Indigenous academics ‘validated’ by report urging Queen’s to verify identity claims

The seven recommendations in the report include the development of a department of Indigenous studies.  They also call on the university to establish a validation policy for Indigenous faculty that — at minimum — should include citizenship or membership cards, plus a professional reference and references from a family member and an elected First Nation, Inuit or Métis leader. The report’s authors said the university needs to address staff who don’t meet the new requirements, from finding them alternate assignments to firing them.

Anishinabek Nation and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations call for action on the Day School Class Action Settlement

Survivors repeatedly report receiving lower levels than deserved and have been deprived of the ability to disclose further proof as they acquire or remember it. Survivors are also unable to re-apply for their deserved compensation level. Across this country, federally-funded Day Schools have been left off of this eligibility list. Survivors continue to be re-traumatized as they and their families are forced to relive the trauma as they write their narratives for a stranger to review.

Matawa Chiefs’ Council Work Towards Solidifying Approach to Ring Of Fire Regional Environment Assessment

“We will not lose our voice for the land. We will not give up on our responsibility to speak and advocate for the land which forms our way of life. Any changes to it will be irreversible and we take that very seriously because losing our land to development has great potential to be tantamount to the genocide of our People. We want a process that respects First Nations’ protocols and our People need to have a direct voice.”
— Chief Wayne Moonias, Neskantaga First Nation