March 6 - March 12, 2024

This week’s edition includes jurisdiction, child-family services, class actions, law reform and more. 



National news included emergency management, language revitalization, class actions and systemic racism 


As disasters mount, First Nations' safety has never been more pressing: Woodhouse | CTV News 

Canada should provide Indigenous languages with constitutional protection | The Conversation 

Day school settlement has paid out $5.7B in claims. A Supreme Court petition says survivors were shortchanged | CBC News 

After 5 years, Oneida still has no clean water. Why a class action settlement could be a 'relief' | CBC News 

Eleven communities ask Canada to halt release of flawed stats | Sask Today 


Law reform, a legal action, jurisdiction over child welfare and UNDRIP topped BC headlines 


Indigenous mineral interests protected as province modernizes mineral tenure act | Comox Valley Record 

West Moberly First Nation 'disheartened and frustrated' by reactions to Land Act amendments | Yahoo! News 

First Nations Call for Protection of Bear Dens via Immediate Provincial Legislation and Support for First Nations Legal Orders | UBCIC 

Haíɫzaqv takes legal action against 'Canada' after DFO shut down nation's herring fishery | IndigiNews 

Despite delays from ‘Canada,’ Sts’ailes is taking back control over its own child welfare | IndigiNews 

Local First Nations back Vancouver plan to eliminate park board - BC | Global News 


Alberta and Saskatchewan news featured a lawsuit to defend Treaty rights and economic development 


Legal action launched by First Nation following three wastewater discharges by Kearl Oil | Windspeaker 

First Nation sues Alberta Energy Regulator over tailings leaks from oilsands mine | CBC News 

Treaty 6 creating a revenue sharing model for Alberta’s consideration | Windspeaker 

The judicial system and a cows and plows claim were front and centre in Manitoba 

Frustrations raised concerning province's plan for bail system | CityNews 

Manitoba First Nations community clears final hurdle in $200M 'cows and plows' settlement with feds to right century-old wrong | Penticton Herald 


Wally Firth’s legacy is remembered in the Northwest Territories 


Wally Firth, N.W.T.'s first Indigenous MP, remembered as a humble trailblazer | CBC News 

Tributes continue for Wally Firth, an unsung Northern trailblazer | CKLB Radio 


Ontario and Quebec headlines included mining, the Ring of Fire, environmental protection and child-family services 


Province shuts down Chiefs of Ontario's request for a moratorium on staking mining claims | CBC News 

Two First Nations sign Ring of Fire agreement as another launches court battle | The Trillium 

Akwesasne residents have concerns about proposed hydrogen facility in N.Y. state | CBC News 

First Nations in northwestern Ontario taking ownership of child-family services on road to federal reform | CBC News 



The Ontario Court of Appeal weighed in on treaty interpretation and the honour of the Crown 


Fletcher v. Ontario, 2024 ONCA 148 



As long as this situation continues to exist with the very first citizens of this land being the very poorest in their homeland, I fail to understand how one in this country can say, “I am proud to be a Canadian.” 

- Member of Parliament Wally Firth, House of Commons Debates,  January 1973 



She says Mom does the emotional work for the whole family, feeling everything ten times harder than is necessary so the rest of us can act normal. 

- Miriam Toews, Fight Night (2021) 


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