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Harper’s 10 Year War on First Nations

“…the Harper government stands out as one of the most racist and aggressive governments that First Nations have had to work with in many generations.” 

This week on The Harper Decade, Pamela Palmater explains how the Conservatives’ abysmal relationship with First Nations has exacerbated the socio-economic gap between Canadians and Indigenous peoples:

“Harper isn’t simply neglectful - his government knowingly allows conditions that lead to the preventable deaths of First Nations to continue unmitigated. For Harper’s majority, this is, in fact, the plan – to make conditions so unbearable on reserves that First Nations are forced to leave their communities and give up their lands for resource extraction.” (Click here to read more).

Pamela Palmater is a Mi’kmaw from Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She is a lawyer, author, and advocate for First Nations and currently holds the position of Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.
Energy and Climate in the Harper Decade
 
Has Stephen Harper turned Canada into an energy superpower?
 
Click here to read or listen to economist Marc Lee measure the success – and heavy cost – of the Conservatives’ ambitious energy policy:
 
"PM Harper's record is thus one of relentlessly tearing down barriers to new fossil fuel development. This is perhaps best characterized by the 2012 omnibus bill, which among other things, dismantled environmental regulations that might affect oil sands growth, and accelerated approval processes for new pipeline and tanker projects." (Click here to read more).
The Harper Decade Reading List

A list of links highly recommended by The Harper Decade team:
  1. The Canada Energy Strategy: Canada's premiers are set to sign a new agreement to fast-track new oil sands pipelines while watering down commitments to fight climate change.
  2. Atrocity in Sudan: A video essay by Adam B. Ellick and Nicholas Kristof documents the ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing occurring in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.
  3. The New Building Canada Fund: According to an analysis by the Globe and Mail, 83% of the projects funded by the $14-billion dollar infrastructure program are contained within Conservative-held ridings.
  4. National Security: Sikander Hashmi argues that a number of recent national security recommendations made by the Senate, such as the certification of imams in Canada, are both impractical and unconstitutional.

The Harper Decade is a digital series featuring expert commentary on the changes that have occurred in Canada over the past decade of Conservative rule.
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