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Windspeaker Publication

Established in 1983 to serve the needs of northern Alberta, Windspeaker became a national newspaper on its 10thanniversary in 1993.

  • May 25, 2016
  • Andrea Smith Windspeaker Contributor SASKATOON

After years of hard work—driven to improve the economic conditions for the Aboriginal people he serves—Keith Martell, one of the original founders of the First Nations Bank of Canada, will be receiving an honourary degree.

Martell is from the Waterhen Lake First Nation (Saskatchewan), and graduated in 1985 from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. The U of…

  • May 24, 2016
  • Dale Cory Windspeaker Contributor CHILLIWACK, B.C.

Life is good these days for Kale Kane.

Although still stinging – both mentally and physically - from the rigors of a long playoff run, which ended when his Chilliwack Chiefs fell just two wins shy of a BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League) championship, Kane is thrilled with where he’s at in life, and in hockey.

Kane grew up on the Kahnawá:ke reserve, just 10 kilometers south of…

  • May 20, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

May 19, 2016. The National Energy Board has approved Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion but with 157 conditions. Among those conditions is consultation with Indigenous peoples. NEB’s recommendation for Indigenous interests states, “…

  • May 20, 2016
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor NANAIMO, B.C.

May 20, 2016

Three years after he allowed a racist letter to be printed in the now defunct Nanaimo Daily News, the editor of that newspaper has been contracted as a communications consultant with the city.

Tracy Samra is Nanaimo's first female and first Aboriginal CAO.
(Photo: Gordon Fuller)

Editor Mark MacDonald seen…

  • May 19, 2016
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor NEW YORK

“I’m going to be going to the United Nations saying what I want to say.” – National Chief Dwight Dorey of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

May 19, 2016

His decision to speak at the United Nations this week–and not take money from the federal government to cover the cost of his ticket to New York–finally netted him a meeting with Indigenous Affairs Minister…

  • May 19, 2016
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury, Ont. announced May 19 that the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) clinic at NEO Kids is now accepting referrals for children under the age of six. Previously, the clinic dealt with children between the ages of six and 18.

New Canadian guidelines use a series of indicators to determine if a child under the age of six has impairments that…

  • May 18, 2016
  • Windspeaker Staff

 
As we go to press, a new study has been released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and we’d like to draw our readers’ attention to it. It’s entitled “Shameful Neglect: Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada.” It can be viewed here:…

  • May 16, 2016
  • Andrea Smith Windspeaker Contributor WINNIPEG

Forty Indigenous high school students from across Canada got a taste of university life in Mid-May.

The program is the University of Manitoba’s Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering education program. It is for Grade 11 students of Aboriginal descent, already considering a university degree in the field, and they spend a full week shadowing and learning from different researchers,…

  • May 16, 2016
  • Written by Dianne Meili

Author encouraged Aboriginal writers

One cold winter night, Larry Loyie and his younger sisters hauled an old steamer trunk up Rabbit Hill overlooking Alberta’s Slave Lake. Unable to afford a real sled, a scoop shovel and tin strips served as sled runners as the children hopped in the box to whiz over the snow.

It’s scenes like this, simply and honestly told,…

  • May 13, 2016
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor EDMONTON

May 13, 2016.

After touring Fort McMurray by air and on the ground Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians need to understand that the pictures they have seen of a raging wild fire are accurate and it isn’t because of weather or luck that most of the community remains standing.

“I don’t think people understand that … it was the efforts of the firefighters that…

  • May 13, 2016
  • Shayne Morrow Windspeaker Contributor

Treaty 8 First Nations are asking, ‘What is wrong with this picture?’
The Liberal Government of Canada has declared full and unqualified support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), while at the same time allowing the contentious Site C Hydro project to proceed.

On May 10, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett stood…

  • May 13, 2016
  • Sam Laskaris Windspeaker Contributor MISSISSAUGA

Delaney Ross ended up with a medal haul from her appearances at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC).

Ross, an 18-year-old forward from the Canoe Lake First Nation, participated in the last six national tournaments, including the 2016 event, which concluded this May 7 in Mississauga, Ont.

Ross was the captain of the Saskatchewan girls’ team, which edged the host…

  • May 13, 2016
  • Shayne Morrow Windspeaker Contributor

Gitga’at First Nation and a team of researchers from UBC and Michigan State University have completed a groundbreaking acoustic study of Douglas Channel and its adjacent waters in Gitga’at marine territory on the B.C. Central Coast.

The channel has been proposed as a tanker route to ship diluted bitumen flowing from Alberta through the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

The goal…

  • May 10, 2016
  • Shayne Morrow Windspeaker Contributor

 
A young member of Sachigo Lake First Nation has set out on a 2,000-kilometre trek from his home in Northern Ontario to raise money for people impacted by the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray.

Stanley Barkman, 26, set out from Sioux Lookout on May 9, and hopes to reach the Alberta oilpatch capital in six weeks.

Stanley’s father, Robert, is driving the support vehicle.…

  • May 10, 2016
  • Andrea Smith Windspeaker Contributor

Change an unethical practise in bail hearing proceedings in criminal courts in the province, says the Aboriginal Affairs Coalition of Saskatchewan.

Kim Beaudin, president of the AACS, says the organization is petitioning the courts to do away with a practice that allows police officers to take the place of Crown Prosecutors in “after hours” trials.
Judges who normally appear during…