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This Week in Indigenous Rights 2018–10–21


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/10/21

“The federal government’s sweeping environmental legislation, which is now before the Senate, has the potential to undermine the hard-won gains of Indigenous people in the natural-resource economy. But C-69 is being rushed through by a government that does not seem to understand its obligations to consult comprehensively with Indigenous peoples.

As we have seen repeatedly in recent years, the government of Canada appears to consult primarily with people and organizations that share its views on environment issues. It pays much less attention to other Indigenous groups, equally concerned about environmental sustainability, who seek a more balanced approach to resource development.

Since his government was elected in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly spoken about his personal commitment to a new relationship with Indigenous people in Canada. In action, however, he has clearly privileged those Indigenous peoples, our friends and relatives, whose perspective aligns with the more radical environmental movement.”


“A few weeks ago, Romeo Saganash, the NDP member of Parliament for Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou dropped an f-bomb in the House of Commons. He was clearly frustrated with the Liberals’ determination to proceed with the Trans Mountain pipeline despite First Nations opposition.

“Why doesn’t the prime minister just say the truth and tell Indigenous peoples that he doesn’t give a f**k about their rights?” he asked the stunned members of the House of Commons.

Of course, he was called out by the Speaker and told to apologize, which he did in French. Saganash is trilingual and fluent in Cree, English and French. The prime minister wasn’t in the house at the time, but you can be sure he heard all about it.”


“Prisoners who are of both Black and Indigenous background report that they face discrimination in jail based on their mixed heritage.

There have recently been a number of stories about white people falsely claiming Indigenous ancestry. Jorge Barrera’s investigation for APTN established that author Joseph Boyden has no traceable Indigenous ancestors. Elizabeth Warren’s claims of being Cherokee have been comprehensively refuted by Kim Tallbear. Darryl Leroux’s research has uncovered “race shifting” among white groups in Quebec and Nova Scotia who originally had ties to white supremacist groups and now identify as Metis.”



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