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Windspeaker - Informing, Impacting and Inspiring
since March 1983.

Contributing Editor: Debora Steel

Windspeaker is Canada's most widely circulated Indigenous news publication and the most effective means of reaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit readers.


By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor VANCOUVER
The talking has to end. It’s time for the British Columbia government to listen to the changes First Nations want to make for child welfare and it’s time for those changes to be implemented. “I believe that the First Nations people have the answers...
By Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO
Two very important things happened in 1962, scientist Faisal Moola told the crowd gathered at Queen’s Park on June 2 to support Grassy Narrows First Nation. The first was the publishing of “Silent Spring”, a book by biologist Rachel Carson that was...
By Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor
“I would say 100 per cent of our people are poisoned by mercury,” said grandmother Judy Da Silva speaking about her community of Grassy Narrows First Nation. “Some of our people don’t even understand that they are being poisoned by mercury when they...
Windspeaker Staff
Speak truth to power. That’s what a delegation of young men and women of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation did when they visited “The Hill” in Ottawa June 13 to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They talked with him about how Canada has left them...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor ENDERBY, B.C.
June 7, 2016. It isn’t enough that about a year ago a number of hereditary and elected chiefs in British Columbia picked up a commitment stick to live violence-free and to stop violence against women. It isn’t enough that chiefs across the country...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor MOOSE JA
  Losing her home in a fire in 2009 opened the door to beauty pageants for Siera Bearchell, crowned only last weekend as Miss Universe Canada. In receiving help from the Canadian Red Cross when her family lost their house, Bearchell started...
By Dianne Meili
Norman Tait: Determined carver single-handedly revived Nisga’a art form By Dianne Meili Norman Tait, Sim'oogit Gawaakhl, exacted the same discipline from his carving team as he did from himself. “He was ambitious and focused,” said the carver’s...
By Drew Hayden Taylor, Windspeaker Columnist
Most would consider a trip to a Cuban resort to be one of pleasant distractions; warm sand, rum and a rather shallow excursion into another culture. This is what my partner and I thought when we visited Cuba several weeks ago.  It seemed...
By Drew Hayden Taylor, Windspeaker Columnist
The Urbane Indian Not long ago my partner was attending an Aboriginal healing function when she found out there was going to be a women’s ceremony included, one that she had not been told about in advance. Under normal circumstances that would not...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor POPLAR RIVER FIRST NATION, Man.
Respect that the Elders taught Sophia Rabliauskas for the land drove the Poplar River First Nation’s member to take an active role in getting Pimachiowin Aki nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “The responsibility of looking after what’s...

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