Arts & Culture



Nipissing Warriors players and fans unite community in new documentary

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION—There was a full house for the premiere screening of the Nipissing Warriors Documentary at the Garden Village Community Centre on March 4. Everyone was out to watch the chronicle of a great hockey team. They grasped the film’s deeper meaning

Pic Mobert’s Come Here Look for the Good Life gathering draws large attendance

By Rick Garrick PIC MOBERT FIRST NATION—An Elder’s emotional comments about his children being taken away to residential school encouraged others to share their experiences at Pic Mobert’s Come Here Look for the Good Life gathering on March 14. “It was emotional,” Pic Mobert Chief Wayne Sabourin

First University of Toronto community Powwow revival deemed ‘a needed cultural shift’

By Christine Smith McFarlane TORONTO—The Indigenous Studies Students’ Union hosted the Honouring Our Students Powwow, the first powwow held at the University of Toronto in 20 years, on March 11, drawing over 600 people in attendance. “Students were coming to the ISSU asking for their own powwow,”

Silent to their graves about Residential School trauma

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY—For the third consecutive week in February, the number of people turning out for a two-hour Truth and Reconciliation learning opportunity steadily increased. The night’s topic on Indian Residential Schools had about 250 people packed into the St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Theatre. Nipissing

Award winning Fort William artist shares silkscreen printing techniques with Thunder Bay youth

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Fort William artist Christian Chapman shared his silkscreen printing techniques with youth during a Feb. 24 Neechee Studio workshop at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay. “It’s going pretty good — everyone seems to be having fun and everyone is creating something,”

Youth for Water: empowering future generations

PETERBOROUGH--How do you respond to youth who are feeling frustrated and powerless in the face of environmental issues? You empower them. Creative genius, environmentalist, and water walker Alix Taylor from Green Communities Canada, fiercely addressed this somber reality by not only developing a framework for a youth

Public eager to learn about Truth and Reconciliation teachings

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY—Indigenous cultural trainer George Couchie says you can’t change what you don’t understand. Working to uplift Indigenous Peoples from an unjust past, Couchie has brought the history of Canada to North Bay. Couchie is providing public education in the spirit of the

Kina maamwigdoo-wiikendaasmin — ‘We Are All Learning Together’

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY—To start the cultural training session open to the public, Nipissing First Nation Chief thanked everyone for coming out on the brisk winter night. Chief Scott McLeod said that in Anishinaabemowin, “Truth means speaking from the heart. And that`s what George Couchie

Fort William youth canoe builders featured in Ontario Tourism documentary film

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—The Fort William canoe builders who created an 18-foot birch bark canoe last summer are featured in The Canoe documentary film that is available online. “It was really cool because we got to do a bunch of scenes and camera shots,”

Crees in the Caribbean pulls emotional chords in captivated audience

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Drew Hayden Taylor enjoyed the opening performance of his Crees in the Caribbean play by Six Nations actor Gary Farmer and two others at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay. “I liked what he did with it — he had fun with the character

Aamjiwnaang First Nation Heritage and Culture group host special workshop tomorrow

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—First Nations looking for reconciliation in Canada have to start by looking in an unexpected place….inward. That’s the idea being explored by E’maawizidijig, the Heritage and Culture group of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located in Sarnia, at a special workshop this Saturday February

‘Significant architect of Canadian cinema and culture’ receives deafening standing ovation

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—When Alanis Obomsawin learned that she was receiving the Clyde Gilmour Technicolor Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA), there was a feature of the award that made her very happy. She was able to pick a young filmmaker to receive $50,000 in

Mini-moccasin workshop passes on teachings, techniques, and knowledge

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Fort William’s Helen Pelletier recently shared her knowledge about making moccasins with about 50 youth at a Neechee Studio mini-moccasin workshop at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay. “We’re making baby moccasins with the help of Audrey DeRoy,” Pelletier says. “We are

Indigenous artists dazzle in launch of Hard Rock Medical’s new season

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY—A call for celebration was answered with the Capitol Centre full of stars from the successful television series Hard Rock Medical during the season three launch party. Hard Rock Medical is loosely based on the Northern Ontario Medical School. The production offered

Former OPP officer pens book on Anishinaabe culture

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY – The author calls it a simple read offering his interpretations of Anishinaabe Culture. After years of working with Indigenous Youth, George Couchie’s book Raised on an Eagle Feather is a wise guide to life. Couchie wanted a reference manual when