Aboriginal Rights

Harper, Stop Fighting Aboriginal Peoples and Learn to Share

Will Braun | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Will Braun

The failure to grant aboriginal peoples the dignity and opportunity of a land base also comes at a tremendous cost -- economic, social and moral. It is the cost of an entirely unacceptable status quo. Aboriginal rights are complicated and often poorly understood by Canadians, but behind the intricate issues of rights, title and treaties is the essential notion of sharing. Change is required. That change can come through arduous, adversarial court battles or through a more co-operative nation-building process.

A Simple Proposal To Create A Powerful Senate For Canada

Alex Sangha | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Canada needs a Triple E "equal, elected, and effective" Senate similar to the American Senate. No one can argue that the American Senate is not a powerful and effective political body that balances the interests of small and large states.

Whose Water? A B.C. First Nation Perspective

Larry Commodore | Posted 11.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Larry Commodore

As is so often the case here in B.C. when controversy arises concerning land and resources, many non-natives rally to the cry that it is "our" resources or "public land" that's at stake. To some First Nations, this is met with puzzlement: how did my people's traditional land and resources become something that belongs to all British Columbians?

The Most Important Tar Sands Case You've Never Heard Of

DeSmog Canada | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

The constitutional standing of the tar sands -- one of the world's largest and most carbon-intensive energy projects -- is just what's at stake in a treaty rights claim the Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) is bringing against the Governments of Alberta and Canada.

Saying Goodbye to Tom Flanagan

Tobold Rollo | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Tobold Rollo

It comes as no real surprise to those who have witnessed Tom Flanagan casually call for state assassinations or defend the very civilizing project that led to the abhorrent Indian Residential School system to learn that he made flippant comments regarding child pornography while giving a talk on the Indian Act. So when Flanagan, a former adviser to Stephen Harper, was summarily dropped as a commentator by the CBC and labelled a persona non grata by the Alberta Wild Rose Party and Conservative Party of Canada, the reaction among many in academia was: What took you so long?

Welcome Back, Ottawa

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - First Nations protesters chanted, danced and waved placards and banners on the snowy pavement in front of the Parliament Buildings on Monday ...

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...

Aboriginal Canadians Face Racism When Using Health Care Services, Report Finds

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - A new report suggests aboriginal Canadians frequently face racism and stereotyping when using health care services in urban centres, a situa...

A "Yes" to Enbridge's Pipeline is a "No" to Ethics in Canada

Will Braun | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Will Braun

As the battle over Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline plays out, two key questions about the moral make-up of Canada will be answered. First, will we as a nation respond to climate change with a renewed commitment to conventional energy and conventional economic growth? Second, will large companies be allowed to bulldoze through unceded Aboriginal territory without local consent?

How Aboriginal Rights Could Stop Enbridge

Martin Lukacs | Posted 03.20.2012 | Canada Politics
Martin Lukacs

If the Enbridge review hearings rubber-stamp the pipeline, or Prime Minister Stephen Harper pushes it through, expect a First Nations lawsuit to kill it. The First Nations are the loudest and strongest in protest, and those who most deserve backing.

The Idiot's Guide to First Nations Taxation

Chelsea Vowel | Posted 02.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Chelsea Vowel

If you believe that only people contributing to these particular tax revenues should receive social programming, then you and I disagree on a fundamental philosophical level that is beyond the scope of First Nations taxation. I'd even suggest you disagree with a general Canadian belief.

Two Sides of the Same Bay

Romeo Saganash | Posted 02.02.2012 | Canada Politics
Romeo Saganash

On the other side of the same bay from Attawapiskat, their Cree cousins are not living in the same squalor. It can happen elsewhere. There are solutions. Working in the original spirit of partnership, supported rather than constrained in self-governance, First Nations can move forward.

Most Of First Nations Drinking Water At High Or Medium Risk

CP | Posted 09.13.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- SASKATOON - A new report shows an increase in the number of high-risk drinking water systems on First Nations. The national a...