Last Updated October 8, 2017

Featured Documents

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 areas.

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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