HUFFINGTON POST – The recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were on the agenda of Canada’s premiers, meeting at Happy Valley-Goose Bay earlier this week. The Premiers did more than discuss the wide-ranging recommendations. They took the unusual step of endorsing the lengthy list, with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis saying, “We will together, jointly, make this happen.” It was a remarkable commitment, all the more so given the troubled history for provincial leaders on this file. Read More.
GLOBE AND MAIL – This summer’s Tsilhqot’in aboriginal title decision was one of those rare Supreme Court of Canada rulings that points the country in a new direction, challenging governments, business and the general public to rethink the fundamental elements of national governance. READ MORE
STARPHOENIX – A recent Supreme Court ruling will bolster First Nations land claims, but it also “opens the door” for Metis claims, says Metis Nation, Saskatchewan President Robert Doucette.
“I think it really opens the door. This will make times very interesting for Metis people,” Doucette said Sunday at the annual Back to Batoche festival approximately 75 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.
Two University of Saskatchewan experts say Doucette could be right, development that could have a major implications. U of S Canada Research chair Ken Coates compared the ruling’s effect to the ripples caused by a stone thrown in a calm lake.
THE HILL TIMES – First Nations have a much stronger bargaining position in negotiating with industry and governments over some $650-billion in planned resource development across the country following the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favour of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation in British Columbia, say legal experts and indigenous activists.
THE HILL TIMES – A Fraser Institute report calling for provincial governments to transfer control of non-energy mineral rights to aboriginal communities has experts talking about the proposal, with not everyone agreeing it’s a realistic policy move.
SUN NEWS – Ken Coates, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute speaks with Lorne Gunter about how natural resource wealth will shape relationships with between Aboriginal communities and the federal government.
THESTAR.COM – The answer to problems of Canada’s indigenous peoples is not, as UN rapporteur James Anaya suggests, more government action and investment alone. Read More
CBC – Ken Coates explains the significance of the upcoming court battle over the Peel Watershed Land Use Plan. Click here for the full story.
JSGS NEWS RELEASE – The University of Saskatchewan has received $1 million from Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing system, for a new initiative in co-operative business development in rural and Aboriginal communities in Canada. The project will be led by the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives in partnership with the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, the Edwards School of Business (ESB) and the Plunkett Foundation in the UK.
CBC NEW BRUNSWICK – In light of the recent protests against mining operations in New Brunswick, Ken Coates addresses Aboriginal rights to land in the Maritimes and why demands for a treaty are arising.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL – Ken Coates and Brian Lee Crowley share their thoughts on the shale gas exploration protests in New Brunswick and their implications for resource development.
CBC NEW BRUNSWICK – Ken Coates evaluates the situation in Rexton, NB as protests over shale gas exploration escalate.
CBC NEW BRUNSWICK – Ken Coates and T.J. Burke agree the provincial government needs a modern treaty with First Nations.
CBC NEW BRUNSWICK – Rachel Cave talks with historian and public policy academic Ken Coates about the showdown between the Elsibogtog First Nation and the province over shale gas exploration and land rights.
BEACON NEWS – In this op-ed by Brian Lee Crowley and Ken Coates, the reality of First Nations involvement in the Northern Gateway Pipeline is discussed in the context of current Aboriginal viewpoints on resource development.
THE HILL TIMES – National Chief Shaun Atleo responds to two Macdonald-Laurier Institute reports that highlight some of the pressing challenges and opportunities for First Nations in Canada.
NATIONAL POST – Aboriginal Canadians are more determined than ever to take advantage of the country’s strong natural resource economy. Ken Coates and Brian Lee Crowley outline the role of First Nations in resource development and the benefits this could have in the future.
CTV NATIONAL – Ken Coates shares his thoughts on what the end of Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike means for Attawapiskat and First Nations across Canada.
CBC RADIO – Listen as Ken Coates discusses the challenges faced in Saskatchewan on the education and employment of First Nations people.