Arts & Culture

The secrets of the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs

By Laurie LeClair Mii dash geget Nenabozhoo maajitaad ozhi'aad biinjiboonaaganan, gichi-mitigoon odayaawaajinigaanaan, waasa gaye odoondaawanaan, wii-zoongitood obiinjiboonaaganan. Mii dash gaa-giizhi'aad wiindamawaad ookomisan, mii dash e-naad, "Mii nookomis, gii-giizhi'ag biinjiboonaagan, mii dash giigoonh ji-amwad," odinaan ookomisan. "Eye," ikido mindimooye. And then truly did Nenabozhoo

‘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,”

Don’t throw Boydens out with bathwater!

By Maurice Switzer Anishinabek broadcaster Jesse Wente was shedding tears. He was participating in a CBC radio debate with Walrus magazine editor Jonathan Kay about the propriety of  creating a prize for cultural appropriation – writing stories about someone else's culture, particularly for profit. While critical of

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

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

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

Louis Riel the opera revived for Canada 150 celebration

By Kristin Grant TORONTO—In the late 19th century, Métis leader Louis Riel prophetically proclaimed that “my people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirits back”. He was off by a decade or two, but

Aamjiwnaang Heritage and Culture group bring organized dance to community

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—As the powwow music streams through the speakers, three-and-a-half-year-old Theo Wolfe, dressed in a headdress handmade by his grandmother, follows behind his new dance teacher, Whitelightning Strikes Clark. Theo keeps the beat quite steadily—at least until he sees his father smiling from

Where the streets have an old name

By Rick Garrick TORONTO—Two historic Indigenous trails in the Toronto area are marked with Anishinaabemowin signs at the corners of Spadina and Dupont, Spadina and Davenport, and Davenport and Dupont. “The idea was to recognize the history of the area,” says Stuart Grant, a board member with

Reconciliation North Bay asks “what can you do?”

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY—Dr. Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University, has spoken hundreds of times on residential schools and reconciliation. Dr. DeGagné is also the Chair of Reconciliation North Bay. Recently, Dr. DeGagné was the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation which

Talented Indigenous art students shine in graduate show at W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY—A series of paintings in the BFA Graduate Exhibition 2017 on public view at W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery in North Bay are powerful images created to invoke conversations about opening the wounds of intergenerational trauma. That must be done to begin to heal

Lambton College celebrates its 50th anniversary with largest powwow to date

By Colin Graf SARNIA—While many powwows across Anishinabek lands may have histories dating far back in time, one Ontario college is celebrating a quarter-century of recognizing its Indigenous connections with its largest powwow to date. Over 500 visitors were expected to attend the 25th Annual Lambton College

Munschtime! on stage at Young People’s Theatre

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—Toronto’s Young Peoples Theatre (YPT) wraps up its 2016-2017 season with a performance of stories by children’s writer Robert Munsch. The world premiere of Munschtime! is directed by Herbie Barnes, citizen of Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation. A seasoned actor and director, Barnes has

Whitefish River storyteller captivates audience at the Toronto Storytelling Festival

By Rick Garrick TORONTO—Whitefish River’s Esther Osche enjoyed sharing Nanabush stories with children and adults at the Toronto Storytelling Festival’s Nanabush meets Weesakachak storytelling session on April 2. “They were wonderful — they were all laying around and so attentive,” Osche says about the children. “You could

Fort William hip hop artist in running for fan voting at CUT Hip-Hop Awards 2017

By Rick Garrick TORONTO—Fort William hip-hop artist Preme (George Palosaari) is in the running for fan voting in six categories at the CUT Hip-Hop Awards 2017 in Toronto. “I just released an album called Most Wanted, which was nominated for Rap Album of the Year,” Preme says.