Sixties Scoop settlement a rotten deal for survivors but a windfall for lawyers

Sixties Scoop survivors who were potential claimants in Ontario’s class action lawsuit were left in the dark as negotiations reduced the expected settlement payout, says Doug George-Kanentiio.

‘Agreement’ or ‘proposal’? War of words erupts over MMF deal with Hydro

The legal future of the deal brokered between Manitoba Hydro and the Manitoba Metis Federation by the former board could hinge on a single word. One side calls the deal a “proposal” while the other insists it’s an “agreement.”

Indigenous art lines walls of Government House in ‘Reclamation’ gallery

Colonial art was taken off the walls at Government House this week and replaced with the works of Indigenous art from Newfoundland and Labrador artists.

Province, Manitoba Métis Federation to ‘reset’ relationship

The Manitoba Métis Federation says the provincial government and Manitoba Hydro have two weeks to come up with a deal to replace the one killed by Premier Brian Pallister before following through on their threat to take legal action.

Fight to keep planned birth in Attawapiskat finally over, says midwife

March meeting attended by health professionals from all over Canada, Attawapiskat’s chief and council members, elders and health authority ends with decision to bring planned birth back to the First Nation community.

‘Fishing for ourselves’: Indigenous job agency creates a window cleaning company

By creating their own window washing company, Anishnabeg Outreach has come up with a way to be more self sustainable and help fund the Indigenous-led community centre and other programs.

Alberta Cree artist criticized for magazine illustrations of a bear in this headdress

An Alberta Indigenous artist says he has no regrets about creating cover art which depicts a bear clad in a headdress of marijuana leaves, as the print sparks controversy for a Toronto magazine.

‘I’m feeling kind of proud’: father, son police duo receive lifesaving award

For Eric Cheechoo and his son Eldon, keeping people safe runs in the family.

Protect Churchill’s belugas with national marine conservation area, report urges

A new report calls on the Canadian government to protect the beluga whales that make Churchill home every summer by creating a national marine conservation area in western Hudson Bay.

Youngest member of Winnipeg Bear Clan’s youth patrol raising money, supplies for homeless

The youngest member of the Winnipeg Bear Clan’s youth patrol has started a campaign to raise money and supplies to make care packages for the homeless.

Nunavut drum dance festival needs boost in funding and exposure, volunteer says

This year, 40 participants showed up for the week-long festival, which runs until Friday in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

B.C. First Nation wins right to its own commercial fishery

A group of West Coast First Nations has won the right to harvest and sell fish commercially after a 12-year court battle.

‘Come with us’: new Mi’kmaw friendship centre named Wije’winen

Conceptual drawings have been unveiled for the new 70,000-square-foot Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre that will begin construction next year.

Calgary students step toward reconciliation with symbolic walk

Hundreds of Calgary children from two schools united in a symbolic and colourful gesture Thursday morning.

Consultant hired to review ‘effectiveness’ of child protection system

Nova Scotia-based consultant George Savoury has been asked to assess the “effectiveness” of New Brunswick’s child protection system.

B.C. First Nation says passage of Trans Mountain project through reserve not a done deal

One of the B.C. First Nations identified by Kinder Morgan as having granted consent for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to cross through three of its reserve lands says it hasn’t made a final decision on whether it will let the project through.

Nain gets X-ray machine after teen dies of TB

It wasn’t easy to get the portable machine into the remote community, says a health official, and the scans have to be sent elsewhere to be read.

Respected N.W.T. missionary, promoter of Dene language and culture dies

Felicien Labat was “the last of the priests” that spoke her language and understood the region’s elders, said Lucy Jackson.

Grande Prairie Indigenous art show spotlights ‘aunties’

An art show dedicated to ‘aunties’ is opening in Grande Prairie, curated to start conversations about issues faced by Indigenous women and girls.

Meet the young man who grew up an evacuee and became his First Nation’s fire chief

Kashechewan First Nation will begin a scheduled evacuation Thursday, but there are currently no flood waters threatening the James Bay community of 1,700. Elders and children are flown out every spring as a precaution and that’s expected to start in the next few days.

Young students help paint 400 buffalo on Indigenous artist’s mural unveiled at Calgary school

Every elementary student at a northeast Calgary school painted a buffalo on a mural unveiled Wednesday — as well as learning more about the creature’s powerful symbolism in Indigenous culture from the Blackfoot artist behind the project.

Temporary modular homes for Indigenous women coming to Victoria

The barren area of the Evergreen Terrace housing complex, on the 800 block of Hillside Avenue, will be the site of 21 homes thanks to a partnership between the province, City of Victoria, Atira Housing and the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness.

Conservative MP opposes motion calling on Pope to apologize for residential schools

A lone Alberta Conservative MP’s voice of dissent scuttled the quick adoption of a motion in the House of Commons Wednesday calling on Pope Francis to apologize for residential schools.

Rance Cardinal reaches Kenora after seven days of walking for Humboldt

For 24-year-old Rance Cardinal of Lac Seul First Nation, the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash hit so close to home that after three days of thinking and planning, he said he decided to show his support in the best way he knew how.

Music videos give voice to Indigenous youth in Yukon

With their own personal stories as a foundation, and some help from the N’we Jinan initiative, young Indigenous Yukoners are writing songs and starring in professional-calibre music videos.

Big River First Nation fined $100K after Crown successfully appeals original $10K fine

A fine levied against the Big River First Nation has been upped to $100,000 from $10,000 after a Crown appeal.

N.L. Child Advocate to review experiences of Inuit children in protective care

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate announced a review, at the request of Nunatsiavut, on Wednesday.

Ontario NDP government would give First Nations $41M from mining tax

The Ontario NDP are promising to give First Nations all of the money the province makes from mining tax revenue.

Blood Tribe referendum to allow outside businesses passes by 1 vote

The Blood Tribe in southern Alberta will open up dozens of acres of land for development to businesses — including outsiders — after a referendum passed by a margin of one ballot.

Buffy Sainte-Marie receives honorary degree from Dalhousie University

Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie will receive an honorary degree from Dalhousie University Tuesday evening and is giving a lecture on diversity and inclusion. She spoke with CBC News about the honour.