What’s new in Indigenous Watchdog? Status Updates – April 30, 2023


Positive Actions = 40 vs Current Problems = 87

Calls to Action (C2A) Status: April 30, 2023

Not StartedStalledIn ProgressComplete
14214613
14.9%22.3%48.9%13.8%
StatusLegacy Calls to Action
(1-42) + 50-52, 62-65
Reconciliation Calls to Action
(43-94)
Not Started2, 9, 26, 34, 42, 51, 52, 6445, 46, 47, 55, 56, 89
Stalled6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 29, 30, 3258, 62, 71, 77, 78, 87, 92, 93
Complete13, 15, 4149, 59, 67, 68, 70, 80, 83, 84, 85, 94

Legacy Calls to Action include “Equity for Aboriginal People in the Legal System” (50-52) and “Education for Reconciliation (62-65) in order to keep all “Justice” and “Education” Calls to Action in one location

See also “Perspectives” post for a complete 6-page colour-coded document summarizing all 94 Calls to Action

Indigenous Watchdog Updates

The following presents a year-to-date statistical snapshot of stakeholder actions across ALL themes that are either advancing reconciliation (Legacy and Reconciliation C2As and Government Commitments) or creating roadblocks (Current Problems)

Section202020212022Jan. 31Mar. 1Mar. 31Apr. 30YTD
Current Reality264750413412
Current Problems189213315588311487342
Legacy C2As9615918826203327106
Reconciliation C2As558811731121944
Govt. Commitments48325414
Total36650771894117176131518
Other Issues781316102362
Indigenous Success Stories65953714

Notes:

  • Current Reality includes ALL 94 Calls to Action and Other Issues
  • Legacy C2As, Reconciliation C2As, Government Commitments and Other Issues represent positive steps that are advancing reconciliation
  • Current Problems includes all those in “Calls to Action” plus “Other Issues” and “Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation
  • “Other Issues” presents information on Drinking Water Advisories, Food Insecurity, Suicide Prevention, Urban Commitments to Reconciliation, Housing, Environment and Treaties and Land Claims

NOTE: Some actions/problems have multiple entries that are only counted once; also Background Content sections have multiple entries to provide additional context to a particular Theme and/or C2A

New Sections

SectionCall to Action (C2A) ThemeWhere located
Indigenous Child Welfare AgenciesChild WelfareC2A # 4 Landing Page – Background Content
Decarceration Though Self-DeterminationJusticeC2A # 30 Landing Page – Background Content
Voices of Indigenous Youth LeadersYouth ProgramsHome Page – Current Problems
Indigenous Youth ReportsYouth ProgramsC2A # 66 Landing Page – Background Content
Federal Budget InvestmentsMedia & ReconciliationHome Page – Current Problems
Other Journalism InitiativesMedia & ReconciliationC2A # 86 Landing Page: Actions & Commitments
Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)Urban CommitmentsHome Page – Background Content

Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

JurisdictionDateIndigenous
Group
Description
FederalApril 9FN, M, IBudget 2023: Advancing Reconciliation section
Alberta, Manitoba, SaskatchewanApril 11FN, MTaking the lead on new nation-building projects
SaskatchewanApril 19FN, M$92.4M for First Nations and Métis communities through Gaming Payments
British ColumbiaApril 20FN, MFunding helps 60 organizations build anti-racist communities
FN = First Nations; M = Métis; I = Inuit

Current Problems in Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

JurisdictionDateIndigenous
Group
Description
FederalApril 10FNChiefs’ resistance to change stalls new path for AFN
Alberta, Manitoba SaskatchewanApril 11FNWestern premiers blast Lametti for suggesting Ottawa might ‘look at’ provinces’ power over natural resources
FederalApril 19FN, M, IFirst Nations high-speed internet access lagging behind Canadian average: less than 43% of households on reserve vs 91% in Canada
AlbertaApril 20FNFormer Treaty 6 Grand Chief calls for Alberta Council on Reconcilia-tion after Alberta refused to meet with UN Special Rapporteur
Federal, OntarioApril 21FNNorthern Ontario chief says his community continues to ‘fear’ flooding because of neighbouring First Nation
Federal, OntarioApril 20FNAnishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief carries strong message to U.N. on behalf of E’Dbendaagzijig
FederalApril 24FN, M, ICRA must tackle trust issues, discrimination against Indigenous clients, report says
QuébecApril 25FN, IThe Naskapi Development Corporation asks the Québec government to set up a negotiation table to address equitable and recurring funding
FN = First Nations; M = Métis; I = Inuit

Legacy Calls to Action

CHILD WELFARE

Home Page – Current Reality
Update to “Federal Actions”
April 5: Revised settlement agreement of $23B reached to compensate First Nations children and families
Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “Systemic Racism”: Alberta
April 2: 74% of youth in care in Alberta are Indigenous. Here’s what two of them had to say
Update to “Systemic Racism”: Manitoba
April 21: After outcry over baby’s apprehension, Manitoba Indigenous family gets their newborn back
Update to: “Child and Youth Advocate Reports“: Ontario
April 13: Child Welfare agencies failed to ensure safety of Indigenous girl at risk of human trafficking, Ombudsman finds
Update to: “Child and Youth Advocate Reports: BC
April 27:Missing: Why are children disappearing from B.C.’s child welfare system?
Call to Action # 1

Federal, provincial and territory governments to commit to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care

Update to “Government Commitments to Reducing the Number of Children in Care: BC
April 3: Ottawa adds $3.4B to its $20B First Nations child welfare compensation deal
April 5: Revised settlement agreement of $23B reached to compensate First Nations children and families
Update to “Government Commitments to Reducing the Number of Children in Care: Yukon
April 13: More Yukon children in care being placed with family members, report shows
Call to Action #4

Federal government to enact Indigenous child welfare legislation

NEW SECTION: Indigenous Child Welfare Agencies: Federal
April 11: Notices and requests related to “An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families”
Update to “Government Commitments to Indigenous Child Welfare: Ontario
April 11: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug celebrates First Nation-led family law, one of few in Canada
Update to “Government Commitments to Indigenous Child Welfare: Alberta
April 11: Three First Nations sign agreement with Ottawa, Alberta to take over child welfare
Update to “Bill C-92”: All Provinces
April 13: Provinces need to come to the table as feds sign child welfare coordination agreements with First Nations
Update to “Bill C-92”: Federal
April 17: Koganaawsawin to host “National Indigenous Child Well-Being Summit”

EDUCATION

Home Page – Current Problems
Update to: “Indigenous Identity”: Newfoundland and Labrador
April 7: Vianne Thomas removed as president of Memorial University
Update to: “Indigenous History”: Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Federal
April 8: A curious photo from 1885 captures what Indigenous reconciliation could have been
Update to “Educational Institutes”
April 11: University ethics boards are not ready for Indigenous scholars
Update to “Educational Institutes”: Federal
April 30: Teachers in Six Nations ask Canadians not to forget impact of federal strike on Indigenous students
Call to Action # 62

Federal, provincial and territory governments to consult on Indigenous education reform: curriculum content, funding

Update to “Mandatory Govt. K-12 Commitments to Indigenous curriculum”: Yukon
April 17: Funding for Yukon First Nation School Board more than doubles
Update to “Mandatory Govt. K-12 Commitments to Indigenous curriculum”: Ontario
April 24: Ontario schools making headway, new report finds but needs better data collection to track progress
Call to Action # 65

Federal government through SSHRC to establish a National Research Program with multi-year funding

Update to “SSHRC Funding for Indigenous Research”: Federal
April 17: New funding to support Indigenous students in heart and brain science
Update to “University Actions Towards Indigenous Research Practices: Ontario
April 25: York University leads $318.4M first-of-kind inclusive next-gen technology research initiative

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Home Page – Current Problem
Update to “Concerns about Québec’s Bill 96”: QC
April 21: First Nations organization going to court over Québec’s French language reforms
Update to “Concerns about Quebec’s Bill 96”: QC
April 14: First Nations leaders want Québec to drop plans for Indigenous languages law
Home Page – Background Content
Update to “Indigenous Cultural Success”: Manitoba
April 6: Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre celebrates history in reopening exhibition
Update to “Indigenous Cultural Success“: Manitoba
April 17: On the way to Wehwehneh. What it takes to transform downtown Winnipeg former Bay
Update to “Indigenous Cultural Success”: BC
April 12: Skwxwu7mesh language panel will underscore link between economic reconciliation and cultural revitalization
Update to “Indigenous Languages in Canada: Prince Edward Island
April 16: Cultural classes aim to make Mi’kmaw language thrive on PEI
Update to “Indigenous Languages in Canada: New Brunswick
April 28: “No intention’ of changing St. John River’s name to Wolastoq, cabinet minister says
Call to Action # 16

Post-secondary institutions, provinces, territories to create post-secondary degree & diploma programs in Indigenous languages

Update to “Commitment to Indigenous Languages”: Saskatchewan
April 24: Supporting Indigenous Languages Education in Saskatchewan (First Nations University)

HEALTH

Home Page – Current Problems:
Update to “Ongoing Health Crisis”: NU, NT, NL, QC
April 3: Budget erred by suggesting Ottawa backing away from Inuit TB eradication, minister says
Update to “Ongoing Health Crisis”: Federal, Manitoba
April 3: Northern Manitoba chiefs call for immediate federal action on health care crisis
Update to “Ongoing Health Crisis”: Ontario
April 4: Sioux Lookout hospital getting safe rooms, with hopes of bringing better support for mental health patients
Update to “Ongoing Health Crisis”: Ontario
April 24: More mental health resources needed in remote First Nations, jury hears during Moses Beaver inquest
Update to “Ongoing Health Crisis”: Nunavut
April 13: Six community health centres on reduced or emergency service in Nunavut
Update to “Ongoing Health Crisis”: BC
April 21: Toxic drugs killing First Nations residents in B.C. at nearly 6 times the rate of over-all population: report
April 24: Indigenous people bear the brunt of the toxic drug crisis
Update to “Ongoing Health Crisis”: Alberta, Federal
April 25: Mikisew Cree First Nation declares a state of local emergency following multiple suicides
Update to: “Systemic Racism”: Federal, ALL
April 4: Anti-racism policies in healthcare should be led by Indigenous staff: report
Update to: “Systemic Racism”: ALL
April 11: Analysis of anti-Indigenous racism in hospitals reveals pattern of harm, no tracking mechanism
Update to “Systemic Racism”: ALL
April 27: Indigenous Health organizations launch RISE ABOVE RACISM campaign, championing a call for allies within the Canadian healthcare system
Update to “Ongoing Health Crisis”: Manitoba
April 12: Staffing shortages in northern Manitoba nursing stations a ‘life or death’ matter, advocate says
Update to “Ongoing Health Crisis“: Inuit Nunangat
April 16: The painful legacy of tuberculosis in Canada’s north
April 17: COVID-19 pandemic stalled progress on eliminating tuberculosis among Inuit: officials
Call to Action # 18

Federal, provincial, territory and aboriginal governments to recognize and implement healthcare rights of Indigenous people

Update to “Government Recognition of Indigenous Rights to Health”: B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia
April 4: Pilot projects could pave way forward for Indigenous healthcare
Update to “Government Recognition of Indigenous Rights to Health”: Federal
April 14: Trudeau announces $8.2B to renew 10-year funding for B.C. First Nations Health Authority
Update to “Government Recognition of Indigenous Rights to Health”: Federal
April 21: Ottawa signs agreement with Nova Scotia First Nations chiefs on health services
Update to “Government. Recognition of Indigenous Rights to Health”: Federal
April 24: Drug to help prevent serious RSV illness in babies approved by Health Canada
Update to “Government Recognition of Indigenous Rights to Health”: Manitoba
April 25: Manitoba government providing more than $2.1M to support Indigenous-led mental health and addictions programming through Indigenous Reconciliation Fund
Call to Action # 21

Federal government to provide ongoing funding for existing and new Aboriginal Healing Centres

Update to “Investments in Indigenous Healing Centres”: Saskatchewan
April 28: Province and Ahtahkakoop Cree Development move forward with partnership to jointly develop urgent care center in Saskatoon
Call to Action # 23

Federal, provincial, territory governments to increase hiring and retention of indigenous healthcare workers

Update “Commitments to Aboriginal Healthcare Workers”: ALL
April 4: Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) releases “Health Human Resources Assessment” report

JUSTICE

Home page – Current Problems
Update to “AFN-Canada MOU on Joint Priorities – Policing
April 3: First Nations police launch human-rights complaint against Ottawa over funding
April 13: NAN, NAPS support CHRT complaint against Canada on underfunding of First Nations policing
Update to “AFN-Canada MOU on Joint Priorities – Policing: Federal
April 5: Ottawa backs away from timeline for law to make First Nations policing essential service
Update to “AFN-Canada MOU on Joint Priorities – Policing: Manitoba
April 5: Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs brings forward justice issues for meeting with Minister of Public Safety Office
Update to “AFN-Canada MOU on Joint Priorities – Policing: Saskatchewan
April 28: Experts, family say many questions remain unanswered in James Smith Cree Nation tragedy
Update to “Targeted Indigenous Groups”: Manitoba
April 4: Body of Lake St. Martin First Nation mother, 33, found at Winnipeg landfill
April 6: Woman whose body was found in Winnipeg landfill climbed into bin before it was taken to dump: police
April 7: Hundreds chant ‘we are not trash’, close Portage and Main in honour of woman found dead in Winnipeg landfill
Update to “Targeted Indigenous Groups”: Federal
April 13: Missing, murdered Indigenous men and boys need to be part of the discussion
Update to “Legislative and Institutional Issues”: Newfoundland and Labrador
April 5: Opposition calling on Newfoundland and Labrador to remove statute of limitations for physical abuse victims
Update to “Legislative and Institutional Issues”: Federal
April 24: Women’s shelters across Canada are losing nearly $150 million in funding
Update to “Legislative and Institutional Issues”: Federal
April 19: Delegates from Canada highlight land rights, safety for indigenous women and girls at UN Forum
Update to “Systemic Racism”: Saskatchewan
April 6: Lawyers want abduction charges stayed against Saskatchewan women, citing alleged human rights violations
April 24: Dawn Walker, First Nations woman accused of fleeing with child, to argue she was trying to escape alleged abuse
Update to “Systemic Racism”: Alberta
April 14: Family of Cindy Gladue says province has ‘misplaced’ her remains
Update to “Systemic Racism”: B.C.
April 25: Indigenous girls overrepresented as victims of violence in Vancouver
Update to “Systemic Racism”:
April 21: Decarceration Through Self-Determination” report calls on feds to strip $1B from Correctional Service of Canada budget
Update to “Systemic Racism in Policing”: Vancouver Police Department
April 8: Vancouver police announces official changes to handcuffing policy
Update to “Systemic Racism in Policing”: Thunder Bay Police
April 14: Report on troubled Thunder Bay Police Board brings hope but also doubt amid warning change will take time
April 28: Indigenous people detail violent encounters with Thunder Bay police in human rights complaint
Update to “Systemic Racism in Policing”: Prince Albert Police
April 21: Family of man left brain dead after incident with Prince Albert police seeking answers
April 26: Man declared brain dead after being stun-gunned multiple times by Prince Albert police taken off life support
Update to “Systemic Racism in Policing”: Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Police)
April 23: Saskatchewan man at centre of historic ‘Starlight Tours’ police misconduct case has died
Update to “Systemic Racism in Policing“: Edmonton Police
April 29: No charges for Edmonton police constable who kicked Indigenous teen in the head
Update to “Systemic Racism in RCMP”: Yukon
April 19: Inuk mother says 17-year old daughter’s run in with Yukon RCMP left her in hospitalized
Update to “Court Challenges”
April 16: Justice Miscarried: EXCERPTWrongfully Convicted, Guilty Pleas, Imagined Crimes and What Canada Must do to Safeguard Justice
Update to “Court Challenges”: Ontario
April 25: This Ojibway man served his sentence, then says the crown tried to put strict conditions on his release
Call to Action # 26

Federal, provincial and territory governments to review and amend their respective Statutes of Limitations

Update to “Actions Against Statute of Limitations”: Newfoundland and Labrador
April 5: Opposition calling on Newfoundland and Labrador to remove statute of limitations for physical abuse victims
Call to Action # 30

Federal, provincial and territory governments to commit to eliminate overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in custody

NEW SECTION: Background Content: “Decarceration through Self-Determination”
April 21: Decarceration Through Self-Determination: Ending the mass incarceration of Indigenous people in Canada
Update to “Decarceration through Self-Determination”
April 21: Report calls on feds to strip $1B from Correction Service of Canada budget
Call to Acton # 31

Federal, provincial and territory governments to provide stable funding to implement alternatives to imprisonment

Update to “Govt. Actions to Reduce Overrepresentation: B.C.
Mar. 31: New Indigenous Justice Centre coming to Kelowna
Update to ‘Govt. Actions to Reduce Overrepresentation”: Saskatchewan
April 14: New program to house, help Indigenous women who are released from jail opens in Saskatoon
Call to Action # 40

Federal, provincial and territory governments to create funded & accessible Indigenous-specific victim programs

Update to “Aboriginal Specific-Victim Programs and Services”: Saskatchewan
April 25: James Smith Cree Nation grappling with what to do with public donations after 2022 attacks
Call to Action # 41

Federal government to appoint public inquiry into MMIWG

Update to “Government Commitments to Preventing Violence against Indigenous Women: New Brunswick
April 27: Services for survivors of sexual violence to expand with adidtional budget funding
Call to Action # 42

Federal, provincial and territory governments to commit to recognize and implement Aboriginal Justice Systems

Update to “Govt. Commitments to Aboriginal Justice Systems”: B.C.
Mar. 31: New Indigenous Justice Centre coming to Kelowna
Update to “Govt. Commitments to Aboriginal Justice Systems”: Manitoba
April 12: Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) wants to create First Nations courts to reduce incarceration
Update to “AFN-Canada MOU on Joint Priorities – Policing: Alberta
April 18: Commitment to Community Policing

Reconciliation Calls to Action

UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Home Page – Current Reality
Update to “Federal Government Updates”
April 6: AFN wants federal UNDRIP plan amended to address a number of concerns
Home Page – Current Problems
Update to ” Bill C-15 Action Plan”: Federal
April 3: First Nations chiefs to debate Trudeau government’s draft UNDRIP action plan
April 5: Justice minister pitches AFN with ‘imperfect ‘UNDRIP’ plan
April 6: AFN wants federal UNDRIP plan overhauled, slams consultation process
Update to “Problems with BC’s UNDRIP: B.C.
April 11: Intervenors from Gitxaała in court to argue against B.C.s mineral claim regime
Update to “Provincial Opposition to UNDRIP”: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
April 12: Trudeau says premiers’ claims about natural resources power grab have ‘no grounding’ in truth
Update to “Problems with NWT UNDRIP Bill”: Northwest Territories
April 28: Dehcho First Nations support of UNDRIP legislation ‘up in the air’: grand chief
Call to Action # 44

Federal government to develop national action plan and strategies to achieve UNDRIP goals

Update to “Bill 41 – BC UNDRIP Action Plan”: B.C.
April 28: Grand Chief says B.C. Declaration Fund ‘special moment in history’ to build province
ROYAL PROCLAMATION AND COVENANT OF RECONCILIATION
Home Page – Background Content
Update to”What is the Doctrine of Discovery?”
April 7: Toronto Star editorial – Repudiating a racist doctrine
April 13: Now what? Next steps for uprooting the Doctrine of Discovery : First Peoples Law Report
April 13: Instead of seeking reconciliation, politicians manufacture crises for partisan gain
Call to Action #47

Federal, provincial, territory and municipal governments to repudiate Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius

Update to “What is the Doctrine of Discovery?”
April 14: The Doctrine of Discovery and its grip on Indigenous Canada

SETTLEMENT AGREEEMENT PARTIES AND UNDRIP

Home Page – Current problems
Update to “Indigenous Responses to Vatican Repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery”
Mar. 31: AFN-QL Statement following Pope Francis’ announcement rejecting the Doctrine of Discovery
April 10: Vatican’s repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery should be considered a first step only, say First Nation leaders
Call to Action # 49

All religious denominations and faith groups to repudiate Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius

Update to “What is the Doctrine of Discovery?”
April 10: Vatican’s repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery should be considered a first step only, say First Nation leaders
April 14: The Doctrine of Discovery and its grip on indigenous Canada

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Home Page – Current problems
NEW SECTION: Voices of Indigenous Youth leaders
April 18: Advocates call on Canada to establish multi-year funding for Indigenous youth organizations
Call to Action # 66
NEW SECTION: Indigenous Youth Reports
April 17: A Labour of Love: The unpaid and exploited labour of grassroots and community-based Indigenous youth groups

MUSEUMS AND ARCHIVES

Home Page – Background Content
Update to “Repatriating Indigenous Artefacts”: Ontario
April 9: Investigation into Niagara burial ground paused after concerns from Haudenosaunee group

MISSING CHILDREN AND BURIAL INFORMATION

Home Page – Current Reality
Update to Table “Discoveries of Unmarked Graves”: Alberta
April 19: Added discovery of 19 unmarked graves at Blue Quill IRS
Update to Table “Discoveries of Unmarked Graves”: B.C.
April 20: shíshálh Nation says 40 unmarked graves believed found at residential school site, more are expected
Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “Discoveries of Unmarked Graves: Alberta
April 19: Search for unmarked graves at Blue Quills finds 19 sites that could be unmarked graves
Update to “Discoveries of Unmarked Graves”: B.C.
April 20: shíshálh Nation says 40 unmarked graves believed found at residential school site, more are expected
Update to “Discoveries of Unmarked Graves: QC
April 21: ‘Mohawk Mothers’ reach agreement with McGill to search hospital grounds for unmarked graves
Call to Action # 75
Update to “Disbursements of federal funds to find unmarked graves: Yukon
Mar. 25: Search for graves at Yukon residential school site planned for the summer

COMMEMORATION

Home Page – Current Problems
Update to: Provinces/Territories Opposed to National Day”: Manitoba
April 11: Manitoba government says it doesn’t have consensus to make Orange Shirt Day a statutory holiday in 2023
April 12: Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) releases a statement on the provinces refusal to honour Orange Shirt Day
Call to Action # 79

Federal government and Canadian Heritage to develop reconciliation framework for Canadian Heritage and Commemoration

Update to “Parks Canada and Provincial Actions”: Nunavut
April 8: Excitement for Gjoa Haven’s future as Inuit take lead on historical site for Franklin Expedition wrecks

MEDIA AND RECONCILIATION

Home Page – Current Problems
NEW SECTION: “Federal Budget Investments”
April 12: Indigenous Screen Office on edge of ‘funding cliff’ after being excluded from federal budget
Call to Action # 86

Schools of Journalism to establish Indigenous history and culture course for all media schools

NEW SECTION: “Other Journalism Initiatives”: Northwest Territories
April 26: Four week intensive pilot program wrapped up in Inuvik last friday

BUSINESS AND RECONCILIATION

Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “Individual Business Issues”: Ontario
April 4: Canada’s big banks are facing increasing pressure from climate activists as shareholders look to shape corporate policy
Update to “Individual Business Issues: Alberta
April 22: Hundreds of lodge workers in Fort McMurray face termination after rejecting pay cut, union says
Home Page – Background Content
Update to “Indigenous-led Initiatives
April 15: First Nations investors redefining Canada
Update to “Indigenous-led Initiatives“: Federal and B.C.
April 25: First Nations and US Tribes gather for a continental discussion about Indigenous values in deal-making
Call to Action # 92

Corporate Canada to adopt UNDRIP as a reconciliation framework, apply to policy & operations

Update to “Indigenous-led Initiatives”: Ontario
March 21: Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Sagamok Anishnawbek and Wahnapitae First Nation partner in historic, collaborative agreement with successful Canadian mining contractor
Update to “Government Programs”: Alberta
April 17: Creating more opportunities in Indigenous communities
Update to “Individual Business Initiatives”: Ontario
April 25: Hydro One to invest in critical electricity infrastructure to support mining operations in northwest Ontario

Other Issues

DRINKING WATER ADVISORIES

Home Page – Background Content
Update to “Indigenous-Led Initiatives”
April 20: CIER, One Drop Foundation and private sector partners to launch the Indigenous Water Allyship
Update to “Indigenous-Led Initiatives”: Manitoba
April 24: Water is sacred to Indigenous people. They have been fighting to protect it for decades (Seal River Watershed)

HOUSING

Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “Indigenous Housing Reports”: Ontario
April 10: ‘We’re in a humanitarian crisis’, Attawapiskat chief calls for more land to build adequate housing
Home Page – Background Content
Update to “Housing in Inuit Nunangat”
April 3: North will see part of latest $4B Indigenous housing strategy, says federal minister
April 28: Nunavut Housing Corporation and NCC Development Limited sign design-build contracts for 150 new public housing units to start construction in Fall 2023
Update to “Homelessness: B.C.
April 4: Frozen to death (Indigenous homelessness in northern BC)
Update to “Federal Budgets”
April 18: For the first time, Indigenous-owned investment firm lands pilot project with CMHC to accelerate Indigenous housing
Update to “Fire Prevention on Reserve”: Ontario
April 18: Open Letter to Governments and Ring of Fire Metals from Norman Sheweybick on the demand for a fire truck and fire station in Webequie First Nation parallel to the study on the Webequie Supply Road
Update to “Government Programs”: Federal
April 21: Canada supports rapid housing projects for First Nations in southeastern Alberta
April 27: Canada supports rapid housing projects for First Nations in northwest Alberta

URBAN COMMITMENTS TO RECONCILIATION

Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “Individual Municipal Issues: Alberta
April 21: ‘A wicked web of lies’: Alberta town under fire for rejecting wellness centre for Indigenous families

Home Page – Background Content

Update to “Individual Municipal Commitments”: Ontario
April 12: New economic development partnership between Saugeen Shores and Saugeen First Nation
Update to “Individual Municipal Commitments”: Ontario
April 24: New Indigenous Police Liaison says she hopes to ‘build bridges’, expand role in Hamilton
NEW SECTION: Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)
April 13: Partnership between Council for the Development of Native Development Officers (CANDO) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

ENVIRONMENT

Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “International Environmental issues”
April 1: INVESTIGATION – Hollow Core: Environmental abuses by multinationals
Update to “International Environmental issues”: Federal
April 20: Canada’s support of Line 5 pipeline to come under scrutiny of United Nations
Update to “Forest Management”: Ontario
April 7: ‘We will never give up on defending our land’: Ontario declares 10-year logging ban on Grassy Narrows
Update to “Forest Management”: B.C.
April 18: Fairy Creek old growth protestors celebrate as a slew of contempt charges are withdrawn
Update to “Specific Industry Environmental Impacts: Alberta
April 17: First Nations blast Alberta Energy Regulator at hearing; minister promises reform
April 20: Imperial Oil CEO ‘deeply apologetic’ in Commons committee testimony on oilsands tailings leek
April 20: Oilsands discharge into First Nations water supply latest example of exploitation
April 27: Canada oilsands leak heightens First Nations’ calls to clean up tailings
Update to “Specific Industry Environmental Impacts: Alberta
April 19: Suncor reports release of six million litres of water from settling pond on Fort Hills oil sands mine
Update to “Climate Change”: QC
April 27: ‘We will have to adapt’: Record high temperatures in Nunavik pose threat to way of life
Update to “Environmental Impacts”
April 26: To protect water, bring together Indigenous and western knowledge: University of Guelph expert report
Update to “Climate Change”: Inuit Nunangat
April 28: Inuit want access to loss and damage fund, Inuit Circumpolar Council president says
Home page – Background Content
Update to “Government Commitments to Environment”: Nova Scotia
April 4: Mi’kmaq Forestry Initiative shapes future of Nova Scotia forestry sector
Update to “Environmental Impacts:” Ontario
April 13: Why is High Park on fire? How Indigenous-led prescribed burns protect the land
Update to “Climate Change”
April 19: Canada’s delegation to UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) forging a new path forward on Indigenous climate leadership
Update to ‘Indigenous Alliances”: Prince Edward Island
April 20: Nature Conservancy of Canada buys PEI Island to give to Mi’kmaq
Update to “Climate Change”: Québec
April 27: Davie announces funding for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (Canada) to expand the Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices Program

TREATIES AND LAND CLAIMS

Home Page – Current Reality
Update to “Current Reality”: Federal
April 6: First Nations leaders want federal UNDRIP plan amended to address a number of concerns
Home Page – Current Problems
Update to ‘Duty to Consult/FPIC”: B.C.
April 3: First Nations court challenge to B.C’s mineral rights system begins today
April 3: This court case could change the future of mining in B.C.
April 11: Intervenors join Gitxaała  in court to argue against B.C.’s mineral claims regime
Update to ‘Duty to Consult/FPIC”: B.C.
April 4: ‘We owe it to our children, those yet unborn within the Gitxaała  Nation’
Update to ‘Duty to Consult/FPIC”: Ontario
April 3: Matawa Chief’s Council issue formal response to Ontario government’s proposed Bill 71: Building More Mines Act
April 12: The Chiefs of Ontario express support for Matawa Chiefs’ Council against Ontario’s Bill 71: Building More Mines Act
April 17: Indigenous leaders, conservation charity not huge fans of Mining Act changes
April 26: First Nations leaders in Treaty 9 say their message is clear – no development without us as partners
April 27: Atikameksheng Anishnawbek issues a formal response to Ontario government’s proposed Bill 71 “Building More Mines Act
Update toLand Claims”: Ontario
April 4: Saugeen First Nation wins treaty ruling on century-old land dispute in Sauble Beach
Update to “Aboriginal Rights and Title”: Ontario
April 3: Matawa Chief’s Council issue formal response to Ontario government’s proposed Bill 71: Building More Mines Act
April 26: 10 First Nations sue Ontario and Canada over resource extraction and broken Treaty 9 promises
April 26: Can the Crown make land decisions without First Nations consent? Treaty 9 lawsuit argues no
April 27: Changes to Mining Act expose cracks in Ontario’s duty to consult with First Nations
Update toAboriginal Rights and Title”: ALL
April 8: Canada is sitting on a critical minerals motherlode. But is it ready for the new gold rush?
Update toAboriginal Rights and Title”: B.C.
April 10: When Anarchists attack
Update toAboriginal Rights and Title”; B.C.
April 21: Coastal GasLink faces new fines for filing ‘false and misleading’ information
Update toAboriginal Rights and Title”: Alberta, Saskatchewan??
April 11: Western premiers blast Lametti for suggesting Ottawa might ‘look at’ provinces’ power over natural resources
Update toAboriginal Rights and Title”: Federal
April 16: Lucrative baby eel fishery shut down
Update toAboriginal Rights and Title”: Federal
April 26: New Agreements between First Nations and B.C. Government a step toward fulfilling Canada’s treaty obligations
Update toAboriginal Rights and Title”: Prince Edward Island
April 25: Lennox Island to fish 1,000 lobster traps off P.E.I.’s North Shore, with or without DFO signoff
April 28: Lennox Island, DFO agree on 2023 moderate livelihood fishery off PEI
Update toCourt Challenges”: Saskatchewan
April 13: Onion Lake First Nation doubles down on legal action to now challenge “Saskatchewan First Act
Update to “Court Challenges” Ontario, Federal
April 26: 10 First Nations sue Ontario and Canada over resource extraction and broken Treaty 9 promises
April 14: AFN affirms support for First Nations’ assertion of rights in Treaty 9 legal action on cumulative impacts
April 26: Can the Crown make land decisions without First Nations consent? Treaty 9 lawsuit argues no
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Update to “First Nations Land Management Regime”
April 4: Lands Advisory Board celebrates Canada’s Budget 2023 commitment to support development of an independent First Nation National Land Registry
Update to “Treaty Land Entitlement”: Federal, Saskatchewan
April 5: Cowassess First Nation receives mineral rights in Treaty Land Entitlement Transfer
Update to “Treaty Land Entitlement”: Federal, B.C.
April 15: Treaty 8 First Nation in B.C. celebrate inking of Treaty Land Entitlement claims with province, Ottawa
Update to “Treaty Land Entitlement”: Federal
April 25: Local First Nations’ loss of Montney Reserve ignites 20-year legal battle for justice
Update to “Treaty Land Entitlement”: Federal, B.C.
April 26: New Agreements between First Nations and B.C. Government a step toward fulfilling Canada’s treaty obligations
Update to “Aboriginal Rights and Title” Prince Edward Island
April 14: P.E.I.-based Abegweit First Nation signs 5-year fisheries deal with Ottawa
Update to “Comprehensive Claims and Modern Treaties”: Federal
April 27: What are Comprehensive Claims?

INDIGENOUS SUCCEESS STORIES

ThemeDateIndigenous GroupComment
SportsApril 12First NationsIndigenous Athlete of the Year Abby Sweeny hopes to coach basketball in Pimicikamak someday
BusinessApril 13First NationsWayne McQuabbie, Chief Harvey Inlet First Nation, Gregory Newton, CEO and John Beaucage, VP of Nigel Power Corporation: Indigenous leadership is key to net zero goals
April 24First NationsKeith Martell helped nurture a fledgeling bank for Indigenous people. As he retires, he’s seeing a solid base for the future
MediaApril 4First NationsObomsawin to receive film honour
April 21First NationsSpeaking for Ourselves“: Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin has spent a lifetime calling for a different future especially for Indigenous children
JusticeApril 26First NationsThe Moose Hide Campaign presented its four millionth moose hide pin to the Honourable Senator Michèle Audette
EducationApril 28First NationsThe Legacy Schools Program brings Indigenous truths into classrooms

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