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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?
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Amendments to the Indian Act’s Registration (Status) Provisions

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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Amendments to the Indian Act’s Registration (Status) Provisions

The federal government appears to be pursuing a course of amendments to the Indian Act’s registration (status) provisions that will not address all of the gender discrimination raised by Sharon McIvor in her court case (McIvor v. Canada). It would seem that the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC, the honourable Chuck Strahl,[…]

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