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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

AlaskaDispatch.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
AlaskaDispatch.com

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...

Mis-Stepping With the Samis of Arctic Sweden

Bob Ramsay | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Travel
Bob Ramsay

Eight of us from Toronto were huddled around a fire inside a Lavu, a giant teepee that served as our dinner tent. We were in Arctic Sweden "reindeer trekking" with a group of young Sami men. The Sami are the indigenous people of the very north of Scandinavia.

Celebrating Aboriginal Literacy and Learning

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsay L. Kennedy

National Aboriginal Day, June 21, is a day of recognition that celebrates the cultures and contributions of Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. In celebration, here are a few key points about literacy and essential skills that have broad application in supporting better outcomes for First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Watching the Watchdog: Talking Idle No More With a Former APTN Journalist

Tim Knight | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

Ken Williams, Cree from Saskatchewan, APTN video journalist, has turned into Kenneth T. Williams, eminent award-winning playwright. My old friend Ken Williams and I go for beers at my local tavern. We order and I ask Ken about Idle No More...

Nunavut's New Jail Is No Club Fed

James Morton | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada
James Morton

Another jail opened in Nunavut last week. It is long overdue -- the existing facility in Iqaluit, Baffin Correctional Centre is, as Justice Mahar of the Nunavut Court of Justice recently said, "notoriously over crowded and under resourced." And yet a rather bland factual news story about the opening of the new prison in Rankin was met with a flood of angry comments about over pampered prisoners, club fed hotels and similar complaints.

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Chelsea Vowel | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Chelsea Vowel

Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat did not launch a hunger strike over a single piece of legislation. In short, this is what we have always been talking about. Whether the particular focus has been on housing, or education or the environment, or whatever else. What lies at the heart of all these issues is our relationship with Canada. And Canada? This relationship is abusive. We have been backed into a corner and we are literally fighting for our lives. We are literally dying, in so many preventable and unacceptable ways. I'm not being poetic or hyperbolic here and I don't just mean culturally. We are dying. I need you -- WE need you, to see the forest and not just the trees.

ChangeMaker: How One Artist Made His Mark

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It was an urban restlessness that first drove graphic artist and Toronto native Jonathan Cruz to explore the far reaches of Canada's North. It was the simple pleasure of eating a hardboiled egg that compelled him to stay. But we'll get to that. The 30-year-old founder of Iqaluit-based Nuschool Design Agency, a multidisciplinary graphic design studio, has literally made his mark all over Canada.

Please, Mr. Harper, May I Have More?

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food recently toured Canada and reported, "very desperate conditions, and people who are in extremely dire straits" in terms of hunger. The Conservative response was to deny the problem and to attack the credibility of the Rapporteur. The government is turning its back on almost three million Canadians who are struggling to meet their nutrition needs.

Environmentalists Hurting Inuit Ability To Feed Families: Minister

CBC | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada Politics

A federal cabinet minister slammed activist groups who she says interfere in Inuit traditions, blaming them for food security problems in...

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.

Inuit Could See Millions From Arctic Resource Royalties

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2012 | Canada Politics

Inuit in Nunavut expect to receive hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decades after passing a resolution to charge a new royalty on resourc...

Arctic Canada: True North Strong and Free -- and Just

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Stephen Harper talks of Northern sovereignty but demonstrates a purely militaristic approach, with the recent addition of a little nod to resource extraction. At no time has the prime minister acknowledged that an essential ingredient to our sovereignty is sustainable and liveable communities in the North.

Governor General Heading To Nunavut

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Gov. Gen. David Johnston and his wife Sharon leave Monday for Nunavut, their first official visit to Canada's Arctic as the vice-regal couple...