Category Archives: Politics

Lack of police co-operation 'slowed' work for MMIWG inquiry, says chief commissioner

Some police services, including the RCMP, were unco-operative when it came to handing over files to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and “it slowed us down,” says the inquiry’s chief commissioner. The commissioners will submit their final report to the federal government on April 30.  Chief commissioner Marion Buller, along with…

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'The insult': Ottawa's move to honour Métis war vets comes after years of stonewalling

They were the forgotten among the forgotten. Nearly 20 years ago, when Veterans Affairs Canada documented the “discrimination and outright fraud” perpetrated against the country’s aboriginal war veterans, it deliberately excluded former Métis soldiers. David Chartrand, vice-president of the Métis National Council, said he could never understand “the insult,” nor why senior Veterans Affairs officials fought so hard…

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Budget's Indigenous languages funding 'insufficient' to support revitalization work, says B.C. advocate

If Ottawa is serious about supporting the revitalization of Indigenous languages across Canada, a lot more funding needs to be made available, according to the CEO of the First Peoples Cultural Council in B.C.  In Tuesday’s pre-election budget, the Liberals promised to spend $334 million over the next five years on “preserving, promoting and revitalizing” Indigenous…

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Charges against Idle No More co-founder dropped

A judge has dismissed charges against one of the founders of the Indigenous Idle No More protest movement, who was accused of living illegally on Saskatchewan park land. Sylvia McAdam and her brother Kurtis were to stand trial for failing to comply with a provincial government order to vacate land in the Zig Zag Bay…

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Trudeau defends actions as Philpott asks if Wilson-Raybould was sidelined over SNC-Lavalin

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists he did not shuffle Jody Wilson-Raybould over the SNC-Lavalin matter, contradicting former top minister Jane Philpott’s claim that there was “a reason” for moving the former justice minister and attorney general to Veterans Affairs. In an explosive interview with Maclean’s — her first media interview since she resigned from the Liberal cabinet…

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Clearwater surf clam proposal 'interesting' to DFO minister

Canada’s fisheries minister is expressing interest — but making no commitments — when it comes to the latest move by Clearwater Seafoods to recapture its multimillion-dollar monopoly on the Arctic surf clam fishery. Last week, the Halifax-based shellfish giant announced a 50-year revenue-sharing deal with 14 First Nations. All but one are Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq bands. That band is…

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