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They're opening up their worlds to all.
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"Decolonizing doesn't hurt anybody. It's exactly what everybody needs to do."
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Senator Lynn Beyak, a member of the Canadian senate committee on Aboriginal People, was criticized for saying there were some "good things" about residential schools. It's unconscionable to do that, because it defies logic. The impetus for those schools was evil.
New Credit First Nation
Our government has set aside $200-million this year to end discrimination against First Nations children in our child welfare system -- and Budget 2016 committed to increasing that amount for the next five years. Next year we are investing almost $250-million to end discrimination. But putting more money into the existing system simply isn't enough.
"If we do this, and do it right, other cities across Canada, and maybe the world, can take this model on."
"I did not want my daughter to grow up seeing our culture and sacred regalia mocked."
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"In the spirit of Halloween, please keep this in mind."
The court aims to restore harmony, rather than just punish.
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A local student found the comments and complained to police, the mayor.
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"Secret Path'' tells the harrowing story of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack.
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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.
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The province has promised to investigate.
"In native culture you look at the whole person, you don’t compartmentalize their mental health and physical health."
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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.
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.
"The good news is that the report asked (a lot) of questions that were never asked before…"
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.
Each of these books honours Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
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"They should leave the reserves without a decent education?"
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.
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"I don't think you could deny that our country has an issue with racism."
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“If you want to learn something, first you must learn this.”
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"The underlying causes, whether it's a lack if sense of hope or emotional pain they can't deal with — they're still there."
The issue of suicide among aboriginal youth was thrust into the spotlight a week ago.
"Come on people do something make noises and share."
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The inquiry will delve into areas of provincial jurisdiction.
The process for determining who is aboriginal in Canada is complicated.
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"We demand respect and deserve respect.''
That's almost 13 times more than the $150 million the federal government has budgeted for housing on all reserves across Canada this year.
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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.
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"The ability of a hunter to bring home natural foods to their families is critical to the health of the family."
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?