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A tale of two fundamentally different crises in Canada – Policy Options

March 4, 2020 Over the past few weeks, Canadians have been seized by two crises: the spread of the coronavirus and the blockades set up across the country to protest construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in traditional Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia. Both meet the three conditions that define a crisis: they are unexpected, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 5, 202081 Views

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The shifting lens through which Canadians see the Wet’suwet’en crisis – Policy Options

Canadians don’t just want things to get back to normal; they want things to get better. The country has moved on from where it was in 1990. Canadians have lived through many confrontations over Indigenous rights and resource development, but few have had such high stakes as the one that erupted last month and is […]

by ahnationtalk on March 2, 202086 Views

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Teck Frontier cancellation: Uncertainty is costing Canadians

Montreal, February 24, 2020 – The decision by Teck Resources to abandon its Frontier oilsands mine project in northern Alberta shows once again that Canada’s regulatory, legal, and political environment entails unreasonable delays and uncertainty that chases investors away. “In Canada, getting an energy infrastructure project approved and implemented is a real challenge, even when […]

by ahnationtalk on February 24, 202074 Views

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Give the Wet’suwet’en space to conduct their law-making, away from barricades – Policy Options

February 24, 2020 In 1986, in preparation for the Delgamuukw land rights trial that would be held in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, an all clans feast was held in in Wet’suwet’en territory, in the northwestern central interior of the province. The feast was organized to help establish that there were no overlaps in […]

by ahnationtalk on February 24, 2020101 Views

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Indigenous DNA database should be managed by its people – Policy Options

Indigenous communities, not the RCMP, should be the ones to collect and store their DNA for use in investigating missing persons. Canada’s use of DNA collection and analysis was expanded in March 2018 through the creation of five new DNA databases. Three were created for humanitarian purposes, and the other two are for criminal investigations. […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 202094 Views

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First Nations and natural resources: A different picture – Montreal Economic Institute

Montreal, February 12, 2020 – Protests are taking place across the country as certain members of First Nations express their opposition to the Coastal GasLink energy project in British Columbia. Yet according to Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, we must keep in mind that the democratically elected band councils of the communities […]

by ahnationtalk on February 12, 2020148 Views

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Soaring debt puts Canada’s sluggish economy at risk: Cross Quarterly Economic Report

OTTAWA, ON (January 29, 2020) As the economy continues to trudge along with persistently slow economic growth, there are worrying signs that Canada’s economy is vulnerable to a global downturn. MLI Munk Senior Fellow Philip Cross’s latest quarterly quarterly economic report, titled “Excessive debt leaves Canada vulnerable to global economic slowdown,” reflects on the state […]

by ahnationtalk on January 29, 202075 Views

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Despite soaring Indigenous incarceration, minimum sentencing persists – Policy Options

Inflexible sentencing is a pipeline to federal prisons for Indigenous offenders. As over-representation soars, it’s puzzling why the laws remain unchanged. It is impossible to know how hard the federal government is working to address Indigenous over-representation in Canada’s federal prisons, but it is clear it is not working very effectively. Indigenous people now make […]

by ahnationtalk on January 27, 2020149 Views

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NPI: Come North Planning Conferences – You’re Invited!

16 January 2020 – Two conferences are coming to Northern Ontario. Come North – Population Growth Strategy Planning Conferences will be taking place in Temiskaming Shores on February 11-13, and in Thunder Bay on February 18-20. The conferences are designed around information sharing, planning and coordination. During these three -day conferences, attendees will participate in […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 2020137 Views

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The Rise Of The Anishinabek Nation: Self-Government For The Status Quo? – Yellowhead Institute

IN JUST A FEW WEEKS, Anishinaabeg (at least those in the province of Ontario) will vote on the Anishinaabek Nation Governance Agreement (ANGA). The Agreement has been under negotiation for over twenty years, with a tremendous amount of support and hope invested from Anishinaabe communities. In fact, the self-government provisions are limited to what already […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 2020125 Views

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