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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, 201730 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, 201719 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, 201716 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, 201719 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, 201724 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, 201728 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, 201729 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, 201723 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, 201726 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, 201717 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, 201736 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, 201754 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, 2017117 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, 2017171 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, 201754 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, 2017102 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, 2017133 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, 2017104 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, 2017110 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, 201788 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, 201749 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, 2017102 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, 201786 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, 2017126 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, 201787 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, 201786 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, 201786 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, 201787 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, 201766 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, 2017136 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, 2017108 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, 201777 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, 2017129 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, 2017122 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, 2017280 Views

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MLI Q2 2017 Impact Report

The second quarter of 2017 saw some terrific examples of how great policy ideas, well communicated, can help inform the thinking of policy makers and opinion leaders. In the quarter, our work made a significant contribution to two important reports by parliamentary committees, on justice system reform and human rights, and our expertise was highly […]

by pmnationtalk on August 15, 2017103 Views

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Getting to Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Could Generate Nearly 20 Million Jobs – Columbia Institute

August 10, 2017 (VANCOUVER, B.C.) Today, Columbia Institute released a landmark study: Jobs for Tomorrow – Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions. Commissioned by Canada’s Building Trades Unions, this study explores the historic role of Canada’s construction industry and potential for low-carbon economy job growth as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Meeting Canada’s climate […]

by pmnationtalk on August 14, 201799 Views

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Child Welfare and Youth Homelessness in Canada: A Proposal for Action

With the release of Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey (2016), we now have robust national data on the links between youth homelessness and child welfare involvement. Without a Home, conducted by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness in partnership with A Way Home Canada, surveyed 1,103 youth experiencing homelessness across Canada. Youth in […]

by ahnationtalk on August 9, 2017167 Views

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Caledon Institute: A Renewed Voice for Social Canada

July 2017 The federal government’s promised poverty reduction strategy must be more than a one-time commitment.  It must provide for independent continuing appraisal and reappraisal of where we are and where we need to be, as the economy and society change.  This paper proposes that the Government of Canada, as part of its poverty reduction […]

by ahnationtalk on August 8, 201757 Views

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How Is Canada Faring In The 2016 Census?: Sean Speer For Inside Policy – MLI

August 4, 2017 Statistics Canada’s new 2016 Census data present an interesting socio-cultural picture of Canada. It gives us a new sense of the state of the country’s key civil society institutions, including marriage, family, and community. The trends set out in the data could have significant economic and social implications. Policymakers should review them […]

by ahnationtalk on August 8, 2017101 Views

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Economic Conditions Improve for Canada’s Territories – Conference Board of Canada

Ottawa, August 1, 2017— Economic prospects for the territories are improving thanks to higher prices for metals, precious metals and diamonds. According to The Conference Board of Canada’s Territorial Outlook, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut can expect strong growth this year, while a mild contraction in the economy is forecast for Yukon. “The outlook for most […]

by pmnationtalk on August 1, 2017303 Views

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Is acknowledging Indigenous territory enough? – Policy Options

July 27, 2017 More and more people are beginning to learn that Canada’s Parliament Buildings squat on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabeg territory. Unceded refers to the fact that the historic treaties reached with the Crown did not include Algonquin territory. As an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from what is now called the Ottawa River valley, I have heard Members […]

by pmnationtalk on August 1, 2017110 Views

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CEDAW: General recommendation No. 35 on gender-based violence against women, updating general recommendation No. 19

ADVANCE UNEDITED VERSION Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women General recommendation No. 35 on gender-based violence against women, updating general recommendation No. 19 I. Introduction 1. General recommendation No. 19 on violence against women, adopted by the Committee at its eleventh session in 1992,2 states that discrimination against women –as defined in article 1 of […]

by aanationtalk on July 26, 2017246 Views

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Social Outcomes in Canada’s Territories Fall Behind National Average – Conference Board of Canada

Ottawa, July 26, 2017—The territories generally fall behind the Canadian average on a number of measures of equity and social cohesion, yet outperform the rest of the country in some areas, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs: Social Outcomes in the Territories. Scores are below average on indicators such as poverty, crime […]

by pmnationtalk on July 26, 2017128 Views

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Missing Women – FCPP

July 18, 2017 There is turmoil within the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, from northern Manitoba, has called for the resignation of the Inquiry’s chief commissioner, British Columbia Judge Marion Buller. At least four staff members have left, and now one of the commissioners has […]

by ahnationtalk on July 21, 201791 Views

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The constituent base of our Indigenous leaders – Policy Options

July 20, 2017 The leaders of three national Indigenous organizations have decided to boycott the premiers’ meeting in Alberta, July 17-19. Their position is nothing short of absurd. They will not attend because they want to be recognized at the table as equal partners, on the same level as the premiers of the provinces. Let’s take a […]

by pmnationtalk on July 20, 2017160 Views

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Concerns about Canada’s $2 trillion in household debt overblown; net worth has increased to $10.3 trillion – Fraser Institute

July 18, 2017 VANCOUVER—Canadian household debt has increased significantly since 1990— but so has the value of household assets, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Despite alarmist headlines, concerns about Canadian household debt levels can be overblown. When looking at debt levels it’s important […]

by pmnationtalk on July 18, 2017141 Views

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NPI: New Report says using the Tax System to Deliver a Basic Income Guarantee has both Benefits… and Barriers

July 18, 2017 – The latest report from Northern Policy Institute’s B.I.G. Series argues there are a number of advantages and challenges to using the Personal Income Tax System (PIT) to deliver a basic income guarantee in Ontario. As author Dr. Lindsay Tedds points out, our current tax system is not just used to raise […]

by pmnationtalk on July 18, 2017224 Views

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Tax Breaks Don’t Help First Nations – FCPP

July 13, 2017 First Nations populations and on-reserve commerce are growing faster than the Canadian average. This growth should be welcomed by the rest of the Canadian family, save for one problem: unjustified tax exemptions for on-reserve commerce and individuals. Loopholes in the Indian Act mean that government does not tax any product or service […]

by ahnationtalk on July 14, 2017121 Views

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Protectors of the Land video #4 with Bram Noble: What issues should be covered by EA, and which should not? – MLI

Which issues are important to examine with the environmental assessment process? Bram Noble, an expert on how to better engage Canadians through the environmental assessment process, sorts out what should and should not be covered under environmental assessments in a new video for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. “A lot of the debate and controversy that we’re seeing…around […]

by ahnationtalk on July 13, 201791 Views

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