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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.


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 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...
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By Darlene Chrapko Sweetgrass Writer CALGARY
March 14, 1974, marks a significant date in Ruth Scalp Lock’s life, a turning point at the Winnipeg Inn on Portage and Main, where she experienced a spiritual awakening. “I heard this voice that told me I had to do something about my life. A power...
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By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
Race, gender and sexual violence were emphasized at this year’s fourth annual Slut Walk in Edmonton. The walk focused heavily on Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women because a demographic “that has a significantly higher chance of being...
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...
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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 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
Tamar Quist, with baby Peter and his mom, became the first midwife to work in Alberta Health Services north zone. Her midwife services are being offered at a clinic based in High Level and through prenatal and postpartum outreach programs in La...
Compiled by Shari Narine
On June 19, the federal government gave approval to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, which will carry 200-million barrels of diluted bitumen annually 1,177 km from Bruderheim to a marine terminal in Kitimat, BC. There it will be loaded on...
Compiled by Shari Narine
New research suggests an increasing number of people outside of Edmonton and Calgary are homeless. The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research commissioned the project, which looked at 20 rural communities in Alberta and another 20...

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