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Dramatic rise in Maskwacis suicide rate creates 'critical crisis'

CBC News, By Terry Reith and Briar Stewart, May 20, 2015

Three Big "Whoppers" told about the Ring of Fire

CBC News, by Jody Porter, October 15, 2015

Eleven Facts About the Gap Between First Nations and the Rest of Canada

By Sherrill Sutherland, the Globe and Mail; February 2015

RCMP Find No Evidence of Women Sold On Ships

CBC News, November 20, 2013

8 key issues for Aboriginal people in Canada

From "Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples" Blog, posted by Bob Joseph, September 10, 2012

Why is Ottawa consigning First Nations to inferior education?

Globe and Mail, By Hayden King, December 11, 2013

Good News From Canada’s Aboriginal Communities

The Toronto Star, by Carole Goar, December 15, 2013

Idle No More: Held in Trust

West Coast Native News, by Elyse Bruce, February 2, 2013. 

Idle No More: More About That FN Trust

From "ElyseBruce.wordpress.com", by Elyse Bruce, June 21, 2013.

Indian Moneys Program

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, July 5, 2018. 

Manual for the Administration of Band Moneys

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, July 3, 2013. 

Illustrations tell story of Marlene Bird

CBC News, January 20 2015. From the article: "Cree woman was beaten and set on fire last June but survived and has finally found a home." 

Wikwemikong's Joseph Pitawanakwat teaches plants can heal

CBC News, February 3, 2015. 


The Idiot's Guide to First Nations Taxation

From the Blog in The Huffington Post: by Chelsea Vowel, Métis from Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, BEd, LLB

Ruby's Story

This blog by âpihtawikosisân discusses the experiences of a First Nations seven-year-old student in Grade 2 when she decided to present information about residential schools for a class assignment.  Ruby (a pseudonym) wanted to share information about why she doesn't speak her First Nations language, and "the effects Indian Residential School has had on her family and community in terms of language."  Her choice of topic was met with disapproval and criticism by her teacher.

Film & VIdeo

Raven's Quest

A series of 7 minute episodes from TVO kids. Each highlights the daily life of an Indigenous child living in Canada, featuring regular fun activities and cultural highlights.

Staking Claim: First Nations Brace as Miners Target Ontario's North

From the website: Staking Claim is a multi-part series exploring the proposed Ontario Ring of Fire mining development in Ontario and how the First Nations communities are preparing for economic activity and the environmental and societal consequences of Canada's next resource rush.

Got Land? We, WE, Should All Be Thankful  

Youtube, By Stan Wesley, 2014, 4 min 31 s. Stan Wesley looks at the importance of acknowledging traditional lands in Canada.

Canada's Water Crisis: Indigenous Families at Risk

Video description: Canada has abundant water, yet water in many indigenous communities in Ontario is not safe to drink, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. The water on which many of Canada’s First Nations communities depend is contaminated, hard to access, or at risk due to faulty treatment systems. The federal and provincial governments need to take urgent steps to address their role in this crisis.


First Peoples, Second Class Treatment

Prepared by: Dr. Billie Allan & Dr. Janet Smylie; published February 3rd, 2015

From the website: "This paper explores the role of racism in the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It provides an overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of racism which have historically, and continue to, negatively shape the life choices and chances of Indigenous people in this country.

People for Education Report 2013 - First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education: Overcoming Gaps in Provincially Funded Schools 

From the report: "Aboriginal education is not just for Aboriginal students. All of Ontario’s students should know about the long and complex history of the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and all students should have a deep understanding of historical and contemporary First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture, perspectives, and experiences."


Amnesty Research Mission to northeastern BC

Every year women from Fort St. John travel to Ottawa with a banner listing the missing and murdered women and girls in their community—and every year the banner includes more names. This is why Amnesty International is currently carrying out a Fact-Finding mission to northeastern British Columbia from April 27-May 8. Follow our Researchers for updates.

Impact on Crees of James Bay Project

The Grand Council of Crees webiste provides a timeline of key events in the development of the James Bay Project.

Four Arrows Newsletter on FNEA

Prepared by Treaty 2 and Treaty 8 First Nations, March 13, 2014

Canada's Federal Budget 2014 and the New First Nations Education Act:  A Four Arrows Summary of What's Happening 

Feathers of Hope First Nations Youth Action Plan

From the website: Feathers of Hope is a youth-led initiative to facilitate a dialogue between youth, First Nations leadership and government. It provides a safe space where youth from First Nations communities in northern Ontario can speak out on matters of importance to them and engage with decision-makers to create meaningful change. Feathers of Hope has grown into a powerful youth movement drawing thousands of First Nations young people from across Ontario and Canada together.

In March of 2013, youth from across Northern Ontario travelled to Thunder Bay to attend a three-day forum where they addressed different issues impacting their communities.  Over the course of these three days, the youth created presentations that were then delivered to officials from all three levels of Canadian government as well as representatives from municipal and provincial police.  These presentations included a contextualization of their different realities, as well as recommendations for government and police on how to approach partnerships and facilitate healing with First Nations people. Out of the dialogue that played out throughout the forum, came the youth-written action plan.

Click Here to view the Feathers of Hope Youth Forum 2013 Documentary

Expressions of Aboriginal Youth - Resource Guide 

"This guide is designed to bring issues affecting Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people into the classroom in a manner that speaks directly to youth. It provides interactive exercises that help us gain a better understanding of Canadian history and begin to overcome misunderstandings, prejudices and fears that adversely affect all Canadians. Promoting the principle of peer education, this guide encourages youth to actively listen to and learn from each other."

Politics Based on Justice, Diplomacy Based on Love: What Indigenous Diplomatic Traditions Can Teach Us

From the website, "[...] many Canadians are supportive of a principled movement lead by Indigenous Peoples that addresses the protection of the land and the environmental, social, economic, and political issues facing Indigenous communities. If the resurgence of Indigenous political traditions is widely seen as the next step in decolonizing our relationship with Canada, it is critical that we understand and recognize the contemporary resilience and manifestations of Indigenous diplomacy. This kind of peacemaking is diplomacy based on love – the love of land and the love of our people – and this alone has the power to transform Indigenous-state relations into a relationship based on justice, respect, and responsibility."

David Suzuki Foundation: Year 1 Progress Toward Safe Drinking Water in Nine First Nations in Ontario

From the website: The David Suzuki Foundation assessed progress toward ending long-term DWAs in nine First Nations in Ontario. Data were compiled from interviews, meetings, conferences, reports and media releases, to assess the progress and challenges First Nations face in attaining clean and safe drinking water.

Water Protector

From the website: Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old Anishinaabe girl from Wikwemikong First Nation, addresses world leaders at the United Nations about protecting water.


Native Hip-Hop

A website for Indigenous hip hop and rap artists.

Water: The Sacred Relationship

From the website: "For generations, the relationship between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada has been damaged. Can water be the common ground that begins to reconcile this relationship?"  Site contains videos and curriculum resources to teach about water from Aboriginal perspectives.

Issues by Subject 

Northern Food Security

Chemical Valley-Aamjiwnaang

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