May 1 - 7, 2024

This week’s edition includes Red Dress Day, new federal oversight bodies, policing, Indigenous laws and more.   



Red Dress Day was observed across the country to raise awareness and call for justice for MMIWG2S+ 


Red Dress Alert system pilot project to start in Manitoba | APTN News 

Indigenous groups in B.C. renew calls for justice for MMIWG on annual Red Dress Day | Global News 

Red Dress Day: Observance held in advance of May 5 | CTV News 

Local Indigenous communities mark Red Dress Day with education on forefront | CBC News


National headlines featured the creation of new federal oversight bodies and First Nations land management


Federal commissioner to hold government accountable for treaty obligations | Nunatsiaq News 

Ottawa commits $187M to help First Nations control land | Toronto Star*  

Bill creating new oversight body to track reconciliation efforts poised to become law | Lethbridge News Now


Community safety and consultation were top of the news in the East Coast 


Wolastoqey chiefs demand police enforce banishment orders following woman's homicide | CBC News 

First Nations leaders in Ottawa to denounce nuclear power plants | APTN News


A child welfare class action lawsuit is moving forward in Quebec   


Quebec court authorizes off-reserve lawsuit against province, Canada | APTN News 


Ontario news included recognition of First Nations’ bylaws, a new Indigenous court, cannabis and Ring of Fire talks  


Ontario must rely on First Nations bylaws | The Star*

Georgina cannabis store owner fights for Indigenous rights | News |

Northeastern Ontario gets its first Indigenous Peoples Court | CBC News

Ring of Fire road talks still in 'early stages' despite premier's hints: Aroland chief | The Trillium


Indigenous policing, flooding and a lawsuit over environmental protection were front and centre in the Prairies  


Saskatchewan to study implementation of Indigenous-led police services | Global News

Manitoba First Nations seek billions in damages over Winnipeg sewage spill | CBC News

Some 540 Peguis First Nation residents still displaced after 2022 flooding | City News


Trans Mountain, Haida Title, policing and mineral claims returned to the news in BC   


Trans Mountain: Could an Indigenous Rights case impact operations? | The Narwhal

B.C. First Nations leaders call for inquiry of police killings of Indigenous people | City News

Mineral explorations companies in B.C. want voice in appeal | Business in Vancouver

FNLC Calls Out Opposition Parties’ Baseless and Harmful Critiques of Bill Recognizing Haida Aboriginal Title | UBCIC



The BC Supreme Court weighed in on "buckshee leases" in an injunction application   


Actton Super-Save Gas Stations Ltd v Eneas, 2024 BCSC 743 


The Federal Court weighed in on ministerial authority to issue Fisheries Act licenses within a modern-day treaty area


Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated v. Canada (Fisheries and Oceans), 2024 FC 649


The Alberta Court of Appeal weighed in on taxation authority


Canadian Natural Resources Limited v Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, 2024 ABCA 131



Our land is not for sale. And even in our belief system, we don’t own the land, the land owns us. We’re here as stewards of the land, to protect and care for the land."

April Thomas, Secwépemc Matriarch  



Little sparks cause fires too."

- Tomasz Jędrowski, Swimming in the Dark (2022)



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