Opinions



Let’s see a line in the sand for off-reserve taxation

By Maurice Switzer My grandfather, Moses Marsden, left Alderville Indian Reserve #37 in  1920 because he saw no future there for himself or his growing family. He would have preferred to make a life with partner Nellie Orma Franklin in the community where they met on the

Letter to the Editor: ‘Terminology: What we call ourselves matters’

Letter responding to article "Terminology: What we call ourselves matters" posted Jan. 9, 2018 I was reading the article in the Anishinabek News "Terminology: What we call ourselves matters, posted January 9, 2018. I thought I would write and send my thoughts on the matter. Thank you

Terminology: What we call ourselves, matters

By Laura Barrios SAULT STE. MARIE, ON—Earlier this fall, the Governance Working Group met in Sault Ste. Marie, to discuss the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement. Amidst the discussions, some powerful sentiments and opinions were expressed by many participants regarding terminology that’s used in day-to-day dialogue that at

Maybe Leafs need another ‘Chief’

By Maurice Switzer I have a confession to make – I am a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. That admission may not be as tough to blurt out as self-declarations at AA meetings or whispered confessions to  attentive priests, but it gets harder to disclose in polite company

Anishinaabay Inngohnigaywin

By Eli Baxter Anishinaabay Innagohnigaywin Indian Act Anishinaabay Innagohnigaywin kaween geeabachichigaatayzinoon. Anishinaabay Law was not used. Weenawa peewatayg ogeeozhitoonawaa. They, the visitors, are the ones who made it. Kaaween geenawind kikeeozitoozeemin. We did not make it. Weenawaa otibayndanawaa. They own it. Keenaween dush kiweendamagohmin aneen mayaam

Column: Brown water better than none at all

By Maurice Switzer Remember that scene from the movie “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” where all the goggled government guys wearing white hazmat (hazardous material) suits burst into the house looking for that cute little alien? That's what it felt like one recent morning when I looked out a

OPINION – CBC to Palmater: Say thank you

By Catherine Murton Stoehr Justice advocates face a dilemma when talking to the press. They can play nice and live to represent another day; a strategy chosen by powerful activists throughout history.  Or they can tell a truer story, and risk losing credibility. Last week Canada’s national

Opinion: Beating Up on Racism!

By Peter Globensky and Beverly Sabourin Despite his numerous failures both as a business man and now as the President of the Divided States of America, Donald Trump has had one remarkable success. Using his rants and rhetoric and his damaging addiction to Tweets, he has managed

OPINION: Ontario’s history of tampering and re-tampering with birth registration documents

By Lynn Gehl, Ph.D. When state officials interfere with the process of recording a child’s birth, through standard operational procedures of administration, policy, and legislation, ways that deny dignity to a mother and her child, this is more than unfortunate. In Ontario the Vital Statistics Act came

Open letter: Kawartha group disappointed with Monsef’s voting position on Bill S-3

August 28, 2017 From:    Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group                 www.kawarthatruthandreconciliation.ca Re:         Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef’s position on Bill S-3 An Act to Amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration) Members of the Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group (KTRSG),

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