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COVID-19: The Long Point First Nation Council Denounces the Federal Government’s Inaction

WINNEWAY, QC, April 8, 2020 – Ten days have passed since the Long Point First Nation Council declared a state of emergency and called for immediate government intervention. Since then, only the Quebec government has responded quickly. The Long Point Council is still waiting for a response from the federal government in order to be […]

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Vimy Ridge Day: Statement from Premier Kenney

Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement to mark the National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge: “On the morning of April 9, 1917, on a battlefield in France, a deafening artillery barrage began. Advancing steadily behind this unprecedented wave of destruction were all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, brought […]

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MNC briefs House of Commons Finance Committee on Métis Nation COVID-19 emergency needs

April 9, 2020 Opening Remarks to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance David Chartrand Vice-President and National Spokesperson, Métis National Council Thank you for inviting the Métis National Council here today to assist in your study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In our discussion on March 13, the Prime Minister assured […]

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MMA seeks support from Island municipalities, First Nations calling for everyone to restrict travel and stay at home – Manitoulin Expositor

April 9, 2020 MANITOULIN – Members of the Manitoulin Municipal Association (MMA) are requesting consideration and support from Island municipalities and First Nations on two messages, one reinforcing the federal/provincial governments message for everyone to restrict travel and stay at their principal residence; and secondly, to look at not permitting smelt fishing on shoreline road […]

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Travel Restrictions still in place at international border crossings for the upcoming long weekend

From: Canada Border Services Agency Ottawa, Ontario As we head into the upcoming Easter and Passover long weekend – a weekend that represents for many a time to be with family and friends – the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to remind all that #NowIsNotTheTime for social gatherings. Restrictions are in place on […]

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Feds dig into the Indian Act to allow band councils to extend term during pandemic – APTN News

April 8, 2020 In an abrupt policy shift, First Nation band councils will now be able to adopt a band council resolution allowing current chief and councils to extend their terms for six months with the option to extend for another six months, which means communities won’t have to hold or postpone elections in the […]

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COVID-19: Heiltsuk Nation Joins Other Nations and Municipalities in Calling On the BC and Federal Governments to Do More to Enact and Enforce Non-Essential Travel Restrictions

Heiltsuk Nation continues to enforce its own non-essential travel restrictions to Bella Bella The Heiltsuk Nation has joined other nations and municipalities of the North and Central Coasts to request that the BC and Federal governments join us in enacting and enforcing non-essential travel restrictions to Haida Gwaii, the North and Central Coasts. The letter […]

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Checkstops will stay, say leaders in Tuk and Fort Resolution – Cabin Radio

April 8, 2020 While Premier Caroline Cochrane has urged the NWT’s local leaders not to use checkpoints, the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk and Deninu Kue First Nation each say theirs will remain in place. The two are among the first to erect checkpoints in response to Covid-19. Speaking to Cabin Radio on Tuesday, Cochrane had asked […]

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AMC comments on the Manitoba government’s decision to extend essential supports for youth aging out of the CFS system during the COVID-19 pandemic

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is wary of today’s announcement from the government of Manitoba that supports and services will continue to be provided for foster children aging out of care when they reach 18 years of age for the duration of COVID-19 pandemic. Assembly of Manitoba Chief Grand Chief […]

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‘Positively Orwellian’: Manitoba accused of retroactively erasing history of taking cash from kids in care – APTN News

April 9, 2020 Legislation buried in Manitoba’s budget bill aims to cuts the legs out from under lawsuits over its collection of “baby bonus” cash for kids in care, and is “positively Orwellian” says a lawyer who specializes in Indigenous rights law. Corey Shefman, who practices in Manitoba and Ontario, said legislation in the budget […]

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Statement by the Prime Minister on Vimy Ridge Day

April 9, 2020 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Vimy Ridge Day: “Today, we remember the thousands of Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. “The capture of Vimy Ridge was more than just a military victory – it was a turning point for […]

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More COVID-19 aid, PPE needed for First Nations and Metis leaders say – SaultOnline.com

April 9, 2020 OTTAWA — First Nations and Metis leaders say they need more from Ottawa to combat COVID-19 in their communities, including money, assistance with security and help acquiring protective equipment. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says money earmarked for First Nations for COVID-19 response so far is not proportional to […]

by ahnationtalk on April 9, 202021 Views

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IRC joins those calling for alcohol restrictions in NWT – Cabin Radio

April 8, 2020 The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) is joining other Indigenous groups across the Northwest Territories in asking the NWT government to restrict alcohol sales during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a news release on Monday, the corporation said restricting the amount of alcohol individuals can buy is “necessary for the safety of communities” and […]

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Morning Brief: When will Parliament return? – iPolitics

Apr 9, 2020 Good morning, readers. As of Wednesday night, Parliament is still awaiting its recall as the wage subsidy bill continues to be held up over disagreements between the governing Liberal and opposition Conservatives. As the National Post reports, the big sticking point is that Liberals want a “virtual” Parliament while the Conservatives want […]

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Human rights implications of COVID-19

From: Global Affairs Canada April 8, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement: “The spread of COVID-19 has demanded that governments around the world take unprecedented steps to protect their citizens. In […]

by ahnationtalk on April 8, 202041 Views

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Nunavik’s COVID-19 alcohol restrictions lead to long lineups in Kuujjuaq – Nunatsiaq News

8 April 2020 “Compliance continues to be a challenge for everyone” Nunavik’s move to limit alcohol purchases during the COVID-19 crisis to keep people healthy may have backfired due to a new phenomenon in Kuujjuaq. Since the hours for purchasing beer and wine at the local co-operative store have been reduced and the amount that […]

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Protecting lives and livelihoods: Premier Kenney address

Fellow Albertans, I am speaking to you from the Cabinet room in your Legislature. In this room, elected leaders have grappled with great challenges for more than a century. From the terrible tragedy of the Great War. To the Spanish Flu pandemic that devasted our province a century ago. To the economic collapse of the […]

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Manitoba First Nations implement curfews during COVID-19 – APTN News

April 7, 2020 As Indigenous communities continue to close their borders to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, some First Nations in Manitoba are having to take measures one step further by implementing community wide curfews. As of Tuesday morning, Opaskwayask Cree Nation (OCN) is on a curfew for the next two weeks. The curfew runs […]

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Morning Brief: Negotiations continue over wage subsidy bill – iPolitics

Apr 8, 2020 Good morning, readers. Negotiations over a bill to retool the federal wage subsidy for businesses continue as of Tuesday night. Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez said federal parties are still in discussion on reaching an agreement and recalling the House of Commons as soon as possible. “Let’s collaborate and move the wage […]

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Calls for more government transparency around COVID-19 | At Issue

Credit: CBC News: The National The At Issue panel discusses why Ottawa has yet to release its projections on the spread and toll COVID-19 could take in Canada. Plus, in this extended version, the panellists unpack the dynamics at play between the provinces and the federal government during this crisis.

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iPolitics AM: Health committee holds virtual meet-up as parties work out details on House recall – iPolitics

Apr 7, 2020 ALSO TODAY: PM delivers daily COVID-19 update While the timing of the next emergency House sitting is still being worked out by the parties, the minority Liberal government is already taking steps to ensure it has all-party backing for the next phase of its pandemic assistance plan: A temporary wage subsidy that […]

by ahnationtalk on April 7, 202049 Views

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AIAI: COVID-19 –Projections & Enhanced Responses in Ontario

Ontario has released scientific projections outlining the number of expected COVID-19 cases and deaths in Ontario. The projections are based on scientific modeling completed by a team of researchers, analysts, and scientists from Ontario universities, Public Health Ontario, and Ontario Health. Scientists highlight that projections are not exact, will vary depending on models used, and […]

by ahnationtalk on April 6, 202024 Views

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Federal government opens up aid package for Indigenous organizations – APTN News

April 6, 2020 The federal government has opened the window on a portion of the $305 million dollar aid package aimed at helping First Nation, Metis and Inuit people and business through the COVID-19 pandemic. The money, announced Mar. 18, is part of a larger $82 billion dollar package that Canada is hoping will help […]

by ahnationtalk on April 6, 202054 Views

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Speech: Investing in the Keystone XL pipeline to control Alberta’s economic destiny

April 2, 2020 Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am pleased to enter into this debate on a matter of critical strategic importance to Alberta, the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. As I said last night in this place during the emergency take-note debate on the coronavirus pandemic, we are facing a triple crisis […]

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Makivik Corp.: Suspension of Income Tax Program Extended to April 13th

April 5, 2020 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – The suspension of the Makivik Volunteer Income Tax Program is being further extended to Monday April 13th. This extension will allow us to send the necessary protective gear to our tax agents in each community. Considering the very high global demand for items such as masks, latex gloves […]

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Indigenous leaders asking that access to Labrador be sealed off – APTN

April 5, 2020 The elected leaders of the Innu of Labrador are requesting the closure of commercial airports, the ferry services, and travel from Quebec along the Trans-Labrador Highway into Labrador. The Combined Councils of Labrador is also asking to stop non-essential travel between Labrador and Newfoundland. The Indigenous nations believe limiting travel to essential […]

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AMC concerned about Bill 34 that attempts to legitimize the Province of Manitoba’s theft of over $300 million dollars stolen from First Nations children

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is seriously concerned with the impacts of Bill 34 – The Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act, which was introduced on March 19th, 2020. Bill 34 is an omnibus which justifies the practice of clawing back funding for First Nations children in care by […]

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Minister Rickford offers Insight on Grassy Narrows FN Mercury Treatment Centre – Net Newsledger

April 5, 2020 KENORA – Grassy Narrows First Nation is getting a treatment centre for Mercury poisoning and issues resulting from long-term exposure to the element from the waters of the English River – Wabigoon Water system. Kenora-Rainy River MP Greg Rickford offers insight and comments on this important move to help the people in […]

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Joint SCO, MKO, and MMF Letter to Premier Pallister Re: Bill 34 Indigenous Children and Children’s Special Allowance

April 3, 2020, A letter (Letter to Premier Pallister Re. Bill 34 Indigenous Children and Children’s Special Allowance) was sent this morning by Southern Chiefs’ Organization, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc., and Manitoba Metis Federation to Premier Brian Pallister regarding Bill 34. Bill 34 steals federal childcare benefits from vulnerable children in the care of child and family services. The Manitoba […]

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Morning Brief: CERB to receive new applications today – iPolitics

Apr 6, 2020 Good morning, readers. The online portal for applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit is up at 6 a.m. EDT today. The benefit will offer many Canadians who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 $2,000 a month to support them through the ongoing economic shutdown that has catapulted unemployment to levels […]

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APTN National News March 25, 2020 – Indigenous Community Support Fund explained, Front line workers

Credit: APTN News In this episode of APTN National News: A breakdown of the federal government’s $305 million Indigenous Community Support Fund. Front line workers in Montreal call for help to protect homeless people during the pandemic.

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Métis Nation 60’s Scoop Reconciliation Update

April 3, 2020 Backgrounder On December 18, 2018, Métis National Council Minister of Social Development, David Chartrand, launched the Métis Nation Sixties Scoop Portal. This online Portal can be accessed at Sixties.Scoop.Metisportals.CA. Developed by the Métis National Council with support from the Manitoba Metis Federation, the Métis Nation Sixties Scoop Portal is intended to be the […]

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Nunavut Association of Municipalities calls for a ban on travel between communities – Nunatsiaq News

3 April 2020 Request made to help prevent spread of COVID-19 The Nunavut Association of Municipalities is calling for a ban on all non-essential travel between the territory’s communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “To date Nunavut has no reported cases of COVID-19. NAM would like to keep it that way,” states a […]

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Concerns raised about feds dealings on First Nations elections amid COVID-19 – Kamloops This Week

April 3, 2020 OTTAWA — The chief of an Ontario First Nation says her community is caught up in bureaucratic and “paternalistic” voting rules that could leave it with a governance gap in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Valerie Richer says her Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation was moving forward with its upcoming chief […]

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Government of Canada provides guidance on services and functions deemed essential to Canada’s critical infrastructure during COVID-19

From: Public Safety Canada April 2, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario Governments at all levels and the private sector need clear advice when it comes to determining the services and functions that are essential in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has released the “Guidance […]

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Save The Date – Métis Nation BC 2020 Provincial Elections

Surrey, BC (April 1, 2020) – On March 17, 2020, the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Governing Assembly (MNGA) passed a motion that set the date of the MNBC Provincial Election for September 10, 2020.  This announcement is to serve its citizens a SAVE the DATE notice in advance of the official notice that will be posted by the […]

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PAGC: COVID-19 Office Closure

TO:  PAGC Staff, PAGC Offices, PAGC Member First Nations FROM:  PAGC Executive DATE:  April 2, 2020 RE:  COVID-19 – Office closure Further to our memo of March 19, 2020; The Prince Albert Grand Council will continue to suspend all non-essential operations within our organizations. Non-essential staff will not be required to report to work but […]

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COVID-19: Fish and Seafood Classified as Essential Services

OTTAWA, ON: The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) and the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) would like to commend the federal government for their collaborative hard work to support the fish and seafood sector, especially in light of today’s recognition of the Canadian fish and seafood industries as essential services as announced by the latest […]

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Is COVID-19 Force Majeure? And really, does it matter? – iPolitics

Apr 3, 2020 “If an employer loses their place of business and therefore their employees are out of work, how long before the economy can function? Essentially, does inaction when it comes to commercial real estate pose a threat to the economy for the foreseeable future?” Most will agree the Canada-wide response to the COVID-19 […]

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NT Government: Public Health Emergency Renewed by Minister Thom

Minister of Health and Social Services Diane Thom extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency on April 1, which was first declared 14 days prior under the Northwest Territories Public Health Act. This extension is due to the continued need for response to the COVID-19 global pandemic to protect public health in the Northwest Territories. The […]

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with premiers on continued efforts to address the impacts of COVID-19

April 2, 2020 Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with premiers to discuss the evolving COVID-19 situation. The leaders discussed preparations and actions undertaken by the federal government and provincial and territorial partners to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and to support workers and businesses. First […]

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NS Government: Request to Extend State of Emergency

April 2, 2020 Cabinet met today, April 2, by teleconference and agreed to ask the lieutenant governor to extend the state of emergency for another two weeks. The order would take effect at noon Sunday, April 5 and extend to noon, April 19. Media Contact: Kristina Shannon 902-221-3719 Email: Kristina.Shannon@novascotia.ca NT4

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GNWT: Income Assistance and Seniors Benefits Changes

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)recently made the announcement on the second wave of financial relief measures being put in place in response to COVID-19. If you or a loved one has been affected by employment changes or need extra help during this rapidly changing time; the department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) […]

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Premier’s task force to support B.C. economy during, after COVID-19

April 2, 2020 VICTORIA – A new Economic Recovery Task Force will bring together leaders from business, labour, First Nations and not-for-profits to help ensure the Province’s economic response to COVID-19 is effective and responsive to the needs of British Columbians. “COVID-19 is not only a public-health challenge, but also an economic one. People and businesses […]

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Open Letter: Emergency Relief in Energy Sector Must Not Enable Massive Public Investment in Fossil Fuels

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Wilkinson, and Minister O’Regan, As you are aware, the global COVID-19 pandemic and the concurrent crash in international oil prices has decimated the price of Canadian oil; its recovery in the coming weeks or months is unlikely with the decreased demand amid global measures to curtail the transmission of COVID-19. […]

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Ottawa owes less than feds calculated in First Nations child welfare case: PBO – CTV News

April 2, 2020 OTTAWA — Canada’s parliamentary budget officer says Ottawa will have to pay up to $2.9 billion in compensation to First Nations children and families torn apart by an underfunded child welfare system — a figure that is half the amount estimated by the federal government. Yves Giroux says his office estimates between […]

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Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald’s Statement on the Suspension of Passenger Service on the Ontario Northland Rail

(Toronto, ON, March 31, 2020) – Early today, Ontario Northland suspended passenger service between Cochrane and Moosonee, Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald applauds this action, stemming the flow of potential Coronavirus carriers into the Mushkegowuk communities. “I am relieved that Ontario Northland made the decision to suspend the passenger service after hearing the concerns of […]

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 202033 Views

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Manitoba rejects request to shut down highway to the north to combat COVID-19 – APTN News

April 1, 2020 Some First Nations and advocacy groups in northern Manitoba are calling on the provincial government to shut down highways in the north for all non-essential travel. Misipawistik Cree Nation (MCN) and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), an advocacy group representing northern First Nations in the province, are requesting the province establish checkpoints on […]

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Feds poised to call in army to help Indigenous communities fight COVID-19 – National Observer

April 2nd 2020 Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the federal government is ready to call in the army to help First Nations, Inuit or Metis communities contend with COVID-19. Indigenous leaders from across Canada have been raising alarms about COVID-19, worried that supports promised by the federal government to help First Nations, Inuit and […]

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The Prime Minister announces a change in the senior ranks of the Public Service

April 1, 2020 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following change in the senior ranks of the Public Service: Dr. Harpreet S. Kochhar, currently Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations Sector, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Health, effective immediately. In this role, Dr. Kochhar will support the Government of Canada’s […]

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