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Racism Against Aboriginal People




Welcome to Winnipeg Where Canada’s Racism Problem is at its Worst

Maclean's Magazine, By Nancy MacDonald, January 2015

Winnipeg Rises to a Challenge

Maclean's Magazine, By Paul Wells, January 2015

Winnipeggers React to Maclean’s Claim That the City is Racist

CBC News, January 2015

Maclean’s Focuses in on Winnipeg’s Race Problem

Winnipeg Sun, By Kristin Annable, January 2015 

Turning Racism into Resolve: 6 Things You Can Do

CBC News, By Michael Champagne, January 2015

John A. MacDonald's Aryan Canada: Aboriginal Genocide and Chinese Exclusion 

ActiveHistory.ca, By Timothy J. Stanley, January 2015. 

Film & Video

Maclean's Claim That Winnipeg is Canada's Most Racist City Upsets Mayor

CBC News, January, 2015, 19 min 19 s

An article on the Mayor of Winnipeg’s response to the Maclean’s article that isolates Winnipeg as Canada’s most racist city.  Included in the article is video of the press conference held to address the matter.

Interview With Author of Maclean’s Article on Racism in Winnipeg

Maclean's, January 22, 2015 5 min 31 s

From the webpage, “Nancy Macdonald spoke with Global News about her controversial article in Maclean’s calling Winnipeg a racist city.”

Just Get Over It

YouTube video, 2011 5 min 48 s

This video is a call for justice for Aboriginal Peoples from PSAC (Public Service Alliance of Canada) aboriginal activists explaining the issues behind the union's campaign for justice for Aboriginal people.

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

National Film Board of Canada, 1993, 119 min 15 s

From the NFB website: "On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades." 

Directed by:Alanis Obomsawin; Scenes of violence, viewer discretion is advised.

Rocks At Whiskey Trench (Film Clips)

National Film Board of Canada, 2000

From the NFB website: "On August 28, 1990, a convoy of 75 cars left the Mohawk community of Kahnawake and crossed Montreal's Mercier Bridge--straight into an angry mob that pelted the vehicles with rocks. The targets of this violence were Mohawk women, children and elders leaving Kahnawake, in fear of a possible advance by the Canadian army. In Rocks at Whiskey Trench, Mohawks remember the terror as windows shattered around them. A painstakingly researched social document, the film looks back at the events surrounding the August 28 attack, and delves into the history of Kahnawake and the consequences of the appropriation of land that have shrunk its territory by more than two-thirds over the last 300 years." (105 min 18s)

Directed by:Alanis Obomsawin

For Angela

National Film Board of Canada, 1993, 21 min 20 s

From the NFB website: "This short film portrays the experiences of Rhonda Gordon and her daughter, Angela, when a simple bus ride changes their lives in an unforeseeable way. When they are harassed by three boys, Rhonda finds the courage to take a unique and powerful stance against ignorance and prejudice. What ensues is a dramatic story of racism and empowerment." (21 min 20 s)

Directed by: Nancy Trites Botkin & Daniel Prouty


Defending Our Sovereignty: Indigenous Nationhood

By Pam Palmater, 2018.

From the website: "This blog represents my own personal opinions, thoughts and ideas, and should never be relied on as legal advice. My goal is have a national discussion with the grass roots citizens to see where we can affect the changes we want for our families, communities, and Nations. We owe it to our ancestors to protect our cultures and territories for our future generations."

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


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.

Report of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba

By the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission, 1999

From the website: "In late November 1999 the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission was created to develop an action plan based on the original Aboriginal Justice Inquiry recommendations. Commissioners Wendy Whitecloud and Paul Chartrand are reviewing the A.J.I. report, with the assistance of Elder advisers Eva McKay and Doris Young, and will submit suggestions and recommendations for implementation."

Encountering the Other: Racism Against Aboriginal People

By David McLaren, 2007

From the website: "This paper has four tasks. The first is to demonstrate there is a huge gulf between the culture of Turtle Island and that of Euro-Canada. The second task is to show how that gulf leads to misunderstanding, confusion and the nearly complete alienation of one from the other. The third is to define racism and see whether one effect of this alienation is racism against Turtle Island peoples. The fourth is to suggest what a new relationship between First Nations peoples and 
Euro-Canada might look like." 

Systemic Discrimination Against Aboriginal Peoples

By The Canadian Race Relations Foundation, 2001

From the issue's editorial: "Confronting systemic discrimination against Aboriginal peoples in this issue's key theme. Systemic discrimination dominates political and policymaking spheres, creating massive discriminations against Aboriginal persons, whether as groups or as individuals. Systemic discrimination compounds familiar sources of individual discrimination. It operates through inaction, silence, neglect, and indifference to the aboriginal, human, and treaty rights, stifling the talents and opportunities of individuals while sustaining poverty and malaise and affecting diverse social, cultural, politica, economic, spiritual, and physical outcomes among Aboriginal peoples."

Canada’s First Nations: A Legacy of Institutional Racism

Tolerance.cz, By Claire Hutchings

From the paper: "...a brief description of Aboriginal societies pre-contact to give context to the subsequent summary of the history of Canada’s state building process and the institutional racism which accompanied it, including: Treaties and the Reserve Creation Process, Indians Acts, Enfranchisement, and Residential Schools." 

Doctrines of Dispossession - Racism Against Indigenous Peoples

By the United Nations


I am a witness

From the website: "The I am a Witness campaign invites people to learn about the case on First Nations child welfare and Jordan's Principle and to decide for themselves whether or not they think there is discrimination against First Nations children and youth."

Canadian Race Relations Foundation

From the website: "The purpose of the CRRF, as defined by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Act 1991, is "to facilitate throughout Canada the development, sharing and application of knowledge and expertise in order to contribute to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society." This website has a resource page about issues concerning Aboriginal people. 


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