Native Americans

Canada Needs To Provide An Urgent Investment In Indigenous Health

Brian Postl | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Brian Postl

The health of Canada's indigenous people lags substantially behind other Canadians -- and the tragic reality is well documented. Sadly, the data regarding poor health status for indigenous populations shows us this is true across all major illnesses and across all age groups. In other words, being an indigenous person in Canada is too often a dangerous reality. But it doesn't have to be this way. These phenomena are not new, and while Canada has been good at documenting health crises, and collecting evidence, we've been poor at doing anything about it.

2 Years After He Wore Red Face, Indians Fan Asks For Forgiveness

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada

"He was genuinely sorry for being such a jerk that day."

Indigenous-Led Business Partnerships Can Benefit A Nation

James Wilson | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Business
James Wilson

We have a lot to learn from the Maori in how to sell our Indigeniety as something that can attract investment (both monetary and social) from the rest of the world. Luckily, we can add to this learning as we already have a model that helped shape Manitoba's business future internationally, many, many decades ago.

First Haida NBA Player Is Tackling Youth Suicides

Chris Taylor | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Taylor

Damen Bell-Holter, a 25-year-old, 6'9" gentle giant, is making headlines for speaking out about the issue of youth suicides, which have plagued First Nations communities.

The Lasting Legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

James Wilson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics
James Wilson

As Cree youngsters in the north, we are taught the tradition of how to walk on the land and in the bush -- with each foot fall carefully and quietly placed so as not to disturb the food sources that have always meant the difference between thriving and starvation. When young people began returning from residential schools, it is fascinating that what struck those who lived off the land the most is that these "students" had to be taught how to walk all over again. Not with the harsh heel strike they had learned in the towns and cities but with the gentle foot fall of their early childhoods.

Historic Intertribal Treaty Works To Restore Bison In Western Canada, U.S.

Rob Alexander | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Alberta
Rob Alexander

"It was the demise of buffalo that brought attention to the fact that we needed to save the last of wildlife and wild places. The patriarchs of conservation began to do that at the turn of the 1900s and took that upon themselves in what we call the first recovery of bison."

A Tribe Called Red Accused of Racism Over 'Caucasians' T-Shirt

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Music

A Tribe Called Red's Ian "Deejay NDN" Campeau has become one of Canada's most high-profile First Nations activists. As his Ottawa-based electronic mus...

Still Don't Know What #IdleNoMore Is About? Here's a Cheat-Sheet

Gyasi Ross | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Gyasi Ross

The #IdleNoMore Movement is not a new movement. Instead, it is the latest incarnation of the sustained Indigenous resistance to the rape, pillage and exploitation of this continent and its women that has existed since 1492. For those transfixed on race, you're missing the point. Please consider this a fairly exhaustive explanation of the #IdleNoMore movement, what it is not and what it is.

Leonard Peltier's Sole Crime Was His Heritage

Peter Worthington | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Leonard Peltier, now 68, has been in prison for 35 years. Since 1977, petitions and pleas on his behalf have been ignored; appeals by the Arhbshiop of Canterbury, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, 55 U.S. Congressmen, and Canadian Parliamentarians, and members of the European Parliament Union. But the FBI is adamant that he killed two of their agents.

Sci-Fi Writer Knows More About Aboriginals Than Most Canadians

Chelsea Vowel | Posted 03.21.2012 | Canada
Chelsea Vowel

For aboriginals, being mentioned at all in a mainstream work of fiction is rare enough. Sci-fi writer Robert J. Sawyer actual knows something about our traditions. How many of you were taught that all aboriginal people were nomadic?