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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
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
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
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 Alberta Métis Settlements, Angelique Callihoo, Chris Andersen metis, David Garneau, definition of Métis, Lac Ste. Anne, Louis Kwarakwante, Louis Riel, Maria Campbell, Métis fiddling, Métis flag, Métis identity, Métis jigging, Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis rights, Métis Sash, Powley test, Red River Métis, Who is Métis 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
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
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
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
Posted in Aboriginal law, First Nations, INAC Tagged do Indians pay taxes, First Nations taxation, Indian Act tax exemption 53 Comments
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
Posted in Aboriginal law, First Nations, INAC, Injustice, James Bay Cree, Representation of natives Tagged Attawapiskat, Attawapiskat third party management, Auditor General June 2011 report, Canadian Taxpayer Federation, First Nations housing, Harper upset about Attawapiskat, Housing crisis First Nations, Salaries of First Nations Chiefs 1,014 Comments
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