Alberta

Edmonton Sunset by Kelsi-Leigh Balaban

Equalization Politics in Alberta & the Restoration of Indigenous Power

Robert Houle discusses the recent referendum question proposed to Albertan’s relating to the issue of equalization. Houle discusses the exclusion of Indigenous community members from the vote and calls for greater Indigenous participation and decision-making, especially on issues directly related to stolen resources.

Metis Harvesting in Alberta: Violence, Racism & Resistance

After the murders Jake Sansom and Morris Cardinal—two Metis hunters trying to get on the land to feed their families in this time of uncertainty—Conor Kerr reflects on his own experiences as a Metis hunter and some of the challenges more generally for Indigenous hunters.

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The Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation: A Critical Analysis

As the dust continues to settle on the inaugural term of the United Conservative Government, many groups within the private, public and Indigenous sectors are grasping the full scope of ongoing and future harm. This briefs offers an analysis of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC), which was hailed as a “game changer” to allow First Nations in Alberta to participate in self-determination.

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Indigenous in Alberta: Considering the First 100 Days of UCP Rule

It has been a whirlwind 100 days for the United Conservative Party (UCP) in Alberta following the formal return of conservatism in April. Indigenous individuals and communities will be impacted greatly by the ongoing repeals and impending policy shifts arising from campaign promises. This brief considers what our communities stand to lose and what it will mean to be Indigenous in Alberta into the future.

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The Current State of Indian Gaming in Alberta: Are First Nations Subsidizing the Province?

Since the establishment of Alberta’s First Nations Gaming Policy in 2001, Indian Gaming in the province has been a much discussed topic. To date, a majority of the discussions and questions revolve around the way revenue generated on-reserve through gaming is distributed. This is an important conversation, and one that requires a renewed debate on how the revenue is shared. This Brief considers the current formula, highlights some inequities, and hopefully opens the space for more critical questions.