Indigenous rights

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.

Stan Willams Image, One tree bowing

Legislation Affecting Indigenous People: An Overview of the Liberal Record

At the end of this parliamentary session and the (near) end of the Government’s current four-year mandate, we can now more clearly take stock of the legislation affecting Indigenous peoples that actually made it through the legislative process. This brief provides an overview of the Bills affecting Indigenous people – those that have passed, those that will not move forward, and those in progress.

Stan Williams Image: Drumming

Canada’s Indigenous Rights Framework: A (Bad) Proposal Emerges

Last week the Assembly of First Nations hosted a national meeting on the federal government’s proposed “Rights, Recognition and Implementation Framework”. The proposal was met with resistance by most of the elected First Nation leadership who were present, justifiably so. As suspected, Canada is seeking to entrench a version of contemporary state-Indigenous relations merely re-branded as reconciliation.