David Suzuki, Assembly of First Nations Challenge Federal Caribou Assessment

Prominent broadcaster and scientist David Suzuki along with Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo challenged the federal government regarding the method that it employs to determine the economic value of caribou. The David Suzuki Foundation and the AFN released a report, The Cultural and Ecological Value of Boreal Woodland Caribou and Habitat which offers a different outcome.

New Report Released Regarding the Income Gap Between Aboriginal Peoples and the Rest of Canada

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has just released a ground-breaking report titled “The Income Gap Between Aboriginal Peoples and the Rest of Canada“. The report was authored by Daniel Wilson and David Macdonald, who used Statistics Canada data to form the basis of the report. The income gap was measured by examining data from Canada census records for 1996, 2001 and 2006. The study reveals that income inequality exists no matter where Aboriginal peoples live in Canada . Data also reveals that Aboriginal women are finishing secondary school and obtaining University degrees at a higher rate than Aboriginal men, with Aboriginal women who earn at least a Bachelor’s degree being the only segment to exceed the median incomes of their non-Aboriginal counterparts.

Mortality of Metis and Registered Indian Adults in Canada

Statistics Canada has posted a study describing mortality patterns among M&#233tis and Registered Indian adults, compared with the non-Aboriginal population. The study is a follow-up to the 1991-2001 Canadian census, and concludes that M&#233tis adults had higher mortality rates compared with the non-Aboriginal members of the cohort, but lower rates than did Registered Indians.