Join the Conversation between Canadians and Aboriginal Peoples

June 20, 2013 5:46 pm
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Poverty, lack of education and almost no consultation in important decision-making processes have contributed to the deeply rooted colonial relationship that exists between Canadians and indigenous peoples. In discussing nation-to-nation responsibilities, treaty rights, treaty responsibilities and personal commitments, the series aims to build a dynamic that can move towards decolonization […]

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Canadians: Guardians of Equality and Justice

August 26, 2011 5:52 pm
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Equal access to social services, education, and safe water, are of the most pressing issues for Canada’s First Nations People. In Canada, there are countless organizations that are working toward the common cause of improving the quality of life for Canada’s First Nations People. These organizations are necessary tools in the process of change. Or, are they?

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The Path to Self-Governance: A Rationale Behind Eradicating the Indian Act

July 13, 2011 8:36 am
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An archaic and racist-based legislative barrier to First Nations Peoples achieving self-governance is the Indian Act. It is considered one of their biggest obstacles.

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First Nations Come Last

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On May 27, her last day after a decade as Canada’s official watchdog, Auditor General Sheila Fraser gave this dire warning.: “If the First Nations and the Federal Government don’t find ways of working together, the living conditions in reserves will remain worse off than everywhere else in Canada, and this will prevail for generations to come.”

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Promoting Success in Aboriginal Education

January 6, 2011 10:37 pm

Knowledge is power and empowering children through education is a gift that lasts a lifetime. That is why the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is working with Aboriginal teachers and organizations to ensure that no Aboriginal child is left behind at school. Key to the CTF’s advocacy for Aboriginal students and […]

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BLUE WATER: RBC’s Commitment to Canada’s Aboriginal Communities

November 16, 2010 11:15 am

In July 2009, the RBC Foundation awarded a grant of $500,000 to Peterborough’s Trent University as part of the RBC Blue Water Project. These funds were allocated to further the development of the Protecting Drinking Water in Indigenous Communities in Canada’s North Program, an initiative created to provide Aboriginal reserves access to clean drinking water. RBC’s is commited to improving economic and social conditions in Canada’s Aboriginal communities through a variety of measures.

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Truth and Reconciliation and a Need for Change

July 14, 2010 10:52 am

A solemn air swept through Winnipeg on June 16 as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) launched its first national event to raise awareness of the horrific crimes of the Indian Residential Schools. The four day gathering provided the opportunity for survivors to share their traumatic and painful experiences. Carrying the message that the physical, emotional and sexual abuse inflicted upon Aboriginal students at these government and church-run schools has impacted everyone, many victims participated in a healing walk to honour those who have since passed.

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