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By Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO
Members of Grassy Narrows First Nation, along with several hundred supporters, marched through downtown Toronto on July 31. To simulate a wild river, people carried fish cutouts and 1,500 meters of bright blue fabric rippling in the wind. They...
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It’s exhausting to keep fighting this same fight over and over. Can someone please send a memo to whoever now needs to be informed that using traditional Native headdresses as a fashion accessory is, in fact, an offensive appropriation of Native...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor PETERBOROUGH, Ont.
The Assembly of First Nations is at a critical point as an organization and not only around whom it will choose as its next leader, but also how the leadership contest is undertaken. There is potential for divisiveness, said Trent University...
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By David P. Ball Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
Celebrated Namgis First Nation carver Beau Dick was only days from the end of his long journey home from Parliament Hill when his caravan heard the news in Calgary: the Mount Polley mine tailings dam had breached in B.C.’s Cariboo region, dumping...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor T’EXELC WILLIAMS LAKE FIRST BAND, B.C.
Moose meat or store bought beef will be replacing fish this winter for many First Nations members who get their salmon from the Quesnell River. “A lot of people are saying they’re not going to fish. The fish are in the river. They are running,” said...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
Cancer concerns for two First Nations living downstream on the Athabasca River have always been personal for Mikisew Cree Nation Chief Steve Courtoreille, but now they have reached an even higher level. Courtoreille has been diagnosed with cancer.“...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
Building relationships and searching for long-term solutions have brought success for the Boyle Street Community Services Outreach Team when it comes to working with Edmonton’s homeless. “It is important that our team is proactive,” said leader...
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A monument that will have all the names of Métis veterans that fought in 1885, the First World War, the Second World War, and Korea was unveiled at this year’s Back to Batoche Days. “The monument speaks to the great respect we have for those who...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor FORT McMURRAY FIRST NATION
Organizers of the Healing Walk, which covers a section of the Alberta tar sands, will be shifting their focus next year.“We’re not moving away from (campaigning against) open pit mining to focus on in situ…but we need to focus on other communities...
By Darlene Charpko Sweetgrass Writer CALGARY
When Aboriginal Home Visitation Services are expanded in the fall to Calgary families with infants and children to age three, an Aboriginal agency will be at the forefront. That’s an important distinction, says Mark Laycock, director of Métis...

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