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By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor MEMBERTOU FIRST NATION
Now that the Membertou First Nation is able to access money through the First Nations Finance Authority, it will be saving tens of thousands of dollars in bank charges. “We have two large bank loans at regular banks at much higher rates and much...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor REGINA
What was supposed to have been an easy assignment for Sally Simpson turned into a labour of love and an appreciation of how hard Aboriginal women have had to work – and continue to work – to break into a European-dominated North American society.In...
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As we head to press, the Assembly of First Nations is wrapping up Day Two of its assembly in Halifax, and while there wasn’t the spitting and hissing that marred the May meeting of the organization, tensions were heightened and loins girded for...
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By David P. Ball Windspeaker Contributor VANCOUVER
When B.C. First Nations formally launched a series of nine long-promised constitutional challenges to the federally-approved Enbridge Northern Gateway on July 14, they cited one single court case over and over. If anything, it bolsters the argument...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
Marie-Anne Gagnon has discovered that Canada’s Centennial cookbooks provide more than recipes. “By putting everything together, there is an overarching discourse of Aboriginal people being in the past and that modernity is emphasized to legitimize...
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By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
Evelyn Simpson and Gina Degerness stood together, holding each other and crying.  They share something no mother wants to share:  their sons are missing.  Evelyn’s son Jason Freedom Adam went missing from Edmonton on Oct. 21, 2007....
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By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
Race, gender and sexual violence were emphasized at this year’s fourth annual Slut Walk in Edmonton. The walk focused heavily on Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women because a demographic “that has a significantly higher chance of being...
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By Darlene Chrapko Sweetgrass Writer CALGARY
March 14, 1974, marks a significant date in Ruth Scalp Lock’s life, a turning point at the Winnipeg Inn on Portage and Main, where she experienced a spiritual awakening. “I heard this voice that told me I had to do something about my life. A power...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
Métis Elder Elsie Yanik likened receiving an honourary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta to Christmas in June.“When I learned that the University of Alberta was going to give me an honourary degree, I felt a great sense of...
By Susan Solway Sweetgrass Writer Calgary
A year after flood waters caused severe damage on the Siksika and Stony Nakoda First Nations, the Canadian Red Cross continues its work in the recovery phase. “Immediately after the flood, we had teams of staff and volunteers to Siksika and Stoney...

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