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  • 6 landmark rulings on native rights - Canada - CBC News
    murder case had been charged with fishing eels out of season fishing without a licence and fishing with an illegal net but argued that aboriginal rights stemming from 18th century treaties with the British Crown exempted him from fisheries regulations Donald Marshall Jr addresses the crowd in Sydney N S after leading a peaceful protest over native fishing rights on Sept 28 2000 Andrew Vaughan Canadian Press After the Supreme Court ruled in his favour upholding the Mi kmaq and Maliseet people s rights to earn a moderate livelihood from commercial fishing and hunting native lobster fishermen interpreted the ruling as granting them rights to catch lobster out of season and clashed with their non native counterparts who feared lobster stocks would be jeopardized After a particularly heated showdown in Burnt Church N B the court was forced to issue a clarification of its ruling which underlined that the ruling applied to fisheries only and not to all natural resources and that the government could restrict aboriginal fishing rights in the interests of conservation The ruling was considered a key test of native fishing rights and sparked debate over what should and shouldn t be considered traditional use of natural resources Corbiere v Canada 1999 John Corbiere and other members of the Batchewana band near Sault St Marie Ont took their band and the federal Ministry of Indian and Northern Affairs to court challenging the Indian Act provision that denied band members who lived off reserve the right to vote in band elections They argued that Sec 77 1 of the Act violated the equality provision of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms The Supreme Court of Canada agreed declaring the part of the Act that required electors to be band members ordinarily resident on the reserve unconstitutional The decision led to the changing of the Act which now defines an elector as someone who is at least 18 and a registered member of the band and impacted the way some bands formulated their own rules governing membership McIvor v Canada 2009 This B C Court of Appeal decision forced the federal government to amend the Indian Act to eliminate discrimination against the wives and children of non status Indians The case was launched by Sharon McIvor a B C aboriginal woman who had married a non status Indian and her son who was married to a non Indian and could not legally pass on Indian status to his children McIvor and her son Charles Grismer launched a Charter challenge alleging that Sec 6 of the Indian Act violated the right to gender equality under Sect 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms Prior to 1985 aboriginal women who married a non status Indian lost their status while men who married a non status woman remained status Indians and could confer this status onto their wives and children The court found that an 1985 amendment to the Indian Act eliminated this provision but left in place provisions that still

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/08/f-native-rights-rulings.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Native bands challenge omnibus budget bill in court - Politics - CBC News
    of adverse impact Janes said the case would try to push the law to the next level This is something the courts have been moving to over the years he said Once upon a time the government s position was tell us if we re disturbing a grave but now over time the court has said you have to talk about environmental review processes planning processes you have to talk about strategic decisions Janes also talked about why environmental law changes were so vital to the two bands There s oil sands development in this area Mikisew is immediately north of the Fort McMurray Fort MacKay area and the river flows down through the oil sands to where Mikisew is located and Frog Lake is an oil sands development area Both Janes and the two chiefs emphasized that they don t expect the federal court to rescind provisions in the act but hoped the court would order the government to consult with the relevant aboriginal groups Janes added that he fully expects the issue to end up once again before the Supreme Court As for the meeting of First Nations representatives with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Jan 11 Stanley now a regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations said that it was just another general meeting in my eyes Courtoreille wasn t sure whether he was even invited Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement House hits the unofficial home stretch of the pre summer legislative blitz by Kady O Malley Jun 3 2013 7 44 AM Speaker s ruling on late stage budget amendments likely puts the kibosh on another marathon voting session Top News Headlines Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Can anyone take on top 3 telecom companies Some telecom analysts question whether it s at all possible for a new national competitor to go head to head against the incumbent carriers and carve out their own slice of the Canadian telecom pie more Turkey not experiencing Arab Spring PM says Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan again dismisses street protests against his rule as actions organized by extremists described them as temporary and angrily rejected comparisons with the Arab Spring uprisings more Don Pittis Where will Stephen Poloz take economy as new head of Bank of Canada An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis as new Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz takes over Monday for a seven year term more China poultry plant fire kills at least 119 A massive fire breaks out at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/07/pol-two-bands-duty-to-consult-court-challenge.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Judge slams police for inaction on aboriginal blockades - Canada - CBC News
    in Sarnia Ont on Dec 21 and it wasn t enforced until Jan 2 under pressure from another judge of this court The fact that the protesters were First Nations people has no bearing on this case Brown said Straight forward political protest A previous court decision about a land claim dispute in Caledonia Ont said that when injunction motions involve aboriginal people treaty rights must be considered and negotiation not litigation is the way to go But this protest had nothing to do with the land claim process rather it was a straight forward political protest Brown said Just as 15 persons from some other group would have no right to stand in the middle of the main line tracks blocking rail traffic in order to espouse a political cause close to their hearts neither do 15 persons from a First Nation Brown said The blockades are part of the Idle No More movement which began last month in protest of the federal government s omnibus Bill C 45 First Nations groups claim the bill threatens their treaty rights set out in the Constitution The protesters on the rail line in Marysville said they were showing support for First Nations chiefs in an upcoming meeting with the prime minister Brown said A spokesman for the Ontario Provincial Police was not immediately available for comment The Canadian Press 2013 Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Regions British Columbia Kamloops Calgary Edmonton Saskatchewan Saskatoon Manitoba Thunder Bay Sudbury Windsor Kitchener Waterloo Hamilton Toronto Ottawa Montreal New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia Newfoundland Labrador North Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement Top News Headlines Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Can anyone take on top 3 telecom companies Some telecom analysts question whether it s at all possible for a new national competitor to go head to head against the incumbent carriers and carve out their own slice of the Canadian telecom pie more Turkey not experiencing Arab Spring PM says Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan again dismisses street protests against his rule as actions organized by extremists described them as temporary and angrily rejected comparisons with the Arab Spring uprisings more Don Pittis Where will Stephen Poloz take economy as new head of Bank of Canada An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis as new Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz takes over Monday for a seven year term more China poultry plant fire kills at least 119 A massive fire breaks out at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people more Must Watch Latest Canada News Headlines Can

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/07/aboriginal-protests-court-police-rail.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Attawapiskat chief slams audit leak as 'distraction' - Politics - CBC News
    Ottawa River between downtown Ottawa and Gatineau Que She s demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov Gen David Johnston to discuss what she characterizes as treaty issues between First Nations and the Crown Spence s high profile decision to forgo solid food until she gets her meeting is part of a nationwide series of protests rallies and blockades under the banner of the grassroots Idle No More movement Spence s team was keeping reporters away from Spence on Monday morning saying she was focusing on her hunger strike and accusing the media of not reporting their honest information back to Canadians Spence s spokesman Danny Metatawabin suggested that the audit was absolutely wrong but wouldn t comment further on its contents He also agreed with a suggestion that the audit was released to discredit Spence The government s doing that he said They re trying to undermine the process the movement of the people You have to understand what we re doing here It s for all First Nations communities under the treaty the nation to nation relationship he said We should be undermining the prime minister We should be undermining the Department of Indian Affairs for creating that injustice Harper agreed to meet with chiefs from First Nations this Friday and Spence has said she will attend but is not giving up her hunger strike until she sees the outcome of the meeting On Friday reporters asked Grand Chief Stan Louttit who represents the northern Ontario region that includes Attawapiskat about the status of the audit which the band council agreed to when the First Nations problems first came under scrutiny It is very very difficult to do business in a remote community Louttit said The average Canadian out there they see millions and millions and they just get concerned and said Hey there s something going on there But I challenge those people come to the community and look at the books and come and live there for a couple of weeks and you ll see he said The audit speaks for itself said Jan O Driscoll the press secretary for Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan We accept its conclusions and recommendations Donations directed to Spence s partner Spence s spokesman has been refusing to answer questions about the financial management in Attawapiskat including one about a Facebook post asking for donations to support Spence s protest Macleans ca reported Dec 27 that Spence s team was offering bank account information on the official Facebook page of the hunger strike for those who wanted to make donations The account was listed as belonging to Kennedy Spence s live in partner and the band s co manager When someone commented on the post to say that the tribal council that runs the region around Attawapiskat was also taking donations the Spence supporter who first posted the account information replied that Spence does not want anybody but Clay to handle finances The Facebook post has since

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/07/pol-attawapiskat-audit-monday.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Former PM Paul Martin lauds Attawapiskat chief - Canada - CBC News
    support for the Idle No More movement with at least three small flash mobs held around town On Friday afternoon a handful of people donned traditional tribal regalia played drums and sang clan songs at Sealaska Plaza in downtown Juneau A small crowd of perhaps two dozen gathered some carrying small signs with Idle No More printed on them They re actually setting the precedent said Keen of the Canadian demonstrators This affects us too in the United States It affects us in Alaska With files from The Associated Press The Canadian Press 2013 Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Regions British Columbia Kamloops Calgary Edmonton Saskatchewan Saskatoon Manitoba Thunder Bay Sudbury Windsor Kitchener Waterloo Hamilton Toronto Ottawa Montreal New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia Newfoundland Labrador North Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement Top News Headlines Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Can anyone take on top 3 telecom companies Some telecom analysts question whether it s at all possible for a new national competitor to go head to head against the incumbent carriers and carve out their own slice of the Canadian telecom pie more Turkey not experiencing Arab Spring PM says Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan again dismisses street protests against his rule as actions organized by extremists described them as temporary and angrily rejected comparisons with the Arab Spring uprisings more Don Pittis Where will Stephen Poloz take economy as new head of Bank of Canada An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis as new Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz takes over Monday for a seven year term more China poultry plant fire kills at least 119 A massive fire breaks out at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people more Must Watch Latest Canada News Headlines Can anyone take on top 3 telecom companies Some telecom analysts question whether it s at all possible for a new national competitor to go head to head against the incumbent carriers and carve out their own slice of the Canadian telecom pie more No sizzling Canadian summer in forecast like last year Last year many Canadians basked in the warmest summer in 65 years but overall it won t be quite as warm heading into the season this time according to Environment Canada more Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Michael Valpy Morgentaler s

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/06/idle-no-more-sunday.html (2013-06-03)
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  • First Nations leader welcomes meeting with Harper - Politics - CBC News
    doubts there will be any concrete results stemming from next Friday s meeting In an interview with CBC News Network on Saturday Palmater said she wouldn t even qualify this meeting as a small step forward Palmater said oppressive legislation and significant budget cuts is all that followed last January s gathering of the Crown First Nations leaders But the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development also defended the changes included in the second budget implemetation bill With respect to Bill C 45 the changes to property leasing provisions these changes respond directly to the request of a number of First Nations Chiefs to provide them with more flexibility Rickford said Palmater who is also an indigenous rights activist with the Idle No More movement said the news of this meeting has had for effect to see their activities ramped up and there will be more activities in the lead up to Friday s meeting including a massive rally in Ottawa Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement House hits the unofficial home stretch of the pre summer legislative blitz by Kady O Malley Jun 3 2013 7 44 AM Speaker s ruling on late stage budget amendments likely puts the kibosh on another marathon voting session Top News Headlines Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Can anyone take on top 3 telecom companies Some telecom analysts question whether it s at all possible for a new national competitor to go head to head against the incumbent carriers and carve out their own slice of the Canadian telecom pie more Turkey not experiencing Arab Spring PM says Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan again dismisses street protests against his rule as actions organized by extremists described them as temporary and angrily rejected comparisons with the Arab Spring uprisings more Don Pittis Where will Stephen Poloz take economy as new head of Bank of Canada An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis as new Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz takes over Monday for a seven year term more China poultry plant fire kills at least 119 A massive fire breaks out at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people more Must Watch Latest Politics News Headlines Trudeau vows to raise the bar for transparency on expenses The only way to restore public trust in the wake of the Senate expenses scandal is to raise the bar and make parliamentarians expenses more transparent than ever before said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Sunday more Feds pick off the shelf design for

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/05/pol-the-house-stan-loutitt-greg-rickford-pm-first-nations-meeting.html (2013-06-03)
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  • 9 questions about Idle No More - Canada - CBC News
    Spence and Idle No More It was on that National Day of Action that Spence chief of the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario announced in Ottawa that she would start a hunger strike the next day Her 43 day hunger strike which ended on Jan 24 helped generate media attention for Idle No More and she has become an icon for Idle No More activists Substandard living conditions in Attawapiskat attracted widespread media coverage after Spence declared a state of emergency in late 2011 due to a housing crisis in the community What is IdleNoMore That s the Twitter hashtag being used to spread information about the movement and to organize its actions Twitter users add IdleNoMore upper or lower case to their tweets and others follow or search for that hashtag The first tweet with that hashtag was sent Nov 4 by co founder Jessica Gordon whose Twitter handle is JessicaPGordon For the record here s the text of her tweet shawnatleo wuts being done w billc45 evry1 wasting time talking about Gwen stefani wth indianact wheresthedemocracy IdleNoMore Within weeks IdleNoMore was trending on Twitter What s the connection between the Assembly of First Nations and the Idle No More movement A large group performed a Round Dance at the Cornwall Centre in Regina to raise awareness of their Idle No More campaign on Dec 17 2012 Submitted to CBC The movement is grassroots It s all volunteer and we have no finances according to Gordon It has been compared to the Occupy movement that began in 2011 So there is no formal connection between the AFN which represents First Nations citizens in Canada and Idle No More AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo has publicly expressed support for Idle No More Through the Idle No More movement we have seen a tremendous outpouring of energy pride and determination by our peoples in recent weeks Atleo said in a Jan 3 media release This level of citizen and community engagement is absolutely essential to achieve the change we all want he added What has been Prime Minister Stephen Harper s response to the Idle No More movement While Harper met with an AFN delegation on Jan 11 that was a demand from Chief Spence in connection with her hunger strike rather than a demand from Idle No More Harper was asked at a press conference on Jan 18 in Oakville Ont if he was worried whether the movement will snowball similar to the Occupy movement He responded People have the right in our country to demonstrate and express their points of view peacefully as long as they obey the law but I think the Canadian population expects everyone will obey the law in holding such protests Corrections and Clarifications An earlier version of this story identified a later tweet sent by Tanya Kappo as the first to use the IdleNoMore hashtag Jan 26 2013 1 57 p m ET Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Regions British Columbia

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/04/f-idlenomore-faq.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Chief Theresa Spence pledges to continue hunger strike - Canada - CBC News
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan again dismisses street protests against his rule as actions organized by extremists described them as temporary and angrily rejected comparisons with the Arab Spring uprisings more Don Pittis Where will Stephen Poloz take economy as new head of Bank of Canada An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis as new Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz takes over Monday for a seven year term more China poultry plant fire kills at least 119 A massive fire breaks out at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people more Must Watch Latest Canada News Headlines Can anyone take on top 3 telecom companies Some telecom analysts question whether it s at all possible for a new national competitor to go head to head against the incumbent carriers and carve out their own slice of the Canadian telecom pie more No sizzling Canadian summer in forecast like last year Last year many Canadians basked in the warmest summer in 65 years but overall it won t be quite as warm heading into the season this time according to Environment Canada more Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Michael Valpy Morgentaler s other legacy the wall between church from state Moral issues will never fully go away Michael Valpy writes But after Henry Morgentaler organized religion s voice is no longer the thundering agency of What Must Be Done but a sentiment relegated largely to the sidelines of mainstream Canadian culture more Train derails in bridge collapse near Sudbury Ont Canadian Pacific says there is no indication that a freight train derailment east of Sudbury on Sunday poses a danger to the public or the environment more More Headlines The National The Current Newt Gingrich on how the GOP can take back the White House Jun 3 2013 9 11 AM Former US presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on what s wrong with the Republican party and why politics is changing from left vs right to past vs future Most Viewed Most Commented Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person Pistorius family shaken by bloody bathroom images No sizzling Canadian summer in forecast like last year Train derails in bridge collapse near Sudbury Ont Ford brothers demand apology for gutter journalism Turkish PM rejects dictator label as Taksim Square swarmed 3 storm chasers killed in Oklahoma tornado Turkey not experiencing Arab Spring PM says Speeding SUV kills Saskatchewan man at crash site Inside the News Inside the News Exclusive behind the scenes videos photo galleries columns and special recommendations from Peter Mansbridge CBC News App CBC News App Get a world of news with just the touch of

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