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UNsettling 150: A Call to Action: IDLE NO MORE & DEFENDERS OF THE LAND: CALL TO ACTION UNsettling Canada 150 In honour of Arthur Manuel, we call for a National Day of Action in support of Indigenous self-determination over land, territories, and resources July 1, 2017
Don’t You Mean, Why I Still Have to March: Last Saturday during my participation in the Women’s March on Washington: Toronto I was asked many times “Why do you march?” My answer was the same every time, “First Nations women in so-called Canada do not have the same representation, rights, liberties and freedoms that Canadian women are enti...
Deed Not Words - Call To Action: Coming this October 10th Idle No More has answered the call out for #DeedsNotWords National Day of Action. We invite all peoples to join us in calling out the Trudeau Liberal gov't on their growing list of broken campaign promises that previously gave a great deal of hope to many indigenous commu...
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Why is Trudeau Government Opposing Charter Equality for Indigenous Women?: (Originally published in Lawyer's Daily on June 21, 2017)Shortly after Confederation, the federal government used its jurisdictional powers over “Indians and lands reserved for the Indians” in s. 91(24) of the Constitution Act 1867, to enact the Indian Act, 1876 — making it nearly as old as “Cana...
Bill S-3 Amendments to the Indian Act and the Never-Ending Battle for Equality for Indigenous Women: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAN) is currently studying Bill S-3 An Act to Amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities). As its title suggests, this bill should eliminate the remaining gender discrimination contained within the Indian Act...
Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Fatally Flawed: (Originally published in Lawyers Daily on May 15, 2017)It looks like those who advocated for the long-awaited national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and girls will be waiting a little while longer.Despite the promise from Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the nationa...
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NO SOCKEYE SALMON FOR FOODFISH ON THE SOMASS RIVER: NO SOCKEYE SALMON FOR FOODFISH ON THE SOMASS RIVERJudith SayersJune 10, 2017A few months ago I heard rumblings that there would be no sockeye for food fish for the Hupacasath.  I thought it had to be just a rumour because we have never had a year that I can remember that we didn’t have sockeye fo...
Why aren't First Nations issues Prominent in BC Election?: Why aren't First Nations issues Prominent in BC Election?Judith SayersMay 5, 2017Through all the radio/TV/internet debates, the issue of First Nations did not come up with the exception of Pembina’s webinar in which I asked a question whether their parties would create First Nations opportunities...
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Where things go now in BC: We are in a unique situation in Canadian political history.   There are only a couple of examples I know of where the government was reduced to a large minority or a bare majority. Ontario 1985 - the PCs won 52 seats, the Liberals 48 and NDP 25.   The Liberals and NDP cut a deal and replaced the ...
2016 Census Numbers: Prov/Terr      2016      2011      Pct  Pop per MPOntario     13,448,494 12,851,821  4.6%  111,145Quebec       8,164,361  7,903,001  3.3%  104,671BC           4,648,055  4,400,057  5.6%  110,668Alberta      4,067,175  3,645,257 11.6%  119,623Manitoba     1,278,235  1,208,268  5.8%   91,303Saskatc...
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New Fire returns for Season 2!: This summer, New Fire will introduce you to the next generation of Indigenous voices. Our second season begins June 26, 2017 on CBC Radio.
'Fundamental shift' needed at MMIW commission, advocate says: The continued delays experienced by families wanting to participate in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has created a lack of trust and is re-traumatizing those families, Six Nations advocate says.
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Unions Representing Over 28,000 Members Endorse Kinew Momentum builds with support from ATU, CUPE, IBEW: Unions Representing Over 28,000 Members Endorse KinewMomentum builds with support from ATU, CUPE, IBEW   June 15, 2017 Winnipeg, MB –The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505, the Canadian Union of Public Employees -Manitoba, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...
James Allum Endorses Kinew: James Allum Endorses Kinew Urges New Democrats: “Renew your membership to help Wab renew our party” June 9, 2017 Winnipeg, MB – NDP MLA James Allum has endorsed Wab Kinew for leader of the Manitoba NDP. Allum is the MLA for Fort-Garry Riverview, a former Minister of Justice and Attor...
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