Romeo Saganash on Indigenous rights, December 5, 2017

MP Romeo Saganash says his Bill C-262 would do away with colonialism toward Indigenous peoples in Canada
MP Romeo Saganash speaks at rally for Bill C-262 on Indigenous rights

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted in 2007. Its recurring theme is that Indigenous peoples have the right to dignity and self-determination, and that no actions regarding their persons or lands should be taken without their “free, prior and informed consent.” Canada became a signatory in 2014, but the government provided no legislative machinery to implement the declaration’s principles. MP Romeo Saganash, formerly an Indigenous leader from northern Quebec, drafted Bill C-262, which he says would ensure that Canada’s laws are consistent with the UN declaration. Saganash’s bill was debated in the House of Commons on December 5, 2017 and he spoke to it.

“Bill C-262 does away with colonialism in this country” Continue reading Romeo Saganash on Indigenous rights, December 5, 2017

A.A. Heaps on Jewish exclusion, January 1939

CCF MP A.A. Heaps on Canada's excluding Jewish refugees
As Hitler attacked the Jews in the 1930s many of them sought refuge in other countries, including Canada. This country turned them away. That was deeply painful to A. A. Heaps, a CCF MP from Winnipeg, who rose to criticize the government’s inaction. Heaps was one of the few Jewish Members of Parliament.

“Never have human beings been treated so barbarously” Continue reading A.A. Heaps on Jewish exclusion, January 1939

Nellie McClung on women and the vote, January 1914

Nellie McClung. Library and Archives Canada photo.
Nellie McClung agitated for women’s right to vote in Manitoba.

Activist Nellie McClung was prominent among those advocating for women to get the vote in Manitoba. When she and others met with Premier Rodmond Roblin in 1914, he flatly refused their request. The following evening that meeting was turned into a piece of guerrilla theatre. McClung played the premier’s role and mimicked his inflated rhetoric in a mock speech which she made to a fictitious group of men appearing before women legislators asking for the right to vote.

“Man was made for something higher than voting” Continue reading Nellie McClung on women and the vote, January 1914