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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
Last of codetalkers fought war of words Code talker Chester Nez’s Navajo (Diné) tongue helped pave the way to an allied win in the Second World War. Though unmistakably proud of his ability to serve the United States in such a unique way, he was...
Dr. Stanley Vollant with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau
By Dan Rubinstein Windspeaker Contributor
On a windy and rainy Saturday morning in early October, Dr. Stanley Vollant walked east along the paved trail that hugs the shoreline of the Ottawa River, heading toward Parliament Hill. He had a message to share with the federal government and...
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By Dan Rubinstein Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
Aboriginal leaders and the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women repeated their calls for a national inquiry into the crisis on the steps of Parliament Hill during a National Day of Remembrance on Oct. 4, but the rally’s first speaker,...
Windspeaker Staff
Canada stepped through the looking glass Oct. 22 and has come face to face with the terrors of the world right here at home. Our lives just got a whole lot more complicated. As we go to press, Ottawa is coming out from under cover after being locked...
Totem Pole at Alberta Lagislature
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor EDMONTON
“Our actions are for everybody, unlike this government of Canada,” said Rueben George, to a small but passionate crowd gathered on the steps of the Alberta Legislature on Sept. 5. George, of the Tsleil Waututh Nation, is head of the Kinder Morgan...
By Sam Laskaris Windspeaker Contributor WINDSOR, Ont.
Though the spotlight is not shining on her as it was a couple of years ago, Mary Spencer’s main athletic goal remains the same. Spencer, a 29-year-old Ojibwe boxer who lives in Windsor, Ont., would love to win a medal, preferably gold, at the 2016...
Compiled by Debora Steel
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says a national plan to address family violence and violent crimes against Aboriginal women and girls is not being implemented quickly enough and will lead to more untimely deaths. The federal...
Compiled by Sam Laskaris
Defenceman accepts university scholarship Though he will have to cross the Canada/U.S. border, Owen Headrick will not be travelling that far to continue his hockey career. Headrick, who is from the Garden River First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie in...
By Barbra Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contribuor
Toronto-based Mohawk artist Greg Staats launched his three-month term as Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Oct. 14 with an evening of reflection about the Haudenosaunee worldview. Fifty-one-year old Staats works in photography,...
Compiled by Debora Steel
APTN National News reports Aboriginal Affairs is “playing politics” with project funding in the millions of dollars for First Nations organizations and reporter Jorge Barrera said the Assembly of First Nations executive is planning a “counter-...

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