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Globe editorial: Banning a word isn’t going to help Indigenous Canadians - The Globe and Mail
There are scores of reserves across this country still under boil-water advisories. Indigenous Canadians live shorter lives than their fellow citizens, have lower incomes, are less likely to be in school or have a job, and more likely to be in jail. These are the real issues. The problem is not that job titles like "chief financial officer" exist. The problem is that too few native Canadians occupy such jobs, and too few are in a position to do so.

That's not something that can be fixed by purging a word.
aboriginals  political_correctness  TDSB  CTOs  CEOs 
october 2017 by jerryking
In 1967, the birth of modern Canada - The Globe and Mail

1967 is the hinge upon which modern Canadian history turns and, in certain respects, the key to understanding the challenges of the next half-century.

Today, we live in the country shaped by the decisions and transformations of 1967, far more than by the events of 1867.

Let me make the case, then, that 1967 was Canada’s first good year. We should spend this year celebrating not the 150 th year of Confederation, but the 50th birthday of the new Canada.

But let me also make the case that our conventional story about the birth of second-century Canada is largely wrong. We like to believe that starting in the late 1960s, a series of political decisions, parliamentary votes, court rulings and royal commissions descended upon an innocent, paternalistic, resource-economy Canada and forced upon it an awkward jumble of novelties: non-white immigration, bilingualism, multiculturalism, refugees, indigenous nationhood, liberation of women and gays, the seeds of free trade, individual rights, religious diversity.

But the explosions of official novelty that were launched in and around 1967 weren’t a cause; they were an effect of profound changes that had taken place in Canadians themselves during the two decades after the war, in their thinking and their composition and their attitude toward their country, in Quebec and English Canada and in indigenous communities.

There is a solid line leading from the events of 1967 to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982: It was impossible to have a Canada of multiple peoples, as we discovered was necessary in the late 1960s, without having a Canada of individual people and their rights.

....Individual rights, Quebecois consciousness, indigenous shared-sovereignty status and cultural plurality weren’t the only inevitable outcomes of the 1967 moment. What Canada witnessed over the next two decades was a self-reinforcing spiral of events that often sprung directly from the centennial-era awakening of a postcolonial consciousness.
Doug_Saunders  anniversaries  1967  nostalgia  nationalism  '60s  turning_points  centenaries  pride  Pierre_Berton  Canada  Canada150  national_identity  aboriginals  postcolonial  symbolism  John_Diefenbaker  Lester_Pearson  multiculturalism  Quebecois  Quiet_Revolution  monoculturalism  land_claim_settlements  immigration  royal_commissions  sesquicentennial  Charter_of_Rights_and_Freedoms  Confederation  retrospectives 
january 2017 by jerryking
We pay a high economic price for a society of exclusion - The Globe and Mail
Apr. 08, 2016 |The Globe and Mail | TODD HIRSCH.

If citizens are excluded from meaningful involvement in their economic systems, policy solutions (e.g. A tax cut here, an infrastructure program there) none of it matters.....Donald Trump has tapped into a vein of discontent that isn’t going away, whether he wins the White House or not. Those disenfranchised from mainstream politics are connecting with Mr. Trump’s childish messages.....The common thread in protest movements like Occupy Wall Street and Idle No More is that people who are excluded from the mainstream economic and political systems that run a country are disconnected and their disconnection erodes the social and political stability-- the basic building blocks on which successful economies are built. ... If people lose faith in governments, if they become so hopeless about finding a way to achieve and succeed in the system, the system itself will start to collapse.

And following that will be an outflow of capital investment, entrepreneurial energy and intellectual might. Money, businesses and educated people – if they start pouring out, the economy doesn’t stand a chance.
aboriginals  capital_flows  civil_disobedience  covenants  disenfranchisement  disadvantages  Donald_Trump  economists  exclusion  policy  social_fabric  Idle_No_More  marginalization  social_cohesion  social_collaboration  patriotism  instability  Occupy_Wall_Street  talent_flows  hopelessness  protest_movements  social_integration  Todd_Hirsch 
april 2016 by jerryking
How to right the Conservative ship - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Over time, Conservatives must not shy away from a broader suite of policy solutions as an alternative to what the Liberals and NDP have on offer. For example, can Conservatives have a distinctively conservative policy on poverty elimination? What is the Conservative vision regarding the relationship with indigenous peoples? How about an environmental policy that is consistent with Canadian values? Or Internet rights and responsibilities? Answers to these questions will require a good amount of consultation and discussion, and will require time and energy. But there is no reason why Conservatives cannot offer compelling alternatives to Liberal and NDP policies.

There are also critical issues facing the Conservative Party as an electoral machine. We must also do a better job of organizing and training in our Conservative ranks, and adapt far better to the new online world. Better social media presence is just the start of the effort. Community is now defined not only as what exists in our cities and towns but the virtual communities of the online world. Our volunteers must be motivated and welcomed. Feedback loops from the field must be taken seriously.

We must also not write off 100 or more electoral districts without a fight. I would like to see an organizational unit within our party, specifically charged with how to make hard-to-win ridings easier to win.
aboriginals  Conservative_Party  environment  hard_goals  Liberals  NDP  online_communities  organizational_capital  policymaking  political_infrastructure  politics  post-mortems  renewal  social_media  think_tanks  training 
december 2015 by jerryking
What might success look like for young aboriginals? - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Dec. 29 2014

Success and empowerment for aboriginal peoples in Canada will come not only from the redress of past wrongs at a legal and institutional level, but also from education, fulfilling careers, cultural vitality, entrepreneurship and strong family and community ties.
december 2014 by jerryking
Canada’s stake in Perry Bellegarde - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Dec. 12 2014
aboriginals  leadership 
december 2014 by jerryking
You can’t just denounce Ottawa - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 29 2014
aboriginals  Ottawa 
august 2014 by jerryking
Canada heading for energy ‘gridlock,’ group warns - The Globe and Mail
Dec. 12 2013 |The Globe and Mail |SHAWN McCARTHY.

Canada is heading for a gridlock in energy development that will rob the country of future wealth unless it can solve vexing environmental and aboriginal conflicts, a blue-ribbon group including senior Calgary business people warns in a new report.

Concerned about growing conflict over resource development, 21 high-profile leaders from business, environmental organizations and First Nations met over the course of a year and concluded there is an urgent need for detente in the country’s heated debate over resource development.
Alberta  energy  aboriginals  Calgary  Canada  gridlock  energy_development  resource_development  natural_resources  anti-development  environment 
december 2013 by jerryking
Canada’s future depends on a new deal with First Nations - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 29 2013 |The Globe and Mail | Bob Rae.

Two underlying trends are now making the issue of genuine and deep reconciliation a matter of necessity rather than mere political choice: a continuing expansion of Canada’s resource industries to the heartland of traditional first nations’ territories, and a demographic revolution that is transforming Canada’s inner cities – first nations are no longer “out there”, they are now “right here”.

The challenge of reconciliation will require a clearer and stronger response from all sides. “Capacity building” is not a one way street. But there is an important paradigm shift underway: First Nations are taking an ownership stake in infrastructure, hydro, and other developments; companies are addressing issues of jobs, training, and equity participation; governments are beginning to address issues of revenue sharing.
aboriginals  economic_development  reconciliation  Bob_Rae  natural_resources  capacity-building  paradigm_shifts 
december 2013 by jerryking
Native despair: face to face with ennui on a reserve - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 24 2013 | Special to The Globe and Mail | by Richard Wagamese.

The hardest battle in our fight to save our native children is against ennui. If you haven’t encountered that word before, it means something about a ton heavier and a lot deadlier than simple boredom. It means a lifelong sort of tiredness. It means lassitude, an unrelenting feeling of nothingness. It means you give up trying, dreaming or seeing yourself doing something better....When we left, there was no one there to receive the projects. There was no one interested enough to come see what we had created for them even though we’d been there for 10 days. Our bright, shiny projects that showed such hope and promise were left with no one to view them. It was sad – heartbreaking, even, because that’s what’s at the core of dysfunctional and ineffective reserve communities. Ennui. A thousand-pound word that means you simply just don’t care any more.
aboriginals  demoralization  natives  reserve_communities  ennui  despair 
august 2013 by jerryking
Debate flares up over Northern Ontario's Ring of Fire - The Globe and Mail

THUNDER BAY, ONT. — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jul. 05 2013,

The so-called Ring of Fire is a 5,000-square-kilometre crescent of chromite, nickel, copper, zinc and gold – a vast deposit discovered a decade ago in remote Northern Ontario, much of it inaccessible by road and surrounded by nine Matawa First Nations. Interest in development took off when Mr. Gravelle held the mining portfolio from 2007 to 2011. /// The Ring of Fire’s proponents say it would be a jolt to the national economy. Tony Clement, the federal cabinet minister responsible for economic development in Northern Ontario, has estimated the deposit’s value at between $30-billion and $50-billion.
Ring_of_Fire  Ontario  Bob_Rae  aboriginals  economic_development  mining 
july 2013 by jerryking
She wants to clean up the oil sands, in a non-toxic fashion - The Globe and Mail
Jun. 26 2013 | Globe and Mail | MARJO JOHNE.

Marlene Luck, president of Northern Canadian Supplies Ltd. in Fort McMurray, Alta., has big plans for her business, which sells environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and equipment, and safety work gear such as fire resistant clothing and hard hats, to schools, hospitals and seniors residences.

Since its launch eight years ago, Northern Canadian Supplies, which has eight employees and $616,000 in annual revenue, has expanded into Saskatchewan and British Columbia and has built warehouses in five Canadian cities. Its product catalogue is now 1,700 pages thick and includes brands from global giants such as Procter & Gamble and 3M.
aboriginals  small_business  green  consumer_goods  women  environmentally_friendly  P&G  3M  non-toxic  oil_sands  environmental_services 
june 2013 by jerryking
Neurosurgeon’s new path takes him closer to his past
Oct. 26 2012 | The Globe and Mail | PAUL WALDIE.

The sale prompted Dr. Dan to come back home and completely change his life. He quit neurosurgery, sold the Teva shares he had received from the sale and created the Paloma Foundation in 2002 with $17-million.
high_net_worth  philanthropy  family-owned_businesses  Paul_Waldie  pharmaceutical_industry  foundations  aboriginals 
february 2013 by jerryking
What kind of nation is a first nation? We need to decide
Doug Saunders

The Globe and Mail (includes correction)

Published Saturday, Jan. 12 2013,

Whatever form it takes, an indigenous nation will generally be what is known as a rentier state: its degree of independence hinges on the extent to which it can extract natural-resource and property rents from its land, as well as grants from outside. So environmentalists who have joined this movement in hopes that sovereign native bands will be better ecological stewards than Ottawa may be disappointed: The most independent and successful post-Indian Act nations could well resemble other post-colonial states with natural resources. The Inuit of Greenland, for example, have concluded that their independence from Denmark can best be achieved through aggressive deep-sea oil drilling.
Doug_Saunders  aboriginals  national_identity  resource_extraction  natives  disappointment  natural_resources  rent-seeking  Greenland  ethno­nationalism 
january 2013 by jerryking
Another tragic chapter in Canada’s aboriginal saga? - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Jan. 08 2013
Under the Conservatives, first nations have not been spared budget cuts. They say the cuts have hurt badly. But even if there’s more money and it’s wisely spent, money isn’t the solution to what ails native people. The problems, the controversies – on housing, health care, alcoholism, land claims, resource revenue, resource exploitation – are too many to count.

The Idle No More movement and Chief Spence’s hunger strike have served the purpose of bringing the issues to the forefront with a Conservative government they claim has been hostile to their interests. It’s hoped that a meeting with the Prime Minister on Friday will set a new working agenda for action. If that agenda is compromised or derailed by revelations of a spending scandal on the reserves, another tragic chapter in our aboriginal saga is upon us.
Lawrence_Martin  aboriginals  Paul_Martin  Stephen_Harper  alcoholism  Jean_Chrétien  Idle_No_More  land_claim_settlements  budget_cuts 
january 2013 by jerryking
Harper’s meeting with chiefs on verge of collapse - The Globe and Mail
Gloria Galloway

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jan. 09 2013
aboriginals  Stephen_Harper 
january 2013 by jerryking
Too many first nations people live in a dream palace
Jan. 05 2013 | The Globe and Mail | JEFFREY SIMPSON.

Large elements of aboriginal Canada live intellectually in a dream palace, a more comfortable place than where they actually reside.

Inside the dream palace, there are self-reliant, self-sustaining communities – “nations,” indeed – with the full panoply of sovereign capacities and the “rights” that go with sovereignty. These “nations” are the descendants of proud ancestors who, centuries ago, spread across certain territories before and, for some period, after the “settlers” arrived.
Today’s reality, however, is so far removed in actual day-to-day terms from the memories inside the dream palace as to be almost unbearable. The obvious conflict between reality and dream pulls some aboriginals to warrior societies; others to a rejection of dealing with the “Crown” at all; others to fights for the restoration of “rights” that, even if defined, would make little tangible difference in the lives of aboriginal people; and still others, such as Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, to go on a hunger strike....Stephen Harper was correct in refusing a face-to-face meeting, since a prime minister should not be blackmailed into doing what any group or individual wants....Much of the rhetoric surrounding Chief Spence is of the usual dreamy, flamboyant variety, a mixture of anti-capitalism and anti-colonialism, blended with the mythology (blasted by the reality of what one actually sees on too many reserves) about environmental protection and the aboriginals’ sacred link to their lands....To imagine that isolated communities of a thousand or so people can be vibrant and self-sustaining, capable of discharging the panoply of responsibilities of “sovereignty,” is to live within the dream palace of memory.
aboriginals  Jeffrey_Simpson  self-delusions  protests  economic_development  emotional_blackmail  Stephen_Harper  myths  anti-capitalism  anti-colonialism  self-reliance  self-sustaining  sovereignty  anti-development 
january 2013 by jerryking
Chief Spence’s hunger strike is a desperate plea for answers
Dec. 29, 2012 | The Globe and Mail| editorial.

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence should not risk her health with a hunger strike, nor is coercion a reasonable or responsible tool to be used in making a request to meet with the Prime Minister and a representative of the Crown. Ms. Spence’s actions do, however, reveal a depth of desperation over the challenges confronting her struggling first nation that should concern Stephen Harper...Attawapiskat, a Cree first nation of only 2,000, is on James Bay, and by its isolation is on the fringes of contemporary Canada. It made headlines for a winter housing emergency that had families living in temporary shelters, some without plumbing or insulation, conditions of poverty that should embarrass all Canadians. A heavy-handed government response to install a third-party manager was overturned by a court. But then all Canadians should be equally embarrassed by the investment of millions in public funds that failed to alleviate an appalling situation....respect and the reform go hand in hand, and they are equally welcome....The Chief should give up her hunger strike, and agree to meet with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan, who has offered such a meeting and is the appropriate ear to hear such complaints. If she does not, Mr. Harper could make a magnanimous gesture. He has already shown he is a friend of aboriginal peoples.
editorials  aboriginals  Stephen_Harper  hunger  protests  publicly_funded 
december 2012 by jerryking
Haisla gain control of valuable B.C. land - The Globe and Mail

KITAMAAT VILLAGE, B.C. — The Globe and Mail

Last updated Thursday, Dec. 27 2012,
aboriginals  British_Columbia 
december 2012 by jerryking
First nations protests push for ‘reckoning’ - The Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Dec. 19 2012
december 2012 by jerryking
Investment house on the Prairies - Business -
September 23, 2010 | | by Chris Sorensen.

Launched in 2009 with an initial $27.5-million investment, One Earth now boasts some 93,000 acres under administration, already making it the second-largest farm operation in the country. The farms raise livestock and grow canola, wheat, field peas, oats and barley. There are plans to add flax, lentils and chickpeas....The goal is to eventually create a giant, one-million-acre operation, scattered over the three provinces, that would rank among the biggest farms in the world.
agriculture  farming  joint_ventures  One_Earth_Farms  brokerage_houses  Sprott_Inc.  scaling  aboriginals 
august 2012 by jerryking
Tackling Canada's thorniest issue
Dec 21, 2001 |The Globe and Mail. pg. A.19 | Jeffrey SimpsonJohn Stackhouse's magnificent series on Canada's aboriginals deepened his reputation as one of the two or three best journalists in the country.

Here was a series in The Globe and Mail crafted by an inquiring mind, written with a rare clarity of expression, and based on wisdom's first principle -- an appreciation of complexity.

Mr. Stackhouse was an eyewitness rather than an "I" witness. He invited readers to understand what he saw and heard rather than what he ate for lunch. The best journalists are shoe-leather sociologists who ask, listen and observe.

Mr. Stackhouse displayed a rare gift as a foreign correspondent for asking the right questions, understanding the answers and conveying the complexities of what he found. What worked for him in the developing world was perfectly suited to tackling Canada's thorniest issue: relations between aboriginals and the rest of us.

His series seemed effortlessly written, the way people at the top of their game make whatever they do appear easy.
5_W’s  aboriginals  complexity  curiosity  first_principle  Jeffrey_Simpson  John_Stackhouse  journalists  journalism  wisdom  developing_countries  asking_the_right_questions 
october 2011 by jerryking
Dropout chiefs imperil a generation of kids -
Aug. 17, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | JOHN IBBITSON.
Only 40 % of on-reserve students graduate from high school, half the
rate of the general population. Right now, the federal government sends
education grants to reserves, with chiefs using the money as they see
fit. Some build and staff schools; some don’t. Shawn Atleo, national
chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and John Duncan, Minister of
Aboriginal Affairs, agreed last year to create the panel, which will
recommend ways to improve the nation’s 500 on-reserve schools. Chiefs
representing about 230 first nations in Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan
have now decided to boycott a three-person panel charged with finding
fixes for the broken first nations education system. The fear is that
Native children will pay the price for this stiff-necked opposition,
based on ancient animosities and petty political ambition.
John_Ibbitson  aboriginals  education  high_schools  dropouts 
august 2011 by jerryking
First nations new focus for Canada’s banks
Jun. 15, 2011 The Globe and Mail GRANT ROBERTSON. Ottawa’s
plan to pay out billions of dollars in land claim settlements to first
nations bands over the next several years, along with changes to the
mortgage market on some reserves, is opening up a lucrative and growing
business for the country’s banking sector. The Canada First Nation Joint
Action Plan, announced last week in Ottawa, extended the government’s
plan to settle outstanding land claims, paying out roughly $1-billion a
year to bands that are owed money. The reserves that are in line to
receive those payouts must line up a bank to manage that injection of
funds. This has spawned a burgeoning niche in Canadian banking, as
financial institutions compete for the right to manage that money
through their wealth management and trust divisions. Bank of Montreal,
Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Peace Hills Trust are
among the financial institutions now focusing on aboriginal banking as a
fast-emerging market.
banking  land_claim_settlements  BMO  RBC  action_plans  TD_Bank  financial_institutions  money_management  wealth_management  aboriginals  Altruvest 
june 2011 by jerryking Cree leader brokered James Bay hydro deal
October 9, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | by ALAN
HUSTAK.Obituary for former Cree leader, Billy Diamond. "My philosophy
is simple, if you are going to get things done, you are not going to get
it done sitting in a fancy office," he told his biographer. "You have
to shake things up, you have to break down walls. Leadership is
stretching your creativity. If you let your imagination work, you can do
great things."
obituaries  natives  leaders  Quebec  aboriginals 
october 2010 by jerryking
Keep Lord Stanley's Park
Jul. 02, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Editorial. At some point
someone is going to have to drum up the courage to say “no” to a first
nation demand to change a familiar place name to its purported native
original. The case of Stanley Park, which first nations leaders would
like changed to Xwayxway, provides the perfect opportunity. A firm
rejection would help to establish some necessary boundaries in the
politics of the renaming of Canadian places....There is no shortage of
aboriginal names, as it stands, from Saskatchewan to Toronto to Canada
itself. Aboriginals are not the only group, however, with claims to
Canada and its places.
naming  Vancouver  aboriginals  parks  editorials  say_"no" 
july 2010 by jerryking Ontario spreads renewable energy deals around
April 9, 2010 | Globe & Mail | SHAWN MCCARTHY AND RICHARD
BLACKWELL. "North American power companies are flocking to Ontario as
the hot spot for renewable energy, with its promise of long-term
contracts, premium electricity prices and a streamlined regulatory
process that minimizes the risk of project delays."..."The provincial
government yesterday unveiled a roster of 184 agreements to purchase
electricity from wind, solar and small hydro projects proposed by a
range of suppliers, including multinational companies, a farmers'
organization, and native-owned corporations."...The province says the
FIT program will make Ontario a leading jurisdiction for renewable
energy in North America, and is expected to generate 20,000 direct and
indirect jobs in the province in part because companies must procure a
specific portion of the goods and services required for the project in
renewable  alternative_energy  green  Ontario  hotspots  aboriginals  Queen’s_Park 
may 2010 by jerryking
Natives, Bay Street form country's biggest farm
March 26, 2009 at 4:49 AM EDT| Thursday's Globe and Mail| by
Joe Friesen

17 native bands will lease their land at market value to a new entity
called One Earth Farms Corporation, which will focus on sustainable,
environmentally responsible land use, hire and train aboriginal workers,
and provide first nations an equity stake in the company.
food_crops  farming  Bay_Street  natives  aboriginals  Joe_Friesen  One_Earth_Farms 
march 2009 by jerryking

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