Yearly Archive:: 2014

Land use important to our self-determination

By Rick Garrick Lake Helen’s John Carlson is conducting a traditional land use study on hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering activities in his Robinson Superior community’s traditional territory. “I’m really interested in the traditional land use of our cultures and the importance of its various forms to

What’s ‘duty to consult’ all about?

By Joey Krackle Note: This summary is based on Dwight Newman’s paper: The Rule and Role of Law: The Duty to Consult Aboriginal Communities, and the Canadian Natural Resources Sector- May 2014 Professor Newman is a Law professor at the University of Saskatchewan and has published a

Stolen sisters – silent screams? Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: The story continues

  By Beverly Sabourin and Peter Globensky A good friend of ours responded to our last article on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women – The Tragedy Continues. His intercession was as thoughtful as it was provocative and his questions line-drive unhindered to one of the central causes

Zero tolerance on racism

By Albert Dumont An incident occurred recently which left me feeling sick at heart. I was at an event, there to offer words of encouragement and acknowledgement for people being honoured for their good work and as well to offer words of prayer, a request to Creator

Remember who you are and where you came from

By Christine Smith (McFarlane) THUNDER BAY – Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, citizen of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation and says “I have some Mohawk thrown in for good measure and a 'good mind'.   My grandmother, a very strong woman, was Mohawk from Kahnewake, Quebec." In

‘Celia’s Song’ brings colonialism to life

Reviewed by Christine Smith McFarlane Celia’s Song is a complex but richly woven story that involves a Mink who is a shape shifter and serves as a witness to Celia and her family. Mink chronicles the experiences of Celia’s family on Nuu’chahlnuth territory over the course of

‘Huron Carol’ Canada’s first Christmas song

By Laurie Leclair In 1743, a 36-year old priest named Pierre-Phillip Potier came to the mission of Lorette to learn the Huron language.  The following June, having acquired a basic knowledge of it, he was sent to the small predominantly Wyandotte mission on Bois Blanc Island, near

Dibaajmowin – Nimosh niin

Success is living each day to the fullest and seizing opportunities

By Daniel Mendoza CURVE LAKE FIRST NATION – Chochi Knott grew up off-reserve and has now made an effort as an adult to get back to the roots of her culture, traditions and beliefs to find a connection to home. “I frequently attend organized community events, ceremony,

Pic Mobert connects Constitution Development to economic and community success

By Faye Sabourin THUNDER BAY – Citizens of Pic Mobert First Nation living off-reserve met with Chief and Council in Sault Ste. Marie on December 6, 2014 and Thunder Bay on December 13, 2014 to discuss the connection between community development and a First Nation Constitution. Pic

Ahaw, Anishinaabem – Ok, Speak Ojibwe

By Sharon Weatherall Aaniin niijkiwe (Hello friend) ..Gdi Anishinaabem na (Do you speak Ojibwe)? Beausoleil First Nation teacher B. Jeff Monague (Myiingan) has written a book introducing basic Ojibwe, the first in a series he will be working on and publishing through Bear Spirit Press. 'Ahaw, Anishinaabem'

Lafleur first Aboriginal PhD for Brock University

By Esther Lafleur Gilbank Please join me in congratulating my sister Gail Lafleur. We are daughters of Evelyn Goulais Lafleur of Nipissing First Nation. Gail has had a lot of firsts in her lifetime; she is the first of six children in our family to graduate high

Ontario student wins Forest Products Skills Award for aboriginal youth

WINNIPEG – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has awarded the third annual Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth to Shownoo Blackbird-Williams from Walpole Island First Nation. The $2,500 award is targeted at youth from 18 to 30 who are enrolled in an apprenticeship program, college or

It’s time for change!

By Robert Wells It’s time . . . for all Canadians to know and to live in the truth of our history. It’s time . . . to acknowledge that the cultures of First Peoples in Canada are varied.  First Nations differ in identity, governance, priority needs

Cheechoo’s latest album ‘Stay’ available to download

THUNDER BAY – Thelma Cheechoo's latest album "Stay" is available on iTunes, CD baby and Amazon with the physical CD being available in February 2015. In 2004, Thelma began writing for this new project and was hoping to record these songs for a new album. "An opportunity