January 8, 1998 |
The Canadian government extended a hand Wednesday in apology for more than a century of mistreatment of aboriginal peoples--but the gesture was rebuffed by some as not going far enough. A "statement of reconciliation" was the centerpiece of Ottawa's response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. It was accompanied by a pledge of $420 million for native peoples over the next four years on top of current funding.
December 12, 1997 |
Canada's Supreme Court issued a landmark decision Thursday establishing the principle that native Indian rights to resource-rich land were not invalidated by European settlement. The case involves claims to 22,400 square miles of the West Coast province of British Columbia--an area almost three times the size of Massachusetts--but has implications for almost all of British Columbia and other parts of Canada.
November 6, 1997 |
Labrador's 5,000 Inuits will take control of 5% of the region as part of a deal that also gives them a chunk of the mineral resources in that portion of the province of Newfoundland. Under the deal with the provincial government, the Inuits will be given direct ownership of about 6,000 square miles of Labrador. They will also receive 25% of Newfoundland's revenues from mining, oil and gas production.
September 19, 1995 |
A medicine man helped end a monthlong armed standoff between Indian rebels and police in British Columbia. The last 12 holdouts at the Gustafsen Lake encampment in central British Columbia were in jail and expected to face trespassing charges after surrendering to police Sunday. Meanwhile, Chippewas in Grand Bend, Ontario, said they will continue to occupy a provincial park there.
September 9, 1995 |
As thick black smoke hung in the air from burning barricades, Canadian Indian chiefs began negotiations Friday to ease tension between police and Indians after a Wednesday clash left one protester dead and two others injured. "We will continue to work on this and work on a resolution to de-escalate this matter," Tom Bressette, a chief of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, said of the standoff that began when militant Indians seized the Ipperwash Provincial Park on Monday.
September 8, 1995 |
Long-simmering tensions between Canadian police and militant Indians flared into violence when Ontario riot-squad officers fatally shot a native man who was among about 40 protesters occupying a public park on the shores of Lake Huron, authorities said Thursday. Two other protesters were critically wounded in the Wednesday night incident at Ipperwash Provincial Park, about 155 miles southwest of Toronto.