Canada Indigenous

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 04.18.2016 | 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 03.04.2016 | 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 01.28.2016 | 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.

The Promising Future Of Indigenous Canadian Business

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 01.07.2016 | 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.

Down Under and Back Again, Please

Kinnie Starr | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Music
Kinnie Starr

I recently had the good fortune of travelling to Australia to perform at the Woodford Folk Festival, near Brisbane. My flight left Vancouver on December 22, 2013 and arrived in Australia December 24, the day before Christmas.

What I Would Change About the Indigenous Plight in Canada

Jenn Grant | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Jenn Grant

2013-06-21-blog_canada_day_v02.gifDo you know how many beautiful indigenous children there are, right now, living under the poverty line in Canada? Half of all status First Nations children are living in poverty and that number goes up to more than 60% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. For Métis, non-status and Inuit children the number living in poverty is still shockingly high at 27%.

Canada's Great Immigration Flop

Tim Querengesser | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada
Tim Querengesser

Assimilation of indigenous peoples in Canada been attempted spiritually (missionaries), culturally (the banning of ceremonies through the Indian Act), politically (the imposing of the band and council system), and economically (far too many examples to list). None have been successes. All, in the language of today, are a fail.

Hey You in the Headdress, Know What it Means?

Chelsea Vowel | Posted 04.11.2012 | Canada
Chelsea Vowel

It is okay to find our stuff beautiful, because it is. It is okay to admire our culture. However I then think it is reasonable to ask that if you admire a culture, you should learn more about it. Especially when the details are so much more fascinating than say, outdated stereotypes.

Proud to Be a Member of Parliament

Romeo Saganash | Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada
Romeo Saganash

Given the cynicism about politics today, some people ask me why I would want to be a MP at all. You see, I wasn't anxiously waiting for a chance to get involved in federal politics. But along with other candidates, staff, volunteers and, as it turned out, a whole lot of Canadians, we agreed to begin a journey together.

Ethical Oil? Climate Change Is Unethical and Prejudice Is Too

Cameron Fenton | Posted 10.06.2011 | Canada
Cameron Fenton

In an environment of obscured facts, prejudice, and generalization, the "Ethical Oil" campaign can work because it speaks to values like democracy, good jobs, pride, the rights of women and other things we hold dear.