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First Nations logger says conservation officers are eliminating his market instead of laying charges

A Wolastoqew (Maliseet) logger who’s harvesting lumber from Crown land outside of provincial regulations says an investigation by conservation officers is violating his treaty right to earn a moderate livelihood. Patrick Paul, 30, from St. Mary’s First Nation near Fredericton, N.B., has been running a wholesale firewood operation for three years. He works by himself, harvesting with a chainsaw…

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Challenge to Indian day school settlement in Quebec court could stall deal

A recently filed court challenge of Ottawa’s Indian day school settlement agreement could stall the deal, according to one of the lawyers behind the legal filing. The filing, with the Quebec Superior Court, argues, among several issues, that the settlement agreement ignored the needs of francophone day school survivors by providing limited and inadequately translated documents. The…

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Charges laid in alleged sexual, physical abuse of 17 children in Garden Hill First Nation

Two men from Garden Hill have been charged with multiple sexual offences against children in the community, Manitoba RCMP say — including one man who had access to a foster home in the Manitoba First Nation. An extensive investigation identified 17 alleged victims of physical or sexual abuse that police say occurred between 2011 and 2017. RCMP could not confirm Thursday if the children identified…

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