CRE’s Policy Forecast is a monthly roundup of what’s happening in policy – whether that’s at the grassroots or parliamentary level – and how it could impact you, your community, your politics, and your activism.
Highlights from this issue include;
Land Defence in Nunavut,
Key votes in Parliament,
The connection between systemic racism in health care and vaccine hesitancy in Indigenous communities,
Plus, we highlight a fantastic collection of Black-Indigenous solidarity resources.
This month at the Baffinland Mary River mine site, the Nuluujaat Land Guardians set up a blockade in defense of the waters and lands around the mine’s proposed expansion.
In response, a “sizeable minority” of workers currently stranded at the mine issued a statement supporting “the efforts, means and goals” of the blockade. In the letter, the workers expressed their support for the “the efforts, means and goals” of the defense and “recognize[d] the Inuit as the rightful custodians of this land, and as the people who should make the decisions about how it is used”.
The blockade has since ended so that the land defenders could meet with Inuit leadership through Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.
Canadaland host Jesse Brown passed the mic to Anishnaabe podcaster and comedian Ryan McMahon, Inuk documentarian Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, and Inuk seal hunter Stephen Lonsdale to talk about Indigeneity and the ethics of storytelling.
Media Indigena posted an episode about how Canada’s reworking of medically-assisted dying laws could impact Indigenous communities.
Talking about identity and who belongs…is an incredibly painful conversation for a lot of Indigenous people […] Family connections are broken through colonialism, all over this country.
Tools & Resources
This collection of anti-racism and solidarities resources contains information about land acknowledgements, education resources, music breaks, articles, and videos on everything from defunding the police to unpacking internalized colonialism.
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