Ottawa won’t set deadline to lift drinking water advisories in First Nations communities

Indigenous Services Canada won’t set a deadline for lifting all remaining long-term drinking- water advisories in First Nations communities. Department officials said public health measures, contractor and human resource shortages … Read More

Anishnaabe and Dakota chiefs call for inquiry over revelations in Broken Promises investigation

An advocacy organization representing Anishinaabe and Dakota communities in Manitoba is calling for an inquiry into how the federal government reviews major infrastructure projects on First Nations. The Southern Chiefs’ … Read More

Indigenous services minister ‘alarmed’ by allegations about construction practices on First Nations

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he was alarmed by revelations of a December investigation into construction practices in on-reserve water projects and said he would like to start collecting … Read More

How colonial systems have left some First Nations without drinking water

When Ed Morrison needs government approval for a project in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, he has a strategy he can use to ensure public servants take his proposal seriously. “I can … Read More

Indigenous people should be prioritized in provincial COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Miller

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted February 17, 2021 1:55 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller … Read More

Indigenous Services minister ‘disgusted’ by B.C. couple who flew to Yukon for vaccine

The federal minister in charge of Indigenous Services has openly called out the wealthy Vancouver couple accused of flying to the Yukon so they could have a jump on the … Read More

Bellegarde says Canada must close gap for Indigenous People amid COVID-19 pandemic

Canada must invest in closing the gap for Indigenous people as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the outgoing head of the Assembly of First Nations said Tuesday. “That gap … Read More

‘This is an unfolding nightmare’: Shamattawa First Nation COVID-19 outbreak worsens

An isolated northern Manitoba Indigenous community’s COVID-19 outbreak is so dire it needs military support immediately, its chief said. “We need the military’s medical expertise, we need their temporary field … Read More

Indigenous minister says racism in health care can’t be fully addressed without provinces

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Friday that the federal government can only do so much to address systemic racism in the health-care system, and that it’s up to the … Read More

Ottawa hosting meeting on healthcare racism amid outrage over Joyce Echaquan death

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett will host a meeting with provincial counterparts, healthcare workers and Indigenous leaders on Friday aimed at starting the work … Read More

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation declares state of emergency after rash of suicides

A western Manitoba Indigenous community declared a state of emergency after four of its members died of suicide in the past month — three in the past week alone. Sioux … Read More

Feds pledge $305M for Indigenous communities to tackle coronavirus crisis

OTTAWA — The federal government has announced an additional $305 million to help Indigenous Peoples combat COVID-19. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the money is meant to help Indigenous … Read More

Historic framework signed for First Nations-led Atlantic water authority

Indigenous leaders in Atlantic Canada are guaranteeing clean drinking water for their communities through a historic new framework that will allow them to manage their own water services. On Tuesday, … Read More

‘Raise the bar’: Researcher hopes COVID-19 means new policies for Canada’s Indigenous

A health researcher studying COVID-19 as part of a national immunity task force hopes the pandemic elevates concern for persistent health issues, such as inadequate housing, for Indigenous people in … Read More

Canada to spend $306M on Indigenous businesses struggling amid coronavirus pandemic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday the federal government will spend $306.8 million to help Indigenous businesses affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The money will give Indigenous businesses access … Read More

Coronavirus: Indigenous minister says cases still low on reserves, but danger high

The federal minister of Indigenous services says that even though the number of COVID-19 cases on reserves remains low, no one should be complacent. Marc Miller told reporters during a … Read More