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COVID-19 numbers from provincial, First Nations data sharing agreement won't be made public without consent

May 7, 2020 - 9:51pm
Brent Roussin, chief public health officer

Manitoba health officials have an agreement with First Nations leaders to track and share COVID-19 data, but the public may never know specifics of what the unique agreement yields.

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Darin Isaac is the newly-elected chief of the Selkirk First Nation in Yukon

May 7, 2020 - 5:57pm
Darin Isaac

Darin Isaac has been elected chief of the Selkirk First Nation while Jeremy Harper, Morris Morrison, Carmen Lee Baker and Ashley Edzerza were voted in as councillors. Cody Sims has been elected youth councillor.

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Food security fears after COVID-19 case closes La Loche, Sask., grocery store

May 7, 2020 - 5:23pm
la loche security checkpoint

One of the two grocery stores in La Loche, Sask., has shut temporarily after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, according to an executive at the North West Company. 

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First Nations worried by suspension of oilsands environmental monitoring

May 7, 2020 - 3:40pm
Oilsands Monitoring Review 20160222

The leader of a First Nation surrounded by oilsands development is frustrated by the Alberta Energy Regulator's decision to suspend a wide array of environmental reporting requirements for oilsands companies.

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COVID-19 'border crossings' on Manitoulin Island First Nation stirring up racial tensions

May 7, 2020 - 8:25am
M'Chigeeng checkpoint

Tensions are rising on Manitoulin Island because a First Nation is stopping travellers on provincial highways that go through the community. But opinions on M'Chigeeng's attempt to protect its people from COVID-19 are not divided along racial lines. 

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Funeral for COVID-19 victim in La Loche, Sask., sparks concern about public gatherings

May 7, 2020 - 8:04am
Agnes McDonald

"This video footage clearly shows why La Loche Saskatchewan won't be opening up so soon," says Rita Briggs.

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'Not just a northern problem': La Loche, Sask. teacher calls for province to come together, not pull apart

May 7, 2020 - 8:00am
Ashton Janvier

Travel restrictions have been in place in Northern Saskatchewan since April 24 and were tightened roughly a week later to restrict any travel between communities in the region, as community members are now restricted to their home communities.

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Sask. fishermen feeling left out from federal pandemic help

May 7, 2020 - 8:00am
Paul Beatty fishing Big Sandy Lake, Sask. October 2019

When the federal government announced pandemic relief for the seafood processing industry, inland fishers in Saskatchewan say it's not helpful for what they're calling a bleak situation for the industry.

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'Not ready' to reopen: Cree and non-Indigenous leaders in James Bay united, ask for more time

May 7, 2020 - 5:00am
QUE Cree 20200217

"We don't have the big hospitals and specialized care. Should COVID-19 spread, we don't have the capacity or the resources to deal with it," said Cree Grand Chief Abel Bosum.

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Ottawa orders temporary shutdown of Maritime elver fishery

May 7, 2020 - 5:00am
Elver Fishing

The multimillion-dollar baby eel or elver fishery in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick has been shut down amid escalating conflict between commercial and Indigenous harvesters, according to an industry representative.

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Nunavut hamlet bans alcohol to encourage physical distancing

May 7, 2020 - 5:00am
High Arctic Haulers Grise Fiord shoreline

The Nunavut hamlet of Grise Fiord is temporarily banning alcohol in the normally unrestricted community because of COVID-19. The ban is already in effect. It runs from May 5 to May 18 and again from May 21 until June 3. 

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Northern Sask. checkpoints raise questions about how information is handled: privacy commissioner

May 6, 2020 - 3:57pm
Checkpoint at Green Lake, Sask.

The province's privacy commissioner, Ronald Kruzeniski, says he has some questions around information being shared at checkpoints established to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in northern Saskatchewan.

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Jesse Thistle & Zalika Reid-Benta shortlisted for $10K Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

May 6, 2020 - 3:30pm
Jesse Thistle & Zalika Reid-Benta

The award recognizes the best books written by debut Canadian authors in three categories.

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Competition for new N.S. RCMP dispatch centre 'falsely stacked' against First Nation's bid: chief

May 6, 2020 - 2:41pm
Chief Bob Gloade

The chief of Millbrook First Nation says the Nova Scotia RCMP's competition for its new communication centre was "distorted and biased," arbitrarily inflating the price of his community's proposal to reach a "predetermined outcome."

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Nunavut government reverses plan to have residents pay for own hotel quarantine

May 6, 2020 - 2:30pm
Premier Joe Savikataaq

The government of Nunavut will continue to pay for residents to quarantine in hotels before returning to the territory.

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Acho Dene Koe First Nation loses court challenge

May 6, 2020 - 7:00am

A Dehcho First Nations is considering its next steps after failing to convince a judge to order the N.W.T. government to enforce benefits plans the First Nation has with an oil and gas company.

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Data gaps exist on COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities, says research fellow

May 6, 2020 - 4:00am
Courtney Skye

The number of cases of COVID-19 in First Nations reserves continues to rise this week, with 151 confirmed positive cases reported as of May 4.

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Wet'suwet'en agreement outlines steps for transferring control of territory to traditional leadership

May 6, 2020 - 4:00am
LNG PIPLINE 20200110

The memorandum of understanding between Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, British Columbia and Ottawa sets a roadmap for transferring the jurisdiction of their territory to their traditional governance, according to a copy of the document obtained by CBC News. 

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RCMP continue to search for 40-year-old woman last seen 5 weeks ago

May 5, 2020 - 10:56pm
Melinda Lynxleg

Police in Roblin, Man., are continuing their search for Melinda Lynxleg, who has been missing since March 31.

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B.C. First Nation bans tree planting on its territory due to COVID-19 concerns

May 5, 2020 - 7:17pm
Last tree

The Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in northern B.C. is banning tree planting within its territory in an effort to keep COVID-19 out of its community. 

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