Multiculturalism

11 May 2018 How Canadian: government forces an apology but ignores the substance of the issue

by André Schutten Members of Parliament voted overwhelmingly (269 to 10) in favour of a motion calling on Canada’s Roman Catholic bishops to request the pope visit Canada to apologize for the Church’s role in the residential schools. The residential school system was deeply flawed and perpetrated much evil against vulnerable children. It separated indigenous children from their parents without the families’ consent, violating the family unit with the force of law. The Roman Catholic Church and other denominations were willing cooperators with the government in running this school system. Nevertheless, this call...

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26 Sep 2017 M-103

MP Iqra Khalid Parliament's Heritage Committee has started a round of public hearings that were mandated earlier this year with the passage of Motion 103. That motion instructed the Committee to "undertake a study of how the government could develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia.” ARPA lawyer John Sikkema has been watching some of the hearings in Ottawa, and he says it's becoming clear that the committee is broadening the focus of its discussions beyond just the term "Islamophobia". He says the motion...

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18 Aug 2017 Irreconcilable? Indigenous Peoples and Canada at 150

by Colin Postma Despite all the talk of reconciliation with Canada’s aboriginal population over the years, all is still not well in the minds of many Canadians. Canada recently celebrated its 150th Birthday. Canadian flags, parades, and fireworks were the staple in every Canadian city, town, and village. In my home town of Ottawa, thousands waited in line for hours in heavy rain just to be a part of the events on Parliament Hill. But many Canadians felt differently. One of my Facebook friends posted a picture of himself wearing a shirt with...

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16 May 2017 Special Donor Opportunity: ARPA’s Bible Project

Help us bring God’s Word to every MP, Senator, MLA and MPP in Canada!     This year marks the 150th birthday of Canada and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. To commemorate the special occasion, with your help, ARPA Canada is hoping to present a Bible to every one of our approximately 1,200 federal and provincial government officials. We plan to include a special card encouraging them to look to God’s Word for life and wisdom. “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me...

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22 Feb 2017 Letter to the Editor Contest

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10 Sep 2014 Myths and Realities of First Nations Education

  The Fraser Institute has published a research paper titled "Myths and Realities of First Nations Education" and as can be seen by the graphic to the left, there is a visible distinction between First Nations and public schools, and not for the right reasons. The report looks at the per student cost of educating children in public schools compared with reserve schools and the standards required (or not) by both systems. The authors state that "simply increasing government funding for education does not result in a better education...

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03 Feb 2014 The Truth about Missionaries: Bearers of Freedom

ARPA Note: We are reposting this article because of its clear significance to our Canadian context. It should be a wake-up call to anyone who believes that we can change a society for good by leaving God's Word hidden in our homes. By John Stonestreet, Breakpoint Commentaries: What's been perhaps the greatest force for democracy and freedom in the world? Read the surprising answer. For the last several generations, missionaries have gotten a lot of bad press. They're called cultural imperialists or tools of colonial oppression, and in the pages of books such as "The Poisonwood Bible," or, for an earlier generation, James Michener's "Hawaii," they're presented as paternalistic, ignorant enemies of glorious indigenous cultures. Even many supporters of so-called "native missionaries" in Asia, Africa, and Latin America suggest that Western missionaries should just "stay home" and "let the nationals do it." But a funny thing happened on the way to missionary irrelevance: Ground-breaking, peer-reviewed research reveals that the presence of Protestant missionaries is the greatest predictor of whether a nation develops into a stable representative democracy with robust levels of literacy, political freedom, and women's rights.
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31 Aug 2013 Quebec’s Charter plan is not about symbols – it threatens religion itself

By Robert Joustra (published in Globe and Mail, Aug 22, 2013): It wasn't that long ago that Prime Minister David Cameron called for a 'muscular liberalism' to solve the multicultural problems that ailed Britain. Hot on his heels, Germany's Angela Merkel called multiculturalism a failure. Look not at its French language or historic cobbled streets – here is proof that Quebec is the most European of Canada's provinces. Even major public intellectual Charles Taylor, a philosopher who is no stranger to multicultural controversy, couldn't restrain his incredulity: "I didn't think...

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23 Jan 2013 Why Idle No More holds back the dream of Canadian equality

National Post, Jan 23 2012: When it comes to speaking out about the Idle No More protests that have been spreading across the country, I’ve been Idle Too Long, and I feel the need to express my point of view without disrupting innocent travellers on highways, or cargo-carrying freight trains. First, allow me to clarify that I am a Cree man with full status. I have family in positions of political power in my home province of Alberta, and should declare that my opinions are my own. While everyone needles...

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11 Jan 2013 Hunger Strikes, Protests and Politics: A Reformed Perspective

The Idle No More movement and the hunger strike of Chief Spence from Attawapiskat have dominated the news for the past month. What is a Reformed perspective on all of this? Does the Bible have anything to say? It certainly does! The Bible has something to say about the Idle No More movement, about the actions of Chief Spence and about our government's historic treatment of First Nations. Let's consider just four points:
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