‘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
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
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
‘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
Alma 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
‘Using the courts to take down my teepee is not our way of life’: Siksika man fights for right to protest
Ben Crow Chief says band members were not consulted before post-flood rebuild began
By Meghan Grant, CBC News, October 7, 2016
After living in a teepee on the Siksika Nation for nearly a year, Ben Crow Chief appeared in a Calgary courtroom on Friday afternoon, arguing he should be allowed to continue his blockade protest.
“Using the courts to take down my teepee is not our way of life,” said Crow Chief. “We’re tired of being stolen from, we’re tired of being lied to.” Read the rest of this entry
‘It’s a one-sided report to me,’ former chief Herbert Arcand says
By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, September 23, 2016
A “forensic investigation” has identified $2.1 million in “unexplained payments” to a former chief of the Alexander First Nation and seven administrative staff, according to a leaked internal document.
The document says about half of the unexplained amounts, totalling more than $1 million, were paid to former chief Herbert Arcand and current tribal chief administrator Alphonse Arcand. Read the rest of this entry
Chief Kurt Burnstick, who is charged with sexual assault, adamant he won’t resign
By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, September 15, 2016
Women, men, elders and youth marched through the Alexander First Nation Thursday calling for the resignation of Chief Kurt Burnstick, who is charged with sexually assaulting two women in the community. Read the rest of this entry