Ghosts haunt lead characters

By Laura Robinson VANCOUVER – Drew Hayden Taylor has produced a number of plays with Firehall Theatre in Vancouver’s downtown eastside but God and the Indian is by far the most brilliant. The play’s development took over five years, with many rewrites by the Curve Lake playwright

Put off roads, not education

By Christine Smith McFarlane TORONTO –  Politicans can put off building roads because they’re trying to reduce budget deficits, says Paul Martin, but that approach doesn’t work when you’re trying to ensure that Native kids know how to read by Grade 3. The former Prime Minister and

Negotiating to close graduation gap

By ROJ Staff The education negotiations are in high gear now, moving forward to finalize the draft arrangements with Canada this fiscal year. Negotiators are finalizing the text of the draft Anishinabek Nation Final Agreement on Education and the fiscal negotiations. Canada presented its fiscal offer on

More calls for national inquiry into missing women

TORONTO – LEAF (Women’s Legal Education Action Fund) and its sister organization West Coast LEAF applaud the call by nine provinces for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.  British Columbia, the province with the highest number of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women

Anishinaabe Anokiiwin Aanokiitoojig/Chiefs Committee on Governance update

By Esther Gilbank THUNDER BAY -- The Chiefs Committee on Governance has welcomed two new members -- Lake Huron representative Ogimaa Duke Peltier, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, and Northern Superior representative Chief Johanna Desmoulin, Pic Mobert First Nation. The return of former Curve Lake Chief, Councillor Keith

Over 500 Nations gather in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An estimated 3,000 Native American dancers and singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States are expected to attend the annual Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow April 26-27. The Miss Indian World Talent Presentations starting Thursday evening, April 25  at  the

Education students learn about FASD

Nipissing University Bachelor of Education students participated in ‘FASD and Interventions in the Classroom’ ,  facilitated by Union of Ontario Indians FASD worker Laura Liberty April 22. The university’s Principal of Aboriginal Programs, Chris Hachowski, left,  hopes to see a greater emphasis on education about Fetal Alcohol

First Nations not sharing in mining wealth

By Marlene Bilous Anishinabek Nation workshops are creating more awareness among community members about how the mining industry is profiting from natural resources located on traditional territories. The Union of Ontario Indians held two mining workshops in late March in the Northern Superior and the Lake Huron

Canada’s skilled workforce must include First Nations people

By Kelly J. Lendsay TORONTO -- The Aboriginal Human Resource Council is calling all corporations in Canada to unite in support of each other, the need for foreign workers, and the need to advance a skilled and local workforce that includes First Nations, Métis and Inuit people

India’s top court gives Indigenous community final say about mine

From Amnesty International NEW DELHI -- A ruling by India’s Supreme Court that the Indigenous (Adivasi) communities will have the final decision on plans for a bauxite mine by a subsidiary of UK-based Vedanta Resources in the Niyamgiri hills of Orissa is a landmark victory in recognizing

Alderville man one of the smartest people in Ottawa

By Chloé Fedio The Ottawa Citizen OTTAWA — Alfred Simpson picks a worn copy of Pinocchio off a bookshelf in his Vanier apartment and memories of his early education in a one-room schoolhouse on the Alderville First Nation reserve rush back. “I didn’t learn the alphabet until

Crystal wins first Juno

REGINA—Crystal Shawanda’s Just Like You  has been selected as Aboriginal Album of the Year, winning a Juno award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The country singer/songwriter, now 30,  is a citizen of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. This was Shawanda’s first

Decision upholds Jordan’s Principle

OTTAWA – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomes the April 4th decision by the Federal Court to grant a judicial review in the case between the Pictou Landing Band Council and Maurina Beadle vs. the Government of Canada. The decision is the first

Preventing family violence

Shannon Manitowabi, project coordinator, assisted Social Services Director Adrienne Pelletier in facilitating a Family Violence Strategic Planning session at the Union of Ontario Indians head office on March 27 and 28. The planning sessions were held to strategize on how to prevent and address family violence in

Exercise counters FASD effects

By Laura Liberty It’s unfortunate it has taken so long for researchers to recognize that physical exercise may be one answer to disruptive behaviour in the classroom. Brian Christie, a neuroscientist from University of Victoria, was one of the first researchers to discover that exercise promotes the