Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould tells AFN to prepare for future beyond the Indian Act


Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould meets with media at the AFN gathering in Regina. Photo: Larissa Burnouf/APTN

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, July 24, 2017

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday said First Nations need to prepare for a future that has been set into motion by the Justin Trudeau government that will permanently alter their relationship with Canada. Read the rest of this entry

Supreme Court to issue landmark rulings on Indigenous relationship with energy sector

Bear Wolf Paint 2Top court to rule on consultation process over energy projects

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, July 25, 2017

The Supreme Court will deliver two landmark rulings Wednesday that could lead to fundamental changes for Canada’s energy sector and its relationship with Indigenous Peoples.

At issue is the Crown’s constitutional obligation to consult with Indigenous Peoples before approving the construction of a pipeline or allowing a natural resources project to proceed. The top court is expected to give further details on just how much consultation is required, and who should be doing it. Read the rest of this entry

Junior Canadian Rangers attend advanced training camp in northern Ontario

CF rangers junior riflesby David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen, July 19, 2017

Camp Loon, the annual Junior Canadian Ranger advanced training camp, has begun, with a opening ceremony featuring a demonstration of Indigenous dancing by a Canadian Ranger. Read the rest of this entry

Petronas cancels $11.4-billion LNG project near Prince Rupert

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The site of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant, Lelu Island, near Port Edward, Photograph by: http://www.lonniewishart.com , Vancouver Sun

by Scott Brown and Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver sun, July 25, 2017

Malaysian state-controlled energy giant Petronas has pulled the plug on the proposed $11.4-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Prince Rupert.

Petronas planned to build a LNG processing plant on Lelu Island that would have shipped 19 million tonnes a year of liquefied gas to markets in Asia, while pumping more than five million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry

Grenade launcher goes missing after falling out of police vehicle on Golden Ears Bridge: RCMP

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The RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 40MM Abrams Airborne Mfg Inc. Less Lethal Multi-Launcher.

, Global News, July 24, 2017

An unusual search is underway after a non-lethal grenade launcher fell off the back of a police vehicle near B.C.’s Golden Ears Bridge.

A 40mm Abrams airborne multi-launcher and a large case containing ammunition went missing Sunday before 7:30 a.m. Read the rest of this entry

Two Women Claim Responsibility for Arson Attacks to Stop DAPL

Elders jailed after refusing to stay away from Muskrat Falls

Muskrat Falls elders jailed

Jim Learning, Eldred Davis and Marjorie Flowers (centre three) were arrested Friday and transported to Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s after refusing to promise a judge they would stay away from the Muskrat Falls site. Labrador Land Protectors / Facebook.

“We don’t understand why we’re being treated like terrorists,” says land protector.

By Justin Brake, The Independent, July 24, 2017

Three Inuit elders have been incarcerated at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) in St. John’s after refusing to promise a Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador judge they would stay away from the Muskrat Falls site in Labrador. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: man who ran over Indigenous teenager Elijah Doughty jailed for three years

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Elijah Doughty, 14, was found dead and an unidentified 55 year old man was been charged with manslaughter.

by Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, July 21, 2017

A Kalgoorlie man who admitted to running over and killing Indigenous teenager Elijah Doughty has been found not guilty of manslaughter, but was sentenced to three years in jail after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving. Read the rest of this entry

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit investigating death of First Nations man in Thunder Bay police jail

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50-year-old Marlon “Roland” Jerry McKay died in a Thunder Bay police cell Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the family

APTN National news, July 20, 2017

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the death Marlon “Roland” Jerry McKay, 50, who was being held in a Thunder Bay jail cell Wednesday night.

The family has confirmed that McKay, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, was in the city for medical reasons. Read the rest of this entry

Kinder Morgan Canada says Trans Mountain on track for September construction start