Indigenous People

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.

Indigenous Cuisine Offers A Path To Reconciliation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

There's a new cadre of indigenous chefs who are part historian, part cultural ambassador. Piecing together recipes long passed down orally, Chef David Wolfman helps people find a sense of history and identity through food. For many experiencing the residual effects of residential schools, food provides a link to a culture they didn't even know they were missing.

Quebec's Justice System Is Broken

David Easey | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Politics
David Easey

The justice system is clearly flawed, and it proves that police officers can get away with virtually anything. Instead of serving justice to the survivors, the system is openly protecting the perpetrators. It's also troublesome to see officers from the provincial police force launch a large lawsuit against Radio-Canada. Since when is it acceptable to go after journalists for uncovering the truths that plague our society?

Mike Downie: Let's Do More To Embrace Indigenous Canadians

Hannah Alper | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Living
Hannah Alper

Before Gord, Mike Downie and Pearl (Chanie Wenjack's sister) got on stage at WE Day, I knew about the conditions of the indigenous communities, but like most Canadians, we weren't taught what a residential school was and why both the truth and reconciliation is so important to not only the indigenous community.

Gord Downie Was Wrong About Justin Trudeau

James Di Fiore | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

Everybody knows Trudeau is a brilliant campaigner, inspiring Canadians through a personal brand that emphasizes empathy and fairness, but his inaction on the First Nations file directly contradicts the inspirational sound bites and calls into question his government's integrity. In fact, it isn't a stretch to say that his handling of this file is as bad as the Harper government who backburnered these issues for a decade.

Supreme Court Selection Process 'Unfair' To Indigenous: Senator

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Politics

Sen. Murray Sinclair said an indigenous appointment to the top court is long overdue.

Fix Broken Subsidies And Make Food Affordable For First Nations

Liam Massaubi | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Liam Massaubi

The first comprehensive study to analyze the effect of high food prices in northern Ontario communities suggests First Nations people living in remote northern Ontario communities need to spend more than half their income on food to meet basic nutritional needs.

Lack Of Funding For Basic Tools Undermines First Nations Policing

Liam Massaubi | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Liam Massaubi

A First Nations police force, the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS), who serves and protects 35 northern Ontario communities is voting to strike because they do not have access to the basics that law enforcement should have and it is putting officers in high-risk "nightmarish" situations.

Government Complacency Has Plunged Northern Manitoba Into Poverty

Bruce Moncur | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

As Northern Manitoba hemorrhages jobs, the federal and provincial government seem content arguing on who is to blame and following a policy of complacency. Apart from pictures in canoes and superficial ceremonies, actual help will not be forthcoming.

Does Gord Downie's Call To Action Mean Anything For First Nations?

Liam Massaubi | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Liam Massaubi

As pretty much the entire country watched The Tragically Hip live in Kingston, Ontario for their final show, Gord Downie used the opportunity to do something not many would...bring up First Nations issues to the prime minister himself.

Consent Culture Isn't Possible In A Colonial System

femifesto | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living
femifesto

Advocates say there are more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, but these stories seldom garner national press. And Indigenous women in the provinces report a rate of violent victimization that is about 2.5 times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous women. We spoke with two Indigenous advocates and experts about what we should be talking about when it comes to sexual violence and Indigenous communities.

Emma Paling

Yoga Is Healing Canada's Indigenous People, Inside And Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Paling | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living

"In native culture you look at the whole person, you don’t compartmentalize their mental health and physical health."

Security Trumps The Economy Among Immigration Opponents

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's quite clear that the federal government wants to increase the numbers of immigrants that the country accepts. Traditionally those arguing against taking in more immigrants insist that doing so will have a negative impact on the economy.

First Nations Housing Crisis Would Be Over If Ottawa Made An Effort

Liam Massaubi | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Liam Massaubi

Time and time again the issue of the First Nations housing crisis makes it into the media. And every time I see it I ask myself why things aren't done right the first time. The mouldy, boarded up, plastic-covered shacks are literally third-world, yet they are considered housing rather than something to be bulldozed.

'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.

This Is Why People Of Colour Fear The Police

Jesse Wente | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jesse Wente

I told him that Indigenous people fear the police because of many instances of abuse and the feeling that it was an institution designed to oppress Indigenous people. He told me that wasn't true. I told him their actions say something different. And that was that. It was only a few weeks later, walking with my then girlfriend (and future and present wife) late at night on Adelaide outside her apartment that the cruiser pulled up beside us. They shone the spotlight on me and ordered me to face the wall.

On July 9th, Celebrate Health The Nunavummiut Way

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Though Canada Day has come and gone, there's still a good reason to keep the good feelings alive. On July 9th, Nunavut will be celebrating its 23rd birthday and the rest of our country is invited to join in the festivities. Not only will it mark a special day for our youngest territory, but it will also laud the people who have lived the longest in this great land.