Opinions Archive

Opinion: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls – police aren’t doing enough

By John Fox April 25 marked three years since Cheyenne Fox was murdered in Toronto.   Cheyenne fell 24 stories to her death. At first the Toronto police ruled Cheyenne's death as suicide.   In 2015 the Coroner re ruled it "undetermined".   To date, the Toronto

Opinion: At the corner of Grief and misery – Where the present has no future

By Beverly Sabourin and Peter Globensky How much grief and misery mixed into the stew of destitution and poverty can a community endure and still survive? For Cross Lake, Pikangikum and Attawapiskat First Nations a springtime of renewal has become the season of death. The statistics are

Opinion: Former PM Chretien ignorant he exists within a paradigm

By Lynn Gehl, PhD Chretien is blinded by his paradigm Re: http://aptn.ca/news/2016/04/13/former-pm-chretien-on-attawapiskat-people-have-to-move-sometimes/ When I read this article linked above the other morning regarding Jean Chretien’s views about how to best address the crisis in Attawapiskat I was floored.  I walked around in circles in my small apartment

Opinion: Water is a basic human right

By Chief Elaine Johnston Water. Isn’t Water a basic human right? Canada as a G8 country has third world conditions with many First Nations without adequate drinking water and without adequate fire protection. Why is that? What is Canada’s obligation? What is the excuse? Who benefits from

The GOP – The Death of the RIPublican Party

By Peter Globensky The length of our recent Canadian election campaign, one of the longest in our history, pales to insignificance when compared to the seemingly endless mega-marathon of the American presidential contest. From initial declarations of candidate interest, through caucuses and state primaries, to the conventions

OPINION: Immigrants? It must be tough!

By Peter Globensky and Beverly Sabourin Travelling through the United States, we have been hard-pressed to find any news on any media that does not blare out “DONALD TRUMP” in their headlines. In a land where spectacle trumps (no pun intended) substance and celebrities guarantee an audience,

NEWSFLASH – Government admits it was wrong!

By Maurice Switzer If you're reading this, maybe you should sit down and take a deep breath. Because if you haven't heard or read it anywhere else, this is to inform you that your government – the one you get to elect every four years, the people

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on lateral violence

I thought about this lateral violence stuff and I think it is so widespread and prevalent that its a norm and accepted. The other day I was at a health centre and a big sign was posted at the door which read "Harassment policy" (was my first

First Nations and addictions – when it hits close to home

Different Paths – Common Ground First Nations and Addictions – When it Hits Close to Home By Peter Globensky and Beverly Sabourin We have all heard the stories. Most of us have been touched by them – if not in our hearts then in our guts. Heart-wrenching

A beader’s New Year’s resolution for 2016

By Emilie Corbiere www.facebook.com/Nativecraftsandjewelery Every year, like half of the people on this planet, I make New Year's resolutions that usually only last a few weeks or even a month regarding weight loss, exercise, daily meditation, etc. This year I've decided to turn the tables and make

Mother Earth – First Nations – last chances!

By Peter Globensky and Beverly Sabourin MOTHER EARTH – FIRST NATIONS – LAST CHANCES! When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not

You can’t learn if you don’t listen

By Maurice Switzer There's a story about how, after the dust cleared at the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, Cheyenne and Lakota women scouring the battlefield for spoils of war came across the body of legendary Indian-killer George Armstrong Custer They reached down and pierced Custer's

Letter to the Editor: Aboriginal Housing

Re: Racial Profiling Dear Editor: A situation has been brewing in Manitouwaning,ON for the last four years, ever since I moved into Aboriginal Housing. Someone or somebodies have shown a distinct dislike to me in what I feel can only be racial profiling. I believe myself to

Bear with us!

By Beverly Sabourin and Peter Globensky Those of you who may be deeply enamoured with hunting - the only “sport” where the competition does not know they are in the game, may wish to move on to the next piece. This article addresses the disgraceful practice of

My reflection on Reconciliation

Submitted by Brenda Odjick from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and a member of the Memengweshii Council. I have a feeling that things are going to change in Canada for First Nations People — and for once, it’s a hopeful feeling. I am an Algonquin Anishinabe woman from the