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If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate National Aboriginal Day check out the Summer Solstice Concert on the evening of June 21st on APTN. It’s a great way to enjoy the longest day of the summer, with line-up of amazing music to entertain you all evening long.
Also on June 23rd tune in for Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration, if you’re in Winnipeg Manitoba, or Regina Saskatchewan, check out the Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration in person! For more details on the Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration showcases click here!
Alfred: The biggest challenge today is maintaining our sense of identity and spiritual strength in the wake of the near total loss of our homeland to settler peoples.
It is extremely difficult for any people to survive if they cannot practice their culture on their land and when they are persecuted for doing so as we are in Canada. For nationhood, for cultural survival, for human rights, for prosperity and independence … it’s all about the land, and always has been.
Palmater: They must understand that the treaties and promises made to indigenous peoples in what is now known as Canada are commitments their representatives made directly on behalf of the Crown.
Devolving those legal, political and moral obligations to the state of Canada was a unilateral decision. In so doing, the Crown broke the spirit and intent of those treaties.
AFN Chief Shawn Atleo and Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a Crown/First Nations gathering in Ottawa in January 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick / Canadian Press)
The fact that the [British] Privy Council ruled that Canada would assume all of the obligations of the Crown with regards to treaties is of no comfort given Canada’s gross neglect of that duty and the horrific conditions in which many indigenous peoples must live.
Respectfully, the Crown has a duty to address the fact that Canada did not live up to the obligations it inherited from the Crown — especially since indigenous peoples never agreed to the devolution.
Atleo: The way forward in achieving fundamental change for First Nations in Canada must involve a return to the original relationship agreed to in the treaties. This continues to be the way forward — implementing these relationships and ensuring respect and mutual partnerships.
The continued failure to move forward in this way has and continues to have devastating consequences for our territories and our peoples who face the worst socio-economic conditions of any group in Canadian society. Our work today is about renewing the vision of all our ancestors to achieve a better day for First Nations and Canadians.
Twelve Aboriginal students will graduate with a University of British Columbia medical undergraduate degree (MD) this spring, the largest cohort of Aboriginal students to graduate in the history of the Faculty of Medicine and in the province.
OTTAWA - The Harper government is trying to block the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal from hearing a retired aboriginal Mountie’s complaints about the alleged discrimination and harassment he faced over the course of his long RCMP career.
ABORIGINAL elders have returned to the ruins of their childhood homes at an abandoned mission in remote South Australia to end a 14-year native title battle over a vast area incorporating Lake Eyre.