"L'éveil au Cercle" - "Awakening to the Circle"

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Le Forum d’études et de recherches autochtones (FERA)
Forum for Aboriginal Studies and Research (FASR)
Les tribunaux confrontés aux revendications d’identité métisse : le cas du Nouveau-Brunswick
Natacha Gagné (sociologie et anthropologie)
Sébastien Grammond (droit) et Isabelle Lantagne (droit)
Mercredi 30 mars 2011, 11h30 DMS 3105
Évènement en français | Event in French
This public lecture is free and open to the public | Conférence gratuite ouverte au public
Pour plus d’informations / for more information: fera@uottawa.ca

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Dismisses the Complaint on legal technicality - Caring Society appealing

News Release:

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada to appeal Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Decision to dismiss discrimination claim for First Nations Children on a legal loophole.

OTTAWA, March 14 /CNW/ - The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada is deeply concerned with the ruling today from Shirish Chotalia, Chair of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, to dismiss the complaint filed by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations in 2007 alleging that the Federal Government is racially discriminating against First Nations children by providing less child welfare benefit on reserve. Chair Chotalia dismissed the case on a preliminary motion brought by the Federal Government even though the Federal Government had tried, and failed, to get the case dismissed on similar grounds in Federal Court on two previous occasions. Chair Shirish Chotalia did not address the overwhelming evidence of the inequity and harm experienced by First Nations children on reserves even though she was in possession of numerous reports confirming the problems such as the Auditor General of Canada (2008), the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (2009) and internal documents from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Instead, Chair Shirish Chotalia dismissed the case on a legal technicality suggesting that the Federal Government can provide a different, and inequitable, level of service to First Nations children so long as the Provinces/Territories provide the service to all other children. In issuing this ruling, Chair Shirish Chotalia, in effect legalized racial discrimination against vulnerable children on reserve by the Federal Government.

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada will immediately appeal Chair Shirish Chotalia's decision to Federal Court. This case is being followed by over 7200 Canadians and organizations making it the most formally watched court case in Canadian history. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, says that "the Government of Canada should not be immune from human rights laws and obligations to First Nations children because of a legal technicality and we will take all necessary measures to ensure that this case is decided in a public forum on the full set of facts - the children deserve nothing less." The appeal will be filed in Federal Court in the next 30 days.

Read the ruling: http://bit.ly/i531IB


IPSMO's note: If you have not yet signed up as witnesses on the "I Am a Witness" website http://www.fncfcs.com/fnwitness, please do and join over 7200 Canadians and organizations to follow the most formally watched court case in Canadian history.

Thank you.
In Solidarity,
IPSMO on unceded Algonquin Territory

Passing of Aboriginal Historian Olive Patricia Dickason

The Aboriginal community grieves the departure from this world of a great Métis women, the historian Dr. Olive Patricia Dickason. It is Difficult to even begin to describe the importance of the intellectual legacy of such a thinker. This loss is heavy since Olive Dickason, through her work and through the example of courageous living, has marked all members of our Canadian society.

Georges Sioui, Coordinator Program of Aboriginal Studies

La communauté autochtone pleure le départ de ce monde d'une grande femmes métisses, l'historien Dr. Olive Patricia Dickason. Il est difficile même de commencer à décrire l'importance du legs intellectuel de cette grande penseure. Cette perte est très lourde puisque Olive Dickason, par son oeuvre et per l'exemple d'une vie courageuse, a marqué chaque membre de notre société canadienne.

Georges Sioui, coordonnateur du programme d'études autochtones

Link: Winnipeg Free Press -
Author who detailed the aboriginal contribution to Canada's economy dies at 91

Link: Globe and Mail Obituary - DR. OLIVE PATRICIA DICKASON C.M., PH.D., D.LITT.

Link: Guest Book for Olive Patricia Dickason

SHOE STATEMENT - Vigil for our Missing and Murdered Women

Help raise awareness about the violence and injustice suffered by Aboriginal women in Canada!

When: Friday, March 18th, 2pm
Where: Parliament Hill

The Aboriginal Law Students Association and the Law Union of Ontario from the University of Ottawa will be joining McGill University student groups to take part in a vigil at Parliament Hill taking place Friday, March 18th at 2pm.

The vigil will be the culmination of a two-week campaign in which McGill students, faculty and friends will strive to collect over 500 pairs of women’s shoes to be displayed on the steps of Parliament as a symbolic representation of the missing and murdered women. The shoes will be donated to women’s shelters in Ottawa and Montreal following the event.

Speakers at the vigil will include Kristen Gilchrist, Bridget Tolley and Lindsay Mossman. Those with personal stories or insight about the Stolen Sisters are welcome to come forward and share as well.


For more information, please contact Sarah Sherhols at sherhols@gmail.com OR Michelle Theriault at michelle.s.theriault@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Help for the Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa

Dear Friends,

I write to you today asking for your support in helping First Nations
, Metis and Inuit people to reconnect with the land. Naategama or Peaceful Waters is a 230 acre property owned by the Archdiocese of Ottawa and entrusted exclusively for the use of Kateri Native Ministry. Located on the Ottawa River near the Quyon Ferry Landing. Under the direction of Kateri Native Ministry, Naategama has been used for Aboriginal youth and Elder retreats, community workshops, and family reunions of Indian Residential School Survivors.
Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa is moving forward with plans to improve the facilities by installing a floating dock to allow better access to the water for canoeing and swimming. We would like to upgrade washroom amenities, construct a sweat lodge and continue with plans for a more permanent healing and training centre.
Kateri receives no government funding and relies entirely upon the generosity of benefactors like you. A traditional bison feast will be held March 25, 2011 in Mac Hall, Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., Ottawa, ON, in support of improvement on the land. Tickets are $50 each or a table of eight tickets can be purchased for $425.
Our guest speaker, Viola Thomas (Sto:lo First Nation) of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will speak on the importance of the land in native cultures.
Tickets can be purchased:
1. at www.katerinativeministry.ca using the ‘Buy Now’ button or
2. by cheque made payable to “ Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa” and mailed to: 310-211 Bronson Ave., Ottawa ON K1R 6H5.
Tickets will be delivered to the address provided.
Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa is a Catholic lay ministry registered as a non-profit charitable organization. It is committed to the healing and reconciliation of Aboriginal people under the guidance of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Your support of Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa is dearly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions you may have.
Thank you,
John Corston
Executive Director
Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa
(613) 565-4180

Monday, March 7, 2011

Just in time for International Women's Day -- March 8th -- of which the theme in Canada is GIRLS RIGHTS MATTER ...

Calling Young Aboriginal Women across Canada ages 16 to 29!


Do you want to be part of one of the biggest gatherings of women from around the world happening in Ottawa-Gatineau from 3-7 July?

The Aboriginal Women's Leadership Circle for Women’s Worlds 2011 invites you to submit your written, artistic, or otherwise creative submissions to attend Women’s Worlds 2011. We greatly value the participation of young Aboriginal women and would like to hear directly from YOU about why you want to be at this exciting global event by answering "What does Aboriginal women’s leadership mean to you?"

3 grand winners will be awarded an honorarium of $1,500 (one young First Nation woman, one young Inuit woman, one young Métis woman) plus the opportunity to present their essay at the Women’s Worlds 2011 congress

7 winners will be awarded an honorarium of $1000

Young Aboriginal Women (trans, Two-Spirit, gender non-conforming inclusive), First Nations, Métis, Inuit, status, and non-status identified from 16-29
Deadline: 25 March 2011
Notification of acceptance: 4 April 2011


Contact: youngaboriginal@womensworlds.ca


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

3e Colloque étudiant du FERA

Résistance et reconstruction : les peuples autochtones au passé et au présent

Université d’Ottawa, 9 mars 2011

Desmarais 3105, 9h-16h

Horaire et information:



3rd FASR Graduate Conference

Resistance and Rebuilding: Exploring Indigenous Challenges Past and Present

University of Ottawa, march 9, 2011,

Desmarais 3105, 9am-4pm

Schedule and information:


Renowned Canadian Architect Douglas Cardinal Awards Collection to Carleton University

(Ottawa) –

Douglas Cardinal, an internationally-renowned architect, has bestowed his entire collection from 1984 onwards of drawings, plans, files, 3D models and other information to Carleton University.

“I chose Carleton because of its outstanding school of architecture, its commitment to the arts and humanities and particularly the exemplary professional and dedicated staff serving the Archives Department, especially Patti Harper and Lloyd Keane,” says Cardinal. “I am assured the collection will be properly preserved and my body of work will be able to be utilized by future generations of architects.”

Cardinal, who is an officer of the Order of Canada, is famous for his commitment to excellence and unique creative vision. He is renowned for developing a classic, organic approach to architecture and was designated a world master of contemporary architecture by the International Academy of Architecture.

“This collection will not only be valuable to the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism but also Aboriginal studies, commerce, public history, political science and heritage conservation at Carleton,” says Patti Harper, a department head of the archives and research collections at MacOdrum Library, where the collection is now housed. “When Douglas Cardinal’s office called to ask us if we were interested in his collection, we didn’t hesitate. Coming on the heels of the Jacob Siskind collection, we are absolutely delighted that he also chose to give this fabulous gift to Carleton.”

Says Stephen Fai, a professor of architecture: “His undulating forms and voluptuous spaces are immediately recognizable. Equally important to the history of architecture is the role he played in the development and application of digital technologies for the practice of architecture. With Carleton’s new PhD that focuses on the culture of practice in architecture, beginning in the fall of 2011, the acquisition of this collection couldn’t be more timely.”

Cardinal is also known for imbuing humanity into his work. “I have found that by placing the needs of the human being before the systems that modern man has created, we can ensure that the man is indeed served by these systems rather than becoming a slave to them. Through several projects undertaken by my firm and myself, I have demonstrated my dedication for working with people and improving the human condition.”

“This acquisition is a watershed for Carleton and for the history and theory of architecture in particular,” notes Peter Coffman, assistant professor, School for Studies in Art and Culture. “Douglas Cardinal’s work is not only beautiful – it is also connected to some of the most compelling social and political themes of our day. This is a hugely exciting field for research, and this collection will put us at the centre of that research for generations to come.”

The collection includes valuable assets such as plans for the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D. C.), the First Nation University (Saskatchewan) and Oneida Casino Children’s and Elders Center (Verona, New York).

Other projects that Cardinal has worked on in his career include the Edmonton Space Science Centre which has since been renovated and rebranded as the Telus World of Science, the Leighton Artist Colony at the Banff Centre, the Provincial Building in Ponoka, Alberta, the Grande Prairie Regional College, St. Mary’s Church in Red Deer, Alberta, and Oujé-Bougoumou village, Oujé-Bougomou, Quebec, which won the UN award as UNESCO’s Best Sustainable Community in 1998 and was featured as the “Village of the Future” in Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany.

In1999, Cardinal was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the highest architectural honour presented to an individual in Canada, In 2009, he received a Gold Medal of the Union of Architects of Russia, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the design and building of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

The Cardinal collection pre-1984 is housed at the University of Calgary. Once the Carleton collection has been arranged and described it is hoped that the two collections can be linked virtually.