Indianz.Com > News > Opinion: A new Native insurgency threatens Canada’s sovereignty

“Shawn Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, on recalling the 1990 national emergency at Oka, Que., carefully warned Canadians that “First Nations are ever-mindful of the potential that these events could be repeated.” It would be a grave mistake for Canadian leaders to dismiss his words as mere political rhetoric.

via Indianz.Com > News > Opinion: A new Native insurgency threatens Canada’s sovereignty.

Carrie Garrow on the Iroquois Nationals « Turtle Talk

Earlier this month, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team couldn’t participate in the World Lacrosse Championship because British authorities would not accept the team’s Haudenosaunee passports. In news stories and letters to the editor of The Post-Standard, many have focused on one question: Why do the Iroquois care which passport they use? Carrie Garrow, executive director of The Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship, at Syracuse University’s College of Law, and a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, spoke with staff writer Hart Seely.

via Carrie Garrow on the Iroquois Nationals « Turtle Talk.

Long Plains hosts residential-school forum today – Winnipeg Free Press

Residential School survivors at Long Plains First Nation will share their stories with the community this week.

Today and tomorrow, the First Nation is hosting an event in partnership with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Residential School survivors, community youth and families will participate in statement taking, sharing circles and other ceremonies at two locations in the community.

via Long Plains hosts residential-school forum today – Winnipeg Free Press.

Pharmacist fulfills life-long dream

Yee, 32, has fulfilled his life-long dream of opening the first aboriginal-owned-and-operated pharmacy in the province and possibly the country — The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at 2310 9th N.

Yee is a member of the Wood Mountain First Nation, in south-central Saskatchewan.

via Pharmacist fulfills life-long dream.

Tattered act reflects racism of the colonial era

Once again we hear the cry to get rid of the Indian Act. Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says the act must be repealed within two to five years.

He made the statement in his opening speech to the AFN’s annual assembly being held in Winnipeg.

I’ve heard this challenge being made since the 1960s, with Jean Chretien’s infamous white paper on Indian Policy dropped on us in 1969.

via Tattered act reflects racism of the colonial era.

Participation in sports and cultural activities among Aboriginal children and youth

Recent studies show that participating in extracurricular activities can have many benefits for children, including positive academic achievement,1 improved psychological functioning,2 and good peer relationships.3 Some research suggests that these activities have a positive effect because they provide children with opportunities to explore their identity, develop initiative, learn to control their emotions, and acquire social skills.4

via Participation in sports and cultural activities among Aboriginal children and youth.

Assembly of First Nations – Assembly of First Nations Sets Out Vision for First Nations Control of First Nations Education

Winnipeg (MB) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and First Nations Chiefs and delegates from across Canada confirmed a new comprehensive plan to directly address critical education needs facing First Nation communities.

“This is an important confirmation of the clear priority every First Nation leader places on education. We are all agreed on the way forward and the imperative of supporting all First Nations learners and improving education outcomes for our children,” National Chief Atleo stated. “Education has been used as a weapon against us in the past, as during the residential schools era, but it can now be a tool to unlock the full potential of First Nations people and communities. In the spirit of the Federal government’s Apology for residential schools, we call on Canada to work with us to give life to our right to education. The resolution achieved by the First Nation leadership across Canada sets the vision and the path forward for this desperately needed progress.”

via Assembly of First Nations – Assembly of First Nations Sets Out Vision for First Nations Control of First Nations Education.

CBC News – Manitoba – First Nations should control education: report

‘Success in achieving the identified objectives of First Nations education [has] consistently been stymied by Canada’s unilateral failure to adequately fund and support First Nations education in a sustainable and meaningful manner.’—First Nations Control of First Nations Education report

via CBC News – Manitoba – First Nations should control education: report.

Campbell River Mirror – National chiefs say no to B.C. mine

A remote lake in the B.C. ranch country has become the focus of a national dispute over government authority to regulate industry on Crown land.

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) leaders from across Canada have backed National Chief Shawn Atleo’s call for the federal cabinet to reject the Prosperity gold and copper mine proposal near Williams Lake after more than a decade of study.

via Campbell River Mirror – National chiefs say no to B.C. mine.

Breathing new life into Canada’s treaties

Winnipeg Free Press – PRINT EDITION

Breathing new life into Canada’s treaties

By: Nick Martin

20/07/2010 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

Seven documents a century or older covering every square centimetre of Manitoba — coming soon to a school near you.

Manitoba’s new treaty relations commissioner Jamie Wilson wants students to know what many adults do not — that the seven treaties First Nations and Ottawa signed between 1871 and 1921 are living documents.

“It’s all about where we are as a country — we’re a work in progress,” says Wilson.

Wilson stepped down as education director in his hometown Opaskwayak Cree Nation to succeed Dennis White Bird as treaty commissioner.

So what does a treaty commissioner do?

He’s a “neutral facilitator of dialogue” between First Nations and Ottawa, explained Wilson.

He laughed — let’s try this again.

Wilson said education and research are pillars of Manitoba’s treaty commission. He’s got a speakers bureau of 30 people, and is eager himself to get into schools: “I’d love to. If I’m invited, I’ll be right in there.”

But it’s in the school curriculum where young people can learn what those seven treaties mean to all Manitobans, and how they’re fundamental to the ever-developing relationships among Manitobans, said Wilson.

“Treaties laid down the foundation for the relationship,” Wilson said. “Within each of those, there’s a complex diversity.

“There’s a real opportunity to educate people. I’m really passionate about opening those doors,” said Wilson.

He’s inherited from White Bird’s stint as commissioner the materials for expanding treaties within the Manitoba public school curriculum, which is also used by First Nations schools.

Working with the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, Wilson said, the first phase is aimed at grades 5 and 6.

“It should be piloted in five to 10 schools, First Nations and public schools,” possibly as early as this coming school year.

There’s already some mention of treaties, but, Wilson noted, right now it’s up to teachers to decide how much attention they give to treaties.

“We’ve been talking so it’s not an add-on,” he said. “Our goal is to have it K-12.

“Saskatchewan’s done it. Saskatchewan’s got (grades) 1 to 12 treaty curriculum, mandatory. I think the will is there.”

Wilson hopes the enthusiasm and support for the courses will match that of the province’s plans to pilot five classes’ worth of lessons this year on residential schools in the Grade 9 social studies and Grade 11 history curriculum.

During his time at OCN, Wilson was the driving force behind land-based education, an innovative program to engage students in their studies by taking them frequently back to the land: to learn to fish, hunt, trap, harvest, and canoe in the traditional ways.

“I’ve got a strong working relationship with the superintendents and Carolyn Duhamel,” executive director of the Manitoba School Boards Association. “I don’t know if I would have survived without the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents — they assigned me a mentor, John Carlyle.”

The commission’s Hargrave Street offices have an extensive resource area, where teachers and students can come to learn more about the treaties, said commission executive director Jenefer Nepinak. “You can feel the momentum picking up. You can really feel the desire and need for it out there,” she said.

More information about the treaties, the speakers bureau, and the work of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba is available at

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