By Bruce McIvor and Carlie Kane
This week’s edition includes climate change, Inuit identity, land protection, court cases and more.
IN THE NEWS
Housing and Inuit identity were front and centre on the east coast
Innu Nation comes to Ottawa to fight against recognition of NunatuKavut Community Council in Labrador | APTN News
Former Indigenous Relations Minister was warned against signing 2019 MOU with Labrador group | CBC News
Federal government, Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq sign housing agreement | Atlantic CTV News
Decision-making authority, climate change and Métis rights topped Ontario news
'We want to be able to decide' Inside the battle over the Ring of Fire | CP 24
Climate change threatens winter roads connecting northern Ontario's remote communities | CBC News
Treaties with Métis could be negotiated after self-government bill passes: minister | Elliot Lake Today
Saskatchewan headlines featured bison and a lawsuit
Blackfoot Elders, conservationists join to bring bison back to Alberta's Eastern Slopes | Windspeaker
Saskatchewan First Nations sue Canadian Government Over Opioid Crisis Negligence | West Island Blog
Treaty rights at the Supreme Court of Canada and environmental rights were in the spotlight in Alberta news
Supreme Court hears arguments on time limitations to bring claims of treaty obligation breaches | Windspeaker
Indigenous environmentalists blast Alberta regulator and federal inaction over Kearl mine leakage | NNSL Media
BC news included land protection, endangered species and renewable energy
B.C. First Nation 'furious' after federal government rejects order to protect owls | City News
'How is that reconciliation?': Hereditary Gitxsan Nation chiefs rally for their rights | National Observer
Neighbours rally against proposed biofuel plan on Semiahmoo First Nation's land | Global News
FROM THE COURTS
The Supreme Court of Canada weighed in on the constitutionality of the Impact Assessment Act.
Reference re Impact Assessment Act, 2023 SCC 23 (CanLII)
It was an honour to represent the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta at the Supreme Court of Canada's hearing of Jim Shot Both Sides, et al. v. His Majesty the King. First Peoples Law's Kate Gunn provided oral submissions.
Check out our case backgrounder to learn more. You can watch the full hearing here.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
So today, when everybody's all gung-ho about reconciliation, these things were taken away from us, the bison. And in reality, if there's something you can do that's even tangible, you need to return the bison to their natural habitat so that they can revive or somewhat restore our climate or add to that.
- Kainai Elder Charlie Fox, Elder of the Kainai Nations Sacred Horn Society and member of the Blood Tribe
OFF THE RECORD
I feel most myself when I'm out on the land.
- Fontine, 'Homemaker' from Yarrow Lover (2022)