Indigenous People

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.

How Indigenous MPs Shaped The Assisted Dying Debate

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.03.2016 | Canada Politics

Indigenous MPs and senators played a central role in securing passage of the new law.

Canada Deserves Better Than Those That Bash Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

On Canadian multiculturalism day the Prime Minister's multicultural message was bang on. Justin Trudeau declared that "Our roots reach out to every corner of the globe. We are from far and wide, and speak over 200 languages. Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect.

Supporting Indigenous Education Key To Thriving Economy

Jean Paul Gladu | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Business
Jean Paul Gladu

With indigenous peoples among the fastest growing demographic in Canada, providing education opportunities that ensure they have the skills they need to succeed is more than a social responsibility, it is also an economic imperative. Collaboration between educators and leaders in the business sector is therefore key in achieving real progress.

Selling Off Sacred Algonquin Land For Condos Not 'Reconciliation'

Larry Rousseau | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Larry Rousseau

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.

Lack Of Basic Health Services For Indigenous Unacceptable: Bennett

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Politics

"We have got to do better."

Feds Are Still Discriminating Against Aboriginal Kids: Advocates

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics

It's not about nice statements, Blackstock said. "It is real change."

Indigenous-Led Innovation Can Help Build A Better Canada

George Poulakidas | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics
George Poulakidas

As we take pride in our diversity and innovative ideas, why keep neglecting such a large asset of our society? Instead of aiming simply to improve indigenous peoples' relationship with the state, let's cultivate innovation for economic and social development and benefit the whole country.

Culture's Healing Potential Offers Hope For Canada's Indigenous

Jon McGavock | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Jon McGavock

Epidemics of obesity, diabetes, infectious diseases and suicide that plague First Nation children across Canada are complex and multi-faceted. Yet government solutions often focus on simplistic bio-medical approaches -- when they address the crises at all -- and too often ignore the cultural strategies proposed by indigenous leaders.

There's A Way We Can End The Indigenous Health Crisis

Denise Amyot | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Denise Amyot

Ensuring that indigenous communities struggling with rising suicide rates and persistent health challenges receive the health care services they need not only to cope, but to thrive, is urgent.It is also critical to address the factors that result in poor health outcomes.