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By Dianne Meili
“The Reverend” influenced through music, traditional teachings Percy Tuesday didn’t claim to be an Elder, partly because he thought the spiritual persona conflicted with his earlier, rambunctious days of playing honky tonk bars on Winnipeg’s Main...
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...
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Let’s get ready to rumble...The iconic catchphrase of American ring announcer Michael Buffer seems an appropriate way to start a rematch between coastal nations (BC and Atlantic) versus, well, everybody else. If the Special Chiefs Assembly held in...
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...
Rally saying no to Northern Gateway
By David P. Ball Windspeaker Contributor VANCOUVER
Three days after the federal government granted approval to the $7-billion Enbridge Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline, a group of women in Gitgaat First Nation held the first — albeit symbolic — blockade of the controversial project. It is no...
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...
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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...
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By Andrea D. Smith Sweetgrass Contributor CALGARY
A comic book being published in Calgary will give young readers a chance to learn the Blackfoot language. The graphic novel, entitled “Ihtsipatatiyoop” (“Creator” in English), will be a series of illustrations and text boxes designed to appeal to...

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