultural identity when they were removed as children from their homes on reserves and placed with white families. ... read more at the Globe and Mail

 

February 9, 2017:  Call to stall 'Scoop' case decried

Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, says the government "believes that dialogue, rather than litigation, is the preferred route for resolving these issues and to right these horrible wrongs". ... read more at the Globe and Mail.

 

January 24, 2017:  Judge gives Ottawa more time to fix part of Indian Act declared discriminatory

A Quebec judge has reluctantly granted the federal government additional months to change sections of the Indian Act ... read more at the Globe and Mail.

 

January 10, 2017:  Mountains of Hockey Gear for First Nations kids

Collected as part of Rotary Etobicoke's 2nd annual hockey equipment drive, the donated gear for children and youth weighed in at more than 18 tonnes ... read more at https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/01/09/mountains-of-hockey-gear-donated-for-first-nations-kids.html  

 

December 27, 2016:  Growing indigenous population reshaping cities across the country

In the biggest cities on the prairies, and in smaller northern centres close to First Nations reserves, an indigenous population is growing in size and political influence ... read more at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/growing-indigenous-population-reshaping-cities-across-the-country/article33436120/?utm_source=Shared+Article+Sent+to+User&utm_medium=E-mail:+Newsletters+/+E-Blasts+/+etc.&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links.

 

December 26, 2016:  Students Learn Indigenous History by Reenacting Colonization in Blanket Exercise

KAIROS blanket exercise teaches aboriginal past, led by an elder, session reveals indigenous history ... read more at https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/12/26/students-learn-indigenous-history-by-reenacting-colonization-in-unique-blanket-exercise.html.

 

December 6, 2016:  Listening Stones - The FNMI-Focused Collaborative Inquiry by SD Dion Consulting

This research report titled Listening Stone Year Two: Deliberate Inquiry, Complex Questions, Deep Learning provides documentation, assessment and analysis of and recommendations for year two of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Focused Collaborative Inquiry Initiative (FNMI CI). The report is informed by the voices of FNMI community members and Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators who participated in the initiative.  Building on year one of the FNMI CI, year two of the inquiry expanded from fifteen to include twenty-two District School Boards (DSBs). The primary goal of the inquiry is to improve FNMI student achievement and well-being. The Leadership and Implementation, Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, Student Achievement Division, of the Ontario Ministry of Education provided direction and support to the 22 DSBs that participated in the Initiative. Boards were asked to invite the participation of Collaborative Inquiry (CI) Teams from schools where there are high numbers of self-identified FNMI students who are facing academic and/or engagement challenges; local FNMI community partners were also invited to participate. Read the report at http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/downloads/Listening_Stone/Code_Report%20_%20Listening_Stone-Year_2-2014_15.pdf.

 

November 17, 2016:  Laurier Brantford - Reconciliation Lecture Series - Lecture by Bob Rae

Here are two articles about a lecture by Bob Rae; this is the 2nd lecture in the Reconciliation Lecture Series sponsored by Friends & Neighbours in partnership with Laurier Brantford.  The first article is from Brant News:  reconciliation means letting go of European myths of superiority ... http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/6972509-reconciliation-means-letting-go-of-european-myths-of-superiority/.  The second article is from The Brantford Expositor: healing needs journey of discovery ...  http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2016/11/17/healing-needs-journey-of-discovery.

 

November 8, 2016:  Six Nations Polytechnic gets $5M federal grant

A $5 million grant as Ottawa's portion from a joint federal-provincial fund will go to the Brantford campus of Six Nations Polytechnic to offer students the latest training for jobs ... read more at http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2016/11/08/six-nations-polytechnic-gets-5m-federal-grant   

 

November 7, 2016:  DAREarts works with Marten Falls [Ogoki Post] FN

Canadian charity DAREarts, in partnership with the Stratford Festival, is empowering indigenous youth aged 11 to 14 using the arts ... DAREarts works with Marten Falls (Ogoki Post) FN to empower their youth   

 

November 7, 2016:  Treaties Recognition Week

November 6 to 12 is Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario.  Stay tuned all week for facts about treaties in Ontario ...  http://ontario.ca/treaties   

 

November 6, 2016:  Rise in Census Participation from Indigenous Communities in Canada

Fewer communities opting out of enumeration process as recognition grows of its importance as tool for planning ... Read this on The Globe and Mail 

 

October 23, 2016:  CBC Arts, Gord Downie's The Secret Path

In collaboration with Jeff Lemire, the animated film pays tribute to Chanie Wenjack ... http://www.cbc.ca/beta/arts/secretpath/gord-downie-s-secret-path-airs-on-cbc-october-23-1.3802197 

 

October 21, 2016:  Reconciliation Lecture Series at Laurier Brantford

Lecture series offers the community a chance to learn about and, aid in, reconciliation ... http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/6923665-lecture-series-offers-the-community-a-chance-to-learn-about-and-aid-in-reconciliation/

 

October 20, 2016:  MacLeans Special Report:  The other residential school runaways

Two boys escaping a residential school followed tragically in the steps of Chanie Wenjack.  Their story was forgotten.  Until now. http://www.macleans.ca/news/the-other-residential-school-runaways/  

 

October 18, 2016:  Agreement in Principle

The Algonquins of Ontario and the Governments of Ontario and Canada reached a major milestone in their journey toward reconciliation and renewed relationships with the signing of the Agreement-in-Principle ... http://www.tanakiwin.com/our-treaty-negotiations/agreement-in-principle/  

 

October 13, 2016:  Safe Drinking Water on First Nations gets $4M Boost from Federal Government

Project that trains and supports water plant operators expands to 19 northern Ontario First Nations ... http://www.cbc.ca/1.3803856 

 

September 8, 2016:  First Nations businesses flourish off B.C.'s wild coast

What the Haida lacked in business experience was made up for in determination ... Read this on The Globe and Mail

 

September - October 2016:  Policy Magazine - A Call for Quality Education

Roberta Jamieson.  Education is a key principal to transforming the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples, if there is to be the reconciliation for which the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has laid the groundwork. For indigenous people, it will increase capacity to make constructive change leading to better economic circumstances not just for their own communities but for the country as a whole. Canada’s postsecondary institutions have shown initiative and leadership as partners in our mission to close the access and achievement gaps between indigenous students and their non-indigenous fellow Canadians.  Read more at the link below. 

http://indspire.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PolicyMagazineSeptemberOctober-2016-WebReady-V2-.pdf 

 

August 23rd, 2016:  Sixties Scoop Hearing

Victims pack Ontario courthouse to attend Sixties Scoop hearing--plaintiffs speak on Tuesday [August 23, 2016] about the historical foster-care placement of thousands of indigenous children into non-indigenous homes ... Read this on The Globe and Mail
 

August 16th, 2016:  Teach for Canada - The Joys of the Summer Enrichment Program

As a teacher with Teach for Canada, Chris Johnson is heading to Big Grassy First Nation to teach grades 3 and 4. Chris studied at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom before immigrating to Canada. Chris has seven years of full-time teaching experience.  Read more at ... https://teachforcanada.ca/en/content/joys-summer-enrichment-program

 

August 8th, 2016:  First Nations lead fix to power crisis

Wataynikaneyap Power has been given the green light to pursue building an 1800 km line to connect 17 remote FN communities to the Ontario power grid ... read more at https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/08/07/indigenous-led-solution-to-first-nations-power-woes-in-the-works.html.

 

August 4th, 2016:  Opinion Jesse Staniforth - Indigenous Reconciliation Proposals Need to Be Enormous

Indigenous people need to be offered land; it will cost a fortune, which is what they lost over the years ... read more at https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/08/04/indigenous-reconciliation-proposals-need-to-be-enormous.html .

 

July 5th, 2016:  Historica Canada

Heritage Minutes were created by The CRB Foundation in 1991 and re-launched by Historica Canada in 2012.  Heritage Minutes are dramatic interpretations of pivotal events in Canada’s history. These 60-second vignettes commemorate notable Canadians, achievements in innovation, and instances of perseverance and bravery. They are intended to entertain, educate and encourage further research into our nation’s past.  On June 21, 2016, Historica Canada launched two new Heritage Minutes in English and French to commemorate National Aboriginal Day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_tcCpKtoU0&feature=youtu.be&list=PL1848FF9428CA9A4A

July 5th, 2016:  Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Starting in September 2016, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) will be offering a First Nations Schools Principals’ Course, designed for Principals, Vice Principals and aspiring school leaders in Band-operated schools to develop educational leadership skills and learn more about school improvement. For more information go to http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/cpl/Pre_K-12/FNSPC.html.

 

June 2nd, 2016:  The Agenda with Steve Paikin

One year ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its report on the damage done by Canada's residential schools. The report included a list of 94 calls to action that the Liberal government has pledged to implement. Murray Sinclair, chair of the commission, and now an independent senator, discusses the progress on the recommendations.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MhqF4yeSXo   

 

May 18th, 2016:  Academia Group Current Indigenous Top Ten

To view the Indigenous Top 10 go to http://academica.ca/indigenoustopten.

 

May 5th, 2016:  DAREarts Leadership Awards

The 2016 DAREarts Leadership Awards was a remarkable evening in which six youths were recognized and Senator Murry Sinclair, Chair of the TRC, received the DAREarts Cultural Award.  Senator Sinclair encouraged us all to provide opportunities to our Indigenous youths, because opportunities are what give hope.  For photos go to https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPiB3YeZXl8_86GkGGadN5uIYJfj5-R0uledl-3EusNnYmpQ4VDnm8XmnxSjn-TUA?key=M1BjRTJoaHItVVF3UE9nQmpBcHBGeE91NjBtS3Z3 

 

April 11th, 2016:  Attawapiskat--Four Things to Help Understand the Suicide Crisis

After 11 people tried to kill themselves, a remote Ontario First Nation has declared a state of emergency to prevent deaths among young people.  Read more at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/attawapiskat-four-things-to-help-understand-the-suicidecrisis/article29583059/?utm_source=Shared+Article+Sent+to+User&utm_medium=E-mail:+Newsletters+/+E-Blasts+/+etc.&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

 

April 10th, 2016, Megan Easton:  U of T to take action on Truth and Reconciliation Commission

There is a window open now - but it won't stay open forever, says James Bird, an indigenous student at U of T.  Read more at https://shar.es/1j2LMu

 

March 20th, 2016, Darcy Bear:  Creating jobs brings me the most joy

The chief of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation talks to Leah Eichler about his career and building a sustainable business environment for his community.  "We had to create a business environment model that can attract investors and work with financial institutions" ... Read more at

Read this on The Globe and Mail

 

March 13th, 2016, Canada harnessing First Nations knowledge on climate change

The indigenous peoples of northern Canada and other Arctic regions around the world have long argued they are the first to experience and suffer from the effects of global warming.  They also possess a wealth of traditional ecological knowledge ... Read more at http://www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-star/20160313/281582354735643

 

February 3rd, 2016, Wab Kinew - After La Loche, using our grief for good

Change must come from within and afar, for a community in need of allies – not saviours ... read more at  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/after-la-loche-using-our-grief-for-good/article28490948/
 
February 3rd, 2016, Great Bear Rainforest pact is a 'jewel in the crown' of Canada's protected areas

B.C. Premier Christy Clark unveils pact alongside environmentalists, forestry executives and First Nations leaders, which will preserve 85 per cent of old-growth forests within a 6.4-million-hectare stretch ... read more at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/great-bear-rainforest-pact-is-a-jewel-in-the-crown-of-canadas-protected-areas/article28503634/

 

January 28th, 2016,  3 Northern projects split $1.5M Arctic Inspiration Prize

The Rotary Club of Guelph's Aboriginal project, Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth is one of 3 recipients for this year's Arctic Inspiration Prize.  The winners were announced by Governor General David Johnston in Ottawa last night.  The BHENY project received $300,000.  The other two projects to receive prizes were the Tri-Territorial Recreation Training Project to train northern recreation leaders and Qaggiq: Nurturing the Arctic Performing Arts, a program to support Arctic performing artists.  Read more at http://www.cbc.ca/1.3423089. 

 

January 8th, 2016 Traditional Justice

First Nations are working with prosecutors and the courts to deal with offenders from their communities with Aboriginal laws and customs ... 

read more at From The Globe and Mail: First Nations, courts search for ways to use aboriginal customs and laws - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/nw-bc-aboriginal-hunting-0108/article28093390/?utm_source=Shared+Article+Sent+to+User&utm_medium=E-mail:+Newsletters+/+E-Blasts+/+etc.&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

 

December 29th, 2015 CBC Interview with Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous & Northern Affairs

"Some people think self-government is a divorce but moving to this nation to nation means to treat one another with respect, that was the original intent how we would share this land." During the interview, Carolyn Bennett pledges better education for First Nations and water safety on reserves.  She also talks about having an answer for non-indigenous Canadians when they ask how they can be an active participant in building citizenship by reconciling with First Nations and educating ourselves about FNMI in Canada.  In her comments she specifically mentions Rotary clubs.  Rotary is mentioned at 18:25.  Full context for that portion of the interview starts at about 18:00.  Interesting from the beginning ... listen at  

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-december-29-2015-1.3382797/carolyn-bennett-pledges-better-education-for-first-nations-water-safety-on-reserves-1.3382825

 

December 18th, 2015 Truth and reconciliation:  Will this time be any different?

With a willing Prime Minister and this week's release of a blueprint provided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, indigenous hopes are high that real progress is just around the corner ... Read this on The Globe and Mail

 

December 15th, 2015 PM promises blueprint for reconciliation, while heeding calls for action

Justice Murray Sinclair, the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, says reconciliation 'will take years, perhaps generations'... Read this on The Globe and Mail

 

December 10th, 2015 Why Canada's universities should mandate indigenous courses

Democratic engagement means being able to carry on an informed conversation about First Nations, Métis and Inuit issues ... Read this on The Globe and Mail

 

December 6th, 2015 Unresolved water advisories creating health emergency for First Nations

Water problems faced by First Nations communities may be too big to be solved by cash alone ... Read this on The Globe and Mail

 

November 2015 Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Mandate Letter

Letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Dr. Carolyn Bennett ... Read at https://shar.es/15S82G

 
November 12th, 2015 Canada will implement UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the new Liberal government will rebuild the relationship with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples ... Read more at http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/12/canada-will-implement-un-declaration-on-rights-of-indigenous-peoples-carolyn-bennett-says.html.   

 

November 3rd, 2015 Residential school documents to be publicly available for first time

National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation begins the process of releasing the archival record of student abuse Read this on The Globe and Mail 

 

October 6th, 2015 Isolated First Nation reserve with no clean water to make case before UN

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, which straddles the Manitoba-Ontario boundary, became isolated a century ago during construction of an aqueduct which carries water to Winnipeg Read this on The Globe and Mail 

 

September 20th, 2015 Resources firms endorse call for Aboriginal veto rights to projects

Industry members hope to work with communities, which often feel they are not treated as full partners, to improve consultation and ensure consent Read this on The Globe and Mail 

 

August 31st, 2015 Reconciliation begins by closing the graduation gap

Getting more First Nations students through the postsecondary level should be a policy priority for governments Read this on The Globe and Mail

 

August 30th, 2015 Divisive conflict at Sauble Beach is older than Canada itself

A fence separates the Saugeen-owned part of Sauble Beach, but the First Nation is fighting for another 2.4 kilometres of beachfront Read this on The Globe and Mail

 

August 29th, 2015 Tensions boil in wild-rice dispute

Growing of traditional grain on Pigeon Lake has resulted in a dispute between property owners and First Nations communities.  Read this on The Globe and Mail

 

June 30th, 2015 Teach for Canada June Newsletter Program Update

Teacher Selection and Matching: We have finalized our eight First Nations community partners and our 35 Teach For Canada teachers have been hired!  Read more at http://eepurl.com/brZMC5 .

 

June 25th, MacLean's First came truth. Now comes the hard part.

Award winning authour Joseph Boyden writes about truth, reconciliation, and a callous, uncaring government response.  Read the article at http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/first-came-truth-now-comes-the-hard-part/.

 

May 29th, 2015  Chief Justice says Canada attempted ‘cultural genocide’ on aboriginals

Beverley McLachlin delivers ‘unparalleled’ remarks over Canada's treatment of First Nations people...Read this on The Globe and Mail