June 19 - 25, 2024

This week’s edition includes National Indigenous Peoples Day, child welfare, environmental rights, language revitalization, fisheries and more.   



Last week marked National Indigenous Peoples Day


AFN National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day | Assembly of First Nations

National Indigenous Peoples Day: Lack of action on issues frustrates Canada’s Indigenous peoples | Global News 


National news included child welfare, climate change and environmental racism 


Distribution plan for child welfare money approved by Federal Court | APTN News 

Their land, their choice: When economic reconciliation and climate justice conflict | National Observer*

RBC on defensive over fossil fuel critiques | The Narwhal

A new law aims to crack down on environmental racism in Canada | CBC News


On the East Coast, a specific claim, education and fisheries topped headlines 


Trudeau announces two multimillion-dollar agreements with the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia | CBC News 

Sipekne'katik First Nation, federal government to begin mediation in effort to settle fishing dispute | CBC News


Québec stories featured environmental rights and endangered species


Environment minister responds to chief's concerns about toxic sewage spill at Chalk River | CBC News

Introduction of an emergency order to protect boreal caribou habitat in Quebec: favourable support for Minister Steven Guilbeault | Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador


The Ring of Fire and language revitalization made news in Ontario


Ring of Fire roads set to proceed with agreement signed | APTN News

Anishnaabe scholars say research on education in First Nations is key to revitalizing language, culture | CBC News


Mining and a new development partnership were front and center in Saskatchewan


Sask. towns, First Nations join forces to maximize benefits, avoid pitfalls of $14B mine project | CBC News


Sovereignty and a new funding agreement was the top story in Alberta


Historic agreement made with Alberta First Nation south of Calgary | Lakeland News


Headlines in BC included fisheries, treaties, land protection and cross-border consultation


Salmon farms in B.C. get 5 year reprieve from Ottawa | APTN News 

New plan protects Blueberry River First Nations land and upholds Treaty rights | The Peak

Gitxaała Nation Opposes Signing of Modern Treaties by Canada and BC, Citing Lack of Consultation | CFNR Network

Lax Kw’alaams Raises Alarms Over Proposed Treaties on National Indigenous Peoples Day | CFNR Network

B.C.'s 'war in the woods' battlegrounds to be permanently protected | CBC News

Indigenous groups in Washington, Alaska call for the right to consult on B.C. mining projects | The Globe and Mail*



The Federal Court weighed in on the duty to consult.


Cold Lake First Nations v. Canada (Attorney General), 2024 FC 925 



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Finding balance to sustain the future lives of our members, Elders, and youth for generations to come is an important factor in reconciliation."

Chief Judy Desjarlais, Blueberry River First Nations



Stories do more than comfort. They take you away and bring you back better made."

- Tommy Orange, Wandering Stars (2024) 



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