Current Problems: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

Exploring Theme: "Systemic Racism and Discrimination"

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November 16, 2023

MKO Calls on Canada’s Justice Minister to Investigate the Indian Residential Schools System as a Crime Against Humanity

NationTalk: Thompson, Manitoba – The Grand Chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. has reiterated MKO’s earlier call for Canada to commence an investigation of the Indian Residential School system as a crime against humanity under the laws of Canada.  MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee presented MKO’s renewed call for action during a meeting...

November 9, 2023

2 years after promised review of discrimination complaints, CIRNAC, ISC won’t say if it’s done

lso on the show, a First Nations veteran talks about his time in the military during the Oka Crisis. APTN News: In 2020, Letitia Wells left her job at Indian Oil and Gas, an agency of Indigenous Services Canada because of the discriminatory behavior of her co-workers and managers. A year later, she turned to...

October 1, 2023

B.C. Conservative leader under fire for likening teaching of sexuality, gender to residential schools

Social media post on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ‘enraging’: survivor CBC News: The leader of the Conservative Party of British Columbia is under fire for a social media post that critics say appeared to compare teaching students about sexual orientation and gender identity to the genocide of Indigenous children in residential schools. John Rustad,...

August 29, 2023

Manitoba’s refusal to search landfill for remains is racist, church leader says

‘I can’t imagine that if there were white people in the landfill … we wouldn’t be searching for them’: bishop CBC News: The leaders of four major church denominations are standing together to urge Manitoba’s political leaders to search Prairie Green landfill for the remains of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran, with one calling the province’s stance racist....

August 14, 2023

AMC Confronts Unacceptable Statement by Springfield Councillor

NationTalk: Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is calling on Springfield Mayor Patrick Therrien to take immediate action following racial and stereotypical remarks made by Springfield councillor, Andy Kuczynski, during a council meeting on August 8, 2023.T he unbecoming comments surfaced during a conversation about the construction of a facility...

August 14, 2023

N.B. government won’t say what it will do with systemic racism report, months after release

‘Actions speak louder than words,’ New Brunswick African Association president says of province’s response CBC News: For months, the province’s former systemic racism commissioner met with groups and individuals across New Brunswick  listening to their lived experiences of systemic racism. People shared traumatic, personal stories with commissioner Manju Varma, and excerpts were included in her...

May 29, 2023

Open Letter from Quebec Native Women’s President

NationTalk: Last December, on behalf of the First Nations women and girls across Quebec that Quebec Native Women (QNW) represents, I spoke at the National Assembly, when a petition was tabled with 4,000 signatures calling on François Legault’s government to recognize the existence of systemic racism and discrimination in Quebec and to adopt Joyce’s Principle....

May 23, 2023

Joint Declaration by the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre and its Allies – Reaction to the Unacceptable and Disgraceful comments made by MNA Pierre Dufour

NationTalk: VAL-D’OR, QC – The homelessness situation in Val-d’Or, with its complexity and Indigenous particularity, combined with the feeling of insecurity expressed by the citizens of the downtown area, made the municipality fall back into a tense social climate that polarizes and rekindled divisions within the population. It is clear that healing and reconciliation, since the...

May 16, 2023

Chiefs of Ontario Launches Public Education and Awareness Campaign Surrounding Systemic Racism

NationTalk: Toronto, ON The Chiefs of Ontario’s Justice Sector is proud to launch the newly developed Public Education and Awareness Campaign surrounding systemic racism. The campaign is intended to raise awareness about lesser-known systemic issues, the policy decisions that lead to them, and solutions to dismantle and correct them. In pinpointing various precise policy choices that...

March 27, 2023

Amnesty International report pans Canada’s record on Indigenous rights

Canada is ‘significantly failing’ on multiple fronts, says official with NGO in Canada CBC News: Global non-governmental organization Amnesty International is denouncing Canada’s record on Indigenous rights as it releases its latest annual analysis on the state of human rights worldwide. In the report released on Monday, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization expresses concern that Indigenous people in Canada...

March 23, 2023

11 northern Manitoba First Nations declare state of emergency to urge government intervention

State of emergency to be placed indefinitely: Keewatin Tribal Council grand chief CBC News: The Keewatin Tribal Council declared a regional state of emergency on Thursday afternoon to draw attention to the “dire” situations on the northern Manitoba communities and to urge immediate government action. The tribal council is made up of 11 communities, including Shamattawa First...

March 16, 2023

Petition Presented to The National Assembly: The Quebec Government Invited to Recognize the Existence of Systemic Racism and Discrimination in Quebec

NationTalk: KAHNAWAKE, QC – Quebec Native Women (QNW) today tabled a petition in the Blue Room of the Quebec National Assembly calling on Premier Legault’s government to recognize systemic racism and discrimination in Quebec and to adopt Joyce’s Principle. The petition, submitted by Québec solidaire member and co-spokesperson Manon Massé, calls on the Quebec government,...

March 8, 2023

Governor General shares abusive comments she received through social media

Mary Simon’s office shut down comments on her official social media accounts last month after a wave of abuse WARNING: This story cites racist, sexist and abusive comments directed at the Governor General. CBC News: Nearly a month after turning off comments on her official social media accounts, Gov. Gen. Mary Simon is sharing some of...

December 5, 2022

Systemic racism and discrimination: A clear message sent to the government of Quebec

NationTalk: Kahnawake – Quebec Native Women (QNW) held a large gathering this afternoon near the Quebec National Assembly to send a clear message to the government of Prime Minister François Legault: systemic racism and discrimination against Indigenous Peoples, particularly Indigenous women, exists in Quebec, and it is time for the government to recognize this and...

November 15, 2022

Study reveals 99%+ of Indigenous people surveyed in BC have faced discrimination when using their Indian status card

NationTalk: (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – Indian status card holders face stigma and discrimination on a daily basis when presenting them at stores or to officials, according to a landmark study commissioned by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. The full report is titled “They Sigh or Give You the...

September 26, 2022

‘We are truly sorry’: Leaders, health officials acknowledge Indigenous-specific racism in northern Manitoba’s health-care system

CTV News: Indigenous leaders and northern health officials in Manitoba say Indigenous people continue to face racism in the health-care system, and have signed a declaration committing to eliminate it. On Monday morning leaders from Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin (KIM), and the Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA), met in Thompson to sign...

June 19, 2021

Systemic Discrimination in Nunavut

Toronto Star – Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, MP for Nunavut criticized the federal government for its ongoing failure to address the worst living conditions in the country in the Inuit homeland: • Highest suicide rates in the world • Housing cots beyond the reach of Inuit • Mouldy and overcrowded public housing • Lack of clean water...

June 15, 2021

AFN/Canada Race Race Relations Foundation poll

Assembly of First Nations – Thirteen years after the Government of Canada offered a formal apology to the survivors of the residential school system and families, 68 percent of Canadians polled still say they were either unaware of the severity of abuses at residential schools or completely shocked by it. A poll conducted by the...

January 7, 2020

8 Ways to champion Human Rights

Toronto Star – Toronto Star identified eight ways that Canada can champion human rights in the 2020s, including the following: First step is to adopt overdue legislation making the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Canada’s framework for rights and reconciliation. And to show we truly mean it: address mercury poisoning at...

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