Current Problems: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

Exploring Theme: "Legislative and Institutional Barriers"

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December 19, 2023


Alberta Ethics Commissioner says rules followed in rescinding Deena Hinshaw’s job offer 

The Globe and Mail: The Alberta Ethics Commissioner has determined that the province’s health authority followed the proper process when it revoked its job offer to Deena Hinshaw, the former chief medical officer of health. Marguerite Trussler, in a letter dated Dec. 18, said she stopped her investigation into the role played by John Cowell,...

December 10, 2023


Ottawa eyes change to border rules for Indigenous communities. ‘It is an injustice that continues to divide our people’

Indigenous people are hopeful that changes will respect their rights to move freely on traditional lands that cross international borders. Toronto Star: The territory where Tim Argetsinger’s ancestors once moved freely and hunted in the Arctic spanned 2.5 million square kilometres of land — about a quarter of the size of Canada. Today, that same...

November 2, 2023


Protecting Human Rights Defenders Globally: Does Canada Mean Business?

NationTalk: Slaw – Businesses are deeply implicated in abuses of human rights defenders worldwide. In 2021 more than “a quarter of lethal attacks were linked to resource exploitation,” according to Global Witness. Indigenous Peoples are disproportionately attacked. Over 40 percent of fatal attacks targeted Indigenous people who make up only 5 percent of the world’s population....

October 30, 2023


Proposed legislation to amend the Indian Act continues discrimination it’s designed to end, say MPs

“The Liberals’ interpretation of Nicholas v. Canada is about status. Bill C-38 must not just be about status. It must be about addressing discrimination and violations of basic human rights.” — Nunavut MP Lori Idlout Nunavut MP Lori Idlout (NDP) and Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin (Liberal). Windspeaker.com: Bill C-38, containing the latest amendments to the Indian...

October 27, 2023


Southern Chiefs Pass Resolutions Supporting the Wellness of SCO Citizens at Latest Summit

NationTalk:ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) hosted a Chiefs-in-Summit earlier this week. Highlights included the passing of key resolutions that will positively impact the overall wellness of the citizens of SCO Nations, along with a special honouring ceremony for Premier Wab Kinew. “At the start of this Summit, I expressed...

October 13, 2023


CSIS warning Inuit leaders about covert foreign investment in Arctic, documents show

Inuit leader calling on spy agency to share more information with region’s leaders CBC Indigenous: The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has warned Inuit leaders that foreign adversaries could gain a foothold in Canada by offering to fill infrastructure gaps in the North. But Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) — the nonprofit organization that represents more...

October 5, 2023


Province failing its Indigenous population, report says

Only a fraction of Viens Commission recommendations in place: ombudsman Toronto Star: The Quebec government has failed to implement most of the recommendations in a landmark report that found Indigenous people suffered systemic discrimination when accessing public services, the province’s ombudsman said Wednesday. Quebec has fully implemented just 11 of the 142 recommendations made in...

September 29, 2023


Immigration minister says he wants to make it easier for Indigenous people to cross borders

Ottawa considering amendments to immigration law, ministerial directive CBC News: Immigration Minister Marc Miller says he wants to make it easier for Indigenous people to cross the international borders that have divided their homelands and families for generations. In an interview with CBC News, Miller said Canada should recognize Indigenous people have an inherent right to move...

August 1, 2023


Iqaluit Workers In The Midst Of One Of Canada’s Longest Strikes

Members of the Nunavut Employees Union have been on strike for 135 days, following months of employer resistance and bad faith. UPDATE: Late on July 31, the Nunavut Employees Union and the employer reached a tentative agreement, potentially ending this prolonged strike. Details of the proposed contact have not been made public. The contract will...

June 26, 2023


Majority of Manitobans want National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to be stat holiday, poll suggests

Governing PCs have said there is no consensus to declare new holiday in province CBC News: Three-quarters of Manitobans are in favour of making Sept. 30 — National Day for Truth and Reconciliation — a statutory holiday in Manitoba, a new Probe Research poll commissioned by the Winnipeg Free Press suggests. Orange Shirt Day, as...

June 20, 2023


Deputy minister left government weeks after Indigenous group privately called for his resignation, documents show

The Globe and Mail: A deputy minister’s recent departure from the federal public service occurred just weeks after a national Indigenous organization privately called for his resignation over an e-mail dismissing their description of colonialism as “a gross misreading of history.” Timothy Sargent’s nearly three-decade career in the federal public service – which included representing...

June 15, 2023


Senate committee urges Cannabis Act overhaul to address exclusion of First Nations

Committee chair says situation ‘yet another example of how Indigenous Peoples are being let down by Canada’ CBC News: The federal health minister should amend the 2018 Cannabis Act to recognize First Nations’ right to govern the possession, sale and distribution of cannabis on their lands, a Senate committee says. In a report tabled Wednesday...

March 18, 2023


Indigenous groups signal upcoming legal battle over Sask. First Act

FSIN vows to mount legal challenge to Sask. First Act CBC News: The Saskatchewan First Act was borne out of meetings and consultations, but its a lack of consultation with Indigenous communities that has the act destined for a courtroom. On Thursday, Saskatchewan Party government members voted unanimously to pass the act, known as Bill 88....

March 16, 2023


Sask. First Act passes in front of gallery full of First Nations and Métis people opposed to bill

Indigenous leaders say Bill 88 infringes on treaty rights CBC News: Saskatchewan’s governing party voted unanimously to pass the Saskatchewan First Act on Thursday in front of a gallery full of First Nations and Métis community members who travelled to the legislature in opposition of the bill. Last fall, the government introduced Bill 88, saying it would...

October 31, 2022


Canada’s attempts to change the Indian Act without adequate consultation must stop!

NationTalk: On October 21, 2022, the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs (Assembly) was made aware that the Government of Canada is intending to make changes to the Indian Act.  This information was brought to their attention by a third-party, not by the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). The Assembly is frustrated and angered,...

November 14, 2019


Opposition to Bill 132 “Better for people, Smarter for business Act, 2019”

First Nation leaders from across Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) have strongly opposed Bill 132 “Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019”, as it seriously undermines the mining industry obligation to consult with First Nation communities. They have also rejected the disrespectful approach of this government of burying issues fundamental to First Nations in omnibus...

November 15, 2018


Closing Child and Youth Advocate Office

Letter from the Provincial Advocate for Children. Mar. 13, 2019 Progressive Conservative government announced as part of its Fall Economic Outlook that they would be repealing the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, 2007, and transferring investigation authority into child welfare services, residential care (including youth justice) and children’s secure treatment to the Ombudsman’s...

April 20, 2018


AFN-QL Opposition to Bill 99

Assembly of First Nations Québec-Labrador – In response to the decision of the Quebec Superior Court to uphold the Act respecting the exercise of the fundamental rights and prerogatives of the Québec people and the Québec State (Bill 99), the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) totally rejects the very foundations of the Quebec provincial...

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