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Pipeline Investment ‘Goes Palliative’ in Wake of Unist’ot’en Blockade

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Tripod erected at entrance to Unist’ot’en camp, January 2019. Photo: Facebook

The Energy Mix, Jan 14, 2019

Two separate news outlets are declaring the end of pipeline investment in Canada, while several focus in on the differences in jurisdiction between elected and hereditary First Nations chiefs, in the wake of last week’s RCMP raid and subsequent “peaceful resolution” of the Unist’ot’en blockade along TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline in British Columbia. Read the rest of this entry

Lawsuit over Fort McMurray First Nation finances fuels protest outside band office

fort-mcmurray-first-nation-protestBand councillor who launched suit now suspended, faces disciplinary hearing

David Thurton, CBC News

An ongoing controversy over more than $1 million in payments made to band officials has disrupted a northern Alberta First Nation community, prompting a lawsuit and a blockade of band offices.

Last week, members of the Fort McMurray No. 468 First Nation blocked access to the band’s offices with a pickup truck and signs. Read the rest of this entry

Dismantle the AFN – before it causes any more damage to Indigenous sovereignty

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Participants in the elections for AFN National Chief at the AFN’s annual general assembly in July 2018.  Photo by Josh Campbell/Briarpatch

by Courtney Arlt, Briarpatch blog,   July 25, 2018

As I write, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is holding elections for the Office of the National Chief, during their 39th annual general meeting. Amidst protests against the government buying and ramming through Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, and camps fighting for justice for Indigenous children on the lawns of government buildings, candidates and past chiefs alike have argued that the AFN is out of touch with grassroots movements. Even as candidates promise to reform the AFN, the question remains: is the AFN even worth reforming? Read the rest of this entry

Who belongs in Canada’s newest and possibly largest First Nation?

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An application for membership in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. (Colleen Connors/CBC)

Bureaucratic process conflicts with cultural identity as Newfoundland band and federal government disagree on enrolment points system

Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, which includes Mi’kmaq from all across Newfoundland, stands to become the largest First Nation band in Canada with more than 104,000 applicants for membership since 2008.

That is, if the band and the federal government can figure out who belongs. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous activist demands transparency from Thunderchild First Nation

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Harrison Thunderchild speaks with reporters outside the Court of Queen’s Bench after filing his court application. (Tyler Pidlubny/CBC)

‘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

Caldwell First Nation council removes chief and councillor following audit

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Caldwell First Nation Chief Louise Hillier stands outside of a membership meeting in Leamington on Sept. 23, 2017. Members were discussing a forensic audit that found lax financial controls surrounding a 2016 powwow. (Dan Taekema/CBC News)

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

Tlicho Grand Chief to be paid over $200K annually after salary increase

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Eddie Erasmus is the current Grand Chief of the Tlicho government. The post is up for election in September. (CBC)

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

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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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