‘Beggars in our own land’: Canada’s First Nation housing crisis

In January, an isolated reserve declared a state of emergency over dangerously poor housing conditions. A resident has now died – what will it take for meaningful change? “When you see these conditions on a daily basis, you start to accept it as normal,” says Sol Mamakwa, the member of provincial parliament for Kiiwetinoong. Photograph: … Continue reading ‘Beggars in our own land’: Canada’s First Nation housing crisis

Whakapono: End child poverty in Maori whanau (a preliminary report)

About Child Poverty Action Group Child Poverty Action Group (Inc) (CPAG) is a non-profit group formed in 1994, and made up of academics, activists, practitioners and supporters. CPAG has a strong education and research role which enables it to contribute to better informed social policy to support children in Aotearoa New Zealand, specifically children who … Continue reading Whakapono: End child poverty in Maori whanau (a preliminary report)

Indigenous people are being displaced again – by gentrification

Soaring rents are destroying the communities Aboriginal people have painstakingly built in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. It all feels very familiar Walking into the inner-city Brisbane suburb of West End one morning, I witnessed a group of Aboriginal “parkies” being moved on from a corner of the main road. “So nothing’s really changed for blackfellas … Continue reading Indigenous people are being displaced again – by gentrification

Indigenous communities are reworking urban planning, but planners need to accept their history

Nearly 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia live in urban areas but cities often exclude and marginalise them. Urban planning and policy have been central to this, and the harms can be seen in key moments and processes that have shaped Australia’s urban environments. Today, Indigenous people continue to be seen … Continue reading Indigenous communities are reworking urban planning, but planners need to accept their history

Number of pokie machines in Māori communities ‘hugely disproportionate’

How to destroy indigenous communities   Northland doctor and political aspirant Lance O'Sullivan says urgent action is needed to rid New Zealand of pokie machines. Earlier this year Dr O'Sullivan called for a ban on the machines, after witnessing the devastating impacts they had on his Northland community of Kaitaia. Dr O'Sullivan re-iterated that stance on … Continue reading Number of pokie machines in Māori communities ‘hugely disproportionate’