Could tiny homes solve indigenous peoples' housing crisis in Canada?

“There's child welfare, there's health, there's education, there's water, there's infrastructure, housing. Every single element of government services that Canadians take for granted, First Nations people do not. These are, for the most part across the country, treaty people who gave up a tremendous amount based on assurances that they would have access to what the rest of Canada had access to, and they simply haven't.”

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Ruth Ambros
Up For Debate gives voice to neglected women’s issues

“We need a broader public debate to really find out what is happening and why (with missing and murdered aboriginal women),” said aboriginal lawyer Katherine Hensel, one of the panellists. “I think the Canadian public has made it clear that it’s important enough to spend the resources (on a national inquiry).”

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Early intervention could prevent CFS apprehensions, Winnipeg mom says

"The system, as it's currently set up, has no problem spending money — thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars — on keeping children in foster care," Hensel said.

"But often [it] won't spend a dime on supporting children and families within their home and keeping the family together. It should be an extraordinary thing that the child is removed from their home and unfortunately it's a daily occurrence for aboriginal families."

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Ruth Ambros
Focus: First Nations take feds to court over third-party managers

“The Algonquins of Barriere Lake First Nation filed the action in the Ontario Superior Court earlier this year against the federal government, Atmacinta Hartel Financial Management Corp., and BDO Canada LLP. The case is reportedly the first instance of an action against the federal government for alleged breach of fiduciary duty and negligent misrepresentation under its third-party management powers.”

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Aboriginal Woman’s Preserved Pelvis Shown in Court, an Indignity That ‘Can Never Be Undone’

"Indigenous women in general are over sexualized in Canadian society and there are a whole host of misconceptions and stereotypes at play that does actually change people's thoughts on whether or not she may or may not have consented," said Big Canoe.

Hensel agrees. To her, the verdict was not surprising.

"It's entirely consistent with how society treats indigenous women, especially indigenous sex workers," she said. "The criminal justice system is no more equipped than society, currently, to protect indigenous women."

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'A lost tribe': Child welfare system accused of repeating residential school history

“First Nation families are still experiencing the wrongful taking of their children on spurious grounds. There is still widespread, unnecessary and unwarranted removal of children.

“Many, many loving and perfectly good aboriginal homes don’t meet a province’s standard of requirements for being foster homes. There are different cultural norms on how children should be raised,” said Ms. Hensel.

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Aboriginal medicine ruling sparks instant controversy

“I think it’s important to note that these parents were not proposing to not have their daughter receive any treatment,” says Katherine Hensel, a prominent lawyer with extensive experience representing First Nations people. “(J.J.) was receiving traditional medicines which, to the best of their knowledge, can and should be used. And are always used.”

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