Unpacking Equity: Ending Drinking Water Advisories in First Nations Communities

Unpacking Equity is a collaboration between the Public Policy and Governance Review and the Gender, Diversity and Public Policy Initiative (GDPP) at the School of Public Policy and Governance. This series aims to explain equity-related policy issues and break down complicated topics involving equity, diversity and inclusion. Policy professionals can gain a better understanding of these […]


Ali Nasser Virji & Jonathan Kates “Because it’s 2015.” In his first act as Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau named a cabinet that is not only gender-balanced, but also societally-representative. It contains five ministers of South Asian descent, eight that identify as belonging to First Nations communities, and two persons with disabilities. While some have criticized […]

Unleashing the Ring of Fire

Connor Colvin  Politicians have described the Ring of Fire as a “game changer”, a “multi-generational economic opportunity” and “the most promising mining opportunity Canada has seen in a century.” In fact, a recent report by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) corroborates these optimistic claims and has described it as an “unparalleled opportunity for Ontario […]

Addressing Aboriginal Education in Canada

Sarah MacDonald The federal government’s latest attempt to address aboriginal education, Bill C-33, or the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, has been put on hold as of May. Having been met with strong opposition from a majority of Canada’s aboriginal population—and subsequently forcing the resignation of Sean Alteo, the Assembly of First […]