Opinions



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.

Federal Government seeks to settle class action from Sixties Scoop

By John Fox On the heels of a Judge’s ruling of a 1.3 billion dollar class-action lawsuit, on Wednesday Feb 1, the Federal Government, under the leadership of the Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, announced on Parliament Hill that they were prepared to come to a resolution

Future lawyers visit the Union of Ontario Indians

By Daniel Gatto Last October, I was amongst the group of a dozen University of Ottawa Law Practice Program (Programme de Pratique du Droit) candidates who travelled to Sudbury to attend the 2016 Colloquium hosted by the Sudbury and District Law Association and host a free mobile

Lemons and protests

By Samantha Restoule   A couple of weeks ago life handed me a lemon. “What am I supposed to do with this?” I asked myself. So I stood there, lemon in hand, wondering how to proceed. Well…you know what they say: when life gives you lemons, protest

Book Review: This is Indian Land

By Karl Hele Drawing inspiration and its title from Garden River’s CP Rail Bridge with its message “THIS IS INDIAN LAND”, the book seeks to explore different outcomes of the 1850 Robinson Treaties. While the sign may literally rest on Indian land, it speaks to the reality

Book Review: Price Paid

Submitted by Karl Hele Bev Sellars brings us another marvelous book drawing on her and her people’s experiences with Indian policy since the beginning. While her first book, They Called Me Number One, explored the generational impact of residential schools on her family, Price Paid nicely explores

Yuletide Carols…Revisited

By Maurice Switzer 1. Donald, the funny hair guy (To the tune of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) Donald, the funny hair guy had a very nasty streak; He pulled the wings off fireflies, just to see if they got weak; All of the members of Congress

Letter to the Editor: Rota uses blame and misdirection to avoid pipeline conversation

The Nipissing community is facing a real local problem with the TransCanada company wanting to send diluted bitumen for export through a pipeline that could leak into our drinking water. On Saturday a group of citizens in North Bay gathered to ask Nipissing - Timiskaming MP Anthony

Gichi-Naaknigewin

Submitted by Arnold May – Let’s get out from under the control of the Indian Act. – We have a Chi-Naaknigewin (Constitution). – We are moving towards Self Government. – It is a tool to help Anishinaabe people take control of their own lives. – It is

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