IndigeNews: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, 2020

A Canadian Indigenous News Update from L’nuey

Kwe’ nitap – Hello friend, the Mi’kmaq word of the week is


Meaning: “I am good!”

In the News

  1. Canada tables legislation to align federal laws with UNDRIP – APTN News
  2. Sipekne’katik chief ‘disappointed’ with draft deal for moderate livelihood fishery – Global News
  3. N.B. ‘working group’ not a substitute for inquiry into systemic racism, Tobique chief says – CBC News
  4. Video: Canada moves to harmonize its Indigenous rights with those declared by the UN – Global News
  5. Indigenous Services minister acknowledges Liberals won’t meet promised drinking water target – CBC News
  6. Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities – Government of Canada
  7. Manitoba chiefs not impressed with premier’s warning of exodus to the north to receive COVID-19 vaccine – APTN News
  8. ‘The Crown’s honour is at stake’: Indigenous chief makes appeal to Justin Trudeau as fisheries deal rejected – The Peterborough Examiner

Politics & Law

  1. First Nations push for gaming rights – The Brandon Sun
  2. Three Things the NDP Should Do Right Now on Indigenous Relations – The Tyee
  3. Analysis: Canada’s UNDRIP Bill Holds Promise, but It’s All in the Doing – The Tyee
  4. Digby man charged after allegedly interfering with Indigenous fishery – CTV News
  5. Nihtat Gwich’in Council takes wind turbine case to NWT Supreme Court – Cabin Radio
  6. Sipekne’katik councillor charged with vessel infraction during fishery tensions – CBC News
  7. Indigenous rights advocates ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Liberal UNDRIP legislation – CBC News
  8. Premier seeks to divide province with incendiary comments on vaccine, First Nations: Sinclair – CBC News
  9. Six provinces object, but Liberals still move ahead with UN declaration on Indigenous rights – National Post
  10. New protocol gives northern Indigenous governments more decision making power in legislation – True North FM
  11. Anishinabek Chiefs adopt Geyaabi Waa Ni Zhiwebag, Anishinabek Nation Long-Term Strategic Plan – Anishinabek News
  12. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief ‘disappointed’ to hear government won’t hit boil water advisory deadline – CBC News
  13. Elispogtog anti-fracking blockade had ‘violent Aboriginal extremists’ according to former RCMP intelligence analyst – APTN News
  14. National Chief Bulletin: Update on Federal Bill to advance implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Assembly of First Nations
  15. No time to wait: FNLC calls on Horgan Government to take immediate steps to implement all recommendations identified in Turpel-Lafond Report on systemic racism in health care – BCAFN

Business, Finance & Economics

  1. New Alberta based business to mentor BIPOC artists – APTN News
  2. Pot shops cropping up across First Nations communities in legal grey zone – CTV News
  3. Facebook Canada provides $500K towards Indigenous-owned business grants – CTV News
  4. Kahnawake woman starts shop for Indigenous-sourced food from near and far – CBC News
  5. Housing plan creates 20-year blueprint to solve issues in Nibinamik First Nation – CBC News
  6. Quebec government announces $18.6M over five years to improve Indigenous policing – Global News
  7. First Nation appeals to province to help cover $6.3M shortfall on $100M geothermal project – CBC News
  8. Indigenous ‘Feast Boxes’ campaign kicks off to support Indigenous businesses and families in need – APTN News
  9. Minister pledges $1.5B to fix ‘unacceptable gap’ in Indigenous infrastructure during pandemic recovery – APTN News
  10. First Nations Finance Authority Reaches Major Milestone Surpassing $1 Billion in Loans to Indigenous Communities – Cision
  11. Indigenous child welfare group says Ottawa’s recent $542M funding announcement a drop in the bucket – Canadian Lawyer
  12. Export of Canadian Hydropower to the United States – First Nations in Québec and Labrador Unite to Oppose Hydro-Québec Project – Nation Talk
  13. Government of the Northwest Territories receives funding from Canada to support pandemic services to protect residents – Government of Canada

Education, Health & Culture

  1. Digital Mi’kmaq offers free laptops to Indigenous e-learners – Cape Breton Post
  2. First Nations need to be prioritized for the coronavirus vaccine: FSIN – Global News
  3. Cree engineering student wins $30K Polytechnique memorial scholarship – APTN News
  4. St. F.X. alumni create bursary to aid Indigenous Canadian students – The Chronicle Herald
  5. First Nations leaders call for probe into gender-based discrimination within AFN – CBC News
  6. Indigenous comedians help public health campaign to protect elders from COVID-19 – CBC News
  7. Former MMIWG chief commissioner says new violence prevention funding misses the mark – CBC News
  8. ‘United team effort’ key to success in overcoming Opaskwayak Cree Nation COVID-19 outbreak: chief – CBC News
  9. The B.C. government apologizes for systemic racism towards Indigenous people in B.C.’s health-care system – Global News
  10. Investigation finds widespread racism and discrimination against Indigenous peoples in B.C. health-care system – CBC News
  11. Indigenous communities need to have ‘both hands on the steering wheel’ when it comes to child welfare: report – APTN News

Environment, Science & Technology

  1. Wet’suwet’en Call on Province to Close Pipeline Work Camps – The Tyee
  2. Pikangikum First Nation gets broadband from SpaceX Starlink – CBC News
  3. Clearwater casting aside eco-certification for offshore lobster fishery – CBC News
  4. Yellowknives Dene demand Ottawa make good on ‘Giant mine monster’ – APTN News
  5. First Nation completes largest solar panel project of its kind in Metro Vancouver – Daily Hive
  6. First Nations try to turn the tide on ‘heartbreaking’ decline in salmon population – CBC Radio
  7. Yukon First Nation monitoring overhunting and climate change with environmental guardians – APTN News
  8. First Nation warned Yukon the ATAC resource road would ‘impair the process of reconciliation’ – The Narwhal
  9. Chief of Gwich’in First Nation in the Yukon hoping President-Elect Biden will reverse gas and oil exploration in Arctic Wildlife Refuge – APTN News

Wela’lioq, Msit No’kmaq – Thank you, All My Relations

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