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A chance to get affordable housing right

October 2, 2017 The federal government’s anticipated national housing strategy could launch a long-term transformation of Canada’s housing system. Or it could go down as one of the most painfully squandered opportunities in years. That’s a lot of pressure for any government and, as municipal leaders, we do recognize the positive steps this government has […]

by pmnationtalk on October 2, 2017102 Views

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A new “Indian register” for Indigenous DNA? – Policy Options

September 28, 2017 Science policy is divided into two central domains: science for policy, which pertains to the policy infrastructure and uses of scientific knowledge in government decision-making (for example, “evidence-based decision making,” or science advice), and policy for science, which deals with the roles of research and the creation of knowledge in a given […]

by pmnationtalk on September 28, 201792 Views

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The one-sided “accountability” of the Indian Act – Policy Options

September 25, 2017 In 1886, Her Majesty, with the advice and consent of the Senate and the House of Commons of Canada, created the Indian Act, which included this line: “The expression ‘person’ means any individual other than an Indian” (chapter 43). This action and the imposition of the reserve system or Ishkoonigun (leftover) took away the autonomy […]

by pmnationtalk on September 25, 201797 Views

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The Indian Act: Breaking Its Stubborn Grip – Policy Options

The 141-year-old colonial legislation called the Indian Act has had an odious and ridiculously stubborn run on Canada’s law books, with roots that extend back before Confederation. The Act has framed the relationship between the Crown and First Nations peoples in paternalistic, settler terms, ignoring the commitments and spirit of the treaties, Indigenous governance structures, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 21, 201792 Views

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The dismantling of INAC – Policy Options

In a recurring segment of Tom King’s celebrated CBC radio series The Dead Dog Café Comedy Hour the affable—but somewhat naïve—character Jasper Friendly Bear invited listeners to join him by the hearth in a segment he called “Fireside Friendly Bear.” Each week, with the sounds of a crackling fire in the background, Jasper would read […]

by ahnationtalk on September 8, 2017100 Views

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Sustainability must be at the core of the government’s approach to assessing and approving economic projects in Canada – Policy Options

September 05, 2017 In June 2017, the federal government released the Environmental and Regulatory Reviews discussion paper. It reiterated its commitment “to deliver environmental assessment and regulatory processes that regain public trust, protect the environment, introduce modern safeguards, advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, ensure good projects go ahead, and [ensure] resources get to market.” In […]

by pmnationtalk on September 5, 2017100 Views

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The problem with productivity – Policy Options

August 21, 2017 The House of Commons Finance Committee is collecting submissions for its consultations in advance of Budget 2018. As it does every year, it has set parameters for submissions that it feels best respond to the challenges Canada faces. And these challenges are pretty sobering. One in seven people in Canada lives in […]

by pmnationtalk on August 21, 201788 Views

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National Indigenous groups and the premiers’ meeting – IRPP

August 16, 2017 Politics is as much about who is at the table as it is about what is being discussed or decided. This was apparent in July, when three of Canada’s five major national Aboriginal organizations (NAOs) opted to skip their annual meeting with the premiers in Edmonton. The move prompted several media outlets to run […]

by pmnationtalk on August 16, 2017103 Views

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Is acknowledging Indigenous territory enough? – Policy Options

July 27, 2017 More and more people are beginning to learn that Canada’s Parliament Buildings squat on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabeg territory. Unceded refers to the fact that the historic treaties reached with the Crown did not include Algonquin territory. As an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from what is now called the Ottawa River valley, I have heard Members […]

by pmnationtalk on August 1, 2017105 Views

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The constituent base of our Indigenous leaders – Policy Options

July 20, 2017 The leaders of three national Indigenous organizations have decided to boycott the premiers’ meeting in Alberta, July 17-19. Their position is nothing short of absurd. They will not attend because they want to be recognized at the table as equal partners, on the same level as the premiers of the provinces. Let’s take a […]

by pmnationtalk on July 20, 2017105 Views

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