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.
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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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. Read More
CBC North – An Unfinished Nation: Completing the devolution revolution in Canada’s North
Canada is an incomplete nation. Vast parts of the country, mostly in the North, lack the services, equality of opportunity, and political authority necessary to effect positive change.
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THE GLOBE AND MAIL – Ken Coates and Brian Lee Crowley share their thoughts on the shale gas exploration protests in New Brunswick and their implications for resource development.
SUN NEWS – Ken Coates, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute speaks with Lorne Gunter about how natural resource wealth will shape relationships with between Aboriginal communities and the federal government.
BEACON NEWS – In this op-ed by Brian Lee Crowley and Ken Coates, the reality of First Nations involvement in the Northern Gateway Pipeline is discussed in the context of current Aboriginal viewpoints on resource development.
THE HILL TIMES – National Chief Shaun Atleo responds to two Macdonald-Laurier Institute reports that highlight some of the pressing challenges and opportunities for First Nations in Canada.