June 26 - July 9, 2024

This week’s edition includes child welfare, land protection, renewable energy, Aboriginal title, infrastructure development and more.   



National headlines included residential school denialism, child welfare, wildfires and economic development


History of residential school cemeteries is evidence of genocide, interlocutor says | CBC News

AFN barring resolutions dealing with child welfare at assembly | APTN News

AFN national chief says child welfare funding to top $20B as chiefs raise concerns | APTN News

As Canada braces for a raging summer, Indigenous communities remain displaced | The Guardian

Foreign visitors want to experience Indigenous tourism, but federal supports lacking: internal documents | National Observer*


Land protection and historical sites were front and center on the East Coast 


P.E.I. First Nations, Ottawa establish national park reserve on sacred Mi'kmaq land | City News

Mi'kmaw protocols aim to steer development in archaeologically sensitive areas | CBC News


Québec news featured renewable energy and the duty to consult 


Hydro-Québec announces $9B wind power project, one of the largest in North America | CBC News

Quebec failed to consult First Nations on caribou strategy: court | Montreal Gazette

Kahnawake Council applauds Northvolt denunciation | Yahoo News


Robinson Huron Treaty payments and Métis identity were top stories in Ontario


Northern Ont. First Nation approves $110K minimum payouts from $200M settlement | CTV News

Joint Statement from Chiefs in southern Ontario on the Métis Nation of Ontario’s continued attempts to divide First Nations | Chiefs of Ontario


A new forestry plan was the top story in Manitoba


We are honoured to work in collaboration with the Public Interest Law Centre on behalf of Minegoziibe Anishinabe and Wuskwi Sipihk on this important issue as they continue to defend their treaty rights. Congratulations to Minegoziibe Anishinabe, Wuskwi Sipihk and Sapotaweyak Cree Nation.

3 First Nations, Manitoba government sign deal on 20-year forestry plan | CBC News


BC stories featured Aboriginal title, child and family services, land defence, pipelines and treaty negotiations


Ministers, First Nation celebrate 10th anniversary of landmark Tsilhqotʼin decision | CBC News

Cowichan Tribes child welfare agreement restores inherent rights | The Discourse

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief sentenced to 60 days house arrest for blocking pipeline in 2021 | CBC News

Pembina, Haisla First Nation give green light to proposed US$4B LNG project off B.C. coast | Vancouver Sun

Overlapping First Nations claims complicate big move on treaty in northwestern B.C. | Global News 


Pollution, conservation and infrastructure development were key stories in the North


Yukon First Nation calls to shut down all mining activity on their land following Eagle mine slide | CBC News

Kluane First Nation supports Yukon’s decision to close Dall sheep hunt | APTN News

Long-awaited Arctic port and road project restarts with regulatory filings | CTV News



By embedding our teachings, family customs and values into our law, we are setting new requirements for how decisions are made — to prioritize keeping our children with their families."

Chief Cindy Daniels (Sulsulxumaat), Cowichan Tribes



Humility is a state of being that can open hearts and minds to see a situation in different ways."

- Lindsay Borrows, Dabaadendiziwin: Practices of Humility in a Multi-Juridical Legal Landscape (2016) 



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