June 5 - 11, 2024

This week’s edition includes MMIWG2S+ calls for justice, economic development, education, consultation, repatriation, fisheries and more.   



National news included MMIWG2S+ calls for justice and housing


After five years, ‘calls for justice’ on MMIWG2S+ issues still not complete | APTN News 

House of Commons committee looking at ways to close First Nations housing gap | APTN News


East Coast headlines featured economic development and forest conservation 


Glooscap First Nation to become majority owner of 2 N.S. shipyards | CTV News

The Mi’kmaq-led fight to save a Nova Scotia forest | The Narwhal


Education and language requirements were front and centre in Québec 


34 Cree teachers in Quebec graduate from community-based university programs | CBC News 

Indigenous students want exemption from Quebec language law | APTN News


Environmental contamination, the Ring of Fire, consultation, and a space for the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation in the Parliamentary precinct made headlines in Ontario   


Grassy Narrows First Nation files lawsuit against Ontario, federal governments over mercury contamination | CBC News 

Northwest First Nations decry Wyloo decision to site Ring of Fire mineral processor in Sudbury | Northern Ontario Business 

MSIFN leaders raising concerns about zoning orders and consultation with First Nations | Durham Radio News 

Algonquin Anishinabeg included in Ottawa Indigenous centre | APTN News


In Manitoba, repatriation was the top story   


University of Manitoba to return Indigenous human remains | APTN News


Saskatchewan headlines highlighted MMIWG2S+ and the contributions of Cree soldiers to D-Day


'It's time for action': FSIN reacts to Sask. MMIWG progress report | CBC News

Sask. First Nations families travel to France for unveiling of D-Day statue | CBC News


Repatriation and emergency management were top stories in Alberta


Blackfoot headdress returning to Alberta’s Siksika First Nation | Global News 

Cold Lake First Nations and Fire & Flood Services sign agreement | Lakeland News


BC headlines included land disputes, pipeline opposition, policing, fisheries, and UNDRIP 


In northwest B.C., a land disagreement between First Nations heads to court | Ricochet Media 

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs urge banks to snub TC Energy bonds | CTV News

Tiny House Warriors found guilty of all charges for TMX altercations | IndigiNews

After 136 years of police violence, Gitxsan leaders want an overhaul of the RCMP | IndigiNews

Court rejects bid to review minister's order to B.C. salmon farms | CBC News

Vancouver lays out Indigenous rights action plan to mark 10 years of reconciliation | Global News


Remediation made the news in Yukon


Yukon Water Board schedules hearing on remediation dispute | APTN News


In case you missed it, check out our new blog series, What We're Watching, featuring great books, podcasts, films and music by Indigenous writers and artists


What We're Watching: Summer Edition | First Peoples Law LLP



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I don’t want to call it an ‘uprising’ ... It was the defending of the territories and the defending of our laws, and the defending of who we are."

Joel Starlund/Sk’a’nism Tsa ‘Win’Giit, Executive Director of the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs  



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- Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach (2000) 


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