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Alberta Sweetgrass

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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 Andrea D. Smith Sweetgrass Contributor CALGARY
A comic book being published in Calgary will give young readers a chance to learn the Blackfoot language. The graphic novel, entitled “Ihtsipatatiyoop” (“Creator” in English), will be a series of illustrations and text boxes designed to appeal to...
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By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
Evelyn Simpson and Gina Degerness stood together, holding each other and crying.  They share something no mother wants to share:  their sons are missing.  Evelyn’s son Jason Freedom Adam went missing from Edmonton on Oct. 21, 2007....
By Susan Solway Sweetgrass Writer Calgary
A year after flood waters caused severe damage on the Siksika and Stony Nakoda First Nations, the Canadian Red Cross continues its work in the recovery phase. “Immediately after the flood, we had teams of staff and volunteers to Siksika and Stoney...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
Métis Elder Elsie Yanik likened receiving an honourary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta to Christmas in June.“When I learned that the University of Alberta was going to give me an honourary degree, I felt a great sense of...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
The next time an Aboriginal person is involved in a serious police incident, the agency that investigates such occurrences could include two Aboriginal team members. A series of officer-involved shootings in August 2013 of Indigenous men – two of...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor NEW YORK
International Chief Wilton Littlechild will be invested in this year’s Alberta Order of Excellence. “I would like to see that recognition add weight to my voice,” said Littlechild, who recently spoke at the United Nations assembly in New York, where...
Compiled by Darlene Chrapko
Jamie Medicine Crane of Young Medicine duo performs a traditional dance at Opening Ceremonies of Calgary’s Aboriginal Awareness week. City commemorates flood of 2013 On June 20, the City of Calgary commemorated last year’s flood with a blessing from...
Compiled by Shari Narine
A fatality inquiry into the murder of a 17-year old Aboriginal ward of the calls for more funding for Aboriginal children in care. Judge F.K. MacDonald, who conducted the inquiry into the stabbing death of the youth dubbed “M,” which occurred Apr....
Compiled by Shari Narine
First Nations and Métis settlements are eligible to apply for funding along with municipalities from the Alberta Community Resilience Program for projects that protect critical municipal infrastructure from flooding and drought. The recently...
Compiled by Shari Narine
As of June 20, the Blood Tribe was among 10 municipalities in southern Alberta to have declared states of local emergency due to flooding. Approximately 435 people had been evacuated from the Blood reserve, with 96 residences impacted by flooding...

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