Canada First Nations

AFN Chief Says He Will Vote, Urges First Nations People To Cast Ballots

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics

"You need to be an example. You need to vote."

B.C. First Nations Designer Aims For L.A.'s Fashion Week

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"My dreams are stronger than my struggles."

Zi-Ann Lum

Minister's Dig At Trudeau, Mulcair Called 'Totally Inappropriate' | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Politics

"It’s just totally inappropriate for a minister to be playing partisan politics on something this important."

Ex-PM Accuses Harper Gov't Of Underfunding Aboriginal Schools

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Politics

Paul Martin is accusing the Harper government of underfunding aboriginal schools and depriving First Nations children of any real chance of success.

Aboriginals Deserve Good Financial Governance

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

The lack of accountability on many reserves is why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation worked with grassroots band members to push for the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). Among other things, the law requires chiefs and councillors to disclose their pay publicly.

'It's A Chance To Celebrate, But It's Also A Chance To Remember'

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Living

"It's a chance to celebrate. But it's also a chance to remember what happened."

The Desire for an Independent Quebec Has Passed Its Peak

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

Emotion, not reason, motivates independence movements. The desire for Quebec's independence is an ethnic project: that of the francophone nation composed of the roughly 77 per cent of Quebec's people sharing a common language, history, and culture, and who want to maintain its existence in North America. The project has no meaning otherwise.

Buffy Sainte-Marie Boosts Idle No More, Blasts Stephen Harper

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada

Buffy Sainte-Marie, adorned in feathers, beads and a bad-ass black leather jacket, is smiling brightly in a sky-scraping hotel suite facing the CN Tow...

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 06.10.2015 | 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...