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Three perspectives on COVID-19.
Dr. Tom Wong says Indigenous services is doing what it can.
In the united states Patty Talahongva is dismayed at its spread.
And NDP MP Leah Gazan is staying in touch online.
Originally aired April 9, 2020
Dr. Jane Philpott has returned to the hospital where she worked for 17 years before getting into politics helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Philpott is also assisting First Nations in northern Ontario as part of a “task team” organized by Nishnawbe Aski Nation in response to the pandemic.
She said many communities were quick to restrict access and curtail large gatherings.
But the virus is getting close.
Originally aired April 2, 2020
With leaders preaching across the country for Indigenous people to take the COVID-19 pandemic serious, one nation in Quebec has five confirmed cases but can’t pinpoint the source.
That means Kahnawake’s numbers could go up said Lloyd Phillips, commissioner of public safety for the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.
Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said people can’t take any risks and need to treat this virus seriously.
Originally aired March 26, 2020
COVID-19 is known to be more harmful to the elderly and people that are immunocompromised and have chronic illnesses, which is more prevalent on-reserve.
“It’s a race against the clock,” said NDP MP Charlie Angus of protecting vulnerable First Nations, particularly in his riding of Timmins-James Bay that includes Attawapiskat.
The Trudeau government announced billions in emergency funding Wednesday to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including $305 million for Indigenous communities.
Originally aired March 19, 2020
There is a growing rift between the provincial organizations that make up the Metis National Council (MNC).
At issue is the suspension of the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO) from the MNC over its recognition of six historical communities.
Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand, and also MNC vice-president, says the communities do not belong under the Metis umbrella.
But the president MNO, Margaret Froh, disagrees.
Originally aired March 12, 2020
Alex Neve says 20 years ago missing and murdered Indigenous women wasn’t on the radar of politicians.
Negotiations over the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) was still in deadlock.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a few years away.
Now as Neve plans to step-down in June as the secretary-general of Amnesty International Canada he’s seen all these things happen.
But something is still missing.
Originally aired March 5, 2020
Canada doesn’t believe the parents of First Nations children that died in the on-reserve child welfare system should be compensated through Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.
That’s what a lawyer for the Justice department filed at the tribunal last Friday as all parties submitted their proposals on how these children should be compensated for being taken from their home and put in a purposely underfunded program.
That and more on this episode of Nation to Nation.
Originally aired February 27, 2020
The RCMP has made a conditional offer to leave the Wet’suwet’en traditional territory as long as the road through it is kept clear, presumably for workers to continue building a pipeline.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair made the announcement Thursday mornings saying RCMP will set up in a town close by and then called for all the rail blockades and protests to end.
But leaving the territory was just one of the demands by hereditary chiefs.
That and more on this episode of APTN Nation to Nation.
Originally aired February 20, 2020
It seems everywhere you turn today there is a demonstration in the streets or at railways and even in government office buildings.
If that sounds familiar that’s because it is.
Just seven years ago Idle No More did much of the same in response.
Today, the disrespect shown to traditional Wet’suwet’en law by the approval of a natural gas pipeline through its territory and the RCMP used as enforcers to remove people standing in its way has triggered a similar reaction to Idle No More.
Originally aired February 13, 2020
The Trudeau government could have created a recognition of Indigenous rights framework in its previous term says its former justice minister.
She also believes she could have written it.
That space is what’s needed to allow Indigenous nations, said Wilson-Raybould, to have the ability to rebuild and to reconcile their traditional systems in to the modern world, which will happen at their own pace.
Originally aired February 6, 2020
No one can say today exactly how many First Nations children are in the on-reserve child welfare system across Canada.
In fact, no one has ever been able to say.
It’s never been tracked properly by the federal government, which it now says it’s looking to do.
That and more in this episode of APTN Nation to Nation.
Originally aired January 30, 2020
On this episode of Nation to Nation: We recently heard that Indigenous inmates now make up 30 per cent of everyone in federal prisons, but what about provincial jails.
Ontario’s Human Rights Commissioner says the conditions there are dehumanizing.
As well, the co-host of Ottawa’s Inuktitut-language radio station is in studio.
In addition, more from Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand on the crisis in the metis national council.
Originally aired January 23, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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