Students shine in The Witch of Niagara

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO - Students of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre (CIT) presented their annual year-end performance at the Helen Phelan Playhouse May 4 to 7. Third year graduating students Shirley Marie Bennett, Brenda Austin and Blayne McLeod and second year students Pesch Nepoose, Jesse Wabegijig

Sixties Scoop survivors building family bonds

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—“People don’t realize how profound it is to not be raised with your language and your culture and your community and your family,” said filmmaker Tasha Hubbard. Hubbard’s film, Birth of a Family about four siblings taken from their mom during the infamous Sixties

Origin offers opportunities

By Rick Garrick Biigtigong Nishnaabeg citizen Byron LeClair is working on employment opportunities for Aboriginal people and Aboriginal business development after partnering with Origin Operator Recruitment and Training in September 2016. “There are a lot of companies doing business in traditional territories, mining companies, forestry companies, that

The N’ziibiimnaan – Our River

By Rick Garrick BIIGTIGONG NISHNAABEG—The N'ziibiimnaan - Our River film featuring a 10-day canoe trip on the Pic River by Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Chief Duncan Michano and five other canoeists was recently released on Youtube. “(The filmmaker Andrew Wong) just videoed things as they were unfolding,” Michano says.

Bee Nation film makes the top ten audience favourites

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—A documentary film about First Nations students competing in a spelling bee landed a spot in the top ten audience favourites at Toronto’s Hot Docs international documentary film festival. Bee Nation was also selected out of more than 200 films to open the festival

The secrets of the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs

By Laurie LeClair Mii dash geget Nenabozhoo maajitaad ozhi'aad biinjiboonaaganan, gichi-mitigoon odayaawaajinigaanaan, waasa gaye odoondaawanaan, wii-zoongitood obiinjiboonaaganan. Mii dash gaa-giizhi'aad wiindamawaad ookomisan, mii dash e-naad, "Mii nookomis, gii-giizhi'ag biinjiboonaagan, mii dash giigoonh ji-amwad," odinaan ookomisan. "Eye," ikido mindimooye. And then truly did Nenabozhoo

‘Language does mean something’

By Rick Garrick Indigenous place names were usually created to identify how a location or landmark looked like according to the people who lived in the area. “They usually named a place according to what it looks like or what part of the country it is in,”

Don’t throw Boydens out with bathwater!

By Maurice Switzer Anishinabek broadcaster Jesse Wente was shedding tears. He was participating in a CBC radio debate with Walrus magazine editor Jonathan Kay about the propriety of  creating a prize for cultural appropriation – writing stories about someone else's culture, particularly for profit. While critical of

‘This is a very important conversation’ says Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux on reconciliation

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Lakehead University Chair of Truth and Reconciliation Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux emphasized the importance of reconciliation at the Ontario Association of Social Workers Northwestern Branch Annual General Meeting in Thunder Bay. “This is a very important conversation right across Canada, the whole question of reconciliation,

Nokomis Mandamin leads walk For the Earth and Water

By Lynne Brown GARDEN RIVER FIRST NATION—At 6:00 am, April 20, 2017, on Spirit Mountain, Duluth MN, USA, Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Grandmother and respected Elder Josephine Mandamin began leading another epic walk for the earth and water. Nokomis Josephine has become an iconic symbol for environmental stewardship. A

Headrick helps team to the Memorial Cup

By Sam Laskaris ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA – Owen Headrick’s decision to abandon his collegiate career midway through his sophomore season to return to the junior ranks paid off handsomely. That’s because Headrick, a 19-year-old defenceman from the Garden River First Nation, helped the Erie Otters capture the Ontario

‘Good stories are good medicine’

By Carrie MacKenzie KINGSTON - On May 10-12 “The Breakout Project” hosted groups of original, forward- thinkers from all over Canada. These teams were rivals in a 48 hour contest to encourage contributions of resources needed to take these proposals for year-long “social innovation” projects from the

Munschtime! at YPT has something for everyone

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—A story based on an Inuit tale, A Promise is a Promise, is one of five stories that are part of a production called Munschtime! at Toronto’s Young Peoples Theatre. Munschtime! features stories by internationally-acclaimed Canadian children’s writer, Robert Munsch and ran until May

Bobb wins Indigenous Artist Award

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION - 150 artists from across Canada have been awarded a REVEAL Indigenous Artist Award from The Hnatyshyn Foundation. Co-Artistic Director of Aanmitaagzi, Sid Bobb is one of the recipients of the award that comes with a cash prize of $10,000.

Deputy Grand Chief drops off community donations to families in need

By Rick Garrick SHEGUIANDAH FIRST NATION—Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare has made a hobby of dropping off donated goods to community members in need across Anishinabek Nation territory. He recently dropped off a load of donated clothing and other goods to a family of five in