In April, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Shoal Lake 40, a community that has been on a boil water advisory for 20 years, for a VICELAND documentary airing this weekend in Canada. Here's a look at some of what he saw.
By VICE News
VICE News spoke to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his historic visit to an isolated First Nations community.
VICE wanted to show Justin Trudeau some of the extreme challenges faced by young people in isolated Indigenous communities. VICE suggested several remote reserves and the Prime Minister's office decided on Shoal Lake 40.
A suicide crisis on the Aboriginal reserve Attawapiskat drew protesters, leaders, and mothers with young children in tow, to occupy offices of the Canada's Indigenous and Northern Affairs ministry this month.
Attawapiskat, a James Bay community of about 2,000 people, has been plagued by suicide for decades, but the crisis reached new heights on Saturday.
For the last week, the remote fly-in community of Pikangikum has been reeling with grief over the loss of three generations in a fire; three children from five-months to four years old and six adults from 24 to 51.
Pikangikum, a fly-in reserve in northern Ontario, is in a state of shock, said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, and "trying to come to grips with the magnitude of the tragedy."
“We need grief counseling, we need people that can work with the families that are impacted by these tragic losses, and that’s what we need immediately,” Chief Wayne Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation said.
Isolated reserves in northern Ontario rely on ice roads to transport supplies in the winter, but warmer weather means those roads haven't frozen yet, so food and water are in short supply.
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation of British Columbia, which has never ceded its land title, opposes the $5.4-billion expansion project on environmental, cultural and legal grounds.
Last Monday, a dam holding waste from the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in the remote Cariboo region of British Columbia broke.
In Coast Salish culture, burial sites are places for the dead, separate from villages, which only specific caretakers could visit.
By Miles Howe
The site of the spill is of cultural sensitivity to the Mi'kmaq peoples of Pictou Landing, as it is in direct proximity to a burial ground.
By Tim McSorely
Tahoe recently turned their sights on the millions of Canadian taxpayer dollars invested in the company.
In Canada, racial data is “actively suppressed” statistics. As a result, Stats Canada does not include race in their count of homicides.
Almost 1,200 aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered since 1952, which is twice as many than had previously estimated.
This wave of litigation responds to Canada’s new regulatory climate, in which energy projects no longer require environmental assessments.
Mercury poisoning caused by the contamination has left some community members stricken with a rare condition known as Minamata Disease.
By Jeremy East
For many aboriginal communities, voting in elections is a faux-pas that goes back to Canada’s poor history of native relations.