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teepees in Ottawa

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The Red Paper: A Counter-Punch to the White Paper

There have been watershed moments in the history of Canada in which Indigenous leaders, outside of the courts, have stood up for their rights to the...

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Canadian and Métis flags

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Harry Daniels: The Man Who Put Métis in the Constitution

Harry Daniels will share with Louis Riel the honor of having introduced the rights of the Métis people in the Constitution of Canada: Riel in s. 31...

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books

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What is the Definition of Indigenous Peoples?

We’ve talked about the constitutional implications of Indigenous or Aboriginal so now want to tackle the definition of Indigenous Peoples in Canada...

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Supreme Court of Canada. Photo: Flickr, detsang

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6 Things You May Want to Know About the Daniels Decision

There are a lot of questions and some confusion out there about the April 14, 2016, Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Daniels v. Canada (Indian...

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checklist

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Indigenous Cultural Competency Self-Assessment Checklist

There’s a growing interest in Indigenous cultural competency in Canada and it’s very heartening to witness this change in attitude in government, the...

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Totem pole in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, future home to a traditional longhouse. Photo: waferboard, Flickr

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Indigenous Reconciliation and Municipalities: Some Calls to Action

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report in December 2015 - a massive 3700-page tome resulting from the six-year...

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Parliament of Canada

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First Nation Swing Ridings

This is the fourth in our series First Nations and Voting. In the Indian Act and the Right to Vote, we delved into the history of First Nations...

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felled trees

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Forestry After Tsilhqot'in

Did anyone notice that the Province didn’t officially respond to Tsilhqot’in until September 11, 2014? Why? Things have changed in a way that is hard...

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'Namgis Traditional Big House, Alert Bay, BC. Photo: David Abercombie, Flickr

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Why Do Indigenous Peoples Want Self-Government?

Perhaps a more accurate question would be, “Why do Indigenous Peoples want self-government back?” Long before European contact, Indigenous Peoples...

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Skagway. Photo: Kimberly Vardeman, Flickr

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Taku case

Taku River Tlingit First Nation v. British Columbia (Project Assessment Director)[1] – Supreme Court of Canada, 2004 The unanimous decision in the...

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