The recent decision by an all-white jury to acquit Gerald Stanley, the killer of Colten Boushie calls on us all to confront systematic racism and demand reforms to Canada’s justice system, which “works against Indigenous people at every level”. The post Why is a quarter of Canada’s prison population Indigenous?Continue reading
Last week’s decision by an all-white jury to acquit Gerald Stanley, the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, calls for an overhaul of Canada’s settler-based legal system, and an investigation into the racism embedded within Canadian society and police forces.Continue reading
Today, on the occasion of Canada 150, we should be asking ourselves tough questions relating to the role of public policy in Canada’s ongoing efforts at reconciling with Indigenous people. According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: “Above all, we must deliberately put Indigenous voices and lived experiences atContinue reading
Read the open letter recently dispatched to Marion Buller, the Chief Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, by the victims’ families, advocates, Indigenous leaders, experts and grassroots people. The “inquiry is in serious trouble.” The post Open Letter to Chief Commissioner Marion BullerContinue reading
According to Tara Williamson, a singer-songwriter and poet from Manitoba, one of the many problems inherent in Canada’s current effort to reconcile with Indigenous peoples is this: “We must be willing to reconcile, willing to hear apologies, willing to share our trauma with others, willing to heal and willing toContinue reading
The planned Innavik Hydro Electric Project will provide clean energy and propel the indigenous Inukjuak community in Northern Quebec off its dependency on dirty diesel energy. But the project faces serious challenges, including lack of adequate funding, and mega hydro projects’ disastrous legacy of wiping out thousands of caribou andContinue reading
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is suing the Trudeau government over its approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline. First Nations leaders have repeatedly stated that no genuine reconciliation is possible as long as Canada continues to approve fossil fuel-based projects that threaten their communities and the planet. TheContinue reading
The controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador, Canada, “relies on local Innu people giving up their own lands.” It “joins a long history of dispossession in North America.” The post How a controversial dam threatens rights of Canada’s indigenous Innu people appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.Continue reading
David Suzuki on the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and the “hard work and leadership of Indigenous women and communities who have spent decades calling for an inquiry.” The post David Suzuki: Confronting the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada appearedContinue reading
At least 1281 archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, students and museum directors from the US, Canada and other countries recently signed a letter condemning the destruction of Standing Rock Sioux burial grounds and sacred sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline company. The post Over 1280 archaeologists and historians denounce Dakota Access PipelineContinue reading
Canadian rock legend Neil Young just unleashed “Indian Givers”, a new protest song honoring the ongoing Standing Rock Sioux Tribe-led protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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In a decision that’s already being hailed as a major victory for First Nations and the planet, the Federal Court of Appeal recently overturned the Canadian government’s 2014 approval of Enbridge’s contested Northern Gateway pipeline project.
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The Squamish Nation has launched a court challenge against the National Energy Board’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The British Columbia-based First Nation filed the challenge in the the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouve…Continue reading
Australia, which is “being held back by its unresolved relationship with its Indigenous population”, can learn from Canada’s emerging efforts at reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
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Freelance writer and aspiring filmmaker Olivia Loccisano reflects on her decision to dedicate her life to the First Nations town of Conklin in Northern Alberta, population 350, as a mentor teacher to Aboriginal children.
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The Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that it will hear the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s challenge to Enbridge’s Line 9 tar sands pipeline.
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Kids won when the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada racially discriminates against First Nations children. Andrea Auger discusses the tribunal’s findings on racial discrimination in Canada’s Indigenous child welfare programs.
In a landmark decision issued Tuesday, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada racially discriminates against First Nations children. “This is a great day for First Nations children and all Canadians who believe in justice and fairness,” s…Continue reading
A new study says climate change threatens fishing traditions that have sustained First Nations along Canada’s Pacific coast for thousands of years. The study found that climate change could reduce fish species such herring and salmon, “which are among …Continue reading
This amazing Al Jazeera short documentary describes how the Alberta tar sands operations are destroying Mother Earth and the lives of First Nation communities in the heart of the tar sands.
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