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U of S researchers named to Royal Society of Canada

University of Saskatchewan – U of S researchers Ken Coates and Jeffrey McDonnell have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada—one of this country’s highest honours.

Coates, professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and director, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, is one of Canada’s leading researchers on Indigenous affairs and a leading expert on northern innovation. Coates has authored and co-authored numerous books, including Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North, which won the Donner Prize winner for the best book on public policy in Canada. Read more.

Premiers’ Embrace of Aboriginal Issues Has Been a Long Time

HUFFINGTON POST  – The recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were on the agenda of Canada’s premiers, meeting at Happy Valley-Goose Bay earlier this week. The Premiers did more than discuss the wide-ranging recommendations. They took the unusual step of endorsing the lengthy list, with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis saying, “We will together, jointly, make this happen.” It was a remarkable commitment, all the more so given the troubled history for provincial leaders on this file.  Read More.

Ken Coates dispels the myths about Aboriginal Canadians

March 6, 2015 – MLI/Reddit – In the latest instalment of Straight Talk, MLI Senior Fellow and Canada Research Chair Ken Coates answers questions posed by readers on Reddit.com during a live chat on Feb. 24th. Coates, who is leader of MLI’s Aboriginal Canada and the Natural Resource Economy project, covered topics ranging from Maclean’s magazine’s cover story on racism faced by Aboriginal people in Winnipeg to prospects for resource revenue sharing. The following has been edited and condensed.

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Aboriginal women deserve much more than an inquiry

February 16, 2015 – National Post – For every story like that of Tina Fontaine, the murdered Aboriginal teenager from Winnipeg whose case made the national news last summer, there are dozens more like it across the country that go largely unnoticed. In Aboriginal communities and urban centres alike, Indigenous women live with constant danger. The demand from Aboriginal peoples and many other Canadians for a national inquiry into missing and murdered women springs from this painful reality.  Read On.

Revenue sharing with First Nations gaining traction

February 2, 2015 – global News – Revenue sharing with First Nations is an idea that is gaining ground across the country. That’s according to professor Ken Coates, the University of Saskatchewan research chair for regional innovation.

“This is one of those ideas that was off the table 25 years ago,” Coates told Global News. “(But) First Nations have been pushing it for about two decades now, it’s really found its legs. This is going to be one of the ways in which we accommodate aboriginal people in the resource economy.”  View video & read more.

In defence of Winnipeg

January 28, 2015 – National Post – With its current edition, Maclean’s magazine has sparked a national debate about the nature and extent of Canadian racism. Through the simple device of calling Winnipeg the “most racist” city in Canada, it has shone a light on one of the greatest “wicked problems” (a complex problem for which there is no simple solution) in Canadian public life. But it moves us no closer to a resolution. Read on.

Prof calls for revenue sharing with First Nations

January 26, 2015 – Star Phoenix – The Saskatchewan government and some other provinces may have to rethink their refusal to share resource revenue with First Nations, says the author of a national research paper.

An increasing number of provinces, as well as corporations and the courts, are embracing the idea.

“Some people get nervous about it, (but) there are a whole bunch of good reasons to do it,” Ken Coates, the University of Saskatchewan Canada Research Chair for Regional Innovation said in an interview.  Read on.

A fair deal for natives

December 12, 2014 – National Post – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, elected on Wednesday, has made his priority clear: “To the people across the great land, I say to you, that the values of fairness and tolerance which Canada exports to the world, is a lie when it comes to our people.” The national chief then declared that First Nations expected a far greater share of the country’s prosperity: “To Canada, we say, for far too long we have been dispossessed of our homelands and the wealth of our rightful inheritance.”
To most Canadians, Chief Bellegarde’s statement seems provocative, if not radical. Conditioned to believing that First Nations simply stand before the government of Canada, cap in hand, demanding additional funding, the general public likely looks on the latest call to action as yet another money grab. It is nothing of the sort. Read on.

Violence against Aboriginal women requires a creative solution, not an inquiry: Coates

MACDONALD LAURIER INSTITUTE – Critics of the Government of Canada have pushed hard for a federal inquiry into the shocking levels of violence against Aboriginal women, sparked by the recent murder of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg. Superficially, the idea of an inquiry seems logical, particularly if such an investigation produced viable and sustainable solutions to an epidemic of violence directed at vulnerable women.

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Ken Coates: Failing the ‘average’ Canadian

NATIONAL POST – Statistics Canada recently released new data on the narrowing earnings gap between high school graduates and those with a university bachelor’s degree. There’s nothing particularly new about this, but it adds to a mounting body of evidence showing that what Canadians have been led to believe about the cash value of a university education is, for a great many people, simply not true.

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Supreme Court has clarified aboriginal land rights: Coates

YUKON NEWS – The Yukon should be paying attention to two recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions on aboriginal land rights, says Ken Coates, senior fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

Canada’s top court has issued two big decisions in the past month on the extent of First Nation control over land and resources.

In the first decision, the Supreme Court of Canada declared that the Tsilhqot’in First Nation has aboriginal title to its traditional territory, a vast swath of central B.C.

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Some students shouldn’t be at university

THERECORD.COM – For every three students in a Canadian university, one of them shouldn’t be there. That’s the idea behind What To Consider If You’re Considering University, the book that should be given to every Grade 10 student in the country.

This book is like a slap of cold water on a tired face. Written by Ken Coates, former dean of arts at University of Waterloo, and Bill Morrison, a retired professor who lives in British Columbia, it offers a much-needed wake-up call to all those teenagers who are going to university because they’ve got good marks, and because that’s what everyone else is doing.

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Ruling ‘opens door’ for Metis land claims – Interesting times ahead, predicts Doucette

STARPHOENIX – A recent Supreme Court ruling will bolster First Nations land claims, but it also “opens the door” for Metis claims, says Metis Nation, Saskatchewan President Robert Doucette.

“I think it really opens the door. This will make times very interesting for Metis people,” Doucette said Sunday at the annual Back to Batoche festival approximately 75 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

Two University of Saskatchewan experts say Doucette could be right, development that could have a major implications. U of S Canada Research chair Ken Coates compared the ruling’s effect to the ripples caused by a stone thrown in a calm lake.

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Tsilhqot’in ruling means ‘a stronger seat at the table’ for First Nations

THE HILL TIMES – First Nations have a much stronger bargaining position in negotiating with industry and governments over some $650-billion in planned resource development across the country following the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favour of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation in British Columbia, say legal experts and indigenous activists.

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East Asian States Declare Growing Interest in Arctic Research, Climate and Resources, New CIGI Book Says

CIGI – “East Asia-Arctic Relations: Boundary, Security and International Politics” is co-edited by Kimie Hara and Ken Coates. The new book’s 12 chapters are written by Arctic and Asia relations experts from Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States.

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First Nations hold the key to the Northern Gateway pipeline

GLOBE AND MAIL – The government of Canada has made an obvious and much-anticipated decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline, but the debate is far from over. Based on the report of the Joint Review Panel, which recommended approval subject to important modifications and conditions, and the government’s strong commitment to resource development, few expected the plan to be rejected.

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