Arts & Culture



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. 

First-ever Youth Pow wow hits downtown Toronto

By Barb Nahwegahbow Regent Park in Toronto’s downtown core was filled with the colourful sights and sounds of the first-ever Youth Pow Wow hosted by Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. Streetcars rumbled past on Dundas Street and passengers were treated to the sight of a painted tipi

Nipissing First Nation Artists painted mural to be viewed during Indigenous Art Gala

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY - The WKP Kennedy Gallery will host an Indigenous Art Gala and Exhibition to mark the one-year anniversary of the launch of Reconciliation North Bay. North Bay proclaimed 2017 as the Year of Reconciliation. In honour of the first anniversary, the

There is a House Here debuts today at TIFF

By Rick Garrick Toronto filmmaker Alan Zweig credits his success with his documentary film about Nunuvut — There is a House Here — to the assistance of musician Tatanniq (Lucie) Idlout. “To make it with her was like a gift because I had a friend up there

Anishinabek Nation celebrates lifetime achievements

CHIPPEWAS OF RAMA FIRST NATION—On the evening of Wednesday, August 16, the Anishinabek Nation 7th Generation Charity (AN7GC) hosted the 19th annual Anishinabek Evening of Excellence. The event took place on Chippewas of Rama First Nation Territory at Casino Rama. Each year, the AN7GC coordinates this important

Protecting the sacred fire

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO - Two men from the Anishinabek Territory are looking after the sacred fire that is part of the Vigil for Indigenous Youth in Crisis. The Vigil in front of the Indigenous Affairs offices at 25 St. Clair Avenue East has been held by

Feasting at the ROM

By Barb Nahwegahbow Missy Knott rocked the ROM at the recent event to celebrate foods that have shaped the country’s culinary landscape. Knott, a young but seasoned performer from Curve Lake First Nation has a voice made for Patsy Cline and Hank Williams country classics. Her strong

Joy of language acquisition like watching a baby take their first steps

By Margaret Hele SAULT STE. MARIE –  The Ontario Native Women's Association Anishinaabekwe of the North Shore, was successful in obtaining a grant from the Canadian New Horizons for Senior program. The grant enabled the group to provide lessons in Anishinaabemowin once a week for a full

Walking in Two Worlds Health Sciences Camp teaches youth about medicines and ceremony

By Rick Garrick A workshop on Indigenous medicines and a sweat lodge ceremony were among the highlights for Fort William youth at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Walking in Two Worlds Health Sciences Camp. “We’ve been learning a lot about medicines,” says Everette Bannon, a Fort

Pic Mobert will have new Chief and Council for four years under own election law

By Peter Globensky The First Nations community of Netamisakomik (Pic Mobert) celebrated its 31st annual pow-wow during the August long-weekend. And there was much to celebrate! Held on the pow-wow grounds of what has always been their traditional territory, the community was finally able to acquire legal

Mural to acknowledge land, traditional territories

By Rick Garrick An Indigenous wall mural acknowledging the land, the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples and the journey from pre-colonial times to now will be celebrated in Toronto on Aug. 27. “When we were making this work, we really considered the issues that are happening now,

Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage helped by Indigenous paddlers

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY - A month long journey of reconciliation and healing came ashore in North Bay to a large gathering. The Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage landed at St. Joseph’s Motherhouse July 31. Organised by the Jesuits as a direct action for reconciliation as per

Woodland School master painter at the ROM

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO - Visitors to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) were recently given the rare privilege of watching a Woodland School master painter at work. Saul Williams, a citizen of North Caribou Lake First Nation shared his techniques as part of the programming related to

Social work: Wabie’s PhD focuses on traditional Indigenous spiritual health

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY—When Joey-Lynn Wabie first launched her post-secondary education journey, she couldn’t decide what to do. Over 20 years later, Wabie settles back with a Starbucks treat, purchased with gift cards she received after graduating in May with her doctorate in rural and northern

Book Review: Page-turner ‘LaRose’ a must read

Reviewed by Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith LaRose by Louise Erdrich is a fictional novel that grabs the reader from the first page and from thereon it is hard to put down. The main character - Landreaux Irons - is hunting on the borders of his land in the