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Indigenous Nationhood

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi'kmaw lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She teaches Indigenous law, politics and governance at Ryerson University and heads their Centre for Indigenous Governance.

Blog - Indigenous Nationhood June 9
"Indian Village, Alert Bay, 1912" oil on canvas, Emily Carr (non-Aboriginal arti
Pamela Palmater | In light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canada's record suggests that the Indian problem was more about Indians refusing to die off, than maintaining different languages and cultures.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood May 13
Pamela Palmater | In a heated exchange during the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence, Pamela Palmater talks about the extent to which First Nations are targeted by military and law enforcement.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood April 13
Pamela Palmater | Minister Bernard Valcourt has alleged that the majority of murdered Aboriginal women are killed by Aboriginal men. His stats are skewed; but worse, his claim is an egregious example of victim blaming.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood April 9
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Pamela Palmater | Dr. Pamela Palmater spoke to Response to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on Bill C-51. Here's what she said.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood February 20
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Pamela Palmater | Racism doesn't just hurt feelings -- racism kills. It's time for Canadians to support and stand up for this land's Aboriginal people.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood February 12
Pamela Palmater | Experts and commentators have called Harper's new anti-terror bill, which will create a secret police force, terrifying, illegal, unconstitutional, dictatorial and totalitarianism.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood November 26
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Pamela Palmater | Bill C-27, the so-called First Nation Financial Transparency Act is a racist piece of legislation, a classic deflection tactic that relies on the myth of the corrupt band leader to divide us.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 21
Pamela Palmater | For 20 years, Lynn Gehl, who shares five generations of Algonquin heritage, has been denied Indian status in Canada because of unstated paternity. Yesterday, she got her day in court.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood May 30
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Pamela Palmater | A fishing and wilderness lodge profiting from Cree lands and relying on traditional expertise for its guides publishes brochure warning guests not to offer alcohol to Cree employees.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood May 23
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Pamela Palmater | The UN's Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, notes the contradiction between the abysmal living conditions of Canada's First Nations and the rich value of their land.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood May 16
Pamela Palmater | This has been a difficult month for Prime Minister Stephen Harper in terms of Crown-First Nations relations. The First Nations Education Act has met fierce resistance.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood May 9
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Pamela Palmater | Even following National Chief Shawn Atleo's resignation, the First Nations Education Act is not dead, only "on hold." Don't stop fighting until it's dead, says Pamela Palmater.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood May 3
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Pamela Palmater | The First Nations of Canada have to stay united against FNEA to save Aboriginal cultures and languages for future generations.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood April 30
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Pamela Palmater | Recognition of First Nation jurisdiction and adequate funding could change lives of First Nations and Canadians as we know it. The new First Nations Education Act accomplishes none of this.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood March 7
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Pamela Palmater | Every time National Chief Shawn Atleo or Stephen Harper speaks, it becomes more and more apparent that they are not of the same mind in terms of what FNEA entails.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood February 18
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Pamela Palmater | A closer inspection of the budget "promises" reveals very real threats to First Nations treaty rights, forcing Aboriginal people to become willing partners -- or go to jail.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood February 11
First Nations Administration Office, Attawapiskat First Nation
Pamela Palmater | On Friday Prime Minister Stephen Harper and National AFN Chief Shawn Atleo announced "re-tooled" education legislation. What did First Nations actually get from this announcement?
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood February 8
Pamela Palmater | Should the Federal Conservative government be passing legislation dealing with the lives of First Nation children when they can't seem to even act within the law?
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood November 14
Pamela Palmater | With further escalation of the Mi'kmaw barricade at Elsipogtog, Pamela Palmater rewrites Turtle Island's national anthem.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 18
Pamela Palmater | The recent Indigenous actions coiniciding with the throne speech and James Anaya's visit demonstrate that the Idle No More flame lit last year has never faded. And the solution has always been there.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 10
Pamela Palmater | Since the federal government first assumed control over First Nation education, First Nations have suffered poor educational outcomes. The new First Nation Education Act continues that legacy.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 8
Pamela Palmater | Why should Aboriginal activists and their allies celebrate the anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 -- a document that prepared English settlement of Indigenous land?
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood August 28
Pamela Palmater | Instead of a national inquiry for missing and murdered Indigenous women, the federal government solicited research to prove the involvement of Aboriginals in their own victimization.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood August 14
Pamela Palmater | Pamela Palmater responds to the great lengths the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs has gone to spread misinformation about the intentions, interpretations and potential impacts of Bill S-2.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood July 29
Pamela Palmater | If the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights will not use the term genocide to describe what Canada has done to Indigenous peoples in Canada, then its own credibility will be called into question.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood February 8
Pamela Palmater | You may not see the next stage of Idle No More in public -- it might not take the form of a round dance. People won't call these actions Idle No More, but they're all connected.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood January 4
Pamela Palmater | I'd like to try to answer these questions as an individual. Thus what follows represents my own opinions, analysis, views and aspirations about the Idle No More movement.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood November 19
Pamela Palmater | Harper's aggressive actions since the Assembly of First Nations election more than proves his real agenda -- to once and for all eliminate the "Indian problem" -- and it's do or die time for us.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood November 15
Pamela Palmater | Harper's Conservatives have given the signal that they may, once again, refocus their legislative eye on Bill S-2 Family Homes on Reserve and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 13
Pamela Palmater | Canada portrays itself as a model nation but always hides the darker side of the historic genocide perpetrated on Indigenous peoples and the aggressive assimilatory actions it is taking currently.