Arts & Culture



Summer activities continue for Fort William youth

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—Fort William youth are enjoying the opportunity to work on two projects on Mt. McKay: the community’s third birchbark canoe and a Neechee on the Land Graffiti Mural. “It’s a good time — we’re spending a lot of time learning about

The revival of beading crafts welcome at pow-wows

By Kelly Anne Smith MANITOWANING - The fingers of artist Sarah Williams go into fast motion when she sits down to her bead work. She is part of the mother and daughter team of hand-crafting jewellers from Wawatay Quay. They are from Manitowaning and citizens of Sheguiandah

Na Me Res annual pow wow grows and draws large crowd in Toronto

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—Na Me Res, the Native men’s residence in Toronto, hosted their 16th annual Pow Wow at Fort York on June 24, starting with a Sunrise Ceremony. The day was brilliantly sunny with a slight breeze and no hint of clouds. Some years there has

Aamjiwnaang First Nation to display ancestral heritage artifacts this summer

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—Members of Aamjiwnaang First Nation have a unique opportunity this summer to see pieces of their ancient heritage, found in the 1990s excavation for the twinning of the Blue Water Bridge from nearby Sarnia to Port Huron, Michigan. Visitors to the community

All-inclusive Healing Walk celebrated at Fort William pow wow

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—The Spirit Walkers on the 2017 Healing Walk for all people were celebrated with an honour song and dance at the Fort William Pow Wow on July 1. “It really felt good — it really felt complete,” says former Long Lake

New cultural birthing room added to Sarnia hospital

By Colin Graf SARNIA—Indigenous mothers and families in this area will be welcoming their new arrivals with a special closeness and comfort following the recent opening of an extra-large birthing room at the local hospital. “Designed with Indigenous families in mind, the room features wood panelling, Indigenous

Recently launched canoe to reconnect youth with heritage

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—The recent launch of a new cedar-strip canoe in Aamjiwnaang First Nation marks an important step in a program to reconnect Indigenous youth with their heritage and promote a new approach to fitness across First Nations in Ontario. The community canoe, named

Lisa Osawamick publishes story to explain girl’s fasting journey

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY—As any writer knows, once the idea for a book lodges in the mind’s eye, the author–to-be can only submit to the creative process and write the book. All of which is why Lisa Osawamick, the Aboriginal Women Violence Prevention Coordinator at the

50th Gala Anniversary celebrations for N’Amerind Friendship Centre

By Shirley Honyust/ Yenatli:yo LONDON—This spectacular event, a one-time only occasion, was held at the Thames Valley District School Board, celebrated with meet and greet opportunities, a roast beef dinner, door prizes, and topped off with the comedy of Don Burnstick. Ron Hill, Cultural Coordinator, opened the

Teaching lodge and live concert cap off National Aboriginal Day celebrations

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—A teaching lodge and an open air concert by Classic Roots were among the events featured at Thunder Bay’s National Aboriginal Day celebration at Prince Arthur’s Landing. “It went really well — the young people did an amazing job of putting the teaching

Grandmothers honoured at Maamwi Kindaaswin Festival

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY - Grandmothers are everything. The important message is from Richard Assinewai, a Wikwemikong Unceded Territory citizen and the Head Elder of the Maamwi Kindaaswin Festival. The Pow Wow, hosted by the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre was themed “Honouring Our Grandmothers.”

Fur harvesting: learning the skills of our ancestors

By Lisa Robinson NIPISSING FIRST NATION—The Lands and Resources Department at the Union of Ontario Indians participated in a Fur Harvest, Management and Conservation course from April 22-26. The course consisted of hands-on learning where staff learned techniques to skin, process and prepare pelts of different animals

Bannock on a stick a hit at National Aboriginal Day Celebration

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION - Many people gathered at Nbisiing Secondary School in Duchesnay Village on the summer solstice to celebrate the Indigenous way of life and learn from the many teachings on offer. The Nbisiing Anishnabek Culture Centre hosts the National Aboriginal Day

Northern Lights Festival Boréal present incredible lineup of Indigenous artists

By Heather Campbell SUDBURY—A diverse line-up of Indigenous musicians and artists are coming from across Turtle Island to the 2017 Northern Lights Festival Boreal being held on July 6 to 9, at Bell Park in Sudbury. Special attention was put to gathering together a diverse contemporary list

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