Aboriginal Canada

What Does Rex Murphy Know About Aboriginal Peoples? Nothing

Jesse Staniforth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jesse Staniforth

Not surprisingly, like so many other commentators on Aboriginal issues from non-Aboriginal national media outlets, noted climate change denier Rex Murphy conjures up an entirely fictional vision of Canadian-Aboriginal relations in which racism no longer exists, not understanding that doing so is the very enactment of racism itself. The piece in the National Post is a prime example of the way that any Aboriginal news turns Canadian journalists into self-styled experts on Aboriginal issues they know nothing of beyond their own prejudices.

Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals Under Microscope

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is about to put Canada under a microscope. James Anaya is arriving this we...

Shadow Of Past Abuse Lingers Over First Nations Education Debate

CP | Megan Dolski, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Aboriginal leaders are pointing to past abuses as evidence that the federal government should let their communities craft their own educati...

Hungry Aboriginal Kids, Adults Were Experiment Subjects

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Politics

Recently published historical research says hungry aboriginal children and adults were once used as unwitting subjects in nutritional experiments by C...

The First Nations Leader Who Inspired a Generation

Frank Busch | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Frank Busch

When Elijah Harper passed away on May 17, 2013 I felt as though an arrow had pierced my heart. The man who inspired me to become what I am today was dead. In my childhood, there was only one Elijah Harper. Today, because he inspired an entire generation of First Nations youth, there are thousands of us.

Will Chiefs Go Hard-Line?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Chief Shawn Atleo has staked his ground for upcoming talks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to improve the quality of life for Fir...

Consult This, Ottawa

CBC | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Politics

Two native bands are attempting to challenge parts of the federal government's omnibus budget bill in court. The bands are the Mikisew Cre...

Support Rolling In From The Maritimes

CBC | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Impact

A group of 50 Maritime activists is heading to Ottawa to support a hunger-striking First Nations leader. The First Nations protesters left...

Idle No More Protest Closes Ontario Highway

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2013 | Canada Impact

ESPANOLA, Ont. - An aboriginal protest closed the Trans-Canada Highway near Espanola, in northern Ontario, for about three hours today.Ontario Provinc...

Canada Trying To 'Exterminate' Us, Ex-Chiefs Tell Iranian TV

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Politics

Two former First Nation chiefs appeared on Iran’s state-run TV recently to express their frustrations with Canada’s treatment of their people, inc...

Now in Schools: The Untold History of Canada's Forced Assimilation

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

This week the governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories launched a "first of its kind" curriculum, the focus of which is Canada's discredited Indian Residential School System. Beginning this fall, Nunavut and the NWT will dedicate 25 classroom hours to a consideration of Canada's century-long church and state effort to assimilate Inuit, Métis and First Nation children. The point of this education exercise, in my view, is neither to demonize the workers of the church and government, nor to suggest that Canadians toss themselves into a sea of guilt. Both are useless, even counter-productive. Instead, I look forward to Canadians learning this piece of Canadian history in its full human complexity, perhaps pondering the question "is forced assimilation a good thing?"

Study Says Aboriginal Kids At Greater Risk Of Injury, Death

CBC | Posted 11.07.2012 | Canada Impact

A new report by the Canadian Paediatric Society says aboriginal children are at a much greater risk of becoming seriously injured or killed than other...

What Caused Shocking Diabetes Increase In Aboriginal Youth?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada Living

SASKATOON - A study says First Nations girls face higher rates of diabetes than any other children in Saskatchewan.Researchers at the University of Sa...

No Shoo-In

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.31.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - From the age of five, Shawn Atleo had leadership of his people thrust upon him.As a hereditary chief in the B.C. First Nation of Ahousaht, he...

Attawapiskat: Where Shannen's Dream Became a Reality (VIDEO)

Charlie Angus | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

It's been five months since a unanimous vote by the government to build a new school in Attiwapiskat. This was Shannen's school. To them, it wasn't the government or the politicians who had made this school a reality, it was Shannen Koostachin. She was one of their own. She was their voice. After 13 long years of heartache and struggle, the community was finally getting a real grade school.

Ottawa To Fund Aboriginal Health Solutions

CP | By Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - The federal government is expected to announce a "significant" reorientation of research funding on Thursday to pay for test-driving leading-...

Aboriginal Self-Destruction Guaranteed by Bureaucracy

Peter Worthington | Posted 02.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

It was some years after the Korean war that, as a former soldier, I learned veterans benefits that I and others were entitled to, were difficult to get for Indians who had been soldiers. The present system does not serve Indians much better.