Aboriginal Canadians

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.

Premiers Urge Ottawa To Help Aboriginal Kids In Care

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Politics

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Canada's premiers are raising concerns about the high number of aboriginal children in care as they urge the federal government to ...

First Nations Chief Says Feds Should Make 60 Aboriginal Languages Official

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Politics

National chief says 'ultimate goal' would be to have Aboriginal languages printed beside English and French.

Canadians Skeptical Feds Will Act On TRC Recommendations

CBC | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Politics

While many Canadians are cautiously optimistic that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a valuable process, they are rather skeptical about wh...

Canadians Need to Ask Big Questions About Our Society

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

A national election is months away, but campaigning has already begun. While party leaders talk issues of economy and security, no one is asking the big question: what kind of society do we want? Canada is no longer one of the top five countries for integrating immigrants, a European think-tank announced in May. For decades, we've heard that Canada is a "just society" -- based on equality and freedom for all upheld in laws. We've built our just society, but is Canada becoming a less compassionate one?

We all Need to Atone for Canada's Mistreatment of Aboriginals

Hon. Navdeep Bains | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Hon. Navdeep Bains

You simply cannot live in Canada and ignore the past. It's a pretty strong statement but reading the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Aboriginal residential schools, that's the conclusion I've come to. The truth may be out but the reconciliation is going to take a while. So just as all Canadians share accountability for what is past, we also share a responsibility for making things better.

The Lasting Legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

James Wilson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics
James Wilson

As Cree youngsters in the north, we are taught the tradition of how to walk on the land and in the bush -- with each foot fall carefully and quietly placed so as not to disturb the food sources that have always meant the difference between thriving and starvation. When young people began returning from residential schools, it is fascinating that what struck those who lived off the land the most is that these "students" had to be taught how to walk all over again. Not with the harsh heel strike they had learned in the towns and cities but with the gentle foot fall of their early childhoods.

Closing the Gap Between Aboriginal Business Leaders and Corporate Canada

Jean Paul Gladu | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Business
Jean Paul Gladu

Last week, we hosted the first of two joint Summits in Vancouver between our organizations, The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC). Both Summits focus on board governance, kick starting a critical national dialogue about the merits of strengthening these communication lines between Corporate Canada and aboriginal business leaders.

The Children of Canada's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Are Forgotten

Obert Madondo | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Obert Madondo

The children of these women are almost forgotten. Our half-hearted national conversation on the ongoing racialized violence against stolen indigenous women barely acknowledges their existence. If there is even an estimate of the number of children affected, please let me know. And yet, the surviving children's loss is unimaginable. They lost mothers, sisters, aunts and cousins. You don't need to be a psychiatrist to understand that the grotesque violence aboriginal women suffer affects the mental integrity of the children they leave behind.

Powerful Photos From Rallies Seeking Justice For Cindy Gladue

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Alberta

Canadians came together Thursday to protest the acquittal of the man accused of murdering Cindy Gladue, an aboriginal woman from Edmonton. Protests...