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 publication for Ontario, like it has for other provinces. We have listened to our readers and this month we launch our latest addition to the AMMSA family of publications.
Our mission has always been to bring people together, to share and to empower Aboriginal people through open and objective coverage of news and other important current events.
Windspeaker Ontario will profile Aboriginal people who are active and successful in the Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal communities. It will bring you information about the activities of the people, the celebrations they are taking part in, and how they are achieving their goals. It will focus on the positive aspects of the community as it grows and prospers.
AMMSA is financially and politically independent and always has been. Readers can be assured that there will be no political biases in the publication, not now, not ever. What you can expect is coverage about your community, your events and the news and information that is useful to you.
As mentioned earlier, the focus of Windspeaker Ontario is on the community events that are happening throughout the province. It will be published monthly and will start as an insert in Windpeaker for the first three months and will then spin off on its own after that. We hope to have a new name by then. We encourage you to consider entering our Name the Paper Contest.
Windspeaker Ontario will be distributed to all Aboriginal organizations, Metis and First Nation offices, individuals and corporations that have a strong interest in Aboriginal community affairs.
I hope that you enjoy your first issue of Windspeaker Ontario and please remember, this is your publication, so call us with story ideas or to let us know of the upcoming events in your community. We will endeavor to cover as much of the province each month as space allows.