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Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa and Blood Tribe formalize historic agreement

The Blood Tribe, residents of Canada’s largest reserve, will receive $150 million by the end of the summer to settle an historic claim that the federal government destroyed the tribe’s cattle industry over a century ago. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indian Day Schools settlement hearing wrapping up in Winnipeg

A three-day hearing into a proposed settlement for survivors of Indian Day Schools was scheduled to wrap up Wednesday in Winnipeg. Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan is deciding whether to approve the settlement for a nation-wide class action lawsuit to »


Notable book recommendations from across northern Canada

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North.  The First Nations Book Fair (Kwahiatonhk: Salon du livre des Premières Nations) gets underway in the Canadian province of Quebec November 22-25 to promote Indigenous books and authors. Eye »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Reconciliation or creating divisions? History, Canada, Macdonald and the First Nations peoples.

(public commenting is open- scroll to bottom- Comments will be posted following moderation) There is a recent social justice movement in Canada that has gained great momentum and influence in the political area. Statues of once important figures in Canadian »

Indigenous, International, Politics

Parliamentary Debate: Papal apology for role in disastrous residential schools.

Today the Canadian Parliament will begin debate  on whether to ask Pope Francis to issue a formal apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the tragic residential school system That system was an over 100 year bitterly dark »

Politics, Society

What’s in a name? A heavy historical burden

Important historical figures targeted for tarnished past He was the “Father of Confederation” and fought years of very hard political battles to create Canada. But now there’s a stain on his name. Sir John A Macdonald has in the past »

Indigenous, Politics

Justin Trudeau apologizes to residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized to former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools for Canada’s “colonial ways,” acknowledging that words alone are not enough to heal the “dark and shameful chapter in our country’s history.” Speaking before an »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Sixties Scoop: Government to give $800 million to aboriginals

“The Sixties Scoop was a dark painful chapter in Canada’s history. The survivors have identified the loss of language and culture, and therefore their identity, as the greatest harm. The creation of a foundation will directly address the need for »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report released

More than 3,200 aboriginal children attending Canada’s infamous Indian residential schools died and were often buried in unmarked graves, according to the final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which called the policy of forced assimilation “a cultural genocide.” The »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission ends

After six years of hearing testimony, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) wrapped up hearings this week in the national capital, Ottawa. A summary of the final report is expected to be released tomorrow. The commission was set up to »