CANACE founders to participate in Aboriginal policy forum

I am pleased to report that fellow CANACE co-founder Gary McHale and I have been invited to participate in an Aboriginal policy forum to be held in Calgary, Alberta in 2010. 

The forum consists of three panels: one on economic development, one on governance and one on social policy. Gary and I will be on the governance panel.  Other participants include political commentator/author Tom Flanagan as well as Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard, authors of ‘Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry.’

More details to follow in the new year. 

An important milestone

This will be, to the best of our knowledge, the very first time that the specific issues and lessons of Caledonia will be represented in an aboriginal policy forum so we were very grateful and honoured to be invited to participate. This is an important milestone because it means that it will become much harder to keep non-native victims and their advocates away from the aboriginal policy table in the future.

Non-natives are, however, not the only victims of flawed policies in places like Caledonia and Ipperwash; CANACE has consistently spoken out on behalf of native people who have been abused by native extremism and racial policing, and I expect to raise those concerns in Calgary as well.  

NOTE: I will be away from the computer until Jan 01/10. Merry Christmas to all!

Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality



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