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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 REGINA
What was supposed to have been an easy assignment for Sally Simpson turned into a labour of love and an appreciation of how hard Aboriginal women have had to work – and continue to work – to break into a European-dominated North American society.In...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor MEMBERTOU FIRST NATION
Now that the Membertou First Nation is able to access money through the First Nations Finance Authority, it will be saving tens of thousands of dollars in bank charges. “We have two large bank loans at regular banks at much higher rates and much...
By Dianne Meili
“The Reverend” influenced through music, traditional teachings Percy Tuesday didn’t claim to be an Elder, partly because he thought the spiritual persona conflicted with his earlier, rambunctious days of playing honky tonk bars on Winnipeg’s Main...
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As we head to press, the Assembly of First Nations is wrapping up Day Two of its assembly in Halifax, and while there wasn’t the spitting and hissing that marred the May meeting of the organization, tensions were heightened and loins girded for...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
Marie-Anne Gagnon has discovered that Canada’s Centennial cookbooks provide more than recipes. “By putting everything together, there is an overarching discourse of Aboriginal people being in the past and that modernity is emphasized to legitimize...
Compiled by Debora Steel
Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto (ALST) is expanding itsGladue report writing program with an additional $1 million in funding over two years from Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). Gladue reports detail the unique life circumstances of First Nation, Metis...
By Sam Laskaris Windspeaker Contributor OSHWEKEN
As it turned out, Brandon Montour simply needed a bit more exposure. Despite being an offensively gifted defenceman who put up some decent numbers, Montour was bypassed by all 30 clubs in both the 2012 and 2013 National Hockey League Entry Drafts....
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By David P. Ball Windspeaker Contributor
Andrew (Shoon) Keewatin, Jr. admits he wasn’t surprised when his nine-year court battle against logging on Grassy Narrows First Nation’s traditional territories was defeated July 11 in the Supreme Court of Canada. “It was the kind of decision I was...
By Drew Hayden Taylor, Windspeaker Columnist
The Urbane Indian There are four things in this country that all Native people will be asked or told at some point in their Aboriginal existence:  Do you have a spirit name? I love Tom King/Joseph Boyden/Sherman Alexie/A Tribe Called Red/...
Compiled by Debora Steel
Premier Christy Clark has asked to meet with BC First Nationsleaders and her cabinet in September. It will be the first such gathering since Clark became premier. “We’re working with the (First Nations) Leadership Council, and invitations are...

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