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Systemic racism in Canada’s health care – IRPP

February 24, 2021 Last Fall, Joyce Echaquan, an Indigenous woman, died in a Quebec hospital after posting videos online of the hospital staff insulting her. The tragedy was seen by many as the latest example of the systemic racism that Indigenous people often face when dealing with the Canadian health care system. It’s not the […]

by ahnationtalk on February 24, 2021275 Views

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Fear and discomfort shouldn’t block anti-racism efforts in schools – IRPP

February 24, 2021 Addressing racism in the classroom requires educators to ask hard questions of themselves, white discomfort, and the discarding of old traditions. In 1920, Duncan Campbell Scott, then-deputy superintendent of the Department of Indian Affairs is quoted for suggesting that his goal was to “get rid of the Indian problem.” Scott’s solution was […]

by ahnationtalk on February 24, 2021273 Views

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Poll: Quebecers against special rights or a blocking right for First Nations

Montreal, December 9, 2020 – With the federal government tabling a bill last week aiming to make the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples applicable to Canada, a clear majority of Quebecers are opposed to them having special or additional rights, compared to what all Quebecers enjoy. According to an Ipsos poll […]

by ahnationtalk on December 9, 2020312 Views

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What #JusticeforJoyce should mean for policy-makers – Policy Options

We don’t need an inquest for Joyce Echaquan. We need to build a culturally safe, trauma-informed health-care system that draws on Indigenous voices. November 3, 2020 Canadians in the fall of 2020 sit uncomfortably in the grip of an unprecedented health crisis while a resounding cry to address systemic racism echoes throughout the globe. At […]

by ahnationtalk on November 3, 2020296 Views

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Excising racism from health care requires Indigenous collaboration – Policy Options

November 2, 2020 Canada’s history of colonization has laid the foundation for the implementation of racist health policy and the delivery of culturally unsafe health care, resulting in health disparities that are disproportionately experienced by Indigenous Peoples. Cultural groups that have experienced colonization also tend to encounter other levels of oppression, including epistemic and systemic […]

by ahnationtalk on November 2, 2020302 Views

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First Nations have their own legal authority to regulate their fishing rights – Policy Options

The Crown has failed to live up to its duty to protect treaty rights of the L’nuk. But fishing can be regulated under L’nuk legal principles. October 22, 2020 It has been 21 years since Donald Marshall Jr. was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Canada of illegal fishing under Canada’s federal fishing laws and […]

by ahnationtalk on October 22, 2020303 Views

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Fisheries framework obscures the long-term picture of declining populations – Policy Options

The Sustainable Fisheries Framework uses shifting baselines to determine if a species stock is healthy, failing to account for historical declines. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) made notable mistakes during the latter part of the 20th century. It allowed commercial fisheries to overexploit several stocks, ranging from Atlantic cod to Pacific herring. Most stocks were […]

by ahnationtalk on September 21, 2020286 Views

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Filling Canada’s Indigenous skills gap would be an economic boon – Policy Options

Gaps in Indigenous education and skills training harm Indigenous business and overall economic growth. Better data are needed to address the problem. Turning 15 is an important milestone; it’s the age when a person becomes a potential member of the workforce. Over the course of 10 years (between 2016 and 2026), 350,000 Indigenous youth will […]

by ahnationtalk on July 29, 2020435 Views

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RCMP must acknowledge the force’s racist underpinnings – Policy Options

July 28, 2020 Evidently, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, other police officials and various politicians would benefit from a primer on racism and systemic racism and what these concepts have to do with policing. Lucki has had to backpedal since mid-June after initially denying the existence of systemic racism in her organization. To understand systemic racism […]

by ahnationtalk on July 28, 2020393 Views

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Mass incarceration of Indigenous people betrays Ottawa’s reconciliation efforts – Policy Options

June 25, 2020 When Justin Trudeau became prime minister of Canada in 2015, there was considerable hope that there was a partner in Ottawa whom Indigenous peoples could work with to deliver meaningful change. Within months of taking office, he endorsed the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). He also launched […]

by ahnationtalk on June 25, 2020388 Views

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