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Young Canadians to guide country’s first youth policy

Ottawa, Ontario – February 13, 2018 The Prime Minister and Minister of Youth, Justin Trudeau, today announced several ways for young Canadians to take part in the development of Canada’s first youth policy. Starting today, young Canadians can access an easy-to-use, interactive online platform – youthaction.ca – where they can share their ideas and perspectives on what a […]

by pmnationtalk on February 13, 201851 Views

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“White settler revisionism” threatens Métis-Crown reconciliation – Policy Options

The 2016 census revealed explosive growth in the self-identified Métis population in Canada. The 51.2 percent growth of self-identified Métis from 2006 to 2016 easily surpassed the growth of First Nations and Inuit populations. The growth is spread unevenly across Canada. Notably, the Métis population skyrocketed in areas where no historic Métis communities were located. […]

by pmnationtalk on February 8, 201859 Views

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Muskrat Falls Inquiry: A missed opportunity for reconciliation – Policy Options

The terms of reference of the Muskrat Falls Inquiry don’t address the concerns of Labradorians about the impact of the dam on their lives. The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador has been plagued by problems and has even been publicly labelled a “boondoggle” by Stan Marshall, CEO of Nalcor Energy, the provincial Crown corporation overseeing it. […]

by pmnationtalk on January 23, 201844 Views

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CCPA: Dramatic change to regional-based forestry needed to best serve British Columbians and forest-dependent communities, says new report

January 22, 2018 VANCOUVER—BC must dramatically change how forestry is managed and governed if it hopes to reverse today’s troubling trends, says Bob Williams, who served as the province’s forest minister in the early 1970s, in a new report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Williams says it is essential to shift decision-making away […]

by pmnationtalk on January 23, 201865 Views

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Many Working Families Face Tax Trap – C.D. Howe Institute

January 9, 2018—Working parents with children—particularly low-income families— face prohibitive tax rates that discourage taking on extra employment to get ahead, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Two-Parent Families with Children: How Effective Tax Rates Affect Work Decisions” author Alexandre Laurin finds that mothers and poorer families are the most […]

by pmnationtalk on January 9, 201863 Views

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The false francophone-Indigenous conflict over SCC judges – Policy Options

Maxime St-Hilaire, Alexis Wawanoloath, Stéphanie Chouinard, Marc-Antoine Gervais December 18, 2017 Late in November, Sheilah L. Martin, a bilingual Anglo-Montrealer, who has had a prestigious career in Alberta, was nominated as a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) justice, filling the vacancy left by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s retirement. This appointment has fuelled the debate over the requirement that SCC justices […]

by pmnationtalk on December 19, 201745 Views

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Inside Policy, December 2017: MLI names Jody Wilson-Raybould as Policy-Maker of the Year

OTTAWA, ON (Dec. 18, 2017): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to name Minister Wilson-Raybould as the “Policy-Maker of the Year” in this issue of Inside Policy. Canada’s Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould has a mandate from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that covers a particularly wide and important range of issues – from marijuana legalization […]

by pmnationtalk on December 19, 201776 Views

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Media Advisory – Examining the Power of Inclusion: The Conference Board of Canada’s Diversity and Inclusion 2017 Conference

TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2017 – The Conference Board of Canada will host Diversity and Inclusion 2017: The Power of Inclusion in Toronto on December 11 and 12. This two-day event will bring together thought-leaders from across the country and the continent including, The Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair, Former Chair, Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Senator will address reconciliation and the corporate response […]

by pmnationtalk on December 8, 2017104 Views

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NTI Contribution Policy

November 29th, 2017 The purpose of the Contribution Program, based on NTI’s Contribution Policy, is to provide financial support and assistance to organizations and Inuit engaged in activities that promote the development of Nunavut Inuit economic, social and cultural well-being. A copy of NTI’s Contribution Policy can be found on NTI’s website (www.tunngavik.com). ELIGIBILITY AND […]

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 201774 Views

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President Chartier Defines Key Elements of new Canada-Métis Nation Relationship at Policy Conference in Ottawa

November 28, 2017 At a policy conference exploring the characteristics of the nation-to-nation relationships being established by Canada with the Métis Nation, First Nations and Inuit, MNC President Clément Chartier defined the characteristics and how they evolved from the perspective of the Métis Nation. President Chartier presented his ideas, along with National Chief Perry Bellegarde […]

by pmnationtalk on November 28, 2017139 Views

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CCPA: Time for a New Social Contract to Eradicate Child and Family Poverty

NOVEMBER 21, 2017 Halifax – The 2017 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia reveals that 35,870 children or more than 1 in 5 children in Nova Scotia were living in poverty in 2015. As primary author, Acadia University Professor Lesley Frank says, “We should celebrate the fact that 1,600 children were lifted out of […]

by pmnationtalk on November 22, 201774 Views

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Fraser Institute: First Nations generating billions in revenue, often from sources other than natural resources

November 21, 2017 VANCOUVER—First Nations across Canada are generating billions in revenue for themselves—and not only from natural resources, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “First Nations are finding new and unique ways to generate income for their members that don’t necessarily rely on […]

by pmnationtalk on November 21, 201777 Views

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Welfare in Canada, 2016 – Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Anne Tweddle, Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman, November 2017 This report focuses on the incomes of four different households living on social assistance, commonly known as “welfare.”  It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by the former National Council of Welfare. Total welfare incomes consist of the sum of the following components: social […]

by pmnationtalk on November 1, 201780 Views

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NPI: Working together for a stronger Northern Ontario

Northern Policy Institute releases its 2016-2017 Annual Report October 17, 2017 – The fourth annual report released by Northern Policy Institute puts the spotlight on the importance of partnerships and collaboration, as NPI builds on their work to inspire new ideas and identify opportunities that will lead to stronger, more sustainable communities across Ontario’s northern […]

by pmnationtalk on October 23, 201767 Views

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From NAFTA 1.0 to NAFTA 2.0, Council of Canadians’ Maude Barlow outlines a NAFTA renegotiation agenda for the rest of us

October 16, 2017 OTTAWA — NAFTA renegotiations continue today in Arlington, Virginia. To shed light on the issues, the Council of Canadians today released Getting It Right: A People’s Guide to NAFTA, by Maude Barlow, its honorary chairperson and veteran NAFTA critic.  It explains in plain language what’s at stake in the deal for our jobs, our […]

by pmnationtalk on October 17, 2017106 Views

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For Indigenous nations to live, colonial mentalities must die – Policy Options

October 13, 2017 Envisioning a just future beyond the Indian Act starts with recognizing that the root of the problem we are facing is not one of laws or policies, of funding disparities or even of governmental capacities at any level. The root of the problem besetting Indigenous communities is the colonial mentality that has gained a […]

by pmnationtalk on October 13, 2017119 Views

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New OHRC policy statement explains the duty to accommodate under Ontario’s Human Rights Code

October 12, 2017 Toronto – Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new policy statement explaining the purpose and importance of the duty to accommodate under the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code). Employers and unions, housing providers and service providers have a legal duty to accommodate the Code-related needs of people who are adversely affected by a requirement, rule […]

by pmnationtalk on October 13, 2017107 Views

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Reforming the Indian Act to allow for online voting – Policy Options

October 12, 2017 Today, more than 50 First Nations in Canada have deployed online voting, and many more communities are looking to follow suit. Online voting is seen as a way to promote voter access (particularly among off-reserve members) and to boost turnout, engage youth, enhance self-determination and modernize voting processes. But while online voting […]

by pmnationtalk on October 12, 2017100 Views

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Fine words need to be matched by action on Indigenous issues: Ken Coates for Inside Policy – MLI

Oct. 5, 2017 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a rousing and warmly received speech at the United Nations on September 22. The talk was a tad self-congratulatory, but it was perhaps the most powerful mea culpa in Canadian diplomatic history. The Prime Minister laid out, quite graphically, the nation’s responsibility for the social, cultural and […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201775 Views

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Tickets are on sale now for MLI’s 2018 Gala Dinner (February 13, 2018)

Celebrate the Canada-US friendship with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute! MLI will host its Annual Gala Dinner at the Canadian War Museum on Feb. 13, 2018, featuring a lively discussion about the long-standing friendship between Canada and the United States. Tickets are on sale. Get yours now! Under the broader theme of the “The Future of Canada-US Relations,” we […]

by pmnationtalk on October 11, 201789 Views

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Fraser Institute: OSFI’s proposed mortgage stress test is unnecessary, harmful – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Oct 11, 2017  TORONTO _ A prominent Canadian think tank has come out against requiring a new stress test for all uninsured mortgages. A Fraser Institute study published Wednesday argues that it’s unnecessary to impose the stress test on “financially sound” home buyers. The study’s author also argues the proposed stress test “will […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 2017113 Views

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Court’s ‘land title’ decision threatens economic prosperity of First Nations in B.C. – Fraser Institute

October 05, 2017 VANCOUVER—A Supreme Court of Canada ruling has made it unclear how First Nations can use and develop their own land, threatening the potential for economic prosperity, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “The legal uncertainty surrounding land use in B.C. not […]

by pmnationtalk on October 5, 2017104 Views

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A 19th century Indian Act for 21st century objectives? – Policy Options

October 03, 2017 The Indian Act is a seriously flawed piece of legislation that has persisted for over a century and become institutionalized and entrenched. Both the Indian Act and the Indian Department have evaded every attempt at substantial reform. As such the oppressive, restrictive and discriminatory principles of this 19th century legislation have been carried into the modern […]

by pmnationtalk on October 3, 2017124 Views

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A chance to get affordable housing right

October 2, 2017 The federal government’s anticipated national housing strategy could launch a long-term transformation of Canada’s housing system. Or it could go down as one of the most painfully squandered opportunities in years. That’s a lot of pressure for any government and, as municipal leaders, we do recognize the positive steps this government has […]

by pmnationtalk on October 2, 201795 Views

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Minister MacAulay wraps up A Food Policy for Canada regional sessions in Winnipeg, Manitoba

September 29, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the country’s health, environment, social, and economic goals related to food; while also identifying actions that can be taken in the short-term to improve Canada’s food system. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, along […]

by pmnationtalk on October 2, 201797 Views

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A new “Indian register” for Indigenous DNA? – Policy Options

September 28, 2017 Science policy is divided into two central domains: science for policy, which pertains to the policy infrastructure and uses of scientific knowledge in government decision-making (for example, “evidence-based decision making,” or science advice), and policy for science, which deals with the roles of research and the creation of knowledge in a given […]

by pmnationtalk on September 28, 2017105 Views

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The one-sided “accountability” of the Indian Act – Policy Options

September 25, 2017 In 1886, Her Majesty, with the advice and consent of the Senate and the House of Commons of Canada, created the Indian Act, which included this line: “The expression ‘person’ means any individual other than an Indian” (chapter 43). This action and the imposition of the reserve system or Ishkoonigun (leftover) took away the autonomy […]

by pmnationtalk on September 25, 2017125 Views

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Join the Conversation to move Northern Ontario forward – Northern Policy Institute

Speaker lineup for State of The North Conference includes experts from around the country September 12, 2017 – Northern Policy Institute is pleased to announce the speaker lineup for the upcoming State of The North Conference September 27th – 28th in Timmins, ON. State of the North is an annual conference that brings together members […]

by pmnationtalk on September 22, 2017248 Views

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Businesses Owned by Women and Minority Groups are a Dynamic Component of the Canadian Economy – The Conference Board of Canada

Ottawa, September 21, 2017 – Despite the benefits of greater competitiveness, not enough Canadian businesses and government organizations are adopting supplier diversity practices that help women and minority-owned businesses gain access to larger organizational supply chains, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report. Diverse supply chains can help companies reduce costs, enhance innovation and […]

by pmnationtalk on September 21, 2017270 Views

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The Indian Act: Breaking Its Stubborn Grip – Policy Options

The 141-year-old colonial legislation called the Indian Act has had an odious and ridiculously stubborn run on Canada’s law books, with roots that extend back before Confederation. The Act has framed the relationship between the Crown and First Nations peoples in paternalistic, settler terms, ignoring the commitments and spirit of the treaties, Indigenous governance structures, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 21, 2017117 Views

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Negotiations between Ottawa and Métis may do more harm than good – Fraser Institute

September 12, 2017 VANCOUVER—Due to the ambiguity regarding who is—or isn’t—Métis, and what constitutes Métis land, current negotiations between Ottawa and several Métis associations may create more problems than they will solve, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think tank. “Unlike First Nations that have […]

by pmnationtalk on September 12, 2017221 Views

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Fraser Institute Media Advisory: What’s at stake in Ottawa’s negotiations with the Métis? New study coming Tuesday, Sept. 12

VANCOUVER, BC–(September 11, 2017) – On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Fraser Institute will release a new study on Canada’s Métis population. In an effort to fulfill a 2015 campaign promise, the federal Liberal government has begun talks with several Métis associations in Canada. The study, The Debate about Métis Aboriginal Rights — Demography, Geography, and […]

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 2017241 Views

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The Rosy Past – FCPP

September 6, 2017 Most of us tend to be nostalgic about our ancestral past. Researching one’s family tree has become a popular and passionate pastime. We imagine that when our forefathers lived, things were simpler, and in some ways, better than the complicated lives we live now. But when we dig into our past, we […]

by ahnationtalk on September 8, 2017208 Views

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The dismantling of INAC – Policy Options

In a recurring segment of Tom King’s celebrated CBC radio series The Dead Dog Café Comedy Hour the affable—but somewhat naïve—character Jasper Friendly Bear invited listeners to join him by the hearth in a segment he called “Fireside Friendly Bear.” Each week, with the sounds of a crackling fire in the background, Jasper would read […]

by ahnationtalk on September 8, 2017223 Views

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Closing Indigenous Skills Gaps Key to Future Success – C.D. Howe Institute

Closing the skills gap between working-age Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians is essential for the economic success of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. September 6, 2017 – Closing the skills gap between working-age Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians is essential for the economic success of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Closing the […]

by pmnationtalk on September 7, 2017180 Views

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Macdonald-Laurier Institute nominated for Prestigious Global Think Tank Award

OTTAWA, Sept 5, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s groundbreaking work on Indigenous affairs has led to a nomination for the prestigious Templeton Freedom Award. The prize, which the US-based Atlas Network awards annually, recognizes “the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human […]

by pmnationtalk on September 7, 2017122 Views

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Breakenridge: Policy change should grow appreciation of public art – Calgary Herald

As the Bowfort Towers public art project sinks deeper into a morass of controversy and confusion, overshadowing the completion of the very interchange it adorns, a glimmer of hope has emerged that some sanity and common sense might ultimately prevail on this matter. Calgary’s public art furor did not begin with the bizarre concoction of […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 2017222 Views

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Sustainability must be at the core of the government’s approach to assessing and approving economic projects in Canada – Policy Options

September 05, 2017 In June 2017, the federal government released the Environmental and Regulatory Reviews discussion paper. It reiterated its commitment “to deliver environmental assessment and regulatory processes that regain public trust, protect the environment, introduce modern safeguards, advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, ensure good projects go ahead, and [ensure] resources get to market.” In […]

by pmnationtalk on September 5, 2017188 Views

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Softwood fight threatens Indigenous exporter – Policy Options

August 30, 2017 As Canadian producers nervously await the outcome of softwood lumber talks with the US, the stakes are especially high for one Indigenous-owned sawmill in Saskatchewan’s northern boreal forest. NorSask Forest Products in Meadow Lake sees about 60 percent of its production going to the US. It is part of a growing Indigenous […]

by pmnationtalk on August 30, 2017202 Views

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Content Knowledge Makes Learning Possible – FCPP

August 28, 2017 There is a longstanding debate among educators about the importance of specific content knowledge in the curriculum. Generally speaking, progressive educators favour a non-content specific learning process while traditional educators say there is a defined body of knowledge that all students should master. The 21st Century Learning movement, with its emphasis on non-content […]

by pmnationtalk on August 29, 2017176 Views

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Cultural Diffusion and Cultural Appropriation – FCPP

August 24, 2017 Anthropologists have long known that one of the major origins of culture is diffusion, the spreading of culture from one place, one population, one society to another.[i] Since the beginning of mankind, every culture developed and evolved through both internal innovation and borrowing from outsiders. This is not debated; it is a […]

by ahnationtalk on August 28, 2017192 Views

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New Service Boundary Map is launched in Northern Ontario – Northern Policy

August 22, 2017 – Northern Policy Institute (NPI) and North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB)– Your Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) have launched a new interactive GIS tool that allows users to explore the many community, administrative and service provider boundaries in the northern regions of Ontario. The Northern Ontario Boundary Map is loaded with […]

by pmnationtalk on August 23, 2017181 Views

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Green economy could create millions of construction jobs: report – Journal Of Commerce

Aug 23, 2017 Canada’s shift towards more high-performance buildings and a low carbon economy could create millions of construction jobs, a new study from the Columbia Institute shows. The study, Jobs for Tomorrow — Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions, co-authored by Tyee Bridge and Richard Gilbert, argues that if Canada aims to achieve […]

by ahnationtalk on August 23, 2017167 Views

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Don’t forget opioid users behind bars – Policy Options

August 23, 2017 In 2016 there were at least 2,458 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada. A recent upswing in morbidity and mortality linked to this group of effective but highly addictive analgesics has given rise to something of a nationwide moral panic. Terms like harm reduction, methadone and naloxone are now part of our national lexicon. More and more, Canadians are […]

by pmnationtalk on August 23, 2017116 Views

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The problem with productivity – Policy Options

August 21, 2017 The House of Commons Finance Committee is collecting submissions for its consultations in advance of Budget 2018. As it does every year, it has set parameters for submissions that it feels best respond to the challenges Canada faces. And these challenges are pretty sobering. One in seven people in Canada lives in […]

by pmnationtalk on August 21, 2017212 Views

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MLI welcomes Indigenous law expert Dwight Newman as Munk Senior Fellow

OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has appointed Dwight Newman, a respected expert on Indigenous legal affairs, as a Munk Senior Fellow. “Dwight Newman has been absolutely indispensable in cutting through political rhetoric with clear thinking on Indigenous rights,” said MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley. “He has been one of Canada’s leaders […]

by ahnationtalk on August 18, 2017202 Views

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Frontier Centre Appoints new Vice-President of Research

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has appointed Gerard Lucyshyn as Vice-President of Research effective August 15, 2017. Gerard will be taking over for outgoing Vice-President Dr. Rodney Clifton who will be taking on the responsibility as Publications Editor for Frontier and will also remain as a Senior Research Fellow within the Aboriginal Futures and […]

by ahnationtalk on August 18, 2017176 Views

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National Indigenous groups and the premiers’ meeting – IRPP

August 16, 2017 Politics is as much about who is at the table as it is about what is being discussed or decided. This was apparent in July, when three of Canada’s five major national Aboriginal organizations (NAOs) opted to skip their annual meeting with the premiers in Edmonton. The move prompted several media outlets to run […]

by pmnationtalk on August 16, 2017209 Views

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Chiefs Call for The Abolition of the Indian Act – FCPP

August 14, 2017 Craig Blacksmith was a candidate in the Association of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) recent election. He ran on a platform of getting rid of the Indian Act. While he made it clear that he was not calling for an end to the lucrative relationship that Status Indians have with the federal government Mr. Blacksmith said […]

by pmnationtalk on August 15, 2017236 Views

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Clarifying the meaning of free, prior and informed consent for Canada: MLI paper by Dwight Newman

Implementing free, prior and informed consent in Canada will be much more complex than many advocates would have you believe OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2017 – The idea of a requirement for free, prior and informed consent by Indigenous communities for resource projects (FPIC), has been a heated subject of debate since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau […]

by pmnationtalk on August 15, 2017389 Views

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