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This short video covers the long-time sex discrimination regarding the status provisions of the Indian Act. It discusses the two failed remedial legislations of 1985 and 2011, the Indigenous Famous Five and Lynn Gehl's work on unknown and unstated paternity.
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It is sometimes quipped that democracy is like two wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. This Darwinian image of vulnerable minorities falling prey to a "tyranny of the majority" is why few believe that democracy can be reduced to participation in elections. If democracy has value it is because it allows people to have a meaningful say in the rules that govern them. Anything that precludes or impairs this "voice" is anti-democratic by extension.
Jennifer Podemski: "I've interviewed Russell Diabo, First Nations policy analyst. It is a long interview so for those with short attention spans, you can watch it in pieces. For the rest of you, grab a coffee or tea and enjoy. Remember, this is one person's perspective only. It is intended to continue the conversation and inform those who want to know more." The original video is available here.
Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario
Bonita Lawrence presents to us a labour of devoted love. A book that takes 10 years to write cannot easily be summed up in a few paragraphs, but the lasting impression that it leaves, is a clearer picture of the complicated history of the destruction of Algonquin culture and identity and the current struggle to redefine their communities and reclaim geographic, legal and human rights within a government that once promised, and took, so much and left so little.