A June 17 Federal Court order means that that day school survivors will now be able to access legal advice from a lawyer of their choice when obtaining compensation in the federal class action settlement.
The police killings of two Indigenous people in New Brunswick last month has led to demands for investigations and reform of armed interventions by police, at a time when officer conduct is under increased scrutiny across the world.
With the Covid-19 pandemic slowing administration of Canada’s $875 million class-action settlement agreement with Sixties Scoop survivors, a federal judge has approved interim payments of $21,000 to the 12,500 people already deemed eligible, as well as to those approved in the months ahead as the review process continues.
While the recent announcement of interim payments for eligible Sixties Scoop survivors as part of a $750 million class-action settlement may bring some a sense of closure, there remain many unresolved issues for those whose traditional culture and homeland were taken from them during childhood.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has given the federal government a failing grade based on its handling and response to the final report from the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).
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.