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Ontario Birchbark

Launched in 2002. A publication specifically designed to serve the Indigenous people of Ontario.

  • March 5, 2002
  • Margo Little, Windspeaker Contributor, Sudbury

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"A big blanket of silence hid the atrocities that went on behind the walls of the residential schools," according to Aboriginal therapist Dennis Windego. "And some of us are still stuck in the memories, still helpless, still victims, still brainwashed."

Windego, founder of the Aboriginal Peoples Training Programs in Timmins, Ont., was a principal speaker at a Sudbury…

  • March 5, 2002
  • Cheryl Petten, Windspeaker Staff Writer, Toronto

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First Nations communities involved in the energy sector, or wanting to learn more about opportunities to get involved, should mark Feb. 27 and 28 on their calendars.

Those are the dates for this year's First Nations Energy Conference, to be held at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto. The theme of the third annual conference is "Making it Happen."

"The main…

  • March 5, 2002
  • Dan Smoke-Asayenes, Windspeaker Contributor, Toronto

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February 6 marks the twenty-seventh year of Leonard Peltier's imprisonment term. He was convicted in the shooting deaths of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

Peltier, along with citizens groups across the continent, have steadfastly maintained his innocence and on Dec. 5, 2001, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) named Leonard Peltier the…

  • March 5, 2002
  • L.M. VanEvery, Windspeaker Contributor, Six Nations

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Representing Onkwehonwe people, singer Sadie Buck from the Seneca nation of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and Tonawanda Seneca Territory in New York will perform in the opening ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics to be held in February.

Buck was asked by executive producer of the ceremonies, Don Mischer, to be a part of the Native American…

  • March 5, 2002
  • Cheryl Petten, Windspeaker Staff Writer, Six Nations of the Grand River

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When Sandra Juutilainen travels to Rome this spring, she'll be seeing the Colisseum, the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, and the Vatican. But she probably won't have time to stop and enjoy the view.

Those are just some of the sights to see along the course of this year's Rome marathon, which Juutilainen will be competing in to raise money for the Canadian Diabetes…

  • March 5, 2002
  • Abby Cote , Windspeaker Contributor, Brussels

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Prime Minister Jean Chretien named Rama First Nations own James Bartleman as Ontario's twenty-seventh Lieutenant Governor on Jan. 10.

In his new capacity as the Queen's representative in Ontario, Bartleman replaces Hilary Weston, who was appointed to the post five years ago and whose term has expired.

Bartleman, the father of three, was born in Orillia and raised…

  • March 5, 2002
  • Joan Taillon, Windspeaker Staff Writer, Attawapiskat

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A northern First Nation could have Ontario's first diamond mine in its backyard in two years or less.

That's according to the community's designated spokesman on the issue, consultant Paul Wilkinson.

De Beers Canada is in the advanced exploration stage at its Victor Project 90 kilometres west of Attawapiskat in the James Bay lowlands, where diamond-bearing…

  • March 5, 2002
  • Abby Cote, Windspeaker Contributor, Toronto

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On Feb. 23, 2002, a new production company called Red Sky is presenting the Canadian premiere of the stage adaptation of Tomson Highway's new children's book "Caribou Song," with music supplied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

"This type of multi-disciplinary body of work has never happened before. Never before have Native people been involved in a production that…

  • March 5, 2002
  • L.M. VanEvery, Windspeaker Contributor, Chiefswood

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Cree author Richard Van Camp was a guest at the home of E. Pauline Johnson for a book reading and signing hosted by the Writers of Six Nations and the Chiefswood National Historic Site on Dec. 8. This was his fourth stop on a book tour that covered Ottawa, Toronto and Six Nations of the Grand River.

Van Camp was promoting his fourth book, entitled Angel Wing Splash Pattern…

  • March 5, 2002
  • Abby Cote, Windspeaker Contributor, Toronto

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Marie Gaudet is president of Gaa-dibaatjimat Ngaashi: Stories From My Mother Inc., an Aboriginal-owned company specializing in Native language and cultural development.

Her commitment to traditional language had led her to create three in a series of four children's books based on her mother's life experiences. The first book is titled, "MOO IISIKAAG! (nii-psikaag)-The…

  • March 5, 2002
  • Jolene Davis, Windspeaker Contributor, Pikangikum

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Where would you start if someone asked you to think about your country and, using the Canadian flag as a starting point, make a piece of art to express your feelings? This is exactly what was asked of some students at Eenchokay Birchstick school in Pikangikum.

It was also asked of the students at Upland District High School in the United States, but they were to use the…

  • March 5, 2002
  • Jamie Monastyrski, Windspeaker Contributor, Toronto

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Whether yours was a thirst for bloody horror films, a hunger for docu-dramas or a hankering for obscure experimental videos, the second annual ImagineNATIVE Media Arts Festival had something for everyone's taste. Add to the mix educational workshops and informative panels and even the savviest of film lover was kept salivating.

Billed as the nerviest of film festivals by…

  • March 5, 2002
  • Chief Ralph Akiwenzie, Chippewas of Nawash

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Guest Columnist

"This we know: Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

-Chief Seattle in 1854 trying to get the president of the United States to understand the Native point of view.

The ethic expressed so well by Chief Seattle more than 100 years ago might be expressed in terms of the…

  • March 3, 2002
  • Bert Crowfoot, Publisher

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Welcome to our premiere issue of Windspeaker Ontario, a publication for and about the Aboriginal people of Ontario.

Windspeaker Ontario is published by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA), which also publishes, Windspeaker, Alberta Sweetgrass, Saskatchewan Sage, B.C. Raven's Eye and Buffalo Spirit.

We have often been asked when AMMSA would produce a…

  • March 3, 2002
  • Abby Cote, Windspeaker Contributor, Mnjikaning (Rama)

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For the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band, winning the Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Jazz or Blues Album for the second time- the first time was in 1999-was that much sweeter because they were the hometown boys.

"Winning here in our community with our families and friends in attendance was really great, because it gave them the opportunity to share it with us. After all…