Welcome to the beta site of Indigenous Watchdog

Thank- you for visiting Indigenous Watchdog - the Phase 1 launch of an online platform to deliver current, comprehensive and insightful information on critical Indigenous issues impacting First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action are the starting point for an exploration into a broad range of current events... Continue Reading →

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June 15, 2020 Updates to Indigenous Watchdog

The June 15, 2020 Indigenous Watchdog update documents 49 actions across 10 Legacy and Reconciliation Themes and 15 Calls to Action since April 21, 2020 – seven weeks - that among other things should open Canadian's eyes to the following: COVID-19 and the recent killings of Indigenous people by police confirm how pervasive systemic racism... Continue Reading →

How much is an “Indian” life worth? Apparently, not very much.

What do the following Indigenous communities all have in common? Grassy NarrowsNorthwest Angle 33 First NationAamjiwnaang First NationMuskrat FallsAthabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation,Kashetchewan etc. etc. etc. Decades of fighting the federal and provincial governments to address ongoing health issues "plaguing" Indigenous people across the country, going back to the founding - or... Continue Reading →

Is $46M COVID-19 funding enough for roughly 732,000 urban Indigenous people?

The most recent census in 2016 counted 1.67 million Indigenous people in Canada, or 4.9% of the total population. Almost half (44%) of the Indigenous population—representing 731,480 First Nations, Métis and Inuit people —lived in one of 49 urban areas large enough to be divided into neighbourhoods (or census tracts): 51% identified as First Nations (373,055)45% as Métis (329,166) 1% as Inuit (7,315)... Continue Reading →

April 21, 2020 Updates to Indigenous Watchdog

Indigenous Watchdog was officially launched on Feb. 25, 2020 with a blog post about the Wet'suwet'en vs Coastal GasLink protest. Since then, seven additional blogs have been posted addressing a number of distinct issues. What else has happened over the last two months? As of April 21, 2020, Indigenous Watchdog has updated the following: 7... Continue Reading →

Coronavirus Health Alerts

Coronavirus - or COVID-19 - has taken over our lives and has become rightfully the number one news story in the world. Nothing is more important than our health so included in this post are three items that are specific to COVID-19 and Indigenous people: A NationTalk video link to an Indigenous Services Canada update... Continue Reading →

Indigenous Land Protectors

Globally, there have been two methods for governments and business to deal with Land Protectors: kill them as was done in 19 countries around the world in 2018 primarily in Columbia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and the Philippines resulting in 164 deaths: Or as Global Witness has reported, “across continents, governments and companies are also... Continue Reading →

Wet’suwet’en and Coastal GasLink

In 1984, the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en and Gitksan Houses launched a court case against the government of BC over Aboriginal title to their ancestral territory in BC. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in their favour in the landmark Delgamuukw case in 1997, acknowledging that aboriginal title pre-dated colonial contact and had not... Continue Reading →

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