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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.


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By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
Annie Johnston and Madeleine Jackson held each other and wept softly as Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson talked about the children who had died at residential school, many of whose names were not recorded. And for more than...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
Truth and Reconciliation Commission members (behind sign from left) Chief Wilton Littlechild, Dr. Marie Wilson and Justice Murray Sinclair lead the Reconciliation Walk.   Thousands of marchers, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, crammed Marion...
By Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has slammed the federal government for not implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. On May 6, the Conservatives voted down a bill that would ensure that the laws of...
By Dianne Meili
Born artist gave all he had While other kids in Wikwemikong, on Ontario’s Manitoulin Island, were running around with baseball bats and jars for catching frogs, Josh Peltier carried paint brushes or a sketchpad. Surrounded and inspired by great...
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Photos by Shari Narine
After six long, hard years of heading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Justice Murray Sinclair is tired. But he is also hopeful. Sinclair expects the message repeated by the TRC – that reconciliation is a Canadian issue and not an...
By Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO
Mohawk psychologist Dr. Rod McCormick believes in the healing power of nature. Halfway through his keynote address at a conference for mental health professionals on May 28, he assigned the participants a task. Go outside and focus on a piece of...
Compiled by Debora Steel
“There is a lack of humanity in the way that CFS operates,” Manitoba’s new First Nations family advocate told the Canadian Press. Cora Morgan, appointed by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said Child and Family Services doesn’t treat children in...
Compiled by Shari Narine
Youth suffering mental health problems go without treatment A study recently released by Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa indicates that a large number of young people from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities suffer from mental...
Compiled by Debora Steel
Mi’sel Joe, Chief of the Miawpukek First Nation, is attempting to repatriate the remains of two of the last members of the Beothuk Tribe from the Scottish Government and the National Museums Scotland. Chief Nonosbawsut and his wife Demasduit died in...
Compiled by Sam Laskaris
THOMPSON HELPS RUSH CAPTURE TITLE Thanks in part to Jeremy Thompson, the Edmonton Rush managed to capture its first National Lacrosse League (NLL) championship in franchise history. Thompson, a member of the Onondaga Nation, and his teammates won...

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