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Immigration & Refugees, Indigenous, Politics, Society

New citizenship oath to acknowledge rights of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

The Liberal government has introduced legislation that would amend the citizenship oath to include a reference to the rights of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced Thursday. Mendicino said the proposed changes to the oath would require an »

Politics, Society

Legislation introduced for holiday to honour residential school survivors

The federal government is making another attempt to create a new statutory holiday that would honour victims and survivors of Indian residential schools, a policy that saw more than 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children separated from their parents »

Society

B.C. increases funding to help repatriate precious Indigenous treasures

British Columbia’s provincial government is increasing its funding to help Indigenous communities repatriate ancestral remains and cultural objects from around the world. The government has announced it is contributing $500,000 to the B.C. Museums Association to provide a range of »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Senator Lynn Beyak apologizes, says posting racist letters was wrong

A Canadian senator, hailed by some as a defender of free speech and vilified by others as a racist, has apologized to her colleagues in the upper chamber for posting offensive letters on her official website and refusing to take »

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

New statutory holiday coming to honour residential school victims

Canada’s federal government is in the process of establishing a new statutory holiday to mark the country’s dark residential school history. Ottawa is currently consulting with Indigenous leaders to establish the date. The Globe and Mail reports two dates are »

Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Statue of Canada’s first prime minister is removed in Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, may be the most traditional of all Canadian cities, at least of those birthed when what was once called the British Empire ruled much of the world. People still take tea at the majestic »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous

Nuclear waste management body strives for reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians

Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) was set up with one goal: to find a burial site for the country’s used nuclear fuel. But the Ontario-based non-profit organization says that while it’s looking for a suitable site to safely entomb »

Indigenous, Society

Missing and murdered indigenous women: from 1200 to 4000?

Missing and murdered aboriginal women were a neglected group in Canada for many years. Now preparations are underway for a national inquiry. One of the latest revelations is, that the total number of victims may be more in the range »

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 »