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MPs Hold Emergency Debate Over Healing Foundation PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 13:09

MPs Hold Emergency Debate Over Healing Foundation

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 14:18

 

 

Opposition MPs in Ottawa blasted the government last night for its decision to axe the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.

 

Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl defended the move, saying there were other services out there for survivors to access.

 

He also said the move will help bring closure to the legacy of residential schools, which he said lies at the heart of reconciliation between Canadians and survivors.

 

However, Liberal MP Hedy Fry criticized Strahl, saying he was under-stating the gravity of the foundation's closure.

 

According to Fry: "If we truly believe that Aboriginal people know what is best for them, and that we don't know what is best for them, we will listen to them for a change. And so, it doesn't matter how the minister spins it. It doesn't matter what he says."

 

Fry said it is cruel for the government to apologize to survivors over the impact of residential schools and then pull the rug out from under them while the healing is underway.

 
Judge Lectures Gallery At TLE Fraud Proceedings PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 13:08

Judge Lectures Gallery At TLE Fraud Proceedings

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 14:10

 

 

Five Mosquito First Nation men facing 10 charges of fraud, theft and forgery will have to wait more than a month before their next court appearance.

 

The charges relate to the band’s TLE fund.

 

The cases of Chief Clarence Stone, Councillor Clifford Lawrence Spyglass, and former TLE trustees Gerald Arthur Bird, Alphonse Peter Moosomin and Eldon Edward Starchief – all came before North Batttleford Provincial Court today.

 

Their cases were adjourned to May 4th.

 

Stone was the only one who didn’t appear in person.

 

He faces charges of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.

 

Spyglass faces charges of theft over $5,000, fraud over $5,000, forgery, uttering a forged document, and criminal breach of trust.

 

Starchief, Moosomin and Bird are all charged with theft over $5,000, fraud over $5,000, and criminal breach of trust.

 

The offences are alleged to have taken place in 2002.

 

The courtroom was packed.

 

Judge David Kaiser and a court clerk told people forcefully to be quiet.

 
Overlapping Traditional Territories Focus Of Talks PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 13:08

Overlapping Traditional Territories Focus Of Talks

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 14:07

 

 

The four Dene First Nations of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council are talking about how to deal with resource development on overlapping traditional territories.

 

Elders and other delegates from the bands met in Turnor Lake earlier this week to begin the process of reaching common ground on the issue.

 

Birch Narrows band councillor Ivan Morin says the bands are hoping to present a united front to industry and government when it comes to exploration and development on traditional land.

 

Morin says if a new development opportunity comes up in one of the overlapped areas, they want to have a way for it to be resolved without a "big stink" being created.

 

He says that sort of situation is going to happen eventually, whether the bands want to admit it or not.

 

One of the ideas presented at the meeting would see the four bands getting an equal share of benefits from development on disputed territory.

 

Morin says the next meeting will take place in Dillon.

 
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