Aboriginal News


Idle No More anniversary sees divisions emerging, By Daniel Schwartz, Posted on CBC News

Idle No More, the indigenous movement that began a year ago today, says it has a database of 254,000 supporters. Some, however, are concerned about the direction its founders want to go. A Saskatoon teach-in on Nov. 10, 2012 marked the founding — by Jessica Gordon, Sheelah McLean, Sylvia McAdam and Nina Wilson — of Idle No More, which initially focused on opposing a federal omnibus bill, now law, and its perceived threats to land, water and aboriginal rights. [Read More…]

Feds pouring big money into aboriginal litigation, By Yamri Taddese, Posted on Law Times

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is at the top of the list of federal departmental spending on legal fees as newly released public accounts figures show the government is pouring big money into litigation over First Nations issues. In a year that saw aboriginal concerns take centre stage with the Idle No More movement and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike, public accounts figures for 2012-13 released at the end of October show Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada with a legal tab of $106 million. [Read More…]

Default management a Band-Aid solution on First Nations, By Mary Agnes Welch and Carol Sanders, Posted on Winnipeg Free Press

Nearly 40 per cent of all Manitoba First Nations have lost control of their finances due to mismanagement, a number that’s the highest in Canada and on the rise. The figures from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada come in the wake of yet another First Nations financial scandal in Manitoba — the grand chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization was turfed last week over allegations he misspent thousands of dollars, including at casinos and amusement parks. [Read More…]

Aboriginal veterans honoured on special day, By Ben Miljure, Posted on CTV News

Aboriginal Veterans Day began in Manitoba in 1994 and has since spread across Canada. Crowds gathered Friday at Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Centre to commemorate First Nations soldiers. Despite being exempt from conscription, nearly 10,000 aboriginals volunteered for service during the First and Second World Wars. Beginning in 1950, hundreds more signed up to fight in the Korean War. [Read More…]  

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