Category Archives: Indian Act Indians
CBC News, Feb 23, 2015
A member of the Carcross Tagish First Nation shut down a council meeting over the weekend and prevented Chief Dan Cresswell and council from entering their offices Monday, protesting his government’s lack of consultation with its members.
“Right now, all I see is they’re deciding our future and we don’t have a say,” says Stanley Jim while sitting in front of the main administrative building where he built a wooden door jamb to bar the entrance. Read the rest of this entry
by Trina Roache, APTN National News,
People across Nova Scotia are furious after finding out chiefs make hundreds of dollars in per diems for doing as little as sitting on a conference call for the Mi’kmaw Family Services Agency.
“This double dipping has to stop,” said Daniel Toney, a member of Annapolis First Nation in Nova Scotia. Toney was part of a protest there earlier this month. People are upset over the amount of money his chief, Janette Peterson takes home. Read the rest of this entry
Millions of Dollars Missing; Services Undercut
by Human Rights Watch, January 12, 2015
(Sioux Falls) – Millions of dollars in public funds are missing in the impoverished Lower Brule Sioux reservation. The Lower Brule Tribal Government should account for the missing public funds and abide by its own rules on openness.
The 111-page report, “Secret and Unaccountable: The Tribal Council at Brule and Its Impact on Human Rights,” documents many of the problems with tribal governance at Lower Brule for the first time. It details how the Tribal Council has diverted millions of dollars in federal funds away from key social programs without explaining how those funds were spent. Human Rights Watch has obtained hundreds of pages of government documents detailing financial mismanagement and possible corruption and is making that information public for the first time. Read the rest of this entry
Aboriginal organizations hit with $60 million worth of cuts, Inuit faced steepest reduction: AFN analysis
by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Jan 13, 2015
Aboriginal organizations have faced $60 million worth of cuts from the Harper government over the past three years and Inuit groups were hit the hardest, according to an internal Assembly of First Nations analysis obtained by APTN National News.
The analysis, which is based on federal Aboriginal Affairs department figures as of Jan. 7 of this year, found Inuit organizations faced a cut of 71 per cent between 2012 and 2015. First Nations organizations absorbed 65.5 per cent worth of cuts over the same time span. Metis organizations saw cuts of 39 per cent, non-status Indian organizations 14 per cent and women’s organizations were hit with a 7 per cent cut, the analysis found. Read the rest of this entry
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has received a jolt from the federal government, securing no more than four percent of its usual allocation in federal funding this year after officials rejected a series of projects ranging from energy to transitions to urban living.
Grand Chief Derek Nepinak decried the steep cuts today, saying Ottawa was failing to act in good faith and introducing “political” changes in procedures to secure funding. Read the rest of this entry
by Paul J. Henderson, Chilliwack Times, Dec 10, 2014
A local First Nation band won’t face court action for defying new financial disclosure laws, but the federal government will suspend funding for non-essential programs.
The Popkum Indian Band is the only one in the Times readership area that did not file audited financial statements and band council remuneration figures by Nov. 26, as required by the First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA).
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC) Bernard Valcourt said the act was brought in to apply “the same principles of transparency and accountability to First Nation governments that already exist for other governments in Canada.” Read the rest of this entry
Perry Bellegarde wins majority vote on first ballot to replace Shawn Atleo
CBC News, Dec 10, 2014
Saskatchewan’s Perry Bellegarde has been named the new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. It only took one round of voting for Bellegarde to win, after getting more than 60 per cent of the 464 ballots cast during the event in Winnipeg. “It‘s done now, let’s roll up our sleeves and get some work done,” Bellegarde told the crowd.
And he had messages for both the chiefs who elected him and other Canadians.
“To the people across the great land, I say to you, that the values of fairness and tolerance which Canada exports to the world, is a lie when it comes to our people,” he continued. Read the rest of this entry
Chiefs organization hosting AFN election kept $1.9 million in training dollars destined for member First Nations, according to auditors
Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Dec 9, 2014
Auditors appointed by the department of Aboriginal Affairs have found that Manitoba Keewatinow Okimakanak (MKO) kept at least $1.9 million worth of federal training dollars that was supposed to flow to member First Nations, APTN National News has learned.
MKO represents 30 First Nation communities in northern Manitoba and is hosting the Assembly of First Nations election for national chief in Winnipeg. Some of MKO’s member First Nations are among the poorest in the country. Read the rest of this entry
3 candidates vying to replace Shawn Atleo as Assembly of First Nations’ national chief
By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press/CBC News, Dec 8, 2014
Outside Winnipeg’s convention centre, a sacred fire is burning.
Inside the building, chiefs from across the country are meeting to elect a new national leader for the Assembly of First Nations amid questions on whether the organization is still a relevant voice for aboriginal people.
As the assembly prepares for some soul-searching over the next three days, many say it will take a monumental shift to regain the support of the next generation. Read the rest of this entry