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Mass incarceration of Indigenous people betrays Ottawa’s reconciliation efforts – Policy Options

June 25, 2020 When Justin Trudeau became prime minister of Canada in 2015, there was considerable hope that there was a partner in Ottawa whom Indigenous peoples could work with to deliver meaningful change. Within months of taking office, he endorsed the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). He also launched […]

by ahnationtalk on June 25, 202023 Views

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COVID-19 has changed how we respond to northern homelessness   – Policy Options

June 16, 2020 When the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in Canada, the concern was immediately palpable in northern communities. A persistent housing crisis, in combination with inequities in health care access, significantly increases northerners’ vulnerability in the face of a global pandemic. The Northwest Territories Finance Minister was frank in her acknowledgement that the […]

by ahnationtalk on June 17, 202032 Views

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Huu-ay-aht First Nation to get $5M back from federal government – Times Colonist

June 11, 2020 The Huu-ay-aht First Nation of Port Alberni is preparing to get nearly $5 million back from the federal government as a result of policy changes announced in the 2018 budget. The money comes after the federal government said it would no longer require Indigenous groups to repay loans to fund claim negotiations. […]

by ahnationtalk on June 12, 202033 Views

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How Canadian policies can enable Indigenous economic development – Policy Options

When you visit diverse Indigenous communities across Canada, whether they be Inuit, First Nation or Métis, northern or southern, rural or urban, you hear a common refrain: a desire for economic self-sufficiency and real self-determination. But in too many places, the conditions are simply not in place to realize these goals. What can be done […]

by ahnationtalk on June 11, 202051 Views

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Canada needs to remember rural communities as thoughts turn to pandemic recovery: Ken Coates in Black Press Media – MLI

June 1, 2020 As the country continues its struggle to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, a challenging accounting is underway. The nation’s unemployment rate is extremely high. The number of permanent small business closures is frightening. Long-established major firms are closing down. The Government of Canada, which responded quickly and effectively to quell financial panic, now […]

by ahnationtalk on June 2, 202048 Views

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NPI: Experience North Program – Meet Our Summer Placements!

June 1, 2020 – May was the start of another cohort of Experience North summer placements at Northern Policy Institute (NPI). This year, NPI is happy to welcome six bright young minds to its team! Meet our placements! Abby Shillinglaw lives in New Liskeard and has completed the first three years of her undergraduate B.Sc. […]

by ahnationtalk on June 2, 202055 Views

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In the North, young policy researchers innovate and adjust for COVID-19 – Policy Options

Five of the newest Jane Glassco Northern Fellows talk about how their recently completed research can apply in the context of the pandemic. Canada’s North often faces unique policy challenges that require made-in-the-North solutions. New generations of northern leaders are demonstrating extraordinary creativity, critical thinking and a strong desire for change. The Jane Glassco Northern […]

by ahnationtalk on May 27, 202058 Views

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Stop the economic self-harm and revive the Canadian energy sector: Ken Coates for Inside Policy

May 22, 2020 Governments, and Canadians, are working extremely hard to protect citizens from a pandemic of frightening proportions. Appropriately, governments’ priority has been getting money into the hands of the unemployed and of businesses facing financial ruin due to lockdown measures. Governments have so far done reasonably well at keeping people in their homes, […]

by ahnationtalk on May 25, 202074 Views

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Pandemic shouldn’t impede meaningful Indigenous engagement on Ring of Fire – Policy Options

The Impact Assessment Agency must consider meaningful engagement with First Nations and the public as regional assessment planning forges ahead. Ontario’s “Ring of Fire” is a disputed deposit of minerals within Treaty 9 territory of Northern Ontario. Prior to the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Feb. 11, 2020, Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Environment […]

by ahnationtalk on May 22, 202078 Views

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Announcing the launch of the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression

OTTAWA, May 21, 2020 – In light of growing misinformation concerning public health, political disinformation, hate speech and targeted discrimination, the Public Policy Forum (PPF) announces the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression. The annual Commission will develop policy options to directly address the harmful impacts of digital technologies on Canada’s democratic institutions and public life. […]

by ahnationtalk on May 22, 202049 Views

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