Opinions



Opinion: Escaping Despair – the tragedy of Indigenous youth suicide

By Peter Andre Globensky Out of sight, out of mind! Four more tragic suicides have struck in northern Ontario remote First Nations communities – the youngest one, but an 11-year old youth! The hand-wringing will begin again, all will lament this recurring tragedy, politicians will voice regrets

‘I am hopeful for Canada 200’ says Art Jacko on Canada’s next milestone birthday

Submitted by Art Jacko They say its Canada's 150 birthday this weekend. Below are two statements made by First Nation leaders, first at Canada 100 and second at Canada 150. On Canada's 100th birthday, Chief Dan George silenced a crowd of 32,000 with his 'Lament for Confederation'

OPINION – Canada 150: Coming Home

By Catherine Murton Stoehr Canada 150: Coming Home - previously published in Origins - Ohio State University One hundred and fifty years ago, this July 1, three British colonies stretching from the western edge of Lake Erie to Nova Scotia signed an agreement to confederate into the

Opinion: Do we need a First Nation language law for our communities?

By Fred Bellefeuille In the 1970’s, there was significant anxiety about the steady decline of the use of the French language in Quebec, especially in business where English had become the primary language of use.  So much so that in 1977, the Quebec Minister of Cultural Development

Opinion: how do we celebrate 150 years of Canada?

I couldn’t help but realize Canada will soon be turning 150 years old this year. But as a young Indigenous person, I can’t help but ask: how do we celebrate 150 years of Canada? I just want to share my opinion of the one aspect that wasn’t

How about celebrating Canada Day by paying overdue rent for Parliament buildings!

By Maurice Switzer Canada always likes to see feathers and buckskin at their parties. They regard Indians as excellent window-dressing. So for years, a familiar scene has played out every Canada Day on Parliament Hill. The prime minister says a few words – in English and French,

Keeping Indians out of pool halls a Canadian priority

By Maurice Switzer As to why Indigenous peoples won't be out in droves to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday party, it's amazing there isn't actually a provision in the Indian Act to prohibit such a thing. The legislation first enacted in 1876 was littered with bans on activities

Canada: ‘Conceived under the influence of alcohol!’

By Maurice Switzer My Anishinabek Nation flag that flutters in the prevailing west winds off Lake Nipissing needs to be replaced twice a year. A dark red banner bearing the image of a white Thunderbird gets whipped about pretty briskly, and it only takes a couple of

Opinion: We’ll pass on the Liberal Lollapalooza

By Maurice Switzer So, if you had a neighbour who kept stealing stuff from your yard, and constantly screamed obscenities at your kids, would you attend his birthday party if you got an invitation in your mailbox? How about if you had a neighbour who stole your

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

Opinion: Sinixt Hunting Rights decision has potential for wider impact

By Karl Hele Ruling in March 2017, that a member of the ‘extinct’ Sinixt First Nation has existing Indigenous rights to hunt, a judge in Nelson, British Columbia may have issued the first decision that will eventually upend more than a century of Canadian border policies. These

Book review: The Ballad of Danny Wolfe: Life of a Modern Outlaw

By Shirley Honyust/ Yenatli:yo This book tells the epic story of Danny Wolfe, one of the lead founders of the Indian Posse, a prominent street gang in 1988 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At that time the word, ‘Indian’ was still used in legal definitions of status, although it

Thin the herd, stay in your place

By Brad Gallant It seems caribou are becoming an endangered species in all regions of Canada except Western Newfoundland. I am speaking both of the woodland animal and the members of the newly founded Qalipu Mi'kmaq band. The recent decisions sent out by Ronald Penney, Chair of

When will the taking stop?

By Beverly Sabourin and Peter Globensky Since we have both developed a late-in-life allergy to snow and the shoveling of it, we escape to the American southwest and the traditional territory of the Apache for the snowless beauty of the desert and the 'sky-island' mountains. While here

Walleye Delirium, moose poop, and Foreman Grills

By Maurice Switzer Fishing on Lake Nipissing is not a body-contact sport...yet! Sometimes the feuding over who-gets-to-catch-how-much-of-what can reach alarming proportions.  But, we haven't seen  billy-clubs stuffed into creels, or gun barrels sticking out of rod cases, and there are no ministry gunboats patrolling the Manitou channels.