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Montreal Simon: Chanie Wenjack, Gord Downie, and the Secret Path

I never heard the story of Chanie Wenjack, an Ojibway boy who lived in Northern Ontario, until today.

And although it made me feel terribly sad, I’m glad I did.

Because it couldn’t be a more Canadian story, or a more powerful story of resistance.

Even if it ended so tragically.

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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Rachel West charts how higher wages and improved social supports can reduce crime rates and their resulting costs.- Lana Payne comments on the glass ceiling still limiting the wages and opportunities availabl… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Apologise for what? #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Government of Canada never operated a single residential school for aboriginal people in Newfoundland and Labrador.Not one.That’s why aboriginal people in this province weren’t included in the settlement of the class action lawsuit several years ag… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Apologise for what? #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s progress shows indigenous reconciliation is a long-term process

Australia, which is “being held back by its unresolved relationship with its Indigenous population”, can learn from Canada’s emerging efforts at reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The post Canada’s progress shows indigenous … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s progress shows indigenous reconciliation is a long-term process

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- The BBC reports that even UK business groups are acknowledging that excessive executive pay is leading to public concern and distrust in the state of the economy. And Alex Hern notes that Steve Wozniak for one isn’t … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A simple question about residential schools #nlpoli

According to one of the firms involved in the class action suit by residents of Newfoundland and Labrador about residential schools:Five separate actions were commenced alleging that former residents of five IRS [Indian Residential Schools] in Newfound… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A simple question about residential schools #nlpoli

Susan on the Soapbox: Bishop Henry Pontificates on Gay Straight Alliances

On January 13, 2016 The Most Reverend Frederick Bernard Henry, the seventh Catholic Bishop of the diocese of Calgary well and truly lost it. Henry wrote a pastoral letter denouncing Education Minister David Eggen’s “edict” that public, Catholic, French and … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Bishop Henry Pontificates on Gay Straight Alliances

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Patrick Flavin studies (PDF) the direct benefits that flow from giving people secure access to health care. And Daphne Bramham writes that the damage done by child poverty can be directly observed in educational… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Recommendations from the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Today, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its Final Report on the human rights violations perpetrated through the aboriginal residential school policy. Here are a few of the TRC’s 94 recommendations. The post Recommendations fro… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Recommendations from the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Dead Wild Roses: Canada Day – Something To Be Proud Of.

“Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Canada Day – Something To Be Proud Of.

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley offers a dignified argument for healing and acknowledgement of past wrongs against First Nations citizens

PHOTOS: The damage done by residential schools is part of every Canadian’s legacy and the sooner we acknowledge that, the better off we all will be. Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, B.C. Premier Christy Cark, singer Raffi Cavoukian, Opposition Leader Brian Jean and Tory MLA Sandra Jansen. VICTORIA, B.C. From the vantage point of the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley offers a dignified argument for healing and acknowledgement of past wrongs against First Nations citizens

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Chris Mooney takes a look at the positive side of social influences on behaviour, as new research shows a correlation between spending time with neighbours and an interest in the environmental issues which affect us all. But Adam Stoneman documents how another form of social interaction – that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Bill Longstaff: The TRC report and the Langevin Bridge—what’s in a name?

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report has issued a damning condemnation of the Indian residential schools, referring to their history as “cultural genocide.” Reverberations are being felt across the country, including here in Calgary. For example, a question has risen about the Langevin Bridge and Langevin School, and whether or not they should be renamed.

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Cowichan Conversations: CBC-Truth and Reconciliation Commission Findings Must Be Acted Upon, Aboriginal Student Says

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is out, many of us have welcomed the report, its’ findings, and its opportunity to face but not accept the incomprehensible abuse that native families and children experienced in residential

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how we should expect our leaders to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on residential schools – and what we’ve seen from the Cons instead.

For further reading…– PressProgress offers the video of Bernard Valcourt sticking out like a sore thumb in his refusal to consider missing and murdered indigenous women . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Montreal Simon: Truth, Reconciliation, and the Shame of the Con Regime

They are images that should haunt every Canadian. Native children taken away from the parents by the RCMP and sent to residential schools with more cemeteries than playgrounds.And even though our generation wasn't to blame for that story of brutality and attempted cultural genocide, we can't look away or ignore the problem.Because it is . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Truth, Reconciliation, and the Shame of the Con Regime

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Jim Stanford points out how the corporate tax pendulum is swinging back toward asking business to make an equitable contribution to Canadian society: The federal rate was cut virtually in half after 2000 (to just 15 per cent today). Several provincial governments followed suit. Alberta was the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Art Threat: Painting, Resisting, Giggling: An Interview with George Littlechild

I first stumbled upon George Littlechild’s art at the Comox Valley Art Gallery in my hometown of Courtenay, British Columbia. After reeling from the emotional turmoil and historical reopening, rapprochement and reordering rendered in his bold and colourful brush strokes and integration of collage through archives, I was delighted further to learn that Littlechild resided . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Painting, Resisting, Giggling: An Interview with George Littlechild

Art Threat: Contest: Win swag from Rhymes for Young Ghouls!

Rhymes for Young Ghouls, the debut feature film by Canadian director Jeff Barnaby that garnered well-deserved praise on the film festival circuit this year, including a top ten film nod from TIFF, is opening this month at theatres in Canada’s three largest cities.

The movie is currently screening in Toronto at Cineplex (Younge & Dundas) . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Contest: Win swag from Rhymes for Young Ghouls!

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Frances Russell rightly asks whose freedom is supposed to be protected by free trade agreements such as CETA: Once Canada signs CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) with Europe, federal, provincial and municipal governments will suddenly find their hands and feet tied. Suddenly, they will experience . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Simon Lewchuk makes the case for genuine participatory budgeting in contrast to the little-known and unduly-narrow means for Canadians to even make suggestions for our country’s public spending priorities: Operating under the guise of “consultation,” in June the federal finance committee announced its annual pre-budget process (don’t . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Hungry Aboriginal kids used in nutritional experiments: AFN reacts

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) says the revelation that Canadian officials used malnourished Aboriginal populations in nutritional experiments has “sent a shockwave through First Nations in Canada and should be no less shocking to all Canadians and beyond.”

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The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, hungry aboriginal kids, adults used as nutritional experiment subjects

In Canada, hungry aboriginal kids and adults were used as unwitting subjects of nutritional experiments by Canadian government bureaucrats during and after World War II, The Canadian Press reported Tuesday.

The post In Canada, hungry aboriginal kids, adults used as nutritional experiment subjects appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Paul Martin accuses residential schools of ‘cultural genocide’

  Residential schools engaged in “cultural genocide,” former prime minister Paul Martin said Friday at the hearings of the federal Truth And Reconciliation Commission, adding that aboriginal Canadians must now be offered the best educational system. “Let us understand that what happened at the residential schools was the use of […]

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The Canadian Progressive: Organizations hold forum on missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada

Gone but never forgotten: First Nations women murdered in alarming numbers and little is done about it By: Ryan Bromsgrove | Vue Weekly: “She was just getting her life on track; she got married, she was settling down, she was really focused on keeping the family together, and she happened to be hanging out […]

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