Ep. 64 – UNDRIP Bill fails to address Indigenous Issues with Chris Sankey, Melissa Mbarki and Ken Coates

Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Pod Bless Canada · Ep. 64 – UNDRIP fails to address Indigenous Issues with Chris Sankey, Melissa Mbarki & Ken Coates The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) has many valuable and vital elements. It outlines a range of rights and standards to provide measures of social, economic and… Continue reading Ep. 64 – UNDRIP Bill fails to address Indigenous Issues with Chris Sankey, Melissa Mbarki and Ken Coates

How Canada can advance Indigenous rights through trade agreements: Scott Simon in the Hill Times

Our engagement with CPTPP partners can further strengthen Indigenous rights, especially if we bring in Taiwan and other states which recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples in their territories, writes Scott Simon in the Hill Times.  By Scott Simon, May 4, 2021 According to our government, Canada put the “progressive” in the Comprehensive and Progressive… Continue reading How Canada can advance Indigenous rights through trade agreements: Scott Simon in the Hill Times

UNDRIP legislation turning into a distraction from real action on Indigenous self-determination: Heather Exner-Pirot in iPolitics

The need for an action plan that provides clarity and protection for Indigenous rights only grows, writes Heather Exner-Pirot in iPolitics. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here.  By Heather Exner-Pirot, April 19, 2021 One would have thought the kinks of UNDRIP legislation would have been worked out by… Continue reading UNDRIP legislation turning into a distraction from real action on Indigenous self-determination: Heather Exner-Pirot in iPolitics

Aurel Braun and Heather Exner-Pirot Join MLI’s Growing Roster of Experts

OTTAWA, ON (April 9, 2021): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to welcome Aurel Braun and Heather Exner-Pirot to our Advisory Council and roster of fellows, respectively. “MLI is fortunate to have worked extensively in the past with Aurel Braun, helping us shape how Canadians think about Eurasia, Russia, and Eastern Europe,” says MLI Managing Director… Continue reading Aurel Braun and Heather Exner-Pirot Join MLI’s Growing Roster of Experts

Pipelines and National Prosperity under the St-Laurent Government: Ken Coates for Inside Policy

Canada has lost, as a nation, the “can-do” spirit that exemplified the St-Laurent years, writes Ken Coates. We need a better sense of urgency, possibility and optimism. This article appeared in the latest issue of Inside Policy. By Ken Coates, April 7, 2021 The regional pipeline debates of the 2010s – Northern Gateway, Keystone XL,… Continue reading Pipelines and National Prosperity under the St-Laurent Government: Ken Coates for Inside Policy

Inside Policy: The Legacy of Louis St-Laurent – When governments got things done

OTTAWA, ON (March 31, 2021): Canada seems to have forgotten how to get things done, from pipelines to vaccine development. In our latest issue of Inside Policy, MLI’s authors and experts draw inspiration from Louis St-Laurent, the post-war Liberal prime minister who offers salient lessons on how to govern successfully and accomplish a great many… Continue reading Inside Policy: The Legacy of Louis St-Laurent – When governments got things done

Canada’s Indo-Pacific Moment: MLI Policy Brief by Jonathan Berkshire Miller

OTTAWA, ON (March 29, 2021): Successive Canadian governments have failed to lay out a clear strategy for Canada to develop a robust role in the Indo-Pacific, despite the undeniable importance of that region to our interests. We can no longer sit on the sidelines. A new policy brief by Jonathan Berkshire Miller titled “Canada’s Indo-Pacific moment” argues… Continue reading Canada’s Indo-Pacific Moment: MLI Policy Brief by Jonathan Berkshire Miller

The real-life consequences of COVID-19 among First Nations: Melissa Mbarki for Inside Policy

The unwillingness to address fundamental challenges made the pandemic much worse than it had to be for First Nations across Canada, writes Melissa Mbarki. By Melissa Mbarki, March 23, 2021 As the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s COVID Misery Index has revealed, Canada ranks near the bottom among the 15 countries surveyed when it comes to misery arising… Continue reading The real-life consequences of COVID-19 among First Nations: Melissa Mbarki for Inside Policy

Finding a solution to the East Coast fisheries challenge: Ken Coates for Inside Policy

A just and fair resolution can show all Canadians, including Mi’kmaq and Maliseet people, that the law can be just, effective and consequential, writes Ken Coates. By Ken Coates, March 22, 2021 Rising tensions in the Maritime fishery demonstrate the fundamental difficulty of creating effective and popular public policy. The situation is simple. Supreme Court… Continue reading Finding a solution to the East Coast fisheries challenge: Ken Coates for Inside Policy

How Identity Politics Prolongs Racism: New MLI Commentary by Chris Sankey

OTTAWA, ON (March 19, 2021): Identity politics has long been an animating force in Western society and politics. Yet with respect to addressing ignorance, confronting racism, and pursuing reconciliation, is identity politics the right framework? According to MLI Senior Fellow and former elected Lax Kw’alaams Band Councillor Chris Sankey, the answer is an emphatic no. In… Continue reading How Identity Politics Prolongs Racism: New MLI Commentary by Chris Sankey