Aboriginal Canadians

We Have To Talk About How Police Target Native Americans

Liam Massaubi | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Living
Liam Massaubi

There is a clear problem: hundreds of people of specific populations are killed every year in police interactions. Black Lives Matter is not saying that only their lives matter; they are saying that, historically, their lives have not mattered. They haven't mattered much, nor have Native American lives.

'Tribe' Created To Save Taxes Disrespects Indigenous Struggles

Liam Massaubi | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Liam Massaubi

This group thinks Aboriginal Peoples are getting a free ride with status cards and tax exemptions (limited, and specific) and they want in on it. Do these people not realize that Aboriginal Peoples do pay taxes? If not, it is unlikely they have thought further about the history of cards and tax exemptions.

Aboriginals Nearly 3X As Likely To Experience Sexual Assault: StatCan

CP | Brad Bellegarde | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada

"The good news is that the report asked (a lot) of questions that were never asked before…"

Aboriginal Day Live Draws Canadian Cultures Closer Together

Kyle Nobess | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Music
Kyle Nobess

Aboriginal Day Live, an annual celebration of Canada's National Aboriginal Day and the summer solstice, has been delighting audiences since 2007. The event features some of the most accomplished Aboriginal musicians, including award-winning and up-and-coming artists.

17 Books To Teach Your Kids About Aboriginal Heritage

The Huffington Post | Kaylee Lambert | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Parents

Each of these books honours Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

Joshua Ostroff

Paul Martin Blasts Chrétien Advice To Leave Attawapiskat

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics

"They should leave the reserves without a decent education?"

The Time For Pretty Words About First Nations Has Passed

Cathy Elliott | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Living
Cathy Elliott

When I hear about more suicide pacts, attempts, successes, my heart breaks into pieces. I see their faces. I see them smiling, joking, wrestling with life's mysteries, reaching out to their grandparents and my heart bursts with love, pride and despair. When I see them dance, sing, drum, draw, write and speak eloquently about the world as they see it, my mind is overwhelmed by their potential. And I am struck dumb by the idea that their potential is being smothered. Willfully. With impunity.

Joshua Ostroff

Wab Kinew Schools Us On Systemic Racism

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Politics

"I don't think you could deny that our country has an issue with racism."

Emma Paling

Toronto, Where The Streets Have Two Names

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Paling | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada

“If you want to learn something, first you must learn this.”

Long-Term Solutions Haven't Come To Attawapiskat Yet, Advocates Say

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2016 | Canada

"The underlying causes, whether it's a lack if sense of hope or emotional pain they can't deal with — they're still there."

5 More Children Attempt Suicide In Attawapiskat, Chief Says

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2016 | Canada

The issue of suicide among aboriginal youth was thrust into the spotlight a week ago.

Kashechewan First Nation Still Gripped By Crisis Year After Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada

"Come on people do something make noises and share."

Bennett Looks To Provinces For Help On Missing, Murdered Women

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Politics

The inquiry will delve into areas of provincial jurisdiction.

How Native Do Native People Have To Be?

CP | Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The process for determining who is aboriginal in Canada is complicated.

Indigenous Woman Calls For Boycott Of Winnipeg Taxis

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada

"We demand respect and deserve respect.''

Manitoba First Nations Need $2B To Fix Mouldy, Overcrowded Homes

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics

That's almost 13 times more than the $150 million the federal government has budgeted for housing on all reserves across Canada this year.

Meaningful Reconciliation Is Reachable Through Interest-Based Negotiations

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Lougheed Leadership

Aboriginal communities are increasingly advocating interest-based negotiations as a critical tool in processes designed to reconcile differences and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Seven core concepts are critical to effective interest-based negotiations including relationships, communication, interests, options, legitimacy, alternatives and commitment.

Let Indigenous Hunters Feed Their Families: Chief to Brad Wall

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Alberta

"The ability of a hunter to bring home natural foods to their families is critical to the health of the family."

The Promising Future Of Indigenous Canadian Business

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Lougheed Leadership

Indigenous leaders today are faced with the daunting task of balancing the socio-economic needs and priorities of their people with the finite resources passed on from government and their own source revenues. So, what is the answer to closing these socio-economic gaps and creating a more promising future?

Joshua Ostroff

Cree Storyteller Has Surprisingly Positive Take On Residential Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living

"There are many very successful people today that went to those schools and have brilliant careers and are very functional people, very happy people like myself."

More Oversight Needed For Aboriginal Corrections: Prison Watchdog

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.08.2015 | Canada Politics

Howard Sapers says issues facing aboriginal inmates are urgent enough that they require stand-alone leadership within the Correctional Service of Canada.

Residential Schools Archive Will Try To Balance Survivor Concerns With Education

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Politics

Commissioner Marie Wilson said the centre's goal is to further reconciliation — something that "can't happen in sealed vaults."

Joshua Ostroff

Canada Is 'Absolutely' A Racist Country: Joseph Boyden

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics

"This is not a First Nations problem. I think that some politicians like to say it's their problem not ours, but this a Canadian problem."

Harper's Conservatives Want to Dupe You Into Fearing Immigrants

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

What is most telling is that even given the divisive and downright xenophobic campaign the Conservatives have run thus far, they are still within striking distance to form government. This carefully crafted U.S.-style Republican narrative has set Canada on an extremely dangerous course, and one that only Canadian voters can steer back to the right path. From "old stock Canadians" deserving of greater government benefits, to the ridiculous niqab debate, to the absurd hotline dedicated to reporting "culturally barbaric" practices, the Conservatives are pulling no punches in their quest to mobilize their voter base.

Book Excerpt: What's Happened to Politics

Bob Rae | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Bob Rae

Mr. Harper gave an eloquent apology for the truly disastrous and racist policy of forcing First Nations children into residential schools, but the government never followed those words with the actions that would show any seriousness of purpose. For all the rhetoric about nation building, the unresolved relationship between indigenous people and other Canadians and their governments stands out emphatically as nothing less than our national shame.