Veldon Coburn is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University’s political science department, studying Indigenous identity, policy and politics, and teaches Indigenous studies at Carleton University. Coburn is Anishinaabe from Pikwakanagan.  


In reluctant defence of Kellie Leitch

The recent comments by Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch, explicitly stating that she would abolish the Indian Act, raised a number of eyebrows within the Indigenous community, including my own. We have heard this proposition …

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The dismantling of INAC

In a recurring segment of Tom King’s celebrated CBC radio series The Dead Dog Café Comedy Hour the affable—but somewhat naïve—character Jasper Friendly Bear invited listeners to join him by the hearth in a segment …

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Budget 2019 analysis live from the lockup

What were the highlights of the 2019 federal budget? Policy Options editor-in-chief Jennifer Ditchburn, IRPP research directors Colin Busby and Natalia Mishagina, and Veldon Coburn of Carleton University's Indigenous Studies program share their insights during this special …

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What to make of the INAC split?

It is not often that the name of a department grabs the headlines in a cabinet shuffle, but that’s what happened when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was cleaving Indian and Northern Affairs Canada …

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