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First Nations

Officially Ottawa does not count the War of 1812 as part of our creation story. But surely this short and brutal conflict should bear as much weight as any battle fought in the fields of Flanders.
A nine-year-old boy has been shot and killed by his 14-year-old brother on the Sagkeeng First Nation, northeast of Winnipeg
The National Energy Board responded to concerns about Enbridge's proposed reversal of its Line 9 oil pipeline in Ontario by asking the company to come clean on the full extent of the project. By splitting the project into smaller pieces, the full environmental impacts aren't taken into account, according to environmental groups.
With a face shining with excitement my eight-year-old son Quinn turned to me with what he though was very exciting news, "Mommy, isn't it great that they have figured out how to do the oil sands better? Now we can get oil that we really need while leaving the forests and even the butterflies are okay." "What?!"
Killed in their homes and in the streets, on and off reservations, by acquaintances and by strangers, Aboriginal women are the victims of an unmistakable epidemic of violence. The government's expressions scarcely mask the truth written out in their policies and inaction: these women are disposable.
The oil industry is used to getting its way without much fuss, but now thousands of citizens, unions, legislators and celebrities have come together to fight for the energy future they want. It has been inspiring, but it also raises an important question: shouldn't every decision about a new energy project face this type of scrutiny?
Although advances in modern agriculture have brought millions of hectares of once-unsuitable scrub land into food production, the environmental consequences of our growing "foodprint" have been severe.
The term 'world music' probably served some purpose in terms of cracking open the homogeneous North American market and introducing its listeners to something beyond their pop/rock/country/classical dogma, but why is it still used when all the peoples of the globe live everywhere?
It is Canada's failure to look at the full impacts of new tar sands projects -- global warming pollution, toxic waste, impacts on communities living downstream -- and failure to put limits on those impacts that, in part, drives the controversy in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.
One endangered herd in Alberta's tar sands region is at great risk of disappearing. Clear-cutting and no-holds-barred oil and gas exploration and development have affected more than 60 per cent of the habitat of the Red Earth caribou herd, leaving little undisturbed forest where it can feed, breed, and roam.