Opinion

Education is key to reconciliation

GC Peters - 2014 - Square
To the children we lost, the ones who survived, and the families who were never the same without them, today we honour and recognize your stories and your truths. For more than 100 years, our children were taken from us. Our communities and families suffered as 150,000 little boys and girls were removed from their homes and taken to schools where their language was beat out of them, where they ...
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Federal Budget leaves First Nations behind again

GC Peters - 2014 - Square
Indigenous communities are being left behind yet again by Stephen Harper’s conservative government. In his 2015 budget, he offers extensive tax cuts for the wealthiest 15 per cent of tax payers, while in the same breath balances the books by shortchanging First Nations on vital programs and services. Notably absent from the budget is any sort of stimulus to support First Nations to grow our eco...
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Letter to the Editor: “First Nations need real reform” by Lorne Gunter

GC Peters - 2014 - Square
In a recent editorial, Lorne Gunter argued in your paper that Ottawa has continued to fail First Nations in their continued efforts to “break the cycle of bad governance” in our communities. This article has a valid point in that the Band Council system in many cases is not working, but entirely misses the fact that this is not a failure of First Nations leadership, but instead a failure of a s...
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Broken promises and more broken promises: First Nations education left behind yet again

GC Peters - 2014 - Square
Last year, the federal government introduced its First Nations control of First Nations Education Bill (Bill C-33) to substantial backlash from Indigenous communities across the country. The deceivingly named bill faced criticisms for its unnecessarily intrusive government oversight, transferring liability to First Nations without transferring authority and financing, and didn’t succeed in recogni...
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Bill C-51 is about control, not terrorism

GC Peters - 2014 - Square
As Indigenous peoples we have experienced the oppression and control of Canada’s colonist government for the past 150 years. We have suffered through policies and laws that have tried to exterminate us, assimilate us, oppress us and silence us. This is our experience in our homelands, and it continues to this day. Our peoples have become quick studies when it comes to assessing the underlying d...
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MMIW: Victims and families deserve more than an accused abuser as an advocate

DGC Denise Stonefish
We live in a world where 1,200 of our Indigenous daughters, mothers, sisters, aunties and friends have gone missing or been murdered since 1980.  A world where our justice, health and social service systems are failing these women and girls every single day. Our missing and murdered women deserve more, and we need to continue to demand more for them. Whether solutions look like an inquiry, impr...
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Pushing forward: a reflection on 2014

GC Peters - 2014 - Square
As 2014 winds down and comes to a close, I have been reflecting on the incredible amount of progress Indigenous peoples have made this year in several high-impact areas. From education, to child welfare, to treaty work, our communities have spent this year exercising their jurisdiction in more and more formidable ways. This year we saw the completion of a precedent-setting human rights tribunal...
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A reflection on First Nations contributions to the First and Second World Wars

GC Peters - 2014 - Square
Every year on Remembrance Day I think about my grandfathers, father, uncles, and the 6,000 First Nations soldiers who served alongside the Canadian Forces throughout the First and Second World Wars. These men and women were not Canadian citizens and not subject to conscription efforts. Regardless, they volunteered and stood as allies with their settler brothers - nation to nation - in defense o...
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An open letter to all Canadians and members of the media

Bill Curry Tweet - Ottawa Shooting - October 22, 2014
On Wednesday, October 22, people across Canada stood together, collectively watching a tragedy unfold in Ottawa. Thoughts and prayers reached out from all across the country in solidarity with those in the capital. I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Throughout the day, people tuned in to radios, live-streamed news broadcasts from the...
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Letter to Minister Valcourt – First Nations Education

Honourable Bernard Valcourt Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H4 Minister Valcourt, Your refusal to meet with First Nations leadership to discuss Bill C-33,First Nations Control of First Nation Education Actis inconsistent with the honour of the Crown. On May 15th, 2014, the NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic, Jean Crowder, asked i...
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