What does the Fraser Institute’s Tom Flanagan get right about reconciliation? Not very much!

Tom Flanagan and the Fraser Institute released "Promise and Performance: Recent Trends in Government Expenditures on Indigenous Peoples" that rates investments in Indigenous programs as a failure since they have not lifted Indigenous people up from their entrenched position at the bottom of the Canadian economy. Flanagan's entire argument is presented in strictly economic terms... Continue Reading →

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 Call to Action # 41 "Appoint public inquiry into MMIWG" changed from "STALLED" to "IN PROGRESS" What's Happening with Reconciliation The following table provides a quantitative look into what is happening with reconciliation... 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 →

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