Corruption and Injustice – a life and death issue

Corruption and Injustice – a life and death issue

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Opinion | No Comments

There is nothing that infuriates me more than injustice and corruption. And when corruption destroys the environment and, at the same time creates injustice, it enrages me.

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A Vision of Change

A Vision of Change

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Opinion | 35 Comments

I had a vision. I kept it to myself for a while, then shared it in little moments on Facebook, on Twitter.

 But it’s time to share it, as undeveloped as it may be, I feel that it’s right. And there’s something in me that won’t allow me to stay silent about it any longer. […]

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Silence Is Not Our Mothertongue

Silence Is Not Our Mothertongue

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Opinion | 4 Comments

Silence is Not Our Mothertongue: Madwewewin, The First Taste of Sound. There is this place called Silence that takes our women by their soft, browned hands and hides them in its long arms and holds them vehemently, wraps these women tightly so tightly and covers their mouths and eyes and feels their strong hearts beating […]

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Breaking Ourselves Down to Build Ourselves Back Up

Breaking Ourselves Down to Build Ourselves Back Up

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Opinion | 5 Comments

Growing up in the south it has taken me a long time to realize while graduating through various educational institutions, I was never really learning the way I was “suppose to,” but rather I was still learning from an Inuit understanding of education.

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Living My Kokum’s Words

Living My Kokum’s Words

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Opinion | 12 Comments

When I was a little girl, we went high bush cranberry picking up off Highway 28. I might have been 7 or 8. It was a family day. My Mom and Dad, all us kids, my Kokum (Grandma) as well as my aunts and uncles, who weren’t really all that much older than me were […]

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Revolutionary Acts of Non-Violence Disempowers Opposition

Revolutionary Acts of Non-Violence Disempowers Opposition

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Opinion | 20 Comments

Violence is never simple; it is horrific and loaded with long-term devastating consequences. I know this from experience and have lived it up close and personal.

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Reclaiming Ourselves One Name at a Time

Reclaiming Ourselves One Name at a Time

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Opinion | 21 Comments

First Nations, Ojibway, Blackfoot, Indian, Aboriginal, Treaty, Halfbreed, Cree, Status Indian are all fairly familiar English words but none of them are the names by which we, the various Indigenous Peoples, called ourselves in our own languages.

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Mindimoyenh & The Pipe Ceremony

Mindimoyenh & The Pipe Ceremony

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Opinion | 3 Comments

When it became public in the days before #J11 that AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-Chut Atleo sent a letter to PM Harper inviting him to AFN’s January 24th, 2013 anniversary meeting of the First Nations-Crown gathering, I was immediately agitated. Was the AFN co-opting Chief Theresa Spence’s sacrifice and The Peoples (i.e. Idle No More […]

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The Sucker Punch of January 11th

The Sucker Punch of January 11th

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Opinion | 6 Comments

I am wondering if anyone felt like I did this past week: weak, hurt, angry, disoriented, disappointed and down right disgusted at what happened on January 11th in Ottawa.

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The People United Will Never Be Defeated

The People United Will Never Be Defeated

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Opinion | 4 Comments

This past Sunday I watched on-line as the exquisite beauty of the Grand Entry of singers and dancers, in full regalia, young and old, moved into the West Edmonton Mall (WEM).  It was spectacular and there could not possibly be any sight more stirring or moving.  As I watched I was struck by a number […]

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