Indigenous People

Colonialism Causes Diabetes, and Other Things I Learned at the Indigenous Health Conference

Andreas Krebs | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

According to new research presented at the first Indigenous Health Conference last week, colonialism causes diabetes. Colonialism is alive and well throughout Canadian society, and the health care system is no exception. In fact, the health care system broadly speaking is a principal way that Canada continues to colonize Indigenous people.

Polar Bear Ban-Wagon Targets Inuit Livelihoods

Terry Audla | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Terry Audla

Inuit live among polar bears. So it baffles me when well-meaning people who have never seen a polar bear outside a zoo or cruise ship or glass-walled buggy seek to impose rules to govern how Inuit interact with bears, to determine how we should engage in a cycle of life that has allowed both Inuit and polar bears to survive for thousands of years.

You'd Care If The English Or French Language Disappeared

Khelsilem Rivers | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Khelsilem Rivers

According to a 2010 report, my heritage language is the third most endangered indigenous language in British Columbia. It is the language of this land that Vancouver currently resides on -- and today it has less than six fluent speakers alive in the world.

Israel Tries To Brand Itself as a Peaceful, Democratic Oasis. Don't Fall For It

Mark Taliano | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

The Admissions Committee Law, for example -- which was recently upheld by the Israeli Supreme Court -- legalizes racial segregation. According to this law, 43 per cent of Israeli residential areas are legally entitled to deny entrance to Palestinian Arab citizens of the Israeli state. Most of this land, to which the Palestinians are not welcome, was originally confiscated from Palestinian refugees.

How Inuit Elders Are Preserving Their History And The Wisdom of the North

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Giovanna Mingarelli

At its core, the book Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit captures Inuit worldview. It is a holistic way of living in an increasingly interconnected world and is based in four big laws. It is critical in preserving wisdom and cultural practices at risk of being lost in the next generation. I'm grateful to have spent the last four days in Arviat, Nunavut (Northern Canada) participating in a fascinating roundtable dialogue with Inuit Elders from across the territory about maintaining their traditional culture in a rapidly changing world.

The Overlooked Group of Climate Change Fighters

David Fogarty | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Fogarty

There are a group of people often overlooked in the fight against climate change and they can be one of our greatest allies as we figure out how to limit the damage from extreme weather, rising seas and threats to food security. They are the millions of indigenous people who live in the world's remaining forests. Often overlooked, ignored, marginalized and attacked, they stand at the heart of a global solution on climate change that all of us, whether we live in big cities or remote villages, can benefit from.

How to Be Patriotic About a Country Built on Diversity

Johanu Botha | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

Respecting differences is rightfully Canada's claim to fame in the world, but that is not enough to guide this place to its fullest potential. Canadians cannot -- and should not -- embrace any particular race, language, or religion as their national marker, but they can and should embrace their country. Such an embrace constitutes a commitment to the people who share this land and, indeed, to the land itself. Canadians can put aside the fear that flying the Maple Leaf too high may yield a sudden intolerance in the ship's hull. It won't.

What Would Nelson Mandela Think of Canada's Apartheid?

Anne Theriault | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

There is no discussion of the fact that part of the reason Mandela was sent to prison was because he was responsible for bombing a power plant. Though we seem to like to imagine that Mandela brought change to South Africa with nothing but wise words and a kind, grandfatherly smile, the truth is very different. Mandela fought for his freedom, tooth and nail.

Elsipogtog Protest: We're Only Seeing Half the Story

Leanne Simpson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Leanne Simpson

The kind of stories I learned in Mi'gmagi will never make it into the mainstream media, and most Canadians will never hear them. Instead, Canadians will hear recycled propaganda as the mainstream media blindly goes about repeating the press releases sent to them by the RCMP designed to portray Mi'kmaw protestors as violent and unruly, in order to justify their own colonial violence. So we are faced with a choice. We can continue to show the photos of the three hunting rifles and the burnt out cop cars on every mainstream media outlet ad nauseam and paint the Mi'kmaq with every racist stereotype we know, or we can dig deeper.

Canadian Hip-Hop Connecting First Nations To Newcomers

Shadrach Kabango | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Music
Shadrach Kabango

We have been collaborating on finding ways to bridge the gap between the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities. One of the greatest ways we have found is hip-hop music and culture. If one takes the time to look, they would see that the Indigenous community and the hip-hop community both share a lot of the same experiences.

Did Sitting Bull Die For Canada's Sins?

Robert Waite | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Robert Waite

Little Bighorn, MT -- Some say George Custer died for the White Man's sins. What I hadn't heard before was that Sitting Bull, the great Hunkpapa Lakot...

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.

The First Nations Leader Who Inspired a Generation

Frank Busch | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Frank Busch

When Elijah Harper passed away on May 17, 2013 I felt as though an arrow had pierced my heart. The man who inspired me to become what I am today was dead. In my childhood, there was only one Elijah Harper. Today, because he inspired an entire generation of First Nations youth, there are thousands of us.

Why Canadian Jews Must Show Solidarity With Natives

Philippe Assouline | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Philippe Assouline

The situation Canadian Natives face is not befitting of Canadians' genuine compassion and sense of fairness. But Canadian Jews have, like American Jews during the civil rights struggle, a special duty born of shared experience to actively support First Nations' efforts "to be a free people in their own land" (from the Israeli anthem).

Saying Goodbye to Tom Flanagan

Tobold Rollo | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Tobold Rollo

It comes as no real surprise to those who have witnessed Tom Flanagan casually call for state assassinations or defend the very civilizing project that led to the abhorrent Indian Residential School system to learn that he made flippant comments regarding child pornography while giving a talk on the Indian Act. So when Flanagan, a former adviser to Stephen Harper, was summarily dropped as a commentator by the CBC and labelled a persona non grata by the Alberta Wild Rose Party and Conservative Party of Canada, the reaction among many in academia was: What took you so long?

Speaking With the Founders of Idle No More

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The four founders of Idle No More didn't start out famous. Until flash-mob round dances, prayer circles, and blockades spread across Canada, few people knew Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah McLean, and Nina Wilson. But today, Idle No More is emerging as a powerful movement for the rights of native peoples to protect the lands and waters.

What Non-Indigenous People Can Learn From Chiefs' Anti-Oil Sands Efforts

Ben West | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

I feel strongly that as non-indigenous people living here in what we now call North America that we all have a lot to learn from those that were here long before we were. Working together, we need to find ways to heal from the history of colonialism and find new ways to work together to make healthy alternatives to dangerous tar sands oil, a reality. There are very real energy, housing and transportation solutions already readily available.

Stand Up And Add Your Voice To B.C. Environmental Fight

Small Change Fund | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Small Change Fund

If a mega corporation wanted to build a ski resort in your most treasured forest, you'd raise your voice. If a little girl in your community was standing up to big oil because she wanted to save sea otters, you'd raise your voice. If a thoughtful group of First Nations said to you "how can we understand the total impact of all these development projects unless we are working together?", you'd raise your voice too. Well, this is your chance. B.C. is facing unprecedented environmental challenges.

Bearing Witness to Guatemala's Destructive Mining Industry

Maude Barlow | Posted 11.14.2011 | Canada
Maude Barlow