Ontario reports 1,478 new COVID-19 cases; 21 new deaths

November 26, 2020

Ontario reported 1,478 new positive tests for COVID-19 on Thursday along with 21 new deaths, as the overall positivity rate declined and hospitalizations reached their highest point so far in the second wave.


Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday

November 26, 2020

As of 7:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, Canada’s COVID-19 case count stood at 347,466, with 58,525 of those considered active cases. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 11,710.


Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point and Aamjiwnaang First Nations accept land claim offer this fall

November 26, 2020

Members of Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point (KSP) First Nation voted on Nov. 13 by over 90 per cent of ballots cast to accept a land claim offer from the Government of Canada for money stolen from their ancestors by a British Crown agent in the 1850s.


FWFN limiting access to community but businesses remain open

November 25, 2020

With the number of COVID-19 cases in the Thunder Bay District still climbing, the Fort William First Nation Band Council decided to add checkpoints to limit the number of people entering the community, though businesses on City Road will remain open to everyone.


Wiikwemkoong continues to offer youth hockey programming during pandemic

November 26, 2020

Back in late August, it was announced that the Wiikwemkoong Minor Hockey Association would not have any of its clubs participate in the Manitoulin Island league this season. But that cancellation, which was made for safety reasons due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, does not mean there is no hockey being played in Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.


‘For our children’: How families are passing down Indigenous languages

November 25, 2020

Sit in on any Indigenous-language class across Canada, and you’ll hear many — I’d argue almost all — adult students say they are picking up their language in order to teach their children or future children. Making sure the generations to come have what we did not seems to be one of the most urgent motivations for learning our languages.


Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh Relieved by Suspension of Hunger Strike

November 26, 2020

Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh is relieved to hear of the suspension of the hunger strike by an elder of Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation. The elder had been on a hunger strike since October 9 in a statement against the current state of the child welfare systems in Canada.


Quebec rejects ‘Joyce’s Principle’ because it calls for recognition of systemic racism 

November 25, 2020

While the Atikamekw Nation got participation marks from the Quebec government for drafting Joyce’s Principle – a comprehensive list of proposals to improve health care for First Nations – the plan did not, in the end, get a passing grade at the National Assembly.


Mattagami First Nation fire department buys new equipment with funding

November 25, 2020

Thanks to new funding, the Mattagami First Nation Fire Department has made upgrades. The $20,000 funding is from the Mattagami Trust.


New $2.4-million program aims to connect Indigenous and rural youth to opportunities in Canada’s ocean industries

November 25, 2020

A $2.4-million project announced Wednesday aims to develop workers to support the growth of Canada’s oceans economy. The Blue Futures Pathways Project, announced by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, will target 18-30-year-olds, with a particular focus on under-represented, remotely located and Indigenous people.


Indigenous colonialism having deadly consequences during global pandemic, scholars and activists say

November 25, 2020

A gathering of scholars and activists on Wednesday pointed to soaring test positivity rates on First Nations and suggested that Indigenous colonialism in Canada is alive and well and killing Indigenous people in the midst of a global pandemic.


Homework assignment to list ‘positive’ stories about residential schools under investigation

November 25, 2020

A B.C. mother says she is furious after her daughter and other Grade 6 students were given homework asking them to highlight “positive” stories and facts about Canada’s residential school system for Indigenous children. The Abbotsford School District said it is investigating after being made aware of the assignment Wednesday.


Breastfeeding mother on hunger strike opposing mega-project in Cree Nation territory

November 25, 2020

A young Cree mother is on a hunger strike, consuming only broth, to protest a multi-billion dollar development project set for Cree Nation territory in Quebec. Heather House, a student and mother of seven, is opposed to the project and mining in general in the Cree Nation territory.


RCMP commissioner to review watchdog report on Colten Boushie case on weekend of Dec. 4

November 25, 2020

The RCMP’s response to a watchdog report about the Colten Boushie case will be on commissioner Brenda Lucki’s desk on Friday, Dec. 4, Lucki says. Lucki will read it over that weekend before signing off on it, she said.


Known as ‘Beadman,’ Oskenontona Philip Deering sees a bright future for an ancient tradition

November 26, 2020

Oskenontona Philip Deering sees working with beads as a way for people to connect with each other, predating modern language — even going back millennia. Deering, whose shop in Kahnawake provides that essential part of Indigenous beadwork to the community, is known to many simply as Beadman.



Federal judge quashes removal of Thunderchild Coun. Michael Linklater

November 25, 2020

The ousting of a Thunderchild First Nation (TCFN) councillor who does not live on reserve has been deemed invalid by a federal judge. Michael Linklater was turfed in July for failing to meet the residency clause in Thunderchild’s election act.


Fred Sasakamoose remembered as ‘luminary’ for the game of hockey

November 25, 2020

Tributes poured in from around the hockey world Wednesday for Fred Sasakamoose, a man considered to be a pioneer for the game in the wake of his death Tuesday from COVID-19. He was 86.


Sasakamoose remembered as pioneer who paved the way for Indigenous hockey players

November 25, 2020

Tributes are pouring in for Fred Sasakamoose, who died Tuesday at age 86 after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Sasakamoose was one of the first Indigenous athletes to play in the National Hockey League. “We are at a loss today. Fred Sasakamoose was a legend with humble beginnings. He will be dearly missed,” the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations tweeted.


5 Indigenous TikTok Accounts That Deserve An Instant Follow

November 25, 2020

While Indigenous communities have mobilized to defend their sovereignty and treaty rights across the country this year, Indigenous youth have taken to TikTok. Online, they are sharing cultural knowledge and shedding light on topics like Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls (MMIWG) and the legacy of residential schools.


Some First Nations seeing uptick in COVID-19 cases despite careful beginning

November 25, 2020

Two Alberta doctors say COVID-19 is getting worse in their communities, despite avoiding huge numbers at the beginning of the pandemic.  Dr. James Makokis, a family physician in Kehewin First Nation, said some added measures were taken earlier this year for the safety of their residents, like security checkpoints on the nation’s borders. But now, he said Kehewin is still seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.


Residential school survivor graduates high school at 61, says it’s never too late for education

November 26, 2020

A residential school survivor who received his high school diploma last week says he hopes to inspire others to believe in their education goals. “Now I can prove that an elder like me could graduate. If anybody like me can do it, they can do it,” said 61-year-old Glenn Courchene.


P.E.I. MLAs stand up for Mi’kmaq fishing rights

November 25, 2020

A motion in the P.E.I. Legislature supporting the treaty rights of the Mi’kmaq to a moderate livelihood fishery received unanimous support Tuesday evening.


DFO officers seize 500 lobster traps in St. Marys Bay

November 26, 2020

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says enforcement officers are going back to St. Marys Bay in southwestern Nova Scotia where they seized hundreds of lobster traps on the weekend in an area used by Mi’kmaw fishermen.


Sipekne’katik First Nation suspends lobster fishery after endangered whales spotted

November 25, 2020

Nova Scotia’s Sipekne’katik First Nation says it will temporarily close its moderate livelihood lobster fishery after endangered North Atlantic right whales were detected off the province’s southwest coast. In a news release issued Wednesday, Chief Mike Sack says band council took the action “with conservation as our foremost concern.”


Mi’kmaw and Wolastoqi women create new online store to highlight their arts and crafts

November 26, 2020

Women from First Nations communities in New Brunswick have a new online store to help find a bigger audience for their art and to make up for sales lost to COVID-19. The site is called Nujintuisga’tijig E’pijig, which means “Indigenous women salespeople or vendors” in the Mi’kmaq language, and currently features 16 artists — but there is room for up to 30.


Bison study using Saskatoon synchrotron aims to encourage more Indigenous scientists

November 25, 2020

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) says it’s launching a science project using Saskatoon’s synchrotron like no other it’s had before. Bernie Petit, the education coordinator of Indigenous programs with CLS, said the Bison Project was specifically developed for First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students.


First Nations say ‘justification has evaporated’ for Trans Mountain pipeline

November 25, 2020

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative says the “justification has evaporated” for the Trans Mountain and Keystone pipelines, after a new report projected if Canada strengthened its climate policies, even just modestly, it could eliminate the need for the projects altogether.


Great Sioux Nation and British Columbia First Nations Join Protest of ABC’s ‘Big Sky’

November 25, 2020

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs and The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association are calling for ABC to include an information frame at the end of each episode directing viewers to learn more about the crisis of missing and murdered Native and Indigenous women.


B.C. argues Nuchatlaht Nation ‘abandoned’ its territory. Lawyer reminds court ‘land was stolen’

November 25, 2020

In the first-ever title case argued in B.C. since the province introduced UNDRIP legislation, Crown lawyers assert the nation lost territorial rights by not consistently occupying their lands. Experts say the argument is strange, possibly illegal and a step back for reconciliation.


‘I’m just trying to find answers’: 4th in-custody death of an Indigenous man in Prince George, B.C.

November 25, 2020

A Carrier-Sekani mother is mourning the unexplained death of her 23-year-old son in the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre. Natasha George said Chad George was found in his jail cell on Oct. 3. “He was just a young man and there’s no way I should have been burying my son,” she said in a telephone interview.


Nanaimo’s Ay Lelum makes Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto debut

November 25, 2020

A Nanaimo clothing design company is making its debut at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto this week.


First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) – COVID-19 and Opioid Crisis Out Of Control

November 25, 2020

The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is calling on the government of British Columbia to take increased and immediate action to fully address the COVID-19 pandemic and the equally devastating opioid crisis.


‘Don’t think you’re immune because you’re isolated’: B.C. Indigenous chief warns after COVID-19 outbreak

November 25, 2020

Alert Bay was one of the first remote areas in B.C. to be hit with COVID-19, and the elected chief hopes no one has to live through what they did. “It was a really scary thing,” said ‘Namgis First Nation elected Chief Don Svanvik. “You’d rather not go through a curfew or lockdown like we did.”


B.C. First Nations reawaken an ancestral practice: agriculture

November 25, 2020

As a kid, Delbert Good remembers that he would come home from a day of picking potatoes to find a meal made from the fruits of his family’s garden. “While I was growing up, we were pretty self-sufficient,” said Good, economic development officer for the Gitanyow Band and a lifelong resident of Gitanyow, a community northeast of Terrace, in northern B.C.


New award recognizes those working toward Indigenous reconciliation in B.C

November 26, 2020

A new award has been launched by the lieutenant governor of British Columbia that aims to honour those who have demonstrated a commitment to furthering reconciliation with Indigenous peoples within the province.


Major survey of BC First Nations’ economic development

November 23, 2020

The British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness (MJEDC) recently released the BC First Nation Community Economic Development Survey. The analysis reveals the interconnectedness of Indigenous economic, cultural and social values.


Government of Canada is providing immediate assistance to Territorial government, communities and Inuit partners in Nunavut to address the COVID-19 pandemic

November 25, 2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic, action has been taken by all governments to protect the most vulnerable and support those who need it most. Territorial governments, Indigenous partners and community organizations continue to work hard to keep their communities safe and the Government of Canada will be there to support them as they manage the current COVID-19 pandemic.


Champagne and Aishihik First Nations in Yukon fighting to keep language alive one student at a time

November 25, 2020

There are few cars in the small village of Haines Junction, Yukon. But as the man behind the community’s Southern Tutchone video road reports will tell you, every word of these reports is worth speaking. The report’s announcer, Khâsha, is from Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN).


Language reflects the survival of cultures: Dene Nation

November 25, 2020

Dene Nation criticized the Legislative Assembly for not adequately following the Official Languages Act in a submitted document. “The preservation of language is not just an issue of translation and understanding, it also inherently reflects the survival of cultures,” Dene Nation writes.



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Please see the attached save the date notice for the next Special Chiefs Assembly held online on February 3-4th, 2020. More information will be shared at www.chiefsmeeting.com in the coming weeks.

Chiefs of Ontario Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

November 26, 2020

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