Indigenous Rights

Attawapiskat's Suicides Need More Than Superficial Solutions

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Joshua Ostroff

Dealing with the current crisis isn't enough, because this crisis is unending. As the Attawapiskat teen who confronted Bennett pointed out, our First Nations are living in third-world conditions, and that needs to be dealt with first. We need to build livable houses with access to drinkable water. We need to hire permanent local mental health care workers and addiction specialists. We need to get adults jobs, be it developing local resources, producing and selling traditional goods or telecommuting to office jobs. As Bill Yoachim of the Snuneymuxw First Nation on Vancouver Island told CBC when asked about the suicide crisis: "We need to create space, whether through sport or culture or recreation, to make people feel alive."

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."

Plan To Electrify Oilsands With Site C Dam An Act Of Desparation

Carol Linnitt | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Clark said the power from the Site C dam could potentially provide electricity to Alberta -- where the government has recently committed to closing all of its coal-powered energy plants. Clark's suggestion that Site C may power the oilsands shines a spotlight on the B.C. government's ever-changing rationale for building the project.

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."

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?

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."

Environmental Deficit Tarnishes Canada's Rights Record

David Suzuki | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

Many Canadians see our country as a human rights leader, but a United Nations committee says we should do better. In early March, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concluded that Canada's lack of environmental protection and climate action mars our rights record. This recognition may be just emerging in international human rights law, but it's nothing new to Indigenous people and many others who directly depend on nature for food and livelihood.

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.

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.

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?”

Saskatchewan Is Bullying Us: Indigenous Hunters

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Alberta

"I beg for us to be understood."

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."

McKenna Troubled By Paris Pushback To Indigenous Rights Clause

CP | Patrice Bergeron, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics

"We are deeply concerned."

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.

How Exactly Are The Liberals Going To Overhaul GiC Appointments?

Victor Choi | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Victor Choi

The Liberals had promised a new, government-wide appointment process that is open and based on merit. They recently reaffirmed that promise and added that they will ensure gender parity and that indigenous peoples and minority groups are reflected in positions of leadership. Nobody yet knows what this new government-wide process will look like.

Trudeau Needs The Courage To Reform Our Criminal Justice System

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

The current system has tremendous shortcomings -- it abandons victims, leaving them to heal alone, at times powerless, and without any meaningful answers. There is a better way to help victims heal and to hold offenders accountable for their acts while empowering them to improve their lives. That alternative is restorative justice.

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.

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.

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.