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First Nations People Still Face Human Rights Challenges Despite Ability To File Complaints: Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 17:28
According to a recent report from the Canadian Human Rights Commission, freedom from discrimination remains an elusive goal for Aboriginal people.
The CHRC recently published a special report on the impacts of Bill C-21.
The legislation took effect in 2008 and gave First Nations people the chance to file human rights complaints against their governments.
Since the bill's inception, the commission has received more than 500 complaints against the federal and First Nations governments.
However, despite the progress, the CHRC report says Aboriginal people continue to face barriers in human rights justice.
According to the commission's report, poverty, lack of awareness and fear of retaliation are some of the factors inhibiting the number of claims submitted.
The CHRC says a larger societal change at all levels of government is required to begin to address the human rights barriers facing Aboriginal people today.
Northern Municipalities Forced To Take On Debt To Qualify For Affordable Housing: NDP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 17:25
The Opposition NDP says the federal and provincial governments have changed the way they fund northern housing -- at the expense of municipalities.
Athabasca MLA Buckley Belanger says lost in all the affordable housing announcements last week was the detail that northern municipalities can now be on the hook for half the cost.
Belanger says that never used to be the case -- and the north's cash-strapped municipal governments are accepting this because they're so desperate for housing.
"The mayors themselves have no choice because they know how desperate the need for housing in some of their communities is.  So, they'll do what they can -- they'll make the decision that they can and they will take any particular money left on the table in terms of the approach that the senior levels of government have with them."
But Belanger also wonders if there will be some northern residents that will be left out because their local governments absolutely can't afford to fund half the cost.
SaskHousing Corporation president Don Allen says this is just one idea that's being used for northern housing.
Allen adds some other approaches are heavily subsidized by the government.
Computer Software Dedicated To Recovery From Residential Schools To Be Made Available To Reserves PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 17:23
The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness is hoping a new program will help to better educate First Nations survivors of abuse.
Through a program called "Shaping The Future", the centre plans to put computers in every First Nations community with software dedicated to recovery.
Tony Stevenson is coordinating this program and he says the residential schools have left a negative effect on a lot of families.
"Unfortunately, as you grow older, it becomes more apparent that people have stopped their dreaming and something has stopped them from reaching their full potential."
Stevenson says he hopes this program can help abuse survivors reach their full potential.
"That’s something I would love to see.  Programs like this aim to enhance their abilities and initiatives."
Along with the computers and software, Shaping the Future will offer books, workshops and other educational tools to address issues such as the sense of isolation experienced by many First Nations abuse survivors.
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