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By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor WINNIPEG
The decision by Canada and Manitoba to fund infrastructure on Lake Manitoba while nearly 2,000 First Nations members remain homeless has First Nations leaders questioning government priorities. “Clearly the idea of making a splashy announcement on...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor ATHABASCA CHIPEWYAN FIRST NATION
The discovery of about 30 dead blue herons near a run-off pond at a Syncrude operation in northeastern Alberta has resulted in an outcry against oversight and management of oilsands operations. “While the birds may not have been found in a tailing...
By Shayne Morrow Windspeaker Contributor BAMBERTON, B.C.
Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG has announced the signing of a Mutual Benefits Agreement and Long-Term Lease with Malahat First Nation to export natural gas fracked in Northeastern B.C. The proposed FLNG (floating liquefied natural gas) terminal would...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor
Candidates, leaders of national Aboriginal organizations, and academia all say that, to date, the federal election has been light on issues that impact the country’s Indigenous peoples. The first leaders’ debate touched briefly on relevant issues,...
Compiled by Dianne Meilie
Métis veteran, lived to see his heritage honoured Even though he returned to Juno Beach with mixed feelings, Private Robert Bruce made the trip in 2009 to be honoured as a Métis soldier. The Elder made the trip with 50 Canadian delegates as one of...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
In a move that has been applauded by First Nations leaders, NDP Premier Rachel Notley has directed her Cabinet ministers to “conduct a review …of your ministry’s policies, programs and legislation that may require changes based on the principles of...
By Julie MacIsaac Sweetgrass Writer MIKISEW CREE FIRST NATION
The Mikisew Cree First Nation is asking the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to classify Wood Buffalo National Park as a World Heritage Site “in danger.” “We felt we’d exhausted all the ways to voice our concerns (...
By Andrea Smith Sweetgrass Writer LETHBRIDGE
Two young Lethbridge women are helping strengthen the Aboriginal voice through voting. Mairin Gettman and Kristin Krein—both students at the University of Lethbridge—have been coordinating special events to share knowledge about politics in Canada...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor FORT McMURRAY FIRST NATION
The Fort McMurray First Nation is requesting the raw data collected from one of Alberta’s largest oil spills in its traditional territory. “There’s concern about the environmental impact. (Nexen Energy) has given us access to the site, we’ve been...
By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
  Buffy Sainte-Marie was named an honourary witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which wrapped up in early June in Ottawa. However, speaking truths about social issues that are ignored or covered up is nothing new to the...

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