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Liam Massaubi

Repeat entrepreneur, investor and Aboriginal business consultant.

Liam Massaubi is a repeat entrepreneur, investor and Aboriginal business consultant. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @OldManLM or visit his personal website at www.LiamMassaubi.com.
Indigenous Identity Isn't Something You Can Try On For

Indigenous Identity Isn't Something You Can Try On For Size

Recently an APTN investigation called famous novelist Joseph Boyden's indigenous ancestry into question. The broader issues raised in his situation are what drew my attention - issues such as distinguishing who has lived experience as an indigenous person.
01/17/2017 01:40 EST
First Nations Should Explore Cashing In On Legal

First Nations Should Explore Cashing In On Legal Cannabis

The emerging legalization of marijuana is an opportunity for continued and new business success in First Nation communities. As parts of the U.S. have started legalizing the sale of marijuana (and Canada is on its way), cannabis capitalists are flocking to invest in dispensaries and other marijuana-related projects.
01/04/2017 04:39 EST
Everyone Should Support The Standing Rock

Everyone Should Support The Standing Rock Protesters

Hundreds of peaceful protesters have been arrested, assaulted and dehumanized. People, horses and journalists are being shot by rubber bullets and attacked by private security dogs for being completely peaceful. Protesters are reporting being arrested and held in dog cages and disturbingly, the police have not denied this.
11/08/2016 08:00 EST
Fix Broken Subsidies And Make Food Affordable For First

Fix Broken Subsidies And Make Food Affordable For First Nations

The first comprehensive study to analyze the effect of high food prices in northern Ontario communities suggests First Nations people living in remote northern Ontario communities need to spend more than half their income on food to meet basic nutritional needs.
09/14/2016 03:52 EDT
Who Can We Hold Accountable For The First Nations Water

Who Can We Hold Accountable For The First Nations Water Crisis?

As of this summer, there are 158 boil-water advisories in place for 114 First Nation communities and while that may seem startling enough, it does not reveal the full extent of water problems facing First Nations communities. There are reservations that lack basic housing let alone running water, which leaves people relying on overpriced bottled water, cisterns and water brought in on trucks and well water which causes illnesses such as gastrointestinal disorders due to contamination.
09/02/2016 12:47 EDT
Lack Of Funding For Basic Tools Undermines First Nations

Lack Of Funding For Basic Tools Undermines First Nations Policing

A First Nations police force, the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS), who serves and protects 35 northern Ontario communities is voting to strike because they do not have access to the basics that law enforcement should have and it is putting officers in high-risk "nightmarish" situations.
08/30/2016 01:01 EDT
First Nations Housing Crisis Would Be Over If Ottawa Made An

First Nations Housing Crisis Would Be Over If Ottawa Made An Effort

Time and time again the issue of the First Nations housing crisis makes it into the media. And every time I see it I ask myself why things aren't done right the first time. The mouldy, boarded up, plastic-covered shacks are literally third-world, yet they are considered housing rather than something to be bulldozed.
07/25/2016 10:28 EDT
We Have To Talk About How Police Target Native

We Have To Talk About How Police Target Native Americans

There is a clear problem: hundreds of people of specific populations are killed every year in police interactions. Black Lives Matter is not saying that only their lives matter; they are saying that, historically, their lives have not mattered. They haven't mattered much, nor have Native American lives.
07/15/2016 04:50 EDT
'Tribe' Created To Save Taxes Disrespects Indigenous

'Tribe' Created To Save Taxes Disrespects Indigenous Struggles

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.
07/11/2016 02:59 EDT
First Nations Entrepreneurship Is Key To Ending The Cycle Of

First Nations Entrepreneurship Is Key To Ending The Cycle Of Hardship

Entrepreneurship, from my experience, could mean the difference between life and death for these kids. Although I grew up fairly privileged compared to others, I could have easily ended up in prison as many of my childhood friends have. I could have easily committed suicide, been murdered or passed away from addiction as others I knew did, but entrepreneurship saved me. I have gone through hell to succeed and it was anything but a smooth road, but, it kept me too busy and motivated to get into trouble for enough years to mature as a person and gave me something to look forward to.
05/31/2016 09:38 EDT