Opinions



Opinion: Lambert on ‘Free the Chaudière Falls’ and ‘Save the Islands’

By Lynn Gehl There has been a long time controversy in Ottawa, traditional Algonquin Anishinaabeg territory, regarding the need to re-naturalize a sacred land and waterscape. Indigenous settler-ally Lindsay Lambert offers pertinent history about the colonial transformation of the natural waterscape known to the Algonquin people as

OPINION: Time for Reconciliation KAIROS Gathering lacks heart

By Lynn Gehl The Time for Reconciliation KAIROS Gathering scheduled to take place in the City of Ottawa May 29th through June 3rd, 2015 − http://www.kairoscanada.org/events/time4reconciliation/ − lacks the much needed Algonquin Anishinaabeg heart, yet we are the host in that the event is on our traditional

Divergence: Traditional Aboriginal Spirituality and Mother Earth

Different Paths – Common Ground By Peter Globensky and Beverly Sabourin As we enter this time of renewal on the cusp of another summer season we wanted to leave you with a few thoughts on traditional Aboriginal beliefs and the relationship between my (Beverly’s) ancestors and Mother

Opinion: Innergex renewable energy and their goal Part 2 of 3

All living creatures depend on each other for a balanced echo system. When you disrupt this balance it can have irreparable consequences or repercussions. Because we are all so intertwined, keeping the balance is very important. Therefore it is essential that we do not encroach on, or

Opinion: Innergex renewable energy and thier goal – ‘Environmental’ – Part one of three

Innergex plans on building 50 to 60  Industrial Wind Turbines (IWTs) in the Merrick area near North Bay. Innergex Representative Francois Morin said "the exact scope of the project has not yet been determined, although it would be a maximum 150 megawatts – approximately 50 turbines." These

The viability of remote FN communities – last in a series

Different Paths – Common Ground The viability of remote First Nations communities – Parting Thoughts  By Beverly Sabourin and Peter Globensky This series of articles on the future viability of remote First Nations communities began with our article on the importance of education to the future of

Setting targets more important than hitting them

By Maurice Switzer Part-way through my first-ever archery lesson it struck me as sort of funny that a white guy was teaching an Indian how to use a bow and arrow. Mind you, a genealogist would have to dig well into the roots of my family tree

Response to Canadian Mining Journal’s ‘First Nations beating War Drums’ article

"There was a time when discriminatory slurs and insidious racial commentary fired at Indigenous people were accepted in Canadian society  - the tragedy; it still is to an alarming degree today. We must remove racism from journalism in Canada - the effects are simply not in anyones best interest."

Adventures with Status Card and getting the PST exemption in Ontario

NOTE:  PST point-of-sale exemption is only in Ontario. For more information visit www.anishinabek.ca/notax By Kristin Grant In the two years since I got my status card, I try to use it everywhere and anyway I can and have had some interesting experiences doing so. I live off-reserve

The viability of remote First Nation communities – third in a series

Different Paths – Common Ground The viability of remote First Nations communities. Third in a series. By Peter Globensky and Beverly Sabourin This series of articles on the future viability of remote First Nations communities began with our piece on the importance of education as a key

Bill C-51 is about control, not terrorism

By AIAI Grand Chief Gord Peters MARCH 24, 2015 - As Indigenous peoples we have experienced the oppression and control of Canada’s colonist government for the past 150 years. We have suffered through policies and laws that have tried to exterminate us, assimilate us, oppress us and

Column: The viability of remote First Nations communities – part one

Different Paths – Common Ground The viability of remote First Nations communities – Part One By Peter Globensky and Beverly Sabourin In our last article we addressed the critical role of education in fostering conditions which create greater opportunities, freedom from want and expanded personal and social

Letters: The value Canada puts on First Nation children

By Lynda Banning The value that Canadian society places on First Nation children was never more obvious to me than it is today. Like many Canadians, last Thursday I spent my morning waiting for news about 3 year-old Elijah Marsh. He left his Grandmother’s apartment in the

Open letter to Canada’s Federal Parliamentarians

Open Letter to Canada’s Federal Parliamentarians   Monday, February 23, 2015 Parliament of Canada 111 Wellington Street Ottawa ON - K1A 0A4 Canada   Dear Federal Parliamentarians: Rt. Honourable Stephen Harper; Progressive Conservative Party of Canada Mr. Justin Trudeau; Liberal Party of Canada Honourable Thomas Mulcair; New

Opinion: Victims and families deserve more than an accused abuser as an advocate

By AIAI Deputy Grand Chief Denise Stonefish We live in a world where 1,200 of our Indigenous daughters, mothers, sisters, aunties and friends have gone missing or been murdered since 1980.  A world where our justice, health and social service systems are failing these women and girls