Arts & Culture



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

‘Neechee on the Land’ – youth build birch bark canoe

By Rick Garrick Fort William and Neechee Studio presented the fourth "Neechee on the Land" workshop for youth on the building of a birch bark canoe from June 12-14 at Mount McKay. “It’s been really great,” says Abby Pelletier, a youth worker with Fort William. “You just

‘Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock’ screened in North Bay

By Catherine Murton Stoehr NORTH BAY -  On June 14,  a Washington D.C. judge found that the Army Corps of Engineers had failed to fully consider environmental risks when approving the Dakota Access pipeline.  This was the resistors’ first big win since President Obama’s attempt to halt

Anishinaabeg Art & Power aims to educate

By Laurie LeClair TORONTO - The Royal Ontario Museum’s long-anticipated show Anishinaabeg Art & Power opened on June 13 with a beautiful reception. Guests sipped cedar and sweet grass tea and helped themselves to appetizers before settling in to listen to the Bear Creek Drummers and speeches

‘We’re walking for healing ourselves’ says Chief Towegishig

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—Former Long Lake #58 Chief Allen Towegishig is looking forward to the upcoming Healing Walk for all peoples from Ginoogaming’s Turtle Lodge Memorial to Fort William’s Pow Wow grounds. “The turtle is a healing turtle,” says Towegishig, who is one of

Competition between regional broadcasters and APTN for Indigenous radio licences ends in mixed result

By Greg Macdougall OTTAWA - The future of Indigenous radio and media in Canada shifted dramatically on June 14 with the CRTC's awarding of Indigenous radio licences in five of the country's most populous cities. **Link of full decision: http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-198.htm "Literally my heart broke,” John Gagnon, CEO

Youth’s short story aims to inspire other families dealing with cancer

By Tarah-Lynn Remillard It seems like just yesterday she was told something that would change her and her family’s lives forever. The only word she heard was CANCER! The last word she ever wanted hear. This is a story about a 17 year-old girl named Rebecca. It

New brand for Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program

The Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Program is celebrating its growth into a province wide initiative and revealing a new brand. The initiative, which began in 2014 as an online training program for health providers in the South West, has since expanded across Ontario with a focus

Timber Village Museum celebrates 50 years

By Leslie Knibbs BLIND RIVER—On June 3, the Timber Village Museum in Blind River celebrated its 50th birthday with a tour of the newly renovated museum and grand re-opening of the Heritage Gallery. A group of Elders from Serpent River brought First Nation history and culture to