In this episode of Bamoseda, we’ll review the big news of 2010.
Perhaps the biggest news of the year came when Canada finally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The 2010 Winter Olympics marked the first time for Aboriginal participation in the event. And in another first, A First Nations chief participated in greeting world leaders at the G8 Summit which was held in Huntsville in June.
The Harmonized Sales Tax in Ontario and British Columbia caused controversy in the First Nation communities – Ontario First Nations were exempt from provincial sales tax, and they won a hard fought battle to maintain tax their exemption rights in the province.
The British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico spelled environmental and economic disaster in the South, particularly for some of the tribes in the area, who earned their living from shrimping and fishing. It was better news for First Nations in B.C who were breathing a sigh of relief after the federal government turned down a major mining project.
The lack of running water and potable water in Manitoba First Nations were a shock to the country, where most enjoy that basic necessity of life.
A campaign to aimed at women abuse awareness has started to roll out in Ontario. The Kanawayhitowin campaign also aims at supporting women who are experiencing abuse.
Education reform, clean drinking water, economic development and citizenship are issues that will be high on the Assembly of First Nation’s agenda in the new year.
Little Salmon Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation is applauding a recent decision from the Supreme Court of Canada for its ruling on duty to consult and accomodation issues in its land claim agreement.
Elders will have more of a chance to speak their language and really participate in their community after the doors opened to a new gathering place for Aboriginal Elders in Saskatoon.
First Nations across the country take looking after the earth seriously. It’s no different for Shawanaga First Nation in Ontario, which recently held a ‘Mother Earth turning’ ceremony to prepare the earth for the future construction of a highway through their territory.
Burnt Project 1 – Rebel Groove (CANCON)
JC Campbell – The Grind (CANCON)
Howard Nepinak – By the Light (CANCON)
Canada has finally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
In this episode of Bamoseda, we’ll examine how relevant the document is or is not. People on the grassroots level are skeptical, while the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations is optimistic and a University of Victoria Law Professor and author of several books on Indigenous rights has a more pragmatic view.
The ink has barely dried on Canada’s endorsement on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and Sharon McIvor will be filing a complaint against Canada at the United Nations – because of Canada’s continued female discrimination in the Indian Act.
A new education research project at the University of Victoria over the past four years is seeing the fruits of its labour after the results found higher graduation and retention rates.
Burnt Project 1 – Message (CANCON)
Jani Lauzon – The Welcome Song (CANCON)
Asani – Bill C-31 Blues (CANCON)
The National Inuit organization is appealing the European court’s refusal to suspend a ban on the import of seal products.
Commercial and Environmental codes are in the development stage for First Nations, along with a tribunal. It’s all being worked out academics around the country.
Double-double in Iqaluit anyone? Tim Horton’s is planning on opening three kiosks in the Nunavut capital next month.
A new exhibit on Whales at the Ontario Science centre combines science with Maori traditional values.
Imagine a fair-skinned man of First Nations descent listening to fellow bar patrons who are spewing racist remarks. That’s the point of new short film ‘A Good Indian’ now touring on the film festival circuit.
Tagaq – Origin (CANCON)
Carriers of the Words- Tim Hortons (CANCON)
Digging Roots – Water (CANCON)
Should salaries and expenses of Chiefs and Councils be made public? One MP thinks so, Conservative MP Kelly Block has introduced the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.
Tech savvy Blackfoot youth in Calgary will soon be able to learn their language online through an e-program designed by the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth.
The Indigenous Environmental Network is not counting their chickens before they hatch after hearing news that a proposed pipeline project has been ‘indefinately delayed.’
The Tsilhqot’in National Government is not going to back down from it’s fight with Taseko from turning Fish Lake into a tailings pond.
Urban Aboriginal Friendship Centres in BC are pressing the provincial government for increased capacity funding.
Shane Anthony -Waiting for change (CANCON)
Olivia Tailfeathers – Kitsikakokomimm (CANCON)
Wayne Lavallee – Pow wow honey (CANCON)
St. Mary’s First Nation and St. Thomas University have teamed up to work on a three year pilot project to revitalize the Maliseet language.
The Anishinabek Nation in Ontario is opposed to Bruce Power shipping nuclear waste through the territory.
The Faculty of Law and the Law Society of Manitoba are hoping to ensure access to justice in remote communities through a ‘forgivable loans’ program for students.
The Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation has been named Economic Developer of the Year. But that’s not without a few bumps in the road, including a federal lending subsidy program. TWCC is in the midst of court action requesting a judicial review about the fairness of the federal program.
A new martial arts/fitness program promises to help youth get fit and aims to boost self-esteem and self-confidence, and can be delivered on-reserve.
C-Weed – Redemption (CANCON)
Donny Parenteau – What it takes (CANCON)
Peacemaker – Running out of time (CANCON)
Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Chief Wilson Littlechild was not impressed with a Canadian Delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council…who were asking for unacceptable omissions on the renewal of the Indigenous Rights Special Rapporteur.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has reached year one of its five year mandate to collect statements from victims of residential schools. Commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair says the path to reconciliation in Canada is a long road.
The Aboriginal Financial Officers of Canada has recently marked its tenth anniversary. And in the future AFO President Ernie Daniels would like to see an Aboriginal public service sector.
The Far North Act has passed into legislation in Ontario, and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation will continue its fight against the imposed legislation.
The mother of a former female inmate in Oklahoma is looking for donations of cassette tapes of traditional music for inmate at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Facility in Oklahoma. Glenda Deer says the music helps give the women a sense of connection to their homes.
Arlette Alcock – Joyride (CANCON)
Kimberly Dawn – Bone Digger (CANCON)
Digawolf – The North (CANCON)
People are talking about First Nations Education this week since the Assembly of First Nations has launched a national week of action on education, and Bamoseda is no different.
First Nations Education Council discusses the gross underfunding of schools on First Nations as well as the threat to Post Secondary School funding.
A mother who juggled a family after dropping out of high school discusses her journey to educational success which led to running her own business. She also discusses the importance of maintaining funding for First Nations children and youth.
Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations has been honoured with a Bachelor of Law Degree this week at the University of New Brunswick’s 225th anniversary. Fontaine speaks out on his own struggles and successes.
Nishinawbe-Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy says if Bill 191 – Ontario’s Far North Act passes into law NAN will maintain its former statements that uncertainty and unrest are imminent.
Cooking with the Wolfman is heading into its eighth season, and is changing its format. Producer David Wolfman says they’re changing to a more educational format with a flavour of reality t.v.
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Blue Sunday (CANCON)
Wayne Lavallee – All My Relations (CANCON)
Derek Miller – Fortune Teller (CANCON)
The ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month marked a moment of reflection on International FAS Day. Prevention is key says a worker with the Union of Ontario Indians but services also need to be bumped up in First Nation communities.
Little five month old Leona Bost is waiting for a bone marrow transplant, and needs stem cells to strengthen her immune system. She needs an Aboriginal Donor. But according to One Match Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Network, there aren’t a lot of Aboriginal donors out there.
Tsilhqot’in nation members are anxiously awaiting word from the federal government on whether or not it will approve the Taseko Prosperity mining project. They hope the government won’t approve the project because it spells environmental and cultural disaster for First Nation communities in the area.
First Nations in Ontario will be gathering together on Parliament Hill September 23rd for an education rally. They want to bring awareness to the chronic underfunding of First Nation students.
God’s Lake is a treat for both gamers and couch potatoes. It’s a television program to be aired on APTN which is also coupled with an online game.
Don Amero – Life Gets Better (CANCON)
Sandy Schofield – Layla’s Lullaby (CANCON)
Digawolf – Spirit and Water (CANCON)
The Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia have signed a landmark agreement with provincial and federal governments which sets out the rules on a formal consultation process.
Barriere Lake First Nation in Quebec does not recognizes its Chief and Council — that’s because Indian Northern Affairs Canada has acclaimed the Chief and Council after imposing a section of the Indian Act, even though the community has its own selection process.
Ottawa has been ordered by the federal court to produce all documents relating to the Loan Loss Reserve Initiative. The LLRI is a federal loan program which has created controversy among Aboriginal Financial Institutions who just want to level the playing field with other mainstream financial lenders.
There’s some controversy brewing in northwestern Ontario over the consultation of an archeological excavation. First Nations maintain there hasn’t been consultation while the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario says there has.
First Nations youth have recently completed a one week Flight Camp aimed at introducing the youth to all aspects of the aviation industry in northwestern Ontario.
Howard Nepinak – My Guitar Sings the Blues (CANCON)
Arlette Alcock – NDN Auntie (CANCON)
Missy Knott – No Man Begins (CANCON)