The bill, tabled June 30, would amend the Canada Elections Act to allow a ballot to be printed in an Indigenous language “using the appropriate writing systems for that language, including syllabics if applicable,” if an elector requests one or if an electoral district is on Indigenous land.
Money to compensate young people harmed by Canada’s discriminatory child welfare system is expected to begin flowing to First Nations sometime next year, now that the federal government and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) have reached a final settlement agreement.
AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald arrives at the annual general assembly at the Vancouver Convention Centre with a small group of supporters including First Nations chiefs and grassroots community members. (Ka’nhehsí:io Deer/CBC)
Last week, Ottawa and provincial governments reached a $150-million settlement with Purdue Pharma Canada for the recovery of health-care costs related to the sale and marketing of opioid-based pain medication. Officials claimed Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, downplayed the risks of its drugs when advertising them to physicians, especially when it comes to their addictive potential, contributing to the opioid crisis.
The canoe trip was “a wonderful way to actually see what my ancestors and the mountain people would have seen when they arrived on the Thames in the early 1780s,”
– Ian McCallum, a language educator for the Munsee-Delaware Nation
The Pope will be in Canada from July 24 to 29 with stops in Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit, and is expected to apologize in person for the Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system.
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador says it’s disappointed to learn only 400 seats have been allocated to survivors of residential schools in Quebec as Pope Francis visits the province for mass later this month. The mass will be held near Quebec City at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica on July 28, when the Pope is expected to apologize in person for the Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system.
Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller, left, with Gwich’in Tribal Council Grand Chief Ken Kyikavichik. (Tyanna Bain/CBC)
Sixty-four delegates representing Dehcho communities cast ballots. Tim Lennie was voted out in first round with 14 votes, while Jim Antoine and Herb Norwegian received 20 and 28 respectively.
The accord, a document intended to further the cause of reconciliation between the city’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, was first signed by more than 80 groups in June 2017. It is rooted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action as well as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls calls for justice.