Metis seek the golden chalice of land

Building a new relationship between Metis and the federal government

Metis seek the golden chalice of land“Canada’s forgotten people” – the Metis – have chosen an independent path to survive. Now, bolstered by recent court decisions in their favour, they are well-positioned to negotiate a long-sought goal: a land base. Rather than wait for further court decisions, Canada should proactively negotiate with Metis people about their rights to self-determination as a…

Road map to a winning Aboriginal Canadian policy strategy

Implementing these recommendations may allow us to turn a corner in Aboriginal relations

Road map to a winning Aboriginal Canadian policy strategyThe recent release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report provides all political parties with an opportunity to renew policies regarding Aboriginal Canadian peoples as we go into a fall election. Not all 94 recommendations in the TRC report are achievable or practical, but parts of the report contain the start of a road…

First Nations developing new tool for self-governance

First Nations developing new tool for self-governanceFirst Nations communities across the country are adopting constitutions that prove bands do not have to wait for the Indian Act to be repealed or replaced for progress to be made on the ground. Band officials are discovering that these documents allow their communities to build culturally appropriate institutions of self-government and good governance. Their…

Federal budget will advance First Nations communities

The budget delivers on some of First Nations’ most deeply held political and economic desires

Federal budget will advance First Nations communitiesWhile the recent federal budget did not offer many benefits to Aboriginal peoples, there is some money that will advance First Nations communities. Much of the money in the budget earmarked for Indigenous peoples was simply a continuation of funds promised in previous budgets. The budget invests in First Nations communities that are entering the…

Alberta Aboriginals could gain with NDP in power

But only if the premier-designate lives up to her promises

Alberta Aboriginals could gain with NDP in powerThe change of government in Alberta from Progressive Conservative to NDP could spell change for Alberta’s disadvantaged Aboriginal peoples, but only if the premier-designate lives up to her promises. Alberta premier-elect Rachel Notley says she is committed to a renewed relationship with Alberta’s Indigenous peoples and to consulting with and learning from them. Although Aboriginal…

Misunderstanding leads to First Nation opposition to Property Ownership Act

First Nations, Canada have more in common when it comes to property rights than first thought

Misunderstanding leads to First Nation opposition to Property Ownership ActOpposition to the federal government’s plan to transfer title to reserve lands from the Crown to a First Nation government may be based on a misunderstanding of how property rights actually work in Canada. Under the proposed First Nations Property Ownership Act (FNPOA), once land title is transferred to a First Nation government that government…
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