By: Simon Fraser University | Press Release:
Simon Fraser University archaeology professor George Nicholas is joining international scholars at a Vancouver symposium May 2 to explore the commodification of Aboriginal culture.
“The abundance of souvenir totem poles and inukshuks in many shops locally often makes it difficult for tourists and locals alike to discern what is authentic and what is merely a cheap knock-off of native heritage,” says Nicholas. “But these commodified symbols of indigenous culture raise more than just the question of real versus fake.”
by Canadian Institute of Health Information, Jan. 31, 2013:
Once hospitalized for a heart attack, Aboriginal peoples in Canada are likely to have similar health outcomes as others in this country, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Even so, getting such care continues to be a challenge.
by John D. Whyte | The Leader Post, Jan 17 2013
Recent developments in relations with aboriginal peoples – the prime minister’s meeting with First Nations leaders, the protest by Chief Theresa Spence, who is on a liquid fast, and especially the Idle No more demonstrations – are likely to be significant. But equally important to this relationship is the ground-breaking decision of Federal Court Judge Michael Phelan in the Daniels case. That decision held that federal jurisdiction over “Indians and Land Reserved for Indians” in the 1867 Constitution Act included authority over all aboriginal peoples.
This decision has come after decades of refusal by the federal government to accept that Métis and “non-status Indians” are within federal constitutional power. In federal states, such as Canada, governments normally fight to defend or expand their jurisdictions. But not in this case. The federal government, for instance, accepted constitutional responsibility for the Inuit only after the Supreme Court ordered that jurisdiction over “Indians” must include the Inuit.
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