Three weeks after all non-essential businesses ceased operating in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quebec government announced April 13 that mining activities – many of which are in First Nations territories – would gradually resume.
An escalating protest movement has brought international attention to the fight of Wet’suwet’en First Nation hereditary chiefs and land defenders against a natural gas pipeline that would cross through their traditional territory in northern British Columbia.
According to Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, a recent court ruling in Nunavut finally acknowledges the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situations that many Inuit women and children find themselves in when it comes to domestic violence in overcrowded housing.
No doubt, 2019 has been a big year for Abel Bosum at the helm of the Cree Nation. Whether it was reorganizing administration, addressing the housing issue, fine-tuning education or promoting the advancement of the Cree women, Cree families and the health of Crees, the Cree Nation Government has been tireless.
The housing crisis has been called the “hidden iceberg” lurking beneath many systemic issues facing Canada’s Indigenous peoples. The Cree Nation Government (CNG) has been proactively addressing the urgent need for affordable and adequate housing by working collaboratively with communities since 2011.
A month after the Viens Commission documented the “systemic discrimination” faced by Quebec’s Indigenous people in accessing public services, Cree leaders are hopeful that many of the report’s calls for action will be implemented.
According to legends of the Kitasoo and other First Nations living near the Great Bear Rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, Raven the Creator made one in 10 black bears white to remind him of when the world was covered by frozen glaciers