A Recent Ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a Federal Court decision that found the Metis have the same rights as Status Indians under the Canadian Constitution. Those who are "non-Status Indian" were not included in the ruling. HANDS UP go to Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), and especially former leader Harry Daniels (RIP), for their work on this case.
A CBC News article from April 16, 2014 reports on the challenges associated with the current brain drain affecting Aboriginal communities, as young people migrate to urban centres for education and work opportunities, and other experiences outside of their home communities
"Nearly half of urban aboriginal people aged 18 to 24 say they have no plans to return home. Another 33 per cent are undecided"
READ MORE HERE: http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/brain-drain-challenges-first-nation-communities-across-canada-1.2611029
This exciting initiative helps to raise awareness about the economic and cultural value that indigenous arts and crafts hold for indigenous communities and educates consumers about the positive impact of purchasing authentic indigenous arts. When you buy items with the authentic indigenous logo, you know the artist is being fairly compensated.
For more information check out the website: http://authenticindigenous.com
If you are an artist, you can fill out the online Artist Registration on the Authentic Indigenous Arts website
Katie Hyslop reports on Monday's Congress of Aboriginal Peoples meeting in the Tyee
Check out this great documentary on our partners NASKARZ, another program of the place-based strategy. Naskarz provides automotive, social, and educational opportunities for young people from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The program also teaches transferable work skills and has led to a decrease in auto thefts involving young people in the area.