Multiculturalism

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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25 Oct 2012 Editorial: Canada’s Aboriginal Affairs Policy Needs to Change

The following article by Mark Penninga was published on the Editorial page of the Interior News, Oct 24 2012. Find a copy of our policy report on Aboriginal Affairs here. One has only to drive through the streets of Moricetown, Gitanmaax, or Kispiox to see that there is a serious problem. Unemployment on reserves is 4X higher than the national rate. Youth incarceration is 8X higher than non-aboriginals. And fewer than 10% of students on reserve graduate in 12 years. Beginning with the 1876 Indian Act and continuing until the present, Canadian Aboriginal policy has focused on quick-fix political solutions. Our current policies: 1. justify racial segregation (through reserves); 2. maintain economic barriers (making it difficult for Aboriginals to meaningfully participate in our economy); and 3. create a separate justice system with different sentencing standards.
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06 Aug 2012 Good news: Law Planned to Allow Private Property on Reserves

The Globe and Mail is reporting that the federal Conservative government has announced it will introduce legislation making it possible for private property ownership on aboriginal reserves. This is a bold and proactive measure and ARPA Canada is very grateful to see one of the recommendations of our most recent Respectfully Submitted policy report being pursued by our federal government. Earlier this year we sent this report to all MPs and Senators, in both official languages. Many of you followed up with easy-mail letters to your MPs (if you haven't done so yet, it isn't too late). As we explained in our report, property rights are essential for economic productivity and thereby have a direct impact on employment rates, which in turn impacts the living standards, housing conditions, health, and morale of an entire community.
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31 Jul 2012 Dramatic Fertility Decline in Muslim World

www.mercatornet.com, July 31 2012: In the June 1 issue of Policy Review (Stanford University) Nicholas Eberstadt and Apoorva Shah have revealed the truly remarkable (and indeed historically unprecedented) decline in the fertility rate of the Muslim community worldwide (the Ummah). The report (which can be seen here) is interesting for what it reports – the idea that the world’s Muslim population is undergoing a fertility collapse is not in line with popular perception.  As the authors observe: “There remains a widely perceived notion — still commonly held within intellectual, academic,...

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16 Jul 2012 The fight for the soul of the AFN

John Ivison, National Post - July 14, 2012 - Only in native politics could securing the Prime Minister’s undivided attention for a day, and hooking hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding at a time of austerity, be considered a sellout. Shawn Atleo, the AFN’s National Chief, persuaded Stephen Harper to attend a Crown-First Nations gathering earlier this year, aimed at making progress toward a goal both men covet — self-sufficient, self-governing native communities. For his troubles, Mr. Atleo, who is facing a tough re-election fight next week, has...

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10 Jul 2012 Now Available (free): the Multicultural Challenge

On March 27, 2012, Dr. Cornelis Van Dam (Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary) made a presentation to Members of Parliament and Senators in the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario. This event was organized by the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada and was co-sponsored by Liberal MP John McKay and Conservative MPs Maurice Vellacott and Lawrence Toet. The attached document is a transcript of the presentation from Dr. Van Dam. Printed copies will be available at future ARPA Canada events....

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27 Jun 2012 Respectfully Submitted: Aboriginal Affairs

"Respectfully Submitted" is a policy report for MPs and Senators published by ARPA Canada. This issue is devoted to the difficult subject of government policy pertaining to Canada's Aboriginal peoples. Thanks to our donors, we are able to send a complimentary copy, in both official languages, to all of the MPs and Senators. But this is one document among many that gets mailed to them. They are much more likely to read it if you, their constituent, asks them to. We have prepared an EasyMail letter to allow you to...

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16 May 2012 Need more immigration? We’ve got a solution!

You may all be familiar with the graphic for ARPA's new website initiative launched in February 2012. It started first in SouthWestern Ontario and is now being advertised across the country. The graphic for that site was designed by the team at CompassCreative for the theTRUTHis.ca website and looks like this: In an ironic sort of twist, the Globe is now publishing a series on immigration and on the need for more and more immigrants to address labour shortages and an aging population. Check out how similar the graphic is that they...

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23 Mar 2012 Judges must consider history when sentencing aboriginals: Supreme Court

ARPA Note: The next issue of our "Respectfully Submitted" policy report to Parliament will be about aboriginal affairs. Court decisions like this make it very difficult for legislators to promote true equality beneath the law. Globe and Mail, March 23 2012: Sentencing judges who do not carefully consider lenient or creative sentences for aboriginal offenders are violating the law, the Supreme Court of Canada said in a major aboriginal law decision today. Releasing rulings in a pair of much-anticipated cases that go to the heart of separate...

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