Five years after Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommended sports programs reduce barriers and become more inclusive of Indigenous athletes, a panel of experts say not enough has been done to reach that goal. “We have to stop seeing sport as a recreational pastime,” said Mohawk Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller, of Kahnawake,Read More →

The CEO of an organization that represents several fly-in communities in northern Ontario says the COVID-19 virus poses a potentially “devastating” threat to First Nations that are already dealing with a bad flu year and face overcrowded conditions due to housing shortages.  David Paul Achneepineskum, CEO of Matawa First Nations, saidRead More →

People staying at the Gidimt’en checkpoint in Wet’suwet’en territory don’t know when the RCMP will show up again, but they expect it will happen soon.  The checkpoint, located at the 44 kilometre mark of the Morice West Forest Service Road, is a gated occupation site where an unknown number of people areRead More →

The over-representation of Indigenous people in federal custody has reached a new historic high, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Office of the Correctional Investigator.  In the statement, Correctional Investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger described the continuing trend of the increasing number and proportion of Indigenous people in federal prisons as “disturbing” and called for boldRead More →

Several B.C. First Nations will be squaring off against the federal government in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver this week, arguing that it failed to conduct meaningful consultations with them about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and that the project should be cancelled. The case is similar toRead More →

Doris Peltier has dedicated her life’s work to advocating for the wellbeing of Indigenous women living with HIV/AIDS. The 63-year-old Anishinaabe mother, grandmother and great-grandmother started working in the field in 2010 after she was diagnosed with HIV. “At the time of my diagnosis and shortly afterwards, I found out that wasRead More →

The Federal Court of Canada has denied the federal government’s motion to pause a human rights tribunal ruling ordering compensation for First Nations children apprehended through the on-reserve child welfare system.  Justice Paul Favel said in his ruling that the federal government could not prove it would suffer “irreparable harm” from theRead More →

Ottawa must pay tens of thousands of dollars to every First Nations child who was placed in the on-reserve child welfare system, following a Friday ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that also provides compensation to some of their parents and grandparents.  The tribunal ordered the federal government to pay $40,000 toRead More →

Ottawa needs to ‘walk the walk’ on reconciliation, said a Federal Court judge in a ruling released Tuesday as part of an ongoing class action lawsuit launched by residential school day scholars and more than 100 First Nations. The ruling by Justice Sean Harrington issued on Tuesday dismissed a motion for advanced costsRead More →