This area of the website is designed to share new documents we have come across that
may provide useful information to others. We have broken them down into documents
we feel should be flagged as news, recent document additions to the website and CAID
document releases. Use the navigation bar on the left to access these three topic
Please note that in addition to the documents listed on this Featured Documents page,
documents are added every month to the information library and the law library.
UN Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental
Freedoms of Indigenous People - Corporate Responsibilities
The second half of this 2010 report is dedicated to the corporate responsibility
to consult Indigenous Peoples. The report covers corporate responsibility to Human
Rights, Indigenous Rights, due diligence, duty to respect Indigenous Rights, recognition
of Indigenous People and their Right to land and resources, duty to consult, impact
studies and compensation, and benefit sharing.
IBA Community Toolkit: Negotiation and Implementation of Impact and Benefit Agreements
This excellent Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) negotiation and implementation
toolkit was released in 2010 by the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation and is provided
free. It is an excellent, up-to-date guide to IBA negotiations and implementations
to help to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and nations.
Food Insecurity Among Inuit Preschoolers: Nunavut Inuit Child Health Survey
This study published in 2010 demonstrates 70% of preschool Inuit children in Nunavut
live in a home without enough food to eat. Household food insecurity in northern
territories were compared. Nunavut had the worst food insecurity with 56% of households
surviving without enough food.
The State of Aboriginal Learning in Canada: A Holistic Approach to Measuring Success
This study utilizes a new holistic framework to assess the state of Aboriginal learning.
Pages 5-7 highlight findings. Findings provide a definite platform from which new,
relevant, policies and programs can be developed to build a culturally-based Aboriginal
educational system in Canada.
True North: Adapting Infrastructure to Northern Climate Change in Canada
A review and recommended changes to adapt Canadian infrastructure to climate change.
Page 17 gives a summary table of anticipated climate changes to Canada’s North that
necessitate fundamental changes to Canadian infrastructure. There will an extreme
impact on Inuit and Northern First Nation communities and ways of life.
The Carbon the World Forgot: Conserving the Capacity of Canada’s Boreal Forest Region
to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change
A review of the world’s carbon sinks and the importance of Canada’s Boreal forest.
The Boreal represents 25% of the world’s carbon sink and must be saved to buffer
climate change. What affect does this have on Northern development?
Meaningful Consultation in Canada: The Alternative to Forced Aboriginal Assimilation
A review of the ongoing problem with Canada’s policy of assimilation and the need
to allow constitutionally recognized Aboriginal rights to have equal expression in
Canadian infrastructure (law, policy and regulatory frameworks). The reconciliation
of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal rights into national infrastructure, barriers to
reconciliation and a four-step meaningful consultation process that fulfills Aboriginal,
Canadian and international law are presented.
UN General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the
Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People: Summary
A point-by-point presentation to the United Nations General Assembly on the Duty
of every nation to consult its Indigenous Peoples. The outlined duty to consult provides
an international guideline for consultation and accommodation.
British Columbia's Court of Appeal McIvor Decision
In this decision sections 6(1)a and 6(1)c of the Indian Act are struck down as an
infringement on the Charter of Rights towards Aboriginal women. The court orders
the federal government to change these sections of the Indian Act.
Ontario’s Proposed Legislation Bill 191: The Far North Act
The proposed act, highly opposed by affected First Nations, will transfer unparalleled
control over Northern Ontario’s land and resources into the hands of Ontario’s Minister
of Natural Resources. This act provides a sideline role for First Nations and seems
to attempt to extinguish Aboriginal rights over traditional land and its resources.
With Respect, Canada's North: Sixth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy,
the Environment and Natural Resources
The Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples on Canada’s North. The need to
deal with climate change, for infrastructure, for research and for governance are
discussed. Recommendations are made to the Government of Canada.
Arctic Perishable Food Mail Program Review and Recommendations
The Government of Canada’s Food Mail program subsidy to get perishable food into
the far north is reviewed. The minister’s special representative makes several recommendations.
Included in these recommendation is the need for a country food (traditional diet)
infrastructure pilot program.
Innovation and Traditional Resource-Based Economies Study
An economic research study on utilizing traditional hunting, fishing and gathering
to provide a base to Aboriginal economies and provide for affordable nutritious food
to Aboriginal communities. Recommendations are to start pilot projects immediately.
This document was obtained by CAID in 2009 with an Access to information Act request.
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada commissioned the study but never released the
nature of the study or its results to Canada’s Aboriginal people.
Amnesty International - Canada: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review
The submission from Amnesty International on Canada’s violation of rights. Included
in this document are continuing violations to Aboriginal rights in Canada.
2009 Status Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the House of Commons: Chapter
4 Treaty Land Entitlement Obligations – Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
The Auditor General’s report on Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s
handling of its program to transfer more land into Aboriginal reserves.
Indigenous Children's Health Report: Health Assessment in Action
This paper outlines the disadvantages of Aboriginal children in Canada. Conclusions
in this report (starting on page 59) clearly place the historic and continuing cause
of these disadvantages on colonization and Canadian policies to continue these policies.
“There appears to be an ongoing disconnect between the undeniable evidence regarding
the unacceptable disparities in Aboriginal children’s health in Canada and the implementation
of federal policies that would rectify these disparities.“
Judicial Findings from the Inter-Tribal Tribunal on Residential Schools in Canada
The tribunal interviewed residential school survivors and answered the question,
“Was the Indian Residential School system in Canada genocide?” The answer was beyond
doubt, yes. Canada has never followed-up with criminal proceedings on the tribunal’s
findings. While the Indian Residential School system in Canada was completely shut
down by 1996, Canada’s policy of assimilation continues through laws and regulations
that have never been altered to redress the policies that permitted forced Aboriginal
assimilation and genocide.
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Last Updated September 15, 2015