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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.


Drew Hayden Taylor, Windspeaker Columnist
The English language is replete with words used by one certain segment of the population aimed at a different segment of the population and that are now considered politically incorrect, and rightfully so.  How many people had grandparents that...
By Dianne Meili
Straight-talking Chief remembered He was an honoured leader who cared equally for each and every member of his Tsuu T’ina First Nation, and so the old-time Elders named Gordon Crowchild “Lifetime Chief.” “That’s the way he was. He always felt...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor LAX KW’ALAAMS, B.C.
The Lax Kw’alaams band has turned down a liquefied natural gas development that would have netted them $1.15 billion in benefits. And in so doing lost out on Crown land the province had been offering. The band had valued the land at $108 million....
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor FORT McMURRAY, Alta.
The physician who had to fight against professional misconduct charges when he spoke out about high cancer rates in Fort Chipewyan, a community downstream from tar sands development in northern Alberta, has been let go – by the community he...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor WINNIPEG
After six long, hard years of heading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Justice Murray Sinclair is tired. But he is also hopeful. “I believe in the process. What I tell people is you don’t have to believe reconciliation will happen. You have...
compiled by Debora Steel
North Bay Nugget that his community is opposed to a plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron. “Of course we are opposed to it. In our community that I represent ... there are no members that are agreeable to the burial at the site at this time.”...
compiled by Sam Laskaris
Saskatchewan teams managed to continue their recent dominance at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. (For the second straight year both the Saskatchewan girls’ and boys’ entries captured gold medals at the tournament, which concluded on...
Compiled by Debora Steel
Society will have no federal funding to support on-reserve social assistance programs. The society is condemning a “unilateral decision” by Aboriginal Affairs, BC region to cut the support for Persons with Disability on Reserve adjudication service...
By Shirley Honyust Windspeaker Contributor LONDON, Ont.
It was big talent for such a small stage in London when Buffy Sainte-Marie came to Aeolian Hall in early May. Originally from Piapot Cree First Nation in Qu’appelle Valley, Sask., the singer/songwriter now resides in Hawaii when she is not on the...
Compiled by Sam Laskaris
Sharon and Shirley Firth are among those being honoured this year by Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. (The twin sisters, former elite cross-country skiers, were the first Indigenous athletes to represent the country at the Winter Olympics. (Shirley...

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