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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.

  • April 26, 2016
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA

Cindy Blackstock is 鈥渏ust overwhelmed鈥 by the decision delivered Tuesday April 26 by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

鈥淭he tribunal is really putting the needs of First Nations children first and reminding the government of the real meaning of Jordan鈥檚 Principle and the necessity of taking action now to relieve the suffering of these children who are in child welfare care or whose鈥

  • April 25, 2016
  • Shayne Morrow Windspeaker Contributor

The Council of Mothers has declared victory after occupying the Vancouver office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for six days.

The grassroots protest was part of the national Occupy INAC movement that was launched following a rash of youth suicides in Attawapiskat, according to Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union B.C. Indian Chiefs.
鈥淓ssentially, a group of鈥

  • April 22, 2016
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor WINNIPEG

On Wednesday April 20, a class action lawsuit was filed in Winnipeg for Priscilla Meeches and Stewart Garnett against Canada. It鈥檚 the first step in what could be a lengthy legal process.

Meeches and Garnett represent Indian, non-status Indian and M茅tis children taken from their families in Manitoba and placed in non-Indigenous homes as part of the Sixties Scoop.

鈥淚 want to see鈥

  • April 21, 2016
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA

Canada is looking for a woman鈥檚 image to grace one of a series of bank notes to come out in 2018 and has called for nominations. The decision that faced the Native Women鈥檚 Association of Canada wasn鈥檛 who to nominate, but whether to participate at all.

A monument commemorating Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree activist from Attawapiskat First Nation, was unveiled on Oct. 24,鈥

  • April 21, 2016
  • Sam Laskaris Windspeaker Contributor BROCKET, Alta.

Following a stellar hockey season in Austria, Colton Yellow Horn has signed on to compete in an even higher calibre overseas circuit next year.

Yellow Horn, a Blackfoot from Alberta鈥檚 Piikani Nation, spent the 2015-2016 season with a squad called Znojmo Orli in Austria鈥檚 pro circuit.

Yellow Horn finished third in league scoring, registering 55 points in 52 regular-season matches鈥

  • April 20, 2016
  • Windspeaker Staff

Off the hook

It鈥檚 the Catholic Entities鈥攁gain鈥攖hat have thrown a wrench into the reconciliation part of Truth and Reconciliation, walking away from a third of its legal responsibility under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, approved 听by a government lawyer with a 鈥渕iscommunication鈥 that got the Catholics off the hook for $25 million.

The Globe and Mail鈥

  • April 20, 2016
  • Windspeaker Staff

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ's Aboriginal Peoples鈥 Advisory Committee launched an initiative April 18 that invites downtown businesses to install decals that welcome people in Indigenous languages. The initiative is symbolic and celebrates Indigenous arts and languages, reads a press statement.

It is also a challenge to downtown businesses to work towards greater reconciliation with the鈥

  • April 20, 2016
  • Windspeaker Staff

The Government of Ontario announced April 18 funding for three research projects to support a more appropriate response from law enforcement authorities when dealing with incidents of sexual violence and harassment against Indigenous women, and to encourage more survivors to report sexual violence. The announcement was made at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.

  • April 20, 2016
  • Written by Dianne Meili

Gustafsen Lake warrior showed bravery under fire

The key figure in the 1995 Gustafsen Lake standoff 鈥 which saw more gunfire than 1990鈥檚 Oka crisis 鈥 was a warrior who liked nothing better than to grow squash, beans and corn in his organic garden in later life.

鈥淚t was a lot of hard work for an Elder to do, but he would get out there into the field鈥

  • April 19, 2016
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor REGINA

After a year of operating on the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta, the monthly diabetes clinic has a steadily growing number of patients. That success, says Enoch Cree member Joanne McDonald, who also serves as community health representative at the local health centre, is due to the visiting physician鈥檚 no-nonsense attitude and understanding.

Dr. Jeff Winterstein, who makes the regular鈥

  • April 19, 2016
  • Andrea Smith Windspeaker Contributor EDMONTON

What鈥檚 in a name, really? Nothing most of the time, unless you鈥檙e talking about Gladue Reports in Canada.

For some people, the name alone sparks controversy and mixed emotions, and it鈥檚 sometimes even misinterpreted as a 鈥済et out of jail free card鈥 by people who don鈥檛 understand, or just don鈥檛 agree with, their purpose.

While judges can choose a rehabilitative option over jail鈥

  • April 18, 2016
  • Shayne Morrow Windspeaker Contributor VANCOUVER

A gathering of First Nations families and non-Aboriginal activists occupied the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Vancouver on Monday morning April 18.

The Vancouver protest was part of a series of actions nationwide. The immediate goal was to demand action on the ongoing suicide crisis in Attawapiskat, but the conditions that have sparked the crisis are systemic across鈥

  • April 18, 2016
  • Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO

鈥淩eckoning鈥, the latest production by Indigenous theatre-company Article 11, offers an intense experience with their offering of three 30-minute plays dealing with residential schools.

In a post on social media, veteran actor Monique Mojica called it a 鈥淜ick ass show. Skillfully crafted & performed. This is what our stories told by us looks like.鈥

Playwright Tara Beagan, co-鈥

  • April 15, 2016
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA

The only M茅tis body that enjoys a nation-to-nation relationship with the federal and provincial governments is the M茅tis National Council, and as such, in wake of the Daniels鈥 decision, it is the MNC that will be conducting negotiations with the other two levels of government on behalf of the M茅tis people, says MNC President Clement Chartier.

鈥淲e鈥檝e made this point, and I believe we鈥檝e鈥

  • April 15, 2016
  • Shari Narine Windspeaker Contributor OTTAWA

A highly-anticipated decision from the Supreme Court of Canada has produced a solid win for the country鈥檚 600,000 M茅tis and non-status Indians.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today in the Daniels鈥 case that M茅tis and non-status Indians are a federal responsibility and would no longer be in a 鈥渏urisdictional wasteland with significant and obvious disadvantaging consequences.鈥