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Season Six

Traditional vs. Indian Act: Perry Bellegarde explains where he sits on Wet’suwet’en

On this episode of Nation to Nation: The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs don’t just oppose a pipeline through their traditional territory because of the environment and climate change.

Even if it looks that way to some.

At the root of it they’re challenging the system that allowed for the approval of Coastal GasLink’s 670-kilometre pipeline in the first place by pitting traditional ways, or laws, against the Indian Act and the chiefs and councils that are borne from the federal legislation.

Originally aired January 16, 2020

Stopping the Ripple: First Nations man ends vicious cycle of residential schools

On this episode of Nation to Nation: There’s a story Randy Kakegamick tells about the neglect he faced as a child.

It was late one night and his mom was out so he took off wandering the streets of Ottawa.

A drunk man chased him into an alley and attacked him thinking his bag of white cookies was cocaine.

He was eight-years-old. The Ojibway-Cree man never stopped running until about three years ago.

He was in jail, a familiar place for most of his adult life.

Originally aired January 9, 2020

Jody Wilson-Raybould stands on a foundation of integrity: Algonquin Elder

Much ink has spilled on social media about the fiasco involving which office Jody Wilson-Raybould should occupy in Ottawa as a Member of Parliament.

Nation to Nation has a single, and final, thought on this.

Originally aired December 19, 2019

Insider offers glimpse into new trade agreement and what it means for Indigenous people

On this episode of Nation to Nation: Canada ended up with the shield but not the sword for Indigenous peoples in the new trade agreement that was officially signed in Mexico earlier this week.

That’s how Wayne Garnons-Williams described the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

The sword was a three-part Indigenous chapter: A recognition that Indigenous peoples are original traders, a breakdown of who the inter-tribal traders are and a committee to enforce it.

Originally aired December 12, 2019

Government ‘repeat offender’ when it comes to First Nations kids

On this episode of Nation to Nation: The new Indigenous services minister was introduced to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) this week.

And Marc Miller promised that Canada would compensate children in care in due course.

But Cindy Blackstock, who continues to fight the Liberals before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, still doesn’t trust the government’s track record.

Originally aired December 5, 2019

UNDRIP bill becomes law in B.C. after it fails federally

On this episode of Nation to Nation: British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to formally enshrine the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law.

The province’s Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin gave the bill royal assent in a ceremony Thursday morning in Victoria.

Indigenous leaders were ecstatic about the event.

Originally aired November 28, 2019

Will Trudeau’s cabinet cut the upcoming minority session of Parliament?

On this episode: The Nation to Nation panel of political experts examine Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet going into the minority session of Parliament.

Alberta’s Metis Settlements General Council is in Ottawa.

It represents the only Metis communities that hold land collectively but they have a way to go to get more federal recognition.

Originally aired November 21, 2019

Cree mother continues to ‘languish’ in Saskatoon’s federal psychiatric facility

On this episode of APTN Nation to Nation: Marlene Carter is a Cree woman from the Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan and she’s been incarcerated since 2009.

A lot of that time has been spent in restraints – sometimes months at a time at Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC).

A lifetime before that, the mother of three boys was sexually and physically abused as a child.

But, today no one appears to know what to do with her.

Originally aired November 14, 2019

Indigenous people on frontlines of deadly fight for the Amazon and their homes

On this episode of APTN Nation To Nation: Forest defender Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot dead several days ago by suspected illegal loggers in what has pitted Indigenous people against just about everyone trying to make a buck in the Brazilian Amazon.

But Guajajara’s death shows protecting their territory can come at the highest price as he was shot in the face and his cousin wounded during an “ambush” in the Araribóia Indigenous territory of the Amazon.

It’s essentially put Indigenous people on the frontlines in this deadly fight.

Originally aired November 7, 2019

Painting captures 200-year curse of Parliament Hill involving murdered Algonquin girl

On this episode of APTN Nation To Nation: Every painting tells a story and that’s certainly true of a particular one done by Algonquin artist Janet Kaponicin.
It tells the story of a curse placed nearly 200 years ago on the land of what later became Canada’s seat of government.

Kaponicin tells a story that has been handed down through seven generations of women about a group of Algonquin camped near where the Rideau canal now empties into the Ottawa River.

Originally aired October 31, 2019

NDP perfectly placed to push Indigenous rights when Trudeau doesn’t: Newly elected MP

On this episode of APTN Nation To Nation: The NDP may have finished fourth in the federal election last Monday but is perfectly placed to push for Indigenous rights when the prime minister inevitably comes looking for a deal to prop up the minority Parliament says Leah Gazan.

Gazan was elected in Winnipeg Centre defeating the Liberal incumbent, Robert Falcon-Ouellette, and firmly believes the NDP are the big winners, at least for Indigenous people.

Originally aired October 24, 2019

With the federal election days away does Trudeau deserve another 4 years?

On this episode of APTN Nation To Nation: Justin Trudeau and the Liberals had the most progressive mandate when it came to Indigenous people than any government before them.

But did Trudeau accomplish enough in his four years as prime minister to deserve votes from Indigenous people when the polls open Monday?

Or does he deserve to be kicked out of office?

Originally aired October 17, 2019

Challenging human rights tribunal compensation order ‘incomprehensible’: Jane Philpott

On the season premiere of APTN Nation To Nation: We will be looking at the disgraceful state of Indigenous child welfare, especially in Ontario where 102 deaths have occurred over the past five years.

Cindy Blackstock wonders why there has been little said about it during an election campaign.

A Ryerson professor says chronic underfunding is allowing children to die.

And we’ll hear heartbreaking stories from two kids caught up in the system.

Originally aired October 10, 2019