Opinions Archive

Ask Holly: Grief can bring us together

“Kenneth Anthony Brodhagen passed away at his home in Astorville on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the age of 62, embraced by his loved ones, after a short battle with cancer.” Those are the words that began the hardest piece of writing I have ever had to

Harper visits Pandas – illustrated by Charley Hebert

Why First Nations can’t ‘just get over it’

By Maurice Switzer Probably the most important outcome of the Idle No More movement has been to pique the curiosity of Canadians about exactly what it is that is making the Natives so restless. High-profile INM spokesperson Pam Palmater says she’s constantly having Canadians come up to

Standing on the land can be felt on your skin

By Richard Wagamese When you come to stand upon the land there’s a sense in you that you’ve seen it all before. Not in any empirical way perhaps. Not in any western sense of recognition.  But more in the way it comes to feel upon your skin,

Protecting the land

The United Nations has condemned Canada for its treatment of Indian people, yet we tie them up in the Indian Act to find some way of taking their lands away from them. Part of the Idle No More movement  is to protect Canada's surviving water and land

Racism not rare

Some people will be amazed by the editorial board’s suggestion that “racism, sexism and homophobia have become rare in Canadian public life.” That is clearly not the experience of young black men or aboriginal people, or of women who are fired when they get pregnant or of

Overcoming the bad

By Eden Beaudin Crime is a big problem in First Nations today. Violence is  the topic of  many stories you will see in the media It is a stereotype that all Natives are considered bad and hard to trust. In the eyes of a child, we think

Feds using word games to extinguish Native rights

By âpihtawikosisân A non-derogation clause in Aboriginal law generally reads like this: “Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed so as to abrogate or derogate from the protection provided for existing aboriginal or treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada by the recognition and affirmation of

Harper should have met walkers, not Pandas: Madahbee

UOI OFFICES  – On behalf of the Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee congratulated the Nishiyuu Walkers on their safe arrival in Ottawa March 25 after a 1,600km trek. “It is with great pride that I acknowledge these incredible young people to our territory and

Keep momentum going

By Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee As spring arrives and we look back at the winter months I think it’s safe to say that the Anishinabek Nation citizens are poised to protect their treaty and inherent rights. Our young people have spoken and along with

Harper has picked some real wieners

By Maurice Switzer Spring is a time when I usually find myself pondering life’s big questions. Like, if cops are clamping down on drunk driving, how come they don’t stop those free samples being poured for shoppers on their way to the parking lot? Is there a

Chicks dig honesty more than cover-ups

By Richard Wagamese I cut my hair a few years back. It used to hang to my waist and my wife said that it was hard to live with a man who had better hair. I don’t know about that, but I do know that there came

Let’s talk mental health

By Holly Brodhagen Recently I was asked my opinion about the Bell “Let’s Talk” day. My answer? A resounding, "wonderful". Anything that supports the chance to share and educate about mental illness is a wonderful thing. It opens up dialogue and without many people knowing it they