TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – A group of First Nations residing in the north of Ontario this week asked Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle to delay implementing new mining rules that came into effect on Monday, claiming that the new regulations had not gone through a proper consultation process.
The new mining regulations were part of a modernised Mining Act that was passed in 2009 to promote mineral exploration and development in a manner that recognised Aboriginal and treaty rights, was more respectful of private landowners and minimised the impact of mineral exploration and development on the environment.
via Northern Ontario First Nations ask Minister to defer new mining rules.
A number of First Nations protestors crashed an information session held by HudBay Minerals in Winnipeg Thursday night.
HudBay held the information session at the Holiday Inn on Pembina Highway to address concerns over their proposed Reed Lake Mine.
The mine would be built in northwest Manitoba near Flin Flon.
The Mathias Colomb Cree Nation and representatives from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs as well as the province’s Wilderness Committee held a press conference at the same time and in the same hotel as the information session.
via First Nations groups protest HudBay mine project – Manitoba – CBC News.
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is warning that Canada’s largest First Nations police service may have to shut down.
NAN says there’s not enough funding to keep the Nishnawbe Aski Police operating safely in northern Ontario.
“Because of the limited resource[s] that we have, we cannot guarantee public safety for our communities and even for our officers,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.
The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service — or NAPS — works in 35 communities and Fiddler said joint federal and provincial funding falls far short of what’s needed to hire enough police officers.
via First Nations police service may have to shut down – Thunder Bay – CBC News.
You have to wonder if Stephen Harper isn’t actively trying to provoke serious conflict with First Nations.
There has been over 4 months of ongoing protest, hunger strikes, long distance marches by Indigenous youth, heated negotiations with First Nation leadership, vociferous opposition party criticism in Parliament, and widespread calls for action from non-Indigenous people across Canada.
via Is Stephen Harper trying to provoke a confrontation with First Nations? | rabble.ca.
There seem to be few people who think the answer to solving the abysmally high incarceration rate for aboriginals is to make it easier to throw them in jail and keep them longer. But that’s what many believe the federal Conservative government is intent on doing.
Last week, B.C.’s provincial health officer, Perry Kendall, added his voice to a burgeoning group of public officials worried about the increasing role that prisons are playing in the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. His report suggested that the Safe Streets and Communities Act – passed last year – will only intensify the problem.
via More jail won’t solve Canada’s aboriginal incarceration problem – The Globe and Mail.
The Harper government is forcing First Nations to consent to recent omnibus legislation that sparked Idle No More protests by threatening to withhold funding, the chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says.
FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde said the federal government has inserted “scary” new clauses into the First Nations Funding Agreements, which every band must sign periodically to receive annual funding.
“It’s basically saying that, once they sign it, they’re agreeing to all the new pieces of legislation and all the new regulations that are coming down,” Bellegarde said in an interview.
via Bellegarde critical of funding agreement changes.
A while ago, I heard from a reader in Victoria who wondered why The Globe and Mail did not capitalize the term “first nation.” It was an excellent question and one deserving of a serious look. The Globe’s Style Guide said very simply that when the term first nation is used “it is lower case unless we are giving the band’s formal name: the Kettle Point First Nation. The term applies to status Indian bands that belong to the Assembly of First Nations…”
But our reader, Michael Asch, sent in a very well-reasoned argument on why this needed changing. Professor Asch, an expert in Canada on the issue, is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Alberta and an adjunct professor in anthropology and political science at the University of Victoria. He has been studying political relations between indigenous peoples and Canada for 40 years.
via Public editor: Why The Globe now capitalizes ‘First Nations’ – The Globe and Mail.
TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Thirteen First Nations and Goldcorp on Thursday announced they have signed an agreement formally incorporating Wataynikaneyap Power, a new company developing a transmission line that would reduce reliance on diesel and connect remote communities in north-western Ontario
Phase one, a 300-km transmission line slated for completion by the end of 2015, would reinforce electricity transmission to Pickle Lake – including Goldcorp’s Musselwhite mine.
Phase two would extend power north of Pickle Lake to connect ten remote First Nation communities.
Wataynikaneyap Power would design, permit, construct, own and operate the transmission line. The First Nations-led project was expected to create about 1 200 construction-related jobs.
via 13 First Nations and Goldcorp create new power transmission company.