Are Aboriginal Rights and Canadian Law Reconcilable?

As a rule, Aboriginal Rights are the rights of Indigenous people to carry on with their traditional and ancestral customs of hunting, fishing, trapping, feasting and holding religious ceremonies.

Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

Examining how Canada gained control of western Canada, it can be argued that they did it without regard by taking advantage of a famine caused mainly by the loss of bison populations, but also due to an overwhelming influx of settlers.

Why Is It So Hard: The Dilemma of Social Justice

Social justice dilemmas are situations in which collective interests are at odds with private interests. Such situations arise when faced with prioritizing either short-term selfish interests or the long-term interests of a group, organization, or society.

Are There Better Options to Settle the Blood Tribe Farm Land Disputes than Going Through the Courts?

Two recent disputes about who are entitled to farm Blood Tribe agricultural land have ended up in Federal and Provincial Court respectively.

Developing a First Nations Education Act in Canada: A good idea or misguided legislation?

(Special Session in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library) Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Venue: Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery, Main Branch, 810 – 5th Ave.

Is the Federal Governments Proposed First Nations Education Act Underfunded and Too Paternalistic?

Many First Nations people are reacting with anger and disappointment to the Federal Government’s proposed education legislation for First Nations that recently was released by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Bernard Valcourt.

Idle No More: What are the Main Issues Behind the Movement?

The Idle No More movement began late in 2012 after the Harper Government passed their massive omnibus budget Bill C-45. Four women, Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdam and Jessica Gordon all shared a vision in which people can help protect Mother Earth, her lands, waters and people.

First Nations Election Act: Will Democracy be Better Served?

At a January 24, 2012 meeting between the Federal Government and First Nation Chiefs, the Harper government told the Chiefs the Indian Act would not be abolished.

Does Post-Secondary (Science) Education set up Barriers to Success for Aboriginal Students?

To date, there has been very little work done or literature available on the stories, the narratives of experience, of those Aboriginal individuals who have journeyed through post-secondary, Eurocentric paradigm-based Western education successfully.

Oil Sands and Environmental Management

Our newspapers are full of stories that the development of the oil sands is forging ahead without regard to the environmental impact on the immediate area or the consequences to the world as a whole.