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Indigenous community members outside the Victorian coroners court ahead of the release of a report into the death of Veronica Nelson. Tamati Smith/Getty Images

‘Discriminatory impact on First Nations people’: coroner calls for urgent bail reform in Veronica Nelson inquest

Arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and denied bail, Veronica Nelson died alone in a cell. A Victorian coroner has called for urgent reform of the state’s tough bail laws.
Former Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Chief Shane Gottfriedson, left, speaks as hiwus (Chief) Warren Paull, of the shíshálh Nation, listens during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Jan. 21, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada’s $2.8 billion settlement with Indigenous Day Scholars is a long time coming

This new agreement finally allows First Nations to decide for themselves how the funding will revitalize their language and culture independently of the government.
Clockwise from left: Curramulka Community Club, St Francis House, book cover (ABC Books), Flinders University, State Library of New South Wales.

Vince Copley had a vision for a better Australia – and he helped make it happen, with lifelong friend Charles Perkins

Vince Copley lived a long, impressive life, helping to make a better world for Aboriginal people. Born on a mission in 1936, he died aged 85, just after finishing his memoir, on 10 January 2022.
Protesters interrupt a speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — demanding that the government stop invading Indigenous land — during the opening ceremony of COP15, the UN conference on biodiversity, in Montréal, on Dec. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Indigenous conservation funding must reflect Canada’s true debt to First Nations, Inuit and Métis

In order to meet its 2030 biodiversity targets, Canada is heavily relying on Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, which could do more harm than good for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
A sign on Charlotte St., in Sackville, N.B. Women rarely come from places named after women, and the exceptions usually commemorate them differently than men. (Peter Barr)

Women are vastly underrepresented in Canada’s place names

Far more streets, buildings and public spaces in Canada are named after men than women, despite women making up a majority of the population.
Duncan McCue, left, walks with Rocky James, a podcast guest on CBC’s ‘Kuper Island.’ (Evan Aagaard/CBC Podcasts)

How to decolonize journalism — Podcast

Canadian journalist institutions have failed to address their ongoing colonialism and that has meant that urgent Indigenous issues have been ignored or sensationalized.
Neighbours from Tla’amin, K’omoks, Qualicum and Tsimshian Nations gather around the newly. erected plaque on Xwe’etay honoring the ancestral Indigenous people of the island. (Kathy Schulz)

How community-engaged archaeology can be a pathway to reconciliation

One project on a small island in B.C. is demonstrating how archaeology can bring communities together and serve as a basis for reconciliation.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with Yothu Yindi board member Djaawa Yunupingu during the Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land, where he announced his plan for a referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Aaron Bunch/AAP

The power of yindyamarra: how we can bring respect to Australian democracy

Liberal democracy has been a failure for First Nations people – a Voice to Parliament must add more weight to the scales.

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