• After 150 years, Canada’s Indigenous citizens are finally being heard

    … as the country marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, there is a widespread sense that any celebration… must be tempered by the conscious acknowledgment that the rise of the nation created in 1867 has gone hand in hand with state-enforced maltreatment of the people who were here first… If First Nations, Metis and Inuit people are Canadian, then the history of Canada can’t logically start at Confederation, or even at first contact with European explorers.

  • Ottawa continues to fail Indigenous children

    Between 1870 and 1996, more than 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were shipped off to residential schools as the centrepiece of a policy of “aggressive assimilation” of Indigenous peoples. A more accurate description is state-sanctioned cultural genocide. Somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 children sent to residential schools died, and many more were victims of physical, mental and sexual abuse.

  • Residential school story becoming over-simplified, says chief Douglas Todd

    … it seems the further the reality of the schools fades into the past the more over-simplified the national narrative becomes. Partisanship, positioning and rhetoric seems to be taking precedence over “truth” or even “reconciliation.” … the vast majority of aboriginals, suggests Miller, are like Gosnell and Calder: They emerged intact from the schools and remain Christian, with many syncretistically mixing their faith in Jesus Christ with native spiritual traditions.

  • The High Price of Equality

    An expert in ancient history, Scheidel takes Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century and shows that its findings are applicable throughout human history (and prehistory)… he sees no way to achieve equality peacefully. Perhaps he’s right. It may be that the sure prospect of living a longer, healthier, happier life among equals isn’t good enough for those who want to be rich at any cost to others and themselves.

  • The rise of human rights law in Canada

    CAUT.ca – Bulletin/articles/2017/02/commentary February 2017.    By Michael Lynk Human rights have become an integral feature of modern law in Canada. Rights that were […]

  • Sixties Scoop survivors win a just victory

    Like the residential schools, the “Sixties Scoop” was an attempt to forcibly assimilate indigenous children. The strategy was the same: dislocate them from their family, community and language – and watch the culture atrophy… “The issue is what was known in the 1960s about the existential importance to the First Nations peoples of protecting and preserving their distinctive cultures and traditions, including their concept of the extended family…”

  • Turns out income mobility in Canada isn’t as impressive as we thought

    … some people have been tempted to think: Bigger government (Canada), lower correlation of fathers’ and sons’ incomes. Ergo: big government good. That’s always been a dicey conclusion. In fact, the U.S. has a huge welfare state; it just prefers tax incentives to government cheques. Moreover, several non-Nordic European countries have big states, too, but also relatively high correlations. Now it turns out we don’t have as much income mobility as we thought, despite our big government.

  • It’s time for Canada to right historic wrongs against LGBTQ Community

    It also high time for Justin Trudeau to right two historic wrongs. First, he should pardon thousands of gay men who were convicted of gross indecency before homosexual acts were decriminalized in 1969. Their only crime was being who they were… We apologize to remind each other of when we fell short in the past, so that we do not fall short in some other way going forward… With this new law protecting the rights of transgender people, Mr. Trudeau has advanced the cause of equality for Canada’s LGBTQ community.

  • Time for a new perspective on money, inflation and class struggle

    … the middle class was largely built on the back of trade union power, working-class struggle and an inflationary increase in labour compensation… To some extent, then, inflation reflects the democratic ability of working people to assert themselves in their fight for higher wages and equitable living standards. Anti-inflationary monetary policy, by contrast, can be seen as the use of state power to suppress the wage demands of workers.

  • First Nations students need more than policy advice

    … the time for social reconstruction from the ground up may have arrived. Supporting traditional industries, creating sustainable employment, refurbishing housing, and embracing First Nations community-based schooling is a much better approach… More funding would be a real help, but it will take a generation to rebuild broken trust, foster cross-cultural reconciliation, and engage First Nations themselves in this vitally important work.