May 15 - 28, 2024

This week’s edition includes land governance, identity, fishing rights, self-determination and more.   



National news centered on identity and environmental racism legislation


Indigenous leaders adopt declaration condemning identity theft | CBC News 

Environmental racism bill close to becoming law | APTN News


Northern headlines featured land governance and a hearing on environmental impacts


Public discussions to take place across Yukon preceding new backcountry laws | CBC News

Leaders in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., worry about how oil production is affecting the Mackenzie River | CBC News


Land ownership, Haida title, salmon, and old-growth logging topped BC news 


Haida Nation Aboriginal title legislation gets royal assent in B.C. legislature | CBC News

Change to B.C. law allows First Nations to directly own land | CBC News

‘Namgis First Nation resumes lawsuit after disease concerns in B.C. wild salmon | The Chilliwack Progress

Environmental groups critical of new B.C. government old-growth logging report | CBC News  


Land protection, environmental impacts and access to justice were top stories in Alberta   


Group asks for environmental impact assessment of Pathways Alliance carbon capture project | CBC News

Oil company seeks arrest of Woodland Cree First Nation chief | Lakeland News

Twice monthly court being held in Mînî Thnî for those who can’t travel to Cochrane | Western Wheel


Child welfare and education were newsmakers on the Prairies   


Province, Indigenous leaders ink declaration to transfer child-welfare jurisdiction | Winnipeg Free Press

James Smith Cree Nation officially opens educational authority | CBC News


Ontario headlines included Métis identity, treaty rights, language, and fishing


First Nations, some Métis leaders object to legislation granting self-government to Ontario Métis groups | The Globe and Mail*

Local chiefs warn city of downside to new treaty wealth | Sault Ste. Marie News

'Language is identity': First Nation legislator to make history at Ontario legislature | CBC News

Ontario reaches land claim settlement with Matachewan First Nation | CTV News

'We both want a healthy lake,' tensions ease over Lake Nipissing fishing | CBC News

Mercury poisoning near Grassy Narrows First Nation worsened by ongoing industrial pollution, study suggests | CBC News


Quebec news featured self-determination and air pollution


Cree Nation plays leading role at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues | Yahoo News

Kahnawake council investigates air pollution complaint | APTN News


Fishing rights made headlines on the East Coast


Lennox Island First Nation hoping for more access to lobster fishery | CBC News 

Judge refuses to scrap eel fisher's lawsuit against chiefs | Penticton Herald 

Elver fishery should be reopened says Parliamentary committee | APTN News 



Check out Kate Gunn's case comment on the recent Supreme Court of Canada Shot Both Sides v. Canada decision


Rights & Remedies at the SCC: Case Comment on Shot Both Sides v Canada | First Peoples Law | Kate Gunn



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If I get arrested for sticking up for our lands, sticking up for our treaty, sticking up for what we believe in, I think that will be a shame on the province, on the country, and on industry."

Chief Laboucan-Avirom, Woodland Cree First Nation 



It’s easy to feel celestial when you’re looking up at the sky."

- Brandi Bird, The All + Flesh (2023)  


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