Aboriginal Canadians

Palestine Needs a Story of its Own

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Nations have a narrative that explains their culture, their common shared experiences, beliefs, rituals, symbols and stories. Now the Palestinian people want a defined border for their nation. But, in my opinion, they don't seem to have a story, a narrative specific to them. They have been seconding the stories of others in an attempt to make one of their own.

Teaching Our Kids in the South About Our Kids in the North

Cathy Elliott | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Cathy Elliott

If I were to make a PSA about the difference between mainstream schools and northern Aboriginal schools, I would start with a shot of a classroom in the Ontario's south. I'm in a classroom in the Orangeville, Ontario area. I show them pictures, a bit of video, and talk about our students in Canada's Aboriginal Communities. I tell them to imagine the classroom they're in is actually in the north. They're drinking bottled water or their parents are boiling it for five minutes for safety. Their food is three to five times as expensive as in the south. They realize that, in the short time they've been on this planet, they have had so much.

Taxpayers Have Been Generous to First Nations

Mark Milke | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Canada's taxpayers have been increasingly generous to Aboriginal Canadians over the decades, but that reality is not often the narrative one hears from selected First Nations leaders. Instead, the oft-stated opinion is that taxpayers should ante up ever more. A quick look at the numbers shows us why that view will always be tragically misinformed.

'See You In Court': An Expensive, Time-Consuming Wrong-Headed Strategy

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Last year the Conservative government spent more fighting Indigenous people in the courts than it spent going after tax frauds. From First Nations' child welfare to resource development, the government's response has been "see you in court." Who knew in 2011, when a government document listed Indigenous peoples as "adversaries" in terms of resource development, that this attitude would permeate every aspect of the Conservatives' approach when dealing with Aboriginal people? Prime Minister Harper's decision to abandon consultation and negotiation to drag Aboriginal issues through the courts is failing, costly, time consuming and undermines the honour of the Crown.

A Brighter Future Through Indigenous Prosperity: My Talk at TEDxToronto

Gabrielle Scrimshaw | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Gabrielle Scrimshaw

As the first Aboriginal woman to present at TEDxToronto, I shared with the audience how the tides are shifting in the Indigenous community in ways that affect all Canadians. Listen to my talk to learn why.

Happy Birthday to a Woman of Honour

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. David C. Onley

Mrs. Maryon Pearson, famously witty wife of Canada's 14th Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson, once said: "Behind every successful man, stands a surprised woman." Mrs. Pearson disliked politics and the demands public service placed on her husband and family. I wish she could have met my wife.

Lisa Charleyboy's Mission to Empower Aboriginal Canadians [video]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

Lisa Charleyboy is a Toronto-based Aboriginal writer and blogger who is dedicated to inspiring and empowering other young Aboriginal people to follow their dreams. Her popular blog Urban Native Girl covers pop culture with an indigenous twist.

Taking the Long View on Aboriginal Education

Gabrielle Scrimshaw | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Gabrielle Scrimshaw

In our culture, it is often said that it is easier to step where someone else has stepped before you. This rings true for career and leadership development. We need to continue to build pathways for Aboriginal people to develop and succeed in meaningful careers.

Christy Clark is 'Down With O.P.P.' : Other Provinces' Problems

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Décoste

Christy Clark has weighed into Quebec's not-yet-debated, not-yet-modified, not-yet-voted, not-yet-implemented or enforced charter. B.C. has come a long way from the 1907 race riots. Many are proud of B.C.'s rich diversity, but there is still work to do. There have been sporadic deplorable acts of intolerance in B.C. during the Premier's tenure. Curiously, she wasn't compelled to comment on issues occurring in her own province: Indigenous slurs, neo-Nazi enclaves, racial profiling...

First Nations Won't 'Get Over' Your Ignorance

Chelsea Vowel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Chelsea Vowel

In January, the Morris Mirror ran an editorial by the community paper's editor-in-chief Reed Turcotte, that likened First Nations to terrorists and decried our "corruption and laziness." Not to be outdone, 80-something Nanaimo resident Don Olsen submitted a letter to the editor in March, detailing our supposed total lack of achievements and inability to survive in a modern world.

Is This the Solution to Native Poverty?

Frank Busch | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Frank Busch

In the end, an author was able to provide a simple and feasible solution to all of the issues facing my people; "Wai-Wah!" in his west coast Tsimshian native language roughly means "just do it" and may sound like a Nike slogan. What Helin believes has been crippling the Aboriginal Community for 150 years is dependence on government programs and services.

5 Keys to Achieving an Aboriginal Engagement Strategy

Frank Busch | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Business
Frank Busch

Many companies are realizing the benefits of partnering with First Nations, especially in the resource sector, and are developing Aboriginal Engagement strategies. Most are new to this process and don't know how to begin engaging with First Nations. Here is a simple five-step process that has been used successfully by many Canadian companies, governments and NGO's.

Building Nation-to-Nation Relationships by Bicycle

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Otesha" means "reason to dream" in Swahili -- a word chosen by founders Jocelyn Land-Murphy and Jessica Lax after meeting in Kenya. After 10 years and dozens of tours, this is Otesha's first "nation-to-nation" tour,in collaboration with the ecumenical justice group KAIROS, to nurture the connection between aboriginal peoples and non-aboriginal Canadians.

Did Sitting Bull Die For Canada's Sins?

Robert Waite | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Robert Waite

Little Bighorn, MT -- Some say George Custer died for the White Man's sins. What I hadn't heard before was that Sitting Bull, the great Hunkpapa Lakot...

Who Said First Nations Aren't Open for Business?

Frank Busch | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Business
Frank Busch

Many Canadians hold the misconception that First Nations are against any form of development or resource extraction within their traditional territories. But the simple truth of the matter is that First Nations are very cognizant of the bigger picture and forward thinking in terms of sustainable development.

What I Learned At The Tar Sands Healing Walk

Emma Pullman | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Alberta
Emma Pullman

Some fifteen years ago, at a Peace Gathering, an elder shared a prophecy. A baby boy would be born in a teepee on a buffalo robe, his birth signalling that now is the time to act. Last Thursday, on the eve of the 4th Annual Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, Alberta, a young woman went into labour. Her contractions came closer together. Grandmothers and mothers gathered to pray. And, at the stroke of midnight, inside a teepee, a healthy boy was born on a buffalo robe.

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.

Is Oil The Solution For Aboriginals?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business says the natural resource sector could prove an important asset in addressing a high jobless ra...

ChangeMaker: An Aboriginal Using Sports to Heal Her Traumatic Past

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In 1990 when Quebec Mohawks were protesting plans by the community of Oka to build a golf course on traditional Mohawk burial grounds, a Canadian soldier thrust his bayonet into the chest of Mohawk teenager named Waneek Horn-Miller, nearly killing her. In the years that followed, Horn-Miller used sports to help overcome her trauma and anger.

Why Are There So Many Stillborn Babies Among First Nations?

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada Impact

MONTREAL - A new study has detected significantly higher stillbirth rates in aboriginal populations than in non-aboriginal ones in Quebec, especially ...

Overheard on the VIA Train: "Indians Are Lazy"

Marko Sijan | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Marko Sijan

A study made last summer by Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy ranks aboriginal issues as the least important concern among Canadians. I was recently delayed at Union Station for four hours due to an Idle No More blockade. An attendant announced in a surly tone that the train had been stopped due to "une manifestation d'Indiens." Contrary to news reports, my fellow passengers weren't "taking it in stride." Many groaned but didn't speak; I wrote down some of the comments others shared about "the lazy Indians."

Should Idle No More Include African Canadians?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

There is a small but vocal fringe in the Idle No More movement which advocates for the deportation of said "settlers". This unfortunate sentiment has turned potential friends into foes -- especially in the black community where it's a chilling reminder of the first time Africans were forced to traverse the Middle Passage. The similarities between aboriginals and black Canadians abound: both were oppressed people, both were driven/captured from their homelands by mostly Europeans. Both were dehumanized and denigrated as wild, suspicious and uncivilized.

Idle No More Goes Global

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada Impact

MONTREAL - The aboriginal movement known as Idle No More continued to gain strength beyond Canada's borders on Tuesday as activists embarked on a publ...

Native Canadians Must be Idle No More on Election Day

Rachel Décoste | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

During the Arab Spring,Tunisians and Egyptians awoke from the fog of fear, stood up and spoke out on the streets of Cairo and took their movement to the polls. In contrast, voter turnout for First Nations has been dismal at best. Like many oppressed Canadians, Aboriginals have diluted their own strength via their collective electoral idleness. Here's hoping for an Aboriginal Autumn that lasts through the 2015 Spring election.

This Unsung Canadian Hero Deserves His Due

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The most influential man in the history of the province of British Columbia is James Douglas. Curiously overlooked by Ottawa, no statue of Sir James Douglas adorns the capital. Fact is, the capital region bestows no parks, no bridges, no street or stretch of highway to Douglas -- an honour reserved for the monarchy and Canadian heroes of European heritage.