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This Aboriginal Case Should Help Dispel Colonial Attitudes

Andreas Krebs | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andreas Krebs

The Supreme Court's ruling in the Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia case on Aboriginal rights and title exploded in the news last month. Whatever your opinion of the case, it's clear that this is not just about territory: it's also about Canada's evolving constitution -- a common law document whose roots stretch back to the Magna Carta.

Vancouver's Model Is the Best Path Towards Solving Aboriginal Issues

Andreas Krebs | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

In the wake of the Vancouver motion, municipalities across the country now have a clear path laid out before them: building relationships and engaging respectfully leads towards reconciliation. But, Reimer cautions, there's a lot of groundwork to be done first. "I wouldn't have my opening salvo be a motion recognizing unceded territory. I think you'd want to have some process that led up to it.

Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way For Tahltan's Own Land Case

Annita McPhee | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Annita McPhee

Without Tahltan consent, and against the clear wishes that our people have expressed, Fortune Minerals continues to press ahead with its plans to build the Arctos Anthracite open-pit coal mine on Mount Klappan in Tahltan territory. We will continue to work hard for our people and hope both the province and Fortune see that their current approach is not working, and the current path they are on is the wrong one.

Aboriginal Cemetery Development Controversy Reveals Double Standard

Adam Olsen | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

The situation on Grace Islet illustrates a bigger problem with aboriginal and non-aboriginal relationships in British Columbia and Canada. A fundamental inequity exists -- kick over a grave marker in Ross Bay Cemetery and there is public outrage; propose a house above First Nations burial cairns and, as long as you follow "due process," it's given the green-light.

A Tribe Called Red: 'Society Is Starting To View First Nations As People'

The Huffington Post Canada | Aaron Brophy | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Music

If it seems like you're seeing and hearing more indigenous Canadian musicians lately it's not an accident. Only a few short months ago Ian "DJ NDN...

Investigation Into Aboriginal Youth Homes Funding

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - An Alberta judge says there should be an investigation into whether funding for aboriginal youth in the child welfare system is less than f...

Is it time for an aboriginal parliament for Canada?

Alex Sangha | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Any piece of legislation from any level of government that affects aboriginal people as major stakeholders would have to be approved by a majority vote of the aboriginal parliament. Band councils would have the power of cities and be directly accountable to a minister of local government in the aboriginal parliament.

'Why Can't We Just Get the Money?'

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Carla Robinson's mother was sexually abused as a child attending two Indian residential schools in British Columbia, but her father dodged...

Improving Our Health Care System Could Save Thousands of Lives a Year

Michel Grignon | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Grignon

First, we need to learn from the best health regions across the country how to monitor hospital stays (length and quality), guarantee access to family doctors for the poor, and make sure family physicians make up a reasonable proportion of the physician workforce.

The Only People Making Money Off the Seal Hunt Are Anti-Sealing Campaigners

Terry Audla | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada
Terry Audla

I understand that PETA brings in about $30 million annually, the Humane Society of the U.S. collects more than $100 million and their executives make six-figure salaries. They and other groups like the International Fund for Animal Welfare are clamouring for this easy target. Who could blame them? After all, it is good money in a competitive charitable market.

Indigenous Women: Harper Is on the Wrong Side of History

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Although the unanimous vote in the House of Commons to create the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women (the "Committee") was an excellent beginning, the report it tabled last Friday was a complete betrayal of the memory of those we have lost, the grieving family and friends left behind and those Indigenous women and girls who continue to be victimized by violence. The Prime Minister is on the wrong side of history.

Dear Harper, It's Time to Reset Your Relationship With Aboriginals

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to outline our deep and ongoing concerns with how your government has managed the relationship between the Crown and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Royal Proclamation laid out how the richness of the land would be fairly shared. That hasn't happened. In other words, you need to completely rethink your approach to dealing with Aboriginal Peoples, not only because of the need for social justice and respect for their Constitutionally protected rights, but because the failure to do so will have enormous negative impacts on the Canadian economy.

Why Hitchhiking is a Risky Road for Aboriginal Women

Jared Brock | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Jared Brock

As my wife and I were driving home in Duncan, B.C. three years ago, we noticed a young girl hitchhiking. She was young, First Nations, and not dressed for the weather. As we stopped to pick her up, we noticed a white truck stop on the other side of the road, and two guys got out and walked towards her. We cut them off, and told her to hop in. This was just weeks after a gruesome murder. Fast-forward to last night. On our way home we noticed another young girl hitchhiking. Until people all over Canada demand better from our leaders, nothing will change, and Aboriginal girls will continue to go missing in record numbers, numbers that already concern the U.N.

Written Proof Harper Doesn't Care About Aboriginal Education

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

We now know the Conservatives' refusal to fund First Nations students attending school on reserves at the same level as their provincial counterparts is coming straight from the top. This is not just a shocking example of Stephen Harper's anti-democratic command and control style of government, but clearly demonstrates that the Prime Minister callously refuses to provide First Nations students with the equality of opportunity they deserve.

Shining a Light on First Nations Poverty

Frank Busch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Frank Busch

If you have never lived in isolation and poverty it is hard to imagine exactly what it is like. It is easy for those living a life of relative privile...

'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.

Improving First Nations Education Outcomes Must Be First Nations Led

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

With the start of the new Parliamentary session next week, a key part of the government's agenda is expected to be sweeping legislation dealing with First Nations' education. The Conservative government has unilaterally developed a blueprint for the legislation and is now trying to characterize a number of strictly controlled information sessions over the summer as consultation. Put simply, First Nations are about to be presented with another top-down, one-size-fits-all government solution, absent proper consultation and without the necessary resources to fix the problems. First Nations have told the government that this approach is unacceptable and will simply produce a bill that won't work.

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.

Hey NDP, Canada Is Doing Plenty to Combat Human Trafficking

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Earlier this month, NDP MP Nikki Ashton, in a post criticizing the Canadian government for its apparent lack of action on human trafficking, revealed she was shocked to learn over the summer that First Nations women were being trafficked for sex. I am hardly surprised that Ms. Ashton is oblivious to the significant work that Canada's government has done to combat human trafficking as she admitted her lack of awareness of the sex trafficking of Aboriginal women and children until just two months ago. The gaping hole in Ms. Ashton's statement is the absence of any acknowledgement of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking that Canada developed and launched on June 6, 2012.

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.

TIFF Film Review: Jeff Barnaby's "Rhymes for Young Ghouls"

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

2013-08-12-blog_spotlight_on_tiff_v01.jpg The story of Rhymes for Young Ghouls is well-told, well-paced and nicely poised between moments of tension and tenderness. The frames are well-lit and well composed and the music -- a good portion of which is old-school Delta blues -- perfectly complements the rawness of the film's visual character.

Why Pointing Fingers Will Not Stop Aboriginal Youth Suicide

Frank Busch | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada
Frank Busch

The Aboriginal community is reeling from the recent suicide of an 11-year-old boy in Nunavut. And before the shock has even had a chance to wear off, the finger pointing began. Did the boy commit suicide because he was living in an isolated northern community? Did he suffer from abuse? Were mental health services not readily available? Was there not enough funding for suicide prevention programs?

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.

How the Trayvon Martin Tragedy Would Have Looked in Canada

Anthony Morgan | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Are race relations in Canada so much further advanced than in the US that the Trayvon Martin tragedy would never happen here? I'm not so sure. As troubling as it is to face, the Canadian version of the Zimmerman-Martin horror would actually look something like the following scenario: Zimmerman is a South-Asian or Asian male. Trayvon is an Indigenous teen girl who was simply walking to her home in one of Canada's upper-middle-class suburban neighbourhoods. She is brutalized and dumped on the side of the road afterwards. And the Canadian public doesn't bat an eye.