Category Archives: Indian Act Indians

Court Orders End to Gitwangak Occupation

Band councillor suspended after drug, weapon charges

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Clarence Papequash.

Clarence Papequash, 64, served on the Key First Nation, Sask.

CBC News Feb 15, 2017

A councillor on the Key First Nation, Sask., has been suspended after he was charged with 10 drug and weapon-related charges.

RCMP laid the charges after executing a warrant on the First Nation north of Kamsack around 5 a.m. CST Tuesday.

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How province pressured 6 First Nations to accept Sisson mine deal

maliseet-sisson-mineMadawaska chief says Maliseet felt threatened with loss of tax deals if they didn’t surrender on mine

By Jacques Poitras, CBC News, Feb 13, 2017

A Maliseet First Nations chief says the New Brunswick government threatened to cancel lucrative tax deals with her band and other Indigenous communities if they didn’t sign an agreement on the Sisson mine. Read the rest of this entry

Ottawa took years to warn Ontario First Nations about fraud

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Flooding, access to clean drinking water, improper housing, infrastructure, unemployment and suicide have been chronic problems on the Kashechewan reserve. Photo: Jean Levac, Postmedia.

by Gloria Galloway, Globe and Mail, Feb 10, 2017

The federal Auditor-General alerted the department of Indigenous Affairs in 2011 that a man hired to co-manage a First Nation’s finances may have been engaged in fraud – the year before the RCMP alleges Joe Crupi pocketed the last of hundreds of thousands of dollars that was misappropriated from a breakfast program for children on the remote and impoverished Kashechewan reserve. Read the rest of this entry

Alexander First Nation band members sue leaders for alleged ‘illegal’ payments

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Former Alexander First Nation chief Herbert Arcand, a current councillor and band administrator are being sued by band members for alleged “illegal” financial activities. (Supplied)

Three band members are suing their former chief, a current councillor and an adminstrator

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, January 13, 2017

Three band members of the Alexander First Nation northwest of Edmonton are suing their former chief, a current councillor and a band employee for alleged conflict of interest and “illegal and improper” financial dealings. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters continue to occupy Gitwangak band office

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Gitwangak members occupying the band office, Dec 20, 2016.  Photo: CFNR FM.

Gitwangak band members continue to occupy parts of the band office.  They say they’re concerned that the Gitwangak Band Council is taking over the administration of education services.  Previously, education for the community was provided by the Gitwangak Education Society. Read the rest of this entry

Environmentalists have impoverished First Nations, pro-pipeline chief says

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Jim Boucher, chief of the Fort McKay First Nation; doesn’t comprehend that colonialism impoverishes Indigenous people, and that the tar sands will not last forever.

‘If it weren’t for the oil, my people would be in poverty right now’: Fort McKay chief Jim Boucher

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, December 7, 2016

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline has been vehemently opposed by many First Nations groups, but voices on the other side of the divide emerged Wednesday to launch a strong defence of the oilpatch. Read the rest of this entry

Standing Rock protesters asked to ‘go home’ by Sioux leader

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Standing Rock Sioux tribal chair David Archambault II.

Some determined to stay despite Dave Archambault arguing ‘water protectors’ should stand down after Army Corps rejected Dakota Access drilling plan

by Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian, December 6, 2016

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has asked the thousands of “water protectors” gathered in encampments along the Missouri river to “go home” after the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the river.

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National Chief Perry Bellegarde faces divisions over pipelines as AFN meets

Image of Perry Bellegarde courtesy of his PR team. CREDIT: Fred Cattroll

AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde.

Anti-pipeline chiefs preparing to walk out Tuesday when Justin Trudeau addresses the assembly

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, December 5, 2016

First Nations leaders who support pipeline projects are afraid to speak out because they have become stigmatized by some protesters, AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde said.

“There’s a stigma now attached to supporting economic development. There’s a stigma that somehow you’re not a First Nations person, if you support a pipeline,” he said in an interview with CBC News. “I think we have to slow down and stop and say ‘We balance things between the environment and the economy.'” Read the rest of this entry

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