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Governor-General agrees to host First Nations chiefs after Spence snubs meeting – National Post

Jan 10, 2013 OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a handful of ministers will meet aboriginal leaders for approximately four hours on Friday, but the talks are in danger of being boycotted by some chiefs — even though the Governor General also agreed to play host to First Nations leaders later in the day. […]

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Nigel Wright prepares groundwork for First Nations meeting – Macleans.ca

January 10, 2013 OTTAWA – When Stephen Harper needed someone to prepare the groundwork for a successful meeting Friday with First Nations chiefs, he turned to Mr. Wright. Nigel Wright, the prime minister’s chief of staff for the past two years, had a long history of brokering complex deals as managing director of mammoth Onex […]

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Native Canadians could block development, chief warns – Yahoo! News

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Native Canadians are so angry that they could resort to blocking resource development and bring the economy “to its knees” unless the Conservative government addresses their grievances, an influential chief said on Thursday. Native Canadian chiefs are due to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday to discuss the poor living […]

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First Nations chief threatens to block resource development – National Post

Jan 10, 2013 OTTAWA — A Canadian native leader said on Thursday that anger among the country’s aboriginals is such that they could block resource development and bring the economy “to its knees” unless the Conservative government addresses a series of grievances. Native leaders are due to meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday to […]

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Nunavut RCMP investigators fly to Pangnirtung following discovery of two dead bodies – Nunatsiaq News

January 10, 2013 Deceased persons found just after midnight Jan. 10 Major crimes and forensic investigators from the Nunavut RCMP flew to Pangnirtung Jan. 10 following the discovery of two dead bodies at a residence in the community. Supt. Hilton Smee told reporters Jan. 10 that the two deceased persons are a man and a […]

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Gaspé-area First Nation expands two-week-old railroad blockade – Montreal Gazette

 JANUARY 10, 2013 MONTREAL — Members of a Gaspé-area First Nation ratcheted up their pressure tactics against the federal government Thursday, expanding the scope of a two-week-old railroad blockade on the aboriginal territory. About 30 Mi’gmaq’s from the Listuguj reserve have been camped out alongside a railway that passes through their land since Dec. 27. […]

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Indigenous-owned social start-ups set to flourish via new fund – StartupSmart

11 January 2013 Government-backed organisation Indigenous Business Australia is looking for an organisation to establish and manage a new source of funding for indigenous social enterprise start-ups. IBA, a commercially-focused organisation, promotes and encourages self-management, self-sufficiency and economic independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. IBA has put out a request for tender for […]

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Child abuse inquiry lacks Indigenous focus: Greens – SBS

11 JAN 2013 The Australian Greens are concerned the federal government’s royal commission into child sexual abuse in institutions lacks a focus on such activities in Aboriginal communities. The Australian Greens are concerned the federal government’s royal commission into child sexual abuse lacks a focus on such activities in Aboriginal communities. Prime Minister Julia Gillard […]

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Ancestral connections inspired a modern online business for one Indigenous art lover – PRWire

Little did Cheryl Beasley know that researching her family tree over five years ago would lead her to a business selling Indigenous art. While Cheryl was delving into her ancestry she discovered that her Grandfather was of aboriginal decent. Her Aboriginal heritage emerged in 1916 when her Aboriginal Great Grandmother married her Great Grandfather in […]

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Indigenous youth justice summit call dismissed – ABC Online

Jan 11, 2013 Northern Territory Attorney-General John Elferink has dismissed calls from a prominent national Indigenous leader to tackle soaring incarceration levels of Aboriginal youth. Warren Mundine, who heads up the Generation One Indigenous employment initiative, says more diversionary programs and resources are needed to keep young people out of jail. He is calling for […]

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Attawapiskat didn’t Mismanage Funds, Harper — You Did – Huffington Post

08/02/2012 The government was wrong in its response to the crisis in Attawapiskat and its ongoing attempt to divide Canadians with misleading information is shameful. Federal court ruled this morning the that the Conservative government’s response to the crisis in Attawapiskat was unreasonable and failed to look at any remedy other than the appointment of […]

by aanationtalk on January 10, 2013754 Views

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We dropped the ball on aboriginal rights. Picking it up won’t be easy – Globe and Mail

Jan. 10 2013 Charlottetown doesn’t look like such a bad deal now, does it? Twenty years ago last October the most far-reaching constitutional recognition for Aboriginal peoples and first nations was rejected in a pan-Canadian referendum. A majority of Canadians said no to constitutional changes that would have entrenched the inherent right of self-government for […]

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Breaking new ground for aboriginals in the private sector – Montreal Gazette

JANUARY 10, 2013 For aboriginals searching for work off the reserve, it can be a rocky, frustrating path. One Montreal company has made smoothing that road its prime directive by providing meaningful experience and business education for First Nations people. Acosys Consulting is an aboriginal-owned company founded in 2006 by labour lawyer Julie Lepage and business […]

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Plan aims to put aboriginal students on par with others – StarPhoenix

JANUARY 10, 2013 First Nations and Metis students in Saskatchewan schools will be more closely analyzed and tracked thanks to a new provincial government requirement. For the first time, Saskatchewan school divisions with more than 100 self-declared First Nations and Metis students enrolled are required to submit a plan to the province’s Ministry of Education […]

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Pressure mounts on Shawn Atleo, the quiet man at centre of First Nations storm – Macleans.ca

January 9, 2013 7:09pm OTTAWA – The abrupt postponement Wednesday of an Assembly of First Nations news conference spoke volumes about the turmoil and mistrust that underlies planning for Friday’s meeting between aboriginal leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. National Chief Shawn Atleo is tip-toeing through a minefield as he tries to negotiate a list […]

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letters: Former PM should try Spence’s detox diet — to clear his thinking – National Post

Jan 9, 2013 4:00 PM Re: Paul Martin’s First Nations Hypocrisy, editorial, Jan. 9. So, Theresa Spence — who’s on a detox diet of fish broth following her mismanagement of $90-million of taxpayers’ dollars — is an “inspiration to all Canadians,” according to former prime minister Paul Martin.I think Mr. Martin should go on detox […]

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A ‘dream palace’ built on gas and gold won’t solve aboriginal poverty – Globe and Mail

Jan. 10 2013 After being immersed in the euphoric coverage surrounding the Idle No More movement, it is refreshing to see that a rational assessment of it is beginning to emerge. Jeffrey Simpson’s recent column, which alerted readers to the “dream palace” mentality of the movement, was insightful. The column correctly points out that aboriginal […]

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Jean-Sébastien Rioux: First Nations and federal government have compromised before, they can do it again – National Post

Jan 10, 2013 By all accounts, the Idle No More movement is diffuse, lacks a leader, and has no clearly articulated policy framework for overhauling the First Nations system that protesters see as being broken. At the very least, however, most reasonable Canadians can see the object of the anger: the squalid conditions found in […]

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Alberta backs off consultation proposals after pushback from First Nations – CTV News

Jan. 9, 2013 EDMONTON — The Alberta government has backtracked on proposals to change the way industry consults with aboriginals on development projects after significant opposition from First Nations. “We know that there have been concerns raised and there will be some changes into what the draft policy will look like,” said Kevin Zahara of […]

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Skepticism surrounds Harper meeting with First Nations – Global Edmonton

January 09, 2013 OTTAWA – The meeting on Friday between First Nations leaders and Prime Minister Harper has consumed headlines for weeks, but experts – and Canadians themselves – are doubtful that progress will be made.  Survey results released Wednesday from Angus Reid Public Opinion show 55 per cent of those surveyed think this week’s […]

by aanationtalk on January 10, 2013323 Views

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What if Natives Stop Subsidizing Canada? – Dominion Paper

JANUARY 8, 2013 by DRU OJA JAY This piece was originally posted on the Media Co-op. For more #IdleNoMore coverage, click here. MONTREAL—There is a prevailing myth that Canada’s more than 600 First Nations and native communities live off of money—subsidies—from the Canadian government. This myth, though it is loudly proclaimed and widely believed, is […]

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Youth leader making waves – Portage Daily

January 8, 2013 When Jerry Daniels was a young man living on Long Plain First Nation, he wanted to emulate his grandfather, a traditional healer, by being a doctor. Yet, as the years went by, thoughts of studying medicine and working in a hospital were quickly replaced with thoughts of healing a nation. Daniels, 30, […]

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Churches throw support behind Chief Spence – Catholic Register

07 January 2013 As Chief Theresa Spence passed three weeks living on nothing but water, fish broth and herbal tea, churches and Christian organizations were lining up behind her request for a meeting with Prime MInister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston and aboriginal leaders from across the country. A meeting is scheduled for Jan. […]

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Unhappy new year – The Economist

Jan 10th 2013 JANUARY is often a fraught month in the Araucanía, the lush, green region of southern Chile which for centuries has been home to the Mapuches, the country’s largest indigenous minority. In the first month of 2008 a young Mapuche man, Matías Catrileo, was shot dead by police while trespassing on private land […]

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Save the Children explores the Never Never to raise funds for indigenous kids during Kakadu adventure volunteering challenge – eTravel Blackboard

10 January 2013 Leading child rights agency Save the Children is calling for registrations for its inaugural nine-day Born to Trek Kakadu adventure volunteering challenge to raise funds for indigenous kids to learn, grow and prepare for school. Exploring Kakadu & Beyond is Save the Children Australia’s first ever domestic Adventure Volunteering program and is […]

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Signs help the healing process – The Border Mail

Jan. 11, 2013 INDIGENOUS leaders say they have had some closure with signs erected in the North East’s national parks highlighting their heritage. Earth-brown coloured signs with the words ‘Where Spirits Dance’ have been placed at the entrance and gorge area of Mount Buffalo park and at the Wallace’s Hut Trailhead in the alpine park, […]

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Aboriginal groups upset after burial site uncovered – ABC Message Stick

January 10, 2013 Aboriginal groups have been left distraught by the discovery of Indigenous remains during work to duplicate the Southern Expressway two months ago, a Kaurna elder says. A skull and fragments of bones were uncovered by a worker during excavations near Christies Creek south of Adelaide on November 15. The State Government says […]

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Spence attendance at First Nations meeting with Harper uncertain – CTV News

Jan. 9, 2013 First Nations leaders are gearing up for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other federal ministers in which the two sides are expected to discuss the federal government’s omnibus budget bill and its effect on treaty rights. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo is holding a news conference […]

by aanationtalk on January 9, 2013637 Views

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How Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples are defined by Ottawa – Toronto Star

January 08, 2013 The Federal Court ruled Tuesday that Métis and non-status First Nations people are now considered “Indians” under the Constitution. In light of this decision, which brings aboriginal people living off-reserve under the Ottawa’s jurisdiction, here’s a look at how the federal government views First Nations. • The Indian Act: Originally passed in […]

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What Idle No More Should Really Be Protesting – Huffington Post

01/09/2013 In the wake of the Idle No More protests that have blocked railway lines and have hinted at more mischief, multiple grievances have been advanced in place of clear-headed analyses. But none of the slogans, clichés and guilt-tripping get to the bottom of why some Aboriginals, especially on reserves, are in a sorry state. […]

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Can Idle No More comment threads be more constructive? – CBC.ca

Last Updated: January 9, 2013 For several weeks now, CBC News has not only covered various Idle No More protests within Canada and beyond, but has also tackled the larger contours and questions that have fuelled the movement. And as Idle No More continues to grow, so too does the need to have constructive conversations […]

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More services after ruling, Métis hope – Winnipeg Free Press

But top court decision won’t alter identity, group’s leader says By: Mia Rabson OTTAWA — A court ruling declaring the federal government does have responsibility for Métis and non-status Indians should result in access to more federal services, but it won’t change who the Métis are, the Manitoba Metis Federation’s president vowed Tuesday. “We’re pleased […]

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First Nations seek judicial review – TheChronicleHerald.ca

January 9, 2013 Legal challenge focuses on Tory omnibus bill ANOTHER DAY, another set of new aboriginal challenges for the Harper government. Two First Nations from Alberta filed court documents Tuesday seeking a judicial review of Conservative omnibus budget legislation that makes significant changes to environmental protection and assessment. The Federal Court challenge from the […]

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We natives are deeply divided. There’s nothing wrong with that – Globe and Mail

Jan. 09 2013 I often find myself surrounded by Mohawks. I’ve worked in Six Nations territory for the balance of my career and many good friends are Haudenosaunee. In fact, despite being Anishinaabe I often find myself identifying with the two-row wampum or Great Law of Peace. But there are also things I just don’t […]

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Harper says Friday’s meeting with First Nations leaders will not be the last – Regina Leader-Post

JANUARY 8, 2013 OTTAWA—Faced with a court challenge over his budget bills and the Idle No More protests, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his imminent meeting with aboriginal chiefs would not be the last the government holds with First Nations leaders to address issues facing aboriginal communities, saying “we will continue through legislation and other […]

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Kahnawake keeps tight rein on finances – Montreal Gazette

JANUARY 8, 2013 MONTREAL — When it comes to numbers, Ryan Rice is what you might call a stickler. Rice and his team of administrators triple check the thousands of invoices, purchase orders and receipts that pour into the Kahnawake Mohawk Council every year. It can be an exhaustive, mind-blistering process, but when it’s all […]

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Robert Nault, former Indian affairs minister, on Idle No More – Macleans.ca

January 8, 2013 Robert Nault is watching the First Nations protests now dominating Canadian news from a unique perspective. As Jean Chrétien’s Indian affairs minister from 1999 to 2003, Nault tried to modernize the way reserve communities manage their finances and elect their councils. But the Assembly of First Nations vilified him for it, and […]

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Court puts Metis on equal footing – StarPhoenix

JANUARY 9, 2013 The leader of Saskatchewan’s Metis people welcomes a Federal Court ruling that places them on equal legal ground with status Indians, opening the door to education and health funding, harvesting rights, land claims and other benefits. “It’s a good day for Metis people. An historic opportunity is now before all of us,” […]

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Decision ‘big turning point,’ NS Native Council says – TheChronicleHerald.ca

January 9, 2013 The Daniels ruling at the Federal Court marks a watershed in Canadian aboriginal affairs, say native leaders in Nova Scotia who have been advocating for off-reserve indigenous people. Based on Tuesday’s court decision, more than 600,000 aboriginals who live off-reserve in this country are, in fact, Indians under the Constitution Act and […]

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Idle No More only sounds vague. Let’s talk specifics. – Globe and Mail

Jan 09, 2013 Much has been said about the supposed lack of a unifying message coming out of the Idle No More movement. This despite the fact that the media are now able to to articulate some of the main goals fairly succinctly: stop the federal government from passing laws which erode treaty and indigenous […]

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Governor General won’t attend Friday’s meeting with aboriginal leaders – Regina Leader-Post

JANUARY 8, 2013 OTTAWA – The Governor General won’t attend this Friday’s meeting with the prime minister and First Nations leaders. A spokesman for David Johnston says he won’t be there because the gathering is a working meeting with government on public policy issues. Aboriginal leaders — most notably Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence — had […]

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Full Pundit: Does Chief Spence have the ‘moral credibility’ to hunger-strike? – National Post

Jan 8, 2013 A few questions for Chief Theresa Spence Stephen Harper “has to come to terms with a difficult truth” on the aboriginal affairs file, Bob Rae writes for Huffington Post — namely, that “the political doctrines of the Reform Party have nothing to contribute to what needs to be done.” The only solution, […]

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Shared Hardships and Concerns Bind the Fates of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Haitians After the Earthquake – Center for Research on Globalization

January 09, 2013 A social and political rights movement of Indigenous people is rising across Canada and making international headlines. Protests by the ‘Idle No More’ movement began last month and continue to grow. The movement has rallied daily across the country in shopping malls, at U.S. border crossings and on major railway lines. Three […]

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Mohawks Close International Bridge in Idle No More Solidarity – New America Media

Jan 08, 2013 An estimated 300-400 people took part in an Idle No More solidarity march across the International Bridge in Mohawk territory between New York and Cornwall, Ontario, on Saturday. Image by Lorraine White. Hundreds of Mohawks from both sides of the imposed Canada-United States border that slices through their aboriginal territory marched toward […]

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New Oz flag for Bodalla – Narooma News

 JAN 09, 2013 IT has been a long time since the residents of Bodalla have been able to raise the Australian flag on the flagpole at the War Memorial near the community hall but that is about to change.  Bodalla resident Robert McCuaig approached the regional convenor for the Far South Coast of NSW with […]

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The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond review – The Guardian

Should we look to traditional societies to help us tweak our lives? Wade Davis takes issue with the whole idea 9 January 2013 Anthropology was born of an evolutionary model by which 19th-century men such as Lewis Henry Morgan and Herbert Spencer, who coined the phrase “survival of the fittest”, envisioned societies as stages in […]

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Indigenous leader urges action on jail ‘time bomb’ – ABC Online

09/01/2012 One of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous leaders is calling for a national summit on Aboriginal justice issues to reverse soaring incarceration levels. National and state statistics show Indigenous youths are being locked up at an alarming rate. Warren Mundine says the incarceration rates have doubled in the past decade. “You’ve got figures of the […]

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Court rules Metis, non-status Indians qualify as ‘Indians’ under Act – CTV News

Jan. 8, 2013 The Federal Court ruled Tuesday that Metis and non-status Indians qualify as “Indians” under the Constitution Act of 1867, and therefore fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government in Ottawa. Both groups had been in a sort of jurisdictional limbo for decades. Metis leader Harry Daniels, the now-deceased plaintiff in the […]

by aanationtalk on January 8, 2013791 Views

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Natives don’t need ‘accountability.’ Show us the money – Globe and Mail

Jan. 08 2013 Chiefs across Canada are saying that the real lack of “accountability” lies in the Prime Minister’s Office and not at the level of individual first nation governments. Indigenous people across Canada are owed well in excess of $100-billion, the immediate payment of which Prime Minister Stephen Harper refuses to make a national […]

by aanationtalk on January 8, 2013787 Views

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NS activists won’t abandon Idle No More – CBC.ca

Grassroots movement began late October CBC News Posted: Jan 8, 2013 Aboriginal activists in Nova Scotia say they have no intention of abandoning the Idle No More movement despite Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s promise to meet with native leaders. Idle No More, which began in late October, is a grassroots movement made up of people […]

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