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  • June 24, 2013
  • Sweegrass Staff

June 23, 2013 - Updated message from Siksika Nation Fire Chief Tom Littlechild

Public Announcement:
Please be advised the Siksika Nation Administration will be closed until further notice excluding essential services. This also includes the Siksika Nation Schools and Daycares

Boil water issue is still in effect until further notice.

Bottle water is…

  • June 22, 2013
  • Sweetgrass Staff

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Donations received at CFWE and WindspeakerDonations being received at CFWE and Windspeaker offices in Edmonton.
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  • May 18, 2011
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Writer TREATY 8 REGION

Wildfires that began surging through the Treaty 8 traditional territory in mid-May have left over 9,700 people displaced, with easily one-third of those being First Nations or Métis.

The first mandatory evacuation orders were issued on May 15. Although the town of Slave Lake with its 7,000 population-base was the largest centre to be impacted, many First Nations’ communities surrounding…

  • November 30, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

November 29, 2016.

Homelessness in Alberta has dropped dramatically since 2008.

Preliminary figures released Tuesday by the 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness show a 31 per cent decrease in 2016 from eight years earlier.

“We didn’t know what to expect,” said Susan McGee, director for Homeward Trust Edmonton, which coordinated the count in the capital. “…

  • November 22, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

November 22, 2016.

About 50 people gathered outside the Alberta Legislature late Monday afternoon carrying placards and candles protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to British Columbia. The federal government is to make a decision by Dec. 19 on the project.

“When (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley) sat with Indigenous…

  • November 22, 2016
  • Andrea Smith Windspeaker Contributor EDMONTON

Editor’s note: We have been asked by Chevi Rabbit to use gender neutral pronouns for this story, and, to be respectful, we have done that.

Chevi Rabbit moved from hate to hope four years ago, after being attacked on the streets of Edmonton. The crime was a crime of hate. Rabbit was targeted for being gay. But instead of becoming embittered by the violence, Rabbit started an…

  • November 22, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF WOOD BUFFALO

November 21, 2016.

As on-site archeological work in southern Alberta comes to an end, there is anticipation about possible work in another disaster area in the province.

Archeologist Dr. Dan Meyers, with the consulting company Lifeways of Canada, is excited about the possibility of seeing what the wild fires that scorched close to 600,000 hectares this past…

  • November 17, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON


November 8, 2016.

Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan had high praise for the province’s Indigenous people as he spoke Monday night at the opening ceremony of the second annual Indigenous Innovation Summit.

Feehan said in the nine months he has served in his position, he has visited 26 First Nations and Metis settlements.

“Every single…

  • November 17, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

November 7, 2016.

An investigative review released last week by the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate into the death of a young boy resulted in no recommendations.

But that isn’t an indication of improved circumstances for Indigenous children in care, says Child and Youth Advocate Del Graff.

“I would suggest that is not what it means,” he said. “What…

  • November 17, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

November 3, 2016.

Hearts will soon be adorning the trees and shrubs in Edmonton’s river valley along the multi-use path between Groat Road and the High Level Bridge.

The pathway is Edmonton’s interpretation and contribution to a national network of healing forests that was conceived by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. 

“These places are…

  • November 17, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

November 17, 2016.

It’s heartbreaking work, but families need to know where their children, who died attending Indian residential schools, are buried.

“It’s about bringing closure for families,” said Charles Wood, chair of the Remembering the Children Society. “Who knows what the numbers are from the residential schools across the nation, how many children never…

  • November 15, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor CALGARY

November 10, 2016.

Independent Indigenous input will help inform the University of Calgary’s institutional-wide Indigenous strategy, but there is no plan to solicit that same kind of input of the larger Indigenous community when the strategy is in draft format.

That doesn’t mean Indigenous people won’t have hands-on involvement after the consultation process is…

  • November 1, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

November 1, 2016.

The frustration bleeds through when Child and Youth Advocate Del Graff talks about recommendations that have been repeatedly ignored by provincial governments.

“Since my office has been responsible for investigative reviews, we’ve made 34 recommendations to address suicide for young people. Of 34 of those recommendations, only eight have been…

  • October 18, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

Jerry Saddleback travels wherever he is invited, to share the stories, language, culture, ceremonies, songs and Story of Creation to all members of the Plains Cree family and other nations. (Photo: facebook.com/StrathconaArchaeologicalSociety)


October 18, 2016. Jerry Saddleback, the Dean of Cultural Programs and Elder-in-Residence for Maskwacîs Cultural College…

  • October 18, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine


October 18, 2016. Cree dancer and NorQuest College alumnus Adrian Lachance will join instructors Sheilagh McBride and Krystine Nichols to present at the International Corrections and Prison Association conference in Bucharest, Romania, from Oct. 23-28. Lachance, who will perform a traditional Cree dance, will talk about his journey from foster care,…