Last week's decision by an all-white jury to acquit Gerald Stanley, the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, calls for an overhaul of Canada's settler-based legal system, and an investigation into the racism embedded within Canadian society and police forces.
Category: Truth and Reconciliation
A progressive take on the ongoing effort “to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation,” especially after the December 2015 release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report on the human rights violations perpetrated through the aboriginal residential school policy.
Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry: We must listen and actMissing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry: We must listen and act
Canada is a signatory to nearly a dozen international legal instruments upholding human dignity and the rights of Indigenous women. But the agreements have yet to influence the current analysis of nearly 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Canada.
Lessons from the front lines of anti-colonial pipeline resistanceLessons from the front lines of anti-colonial pipeline resistance
The recent Standing Rock standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline and eight-year Unist’ot’en resistance camp in northern British Columbia are a manifestation of "indigenous resurgence" against colonialism and fossil fuel developments, including pipelines.
Canada 150: Reconciling who we are with who we want to beCanada 150: Reconciling who we are with who we want to be
Today, on the occasion of Canada 150, we should be asking ourselves tough questions relating to the role of public policy in Canada's ongoing efforts at reconciling with Indigenous people. According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: "Above all, we must deliberately put Indigenous voices and lived experiences at