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A voter waits to enter a polling area to cast his ballot for Assembly of First Nations National Chief on July 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Indigenous communities should be able to choose online voting, especially during COVID-19: Report

The federal government needs to amend the necessary regulations of the Indian Act and First Nations Elections Act to allow First Nations to choose their own voting methods.
A boy sits on a bridge over a man-made channel in the First Nation of Shoal Lake 40, straddling the Manitoba/Ontario border, in June 2015. Until recently, a boil-water advisory had been in place in the community for more than 20 years despite its relative close proximity to Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Tip of the iceberg: The true state of drinking water advisories in First Nations

The federal government's announcement that boil-water advisories on First Nations won't end until 2023 at the earliest isn't surprising. The true crisis is much greater than widely known.
Colten Boushie’s family fought for accountability after the racist actions of the RCMP as they investigated the death of her son who was shot and killed by a local farmer. Here she holds up his photo during the 2018 trial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

Watchdog report into RCMP investigation of Colten Boushie’s death confirms police racism

Years of research show that Indigenous, Black and racialized people experience over-policing but also, under-policing, as was the case with the RCMP investigation into Colten Boushie's death in 2016.
Clayoquot Sound, part of the Tla-o-qui-aht territory, has been the site of numerous protests against logging the forest. Meares Island was declared a Tribal Park in 1984. (Shutterstock)

Respect for Indigenous knowledge must lead nature conservation efforts in Canada

To combat the biodiversity crisis, we need to fundamentally shift our economy and society and make nature conservation the norm.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland the thumbs up after she delivered the federal budget in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal budget 2021: $18 billion is a step towards closing gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities

Budget 2021 includes significant investment in Indigenous communities. Moving forward, post-pandemic recovery and future budgets need to address systemic inequalities.
Indigenous women and gender diverse people have marched and shared the outrage at the mistreatment of women in Australia. However, there is noticeable silence from non-Indigenous Australia at the horrific statistics of violence against Indigenous women and children. Mick Tsikas/AAP

No public outrage, no vigils: Australia’s silence at violence against Indigenous women

There is an urgent need to address the high rates of violence against Indigenous women and children. Australia has been silent on these issues for too long.
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Indigenous scholars struggle to be heard in the mainstream. Here’s how journal editors and reviewers can help

Mainstream academic publishing presents many obstacles to Indigenous authors, especially the conventional peer review process — but there are ways to overcome this.
A teepee outside the women’s unit of the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert, Sask., Jan., 2001. CP PHOTO/Thomas Porter

Indigenous women, transgender and Two-Spirit people need support when leaving prison

To release anyone, particularly Indigenous women, transgender and Two-Spirit individuals without a plan is irresponsible and dangerous and does not demonstrate a commitment to reconciliation.
Students of the Metlakatla Indian Residential School, B.C. (William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada, C-015037)

Residential school survivors’ stories and experiences must be remembered as class action settlement finishes

The destruction of IAP residential school records and media reports that continually emphasize compensation will ensure that if remembered, the process will be remembered through a colonial gaze.
By identifying the need to tackle systemic discrimination instead of colonialism, Trudeau is reinforcing an established idea in Canadian politics: that colonialism is history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Not in the past: Colonialism is rooted in the present

Narratives that historicize colonialism are not new. Canadians and our leaders have a long history of denying our settler colonial present.
Indigenous people face enough health challenges and burdens that we do not need to excavate the past to embellish real concerns of the present. (Ornge Media)

Contrary to sensational reporting, Indigenous people aren’t scared of a COVID-19 vaccine

The media reporting on Indigenous vaccine hesitancy is as sensational as it is incorrect. Indigenous people, for the most part, are not more vaccine hesitant than non-Indigenous Canadians.
Supporters of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline set up a support station at kilometre 39, just outside of Gidimt'en checkpoint near Houston B.C., on January 8, 2020. The Wet'suwet'en peoples are occupying their land and trying to prevent a pipeline from going through it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Indigenous land defenders: Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 6 transcript

Indigenous land defenders: Don't Call Me Resilient EP 6 transcript.

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