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    Staying Silent

    Indigenous people have the true voices in this land. It is voices and languages that flow, like a mountain stream, gurgling like infants. It is the voice of the river during the spring thaw when the voice starts to gain momentum. It is the powerful voice of the thunder...
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    The Indian Act footprint of Indigenous Governance

    Current affairs on Turtle Island or Canada show the continuing struggles of indigenous people across the land. What is the historical legacy that leads to the disconnection between land stewards and settlers? Pre-settler, the original people lived within developed systems of governance, laws and customs that honoured spirituality. With...
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    Thunder Woman Speaks: Indians or Sovereign First Peoples

      It has been a long struggle for the first peoples, the original peoples to gain the attention of non-native people in Canada. The European colonizers/settlers only sought land and resource extraction with the original people being an encumbrance to their greed. Since the first meetings of peace and...
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    Mu WÎyan Î’uch: Thunder Woman speaks

    Long ago, the original voices were raised in harmony with this land. These voices sounded over the land in prayer, in ceremony, in thankfulness and in concert with all of Creation. Today we listen to many different voices that purport to speak for the original people of Turtle Island....
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    The Path Begins

    Imagine camps along a flowing riverbed with children playing, elders and families talking, eating and laughing. Forests stand tall and proud providing shade, fuel and shelter for the people. The land is rocky, sandy, grassy, or wide open. The plants and animals roam freely following a greater plan. The...
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    Onkwehonwe Week in Review: September 28th 2016

    Indigenous nations across Turtle Island sign mutual defence treaty to protect against tarsands expansion Chiefs lined up to add their names and their nations to an international alliance that will stop tarsands expansion projects in their traditional territories. The alliance will block all proposed pipeline, tanker, and rail projects...
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    Onkwehonwe Week in Review: September 21, 2016

    Winnipeg MP breaks ranks with Liberal caucus over controversial Site C project   The Justice for the Peace Caravan has recently traveled from British Columbia to Ottawa to focus attention on the importance of an appeal currently underway regarding the Site C project. The proposed B.C. Hydro project seeks...
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    Onkwehonwe Week in Review: September 7, 2016

    Opaskwayak Cree trappers and fishers blockade highway over failed negotiations Near Gillam, Manitoba, the local Cree Fur Council and and the Opaskwayak Commercial Fishery Co-op shut down the highway, stopping trucks and equipment headed towards a massive hydro-electric development project. Manitoba Hydro’s Keeyask generating station is one of several...
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    Onkwehonwe Week In Review: August 31, 2016

    Health Canada closes nursing stations on remote Northern reserves with 2 days notice On August 23, federal officials shocked Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) with a memo saying that an “alternative delivery plan would go into effect on Thursday.” Although there is federal policy that states First Nations must be...
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    Onkwehonwe week in review: August 24, 2016

    Indigenous leaders from across the country praise Gord Downie’s words at tour finale The Tragically Hip’s lead singer, Gord Downie, bas been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  Since then, the Canadian band announced the Man Machine Poem tour as a way to say farewell to their fans across the...
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    Onkwehonwe week in Review: August 17, 2016

    Caldwell First Nation hosts first ever pow wow on rematriated lands   Last weekend, a unique celebration happened; a powwow on land that was rematriated through the settlement of a 200-year-old land claim. The federal government approved a $105 million settlement that provided the opportunity for Caldwell to purchase...
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    Onkwehonwe Week in Review: August 10, 2016

    Mount Polley Mine shut down on second anniversary of largest industrial disaster in Canadian history The Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society (SWWS) blockaded the entrance to Imperial Metal’s Mount Polley Mine on August 4, near Likely, British Columbia. Two years ago, a tailings pond failed and spilled 25 million cubic...
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