Indigenous Watchdog Status Updates – March 31, 2021

STATUS CHANGE Call to Action 32 "Amend criminal code to depart from mandatory minimum sentences" changed from STALLED to IN PROGRESS What's Happening with Reconciliation The following table provides a quantitative look into what is happening with reconciliation across all the Calls to Action including a snapshot of all the actions from 2020: Current Reality... Continue Reading →

What does Indigenous success look like? Here are 85 examples of reconciliation in action!

Are you tired of always reading or hearing negative stories about how Indigenous people are treated in this country: how systemic barriers to Indigenous interactions with social structures are entrenched and continuously reinforced; how the economic pillaging of Indigenous territory continues unabated, and the pattern of Indigenous erasure seems to be repeating itself over and... Continue Reading →

What does justice for Indigenous people look like? It ain’t pretty!

Compared to all other categories of accused persons, Indigenous people continue to be jailed younger, denied bail more frequently, granted parole less often and hence released later in their sentence, over-represented in segregation, overrepresented in remand custody, and more likely to be classified as higher risk offenders.  "Spotlight on Gladue: Challenges, Experiences, and Possibilities in Canada’s... Continue Reading →

Does systemic racism exist in Quebec, Manitoba and New Brunswick? Don’t ask their premiers.

Over the last nine months Indigenous Watchdog has documented numerous examples of systemic racism against First Nations, Métis and Inuit people across Canada in healthcare delivery, child welfare jurisdiction and justice systems including excessive use of force by the police. Among its conclusions, “In Plain Sight - Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health... Continue Reading →

How does systemic racism undermine Indigenous health?

First, let's start with the following facts: $8,400 vs $18,178. That’s the per capita gap between First Nations and other Canadians in federal, provincial and municipal spending for programs and services1First Nations fall between 63rd and 78th vs Canada between 6th and 12th on the UN Human Development Index. The federal government’s Community Well-Being Index... Continue Reading →

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