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A young man’s death and the wider systemic problems with jail, bail and detention – IRPP

February 6, 2023 Pre-trial detention of legally innocent people has quadrupled in 40 years. Rights violations, abuses of power and deaths in custody must be addressed. In late December, Nicous D’Andre Spring, a 21-year-old racialized man, should have been released from custody on bail. Instead, Quebec’s Ministry of Public Security confirmed he had been “illegally […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 202319 Views

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Saskatchewan does have a constitution; it’s called Treaty – IRPP

January 26, 2023 The provincial government plan to auction Crown lands covered by treaties with Indigenous Peoples shows that it does not understand the Constitution. Saskatchewan’s provincial government has much to learn about the political history of the lands to which it lays claim. On Jan. 20, the Onion Lake Cree Nation called for Indigenous […]

by ahnationtalk on January 26, 202370 Views

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Resolving Indigenous identity fraud is a thorny, emotional challenge: Ken Coates in iPolitics – MLI

January 19, 2023 Like most aspects of Indigenous policy and legal matters, the identity issue is tangled in the quagmire of colonialism and federal paternalism. Since the early years of European settlement, newcomers found aspects of Indigenous life to be mysterious, exotic, and captivating. A handful abandoned the colonial mainstream and aligned themselves with Indigenous […]

by ahnationtalk on January 20, 202346 Views

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Understanding Indigenous pain is vital. But it is not enough, on its own: Ken Coates, Melissa Mbarki, and Chris Sankey in the Globe and Mail – MLI

January 9, 2023 Collective, Canada-wide action is required to ensure the long-term well-being of Indigenous communities. When serious social challenges strike at the heart of Indigenous communities, certain things need to be said – not with finger-pointing or anger, but in deep sadness, bordering on despair. If the sufferings vary in their expression – extreme violence, aggressive […]

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 202342 Views

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Indigenous-settler relations need bold solutions and strong political will – IRPP

December 20, 2022 Accurate words and a shared understanding of history are the first pieces needed to correct 150 years of neglectful and willfully harmful public policy. Indigenous people in Canada are largely dispersed into electorally meaningless concentrations. For decades, the idea of the public in public policy almost explicitly excluded Indigenous people. But public […]

by ahnationtalk on December 20, 202246 Views

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Calls to Action Accountability: A 2022 Status Update on Reconciliation

December 2022 marks seven years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its six-volume Final Report and 94 Calls to Action. At the end of a year that saw a flurry of reconciliatory gestures: a papal apology, the second-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and legislative activity toward a new National Council for Reconciliation, […]

by ahnationtalk on December 16, 202265 Views

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Why not replace the monarchy with a monarchy of a different kind? – IRPP

December 12, 2022 Here’s a compromise for our monarchal catch-22: Cut ties with the Crown, keep the royal accoutrements and have future heads of state be Indigenous. The ascension of King Charles III has predictably revived the question of Canada’s ties with the monarchy. Quebec’s National Assembly just adopted a bill making the oath of […]

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 202253 Views

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Indigenous Suffering is the Point: The Expanding Processes of the Aboriginal Industry – FCPP

November 29, 2022 Indigenous politics in Canada involves a long drawn-out expensive processes designed not only to extract taxpayer dollars but also to block oversight and control narratives. Because of this, over the last several decades an expansion of a vast infrastructure of dependence has rendered the nation incapable of dealing honestly and fairly with […]

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 202254 Views

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Ontario’s iGaming mistakes are a lesson in the value of Indigenous consultation – Policy Options

November 28, 2022 The Ontario government could have avoided regulatory missteps by honouring its duty to consult with First Nations. Instead, it acted unilaterally. Mere months after launching its iGaming market, the government of Ontario initiated regulation changes driven by weaknesses in its model. The province quickly learned that its overreliance on gaming operators for […]

by ahnationtalk on November 28, 202242 Views

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A grand notion- IRPP

November 23, 2022 The troubled relationship between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians sometimes snaps into focus. A young Indigenous woman who is supposed to be in protective care is abandoned in a motel and then found dead after being raped and thrown from a bridge. A carload of Indigenous teens seeks help with a flat […]

by ahnationtalk on November 23, 202251 Views

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