Category Archives: Indian Act Indians

SNC-Lavalin teams with First Nations group on proposed B.C. oil refinery

TransCanada quietly wooing First Nations leaders ahead of Energy East project

Documents reveal Indian Act chiefs colalboration during 2013 New Brunswick anti-fracking protests

Mi'kmaq face RCMP riot cops on Oct 17, 2013, near Elsipogtog, NB.

Mi’kmaq face RCMP riot cops on Oct 17, 2013, near Elsipogtog, NB.

Internal documents show repeated Warrior Society requests for negotiating assistance denied

by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop, July 29, 2015

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) — An Access to Information request has revealed that during the course of anti-shale gas protests in New Brunswick in 2013, 5th Canadian Division Support Base (CDSB) Gagetown, Eastern Canada’s largest military facility, was contacted on two separate occasions by high ranking members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society. On each occasion, the Warrior Society – one of the key strategic groups involved in the on-the-ground protests that would ultimately see 100 activists arrested – requested negotiators from the Canadian Armed Forces, citing a breakdown in trust and an increasingly toxic working relationship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Read the rest of this entry

Federal government, First Nations face court battle over Transparency Act

Money Canada 18 bands refuse to publicly post financial documents, council salaries

By Terry Reith, Briar Stewart, CBC News, July 27, 2015

The federal government is taking eight First Nations to court in a bid to force compliance with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, which became law one year ago.

The FNFTA requires First Nations to submit audited financial statements, along with the salaries of the chief and councillors. That information is posted publicly on the internet. So far, 570 of 582 First Nations have complied, and four others are working co-operatively with the federal government to meet the requirements. Read the rest of this entry

Assembly of First Nations to host national energy forum in February

Members of the Public Safety Unit guard the site of the Enbridge hearing in Vancouver, Jan 24, 2013.

Members of the Public Safety Unit guard the site of the Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings in Vancouver, BC, Jan 24, 2013.

The future of Canada’s two largest pipeline projects hinges on the cooperation of First Nations throughout the country.

by Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette, July 8, 2015

With billions of dollars and swaths of aboriginal territory at stake, the Assembly of First Nations will try to leverage their legal rights and force a negotiation with Canada’s energy producers and the federal government. AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday he plans on hosting a national energy forum in February with the goal of getting big oil, Ottawa and First Nations at the table. Read the rest of this entry

AFN chiefs executive ‘concerned’ Bellegarde hired ‘girlfriend’ as senior adviser: Erasmus

AFN grand chief Perry Bellegarde.

AFN grand chief Perry Bellegarde.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, June 24, 2015
The Assembly of First Nations chiefs executive is “concerned” about the national chief’s decision to hire his ‘girlfriend’ as a senior adviser.

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde hired his partner Valerie Galley to act as his senior adviser. Galley acted as an adviser to Bellegarde while he was chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians and regional AFN chief for the province.

Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus, who is regional chief of the Northwest Territories, said the issue came up during a recent executive meeting and that matter is still under discussion. Read the rest of this entry

Lac Des Milles Lacs First Nation election results under review

Kathleen Sawdo is challenging the Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation election results, but is uncertain whether she would run for chief again if a new election is called.

Kathleen Sawdo is challenging the Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation election results, but is uncertain whether she would run for chief again if a new election is called.

Aboriginal Affairs investigates reports of Indian status cards printed in Thunder Bay hotel room

By Jody Porter, CBC News, June 24, 2015

Aboriginal Affairs is reviewing a complaint that Indian status cards were being issued out of a Thunder Bay, Ont. hotel room as part of a scheme to re-elect the incumbent chief at Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation.

The election took place on June 8, returning Judy Maunula to office. Her challenger, Kathleen Sawdo, is appealing the results under the First Nation’s custom election code. Read the rest of this entry

Fort McKay profits from Tar Sands even as land is destroyed

Band office at Fort McKay. photo: APTN

Band office at Fort McKay. photo: APTN

Benefits of oil boom for northern First Nation outweigh the losses caused by industrial development, for now

by Brandi Morin, APTN National News, June 23, 2015

The main road running through Fort McKay looks like it was newly paved and painted.

It is bright and green here, looking fresh and on the brink of summer.

The river flows gently alongside the community as the day comes alive with the sounds of power tools, trucks and other machinery echoing against the backdrops of its forested setting. Read the rest of this entry

Kitselas First Nation signs agreement with TransCanada for gas pipeline

Sudden resignation of Shawn Atleo cost AFN more than just its leader

Former AFN 'grand chief' Shawn Atleo with his political master, PM Stephen Harper, looking on.

Former AFN ‘grand chief’ Shawn Atleo with his political master, PM Stephen Harper, looking on.

By Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press/APTN National News, March 27, 2015

OTTAWA – Shawn Atleo’s abrupt resignation as national chief cost the Assembly of First Nations more than just its leader.

New documents show the federal government turned down the assembly’s request for an extra $324,000 to cover the unforeseen expenses that arose when Atleo quit his job last May.

Atleo stepped down amid fears that he’d become what he himself called a “lightning rod” for controversy as a result of having backed the Conservative government’s proposed reforms to First Nations education. Read the rest of this entry

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