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Elliott takes a raw, fierce deep-dive into the lasting legacy of colonialism in Canada

By Sean Wilson      

A Mind Spread out on the Ground comes from the Mohawk phrase for depression, and the book begins with a piece on mental health that highlights the fact that self-inflicted injuries are the leading cause of death for Indigenous people under the age of 44.

What makes this book so difficult and so very compelling is Alicia Elliott’s honesty and her willingness to interrogate the entire suite of systemic, cultural, and internalized racism that First Nations citizens are subjected to, writes Sean Wilson.

OTTAWA—A couple of years ago, my young son asked me if there was a difference between Ottawa and the settlements in the occupied territories. Aren’t both, he asked, communities built on stolen land? I didn’t have a good answer then, and still don’t. Here in “progressive” Canada, we are rarely asked to consider what it means that Parliament itself sits on unceded Algonquin, Anishinabek territory.

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Downe wants Parliament to have power to amend new NAFTA, Liberals pledge to share objectives of future trade talks with House

News|By Neil Moss
'The precedent has been set,' says Senator Percy Downe of Parliamentarians being able to modify trade agreements, following changes made to the new NAFTA by U.S. House Democrats.

Senators put spotlight back on harassment, ‘loophole’ blocked bullying complaint, says one

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‘It’s gotten worse as the Senate has diversified,’ says Lillian Dyck.

Public service hiring up, but report finds manager, employee concerns around feds’ new staffing process

News|By Mike Lapointe
A recent government survey found that although just under 92 per cent of public service managers believe that appointees can do the job they were hired for, just under 54 per cent of employees agreed.

UNDRIP provides ‘guide’ to resolving tensions among Indigenous communities over questions of authority, say experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
'We have to move beyond public platitudes and eloquent statements; we need a reality whereby Indigenous law and institutions are placed on the same level as common law,' says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

UN nuclear disarmament rep ‘counting on Canada’ to help bridge tricky international divides

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Disarmament is not something idealistic or a utopian ideology,' says UN high rep for disarmament affairs Izumi Nakamitsu, and that it's 'part of security.'

Black Canadian groups call on feds to address economic inequities facing community

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The work they’re doing is going to need to speak for itself,' says Liberal strategist Tiffany Gooch, about the party's recovery from the prime minister's blackface scandal.

‘Just live your life,’ women’s rights advocate tells survivors of violence

News|By Palak Mangat
'Focusing on resilience ignores the systemic problem that forces people to fight so hard in the first place,' says Julie Lalonde.

‘A real lack of leadership’: critics call for better response from feds as Wet’suwet’en blockades continue

‘Negotiations should take as long as they need to,’ says Ellen Gabriel, a former Mohawk spokesperson during the Oka Crisis.

‘I don’t celebrate Black History Month, I celebrate Black history 12 months of the year’: Sen. Bernard on her fight for equality

News|By David Lochead
After sitting as a Senator for more than three years, Wanda Thomas Bernard says she is more determined than ever to continue fighting for causes like social justice, diversity, and inclusion.
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