National Newswatch

Reconciliation is not voluntary, so the National Reconciliation Council needs to be a commission, not a non-profit

Nov 14 2022 — Rose LeMay — The federal government historically didn’t even follow the directives of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal regarding equitable funding for First Nations children. This is the history of the department purported to serve Indigenous peoples. Historically, the department of Indian Affairs served its own power base rather than Indigenous peoples. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller has […]

Gee-Gees women’s rugby a reconciliation leader in Ottawa

Oct 3 2022 — Rose LeMay — Gather around for a good news story. It’s about the University of Ottawa’s women’s rugby team, the Gee-Gees. The team has spent some serious time considering its path to push reconciliation, and the truth is that it has a great opportunity. After speaking with Indigenous peoples in the community, the team decided to do something […]

Disinformation has a long history in Canada

Sep 5 2022 — Rose LeMay — A recent Ekos survey of Canadians found a disturbing relation between the amount of disinformation an individual agrees with, and the level of support for the “Freedom Convoy.” Rest assured this author views even the name of the convoy one of the most insidious and effective uses of propaganda in recent years. On the surface, […]

Why the Pope’s words continue to reverberate

Aug 8 2022 — Rose LeMay — There was a certain trajectory in the Pope’s speeches across Canada. His first included an apology and was sincere and meaningful but didn’t quite go far enough in taking institutional responsibility for residential schools. The Lac Ste. Anne speech reflected on family as a source of healing both for Indigenous peoples and for Catholics, and […]

There is no doubt the RCMP is a failed institution

Dec 6 2021 — Rose LeMay — It must be nice to not to fear the national police. It must be reassuring to have a level of trust in them. That trust is misplaced in the RCMP. Journalists Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano were arrested along with Sleydo’ and others working to protect the land against the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. The RCMP […]

What does it take to do real reconciliation?

Sep 29 2021 — Rose LeMay — Six years after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and here we are—struggling to get consensus in Canada to even recognize the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Some might say it will take time, but unfortunately that defence has been used for decades now. The recipe is vapid lines […]

Don’t rush to raise the flag just yet

Sep 20 2021 — Rose LeMay — It’s been four months since the news broke of 215 unmarked graves from Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc at the former site of the Kamloops residential school in British Columbia. At least 751 unmarked graves were found by Cowessness in the Qu’Appelle Valley the following month in Saskatchewan, and 160 more on Kuper Island in British Columbia, […]

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