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  • October 18, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor ATHABASCA CHIPEWYAN FIRST NATION

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam is one of many people to recognize former Premier Jim Prentice for his dedicated work.

Prentice, and three others, died when their Cessna Citation business jet crashed last Thursday evening near Kelowna, B.C. They were on their way back to Calgary after a golf trip.

“From a political stand point of view, when Premier Prentice took…

  • October 18, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

October 17, 2016. The Homeless Count is a point-in-time count of Edmonton’s homeless population. It serves to provide a current snapshot of the overall homeless population and the ability to examine how this population changes over time. The results of the count are used by community agencies, researchers and government to estimate the size and demographic characteristics…

  • October 18, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

October 17, 2016. The Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson is the winner of the fourth annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. The graphic novel, illustrated by Kelly Mellings, tells the story of two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, who try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in different ways…

  • October 13, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor COLD LAKE

October 12, 2016.

It’s money better late than never but Cold Lake Friendship Society Executive Director Agnes Gendron admits the funding would have been handy in May or June.

The friendship centre was one of three organizations to each receive $70,000 today from the province through the Alberta Rural Development Network.

Funding was provided to projects in…

  • October 12, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor SIKSIKA NATION


October 11, 2016.

Siksika Nation is taking $28 million equity from its $123 million Castle Mountain land claim settlement and investing in a big way.

“Siksika Nation itself is in the position to start investing,” said Shane Breaker, general manager, retail and construction development services with Siksika Resource Developments Ltd. “Siksika needs to get…

  • October 12, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor MONTANA FIRST NATION


October 5, 2016.

Standing inside a building with solar panels on the roof, Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan announced two pilot projects that encourage Indigenous communities and organizations to invest in local renewable projects to create jobs, reduce emissions and lower utility costs.

“This community of Montana band … is a community of leadership and…

  • September 28, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor LOUIS BULL TRIBE

September 27, 2016.

Two and a half years of concentrated effort has resulted in four public buildings on the Louis Bull reserve having solar energy. But more than that, it has shown that First Nations can take a leadership role in green energy development.

“I really think that First Nations that are doing this type of work, like myself, Louis Bull, or the ones…

  • September 28, 2016
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor EDMONTON

When Dr. Lisa Monchalin talks about the criminalization of Indigenous peoples it’s about more than the high number of those incarcerated – and about more than today.

“Injustice and crime are synonymous…. What’s going on (today) is a crime against Indigenous people. I take a much broader view. I’m not just relying on state definitions of crime because I think the state itself has…

  • September 21, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor FORT McKAY FIRST NATION

September 21, 2016.

A 257-page report is being lauded by First Nation leadership, the province and industry as an example of how partnership can result in changes.

On Wednesday morning, a report on longstanding air quality and odour issues was released in Fort McKay. The report was generated by complaints brought forward by Fort McKay First Nation leadership and…

  • September 21, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

September 15, 2016.

Two days after Joel Ground wrapped up his final appearance on The Amazing Race Canada, he says without hesitation that the experience was “life-changing.”

Ground and step-daughter Ashley Callingbull finished third. The final episode aired on Tuesday and the 10 teams taking part were re-united in Toronto for After the Race.…

  • September 21, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor ALEXANDER FIRST NATION

September 14, 2016.

The spokeswoman for the Alexander Women Warriors hopes that the silent majority will join in tomorrow when the group takes to the streets in an attempt to force the resignation of Alexander First Nation Chief Kurt Burnstick.

“We’re hoping to garner more strength,” said Janet Campbell. “We’re hoping that our rally will give them courage to come…

  • September 21, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

September 16, 2016.

Photographs that focus on Indigenous causes are part of a new three-person show documenting activism.

“All three artists are political and make art to change people’s lives. All three artists accept that there is a social responsibility in being an artist and that responsibility is of paramount importance – there is no frivolous subject matter…

  • September 8, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

August 29, 2016. Students from NorQuest College’s third annual First Nation, Métis and Inuit Summer Youth Leadership Program celebrated successful completion on Aug. 26. Thirty-six youth earned high school credits through the program. This year’s theme focused on self-esteem and leadership development where each student took part in activities such as volunteering at the food…

  • September 8, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor STONEY NAKODA NATION

August 25, 2016.

After years of talking, Argintina Hailey has joined forces with others in her First Nation’s community to host Morley Pride this weekend.

“You can say, in some terms, it’s our ‘coming-out,” said Hailey.

It’s not a coming-out for Hailey. She’s been performing as a drag queen for 16 years – not quite half her life. She created Argintina…

  • September 8, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

September 7, 2016. Joel Ground and Ashley Callingbull are among the three finalists in this season’s The Amazing Race Canada. On Tuesday night, they placed second, securing themselves a spot in next week’s finale. Winning would earn them $250,000. The father-daughter duo from the Enoch Cree Nation started last night’s leg in fourth place and…