APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo says the energy and mining industries represent the “new fur trade” for First Nations communities, according to a report in New Brunswick’s Telegraph-Journal.“There are about 120 different First Nations agreements with the mining sector, there’s an explosion in the area of the green economy by First Nations with different forms of alternative energy. But First Nations are also involved in traditional, non-renewable resources as well in energy and mining,” said Atleo, according to the newspaper.Atleo was speaking in Fredericton as part of the “Big Thinking” speeches to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.The congress is co-hosted by the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University.Atleo said there was over $300 billion worth of natural resource projects on Indigenous territories, according to the newspaper.“We will have a say,” said Atleo. “We have to get organized about what that looks like. There is a real opportunity to help shape a vision for the future of energy and mining in this country and at the same time, create jobs in our communities.”Atleo’s speech comes in the lead up to the AFN’s Indigenous Summit on Energy and Mining in Niagara Falls, Ont., from June 27 to 29.The summit is being held in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians from the United States and the British Columbia First Nations Energy and Mining Council.The summit will have workshops on clean energy projects, carbon credits and the impact of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.A summit brochure says that there will be presentations from South American Indigenous representatives along with Chinese and German trade officials.
APTN National NewsHundreds of activists held a flash mob at a Winnipeg mall Wednesday.They were outraged at the alleged treatment of an 80-year-old woman by mall security.APTN National News reporter Shaneen Robinson has the story.
APTN National News WINNIPEG–An American Indian Movement leader who visited Iran is now the head of a Manitoba chiefs organization.Terry Nelson, an AIM National vice-chair, won by two votes on the fourth ballot during an election Thursday for the next grand chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization.Nelson will serve a three-year term.Nelson, who was also chief of Roseau River First Nation for eight years, visited Iran in the fall of 2012.Nelson, however, says he can’t act as a “renegade” in his new position because he has to represent the interests of 33 chiefs.“We have to organize it has to be chiefs, I work for the chiefs,” said Nelson. “I have to listen to what they have to say.”Nelson, who beat Norman Bone 16 votes to 14, said he has to reach out to the chiefs that didn’t vote for him.“I have to get them on side, you have to be inclusive, when you win an election that close you have to bring in the other side,” said Nelson. “I am going to do that.”Nelson said he has no worries about possibly clashing with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt or Prime Minister Stephen Harper.“The action is here in the First Nation communities. It is what we do, not what Valcourt and Harper do,” said Nelson. “I will meet with people in Ottawa; they are going to call me. I expect it.”Nelson campaigned on the promise to create five urban reserves in Winnipeg and between eight and eleven new rural reserves in Manitoba.Nelson has also campaigned on the need get First Nations off dependence on Ottawa cash through foreign investment and taking control of natural resources.Nelson called for a national day of action in 2007. While the 401 Hwy in Ontario was blocked for several hours by the Mohawks, Nelson called his planned rail blockade off after then Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jim Prentice offered to turn 75 acres of land to reserve status as part of a an over 100 year-old claim.Nelson said he plans to soon meet with SCO’s chiefs in camera to share “sensitive information” about how “powerful they can be.”Former SOC grand chief Murray Clearsky resigned over a spending scandal and his former chief staff faces a sexual harassment human rights complaint.The member SCO First Nations include: Berens River First Nation, Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation, little Black River First Nation, Bloodvein First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation, Buffalo Point, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation, Dakota Tipi First Nation, Dauphin River First Nation, Ebb and Flow First Nation, Gambler First Nation, Hollow Water First Nation, Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation, Lake St. Martin First Nation, Long Plain First Nation, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation, Pauingassi First Nation, Peguis First Nation, Pinaymootang First Nation, Pine Creek Anishinabeh First Nation, Poplar River First Nation, Rolling River First Nation, Roseau River First Nation, Sagkeeng First Nation, Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, Swan Lake First Nation, Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation, Waywayseecappo First Nation. firstname.lastname@example.org Terry Nelson is now grand chief of Southern Chiefs Organization APTN/File Photo
APTN National News13 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan, Canada’s military contribution to that effort officially came to an end today.In Ottawa, thousands of people took to parliament hill to honour the 158 men and women who died in Afghanistan and the 40,000 who served.But not everyone was able to make the trip to the nation’s capital for the ceremony.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has one vets story in Iqaluit.
APTN National NewsIn British Columbia, five First Nations have filed a legal challenge against the federal government’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline.The Haisla Nation, Gitxaala Nation, Council of the Haida Nation, Gitga’at Nation, Heiltsuk Tribal Council, Kitasoo/Xaixais Nation, Nadleh Whut’en First Nation and Nak’azdli First Nation are collaborating on nine separate lawsuits filed Monday with the Federal Court of Appeal.At a press conference hosted by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the leaders said they want the pipeline stopped and they are not willing to compromise.
email@example.com (MKO Grand Chief David Harper survived non-confidence vote despite organization in deep financial trouble. APTN/File)APTN National News WINNIPEG–A northern Manitoba chief says he no longer recognizes the leadership of one of the province’s largest First Nation political organizations.Manto Sipi Cree Nation Chief Michael Yellowback, whose fly-in community is located in northeastern Manitoba sent a letter to Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief David Harper saying the community no longer recognizes Harper’s leadership.“I am not sure if we are going on a downward spiral,” Yellowback wrote in the letter obtained by APTN National News. “The Manto Sipi Cree Nation will not be part of the charade and the pretense that everything is fine at the MKO.”On Sept. 10, Harper survived a confidence motion triggered by allegations of misspending. The MKO represents 30 northern communities – yet just 16 chiefs voted on the non-confidence motion, seven of which wanted Harper out.While Harper kept his post, the organization still faces a forensic audit and Harper’s spending is being probed by a second independent investigation.Chief Yellowback told the MKO executive that he believes those audits will find ‘financial improprieties.’ The letter is signed by the community’s four councillors.Yellowback wasn’t available to comment but in the letter writes that he’s boycotting the organization’s assemblies or meetings and resigning from the MKO finance committee.“The MKO auditor has rendered a ‘disclaimer of opinion,’ the worst kind of opinion one can get,” wrote Yellowback. “There is evidence of inappropriate spending and misspending of federal dollars.”Harper declined to comment on the letter.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA—On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the Dene community of La Loche, Sask., which is still grieving from a shooting that left four people dead.A 17-year-old youth has been charged in connection with the killings which occurred at two separate locations—a residence and the school—in the community on Jan. 22.Two of the dead, Dayne Fontaine, 17, and Drayden Fontaine, 13, were found dead at the residence. Teacher Adam Wood, 35, and school assistant Marie Janvier, 21, were shot at the school.The shooting also left at least seven people injured.Trudeau’s office announced Thursday morning the prime minister would be visiting the community, but provided no other details.La Loche is a remote Dene community of about 3,000 people and sits on the eastern shore of Lac La Loche in the northern boreal forest of Saskatchewan.
Tamara Pimental APTN National NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Saskatchewan this week.He held a meeting with chiefs and council members from Treaty 4 Tuesday.Then, on Wednesday, Trudeau was in Saskatoon meeting with high schools students.Trudeau said the visit was about helping the relationship between First Nations and the federal government.
Editors Note: Our story about Day 1 of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s hearings into allegations of professional misconduct against Kenora lawyer Douglas Keshen unfortunately contained two errors.We reported Mr. Keshen was accused of “pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollar” above the allowable fees for his services representing former residential schools students as they sought compensation for serious physical and/or sexual abuse in the schools under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement Independent Assessment Process.The survivors’ allegations being examined by the law society do not accuse the lawyer of that.We also reported that Mr. Keshen was accused of providing clients with “predatory high interest loans.”That is also not among the allegations being examined by the law society.APTN National News apologizes for the errors.
Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN NewsAt first glance, the remote ferry-in community of Liidlii Kue First Nation, also known as Fort Simpson, appears peaceful, but there is a pain in the community after four suicides in the last four months.The most recent on June 4th – when a 19-year-old woman took her life.A few days after the funeral, leaders of the First Nation’s community held a public meeting at Thomas Simpson Secondary School calling on residents to share their thoughts on suicide prevention practices.Over 100 people attended the meeting, and over the next five hours residents of all ages and of various backgrounds came forward to speak on how bullying and lack of mental health resources are some of the root causes of the crisis.Darlene Sibbeston, mayor of Fort Simpson who has lived in the community all of her life, was quick to take the stand during the meeting and shared that she was full of hurt from the tragedies over the last few months.“Just from my own view people react but then time goes on it doesn’t seem that the community was garnering enough action to get things done. This last one has hit a vulnerable population. We have to make an action plan and keep on top of it because we cannot afford to lose any more of our people,” she said.This “vulnerable population” Darlene referred to also shared their thoughts at the meeting.Youth cited bullying as a critical contributor in the suicide crisis.Ramona Earson, a local Dene youth said that she has played the role of both victimizer and victim and that the community must no longer ignore the bullying that extends beyond the high school walls.“The bullying comes from student to student, mentor to peer and family member to family member. What we may traditionally view as bullying such as physical and verbal abuse – in a small town like this it is easier to get away with forms of bullying such as keeping the truth from someone, or knowingly putting someone in a dangerous situation.”Community members also voiced their concern over the local RCMP response times when complaints of youth bullying are relayed to authorities.Shawna Sibbeston, a resident of Fort Simpson who lost her brother Cory Sibbeston in March, 2017, told APTN of her dissatisfaction with the Fort Simpson RCMP’s ability to prevent and break up fights.“When I’m driving around town I have seen people fighting here and there. I have called the cops before and it takes them 20 to 30 minutes to get there even though we live in such a small community,” she said.At the meeting, some families said that it took upwards of a month to respond to complaints of severe bullying.APTN requested an interview with the Fort Simpson RCMP regarding the allegations but was denied.Alternatively all questions were directed to Marie York-Condon, Media Relations Northwest Territories RCMP.York-Condon said that Fort Simpson RCMP officers in the unit felt that the issue of bullying is a community problem and not something to be strictly handled by the RCMP.“We don’t want to make it seem that there is only one particular factor in that community. He (the RCMP Officer who attended the suicide prevention meeting) doesn’t want to go on record saying that yes this is a problem.”York-Condon relayed the message that based on the Fort Simpson Officer’s experience in other northern communities in his professional opinion the issue of bullying in Fort Simpson did not appear to be “any more concentrated than any of the other communities he has worked in.”The Media Relations Northwest Territories RCMP refused APTN’s request to speak towards specific response times.Along with community – RCMP relations, attendees at the meeting also noted a lack of mental health support services recreational activities that foster healthy development of youth as another contributor to individuals taking their own lives.In particular, Zehroh Waugh, 16-years-of-age paced back and forth as he bravely shared his experiences not having social outlets outside of school hours to help him cope with bullying.“There is limited access to resources such as sports, we don’t have too much going on here as there could be. There needs to be more meetings like this first youth meeting that are hands on where youth can share their stories,” he said.Until the most recent death the community offered only two public mental health counsellors and one nursing station for people to go to.“I’ve heard a lot of people describe their own experiences with mental health and how they are not getting the services as quickly as they need. There’s resources here but they are stretched so far,” mayor Sibbeston said.Those looking for a non-emergency meeting with a counsellor had to wait and average of three weeks.After the fourth death, the Territorial government sent a third counsellor to the community.Representatives from the Territorial government were at the suicide prevention meeting and suggested that the crisis will not be resolved with a one single strategy.Nathalie Nadeau, Territorial Director of Child, Family and Community Wellness under the GNWT Health Authority, said that the government will implement a strategy based on the requests from Fort Simpson leaders.“It’s looking at what your target population is. We are responsible to work with our clients whether it is bullying or healthy relationships, that’s definitely a subject that our counselling team is able to support,” she said.For those who have lost loved ones like Shawna Sibbeston, shipping in more counsellors may not be the solution.“I didn’t really feel comfortable talking with anyone after this happened it was really tough for me and still is. I want to have ore on-the-land healing with elders who I know and trust,” Sibbeston said.The sentiment for a hands-on approach to healing was echoed by many youth at the meeting who called for the creation of monthly healing sessions led by-youth-for-youth.“Delegating leadership roles will be number one. I didn’t just want one meeting. I wanted this to be a long term, sit-down, figure out what’s going on because communication is key and communication is where we fail,” Earson said.All thoughts expressed at the first suicide prevention meeting were recently shared with the territorial health authority in hopes of creating an action plan.As for what that action plan actually pertains and how long it will take for all of the community’s needs to be addressed, is unclear.In the meantime leaders in the community will continue sharing their experiences with suicide and bullying through a series of open meetings designated for youth and adults.As a month has passed since the most recent suicide, APTN will follow-up with what has been done over the last few weeks to create long term solutions to the suicide firstname.lastname@example.org
InFocusThere are high hopes for change following the acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie.Cree activist Erica Violet Lee hopes the reaction will be different this time but says “Saskatchewan has to grapple with its own history and so does the rest of Canada.“I’d like to be able to walk to school. I want to be able to walk down 20th street in Saskatoon and not be afraid of going missing. I want us to be able to not worry about getting shot in the head going for a drive through our lands.”Violet Lee, columnist Doug Cuthand, University of Winnipeg’s Chair of Indigenous Studies Jacqueline Romanow and a representative from the group Farmers with Firearms joined host Dennis Ward on InFocus to discuss the Stanley verdict and calls for justice for Colten Boushie.Cuthand, who attended the trial daily in Battleford, Saskatchewan feels this is a watershed moment for the country.“The wheels are in motion. We can’t be ignored anymore.”“We have to deal with the jury system right away. That’s a quick fix,” says Cuthand. “Longer term, we need to look at the justice system and what can be done to improve it. Our people are way overrepresented.”
Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsThe Royal Geographical Society of Canada’s Indigenous Atlas usually comes in four volumes – but today on Parliament Hill, its authors spread a huge map out for all to see.The map displayed communities across the email@example.com@toddlamirande
Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. allegedly used a deceptive practice known as “drip pricing” that saw customers pay sometimes more than 65 per cent above advertised costs, the Competition Bureau said Thursday.The law enforcement watchdog filed an application with the Competition Tribunal, asking it to end the alleged practice and make the companies pay an administrative monetary penalty.Findings from its investigation allege that Ticketmaster’s advertised prices deceived consumers by adding more mandatory costs — like service fees, facility charges or order processing fees, depending on the ticket — later on in the purchasing process.This so-called drip pricing allegedly caused consumers to pay much higher prices than advertised.“Ticketmaster’s mandatory fees often inflate the advertised price by more than 20 per cent and, in some cases, by over 65 per cent,” the bureau said.In its filings, the bureau said it’s misleading to reveal the true cost of tickets after fans use the original price representation to decide which seats to buy. Consumers often don’t want to lose their tickets once they learn the truth, the document reads, and in certain cases the companies use a countdown clock that increases pressure on consumers to finish their purchase.In Quebec, where provincial law makes all-inclusive pricing mandatory, the companies do not use drip pricing, the filing said.“This model demonstrates that the internet buying process can be structured in a way that is transparent and not misleading,” the document reads, adding that companies choose not to use this model elsewhere in Canada.A statement from Ticketmaster said that it “remains committed to getting tickets into the hands of fans and has long practised transparency to enable informed purchasing decisions.”The ticket sales and distribution company added it is working closely with provincial governments to enhance consumer protection.Live Nation did not immediately responded to a request for comment.In July, the bureau asked sports and entertainment ticket vendors to review their marketing practices and display the full price up front.“Together, these actions send a strong signal to online retailers: consumers must have confidence that advertised prices are the ones they will pay,” Commissioner of Competition John Pecman said in a statement.One of the Competition Bureau’s roles is to promote truth in advertising by discouraging deceptive business practices. The watchdog has previously called this “a priority.”The case against the ticket sellers is consistent with action that the bureau has taken in other industries dating as far back as 2011, said Anita Banicevic, a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto.That year, the bureau reached an agreement with Bell Canada over what it said were misleading representations about the prices offered for Bell services due to additional mandatory fees. The telecom agreed to pay $10 million.Since then, the bureau’s applied its view that such mandatory fees should be included in advertised prices in cases against companies in a range of industries, Banicevic said.In recent years, the bureau reached agreements with multiple car rental companies to resolve concerns over their use of drip pricing.In June 2016, Aviscar Inc. and Budgetcar Inc. agreed to pay a $3 million administrative monetary penalty and $250,000 towards the bureau’s investigative costs after an investigation found mandatory fees disclosed later when making a car reservation could boost the price by five to 20 per cent over the one originally advertised, a bureau statement said.In April 2017, the bureau reached an agreement with Hertz Canada Ltd. and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Canada Inc., according to another statement. The companies agreed to pay a total of $1.25 million after an investigation found their advertised low prices were unattainable because mandatory fees boosted them by 10 to 57 per cent.“All of the cases the bureau has brought in this area with respect to the disclosure of fees have to date been settled,” said Banicevic, with the exception of an ongoing case against Leon’s Furniture Ltd. and The Brick Ltd. that is still before the courts.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
BRUSSELS — The European Union’s highest court hasn’t fallen under the spell of Dutch witches’ cheese.The European Court of Justice said Tuesday that “the taste of a food product cannot be identified with precision of objectivity” and ruled that it is “not eligible for copyright protection.”It was asked for a ruling by a Dutch court seeking advice in a case where Levola, the producer of “Heksenkaas,” or witches’ cheese, wanted its spreadable dip protected from copycats.A competitor had brought “Witte Wievenkaas,” or white women’s cheese, on the market four years ago, and Levola said that cheese dip was a reproduction.Unlike books, movies, songs and the like, the EU’s highest court said the taste of food depends on sensations and experiences, “which are subjective and variable.”The Associated Press
Macro says the work includes the removal, transportation and installation of a single 15.1 MW ISO rated gas-turbine-driven centrifugal compressor unit consisting of a Solar T130 Dry Low Emissions gas turbine, a C65-2 compressor, and associated auxiliary buildings from the Moody Creek Alberta Compressor Station to the Saturn Compressor Station.According to Macro, high-pressure gas piping, and utility piping and cable interconnect between buildings will all be newly fabricated and installed at the new site.It is said some new structural steel packages along with the relocation of existing structural steel as per the drawing package will be required.Construction is expected to commence in early May, with substantial completion and in-service scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.In addition, the company is continuing its construction of the Groundbirch Compressor Station on the NGTL project with its expected completion scheduled for later this year. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Macro Enterprises Inc. has been awarded a contract for the construction of the Saturn Compressor Station.The Saturn Compressor Station is a single-unit greenfield compressor station located near Dawson Creek that is part of the NOVA Gas Transmission Limited North Montney Mainline Project, a subsidiary of TransCanada Pipelines Limited.According to Macro, the lump-sum contract value is in excess of $30 million.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students at North Peace Secondary School have been getting involved with social change projects as part of the Senior Alternate Program.Personal and Social Development teacher Brenda Birley got her students involved in social change projects as a way of improving the community.Senior Alternate student Chantelle Waughtal says her and another classmate started with an idea to grow a fruit orchard on the school grounds but then realized that the idea of having an orchard could be something larger and more meaningful as a tribute to First Nations culture. “Another classmate and I decided to grow an orchard on our school ground. Our original idea was to have a patch of fruit trees but over time it grew into something much larger and much more meaningful. Now we have a group of people who are going to be growing two garden boxes as a tribute to First Nations culture, as well as the fruit trees.”According to Waughtal, the orchard will contain traditional healing plants, berry bushes, apple trees, cherry trees, and a few other species of plants.The orchard project is made possible by grants from Tree Canada and Pembina Pipelines and is in association with the local First Nations.A tree planting event will be taking place this Wednesday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. at North Peace Secondary School, with a grand opening of the orchard on Wednesday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m.
The RCMP is asking the community of York Landing to remain vigilant and thank them for their patience and understanding.The tip received at 5 p.m. central time Sunday, suggested the two suspects could have been near the York Landing landfill. The tip came from the members of the Bear Clan Patrol. The group had been patrolling the community when they noticed two men matching the description of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemeglsky. The two men immediately ran back into the bush. The Bear Clan Patrol immediately shared the information with the RCMP and resources were dispatched to the area.The RCMP has now been searching northern Manitoba for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod since Monday, July 22, 2019. At this point the last known location of the pair is Gillam.The public has provided over 200 tips since the search started in Manitoba, but the last confirmed sighting was on Monday, July 22.The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in northern B.C. during the week of July 15. If you have any information about Bryer and Kam, contact the RCMP immediately at 911 or contact your local police department. YORK LANDING, M.B. – The RCMP says that despite a thorough and exhaustive search, they cannot substantiate the tip Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were in York Landing Sunday afternoon.In a tweet Monday afternoon, the RCMP said RCMP resources would remain in York Landing and Gillam.After a thorough & exhaustive search, #rcmpmb has not been able to substantiate the tip in York Landing. RCMP resources will continue to be in the York Landing & Gillam areas.We thank the community for their patience & understanding & ask them to continue to be vigilant.— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 29, 2019
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received numerous found items from a local movie theatre located in Fort St John on July 8th, 2019.The found items had been left at the theatre from as long as 4 years ago before they were turned into the RCMP.Some of the articles turned over to the RCMP were: cell phones,a power bar,car keys,car fobs,house keys,wallets and purses.Anyone wishing to claim any property must provide a full description of the item to Cst Joe McDONALD who can be reached at the Fort St John RCMP Detachment located at 10648 100 St or reached by phone at 250-263-6393.
New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will issue a single document combining the certificate and marksheet for class 10 board exams from this year onwards, officials said Tuesday.A decision in thais regard was taken by the board’s examination committee and was approved by the governing body recently. “A single certificate at secondary level examination combining the language of the marksheet and certificate shall be issued for class 10 examination with effect from 2019,” a senior board official said. “The document shall be treated as a certificate and candidates shall have to fulfill requirements as notified by the board for obtaining a duplicate one,” the official added. Class 12 students will, however, continue to get separate documents for marksheet and certificate of examination. If a student has appeared for an improvement examination, he or she shall not be issued a separate pass certificate for that subject but only a separate statement of marks obtained, the official said.
Mumbai: Actor Kangana Ranaut has opted out of filmmaker Anurag Basu’s next Imali as she wants to focus more on her directorial venture. The project, which will also feature Rajkummar Rao, would have marked her third collaboration with Basu after her debut Gangster and Life in a Metro. The actor said Imali was supposed to go on floors in November 2018 but she had to direct and reshoot Manikarnika, so the film was pushed. “Anurag and I have spoken about it. I feel extremely bad because ‘Imali’ was giving me an opportunity to work with my mentor again, but I’m on the verge of announcing my own film in a few weeks from now. That has taken a lot of my time and I have conveyed it to Anurag, who understood my situation,” she said in a statement. The actor said her focus right now is on her next directorial. “We will work together at some point. ‘Imali’ is a beautiful love story and we can do that later. But right now, my focus is on my next directorial venture.” Kangana is currently working on three films – Mental Hai Kya, Panga and Jayalalithaa biopic.