Tim Fontaine

Tim Fontaine is a Winnipeg-based writer who has worked for APTN National News and CBC Indigenous. You can follow him on Twitter: @anishinaboy.

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Destroying personal accounts of residential schools would just compound the tragedy

It's true that breaching the confidentiality agreement could cause even more trauma, but now it's up to Canada to step up and ensure the survivors have all of the help they need to heal from the wounds of the schools, whatever the cost.

Trade Indian status for Canadian citizenship? Canada can't afford it

Sen. Lynn Beyak has told Indigenous people in Canada to "Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman and child." But Canada could never afford the "bizarre" proposal, says Tim Fontaine.

Trudeau's promise of a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples seems to be all talk

The most glaring demonstration of the disingenuity of the promise of this new relationship is the long-standing and continued discrimination against First Nations children on reserves.

The AFN meetings are over, now where does the work begin?

The annual meeting of the Assembly of First Nations is over, and now the work of lobbying for change begins anew for the country's largest First Nations political organization. The challenge, perhaps, is where to begin.

First Nations leaders reject call for MMIWG commissioners to step down

First Nations leaders have voted against a proposal, put forward by Manitoba chiefs, to call for resignations at the beleaguered National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

'You failed': Missing and murdered inquiry commissioners confronted at AFN meeting

There were some heated moments on Day 2 of the Assembly of First Nations gathering in Regina when the talks turned to the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

'We're concerned': After Supreme Court rulings, duty to consult a hot topic at AFN meeting

Government and industry's duty to consult with First Nations was on the minds of many chiefs on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court delivered two rulings on the consultation process with Indigenous Peoples over energy projects.

'Don't be fooled,' says chief skeptical of Ottawa on 1st day of AFN meetings

From criticism of the federal government's treatment of First Nations children to the announcement of a new fiscal relationship with Ottawa, it was a busy first day of talks at the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting in Regina on Tuesday.

Changes coming to First Nations funding, feds tell AFN

The federal government will soon make changes to its decades-old funding model for First Nations, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced on Tuesday.

First Nations leaders kick off annual meeting in Regina

An ongoing suicide crisis, the beleaguered inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and police relations will be among the many hot topics of discussion as hundreds of First Nations chiefs sit down for three days of meetings starting Tuesday.