The Voice is in danger of being drowned out by noise – even before the details are decided

January 26 is not the best day to gauge the progress of a campaign to recognize Indigenous Australians in the Constitution, and to establish a body that gives them a platform from which to be heard by the government and the parliament on issues that affect them. It is a raw day for Indigenous Australia, … Read more

For me, Invasion Day is a chance for reflection. Is Australia as a nation all it should be?

This Invasion Day I am as far from Australia as I can get without leaving the country. I am on my land. Wiradjuri land. Ngurrambang, in our language. Here I can stand in the place of my ancestors. With my Miyagan, my family. I can greet my father by saying marang ngarin, good morning. Here … Read more

BC to announce energy deal with Indigenous groups after landmark agreement

Natural gas producers applauded a landmark settlement between the British Columbia government and the Blueberry River First Nations that will give the Indigenous group significantly more sway over projects in the province’s resource-rich Montney region, as other First Nations prepared to unveil similar deals. On Wednesday, BC Premier David Eby and Blueberry River Chief Judy … Read more

Quebec needs to build new hydroelectric dams to strengthen position in Churchill Falls talks, Legault says

Quebec Premier Francois Legault speaks during a news conference at the legislature in Quebec City on Jan. 18.Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press Quebec needs to push ahead with plans to build new hydroelectric dams to strengthen its bargaining power in upcoming talks with Newfoundland and Labrador over the Churchill Falls electricity purchase contract, Premier François Legault … Read more

‘Disappointing’: Fans demand Calgary Flames to acknowledge Indigenous land on home ice

After fans noticed that the Calgary Flames are the only Canadian NHL team that doesn’t acknowledge Indigenous land before games, they are calling on the team to do more to recognize Treaty 7 nations on home ice. Calgary is one of the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 nations, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, … Read more

Radar shows 2,000 areas of interest at Saskatchewan residential school

An aerial view of the Mission Lake and the Village of Lebret near the Qu’Appelle Valley, Sask., on Friday, December 9, 2022. The village of Lebret adjoins the Wa-pii-moos-toosis 83A reserve of the Star Blanket Cree Nation.Heywood Yu/The Globe and Mail A First Nation in Saskatchewan says ground-penetrating radar has discovered more than 2,000 areas … Read more

Peter Dutton seeks assurances about limits of Voice to Parliament’s role

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton is seeking assurances on the limits of the power of the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament, while remaining tight-lipped on how the Liberal Party will manage its position on the looming constitutional question. Key points: Peter Dutton says he wants to know if the Voice would be “purely advisory” or whether … Read more

First Nations mother appeals to the federal government for help in Hague convention custody dispute

A First Nations mother is appealing to the federal government to intervene in an international custody dispute that has separated her from her two-year-old daughter. Key points: A two-year-old First Nations child has been returned to Europe, where her father lives, under the Hague convention The Hague Convention is an international treaty designed to prevent … Read more

Dolphins delight with return to BC waters, but some see ‘invasive species’

Pacific white sided dolphins swim the waters of Queen Charlotte Strait, along the northeast coast of Vancouver Island in BC in August 2018.Andrew Trites/The Canadian Press After 100 years of absence, large numbers of Pacific white-sided dolphins are back in the northern part of British Columbia’s Salish Sea. But while their return is being greeted … Read more

‘When all else fails, we will blockade’: FSIN denounces Saskatchewan First Act

The Federation of Sovereigns Indigenous Nations (FSIN) gathered chiefs from all over Saskatchewan on Friday to call attention to the government of Saskatchewan’s “continual infringement on First Nations inherent and treaty rights.” Regional Chief Bobby Cameron and more than 30 other chiefs spoke out against the Saskatchewan First Act, which would give the province independent … Read more