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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...
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...
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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...
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Online exclusive The Federal Court of Appeal on April 17, 2014 confirmed the 2013 Federal Court ruling for the 400,000 Métis in Canada, but distinguishes the Métis from 200,000 non-status Aboriginal people stating that non-status people who live off...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...

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