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Video: Algonquins of Barriere Lake Confront Copper One Shareholders

Posted to Youtube on Jun 2, 2017 by Michael Toledano
An Algonquin band councillor and a group of youth from Barriere Lake travel to the shareholder’s meeting of Copper One, a junior mining company with a mining claim on unceded Algonquin territory. Article by Shiri Pasternak and link to full statement: http://www.mediacoop.ca/video/barrier…

Inside INAC’s ‘coup d’état’ that decapitated Algonquin leadership system

Algonquins of Barriere Lake protest in Ottawa, 2010

Algonquins of Barriere Lake hold protest in Ottawa, 2010

By Shiri Pasternak, APTN National News, May 27, 2017

Before the axe dramatically fell on Barriere Lake’s customary government in August 2010, there were many forewarnings that the customary band’s days were numbered.

As early as 1995, during the first leadership crisis with the IBC, the Department of Indian Affairs debated imposing Section 74 of the Indian Act onto the community as an exit strategy to the Trilateral Agreement. In March 2008, an internal report summarizing impact scenarios of Ratt council recognition over the Nottaway council also offered the possibility of not recognizing both councils and instead imposing Section 74 on the community. Read the rest of this entry

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

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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

Video: Algonquin protecting sacred site in Ottawa

Posted to Youtube by Equitable Education, June 27, 2016

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See video below. Read the rest of this entry

Ottawa Condo project a ‘monument to broken promises’

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Prayer ribbons on Victoria Island. Photo: Gabriel Dumont.

OTTAWA, June 15, 2016 /CNW/ – Participants in a June 17th demonstration against a proposed commercial development on sacred Indigenous sites near Parliament Hill say if the project was ever built it would be “a monument to broken promises”.

That’s how Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg characterized Windmill Development’s plan to pave over Chaudière and Albert Islands in the Ottawa River with a high rise build of 1300 condominiums and 300,000 square feet of commercial space. Read the rest of this entry

Police shoot and kill man in Algonquin community of Lac Simon, Quebec

by Tom Fennario, APTN National News, April 7, 2016

LAC SIMON, QUE– A man was killed by police in the Algonquin community of Lac Simon Wednesday evening.

Lac Simon police responded to a call of a man brandishing a knife at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time.

A number of sources in the community say the man was Sandy Michel of Lac Simon. Read the rest of this entry

Quebec politicians, activists stunned by aboriginal women’s sex assault allegations

SQ logo 1Independent investigation demanded after native women in Val-d’Or allegedly abused at hands of police

CBC News, October 22, 2015

Politicians and First Nations activists in Quebec say they are shocked and are demanding a widespread investigation following allegations that provincial police abused and sexually assaulted aboriginal women in Val-d’Or.

“I think we must all, not only deplore, but strongly condemn these acts if they are indeed corroborated by the investigation,” said Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. Read the rest of this entry