Canada Aboriginals

Only Ontario Can Log On Aboriginal Lands: Supreme Court

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.11.2014 | Canada

OTTAWA - A recent courtroom winning streak for Canada's aboriginal communities came to a sudden stop Friday as the Supreme Court upheld the Ontario go...

How I Was Uplifted By World Visionaries Fighting Against GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Recently I had an awesome opportunity to go to Australia and speak about GMOs for the Uplift Festival. After our 23-hour flight, it finally hit me. We're really here. My life may be changed forever. It was so refreshing to be around other like-minded youth who believe you are never too young to change the world!

Leaders Mourn Mandela But Miss His Message

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Rolihlahla "Nelson" Mandela is a global icon. His legendary ascension from prisoner to President is the stuff of fairytales. In this time of international mourning, our leaders should wipe their crocodile tears and reflect upon their actions, or lack thereof, in fulfilling the promise of racial equality which Nelson Mandela stood for. Mandela may no longer be with us, but his legacy, his message and his estimable struggle live on. They reside inside all of us who acknowledge that the pursuit of integration and equity belongs not in the apartheid past in a foreign land but in the bosom of our beloved nation.

Sunny Freeman

Canada Handling Native Rights Like 'Third-World' Nation?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Business

Canada has been singled out as the country with the most risk of conflict with aboriginal communities in a new study examining treatment of indigenous...

UN Fact-Finder Arrives In Canada To Survey Aboriginal Concerns

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A United Nations fact-finder is set to take stock of the plight of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.The UN has dispatched law professor James Ana...

The Real Story of Canada's "Good Indian"

Allan Gregg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Allan Gregg

In the orgy of celebration of the War of 1812, the true legacy of Shawnee warrior Tecumseh has been badly (and perhaps, conveniently) miscast. Far from being ignored, he is now being appropriated by white society and cast as a "good Indian" - brave, heroic, co-operative, and at the ready to do the bidding of his British brethren. He is being placed aside Issac Brock, and the Canadian militia as the great defenders of Canada. His historical role has been reduced to Laura Secord with a feather. A more thorough reading of Tecumseh's life and influence tells a very different story.

How Dolly Parton Is Helping Manitoba's Aboriginal Kids

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Music

Country legend Dolly Parton is giving aboriginal kids across the province of Manitoba monthly books free of charge as part of a charitable literacy fo...

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.

Why I'm Cautiously Optimistic About the Plight of Aboriginal People

David Langtry | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Politics
David Langtry

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Save the Children reported that 50 per cent of First Nations children are living in poverty. I chose to focus instead on what the data didn't capture. I said that I am optimistic, because these changes are taking place. The desire for change is undeniable, and it's happening now.

This Party Scores Dead Last in Diversity

Rachel Décoste | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Statistics Canada has finally released its 2011 pseudo-long form census data. Of the 29 visible minority MPs, half of them are in the NDP. The Conservative Party is a close second, which is a testament to the inroads the party has made to court the so-called "ethnic vote." The Liberal Party, self-styled "inventors" of multiculturalism, is dead last in diversity as the caucus stands today. As the third-place Liberals renew and rebuild, they might be wise to emulate the nation's demographic self-portait.

Aboriginal Losing Their Languages: Survey

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Impact

OTTAWA - Aboriginal peoples are gaining ground in Canada's population, but they are losing their languages.And their family structure is dramatically ...

How Colourful Is Canada? We'll See

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Canada is about to find out how colourful a country it is. Just how vibrant the colours will be, however — well, that's another story.On We...

Come Clean Dayleen

Rachel Décoste | Posted 06.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Décoste

It is not uncommon for a perfectly well-meaning person to blow off some steam online. And sometimes, spewing inexact information to support one's frustration can occur on the internet. In fact, there is general misunderstanding on the plight of Aboriginals and the "other" official language of Canada. For whatever reason, misconceptions fester with the goading of inadequate school curricula and general lack of knowledge. Like a cancer, these tall tales spread until they are addressed head on.

Harper's Smoke and Mirror Government

Doug Thomas | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada
Doug Thomas

The Harper government is a smoke and mirror government that confuses transparency with murkiness and should realize that such an approach usually resu...

Watching the Watchdog: Dear White People in Canada

Tim Knight | Posted 04.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

At the start of this year, a newspaper in Johannesburg published a column that sparked heated reaction from South Africans, white and black. What happens when you compare some of the column's charges against white settlers in South Africa with Aboriginal charges against white settlers in Canada?

Fed Up With Idle No More?

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Brian C. Stiller

Fed up with the double standard of aboriginal leaders who want more funds yet seem incompetent and irresponsible in their own management, many Canadian have simply shut down listening to Idle No More. How might we deal with a dismissive reaction all too instinctive to many watching this situation unfold?

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.

9 Questions About Idle No More

CBC | Posted 03.07.2013 | Canada Impact

It dates back just two months but a grassroots movement called Idle No More has gained a serious following and significant media attention through ral...

Watching the Watchdog: This Aboriginal Revolt is For Real

Tim Knight | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Canada is guilty of one of the most elemental colonial sins: trying to destroy aboriginal culture and assimilate aboriginal people. That's why Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike matters. This time, our first peoples won't be placated with an apology in parliament, This time, the revolt is for real.

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...

Aboriginal HIV Infections A Growing Problem In Canada

CBC | Posted 01.31.2013 | Canada Impact

Aboriginal AIDS activists in Canada say they are trying to lower the high rate of HIV infections among First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. ...

The Number One Problem In Aboriginal North

CBC | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada

Stanley Vollant knows more than most people about the pain that lies behind the gas-sniffing tragedy in Natuashish, Labrador. Quebec's fi...

"Teach for Canada" Schools Itself Ahead of Formal Launch

Neil Parmar | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Impact
Neil Parmar

Young students from Canada are ranked among the top academic performers in the world. So why does a strategy consultant and law student want to import parts of Teach for America, an educational improvement program that at times has proven controversial, up north?

Watching the Watchdog: The Organization Fighting "Isms" in the Media

Tim Knight | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Innoversity is a not-for-profit organization that has spent the past 13 years struggling with some success "to create opportunities for cultural minority, Aboriginal and disabled Canadians to actively engage with, and be reflected within, key social sectors and institutions." That's institution-speak for fighting racism and all the other isms that still stain our society, particularly our media.

Althia Raj

Will Harper Listen To Chiefs?

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 03.24.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Canada’s First Nations' chiefs say they are cautiously optimistic that tomorrow’s Crown-First Nations Gathering will lead to a new rela...