Liam Massaubi
Liam Massaubi is a repeat entrepreneur, investor and Aboriginal business consultant. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @OldManLM or visit his personal website at

Entries by Liam Massaubi

Reconciliation And Reform For First Nations

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2017 | 3:45 PM

My op-ed 'Canada Ignores Its Own Refugees' was published in Toronto Star on January 4th, and was one of the most read articles that day.

Since then, I have been contacted by numerous people with comments ranging from "how dare you make the comparison...

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Indigenous Identity Isn't Something You Can Try On For Size

(15) Comments | Posted January 17, 2017 | 12:40 PM

Debate and even arguments over who is indigenous and who isn't have long been had. Recently an APTN investigation called famous novelist Joseph Boyden's indigenous ancestry into question.

I am not here to judge Mr. Boyden, as he has his own story and I don't...

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First Nations Should Explore Cashing In On Legal Cannabis

(3) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 3:39 PM

When people hear of First Nation communities, it is usually about a crisis, casinos or mind-blowing poverty conveniently hidden away in one of the world's richest continents. Or it is about on-reserve tobacco production, ranging from criticism of the supposed "free ride" for Indigenous people all the way to claims...

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Everyone Should Support The Standing Rock Protesters

(7) Comments | Posted November 8, 2016 | 6:59 AM

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a massive $3.8B project that would carry around 470,000 barrels every day of crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. It was originally supposed to pass by the state's capital of Bismarck. The plan was then changed to move it away from the...

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Fix Broken Subsidies And Make Food Affordable For First Nations

(16) Comments | Posted September 14, 2016 | 3:52 PM

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Prices are displayed for oranges at a store in Atawapiskat, Ontario. The prices shown have been reduced by the Northern supplement. (Photo: REUTERS/Frank Gunn/Pool)

The first comprehensive study to analyze the effect of high food prices in northern Ontario communities suggests First Nations people...

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Who Can We Hold Accountable For The First Nations Water Crisis?

(82) Comments | Posted September 2, 2016 | 12:37 PM

The First Nations water crisis is beyond a national embarrassment. It should be seen as a national crime that the basic human right to water is seriously at risk in First Nations communities across Canada.

According to a Globe and Mail investigation, and backed up by the government's...

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Lack Of Funding For Basic Tools Undermines First Nations Policing

(20) Comments | Posted August 30, 2016 | 1:01 PM

Lack of funding for basic services is all too common in First Nation communities. We have all heard the horror stories of people dying because of no access to basic health care, youth not having access to education and people not having access to basic necessities of the Western world...

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Does Gord Downie's Call To Action Mean Anything For First Nations?

(6) Comments | Posted August 24, 2016 | 1:56 PM

As pretty much the entire country watched The Tragically Hip live in Kingston, Ontario for their final show, Gord Downie used the opportunity to do something not many would... bring up First Nations issues to the prime minister himself.

"We're in good hands, folks, real good...

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First Nations Housing Crisis Would Be Over If Ottawa Made An Effort

(20) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 10:28 AM

Time and time again the issue of the First Nations housing crisis makes it into the media. And every time I see it I ask myself why things aren't done right the first time. The mouldy, boarded up, plastic-covered shacks are literally third-world, yet they are considered housing...

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We Have To Talk About How Police Target Native Americans

(45) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 4:50 PM

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An armed police officer stands watch over as a march for Indigenous rights and against the upcoming G8 and G20 Summits, moves through the streets of Toronto. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and Walter Scott are just three names of the...

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'Tribe' Created To Save Taxes Disrespects Indigenous Struggles

(26) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 2:59 PM

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Mohawk protesters block the Mercer bridge leading into Montreal during "National Day of Action," June 29, 2007. (Photo: REUTERS/Shaun Best)

When I read an article in the National Post about the "Mikinak Tribe," I genuinely thought it was an attempt at...

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First Nations Entrepreneurship Is Key To Ending The Cycle Of Hardship

(2) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 9:38 AM

A lot of people have asked me for my opinion on how we can help support First Nations youth. There are many challenges facing our youth and there is no easy solution. Whether it's an ongoing suicide crisis across North America, a high rate of violence,...

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