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Policy Briefing: Aboriginal Opportunities: 06-20-2016
An important step towards reconciliation was made at the United Nations last month when Canada expressed its unqualified support for the UN declaration. I commend the federal government for taking this important step. The next step is to formalize that support by adopting and implementing the UN declaration in federal legislation developed with indigenous peoples, to ensure the government of Canada respect and honour its principles, writes Perry Bellegarde. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

It’s time to close the door on Canada’s colonial past, and take a human rights-based approach

Borne of racism, and an impulse to control, the Indian Act has long proven itself broken by any metric. Closing the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and Canadians goes beyond programs and funding focused on reserve lands. There is a direct relationship between that gap in quality of life and the persistent failure to respect First Nations rights.Our exclusion from the economic life of this country begins with the failure to include us as self-determining peoples in the design and administration of laws and policies that affect us.
Until the federal government repudiates these racist foundations, Canada cannot ever achieve true reconciliation and begin nation-to-nation dialogue.
Feature|Denis Calnan
The LNG energy industry is dry in B.C. right now and it's not known when the market may pick up for the product.
Feature|Rachel Aiello
'Reconciliation has to be about all Canadians,' says Bennett. "From coast to coast to coast, Canadians are embarking on the journey of reconciliation and developing responses to the calls to action.'
The natural resource sector is a key opportunity for economic development for First Nation bands, but local indigenous communities often feel that they have not significantly benefited from activities that have taken place on their traditional territories.
Feature|Denis Calnan
'I think the resource sector is the front lines of reconciliation in Canada,' says Ken Coates, a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and the director of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development.
Opinion|Natan Obed
The key issue moving forward will be mutual respect.
More than 40 years later not much has changed. The situation of some 700,000 Métis and non-status Indians remains, sadly, the same, and the 'federal initiatives' then called for are still non-existent.
Canada’s long-standing laissez-faire attitude towards the life and death of indigenous youth must end. We must recognize that the lives of these young people are worth investing in. They are not just the future of this nation, they are the present. I remain hopeful and inspired when I see the calibre and determination of this young generation. Change is coming. Let’s be part of it.

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