Ben Powless is Mohawk from Six Nations in Ontario. He is currently studying Human Rights, Indigenous and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. The National Union sponsored Ben to attend the 2009 World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil, January 24 to February 2.
Equality and Human Rights
With the Harper Conservatives moving in the opposite direction, the contrast between Canada and the new administration in Washington is startling.
Canadian arctic indigenous peoples and environmental groups launch a united call for action on climate change at United Nations negotiations.
As Brazilian sugar cane feeds the biofuel industry, it takes its toll on its labourers.
As in Ontario, Manitoba's social assistance rates are not keeping up with the cost of living. In Manitoba 60,000 people use employment and income assistance (EIA) as their major source of income. This assistance program as well as the shelter assistance has not kept pace with inflation.
A broad coalition of community organizations and poverty groups have formed to address the ever-worsening poverty in Ontario.