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Rose LeMay

Rose LeMay is Tlingit from the West Coast and the CEO of the Indigenous Reconciliation Group. She writes twice a month about Indigenous inclusion and reconciliation. In Tlingit worldview, the stories are the knowledge system, sometimes told through myth and sometimes contradicting the myths told by others. But always with at least some truth.

Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 20, 2024
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree. It’s the government's legal requirement to uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with the Indigenous Peoples, not with fake groups, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 20, 2024
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 20, 2024
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree. It’s the government's legal requirement to uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with the Indigenous Peoples, not with fake groups, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 6, 2024
When Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 'wacko' for a policy position last week, it went beyond expectations of professionalism. Poilievre exhibited childish behaviour which doesn’t meet anybody’s metrics for leadership. But Trudeau doesn't get a free pass, either, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 6, 2024
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 6, 2024
When Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 'wacko' for a policy position last week, it went beyond expectations of professionalism. Poilievre exhibited childish behaviour which doesn’t meet anybody’s metrics for leadership. But Trudeau doesn't get a free pass, either, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 15, 2024
RCMP Commissioner Michel Duheme. Civilian oversight and accountability of policing is an essential plank of any democracy, writes Rose LeMay.  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 15, 2024
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 15, 2024
RCMP Commissioner Michel Duheme. Civilian oversight and accountability of policing is an essential plank of any democracy, writes Rose LeMay.  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 1, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a Families of Sisters in Spirit vigil on Parliament Hill in 2017. Meanwhile, the Danger Cats, a so-called comedy troop whose shows have been cancelled across Canada, makes fun of the Pickton murders. It’s disgusting to make fun of the real risks to Indigenous women, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 1, 2024
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 1, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a Families of Sisters in Spirit vigil on Parliament Hill in 2017. Meanwhile, the Danger Cats, a so-called comedy troop whose shows have been cancelled across Canada, makes fun of the Pickton murders. It’s disgusting to make fun of the real risks to Indigenous women, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 18, 2024
Health Minister Mark Holland, pictured Feb. 29, 2024, at a press conference to announce the government’s introduction of the Pharmacare Act. Provincial health ministers and premiers across the country should legislate the Joyce's Principal into law in order to end racism against Indigenous Peoples in Canada's health-care systems, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 18, 2024
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 18, 2024
Health Minister Mark Holland, pictured Feb. 29, 2024, at a press conference to announce the government’s introduction of the Pharmacare Act. Provincial health ministers and premiers across the country should legislate the Joyce's Principal into law in order to end racism against Indigenous Peoples in Canada's health-care systems, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 4, 2024
University of Ottawa chancellor and Elder Claudette Commanda speaks at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa on Jan. 26, 2024. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 4, 2024
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 4, 2024
University of Ottawa chancellor and Elder Claudette Commanda speaks at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa on Jan. 26, 2024. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 19, 2024
Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew, pictured with his family and supporters after winning the province's election on Oct. 3, 2023, is expected to visit Churchill, Man., writes Rose LeMay. Photograph courtesy of X/Twitter
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 19, 2024
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 19, 2024
Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew, pictured with his family and supporters after winning the province's election on Oct. 3, 2023, is expected to visit Churchill, Man., writes Rose LeMay. Photograph courtesy of X/Twitter
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 5, 2024
A person holds up a feather at the ceremony marking the conclusion of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on June 3, 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 5, 2024
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 5, 2024
A person holds up a feather at the ceremony marking the conclusion of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on June 3, 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | January 22, 2024
Former Progressive Conservative MP Chief Willie Littlechild attends the unveiling ceremony for the location of the Residential School National Monument on Parliament Hill on June 20, 2023. Eighty-one of the TRC's 94 Calls are still outstanding, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | January 22, 2024
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | January 22, 2024
Former Progressive Conservative MP Chief Willie Littlechild attends the unveiling ceremony for the location of the Residential School National Monument on Parliament Hill on June 20, 2023. Eighty-one of the TRC's 94 Calls are still outstanding, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | January 8, 2024
The recognition for the most impactful work for Indigenous Peoples goes to Cindy Blackstock, pictured at the UNIFOR convention in Ottawa on Aug. 24, 2016. Nobody comes close to the level of impact that she has made for Indigenous kids in 2023, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | January 8, 2024
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | January 8, 2024
The recognition for the most impactful work for Indigenous Peoples goes to Cindy Blackstock, pictured at the UNIFOR convention in Ottawa on Aug. 24, 2016. Nobody comes close to the level of impact that she has made for Indigenous kids in 2023, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | December 7, 2023
Newly elected AFN National Chief Cindy Woodhouse addresses the Special Chiefs’ Assembly in Ottawa on Dec. 7, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | December 7, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | December 7, 2023
Newly elected AFN National Chief Cindy Woodhouse addresses the Special Chiefs’ Assembly in Ottawa on Dec. 7, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | November 27, 2023
Politics is going to take us all down: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, front left, Conservative deputy leaders Melissa Lantsman and Andrew Scheer. Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, back row left, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | November 27, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | November 27, 2023
Politics is going to take us all down: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, front left, Conservative deputy leaders Melissa Lantsman and Andrew Scheer. Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, back row left, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | November 13, 2023
The Survivors' flag, an expression of remembrance meant to honour residential school survivors and all the lives and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada, seen on Parliament Hill on June 21, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | November 13, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | November 13, 2023
The Survivors' flag, an expression of remembrance meant to honour residential school survivors and all the lives and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada, seen on Parliament Hill on June 21, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | October 30, 2023
Canada's federal Health Minister Mark Holland, pictured. Ottawa will argue that it can’t do this because health care is a provincial/territorial mandate. It’s time to call out this fraud. Ottawa could choose to set the standard by funding Indigenous health to succeed, and to pressure provinces and territories to do similarly, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | October 30, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | October 30, 2023
Canada's federal Health Minister Mark Holland, pictured. Ottawa will argue that it can’t do this because health care is a provincial/territorial mandate. It’s time to call out this fraud. Ottawa could choose to set the standard by funding Indigenous health to succeed, and to pressure provinces and territories to do similarly, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | October 16, 2023
Australia's coat of arms at the country's Parliament House in Canberra. Australia voted against a Voice to Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders on Oct. 14, but marginalized peoples' rights should not be put to a vote in the first place, writes Rose LeMay. Wikimedia Commons photograph
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | October 16, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | October 16, 2023
Australia's coat of arms at the country's Parliament House in Canberra. Australia voted against a Voice to Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders on Oct. 14, but marginalized peoples' rights should not be put to a vote in the first place, writes Rose LeMay. Wikimedia Commons photograph
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | October 2, 2023
Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson has made her decision not to search a Winnipeg landfill for the remains of two Indigenous women a provincial election issue. She will go down in history as the premier who tried to position Indigenous Peoples as not worth the cost, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | October 2, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | October 2, 2023
Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson has made her decision not to search a Winnipeg landfill for the remains of two Indigenous women a provincial election issue. She will go down in history as the premier who tried to position Indigenous Peoples as not worth the cost, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | September 18, 2023
Anaida Poilievre, left, and her busband Pierre Poilievre at the Conservative policy convention in Québec City on Sept. 8, 2023. So much has been written about Pierre Poilievre’s closing speech at the convention, yet not nearly enough has been written about it, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | September 18, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | September 18, 2023
Anaida Poilievre, left, and her busband Pierre Poilievre at the Conservative policy convention in Québec City on Sept. 8, 2023. So much has been written about Pierre Poilievre’s closing speech at the convention, yet not nearly enough has been written about it, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | September 11, 2023
Richard Thomas, a First Nations tour guide, recently led Rose LeMay's whale-watching tour near Tofino, B.C. 'Thomas grew up on the ocean which was clear to see as he manoeuvred our tour boat through narrows with speed and grace, the kind of grace that is gained from decades on the water.'  The Hill Times photograph by Rose LeMay
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | September 11, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | September 11, 2023
Richard Thomas, a First Nations tour guide, recently led Rose LeMay's whale-watching tour near Tofino, B.C. 'Thomas grew up on the ocean which was clear to see as he manoeuvred our tour boat through narrows with speed and grace, the kind of grace that is gained from decades on the water.'  The Hill Times photograph by Rose LeMay
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | August 7, 2023
New Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree, second right, with his wife, Harini Sivalingam, second left, and their daughters, Sahanah, right, and Bairvai, left, at Rideau Hall on July 26, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | August 7, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | August 7, 2023
New Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree, second right, with his wife, Harini Sivalingam, second left, and their daughters, Sahanah, right, and Bairvai, left, at Rideau Hall on July 26, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | July 24, 2023
Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson. The province has ruled out funding a search for the bodies of two Indigenous women believed to be in a Winnipeg landfill, but won't stop the federal government backing the search. The province's decision is racist, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | July 24, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | July 24, 2023
Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson. The province has ruled out funding a search for the bodies of two Indigenous women believed to be in a Winnipeg landfill, but won't stop the federal government backing the search. The province's decision is racist, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | July 10, 2023
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino's department was ordered by a judge to provide funds to three Ontario First Nations police services for the next 12 months after contract talks stalled. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | July 10, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | July 10, 2023
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino's department was ordered by a judge to provide funds to three Ontario First Nations police services for the next 12 months after contract talks stalled. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | June 26, 2023
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller, pictured, attends a press conference on June 21 with Justice Minister David Lametti and Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal to announce the UN Declaration Act Action Plan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | June 26, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | June 26, 2023
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller, pictured, attends a press conference on June 21 with Justice Minister David Lametti and Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal to announce the UN Declaration Act Action Plan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | June 12, 2023
Dozens gathered at an event to honour the children whose remains were found on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School on June 3, 2021. It's incumbent on government representatives, churches, museums, and the media to combat residential school denial, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | June 12, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | June 12, 2023
Dozens gathered at an event to honour the children whose remains were found on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School on June 3, 2021. It's incumbent on government representatives, churches, museums, and the media to combat residential school denial, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 29, 2023
Ontario Premier Doug Ford's plan to remove post-secondary education requirements for police officers is a nightmare for Indigenous Peoples, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 29, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 29, 2023
Ontario Premier Doug Ford's plan to remove post-secondary education requirements for police officers is a nightmare for Indigenous Peoples, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 15, 2023
NDP MP Leah Gazan's motion calling on the government to declare ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people a national emergency was unanimously adopted by the House on May 2. Every level of government is responsible to ensure changes are enacted on an urgent basis now, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 15, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 15, 2023
NDP MP Leah Gazan's motion calling on the government to declare ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people a national emergency was unanimously adopted by the House on May 2. Every level of government is responsible to ensure changes are enacted on an urgent basis now, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 1, 2023
Indigenous men, pictured drumming at a ceremony at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in Ottawa on Aug. 30, 2022. Indigenous storytelling follows cultural protocols about how all things are connected through time and space, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 1, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | May 1, 2023
Indigenous men, pictured drumming at a ceremony at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in Ottawa on Aug. 30, 2022. Indigenous storytelling follows cultural protocols about how all things are connected through time and space, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 17, 2023
A memorial dedicated to Indigenous children who died while being forced to attend residential schools at the Centennial Flame in Ottawa in June 2021. Rose LeMay writes that all Canadians should consider their place in the tapestry of reconciliation. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 17, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 17, 2023
A memorial dedicated to Indigenous children who died while being forced to attend residential schools at the Centennial Flame in Ottawa in June 2021. Rose LeMay writes that all Canadians should consider their place in the tapestry of reconciliation. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 3, 2023
Elder Angie Crerar shakes hands with Pope Francis inside the Vatican chambers following a private meeting on March 28, 2022. Behind Crerar stand Cassidy Caron, president of the Métis National Council and Elder Angie LaFleur. The Vatican formally repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery on March 30, 2023. Photograph by Matt LeMay, courtesy of Métis National Council
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 3, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | April 3, 2023
Elder Angie Crerar shakes hands with Pope Francis inside the Vatican chambers following a private meeting on March 28, 2022. Behind Crerar stand Cassidy Caron, president of the Métis National Council and Elder Angie LaFleur. The Vatican formally repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery on March 30, 2023. Photograph by Matt LeMay, courtesy of Métis National Council
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 20, 2023
Chief Marcia Brown Martel, the lead plaintiff in an Ontario class-action lawsuit, pictured on Oct. 6, 2017, singing and drumming on the Hill, on the day the government announced $800-million in restitution for the survivors of the '60s Scoop. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 20, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 20, 2023
Chief Marcia Brown Martel, the lead plaintiff in an Ontario class-action lawsuit, pictured on Oct. 6, 2017, singing and drumming on the Hill, on the day the government announced $800-million in restitution for the survivors of the '60s Scoop. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 6, 2023
Rose LeMay: 'The quickest way to ensure reconciliation is a failure in your company is to not prioritize it as a strategic priority.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 6, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | March 6, 2023
Rose LeMay: 'The quickest way to ensure reconciliation is a failure in your company is to not prioritize it as a strategic priority.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 20, 2023
RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, right, and Deputy Commissioner Brian Brennan at the House Public Safety Committee on July 25, 2022. Lucki is stepping down next month. Lucki, who is stepping down next month, has faced intense criticism for the RCMP’s handling of multiple crises in recent years. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 20, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 20, 2023
RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, right, and Deputy Commissioner Brian Brennan at the House Public Safety Committee on July 25, 2022. Lucki is stepping down next month. Lucki, who is stepping down next month, has faced intense criticism for the RCMP’s handling of multiple crises in recent years. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 6, 2023
Canada’s first special representative on combating Islamophobia Amira Elghawaby, pictured on the Hill on Feb. 1, 2023, after a number of calls for her appointment to be rescinded after controversial comments from a 2019 column resurfaced. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 6, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | February 6, 2023
Canada’s first special representative on combating Islamophobia Amira Elghawaby, pictured on the Hill on Feb. 1, 2023, after a number of calls for her appointment to be rescinded after controversial comments from a 2019 column resurfaced. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | January 23, 2023
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her resignation last week from the top job after six years in office. A new Labour Party leader will be elected by the caucus on Feb. 7. Ardern said she was burned out from the brutal job. Ardern sustained attacks on her character and threats against her life. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | January 23, 2023
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | January 23, 2023
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her resignation last week from the top job after six years in office. A new Labour Party leader will be elected by the caucus on Feb. 7. Ardern said she was burned out from the brutal job. Ardern sustained attacks on her character and threats against her life. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY ROSE LEMAY | January 9, 2023
Indigenous women, pictured Feb. 24, 2020, protesting against the the Coastal GasLink pipeline which will run from Dawson Creek through the Rockies, and through First Nations' land, to Kitimat where the gas will be exported. 'Maybe 2023 is the year in which Canada realizes it is really an Indigenous federation,' writes Rose LeMay.   The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade