News - Aboriginal And First Nations

February 4, 2015
The 2015 women's memorial march will take place in many communities across Canada and in the United States on February 14. The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Organizing, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, United States
January 21, 2015
People in Canada’s northern territories continue to be troubled by food prices that are dramatically inflated relative to other parts of the country. Statistics Canada data from 2009, the last year...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Foodbanks and Food, Health, Inuit, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
January 13, 2015
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has just released a report that investigates Canada’s response to missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia. The IACHR report...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Government Policy, Human Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, International
June 27, 2014
A room full of surprised veteran B.C. Aboriginal leaders erupted in “cheers and tears” after the Supreme Court of Canada, in the most important aboriginal rights case in the country’s history, ruled...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, British Columbia, All of Canada
May 23, 2014
Canada Without Poverty (CWP) has joined forces with the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues (CCPI) in a legal case going to the Supreme Court of Canada in October 2014. The case is called Taypotat v...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Education, Human Rights, All of Canada
March 27, 2014
Aboriginal people who were adopted into white families during the "Sixties Scoop" say it's their turn for reconciliation and are calling for a formal apology from the federal government. Dozens of...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, All of Canada
February 18, 2014
Dr. Pamela D. Palmater, a Mi'kmaw lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick, has published an article on Rabble concerning the federal government's newly unveiled budget. "...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Government Policy, All of Canada
February 17, 2014
The United Nations’ top advocate for Aboriginal rights, who is to issue a report later this year critical of Canada’s record on First Nations issues, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. If...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, All of Canada, International
January 20, 2014
Seven in 10 Inuit preschoolers in Nunavut live in homes without enough to eat. Median income for non-aboriginals in Nunavut is $86,600 a year; for the Inuit, it is $19,900. Despite chronic poverty...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Foodbanks and Food, Government Policy, Nunavut
January 20, 2014
Two years ago, Igloolik became the first site for an innovative Internet broadcasting project that Kunuk and his partner Norman Cohn hope will help birth a new wave of grassroots filmmaking in 10...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Inuit, Technology, Nunavut
January 17, 2014
Last year, 45 people in Nunavut took their own lives, the highest level of suicides ever recorded in the territory. Nunavut has had a suicide crisis since becoming a territory in 1999. Lynn Ryan...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Children and Youth, Government Policy, Nunavut
November 5, 2013
A federal court judge has overturned unilateral changes to social assistance on reserves. The federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development had ordered the Mi'kmaq bands to reduce...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Welfare, New Brunswick, All of Canada
September 26, 2013
Two grassroots organizations, No More Silence and Families of Sisters in Spirit, are launching a community-based database of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, compiled by the victims’...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Women, All of Canada
September 24, 2013
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, British Columbia
September 19, 2013
Yesterday was the official launch of Reconciliation Week in Vancouver, a series of events being held in conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Events are being held at...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, British Columbia
September 10, 2013
For more then 120 years thousands of Aboriginal children in BC were taken from their families and forced to attend residential schools where they were stripped of their language, culture and...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, British Columbia
July 16, 2013
A paper published by a University of Guelph researcher, who focuses on the history of food in Canada, has found studies conducted after World War Two that researched the effects of malnutrition by...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, All of Canada
July 8, 2013
CBC has a multimedia site on prison and indigenous women called, Warehousing Indigenous Women. Currently, indigenous women are the fastest growing prison population and account for 31.9 per cent of...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Prisoners' Rights, Women, All of Canada
June 27, 2013
The Canadian Human Rights Commission has released a report that documents the impact of poor conditions on the daily lives of Aboriginal people. The report, Equality Rights Data Report on Aboriginal...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Poverty Research, All of Canada
June 20, 2013
A study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has found that a deplorable 40% of indigenous children live in poverty in Canada. In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, two thirds of status...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Children and Youth, All of Canada
March 19, 2013
In January, inspired by the Idle No More movement, six Cree youth and one guide, left their community of Great Whale on the Hudson Bay to begin The Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu (Quest For Unity), a...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Children and Youth, Ontario
January 2, 2013
Over the past few weeks, there have been more actions, gatherings, and round dances in support of the Idle No More movement. The best way to keep up with what is happening is through the Idle No More...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, All of Canada
December 24, 2012
The Idle No More movement continues to grow as a mobilization of grassroots indigenous people fighting against the ongoing erosion of indigenous rights across Canada and the world. You can follow...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, All of Canada
May 4, 2012
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) has just issued its first decision on a complaint against Canada under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, Violence, Women, Northwest Territories, All of Canada
March 27, 2012
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) will appear today before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Violence, Women, British Columbia, International
March 22, 2012
In 2009, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government changed the contents of the official citizenship guide that is given to all recent immigrants. The new version contained a lot more military history...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Ethnicity and Race, Immigrants and Refugees, Poverty Research, All of Canada
October 3, 2011
On the heels of Pivot's recent announcement that they will not be participating in the Missing Women's Inquiry, two more groups have withdrawn. The Women's Memorial March Committee and the Downtown...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia
September 19, 2011
In its fifth year, the large turnout for the annual DTES Women's Housing March shows that the movement pushing for better access to safe and affordable housing for women in the neighbourhood, is not...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia
August 24, 2011
A successful First Nations university program has closed as a result of federal funding cuts. The Indian Studies Support Program of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, which had...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Education, British Columbia
August 24, 2011
A series of podcasts by people involved in the history of the self-government movement in Yukon, "Voices of Visions" offers 10 20 minute podcasts. The podcasts are available in mp3 format, allowing...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Government Policy, Inuit, Yukon
August 15, 2011
The Social Planning and Research Council of BC has released a report on serving aboriginal homeless persons in a culturally sensitive way. From the Executive Summary: Previous research has shown that...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Homelessness, British Columbia
August 3, 2011
The B.C. Missing Women Inquiry will examine the question of why it took so long to investigate and apprehend convicted murderer Robert Pickton. The Attorney General for B.C., Barry Penner, has denied...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia
June 27, 2011
For the last month, members of the Downtown Eastside Power of Women group have been sharing their stories about hope, struggle, love and resistance in the Downtown Eastside on the Vancouver Media...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Women, British Columbia
June 3, 2011
The Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group is launching the In Our Own Voices writing project in June 2011. After a six-week period of intensive writing, we are ready to share our stories about hope...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Women, British Columbia
April 12, 2011
A article in rabble.ca talks about the amazing work of the Power of Women (POW) group in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. POW is "a group of women who live in a neighbourhood where residents face a...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Organizing, Women, British Columbia
March 10, 2011
Nutrition North Canada is a subsidy program run by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada meant to lower the price of healthy perishable foods for Canadians living in remote Northern areas. Nutrition...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Foodbanks and Food, Inuit, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
February 22, 2011
The Teslin Tlingit Council in southern Yukon has signed a historic agreement to run its own justice system, allowing the self-governing First Nation to enact its own laws including wildlife and land...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Legal Research, Yukon
January 20, 2011
A research project looking at homelessness and affordable housing in the Northwest Territories (NWT) has released a short piece that looks very generally at homelessness among Indigenous people in...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Homelessness, Poverty Research, Northwest Territories
November 23, 2010
The Toronto Star investigative series on how Status Indians are falling further behind other Canadians in quality of life.
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, All of Canada
November 17, 2010
Sharon McIvor will file a complaint against Canada at the United Nations. She says, "Canada continues to discriminate against Aboriginal women and their descendants in the determination of...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, Women, All of Canada, International