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Three ways to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

If you’re wondering how you can honour the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, consider the following: APTN (The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) – a full day of Indigenous programming National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – live broadcast on CBC and APTN beginning at 8:00 PM local time First Nations Child and Family

Is Reconciliation dead or alive? Indigenous Watchdog updates as of Sept. 5, 2021

A lot has happened since June 14, 2021, the last update from Indigenous Watchdog. So far this year, Indigenous Watchdog has documented 362 updates: 171 mostly positive actions by stakeholders across all 94 Calls to Action vs 160 “Current Problems” across those same Calls to Action. What does that mean? 60 of those “Current Problems”

Did Canada commit genocide against Indigenous people? You decide.

On June 30, 2021 the Canadian Historical Association, “which represents 650 professional historians from across the country, including the main experts on the long history of violence and dispossession Indigenous peoples experienced in what is today Canada recognizes that this history fully warrants our use of the word genocide. The recent confirmation of hundreds of

Indigenous Watchdog Status Updates – June 14, 2021

“Seventy-six of the Report’s 94 Calls to Action fall under the sole or shared responsibility of the Government of Canada.  At this time, working together with provincial/territorial governments and other key partners, eighty percent of these are completed or well underway”. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister Crown-Indigenous Relations, Dec. 15, 2020 Federal Government = 80% Truth

“Missing Children and Burial Information” – Current status of the TRC Calls to Action?

“I call on Canadians – elders and youth, Aboriginal or not – to commit to reconciliation and breaking down the wall of indifference.” Honourary Witness to the TRC, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada Indifference. The official government of Canada website “Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action” was

Conrad Black’s bogus attack on Truth and Reconciliation: He white-washes history to minimize Indigenous “grievances”

Conrad Black’s two articles in the National Post: “The truth about truth and reconciliation” (March 21, 2021) and “A serious conversation for a serious country” (April 3, 2021) assert two blatantly false claims about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: “the rampant but fraudulent truism that this country is rotten with ‘systemic racism’” “there is no

What does the Fraser Institute’s Tom Flanagan get right about reconciliation? Not very much!

Tom Flanagan and the Fraser Institute released “Promise and Performance: Recent Trends in Government Expenditures on Indigenous Peoples” that rates investments in Indigenous programs as a failure since they have not lifted Indigenous people up from their entrenched position at the bottom of the Canadian economy. Flanagan’s entire argument is presented in strictly economic terms

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