How do new Canadians see Indigenous issues?

It’s a mistake to assume that recent immigrants to Canada, who make up 20% of our population, will easily understand and embrace the Indigenous, who make up 4.3%

How do new Canadians see Indigenous issues?Two powerful, painful and potentially course-changing reports on the Indigenous should impact how Canadians view our past and present, and how we chart our future. But much work remains. Most recently, there’s been much reflection, assessment and discussion on the report from the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). It’s…

Diversity in the media safeguards democracy

Diversity in the media safeguards democracyMedia’s role in society is integral for a healthy democracy. However, a lack of diversity within journalism is a significant detriment. Since Sept. 6, social media has been abuzz after an op-ed arguing against ethnic diversity was published by the Vancouver Sun and The Province – two of British Columbia’s largest newspapers. The op-ed sends…

Ruling exposes Ottawa’s Indigenous consultation failure

Ruling delaying the Trans Mountain pipeline once again makes it clear we need legislation to clarify what indigenous consultation means

Ruling exposes Ottawa’s Indigenous consultation failureBy Ashley Stedman and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute In yet another example of the federal government’s failure to get Indigenous consultation right, the Federal Court of Appeal recently ruled that six of 12 legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion can proceed. The result? Canada’s energy sector will continue to face transportation constraints,…

Serving the needs of female entrepreneurs

Shannon Pestun of ATB Financial talks about creating an innovative, gender-intelligent banking model

Serving the needs of female entrepreneursShannon Pestun is the director of women’s entrepreneurship and part of the Indigenous Relations Advisory Circle at ATB Financial. Tell me about women's entrepreneurship at ATB, what it does and its goal and mission? Pestun: At ATB, we have always known that entrepreneurs are crucial to the success of Alberta’s economy. And we know the…

Using money to bring fairness to Indigenous groups

The Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla need to put the Ridley Terminal money to work on things that will lead to future returns for their people

Using money to bring fairness to Indigenous groupsIf there are any special Canadian values, fairness is surely one of them. We want and expect our laws and courts to be fair. Our economy, too, should give everyone an opportunity to do well. The resulting income streams should not excessively reward the rich nor should our taxes penalize the poor. The United States,…

A criminal charge based on the race of the victim is wrong

Not all the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report recommendations stand up to scrutiny

A criminal charge based on the race of the victim is wrongThe Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIW) report declares that violence against Indigenous women is genocide. But do the recommendations stand up to scrutiny? Already, a Senate committee is at work dealing with some the report’s 200-plus recommendations, as part of the Senate’s study of an omnibus criminal justice act, Bill C-75. One…

RBC works relentlessly toward Indigenous economic inclusion

Dale Sturges talks about the array of programs RBC offers to be recognized as a bank that stands for Indigenous prosperity

RBC works relentlessly toward Indigenous economic inclusionDale Sturges is national managing director of the Indigenous Financial Services Group with RBC. Does RBC offer any unique programs or services to meet the needs of Alberta’s Indigenous community? Sturges: RBC offers a number of programs to support access to education and employment for Indigenous people, including the RBC Indigenous Talent Development Program, which…

Bill C-69 is a loose, vague obstacle to development

The law is so full of giant holes that it could make things much worse for anyone planning a large project to improve our economy

Bill C-69 is a loose, vague obstacle to developmentCanada is no longer a low-risk, high-return venue for investment. The federal government has boxed itself into a corner in its attempts to square the process for reviewing and approving large mining, pipeline or other projects. It has run counter to the private sector’s desire for any such process to be clear, simple, relatively quick,…

Appropriation isn’t a crime, it’s natural cultural evolution

Cultural appropriation is how people learn. We take the most useful information we come across and pass it on to our children

Appropriation isn’t a crime, it’s natural cultural evolutionThe controversy concerning what’s called cultural appropriation has taken a strange new twist. Complaints about this newly-invented crime have typically involved Indigenous artists complaining that a non-Indigenous person has appropriated something from them. But now a group of Inuit claims a fellow Indigenous artist has culturally appropriated the throat-singing they say belongs to them alone…

University’s Indigenous strategy is a threat to academic standards

Document contains serious flaws and constitutes an unprecedented threat to academic freedom and freedom of inquiry

University’s Indigenous strategy is a threat to academic standardsIn September 2018, the Office of Academic Indigenization provided Mount Royal University (MRU) faculty with a document entitled Indigenizing Mount Royal’s Curricula: A Call For Engagement. This document affirmed the Calgary university’s commitment “to indigenizing its curricula to ensure that all students graduate with a basic understanding of Indigenous content informed by Indigenous perspectives,” and…

Reimagining how Indigenous business creates value

Trent Fequet talks about how Steel River Group has evolved and grown in just two short years, despite tough economic conditions

Reimagining how Indigenous business creates valueTrent Fequet is president and CEO of Steel River Group. What’s Steel River Group and what does it do? What’s its history? Fequet: Steel River Group is a privately-held and Indigenous-owned-and-operated company. Born out of the deep belief that we need to reimagine how an Indigenous business can create and contribute value to their community,…

Canadians have become habituated to howling for political effect

There’s still time to lower our voices, choose our words and stop talking long enough to listen to our neighbours

Canadians have become habituated to howling for political effectIt might be going a tad far to say overstatement is killing our democracy. Hyperbole in politics has been around since the world’s second oldest profession followed the world’s oldest profession into existence. U.S. President Donald Trump is hardly the first to have gained high office through gifted manipulation of the fibber’s foghorn. Yet we…

Trudeau is wrong – it’s not genocide

Canada, while imperfect, has worked hard to be open, tolerant and understanding in its beliefs and policies. The PM’s words don't reflect that

Trudeau is wrong – it’s not genocideThe outcome of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was going to be difficult for the Indigenous Canadian community – and Canadians in general. That much was always clear. What happened last week, however, changed the parameters of this discussion and led us down a rabbit hole we should have never…

CAPP urging Canadians to vote for energy in October federal election

‘A vote for energy is a vote for Canada's future and sends the message Canada can supply energy to the world’

CAPP urging Canadians to vote for energy in October federal electionThe Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is urging Canadians to vote for energy in the ballot box during October's federal election. Canada's next federal government has an opportunity to help define a strategic, long-term vision for the growth of Canada's oil and natural gas sector, said CAPP in releasing Oil and Natural Gas Priorities:…

It’s time to begin the reconciliation process in America

U.S. must follow Canada’s lead to invite tribes into Columbia River Treaty negotiation

It’s time to begin the reconciliation process in AmericaSince 1964, the Columbia River Treaty has played a key role in governing river flows and management priorities in the transboundary Columbia River Basin. Since last May, the federal governments of the U.S. and Canada have been negotiating a new deal for the treaty, which will help direct the basin’s future. The discussion surrounding this…
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