Canada First Nations

Aboriginal Doctors' Program Beats Graduate Target 5 Years Early

CBC | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The UBC medical school has already reached its 2020 goal of 50 aboriginal graduates.

Tories Kill Bill Urging 'Harmony' Between Canadian Law And First Nations

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Politics

A NDP-sponsored bill proposing Canada align its laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was defeated Wednesday. ...

Most Aboriginal Female Murder Victims Killed By Aboriginal Men: RCMP

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada

But the RCMP commissioner said police focus their crime analysis and prevention efforts on the relationships between victims and offenders, not their race.

Democracy in First Nations Communities Requires an Informed Electorate

Ravina Bains | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Ravina Bains

It is unclear why the Chiefs of these 44 communities are choosing to withhold this information from their electorate and Canadian taxpayers. It is particularly peculiar that two of these communities, Weenusk First Nation and Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, previously published their audited financial statements and have now reversed course. That brings up the question: why are these 44 Chiefs afraid of an informed electorate?

Forgotten Aboriginal Musicians Survived Residential Schools, Police Brutality To Make These Songs

The Huffington Post Canada | Gregory Adams | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Music

When Willie Thrasher first hit concert stages in the Northwest Territories during the late 1960s, his band the Cordells played Kinks and the Rolling S...

Lawyer Says Need For First Nations Finances Law Is 'Complete Lie'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Politics

The federal government’s new financial transparency law for First Nations is a redundant piece of legislation based on a “complete lie,” accordi...

Zi-Ann Lum

Canada Is The Only UN Member To Reject Landmark Indigenous Rights Document | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Politics

Canada singled itself out as the only country to raise objections over a landmark United Nations document re-establishing the protection of the rights...

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

CBC | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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...

Feds Worried RCMP Clash With Protesters Could Turn Into Another Idle No More

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Federal officials closely tracked the fallout of an RCMP raid on a First Nations protest against shale-gas exploration in New Brunswick, at...

EPIC Canoe Journey Brings Thousands Of First Nations To B.C.

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

For the first time in 21 years, thousands of First Nations people from across the continent have canoed their way to B.C.'s Bella Bella island for the...

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 ...

Don't Cut Funding For First Nations Children

Chief Shining Turtle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Chief Shining Turtle

Last year, an independent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Save the Children Canada based on Statistics Canada figures found that status First Nations children in Ontario -- those who would be affected by these cuts -- have a staggering poverty rate of 40 per cent, compared to 15 per cent for non-Indigenous children.

AFN Reveals Interim Leadership Plan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The executive committee of the Assembly of First Nations will lead the organization until a new leader is chosen to replace Shawn Atleo.Quebe...


CP | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Shawn Atleo stepped down Friday as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, ending a tumultuous term that began in high hopes but fin...

Blackfoot Woman Faces Feather Trafficking Charges

CBC | Posted 04.20.2014 | 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? | 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.