Archive - 2010

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Indian Agents are Back – PM’s New Indian Affairs Crew
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Now First Nations are Soviets and Primitive Communists?
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Canada’s Blood Quantum Formula for Assimilation
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Canada Lacks Authority to Legislate Extinction of Indians
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Letter to editor of Globe & Mail re Bill S-4
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Bill S-4 – Step Back In Time

Indian Agents are Back – PM’s New Indian Affairs Crew

I am writing this blog today not only because of my increasing concern with regards to the number of bills which are being pushed through the House and Senate without any consultation with First Nations, but also because of the folks pushing these bills. Specifically, I am talking about the Prime Minister’s newest crew of[…]

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Now First Nations are Soviets and Primitive Communists?

I am writing this blog today because I have had enough of the right wing misinformation campaign against First Nations in Canada. It isn’t enough that First Nations had to endure colonial control, theft of their lands and resources, broken treaty promises, loss of their languages and spirits in residential schools, and the ongoing impact[…]

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Canada Lacks Authority to Legislate Extinction of Indians

I am in the process of editing my doctoral thesis into a book that will be published either late this year or early next. The topic is Aboriginal citizenship and how we need to think about Aboriginal identity and belonging in a different way. Canada has legislated our individual (status) and communal (membership) identities for[…]

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Letter to editor of Globe & Mail re Bill S-4

Dear editor; My name is Pam Palmater and I am a Mi’kmaq lawyer originally from New Brunswick and am now the Chair of Ryerson University’s Centre for Indigenous Governance. I was called as an expert witness on several bills, including Bill S-4 – Family Homes on Reserve and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act (otherwise referred[…]

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Bill S-4 – Step Back In Time

The Senate is due to vote on Bill S-4 today (June 28). All indications say that it will pass despite nearly unanimous opposition to the Bill by First Nations and Aboriginal women’s groups, then it has to go through the same process in the House once Parliament reconvenes in the fall. Hopefully, in the meantime,[…]

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