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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 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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By David P. Ball Windspeaker Contributor VANCOUVER
When B.C. First Nations formally launched a series of nine long-promised constitutional challenges to the federally-approved Enbridge Northern Gateway on July 14, they cited one single court case over and over. If anything, it bolsters the argument...
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...
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 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...
Compiled by Debora Steel
Take treaty rights seriously or suffer the consequences, and in the case of Manitoba First Nations, that means restricting flows from the Lake St. Martin emergency outlet channel and not taking the weight of flood waters while other communities get...
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...
Compiled by Sam Laskaris
Odjick’s Terminal Disease Former National Hockey League player Gino Odjick is asking for privacy after revealing he has a rare terminal disease. Odjick, an Algonquin who was born in Maniwaki, Que., wrote a letter which was published on the Vancouver...
Compiled by Debora Steel
CBC News is in possession of a document that says the federalgovernment is preparing for court challenges of the Navigation Protection Act, the organization reported. The legislation was part of the controversial omnibus budget bill of 2013,...
Compiled by Debora Steel
Legal action has been taken against Canada by four Alberta First Nations—Sucker Creek First Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe) and the Tsuu T’ina Nation—on unsafe drinking water. “Potable water is a serious issue in Alberta...

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