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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 WINNIPEG
Three men running for the position of national chief for the Assembly of First Nations is a far cry from the eight – four men and four women – who jumped into the race in 2012. “The political climate is too extreme,” said Grassy Narrows First Nation...
Windspeaker Staff
Well, lucky Canada. Well done. Heading into the next federal election, the government will have some cash to throw around, to salt the clouds, so to speak, grease some palms. All those dollars that haven’t gone to educate First Nations kids, keep...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
A newly released series of reports on sex trafficking in Canada has found that Indigenous women and girls are especially vulnerable to the sex trade. The Native Women’s Association of Canada reviewed studies from 1982 to 2011of Indigenous women or...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
A verdict delivered by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal within the next six months could find Canada in a unique position: the first country to be held liable for contemporary mistreatment of children. “Many of these things that have happened in...
By Dianne Meili
 Scholarship honours Winnipeg’s “cigarette poet” Though he passed away in 2005, three years after publishing city treaty–his unabashed manifesto about colonialism–Manitoba’s Marvin Francis continues to influence award-winning writers like...
Compiled by Debora Steel
The Assembly of First Nations is commending police in Winnipeg on the handling of the brutal sexual assault of 16-year-old Rinelle Harper of Garden Hill First Nation. Regional Chief for Alberta, Cameron Alexis, offered his thoughts and prayers...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor SASKATOON
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Grand Chief Perry Bellegarde is hoping to go from being the Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief for Saskatchewan to heading the organization. It will be Bellegarde’s second run at the position....
Drew Hayden Taylor, Windspeaker Columnist
THE URBANE INDIAN Once again, an august row of educated, privileged white men and women are sitting in judgement on the fate of Canada’s Native people. I am talking about the Supreme Court of this country. The question being debated, should a row of...
By Andrea Smith Windspeaker Writer EDMONTON
A local Edmonton artist has found a provocative way to make a statement with one of her latest creations. Erin Marie Konsmo has been creating beaded condoms as a way to help Indigenous youth reclaim their right to sexuality and sexual health...
Compiled by Debora Steel
Test results published by Indian Affairs Canada shows First Nations students on reserves in Ontario, Manitoba, Atlantic Canada and Alberta are struggling with reading, writing and math. In Ontario, only 21 per cent of boys and 32 per cent of...

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