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By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor KAHNAWÀ:KE
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke has added one more law that challenges federal authority in its community. “It’s a jurisdictional dispute. We are the elected council in the community … we have operated outside the scope of Indian Act. We have taken...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor MIKISEW CREE NATION
Yet another court ruling has come down telling Ottawa it needs to consult with First Nations, but there’s a difference with the decision rendered by Justice Roger Hughes on Dec. 19. In the Mikisew Cree Nation’s challenge of the federal government’s...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation
An unanswered call for help on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation for an early morning house fire has left two children dead, two communities reeling, and a renewed call for better funding from the federal government for emergency response services...
By David P. Ball Windspeaker Contributor
Isolation. Seg. The Hole. The Cooler. Special Handling Unit (pronounced “shoe”). There are many terms for the segregation cells for prisoners banned from mingling with their peers behind bars. But a new lawsuit is seeking to curb the “over-reliance...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor Williams Lake First Nation
The British Columbia government will be moving ahead with all seven recommendations that have come from a panel investigation into the Mount Polley breach. The announcement is welcomed by Xat’sull First Nation and Williams Lake Indian Band, who were...
By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Contributor EDMONTON
A new report on poverty in Edmonton indicates that 43.7 per cent of young Aboriginal children up to age five lived in poverty in 2011, more than twice the poverty rate of young Edmonton children overall. Almost one-third of the 100,000 people who...
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By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
Directors of a newly formed Métis forestry company have grudgingly accepted a government investigation into their joint venture and claim that KAQUO will withstand scrutiny. Iner Gauchier, chair of Peavine Métis Settlement and a director on KAQUO,...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor Ermineskin First Natio
The second of three investigations that involved shootings of Indigenous men by RCMP in August 2013 has concluded in the same manner as the first: no wrong-doing by the RCMP officers involved. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has concluded...
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By Sandra Crowfoot Sweetgrass Contributor EDMONTON
Recognizing that there was a need in the Aboriginal urban community for an outpatient program, two well-respected Aboriginal organizations have come together to help those struggling with addictions. Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centre has opened an...
By Andrea Smith Sweetgrass Contributor BLOOD FIRST NATION
The Blood Tribe Police Service has added a new Crime Reduction Unit to their troop. As a result of recent deaths linked with street versions of oxycodone, the BTPS has taken steps to prevent further harm. “The impact it’s had on the community’s been...

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