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The Aboriginal Predicament

Episode #346 | Added March 30, 2008

Today on Context with Lorna Dueck a Shaking up the status quo on Canada's Aboriginal Predicament.. We re here in beautiful British Columbia today to listen to Canada's Aboriginal people. They make up nearly 4 percent of our population but their demographic leads the country in every social ill we face. Today we'll show you those realities, and explore ideas for a future of healing. Our story will take us across relationships aboriginal people have with Canada. We'll listen for a spiritual view from a Christian church with a regretted past.

Lorna's Wrap


To watch the full interview with Mary Fontaine and Brander McDonald

To watch the full interview with Graham Bruce

To learn more about “Where Faith and Culture Meet” video series

International Reconciliation Coalition, "Bridging the Gaps Between People...Healing the Wounds of Society"
Wiconi International, "Removing Barriers, Building Bridges"

Broken Walls

My People International


Calvin Helin

Calvin Helin is an aboriginal lawyer and a best selling author. He runs a coaching program for aboriginal youth at risk in Vancouver’s downtown eastside in BC. His book Dances with Dependency says Indian Affairs bureaucracy is eroding self responsibility of his people. He argues the $16 billion a year in government payments are making the massive social ills of his people worse instead of better.

To buy the book Dances with Dependency

Violet Abigosis
Violet is a Vancouver East-Side resident and a Souteaux Aboriginal from Pine Creek, Manitoba.

Mary Fontaine

Mary Fontaine is a Presbyterian minister and the Director of Hummingbird Ministries. She’s travelled deeply in the spiritual realities of her people.

Brander McDonald

Brander McDonald is an aboriginal Social Worker who works with children whose parents were affected by residential schools.

Graham Bruce

British Columbia was one the first governments to give an apology to Aboriginal people. Graham Bruce was Labour Minister at the time the apology was offered. Since voted out of political office, Graham has turned his energies to his aboriginal neighbours. He lives along the beautiful Cowachin River and knows the tribes here and attends church with them. Graham uses his former political skills to lobby for new economic futures for his Cowachin neighbours.


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