Winnipeg mayor faces up to a dark reality

Brian Bowman admits his city has a problem with racism

Winnipeg mayor faces up to a dark realityPurchase this PREMIUM content for your publication or website. CALGARY, AB, Jan 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Step 1 in the 12-step program is admitting you have a problem. That’s why Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman should be congratulated for his extraordinary news conference called on an hour’s notice Thursday. He admitted – albeit in the…

How First Nations can achieve financial freedom

Developing their own resources can provide the means to maintain their people, culture and environment for future generations

How First Nations can achieve financial freedomVANCOUVER, BC, Jul 4, 2014/ Troy Media/ - While the recent Tsilhqot’in court decision giving First Nations more rights on their traditional lands could create revenue for at least some bands, exercising these rights will involve negotiations with corporations and or governments. But reaching agreements with corporations has a lot in common with reaching treaty…

Site C Dam is final straw for BC’s Treaty 8 First Nations

A total of 21 First Nations would be affected if the valley is flooded

Site C Dam is final straw for BC’s Treaty 8 First NationsEditor’s Note: DeSmog Canada/Troy Media 7-part series looks at the ramifications of building the Site C dam VANCOUVER, BC, Jul 4, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The B.C. government cannot expect support from First Nations for its much-touted liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects if the province insists on steamrolling ahead with the Site C dam, a…

The significance of the Tsilhqot’in decision

The Supreme Court has handed all Indigenous people a mighty victory

The significance of the Tsilhqot’in decisionVANCOUVER, BC, Jul 1, 2014/ Troy Media/ - On June 27th Canadians awoke to the post-denial period of Indigenous rights. Like any new day, promise and hope abounds. What tomorrow will bring is up to all Canadians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. But first, it is time to take stock. First, the dots-on-a-map theory of Aboriginal…

Maybe now First Nations have the country’s attention

Aboriginal participation in resource development on their traditional lands is now a right

Maybe now First Nations have the country’s attentionREGINA, SK, Jun 30, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The Tsilhqot’in decision issued last week by the Supreme Court of Canada is an absolute game-changer. With unexpected clarity and decisiveness, the Supreme Court recognized the Tsilhqot’in’s Aboriginal title to their traditional lands and directed governments on how they must proceed with any future development on non-treaty…

How one social enterprise is supporting First Nations development

Focus on mutual respect and shared values and earn the social license to operate

How one social enterprise is supporting First Nations developmentCALGARY, AB, Jun 1, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Various organizations are finding new ways to generate revenues by selling services that create simultaneous social and economic benefits. One such success story is Impact Society, a Calgary-based social enterprise partnering with corporations to build economic and social sufficiency within First Nations communities. Jack Toth, Impact Society’s…

Anxious communities still await fate of Site C dam

Joint Review Panel report says BC Hydro hasn't proven need for dam

Anxious communities still await fate of Site C damVICTORIA, BC, May 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The proposed Site C dam on the Peace River is the best alternative for providing B.C. with reliable cheap power, but B.C. Hydro has not proved that the power is needed in the immediate future, says a much-anticipated report by the federal Joint Review Panel. The report…

How Indigenous outlooks can transform your organization

Five ways to integrate Indigenous-based practices into your organization to support innovation and enhance performance

How Indigenous outlooks can transform your organizationVICTORIA, BC, Apr 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The outdoor education organization Outward Bound emerged during the Second World War to build resilience with merchant marine sailors. The German U-boats were sinking merchant vessels and younger sailors were perishing in the North Atlantic more than their more "grizzled" colleagues. What started as a boot camp…

First Nations but second tier democracy

How can a government that stands up for electoral rights abroad stay silent about exclusionary laws at home?

First Nations but second tier democracyVANCOUVER, BC, Apr 15, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The concept of “democracy” is important to many Canadians. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has received awards identifying him as a “champion of democracy, freedom and human rights” and the government has frequently spoken out against democratic violations in other countries. Here at home, there has been a…

Racism at root of hockey conflict in Manitoba

Violence erupted during a game between a First Nation team and a white team

Racism at root of hockey conflict in ManitobaWINNIPEG, MB, Apr 14, 2014/ Troy Media/ - It is impossible to defend the violence that took place during the bantam hockey game between Lake Manitoba First Nation and a team from the white community of Stonewall. An official was attacked by LMFN players. While the perpetrators must be severely punished, that won’t stop this…