By Bruce McIvor and Carlie Kane
This week’s edition includes Truth and Reconciliation, language revitalization, Treaty rights and more.
September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We have provided a list of resources for anyone who wants to learn more about the truth of Residential Schools shared by Survivors across the country.
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IN THE NEWS
Truth and Reconciliation, climate change and a cross-border pipeline were front and centre in national headlines
Advocates want increased access to residential school documents | MBC Radio
You want to help tame the colonial beast? Well, Ally up! | Toronto Star
Report recommends a whole-of-government approach to climate change | Spare News | Penticton Herald
Undo Line 5 shutdown order, federal government's filing urges U.S. appeals court | CityNews Kitchener
An ongoing legal battle returns to east coast news
Environmental, Indigenous groups appeal Bay du Nord decision in Federal Court | SaltWire
Groups launch appeal in case challenging of Fed's approval Bay du Nord | EcoJustice
Ontario headlines included land protection, self-governance and Treaty rights
First Nations in Ontario push back against proposed federal law | APTN News
Assembly of First Nations endorses fight against Ontario Métis self-government bill | CBC News
Cat Lake First Nation Band Council Resolution opposes Ontario’s plan to issue mining exploration permits in their Territory | NetNewsLedger
Language revitalization topped Quebec news
First Nations working together to protect and revitalize their languages | Newswire
Saskatoon headlines featured economic development
Proposed development to be serviced by First Nations wastewater treatment plant | Clark's Crossing Gazette
Alberta news included systemic racism, access to health care and pipelines
Siksika Nation, Alberta’s doctor regulatory body commit to ending racism in health care | Global News
Oil sands producers in talks with Indigenous communities for equity stakes in carbon capture projects | Globe and Mail
An investigation into unmarked graves and economic development returned to BC headlines
B.C. First Nation to provide update on probe into three former residential schools | Toronto Star
Osoyoos Indian Band signs agreement for magnesium mine near Rossland | Trail Daily Times
Bruce McIvor thinks Aboriginal rights have become a tool of colonialism. To find out why, check out his new four-part essay published this week ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Part one will be posted on September 26 at 12pm PT.
FROM THE COURTS
The BC Supreme Court weighed in on provincial cannabis legislation on reserve.
BC1178980 v British Columbia, 2023 BCSC 1641 (CanLII)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The road we travel is equal in importance to the destination we seek. There are no shortcuts. When it comes to truth and reconciliation we are forced to go the distance.
- Justice Murray Sinclair on Truth and Reconciliation
OFF THE RECORD
They took our land, but not our traditions and culture
There is a struggle, but it's making us stronger
Do you see who we are?
Their spirit in our hearts
- N'we Jinan Artists, "Why Us" from Dreamkeepers, Vol. 6 (2017)