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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.


By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
The message is clear: new premier Jim Prentice needs to talk to First Nations leaders. “He needs more dialogue with First Nations and obviously the jurisdictional issue needs to be addressed first and foremost. Our sovereign relationship is with the...
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By Susan Solway Sweetgrass Writer SIKSIKA NATION
Ten years ago Siksika Nation faced the realty of frequent youth suicides. The community was so affected that Armond Duck Chief, Eddi Wolf Child, and Joni Big Old Man felt the need to change the way the youth perceived their reality. In 2004 the...
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By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
The message was clear: Indigenous children will remain in their communities. “They grow up with that loving, growing bond. That the family is involved, that the community is involved. That we don’t give Alberta Child Services not one more of our...
By Darlene Chrapko Sweetgrass Writer ST. PAUL
Marilyn Shirt, dean of Indigenous language at Blue Quills First Nations College, has joined forces with Dr. Allison Eamer, a University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor, in a shared vision to preserve First Nations’ languages. When the...
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By Julie MacIsaac KIKINO MÉTIS SETTLEMENT
Kikino Métis Settlement celebrated its 75 anniversary this summer and while infrastructure and industry are vital to the continued growth of the settlement, Kikino’s leaders say it is education and the community’s youth that hold the key to a...
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After 11 years as a volunteer-run newspaper, Martyshuk Housing has acquired Alberta Street News and intends on operating it as a social enterprise endeavour. “Alberta Street News has developed a loyal following and strong credibility as a voice for...
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Northland School Division Superintendent Donna Barrett (far right) presents the Alberta School Boards Association Zone One Friends of Education Award to (from left) principals Reg Bellefontaine (Atikameg school) and Barb Laderoute (Gift Lake school...
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Police chiefs Lee Boyd, of the Blood Tribe, and Keith Blake, of Tsuu T’ina First Nation, were among 10 police chiefs, and the only First Nations police chiefs, to be recognized by the province in September in Alberta’s first official commissioning...
By Darlene Chrapko Sweetgrass Writer CALGARY
In the opening scene of Making Treaty 7, Michelle Thrush comes on stage rocking and talking to the imaginary baby she holds in her arms, taking the audience back to a key moment in history: Sept. 21, 1877. Addressing her child, Thrush says, “Today...
By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
Matthew Wood has made a full time mission out of sharing his passion for Hip Hop music and dance with youth, and in doing so, being a mentor and positive influence. Often referred to by his performing name “Creeasian,” Wood is well known in Edmonton...

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