Category Archives: Indian Act Indians

Northern Gateway setback could mean opportunity for aboriginal energy proposal

Calvin Helin doing power point presentation in his button blanket regalia.

Calvin Helin doing power point presentation in his button blanket regalia.

The Aquilini family, which owns the Vancouver Canucks, said it will underwrite the estimated $18 billion pipeline proposal as long as it gets support of all First Nations through whose territory the pipeline would travel

VANCOUVER – A First Nations-backed organization has partnered with the Aquilini Group to propose a new pipeline to compete with the struggling Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Read the rest of this entry

New election rules at Garden Hill FN rankle residents

Residential SchoolGarden Hill First Nation prevents 80 per cent of residents from being nominated

By: Alexandra Paul, Winnipeg Free Press, March 19, 2014

Garden Hill First Nation has set up new rules that eliminate 80 per cent of residents from running for political office.

Under the rules, no one under age 50 may run for chief and no one under 40 for council. Further, people in common-law relationships will not be allowed to run for either chief or council. Read the rest of this entry

Manitoba Chiefs recognize new chief at Buffalo Point

The four women charged by Buffalo Point First Nation chief for entering band office.

Kari Cobiness, Helen Cobiness, Brittany Cobiness and Andrea Camp (from left) were charged with violating an injunction banning Buffalo Point First Nation members from public spaces on the reserve.

By Alexandra Paul, Winnipeg Free Press, March 12, 2014

A powerful Manitoba chiefs association has taken the unusual step of backing calls for democratic elections at scandal-ridden Buffalo Point First Nation by recognizing a new chief. Read the rest of this entry

Cedarville Shooter Was Under FBI Probe Over Missing $50,000 in Federal Tribal Grants

Indian Country Today, Feb 21, 2014

 Cherie Lash Rhoades, 44, who allegedly gunned down three relatives and a tribal administrator at Cedarville Rancheria tribal headquarters near Alturas, California, on February 20, 2014.

Cherie Lash Rhoades, 44, who allegedly gunned down three relatives and a tribal administrator at Cedarville Rancheria tribal headquarters near Alturas, California, on February 20, 2014.

Shooter Cherie Lash Rhoades was being investigated by the FBI for over $50,000 in missing grant money meant for the Cedarville Rancheria Tribe when she gunned down her brother, niece, nephew and a tribal administrator, the Associated Press reported on February 21. Read the rest of this entry

Guilty pleas in political stand against Buffalo Point FN chief

The four women charged by Buffalo Point First Nation chief for entering band office.

The four women charged by Buffalo Point First Nation chief for entering band office.

By Alexandra Paul, Winnipeg Free Press, Feb 21, 2014

Though visibly frail, Helen Cobiness entered court in Steinbach Thursday on the arms of two granddaughters ready to face charges for doing what most of us take for granted: entering her First Nation’s government offices, the equivalent of a town hall. Read the rest of this entry

Nisga’a reach out for LNG development, offer land in exchange for jobs

Nisga'a Lisims flagJeff Lewis, Financial Post, February 11, 2014

CALGARY – Generations of Nisga’a people have fished for salmon, eulachon and trout that flourish in the Nass River on British Columbia’s northern coast. These days, H. Mitchell Stevens is angling for a more lucrative catch. Read the rest of this entry

Innu executives accused of stealing band money

Paul Rich, Edgar Branton singled out in report now in RCMP’s handsNew Chief

CBC News, Feb 10, 2014

New, disturbing details are emerging about the salaries and spending habits of two men while they were at the helm of the Innu Development Limited Partnership (IDLP).

Paul Rich was the chief executive officer and Edgar Branton was the chief financial officer of the IDLP until June 2012 when they were both relieved of their duties. Read the rest of this entry

Oilsands benefit First Nations

Some of the "scant evidence" of the environmental impacts of the Tar Sands referred to by Quesnel, trucks the size of houses haul earth from the Tar Sands.

Some of the “scant evidence” of the environmental impacts of the Tar Sands referred to by Quesnel; trucks the size of houses haul earth from the Tar Sands.

Protestors show ignorance of reality of oilsands development

By Joseph Quesnel, Winnipeg Sun, January 31, 2014

Aboriginal peoples benefit from oilsands development.  That was the one reality missed by protesters at a recent lecture at the University of Winnipeg involving Phil Fontaine. Read the rest of this entry

Angry protesters force Phil Fontaine off university stage

Fontaine's speech disrupted at University of Winnipeg event, Jan 22, 2014.

Fontaine’s speech disrupted at University of Winnipeg event, Jan 22, 2014.

Phil Fontaine’s speaking engagement at University of Winnipeg rescheduled

CBC News, Jan 22, 2014

Angry protesters took over a planned talk by First Nations leader Phil Fontaine in Winnipeg on Wednesday, resulting in the rescheduling of the event.

Fontaine was scheduled to speak at the University of Winnipeg in the early afternoon on First Nations issues in the past, present and future. Read the rest of this entry

Chief and council accused of stealing welfare money

Steve Rennie, Canadian Press/National Post, Dec 17, 2013 New Chief

OTTAWA — Members of a Saskatchewan First Nation are facing allegations they misused government money meant for social assistance to buy themselves vehicles, horses and trailers, newly released documents show.

A team of professional auditors is now looking into claims made against the chief and council of the Big Island Lake Cree Nation in the northwestern part of the province. Read the rest of this entry

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