Indigenous peoples

Uluru Kata Tjuta national park, Australia. iStockphoto
Politics & Society Dispatches
Fatima MeashamJanuary 02, 2018
The Uluru Statement proposed a constitutionally embedded, national Indigenous body (“the voice”) that would advise parliament on matters relating to Indigenous peoples.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffJanuary 02, 2018
In 2010, Canada endorsed the declaration as “aspirational” without beginning a process for its practical implementation.
Escaping paramilitaries, Tzotzil Mayans in Chiapas have been scattered in small camps in the area surrounding the town of Chalchihuitán. Photo by Jan-Albert Hootsen.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenDecember 29, 2017
Approximately 5,000 indigenous Tzotzil Mayans have been scattered in small refugee camps in the area surrounding the town of Chalchihuitán, in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. They say they were chased out of their homes by unknown gunmen after the escalation of an old land dispute.
A parishioner is blessed in the film "In the Spirit of Reconciliation," a film by Father Larry Lynn, a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver who was a cinematographer before entering the seminary. (CNS photo/Spoke)
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An estimated 150,000 aboriginal children were taken from their families and placed into residential schools. The residential schools were funded by the government of Canada and run by various church groups, including the Catholic Church. 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffNovember 30, 2017
The Ktunaxa First Nation says their way of life is threatened by commercial development in Qat’muk, a mountain region in British Columbia inhabited by the Grizzly Bear Spirit.
Faith News
Catholic News ServiceNovember 03, 2017
For 50 years, Nicholas Black Elk led others to Christ, often melding his Lakota culture into his Christian life.