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Promoting the use of Inuktut, a founding language – Policy Options

The federal government and the private sector, including social media companies, can play a key role in ensuring the survival and growth of Inuktut. July 9, 2018 Comparatively speaking, Inuktut is a strong Indigenous language. In Nunavut, 65 percent of the population identify Inuktut as their mother tongue. This means that Nunavut is the only […]

by ahnationtalk on July 9, 201823 Views

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Feds must allow First Nations to tax, regulate cannabis – Policy Options

There was little surprise when the Assembly of First Nations, at its Special Chiefs Assembly in early May, called on the government of Canada to amend Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. The chiefs sought to prevent provincial regulations from applying on reserves and to allow First Nations to share in the revenue that will be […]

by ahnationtalk on May 22, 201820 Views

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Should the MMIWG Inquiry be given more time? – Policy Options

There are good reasons to extend the Inquiry, but commissioners should explain precisely what they intend to accomplish and why it justifies extra costs. Commissioner Marion Buller of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls recently published an essay in the Globe and Mail making the case for a two-year extension […]

by ahnationtalk on May 15, 201815 Views

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Canada to share its vision on policies that benefit the middle class and those working hard to join it as it hosts the first OECD Social Policy Forum held outside Paris

May 12, 2018                Gatineau, Quebec The Canadian Government is committed to creating a growing economy that leaves no one behind. Canada’s effort to advance innovative social policies that help the middle class and those working hard to join it, including the Canada Child Benefit and the National Housing Strategy, is attracting international attention. […]

by pmnationtalk on May 14, 201819 Views

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Governments have an interest in restorative justice because it generates significant benefits to society. – Policy Options

April 19, 2018 The trial is over, the sentence was handed down months ago, but Jeanne (not her real name) still doesn’t feel the closure she had been hoping for since the whole ordeal began. Many unanswered questions remain, and she agonizes over them every day. Why her? Why did this man decide to violate […]

by pmnationtalk on April 19, 201831 Views

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Taking the next step towards a post-colonial Canada – Policy Options

When you come to speak to us about Canada, remember that we have been thinking about Canada for a very long time. Here we are again. It’s a familiar place and feeling, trying to parse the words of Canada announcing another a new approach to Indigenous policy – this time called a “Recognition and Implementation […]

by ahnationtalk on March 22, 201832 Views

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The false francophone-Indigenous conflict over SCC judges – Policy Options

Maxime St-Hilaire, Alexis Wawanoloath, Stéphanie Chouinard, Marc-Antoine Gervais December 18, 2017 Late in November, Sheilah L. Martin, a bilingual Anglo-Montrealer, who has had a prestigious career in Alberta, was nominated as a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) justice, filling the vacancy left by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s retirement. This appointment has fuelled the debate over the requirement that SCC justices […]

by pmnationtalk on December 19, 201738 Views

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For Indigenous nations to live, colonial mentalities must die – Policy Options

October 13, 2017 Envisioning a just future beyond the Indian Act starts with recognizing that the root of the problem we are facing is not one of laws or policies, of funding disparities or even of governmental capacities at any level. The root of the problem besetting Indigenous communities is the colonial mentality that has gained a […]

by pmnationtalk on October 13, 201783 Views

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Reforming the Indian Act to allow for online voting – Policy Options

October 12, 2017 Today, more than 50 First Nations in Canada have deployed online voting, and many more communities are looking to follow suit. Online voting is seen as a way to promote voter access (particularly among off-reserve members) and to boost turnout, engage youth, enhance self-determination and modernize voting processes. But while online voting […]

by pmnationtalk on October 12, 201753 Views

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A 19th century Indian Act for 21st century objectives? – Policy Options

October 03, 2017 The Indian Act is a seriously flawed piece of legislation that has persisted for over a century and become institutionalized and entrenched. Both the Indian Act and the Indian Department have evaded every attempt at substantial reform. As such the oppressive, restrictive and discriminatory principles of this 19th century legislation have been carried into the modern […]

by pmnationtalk on October 3, 201758 Views

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