GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

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A Resolution for All Canadians

Canada’s poet laureate Gord Downie inspired us to think about reconciliation and resolutions. And it’s the Indigenous leaders we’ve spoken to who have given us the tools and advice we need to advance this important project. As we enter 2017 and our country’s 150th year, sharing stories and rewriting the narrative surrounding Indigenous p...

January 7th, 2017 read more

Art is a powerful way to transform women’s lives

Julia was a drug addict living on the streets of Toronto. Then a pottery wheel changed her life. Seven years ago, Julie (her name has been changed) joined Inspirations Studio. The pottery social enterprise is run by the Toronto non-profit, Sistering, which helps low-income women who have experienced poverty, homelessness and mental health issues. ...

May 7th, 2016 read more

Volunteerism—today’s MBA for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Remember that gung-ho teen who hit you up at the mall for your signature on a petition or donation to a local cause? You might have just met tomorrow’s millionaire entrepreneur. Sure, manufacturing and natural resources remain an important part of Canada’s economy, but the real economic drivers and job creators are entrepreneurs. The Canadian ...

August 8th, 2015 read more

Bhutan’s plan to advance gross national happiness

Lawyers and happiness—an unlikely pairing? Not in Bhutan. In February, the king of Bhutan signed the royal charter for a school of law—the very first in this tiny Asian nation. This law school will be unique. It will experiment with new methods for training lawyers that engage them in the country’s drive for greater prosperity through happ...

March 28th, 2015 read more

The puzzle of missing and murdered Aboriginal women

ADVISORY: This article was inspired by tragic events. Please take caution when sharing it with students. The distraught woman paced the streets, clearly in search of someone. She broke down in tears when police approached. “I’m looking for my daughter. She’s being pimped out by a boy who’s in a gang, and I need to find her.” In no...

February 14th, 2015 read more

Attawapiskat celebrates a new school

For most Canadian schoolchildren, their biggest concern is a pop quiz or playground bullies. Chelsea Jane Edwards worried about getting frostbitten fingers while she took notes. In the dead of winter, minus 40 degree winds whistled through gaps around doors and windows of the decrepit portables that made up the entirety of their school. Bathroom...

September 20th, 2014 read more

Children’s Charter—Taking the global, making it local

No more hockey. No more swimming lessons. For 15,000 Thunder Bay families living in poverty, the proposed funding cuts in 2005 meant the end of the only affordable sports and recreation programs available to their children. The council debate was rancorous. The motion looked ready to pass. Then one councillor rose to remind his colleagues of their...

September 6th, 2014 read more

Innovative First Nations schools find the key to success

In the small First Nations community of Moricetown, in central B.C., teens haunt the convenience stores and gas bars, their lives adrift. Locals call them “phantoms.” Cain Michell, then 14, was one of them. The twisting yet hopeful path he has followed is important to trace, after the recent failure to agree on a national strategy for addres...

August 30th, 2014 read more

Discrimination and denial: Racism in Canada

In Hugh Burnett’s home town, “whites only” signs were common in store and restaurant windows. While Rosa Parks was refusing to sit at the back of the bus, Burnett, a black World War II veteran, waged his own epic court battle against racial segregation. His tireless activism led to laws prohibiting segregation.  For his efforts, Burnett’...

March 24th, 2014 read more

Our friend’s amazing journey

Exhausted and gasping, Spencer West focused on simply breathing, and putting one hand in front of the other. All around lay a moonscape – grey, rock-strewn and lifeless. Small, loose stones bit into his palms. In the thin air at 5,100 metres David Johnson and Alex Meers, West's companions, vomited from altitude sickness. Another day and more t...

June 23rd, 2012 read more