Culture Archive

Anishinaabe language keeper continues to inspire

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION - “Not that long ago I would have had to carry this blue pass. It was my cousin’s mother’s pass. She wants me to share the story.” Muriel Sawyer holds up the Certificate of Enfranchisement that had to be carried

Language: Anishinaabay Thoughts

By Eli Baxter Anishinaabay In-nayn-dum-mo-win-nun Anishinaabay Thoughts   Boo-zhoo Anishinaabayg Hello Anishinaabayg Aa-zhaa meen-na-waa ta-goh-gohn. Again it is fall. Bin-na-goh-kee-sis a-go-chin. The month of shedding leaves is hanging up. Ta-ni-ta-ka-yaa. It will get cold. Anishinaabayg In-nayn-dum-mo-win-nun: The Original People’s Thoughts: Kay-goh-nayn-dush

Alanis Obomsawin celebrates 50th film

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO- Internationally-renowned documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki Nation celebrated a number of milestones this year - her 85th birthday, 50 years with the National Film Board, and the completion of her 50th film. Our People Will Be Healed had its world premiere at the

Nbwaach’ding (visiting) and Anishinaabe knowledge on Manitoulin Island

By Nicole Latulippe The young people wanted to know more. This, explained respected Elder Lewis Debassige of M’Chigeeng First Nation, initiated the cultural reawakening of the 1970s on Manitoulin Island. Cultural arts, language, and Anishinaabewin education grew, as did a number of specialized organizations, including what has

‘The Rivers Speak’ draws over 600 people in Mississaugi First Nation

By Leslie Knibbs MISSISSAUGA #8 – The Thinking Rock Community Arts group, located on the waterfront in Thessalon recently put on the performance of “The Rivers Speak” at the Misswezhaging (Mississaugi First Nation) Pow Wow grounds.   The eight-day run over a two-week period finished up with

Learning about the language

By Eli Baxter Anishinaabaymowin Anishinaabay means the People mowin is a suffix to indicate the language Anishinaabay writers use the “be” ending with the vowel e sounding like “ay” but I use the “ay” sound like “bay”. In the word “niin” meaning “I” the double “ii” is

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