A new paper published in the Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development is calling for a dramatic modernization of historic Treaty annuities to directly empower First Nations individuals and families. The Parliament of Canada last voted to increased annuities in 1878. The authors make the argument that the $5 annual payment ($4 in Ontario) to every Treaty man, woman and child that was set 143 years ago be modernized to:
increase payments to $7,500 per year
expand annuity eligibility to all Status First Nations people
Gregory Mason, Sheilla Jones, Wayne Helgason
Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development
Volume 12, Issue 1, Fall 2020, pp 92-110
(Released April 2021)
Jean Allard, 1930-2020
Our MAWG team is saddened by the passing of Jean Allard on December 2, 2020 at the age of 90. Jean was an honorary member of MAWG, and worked for decades to advance the idea of modernizing Treaty annuities.
Read our tribute: A legacy for Jean Allard
Covid 19 Statement
The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly identified the most vulnerable populations in our society, including Canada’s First Nations people. As a revolutionary but practical solution to that vulnerability, MAWG is advancing a modern annuity as a means to empower First Nations people to choose for themselves how they want to live and be governed. We may be challenged by living through a pandemic, but we can still make space for working towards reconciliation.
News and features
Interview: Moment of Truth, ELMNT FM
Host: David Moses, with guests Rosanna Deerchild host of Unreserved. Plus Sheilla Jones author "Let the People Speak: Oppression in at Time of Reconciliation" along with Sheila North. Also, Caroline O'Neill interviews Paul Manly. Aired February 25, 2020
Sheila North (left) and Sheilla Jones (right) sign copies of Let the People Speak: Oppression in a time of reconciliation
REVIEW: Winnipeg Free Press, February 15, 2020
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Promoting Let the People Speak, Global News Morning Winnipeg, Global TV, September 19, 2019
Video: Redirecting money from Indigenous Affairs to Status Indians, APTN, April 7, 2019, 16:35
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