Sask. Premier says no exceptions to public health order for First Nations ceremonies

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 7:27pm
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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says should be no exceptions to the public health order against gatherings after members of a First Nation said the RCMP interrupted a sun dance ceremony on Sunday.

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P.E.I. Native Council says members face mental health, housing and other struggles through pandemic

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 6:06pm
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The Native Council of P.E.I. says its roughly 1,000 members are "double-disadvantaged" as they struggle to deal with housing, food security and mental health issues under the COVID-19 pandemic — and the council itself struggles with limited resources to try to help them.

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Quebec's North Shore remains closed to travellers until May 31

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 5:28pm

Regional public health officials on the North Shore say they want to protect citizens in the region, where there have been just 114 cases of COVID-19.

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Band councillor on Sask. First Nation says suicide crisis is emerging amidst pandemic

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 4:59pm
Waterhen Lake First Nation

Dustin Ross Fiddler of Waterhen Lake First Nation said a 14-year-old girl recently died by suicide and that the band is aware of other recent attempts.

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Sudbury nurses share their stories during National Nursing Week

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 4:58pm
Misty Rose Paul and Chantal Lamothe

Two Sudbury nurses say although their jobs can be difficult, the rewarding parts of the profession make it worth it.

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B.C. premier and energy minister announce $120M plan to clean up orphan and dormant oil and gas wells

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 4:00pm
Horgan and James COVID-19 fiscal update, BC

B.C. Premier John Horgan and provincial Energy Minister Bruce Ralston announced plans Wednesday to use $120 million in federal funds to clean up thousands of so-called orphan oil and gas wells.

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Sto:lo First Nation eyes claim over Lightning Rock site in path of Trans Mountain

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 2:22pm
First Nations Burial Site Abbotsford

A Sto:lo First Nation in B.C. is considering filing a claim over a sacred site that sits in the path of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, part of a possible influx of new claims that could be triggered by the project.

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Hay River, Enterprise and Kakisa asked to boil water before drinking as precaution

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 1:06pm
bottle water boil advisory tap ban

Due to a higher than normal level of muddy water, N.W.T. Health officials are asking residents of Hay River, Enterprise and Kakisa to boil water for one minute before drinking.

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Premier should have recognized Indigenous Peoples' history on province's 150th birthday, professor says

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 11:21am
Niigaan Sinclair

Manitoba’s history is Indigenous history, and it shouldn’t have been left out of the premier’s official address on the province's 150th birthday, says an assistant professor in the University of Manitoba's Native studies department.

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Flood and pandemic exacerbate housing crunch in Fort Vermilion

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 9:00am
fort vermilion flood damage

Fort Vermilion residents whose homes have been damaged by flooding are staying in hotels, campers or with friends and relatives as clean up work continues in the northern Alberta hamlet.

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Indigenous Innovation Initiative will award up to $250K to projects for gender equality

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 7:00am
Sara Wolfe,  director for the Indigenous Innovation Initiative

The newly launched Indigenous Innovation Initiative is seeking project proposals that advance gender equality in Indigenous communities, and can award up to $250,000 per project.

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Kashechewan spared from spring flooding, but now has to keep COVID-19 away

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 6:45am
Kashechewan break-up

The risk of flooding is over for Kashechewan First Nation, but now the James Bay community is focused on bringing back the 900 people who have been camping out in the wilderness during the spring melt, while trying to keep COVID-19 away.

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Indigenous organization says it's taking Ottawa to court over 'discriminatory' COVID-19 aid

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 6:00am

An organization that represents off-reserve status and non-status First Nations people, Métis and southern Inuit is taking Ottawa to court over what it says is inadequate and "discriminatory" COVID-19 aid funding. 

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Sask. psychiatrist says La Loche outbreak harm compounded by inadequate mental health resources

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 5:00am
La Loche aerial

Dr. Sara Dungavell says COVID-19 is leading to increased stress and anxiety in the north, as people are living with less access to resources. On top of that, she said there wasn't enough resources in the community to begin with.

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Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs moving ahead with rights and title MOU with B.C. and Canada

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2020 - 12:42am
Hereditary chief Na'Moks and Chief Madeek

The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say they’re moving forward with signing a memorandum of understanding with B.C. and Canada on Thursday despite calls from elected band leadership to hit reset on the process. 

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Indigenous restaurant owners adopt new business models to try and ride out pandemic

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 12, 2020 - 7:37pm
Inez Cook

Indigenous restaurants and caterers have grown in popularity over the past few years, but loss of revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions is forcing them to adapt quickly to new ways of doing business.

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Métis raise flag above newly purchased Bank of Montreal building at Portage and Main

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 12, 2020 - 4:10pm
Bank of Montreal Building in Winnipeg new Manitoba Métis Federat

As Manitobans celebrate the 150th anniversary of the province, descendants of the Métis who paved the way for its creation are celebrating a renewed and prominent presence.

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RCMP 'had no understanding' of sun dance ceremony that was interrupted, dancer says

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 12, 2020 - 4:00pm
Sask Boushie Anniversary

Members of the Beardy's and Okemasis Cree Nation aren't happy with what they're calling interference from police and the federal government.

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COVID-19 in Sask: Senior medical health officer warns stigma may prevent testing

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 12, 2020 - 3:33pm
Saskatchewan Health Authority COVID-19 Assessment site nurse PPE patient Coronavirus

The senior medical health officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority has warned that stigma around COVID-19 is preventing some people from getting tested. 

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Over 450 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across Canada and 7 deaths, reports Yellowhead Institute

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 12, 2020 - 1:38pm
Green Lake checkpoint April 30 2020

There are at least 465 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across 42 communities and seven virus-related deaths, far above what is reported by Indigenous Services Canada, according to a report released Tuesday by the Yellowhead Institute.

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