For those willing to accept the truth about residential schools, Canada is not the country they thought they knew. But there is an opportunity to change it, writes columnist Karyn Pugliese, a.k.a. Pabàmàdiz.
Those who want Canadians to reflect on our shared past as it actually is, rather than some idealized or sanitized version, aren’t trying to “cancel” Canada Day, writes columnist Max Fawcett — they’re trying to infuse it with some actual meaning.
In its 680-page report released Thursday, the joint federal-provincial panel questioned the ability of Benga Mining, owned by Riversdale Resources, to control the release of selenium from its proposed Grassy Mountain mine.
The statue of Egerton Ryerson that stood outside the Toronto university bearing his name was pulled down and its head discarded in Lake Ontario on the weekend. A university task force says it still won’t rush a review of his legacy.
"These tragic happenings are still engraved in our minds, our bodies, our soul and our spirit,” said We Wai Kai elder Alberta Billy, days after the remains of 215 Indigenous children were confirmed at a B.C. residential school.
Racism is at the core of the extractive, exploitative and inequitable economic system we live under — a system that, if unchanged, is incompatible with a just transition to a clean energy future, writes Janelle Lapointe.