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By Dianne Meili
Chief worked hard to retain Mi’gmaq identity Though she wasn’t allowed to speak Mi’gmaq in residential school, Chief Margaret Pictou Labillois of Eel River Bar First Nation preserved her language because her mother and sister pressed her to speak it...
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**This was an April Fools joke from your friends at Windspeaker. ** OTTAWA - April 1, 2014 In what many are calling nothing more than a pre-election publicity stunt, Prime Minister Steven Harper has announced that Canada will have a third official...
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 Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor ENOCH CREE NATION, Alta.
The fear of unexploded munitions has forced Enoch Cree Nation to immediately close its golf course and historic cultural grounds indefinitely. The Alberta First Nation is the latest First Nation to find its land had been used for war exercises, says...
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By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor EDMONTON
There are still more than 12,000 cases–more than one-third of the applications received–that need to work their way through hearings in the Independent Assessment Process. The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat expects it will be...
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...
Artist Alex Janvier told his story as part of the Churches Listening Circle.
By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
Alex Janvier is best known as a successful visual artist. When he speaks in public, art is usually the topic of the talk. However, on March 27, Janvier spoke not as an artist, but as a survivor of the residential school system to a panel of church...
Robert Cardinal received support from mentor Dr. Maggie Hodgson as he spoke.
By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
There is a Siksika asteroid in the sky. It was named by Robert Cardinal after his Nation. Cardinal, 44, is an astronomer with the Canadian Space Agency. He is also a second-generation residential school survivor.He told his story to Truth and...
By Darlene Chrapko Sweetgrass Writer CALGARY
When her tribal council at Soda Creek started looking at the social dysfunction and chaos in its Northern British Columbia community in the 1990s, there was no escaping its source. “All roads led back to the residential schools,” said Bev Sellars....
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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