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Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen—pictured arriving for a cabinet meeting on Jan. 28—is in charge of the federal government’s National Housing Strategy, which Steven Sutherland writes did not adequately address the needs for Indigenous people living in urban, rural and northern areas of Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The case for a ‘For Indigenous, By Indigenous’ housing strategy

Urban, rural, and northern Indigenous peoples require a separate strategy that is governed and administered by Indigenous peoples themselves.
Many Indigenous peoples are demanding that the risk-assessment process be holistic and demonstrate how any proposed project will affect the well-being of the peoples for future generations.  
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett addressed northern food insecurity and the MMIWG report in an email exchange with The Hill Times.
We’ve seen firsthand how remote northern communities are rolling up their sleeves and working together to share knowledge, practices and resources.
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Parliamentary secretary Yvonne Jones says the government has brought ‘continuous’ improvements to Nutrition North, mostly in 2018, including making 'significant changes around transparency.'
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With only five sitting weeks to go, Parliamentarians face high expectations on bills on Indigenous languages and rights, environmental protection, and more.
AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde pitched four changes to Bill C-92, but called it a clear ‘step forward.’
To wipe out TB in Canada’s Indigenous populations, we need a big boost in their general health and social conditions.
The AFN says it should have been consulted on the legislation finalizing the split, while the government says the bill is bringing ‘more certainty and clarity to our Indigenous partners.’
The future of Canada’s mining industry lies increasingly in remote and northern regions, but the infrastructure deficit challenges project economics in this part of the country.
They spent $111-million less in the past two fiscal years than they would have in the absence of the federal program, says a new report from the parliamentary budget officer.
So why don’t we better maintain it and plan for future needs?
Experts say the Canadian icebreaking fleet isn't sufficient for current or future needs. As climate change breaks Arctic ice, the ships will become more important for the security of communities and marine shipping routes.
Experts say they are excited about microgrids' potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy resilience.
Opinion|Ron Wallace
Russia is in a position of strategic military and commercial dominance in the circumpolar region. Meanwhile, Canada has instituted a five-year ban on offshore energy exploration. Canadians should be concerned about our northern policies.
Promoting Seamus O’Regan and shuffling Jody Wilson-Raybould signals the Liberals are moving away from a 'progressive approach' to Indigenous relations, downgrading its importance, says expert Hayden King.
‘Either [Justin Trudeau] means what he says but none of his ministers have the confidence to fulfil it, or he really is just about broken promises,’ says Prof. Pam Palmater.
Federal action is needed on northern infrastructure.
Social and economic prosperity will not be realized using a piecemeal, project-based approach.
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