Pam Palmater

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The PPC got more than 800,000 votes, and that should worry all of us

Pam Palmater: The election result is yet another sign that Canada is becoming fertile ground for far-right groups
A woman smudges during a march to demand justice and raise awareness for Echaquan (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

What Joyce Echaquan knew

Pam Palmater: Systemic racism in health care continues because it has been normalized, ignored and denied, while the system places an onerous burden on First Nations peoples to prove racist hospital treatment
Sofia Mitchell-Schiewe holds a photo of her late grandmother Francis Mitchell while sitting on her father James Schiewe's shoulders during the annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver, on Feb. 14, 2020 (Darryl Dyck/CP)

‘At every turn, Canada chooses the path of injustice toward Indigenous peoples’

Pam Palmater: Reconciliation has not just gone off the rails—many Indigenous peoples think it’s dead
(L-R): Joe Hargrave, Rod Phillips and Niki Ashton (Mark Taylor;Frank Gunn;Justin Tang/CP)

The entitlement of Canadian politicians

Pam Palmater: Privileged politicians who took pandemic vacations need to lose more than their official roles as ministers or critics. It is time to take a stand.
A woman carries sage as people take part in an "abolish the police sit-in" in Toronto in June (Carlos Osorio/Reuters)

What we’re seeing in 2020 is Idle No More 2.0

Pam Palmater: A much larger and more powerful movement than the last, led by Black and Indigenous peoples and supported by millions of Canadians
RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki is seen during a news conference in Ottawa on Apr. 20, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

Brenda Lucki must go

Pam Palmater: The problem isn’t Indigenous culture, it’s RCMP culture, where racial profiling, harassment, brutality and the killing of Indigenous peoples is somehow justified
Police officers make an arrest during a raid on a Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory camp next to a railway crossing in Tyendinaga, Ontario, Canada February 24, 2020. (Carlos Osorio/Reuters)

The blockades no one talks about devastate Indigenous economies

Pam Palmater: A giant, well-enforced wall of laws and regulations has kept Indigenous peoples from hunting, fishing, fowling and gathering. Our traditional economies have been criminalized to maintain a non-Indigenous monopoly.

Guns and white supremacists don’t mix

Pam Palmater: The rise of white nationalism happened so quickly in Canada that the government does not have a handle on the serious threat it poses to public safety
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Abolishing the Indian Act means eliminating First Nations’ rights

Pam Palmater: The Indian Act is used as a target to deflect blame for racist decisions made by the federal government; a clever guise to force the surrender of all First Nations’ rights

The irony of the First Nations’ vote

Pam Palmater: Here’s a hard truth about Canadian federal elections. When Indigenous peoples vote, they vote for their next oppressor.