Tag Archives: News/Indigenous

Lake Manitoba First Nation’s plans for June powwow worry community member

By | May 29, 2020

A knowledge keeper and former chief in Lake Manitoba First Nation worries the plan to go ahead with the annual powwow in June could bring the novel coronavirus to his community. “The risk is there. That’s the bottom line,” said Robert Maytwayashing. “Anything can happen between now and three weeks, but right now I’m not impressed.” On Monday, the… Read More »

First Nations commercial fishermen consider starting season as they await federal relief

By | May 27, 2020

A group of First Nations commercial fishermen in Manitoba are wondering if they should start fishing even with little chance they can sell their catch, worried that money won’t flow soon enough from a federal relief package. “It’s desperate,” said Sam Murdock “Our commercial fishery usually starts in the fourth week of May or as late as June… Read More »

Ministers to face questions over COVID-19 procurement process for Indigenous communities

By | May 22, 2020

The House of Commons Indigenous affairs committee will call Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand to face questions over the procurement process to provide supplies and services to Indigenous communities. The motion was triggered by the resignation of Cathy Bennett last week from the federal government’s COVID-19 Supply Council over allegations of… Read More »

Measures to stop spread of COVID-19 in First Nations limited by lack of infrastructure: report

By | May 21, 2020

Suggested measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 won’t be effective in remote Manitoba First Nations unless housing conditions and access to clean water are improved, says a new report. “Asking people to wash their hands and isolate in overcrowded homes without running water is like asking people unable to afford bread to eat cake,” reads the report, released Wednesday by the Canadian… Read More »

First Nations fishermen in northern Manitoba welcome federal COVID-19 relief response

By | May 14, 2020

A couple of First Nations commercial fishermen in northern Manitoba are glad federal relief is on its way for the struggling industry. “I was looking forward to fishing but it is great news. We just have to figure out what it means,” said Chris Clarke, president of the Norway House Fisherman’s Co-op. On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau… Read More »

Federal COVID-19 supply council member quits over links to company that landed Indigenous Services contract

By | May 14, 2020

A member of a council created by the federal government to provide procurement advice during the COVID-19 pandemic stepped down late Wednesday evening over her ties to a company that landed a contract with Indigenous Services Canada to provide temporary medical facilities to a northern Manitoba First Nation.  Cathy Bennett, a former provincial Liberal cabinet minister in Newfoundland and Labrador,… Read More »

Indigenous organization says it’s taking Ottawa to court over ‘discriminatory’ COVID-19 aid

By | May 13, 2020

An organization that represents off-reserve status and non-status First Nations people, Métis and southern Inuit is taking Ottawa to court over what it says is inadequate and “discriminatory” COVID-19 aid funding.  The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is filing for a judicial review with the Federal Court on Wednesday over Ottawa’s funding levels to the organization, which it argues were discriminatory… Read More »

Indigenous restaurant owners adopt new business models to try and ride out pandemic

By | May 12, 2020

Indigenous restaurants and caterers have grown in popularity over the past few years, but loss of revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions is forcing them to adapt quickly to new ways of doing business. “We took off fantastically, and then COVID wiped us out immediately,” said Johl Whiteduck Ringuette, owner and operator of Nish Dish Marketeria and Catering in… Read More »

Winnipeg group gives free bikes to Indigenous students in need of transportation

By | May 10, 2020

A new program is giving bicycles to Indigenous youth who move to Winnipeg for school to help them get around the city as they pursue their studies. The Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council’s Cycle Indigena WPG program is aimed at First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth aged 16-26.  “We asked around to different communities and youth living in the… Read More »