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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 Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO
A month after his election as Ontario Regional Chief, Isadore Day Wiindawtegowinini offered tobacco at the sacred fire burning at the Mississaugas of New Credit Cultural Village set up at Toronto’s Fort York as part of the 2015 Pan Am Games. He also...
By Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO
At Queen’s Park on Aug. 24, Elder Garry Sault from Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation opened what Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day Wiindawtegowinini called, “a momentous occasion.” A political accord was signed between the Chiefs of Ontario,...
By Shayne Morrow Windspeaker Contributor BAMBERTON, B.C.
Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG has announced the signing of a Mutual Benefits Agreement and Long-Term Lease with Malahat First Nation to export natural gas fracked in Northeastern B.C. The proposed FLNG (floating liquefied natural gas) terminal would...
Compiled by Dianne Meilie
Métis veteran, lived to see his heritage honoured Even though he returned to Juno Beach with mixed feelings, Private Robert Bruce made the trip in 2009 to be honoured as a Métis soldier. The Elder made the trip with 50 Canadian delegates as one of...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor WINNIPEG
The decision by Canada and Manitoba to fund infrastructure on Lake Manitoba while nearly 2,000 First Nations members remain homeless has First Nations leaders questioning government priorities. “Clearly the idea of making a splashy announcement on...
Compiled by Debora Steel
Kitselas First Nation, B.C. and Canada have also signed an Agreement-In-Principle. The agreement provides for 36,158 hectares of land east of Terrace, and a transfer of $34.7 million once a Final Agreement is reached. “It has been a longer road...
Compiled by Debora Steel
Rice is at the centre of a fight between the First Nations’ right to harvest traditional foods and the recreational enjoyment of a body of water by cottage owners on Pigeon Lake, located north of Peterborough in Ontario. A First Nation man has...
Compiled by Debora Steel
About 13 per cent of the eligible voters of the Menominee Tribe cast ballots to approve both the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana on tribal grounds in a referendum described as “advisory”, meaning leadership is not bound by results....
Compiled by Debora Steel
Matt Cruickshank sketched Duke Kahanamoku’s face on a wooden surfboard for the Google Doodle Aug. 24, the graphic that accompanies Google’s search box on the Internet. Kahanamoku was an Olympian, medaling five times in swimming. He was also...
By Sam Laskaris Windspeaker Contributor OHSWEKEN, ONT.
It’s been a year of up-and-down emotions for Carrie-Leigh Thomas. The 22-year-old Cayuga, who lives in Ontario in the Six Nations community of Ohsweken, first joined the Canadian senior women’s softball team in 2012. This past December, however, she...

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