Aboriginal Affairs Tag

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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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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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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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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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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15 Dec 2011 Ottawa proposes first nations property ownership

Globe and Mail, Dec 15 2011: Conservative MPs are proposing a fundamental change to Canada’s reserve system, advocating legislation that would allow natives to own private property within the communal land of reserves. The change – recommended Wednesday in a Conservative-led prebudget report by the House of Commons finance committee – would mark a dramatic shift for individuals living on reserve. It would make it easier to accumulate wealth and to use homes as collateral when seeking bank loans to start businesses. Keep...

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30 Nov 2011 Aboriginal Affairs and “Failed Experiments”

John Ivison - National Post 28 November 2011 - Canadians are accustomed to the Red Cross sending emergency aid to Haiti and the Horn of Africa. They are less used to the organization sending blankets and winter clothing to impoverished native Canadians living in tents. In the stricken northern Ontario aboriginal community of Attawapiskat, it is being portrayed as an alternative to government. The Red Cross stepped in after Alberta wildfires and Quebec floods, but Attawapiskat is a slower-moving disaster. The fly-in reserve near James Bay is facing an acute...

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