Post Tagged with: "racism"

A letter to the senator

Dear Senator Lynn Beyak, I see you’re back in the news. Given your flair for putting the wrong foot forward, it comes as no surprise to anyone who follows Canadian politics. What is surprising is that it has taken so […]

Our Buddy Gord

I got out of bed this morning about a quarter after 9, when, like the rest of Canada, I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. And while I can’t profess to have […]

Voices of change: the many ways to testify to the provincial inquiry

Voices of change: the many ways to testify to the provincial inquiry

For Natasia Mukash, it was a difficult decision to come forward and share her story with the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Quebec – known by its French acronym, CERP. “A lot […]

Intolerance

It isn’t unusual for me to write about intolerance but it is normally about mainstream people and their issues with Canada’s First Nations. Every now and then I get reminded that it isn’t a one-way street. In this case it […]

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Tensions high as Thunder Bay police face scrutiny for dismissing Indigenous deaths

The body of 17-year-old Tammy Keeash was pulled from Thunder Bay’s McIntyre River on May 7. On May 18, 14-year-old Josiah Begg’s body was found in the same river. Both Indigenous teens went missing the night of May 6. Keeash […]

There goes Disneyland

How hard is it to be a Chief of a First Nation? Well, it is not an easy trail. Anyone who decides to become the leader of his or her First Nation community or run for leadership positions nationally, provincially […]

Pushing back against institutional racism

Pushing back against institutional racism

Marginalized groups need to work together to raise awareness and push back against institutionalized racism. That was a central message heard by hundreds of people who crowded into a Concordia University conference room in Montreal February 7 to hear a […]

Penalizing the poor in Val-d’Or

Penalizing the poor in Val-d’Or

A recent report, titled The Judiciarization of Homelessness in Val-d’Or, shows that racial profiling in the northern city is a fact of life. The report found that Val-d’Or police target Indigenous people for minor infractions, with 79.2% of all tickets […]

Justice for Aboriginal women in Quebec?

  Last fall, the shocking allegations by Aboriginal women in Val-d’Or of physical and sexual misconduct perpetrated against them by local Sûreté du Québec officers brought a human drama into the light – violence against Indigenous women committed by those […]

The $80 Indian

The $80 Indian

Like many non-Natives in North America, I can point to at least one First Nations ancestor. My great-grandfather, Charles Augustus Fry (pictured here at his wedding with Edna Eaton), emigrated from Oklahoma to Western Canada in the late 1890s. He […]