Category Archives: Indian Act Indians

Timing of election, role of Confederacy of Nations to dominate AFN General Assembly

New Chief rawBy Chris Plecash, Hill Times, July 14, 2014

First Nations leaders will determine the election date for AFN national chief at the organization’s general assembly in Halifax this week, but several other pressing matters will be on the agenda, including the role of the recently-revived Confederacy of Nations.

Chiefs from the country’s 634 First Nations will meet in Halifax on July 15 and 16, where they will determine the timing of the next election of the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations following Shawn Atleo’s resignation from the position on May 2.

Some chiefs will be advocating to hold an election as soon as possible, while others support holding the election in December to coincide with the organization’s special assembly. Another bloc is expected to argue in favour of waiting until next summer when the Chiefs-in-Assembly were originally scheduled to elect the next national chief in Winnipeg. Read the rest of this entry

Klamath Tribal council Stonewalls Tribal Membership at General Council Meeting

Security guards and metal detectors for members of the Klamath during a general council meeting on May 31, 2014.

Security guards and metal detectors for members of the Klamath during a general council meeting on May 31, 2014.

Security Guards and Metal Detectors for Tribal membership meeting

JUNE 2ND 2014

(Chiloquin, Oregon)Saturday May 31  A long awaited General Council meeting was held at the Klamath Tribes Administration building that had been originally scheduled for Saturday May 17. The original meeting was rescheduled when the Klamath Tribal Council misinformed the public regarding accusations of “threats” toward Tribal Council. According to Klamath Tribal Councils press release, “some Klamath Tribes members have been campaigning to organize a hostile takeover of the meeting. Threats included chaining and padlocking doors to force the Tribal Council and meeting attendees to remove Gentry from the council and to overturn the results of a recent referendum vote.” Read the rest of this entry

B.C. seeks First Nations’ input on LNG planning right from the start

Banner dropped at International LNG in BC conference, May 21, 2013, by members of Rising Tide.

Police and security inspect banner dropped at International LNG in BC conference, May 21, 2013, by members of Rising Tide.

Key word: Collaboration

The Province/The Canadian Press, May 23, 2014

In a first for relations between the B.C. government and First Nations, the province is asking for aboriginal input on environmental stewardship around natural gas development.

Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad says that in the past the province would release a plan for development and then ask for comment, but this time there will be collaboration between First Nations, industry and the government from the start.

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First Nations leader Phil Fontaine: An angry radical embraces compromise

Phil Fontaine with 2010 Winter Olympics torch, when he was working for the Royal Bank of Canada.

Phil Fontaine with 2010 Winter Olympics torch, representing the Royal Bank of Canada.

by Shawn McCarthy, The Globe and Mail, May 16, 2014

At 30 years old, Phil Fontaine was an angry man.

A survivor of sexual abuse at a residential school, separated from his parents at a young age, forbidden from speaking his native language, the Anishinaabe from Manitoba was elected at the age of 29 as chief for the Sagkeeng First Nation, situated east of Lake Winnipeg. By his own account, he was impatient and belligerent, especially in his dealings with government bureaucrats.

The former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations mellowed over the years. He became convinced he could do more for aboriginal people through compromise and pragmatic action than angry radicalism. But he remains passionate about the need for Canada to address the appalling poverty among First Nations people. He sees resource development as one way to end that poverty. Read the rest of this entry

Wab Kinew contemplating run for AFN national chief

Wab Kinew 2

Wab Kinew considers running for AFN national chief’s position.

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, May 19, 2014
Wab Kinew is considering a run for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, APTN National News has learned.

Kinew, an award-winning journalist and educator whose name recognition has grown since he hosted CBC’s 8th Fire series in 2012, was expected to come to a decision as early as Tuesday, according to source who would be involved in heading up a campaign team. Read the rest of this entry

Rift among First Nations leaders over threat for ‘economic shutdown’ coast-to-coast

INM protesters temporarily block the Blue Water Bridge border crossing to the United States in Sarnia, Ont, Jan 5, 2013.

Idle No More protest temporarily blocks the Blue Water Bridge border crossing to the United States in Sarnia, Ontario, Jan 5, 2013.

Peter O’Neil, National Post/ Postmedia News, May 16, 2014

B.C. First Nations leaders distanced themselves Thursday from a formal threat by a group of aboriginal leaders to grind Canada’s economy to a halt.

A resolution from leaders claiming to represent the Confederacy of Nations, a regional entity that is part of the Assembly of First Nations, passed a resolution in Ottawa on Wednesday threatening the Harper government over education legislation. Read the rest of this entry

Aboriginal Affairs minister calls chiefs ‘rogue’ and threats to national security

Federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs Bernard Valcourt.

Federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs Bernard Valcourt.

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, May 16, 2014
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt moved aggressively to undermine the Confederacy of Nations Thursday, labeling the chiefs behind the organization as rogues who are “threatening” national security. Read the rest of this entry

Indian Act chiefs mount “national day of resistance” rallies

The "National Day of Resistance" rally  in Ottawa, may 14, 2014.

The “National Day of Resistance” rally in Ottawa, May 14, 2014.

At heart of today’s protests is frustration with First Nations education bill

CBC News, May 14, 2014

More than 1,000 people rallied in Ottawa today to protest the federal government’s approach to aboriginal Canadians.

They are calling it a day of resistance. While aboriginal people and supporters arrived by the busload on Parliament Hill, protesters also took to the streets in Kahnawake, Saskatoon, Sudbury and Winnipeg. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations education bill ‘on hold’ after AFN chief Atleo quits

"Grand Chief" Shawn Atleo of the AFN with PM Harper during Crown-First Nations Summit, Jan. 2012.

“Grand Chief” Shawn Atleo of the AFN with PM Harper during Crown-First Nations Summit, Jan. 2012.

Gloria Galloway, The Globe and Mail, May 5, 2014

The federal Conservative government is shelving its contentious proposal for revamping on-reserve education following last week’s resignation of Shawn Atleo as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

“With the support of the Assembly of First Nations, our government introduced historic legislation, the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act in April,” a spokeswoman for Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said on Monday.

“However,” she said, “given the recent resignation of the national chief, following today’s second reading vote, any further consideration of this legislation will be put on hold until the AFN clarifies its position.” Read the rest of this entry

Blockades threatened if aboriginal education bill not scrapped

Derek Nepinak on the cover of Winnipeg Sun, 2012.

Derek Nepinak on the cover of Winnipeg Sun, 2012.

First Nations leaders say they shouldn’t have to make threats to have their voices heard

CBC News/The Canadian Press, April 28, 2014

Several First Nations leaders say they will target the Canadian economy if the Harper government doesn’t scrap proposed legislation for aboriginal education. Read the rest of this entry

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