Indigenous People

First Nations At Vimy Ridge Were Victims Of Canadian Colonialism

Yves Engler | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

There was nothing "beautiful" about the First World War. It was an inter-imperialist conflict that left 15 million dead. All ordinary soldiers in it were victims of the ruling classes' ambitions. And glorifying First Nations participation in imperialist wars as part of overcoming Canada's colonial treatment of First Nations is, at a minimum, ironic.

CBC's 'The Story Of Us' Forgot About Canadians Like Me

Rémi Francœur | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Living
Rémi Francœur

Watching the CBC's 10-part television series Canada: The Story Of Us had me figuratively scratching my head. It left me flabbergasted and astounded. Critics have decried the series' anglo-centric slant on history. Respect should come from all sides, beginning with cordiality, recognition and representation.

Manitoba's Government Is The Most Racist In Canada: Grand Chief

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Politics

The premier has said that tensions around hunting were leading to a race war.

Being An Indigenous Woman In Canada Is To Feel Hunted

Terese Marie Mailhot | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Living
Terese Marie Mailhot

The reality, as I know it, is that I feel threatened. I feel a general threat to my life - that when people know I'm native they can judge me based on their limited experience with my people, and men can view me with a lecherousness they believe I deserve and ask for. We must continue to survive, carry these stories, and never be afraid to identify our culprits.

Indigenous Women Who Leave Home To Give Birth Won't Have To Go Alone

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Politics

Doctors said some women were so scared to travel alone they would hide their pregnancies.

Reconciliation With Indigenous Peoples Requires Action On Education

Roberta Jamieson | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Roberta Jamieson

The statistics are horrendous and unacceptable. Less than 40 per cent of indigenous students who start grade one will graduate from high school. Compare that to the national rate of 87 per cent. The gap in university graduation is even greater. The economic advantages of "closing the gap" far outweigh the costs.

Senator Lynn Beyak Must Resign Over Residential School Comments

Jerry Dias | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

It has been a month since Beyak stood on the floor of the Senate to make her outrageous comments about the "good" parts of the residential school system. Part of me wants to thank Beyak for making it so clear that there is much work to be done to expose truth and ensure reconciliation. But Beyak doesn't have to stay in the Senate for me to do that.

Confronting Canada's Racist Past Helps Us Fight Prejudice Of Today

Jeewan Chanicka | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Living
Jeewan Chanicka

While there is much for us to be proud of in our growth and 150-year journey as a nation, we cannot romanticize history and erase the truth. History would uncover that this country has continually undergone struggles where entire groups of people had been vilified and ill treated, and identity politics used to stoke fear and hatred.

Police Botched Investigation Into Indigenous Woman's Death: Lawyer

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2017 | Canada Alberta

The 29-year-old's death was ruled accidental.

Joshua Ostroff

Buffy Sainte-Marie On Why Canada Needs To Decolonize

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Living

"Decolonizing doesn't hurt anybody. It's exactly what everybody needs to do."

Assimilation Isn't A 'Good Intention' Unless You're White

Terese Marie Mailhot | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
Terese Marie Mailhot

Senator Lynn Beyak, a member of the Canadian senate committee on Aboriginal People, was criticized for saying there were some "good things" about residential schools. It's unconscionable to do that, because it defies logic. The impetus for those schools was evil.

The Federal Budget Forgets Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention

Jeffrey Ansloos | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Jeffrey Ansloos

Budget 2017 is all about strengthening the middle class, strengthening their access to services, but what gets lost in the numbers and system is that indigenous youth have the least access to these services and do receive equitable funding as compared to any other young Canadian.

First Nations Living In Poverty Will Change The World

Terese Marie Mailhot | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Living
Terese Marie Mailhot

Nobody saw me until I had a degree. Nobody gave a damn about me in foster care, or worse, they tried to save me -- to show me how horrible Indians were, and that I should assimilate into the culture of normalcy, the every day: the middle class default.

Black Church Scrubs Name Of Halifax Founder Who Was Accused Of Genocide

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada

"Here's a church named after a man who attempted to exterminate another race of people of colour.''

Celebrated Ojibway Author Richard Wagamese Dead At 61

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2017 | Canada British Columbia

His novel "Indian Horse'' tells the story of a boy abused at residential school.

Ending Discrimination Against Indigenous Children Requires More Than Money

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Our government has set aside $200-million this year to end discrimination against First Nations children in our child welfare system -- and Budget 2016 committed to increasing that amount for the next five years. Next year we are investing almost $250-million to end discrimination. But putting more money into the existing system simply isn't enough.

Ontario Schools Told To Stop Using 'Offensive' Indigenous Mascots, Names

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Parents

Change the name. Not your mascot.

I'm Standing Up To A Lifetime Of Anonymous Online Racism

Terese Marie Mailhot | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Terese Marie Mailhot

Indigenous people are subject to racism, whether they are professors, authors, award winners, self-made or struggling. Our voices won't be silenced. I say: name your culprits and give them the exposure they desire.

Reconciliation And Reform For First Nations

Liam Massaubi | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada
Liam Massaubi

My op-ed 'Canada Ignores Its Own Refugees' was published in Toronto Star on January 4th, and was one of the most read articles that day. Since then...

Indigenous Identity Isn't Something You Can Try On For Size

Liam Massaubi | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Living
Liam Massaubi

Recently an APTN investigation called famous novelist Joseph Boyden's indigenous ancestry into question. The broader issues raised in his situation are what drew my attention - issues such as distinguishing who has lived experience as an indigenous person.

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.

Justice For Aboriginal Canadians Can't Wait Another Year

Jerry Dias | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

It has been a year since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report, "Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future." It seemed like we finally had a government in Ottawa ready to listen and act. In the year since, we have seen the listening. Now we need to see the action.

Gov't Unsure How Many People Die In Fires On Reserves: Minister

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Politics

But an internal government memo says First Nations residents are 10 times more likely to die in a house fire.

A Turning Point For Human Rights

Renu Mandhane | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

Our society has come to a fork in the road: we must decide the core values that will drive social policy in the future. Ontarians have big ideas and want bold approaches to address persistent human rights problems, and we agree. Our work has the most impact when we amplify the voices of the most marginalized people, and when the public echoes our human rights message and demands action.