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Ontario Seeking Applicants for New Fund to Help Survivors of Human Trafficking

April 3, 2017 Ontario is launching a call for applications for the new Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund, which will support community-based solutions for helping human trafficking survivors and increasing protection for people at risk of being trafficked. The three-year fund will enhance services across Ontario, including: Meeting the complex needs of survivors with easy […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2017128 Views

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Province Launches Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Manitoba

April 3, 2017 Educating Manitobans is Key: Squires The Manitoba government will recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month by raising awareness, sharing information about available resources and fostering a greater understanding of consent, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for status of women, announced today. “Manitoba has a high rate of […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2017148 Views

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MMIWG: Date to Apply for Standing Extended to April 18

Deadline for Standing Extended to April 18 The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has extended the deadline to April 18 from April 10 for interested parties to apply for standing. The application forms and instructions are available on the National Inquiry’s website, at www.mmiwg-ffada.ca under “Legal Notices and Documents.” There […]

by pmnationtalk on April 3, 2017188 Views

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Missing and murdered women’s inquiry not reaching out to families: advocates – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 3, 2017  VANCOUVER _ A coalition of aboriginal women’s advocacy groups is expressing grave concerns about the national missing and murdered women’s inquiry, saying the commission has failed to adequately reach out to families. The Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in British Columbia says it’s concerned about media […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 201778 Views

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David Alexander Robertson and IsKwé stand up for missing and murdered Indigenious women – CBC

April 03, 2017 Winnipeg artists David Alexander Robertson and IsKwé addresses a First Nations epidemic through the character of May, an Indigenous teenager who discovers the dark and tragic stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the graphic novel, Will I See?. The collaborative effort between the graphic novelist and singer-songwriter aims to galvanize […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 201792 Views

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BCGEU: Report highlights continued government inaction on Aboriginal child protection; agency workers seek solutions at bargaining table

March 30, 2017 Report highlights continued government inaction on Aboriginal child protection; agency workers seek solutions at bargaining table The BCGEU applauds the vital work done by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) in the report published today, Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How resourcing affects service delivery. This is the most recent in a succession of investigations […]

by pmnationtalk on April 3, 201776 Views

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Remote Manitoba First Nation Fire declares emergency after fire destroys store – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 3, 2017 13:22 BROCHET, Man. _ A remote northern Manitoba First Nation has declared a state of emergency after fire destroyed the community’s only grocery store. The fire began early Sunday morning and gutted the Northern Store of Brochet-Barren Lands Nation. Chief John Clarke says the building was still smoldering 12 hours later […]

by pmnationtalk on April 3, 201774 Views

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4 girls, 4 suicides, and a desperately broken system – APTN

Jorge Barrera APTN National News Girl 1: There was no crib in the home when she was born and by 16 she was dead by suicide. Girl 2: Night after night she heard the beatings through the wall of her bedroom and by 15 she was dead by suicide. Girl 3: She was raped at […]

by pmnationtalk on April 3, 201785 Views

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Report aimed at enhanced civilian oversight of Ontario police out this week – Advocate Daily

TORONTO – Just how Ontario’s police should be policed is the topic of a major report expected Thursday in which a judge with the province’s top court will reveal the results of his comprehensive review of the issue. The 263-page report by the Independent Police Oversight Review is the product of seven months of fact-finding […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 201775 Views

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Gerald Stanley prelim hearing to begin in North Battleford – StarPhoenix

April 3, 2017 Gerald Stanley, the man charged with second-degree murder in the farmyard shooting death of Colten Boushie, is scheduled to appear in North Battleford provincial court Monday for a preliminary hearing. Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial. Matters discussed during such hearings are subject […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 201793 Views

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Preliminary hearing starts in case of fatal Saskatchewan farm shooting – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 3, 2017  NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. _ A preliminary hearing starts today for a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting an indigenous man. The week-long hearing will determine whether Gerald Stanley will face trial for second-degree murder in the death Colten Boushie last summer. Stanley has pleaded not guilty and is out on […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 201784 Views

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NAN: National Inquiry into MMIWG

The meetings, which are mandated in the National Inquiry’s Terms of Reference, will soon be held in Whitehorse, Northern British Columbia, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Halifax. 2017 Schedule: Whitehorse: April 11, 12 and 13 Edmonton and Thunder Bay: April 18, 19 and 20 Halifax and Winnipeg: May 1, 2 and 3 Northern British […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2017126 Views

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Minister of Justice Designates Lawyer Clo Ostrove to the Canadian Judicial Council Inquiry into the Conduct of the Honourable Justice F.J.C. Newbould

From Department of Justice Canada March 31, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada Today, the Minister of Justice advised the Canadian Judicial Council that she will designate lawyer Clo Ostrove to serve on the Council’s Inquiry Committee looking into the conduct of the Honourable Justice F.J.C. Newbould of the Ontario Superior Court […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2017102 Views

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NAN calls for inquest on anniversary of tragic fire that killed nine – Sudbury.com

Shoddy building standards, a lack of firefighting equipment and overcrowding all put lives at risk, says Pikangikum First Nation Chief Dean Owen. PIKANGIKUM FIRST NATION – On the one-year anniversary of a tragic fire that killed nine people in Pikangikum First Nation, Nishnawbe Aski Nation leaders have called for an inquest into the tragedy. Grand […]

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 2017110 Views

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Two-Tier Child Welfare System Hurts Indigenous Children, Says Watchdog – The Tyee

‘Urgent need’ to revamp system plagued by overworked staff, insufficient funding. Indigenous children, mostly on reserves, are being taken into care because provincial and federal underfunding creates a two-tiered child welfare system and fails to provide prevention services, according to a report from the Representative for Children and Youth released Thursday. More than 60 per […]

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 2017120 Views

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NAN Welcomes CHRT Decision

THUNDER BAY, ON (March 30, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler welcomes yesterday’s ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) supporting NAN’s submissions for immediate relief, and congratulating NAN’s agreements with the Government of Canada on child welfare reform as “carriers of hope”. “I am pleased that the Tribunal has accepted […]

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 2017112 Views

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Shocking’ numbers of aboriginal children in care an ’embarrassment,’ children’s advocate says – Canada.com

March 30, 2017 The high numbers of aboriginal children being taken into foster care in B.C. is “shocking” and “an embarrassment to the community,” the province’s children’s representative says. Bernard Richard, B.C.’s representative for children and youth, released a report Thursday, which says that both federal and provincial funding for delegated aboriginal agencies is “flawed […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 201779 Views

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Cause of death of Regina woman found at bottom of laundry chute undetermined – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 30, 2017 23:03 REGINA _ A coroner’s jury ruled Thursday it cannot determine the cause of death of a Regina woman who plunged 10 storeys down a laundry chute at a downtown hotel in 2015. The jury of three men and three women deliberated for five hours at the inquest into the death […]

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 201774 Views

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New Yukon Supreme Court justice to be added

March 30, 2017 The number of judges in the Yukon Supreme Court is set to expand by one. The Government of Canada, which is constitutionally responsible for Yukon Supreme Court justices and deputy justices, provided funding for the appointment in its March 22, 2017 budget. Amendments to Yukon’s Supreme Court Act, which are scheduled to […]

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 201783 Views

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Outreach tour in advance of murdered, missing women inquiry stops in Winnipeg – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 30, 2017 WINNIPEG _ The families of missing and murdered indigenous women have met face-to-face with members of the national inquiry team in Winnipeg. On Thursday, a group of about 25 people, made up of families who have lost loved ones, as well as members of support organizations, were able to ask […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 201779 Views

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GoFundMe campaign set up for families of children killed in Caledonia crash – CBC

3 young people were killed in the crash, others suffered ‘life-altering injuries:’ police Mar 31, 2017 A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the families of the young people killed in Caledonia on Wednesday, in what police called a “traumatic” head-on collision. As of Friday morning the campaign had raised close to $8,000.​ Grace […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2017169 Views

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CBC Investigates: Family searching for answers after Indigenous woman’s death – CBC

‘I need to know that she’s not just treated like her life didn’t matter,’ mother of Jade Sabattis says Mar 31, 2017 Family members of a 26-year-old woman from Oromocto First Nation are calling on police to do a more thorough investigation into her death. Jade Sabattis was rushed to hospital from a home in […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 201788 Views

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Opinion: Sixties Scoop survivors victimized twice, columnist says – CBC

Survivors should have more say in what happens after Ontario court battle, Steve Bonspiel writes Mar 31, 2017 Survivors of the Sixties Scoop won a big court battle against the Ontario government in mid-February, but the fight is far from over. The children of the government-sponsored Sixties Scoop were treated like experiments as they were […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 201786 Views

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Inquest outcomes leaves more questions in Nadine Machiskinic’s death – MeadowlakeNOW

After three-days of evidence the jury at the coroner’s inquest have ruled Nadine Machiskinic’s death undetermined. Ultimately that means no one really knows what happened to the 29-year-old when she fell 10-storeys down the laundry chute at the Delta Hotel in January 2015. “This raises more questions about my niece and how she died”, said […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 201787 Views

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NAN Calls for Fire Inquest on Anniversary of Pikangikum Tragedy

PIKANGIKUM FIRST NATION (March 30, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Pikangikum First Nation Chief Dean Owen have called for a coroner’s inquest into Fire Safety in NAN First Nations, on the anniversary of the tragic house fire that claimed nine lives in Pikangikum First Nation last year. “We remember the […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 201789 Views

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The Government of Canada Announces Funding for Child and Family Services Support for First Nations in Ontario

March 30, 2017     Sudbury, Ontario        Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada The well-being of Indigenous children and families is a priority for the Government of Canada. We are taking action and working in partnership to help ensure that children receive the health and social services they need, when they need it. Today the Honourable […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 2017112 Views

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New courthouse as part of justice centre for Red Deer

March 30, 2017 A new justice centre with 12 courtrooms and space for dispute resolution services will be built to serve Red Deer and central Alberta residents. The new Red Deer Justice Centre will address a prolonged space shortage in the current courthouse to help meet the region’s justice needs. Since the existing courthouse was built […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 201772 Views

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Underfunding for B.C. aboriginal agencies means kids removed from homes: report – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 30, 2017  VANCOUVER _ British Columbia’s representative for children and youth says indigenous kids are being removed from their homes and placed in care because agencies supporting their families are underfunded. Bernard Richard blames both the provincial and federal governments, saying current funding models mean aboriginal agencies are unlikely to provide the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201789 Views

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Representative Releases Baseline Report on Delegated Aboriginal Agencies

VICTORIA – Underfunding of Delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAAs) means Indigenous children are being removed from their homes and placed in care simply because the funds are not there to provide support services to their families, finds a report released today by B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth, Bernard Richard. Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How resourcing affects […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201790 Views

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Testimony concludes in Machiskinic inquest, but many questions remain – CBC

Mar 29, 2017 Coroner to instruct 6-person jury Thursday; they have 5 possibilities on manner of death to consider The lawyer representing the family of Nadine Machiskinic said the coroner’s inquest established at least a couple key facts. The 29-year-old mother of four fell 10 storeys down a Regina hotel laundry chute to her death. […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201790 Views

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BCGEU: Workers at Aboriginal child protection agency seek contract to improve child safety

March 27, 2017 BURNABY – Workers at the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (also known as Xyolhemeylh) are seeking a union contract in line with best practices for Aboriginal child welfare services in B.C. Xyolhemeylh workers want their employer to agree to reducing their caseloads and provide resources that will allow them […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201764 Views

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Van car crash in southwestern Ontario leaves 3 dead, 5 hurt – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 30, 2017  CALEDONIA, Ont. _ Three people are dead and five others are in hospital following a crash on Wednesday night on a rural road near Caledonia, Ont. Ontario Provincial Police said a passenger van carrying seven people and a car collided shortly after 9 p.m. on Highway 6. The lone person […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201772 Views

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Eight year difference in sentence sought by Crown, defence in drunk driving case – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 29, 2017 By Geordon Omand THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER _ The deep-rooted effects of Canada’s residential school system must be considered in the sentencing of a drunk driver who killed three people after mowing down two cyclists on a British Columbia highway two years ago, the man’s lawyer said Wednesday. Crown counsel […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201768 Views

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Media Availability Regarding Support for Child and Family Services in Ontario First Nations

Sudbury – Please be advised that the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, will hold a press conference to announce funding for Child and Family Services on First Nations across Ontario. Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 Time: 10:30 a.m. (EST) Where: 866 Newgate Avenue, Unit 1 Sudbury, ON P3A 5J9 For […]

by pmnationtalk on March 29, 201783 Views

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National Inquiry to Hold First Family Hearings in Whitehorse (28/03/17)

March 28, 2017 The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will continue holding a series of regional advisory meetings across the country over the next two months in order to receive input from survivors and families leading up to family hearings that will begin at the end of May. The meetings, […]

by pmnationtalk on March 29, 201791 Views

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BR MMIW Inquiry – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Mar 29, 2017 OTTAWA – The national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls will hold its first hearing with families in May. The meeting on the 29th will be in Whitehorse. Over the next two months, commissioners will hold a series of regional advisory meetings across the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 29, 201779 Views

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Trailer-hitch attack on First Nations woman called ‘hate crime’ – Thestar.com

Thunder Bay First Nations resident Barbara Kentner hit in abdomen with trailer hitch thrown from a passing car. Her sister says she heard someone in the car say: “I (expletive) got one of them.” March 28, 2017 Thunder Bay First Nations resident Melissa Kentner says she has no doubt it was a hate crime that […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 2017108 Views

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Sixties Scoop survivors meeting with Alberta minister on apology – CBC

Thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families Mar 28, 2017 Alberta Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan is meeting Tuesday afternoon with survivors of the Sixties Scoop to discuss what type of apology would be most meaningful to the community. The group wants Alberta to issue an official apology […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201779 Views

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Police IT system security improved, but more needed

March 28, 2017 VICTORIA – Auditor General Carol Bellringer released a report today on B.C.’s police IT system, PRIME-BC System – A Security Audit. Bellringer’s office first audited PRIME-BC in 2013, but did not release a public report due to the sensitive nature of its findings. Today’s report is the result of a second full […]

by aanationtalk on March 28, 201768 Views

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25,000 Canadians Join First Nations, Local Residents in Seeking Justice for Canada’s Biggest Mining Spill

March 27, 2017 Williams Lake (B.C.). As Federal Crown Prosecutors move today in B.C. provincial court to stay (i.e. shelve) MiningWatch’s private charges over the Mount Polley mine disaster, the mining watchdog is releasing the names of over 25,000 Canadians who have endorsed a petition urging the Trudeau government not to let those responsible off the […]

by pmnationtalk on March 28, 201798 Views

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Ottawa gives Manitoba chiefs money to study reforming child-welfare system – National Observer

March 28th 2017 Canada’s indigenous affairs minister says Manitoba child welfare should move away from rewarding the apprehension of children to focus more on keeping families together. “If agencies get more money because they’ve apprehended more children, and the money is going to lawyers to apprehend more children, that isn’t where we want the money […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201778 Views

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QNW: Special Report – Descheneaux case and Bill S-3

March 27, 2017 Background The Government of Canada’s response to the decision was to engage in a two-phased legislative amendment process. Phase I was the introduction of Bill S-3 to address the sex-based discrimination outlined in Descheneaux, namely the “cousins” issue and “siblings” issue. In addition, Bill S-3 included the “omitted minor child” issue; a […]

by pmnationtalk on March 28, 201777 Views

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NAN, Feds partnering to address costs of child welfare – Sioux Bulletin

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and the federal government have announced a new tool to address the costs of providing child welfare services in NAN First Nation communities. The Remoteness Quotient Table (RQ Table) was announced on March 10 by NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Minister Carolyn Bennett. “This […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201782 Views

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Safe rides supported in Rupert as part of Highway 16 action plan – The Northern View

Mar 28, 2017 The Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert received part of a $2 million community vehicles grant from the Province of B.C. last week as part of the Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan. The program’s budget went from $800,000 to $2 million based on the number of applications and the capital costs of […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201772 Views

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NAN Supports St. Anne’s Residential School Survivors’ Fight for Justice

TORONTO, ON (March 24, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler supports the continued fight for justice by Indian Residential School Survivors during the St. Anne’s Residential School Independent Assessment Process (IAP) and Edmund Metatawabin legal proceedings in Toronto today. “This prolonged legal battle has been a long and difficult process and I […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201794 Views

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Canada supports engagement with Manitoba First Nations on child and family services

March 27, 2017    Winnipeg, MB  –  Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada The wellbeing of Indigenous children and families is a priority for the Government of Canada. We are taking action and working with partners to help ensure that children receive the health and social services they need, when they need it. Today the Minister of […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201781 Views

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Indigenous woman’s eviction highlights grey areas in divorce cases – CBC

Mar 27, 2017 Tori Cress is not a band member where the lot is located, but believes she has marital claim to house A woman on the Wahta Mohawk territory is getting kicked out of the home she built with her ex-husband without receiving a settlement she said is owed to her. “I’m in a […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 201787 Views

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Ottawa gives Manitoba chiefs money to study reforming child welfare system – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 27, 2017 11:30 WINNIPEG _ Canada’s indigenous affairs minister says child welfare needs to be reformed to better serve First Nations. Carolyn Bennett is in Winnipeg to announce funding for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to study how Child and Family Services can be overhauled. Bennett says the $550,000 will help First Nations […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201786 Views

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N.B. court refuses to put man back in prison after he didn’t get his medication – CBC

Tobique First Nation man alleged to have committed more crimes in delusional state 2 days after release March 27, 2017 New Brunswick’s highest court has rejected a bid by the Crown to put a man from Tobique First Nation back in prison, after he wasn’t given his medication while incarcerated on a drug-trafficking charge. Timothy […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201791 Views

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Ontario Providing Improved Access to Legal Services

Province to Increase Legal Aid Eligibility Threshold on April 1, 2017 March 27, 2017 Ministry of the Attorney General Ontario is providing more people with affordable access to legal services by increasing the financial eligibility threshold for legal aid by another six per cent. Effective April 1, 2017, about 140,000 more people will be eligible […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201782 Views

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