News - Indigenous

November 15, 2010
For the past four years, the federal government has refused to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, claiming that Canada could not support resource rights, the right to...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, All of Canada, International
January 18, 2010
An article in the online magazine, Global Voices looks into the crisis of Aboriginal youth suicides in Canada due to poverty, colonization, isolation and lack of basic services. Suicide rates have...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Indigenous, All of Canada
March 30, 2009
In February, the Victoria Times Colonist published a seven part series about the Indigenous housing crisis on the West Coast. The series exposed the poorly constructed houses, overcrowding, mold and...
Keywords: Housing, Indigenous, British Columbia
October 5, 2008
Indigenous women's organizations are calling on all candidates in the upcoming federal election to stop the violence against indigenous women and children and to uphold and promote the rights of all...
Keywords: Indigenous, Women, All of Canada
August 4, 2008
Pivot Legal Society, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and the United Native Nations have filed a human rights complaint against the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association...
Keywords: Disability, Homelessness, Human Rights, Indigenous, British Columbia
June 28, 2008
Recently the Canadian government enacted legislation that gives the same human rights to First Nation members living on reserve as Canadians in the rest of Canada. Previously, native people on...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, All of Canada
June 28, 2008
Over one hundred Innu families who have been occupying their traditional territories are facing eviction by the Newfoundland and Labrador government. The evictions are seen as part of an ongoing...
Keywords: Indigenous, Newfoundland, Québec
June 28, 2008
In memory of all the missing and murdered women and children, aboriginal women are walking from Victoria, BC to Ottawa from June to September 2008. Gladys Radek, who lost a niece to the Highway of...
Keywords: Indigenous, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada
May 28, 2008
On May 29th, Aboriginal people across Canada will hold the second National Aboriginal Day of in Action. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) calls upon people in Canada to stand together to call on...
Keywords: Indigenous, Organizing, All of Canada
January 8, 2008
New research by Jack Hicks, a social research consultant living in Iqaluit, Nunavut, tracks how suicide trends in the Arctic correlate with increased colonialism and modernization in the Arctic....
Keywords: Indigenous, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, All of Canada, International
January 2, 2008
The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women has a new fact sheet, Women’s experiences of social programs for people with low incomes (in PDF). This fact sheet weaves together the...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Indigenous, Welfare, Women, All of Canada
November 14, 2007
In follow up to his recent visit to Canada, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Miloon Kothari, has released a press release that calls for Canada to take immediate action to tackle the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Indigenous, All of Canada
November 5, 2007
Legal Services Society has just approved the following report: Building Bridges: Improving Legal Services for Aboriginal Peoples (PDF) prepared by Ardith Walkem (First Nations lawyer). The report...
Keywords: Indigenous, Legal Research, British Columbia
June 26, 2007
Last week, at the National Aboriginal Women's Summit, the Minister for Heritage and the Status of Women announced five years of funding to build and support women's shelters on reserves. According to...
Keywords: Indigenous, Violence, Women, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, All of Canada
April 6, 2007
The Strategic Research and Analysis Directorate at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada has released a report called Levels and Sources of Individual and Household Level Income for Inuit in Canada,...
Keywords: Indigenous, Poverty Research, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Québec
March 22, 2007
The federal government has promised an increase of $21 million for First Nations in this years budget. This is a far cry from the $5 billion dollars promised in the Kelowna Accord which the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Indigenous, All of Canada
February 27, 2007
For the past eight years native groups have been asking the BC government for an inquiry into the death of Frank Paul. Frank Paul, a Mi'kmaq man from New Brunswick, died of exposure after police left...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, Violence, British Columbia
February 18, 2007
Across the country there are two projects involving low income women taking photographs of their lives. In Saskatchewan a group of First Nations women are photographing what they see everyday as part...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Indigenous, Women, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan
January 7, 2007
In November, women who use the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC) asked the centre to be remain open after regular hours and act as a shelter for homeless women. With the help of volunteers, the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Indigenous, Organizing, Women, British Columbia
January 7, 2007
First Nations people across Canada have become increasingly unhappy with the Conservative government's policies on First Nations issues. According to an article in the Straight Goods, "Deep-sixing...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, All of Canada
September 4, 2006
Some churches in Australian are calling on a campaign to make indigenous poverty history in Australia. Indigenous leaders in Australia have had to continually remind Australian Christians that the...
Keywords: Indigenous, International
July 13, 2006
The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to protect the rights of aboriginal peoples throughout the world. This includes their rights to land and resources as well as a...
Keywords: Indigenous, International
July 6, 2006
Only Canada and Russia voted against a Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People. By a 30-2 vote, the council approved the declaration that said indigenous people should be free from discrimination...
Keywords: Indigenous, International
June 12, 2006
"The First Nations Summit Chiefs, upon creating the First Nations Technology Council in 2002, declared the internet a crucial element of life, as vital as clean water or community land." The Tyee's...
Keywords: Indigenous, Technology, British Columbia
June 10, 2006
A major study by the Medical Journal entitled "The Lancet" shows that indigenous communities in every world country have poor health in comparison with 'non-indigenous' populations. Evidence of this...
Keywords: Indigenous, International
May 5, 2006
A new research report, Home is Where the Heart is and Right now that is Nowhere (in PDF) by the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg examines hidden homelessness among Aboriginal...
Keywords: Homelessness, Indigenous, All of Canada
April 1, 2006
Alberta's Reverend Hutchison called on the Federal government to provide housing for aboriginal peoples. He sees housing creation as a way to put an end to homelessness, however, an editorialist...
Keywords: Homelessness, Indigenous, All of Canada
February 8, 2006
Aboriginal children, on and off reserves are not doing nearly as well as non-Aboriginal children. Over half of Aboriginal children live in poverty. Twice as many Aboriginal babies will be born...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Indigenous, Violence, All of Canada
January 8, 2006
The increased cost of fuel has made it difficult for Elders and low income earners of the Yukon's Kwantlen-Dun nation to pay their energy bills. The First Nation's Director of Finance is very...
Keywords: Indigenous, Utilities, Yukon
November 5, 2005
Rainbow Lodge, a 32-unit transitional housing facility that will provide support to homeless families opened in Calgary. This project will be managed by a Tri-Agency Committee that includes Métis...
Keywords: Alberta, Family, Homelessness, Indigenous
June 29, 2005
This summer a writer and activist from Montreal is travelling across Canada and visiting various indigenous communities. He is recording how different nations have current threats to their very...
Keywords: Indigenous, All of Canada
June 29, 2005
For the past couple for months residents of Haida Gwaii have stepped up the fight for local control over island forests by setting up roadblocks. The Tyee has an article about what is happening in...
Keywords: Indigenous, British Columbia
June 29, 2005
The city of Calgary's Communities Strategies has released a newsletter on issues impacting Calgary's Aboriginal community called Beyond Beads and Feathers (in PDF).
Keywords: Alberta, Indigenous
December 3, 2004
A World Socialist web posted news story indicates leaked cabinet documents reveal that the Australian government intends to make Australia’s indigenous people a test case for a sweeping assault on...
Keywords: Indigenous, Welfare, International
October 16, 2004
From a report by Amnesty International: "Social and economic marginalization of indigenous women, including some government policies, have pushed indigenous women into "extreme poverty, homelessness...
Keywords: Indigenous, Violence, Women, All of Canada
May 3, 2004
A homeless count in Winnipeg illustrated that the majority of the city's homeless were aboriginal. Anti-poverty activists and first nations leaders say that the federal government is largely...
Keywords: Homelessness, Indigenous, Manitoba
April 30, 2004
"The poverty rate among Aboriginal peoples in the country’s 12 largest cities is between twice and four times the rate for non-Aboriginal people. More than 50 per cent of Aboriginal children live in...
Keywords: Indigenous, All of Canada
March 19, 2004
Life expectancy for First Nations and Inuit peoples in Canada is five to 10 years shorter than other Canadians and infant mortality rates among these communities is two to three times that of the...
Keywords: Health, Indigenous, All of Canada
March 19, 2004
The Federal Government dedicated a surplus building in Kingston Ontario to be used for housing aboriginal families who are without adequate homes. This project is part of the National Housing...
Keywords: Housing, Indigenous, Ontario
March 19, 2004
Life expectancy for First Nations and Inuit peoples in Canada is five to 10 years shorter than other Canadians and infant mortality rates among these communities is two to three times that of the...
Keywords: Health, Indigenous, All of Canada