First Nations launch onslaught of lawsuits against Northern Gateway

first_imgAPTN 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.last_img read more

Manitoba chief quits MKO wonders if organization in downward spiral

first_imgnews@aptn.ca (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.last_img read more

Watershed moment for the country InFocus examines Gerald Stanley verdict

first_imgInFocusThere 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.”last_img read more

Of dull skies and not so dull London

first_imgThe launch was followed by an in-depth conversation between the author and Sen. Prof. Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee, former Director of National Book Trust and presently Director, Niyogi Books summed up the proceedings.The book, published by Niyogi Book, highlights the struggle that an Indian student faced in post-war London—between two cultures, two value systems, two ways of life—and love. “We’re the lost generation,” he cries in anguish. The author emphasizes that the fifties heralded a swinging era and brings out on how a naïve Indian student copes with this over-heated milieu. It is one of the few books from the subcontinent to explore post-war England through the eyes of an Indian who grew up under British rule. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Copper Sky is the story of Amar Das who arrives to study at the London School of Economics in 1950s. The release from the war-torn skies and the daily threat of death had unleashed a tide of unprecedented pleasure-seeking, which swept over hidebound English society. Amar realizes that gone was the Victorian prudery the British rulers had exported to middle-class India, as he stumbles over coupled bodies in his walk through Hyde Park. Casting a dark shadow over this, though, are his bitter memories of British rule and anguish at having been treated as second-class citizen in his own country. The author, Abhijit Gupta retired from a multinational and a subsequent HR consultancy firm submitted to a lifelong desire to write, creating a novel influenced by the three eventful years he spent getting his degree at the London School of Economics. In those years he found a new intellectual and emotional liberation and grew to love London for it.last_img read more