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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

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

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

After court loss, Elsipogtog braces for SWN’s return

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Nov 18, 2013

"Frack Off" rally this past summer, New Brunswick.

“Frack Off” rally this past summer, New Brunswick.

FREDERICTON–There were tears outside a courtroom in Fredericton Monday after a New Brunswick judge ruled against Elsipogtog First Nation which was seeking an injunction to stop a Houston-based energy company from continuing its controversial shale gas exploration work north of the community. Read the rest of this entry

NB chiefs group, Mi’kmaq district council received contracts from SWN and Irving-owned security firm

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Nov 14, 2013AFNCB logo
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. Read the rest of this entry

B.C.’s Nisga’a becomes only First Nation to privatize land

The northwestern B.C. First Nation has approved the privatization of 3 homes

CBC News, Nov 04, 2013SUN0701-Granville5.jpg

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. Read the rest of this entry

Did Chief Sock know of Oct 17 RCMP raid?

Signs point to some having prior knowledge October 17th was ‘take down’ day

by Miles Howe, The Dominion, October 24, 2013New Brunswick Oct 17 chief sock

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. Read the rest of this entry

Ottawa putting financial squeeze on Mi’kmaq over anti-fracking protests: councillor

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Oct 4, 2013

One of 12 people arrested in New Brunswick during anti-fracking protest, June 14, 2013.

One of 12 people arrested in New Brunswick during anti-fracking protest, June 14, 2013.

Ottawa is starting to put the financial squeeze on a Mi’kmaq First Nation in retribution for ongoing anti-fracking protests that have led to a looming confrontation at a highway blockade in New Brunswick, according to a band councillor.

The Canada Revenue Agency is pressuring the Elsipogtog First Nation to pay back $1.2 million and Aboriginal Affairs is threatening to hold back funds until the band agrees to pay the money, APTN National News has learned. Read the rest of this entry

G7G – B.C. is vulnerable to the kind of train wreck in Lac-Megantic, Que

Communities in B.C. could be vulnerable to the kind of train wreck that left Lac-Megantic, Que. in ruins Saturday

Train cars carrying crude oil burn after derailing in Lac Megantic, Quebec, July 2013.

Train cars carrying crude oil burn after derailing in Lac Megantic, Quebec, July 2013.

By Jessica Barrett, Vancouver Sun, July 8, 2013

B.C. can expect more oil to be transported by rail, as production outpaces pipeline capacity, even if the Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipeline proposals are built.

That could leave communities in B.C. vulnerable to the kind of train wreck that left the town of Lac-Megantic, Que. in ruins. Read the rest of this entry

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