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Learning from The Land: Why Indigenous Land-Based Pedagogy Matters – GDI

Indigenous people across Canada are familiar with colonization and its lingering impact on our social and economic well-being. As Matthew Wildcat and others (2014) remind us, “if colonization is fundamentally about dispossessing Indigenous peoples from land, decolonization must involve forms of education that reconnect Indigenous peoples to land and the social relations, knowledges and languages […]

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 202062 Views

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Media Advisory of Press Conference and Rally: Indigenous Youth, Supported by Leadership, to Host Rally outside the BC Legislature on Throne Speech Day Calling for Province to Respect Wet’suwet’en Law and End the Violence

WHAT:  The RCMP are carrying out a violent raid on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory under Provincial and Federal watch to enforce Coastal GasLink’s injunction. Indigenous youth, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and allies including ENGOs, municipal, provincial and federal representatives will gather in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation.  Speakers will respond to the unlawful escalation […]

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 202055 Views

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Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders – NUPGE

“It’s time to stand up for all Indigenous people all across Turtle Island.” — Molly Wickham (Sleydo’), Wet’suwet’en spokesperson Ottawa (10 Feb. 2020) — The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) stands in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en land defenders and continues to call for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Over the past […]

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 202037 Views

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Update 4 – Ongoing police enforcement of injunction order on Sunday, February 9

B.C., Houston 2020-02-09 17:13 PST Mischief to Lamprey Creek Bridge From previous release; on February 7, 2020, officers noted that the Lamprey Creek Bridge support beams had been cut and some bolts loosened. An Engineer advised that the bridge was unsafe for all traffic, including foot traffic. This damage was evidence of a clear intention to […]

by aanationtalk on February 10, 202027 Views

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City crafting land acknowledgement as part of reconciliation effort – OrilliaMatters.Com

Municipality would read land acknowledgement at June meeting and inaugural meeting of council; Acknowledgement ‘is an important first step’ in reconciliation, Emond says Orillia is planning to take a step of reconciliation with its Indigenous neighbours. On Monday night, city councillors voted to have staff work “collaboratively with local Indigenous organizations and leaders” on the […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 202029 Views

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Yukon First Nations Wildfire recognized with Arctic Inspiration Prize

From: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency YFNW, a leading wildfire fighting service supported by the Government of Canada, is awarded for their program designed to provide land-based healing to Indigenous youth. February 6, 2020 — Ottawa, Ontario — Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) A steady increase of wildfires throughout Yukon and lack of available […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 202045 Views

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‘They need our permission’: Treaty signatories say land claims require consent – APTN News

February 5, 2020 The chief of Batchewana Bay First Nation is calling on Ontario and Canada to stop negotiating with other First Nations organizations whose land claims infringe on Robinson Huron Treaty territory. Dean Sayers is in Ottawa for a Chiefs of Ontario special assembly, where he spoke with APTN News about his organization’s concerns […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 202024 Views

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Robinson-Huron Treaty First Nations demand Ottawa, Ontario stop land claim talks that impact their rights – CBC

Feb 04, 2020 Say they do not recognize Mé​​​​​​​tis in their territory as having any land rights First Nations that are part of the Robinson-Huron Treaty group demanded Tuesday that Canada and Ontario back off ongoing land claim talks with neighbouring Indigenous organizations that they say infringe on their treaty rights. Batchewana First Nation Chief […]

by ahnationtalk on February 5, 202040 Views

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Canada Must Ensure First Nations Rights, Title and Jurisdiction Are Respected in Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Canada Must Ensure First Nations Rights, Title and Jurisdiction Are Respected in Trans Mountain Expansion Project February 4, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Following the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision today on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the federal government must ensure that First Nations’ […]

by ahnationtalk on February 4, 202079 Views

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Reconciliation you can ‘feel and touch’: It was going to be a B.C. ski resort. Now this land is back in Indigenous hands – Toronto Star

Feb. 2, 2020 The Ktunaxa of southeastern British Columbia have always been fierce warriors, so when a fresh threat presented itself — in the form of a year-round ski resort pitched in their traditional territory — there was no question they would fight. “We never gave up. We continued and continued and continued,” recalls Chad […]

by ahnationtalk on February 3, 202055 Views

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Media Advisory of Press Conference: Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Leadership, BCCLA and UBCIC file complaint about RCMP

For Immediate Release WHAT: A coalition is calling on the Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP to initiate a policy complaint and public interest investigation regarding the improper and unlawful actions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (“RCMP) in implementing and enforcing a checkpoint and exclusion zone on Morice West […]

by aanationtalk on January 30, 202083 Views

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Canadian forest scientists want to decolonize their research – National Observer

January 29th 2020 When Natural Resources Canada researchers held a meeting last January, they came to an important realization about their department’s relationship with First Nations. Forest scientists often monitor experimental sites, and many at the Laurentian Forestry Centre have set them up on traditional Indigenous territory. The researchers wanted to know what level of […]

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 202036 Views

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Campaign Launches to Celebrate and Support Indigenous Guardians

Campaign Launches to Celebrate and Support Indigenous Guardians Campaign Launches to Celebrate and Support Indigenous Guardians Ottawa: January 29, 2020 The Land Needs Guardians is a new campaign designed to celebrate and support Indigenous Guardians programs and Indigenous stewardship. The campaign, launching on Wednesday, is part of a larger movement. Across the country, Indigenous Nations […]

by pmnationtalk on January 29, 2020169 Views

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Akwesasne moves ahead in $239M Dundee land claim settlement after appeals dismissed – CBC

5 appeals of 2018 referendum results dismissed by court following year-long process Jan 28, 2020 Akwesasne is one step closer to settling a 130-year-old land grievance with Canada after a year of reviewing appeals lodged against the results of a community-wide referendum. The referendum, held in December 2018, was required by the Mohawk community that […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 202034 Views

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Indigenous land acknowledgement needs more meaning, says Chief – The Medium

If organizations view “the acknowledgement as, ‘that’s it, we have done our part,’ then please don’t bother,” said Chief LaForme All public proceedings in the Region of Peel will now begin with a formal Indigenous land acknowledgement. The decision was approved by Regional Council in December 2019, and is meant to recognize the “historic and […]

by ahnationtalk on January 27, 202037 Views

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Ktunaxa Nation Council: Jumbo Valley to remain wild through permanent retirement of development rights

Cranbrook/ʔa·kiskaqǂiʔit, BC- The Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) is honoured and heartened to announce that Qat’muk, which includes the Jumbo Valley, will remain wild. The Jumbo Glacier Resort, a source of great conflict for the last 30 years, will not be built now, or ever. Thanks to a collaboration between KNC, the Government of Canada, the […]

by ahnationtalk on January 21, 202079 Views

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Nunavut Planning Commission holding meetings in Kivalliq communities – Nunatsiaq News

21 January 2020 Feedback will be used to revise much-criticized draft land use plan for territory The Nunavut Planning Commission is holding information sessions in Kivalliq communities this month, as it prepares to revamp its draft land use plan for the territory. The commission held similar meetings in Kitikmeot communities in November. The commission originally […]

by ahnationtalk on January 21, 202069 Views

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Hereditary Chiefs well within their rights to protest Coastal GasLink project says UNBC professor – CKPGToday.ca

Jan 16, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE — Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs continue to blockade the Coastal GasLink pipeline despite Elected Chiefs being OK with the project. The ‘divide and conquer’ approach, as UNBC First Nations Studies professor Dr. Ross Hoffman calls it, dates all the way back to the Indian Act. According to Dr. Hoffman, the Hereditary […]

by ahnationtalk on January 17, 202068 Views

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Notice of Assertion to Current and Prospective Shareholders of Prodigy Gold Inc and Argonaut Gold (US) Corp

GARDEN RIVER FIRST NATION, ON, Jan. 14, 2020 – Garden River First Nation (“GRFN”) objects to and will if necessary, challenge Prodigy’s attempts to construct and operate a gold mine in GRFN traditional territory, near Dubreuilville, Ontario. Studies undertaken by GRFN and given to Prodigy reveal that this is an area of high value to […]

by ahnationtalk on January 14, 2020101 Views

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RCMP establish exclusion zone on Wet’suwet’en territory: Chief Na’moks – APTN News

January 13, 2020 The RCMP have established an exclusion zone or road block near the site of disputed pipeline construction on unceded Indigenous land in northern B.C., APTN News has learned. “Yes, it is up,” Chief Na’moks (John Ridsdale) confirmed Monday of the police barricade on the Morice West Forest Service Road outside Houston, B.C. […]

by ahnationtalk on January 14, 202048 Views

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Mississaugas First Nation chief says land acknowledgments shouldn’t be ‘for show’ – Brampton Guardian

All Region of Peel public proceedings will now begin with a formal, Indigenous land acknowledgment, a decision the chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation says is only a first step in creating open dialogue between the two communities. “Beginning with a land acknowledgement is a sign of respect and it is appreciated,” […]

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 202083 Views

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‘Light your sacred fires’: Multiple rallies planned in support of Wet’suwet’en – APTN News

January 9, 2020 The Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidimt’en Territory and Unist’ot’en Camp have put forward an international call for solidarity in support of the fight to protect their land from the Coastal Gaslink project. On its website and Facebook page they are calling for solidarity with the movement International Call to Solidarity: All Eyes […]

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 202085 Views

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Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs: No Access Without Consent

January 7th, 2020 Late in the day January 4th, 2020 the Wet’suwet’en House Chiefs representing all 5 clans oversaw the successful eviction of Coastal Gaslink (CGL) employees from Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en territories. An eviction letter was provided to security at Site 9A and the eviction was done peacefully. The eviction letter clearly stated that workers […]

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 202091 Views

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Hereditary chiefs issue eviction notice to pipeline company in Wet’suwet’en territory – APTN

January 5, 2020 Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have responded to a new British Columbia Supreme Court injunction by issuing a notice evicting the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline company from Wet’suwet’en traditional territory. “The eviction of CGL is effective immediately,” says a press release issued yesterday, “and applies to ‘Camp 9A’ on Dark House territory, as well […]

by ahnationtalk on January 5, 202072 Views

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Tŝilhqot’in and Ulkatcho Announce Emergency No Caribou Hunting Ban in their Traditional Territories

Williams Lake, BC: Both the Tŝilhqot’in Nation and Ulkatcho Nation are implementing an emergency hunting ban on Mountain Caribou in their traditional territories due to the drastic and devastating population declines of caribou in the region. As part of the ongoing efforts to protect the remaining Mountain Caribou, all hunting including sustenance hunting, is banned. […]

by ahnationtalk on December 16, 201983 Views

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Council adopts Indigenous territory acknowledgement – Sarnia Observer

December 9, 2019 A traditional territory acknowledgement will be read at the start of future council meetings. Council 6-1 Monday adopted the recommended acknowledgement, proposed by the city’s United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) committee, which consulted local First Nations elders starting in 2019 to come up with the wording. “I […]

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 201988 Views

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Nunavik gets federal funds to help expand its protected areas – Nunatsiaq News

With $1.25 million, plan for 20 per cent protection of land moves forward The federal government is throwing its support behind a plan to protect 20 per cent of Nunavik’s lands and waters from development. On Monday, Nov. 25, the Kativik Regional Government council approved an agreement with the federal Department of Environment and Climate […]

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 201985 Views

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Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Yukon College Partner for on-the-land Interpretive Guiding program

Kwanlin (Whitehorse, Yukon) – Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) and Yukon College are partnering on a new 21-week Interpretive Guiding course called Dän Dákeyi Uyenjì. The Southern Tutchone name means ‘that person knows our country’ and reflects the land-based nature of the program. Unlike a typical classroom environment, the program is based in a […]

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 2019215 Views

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New Process for the publication of Land Code Amendments and Other First Nation Enactments that are not Signed by Chief and Council in the First Nations Gazette

In September, the Policy respecting Publication in the First Nations Gazette, 2019 was revised to create a process for the publication of Land Code amendments and other First Nation enactments that are not signed by Chief and Council. The process balances the need to protect the integrity of the First Nations Gazette (the “Gazette”) with […]

by ahnationtalk on December 2, 2019123 Views

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Former top public servant calls on western premiers to settle outstanding Indigenous land claims – CBC

After more than 30 years working on Indigenous issues, former clerk offers lessons learned for next government Dec 01, 2019 Canada’s former top federal public servant says uncertainty over Indigenous land title in the West is holding back the regional economy — and is calling on three regional premiers to commit to settling the issue […]

by ahnationtalk on December 2, 2019167 Views

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Community Consultations on Inuit Owned Lands, Hall Beach

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s Department of Lands and Resources is holding community consultations regarding Inuit Owned Lands (IOL). The purpose of the meetings is to consult with residents of Hall Beach about why the parcels of IOL were chosen, how the lands are currently being used, and how they should be used in the future. […]

by ahnationtalk on November 28, 201989 Views

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Community Consultations on Inuit Owned Lands, Igloolik

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s Department of Lands and Resources is holding community consultations regarding Inuit Owned Lands (IOL). The purpose of the meetings is to consult with residents of Igloolik about why the IOL parcels were chosen, how the lands are currently being used, and how they should be used in the future. QIA is […]

by ahnationtalk on November 28, 2019112 Views

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First Nations Reject Proposed Provincial Land Sale Framework

NORTH PEACE TRIBAL COUNCIL CHIEFS, AB, Nov. 27, 2019 – Chiefs of the Tall Cree First Nation, Little Red River Cree Nation, Beaver First Nation, and Dene Tha First Nation met to discuss a proposed land framework in Peace Country. A letter dated November 12, 2019 was sent from County Reeve Josh Knelson to Alberta […]

by ahnationtalk on November 28, 2019126 Views

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K’asho Got’ı̨nę and GNWT celebrate new Ts’udé Nilįné Tuyeta protected area

FORT GOOD HOPE (November 26, 2019) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has signed a historic agreement with its Indigenous partners in the K’asho Got’ı̨nę district of the Northwest Territories to establish and collaboratively manage a new territorial protected area. Ts’udé Nilįné Tuyeta near Fort Good Hope is an important cultural and spiritual […]

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 2019209 Views

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KAIROS Canada: Bringing together women land defenders through digital hub

(Toronto, ON) – KAIROS Canada is thrilled to launch an online hub to connect and help further empower women land and water defenders in Canada and worldwide. Called Mother Earth and Resource Extraction– or MERE Hub, the resource was developed in consultation with women at the forefront of environmental protection. MERE Hub compiles a range […]

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 201989 Views

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Federal gov’t funded Indigenous protected area project on Ontario’s Crown land – Tbnewswatch.com

The federal government is funding a K.I. proposal that implicates provincial Crown land. THUNDER BAY — Ontario’s response to a First Nation’s-led initiative to establish a large protected area in the remote north remains uncertain, as it appears to have had little involvement in the plan. Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug wants to oversee a proposed 1.3 million-hectare […]

by ahnationtalk on November 22, 2019106 Views

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Commission seeks public input for Dawson land use plan – CBC

Dawson Regional Planning Commission gathering information about issues in the region Nov 21, 2019 The Dawson Regional Planning Commission in Yukon is releasing its work to date for public feedback. The commission, which is developing a land use plan for a roughly 40,000-square-kilometre area in west-central Yukon, held an open house in Dawson City last […]

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 2019103 Views

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Residential Development Approved for Boblo Island – AM800

A major residential development has been approved on Boblo Island. Amherstburg town council has approved the Amico project consisting of 219 units of single-detached homes and townhouses. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo says the project will mean an increased tax base for the municipality. “The layout with Boblo is that it’s not exactly a large geographic area […]

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 201997 Views

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NAN Chiefs Reject Omnibus Bill 132 Tactics, Assert Rights over Traditional Lands

THUNDER BAY, ON (November 14, 2019) : First Nation leaders from across Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) have declared their resolve to assert their rights and jurisdiction over their traditional lands by rejecting omnibus legislation being fast-tracked by the provincial government, and controlling development in the Far North. “The message today from our Chiefs to the […]

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 2019222 Views

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Mi’kmaq appeal on Mill River land sale dismissed in P.E.I. court – CBC

‘I find that the province fulfilled its duty to consult,’ says Chief Justice Jenkins Nov 13, 2019 The Mi’kmaq of P.E.I. has lost its appeal of the provincial government’s sale of the Mill River resort to a private businessman. The P.E.I. Court of Appeal dismissed both Mi’kmaq requests, to declare the province failed to fulfil […]

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 2019182 Views

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FNTC – Webinar: Annual Laws under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act

In the webinar, FNTC Legal Counsel Marie Potvin discusses and breaks down annual laws under the FMA. This webinar highlights: Annual Laws and the FMA Every First Nation that is taxing under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) will enact two laws each year: the annual tax rates law and the annual expenditure law. […]

by ahnationtalk on November 6, 201987 Views

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Peel to vote on formal Indigenous land acknowledgement – mississauga.com

The Region of Peel’s Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism Committee will vote Thursday, Nov. 7 on whether or not all their public proceedings should open with a formal, Indigenous land acknowledgement. The proposed land acknowledgement was developed in consultation with local resources from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Ministry of Education — Indigenous […]

by ahnationtalk on November 6, 2019189 Views

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2019 LAB Annual General Meeting Resource Documents

The Chippewas of Rama First Nation graciously hosted the 2019 LAB AGM on September 17 & 18, 2019.  Our great thanks to their community for the warm welcome and wonderful hospitality. Please click on the links below to download copies of the resource materials reviewed during the meeting. 2019 LAB AGM Agenda Updated LABRC Strategic […]

by ahnationtalk on November 5, 201990 Views

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‘I will never give up’: Grassy Narrows youth campaign for justice

NOVEMBER 04, 2019 Amnesty International campaign shines global spotlight on Indigenous youth fighting mercury crisis WINNIPEG – Indigenous youth and mercury survivors from Grassy Narrows First Nation will be the focus of Amnesty International’s largest worldwide letter-writing campaign this year, the human rights organization announced today. The annual Write for Rights event, which takes place […]

by aanationtalk on November 4, 2019138 Views

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AMC responds to MMF Legal Challenge of Canada’s Agreement on Kapyong Barracks

Treaty 1 Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Chiefs-in-Assembly passed a resolution today to apply for intervenor status in response to the Manitoba Metis Federation’s (MMF) application for judicial review in Federal Court in respect of the government of Canada’s decision to enter into various arrangements and agreements with Treaty 1 First […]

by ahnationtalk on October 31, 2019221 Views

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BC Oil and Gas Commission: Collaboration on Restoration Projects in Northeast B.C.

Oct. 30, 2019 The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) and Saulteau First Nations announced today that they are working together to advance several new land restoration initiatives in northeast British Columbia. On May 31, 2019, the Commission introduced a new regulation, making B.C. the first province in western Canada to require the restoration of […]

by aanationtalk on October 30, 2019196 Views

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Striving for prosperity while protecting the land – Anishinabek News

October 30, 2019 NORTH BAY— Nipissing First Nation Deputy Chief Muriel Sawyer welcomed delegates to Nipissing University, situated on the traditional lands of Nipissing First Nation, for the Anishinabek Nation Lands, Resources and Economic Development Forum Kina-Gego-Naabadosin— Everything is Connected from Oct. 22-24. Deputy Chief Sawyer thought the Anishinaabemowin name for the forum was fitting. […]

by pmnationtalk on October 30, 2019140 Views

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Yellowhead Special Report: Canada’s Emerging Indigenous Rights Framework: A Critical Analysis

An Overview Justin Trudeau ran on an election platform of changing the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous peoples in Canada. Trudeau promised a new nation-to-nation relationship based on the recognition of Indigenous rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership. Over halfway into his mandate as Prime Minister, some clarity is emerging on the scope of that […]

by aanationtalk on October 29, 2019228 Views

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Crown land to be returned to Squamish Nation, including world-class rock climbing area – CBC

Several prominent climbers are concerned about the future of climbing near Murrin Provincial Park Oct 28, 2019 Long before the small plot of land near a provincial park in Squamish, B.C. was a climbing haven, it belonged to the Squamish Nation — and now that it’s being returned, the future of the popular climbing area […]

by ahnationtalk on October 28, 2019112 Views

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Saskatoon clears path to forming 8th urban reserve in city – CBC

Agreement between city, Kahkewistahaw First Nation signed on Tuesday Oct 23, 2019 Saskatoon will soon have a new urban reserve. On Tuesday officials from the City of Saskatoon and the Kahkewistahaw First Nation “cleared a path” to designate the First Nation’s land at 1215 Claypool Drive as an urban reserve, according to a City of […]

by ahnationtalk on October 23, 2019171 Views

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