“Idle No More” and Chief Theresa Spence’s Hunger Strike – Are they the same thing?

"If you are Not OUTRAGED You are not paying ATTENTION" #idlenomore

I have been watching the social media world closely over the last few weeks and I have to admit there was a period of time where I was confusing the “Idle No More” movement with the Hunger Strike.  It is not difficult to do since both are getting a lot of media attention, however they are different yet linked. Continue reading

Aboriginal Reconciliation: An Open Letter to Stephen Harper

I was shocked and amazed that the federal government stopped funding National Aboriginal Health Organization and the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s health programs.  Was there a bigger reason then just costs?  This letter posted in the Globe and Mail gives some insight on how the government’s decision may impact more than just these programs directly.

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First Nation Leadership Council Open Letter: Federal Announcement of the Responsible Resource Development Plan 

April 19, 2012

Honourable Joe Oliver
Ministry of Natural Resources Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6

Sent via facsimile: 613-943-1562

OPEN LETTER: Federal Announcement of the Responsible Resource Development Plan (April 17th, 2012)

Dear Minister Oliver:

We are writing with respect to your government’s shocking announcement to completely gut the environmental assessment process. We are gravely concerned with this announcement to eviscerate the process for environmental review on resource development projects after the changes lay waste to the credibility of the process. Continue reading