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Windspeaker - Informing, Impacting and Inspiring
since March 1983.

Contributing Editor: Debora Steel

Windspeaker is Canada's most widely circulated Indigenous news publication and the most effective means of reaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit readers.


By Andrea Smith Windspeaker Contributor ONION LAKE CREE NATION, Sask.
Harvey Strosberg said Canada insisted First Nations go through the government rather than deal directly with oil and gas companies, and Canada failed to protect First Nations’ interests. Now Canada will have to pay. Strosberg is the lawyer for two...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor ROCKY MOUNTAIN FORT CAMP, B.C
A dedicated group of protesters are hoping they can accomplish what legal action has failed to do: shut down BC Hydro’s construction of the Site C dam on the Peace River. A rotating group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the Treaty 8...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Writer ONION LAKE CREE NATION
February 10, 2016 Onion Lake and Poundmaker Cree Nations filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal government claiming $3 billion in damages and alleging “a continuing breach of fiduciary duty and negligence on the part of the federal...
By Lauren Karonhiarónkwas McComber
A few years ago, Brittany LeBorgne, 31, was about to give up on her dream of becoming an actress. It was a dream she kept alive since she was a five-year-old girl, playing dress up and performing for large imaginary audiences. Fighting her self-...
By Shayne Morrow Windspeaker Contributor BELLA BELLA, B.C.
B.C. Coastal First Nations have taken on a critical role in the future of the Great Bear Rainforest, which covers a land-base twice the size of Vancouver Island. On Feb. 1, the province announced a comprehensive agreement that will protect 85 per...
Compiled by Debora Steel
 Internal government documents show that it will cost $2 billion to eliminate mould and chronic overcrowding on reserves in Manitoba, about 13 times more than the $150 million the federal government promised for all First Nations across Canada...
By Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor
Aboriginal people are the poorest of the poor, Toronto-based community organizer Mike Balkwill was told by Chief Shining Turtle of Whitefish River First Nation. The Ojibway community of 600 near Manitoulin Island was Balkwill’s first stop on his...
Compiled by Dianne Meili
Cree artist, captured prairie life Allen Sapp’s paintings depict hardworking men in moccasins through the seasons, while his women wear head scarves and fry choke cherries or boil potatoes over open fires. Even the most urbane of prairie people...
Compiled by Debora Steel
 John Joe Sark, a member of the Mi’kmaq Nation traditional government, is petitioning the federal government to change the name of the Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst historic site near Charlottetown, saying it’s an insult that a national park in...
Compiled by Debora Steel
A Nova Scotia judge wants more information on how an effluent leak from a pulp mill has affected those living in Pictou Landing First Nations. Northern Pulp Corporation has pleaded guilty on a Fisheries Act charge laid following an...

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