Indigenous People

Indigenous Woman Calls For Boycott Of Winnipeg Taxis

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada

"We demand respect and deserve respect.''

Ending B.C.'s Trophy Hunt Will Cost Millions

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada British Columbia

In the meantime hunters will still be able to set their sights on the bruins.

Meaningful Reconciliation Is Reachable Through Interest-Based Negotiations

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Lougheed Leadership

Aboriginal communities are increasingly advocating interest-based negotiations as a critical tool in processes designed to reconcile differences and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Seven core concepts are critical to effective interest-based negotiations including relationships, communication, interests, options, legitimacy, alternatives and commitment.

DiCaprio's Hypocritical 'Activism' Is His Best Performance Yet

Cody Battershill | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Living
Cody Battershill

It's not easy being Leonardo DiCaprio. While preaching that fossil fuel use is triggering a global climate catastrophe, Leo hops around the world on fuel-guzzling private jets. "If we do not act together, we will surely perish," he tells the United Nations. I'll say it again: Leo has a hard time aligning his message with his actions.

1 In 5 Aboriginal People Have Suicidal Thoughts At Some Point: StatCan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada

Previous studies have suggested suicide and self-inflicted injuries are among the leading causes of death for among First Nations, Metis and Inuit.

Let Indigenous Hunters Feed Their Families: Chief to Brad Wall

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Alberta

"The ability of a hunter to bring home natural foods to their families is critical to the health of the family."

Deaths Of First Nations Teens Echo Residential Schools: Chief

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2016 | Canada

The inquest resumes Monday.

5 Ways We Can Reduce Suicides In Canada

Jitender Sareen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jitender Sareen

Despite recent headlines, Canadian rates of suicide and attempted suicide have remained largely unchanged over the last several decades. What has changed is that we've seen increasing rates of suicide in the Canadian military recently, after stable rates for decades. The problem of suicide is not limited to the military in Canada; indigenous populations, especially in northern remote communities, have high rates of suicide. We need a unified approach across provincial and federal sectors to reduce suicides in the military, among veterans and civilians.

Aboriginal Women Say Hospital Lied, Coerced Into Sterilization

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada Living

“Why are you guys doing this to women?”

The Promising Future Of Indigenous Canadian Business

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Lougheed Leadership

Indigenous leaders today are faced with the daunting task of balancing the socio-economic needs and priorities of their people with the finite resources passed on from government and their own source revenues. So, what is the answer to closing these socio-economic gaps and creating a more promising future?

Manitoba Schools Sign Historic Pact For Indigenous Education

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Impact

“We’re at the very front end of a renaissance of indigenous culture here in this province."

Joshua Ostroff

Cree Storyteller Has Surprisingly Positive Take On Residential Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living

"There are many very successful people today that went to those schools and have brilliant careers and are very functional people, very happy people like myself."

Canada's Prison System Is Failing New Parents

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Sandeep Prasad

Incarcerating mothers is commonly associated with depression, anger, poor school performance and environmental disruptions among their families, especially for their children. We are impacting entire communities spanning generations.

Shipping Food To Ontario's Most Remote Communities

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Getting food into Pikangikum has a sense of urgency, as there is a narrow window of time when the RFDA is able to safely deliver food to the community before the winter freeze sets in. Both the Health Centre and School Meal Program are desperately in need of food, and cannot wait an additional two months until the ice roads fully form.

Don't Rush An Inquiry Into Missing Murdered Indigenous Women

Lara Koerner Yeo | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Lara Koerner Yeo

If the inquiry itself starts in the summer, as recently indicated, because the government took the time to get the pre-consultation right, that would be a positive thing. If we don't consult properly now, we've sunk the inquiry before it begins. Let's all remember this.

We All Have A Say In The Future Of Ontario's Culture Strategy

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Marcello Cabezas

In a world where a two-way exchange between government and citizen is the goal, it's encouraging when we see it actually happening. Since September, there have been a number of calls for insights from citizens. The end goal is to create the first ever comprehensive culture strategy for the province of Ontario.

Scrapping Keystone XL A Victory For And By The People

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Keystone was a fight that no one thought we could win. When the pipeline was first proposed, every energy analyst, every journalist and every politician either had never heard of it or thought the same thing -- the pipeline was a virtual certainty and its approval was imminent.

Why Does Canada Have So Many Kids In Foster Care?

Marni Brownell | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Marni Brownell

What happens to kids who authorities determine can't live safely with their own parents or caregivers? Thousands of Canadian children are in this situation right now. Many go into foster homes, while others go into other types of out-of-home care on behalf of child welfare agencies. But we don't know how many, nor do we know how well they are doing.

What Made This Election A Historic Win For First Nations Issues

Peter Landry | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The election of Justin Trudeau has been variously described as historic. And it was. Another less talked about historic moment was the election of 10 First Nations MPs. Add to this that a record-breaking 54 Aboriginal candidates put their names forward during the election. Each of these candidates ran in one of the 51 swing ridings identified by Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Perry Bellegarde. Bellegrade was blunt and clear that the Aboriginal vote could make a difference between a majority and minority government.

This Election Showed Us Racism Is Alive and Well in Canada

Bilan Arte | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

While some political parties are more responsible for instances of blatant racism than others, no political party has committed to action on combating racism in Canada. Aboriginal and racialized realities of being heavily surveilled, unfairly carded in the streets, and higher rates of violence remain fringe issues.

Liberals Must Reaffirm Canadians' Right to Clean Water

Ecojustice | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act sets high standards but without the adequate funding, leaves communities without the necessary tools to meet those standards. Despite repeated pledges from the federal government to ensure clean drinking water, there are routinely more than 100 water advisories in effect in First Nation communities, with some living under advisories for up to 20 years.

Canada's Current Child Welfare System Fails Families

Neeta das McMurtry | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Neeta das McMurtry

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs called for the dismantling of the current child welfare system and the development of a completely new system. While this idea may seem radical, child welfare as it exists now in Manitoba is failing our children and our families, particularly our Indigenous children and families. What if we separated prevention and care services so that they are not delivered by the same agencies? This would encourage families in need to seek support services without worrying that admitting their challenges will result in their children being taken away from them.

What the Liberals, Greens and NDP Have to Say on Mining in Canada

John Cumming | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Business
John Cumming

With Canadians looking ahead to a federal election on October 19, The Northern Miner submitted mining-related questions to the leaders of the four major political parties running across Canada.

Stigma of Mental Illness Cuts Deeper For Canada's Aboriginal People

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Sandra Charron

I recently attended a mental health first aid course in order to further educate myself on the various mental illness disorders, the consequences of their severity and their overall prevalence in the population -- My eyes were opened to an entire population of our Canadian people whose rate of suicide was too horrifying to further ignore. As statistics related to aboriginal suicides were listed, I realized that this war being waged against the stigma of mental illness is but one of the many battles that will need to be addressed honestly in order to understand the magnitude of the affliction our mentally ill population is facing. As communities of aboriginals are fighting an invisible disease, society can dismiss the reality of the stigma by citing drugs and alcohol as the weak link in this people's history.

Yukon Dancers Sparkle at Panamania

Lisa Jackson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers travelled 5,000 kilometres from Whitehorse to perform onstage at the Aboriginal Pavilion, as part of the 17-day Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival that ran parallel to the Pan Am Games.