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Why I Spent A Year Documenting Social Change In Canada

Elisa Birnbaum | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Elisa Birnbaum

Here's the thing: social change is not an easy process. It takes effort, stubbornness and the ability to persevere in spite of all obstacles and opposition. Once achieved, social change and any newfound rights and freedoms should never be taken for granted, yet they often are.

Why Does Canada Have So Many Kids In Foster Care?

Marni Brownell | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Marni Brownell

What happens to kids who authorities determine can't live safely with their own parents or caregivers? Thousands of Canadian children are in this situation right now. Many go into foster homes, while others go into other types of out-of-home care on behalf of child welfare agencies. But we don't know how many, nor do we know how well they are doing.

Probe Into Alleged Quebec Police Abuse To Have Woman Observer

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics

Couillard hopes to announce the appointment soon.

What Made This Election A Historic Win For First Nations Issues

Peter Landry | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The election of Justin Trudeau has been variously described as historic. And it was. Another less talked about historic moment was the election of 10 First Nations MPs. Add to this that a record-breaking 54 Aboriginal candidates put their names forward during the election. Each of these candidates ran in one of the 51 swing ridings identified by Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Perry Bellegarde. Bellegrade was blunt and clear that the Aboriginal vote could make a difference between a majority and minority government.

Quebec Premier Agrees To Meet With Native Leaders

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics

They will meet on Nov. 4.

Native Group Demands Meeting With Quebec Premier Within 24 Hours

CP | Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Politics

"We ask that premier Couillard makes himself available within 24 hours for a meeting with the leaders of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador and he doesn't have the choice."

This Election Showed Us Racism Is Alive and Well in Canada

Bilan Arte | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

While some political parties are more responsible for instances of blatant racism than others, no political party has committed to action on combating racism in Canada. Aboriginal and racialized realities of being heavily surveilled, unfairly carded in the streets, and higher rates of violence remain fringe issues.

Stigma of Mental Illness Cuts Deeper For Canada's Aboriginal People

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Sandra Charron

I recently attended a mental health first aid course in order to further educate myself on the various mental illness disorders, the consequences of their severity and their overall prevalence in the population -- My eyes were opened to an entire population of our Canadian people whose rate of suicide was too horrifying to further ignore. As statistics related to aboriginal suicides were listed, I realized that this war being waged against the stigma of mental illness is but one of the many battles that will need to be addressed honestly in order to understand the magnitude of the affliction our mentally ill population is facing. As communities of aboriginals are fighting an invisible disease, society can dismiss the reality of the stigma by citing drugs and alcohol as the weak link in this people's history.

Yukon Dancers Sparkle at Panamania

Lisa Jackson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers travelled 5,000 kilometres from Whitehorse to perform onstage at the Aboriginal Pavilion, as part of the 17-day Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival that ran parallel to the Pan Am Games.

Truth And Reconciliation Commission Should Be Election Issue: Petition

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Politics

The petition calls the Commission a "crucial moment in Canadian history."

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...

Reconciliation Will Not Be Realized Until We Live Up to Past Promises

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Seven years ago today, the Prime Minister stood in the House of Commons and delivered a poignant apology to the survivors of residential schools. The apology means nothing if all Canadians do not understand the history behind it. The Prime Minister has refused to deal with appalling gaps in health, education and economic outcomes, nor the deplorable living conditions in many aboriginal communities.

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.

This Is My Truth, This Is My Reconciliation

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Living
Wayne K. Spear

Will Canadians learn anything of useful value from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada? Will they even be interested in doing so? These and other questions are on my mind as I prepare for the final closing events of the TRC, from May 31 to June 3.

Aboriginal Doctors' Program Beats Graduate Target 5 Years Early

CBC | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The UBC medical school has already reached its 2020 goal of 50 aboriginal graduates.

How Idle No More Lives on in Canada

Ken Coates | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Ken Coates

Idle No More is not gone. Far from it. This most unusual of movements -- lacking formal structure, operating without money, and without a clear strategy -- had transformed the country and aboriginal public affairs in myriad ways. It was a game-changer in Canadian public life. Its founders urged indigenous people to find and exercise their voice. And they did. Idle No More was not a failure and has not disappeared.

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...

Disputed Land Claims The Greatest Deterrent To B.C. Mine Investment

Ravina Bains | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ravina Bains

If the government is serious about stimulating investor confidence in the mining sector, they need to address the land certainty question.

Is John A. Macdonald Really the Canadian Hero We Think He Is?

Lisa Jackson | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Lisa Jackson

This year, a Sir John A. Macdonald-inspired beer was launched to "celebrate the heritage and greatness of being Canadian" and mark his 200th birthday. Looking closer at the real history, should we celebrate Sir John A as a beloved Canadian hero?

In 2014, There Was Progress For Aboriginal People

Andreas Krebs | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

Canada's colonial reality means Aboriginal people here face challenges where non-Aboriginal people enjoy opportunities. But I believe that through the hard work of many activists, leaders, and thinkers, Canada is slowly decolonizing. In the spirit of optimism that rings in a new year, I'd like to focus on some of the events that signal this gradual shift, even while recognizing that, in the words of Justice Murray Sinclair, head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this work will not be completed in our lifetimes.

What Really Needs to Happen to Make the Ring of Fire a Reality

Chief Cornelius Wabasse | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Chief Cornelius Wabasse

If Ring of Fire development is to be successful, the question should not be whether the development is happening fast enough. It should be whether the process is taking place based on a foundation of recognition and respect for Webequie First Nation and the other Indigenous nations who call this land home. No longer can our Treaty be ignored and violated. New agreements cannot be reached while existing ones are treated as if they don't exist.

Colonialism Causes Diabetes, and Other Things I Learned at the Indigenous Health Conference

Andreas Krebs | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

According to new research presented at the first Indigenous Health Conference last week, colonialism causes diabetes. Colonialism is alive and well throughout Canadian society, and the health care system is no exception. In fact, the health care system broadly speaking is a principal way that Canada continues to colonize Indigenous people.

Judge To Decide If Aboriginal Girl Will Be Given Chemo

CBC | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living

An Ontario judge is to decide today whether the Children’s Aid Society should intervene in the case of an aboriginal girl whose family removed her...