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. Continue reading
Steve Rennie, Canadian Press/National Post, Dec 17, 2013
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. Continue reading
By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Nov 18, 2013
“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. Continue reading
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, Oct 4, 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. Continue reading
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.
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. 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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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