Canada Inuit

Nunavut To Vote On Allowing Private Land Ownership

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2016 | Canada Business

Nunavut could change one of the most basic facts of economic life for its households and businesses.

Pipelines Or Indigenous Rights? Premier Notley Can't Have Both

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Alberta
DeSmog Canada

The Alberta government clearly has a reason for wanting to facilitate the export of more oil and gas via the proposed TransCanada Energy East and Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain pipelines. But the NDP committed in its election platform to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to "work with Alberta Indigenous Peoples to build a relationship of trust and ensure respectful consultation."

Arctic Conservation Efforts Held Up By Shell Permits From 1970s

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada

"It looks like the rights expired in 1979."

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.

$26 For Orange Juice? Spoof Ads Target Nunavut Food Prices

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada Business

“Way North Foods isn’t real. But for families in Nunavut, its prices are.”

The Arctic Is A Frozen Security Blanket For The World

WWF-Canada | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

To most Canadians, the Arctic is a faraway and mysterious place. It's a romantic piece of our history and identity. That wildness and cold is something we're proud of, but we don't know much about. It should play a bigger role in our consciousness. The Arctic makes up almost 40 per cent of Canada's landmass and two-thirds of our coastline.

Inuit Group Calls On Edmonton's CFL Team To Change Its Name

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Alberta

"There are a number of things that were OK in Canadian society that aren't any more, and this is one of them."

First Nations Chief Says Feds Should Make 60 Aboriginal Languages Official

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Politics

National chief says 'ultimate goal' would be to have Aboriginal languages printed beside English and French.

Reconciliation Will Not Be Realized Until We Live Up to Past Promises

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Seven years ago today, the Prime Minister stood in the House of Commons and delivered a poignant apology to the survivors of residential schools. The apology means nothing if all Canadians do not understand the history behind it. The Prime Minister has refused to deal with appalling gaps in health, education and economic outcomes, nor the deplorable living conditions in many aboriginal communities.

Reconciliation Must Come From People, Not Just Parliament

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) releases its final report about the residential school system for aboriginal children we wonder, where is Canada's catharsis? With little media coverage up until the release of the final report, and even less public engagement, Canada has had no such emotionally transformative moment. Canada needs reconciliation. The last residential school only closed in 1996. All aboriginal communities still suffer from their impact

Fighting Climate Change Is Fighting for Human Rights

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Last week, the world observed Earth Hour. Across Canada people flipped off the lights in a symbolic gesture to support action against climate change. But some influential voices like Watt-Cloutier and Mary Robinson -- former prime minister of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner -- suggest we're looking at climate change the wrong way. Climate change is not only an environmental issue, they say. It's also a human rights issue.

Thomas King's Lessons in History, Humour and Compassion

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The black and white photo is an almost cliché depiction of simpler, happier times. Two young boys, dressed up in Roy Rogers-esque cowboy duds. Ironically, both cowboys are actually Indians.

Why 2014 Wasn't Exactly a Year Worth Tweeting About

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

On balance, however, this was not a good year for world peace. Russian aggression in Crimea and the Ukraine, and the West's response, pushed the world closer to a new Cold War. Revelations about the CIA's use of torture were enough to shake anyone's faith in the goodness of humanity. Meanwhile, the Middle East spiralled downward with greater violence in Gaza, Syria and Iraq. At home we are still not on track to meet our emissions targets. And the strongest praise environmentalists could muster for the climate change deal reached in Lima, Peru, last week was to wince and say it is "better than nothing."

The Commercial Seal Hunt Must Be Stopped

Rebecca Aldworth | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Rebecca Aldworth

Commercial sealing advocates find it exceptionally difficult to win hearts and minds with the truth. Because the truth is an industrial scale, non-aboriginal slaughter in which defenseless seal pups less than three months of age are horribly beaten and shot to death for their fur. It is a wasteful kill, in which the carcasses are normally dumped at sea.

Canada Leads Global Study On Preventing Inuit Suicide

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Living

Canada is leading an international effort to pull together the most effective ways to prevent suicide among aboriginal youth in the Arctic, an ongoing...

Polar Bear Ban-Wagon Targets Inuit Livelihoods

Terry Audla | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Terry Audla

Inuit live among polar bears. So it baffles me when well-meaning people who have never seen a polar bear outside a zoo or cruise ship or glass-walled buggy seek to impose rules to govern how Inuit interact with bears, to determine how we should engage in a cycle of life that has allowed both Inuit and polar bears to survive for thousands of years.

Tanya Tagaq: I Was Racially, Sexually Harassed In Winnipeg

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Music

WINNIPEG - A prize-winning throat singer says she was sexually harassed and called "a sexy little Indian" while in the Manitoba capital recently.Tanya...

Tanya Tagaq: Being An Aboriginal Woman Is Like Being Scared At A Horror Movie. All The Time

Huffington Post Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Music

Part way into a discussion of environmental issues, Tanya Tagaq, fuelled by a mix of frustration at the current state of the Canadian government, pass...

Inuit Children Showing Physical Signs Of North's Food Security Problems

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living

Hunger among Inuit families is so prevalent in Arctic Quebec that it could be why almost half their children are shorter than average, new research su...

How Inuit Elders Are Preserving Their History And The Wisdom of the North

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Giovanna Mingarelli

At its core, the book Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit captures Inuit worldview. It is a holistic way of living in an increasingly interconnected world and is based in four big laws. It is critical in preserving wisdom and cultural practices at risk of being lost in the next generation. I'm grateful to have spent the last four days in Arviat, Nunavut (Northern Canada) participating in a fascinating roundtable dialogue with Inuit Elders from across the territory about maintaining their traditional culture in a rapidly changing world.

Shocking Stats On Nunavut Household Food Security Rates

CBC | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Impact

A new study released Thursday says people in Nunavut have the highest food insecurity rate for any indigenous population in a developed country at 68 ...

What Would Nelson Mandela Think of Canada's Apartheid?

Anne Theriault | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

There is no discussion of the fact that part of the reason Mandela was sent to prison was because he was responsible for bombing a power plant. Though we seem to like to imagine that Mandela brought change to South Africa with nothing but wise words and a kind, grandfatherly smile, the truth is very different. Mandela fought for his freedom, tooth and nail.

We Shovel it, We Play in it, But What Do We Know About Snow?

David Suzuki | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We Canadians have a special relationship with snow and ice. We ski in it, skate on it, play in it, shovel it, drive through it, sometimes even bicycle through it and suffer through it for many months of the year -- some of us more than others, depending on what part of the country we call home. But how much do we know about it?

Arctic Defenders: My Documentary About the Creation of Nunavut

John Walker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
John Walker

Arctic Defenders, my 20th film is about the creation of Nunavut. The film demonstrates that political engagement was necessary to protect Inuit rights. It is told from the point of view of the visionary Inuit leaders, Tagak Curley and John Amagoalik and others who dedicated their lives to protecting the language, culture and environment of their homeland -- the Canadian Arctic.

VIDEO: Native Inuit Throat Singers Reverberate Across Anchorage

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Alaska Dispatch News

Karin and Kathy Kettler, the Canadian throat-singing sisters who together are known as Nukariik, carry on the traditions of the elders from their moth...