By Karl Nerenberg
There is no new money in the Harper government’s 2013 budget for Aboriginal primary and secondary education.
Instead, the 2013 budget promises to have a First Nations Education Act in place by September 2014, nearly a year and a half from now.
Almost two years ago, the Auditor General put out a thorough and scathing analysis of the dysfunctional and inadequate funding arrangements for First Nations schools.
In response, the Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Wernick, told the Commons Public Accounts Committee, in the fall of 2011, that he was sure we would see First Nations education legislation in 2012.
Canadian and U.S. aboriginal leaders in Ottawa promise legal challenge, other measures
The Canadian Press
An alliance of First Nations leaders is preparing to fight proposed new pipelines both in the courts and through unspecified direct action.
Native leaders from both Canada and the United States were on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to underline their opposition to both the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines.
The first would tie the Alberta oilsands to the West Coast, while the second would send bitumen to refineries on the American Gulf Coast.