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Indigenous people have worked for wages for more than 150 years in Canada, and before that in what was to become Canada. They have often been members of unions and in some cases actively. They have been known to engage in strike actions even when not represented by a union. However, relations between Indigenous people and unions have often been difficult. In many cases unions have failed to serve the interests of Indigenous wage workers…
This paper explores the economy, the health status, and particularly the issue of food sovereignty of Garden Hill First Nation (GHFN), a remote community located 610 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Similar to many northern communities, in GHFN the history of colonialism, assimilation and the legacy of residential schools have shaped the egregious conditions of poverty that many on-reserve residents struggle with every day.
Source: Barrie and District Raging Grannies
Almost half of the people in Manitoba agree there is a problem with the Canadian justice system when it comes to treatment of Indigenous Peoples according to a recent report in the Winnipeg Free Press ("Manitobans divided on justice system," April 16, 2018). Like many problems, it's complex and the way to resolution starts with understanding the many issues.
OTTAWA AND VANCOUVER — With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley set to meet Sunday in Ottawa on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX), policy experts are available to provide a fact-based response about the project, and an analysis of the vested interests behind its approval.
In many Indigenous Nations across the world, research is a contentious word because it has often been associated with a process of examination and analysis which lead to colo­nial judgments on Indigenous ways of life. As an extension of research, evaluation can also be painted with the same brush. Researchers and evaluators, the majority of whom are trained within west­ern founded post-secondary institutions, learn how to do this work from those who have gone before.
In Winnipeg, a city with a high population of Indigenous peoples, incorporating Indigenous ways of practice into helping programs and organizations makes sense, asorganizations work to support community. However, funding expectations and evaluation metrics have not shifted to meet the needs of Indigenous groundedpractices.
OTTAWA—Today’s federal budget takes positive steps forward on gender equality and science funding but the bold policy moves that will make a real difference for Canadians —child care, pharmacare, health care or closure of tax loopholes—will have to wait for another day, say experts from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Have Indigenous people in Canada been active as wage labourers and union members? If so, what have been the circumstances? When and where and for what reasons have Indigenous people worked for wages and been union membersand how have they fared in these roles? In this short paper we examine a wide range of recent studies that have looked at various aspects of these questions.  Read full report.

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