Canada Indigenous

Expect Standing Rock-Style Resistance To Keystone XL: Native Leader

CP | Blake Nicholson, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2017 | Canada Alberta

Groups in the U.S. and Canada are teaming up.

Canada Doesn't Need To Fix Its Justice System. It Needs A New One

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 05.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

What our criminal justice system needs is not mere fixes that further entrench the status quo and the adversarial, punishment-oriented and individualistic process we have now, but true transformational change.

Assimilation Isn't A 'Good Intention' Unless You're White

Terese Marie Mailhot | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
Terese Marie Mailhot

Senator Lynn Beyak, a member of the Canadian senate committee on Aboriginal People, was criticized for saying there were some "good things" about residential schools. It's unconscionable to do that, because it defies logic. The impetus for those schools was evil.

My Family's Mi'kmaq Heritage Isn't A Liability To Be Reduced

Brad Gallant | Posted 02.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Brad Gallant

If the government can take my family's cards and deny us our heritage because they do not like the cost, then they can take anyone's card, deny anyone's heritage and human rights, whenever they deem the commitment to be more than they had initially bargained for.

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.

Pipeline Leaks 200,000 Litres Of Oil On Saskatchewan First Nation

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Alberta

It's unclear which pipeline leaked.

Inuit Singer Tanya Tagaq Among Those Awarded Order Of Canada

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.30.2016 | Canada

It's considered one of the country's highest civilian honours.

Canada's Leadership In Ending AIDS Globally Must Start At Home

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Speaking at the recent Global Fund replenishment conference in Montreal, Mr. Trudeau touted that "Canada will continue to lead by example, and show the world what we can accomplish when we unite in pursuit of a larger goal." However, this declaration came at a time when HIV rates have been steadily rising across the country, people with HIV being criminalized for non-disclosure and underfunding for HIV organizations.

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.

Joshua Ostroff

This Is An Actual Road. Because Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Living

A new film reminds us that colonization is still with us.

Proportional Representation Will Ensure Indigenous Votes Count

Dennis Pilon | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Dennis Pilon

Canadians agree that the conditions Indigenous people face economically and socially are unacceptable and long overdue for change. But to start that process would require Indigenous people to be at the table to represent their concerns themselves. Here, Canada's current voting system is a key barrier.

Racist Mascots Remind Indigenous People We Aren't Seen As Equal

Brad Gallant | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Brad Gallant

We have been forced to the farthest reaches of the continent, evicted, killed, induced to deny our heritage and starved out to make way for Canadian "progress." Native mascots are a lingering reminder that the Indigenous cannot participate in Canadian society equally.

Indigenous Parents More Wary, Distrustful Of Education System: Study

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada

Another legacy of Canada's residential school system.

Is Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould Willing To Ask The Hard Questions?

Naomi Sayers | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Naomi Sayers

I was proud of an Indigenous woman being named the new Justice Minister. But sadly, I am let down by the current government with parading another Indigenous woman, and other Indigenous persons, out when it conveniences them, at a moment's notice to disregard criticism of the party's actions.

Feds Not Backtracking On Bolstering Indigenous Rights: Justice Minister

CP | Kristy Kirkup | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics

Jody Wilson-Raybould says the government supports all articles of the UN declaration on indigenous rights "without reservation.''

'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.

The Time For Pretty Words About First Nations Has Passed

Cathy Elliott | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Living
Cathy Elliott

When I hear about more suicide pacts, attempts, successes, my heart breaks into pieces. I see their faces. I see them smiling, joking, wrestling with life's mysteries, reaching out to their grandparents and my heart bursts with love, pride and despair. When I see them dance, sing, drum, draw, write and speak eloquently about the world as they see it, my mind is overwhelmed by their potential. And I am struck dumb by the idea that their potential is being smothered. Willfully. With impunity.

We Must End The Cycle Of Trauma In Indigenous Communities

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

Children globally have remained the most vulnerable population and even though we have learned trauma will continue to happen, and happen again in various forms when it is not acknowledged or treated, we keep exposing kids to physical, mental, emotional and sexual violence.

Residential School Stories Must Be Destroyed After 15 Years: Court

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics

Survivors have the right to see their stories archived if they wish.

Native Mascots Perpetuate Racism Against Indigenous People

Brad Gallant | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Brad Gallant

There is a complete blind spot on indigenous human/civil rights. Every time I mention First Nation mascots, I am told to get over it, that they are honouring us. Many native people even sing the Canadian cultural tune. I am unable to turn a blind eye to it, though. I can suck it up, I just choose not to. Why should any First Nation person learn to deal with abuse to survive?

Meaningful Reconciliation Is Reachable Through Interest-Based Negotiations

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 01.28.2017 | 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.

The Promising Future Of Indigenous Canadian Business

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 01.07.2017 | Canada Business
Lougheed Leadership

Indigenous leaders today are faced with the daunting task of balancing the socio-economic needs and priorities of their people with the finite resources passed on from government and their own source revenues. So, what is the answer to closing these socio-economic gaps and creating a more promising future?

Reconciliation Starts With a Ringing Bell

Marika Morris | Posted 05.28.2016 | Canada
Marika Morris

Reconciliation is to come together, understand each other, and move forward with a new and better relationship. It may start with ringing a bell or planting a garden, but there is a long road to walk ahead.

What Really Needs to Happen to Make the Ring of Fire a Reality

Chief Cornelius Wabasse | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Chief Cornelius Wabasse

If Ring of Fire development is to be successful, the question should not be whether the development is happening fast enough. It should be whether the process is taking place based on a foundation of recognition and respect for Webequie First Nation and the other Indigenous nations who call this land home. No longer can our Treaty be ignored and violated. New agreements cannot be reached while existing ones are treated as if they don't exist.

You'd Care If The English Or French Language Disappeared

Khelsilem Rivers | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Khelsilem Rivers

According to a 2010 report, my heritage language is the third most endangered indigenous language in British Columbia. It is the language of this land that Vancouver currently resides on -- and today it has less than six fluent speakers alive in the world.