Culture Archive

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

Long Lake #58 students receive traditional teachings

By Rick Garrick LONG LAKE #58—Traditional teachings and scientific knowledge were featured at Long Lake #58’s Expedition Through Tradition Camp, held July 10-14, at the community’s new Pow Wow grounds. “We’re having a good time — we learned all about the fish,” says Long Lake #58 Elder

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