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Mohawks or Canada’s Disappearing Indians?
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Aboriginal Peoples in NB not Consulted on Proposed Sale of NB Power to Québec
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What is Aboriginal Identity?
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From Frustration to Hope – Balancing Traditional Aboriginal Values with Pressing Social Needs
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What is a Non-Status Indian?
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Aboriginal Citizenship or Membership in Bands?

Mohawks or Canada’s Disappearing Indians?

The subject of racial purity is such a large one that it would be impossible to do it any justice in a simple blog. Similarly, the idea of using blood quantum to determine an individual’s identity and right to belong to their community is so complex that all I can expect to accomplish with this[…]

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Aboriginal Peoples in NB not Consulted on Proposed Sale of NB Power to Québec

The Premier of New Brunswick (NB) announced in 2009 that NB had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hydro-Québec that would involve the transfer/sale of NB Power and/or its assets to Québec (or part thereof). Premier Shawn Graham explained that this is necessary for all New Brunswickers: “By entering into this agreement, New Brunswick[…]

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What is Aboriginal Identity?

That is both an easy question and a tough one all at the same time. It is an easy question because identity is generally about self-identification – i.e., you are who you say you are. It is also a tough question because one’s identity can also be reinforced or damaged by whether one’s identity is[…]

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From Frustration to Hope – Balancing Traditional Aboriginal Values with Pressing Social Needs

On Tuesday, January 19, 2010, I attended a breakfast event at the Toronto Board of Trade (BOT). The purpose of the event was to hear Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo speak about how we can partner to improve First Nation economies. The event was hosted by the BOT and emceed[…]

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What is a Non-Status Indian?

What is a Non-Status Indian? People ask me this question nearly everyday. Some people think Non-Status Indians are really just Métis people – those with mixed Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ancestry. Others think that a Non-Status Indian is any person who is not registered under the Indian Act as an “Indian” – i.e. they are not[…]

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