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We Pivot: America’s Coming Civil War

Weeks ago, as I was approaching the 14th anniversary of Politics, Re-Spun, I launched WePivot.net. My goal was to move out of what started as a George.W.Caesar anti-imperial website, that morphed into an anti-Harper #SoftFascism website, into a new thing … [Read more]

The Canadian Progressive: National Day of Action Against Dakota Access Pipeline Draws Thousands

Responding to a call issued by the Standing Rock leadership, on November 15, thousands of indigenous activists and their allies took to the streets for a National Day of Action against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL.

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We Pivot: Consent, Not Consultation, Or Else

If you’re looking for what real leadership looks like, it’s this.

UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip once again demonstrated what integrity looks like as the federal government once again tries to waffle on commitments and listening to the Supreme Court.

Not only has the prime minister floated a trial balloon recently about how we don’t . . . → Read More: We Pivot: Consent, Not Consultation, Or Else

The Canadian Progressive: How a controversial dam threatens rights of Canada’s indigenous Innu people

The controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador, Canada, “relies on local Innu people giving up their own lands.” It “joins a long history of dispossession in North America.”

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We Pivot: The Obvious Solution to BC’s Pathetic World Class Oil Spill Response

We need to move to the post-carbon energy infrastructure now. The Heiltsuk are enduring the collateral damage of us not doing so. And they will for years to come.

We need to leave the climate change oil juice in the ground, we need to stop the oil and gas government subsidies so we can subsidize . . . → Read More: We Pivot: The Obvious Solution to BC’s Pathetic World Class Oil Spill Response

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Confronting the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada

David Suzuki on the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and the “hard work and leadership of Indigenous women and communities who have spent decades calling for an inquiry.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Court overturns Canada’s approval of Northern Gateway pipeline

In a decision that’s already being hailed as a major victory for First Nations and the planet, the Federal Court of Appeal recently overturned the Canadian government’s 2014 approval of Enbridge’s contested Northern Gateway pipeline project. The post … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Court overturns Canada’s approval of Northern Gateway pipeline

The Canadian Progressive: Squamish Nation files Federal Court challenge against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

The Squamish Nation has launched a court challenge against the National Energy Board’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The British Columbia-based First Nation filed the challenge in the the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouve… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Squamish Nation files Federal Court challenge against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

The Canadian Progressive: Study reveals Canada’s shameful Indigenous child poverty rates

Indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous children, says a study released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The post Study reveals Canada’s shameful Indigenous child pover… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Study reveals Canada’s shameful Indigenous child poverty rates

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

The Canadian Progressive: First Nation Chief to Trudeau: “You can demonstrate that Indigenous lives and Treaties do matter”

Last week, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Chief Erwin Redsky welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to his community by reminding him that “unfortunately, we have a whole museum full of fine Canadian promises that are unfulfilled.” The post First Nation Ch… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: First Nation Chief to Trudeau: “You can demonstrate that Indigenous lives and Treaties do matter”

The Canadian Progressive: Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The U.S. has a history of racial violence against blacks and indigenous peoples. Now is the time to follow the example shown by Canada and South Africa, and begin a national process of truth and reconciliation. The post Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Canadian Progressive: Supreme Court To Hear First Nation’s Case Against Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline

The Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that it will hear the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s challenge to Enbridge’s Line 9 tar sands pipeline. The post Supreme Court To Hear First Nation’s Case Against Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Supreme Court To Hear First Nation’s Case Against Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline

The Canadian Progressive: Truth and reconciliation: First Nations kids won, now it’s time for a better relationship with Indigenous peoples

Kids won when the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada racially discriminates against First Nations children. Andrea Auger discusses the tribunal’s findings on racial discrimination in Canada’s Indigenous child welfare programs. The post… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Truth and reconciliation: First Nations kids won, now it’s time for a better relationship with Indigenous peoples

The Canadian Progressive: Canada racially discriminates against First Nations children, tribunal rules

In a landmark decision issued Tuesday, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada racially discriminates against First Nations children. “This is a great day for First Nations children and all Canadians who believe in justice and fairness,” s… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada racially discriminates against First Nations children, tribunal rules

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

Montreal Simon: Will the Politics of Division Help Bring Down the Harper Regime?

Let it be recorded in the chronicle of this dark time, that seven years to the day after he apologized for the residential school tragedy, Stephen Harper deliberately chose not to help heal that still bleeding wound in the history and the soul of Canada.By meeting with Pope Francis, whose church ran two-thirds of . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Will the Politics of Division Help Bring Down the Harper Regime?

350 or bust: Idle No More Challenges Canadians’ Commitment to Truth & Reconciliation

As I write this, Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat Cree First Nation has been fasting for 28 days as she awaits a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Last week, without acknowledging Chief Spence or the growing Idle No More movement, Mr Harper agreed to a meeting with Canadian First Nations leaders on January . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Idle No More Challenges Canadians’ Commitment to Truth & Reconciliation