Indigenous People

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

Denise Amyot | Posted 05.20.2016 | 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.

Let Trudeau Know Kinder Morgan Is A Bad Deal For B.C.

Kennedy Stewart | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Kennedy Stewart

Don't forget, way back in January 2014 Trudeau said about Kinder Morgan, "I certainly hope that we're going to be able to get that pipeline approved." Unless we make things uncomfortable for him politically, the prime minister will force this pipeline through our communities against our will -- the public's will.

The Olympics' Exploitation Of Indigenous People Has To Stop

Janice Forsyth | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Janice Forsyth

Organized sport played an important role in the residential school system, which means that sport is implicated in Canada's history of cultural genocide. How we move our bodies, the values we attach to those movements, and the resources we provide to support certain types of movements and not others are political decisions.

Sex Tourists Now Come To Canada To Abuse Kids

CP | Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living

Indigenous women and children are especially vulnerable.

Immigrants Feel As Canadian As The Rest Of Us

Jack Jedwab | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

Some observers insist that Canada's multicultural policies encourage newcomers to maintain their attachment to their countries of origin. This in turn makes it difficult for them to establish a proper connection with Canada. Defenders of this view rarely provide supporting empirical evidence.

Emma Paling

Toronto, Where The Streets Have Two Names

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Paling | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada

“If you want to learn something, first you must learn this.”

It's Time Canada Finally Put First Nations First

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Lianne Castelino

If we can be moved to action watching footage of children living in poverty in third-world countries, we should be equally driven to effect change when we see the inhumane conditions that exist for our First Nations communities across the country.

Long-Term Solutions Haven't Come To Attawapiskat Yet, Advocates Say

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2016 | Canada

"The underlying causes, whether it's a lack if sense of hope or emotional pain they can't deal with — they're still there."

5 More Children Attempt Suicide In Attawapiskat, Chief Says

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2016 | Canada

The issue of suicide among aboriginal youth was thrust into the spotlight a week ago.

'Dsquaw' Indicative Of Industry That Turns Prejudice Into Profit

Janice Forsyth | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Style
Janice Forsyth

Thus, the problem runs much deeper than the name they chose. Corporate profiteering routinely commandeers representations of Indigenous cultures for its commercial objectives. This includes well-known brands such as Ralph Lauren and Victoria's Secret, to name two recent examples.

Attawapiskat Declares State Of Emergency Over Suicide Attempts

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Politics

"I've lost count of the states of emergency in the James Bay region."

2 Years After He Wore Red Face, Indians Fan Asks For Forgiveness

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada

"He was genuinely sorry for being such a jerk that day."

How Consumers Can Do Their Part To Protect Our Earth

Gillian Farber | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

With Earth Day quickly approaching, it's time we take a good look at our own lives and what we are doing personally to help make the world a better place for future generations. Here is a list of five eco-friendly gadgets and companies working towards a sustainable, long term, green solution to climate change.

Team Canada's Olympic Outfits Are A Problem

Janice Forsyth | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Style
Janice Forsyth

How does it look to have Canada's major department store, Hudson's Bay, teaming up with Dsquared2, the focal point of last year's atrocious "Dsquaw" debacle, to produce the outfits that our athletes will wear in Rio? What does it say about the Olympic Games, the corporate sponsors, and their relationship with Indigenous people in Canada?

Let's Make The NDP Convention About Equity

Kennedy Stewart | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Kennedy Stewart

Enshrining an "equity mandate" would build on the tremendous work we have already done and make the NDP the most progressive party in the world when it comes to this issue. Trudeau certainly enjoys talking the equity talk, but by passing this motion the NDP will move miles ahead in walking the equity walk.

Why Is A Preventable Disease Still Claiming Lives In Canada And Beyond?

Development Unplugged | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

It's World Tuberculosis Day, and this year it will be marked with the sad distinction that we have allowed this preventable, curable disease to become the world's biggest infectious killer. The millennia-old disease tuberculosis (TB) now outranks even HIV/AIDS in the number of lives it claims, at over 1.5 million a year. With leading experts predicting that by 2050 evolving strains of drug-resistant TB could claim an additional 75 million lives worldwide -- costing the global economy $16.7 trillion -- the need for immediate action is clear.

Kashechewan First Nation Still Gripped By Crisis Year After Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada

"Come on people do something make noises and share."

Indigenous-Led Business Partnerships Can Benefit A Nation

James Wilson | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Business
James Wilson

We have a lot to learn from the Maori in how to sell our Indigeniety as something that can attract investment (both monetary and social) from the rest of the world. Luckily, we can add to this learning as we already have a model that helped shape Manitoba's business future internationally, many, many decades ago.

Canada Needs To Stem The Tide Of 'Stolen' Aboriginal Children

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Almost half of Canadian children in foster care are aboriginal, even though indigenous people make up less than five per cent of the population, according to the most recent statistics in the 2011 Census. What's particularly gut-wrenching is the majority of aboriginal children are placed in care, not because of parental abuse, but because their families are poor. Now it's time to invest in progressive initiatives, like the Circle of Care, that keep families together.

How Native Do Native People Have To Be?

CP | Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The process for determining who is aboriginal in Canada is complicated.

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.