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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

It’s been a few weeks since thousands fled from the Canadian city of Fort McMurray to escape the raging wildfires. The news has died down but the big blaze rages on. It is not unusual for the U.S. to lend a hand in this type of exceptional natural disa… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: South Africa helping Fort McMurray: A new chapter in diplomatic relations? #ymmfire

By the time Fort McMurray was evacuated this spring, Canada had suffered its worst wildfire in generations. Images of the small Canadian city engulfed in flames went viral, as frightened city residents fled for their lives. Despite boasting first rate… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: South Africa helping Fort McMurray: A new chapter in diplomatic relations? #ymmfire

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Northern Gateway Shows New Approach Needed

Last month, the Northern Gateway pipeline was approved by the Harper government. In response, many First Nations people swore they would never support the pipeline being built through their lands. Many people accused the Aboriginals of being greedy and lazy, opposing the pipeline simply to wring more money out of Enbridge. However, as with . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Northern Gateway Shows New Approach Needed

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Vancouver officially declared city built on First Nations’ ‘unceded land’

The Vancouver City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to acknowledge that the city sits on “unceded land” traditionally belonging to the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

The post Vancouver officially declared city built on First Nations’ ‘unceded land’ appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

calgaryliberal.com: The Simple Plan

There comes a point when what goes on has to stop, trends have to be rejected, and a vision set forth. In Alberta I want to put forward the three objectives below. (1) Unite the Divided. Honest engagement, openness to new people, and a drive for cooperation, is key if anyone is ever to be . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: The Simple Plan

350 or bust: Idle No More: A Response By People Who Feel Like Hostages In Their Own Country

If you’re looking for some more information on the IdleNoMore campaign, MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) gives a good summary in this video. He is discussing the NDP Opposition Day motion on dealing with First Nation economic development and treaty rights. The response from the CPC MP, Cheryl Gallant, who represents a more southerly Ontario . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Idle No More: A Response By People Who Feel Like Hostages In Their Own Country

The Canadian Progressive: Aboriginal leader: “We’ve to acknowledge that Australia has a Black history”

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 4, 2013: “We’ve to acknowledge that Australia has a Black history”, an Aboriginal leader said last week as he “reflected on pain, and hope, of Australia Day”. Steve Widders is asking indigenous people in Australia not to forget a painful colonial past dominated by oppression, racism, dispossession, . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Aboriginal leader: “We’ve to acknowledge that Australia has a Black history”

The Canadian Progressive: Métis Nation Welcomes Plans to Reform Aboriginal Child Welfare System

by Métis Nation of Ontario | Jan 18, 2013: Métis Nation of Ontario Encouraged by Plans to Reform Aboriginal Child Welfare System Today Laurel Broten, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services announced the Government of Ontario’s intention to work with Aboriginal partners to develop a multi-year Children and Youth Strategy. Métis Nation of Ontario . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Métis Nation Welcomes Plans to Reform Aboriginal Child Welfare System

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More Racism Watch: Manitoba Newspaper’s Racist Editorial

The CBC News is reporting that Gavin van der Linde, the mayor of Morris, a southern Manitoba town, is “furious over what he calls racist comments about aboriginal people in the latest edition of the community newspaper”. The editorial of the Morris Mirror’s current edition (PDF), penned by editor-in-chief Reed Turcotte, also labels Aboriginals and . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More Racism Watch: Manitoba Newspaper’s Racist Editorial

PoliTeching: Avoid Blame Game and Deal with Hard Questions of the First Nations Issue

The last Federal Election have been an eye opening experience for me as I learned about the plight of the First Nations and the conditions of the reserves. While First Nations is legally under the jurisdiction of the federal government, health and education are left in limbo with provincial government being only partly involved. The . . . → Read More: PoliTeching: Avoid Blame Game and Deal with Hard Questions of the First Nations Issue

The Canadian Progressive: Indigenous and Human Rights Groups Issue Joint Statement Supporting Chief Spence and #IdleNoMore

Twenty-four indigenous and human rights groups have issued the following joint statement supporting the #IdleNoMore grassroots movement and Chief Theresa Spence, who is in the fourth week of her indefinite hunger strike on Ottawa’s Victoria Island, just across from the Canadian Parliament. Chief Spence, the leader of the northern Ontario Attawapiskat First Nation, is demanding . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Indigenous and Human Rights Groups Issue Joint Statement Supporting Chief Spence and #IdleNoMore

The Scott Ross: Idle No More Will Fail Unless Votes Follow

Idle No More will fail, not because aboriginals don’t matter, but because they don’t vote.

Elections Canada has tracked federal voter turnout on First Nations Reserves since the 2004 general election, and over that time period aboriginal turnout was on average 28% less than that of all Canadians.

Accounting for the growth in the aboriginal . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Idle No More Will Fail Unless Votes Follow

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Elizabeth May calls for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada

by Obert Madondo (@Obiemad) Green Party leader Elizabeth May is calling for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” as a strategy to eradicate poverty in Canada. In a press release commemorating October 17, the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands said the Green Party of Canada was the only federal . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Elizabeth May calls for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Elizabeth May calls for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada

Today, October 17, is the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, is calling for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada. “The theme of the 2012 observance is ‘Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty’. It serves as a . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Elizabeth May calls for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada

The Liberal Scarf: Renewal and activity in the commissions a great sign for Liberal rebuilding

Blogging has been light of late, although I’ve been keeping very active in Liberal events, obviously. In particular, in the last couple of weeks I’ve been to events involving the Young Liberals, the Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission, and the Women’s Commission here in Ottawa, and they all speak to the fact that our commissions are playing . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Renewal and activity in the commissions a great sign for Liberal rebuilding