Indigenous

Staggering number of Indigenous people in jail

Staggering number of Indigenous people in jail

Not long ago, First Nations people “caught” leaving their reserve would be arrested and thrown in jail. Even more recently, Indigenous children were stolen from their parents by the Canadian government, to attend Residential Schools, in what has been described as cultural genocide. A justice system which targets Indigenous peoples with impunity is nothing new […]

Too many indigenous women in prison

Too many indigenous women in prison

Judges need more flexibility in sentencing There is no justice for Indigenous women in the current Canadian justice system. Indigenous women are violently victimized at almost three times the rate of their non-Indigenous counterparts.  Indigenous women are also more likely to commit criminal offences — but nine times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be […]

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Dylan Cohen shares a personal story of life in and out of government care. He is an Indigenous former youth in care and campaigner for Fostering Change in British Columbia and a Contributor with EvidenceNetwork.ca.  Dylan seeks to create opportunities for youth in/from care across the country through advocacy and public policy justice. Interview by […]

Canada needs a national agency to review all domestic homicides and create an integrated domestic violence safety system

Canada needs a national agency to review all domestic homicides and create an integrated domestic violence safety system

Bill C-75 reforms too little, too late to respond to domestic violence    A woman is killed by her current or former partner every six days in Canada. Indigenous women are killed by their intimate partners at a rate eight times higher. In Peel (Toronto) alone, five women were killed in January 2018 — the […]

Drawing on rich traditions to nourish our children

Drawing on rich traditions to nourish our children

Indigenous peoples are “Inuwak,” Peoples of the Land. We have a spiritual relationship with our mother earth; our food is from the land and is intrinsically related to our cultural and spiritual way of life. Food not only nourishes us physically, it impacts our mental attitude and is an essential part of many of our […]

Seeing Red on World AIDS Day

Seeing Red on World AIDS Day

Justice system re-victimizes indigenous women

Justice system re-victimizes indigenous women

Indigenous people are not the ‘ghosts of history’

Indigenous people are not the ‘ghosts of history’

Canadian Indigenous people have been described as “ghosts of history,” spectres lingering in the background, haunting our legacy. This refers to the fact that Indigenous people have been ignored to a great extent in Canadian history

Culture is Healing in Indigenous Communities

Culture is Healing in Indigenous Communities

While indigenous populations in Canada have higher risks of health problems, our usual treatments often focus solely on western medical approaches.

The scientific link between culture and health for Canada’s indigenous populations is strong

The scientific link between culture and health for Canada’s indigenous populations is strong

Wab Kinew has been telling scientists and health care professionals for years that culture is medicine.