The Loon Lake volunteer fire department did not respond to a deadly house fire Tuesday on a neighbouring First Nation [cut “reserve”] because the band council was three months behind on its fire bill, according to documents obtained by APTN National News.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch will attend this month’s planned roundtable to discuss the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.
An Algonquin First Nation has launched a $30 million court action alleging the third-party managers appointed by Aboriginal Affairs to handle its books treated the community with “disdain,” kept the band in the dark about its finances and even issued bad cheques.
Ottawa’s historic adversarial posture on Indigenous rights proves institutional racism exists and it’s linked to the racism faced by Indigenous people on the streets of Canada’s cities, says Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash.
A former federal minister of Aboriginal affairs, who is trying to secure a Liberal nomination to run in the next election, says he doesn’t believe institutional racism exists in Canada but it is alive and well at the individual level.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says Canada has a racism problem across the country.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde extended an olive branch to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt during a meeting Monday when he invited the minister with the national organization’s chiefs executive next week.
A tribunal created to deal with historic First Nation grievances is slowly being smothered by the Harper government, said a British Columbia grand chief in response to revelations the independent body is now being relocated and stripped of the ability to run its own affairs.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt says the department will immediately cut funding and begin court action against any First Nation that refuses to comply with his government’s transparency law.