Cree/Metis filmmaker Danis Goulet’s latest work, The Hunt, is a virtual reality time travel to the year 2167. (The Hunt/Danis Goulet ) Alien invasions are a common trope in science-fiction writing, and according to author Drew Hayden Taylor, they’re also an apt metaphor for Indigenous life in Canada. "I don’t know of another culture in North America that can really relate [to] the experience of strangers suddenly showing up and taking over everything and imposing their will on the people," Taylor tells The Current ‘s host Anna Maria Tremonti. Unreserved: Indigenous Reads | Drew Hayden Taylor blends science fiction...Read More
Day: November 14, 2017
Former Junkhouse frontman Tom Wilson now plays with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and LeE HARVeY OsMOND (Jen Squires/Doubleday Canada/Penguin Random House Canada) Like most children, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ Tom Wilson asked his parents a lot of questions growing up. But they refused to answer his most burning questions — like why his mother Bunny and his father George were so much older than his friends’ parents, and why they had no photos of him as a newborn. Or why his schoolmates would tease him about "looking Indian," when his only connection to Indigenous people was that...Read More
Robert Doucette, a Métis man from Saskatchewan, says Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has discriminated against Métis people by not including them in an $800-million settlement that includes First Nations and Inuit people. (CBC Radio-Canada) A Métis man from Saskatchewan has filed a human rights complaint against Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, saying she discriminated against Métis people by failing to include them in a $800-million class-action settlement over the Sixties Scoop. On Oct. 6, Bennett announced the federal government had reached an agreement in principal with survivors of the Sixties Scoop, which refers to a...Read More
What the disparity between the government’s promises of reconciliation and their actions means It seems as though every time I tune into the news, there is a story of injustice involving Indigenous peoples in Canada. From the original injustice of colonisation and residential schools to the increasing number of missing and murdered Indigenous women whose cases have only recently been looked into, there is a large gap of inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians . Not to mention the housing crisis, high rate of suicide and the gap in the quality of healthcare and education, according to The Globe...Read More
VANCOUVER – John Simpson is determined to use the novel experience he gained in a troubling search for his daughter to help others who have lost loved ones. Ashley Simpson went missing in Salmon Arm, B.C., in April 2016, and this spring her father travelled there from Ontario for a second time. He believed her body might be along the banks of a river or creek. The area had been flooded and it was too dangerous to search on foot, but Simpson had an idea. He told friends he wanted to borrow a drone, and was put in touch...Read More
Regulators in the Northwest Territories need to have clear rules about how and when to apply the precautionary principle in making environmental decisions about projects that could threaten species like the Bathurst caribou, shown above. (Petter Jacobsen) Two lawyers are calling on the Northwest Territories to set clearer rules for how regulators can compel companies to include environmental safeguards in development projects. John Donihee and Charles Birchall are presenting at the Yellowknife Geoscience Forum this week on a concept they hope is included in any new changes to the territory’s environmental legislation. John Donihee will speak about the legal...Read More
The new permanent road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk opens soon. It is a feat of construction to be studied and monitored for years to come. (David Michael Lamb/CBC) Building the road was only half the battle. Keeping it in one piece with the freeze and thaw of its underlying permafrost, and in the face of the threat of global warming will be a monumental task as well. The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway will open this week. At 137 kilometres, it’s not the longest unpaved road in the North, But with a price tag of just under $300 million, it...Read More
In remote communities throughout northwestern Ontario, Indigenous families are afraid for their children. For many communities in the North, the reality for young people is that moving far from home is often their only way to get a high school education. But sending students to the city takes them out of the supporting sphere of their own family and community at an age when they can be particularly vulnerable to pressures ranging from alcohol and drugs, to depression, to racism. Since 2000, nine young people have died in Thunder Bay, most while attending high school away from their home...Read More
First Nations status holders waiting to collect their treaty payments in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in June — one of the rights given to indigenous people under Canadian law. Lynn Gehl’s grandmother belonged to the Pikwakanagan First Nation, one of hundreds of indigenous groups in Canada whose members are entitled to specific services and legal rights. But Ms. Gehl, a 55-year-old writer, had to fight 22 years in court to win any of those rights, and cannot pass them on to her children, because her indigenous lineage comes through the female line, and so is not recognized under Canadian law. “I...Read More
Robert Doucette, a Métis man from Saskatchewan, says Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has discriminated against Métis people by not including them in an $800-million settlement that includes First Nations and Inuit people. (CBC Radio-Canada) A Métis man from Saskatchewan has filed a human rights complaint against Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, saying she discriminated against Métis people by failing to include them in a $800-million class-action settlement over the Sixties Scoop. On Oct. 6, Bennett announced the federal government had reached an agreement in principle with survivors of the Sixties Scoop, which refers to a...Read More
EDMONTON, Alberta (CNS) — It has been 20 years since Susie Laliberte Small’s sister, Marie, disappeared. Despite the pain of not knowing the fate of her sister, Laliberte Small has never lost faith that God would provide some solace. “I just depend on God, and hopefully one day we’ll have some answers,” said Laliberte Small, a member of St. Dominic Savio Catholic Parish in Edmonton. She was one of many who shared their family stories with the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls during public hearings in Edmonton in early November. “We want closure to...Read More
Patty Hajdu, the minister of employment, workforce development and labour, was in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Ont. on Tuesday. The federal government is spending money for a program to help Indigenous youth and women get access to employment opportunities. The federal government is investing $2.6 million to help Indigenous youth and women get employment opportunities. Patty Hajdu, the minister of employment, workforce development and labour, made the announcement in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Ont., on Tuesday. According to the government, the money will go to the Developing Indigenous Environmental Keepers program, which is delivered by Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. That program will provide environmental training...Read More
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