National Newswatch

House passes motion calling on Ottawa to pay First Nations child welfare compensation ordered by tribunal

Dec 11 2019 — Jorge Barrera — The House of Commons passed a non-binding NDP motion Wednesday calling on the federal government to pay compensation to children and families affected by the on-reserve child welfare system, as ordered by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in September. The federal government is seeking a judicial review before the Federal Court aimed at quashing the […]

Crown-Indigenous minister calls on Sen. Beyak to pull letters supporting assimilation of First Nation people

Nov 29 2019 — Jorge Barrera — Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is calling on Sen. Lynn Beyak to remove letters still on her website that support Indigenous assimilation and claim residential schools saved First Nation people from “squalor.” Beyak returned to her Senate role on Sept. 11 following a suspension imposed in May on a recommendation by the Senate ethics committee. […]

Trans Mountain monitoring anti-pipeline activists, labelling some as ‘persons of interest’

Nov 25 2019 — Jorge Barrera — The federally owned Trans Mountain Corporation is monitoring pipeline opponents and designating some as persons of interest who warrant closer scrutiny, according to internal records provided to CBC News. The Trans Mountain documents show its security officials recorded the names of individuals who posted anti-pipeline videos and statements on social media, along with the names […]

Western separatism would have to face treaty nations, say First Nations leaders

Oct 30 2019 — Jorge Barrera — Prairie First Nation leaders say Alberta and Saskatchewan can’t separate without their consent because the legal underpinnings allowing Canada to settle the region are based on the signing of the numbered treaties. The election of a minority Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau and the dominance of the Conservative party in Saskatchewan and Alberta — […]

Ottawa tells court First Nation child welfare compensation order could cost $8 billion

Oct 9 2019 — Jorge Barrera — A senior federal official says a human rights tribunal ruling ordering Ottawa to compensate First Nation children apprehended through the on-reserve child welfare system could cost the federal government up to $8 billion, according to Federal Court records. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered Ottawa in early September to compensate all First Nation children removed […]

Trudeau ducks question on whether he’d accept First Nations child welfare compensation ruling

Sep 21 2019 — Jorge Barrera — Liberal leader Justin Trudeau sidestepped a direct town hall question from a First Nations leader Thursday on whether a Liberal government would accept a recent human rights tribunal ruling ordering Ottawa to compensate First Nations children impacted by the on-reserve child welfare system. Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand asked Trudeau to pledge that, should […]

Ottawa in talks to work out cannabis rules for First Nations territories

Aug 26 2019 — Jorge Barrera — The federal government’s lead minister on the cannabis file has been in talks with First Nations leaders over how to carve out First Nations jurisdiction over the cannabis industry on their territories. Ottawa initially cut First Nations out of the cannabis regulatory and revenue-sharing regime when it developed the Cannabis Act which gave provincial and […]

IRS busts alleged multimillion-dollar tobacco-smuggling scheme in Akwesasne

Aug 21 2019 — Jorge Barrera — A three-year, multi-agency investigation led by the U.S. tax authority targeted a key “broker” in a smuggling scheme that allegedly moved millions of dollars worth of tobacco through a border-straddling First Nation and into the Canadian black market, U.S. court records reveal. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its investigative partners allege a man from […]

Former Harper-era minister doubles down on calling MMIWG inquiry report ‘propagandist’

Jun 2 2019 — Jorge Barrera — A former federal Aboriginal affairs minister under the Stephen Harper government is doubling down on his social media claim that the finding of “genocide” by the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and girls was “propagandist.” Bernard Valcourt, who was Aboriginal affairs minister from 2013 until the defeat of the Harper government in […]

Trudeau’s offer of Indigenous Services to Wilson-Raybould like ‘asking Nelson Mandela to administer apartheid’

Mar 6 2019 — Jorge Barrera — The prime minister’s attempt to move Jody Wilson-Raybould to the Indigenous Services portfolio was a ‘deeply humiliating’ proposal and shows a lack of understanding and disconnect from First Nations’ world view, say Indigenous leaders and analysts. Gerald Butts, the prime minister’s former principal secretary, testified before the House of Commons justice committee Wednesday that the […]