Why Quebec but not Indigenous appointments to the Supreme Court?

There is no justification for not also recognizing the special place of Indigenous people

Why Quebec but not Indigenous appointments to the Supreme Court?VANCOUVER, BC, Mar 28, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Last week’s Supreme Court of Canada decision nullifying the appointment of Justice Nadon to the Court is of importance to Indigenous people seeking justice through the Canadian court system. Since 1875 there has been a requirement that a certain number of seats on the Supreme Court be…

Manitoba Metis Federation up in arms over ‘senseless’ PUB decision

The Manitoba Public Utilities Board deemed a transmission line to serve two new dams beyond scope of its hearings

Manitoba Metis Federation up in arms over ‘senseless’ PUB decisionWINNIPEG, MB, Mar 24, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The Manitoba Public Utilities Board (PUB) decision not to include the construction of the $3.28 billion Bi-pole III transmission line as part of Manitoba Hydro's plan to build two new dams (Conawapa and Keeyask) and a transmission line to run to Minnesota doesn’t make sense. Just ask…

How can 824 women disappear without raising alarm?

Canada is treating the cases of missing First Nations and Metis women with indifference

How can 824 women disappear without raising alarm?WINNIPEG, MB, Mar 14, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The numbers have always been sad, and horrific, but the new, revised, updated and more accurate database which substantially increases the total of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada is a complete indictment on our society. How can 824 of our fellow citizens disappear without a…

Aboriginals owe their souls to “the company store”

Northern Stores enjoys almost complete control over every aspect of First Nations people

Aboriginals owe their souls to “the company store”WINNIPEG, MB, Mar 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Tennessee Ernie Ford scored a major hit with the song “Sixteen Tons”. The key line goes “Saint Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go, I owe my soul to the company store”. Ford was singing about the way mining companies used to build whole towns…

Aboriginal entertainment doing just fine thank you very much

They may not have broken through to the mainstream yet, but Canada's indigenous entertainers no longer really care

Aboriginal entertainment doing just fine thank you very muchWINNIPEG, MB, Jan 30, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Back in 1982, the only Indians we saw on TV were either dancing pow wow, protesting at some government office building or down and out on "Main Street". Modern or "contemporary" Native entertainment on mainstream TV and live theatre or concert stages was few and far between.…

Canada’s lost youth

The abuse which took place in Residential Schools created the social problems young Aboriginals are experiencing today

Canada’s lost youthWINNIPEG, MB, Jan 25, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is documenting its findings after interviewing thousands of survivors of the Indian Residential School (IRS) experience and it is pretty much what might have been expected. Enormous trauma inflicted on these people has created deep mental and emotional suffering and there…

Harper approach to resource development not in national interest

The true cost of accounting of indigenous economics would stop Northern Gateway in its tracks

Harper approach to resource development not in national interestVICTORIA, BC, Jan 20, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The Joint Review Panel from the National Energy Board released its report on December 19, 2013, approving Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposal with 209 conditions. The federal cabinet must give its final say for the project within 180 days of the report. The Conservatives have been vocally supportive…

The method behind Terry Nelson’s madness

The new Grand Chief of the Southern Chief’s Organization is getting ready to once again rock the boat

The method behind Terry Nelson’s madnessWINNIPEG, MB, Jan 19, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The election of Terry Nelson as Grand Chief of the Southern Chief’s Organization (SCO) is going to make things a lot more interesting here in Manitoba. The controversial First Nations leader has a knack for getting under people’s skin and creating sensational headlines. I suggest we wipe…

Idle No More’s most important achievement

The movement showed Aboriginal youth how to work together for the greater good

Idle No More’s most important achievementWINNIPEG, MB, Jan 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - It is becoming apparent from a historical context that the greatest purpose served by Idle No More might be that it has provided something meaningful for young First Nation people to join that reaches beyond their own individual needs and dreams. That is not to say that…

How the Washington Redskins got their name

Blame it on the “captivity narratives” written by bored pioneer housewives

How the Washington Redskins got their nameWINNIPEG, MB, Jan 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ - It all started with “captivity narratives” that were written by bored housewives during North America’s pioneer days. The men were out on the trail, and the children were away at the local, one-room schoolhouse. There had been reports of Indians in the area. Quite often, that bored…