Category Archives: Indian Act Indians

Chief Wallace Fox pleads guilty to assault charge

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Onion Lake First Nation chief Wallace Fox. Photo: Global News.

My Lloydminster Now, October 20, 2016

Chief Wallace Fox has pleaded guilty to one charge of assault.

Fox, who appeared with his lawyer, Robert Hladun, in Saskatchewan-side court in Lloydminster today, was previously charged in 2015 with two counts of assault, one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose related to the use of a knife, and one count of uttering threats to damage property. Read the rest of this entry

Historic land deal with Algonquin peoples signed by federal, Ontario governments


Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, right, and her Ontario counterpart, David Zimmer, left, have signed a historic agreement with the Algonquins of Ontario that will eventually see wide swaths of eastern Ontario signed over to the Indigenous people as part of a modern treaty. (John Paul Tasker/CBC News)

Agreement in principle involves more than $300M, roughly 36,000 square kilometres of land

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, October 18, 2016

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and her Ontario counterpart have signed a historic agreement with the Algonquins of Ontario that will eventually see wide swaths of eastern Ontario signed over to the Indigenous people as part of a modern treaty. Read the rest of this entry

T’kemlups Indian Band reaches $3-million pipeline deal with Kinder Morgan

Samson Cree members demand audit of chief and council

New Chief‘The funding that the government gives us … it’s not reaching the real grassroots people who are suffering’

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, October 14, 2016

Members of another First Nation in Alberta are demanding a forensic investigation into the spending of federal money by its chief and council.

The call for an audit at the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis just south of Edmonton comes just weeks after CBC News reported on an audit at Alexander First Nation that identified $2.1 million in unexplained payments by a former chief and staff. Read the rest of this entry

17 days later, Indigenous woman’s hunger strike ongoing

almaAlma Kakikepinace started her hunger strike last month

CBC News, October 7, 2016

It’s been 17 days since Alma Kakikepinace ate a good meal or slept in a real bed.

But the 53-year-old resident of Sagkeeng First Nation said she’s willing to wait much longer before she gives up on her stand to improve housing on First Nations in Canada.

Kakikepinace has been on a hunger strike, living out of a makeshift camp hung with tarps and blankets, for more than two weeks. Temperatures are dropping, and Kakikepinace said she’s no closer to achieving her immediate goal of being granted a house in her community. Read the rest of this entry

‘Using the courts to take down my teepee is not our way of life’: Siksika man fights for right to protest


Ben Crow Chief outside court.

Ben Crow Chief says band members were not consulted before post-flood rebuild began

By Meghan Grant, CBC News, October 7, 2016

After living in a teepee on the Siksika Nation for nearly a year, Ben Crow Chief appeared in a Calgary courtroom on Friday afternoon, arguing he should be allowed to continue his blockade protest.

“Using the courts to take down my teepee is not our way of life,” said Crow Chief. “We’re tired of being stolen from, we’re tired of being lied to.” Read the rest of this entry

Audit identifies $2.1M in ‘unexplained payments’ to Alexander First Nation former chief and staff


Auditors found past chief Herbert Arcand received $405,119 in unexplained payments, in addition to his salary. (Supplied)

‘It’s a one-sided report to me,’ former chief Herbert Arcand says

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, September 23, 2016

A “forensic investigation” has identified $2.1 million in “unexplained payments” to a former chief of the Alexander First Nation and seven administrative staff, according to a leaked internal document.

The document says about half of the unexplained amounts, totalling more than $1 million, were paid to former chief Herbert Arcand and current tribal chief administrator Alphonse Arcand. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations across North America sign treaty alliance against the oilsands

Women from Alberta First Nation to hold rally after another sex assault charge laid against chief


Alexander First Nation chief Kurt Burnstick is charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.

In the wake of a new sex assault charge being laid against the chief of a First Nation north of Edmonton, a group calling itself the Alexander Women Warriors is planning to hold a rally to express outrage over the fact he still represents them. Read the rest of this entry

Petition demands investigation into Campbell River Band councillor

Wei Wai Kum First Nation big house

Big House on Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Photo courtesy of Campbell River Cultural Mapping.

By ALISTAIR TAYLOR, Campbell River Mirror, August 23, 2016

A Wei Wai Kum First Nation member says he has obtained the necessary number of signatures on a petition required to have an investigation launched into the actions of a band councillor.

Chris Drake launched the petition to force an investigation into the actions of Jason Price, accusing him of “taking payments for his own benefit.” Read the rest of this entry