April 17 - 23, 2024

This week’s edition includes the federal budget, fishing, conservation, First Nations land ownership and more.   



National news included the First Nations infrastructure gap, the federal budget, Métis rights, clean drinking water and a new loan program 


Feds mull options as Métis self-government bill threatens to collapse | CBC News 

Budget 2024 promises $9B and loans for resource projects | APTN News 

First Nations chiefs alarmed, disappointed by Canada's 2024 budget | Windspeaker 

Indigenous loan guarantee program could transform resource sector in Canada - The Globe and Mail

Canada to give Indigenous groups loan guarantees for resource projects | Reuters 

UN expert finds 'flagrant breaches' of First Nations rights to clean water | CBC News 


A new national park reserve, long term care and fishing made headlines in the East Coast 


'We're going to be welcoming the world here,' Lennox Island chief says of new park funding | CBC News 

Nova Scotia opens first long-term care home serving Mi'kmaq seniors | Toronto Star 

The Legal Fishery Sparking Arrests and Violence | Hakai Magazine 


Ontario news featured community health concerns, policing and the RHT settlement 


Aamjiwnaang First Nation members say industrial benzene emissions in Sarnia, Ont., area made them ill | CBC News 

'The urgency is there:' Group proposes Anishinaabe language trust from $10B RHT settlement | Sault Ste. Marie News 

First Nations leaders urge Ontario to disband Thunder Bay police, get outside service to investigate deaths | CBC News 


The federal budget and consultation were the top stories in the Prairies  


Liberal budget will make Northern Manitoba First Nations ‘fight for scraps’: chief | Yahoo 

Indigenous leaders continue calls for proper consultation in Saskatchewan | Global News 


BC headlines highlighted child and family services, UNDRIP, land ownership, Haida title and conservation 


Province signs historic child and family services agreement with B.C. First Nation | Vernon Morning Star 

BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee Advocates for Stronger Measures in Canada’s UN Declaration Act Action Plan | British Columbia Assembly of First Nations 

Legislative amendments would allow First Nations to own land | Hamilton Spectator  

Haida Nation, B.C. sign land deal for return of 200 islands | APTN News 

Where have moose gone? The view from northern B.C. | The Narwhal 


Fishing and conservation across international borders were front and centre in the North  


Salmon agreement sparks Alaskan Tribal frustrations | APTN News 

Fishing moratorium on Yukon River chinook may be ‘too little, too late,’ panel hears | Eye on the Arctic 


The BC Supreme Court issued a further decision regarding Nuchatlaht's Aboriginal title 


The Nuchatlaht v British Columbia 2024 BCSC 628 | CanLII 

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Congratulates and Celebrates with Nuchatlaht For Court Decision Identifying Aboriginal Title Lands | Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council 



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Western policies, Western politics, Western science is what helped get us into this crisis, into this mess. Traditional knowledge will help get us out.

Duane Aucoin, Teslin Tlingit Council 



Truth is a seed 
planted deep 
If you want to get it 
you have to dig.” 

-Katherena Vermette, River Woman (2018) 



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