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Indigenous Watchdog Status Updates – March 31, 2021

STATUS CHANGE Call to Action # 32 “Amend criminal code to depart from mandatory minimum sentences” changed from STALLED to IN PROGRESS Call to Action # 41 “Appoint public inquiry into MMIWG” changed from “STALLED” to “IN PROGRESS” What’s Happening with Reconciliation The following table provides a quantitative look into what is happening with reconciliation

What does Indigenous success look like? Here are 85 examples of reconciliation in action!

Are you tired of always reading or hearing negative stories about how Indigenous people are treated in this country: how systemic barriers to Indigenous interactions with social structures are entrenched and continuously reinforced; how the economic pillaging of Indigenous territory continues unabated, and the pattern of Indigenous erasure seems to be repeating itself over and

What does justice for Indigenous people look like? It ain’t pretty!

Compared to all other categories of accused persons, Indigenous people continue to be jailed younger, denied bail more frequently, granted parole less often and hence released later in their sentence, over-represented in segregation, overrepresented in remand custody, and more likely to be classified as higher risk offenders.  “Spotlight on Gladue: Challenges, Experiences, and Possibilities in Canada’s

Is Reconciliation advancing or retreating? Status Updates as of Dec. 31, 2020

Indigenous Watchdog is now completely updated and current as of December 31, 2020 The 36 “Calls to Action” updates below – Legacy and Reconciliation – are a measure of how reconciliation is actually working through the day-to-day actions and policy decisions various levels of government – federal provincial, territory and municipal – and other institutional

Does systemic racism exist in Quebec, Manitoba and New Brunswick? Don’t ask their premiers.

Over the last nine months Indigenous Watchdog has documented numerous examples of systemic racism against First Nations, Métis and Inuit people across Canada in healthcare delivery, child welfare jurisdiction and justice systems including excessive use of force by the police. Among its conclusions, “In Plain Sight – Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health

Indigenous Watchdog Status Updates: Nov. 9, 2020 Part 2 – Calls to Action

Part 1 – Current Problems and Issues was posted on Nov. 13, 2020 Is the fact that so much is happening with Indigenous issues an indication that reconciliation is working or does all the activity indicate that reconciliation has gone off the rails? Putting aside for a moment the 53% of updates flagged as “Current

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update: Nov. 9, 2020 Part 1 – Current Problems and Issues

“Part 2 Status Updates – Calls to Actions” will be released on the weekend Indigenous Watchdog was officially launched on Feb. 25, 2020. Since then there have been 4 Status Update reports that have identified and documented 277 specific updates across all “Themes” and “Calls to Action“. Of those, the greatest percentage (52%) have to

Why doesn’t the “Rule of Law” protect the Sipekne’katik First Nation?

We cannot have reconciliation until the extinguishment policy is off the table and our Aboriginal title and treaty rights are recognized, affirmed and implemented by Canada and the provinces. Not only in the Constitution but also on the ground. 1 Arthur Manuel. “Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call.” On the one hand, you have violent

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