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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

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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

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

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

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

T’kemlups Indian Band reaches $3-million pipeline deal with Kinder Morgan

Samson Cree members demand audit of chief and council

New Chief‘The funding that the government gives us … it’s not reaching the real grassroots people who are suffering’

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, October 14, 2016

Members of another First Nation in Alberta are demanding a forensic investigation into the spending of federal money by its chief and council.

The call for an audit at the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis just south of Edmonton comes just weeks after CBC News reported on an audit at Alexander First Nation that identified $2.1 million in unexplained payments by a former chief and staff. Read the rest of this entry

17 days later, Indigenous woman’s hunger strike ongoing

almaAlma Kakikepinace started her hunger strike last month

CBC News, October 7, 2016

It’s been 17 days since Alma Kakikepinace ate a good meal or slept in a real bed.

But the 53-year-old resident of Sagkeeng First Nation said she’s willing to wait much longer before she gives up on her stand to improve housing on First Nations in Canada.

Kakikepinace has been on a hunger strike, living out of a makeshift camp hung with tarps and blankets, for more than two weeks. Temperatures are dropping, and Kakikepinace said she’s no closer to achieving her immediate goal of being granted a house in her community. Read the rest of this entry