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MB Government: Province Announces Pilot Project that will Give Families at Risk of Child Apprehension a New Start

October 17, 2019 $1.9-Million Investment Will Provide Mental Health, Addictions Services to Families at Risk of Child Apprehension: Stefanson The Manitoba government will partner with the Metis Child and Family Services (CFS) Authority on a new pilot project that will provide mental health and addictions services to families at risk of child apprehension, Families Minister […]

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Improving foster care for Island children

Recommendations to improve the provincial foster care program will benefit foster parents and the health and well-being of Island children in care. There are currently 80 foster families across the Island and approximately 200 children in care of the Province. A recent review of the foster care program, in partnership with the PEI Federation of […]

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 201935 Views

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Challenging human rights tribunal compensation order ‘incomprehensible’: Jane Philpott – APTN News

October 10, 2019 The former minister of Indigenous Services finds it hard to believe that the federal government is fighting a human rights tribunal order to compensate First Nations children scooped into a purposely under-funded child welfare system. “I think it’s a big disappointment,” Philpott said, earlier this week while taking a break from campaigning […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201931 Views

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Crown withdraws charge against St. Mary’s chief – CBC

Chief Alan (Chicky) Polchies Jr., who was charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of assault earlier this year, appeared in provincial court Wednesday to hear that his case is done. The charges against Polchies, of St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton, stemmed from an incident in March. Court proceedings were put […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201930 Views

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Splatsin aims to reclaim their children in the foster system – Castanet.net

Oct 9, 2019 The Indigenous peoples of Splatsin held a conference to highlight their plan to integrate Indigenous children back into their communities. Many of the children are dealing with cultural disconnection, which detaches the children from their Indigenous heritage. “If you look back at the residential schools and the 60’s Scoop you can see […]

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 201946 Views

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Innu Nation asks federal court to quash NunatuKavut agreement with federal government – CBC

The application also challenges NunatuKavut’s identity as indigenous people under the Constitution Oct 08, 2019 The Innu Nation is again challenging the Indigenous status of the NunatuKavut Community Council, this time in federal court. An application filed Oct. 1 asks the federal court to quash a memorandum of understanding signed by the NCC and federal […]

by ahnationtalk on October 8, 201933 Views

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Iqaluit trial grinds to halt because judge does not speak French – Nunatsiaq News

7 October, 2019 “This is his absolute right under Canadian law” A trial in Iqaluit was forced to grind to a halt last week, after lawyers involved in the case discovered the trial’s judge did not speak French. The Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit holds court dates in French a few times a year. […]

by ahnationtalk on October 7, 201920 Views

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Trudeau government appeals ruling on compensation to First Nations children – Globalnews.ca

The federal government is appealing a ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordering Ottawa to pay $2 billion in compensation to First Nations children and their families who were separated by a chronically underfunded child-welfare system. The government on Friday officially asked the Federal Court to review of the tribunal’s September ruling. In that […]

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201925 Views

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Breaking: Federal Government challenges 2019 CHRT 39

October 04, 2019 On September 6, 2019, in an historic ruling (2019 CHRT 39), the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to pay compensation to First Nations children, youth and families for its “willful and reckless” discriminatory practices in providing services to First Nations children and families. The First Nations Child & Family […]

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 2019109 Views

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NT Government: New Chief Judge of the Territorial Court

Today Louis Sebert, Minister of Justice announced the appointment of the Honourable Robert D. Gorin as the new Chief Judge for the Territorial Courts effective October 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The Chief Judge maintains their judicial responsibilities and provides general supervision for arranging and direction over the sittings of the Territorial Court and assigning […]

by ahnationtalk on October 3, 201919 Views

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Khill not guilty verdict before Ontario’s Court of Appeal as Crown seeks new trial – CBC

Peter Khill was found not guilty of second-degree murder of Jon Styres Sep 30, 2019 The prosecution appeal of the not guilty verdict in the case of a Hamilton-area homeowner who shot and killed an Indigenous man begins Monday in Toronto. Prosecutors are asking Ontario’s Court of Appeal to set aside the controversial not guilty […]

by ahnationtalk on September 30, 201940 Views

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MKO Response to the Introduction of Eagle Feathers to Manitoba Courts

September 27, 2019 Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is issuing this statement in response to the blessing and introduction of more than 40 eagle feathers into Manitoba’s court system yesterday. “This is a historic moment,” stated Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “First Nations people hold the eagle in high esteem, and […]

by pnationtalk on September 30, 201933 Views

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National Chief Perry Bellegarde Fully Supports the Listuguj First Nation in Exercising their Treaty Right to Fish in their Territory

National Chief Perry Bellegarde Fully Supports the Listuguj First Nation in Exercising their Treaty Right to Fish in their Territory September 26, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says he supports the Listuguj First Nation as they assert their rights and conduct a commercial lobster fishery, this fall, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201963 Views

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AMC intervenes at the Supreme Court of Canada in a case that has significant implications for all historically disadvantaged groups

Treaty One Territory, MB – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (the “AMC”) will intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada in a case affecting all historically disadvantaged groups, including First Nations, as the Court sits for the first time outside of Ottawa. The decision on appeal sends the chilling message that when the cost of […]

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 201946 Views

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Judge dismisses judicial review of Mount Carleton snowmobile hub – CBC

Sep 26, 2019 Justice Richard Petrie rules Wolastoq Grand Council has no standing to ask for consultation A judge has dismissed two judicial reviews of the Mount Carleton snowmobile hub project. Justice Richard Petrie of Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed the complaints filed by the Wolastoq Grand Council, also referred to as the Maliseet Grand […]

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 201951 Views

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Child and Youth Advocate (AB) releases second mandatory reviews into child deaths

September 24, 2019 Edmonton…The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) has released reviews into the circumstances of eight young people who passed away between October 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019. “After reviewing the circumstances of these eight young people, I am encouraged by the number of promising initiatives and practices among service […]

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 201965 Views

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B.C. wins injunction blocking Alberta’s turn-off-the-taps legislation over oil – CTV

September 24, 2019 CALGARY – A Federal Court judge has granted the British Columbia government a temporary injunction against an Alberta law that could have limited oil exports to other provinces. In a decision released Tuesday, Justice Sebastien Grammond said Alberta’s so-called turn-off-the-taps legislation raises a serious issue and could cause irreparable harm to the […]

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 201941 Views

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Treaty 3 Grand Chief supports federal compensation for victims of on-reserve child welfare system – Daily Miner and News

September 20, 2019 The Grand Chief of Treaty 3, Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, is supporting the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s order for Canada to compensate First Nations children, youth and families affected by the on-reserve child welfare system. Under this system, children were removed from their homes on reserves and made wards of the state. The […]

by ahnationtalk on September 20, 2019121 Views

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Child welfare newborn ‘birth alerts’ under review in Manitoba: province – Globalnews.ca

September 19, 2019 There isn’t a plan to end the use of birth alerts in Manitoba — when social service workers warn hospitals of at-risk expectant mothers without the parents’ consent — but the province is reviewing the practice along with the child welfare system as a whole. “The continued use of birth alerts is […]

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 201964 Views

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UBCIC Congratulates Squamish Nation on BC Court of Appeal Decision to Send TMX back for Environmental Approval

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – September 17, 2019) Today, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) celebrates the significant blow that has been dealt to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX). The BC Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the Squamish Nation, determining that the Provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate issued […]

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 201934 Views

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Indigenous group renews calls for Saskatchewan to end ‘birth alerts’ – National Post

REGINA — The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan is urging the province to follow British Columbia’s lead by ending the practice of “birth alerts.” Such alerts inform government officials or child-welfare agencies when an infant is born to potentially high-risk parents, which can result in an investigation and a child being seized. The […]

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 201926 Views

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Court of appeal tells B.C. to reconsider Trans Mountain environmental conditions – CBC

Squamish Nation and City of Vancouver welcome partial win on court challenge Sep 17, 2019 The B.C. Court of Appeal has instructed the province to reconsider its environmental assessment certificate and conditions issued for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. In their challenges, the Squamish Nation and the City of Vancouver argued the certificate should […]

by ahnationtalk on September 18, 201950 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council recognizes the cessation of “Birth Alerts” as first step of many to end the traumatizing practice of hospital removals

September 17, 2019 Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Territories/Vancouver: The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) applauds the Ministry of Children and Family Development for their decision and announcement that they will be ending the longstanding practice of “Birth Alerts,” but is clear that this is only the beginning of what is necessary to […]

by pnationtalk on September 17, 201990 Views

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B.C. ends ‘birth alert’ practice used to separate newborns from moms in child welfare cases – Globalnews.ca

The B.C. government is ending a controversial practice that social services contact health officials when there are potential safety risks to infants, without the parents’ consent. The practice, known as “birth alerts,” has been long used in hospitals in a number of provinces, and was condemned by the country’s inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous […]

by ahnationtalk on September 17, 2019108 Views

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Federal prosecutors warned Ottawa of courtroom chaos in short-staffed Kenora district, internal memos show – The Globe and Mail

In a sprawling region of Northwestern Ontario, Crown attorneys say an ‘unsustainable’ workload and poor organization are delaying justice Federal prosecutors warned their bosses that severe understaffing and disorganization in a Northwestern Ontario district were damaging the justice system in the vast area and resulting in a “brutal quality” of service to Indigenous communities. In […]

by ahnationtalk on September 17, 2019144 Views

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Minister’s statement on ending ‘birth alerts’

VICTORIA – Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development, has released the following statement regarding birth alerts: “Effective immediately, British Columbia is ending the child welfare practice known as hospital or birth alerts. “Used in hospitals for decades in B.C. and in other provinces and territories, these alerts are issued, without the consent of […]

by ahnationtalk on September 17, 201967 Views

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Manitoba and Métis in legal battle over financial agreements, Indigenous rights – APTN News

September 12, 2019 A day after winning the Manitoba provincial election the Conservative government was in court with the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF). The MMF is challenging the government’s decision to cancel two multi-million dollar agreements made with the province’s former NDP government. The Metis say the outcome could have repercussions for future agreements in […]

by pnationtalk on September 13, 201947 Views

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Irwin Elman wins the 2019 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award for changing lives of children in child welfare

TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2019  – This evening at Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids Night, Irwin Elman was announced as the winner of the 2019 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award, which recognizes extraordinary Canadians or initiatives that have made an indelible mark on the child welfare landscape. As winner […]

by pnationtalk on September 12, 2019112 Views

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More women, more people of colour but fewer Indigenous MLAs in Manitoba legislature – CBC

Sep 12, 2019 15 women, 7 people of colour and 7 Indigenous candidates were elected on Tuesday Thirty of the MLAs in Manitoba’s 57-seat legislature this fall will be women, people of colour, Indigenous people or LGBTQ. Fifteen women were elected to the legislature in Tuesday’s provincial election, along with seven people of colour, seven […]

by ahnationtalk on September 12, 201938 Views

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Media Advisory: Two Day Court Hearing in MMF v Brian Pallister Begins Wednesday

Two Day Court Hearing in MMF v Brian Pallister Begins Wednesday Winnipeg, MB — On September 11 and 12, 2019, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) will finally have its day in court in MMF v. Brian Pallister et al. The case is about the Pallister Government’s unconstitutional and unlawful actions against the Manitoba Metis Community […]

by pnationtalk on September 11, 201962 Views

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Alberta politicians disappointed over court ruling on Trans Mountain pipeline

Credits: The Canadian Press The Federal Court of Appeal has allowed six challenges of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion focusing on Indigenous consultation to proceed, while dismissing several claims centred on environmental concerns. The decision calls for narrowly focused, expedited court proceedings that will only examine the quality of the federal government’s consultation with Indigenous […]

by ahnationtalk on September 10, 2019130 Views

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The Government of Canada announces the coming into force of an Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

Co-developed with Indigenous partners, the Act affirms Indigenous peoples’ right to jurisdiction over child and family services. September 10, 2019 — Ottawa, Ontario, Unceded Traditional Algonquin Territory — Indigenous Services Canada Reducing the number of Indigenous children in care continues to be one of the Government of Canada’s most important priorities. Today, the Honourable Seamus […]

by pnationtalk on September 10, 2019126 Views

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Taseko Mines barred from work in Tsilhqot’in traditional territory until Indigenous rights case is heard – Toronto Star

Sept. 6, 2019 VANCOUVER—An Indigenous nation in B.C. has once again delayed a Vancouver-based mining company from undertaking extensive mine exploration in its sensitive traditional lands. In a decision issued Friday morning, the Supreme Court of British Columbia granted an injunction that bars Taseko Mines Limited from doing any work until the court rules in […]

by ahnationtalk on September 6, 2019188 Views

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Tŝilhqot’in Nation Welcomes Injunction Halting Taseko Drilling Program

September 6, 2019 Williams Lake, BC: The Tŝilhqot’in Nation welcomes the decision by the BC Supreme Court today, granting an injunction that prohibits Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) from moving forward with its exploratory drilling program in TeẑtanBiny (Fish Lake) and Nabaŝ(the surrounding area). The BC Liberal Government granted Taseko a drilling permit in July 2017, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 6, 2019164 Views

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Court allows six Trans Mountain appeals focusing on Indigenous consultation – Nanaimo News

VANCOUVER — The Federal Court of Appeal says it will hear six challenges of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion focusing on Indigenous consultation, while dismissing several claims centred on environmental concerns. The decision calls for narrowly focused, expedited court proceedings that will only examine the calibre of the federal government’s consultation with Indigenous communities between […]

by ahnationtalk on September 6, 201962 Views

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First Nations Child & Family Caring Society – 2019 CHRT 39

September 06, 2019 Another win for First Nations children and their families as the Canadian Human Right Tribunal (CHRT) issues the 8th non-compliance order (2019 CHRT 39) regarding compensation for First Nations children and their families who were negatively impacted by Canada’s discriminatory practices. Year Published 2019 File(s) PDF NT5

by aanationtalk on September 6, 2019205 Views

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Court allows six Trans Mountain appeals focusing on Indigenous consultation

September 4, 2019 The Federal Court of Appeal says six legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline project focusing on Indigenous consultation can proceed. The federal government has twice approved a plan to triple the capacity of an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilpatch to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C. Last year the Federal Court of […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 201932 Views

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Federal Court agrees to hear appeal of cabinet’s green light for Trans Mountain pipeline – CBC

Sep 04, 2019 Attorney General David Lametti did not intervene in the request for an appeal process, court says The Federal Court of Appeal has agreed to hear appeals from opponents determined to overturn the Liberal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. It’s another legal hurdle for the long-delayed project — which, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 201957 Views

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Extensive positive change’ underway with Calgary Indigenous Court, says lawyer – CBC

Unique court opened with ceremony and began hearing cases Wednesday Sep 04, 2019 In a ceremony that moved between the Blackfoot and English languages, the Calgary Indigenous Court officially opened Wednesday with a blessing, cleansing of the courtroom and the dedication of an eagle feather to be used for oaths. And just hours after the […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 201937 Views

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Child and Youth Advocate Releases Review of the Child Protection System’s Response to Inuit Children

September 04, 2019 Child and Youth Advocate Jackie Lake Kavanagh today released A Long Wait for Change. This is the independent review of province’s child protection system’s response to Inuit children. The Child and Youth Advocate launched this comprehensive review in April 2018 after receiving a referral from the Nunatsiavut Government. She reviewed several program […]

by pnationtalk on September 4, 201948 Views

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Federal Court of Appeal to rule Wednesday on letting pipeline appeals proceed – CityNews Edmonton

OTTAWA — The Federal Court of Appeal says it will reveal Wednesday whether a new set of legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline project can proceed. The federal government has twice approved a plan to twin an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilpatch to the B.C. coast. Last year the Federal Court of Appeal tore […]

by pmnationtalk on September 4, 201934 Views

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‘We don’t have a word for crime’: New Calgary Indigenous Court to follow peacemaking approach

Court opens Wednesday with morning ceremony, to hear cases in the afternoon. The Calgary Indigenous Court (CIC) will officially open this week during a ceremony presided over by Judge Eugene Creighton, a member of the Blood Tribe who speaks fluent Blackfoot. After about 18 months of planning, the court will open Wednesday. Sitting weekly, it […]

by pmnationtalk on September 3, 201985 Views

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B.C. Adoption & Permanency Options Update

August 30, 2019 This is the fifth adoption and permanency options update RCY has released, following the Office’s 2014 in-depth review of the B.C. adoption system. At the time of the first report, the Representative committed to periodic follow-ups regarding the government’s progress on the adoption front. This is the last of those updates. Adoption […]

by ahnationtalk on September 2, 201938 Views

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Emergency foster home with focus on Innu culture to open in Sheshatshiu – CBC

Still no movement on 2017 inquiry announcement on overrepresentation of Innu children in care Aug 30, 2019 An emergency foster home to house children in care for short-term stays will soon open its doors in Sheshatshiu, Labrador. It’s another step toward keeping Innu children in their home communities. “We don’t want it to feel like […]

by ahnationtalk on August 30, 201949 Views

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West Moberly First Nations set for Trial over Site C dam – Energeticcity.ca

MOBERLY, B.C. – On Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 the discussions taking place between the B.C. government and the West Moberly First Nations regarding the Site C dam have ended. A 120-day trial has been scheduled to begin on March 2022. According to the First Nations, the Horgan Government is expected to defend the decision made […]

by ahnationtalk on August 29, 201941 Views

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BC government, First Nation facing lengthy trial over Site C dam – Toronto Star

Aug. 27, 2019 VANCOUVER—The province and a Northern B.C. First Nation are facing a lengthy trial over the controversial Site C dam that could potentially see the courts quash a taxpayer-owned project that is already partially built. West Moberly First Nations and the B.C. government entered into confidential talks in February but failed to reach […]

by ahnationtalk on August 28, 201946 Views

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‘We’re going to court’: B.C. First Nation to proceed with Site C dam ‘megatrial’ – The Narwhal

In a six-month trial, the provincial NDP government will have to fight against the treaty rights of Indigenous peoples whose traditional territory and burial grounds will be destroyed by a hydro project — one that now could be cancelled at the eleventh hour West Moberly First Nations will proceed with a Site C dam “megatrial” […]

by ahnationtalk on August 27, 201948 Views

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Keystone XL ruling: Statement from Premier Kenney

Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement in response to the Nebraska Supreme Court ruling on Keystone XL: “Today’s approval is encouraging news for both Alberta and our nation as a whole. This court victory is another step forward for this vital pipeline project after far too many years of regulatory delays and hurdles. “We […]

by pnationtalk on August 23, 201941 Views

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Ontario to seek input on improving the child welfare system

August 23, 2019 Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services TORONTO — Ontario wants every child and young person to be supported to succeed, and to thrive. The child welfare system is facing challenges – not all children, youth and families are getting the quality of support they deserve, and some children are struggling once […]

by pnationtalk on August 23, 201993 Views

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Federal Court approves settlement agreement in Day Schools case – Prince Albert Daily Herald

The settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit launched by former students of Indian day schools has been approved by the Federal Court. According to multiple media reports, the settlement agreement was approved Monday. Under the terms of the settlement, survivors will be able to apply for individual compensation for harm, including physical and sexual abuse, […]

by ahnationtalk on August 21, 201956 Views

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