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OHRC Policy statement on human rights in COVID-19 recovery planning

November 9, 2021 Overview Since March 2020, COVID-19 has taken a stark health, social and economic toll on communities, with more than 9,750 lives lost in Ontario, 28,000 lives lost in Canada[1] and over 4.5 million lost worldwide.[2] But the impact of this pandemic has not been felt equally. The most vulnerable groups in Canadian […]

by pmnationtalk on November 9, 2021171 Views

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Indigenous consultations must be better integrated into Ontario policy – Policy Options

October 28, 2021 To repair fractured relationships with Indigenous Peoples, Ontario must move beyond addressing internal processes and build long-term partnerships. In the shadow of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, policy-watchers in Ontario could be forgiven for not noticing the December 2020 release of a report by the province’s Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk on the government’s […]

by ahnationtalk on October 28, 2021175 Views

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Pembina Institute: B.C. climate plan closes gap on 2030 target, unclear on role of gas

Pembina Institute applauds strong policy measures while calling on province to plan for decline in gas VANCOUVER — KAREN TAM WU, B.C. Regional Director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the announcement of its 2021 climate plan: “Yesterday, B.C. had a gap between its 2030 emissions reduction target and its plan […]

by ahnationtalk on October 26, 2021154 Views

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Federal Indigenous spending up more than 90% since 2015

Oct. 26, 2021 CALGARY—Since 2015, federal spending on Indigenous programs has skyrocketed from $12.4 billion to $24 billion for fiscal year 2021/22, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. In other words, Indigenous federal spending increased by 94.3 per cent since 2015 (after adjusting for […]

by ahnationtalk on October 26, 2021155 Views

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B.C’s community benefits agreement makes assumptions about economic justice for Indigenous workers – IRPP

October 18, 2021 The agreement has led to more jobs for Indigenous workers on B.C. infrastructure projects, but the initiative suffers from fundamental shortcomings. The goal of economic justice for Indigenous Peoples is central to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 2015 Calls to Action. This is something that British Columbia, the first jurisdiction to enact […]

by ahnationtalk on October 18, 2021189 Views

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The Transition from Symbolism to Action: Ken Coates for Inside Policy- MLI

Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation fell far short of expectations. The continuing pandemic did not help, nor did the unevenness of the holiday/commemoration across the country. As expected, most Canadians who had a day off used it as personal time. Only a small number took the opportunity to engage with Indigenous peoples […]

by ahnationtalk on October 8, 2021184 Views

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Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy fully implemented

04/10/2021 Today, the Government of Yukon implemented the third and final phase of the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy. Measures that recently came into effect include: bid value reductions; and the verification process for the Yukon First Nations business registry, which will now be managed by the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce. This final […]

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 2021220 Views

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What’s standing in the way of teaching about residential schools? – IRPP

Ontario’s curriculum now includes the history of residential schools, but the status quo still prevails in Indigenous education. Unearthing the unmarked children’s graves on or near former Canadian Indigenous residential schools could well be the tipping point. Since the June 2021 revelations at Kamloops Indian Residential School, the broader public has finally been engaged and […]

by ahnationtalk on September 20, 2021183 Views

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Indigenous issues fade in the election, but can a consensus emerge? Ken Coates for Inside Policy – MLI

In the months leading up to the 2021 election, Indigenous issues dominated the national news. The discussion about the unmarked graves near Canadian residential schools raised the profile of Indigenous issues to the front line of Canadian politics. After the writ was dropped, many Canadians had good reasons for believing Indigenous issues would feature prominently […]

by ahnationtalk on September 15, 2021139 Views

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A Mandate for Recovery: Policy Briefs from MLI Experts

The questions that should be part of the election debate With tonight’s debate likely to skip over a number of important policy issues facing Canadians, some MLI experts have proposed questions which they would ask our political leaders. Many Indigenous communities and a solid majority of Indigenous people favour carefully managed resource development that provides appropriate […]

by ahnationtalk on September 10, 2021148 Views

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