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Why we need race-based data on COVID-19

Why we need race-based data on COVID-19 Hill Times April 20 2020 With more than 30,000 Canadians tested or presumed to have COVID-19, we are facing a health crisis like no other. This crisis will also shine a light on a number of weaknesses and inequities in our society, some of which are delineated along…

The month we learned that mental health is everybody’s responsibility

The month we learned that mental health is everybody’s responsibility Hill Times April 6 2020 In March of 2020, the world went into lockdown. We stopped going out to see friends, many stopped going to places of work and lost the hallway conversations with co-workers, and we started to look at neighbours with no small…

Stay safe

Hello IRG Clients, colleagues, and friends, We are all adjusting to a new way of living and working and the IRG is no different. We taking this time to consider how our safe in-person learning environments that we are known for, might be able to translate online.  Until then, we are working remotely. As per…

What the coronavirus shutdown might mean for Indigenous policy

What the coronavirus shutdown might mean for Indigenous policy Hill Times March 23 2020 Anybody else waking up each morning, and dreading picking up your phone? What else has changed while we tried to sleep? COVID-19 is the defining challenge of our generation, and we’re only beginning to feel the effects. There will be health…

Why we need more Indigenous heroes

Why we need more Indigenous heroes Hill Times March 9 2020 On Friday, March 6, Canada’s largest celebration of Indigenous leadership occurred in Ottawa, the Indspire Awards. The national organization notes “the Indspire Awards represents the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people.” Watch the ceremony on APTN and CBC on National…

We’re adding to the crisis in the relationship with Indigenous peoples

We’re adding to the crisis in the relationship with Indigenous peoples Hill Times February 24 2020 We are adding to the crisis in the relationship with Indigenous peoples. It’s a crisis. Many people are scrambling to come up with policy options. Tensions are high. We all want it resolved. And that, Ottawa, is pretty much…

We need to stop the epidemic of racist health care against Indigenous peoples

We need to stop the epidemic of racist health care against Indigenous peoples Hill Times February 10 2020 There is a pervasive stereotype in the health-care system that Indigenous peoples are all drunks. Every single Indigenous person that I know has personal or family experiences of falling victim to this stereotype. Dr. Janet Smylie reflected…

Correctional investigator’s scathing report illustrates Canada’s refusal to protect its own citizens

Correctional investigator’s scathing report illustrates Canada’s refusal to protect its own citizens Hill Times January 27 2020 Last week the Office of the Correctional Investigator issued a scathing report on the state of Indigenous people in federal prisons. It’s bad. The overall proportion of Indigenous people is at 30 per cent, and for Indigenous women…

Build understanding, build respect: how hard could it be?

Build understanding, build respect: how hard can it be? Hill Times, January 13 2020 I teach about cultural competence and the lack of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. One of the consistent responses from non-Indigenous participants is shock about the amount of pain that some Indigenous families go through. It’s true, some Indigenous families…

Imagine a different future for Indigenous Canada

What would be fundamental change? Implement UNDRIP in full partnership with Inuit, Métis, and First Nations. Hill Times December 16, 2019 I was going to write about the new federal cabinet. Then I heard Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller spout the same doublespeak as his predecessor on why the federal government believes it knows better…