CANADA: Canada’s prime minister has agreed to talks with Indigenous leaders as a hunger strike by one native chief, demanding improvements to squalid living conditions on reserves, enters its fourth week.
CANADA: A commission set up to examine a decades-long government policy that required Aboriginal Canadians to attend schools where students were stripped of their cultural identity says that the institutional abuse created a legacy of turmoil.
CANADA: The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has called for a move beyond the country’s Indian Act. The Indian Act defines who is an Aboriginal Canadian and deals with local government and management of reserve land and communal money.
CANADA: Conditions on First Nations reserves has worsened over the past decade, with an Auditor General’s report slamming the federal government for failing to fulfil its commitments to improve living standards.