8 Key Issues For Indigenous Peoples In Canada

Eight of the key issues that are of greatest concern for Indigenous Peoples in Canada are complex and inexorably intertwined - so much so that government, researchers, policy makers and Indigenous leaders seem hamstrung by the enormity. It is hard to isolate just one issue as being the worst. The Indian Act greatly contributes to these eight issues and more. Be sure to read this article 21 things about the Indian Act, if you want to know the intent and extent of the Act. 

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First Nation Right to Vote

The right to vote is widely recognized as a fundamental human right in a democratic society and in Canada every Canadian citizen has that right as guaranteed in Section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. [1] Ensuring the ability of citizens to exercise their right to vote is the responsibility of the government.

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What are Aboriginal Rights

 “The doctrine of Aboriginal rights exists… because of one simple fact: when Europeans arrived in North America, Aboriginal peoples were already here, living in communities on the land, and participating in distinctive cultures, as they had done for centuries. It is this fact, and this fact above all others, which separates Aboriginal peoples from all other minority groups in Canadian society and which mandates their special legal status.” [1]

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The Enduring Nature of First Nation Stereotypes

Canada is a country whose citizens pride themselves on their diversity and promotion of pluralism yet turn a blind eye to the continued stereotypical views and depictions of First Nations people present in the media, sports, advertisements, the fashion industry and conversations.

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What is the root cause of Aboriginal education issues

Fifty-eight per cent of young adults living on-reserve in Canada have not completed high school, according to the 2011 National Household Survey census results. And that’s an increase from the 2006 census results. How did this come about?

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Aboriginal Peoples survey (2011) - a snapshot

When reading statistics about the Aboriginal population in Canada, keep in mind that just as there is cultural diversity, there is also a great diversity in the social conditions of Aboriginal people. Geographic location, income level, cultural practices influence the ability of Aboriginal people to work, get an education and afford healthy homes.



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1969 White Paper - Rejected by Liberal Party of Canada

At the Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention in Montreal in February 2014, party members voted on a number of policy resolutions. Of particular interest to me was the resolution to reject the 1969 White Paper on Indian Policy, whose authors included Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

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Open Letter to Minister Valcourt from Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière, North Tower
10 Wellington Street, Room 2100
Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0H4
Via facsimile: (819) 953-4941

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When Worlds Collide Resolving Conflicts between Industry, Aboriginal Communities

by Tanya Laing-Gahr, February 18, 2013

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Indigenous Repatriation - Andy Wilson and the Haida Nation

This is the third article in a three-part series on Indigenous repatriation – why it is necessary, the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and museums, and the pioneering experiences of Andy Wilson and the Haida Repatriation Committee.

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