Canada Should Strive for More on World Water Day

March 22, 2021

Where would we be without water to drink, to wash and cook with, and to keep us healthy and alive? Water is essential. But as we mark another World Water Day, many First Nations communities in Canada still don’t have access to safe water.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/03/22/canada-should-strive-more-world-water-day

Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities

March 19, 2021

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is closely monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases reported in First Nations communities across the country. Overall, active case counts continue to decline, with 1,151 active cases reported as of March 18, 2021.

https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/news/2021/03/government-of-canada-covid-19-update-for-indigenous-peoples-and-communities1.html

Ontario reports nearly 1,700 new COVID-19 cases, highest positivity rate since January

March 22, 2021

Ontario is reporting 1,699 new COVID-19 cases and 3 additional deaths on Monday. There were 31,089 tests completed in the last 24 hour period. This is down from the 49,200 tests completed a day ago. Testing numbers are typically down early in the week.

https://www.680news.com/2021/03/22/ontario-reports-nearly-1700-new-covid-19-cases-highest-positivity-rate-since-january/

Indigenous Services Minister says COVID-19 vaccines showing early, positive signs on reserves

March 19, 2021

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says there are early signs COVID-19 vaccines are having a positive impact against the pandemic on reserves. But Miller warns it’s too early to let up our guard or a third-wave of infections could be devastating.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/video-indigenous-services-minister-says-covid-19-vaccines-showing-early/

Region opens first Indigenous vaccination clinic

March 19, 2021

Today, the first of two pop-up Indigenous vaccination clinics in Waterloo Region will be immunizing members of the First Nation, Métis and Inuit community. The vaccination clinic at Anishnabeg Outreach, 236 Woodhaven Road in Kitchener, is open March 19-20 for Indigenous residents who are interested in receiving their vaccine in a culturally appropriate setting.

https://www.kitchenertoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/region-opens-first-indigenous-vaccination-clinic-3558467

Province making strong testing suggestions for those travelling to First Nations

March 20, 2021

Provincial health officials are strongly recommending people get tested for COVID-19 before travelling or returning to First Nations communities. The First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team said testing should be done three days before travelling and they should be following the health orders the entire time.

https://www.iheartradio.ca/virginradio/winnipeg/province-making-strong-testing-suggestions-for-those-travelling-to-first-nations-1.14804835

No link between colonialism and vaccine hesitancy among Indigenous Peoples says professor

March 19, 2021

There is no evidence that Canada’s history of colonialism has made Indigenous people any more hesitant to get vaccinated against COVID-19 than the general population, says an Indigenous studies professor casting a critical eye on the oft-repeated theory.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/vaccine-hesitancy-covid-19-indigenous-peoples/

New funding for First Nations water projects an ‘important step’ minister says

March 22, 2021

Canada’s infrastructure minister says new funding for clean water, wastewater and storm water projects announced last week by the province and federal government won’t solve all of the long-standing water infrastructure problems in First Nation, but it’s an important step. The two governments jointly announced $69.5 million in funding for projects in 37 First Nations, including around a dozen in northwestern Ontario.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/first-nations-water-infrastructure-funding-1.5957217

$33 million for clean water in NWO communities

March 22, 2021

Work to end long-term boil water advisories and provide clean water in 37 First Nation communities across Ontario is set to begin soon, with 12 projects in northwestern Ontario communities.

https://www.drydennow.com/local/33-million-for-clean-water-in-nwo-communities

Watchdog’s report finds RCMP discriminated against Colten Boushie’s mother

March 20, 2021

A watchdog’s report into how Mounties handled the high-profile shooting death of a young Cree man in Saskatchewan has found officers discriminated against his mother. The finding is detailed in a report by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, which reviewed the investigation into the death of Colten Boushie.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/watchdogs-report-finds-rcmp-discriminated-against-colten-boushies-mother/

Indigenous Services minister questions union statement on Jocelyn Ottawa allegations

March 19, 2021

Indigenous Affairs Minister Marc Miller questioned the nurse’s union, Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ), over their statement regarding the allegations from Jocelyn Ottawa against the nurses who were tasked with treating her. Ottawa claimed she was asked to sing in Atikamekw. Miller said the union’s claim that it was a “misunderstanding” did not “make sense.”

https://globalnews.ca/video/7707715/indigenous-services-minister-questions-union-statement-on-jocelyn-ottawa-allegations

After 230-year fight, Caldwell First Nation has reserve status; begins to build a new community

March 19, 2021

Caldwell First Nation has finally achieved reserve status, ending a decade-long bureaucratic struggle that included environmental assessments and various approvals from both provincial and municipal governments.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/caldwell-first-nation-reserve-status-1.5955097

NAN Celebrates Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s $50-million Milestone

March 18, 2021

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Jason Smallboy, on behalf of the Executive Council, joined with First Nation leaders today to celebrate Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s (NADF) milestone achievement of reaching $50 million in disbursed loans as of February 2, 2021.

https://www.nan.ca/news/nan-celebrates-nishnawbe-aski-development-funds-50-million-milestone/

Nipissing First Nation Chief says Indigenous languages revitalization is critical

March 21, 2021

The Chief of the Nipissing First Nation, west of North Bay, said that he is all for a federal government program, which aims to help Indigenous-led efforts to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen Indigenous languages. Chief Scott McLeod said that he fully supports the fed’s announcement earlier this month which commits $10 million to fund 78 Indigenous languages programs across Ontario. That’s part of $60 million that the Government of Canada is investing in Indigenous languages programs across the country. The Chief said he has not yet heard how much of that funding will make its way to his community.

https://www.parrysound.com/news-story/10355493-nipissing-first-nation-chief-says-indigenous-languages-revitalization-is-critical/

First Nations with road access, urban communities next priority for COVID-19 vaccines

March 19, 2021

First Nations with road access in northern Ontario are next in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine after the first dose was administered in 31 fly-in communities, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation said.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7707541/first-nations-road-access-urban-covid-19-vaccine/

Statement on Canada’s request for an independent review of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School claims

March 19, 2021

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, issued the following statement today: “Residential schools are a tragedy born of colonial policies that harmed children, their families and their communities. The mistreatment of Indigenous children, including those who attended St. Anne’s Indian Residential School, is a tragic and shameful part of our country’s history.

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/03/19/statement-on-canadas-request-for-an-independent-review-of-st-annes-indian-residential-school-claims/

 

Indigenous languages projects get boost in latest round of federal funding

March 22, 2021

When the Woodland Cultural Centre was founded nearly 50 years ago, its mandate was to repair damages caused to Haudenosaunee culture and languages by the residential school system’s long standing legacy.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/indigenous-languages-federal-funding-1.5956667

AIAI Congratulates Batchewana on New Long Term Care Facility

March 19, 2021

In a recent announcement by the Minister Merrilee Fullerton, of Long-Term Care, Batchewana First Nations is the 3rd member Nation of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) to receive a license for a Long Term Care Facility for 96 beds for their elders.  AIAI would like to extend a proud congratulations to Chief Dean Sayers, the Batchewana First Nation Council and the Anishinabek of Batchewana for this endeavour that is extremely invaluable to the Indigenous Peoples of Bawating.

https://nationtalk.ca/story/aiai-congratulates-batchewana-on-new-long-term-care-facility

Indigenous youth are playing a key role in solving urgent water issues

March 19, 2021

Unsolved environmental problems, a national mandate to uphold treaty responsibilities and a new appreciation for positive treaty relationships are leading some water researchers to consider new approaches to their work. They are examining how water monitoring practices that are conventionally considered strong, can be improved.

https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/indigenous-youth-are-playing-a-key-role-in-solving-urgent-water-issues

Storytelling youth awarded for Paying Respect

March 22, 2021

Jayden Restoule of Dokis First Nation is the regional winner of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Student Achievement Award for his short story, Paying Respect.

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/03/22/storytelling-youth-awarded-for-paying-respect/

Wiikwemkoong lacrosse star hoping to coach in world junior lacrosse tournament

March 19, 2021

One of the top Indigenous lacrosse players is hoping to soon find out how his coaching skills rank on the world stage. Jeff Shattler, a member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, has been named as the head coach for Anishinabe Baagaadowewin.

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/03/19/wiikwemkoong-lacrosse-star-hoping-to-coach-in-world-junior-lacrosse-tournament/

‘It grows into your blood’: Playing the centuries-old game of snow snake

March 19, 2021

For hundreds of years, men of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy have waited for the first big snowfall — and then sent their snakes speeding down the track

https://www.tvo.org/article/it-grows-into-your-blood-playing-the-centuries-old-game-of-snow-snake

Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation member named artistic director of Young People’s Theatre

March 18, 2021

Herbie Barnes has had his share of roles with Young People’s Theatre (YPT) over the years. Barnes has not only performed in various productions for the legendary Toronto theatre company but he’s also been a playwright, director and artist educator.

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/03/18/aundeck-omni-kaning-first-nation-member-named-artistic-director-of-young-peoples-theatre/

Working housing miracles for Ontario’s urban Indigenous population

March 22, 2021

Last March, about two weeks into the pandemic, Steve Teekens got a call from the police. Teekens runs an Indigenous housing agency and the officers were calling to say one of his clients had tested positive for COVID-19. It was the first case to surface at the Native Men’s Residence, an organization that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and deeply affordable rentals to a clientele of mostly Indigenous men in Toronto.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/03/22/news/working-housing-miracles-ontarios-urban-indigenous-population

 

Federal housing program to deliver new affordable homes for Indigenous Torontonians

March 21, 2021

Hundreds of new affordable housing units are expected to open in Toronto this year, a significant proportion of which will be designated for Indigenous residents. The federal government on Friday announced the results of its Rapid Housing Initiative, a $1-billion program to quickly build new affordable housing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rapid-housing-initiative-indigenous-1.5957049

Canada Infrastructure Bank set to launch $1B initiative for Indigenous community projects

March 19, 2021

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is expected to launch a $1 billion infrastructure initiative on Friday to spur investment in First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities, CBC News has learned.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/indigenous-infrastructure-fund-1.5955719

Pikangikum expels OPP over misconduct allegations

March 22, 2021

Pikangikum First Nation has expelled Ontario Provincial Police over allegations of misconduct by officers posted there. Ten OPP officers posted in the community left on Friday as a result of a band council resolution, leaving First Nations police in charge of community safety.

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/pikangikum-expels-opp-over-misconduct-allegations-3563178

CIRA grant prioritizing projects that benefit northern, Indigenous communities

March 19, 2021

Organizations looking to launch projects that will improve connectivity in northern and Indigenous communities could be eligible for funding. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is offering a total of $1.25 million for projects dedicated to infrastructure, cybersecurity and digital literacy. Those that benefit northern, rural, and Indigenous communities, as well as students will be prioritized.

https://cklbradio.com/2021/03/19/cira-grant-prioritizing-projects-that-benefit-northern-indigenous-communities/

CHRT confirms agreement reached to ensure greater funding for First Nations children, families and communities

March 18, 2021

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, issued the following statement today: “On March 17, 2021, the Government of Canada was pleased to see confirmation from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on the importance of increasing funding for First Nation children and families living on-reserve and in the Yukon not served by First Nations Child and Family Services Agencies (FNCFS).This resolution addresses a non-compliance motion brought before the Tribunal in August 2020 and is a result of collaboration between the Government of Canada, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and the Assembly of First Nations.

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/03/18/chrt-confirms-agreement-reached-to-ensure-greater-funding-for-first-nations-children-families-and-communities/

Carbon Tax Decision Expected Next Week

March 20, 2021

The legality of the federal carbon tax will be decided in a matter of days.  On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to deliver their decision on the constitutionality of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, and its application to some provinces, and not others, based on the strategies proposed by each province to reduce carbon emissions.

https://swiftcurrentonline.com/local/carbon-tax-decision-expected-next-week

Buffy Sainte-Marie At 80

March 22, 2021

Indigenous rights, Mother Nature, decolonization and the environment have been at the heart of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s songwriting since she was in her early 20s. Sixty years later, these issues are more relevant than ever—just like Sainte-Marie herself

https://www.chatelaine.com/living/buffy-sainte-marie-at-80/

In nurses’ firing, union calls for due process, while First Nations leaders hope broader concerns aren’t lost

March 19, 2021

The two nurses accused of racist treatment against an Atikamekw woman should not have been fired before the incident was investigated fully, a representative for the local union says, in a controversy that has quickly escalated to include the provincial government and First Nations leaders.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-jocelyne-ottawa-1.5956586

Justice advocates await Ottawa’s promised national Indigenous justice strategy

March 18, 2021

When a social worker threatened to take her newborn away, Keira Prince knew she had to find a way to turn her life around. Prince is from Nak’azdli Band, which sits 926 kilometres north of Vancouver. In 2017, just 18 at the time, she was facing trial as an adult on a break-and-enter charge — and the prospect of both jail time and separation from her daughter.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/national-indigenous-justice-strategy-1.5864550

‘Open and frank’ meeting takes place between Indigenous leaders and Quebec government

March 19, 2021

At a Friday meeting, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) came to the table with the Quebec premier, the province’s Indigenous Affairs minister, and over 100 Indigenous delegates for the first in a series of political gatherings meant to bridge gaps in the nation-to-nation relationship.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/afnql-indigenous-leaders-quebec-government/

Vaccination blitz against COVID-19 on Peguis First Nation starts Monday

March 21, 2021

Every day, more calls come in to book appointments for COVID-19 vaccines on Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. With a mass vaccination effort coming Monday, Chief Glenn Hudson said leadership expects the community will be able to immunize almost half its on-reserve population by Thursday.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/peguis-first-nation-mass-vaccination-covid-19-1.5958134

Viewpoint – Indigenous education will be set back decades by Tory bill

March 21, 2021

The Manitoba government’s Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act, is a 100 per cent step backwards for Indigenous education. This bill turns back the clock by seeking to return to the same top-down, centrally controlled political and cultural ideology that led to the problems Indigenous learners face in the current system. It also threatens to undo everything that has been successful, such as the recent improvement to graduation rates and more culturally based learning.

http://www.netnewsledger.com/2021/03/21/viewpoint-indigenous-education-will-be-set-back-decades-by-tory-bill/

 

Colten Boushie’s family to respond to watchdog report that found discrimination

March 22, 2021

First Nations leaders and relatives of a young Indigenous man shot and killed on a Saskatchewan farm are expected to address findings today from a watchdog’s review that concluded RCMP racially discriminated against his mother.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/colten-boushie-s-family-to-respond-to-watchdog-report-that-found-discrimination-1.5356711

Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Manitoba getting help from military, organizations, to manage COVID-19 outbreak

March 19, 2021

A 41-person medical team from the Canadian Armed Forces is in Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, also known as Pukatawagan, assisting in COVID-19 vaccinations, conducting wellness checks and delivering food.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/mathias-colomb-cree-nation-in-manitoba-getting-help-from-military-organizations-to-manage-covid-19-outbreak/

1st exhibit at Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Qaumajuq showcases Inuit art forms old and new

March 21, 2021

The common view of Inuit art centres around breathtaking soapstone carvings, sculptures and printmaking, but in reality, the body of work is as wide as the tundra is vast. Thousands of traditional and cutting edge works of Inuit art will be on display to the general public starting March 27, when Qaumajuq, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s new Inuit Art Centre, officially opens.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/qaumajuq-winnipeg-inuit-art-gallery-inua-exhibit-artists-1.5952257

First Nations advocate accuses Winnipeg police of mistreating suicidal woman in bridge incident

March 20, 2021

An Indigenous woman was mistreated by Winnipeg police during a mental health crisis earlier this week, an organization representing First Nations people in southern Manitoba says, and they are asking for a full investigation.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-police-service-suicide-attempt-southern-chiefs-organization-1.5957883

Advocate worries Manitoba school board changes will put Indigenous education on back burner

March 19, 2021

A longtime education advocate is worried Indigenous education won’t be prioritized under Manitoba’s proposed education reforms announced this week. The province is proposing dissolving its 37 English school divisions and instead grouping schools together in regional catchments. The regions would be overseen by a provincial education authority.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/manitoba-school-board-reform-indigenous-1.5955663

‘Strategic alliance’ as FSIN, Sask. Human Right Commission sign agreement: Chief Bobby Cameron

March 19, 2021

A new agreement signed Friday between the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Executive and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) recognizes their shared commitment to combating racism and discrimination in Saskatchewan.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/fsin-shrc-strategic-alliance-1.5957379

Father, son accused of killing Metis hunters in Alberta denied bail

March 19, 2021

A man and his son accused of killing two Metis hunters in Alberta have been denied bail a second time. Roger Bilodeau, who is 57, and Anthony Bilodeau, who is 32, are both charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/father-son-accused-killing-metis-171641937.html

Tahltan government says it wants gold, copper and silver mines out of the territory

March 20, 2021

The Tahltan Central Government say it wants gold, copper and silver mining company out of the territory. The nation in Northern B.C. says they will be taking steps to stop Doubleview Gold Corp. operations on their unceded lands.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/tahltan-government-says-it-wants-gold-copper-and-silver-mines-out-of-the-territory/

VHS looking to move dog-rescue industry away from colonial ‘you’re not doing it right’ attitude

March 19, 2021

The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is taking a lead in trying to decolonize the animal rescue industry in Canada. The organization is creating a training program for use across the country and seeking input from Indigenous Peoples.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/vhs-dog-rescue-indigenous/

Family wants trail-blazing grandmother’s carving contributions to receive more recognition

March 21, 2021

Kwakwaka’wakw carver Ellen Neel ​​​​​​began carving in the 1930s and was among the first famous female carvers on the Northwest Coast but her story is little known outside art circles and Indigenous communities — something her family is hoping to change.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ellen-neel-1.5954316

Tsilhqot’in Nation calls on B.C., Canada to recognize Indigenous jurisdiction amid COVID-19

March 18, 2021

A B.C. First Nation that won a landmark case establishing rights and title to its territory is calling on the provincial and federal governments to recognize its inherent jurisdiction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-first-nation-indigenous-jurisdiction-covid-1.5955776

$10,000 reward offered by family of young Indigenous woman who vanished in Vancouver

March 19, 2021

The family of a young Indigenous woman who vanished six months ago is holding a vigil walk in downtown Vancouver Friday, as they offer a $10,000 reward for information on her disappearance.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/10-000-reward-offered-by-family-of-young-indigenous-woman-who-vanished-in-vancouver-1.5354755

Low voter turnout a ‘constant struggle,’ says Kivalliq Inuit Association president

March 19, 2021

Despite a “constant struggle” to engage Inuit voters, the president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association says he’s confident the upcoming election will yield a higher voter turnout than other Inuit organization elections held in the last year, where less than 20 per cent of eligible voters casted a ballot.

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/low-voter-turnout-a-constant-struggle-says-kivalliq-inuit-association-president/

No more excuses: Money would fix Nunavut’s housing crisis but Ottawa doesn’t want to pay

March 18, 2021

NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq doesn’t want to hear anymore excuses about Nunavut’s housing crisis.

Constantly saying it will just take time has turned the housing situation into a humanitarian disaster.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/nation-to-nation/no-more-excuses-money-would-fix-nunavuts-housing-crisis-but-ottawa-doesnt-want-to-pay/

800-year-old moccasin connects Dene migrants to the American southwest

March 22, 2021

New research on a trove of 13th century moccasins is shedding light on how the Dene language may have spread across North America.  The distinctly subarctic Dene moccasins were discovered in the Promontory Caves in Utah nearly 100 years ago. They’re believed to be evidence that some Dene people left northwestern North America and successfully resettled in what is now the American southwest.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/dene-migration-moccasin-1.5957499

Igloolik artist Terry Uyarak nominated for 2021 Juno award

March 20, 2021

An Igloolik, Nunavut, artist known for his performance background can now add another accomplishment to his list. Terry Uyarak was nominated for a 2021 Juno Award in the category Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year for his debut album Nunarjua Isulinginniani, released in October 2020.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/igloolik-artist-terry-uyarak-nominated-for-2021-juno-award-1.5952560

Podcaster uniting Dene Athabaskan speakers across the continent

March 21, 2021

Dene Athabaskan languages spread vast across much of North America, and one man has set out to teach it online through a video podcast. Willis Janvier is from La Loche, Sask. and currently lives in Moose Jaw where he’s studying Indigenous social work at First Nations University of Canada.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/podcaster-dene-yati-1.5957210

Change to assisted dying law overlooks Nunavut’s mental health crisis, say advocates

March 22, 2021

Nunavut wellness advocates say Canada needs to consider Nunavut voices on changes to the medically assisted dying program. In two years, federal legislation will expand assisted dying to people with a severe mental illness. Medically assisted deaths have been legal in Canada since 2016, but only for people whose death is imminent. Bill C-7 expands the service to people who are very sick and suffering, but not likely to die.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/wellness-advocates-say-nunavut-s-mental-health-crisis-overlooked-by-federal-change-to-medically-assisted-dying-1.5956742

Gamètì’s Doreen Arrowmaker recognized with Wise Woman Award

March 20, 2021

Gamètì’s Doreen Arrowmaker is being recognized for her commitment to the Tłı̨chǫ region with the Wise Woman Award from the Status of Women Council of the NWT. “I’m very happy, very excited and just filled with joy,” she said. “Women just are just as important as everybody else, and they have a voice and they matter … at the end of the day, I just want to inspire my kids to set goals for themselves and to just strive forward.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/doreen-arrowmaker-wise-woman-1.5957601

UPCOMING EVENTS

Call for artist interpretations/artwork for the Assembly of First Nations 2021 Annual General Assembly

The Chiefs of Ontario Host Committee will be hosting the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 42nd Annual General Assembly in Toronto in July 2021 and is currently accepting original Indigenous artwork to be submitted. Artwork will be used for materials by the Chiefs of Ontario Host Committee and the AFN in promoting the Assembly. We are seeking artwork that supports and promotes First Nations culture in Ontario.

http://chiefs-of-ontario.org/call-for-artist-interpretations-artwork-afn-annual-general-assembly-july-2021/

Chiefs of Ontario Discussion Session on Federal Policing Legislation

Chiefs of Ontario’s Justice Sector is hosting a discussion session on March 29th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm with Leadership and technicians to share preliminary thoughts about a federal policing legislation. Contact Sarah-Grace Ross at sarah-grace.ross@coo.org for more information.

Save the Date: Chiefs of Ontario 47th All Ontario Chiefs Conference 2021

The Chiefs of Ontario and Grand Council Treaty #3 will be hosting the 47th All Ontario Chiefs Conference 2021 on June 15-17, 2021. For the Chiefs of Ontario All Ontario Chiefs Conference (AOCC), please find the 1st Call for Resolutions attached. Deadline for Resolutions is Wednesday, May 26, 2021. For more information, please visit https://www.chiefsmeeting.com/aocc-2021.

Issue 9 of The Official Chiefs of Ontario Magazine, The Advocate is now online! 

To view, please click here: https://www.mediaedgemagazines.com/the-chiefs-of-ontario-coo/oo21c/.

Annex 9 Climate Change Modelling Experts Workshop, March 22, 2021

As a follow up from the 2019 Climate Change Modelling Experts Workshop hosted in Ann Arbor, Annex 9 is working with GLISA to host another virtual workshop in March.

For more information, please contact Chris Hoyos at Chris.Hoyos@coo.org.

International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Annual Meeting, May 17-21, 2021

Hosted by Michigan Technological University, the virtual conference will feature four days of scientific sessions and speakers focusing on our theme Bridging: Knowledge, Seven Generations, Land-to-Lake.

For more information and registration, click here: https://bit.ly/3nI8gUh.

Chiefs of Ontario Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Find Our Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates Here. This website provides information on emergency planning and preparedness, as well as on the unique programs and services that are available to First Nations in Ontario during times of emergency.

https://www.coo-covid19.com/