Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Strength in the Face of Hardship

I was reading an article one recent morning on missing and murdered Nunavik Inuit women in Montreal, Quebec, and suddenly I felt a crushing...

Our Inuit Democracy in Canada

As Canadian citizens, Inuit take part in democratic elections and processes at the municipal, territorial, provincial, and federal levels of government. While we may...

An Apology for Reconciliation

On November 24, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to former indigenous residential school students in Newfoundland and Labrador, including Nunatsiavut Inuit. Recognizing and resolving...

There is no straight path to reconciliation

Canada’s growing interest in reconciliation has fostered an unprecedented national dialogue about not only improving the lives of Indigenous peoples and the communities in...

Premiers’ refusal to engage as partners a failed gesture of reconciliation

In July, I wrote to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Chair of the Council of the Federation for 2017, with a basic request for structured...

We are all partners in creating a better Canada

Inuit have long said that we are proud Canadians, which isn’t necessarily a view that is held by all Indigenous peoples across Canada. The...

Inuit imagination helps define a renewed relationship

On February 9, Inuit leaders met in Iqaluit with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss Inuit priorities and sign the Inuit Nunangat Declaration on...

Canada >150

Throughout 2017, Canada is celebrating 150 years of Confederation — the unification of the four colonies that existed in 1867. Confederation led to dramatic...

There is space for us all

I was in the audience when Tanya Tagaq, an Inuk from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in late...

Implementing UN Declaration Essential to Reconciliation

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2007 after 25 years...