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Indigenous peoples also have the right to say “yes” to resource projects

By Ken Coates | TroyMedia End the ideological posturing that has proved so detrimental to Indigenous rights For the last few decades, Indigenous communities have fought for the right to have a say in resource projects. In earlier generations, major resource and infrastructure projects were imposed on traditional territories without consultation, engagement, and collaboration. In some…

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Who lives on a bed of rock under the bay? | CBC News

By Jennifer Sweet | CBC News It’s not SpongeBob SquarePants, but a brand new kind of sea sponge discovered near Deer Island. A new species of sea sponge has been discovered in the Bay of Fundy. Crellomima mehqisinpekonuta is a bright orange creature that grows on ocean bedrock in thin crusts up to 30 cm across.…

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What can we expect from our leaders on Indigenous issues?

By Gerry Chidiac | TroyMedia The parties’ records over the last 13 years are revealing If Canadians are as concerned as they claim about the increasing number of unmarked graves found near former residential schools, the 2021 federal election will be pivotal. Each of the major political parties displays a clear track record exposing their views…

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Report makes 13 calls to action to support Indigenous youth mental health | CBC

By Lauren Bird | CBC First Nations call on province to improve mental health services in Indigenous communities First Nations leaders are calling on the government of New Brunswick to improve mental health and suicide prevention services for youth in their communities. In its report called No Child Left Behind, The First Nation Advisory Council…

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What if money is not the answer for Indigenous communities?

By Ken Coates | TroyMedia     The feds tend to use money as a surrogate to real commitment The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made extraordinary financial commitments to Indigenous peoples in Canada. The number and scale of the allocations over the past few years have been staggering, both in comparative and absolute…

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Jeff Corntassel: Understanding Indigenous International Relations

Jeff Corntassel is from the Cherokee First Nation, an Indigenous Studies professor at University of Victoria discusses the importance of Indigenous International Relations with Allan Bonner. He explores the relations around Indigenous resurgence, climate change, gender, and community well-being. Read Jeff’s article: “Life Beyond the State: Regenerating Indigenous International Relations and Everyday Challenges to Settler…

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When Two Worlds Collide

By Doreen Barrie FOREWORD The following analysis might sound like a sweeping denunciation of Western culture and values. However, that is not my intention and I hope it will not be taken as such. My primary intent was to explore Indigenous ways of knowing and living and to compare them with those in Europe when…

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Indigenous cultural burning can boost biodiversity, help fight forest fires: Canadian study

By Kate Bueckert | CBC News There’s frustration ‘elders and our knowledge keepers weren’t listened to,’ scientist says. Forest fires and wildfires now posing concerns in parts of Canada highlight the complicated relationship people have with fire, says the co-author of a new University of Waterloo study that indicates Indigenous fire practices can actually help fight them. There was…

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Peskotomuhkati elder puts modern spin on wampum keeping | CBC News

By Jennifer Sweet  |  CBC News            Donald Soctomah brings lost history back to his people   Last in a series of weekly stories about Wabanaki elders — knowledge keepers, teachers, healers and spiritual guides — who have made remarkable contributions in their own communities and beyond. Donald Soctomah is a Peskotomuhkati,…

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Professors promote science as a tool for Indigenous governance | Troy Media

By Kate Black | University of Alberta Kim TallBear and Jessica Kolopenuk are addressing increasing demands for Indigenous governance in STEM. It’s a common misconception, Dr. Kim TallBear says, that while Indigenous peoples have culture and tradition, white people own science and technology. As TallBear mentions in a video trailer for one of the Faculty of Native Studies’…

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