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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...
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...
Shutdown at Lakeshore Boulevard
By Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO
One of Toronto’s main transportation arteries was shut down on March 22 by activists seeking justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). About 35 people blocked Lakeshore Boulevard for 40 minutes. The group had earlier been at a...
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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...
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...
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...
Speaker of the Assembly Gene Zwozdesky joined march
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
The Alberta government has pledged to create a new curriculum that will see kindergarten to Grade 12 students learn about the legacy of residential schools, about First Nation treaties, and receive the Aboriginal perspective. The mayors of Edmonton...
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...
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson honoured by TRC
By Shari Narine Contributing Sweetgrass Editor EDMONTON
Emotions ran the gamut from forgiveness to anger to guilt to horror as honourary witnesses shared their reflections over the four-day national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In an already emotionally charged statement, Edmonton...

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