First Nations Canada

These First Nations Have Been With Bad Water For More Than A Decade

CBC | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada

Nearly half of the 133 First Nations in Ontario currently have boil water advisories, and it has been more than ten years since ten First Nations i...

Controversial Education Act Must Go, First Nations Reiterate

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The Assembly of First Nations concluded its annual meeting Thursday with no sign it is budging from its position that a contentious aborigin...

AFN In Need Of 'Someone At The Helm To Help Guide And Direct Us'

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - A new chief for the Assembly of First Nations will be elected in December as many aboriginal leaders agreed Tuesday there is a growing need ...

UN: On Indigenous Rights, Canada Still Has A Long Way To Go

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A United Nations rapporteur is at a loss to explain how a prosperous and sophisticated country like Canada has come to have on its hands a Fi...

Hands Off Our Education, First Nations Tell Ottawa

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations finds himself in the difficult spot of supporting a Harper government bill that one of hi...

Is Harper Stealing From the Future to Feed the Present?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

On February 7, the government announced it would give almost $2 billion in new funding for aboriginal education. But it will take years to build all the new schools required, let alone create new community-run school systems. The real impact on aboriginal communities will take at least a generation to manifest. When next year's federal election rolls around, this agreement will provide few tangible, here-and-now marshmallows for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer voters.

Time to Get Our Indian Act Together for First Nations Students

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

It has become more and more urgent to -- as the proposal for a First Nations Education Act was titled -- work together for First nations students. This agreement, and the federal budget framework into which it is embedded, is an opportunity to do just that -- whatever one's skepticism and mistrust may recommend to the contrary. On the First Nation's side, the time has arrived to take both the concept and practice of self-control and self-determination to their logical conclusions. Let's call it getting our collective Indian act together.

Another Way To Help Financially-Troubled First Nations?

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government wants to be able to tap into a pool of pre-qualified candidates who can manage the affairs of financially troubled Fir...

Atleo To Flaherty: First Nations Need More Education Funding

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has written to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty asking for more funding for First ...

First Nations Exposed To Pollutants

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada

A new study is drawing attention to the health problems being faced by a First Nations community living near one of Canada's most industrialized areas...

National Chief Gets Behind Protest

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION, N.B. - The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says Aboriginal Peoples will not support resource development at a...

Who Isn't Impressed With Harper Government

CBC | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada Politics

The federal government's push to get First Nations leaders on board with the building of oil pipelines in the West Coast is not having the desire...

Creating Opportunities for First Nations Girls and Women

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png In Canada, First Nations women are at the highest risk of violence and are often unable to actively participate in formal education or work opportunities as a result. The most important contributing factor to the violence that disproportionately affects First Nations girls and women is poverty.

Honour the Apology: Fasting for My Father, a Residential School Survivor

Wab Kinew | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Wab Kinew

I was at my childhood home on the reserve when I heard the news -- my father and uncles were likely part of one of these "nutritional experiments," and one with clearly adverse side-effects at that. I felt as though a little piece of history reached out and punched me in the gut. Some friends and I have put out a call to Canadians to shed some of this negativity by uniting across cultural and religious lines. We are calling our gatherings (to be held today at noon) "Honour The Apology." To be clear, the Residential School era is not just "Native history." It is Canadian history. It is OUR history.

Shadow Of Past Abuse Lingers Over First Nations Education Debate

CP | Megan Dolski, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Aboriginal leaders are pointing to past abuses as evidence that the federal government should let their communities craft their own educati...

First Nations Are Doing It For Themselves

Frank Busch | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Business
Frank Busch

What would the future look like if someone were to hit the "reset" button on the Crown-First Nations relationship and just start over? First Nations would be able to manage their own affairs. This would include the ability to access capital at wholesale rates in order to finance major infrastructure projects.

Summer Unrest Depends On Harper: Atleo

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The extent of First Nations unrest this summer depends in large part on how much concrete action Stephen Harper authorizes on entrenching anc...

Filming "The Lesser Blessed": Freezing and Burning in the Northwest Territories

Anita Doron | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Anita Doron

"A person has maybe three chances in life to stare down the devil right in the eyeballs. This is your most important one. Don't turn your back." Cut. The entire team breaks out in joy. Some weep. We embrace and head for celebratory beers, knowing we have something special.

Two Reserves Declare State Of Emergency

CBC | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Politics

A partial evacuation is now planned for the Kashechewan First Nation, as flood problems worsen for communities on the James Bay Coast in northern Onta...

Marathon Idle No More Trek Gets Results

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Wrapped in ceremonial white, hooded jackets, nearly 300 young people arrived Monday on Parliament Hill to cap off a marathon winter trek thro...

Toews Takes Atleo's Advice

CBC | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Politics

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced Monday that funding for the First Nations Policing Program will be renewed for the next five years. ...

Senators Walk Out On Aboriginal Affairs Minister

CBC | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada Politics

Three Liberal senators, all of them aboriginal, walked out of a committee meeting Wednesday night, as Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan was test...

1 In 4 First Nations Bands Under Financial Scrutiny

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - One-quarter of Canada's First Nations bands are under some kind of financial supervision ordered by the federal government, suggesting issues...

Media Bites: Is it 2014 Yet?

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Obviously it's a bit tricky to predict the future (thanks for nothing, Mayans), but man, with such stellar media forecasting, it's like we barely even need to live through 2013 at all! Which is good, cause the year sounds pretty sucky.

The Idle No More Movement Is More of a Stand-Still

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

As we enter the new year, it is time for Chief Spence and Prime Minister Harper to pause and reflect about their on-going standoff. Both sides need to feel that they have won and both sides need to find a way to declare victory. Only then can the two sides proceed to the next step which should be fresh dialogue and agreed to solutions for key First Nations issues.