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Windspeaker Publication

Established in 1983 to serve the needs of northern Alberta, Windspeaker became a national newspaper on its 10th anniversary in 1993.

  • November 21, 2014
  • Windspeaker Staff

Well, lucky Canada. Well done. Heading into the next federal election, the government will have some cash to throw around, to salt the clouds, so to speak, grease some palms. All those dollars that haven’t gone to educate First Nations kids, keep them protected and from harm, all those dollars that didn’t fix the crumbling infrastructure on reserve, kept people in moldy, tumble-down homes,…

  • May 8, 2013
  • Windspeaker Staff

UPDATE: First Nations and higher learning

  • Among Aboriginal Peoples aged 25 to 64, 48.4 per cent had some sort of post-secondary education, the majority a trades certificate or college diploma. Almost 10 per cent reported having a university degree, compared with 26.5 per cent of the non-Aboriginal population.
  • Nearly 29 per cent of Aboriginal Peoples aged…
  • February 15, 2013
  • Windspeaker Staff


Aboriginal Affairs minister John Duncan has tendered his resignation today and Prime Minister Stephen Harper accepted it.

From a release issued by Stephen Harper after 4 p.m. Friday:

“Today, I have accepted the resignation of John Duncan as minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development,” said Harper.

Duncan will…

  • November 22, 2012
  • Bert Crowfoot and Sandra Crowfoot

The 2016 Powwow Trail has now ended and was as colourful and exciting as expected! Our photographers Bert Crowfoot and Sandra Crowfoot continue to attend many exciting events throughout Indian Country including potlatches, powwows and festivals.

We'll be posting many of Bert's and Sandra's photos in individual galleries from the various events they attend.

Check back often for…

  • July 11, 2012
  • Windspeaker Staff

The Stephen Harper Conservative majority government has picked up a head of steam with the passage of its omnibus budget bill C-38, and the question now is: How do you stop a train?

That will be the big overarching question in the minds of voters when they mark their ballots at this month’s Assembly of First Nations election for national chief. It has to be, because the Harper…

  • July 10, 2012
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO

Shawn Atleo faces a slate of seven others, including two Regional Chiefs, as he tries to retain his position as head of the Assembly of First Nations.

When the country’s 633 AFN-member First Nations Chiefs or their proxies cast their votes on July 18, the second day of the three-day Annual General Assembly in Toronto, Atleo’s name will be followed on the ballot by Bill Erasmus, chief of…

  • May 25, 2012
  • Windspeaker Staff

Online exclusive...

Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nation, kicked off his re-election campaign on May 24 in the style he has become known for, with family and culture, song and spirituality surrounding him.

The chief was escorted into the Chief Joe Mathias Centre in North Vancouver by Squamish drummers and singers, led by Squamish Chief Ian Campbell. He…

  • May 20, 2011
  • Windspeaker Staff

Navajo Nation Fair and Rodeo, Window Rock, Arizona, Sept. 5-11, 2011

The wild horse race is by far the most popular event at the Navajo Nation Fair and Rodeo. “It’s quite the sight to see,” said Delilah Goodluck, fair coordinator. Wild horses are let loose in the arena and teams of four, both cowboys and cowgirls, have to catch a horse, saddle it and ride it from…

  • May 20, 2011
  • Windspeaker Staff

Taos Pueblo Powwow, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, July 8-10, 2011

The Taos Pueblo Powwow is one of the few outdoor powwows left. It is held north of Taos Pueblo in a natural arbour of buffalo grasslands. “It’s centrally located between the Plains and Southwest tribes,” said Debbie Lujan, co-coordinator of the powwow. This event marks the 26th year. The powwow was…

  • May 20, 2011
  • Windspeaker Staff

Manitoulin Country Fest, Low Island Park in Little Current, Aug. 4-7

Country music star Crystal Shawanda will once again perform at this year’s Manitoulin Country Fest, which will be staged Aug. 4-7 at Low Island Park in Little Current. Shawanda, who lives in Nashville, will be a crowd favourite not only because of her musical talents but also because she’s from the…

  • May 19, 2011
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor WINNIPEG

A Winnipeg lawyer who overbilled 26 residential school survivors for his services could face disbarment.

“This is certainly a case which is serious and, yes, I would say there is a potential for (disbarment). I don’t know yet what the appropriate penalty would be and what the panel would decide but (disbarment) is certainly not off the table,” said Allan Fineblit, CEO with the Law…

  • May 19, 2011
  • Dianne Meili

Freda Ahenakew: Inspiring Elder was an internationally respected scholar

When Brenda Ahenakew was in Grade 12, her mother Freda jumped on the bus with her and joined her in all of her classes.

“I’m sure there were some eyebrows raised in the little town of Marcelin where we went to school, but we didn’t care,” Brenda said. There were 10 of Freda’s children on the…

  • May 18, 2011
  • Windspeaker Staff

So Indian Affairs is no more in Ottawa. Instead, the Prime Minister’s Office, affectionately known in government circles as the PMO, blindsided bureaucrats by changing the name of the ministry without consultation or notice. There’s a shock.

On May 18, while introducing the Conservative majority government’s new Cabinet, MP John Duncan was named minister of Aboriginal Affairs. The…

  • November 30, 2016
  • Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO


Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and the spiritual leader of Standing Rock, brought a message of unity through the power of prayer to Toronto on Nov. 28.

“I am Lakota. I come from Standing Rock,” Chief Looking Horse said. “We have over 300 flags. We have more flags than the United Nations,” he said of the nations…

  • November 30, 2016
  • Windspeaker Staff

A committee of the Canadian Judicial Council has unanimously recommended that Justice Robin Camp be removed from the bench. Camp is the judge who asked a woman in a rape trial why she didn’t just keep her knees together to thwart the alleged sexual assault.

Camp faced an inquiry into his comments, made in Alberta in 2014. He told the committee, made up of five Superior Court judges and…