Opinions Archive

Fight ready

Submitted by Jennifer Ashawasegai So, I signed up for fighter training to compete in a kickboxing tournament in about eight months. At 42, I realize I’m no spring chicken, but I’m sure as hell not old, and I’m going to do this! I also want people to

Our culture is a not a costume

Submitted by Steven Rickard A few days ago, a buddy of mine made some really strong points on a specific topic. I pretty much felt the same way how he was feeling while he was discussing Halloween costumes and how there’s some of them that are depicting

Heartfull Knowing: a Teaching and a Fundraiser

Submitted by Lynn Gehl In the Anishinaabeg tradition, the heart is an important repository of knowledge. Actually, in many ways the heart is a stronger and more intuitive repository of knowledge than the mind is. After all, in terms of our intrauterine development, we are a heart

Book Review: Red Dreams, White Nightmares: Pan-Indian Alliances in the Anglo-American Mind

Reviewed by Karl Hele Robert Owens’ Red Dreams, White Nightmares adeptly examines Euro-American fears of an Indigenous to create a Pan-Indian alliance to oppose American territorial expansion.  Additionally, Anglo-Americans especially believed that Indians were incapable of forming such forming such unions without foreign – French, British, or

It is time to change Anishinabek education

By Patrick Madahbee Over the past 20 years, the Anishinabek Nation and Canada have been negotiating an education agreement which will allow First Nations to take control of their own education.  This agreement was finalized in July 2015 and we are now in the community approval process

Kettle and Stony Point First Nation community member appointed to the Superior Court of Justice

Submitted by Mel Henry The Honourable Justice Jonathon C. George, an Ojibway of Pottawatomi descent, and citizen and resident of the Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice on June 16, 2016. A husband and proud father of three, George

Chaudière Falls is an Indigenous Cathedral

By Lindsay Lambert The Chaudière Falls and Islands have been the great Indigenous sacred and peaceful meeting place since time immemorial. From the archaeological record, it is at least 5,000 years. This pre-dates the Great Pyramid at Giza and Stonehenge. Samuel de Champlain observed Algonquin people making

Native mascots mock Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms

By Brad Gallant Native mascots mock Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Tonight Washington will again be featured on TSN Monday Night Football.  The program will be universally listed using the team nickname, a known slur. Canadian companies will line up to affiliate with the broadcast and

Nature makes a pretty good classroom

By Maurice Switzer There are some fascinating learning opportunities available for anyone who has occasion to be awake at three o'clock in the morning. That's when non-commercial radio broadcasters – like CBC – air programming not designed to cater to specific audiences identified by ratings surveys. In

With rights, come responsibilities

By Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee Fishing, since time immemorial, has always been about respect, responsibility and discipline. There has always been communal care for a fisher and his family.   A recognized fisher is one who is held in high regard by their community. A fisher is

Ontario Regional Chief, Isadore Day calls on Canada and the US to end ‘Oil Centrism’

OPEN LETTER: From clearing the Plains in Canada to bulldozing Sacred Sites in North Dakota: Governments and industry collaborate to commit atrocities against our Peoples SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION (September 7, 2016)--Over Canada’s Labour Day long weekend, thousands of American Indians and Canadian First Nations gathered at

Letter to the Editor: Chief Miskokomon clarifies Walpole Island natural gas protest

Dear Editor, This letter is in response to your article dated August 30, 2016, “Walpole Island continues protest of natural gas.” I can appreciate that after a discussion with our staff, you have taken the article down from your website. We certainly feel that all perspectives should

Learning indigenous language removes us from colonialism

By Chelsea Vowel I come from a community that historically, was multilingual. People spoke Michif, Cree, English and French, and many also spoke Stoney (Nakota). Some knew even more languages if they needed to. Today, almost everyone from my community is a monolingual English speaker. That pattern

Top Ten Reconciliation Tips

By Maurice Switzer Dear Mister-now-Senator Murray Sinclair: Thank you for spending six years of your life to create an excellent report about how Natives and Canadians might do a better job of getting along. However the very heavy package I got in the mail from your Truth

Opinion: Bob Rae must be eating lots of fish

By Maurice Switzer It's really hard to debunk those old wives' tales or urban legends that seem to have more staying power than the truth. Moms still tell kids that eating lots of carrots will improve their eyesight, a myth that started in World War II when