RCMP units armed with assault rifles and tactical gear recently moved to enforce a temporary court injunction issued by the British Columbia Supreme Court against members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Since 2010, members of the Nation’s Unist’ot’en clan have constructed and operated the Unist’ot’en gated checkpoint and action camp located on the Morice River Bridge […]
There is a tired joke, a standard for Indigenous peoples on the Prairies, regarding the five dollar bill. The bill is sometimes referred to as “treaty money,” and a chuckle is shared when it is exchanged. On the Prairies, five dollars is the annual payment “status-Indians” receive in exchange for the Crown taking up lands […]
Winnipeg, MB – On Tuesday, the Pallister Government wrote to the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) indicating that it is terminating the Turning the Page Agreement. The Agreement was signed between the MMF, Manitoba, and Manitoba Hydro in 2014. The agreement provided $1 million per year for the next 20 years. This funding was partially to […]
In explaining the decision by the city of Victoria to remove a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from a prominent location outside its city hall, Mayor Lisa Helps tied the action to the cause of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. “It’s been a year of discussion and deliberation, and we realized it’s going […]
In this 90-minute lecture, Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) professor Taiaiake Alfred examines the reality of Canada’s reconciliation framework and its failure to restore healthy relations between Onkwehonwe and Canadian society. Lecture delivered as part of the academic conference on ‘Civic Freedom in an Age of Diversity : James Tully’s Public Philosophy’ at the University of Quebec in […]
ATONEMENT Poverty in Indian Country is not an act of God; it is, rather, the result of U.S. policy. While the Puritan heritage plays a role in the setting of U.S. policy, it is the Unfair Dealing of U.S. agencies that has institutionalized American Indian poverty. With poverty of American Indians and Alaska Natives on […]
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