Canada Aboriginal

My Family's Mi'kmaq Heritage Isn't A Liability To Be Reduced

Brad Gallant | Posted 02.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Brad Gallant

If the government can take my family's cards and deny us our heritage because they do not like the cost, then they can take anyone's card, deny anyone's heritage and human rights, whenever they deem the commitment to be more than they had initially bargained for.

Love Is In The Air -- Can We Make It Last?

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

More and more I hear Canadians making mean and disparaging comments about those who disagree or have different points of view. I also hear racist remarks, which is terribly distressing. It's not who we are as a nation. Some of the things said after the shooting at the Mosque in Quebec made me feel like I was at a Trump rally. And I'm not ashamed, or afraid, to say I don't like it.

Joshua Ostroff

Canada's 1st Indigenous District Aims To Increase Biz, Reduce Racism

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Business

"If we do this, and do it right, other cities across Canada, and maybe the world, can take this model on."

Indigenous People Are Not The 'Ghosts Of History'

Len Flett | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Len Flett

Canadian indigenous people have been described as "ghosts of history," spectres lingering in the background, haunting our legacy. This refers to the fact that indigenous people have been ignored to a great extent in Canadian history, yet Canadians are fully aware that indigenous people were here long before the arrival of the Europeans.

12-Year-Old Calls Out Trudeau For Breaking Promises With Pipelines

The Huffington Post Canada | Andree Lau | Posted 12.10.2016 | Canada Politics

She prepared a powerful speech, but didn't get the chance to present it.

Canada's Leadership In Ending AIDS Globally Must Start At Home

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Speaking at the recent Global Fund replenishment conference in Montreal, Mr. Trudeau touted that "Canada will continue to lead by example, and show the world what we can accomplish when we unite in pursuit of a larger goal." However, this declaration came at a time when HIV rates have been steadily rising across the country, people with HIV being criminalized for non-disclosure and underfunding for HIV organizations.

Alberta Portrait Project Challenges Aboriginal Stereotypes

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Alberta

"It’s showing the human side of these models."

Edmonton's Mayor Wants To Build An Indigenous History Museum

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Alberta

He wants a dedicated museum to celebrate aboriginal heritage.

Feds Not Backtracking On Bolstering Indigenous Rights: Justice Minister

CP | Kristy Kirkup | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics

Jody Wilson-Raybould says the government supports all articles of the UN declaration on indigenous rights "without reservation.''

'Tribe' Created To Save Taxes Disrespects Indigenous Struggles

Liam Massaubi | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Liam Massaubi

This group thinks Aboriginal Peoples are getting a free ride with status cards and tax exemptions (limited, and specific) and they want in on it. Do these people not realize that Aboriginal Peoples do pay taxes? If not, it is unlikely they have thought further about the history of cards and tax exemptions.

Aboriginal Input On Pipelines Is Key To Better Relations: Study

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Business

The government is reviewing the environmental assessment process amid protests over pipelines.

Canada Lacks A Definite Narrative About Who Founded The Country

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada
Jack Jedwab

Canada does not appear to possess a definitive or authoritative narrative that properly connects when and by whom the country was founded. While surveys reveal that most Canadians believe that 1867 is the founding date of Canada many of those same people think the First Nations are amongst the founding peoples.

Aboriginals Nearly 3X As Likely To Experience Sexual Assault: StatCan

CP | Brad Bellegarde | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada

"The good news is that the report asked (a lot) of questions that were never asked before…"

Supporting Indigenous Education Key To Thriving Economy

Jean Paul Gladu | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Business
Jean Paul Gladu

With indigenous peoples among the fastest growing demographic in Canada, providing education opportunities that ensure they have the skills they need to succeed is more than a social responsibility, it is also an economic imperative. Collaboration between educators and leaders in the business sector is therefore key in achieving real progress.

Aboriginal Day Live Draws Canadian Cultures Closer Together

Kyle Nobess | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Music
Kyle Nobess

Aboriginal Day Live, an annual celebration of Canada's National Aboriginal Day and the summer solstice, has been delighting audiences since 2007. The event features some of the most accomplished Aboriginal musicians, including award-winning and up-and-coming artists.

Selling Off Sacred Algonquin Land For Condos Not 'Reconciliation'

Larry Rousseau | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Larry Rousseau

Either one understands that a people's land is sacred, or one doesn't. If someone wants to make a bundle of profits, no matter how green the project, at least take if off sacred land. The sacred Chaudières site, which has been abused by industry for over a century, is in need of remediation, not redevelopment for private profit.

Lack Of Basic Health Services For Indigenous Unacceptable: Bennett

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Politics

"We have got to do better."

Culture's Healing Potential Offers Hope For Canada's Indigenous

Jon McGavock | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Jon McGavock

Epidemics of obesity, diabetes, infectious diseases and suicide that plague First Nation children across Canada are complex and multi-faceted. Yet government solutions often focus on simplistic bio-medical approaches -- when they address the crises at all -- and too often ignore the cultural strategies proposed by indigenous leaders.

The Olympics' Exploitation Of Indigenous People Has To Stop

Janice Forsyth | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Janice Forsyth

Organized sport played an important role in the residential school system, which means that sport is implicated in Canada's history of cultural genocide. How we move our bodies, the values we attach to those movements, and the resources we provide to support certain types of movements and not others are political decisions.

Canada Needs To Provide An Urgent Investment In Indigenous Health

Brian Postl | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Brian Postl

The health of Canada's indigenous people lags substantially behind other Canadians -- and the tragic reality is well documented. Sadly, the data regarding poor health status for indigenous populations shows us this is true across all major illnesses and across all age groups. In other words, being an indigenous person in Canada is too often a dangerous reality. But it doesn't have to be this way. These phenomena are not new, and while Canada has been good at documenting health crises, and collecting evidence, we've been poor at doing anything about it.

It's Time Canada Finally Put First Nations First

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Lianne Castelino

If we can be moved to action watching footage of children living in poverty in third-world countries, we should be equally driven to effect change when we see the inhumane conditions that exist for our First Nations communities across the country.

5 More Children Attempt Suicide In Attawapiskat, Chief Says

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2016 | Canada

The issue of suicide among aboriginal youth was thrust into the spotlight a week ago.

You Need To Visit Eeyou Istchee Baie-James

Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Living

When you need to get away from it all, the Eeyou Istchee Baie-James region in Quebec is the place you need to be

'Dsquaw' Indicative Of Industry That Turns Prejudice Into Profit

Janice Forsyth | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Style
Janice Forsyth

Thus, the problem runs much deeper than the name they chose. Corporate profiteering routinely commandeers representations of Indigenous cultures for its commercial objectives. This includes well-known brands such as Ralph Lauren and Victoria's Secret, to name two recent examples.

2 Years After He Wore Red Face, Indians Fan Asks For Forgiveness

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada

"He was genuinely sorry for being such a jerk that day."