Liberal leader visits North

by Derek Cornet Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau broke the ice with residents of La Ronge and Meadow Lake Aug. 12 during his first campaign stop in Saskatchewan. Trudeau – along with Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River Liberal candidate Lawrence Joseph – began his visit of La Ronge in the early afternoon with a tour of wildfire-affected areas … Continue reading

Unconditional – MP recalls his early understanding of the Indian Act

by Derek Cornet Nine years after three British colonies merged to become the Dominion of Canada, the Indian Act was drawn up to guide the newly formed government’s relationship with First Nation communities across the land. Arguably one of the country’s most controversial acts, amendments have been made to it for more than 100 years … Continue reading

Unconditional II – MP’s private members bill becomes law

by Derek Cornet First Nations have a special relationship with the federal government because of the Indian Act. The Act legislatively made First Nations people wards of the Canadian state, which gave parliament the power to draft laws that effected their day-to-day lives. The following is the second part of a four part series focusing … Continue reading

Unconditional III – Northern leaders find issues with MP’s bill

by Derek Cornet Four months before Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River MP Rob Clarke introduced Bill C-428 in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told those gathered at a special Crown-First Nations meeting in Ottawa there could be room for modernization of the Indian Act. Eleven months later, Idle No More erupted across the nation reminding … Continue reading

Unconditional IV – Bill C-428 seen as one for all, all for one

by Derek Cornet Points of view clash in this final installment of a four-part series focusing on Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River MP Rob Clarke’s private member’s bill. Critics bring Clarke’s intent and motive for the bill to the foreground and question whether Bill C-428 serves the people or serves the MP. “It was created even before we … Continue reading

MP Clarke’s bill enters the Senate

by Derek Cornet Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Rob Clarke’s private member’s bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons last week and is now set to be introduced to the Canadian Senate. Bill C-428 – also entitled “An Act to Amend the Indian Act and to Provide for Its Replacement” – is the name … Continue reading

Flying Dust First Nation to join Land Management regime

by Phil Ambroziak The votes have been tallied and the ayes have it. Following a two-day vote held June 20-21, Flying Dust First Nation band members are in favour of joining the First Nation Land Management regime. It’s a move that will allow Flying Dust to opt out of land-related sections of the Indian Act … Continue reading

MP Rob Clarke seeks amendments to Indian Act

by Phil Ambroziak It’s time to bring the Indian Act into the 21st Century. Rob Clarke, Conservative MP for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, firmly believes this to be the case, as evidenced by a private member’s bill he introduced to the House of Commons for first reading June 4. “When I was an RCMP officer, I remember … Continue reading

Rob Clarke in hot water over Indian Act

by Phil Ambroziak If First Nations leaders have their way, MP Rob Clarke’s efforts to repeal the Indian Act could be over before they even get started. Recent reports revealed the Missinippi-Churchill River member plans to bring forth a private member’s bill in the near future entitled “An Act to Repeal the Indian Act.” Although … Continue reading

Native leaders react to proposed changes to Indian Act

by Phil Ambroziak While the federal government claims it’s trying to make things better, some First Nations wish they’d simply leave well enough alone. On Dec. 6, the Harper Government introduced the First Nations Elections Act. Designed to address long-standing criticisms of the election process under the Indian Act, the new legislation would bring with … Continue reading