The Liberal government’s promised move to dissolve Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development (INAC) and replace it with separate departments reached a milestone Monday with the creation of two new ministries. Read the rest of this entry
Category Archives: Indian Act Indians
By Deb Steel, Windspeaker, December 5, 2017
“The centralization of the power and authority that the Assembly of First Nations assumes over our First Nations communities diminishes our treaty and inherent rights…” National AFN Youth Council
Stand down from the assumption of power over First Nations peoples and their Nations. The Assembly of First Nations is not a government.That was the message that the AFN National Youth Council delivered to the chiefs in assembly this morning in a powerful statement delivered by co-chair Mark Hill of Six Nations of the Grand River. Read the rest of this entry
‘We are tearing down the outdated and paternalistic structure of old,’ Carolyn Bennett says
By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, Dec 4, 2017
‘Truth. That’s all I’m looking for, is truth,’ says activist Harrison Thunderchild
By Joelle Seal, CBC News, Nov 21, 2017
An Indigenous activist has launched a court application demanding transparency from his own First Nation.
Harrison Thunderchild went to Regina’s Court of Queen’s Bench Tuesday demanding that Thunderchild First Nation disclose chief and council compensation, as well as basic financial documents as required by the First Nations Financial Transparency Act. Read the rest of this entry
by Jennifer Thuncher, Squamish Chief, October 19, 2017
A prominent Squamish Nation member is speaking out about what he sees as political interference in the band’s current election reform process.
In 2015, an independent electoral commission was set up to revise the 1981 Squamish Indian Band Election Regulations. Read the rest of this entry
Chief Louise Hillier declined to speak with reporters as she walked into the meeting
By Dan Taekema, CBC News, September 23, 2017
The council of the Caldwell First Nation has removed Chief Louise Hillier and Councillor Lonnie Dodge from their positions in the wake of a forensic audit that found lax financial controls surrounding a 2016 powwow. Read the rest of this entry
APTN National News, September 19, 2017
The RCMP has confirmed to APTN National News that it has launched an investigation on Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan after two elders came forward providing a stack of financial documents. Read the rest of this entry
Roger William, elected chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, to appear in court Wednesday
CBC News, August 30, 2017
An elected First Nations chief in B.C. has been charged with sexual interference after an alleged incident in May.
Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Chief Roger William, 51, was due in Williams Lake court on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry
Election day to choose next Grand Chief will be Sept. 11
By Richard Gleeson, CBC News, August 2, 2017
A job that’s just about to come up for competition — the Grand Chief of the Tlicho — is now one of the highest paid elected positions in the N.W.T.
Salary and per diem increases that the Tlicho assembly approved in April at the end of the last Tlicho assembly came into effect on Tuesday. After the increases, the Grand Chief now gets paid just over $200,000 annually, about $20,000 more than the N.W.T. premier. Read the rest of this entry
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