Father's killing started downward spiral for Tina Fontaine
By: Mike McIntyre
Winnipeg Free Press
Tina Fontaine's last few years were filled with sadness and darkness, much of it, family members say, triggered by the violent killing of her father.
Read more: Dad's slaying devastated teen
By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
THUNDER BAY -- Ontario’s regional chief says a new report calling for better living standards in First Nations affirms that basic human rights are not being met in the communities.
Read more: Report highlights need for improved access to healthy food for First Nation communities
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Ghislain Picard is national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
The first deadline for reporting under the federal government’s First Nations Financial Transparency Act has recently passed and, predictably, media and conservative commentators are seizing on a small handful of outliers at the high end of the salary range to howl about perceived accountability problems. While this is to be expected – it makes for good headlines – it is a disservice to the general public and frankly irresponsible.
Read more: It’s Ottawa’s turn to be transparent
OTTAWA, Aug. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Treaties that go unfulfilled; the government policy of "killing the Indian in the child"; residential schools; land claims – these are some of the historic and current injustices explored in Murder in a Small Town: Another Expendable Child.
Read more: True crime story revisits savage killing of First Nation boy and traces injustices back to...
By: Suzanne Leclair
In July, on the day after the Ontario Court handed a victory to Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) against KWG Resources (TSXV: KWG) regarding a potential road into the Ring of Fire, Cliffs’ legal representative flew to Marten Falls, an aboriginal community in the Ring of Fire region to explain the implications of the decision to the chiefs at their annual general meeting. After his presentation, Cliffs’ representative fielded his first question from one of the chiefs: “How can two mining companies fight in a Toronto court over land that is simply not theirs?” With that simple question, the chief underscored the challenges as to who can lead the development of a transportation corridor into the isolated but mineral-rich region.
Read more: First Nations poised to emerge as leaders in Ring of Fire development
News / Canada
The public may never know what exact role Child and Family Services played in Tina Fontaine’s life or her death.
By: Chinta Puxley The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG—Investigations are underway to determine whether Manitoba’s social services failed a 15-year-old aboriginal girl who ran away from foster care and was found dead in the Red River.
Read more: Report about murdered teen Tina Fontaine to be kept secret
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The federal government says it is giving $1 million to enable Temagami First Nation to create commercial space as part of the community’s new multi-use facility and business centre.
Read more: Fed money for First Nations business