National Newswatch

Federal Conservative candidate gives boyfriend human skull for birthday: Report

Jul 3 2019 — — A candidate in a northern British Columbia riding has purchased a human skull as a birthday present for her boyfriend, according to a Facebook post. Claire Rattée is running for the Conservatives in Skeena-Bulkley Valley, a huge riding held by NDP MP Nathan Cullen. It includes Prince Rupert, Smithers, Terrace and the Queen Charlotte Islands. […]

PMO calls comments about Jody Wilson-Raybould ‘unacceptable’

Feb 14 2019 — — The Prime Minister’s Office is condemning the comments reported in the press and attributed to unnamed Liberal Party insiders about Jody Wilson-Raybould’s character. “The comments made about Jody Wilson-Raybould are simply unacceptable, and have no place in our political discourse,” Matt Pascuzzo, Justin Trudeau’s press secretary, said in an email to APTN News. It’s the […]

Lynn Beyak should be charged with hate crime says Indigenous senator

Jan 5 2018 — — Embattled Sen. Lynn Beyak should be charged with a hate crime says fellow senator Lillian Dyck. Dyck is referring to letters Beyak, 68, recently posted on her Parliamentary website that support the “good” that Indian residential schools did. “I looked it up,” Dyck told APTN News Friday. “Hate speech is communicating statements in public that […]

NDP MP Saganash faces questions over wording similarities in Canada Day column and student’s speech

Jul 4 2017 — Jorge Barrera — A University of Toronto education student says she was “disappointed” after finding wording similarities in a paragraph from a Canada Day opinion column by NDP MP Romeo Saganash and the introduction to a speech she recently delivered. Erica Violet Lee, a Masters student at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and author […]

Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould should resign over Site C, says Treaty 8 chief

Sep 21 2016 — Jorge Barrera — Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould should resign her post over the federal approval of permits for British Columbia’s Site C mega dam, says the chief of West Moberly First Nation, one of the Treaty 8 communities facing territorial destruction as a result of the project. West Moberly Chief Roland Willson said Wilson-Raybould should follow her conscience […]

Tootoo now an independent MP, knows what it means to fight for life

Jun 2 2016 — — His departure was abrupt and few details came from either the man leaving or his boss. Early last evening a curt news release was sent from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office. “Mr. Tootoo will be taking time to seek treatment for addiction issues,” said Trudeau in a statement. Today, Trudeau had little more to add. […]

Trudeau government eyeing NWT’s ‘collaborative consent’ model as part of UNDRIP implementation

May 10 2016 — Jorge Barrera — With Monday’s announcement on how it plans to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), it appears the Trudeau government is following a playbook laid out in a report by former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine that recommended Ottawa copy a “collaborative consent’” model developed in the Northwest […]

Jean Chrétien, St. Anne’s and the ‘straight highway’ to Attawapiskat’s suicide crisis

Apr 20 2016 — Jorge Barrera — In 1968, when Jean Chrétien was Indian Affairs minister, he received a hand-written letter raising concerns about the “prejudicial” treatment of First Nation children at St. Anne’s Indian residential school, an institution that would eventually become notorious for the magnitude of abuse inflicted on students there, including the use of a homemade electric chair.

During First Nation suicide debate Justice Minister says it’s time for First Nations to shed Indian Act ‘shackles’

Apr 13 2016 — Jorge Barrera — Justice Minster Jody Wilson-Raybould said Tuesday the Trudeau Liberal government aims to “complete the unfinished business of Confederation” and replace the Indian Act with a “reconciliation framework” that would outlast the life of this administration. Wilson-Raybould didn’t lead the government side in an emergency debate held late into the night which was triggered by a […]

‘Non-Aboriginals’ on list of Ontario Algonquins set to vote on treaty deal covering Ottawa: report

Feb 10 2016 — Jorge Barrera — Several individuals eligible to vote on a proposed Algonquin modern-day treaty covering Ottawa and a large swath of eastern Ontario are “non-Aboriginal” who claim to have an Algonquin ancestor “somewhere in the distant past,” according to a report provided to APTN National News. The report examined the genealogy of 200 individuals on the Algonquins of […]

Letter alleging ‘misogyny’ and ‘sexual harassment’ at ground-breaking BC FN health agency triggered Auditor General probe

Feb 2 2016 — Jorge Barrera — An anonymous letter alleging “misogyny, sexualization of Aboriginal women” and “lateral violence” at the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia triggered a probe by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada which released its findings Tuesday. The probe of the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) comprised a chapter in the Auditor General of […]

Elections Canada probe continues into Conservative riding association cash donation from alleged fugitive drug “banker”

Oct 15 2015 — Jorge Barrera — An Elections Canada probe into a $5,000 cash donation to a Montreal-area Conservative party riding association from a fugitive the RCMP alleges was the “banker” for a drug smuggling operation that moved marijuana through Akwesasne is inching closer to completion, APTN National News has learned. The investigation, which has been slowly unfolding for the past […]