Arts & Culture



Showcasing Indigenous talents at Reconciliation Art Gala

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY – Jubilant patrons filled the Capitol Centre’s WKP Kennedy Gallery on opening night of the Indigenous Art Gala Teamwork makes the Dreamwork. Taking place November 1, Teamwork makes the Dreamwork honours Reconciliation North Bay’s One Year Anniversary. Created to celebrate a

Josephine Mandamin featured in new book ‘The Water Walker’

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY - The Water Walker children’s book featuring the story of Water Walker Josephine Mandamin was a hit during two school visits on Nov. 2 in Thunder Bay. “We saw 40 kids that were in Grade 2 and 3 this morning (at Nor’wester

Debajehmujig Storytellers honoured with Arts Organization Award

By Rick Garrick TORONTO - The Debajehmujig Storytellers was honoured with the Arts Organization Award at the 2017 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts on Oct. 30 in Toronto. Cree artist Kent Monkman and visual artist Brian Rideout were also honoured with the Individual Arts Award

Book review: Two Families

Reviewed by Karl Hele Two Families is a wonderfully refreshing Nihiyaw (Cree) perspective on the Indigenous-Canadian relationship as explained by Johnson.  Throughout his easily readable and engaging text, Johnson explains how the Nihiyaw adopted the Queen and her people, making them cousins with equal rights to share

Fallen rocks at Geneva Park

By Ben Cousineau The Sumerians (who lived in ancient Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq) were the first peoples to “write”. This occurred around 3000 BC. Needing to keep track of their grain and livestock but unable to rely on memory, the Sumerians “wrote” on damp clay tablets with a

Language of Puncture art exhibition features Modern Day Syllabics art piece

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – The Modern Day Syllabics art piece is part of the Language of Puncture art exhibition, which was curated by visual artist Joi T. Arcand and is on display from Sept. 30-Oct. 28. Souliere also worked on a public artwork that will

Ojibway actors shine at ‘Testify: Indigenous Laws and the Arts Collective’

By Laura Robinson Osgoode Hall is 128 years old, and lined with books and portraits representing an elite white and male model of “justice”. The entrance on the eastside, for members of the Law Society of Upper Canada—a colonially loaded title if there ever was one—was the

Artistic projects honour Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Residential School Survivors

By Colin Graf   AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION – Residents have recently unveiled two artistic projects to remember and honour both Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and residential school survivors at their community centre near the southwestern Ontario city of Sarnia.  Around 50 brightly-beaded moccasin tops, both adult

Anishinaabe language keeper continues to inspire

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION - “Not that long ago I would have had to carry this blue pass. It was my cousin’s mother’s pass. She wants me to share the story.” Muriel Sawyer holds up the Certificate of Enfranchisement that had to be carried

Language: Anishinaabay Thoughts

By Eli Baxter Anishinaabay In-nayn-dum-mo-win-nun Anishinaabay Thoughts   Boo-zhoo Anishinaabayg Hello Anishinaabayg Aa-zhaa meen-na-waa ta-goh-gohn. Again it is fall. Bin-na-goh-kee-sis a-go-chin. The month of shedding leaves is hanging up. Ta-ni-ta-ka-yaa. It will get cold. Anishinaabayg In-nayn-dum-mo-win-nun: The Original People’s Thoughts: Kay-goh-nayn-dush

Alanis Obomsawin celebrates 50th film

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO- Internationally-renowned documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki Nation celebrated a number of milestones this year - her 85th birthday, 50 years with the National Film Board, and the completion of her 50th film. Our People Will Be Healed had its world premiere at the

Nbwaach’ding (visiting) and Anishinaabe knowledge on Manitoulin Island

By Nicole Latulippe The young people wanted to know more. This, explained respected Elder Lewis Debassige of M’Chigeeng First Nation, initiated the cultural reawakening of the 1970s on Manitoulin Island. Cultural arts, language, and Anishinaabewin education grew, as did a number of specialized organizations, including what has

‘The Rivers Speak’ draws over 600 people in Mississaugi First Nation

By Leslie Knibbs MISSISSAUGA #8 – The Thinking Rock Community Arts group, located on the waterfront in Thessalon recently put on the performance of “The Rivers Speak” at the Misswezhaging (Mississaugi First Nation) Pow Wow grounds.   The eight-day run over a two-week period finished up with

Learning about the language

By Eli Baxter Anishinaabaymowin Anishinaabay means the People mowin is a suffix to indicate the language Anishinaabay writers use the “be” ending with the vowel e sounding like “ay” but I use the “ay” sound like “bay”. In the word “niin” meaning “I” the double “ii” is

Book Review: Grandfather explains how he lost his language at residential school

By Carrie MacKenzie “Stolen Words” by Melanie Florence and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard is a beautiful, charming book for children ages six to nine.  It tells the story of a little girl asking her Grandfather how to say “Grandfather” in Cree and learns that he cannot remember.