Issues Pages: Indigenous Rights

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Construction of the Keeyask dam. Image: Manitoba Hydro/Twitter
Matthew Behrens | Last summer, Manitoba Hydro began the flooding of 45 square kilometers of Cree lands at the massive Keeyask dam, which the energy utility solemnly acknowledges will result in ecological devastation.
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Study time at a Roman Catholic Indian Residential School, Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories. Image: Library Archives Canada/Flickr
Summer Mahmud, Rahul Varma | If schoolchildren were taught Canada's hidden history, they would have learned that the actions of the Canadian government constituted genocide.
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Elder Bill Jones called a community meeting to address increasing violence at the Fairy Creek blockade. Image: Fairy Creek Blockade/Rainforest Flying Squad/Used with permission
Rita Wong | The value in the forests does not lie only in how much profit the lumber itself turns, but primarily in the everlasting ecological value the old forests provide by nature.
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Two people hold a sign that reads "treaty rights not tankers." Image: somecanuckchick/Flickr
David Suzuki | The late-June B.C. Supreme Court ruling said the province failed to uphold its treaty promises and outlines a bold new framework for decision-making around resource extraction.
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Christine Brouzes with a copy of Driven: The Secret Life of Taxi Drivers/Used with permission
Marcello Di Cintio | Many of Winnipeg's Indigenous women have a story about harassment at the hands of drivers, most commonly about cabbies proposing "another way to pay." Ikwe set out to change that.
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A sixties scoop rally in 2011. Image: Crystal Luxmore/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | Slow progress is being made through sustained activism to build better ways to protect First Nations children and put pressure on the federal government to actually fund and implement change.
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A Cree person and dog sled team on the Severn River, with the Fort Severn Hudson's Bay Company post in the distance, c. 1953. Image: Archives of Ontario/Flickr.
David Suzuki | Canada was built on resource extraction and its foundations are shaky on many fronts, including dispossession of Indigenous peoples and wilful blindness to natural limits.
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Ottawa Police Services filming a gathering of some 8,000 people mourning the loss of Indigenous children. Image: Brent Patterson/Used with permission
Brent Patterson | The surveillance of racialized peoples has a long history and technology is now further enabling the erosion of the right to peaceful assembly.
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Morinville's Roman Catholic Church burns Tuesday night (Photo: Twitter/Kim Smith, CTV).
David J. Climenhaga | If ever there was a moment in Canada's history for sober reflection, empathy and reconciliation, this Canada Day is it.
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Image: Rachel Snow/Used with permission.
Rachel Snow | Hasn’t the cancelling of First Nations gone on for long enough?
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A sign that reads: "decolonize this place." Image: Billie Grace Ward/Flickr
Javney Mohr | An open letter to fellow non-Indigenous people: decolonization is not a metaphor.
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Justin Trudeau and Carolyn Bennett. Image: Justin Trudeau/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | When you are a minister and the people whom you are supposed to look out for utterly lose confidence in you, it is hard to see how you can carry on.