Missing women, evil men: inquiry must examine both

Far too many aboriginal men insist on locking themselves and their families in a deadly prison of dependence, alcohol, abuse and violence

Missing women, evil men: inquiry must examine bothThere’s turmoil within the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It could all be about the breadth of the inquiry. 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…

Canada can work for everyone, if we all work together

Although a growing number of aboriginal people are productive members of the workforce, far too many rely on the government for support. That must change

Canada can work for everyone, if we all work togetherAs Canada celebrates 150 years, there’s much discussion about the need for reconciliation to make this country work for everyone. There’s no doubt aboriginal people were treated badly as Canada came of age. Other groups, such as the Chinese and Jewish people – who have also been the subject of intense discrimination – have managed…

Charting an inclusive, nurturing future for all Canadians

In celebrating Canada's history, we recognize our accomplishments and we acknowledge our challenges which, if overcome, will ensure our future

Charting an inclusive, nurturing future for all CanadiansAs Canada celebrated 150 years as a country, it was very clear not everyone believed the festivities were justified. While some may have found these sentiments unpatriotic, our willingness to examine weaknesses is actually one of the keys to our greatness. In her classic book Mindset, psychologist Carol Dweck explains how a person with a…

Indigenous Canadians must embrace the future, not dwell on the past

As Canada begins its next 150 years, there is great potential for prosperity and progress for everyone, provided we accept basic tenets of modern nationhood

Indigenous Canadians must embrace the future, not dwell on the pastCanada's 150th birthday celebration was filled with contradictory emotions. How we progress as a nation depends on how we address those contradictions. There was a quiet, very Canadian pride felt by most of us at the achievements of this young and vigorous democracy. On this auspicious day, we were celebrating a country that has taken…

University of Manitoba succumbs to politically correct nonsense

Why is the university pretending indigenous knowledge and science are the equivalent of our written knowledge base? Why are they allowing this farce to unfold?

University of Manitoba succumbs to politically correct nonsenseI recently listened to an interview of the new head of the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous Knowledge department on CBC radio. She articulately explained that “traditional knowledge” and “indigenous science” have been vital to the survival of the aboriginal culture. A hunter-gatherer culture depended on information about the movement of animals, weather changes and the…

So long Hector-Louis Langevin: erasing a nation’s history

For the crime of being a man of his times, Canadians are being asked to wipe the memory of a Father of Confederation clean

So long Hector-Louis Langevin: erasing a nation’s history“We do not allow the dead to rise up against us. … You will be lifted clean out from the stream of history. Nothing will remain of you, not a name in a register, not a memory in a living brain. You will be annihilated in the past as well as in the future. You…

Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?

No question Canada has much to answer for in its treatment of indigenous people. But we also have a great deal to be proud about

Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?Those of us who were around for Canada’s 100th birthday can’t help but be struck by the very different mood this year, as we mark the country’s sesquicentennial. How, we wonder, did this national milestone turn into such a bummer? To understand just how much the national mood has shifted, let me point out some of…

Governor General apologizes for telling the truth

David Johnston told the unvarnished truth: all Canadians, including aboriginals, are immigrants from somewhere. No apology necessary

Governor General apologizes for telling the truthCanada’s governor generals have been famous and infamous. They have played large parts in our country’s history. In some cases, the contribution has been dramatic. Where does David Johnston's recent capitulation put him? In 1926, the King-Byng affair kept the country spellbound as it unfolded, after Gov. Gen. Lord Byng refused Prime Minister William Lyon…

Coming clean about the crimes of colonialism, at home and abroad

When we are truly honest with ourselves, we can find ways to heal society. This is the lesson we must live and share on a global level

Coming clean about the crimes of colonialism, at home and abroadGenocide and colonialism are related and they are global issues. The world is still hurting from their wounds, and they’re hindering the growth and advancement of humanity. But if we can demonstrate that healing is possible, we establish a powerful precedent for the world. We establish a protocol that can be adapted to any cultural…

System that rewards status Indians is spectacularly unfair

And things will get a whole lot worse - and costly - as more and more people are added to the list of entitled

System that rewards status Indians is spectacularly unfairChief Rick O’Bomsawin of Odanak, Que., is urging a House of Commons committee to pass Bill S-3, which would give First Nations women full equality with men. But much more – and much less, financially – must be done before we are all treated equally. In 1985, tens of thousands of women were given Indian…

Ring of Fire: burning down a rare economic opportunity

First Nations can’t veto development in northern Ontario. They must engage in good faith, just like business and governments, and not squander this opportunity

Ring of Fire: burning down a rare economic opportunityBy Joseph Quesnel and Kenneth Green The Fraser Institute It’s often said that successful First Nations must operate at the speed of business, not the speed of government. That certainly applies to First Nations affected by the Ring of Fire mining proposal. Long delays and lack of communication between governments and the nine First Nation communities…

Taxing First Nations encourages accountability, good governance

Indigenous citizens would have real control over their communities and destinies if more funds were generated through taxes on reserves

Taxing First Nations encourages accountability, good governanceThe Cree Nation government in the James Bay region of Quebec recently approved a draft constitution and governance agreement that – among other things – would give them the power to collect taxes. In an interview with CBC, Bill Namagoose, the Cree Nation executive director said, “It provides security for the Cree Nation. There are no options…
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