A Landscape of Beauty and Violence

The country is made up of a diverse and vast geographic regions. From the arctic, the Atlantic to Pacific ocean – one would agree there is magnificent beauty in every part of Turtle Island. That beauty only goes so far to those whose lives are marked by violence. They may see this landscape differently. But regardless of […]

(MIS)representation of Indigenous peoples in Canada and beyond

Rubber toy ducks with headdresses, ‘Drink like an Indian’ holiday poster, Sassy Squaw costumes, Dirty Drunken Half-Breed burgers, Matt Laur’s ‘Indian Giver’ comment to the much appropriated Navajo culture and design. The year? 2012. It becomes apparent that mainstream media -and mainstream society – has a problem representing ‘Indians’. Hardly news for those of us […]

The Missing and Murdered: A Week of Domestic and International (In)Action

A horrific but too often ignored situation in Canada received some very high profile attention this past month. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) announced that the United Nations will be conducting an inquiry into the hundreds of murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women and […]

Should First Nations be part of Canadian elections? 50 years after getting the vote, debate rages on

It’s been just over half a century since First Nations gained the right to cast a ballot in Canadian federal elections back in 1960. Back at the time of Confederation, members of First Nations were originally not recognized as Canadian citizens and therefore could not participate in federal elections without giving up their treaty rights […]

Four years and $1.25 billion later, nearly 1 in 5 First Nations still lack safe drinking water

Despite millions upon millions of dollars supposedly going toward clean drinking water for First Nations, monies spent by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) seem to have largely come up dry. Between April 2006 and March 2010, the department allocated apx. $1.25 billion to water and waste water infrastructure. But according to documents received from […]