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By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor MEMBERTOU FIRST NATION
Now that the Membertou First Nation is able to access money through the First Nations Finance Authority, it will be saving tens of thousands of dollars in bank charges. “We have two large bank loans at regular banks at much higher rates and much...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor REGINA
What was supposed to have been an easy assignment for Sally Simpson turned into a labour of love and an appreciation of how hard Aboriginal women have had to work – and continue to work – to break into a European-dominated North American society.In...
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By David P. Ball Windspeaker Contributor VANCOUVER
When B.C. First Nations formally launched a series of nine long-promised constitutional challenges to the federally-approved Enbridge Northern Gateway on July 14, they cited one single court case over and over. If anything, it bolsters the argument...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
Marie-Anne Gagnon has discovered that Canada’s Centennial cookbooks provide more than recipes. “By putting everything together, there is an overarching discourse of Aboriginal people being in the past and that modernity is emphasized to legitimize...
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As we head to press, the Assembly of First Nations is wrapping up Day Two of its assembly in Halifax, and while there wasn’t the spitting and hissing that marred the May meeting of the organization, tensions were heightened and loins girded for...
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By Andrea D. Smith Sweetgrass Contributor CALGARY
A comic book being published in Calgary will give young readers a chance to learn the Blackfoot language. The graphic novel, entitled “Ihtsipatatiyoop” (“Creator” in English), will be a series of illustrations and text boxes designed to appeal to...
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By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
Evelyn Simpson and Gina Degerness stood together, holding each other and crying.  They share something no mother wants to share:  their sons are missing.  Evelyn’s son Jason Freedom Adam went missing from Edmonton on Oct. 21, 2007....
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
The next time an Aboriginal person is involved in a serious police incident, the agency that investigates such occurrences could include two Aboriginal team members. A series of officer-involved shootings in August 2013 of Indigenous men – two of...
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By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
Race, gender and sexual violence were emphasized at this year’s fourth annual Slut Walk in Edmonton. The walk focused heavily on Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women because a demographic “that has a significantly higher chance of being...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
Métis Elder Elsie Yanik likened receiving an honourary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta to Christmas in June.“When I learned that the University of Alberta was going to give me an honourary degree, I felt a great sense of...

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