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Gendered violence for indigenous women involves multiple oppressions

Purple is a colour that calms the mind and nerves; offers a sense of spirituality; and encourages creativity. It’s also the colour of courage. Purple embodies the ingredients necessary to move a woman from a place of fear to one of empowerment. November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario, a time to shine a purple light on gendered violence. ... Read More »

Children living on reserves deserve same services as other Canadian children

Alanis Obomsawin’s powerful documentary, We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice,’ debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.  The film chronicles the nine year legal battle initiated by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) against the Harper government. In 2007, the FNCFCS and the AFN filed ... Read More »

Third edition of influential book released that examines social determinants of health

The third edition of a highly influential book written by York University Professor Dennis Raphael was released May 1, and offers updates and extended analysis to the first and second editions of Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives (Canadian Scholar’s Press). The book’s first volume was published in 2004 as the result of a 2002 York University-led national conference on the ... Read More »

Brandon University to bestow honorary degree on Paul Martin

Brandon University (BU) will present Canada’s 21st prime minister with an honorary degree at this month’s Spring Convocation. The Right Honourable Paul Martin served as prime minister from 2003 to 2006. He was the Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard from 1988 to 2008 and was Canada’s minister of finance from 1993 to 2002. While Mr. Martin was PM, the Government of ... Read More »

Paul Martin’s vision for indigenous people reborn in new federal budget

From a policy perspective, no former Canadian prime minister in living memory has done more after leaving office than Paul Martin. In particular, his work on behalf of indigenous Canadians has been stellar, an echo of his time in office. It was back in 2005, after 18 months of consultations with indigenous leaders, that Mr. Martin spearheaded the Kelowna Accord, ... Read More »

Missing and murdered indigenous women: national inquiry recommendations

A recent national symposium hosted by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), and the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law (CJWL) was held in Ottawa to bring together international human rights experts. These experts came from diverse fields, including the United Nations (UN) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ... Read More »

Human Rights Day: Indigenous women face two layers of discrimination

December 10 is International Human Rights Day.  It’s also the last of the United Nation’s 16 days to end violence against women and girls. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to end gendered violence or ensure gender equality – yet. But, hope looms on the horizon. The Liberal government announced this week that the inquiry into Canada’s murdered and missing Indigenous women and ... Read More »

Indigenous Studies now required at two Canadian Universities

Indigenous studies will be required for graduation from two Canadian universities as of next year with another institution discussing the idea. In mid-November both the University of Winnipeg (UW) in Manitoba Province and Lakehead University (LU) in Ontario announced that students will have to pass a three-credit course in indigenous history or culture to graduate starting in September of 2016. ... Read More »

Paul Martin wins lifetime achievement award for his entrepreneurial support of indigenous Canadians

Startup Canada has announced that former Prime Minister Paul Martin has won the Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in supporting entrepreneurial activity undertaken by indigenous Canadians.Mr. Martin is the founder of the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund (CAPE). According to the CAPE website, it is a $50 million private-sector investment fund initiated by 21 of ... Read More »