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Art by Dawn Marie Marchand
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor EDMONTON
Many residential schools were built from brick so artist Dawn Marie Marchand has invited survivors, their descendants and their spouses to draw their stories in the form of a three inch by nine inch piece of brown paper. “I want to recreate the...
By Dianne Meili
Thousands perished from disease, malnutrition, fire. Large numbers of children who were sent to residential schools never returned home. In light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final national event held at the end of March in Edmonton...
By David P. Ball Windspeaker Contributor Quebec City
First Nations in Quebec may hold their own independence votes in the event the Parti Québecois wins the April 7 elections and holds another referendum. Although the Liberals appeared to be in the lead in the final weeks of the campaign, the poll is...
Windspeaker Staff
Apologies are critical, said Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, but they do not erase the past. They are beautiful to hear, but the memories of wrong-doing remain, and that, despite the pain these memories stir up, is...
By David P. Ball Windspeaker Contributor
More than a year after the missing women inquiry ruled that systemic racism and a “colossal failure” by RCMP and Vancouver police had allowed serial killer Robert Pickton to continue killing for years, B.C. has settled a lawsuit with 13 children of...
Compiled by Debora Steel
On March 20, the Kwakiutl protest near Port Hardy  on Vancouver Island reached a 50-day milestone. Protesters are calling on Island Timberlands to suspend logging on Kwakiutl lands and asking the federal and provincial governments to honor the...
By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
Sometimes emotional trauma emerges years after the fact. This was the case for Margaret Larocque. The Cree woman was in four different residential schools over the course of nine years.Like many residential school survivors, she was taken from her...
TRC Edmonton Event main hall
By Shari Narine Contributing Editor EDMONTON
After a week of milder weather in Edmonton, the opening day of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final national event was met with snowfall. “An Elder told me the snow came because it’s a form of cleansing,” said Assembly of First Nations...
By Heather Andrews Miller Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
As the momentum of the upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Commission event was building both nationally and locally, members of Edmonton’s St. Andrew’s United Church wanted to get involved. “We recognize the contribution of the First Nations in...
By David P. Ball Raven's Eye Contributor Powell River, B.C
North of Powell River, B.C., the ancient village of Tees Kwat may not have been occupied for centuries, but on March 15, Tla’amin (Sliammon) Nation’s original settlement hosted the signing of one of B.C.’s few modern treaties and a journey long in...

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