Native Canadians

"We Were Just Children Undergoing Torture...Nothing Has Changed"

Charlie Angus | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

Imagine what would happen if the Crown suppressed thousands of pages of police evidence from an important trial? It wouldn't take a legal expert to tell you there would be an immediate mistrial -- especially if the Crown also prepared a false evidence sheet that mislead the judges. And yet, this was done to the survivors of St. Anne's Residential School.

Teaching Our Kids in the South About Our Kids in the North

Cathy Elliott | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Cathy Elliott

If I were to make a PSA about the difference between mainstream schools and northern Aboriginal schools, I would start with a shot of a classroom in the Ontario's south. I'm in a classroom in the Orangeville, Ontario area. I show them pictures, a bit of video, and talk about our students in Canada's Aboriginal Communities. I tell them to imagine the classroom they're in is actually in the north. They're drinking bottled water or their parents are boiling it for five minutes for safety. Their food is three to five times as expensive as in the south. They realize that, in the short time they've been on this planet, they have had so much.

'See You In Court': An Expensive, Time-Consuming Wrong-Headed Strategy

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Last year the Conservative government spent more fighting Indigenous people in the courts than it spent going after tax frauds. From First Nations' child welfare to resource development, the government's response has been "see you in court." Who knew in 2011, when a government document listed Indigenous peoples as "adversaries" in terms of resource development, that this attitude would permeate every aspect of the Conservatives' approach when dealing with Aboriginal people? Prime Minister Harper's decision to abandon consultation and negotiation to drag Aboriginal issues through the courts is failing, costly, time consuming and undermines the honour of the Crown.

We Mustn't Repeat History, for Aboriginal Children's Sake

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Have we learned nothing from the story of Dr. Bryce and the horrors he attempted to expose in residential schools? Here and now we have an opportunity to do the right thing for Aboriginal children so in 20 to 30 years Canada does not have to apologize again.

Feist, Broken Social Scene, Blue Rodeo Show Support For Idle No More Movement

Huffington Post Music Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Music

A number of Canadian musicians have joined forces to show their support for Idle No More, the movement of First Nations people for "healthy, just, equ...

Why Is My 10-Year-Old Already Wary of Canada's Indigenous People?

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

My racism at the age of 10, although not acceptable, was somewhat understandable. But my daughter's? Why aren't today's youth more knowledgeable than I was? The expectation would be that after a thorough history lesson, our children should be horrified by the treatment of the aboriginal community, not rationalizing it.

The Idle No More Movement Is More of a Stand-Still

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

As we enter the new year, it is time for Chief Spence and Prime Minister Harper to pause and reflect about their on-going standoff. Both sides need to feel that they have won and both sides need to find a way to declare victory. Only then can the two sides proceed to the next step which should be fresh dialogue and agreed to solutions for key First Nations issues.

Media Bites: #IdleNoMore Is Low on Specifics

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg You've been following #IdleNoMore, right? Basically, they're another one of those virulent First Nations protest movements that tend to pop up in this country whenever aboriginal-Canadians have reason to be outraged with their lot in life (i.e.: constantly). But this one has a hashtag!

Harper: Act Now Before Chief Theresa Spence Dies

Charlie Angus | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

Chief Theresa Spence hasn't eaten in over 11 days. The weather has taken a big turn for the worse and her tent home on Victoria Island is far from ideal. This was a serious business and she told me she wasn't backing down. I knew then I was watching the beginning of a revolution. Chief Spence has put her life on the line. This is not a game. This is not a stunt. Every day that Mr. Harper tries to wait out the crisis, the stakes rise higher. Mr. Harper has a very short window to show leadership. He needs to come the table and begin to address the issues that have driven so many First Nation communities into poverty and despair.

On the Anniversary of Attawapiskat, One Film Tells the Real Story

Charlie Angus | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Impact
Charlie Angus

This week will mark the first anniversary since Attawawpiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency over the abysmal housing situation on the James Bay coast. Footage of the living conditions in this isolated community shocked Canadians and resulted in a media firestorm. The crisis became a cultural Pandora's box that unleashed numerous issues and misconceptions regarding our relationship with Canada's First Peoples. Now on the eve of this dark anniversary, Canada's "Katrina" moment has made it to the big screen. And who better equipped to tell the real story of the 2011-housing crisis than iconic filmmaker Alanis Obamsawin?

Why Are Manitoba's Aboriginal Women Going Missing?

The Huffington Post Canada | Lauren Strapagiel | Posted 08.31.2012 | Canada Impact

In October 2011, Shannon Buck’s daughter disappeared. Fourteen-year-old Lauren had taken off for a weekend or two before, but always returned to ...

Oil Sands: Native Millionaire Sees 'Economic Force' For First Nations

The Globe and Mail | Nathan Vanderklippe | Posted 08.14.2012 | Canada Business

Dave Tuccaro is driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, where he will plan the book tour he will mount after Christmas when his biography is released. ...

Smile Like You Mean it, Prime Minister

Romeo Saganash | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Romeo Saganash

When Prime Minister Harper issued the apology for residential schools, he promised to forge a new relationship with Aboriginal Canadians. Well, we have our apology and the new relationship that was promised has yet to appear. In fact, the Conservatives have drastically cut Aboriginal health and food programs while knowing full well that Aboriginal people across Canada are struggling with these issues.

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?