Changing the Machinery of Government: Indigenous Affairs Portfolio

(Disponible en français : Restructuration de l’appareil gouvernemental : portefeuille des affaires autochtones) More than twenty years ago, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended that “the government of Canada present legislation to abolish the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and to replace it by two new departments: a Department of Aboriginal Relations…

Monument to aboriginal war veterans in Confederation Park, Ottawa, Canada

Update — National Aboriginal Day: Celebrating Indigenous Cultures, Heritage and Achievements

You may also wish to consult other HillNotes in honour of National Aboriginal Day (Disponible en français : Mise à jour — Journée nationale des Autochtones : Célébrer la culture, le patrimoine et les réalisations autochtones) On June 21, hundreds of communities across Canada will hold numerous events for National Aboriginal Day to celebrate Indigenous…

Aboriginal Languages in the Forging of a Covenant of Reconciliation

(Disponible en français : Les langues autochtones dans l’édification d’un pacte de réconciliation) 1. Calls to Action on Aboriginal languages from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada In its final report tabled in 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) notes that the suppression of Aboriginal languages was a core element of…

United Nations design and logo about the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Moving Forward

(Disponible en français : La Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones – Allons de l’avant) Following 25 years of negotiations, in a landmark vote of the United Nations General Assembly on 13 September 2007, 143 countries voted to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. For many…

Monument to aboriginal war veterans in Confederation Park, Ottawa, Canada

Indigenous Peoples: Terminology and Identity

(Disponible en français : Peuples autochtones : terminologie et identité) For centuries, the original inhabitants of North America have been largely defined by others, beginning with the misapplication of the term Indian by Christopher Columbus to describe the various peoples of the Americas. Today, as attitudes toward the first peoples of Canada change and evolve,…

Monument to aboriginal war veterans in Confederation Park, Ottawa, Canada

National Aboriginal Day: Celebrating Aboriginal Cultures, Heritage and Achievements

(Disponible en français : Journée nationale des Autochtones : Célébrer la culture, le patrimoine et les réalisations autochtones) You may also wish to consult other HillNotes in honour of National Aboriginal Day On June 21, hundreds of communities across Canada will hold numerous events for National Aboriginal Day to celebrate Aboriginal cultures and contributions to…

Source: RCMP, 2014. "Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview" http://ow.ly/JB6t3

National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

(Disponible en français : Table ronde nationale sur les femmes et jeunes filles autochtones disparues ou assassinées) Although Aboriginal women make up about 4% of the Canadian population, they represented 11% of missing women and 16% of female homicides between 1980 and 2012. Since the 1990s, several high-profile cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women…