First Nations

The sword of the Royal House of Avis on a stylized cross decorates the 56-meter high Monument to the Discoveries by the Tagus river in Lisbon, Thursday, March 30, 2023. 

Vatican rejects Doctrine of Discovery after years of pressure from Indigenous activists


The 15th-century Doctrine of Discovery provided the legal basis for the colonial-era seizure of Native lands. Sociology professor Cora Voyageur, who is also a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, joined The World’s host Carol Hills to discuss the significance of the Vatican’s repudiation of the doctrine.

The Canadian flag is illuminated in the Embassy of Canada in Washington in Washington, Thursday, June 20, 2019. 

‘Canada Day is a reckoning’: Many cancel celebrations as nation mourns Indigenous unmarked graves

Human rights
Flowers, children's shoes and other items rest at a memorial

Gruesome boarding school discovery forces Canada to reckon with its cultural genocide history

Human rights
A group of Sinixt tribal members stand together near a mound and conduct a ceremony.

Canada’s highest court rules in favor of Sinixt tribal rights at heart of hunting case

Chief Allan Adam of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation exits the passenger seat of a truck before his violent arrest by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers, in a still from police dashcam video obtained during legal discovery, in Fort McMurray, Al

Video of police beating Indigenous chief fuels ongoing anti-racism protests in Canada

Human rights
A close up of a jingle dress

How a Native American coming-of-age ritual is making a comeback


The Ojibwe, one of the largest Indigenous groups in North America, are revitalizing a coming-of-age ritual for girls that signifies the power of womanhood.

Black and white image of several people and a horse standing in front of teepees. A dog howls in the mid-foreground.

Ignored and deported, Cree ‘refugees’ echo the crises of today

Immigration Rewind

Indigenous Crees lived in the northern Plains long before the US-Canada border divided the region. But bisected by the line and labeled “foreign” Indians in the US, Cree were denied basic necessities, work — and eventually, even the right to stay in the country.

John A. Macdonald's statue against a grey sky

This founding father’s legacy is darker than some Canadians care to remember

Sir John A. Macdonald is as close to a founding father as Canada has and monuments in his memory are sprinkled across the country. But now Macdonald is being remembered for a crueler aspect of his legacy: the infamous residential school system.

The Honourable Hunter Tootoo from Nunavut talks with two others

This Canadian TV show wants to address racism. Some Indigenous people say it’s doing more harm than good.


The show, “First Contact,” which airs on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, has sparked controversy and dialogue over the way in which it handles racism.

Protestors hold up signs at a rally against a proposed Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion on Burnaby Mountain in 2014 in British Columbia. In late May, the Canadian government announced it would fund an expansion project for the Kinder Morgan Trans Moun

With pipeline decision, Canada’s Trudeau draws ire of environmental supporters

When Justin Trudeau was elected as the prime minister of Canada in 2015 he did so on a platform that pledged to reform the country’s environmental laws. Recent news of the Canadian government agreeing to fund a sands oil pipeline extension has many who voted for him questioning his motives.