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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...
By Sandra Crowfoot Windspeaker Contributor MASKWACIS
On October 18th, 2014, the remains of 28 people from the Sharphead reservation were laid to rest after they were exhumed nearly 50 years earlier and held in storage at the University of Alberta. A wake was held the day before at the Howard Buffalo...
Dr. Stanley Vollant with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau
By Dan Rubinstein Windspeaker Contributor
On a windy and rainy Saturday morning in early October, Dr. Stanley Vollant walked east along the paved trail that hugs the shoreline of the Ottawa River, heading toward Parliament Hill. He had a message to share with the federal government and...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor WINNIPEG
Three men running for the position of national chief for the Assembly of First Nations is a far cry from the eight – four men and four women – who jumped into the race in 2012. “The political climate is too extreme,” said Grassy Narrows First Nation...
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 Darlene Chrapko Sweetgrass Writer CALGARY
On Oct. 18, the Glenbow Museum exhibit Where Are the Children? Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools, opened in conjunction with Edmund Metatawabin’s reading from his book UpGhost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native...
Sports Central Horse Lake
By Sam Laskaris Sweetgrass Writer HORSE LAKE FIRST NATION
Horse Lake is one of many First Nations that are benefitting from the distribution of free sports equipment from an Edmonton-based organization. The Horse Lake First Nation received hockey equipment valued at more than $100,000 on Oct. 8 thanks to a...
Sharphead reburial
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor PONOKA COUNTY
Nearly 50 years after being dug out of the ground, the remains of 25 Sharphead First Nations people – and three more unearthed in 2007 – were returned to their land. “It was a very sad and solemn ceremony, but afterwards, knowing that everything was...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
By the end of the year, the seven largest cities in the province will have a better understanding of what homelessness looks like in their communities thanks to a coordinated count which took place mid-October. “The 7 Cities are playing a leadership...
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...

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