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Rising violence, funding shortfalls: Indigenous police say Ottawa has left them teetering on the edge

Published in The Toronto Star | June 17, 2024

Their policing resources are stretched thin and if something doesn’t change Indigenous forces in Ontario could disband. 

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Trudeau government shows little progress on murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls recommendations, critics charge

Published in The Toronto Star | June 3, 2024

Five years after the release of a landmark report on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the federal government continues show little commitment to ending the crisis, Indigenous leaders told a news conference.

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‘If it’s not required, why even ask for it?’ First Nations slam Ottawa for requesting confidentiality agreements in child welfare negotiations

Published in The Toronto Star | May 30, 2024

First Nations leaders say they are being “gagged” by the federal government because it’s asking them to sign confidentiality agreements before Ottawa will negotiate funding deals under Canada’s new child and family welfare law.

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Are these Métis nations’ dreams of self-governance dead? Here’s what we know about the latest developments in a contentious bill

Published in The Toronto Star | April 24, 2024

The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan’s announcement it was withdrawing its support for Bill C-53 — legislation aimed at recognizing Métis self-governance by creating a path for treaties between Canada and some Métis governments — has created uncertainty about the contentious bill’s future.

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Reconciliation not a priority for Trudeau government, First Nations leaders say

Published in The Toronto Star | April 17, 2024

he Assembly of First Nations is calling for a renewed commitment to reconciliation from the federal government, with First Nations leadership saying the federal budget tabled on Tuesday showed Indigenous Peoples are not a priority

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Federal budget’s $918M for Indigenous housing and infrastructure falls far short of what advocates say is needed

Published in The Toronto Star | April 16, 2024

Tuesday’s federal budget committed more than $9 billion in new funding for Indigenous initiatives, focusing on education and youth, on-reserve supports and economic opportunities.

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Why are Indigenous people so overrepresented in Canadian prisons?

Published in The Toronto Star | April 11, 2024

When the government repealed some mandatory minimum prison sentences, it was responding to the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in prisons. Why hasn’t it worked?

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She says this alternative to prison saved her life. So why isn't Canada investing in more of them?

Published in The Toronto Star | April 2, 2024

Healing lodges were proposed to Ottawa as an alternative to federal institutions. But supporters said the federal government has not done enough to support them.

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Auditor’s reports expose Ottawa’s failure to support Indigenous housing and policing, AFN national chief says

Published in The Toronto Star | March 20, 2024

New reports from Canada’s auditor general prove that Ottawa has failed Indigenous communities when it comes to housing and policing, says the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

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'Our guys don't have somewhere to go': Trudeau government criticized for taking too long to fund Indigenous housing

Published in The Toronto Star | February 27, 2024

Housing organizations supporting Indigenous people say they are desperate for the money Ottawa's new housing strategy is preparing to distribute.

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'Monumental': Supreme Court rules Indigenous child welfare law is constitutional

Published in The Toronto Star | February 9, 2024

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a law that gives Indigenous nations sole jurisdiction over the welfare of Indigenous children in a landmark challenge of federal legislation by Quebec.

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Trudeau government's probe into abuse in Canadian sports is lacking, critics say

Published in The Toronto Star | February 1, 2024

The federal government announced The Future of Sport in Canada Commission after athletes testified before the Heritage and Status of Women committees in recent months about abuse in Canadian sport.

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After years of trouble, can the AFN's new chief avoid another 'explosion,' and unite First Nations?

Published in The Toronto Star | January 28, 2024

Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak has inherited an organization that has been buffeted by internal strife.

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Ottawa is supposed to process First Nations families' child services requests within days. Sometimes it makes them wait a year

Published in The Toronto Star | January 4, 2024

First Nations families are waiting for as long as a year to have their applications for child and family services assessed by the federal government — even though Ottawa has been ordered to process them within 12 to 48 hours.

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She confronted Justin Trudeau when she was 12. Now Autumn Peltier has a new message

Published in The Toronto Star | December 26, 2023

Autumn Peltier was just 12 when she took on the prime minister. Today she hopes to build a better future for Indigenous peoples and wants world leaders to listen. 

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Justin Trudeau vowed to end boil water advisories in Indigenous communities. But a new plan to address that is under fire

Published in The Toronto Star | December 23, 2023

The federal government says new legislation will help end water troubles in many Indigenous communities. Some First Nations leaders aren't so sure. 

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Manitoba regional chief Cindy Woodhouse elected Assembly of First Nations' national chief

Published in The Toronto Star | December 7, 2023

Woodhouse, who was a front-runner throughout the campaign after announcing her candidacy in October, ran on a platform of rebuilding the national advocacy organization to make it a supportive place for all First Nations.

Photo courtesy of Alice McLeod, Nipissing First Nation for The Toronto Star

‘We’ve been accused of being Métis deniers’: Trudeau government’s proposed law pits First Nations against Ontario Métis

Published in The Toronto Star | November 15, 2023

A new bill recognizing Métis rights in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan is being met with outrage from First Nations and Métis groups.

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Supreme Court of Canada hears case on broken treaty promises with up to $126-billion award on the line

Published in The Toronto Star | November 9, 2023

A landmark case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada this week could leave the federal and provincial governments on the hook for a $126-billion award to First Nations in northern Ontario for failing to honour treaties for 150 years.

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Northern Ontario doctors face ‘hidden crisis’ of emotional distress amid staffing shortages

Published in The Globe and Mail | September 15, 2023

In Northern Ontario, the burden of the doctors’ shortage is felt much more acutely than in other parts of the province. Rural doctors are responsible for both primary care in their family practices and emergency care in the hospitals.

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When every minute counts

Published in The Globe and Mail | September 13, 2023

On any given day at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, trauma nurse Thao Sindall cares for some of Ontario’s sickest and most injured patients. The Globe and Mail followed her for a 12-hour shift

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Children with complex medical conditions are aging out of the system designed to support them

Published in The Globe and Mail | September 8, 2023

Health care systems for adults with complex medical conditions, particularly for those that arise at birth, are not as co-ordinated as those for pediatric patients. 

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Alberta conservation program looks to change how ranchers deal with grizzly bear conflicts

Published in The Globe and Mail | August 18, 2023

As the number of grizzly bears increases, they are being found farther east from the mountains, encroaching onto ranchland, causing potential conflict with humans and livestock.


Doctor shortage leaves Northern Ontario emergency rooms on the brink of shutting down

Published in The Globe and Mail | August 9, 2023

Emergency rooms across Northern Ontario’s rural hospitals are in “dire” need for more physicians and funding as doctors struggle to keep emergency rooms open through the summer trauma season.

Photo by Jesse Winter, The Globe and Mail

Almost 900 wildfires burning across Canada as provinces and territories set record temperatures

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 17, 2023

Nearly 900 wildfires continued to burn across Canada on Monday, as military assistance arrived in British Columbia and plumes of smoke triggered air quality warnings in more than a dozen U.S. states.

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Indigenous communities face harsher effects from wildfire smoke

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 15, 2023

For Indigenous communities, it is the smoke, not flames, that accounts for the majority of wildfire-related evacuations. 

Photo by Ryan Peruniak, The Narwhal

Bears aren’t as deadly as you’ve been taught.

Published in The Narwhal | July 13, 2023

In Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, Parks Canada is hiring Indigenous employees to change the way people think about bears.

Illustration by Michelle Theodore, The Walrus

Being Black in a Small Town

Published in The Walrus | April 21, 2023

Schitt’s Creek and Gilmore Girls would have us believe there’s room for only one Black person in every small town. When will pop culture catch up to reality?

Photo by Chickweed Arts, The Globe and Mail

Reclaiming Inuit ingredients sets this body-care company apart – while connecting it to community

Published in The Globe and Mail | March 20, 2023

At the heart of their business, the Clarkes see Uasau as a product serving the North, returning traditional Inuit cultural practices and the healing properties of the bowhead whale to their community in a contemporary way.

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30 years after an historic fight against clear cutting, Indigenous communities are still fighting for forests

Published in CBC Docs | March 17, 2023

Two directors tell the story of the people trying to protect some of our last old-growth forests

Photo by Adrienne Row-Smith, The Narwhal

Ottawa’s Greenbelt is federally owned but not federally protected

Published in The Narwhal | February 1, 2023

The horseshoe of wetlands, forests and farms between Ottawa’s downtown and suburbs isn’t immediately at risk from Ontario’s new development policies. But it’s still threatened, which is why some think it should be made a national park.

Photo by Kamara Morozuk, The Narwhal

Chiefs of Ontario want development-friendly More Homes Built Faster Act repealed

Published in The Narwhal | December 9, 2022

First Nations chiefs say Housing Minister Steve Clark requested meeting on omnibus housing bill, then disappeared: a ‘blatant disregard of our nation-to-nation relationship’

Photo by Jesse Winter, The Globe and Mail

Olympic race walker Evan Dunfee hopes to take lessons of success on the track into local politics

Published in The Globe and Mail | September 10, 2022

Evan Dunfee began race walking when he was about 10 years old because he wanted to be the best at something. Twenty years later, he crossed the finish line at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, with a record-breaking gold medal.

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The housing crisis in Canmore, Alta., is driving out doctors, families and development

Published in The Globe and Mail | September 10, 2022

Housing has long been an issue in Canmore, a former mining town of about 16,000 about an hour’s drive east of Calgary. A combination of a seasonal workforce, vacation properties and several failed attempts at building new housing have pushed up prices and squeezed supply.

Photo by Crystal Mercredi, The Globe and Mail

Elders want historic church in Alberta’s Fort Chipewyan rebuilt, chief says

Published in The Globe and Mail | August 26, 2022

The chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation says the fire that destroyed one of Alberta’s oldest churches this week is a significant loss and that elders in the community want it rebuilt.

Photo by Gavin John, The Globe and Mail

Indigenous designer transforms Hudson’s Bay blankets into coats

Published in The Globe and Mail | August 8, 2022

For Stephanie Crowchild, sewing is a healing practice, a process for revitalization and a way of reclaiming her identity as an Indigenous woman after a period of personal darkness.

Photo by Jason Franson, The Canadian Press

Indigenous survivors look to move past anger after papal visit

Published in The Globe and Mail | August 1, 2022

For some survivors, the meeting with the Pope was an opportunity to voice demands for further justice. For others, like Noella Robinson and Joan. St. Denis, the meeting was a chance to put aside anger and move forward with healing.

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Pope Francis renews his residential schools apology in Quebec

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 27, 2022

In a province where Catholicism once dominated many facets of life, Pope Francis renewed his apology to Indigenous people for the harms caused by many Catholic members in government-funded residential schools.

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Chief Littlechild’s headdress gift to Pope Francis carries heavy significance

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 26, 2022

The bestowing of a headdress can carry multiple meanings, knowledge keepers and elders say, and there was a purpose to placing it atop Pope Francis after he apologized on Monday for decades of abuses at Catholic-run residential schools.

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Support workers to aid residential schools survivors during Pope Francis visit

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 25, 2022

300 cultural support workers will be on hand in Alberta to aid residential school survivors during the Pope’s historic apology

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This couple spent eight years searching for a condo in Toronto that fit their accessibility needs

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 22, 2022

Eager to move from an apartment with a shower kept together by duct tape, the Roses went on the hunt for an accessible home.

Photo by Vatican Media, Reuters

Indigenous nations, organizers struggle to secure space for residential school survivors for papal visit

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 18, 2022

Indigenous groups say they are worried that many residential school survivors will not be able to attend Pope Francis’s appearances across Canada later this month, owing to ticket shortages and poor communication from the Catholic Church and the federal government.

Photo by Patrick Doyle, Canadian Press

Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge wants to break the culture of silence around abuse in sports

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 15, 2022

Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge wants to be a “change maker” in Canadian politics. She’s starting with the Canadian sport landscape, working to break the culture of silence surrounding abuse and to bring joy back to sports.

Photo by Patrick Doyle, Canadian Press

Hockey Canada’s culture must change in wake of ‘extremely horrific’ sexual-assault allegations, Sport Minister says

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 6, 2022

Hockey Canada’s handling of sexual-assault allegations involving eight Canadian Hockey League members, including players with the gold-medal-winning world junior team, reveals a culture problem within the organization that needs to change, federal Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge says.

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Everything but the fairy tale ending

Published in CBC Sports | July 29, 2021

I stand at the start line behind my blocks, trying to see through the pouring rain that is beating down on me...

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Photo by Fred Lum, The Globe and Mail

Indigenous and Black communities have a shared past of injustice. They deserve a shared future of justice

Published in The Globe and Mail | May 29, 2021

Solidarity in the face of systemic racism and police violence is more than just symbolic; it’s the latest stage in a common struggle against colonialism. What will the next stages be?

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