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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 September 20
Pamela Palmater | Indian and Northern Affairs Canada's round of cuts to national Aboriginal organizations, regional First Nation organizations and tribal councils are very telling about their policy direction.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood September 13
Pamela Palmater | Today, the few history books that have been amended to include mention of Indigenous peoples speak of the tragic loss of Indigenous cultures over time. But they belie the truth about Canada.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood September 5
Pamela Palmater | As I watched the Republican convention, for just a moment, I thought I was watching an episode of Pinky and The Brain.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood August 28
Pamela Palmater | In the year 2012, we STILL have Canadians who believe it is acceptable to profit from or completely ignore the blatant racism being perpetrated against Indigenous peoples.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood August 27
Pamela Palmater | What has got all the fringe right-wingers all abuzz recently? It is the Harper government's plans to divide up reserve lands into individual parcels of land (fee simple).
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood August 9
Pamela Palmater | The First Nation Property Ownership Act threatens to turn the ownership of reserve lands into pieces of land owned by individuals who could then sell it to non-First Nations peoples and corporations.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood June 4
Pamela Palmater | Time and again the Harper Conservative government denies Canada's role in our poverty, tries to sugarcoat the past and puts their assimilatory agenda on fast-forward.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood April 23
Pamela Palmater | There have been significant funding cuts to First Nations communities as well as to various First Nations organizations, yet the political world has been all but silent on the issue.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood April 4
Pamela Palmater | When I hear Indigenous people demanding that we all speak with one voice, I shiver at the thought of how we might unify ourselves into oblivion.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood March 30
Pamela Palmater | Pamela Palmater looks at the federal budget 2012 and discusses what was and was not in the budget for Indigenous Peoples.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood March 26
Pamela Palmater | I am always struck when the Conservatives are able to convince the public that the source of the serious housing, water and poverty crisis in First Nations is simply because we don't have jobs.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood March 19
Pamela Palmater | After the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo gave his speech at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, it became apparent that the 2012 AFN election campaign had begun.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood February 5
Pamela Palmater | War and Peace -- those were the two symbols that kept popping into my mind as I watched the Canada-First Nations Gathering in Ottawa on January 24, 2012.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood January 23
Pamela Palmater | The First Nation-Crown meeting was not to be as historic as the first ministers' meetings with First Nations because the provinces would not be in attendance and now, Harper is bailing out as well.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood January 11
Pamela Palmater | Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the smartest of them all? Well, according to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, the Conservatives are the smartest of them all.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood January 5
Pamela Palmater | When advocating for First Nations is considered a national security risk -- and how I found out how government surveillance pertains to me.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood December 20
Pamela Palmater | The community members of Attawapiskat have shown that Indigenous power is in our people and even children can stand up to bullies and make change for their communities.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood November 26
Pamela Palmater | Justice Minister Vic Toews stands before Canada and says the justice system is not broken and does not discriminate -- it treats everyone equally.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood November 6
Pamela Palmater | Canada has condemned acts of genocide in other countries while at the same time denying their own policies of genocide against Indigenous peoples.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 28
Pamela Palmater | The national Aboriginal organizations in Canada need to rethink their support of Conservatives as partners in anything but the cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 13
Pamela Palmater | Why is it that Indigenous peoples are always accused of creating an us vs. them dynamic in Crown-First Nation relations, when in fact it is the opposite that is true.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 12
Pamela Palmater | Indigenous women are denied a voice at the Pickton Inquiry and must fight gender discrimination in all other areas of their lives at the same time.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 3
Pamela Palmater | Last week, Minister John Duncan introduced Bill S-2 -- the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act.