Opinions



Canada breaking ‘rule of law’ every day!

By Daniel Wilson Sometimes it helps to put things in order, in precedence and priority, in order to see them clearly.  This is one of those times. With the Oct. 22 lifting of the injunction preventing anti-fracking protests in New Brunswick, the first question that comes to

Canada, U.S. pay lip service to treaties

By Laura Finley Last I heard, contracts negotiated between two consenting and capable parties are supposed to be binding, with repercussions if one party violates what has been agreed upon and codified into a legal document.  That is, of course, unless it is the state entering into

Ojibway cuisine more than Kraft Dinner

By Richard Wagamese There’s something to be said for the old phrase “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” It had to have been a Native person who came up with that. At my age there’s a definite plethora of bannock bellies among my

Create our own laws or face government bully

Aanii, Boozhoo, As we welcome a new season and prepare for the winter months, I encourage Anishinabek citizens to get involved with community engagement sessions in customizing our own laws to create a new path forward. Federal and provincial government agendas continue to be problematic because critical

Putting national heroes on two-dollar bills

Contrary to what some would have you believe, there have always been good people in the world. Humans have a strange tendency to excuse sins of the past by trying to minimize or, worse yet, normalize aberrant behaviour. So you might hear someone say “Today, of course,

In the end, we’re all foster parents

By Richard Wagamese Friends of ours are foster parents. They’ve been doing this for years and in that time they’ve positively influenced a lot of young boys. Since we’ve been friends we’ve gotten to meet a handful of these kids and it’s always been a pleasure. Being

Ask Holly: Not in my backyard

By Holly Brodhagen I have been hearing that phrase a lot especially in the context of the proposed oil sand pipeline. No one wants to have a pipeline of hazardous chemicals running through their backyard, close to their water supply or near environmentally-precious areas. Although I hate

Government cuts: Soon, all Canadians will know how it feels to be an Indian

By Richard Wagamese First published in The Globe and Mail on June 10, 2013 Five years ago, Stephen Harper stood in the House of Commons and issued the historic apology for the legacy of government and church-run residential schools. At that time, many Aboriginal people held hope

It’s not just cows that are stupid

By Maurice Switzer There’s a fairly large consensus that cows are stupid. This is the normal reaction of anyone who has tried to use a car horn to get the attention of a group of them blocking a roadway. They look right at you with a dazed 

Healthy living about balance, not just food

By Sarah Blackwell There is more to leading a healthy life than just the food you eat. Myself, partner Fred Bellefeuille, and our three children have been changing the way we eat and live for the past two years. “After I had my heart attack in January,

Ask Holly: Septic tank tips

My conversations with readers can be interesting and sometimes quite intimate. The topics are as diverse as the people I speak with. I usually don’t shy away from any topic, and so wasn’t surprised when one conversation turned to the toilet. Yep, you read right. I had

Call me anything but ‘colonized’

By Maurice Switzer When it comes to Indigenous peoples, it’s pretty well open season for name-callers. And we’re not talking here about locker-room slang like “wagon-burners”, which an employee of mine once used in my presence before he was aware of my ancestry.  (Boy, did he blush

We live the most when we reach out to others

By Richard Wagamese We live the most when we reach out to the people we share the planet with. People are our greatest resource. They are walking, talking encyclopedias and they inform our lives with the story of their time here. Stories that only add to the

Letter to the editor: New history needed

With Patrick Madahbee’s urging some years ago when I was a federal Liberal MP for the riding of Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing I was pleased to develop and introduce a private Member’s Bill which, if adopted by Parliament, would have called upon on the Federal Government to promote with the

Settlers can have treaty cards too

By Carolyn Pogue A few years ago, I noticed a clever back cover on Briarpatch magazine. It showed a First Nations warrior with a caption, “Where’s your treaty card, Pilgrim?” It was at once funny and arresting. Where, indeed, was my treaty card? Since the government doesn’t