While a decision on Indigenous participation at the United Nations General Assembly was postponed last week in Geneva, some groups in Canada point to a number of ways to move forward on the issue at home.  
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Why the UN’s declaration on Indigenous rights has been slow to implement in Canada

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While a decision on Indigenous participation at the United Nations General Assembly was postponed last week in Geneva, some groups in Canada point to a number of ways to move forward on the issue at home. By Stefan Labbé.
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The changing face of Canadian diplomats, policymakers

‘They’ll put on the Canadian pin, because it helps and creates less confusion.’ Three young public servants share their personal stories, views on diversity in government and thoughts on how to attract young Canadians into a similar line of work in an interview with OpenCanada's Catherine Tsalikis.
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How Trudeau gets along in the world of Trump: excerpt

In Swingback: Getting Along in the World with Harper and Trudeau, Canadian Press reporter Mike Blanchfield documents the evolution of Canadian foreign policy under Stephen Harper and now Justin Trudeau. In this excerpt, he describes the earliest signs of Trudeau's strategy when it comes to Donald Trump.
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Summer reads: Five books to understand the world in 2017

In case you missed our summer reads list, John Woodside gives his recommendations for those who see summer vacation as a time to dive deep into topics of global importance.
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Canada’s future foreign policymakers 2017: Meet the millennials making a mark in international affairs

In this series, OpenCanada features some of the best and brightest working behind the scenes of Canadian foreign policy. In addition to the insights shared here from 19 of these young Canadians working for government, we chatted with four of them live on Twitter this week. They shared tips for others wanting to follow suit — read the highlights from our chat here

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Middle of Mosul

James Verini details the battle for Mosul with striking detail in this feature for The New York Times Magazine. The conflict has left thousands dead and centuries-old mosques and other important sites decimated. With victory recently declared over ISIS there, Verini’s in-depth personal account of his time in the city helps to understand the importance of this battle. 

Understanding compassion

For Vox, Brian Resnick speaks with renowned psychologist Paul Slovic to understand the limits on human compassion. Slovic’s research shows that as the number of victims increases our willingness to help decreases, which helps to explain why humans are so bad at dealing with massive global problems like the refugee crisis. It’s a phenomenon he calls “psychic numbing.”

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