Arts & Culture



Business pitch: Pre-packed scon-bannock

By Rick Garrick Nish Scon owner-operator Pam Naponse-Corbiere looks forward to pitching a business idea at the Pow Wow Pitch 2017 - Indigenous Pitch Competition on June 24 in Ottawa. “You have a minute to sell your pitch of a business,” says Naponse-Corbiere, who began the Nish

‘Neechee on the Land’ – youth build birch bark canoe

By Rick Garrick Fort William and Neechee Studio presented the fourth "Neechee on the Land" workshop for youth on the building of a birch bark canoe from June 12-14 at Mount McKay. “It’s been really great,” says Abby Pelletier, a youth worker with Fort William. “You just

‘Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock’ screened in North Bay

By Catherine Murton Stoehr NORTH BAY -  On June 14,  a Washington D.C. judge found that the Army Corps of Engineers had failed to fully consider environmental risks when approving the Dakota Access pipeline.  This was the resistors’ first big win since President Obama’s attempt to halt

Anishinaabeg Art & Power aims to educate

By Laurie LeClair TORONTO - The Royal Ontario Museum’s long-anticipated show Anishinaabeg Art & Power opened on June 13 with a beautiful reception. Guests sipped cedar and sweet grass tea and helped themselves to appetizers before settling in to listen to the Bear Creek Drummers and speeches

‘We’re walking for healing ourselves’ says Chief Towegishig

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—Former Long Lake #58 Chief Allen Towegishig is looking forward to the upcoming Healing Walk for all peoples from Ginoogaming’s Turtle Lodge Memorial to Fort William’s Pow Wow grounds. “The turtle is a healing turtle,” says Towegishig, who is one of

Competition between regional broadcasters and APTN for Indigenous radio licences ends in mixed result

By Greg Macdougall OTTAWA - The future of Indigenous radio and media in Canada shifted dramatically on June 14 with the CRTC's awarding of Indigenous radio licences in five of the country's most populous cities. **Link of full decision: http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-198.htm "Literally my heart broke,” John Gagnon, CEO

Youth’s short story aims to inspire other families dealing with cancer

By Tarah-Lynn Remillard It seems like just yesterday she was told something that would change her and her family’s lives forever. The only word she heard was CANCER! The last word she ever wanted hear. This is a story about a 17 year-old girl named Rebecca. It

New brand for Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program

The Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Program is celebrating its growth into a province wide initiative and revealing a new brand. The initiative, which began in 2014 as an online training program for health providers in the South West, has since expanded across Ontario with a focus

Timber Village Museum celebrates 50 years

By Leslie Knibbs BLIND RIVER—On June 3, the Timber Village Museum in Blind River celebrated its 50th birthday with a tour of the newly renovated museum and grand re-opening of the Heritage Gallery. A group of Elders from Serpent River brought First Nation history and culture to

AFN National Chief Bellegarde commits to action on an Indigenous Languages Act

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today participated in a joint announcement with the Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, on the co-development of an Indigenous Languages Act aimed at revitalizing, protecting, recovering, and maintaining Indigenous languages. “Revitalizing First

Gikendaasowin recognized: Shirley Williams receives honorary Doctor of Laws

By Julie Kapyrka PETERBOROUGH –   On June 9, 2017 Shirley Williams will receive one of the highest honours from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Oshawa, Ontario – an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. This degree acknowledges her academic achievements in the advancement of Anishinaabemowin

Angry Inuk screened at TIFF

By Barb Nahwegahbow International animal activist organizations have been waging a battle against seal hunting since the 1960’s. Most of the seal hunters in Canada and in the world are Inuit and so the battle boils down to a battle against the Inuit and their traditional way

Recovering residential school memories at wellness conference in Thunder Bay

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Garden River’s Barb Nolan spoke about recovering memories of residential school at the Biidaaban Healing Lodge Strengthening Our Bundles Annual Wellness Conference on May 26 in Thunder Bay. “As human beings, we tend to forget,” Nolan says during her How to Strengthen Your

Hundreds of students celebrate Indigenous culture in Thunder Bay

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Hundreds of students took advantage of the opportunity to dance a variety of intertribal, sneak-up and round dances during the Hammarskjold High School Pow Wow on May 18 in Thunder Bay. “It’s pretty awesome to see that,” says Long Lake #58 Jingle Dress

Find their way: I am a Kind Man program working to blossom in Sudbury, across Ontario

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY– Some Anishinabe men found violence as a normal way of life. How did that happen?  What did they witness in their lives? What became their normal, before they ended up charged and convicted of violence against women? Those are questions Greg Brown