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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
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 TORONTO
If Bill C-51 had been law when Chief Donny Morris of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and his council were thrown into jail in 2008, Morris expects their experience would have been different. “That’s what I’m afraid of. I don’t know what the future...
By David P. Ball Windspeaker Contributor Grassy Narrows, Ont
Several dozen teenagers and young adults marched the length of Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows) First Nation on May 2 in sweltering 26 degree Celsius heat. At a community barbecue to celebrate the end of their walk against logging, the teens...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor VANCOUVER
First Nations involved in the treaty process are not viewing Doug Eyford’s report, A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, as anything other than a reiteration of known facts—and one more report to sit on a government shelf. “A lot...
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...
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at the table on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s board of directors, a First Nation group is insisting an appointment be made now. A ruling in April found that Ontario was in breach of its contractual obligations from a 2008 agreement,...
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reserve on Vancouver Island has defrauded people of hundreds of dollars each. The man, posing as Tseshaht First Nation Chief Hugh Braker, said he was raising money for those suffering family tragedies. Robert Bennett Peters, 49, of no fixed address...
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Organs can be harvested from children who die in Alberta care Treaty 8 Grand Chief Steve Courtoreille says organ donations from children who die in government care will be one of the priority issues raised when chiefs meet with Alberta’s new premier...
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that has been criticized as being racist and offensive to First Nations people. City officials took complaints to the police that show images of mostly aboriginal people on the street and posted it to a page called “Thunder Bay Dirty.” Police are...

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