Olivia Stefanovich

Senior reporter

Olivia Stefanovich is a senior reporter for CBC's Parliamentary Bureau based in Ottawa. She previously worked in Toronto, Saskatchewan and northern Ontario. Connect with her on Twitter at @CBCOlivia. Story tips welcome: olivia.stefanovich@cbc.ca.

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UN Human Rights Office calls for examination of MMIWG inquiry's genocide claim

The United Nations Human Rights Office is urging the federal government to probe the national inquiry's conclusion that violence against Indigenous women and girls amounts to genocide, CBC News has learned.

Cold comfort: Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women pin hopes on national police task force

The MMIWG inquiry wants to see a national police task force established to investigate unsolved cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.

UN representative finds Canada's Indigenous people are 'disproportionately' affected by toxic waste

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances says Canada's Indigenous people are disproportionately affected by toxic waste.

Kashechewan chief signs deal to move flood-prone community - but fears governments won't follow through

A flood-prone northern Ontario First Nation has reached an agreement with the federal and provincial governments to move the entire community within eight to ten years — but its chief says he fears Ottawa and the province won't follow through.

Chief Poundmaker, wrongly convicted of treason-felony in 1885, to be exonerated by Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will later this month exonerate a First Nations chief who was wrongly convicted of treason-felony after leading his warriors in battle against Canadian forces in 1885.

'Stop playing politics' with flood-threatened Kashechewan, regional chief says

The Grand Chief of the territory governing Kashechewan First Nation in northern Ontario is tearing into the federal government over an unfulfilled promise to relocate the community to higher ground.

SNC-Lavalin fallout has some Indigenous people questioning Trudeau's commitment to reconciliation

The Trudeau government is defending its commitment to reconciliation as a growing number of Indigenous leaders and youth say they're discouraged by his decision to eject two key figures on the file from the Liberal caucus.

Opposition MPs turn to ethics committee to probe SNC-Lavalin affair

The House of Commons ethics committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss whether members should study the SNC-Lavalin affair after the Liberals used their majority on the justice committee to end a similar investigation.

'She was the hope': Indigenous leaders shocked by Philpott's cabinet resignation

Indigenous leaders are expressing a sense of loss after Liberal MP Jane Philpott, who used to serve as health and Indigenous services minister, quit her cabinet post as Treasury Board president over the Trudeau government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.
In Depth

Why these young men feel 'guilty until proven innocent' in Toronto

Imagine you can't travel in your community without being stopped by police to be made to feel like a suspect — that's how some young men feel in Toronto. They're calling for solutions to end racial profiling and discrimination.

'One more zero would be nice': Former NHLers decry tentative concussion deal

Some of the 318 former hockey players involved in a $18.9 million US tentative settlement with the NHL over concussions are urging each other not to opt in.

Sask. WW II veteran who survived 4 plane crashes becomes honorary Snowbird

Reg "Crash" Harrison thought he was attending an air show in Moose Jaw, Sask., as a member of the audience. Then the spotlight turned on him.
In Depth

What life is like inside the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge housing child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic

Nestled among the rolling hills of southwestern Saskatchewan, supporters say the lodge offers positive rehabilitation programs for female inmates while critics say the facility is far too comfortable for violent offenders.

Saskatchewan First Nation won't recognize government jurisdiction over cannabis

Indigenous communities are calling for authority over the production and sale of cannabis.

Medical guidelines in the works to clear up confusion about cannabis for seniors

The generation of Canadians who rocked out to the 1960s song Marijuana by Country Joe and the Fish are seniors now, and some of them are curious about the potential health benefits of the drug ahead of its legalization on Oct. 17. A group of experts is trying to develop guidelines for doctors to help them answer the questions seniors may have.