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Indigenous chapter in new NAFTA could address mobility concerns

OTTAWA — Aboriginal trade experts and leaders say the creation of an Indigenous chapter in a renegotiated NAFTA could be a way to address enduring concerns about mobility of tribes across the Canada-U.S. border. Passage rights have been an issue since long before the creation of the border, says Wayne ...

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Former First Nations head is optimistic about reconciliation

By Deborah Gyapong Canadian Catholic News August 21, 2017 OTTAWA – Bob Watts, former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations and key player in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), says he is optimistic about reconciliation. “I’m very hopeful; I’m very pro-reconciliation,” said Watts, speaking at a fundraiser Aug. ...

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Chapter of NAFTA focused on Indigenous rights critical: Bellegarde

OTTAWA- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says it will be important to work with Indigenous Peoples south of the border to garner support as Canada looks for a chapter of NAFTA focused on Aboriginal rights. Bellegarde tells The Canadian Press that Indigenous Peoples were not included in ...

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Ontario to move ahead with road access into chromite rich Ring of Fire region

THUNDER BAY, Ont.- Premier Kathleen Wynne says Ontario is moving ahead with building roads into the Ring of Fire region. The provincial government has been talking with the chiefs of the Matawa First Nations for years, since it pledged $1 billion in 2014 to fund infrastructure into the chromite-rich area. ...

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B.C. replaces Saskatchewan as fossil fuel thorn in Trudeau’s side

By Joan Bryden THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA -Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lost the harshest critic of his plan to impose a carbon tax with Brad Wall’s surprise announcement Thursday that he’s retiring as Saskatchewan’s premier. But just as Trudeau pulled that persistent thorn from his right side, he was stabbed ...

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Six Nations puts barricades back up at Caledonia, Ontario reneges on land deal

A barricade went back up on Argyle Street on the outskirts of Caledonia this morning Thursday, August 10, 2017 at about  8:30 am after Six Nations people said Ontario has reneged on its promise to return the Burtch property in Brant County back to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council under the ...

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First Nations treaties, revenue sharing top priorities with B.C. NDP government

By Dirk Meissner THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA-British Columbia’s new premier has placed First Nations issues near the top of his government’s to-do list, committing his cabinet to transforming stalled treaty talks and negotiating revenue-sharing agreements. The priority shift prompted a “hallelujah” Tuesday from one Indigenous leader. John Horgan issued letters ...

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First Nations say they can build more projects with changes to federal funding

By Jennifer Graham THE CANADIAN PRESS Updated Wed July 26 2017 REGINA- First Nations leaders say they’ll be able to do more projects and build more homes because of changes that give them more control over financial resources. The federal government announced Tuesday that First Nations will now be able ...

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