Bee Nation film makes the top ten audience favourites

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—A documentary film about First Nations students competing in a spelling bee landed a spot in the top ten audience favourites at Toronto’s Hot Docs international documentary film festival. Bee Nation was also selected out of more than 200 films to open the festival

‘Language does mean something’

By Rick Garrick Indigenous place names were usually created to identify how a location or landmark looked like according to the people who lived in the area. “They usually named a place according to what it looks like or what part of the country it is in,”

‘This is a very important conversation’ says Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux on reconciliation

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Lakehead University Chair of Truth and Reconciliation Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux emphasized the importance of reconciliation at the Ontario Association of Social Workers Northwestern Branch Annual General Meeting in Thunder Bay. “This is a very important conversation right across Canada, the whole question of reconciliation,

Nokomis Mandamin leads walk For the Earth and Water

By Lynne Brown GARDEN RIVER FIRST NATION—At 6:00 am, April 20, 2017, on Spirit Mountain, Duluth MN, USA, Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Grandmother and respected Elder Josephine Mandamin began leading another epic walk for the earth and water. Nokomis Josephine has become an iconic symbol for environmental stewardship. A

Headrick helps team to the Memorial Cup

By Sam Laskaris ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA – Owen Headrick’s decision to abandon his collegiate career midway through his sophomore season to return to the junior ranks paid off handsomely. That’s because Headrick, a 19-year-old defenceman from the Garden River First Nation, helped the Erie Otters capture the Ontario

Munschtime! at YPT has something for everyone

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—A story based on an Inuit tale, A Promise is a Promise, is one of five stories that are part of a production called Munschtime! at Toronto’s Young Peoples Theatre. Munschtime! features stories by internationally-acclaimed Canadian children’s writer, Robert Munsch and ran until May

Deputy Grand Chief drops off community donations to families in need

By Rick Garrick SHEGUIANDAH FIRST NATION—Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare has made a hobby of dropping off donated goods to community members in need across Anishinabek Nation territory. He recently dropped off a load of donated clothing and other goods to a family of five in

First Indigenous-branded glucometer in Canada hits the market

By Rick Garrick TORONTO—First Canadian Health and Spirit Pharmaceuticals are planning to expand sales of their SPIRIT meters, lancets and test strips to Indigenous people with diabetes across Ontario. They are currently offering the glucose monitoring equipment for sale in the Greater Toronto Area with 50 per

Biigtigong Language Project underway

By Rick Garrick BIIGTIGONG NISHNAABEG—Biigtigong Nishnaabeg has created a Biigtigong Language Project website to share information about the Biigtigong Dictionary, verb charts, audio and video recordings and other developments with community members. “Since we are making this a dialect-specific project, community involvement, community empowerment and communication with

National Indigenous Day: ‘we must make reconciliation a priority,’ activists say

TORONTO – A team of Indigenous activists, including Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) members, are at Queen’s Park May 10, to call on all MPPs to make June 21, National Indigenous Day, a statutory holiday. "We must make reconciliation a high-level priority, and come together to

Superheroes and princesses join forces to make children’s dreams come true

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Red Rock Indian Band’s Sara Kanutski performed the song How Far I’ll Go, from the Disney film Moana, during the Mazinaajim Children’s Foundation Dare to Dream Day on April 29 in Thunder Bay. “It went pretty good — the kids had fun,” says

Elder Williams commitment to youth, sports and community remembered

By Sam Laskaris WIKWEMIKONG—Tributes are pouring in for long-time sports advocate and Wikwemikong Unceded Territory Elder Paul Williams who began his journey into the Spirit World on Monday, May 8. Williams, who served as the Elder on the executive committee for the Little NHL tournament, was 69.

Boys Team Ontario score hardware in British Columbia

By Sam Laskaris BRITISH COLUMBIA—A half dozen Anishinabek players returned home with hardware from this year’s National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) in Cowichan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The Ontario boys’ squad placed second in their division of the tournament, gaining them the silver medals, though they came

Mukwa Adventures is now open for business

By Leslie Knibbs SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK FIRST NATION—North America is perhaps one of the last great strongholds of free enterprise. Large corporations are gobbling up smaller companies at an alarming rate; however, when politicians speak of the economy, small business is referred to as "the backbone of the

Standing up against racism one step at a time

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Red Rock Indian Band’s Ashley Nurmela was pleased with the turnout for her third Stand Up In Unity Against Racism campaign at Confederation College in Thunder Bay. “The turnout was amazing,” Nurmela says about the April 21 walk. “Quite frankly, I organized it