1. Bill C-33: The First
Nations Control of First Nations Education Act
Was put on hold in June
after National Chief Atleo resigned.
Will the Minister of
AANDC soften his stance and agree to meet with FN leaders to
negotiate a new, fair funding formula for FN education
and/or negotiate a mutually acceptable FN education act?
2. Public inquiry into
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The AFN and NWAC will
continue to push the federal government to conduct a
national commission of inquiry and are considering a court
Will this possibility
cause the federal government to agree to launch such an
3. Fallout from Bill
C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency and
In early August, media
attention was focused on the high salaries of a few chiefs
and council members.
Prior to passage of the
act, FNs were required to share this information with their
band members and with AANDC. If FN members could not get
the salary information, the department could have given it
to them. Now the salary information has to be posted on the
web for anyone to view.
When will the other
issue of compulsory posting of the private business
information of FNs receive media attention? Will FNs have
to take the federal government to court to challenge this
contravention of their privacy?
The deadline for website
posting of financial information by FNs has been extended by
120 days. Will there be continued resistance? Will the
Minister actually cut off funding to any FN who refuses to
Nation Supreme Court of Canada Decision
In the recent Supreme
Court on the Tsilhqot’in First Nation title
claim, the Court for the first time
has recognized a
First Nation’s title to a specific tract of land. It
additionally outlined conditions that need to be in order
for economic development projects to go ahead on title land.
The government must either have the consent of the titled
First Nation or the government would have to make the case
that development is pressing and substantial and meet its
fiduciary duty to the aboriginal group.
will this affect new legislation? Will the federal
government undertake to consult and accommodate FNs
meaningfully during the drafting of legislation that affects
FNs? Will the federal government seek the free, prior and
informed consent of FNs?