Frontier Centre in the Media
Nelson to import American Indian Movement – February 14, 2013
A Winnipeg chapter of the American Indian Movement will be formally organized on Saturday with Nelson, the former head of the Roseau River reserve, announcing Tuesday that three of 20 positions on the Grand Governing Council will be filled in a ceremony at Thunderbird House. Nelson said the Idle No More movement has engaged aboriginals.
Dictating Their Own Fate – January 30, 2013
Figures on aboriginal population from the 2011 census are not yet available, but the 2006 census showed nearly 1.2 million Canadians -- about 4 per cent of the population -- claim to be aboriginal. Of these, fewer than a quarter (under 400,000) live on reserves.
Too Many Attawapiskats – June 22, 2012
It is a good time to take stock of the special challenges facing Canada's aboriginal population - including deficits in education, job opportunities and standard of living compared to non-aboriginal populations.
Analyst Touts Charter Schools As Possible Option For First Nations – March 19, 2012
A unique type of public school, found only in Alberta, is being held up as a model for other First Nations to follow. Joseph Quesnel, an analyst with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, says Saskatchewan's western neighbor is the only province in the country to currently allow charter schools.
Canada Mining Boom Leaves Natives in the Cold – February 13, 2012
As mining companies around the world reap profits from high commodity prices, people in Attawapiskat are demanding a bigger slice of the pie from the diamonds extracted from their traditional territory.
To Resolve Our Biggest Moral Issue – January 23, 2012
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, federal and First Nations officials will meet here to discuss aboriginal education, governance and economic development. The meeting may have some success because Harper and Atleo are so similar. They both remind me (and I mean this as a compliment) of guys in my high school chess club. They are intelligent, quiet-spoken and can think strategically. They don't blather a lot about what their next moves are going to be.
Urban Reserves Gaining Acceptance – January 19, 2012
A gas station on 22nd Street has joined the growing number of "urban reserve" businesses throughout the province, a phenomenon which seems to be gaining widespread acceptance. Much of the initial uproar of a decade ago has subsided. Neighbouring businesses, other levels of government and the general public realize Cree Way Gas West on 22nd Street and other urban reserve companies make the same payments to municipalities and school divisions that other businesses do.
How First Nations can own Their Future – December 16, 2011
Reports of people living in tents and shacks at Attawapiskat evoke comparisons with the Third World, with people living in the shantytowns of South Africa and the barrios of Mexico. The comparison is apt, because we now know a lot about how people in the Third World have elevated themselves out of extreme poverty.
A Private Solution to the Very Public Problem of First Nations Living Conditions – December 10, 2011
Here is a prediction: in a week, or two, or three, or six, the CBC and the Globe and the National Post and NDP MP Charlie Angus and Liberal leader Bob Rae will forget about the tiny, suffering northern community of Attawapiskat. And so will the rest of us.
Attawapiskat: A 'Homeland' at the Crossroad – December 6, 2011
The road to Attawapiskat is not paved. When there is a “road,” it is made of ice and runs atop a frozen James Bay. For the 2,000 Cree aboriginals living in the fly-in Ontario community, winter means access to the rest of the world.
Nisga'a 10 Years After – July 6, 2011
A study carried out by the Winnipeg-based Frontier Centre for Public Policy reveals that, while aboriginal self-government is not all it's cracked up to be, the Nisga'a are fairly happy with the aftermath of their treaty.
Nisga'a Split Over Benefits of 1998 Treaty – June 30, 2011
Thirteen years after the Nisga'a Treaty granted unprecedented rights to a First Nations community in British Columbia, a new study shows the Nisga'a are divided about how their community is faring.
Self-Government Has Been a Mixed Blessing – June 29, 2011
A study carried out by the Winnipeg-based Frontier Centre for Public Policy reveals that, while aboriginal self-government is not all it’s cracked up to be, the Nisga’a are fairly happy with the aftermath of their treaty.
Researcher Says Alberta Lagging on Property Rights – March 24, 2011
The 2011 International Property Rights Index released this week is the fifth annual study that investigates how well countries protect property rights. Out of 129 countries, Canada ranks ninth in the world, just below Australia. Finland and Sweden are first and second, respectively, while the United States is nineteenth.
The Rights Thing – February 1, 2011
Frontier Centre in the media from the Winnipeg Free Press.
Divorce Granted, Justice Denied – February 1, 2011
Frontier Centre in the media from the National Post.
Chiefs Don't Offer Protection: Poll – February 1, 2011
Frontier Centre in the media from the Winnipeg Free Press.
Reserves Are Part Of The Problem – November 25, 2010
"When it comes to aboriginal affairs, it's too bad that many of the ideas meant to improve the lives of ordinary natives never see the light of day. The best suggestion I've seen all year is the proposal by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy that non-viable reserves be relocated closer to urban centres -- and jobs."
Chief, band in election standoff; Members block bridge in dispute over extended term – November 4, 2010
"A Southern Alberta native chief has cancelled a band election set for next month, extending his term by two years and provoking a protest blockade of the road into a reserve west of Calgary."
Manitoba First Nations falling behind, survey says – July 13, 2010
"Indian bands in Manitoba are falling behind those in Saskatchewan and Alberta when it comes to improving governance institutions, a new survey has found."