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Apologies are critical, said Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, but they do not erase the past. They are beautiful to hear, but the memories of wrong-doing remain, and that, despite the pain these memories stir up, is...
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**This was an April Fools joke from your friends at Windspeaker. ** OTTAWA - April 1, 2014 In what many are calling nothing more than a pre-election publicity stunt, Prime Minister Steven Harper has announced that Canada will have a third official...
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By Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO
The Indigenous Visual Culture Program at Toronto’s OCAD University hosted a talk titled, Wampum: Language and Symbol recently. About 60 people gathered to learn about wampum from historians, curators and artists. Historian and curator, Rick Hill,...
Shutdown at Lakeshore Boulevard
By Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO
One of Toronto’s main transportation arteries was shut down on March 22 by activists seeking justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). About 35 people blocked Lakeshore Boulevard for 40 minutes. The group had earlier been at a...
By Dianne Meili
Thousands perished from disease, malnutrition, fire. Large numbers of children who were sent to residential schools never returned home. In light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final national event held at the end of March in Edmonton...
Speaker of the Assembly Gene Zwozdesky joined march
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON
The Alberta government has pledged to create a new curriculum that will see kindergarten to Grade 12 students learn about the legacy of residential schools, about First Nation treaties, and receive the Aboriginal perspective. The mayors of Edmonton...
By David P. Ball Raven's Eye Contributor Powell River, B.C
North of Powell River, B.C., the ancient village of Tees Kwat may not have been occupied for centuries, but on March 15, Tla’amin (Sliammon) Nation’s original settlement hosted the signing of one of B.C.’s few modern treaties and a journey long in...
By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
Sometimes emotional trauma emerges years after the fact. This was the case for Margaret Larocque. The Cree woman was in four different residential schools over the course of nine years.Like many residential school survivors, she was taken from her...
Robert Cardinal received support from mentor Dr. Maggie Hodgson as he spoke.
By Paula E. Kirman Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
There is a Siksika asteroid in the sky. It was named by Robert Cardinal after his Nation. Cardinal, 44, is an astronomer with the Canadian Space Agency. He is also a second-generation residential school survivor.He told his story to Truth and...
By Heather Andrews Miller Sweetgrass Writer EDMONTON
As the momentum of the upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Commission event was building both nationally and locally, members of Edmonton’s St. Andrew’s United Church wanted to get involved. “We recognize the contribution of the First Nations in...

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