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First Nations teen solves remote community's drinking water problems - Thunder Bay. Oops...

First Nations teen solves remote community's drinking water problems - Thunder Bay

Your browser isn't capable of playing this media. Error 6 A 19-year-old from North Spirit Lake First Nation is the key to solving a boil water advisory in place in his community for nearly as long as he has been alive. The remote First Nation, about 800 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont., has been under a boil water advisory for 14 years. Pro-oil First Nations seek end to pipeline gridlock. Environmental movement opponents of proposed pipelines have conveniently cast Canada’s 634 First Nations as a homogeneous block of like-minded partners.

Pro-oil First Nations seek end to pipeline gridlock

What’s not said enough is that many in fact support Canada’s oil and gas sector, are producers themselves or are benefiting from it through business partnerships and revenue sharing, and want to see pipelines move forward. At a groundbreaking conference in Calgary Monday — entitled the Pipeline Gridlock Conference, a Nation-to-Nation Gathering on Strategy and Solutions — members of Canada’s aboriginal business elite met for the first time to improve dialogue on pipelines and look for ways to support approvals. Stephen Buffalo, president and CEO of the Indian Resource Council, the conference’s organizer, said the meeting is expected to be the first of many and aims to come up with recommendations for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I think industry is now willing to be a partner (with First Nations). Financial Post.

'Can I go to school?': Sask. teen graduates school with 13-year record of perfect attendance. ‘Get a damn job’: Chief offers blunt remedy for what ails First Nations. Clarence Louie says things anyone other than a respected indigenous leader couldn’t get away with.

‘Get a damn job’: Chief offers blunt remedy for what ails First Nations

His advice to young men on his home reserve? Jobs, jobs, jobs is best strategy. Two Sask. First Nations buy majority stake in city business for a ‘win-win’ partnership. Two Saskatchewan First Nations have purchased the majority share of a Saskatoon fabricator in a move the company’s president and CEO says will benefit everyone involved.

Two Sask. First Nations buy majority stake in city business for a ‘win-win’ partnership

“One of the opportunities I could see was to develop a win-win by partnering with these First Nations organizations, giving them hope and opportunity to participate and to share my team’s knowledge and experience, and at the same time helping us preserve our future,” Jim Nowakowski told reporters Friday. The economic development corporations of English River First Nation and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation have each acquired 30 per cent of JNE Welding. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but JNE’s vice president of finance said the company’s annual revenue is between $35 and $40 million. Together, the three corporations employ more than 1,000 people with an annual payroll of $54 million, and have an estimated combined revenue of $296 million, according to a news release. Manitoba First Nation's Solution To Foster Care Crisis: Remove Parents, Not Kids.

Foster care has become a crisis on Manitoba's aboriginal reserves, where many children removed from their homes are also removed from their communities, winding up in urban centres like Winnipeg.

Manitoba First Nation's Solution To Foster Care Crisis: Remove Parents, Not Kids

But the northern Misipawistik Cree Nation is trying a radical new solution — let the kids stay and make the parents leave. "Ours is one approach and not a complete one, but a step towards reducing the number of children taken into custody," Misipawistik councillor Heidi Cook tells the Huffington Post Canada, noting the additional need for housing and poverty reduction programs. The chief who said no: One Northern village rejected residential schools and built their own instead. JEAN MARIE RIVER, N.W.T. — No, they said.

The chief who said no: One Northern village rejected residential schools and built their own instead

When government officials came to collect children from Jean Marie River for residential school, residents of the remote village in the Northwest Territories said they’d keep their kids at home, thanks very much. Residential schools to blame for problems plaguing aboriginals: Truth and Reconciliation Commission Modern-day Canada is perpetuating the mistakes that led to the creation of the often-abusive aboriginal residential schools more than a century ago by policies that still harm indigenous people, an exhaustive new report has concluded. The warning comes in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to be released Tuesday. The seven-volume report, a blistering indictment of Canada’s current approach to aboriginal issues, puts the onus squarely on political leaders at all levels to change government policies. Liberal MP blasted over racist ‘sobriety’ ad, but it was written by First Nations Drum newspaper.

A Liberal MP came under fire Wednesday over a newspaper ad that congratulated aboriginal high school graduates on staying sober, but it turns out a member of the First Nations Drum‘s sales team wrote the offending slogan.

Liberal MP blasted over racist ‘sobriety’ ad, but it was written by First Nations Drum newspaper

A photograph of the ad was posted on Twitter around 11 a.m. by Jacqui Gingras, a New Democratic Party of Canada candidate for the B.C. riding of North Okanagan-Shuswap “Congratulations to all 2015 Aboriginal High School graduates. Sobriety, education and hard work lead to success,” the ad said, next to a photo of MP Joyce Murray, who is seeking reelection in Vancouver Quadra. “Why is sobriety the first advice for Indigenous grads?” Aboriginals deserve good financial governance. In the ongoing effort to bring transparency and accountability to Canada’s hundreds of aboriginal governments, the name Wayne Louie should be remembered.

Aboriginals deserve good financial governance

Wayne is a member of the Lower Kootenay Band, a First Nation of 235 people, half of whom live on a reserve near Creston, B.C. In 2009, the band was paid $125,000 by the taxpayers of the Regional District of Central Kootenay for the use of a road that crosses the reserve. Flush with cash, the five-member band council secretly voted to pay themselves each a $5,000 bonus. Two years went by before Wayne Louie discovered the payout. Unable to simply stand idly by, Wayne took the council to court to get the money back.

For years, he pushed his case forward. While Wayne packed a sandwich and took a 15-hour bus ride from Creston to the Vancouver courthouse, the Lower Kootenay chief flew into town and ate out on his band’s dime. Earlier this month, the B.C. Already, the FNFTA is opening up band decisions to the grassroots. National Post. Wab Kinew: Aboriginal success is the best form of reconciliation. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing event in Ottawa showed us glimpses of Canada at its best and at its worst.

Wab Kinew: Aboriginal success is the best form of reconciliation

We were reminded of the dark moments in our history when Commissioner Murray Sinclair declared the residential school era to be part of a “cultural genocide” against indigenous people. Yet we were also reminded of our best, most welcoming nature when a round dance broke out in the lobby outside the event. Residential school survivors, their descendants and non-indigenous supporters danced hand in hand in a public expression of the very cultures that had been targeted for eradication. Most of the TRC’s 94 calls to action can be boiled down to a similar ethos: Let’s learn about aboriginal peoples and cultures so we can get on with the business of living together in a good way.

Learning from others

The gift of Membertou's Christmas. Step one: Identify highly qualified band members who used to call your community home.

The gift of Membertou's Christmas

Trades Alberta: Training program gives boost to tradespeople on First Nations communities. EDMONTON - A partnership that taps into Alberta’s aboriginal workforce is helping young people get the training they need to find and keep steady employment in the trades. “I saw a door open and I needed to go there,” says Curtis Lupaschuk, 28, a member of the Whitefish Lake First Nation who entered the Pre-Employment Construction and Pre-Employment Scaffold Training Program in his community in April 2013.

The program is an initiative of union CLAC, in partnership with industry, First Nations and funding from the provincial government. Participants — mostly in their 20s and 30s — receive life skills and job readiness training, nine safety tickets, and theory and practical work in construction and scaffolding over 14 to 16 weeks. First Nations communities doing what it takes for improved prosperity. Silent no more. WINNIPEG — “Do you worry for your safety — whether you may end up like Tina or Rinelle?”

A group of teenage girls — most of them strangers to one another — all raise their hands. “Do you trust the police?” Each girl shakes her head “No.” “How many of you have had loved ones disappear or get killed?” They shoot quick glances at one another. Aboriginal Bond Holds Promise of Breaking Resource Logjam. When Deanna Hamilton returned to her British Columbia aboriginal reserve after taking early retirement, she found herself revisiting a mystery she had encountered as a child. Unlike her reserve, the city of Kelowna across the lake didn’t suffer from foul-tasting drinking water, unlit streets or sewage-saturated lawns that discouraged children from playing outside.

In short order, Hamilton discovered an explanation in one of capitalism’s most basic tenets: Kelowna could finance its superior infrastructure by raising money in the debt markets -- an option not open to her Westbank First Nation reserve. From there, it was simply a matter of gaining acceptance for an aboriginal bond -- a process that tested her perseverance through 22 years. Today, the First Nations Finance Authority, which Hamilton helped create, issued Canada’s first bonds backed by aboriginal governments.

Northern Gateway. How a B.C. native band went from poverty to prosperity. Saskatchewan golf course helps a First Nation stay in the green. Matt Gurney: How a First Nations band is fixing its big welfare problem with a small solution. Fort McKay aboriginals take ‘good with the bad’ of the oil sands. Jim Boucher, chief of the Fort McKay First Nation near Fort McMurray, hasn’t been shy over the years about taking to task oil sands developers over their environmental practices. Staying true to form this week, the colourful leader implored oil companies at an annual industry gathering to celebrate industry-leading environmental, safety and social performance to get serious about cleaning up tailings ponds associated with oil mining operations.

‘We are businessmen’: First Nations entrepreneurs far from idle. Aboriginal women entrepreneurs ready to mentor peers. For modern reserves, success is in balancing tradition and capitalism.