What are urban reserves

Posted by Bob Joseph

Mar 27, 2015 8:30:00 AM

This is the second installment in our series on First Nation reserves. The first part provided some FAQs on reserves whereas this article will provide some information on urban reserves. According to the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development website, as of 2008, there were over 120 urban reserves across Canada [1]. The province with the highest number of urban reserves is Saskatchewan with 54, including oldest, the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation urban reserve in Saskatoon, which was created in 1988.

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Topics: First Nations

Community Engagement for Aboriginal Recruitment

Posted by Bob Joseph

Mar 24, 2015 4:03:29 PM

Aboriginal Peoples are the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population and are an obvious target for employee recruitment. But, before you start your outreach to rural or urban Aboriginal communities take the time to learn about the communities you hope to recruit employees from. Time spent in advance of the initial contact is time well spent.

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Topics: Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention

Aboriginal Youth Mountain Biking Program

Posted by Bob Joseph

Mar 16, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Every so often a shining example of recognizing an opportunity to reach out and work with an Aboriginal community for the betterment of all comes along that really tugs our heartstrings. This is the story of how a bunch of kids scrabbled together some tools and lumber and built their own mountain bike park all on their own, and in doing so launched the impetus for a visiting community planning consultant, Patrick Lucas, to create the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Biking Program (AYMBP). The Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program is a non-profit, volunteer driven program to assist and support Aboriginal youth and communities to participate and excel in the sport of mountain biking and this is how it all began.

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Topics: Aboriginal Health, Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples

Can First Nations Hunt in National Parks

Posted by Bob Joseph

Mar 13, 2015 7:42:00 AM

This is a commonly asked question so we did some research to find the answer and found out all sorts of interesting information about the history of national parks and evolution of the relationship between national parks and First Nations Peoples.

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Topics: Aboriginal Relations

Aboriginal Relations – Chelsea Hotel

Posted by Bob Joseph

Mar 9, 2015 4:02:07 PM

One of our newsletter subscribers, Rod Cunningham, brought to our attention an online ad regarding exclusive accommodation rates for the Aboriginal community, and made this comment “A nice example of how business can be more inclusive and welcoming to Aboriginal Peoples.” So, we decided to find out more about the initiative and the impetus behind it.

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Topics: Aboriginal Relations, Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples

8 First Nation reserve FAQs

Posted by Bob Joseph

Mar 6, 2015 9:59:00 AM

A First Nation reserve is a tract of land set aside under the Indian Act and treaty agreements for the exclusive use of an Indian band (First Nation). Earliest examples of reserves date back to attempts by French missionaries in 1637 to encourage Aboriginal Peoples to settle in one spot and embrace both agriculture and Christianity. As more and more Europeans settled in Canada and on the traditional lands of Aboriginal Peoples, it became apparent to the authorities that an effective means to ensuring the most fertile land was available to European farmers was needed. The development of the reserve system met this need.

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Topics: Indian Act, First Nations

7 First Nation Facts You Should Know

Posted by Bob Joseph

Mar 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Here are 7 First Nation facts plus one fun fact to add to your storehouse of knowledge.

1)      Number of Nations

There are over 634 recognized First Nations governments or bands, roughly half of which are in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. The total population with First Nation identity is more than 850,000 [1]

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Topics: First Nations

Why do Aboriginal Peoples want self-government?

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 26, 2015 9:02:56 AM

Perhaps a more accurate question would be “Why do Aboriginal Peoples want self-government back?” Long, long before European contact, Aboriginal Peoples had their own established political systems and institutions – they were self-governing. And Aboriginal Peoples have been trying to get back the right to govern themselves and preserve their cultural identities since the British North America Act in 1867. Now known as the Constitution Act, it gave the federal government the authority to make laws about “Indians and lands reserved for the Indians”[1] – or, in other words, apply Euro-Canadian ideals, policies and laws on Aboriginal societies. In 1887, Nisga’a and Tsimshian chiefs journeyed to Victoria to request treaties and self-government – it would not be until 2000 that the Nisga’a Treaty was signed.

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Topics: Aboriginal Self-government

Peel River Watershed Aboriginal Law Update

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 25, 2015 10:47:00 AM

In this video, Jeff Langlois of JFK Law Corporation summarizes the recent decision of the Yukon Supreme Court relating to land use planning in the Peel River Watershed. This case is an important decision on the interpretation of modern treaties and will have impacts on resource development in Yukon and on the interpretation of Crown obligations in co-management processes established under land claims agreements with First Nations across Canada.

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Swkachàys Lodge Aboriginal Boutique Hotel

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 23, 2015 8:21:54 AM

The story of how a hotel, art gallery and social housing organization established a sustainable cycle of positive social impact

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Topics: Aboriginal Arts and Culture