11 Mar Status debate mounts as bill offers benefits to another 45,000 natives: Ottawa introduces legislation to extend recognition to grandchildren of aboriginal women (The Globe and Mail)

A quarter century after aboriginal women won the right to remain status Indians when they marry non-aboriginal men, new legislation proposes that their grandchildren also be entitled to the designation. The changes suggested by the federal government Thursday would add about 45,000 people to the...

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11 Mar Strahl turns down students’ plea to restore First Nations University funding: Delegation makes trek to Ottawa to defend beleaguered aboriginal-run institution, leaves empty-handed (The Globe and Mail)

Teachers, students and other advocates for the First Nations University in Saskatchewan were in Ottawa Thursday to plead for the restoration of $7.2-million in federal funding that was cut after long-running allegations of financial mismanagement.  But Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl turned down their request. ...

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