Indigenous Rights

The Overlooked Group of Climate Change Fighters

David Fogarty | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Fogarty

There are a group of people often overlooked in the fight against climate change and they can be one of our greatest allies as we figure out how to limit the damage from extreme weather, rising seas and threats to food security. They are the millions of indigenous people who live in the world's remaining forests. Often overlooked, ignored, marginalized and attacked, they stand at the heart of a global solution on climate change that all of us, whether we live in big cities or remote villages, can benefit from.

Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way For Tahltan's Own Land Case

Annita McPhee | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Annita McPhee

Without Tahltan consent, and against the clear wishes that our people have expressed, Fortune Minerals continues to press ahead with its plans to build the Arctos Anthracite open-pit coal mine on Mount Klappan in Tahltan territory. We will continue to work hard for our people and hope both the province and Fortune see that their current approach is not working, and the current path they are on is the wrong one.

Sunny Freeman

Canada Handling Native Rights Like 'Third-World' Nation?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Business

Canada has been singled out as the country with the most risk of conflict with aboriginal communities in a new study examining treatment of indigenous...

Prorogation Disrupts First Nations, UN Meeting

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to prorogue Parliament has apparently forced a United Nations official to change his travel plans.Ja...

Where Child Poverty Thrives

Megan Yarema | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

While the federal government adjourns for summer break, they would be hardpressed to ignore headlines this week about their failure to ensure Indigenous peoples in Canada are thriving. A report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Save the Children illuminates a stark reality for status First Nations populations: 50% of children are living in poverty. This came after a second report by the Canadian Human Rights Commission outlined how far behind Aboriginal populations are in regards to income and employment. All in all, the picture is bleak.

Non-Aboriginal? Idle From the Sidelines

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Kingsmith

As a middle-class Canadian of European ancestry who has never spent much time on a reserve, I feel like it's not my place to speak for the #IdleNoMore movement. Allow me to clarify. I'm in solidarity with the movement -- even a staunch supporter of it, but only if the First Nations themselves are the ones leading the march.

Chief Theresa Spence's Heroism Already Eclipses Nelson Mandela's

Obert Madondo | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada
Obert Madondo

Hunger-striking Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence is the reincarnation of Mahatma Ghandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. She is becoming the ...

Idle No More: A Gift to Canadians

Naomi Klein | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Naomi Klein

I woke up just past midnight with a bolt. My six-month-old son was crying. He has a cold -- the second of his short life -- and his blocked nose frightens him. I was about to get up when he started snoring again. I, on the other hand, was wide awake. A single thought entered my head: Chief Theresa Spence is hungry. Her hunger is not just speaking to Stephen Harper. It is also speaking to all of us, telling us that the time for bitching and moaning is over. Now is the time to act, to stand strong and unbending for the people, places and principles that we love.