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By Dianne Meili
 Scholarship honours Winnipeg’s “cigarette poet” Though he passed away in 2005, three years after publishing city treaty–his unabashed manifesto about colonialism–Manitoba’s Marvin Francis continues to influence award-winning writers like...
By Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas
Guest Column By Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas It is with a heavy heart that I am writing about the ongoing tragedy of murdered and missing Aboriginal women, a national epidemic of violence that persists in devastating ever more families each year...
Compiled by Shari Narine
  Elder Elmer Courchene presents the Eagle feather to National Chief-elect Perry Bellegarde. (Photo: Shari Narine)   Elder Elmer Courchene administered the oath of office to National Chief-elect Perry Bellegarde. (Photo: Shari Narine)...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
A newly released series of reports on sex trafficking in Canada has found that Indigenous women and girls are especially vulnerable to the sex trade. The Native Women’s Association of Canada reviewed studies from 1982 to 2011of Indigenous women or...
By Dianne Meili
Pioneering painter earned fame for creating childhood images Initially ostracized by the leaders of her Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico for pursuing a full-time career as a painter, Pablita Velarde ignored criticism and went on to exhibit her...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor FORT CHIPEWYAN
A recent trip by Premier Jim Prentice to meet with Aboriginal leaders in the Fort Chipewyan region has received mixed reaction. Fort McKay First Nation Chief Jim Boucher lauds Prentice for traveling north on Nov. 10 and meeting with him and his...
Compiled by Shari Narine
Onigaming First Nation declared a state of emergency Oct. 31 following the suicide of an 18-year-old man in the community. The most recent death is the fourth suicide on the reserve in the past year, along with a number of suicide attempts. By...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor MIKISEW CREE NATION
Once more, First Nations are claiming that the federal government has failed to consult when giving the go ahead to industry. And once more legal action is the result. The Mikisew Cree Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation filed legal papers...
By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
Gary Moostoos, respected Elder and social worker with Boyle Street Community Services, says an apology needs action in order to be accepted. “I have always been taught that in order to apologize to someone you have to make amends first. ‘I’m sorry’...
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Campaign to eliminate violence against Aboriginal women First Nation Women’s Economic Security Council members Koren Lightening Earle (second from left) and Grace Auger with Associate Minister of Aboriginal Relations David Dorward (left) and...

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