By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Nov 14, 2013
The main New Brunswick chiefs organization received a contract from a Houston-based energy company facing ferocious opposition from Elsipogtog First Nation residents over its shale gas exploration. Continue reading
The northwestern B.C. First Nation has approved the privatization of 3 homes
CBC News, Nov 04, 2013
The Nisga’a Nation in northwestern British Columbia has become the only First Nation in Canada to let its people own tribal land privately.
The First Nation’s land registrar says it has now signed off on the first three transfers of property to individuals in the Greenville area of the remote First Nation’s land. Continue reading
Signs point to some having prior knowledge October 17th was ‘take down’ day
by Miles Howe, The Dominion, October 24, 2013
MONCTON, NB–Coady Stevens, the first of six Mi’kmaq Warrior to appear on charges related to the anti-shale gas encampment along Highway 134, has been denied bail.
As bail hearings today continue for the five remaining incarcerated members of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society, enough information is beginning to surface to suggest that the vicious pre-dawn RCMP takedown of the anti-shale gas encampment on the morning of October 17th was a well known fact among some before it happened. Continue reading
By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, April 8, 2013
Elder Ryan Tibbetts says the moment he pointed out the gun to his 12 year-old son, the RCMP officer raised the weapon toward them.
It was in the midst of a police raid Sunday at the Burns Lake band office, after Tibbetts and his son were allowed to re-enter the premises to retrieve some of their personal belongings, including his son’s Xbox game console, when he said he saw RCMP officers with their guns drawn. Continue reading
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April 7, 2013
RCMP at Burns Lake Indian Band offices, April 7 2013.
On day 14 of a non-violent protest held at the Burns Lake Band office, approximately 50 or more riot police, many with shotguns drawn evicted three adults and one 12 year old child. 92 percent of the eligible voters on-reserve had signed a petition in support of the protest despite claims to the contrary by the INAC chief councillor, Albert Gerow. Continue reading
Handful of protesters won’t budge until demands are met
Rocky Tomma, with his brother Ron Tomma, stands outside the Little Shuswap Indian Band administration office Monday.
By MIKE YOUDS, Kamloops Daily News March 18, 2013
A group of dissident band members is staging an occupation of the Little Shuswap band office, intending to keep it locked up until their demands are satisfied.
“Until we hear from them, the office is closed,” said Rocky Tomma, one of a half dozen members who took over the office on Monday morning. “We’ll be here 24/7 until we know what’s going to happen.” Continue reading
Dirk Meissner, The Globe and Mail/The Canadian Press, Tuesday, Feb. 26 2013
A parking lot near the British Columbia legislature in Victoria and the current site of a government liquor store in nearby Esquimalt are two of several Vancouver Island properties slated to be transferred to five first nations in advance of treaty settlements.
The land agreements are all on southern Vancouver Island, as are the five first nations involved. Continue reading
Release Date: February 20, 2013
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LUBICON LAKE NATION STANDING STRONG AGAINST FRAUDULENT ELECTION: DEMANDS ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS CEASE ASSIMILATION TACTICS IN NATION
Little Buffalo, AB - The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation is a sovereign Nation within what is now Alberta, which has never signed treaty with Canada or the British crown ceding its rights over and title to its lands. The current Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation was formed as part of a custom resolution to previous disputes created by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AAND-C) interference and the current governance has the written acknowledge support of the vast majority of Lubicon citizens. The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation has not called, nor held an election and no changes have been made to the governance of our Nation. Continue reading
By Tim Groves and Martin Lukacs, The Star
(Toronto), Fri Feb 15 2013
The Assembly of First Nations worked closely with the Mounties and provincial police to exchange information about protests and develop common stances before a national aboriginal day of action in the summer of 2007, according to RCMP documents.
The revelations are likely to provoke anger among Idle No More protesters and provide ammunition to aboriginal critics who have argued the AFN’s relationship with the federal government has become too cosy, with few gains to show for it. Continue reading
Senator appointed by Harper and known for controversy to sit as Independent
By Laura Payton, CBC News, Feb 7, 2013
Patrick Brazeau, Aboriginal member of Canadian Senate appointed by PM Harper.
Senator Patrick Brazeau is in police custody following an alleged domestic assault and has been removed from the Conservative Party’s caucus, the party confirmed Thursday.
Brazeau, who has weathered several controversies since his appointment in 2009, will continue to sit in the Senate as an Independent. Continue reading