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Alberta Sweetgrass - The Aboriginal Newspaper of Alberta
published monthly since December 1993.

Contributing Editor: Shari Narine

With more than 9,000 copies distributed monthly via Canada Post and on newstands, Alberta Sweetgrass is your most effective means of reaching Alberta's Aboriginal people.


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By Shari Narine Swetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
Les Cardinal, of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, wrote “Enough is enough” as his contribution to a mural that has travelled along with a totem pole that was erected at the Beaver Lake Cree Nation in September. The Lummi people, based in...
By Darlene Chrapko Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
Throughout the months of June, July and August in 2013, Irfan Chaudry, a University of Alberta sociology PhD candidate, tracked tweets in six major cities, including Calgary and Edmonton, and discovered that racism is being expressed through the use...
By Julie MacIsaac Sweetgrass Writer KIKINO MÉTIS SETTLEMENT
It was 1940, in the dog days of summer, less than a year after the Kikino Métis Settlement – then known as Good Fish Lake Colony Number Seven - was established on March 29, 1939, near Lac La Biche.  “I remember when we came over those hills on...
Robin Wilson - CFWE News
A new initiative between the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Municipality of Wood Buffalo, is showing great success in dealing with the stray dog problem in Fort Chipewyan. A temporary shelter has been set up and an animal control officer was...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
More than half of the First Nations in Alberta will not be meeting with the provincial government to discuss the new Aboriginal consultation policy. “We want to be clear, this is not about being against resource development. This is about policies...
Compiled by Shari Narine
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio was in Fort McMurray for a few days to tour the oilsands for an environmental documentary he is working on, reports CBC News. DiCaprio wanted to see the oilsands first-hand and learn more about their impact. He currently...
By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Contributor EDMONTON
Old Earth Productions, an Aboriginal dramatic collective, is producing plays about social issues, featuring Aboriginal themes and actors. “Old Earth Productions utilizes theatre as a tool for creating social change,” said Executive Director Darlene...
By Sam Laskaris Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
Elek Himer finally managed to bring home some hardware from a prestigious lacrosse competition. Himer, a 15-year-old who has Cree and Mohawk ancestry, was a member of the Alberta entry that captured the bronze medal at the national boys’ under-16...
Compiled by Shari Narine
Tuberculosis rates are highest among First Nations residents, and immigrants and refugees who arrive in Alberta from countries where tuberculosis is widespread. Cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis are on the rise in the province, according to...
By Darlene Chrapko Sweetgrass Writer CALGARY
“The difficult was easy, the impossible took a little longer,” said Father Paul Hefferenan in his 1995 eulogy to Canada’s First Female Indian Act Chief, Elsie Marie Knott of the Curve Lake First Nation in southeastern Ontario. Chief Knott, elected...

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