The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

Treaty 7

Canadian universities are struggling to address the education recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report. But Mount Royal University has already taken steps in that direction and will be deciding soon how best to implement its plans for Indigenization.

At this year’s ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, I had the privilege of having a film I directed screened in Toronto. The event ran from Oct. 19-23, and showed part of the Fresh Takes program, which showcased works from new filmmakers like my film, Indian Giver.

The per cent of indigenous people living in food insecure homes is startlingly higher than that of the whole province

Vegetable market on Jane StreetIn Alberta, a number of people are still struggling to afford enough good and healthy food – which causes negative health and psychological effects. However, the ratio is much higher amongst indigenous peoples, and according to some, the number won’t decline without an increase in government funding and a decrease in societal racism.

A survey by Statistics Canada showed that 8.1 per cent of people in Alberta are food insecure. But in contrast, the government organization reported in a different survey that 15.2 per cent of Indigenous Peoples are food insecure.

Supporters share stories about love and loss of aboriginal women

Elder Doreen Roy Activists from across Calgary are seeking justice for Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women. Around 200 women, men and children marched down 17th Avenue to remember those women, and advocated to make the issue a national priority.

Ethel Stonechild came to the march with four of her young grandchildren. She wanted to remember her sister Margaret, whom Stonechild said was killed in a murder-suicide in 1979, at the age of 18.