Loners can be pensive, or work up a sweat

By Richard Wagamese I’ve never really been much of a guy’s guy, a man’s man or any of those buddy-buddy things a man is supposed to be. I learned to be a loner when I was a kid and the lesson never really left me. I always

What Stephen Harper didn’t learn in school

By Maurice Switzer We are what we learn. What we hear from our teachers, copy from blackboards, and cram from our textbooks helps shape the beings we will become. This makes it crucial that societies that ensure their children are well and properly taught. Providing learners the

Puffing on poison sticks

By Albert Dumont I was a big smoker at one time. Started out with Export A in my teen years, then switched to Player’s Filter in my early twenties. Puffed on at least 32 of the poison sticks each and every day of the week. What did

Opinion – Anishinabek system ‘healthier’ approach

By Kelly Crawford The establishment and implementation of the Anishinabek Education System will support First Nation student success, First Nation jurisdiction and ensure strong Anishinaabe students for generations to come. Anishinabek Nation leaders have resolved to fight any further attempts by Canada to impose external education systems

Indigenous peoples take lead in protecting earth

MONTREAL – One of the world’s foremost thinkers says Indigenous peoples are taking the lead in trying to protect the earth from man-made environmental assaults. Noam Chomsky, the celebrated 85-year old American linguist, peace activist and social critic who is the author of more than 100 books

Buddy’s sale brings first bucks

By Jennifer Ashawasegai ALBAN – We have finally made a buck on our hobby farm! It's still going to take a really long time before we break even. I sold Buddy to a farmer not that long ago. Buddy was our stud goat, and I felt we

For those carolling at 24 Sussex Drive this year (with video!)

       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAu-pAkWgHQ By Maurice Switzer JOY TO THE WORLD F-N-E-A Val-court de-crees, Trust us to teach your kids! Forget about the paaaast, The pain won’t always laaaast; Give us another chance; And we will let you dance; The first thing they’ll  learn is to as-sim-i-late.

Heroes and friends stand beside us, through thick and thin

There’s a country song I thought of recently. I haven’t actually heard it for years but I found myself humming it one day as I sat in the bow of our boat staring out across the water and the land in the sunshine of early fall. It’s

Best ‘fad’ diet the oldest

By Holly Brodhagen I remember when I was in grade school our health class talking about healthy food choices and the four basic food groups. You were supposed to eat a select amount of servings from each food group each day and exercise. It seemed so simple

Mitch’s chair long way from home

By Peter Globensky The Thunder Bay Indian Youth Friendship Centre will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. Currently led by Bernice Dubec, an experienced and dedicated executive director with an over-abundance of patience, the celebrations will not only commemorate the beginnings of the Centre but, as well,

‘Redskins insulting, no matter intent’: Bob Costas

“Objections to names like Braves, Chiefs, Warriors and the like strike many of us as political correctness run amok. These nicknames honor rather than demean. They’re pretty much the same as Vikings, Patriots or even Cowboys. And names like Blackhawks, Seminoles and Chippewas, while potentially more problematic,

Magic of the fall brings dreams of skiing

By Richard Wagamese November is magic time at our house. Sometime in late October I’ve already started watching the weather forecast at our favourite ski hill, a 45-minute drive away. The accumulation of snow is vital to my well being because that hill opens around the middle

Women’s work is never done

By Holly Brodhagen Recently my family was enjoying an episode of Little House on the Prairie when a comment was made by one of the TV show’s characters about “women’s work”. This sparked a conversation with my two girls. What is women’s work? Why could only women

Just one little word says it all about treaties

By Maurice Switzer Just one little word said it all. The newspaper report about some issues troubling members of the public concerning the pending  Algonquin Land Claim depicted the sheer immensity of the proposed agreement. The claim covers nine million acres of Eastern Ontario. Over a million

Sharing the land crucial to any conversations about reconciliation

By Leanne Simpson In the mid-1990s I moved to Mi'gma'gi to go to graduate school. I was expecting to learn about juvenile Atlantic salmon on the Miramichi River. I was naive and misguided. Fortunately for me, the Mi'kmaq people saw that in me and they taught me