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Category Archives: INAC
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
No justice, no peace.
I hope everyone had a holiday and managed to enjoy it…I used to think that people complaining about putting on weight over the holidays was an exaggeration, but that was back when my metabolism allowed me to gorge myself on … Continue reading
Posted in Aboriginal law, Alienation, INAC, Indigenous law, Injustice, Law, Representation of natives Tagged Aboriginal non-Aboriginal relationship, Historical Treaties, Modern Treaties, RCAP, RCAP 10 years after, RCAP 15 years after, Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, What is the RCAP 14 Comments
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
Attawapiskat, action needed!
Update, November 28 The Red Cross plans to be in the community tomorrow “to identify and address urgent, short-term needs.” The community has apparently asked the Red Cross to manage donations to the community, so for all of you who … Continue reading
Posted in INAC, Injustice, James Bay Cree Tagged Attawapiskat, Indigenous solidarity, James Bay emergency 11 Comments
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Aboriginal law is very frustrating to study and practice. As I’ve pointed out before, Aboriginal law is not the study or practice of indigenous legal traditions but rather is the way in which the Canadian state mediates its relationship with … Continue reading