Category Archives: Indian Act Indians
Internal documents show repeated Warrior Society requests for negotiating assistance denied
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For husband and wife Oscar and Mary Moore, the dawning of the property taxation era in the Nass Valley means hope that the dirt roads in their home town of Gingolx will soon be paved, although they say that other community members do not agree with paying property tax.
“It’s something I think we understand that we need in order for us to get proper facilities in our reserve, like a paved road and stuff like that,” said Oscar Moore, who has worked most of his life as a master carver of drums and household merchandise.
First it was sales taxes and then income taxes and now it’s property taxes as the Nisga’a Lisims Government works on establishing revenue sources needed to run and operate their nation. Read the rest of this entry