Canada First Nations

Blackfoot Woman Faces Feather Trafficking Charges

CBC | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Alberta

A Blackfoot woman in Alberta who says she bought an eagle wing for $250 to make powwow regalia for her family is now fighting charges that she was tra...

Kahnawake Mohawks: Education Act Is Government Deciding What's Best For Us

CBC | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Politics

Many Mohawks in Kahnawake, Que., say the Harper government’s retooled First Nations Education Act basically amounts to the government deciding what...

How About We All Stop Dressing Up Like Other Cultures?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

If there's one historical prime minister all Canadians can name, it's probably Sir John A. Macdonald, the first leader of this country and a man whose...

First Nation Teen Told Not To Wear This Sweater

CBC | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Alberta

A Saskatchewan student was told not to wear a sweater in school that has the words "Got Land? Thank an Indian" on it, although officials hav...

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...

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...

Sunny Freeman

Canada Handling Native Rights Like 'Third-World' Nation?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Business

Canada has been singled out as the country with the most risk of conflict with aboriginal communities in a new study examining treatment of indigenous...

Aboriginal Mothers Missing

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

Police are looking for two women from the Kitigan Zibi reserve in western Quebec. Friends and family of Nicole Hannah Whiteduck and Laura Spenc...

Why New First Nations Education Act Has Aboriginal Groups On Edge

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government risks repeating the mistakes of the past by the way it's proposing a new First Nations Education Act, say aboriginal gr...

Fracking Protests in NB: Why Resource Projects Are in Peril

Bill Gallagher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Bill Gallagher

This latest energy hubbub is not about corporate power and exploitation rights. Rather it's about the rise of native empowerment and the deal that Canada has yet to strike with natives that recognizes that they are power-brokers in shaping project outcomes. Rexton is but a symptom that all is not well, right across the country, in terms of business-as-usual approaches for resource access. There's more to come!

Residential School Survivors' Stories Are the Key to Reconciliation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Approximately 150,000 aboriginal children were taken from their families and placed in Canada's residential school system from the late 1800s until the last one closed in 1996. At least 3,000 children -- possibly many more -- never got out of those schools alive. Telling their stories to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission helps survivors begin to heal.

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...

Canada To UN: No

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Cuba, Iran, Belarus and Russia used a United Nations body Thursday to criticize Canada's human-rights record, as the Canadian envoy rejected ...

Prorogation Disrupts First Nations, UN Meeting

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to prorogue Parliament has apparently forced a United Nations official to change his travel plans.Ja...

Painful Memories In Hobbema

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Alberta

HOBBEMA, Alta. - There were tears and anger, but also hope and even some laughter as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard from residential sc...

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...

Fixing Aboriginal Education

David Schulze | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Impact
David Schulze

First Nations are looking for an educational system adapted to their realities and their culture. Unfortunately, the federal government's new approach seems to be based on the view that band councils are the problem and provincial school boards (or bodies like them) are the solution. But the evidence shows the government will not be able to solve the problems experienced by schools on-reserve simply by handing responsibility for them over to new or different institutions. The students will remain in the same communities with the same challenges.

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...

First Nations Youth Walk For Clean Water

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Acadia Solomon just wanted to swim with her friends. Unfortunately the signs posted last year at her favourite swimming spot were clear: it was not safe to swim in or drink the water. So when she heard about a group of First Nations youth walking from Winnipeg to Ottawa to speak out about the "killing" of our nation's lakes and rivers, no power in the world was going to stop her from joining them.

3 Aboriginal Millennials To Watch

The Huffington Post Canada | Katrina Sieniuc | Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada Impact

Much of the news reporting on Canada’s aboriginal community highlights the challenges indigenous people face: violence, barriers to receiving decent...

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...

Aboriginals Want More Spent On Education For First Nations

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Alberta

SASKATOON - An aboriginal group wants the federal government to spend more money on education for First Nation students.The Federation of Saskatchewan...

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...

Chief Agrees To Stop Hunger Strike

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has agreed to end her hunger protest, and National Chief Shawn Atleo is coming back to work, but Ottawa-Fir...