April 24 - 30, 2024

This week’s edition includes energy sovereignty, health care reform, marine protection, Aboriginal title and more.   



National news featured Jordan’s Principle and economic development 


Ottawa failing to meet Jordan's Principle deadlines for First Nations kids' care most of the time | CBC News 

What could a $5B government loan program do? Turn Indigenous communities into powerful investors | CBC News 


BC news included marine protection, energy sovereignty, cultural wildfire burns and Aboriginal title


How more First Nations in B.C. are using cultural practices to protect their communities from wildfire | CBC News

It’s the world’s first Indigenous-led ‘blue park.’ And Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation pulled it off without waiting on Canada | The Narwhal

‘Fire is medicine’: WFN company utilizes prescribed burns to mitigate wildfire risks | IndigiNews

The Haida Get Their Land Back | The Tyee

This B.C. First Nation uses over 1M litres of diesel a year. They plan to replace it all with solar power | CBC News

Nuchatlaht First Nation granted partial Aboriginal land title by B.C. Supreme Court | CBC News


Access to safe drinking water and a residential-school class action were top stories in Alberta 


For First Nations in Alberta, drought only compounds existing water issues | CBC News

Calgary judge permits class-action lawsuit over priest’s residential-school remarks | Globe and Mail *


Health care reform was front and centre in Yukon   


First Nations leaders disappointed Yukon's Health Authority Act is not yet law | CBC News 


Legal action against the Crown, the landfill search and consultation topped Manitoba news  


Peguis First Nation files $1 billion claim against all levels of government over devastating 2022 flood - Winnipeg | Global News

Funding for Manitoba landfill search welcome, but First Nations-led response still needed | Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Manitoba First Nation seeks court order to halt logging in Duck Mountains | CBC News


Ontario headlines included environmental health, the RHT settlement and a call for police reform  


Can these far northern First Nations protect the world’s Breathing Lands? | The Narwhal 

Don't leave us out of UN plastic treaty talks, says Aamjiwnaang First Nation | CityNews 

Garden River says no to 100 per cent treaty settlement payouts | CTV News 

Collective or individual? The key question behind distributing $10B Robinson Huron Treaty settlement | CBC News 

'It cuts you to the heart': Thunder Bay families of Indigenous people in unsolved death cases seek answers | CBC News 


Identity fraud topped Quebec headlines   


Abenaki in Quebec take identity fraud concerns to the United Nations | CBC News  


Nunavut news featured health care and the tuberculosis crisis   


Inuit leaders disappointed with budget's lack of money for tuberculosis elimination | CBC News


Language revitalization and fishing rights made East Coast headlines    


'Every word is life': Folks gather to learn Wolastoqey language | CBC News 

Elver case involving 5 Mi'kmaw men ends with single guilty plea to obstruction | CBC News 


In case you missed it, check out Kate Gunn’s case comment on the recent Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Supreme Court of Canada decision  


Indigenous Sovereignty at the Supreme Court: Case Comment on Dickson | First Peoples Law | Kate Gunn 



You give us more authority, more jurisdiction, more space to do this work — we’ll do it better than anyone."

Councillor Jordan Coble, Westbank First Nation  



Maybe all that a family is, is the shape of its silence."

- Kei Miller, Things I Have Withheld (2021)



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