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They're opening up their worlds to all.
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Who wants to be caught criticizing another fellow native artist publicly? It's practically forbidden; better we keep to criticizing the millions of non-natives appropriating our work than to engage in the equally taxing effort of questioning ourselves. The vacant work of some native art is so lacking I've felt ashamed for staying quiet.
What do you know about First Nations policing in Ontario? Probably very little. First Nations policing has been seriously neglected for years despite several government-led initiatives aimed at providing the support necessary for these services to deliver quality and effective policing to the communities they serve.
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"Decolonizing doesn't hurt anybody. It's exactly what everybody needs to do."
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"If we do this, and do it right, other cities across Canada, and maybe the world, can take this model on."
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The court aims to restore harmony, rather than just punish.
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Another legacy of Canada's residential school system.
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Indigenous MPs and senators played a central role in securing passage of the new law.
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.
"They should leave the reserves without a decent education?"
"I don't think you could deny that our country has an issue with racism."
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Commissioner Marie Wilson said the centre's goal is to further reconciliation — something that "can't happen in sealed vaults."
Some aboriginal communities saw voter turnout spike by up to 270 per cent.
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.
From the get go, commentators have cautioned that Indigenous peoples would be wise to play their cards right lest they squander what little patience and benevolence the Canadian public has left for Indigenous issues. Those who hold this view seem curiously unaware of how movements such as Idle No More work. Like the Civil Rights movement, these are not public relations battles; they are Constitutional struggles. And so we can expect general bewilderment and frustration from the public as Idle No More pushes through in 2013.
A group of 50 Maritime activists is heading to Ottawa to support a hunger-striking First Nations leader. The First Nations protesters left Fredericton Monday on a bus bound for the nation's capital....