Category Archives: First Nations

Speaking different languages at the CFNG

Well folks, there was a lot of ‘speaking two different languages‘ going on in Ottawa yesterday. For me, the highlights of the Crown-First Nation Gathering held yesterday in Ottawa came from the mouths of two women, Dr. Pam Palmater and … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Don’t give up on Attawapiskat!

The following article is my first ‘guest blog post’, by David Schulze, a partner in the law firm of Dionne Schulze in Montréal, which specializes in representing Aboriginal communities and individuals.  I think it is important to remember that the … Continue reading

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Building relationships requires education.

When it comes to the many challenges that aboriginal peoples face here in Canada, I find I have to strike a balance between identifying those problems and trying to come up with solutions for them.  Spending too much time on … Continue reading

Posted in Alienation, Culture, First Nations, Fluency, Language learning, Representation of natives | Tagged , | 42 Comments

You’re Métis? So which of your parents is an Indian?

In a previous post, I described what it is like as an Alberta Métis to come to Quebec and realise that ‘Métis’ does not mean the same thing here.  I’m not a shut-in…I realised that there were different definitions out … Continue reading

Posted in Aboriginal law, Culture, First Nations, Half-breed, Kinship, Lac Ste. Anne, Métis, Metis beadwork, Michif, Pan-Indian, Pan-Métis, Representation of natives | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 66 Comments

We’re more than just poverty.

Today was a bit of a low day for me, emotionally.  Try as I might, I can’t seem to escape the negativity being spewed from so many mouths, streaming from the tips of so many furiously typing fingers.  No, I’m … Continue reading

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Lights! Camera! Action!

originally published on OpenFile Montreal, December 13th, 2011 I was asked to review the latest remake of the classic disaster film, First Nations Housing. Although the film is still currently in production, the rumours of scandal on set, reports of … Continue reading

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Got Status? Indian Status in Canada, sort of explained.

It has been my experience that many Canadians do not understand the difference between Status and membership, or why so many different terms are used to refer to native peoples.  The confusion is understandable; this is a complex issue and … Continue reading

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First Nations taxation

I’ve been struggling with what to write next, given the unreal amount of attention my last blog post got.  I felt some pressure to use the attention to get a message out…but what do I say, where do I start?  … Continue reading

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Dealing with comments about Attawapiskat

I still intend to get a series of posts out clarifying issues like First Nations housing, health-care, education and so on, but I have a confession.  I haven’t been staying away from the comments sections of articles about Attawapiskat. I … Continue reading

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Khodi Dill sums it up nicely.

I am working away on a series of posts I’d like to put together to help untangle the web of confusion surrounding oft-misunderstood issues such as First Nations health-care, education, housing, taxation, self-government, settlement claims and so on.  It isn’t … Continue reading

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