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Andreas Krebs is a political communications professional based in Toronto. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Ottawa and has worked as a consultant and researcher for a number of First Nations in British Columbia.

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To Talk About Bill C-51, We Need to Get Over Fear

(9) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:02 PM

In my last post, I discussed how fear appeals work, citing that in the case of terrorism the Harper government actually amplifies fear through the rhetoric of Bill C-51.

It's pretty clear that in the public discourse around C-51, there are serious fears on each side. One side...

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How Harper's Anti-Terrorism Bill Plays Into Fear Tactics

(16) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Fear is pretty salient these days. As a country we feel insecure about a great deal -- the faltering economy, climate instability, and of course threats to our safety from railways, contaminated food, and, of course, the specter of international terrorism.

The people behind our fear of international terrorism are...

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A Twitter Masterclass on Dealing With a Racist Troll

(12) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 8:19 AM

On Martin Luther Jr. King Day, Ijeoma Oluo was harassed by an exceptionally aggressive, racist troll on Twitter. But rather than flipping out on him, Ms. Oluo started responding with quotes from Dr. King himself.

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How This Conservative Mayor Became a Champion for the Homeless

(13) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Mayor Ted Clugston of Medicine Hat, Alberta has become the reluctant spokesperson for a controversial approach to reducing homelessness. Reluctant because just a few years ago, he opposed the initiative.

Sometime in 2015, Medicine Hat will become the first municipality in Canada to eradicate homelessness. How? By providing...

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In 2014, There Was Progress For Aboriginal People

(5) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 6:36 PM

Canada's colonial reality means Aboriginal people here face challenges where non-Aboriginal people enjoy opportunities. But I believe that through the hard work of many activists, leaders, and thinkers, Canada is slowly decolonizing. In the spirit of optimism that rings in a new year, I'd like to focus on some of...

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Colonialism Causes Diabetes, and Other Things I Learned at the Indigenous Health Conference

(8) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 7:32 AM

According to new research presented at the first Indigenous Health Conference last week, colonialism causes diabetes. I know, I know, I'm not supposed to talk about causality when it comes to scientific research. But it's pretty hard not to think that way when confronted with Dr. Rick Oster...

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This Aboriginal Case Should Help Dispel Colonial Attitudes

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 12:51 PM

The Supreme Court's ruling in the Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia case on aboriginal rights and title exploded in the news last month. Grand Chief Stewart Philip hailed it as a "game changer," Rafe Mair called it a sign that it was time for Canada to "grow...

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Vancouver's Model Is the Best Path Towards Solving Aboriginal Issues

(4) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 12:12 PM

On June 25th, Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer introduced a motion to recognize that Vancouver sits on the unceded territory of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The motion passed unanimously. Vancouver's approach is grounded in the belief that municipalities have a role to play in reconciliation. It should...

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This Tribal Chief Isn't Too Worried About the Pipeline

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:17 PM

Terry Teegee doesn't seem too worried about the Harper government's recent approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. According to the tribal chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, the announcement's low profile -- with no press conference or minister made available for comment -- signals waning support for the...

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What the "Third Party" Really Means to Attawapiskat

(30) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 3:44 PM

The federal government's response to the crisis in Attawapiskat has been to wrest decision-making from the Chief and Council of the First Nation, placing them under third-party management. But why was this the government's decision? Was it in order to rein in the profligate ways of an errant Chief and...

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