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    Staying silent while the Oppressor Speaks

    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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    Representation, and taxation without proper representation

    If I do not have a right to tax my neighbor, how can I assign that right to the government to tax my neighbor? Magic!? Proper representation can be a very complex concept; like, what elements are necessary to qualify representation, if we are truly represented we should have...
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    Decolonizing our lives with Conscious Intention

    By Mike Myers I recently had a conversation with my brother about a workshop he attended focused on “Conscious Discipline” which is described as: “Conscious Discipline® is built on the premise of developing discipline within children rather than applying discipline to them. The Conscious Discipline process applies equally to parents, child care givers,...
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    Disambiguation

    English common law is the system of law based on the decision of courts of England without authority of written law but rather on customary usage by court. Common law as applied outside the England/”UK” has and is now making effort at assumption of jurisdiction over others and their...
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    Cars and weather

    By Gary Farmer Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday here in the U.S. That was the leading sentence in a LA...
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    Aren’t There Two Teams Out There?

    The definition of racism within the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: “poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race.” Now that’s a bit of a no-brainer isn’t it? It’s well agreed upon that everyone recognizes what racism is. Some sociologists even suggest that racism is taught generation to...
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    On reconciliation time: why is Six Nations identity divided by corporations?

    By Gary Farmer For years I thought, why do we have two postals codes — well, more like 5 postal codes — and two area codes and about twenty different phone exchanges like 445, 759, 752 etc. Why can’t Six Nations have one area code and one postal code?...
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    The Law of Mother Earth

    by Gary Farmer Bolivia passes “Law of Mother Earth” which gives rights to our planet as a living system. The Law of Mother Earth (“Ley de Derechos de La Madre Tierra”) holds the land as sacred and holds it as a living system with rights to be protected from...
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    Canadians obligated to support indigenous languages

    By Amos Keye Jr. and Dr. Carrie Dyck In Canada’s Indian Residential School system, the 53 Indigenous languages spoken in Canada were suppressed, even demonized, silencing the voices of well over seven generations of Indigenous humanity. In the words of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, “The intent … was...
  • “It’s Only A Month Away”

    In regards to what I will be facing in the upcoming month; I already submitted two letters of recommendation and an essay to the Miss Indian World Pageant Committee, and the pageant itself will span from April 26- April 30. But, to be considered a competitor I have to...
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    Ontario being bought by off-shore investors

    By Ella Haley After the Provincial Government created the Ontario Greenbelt in 2005, an unforeseen land-buying frenzy began just beyond its borders. Developers, land bankers and their offshore investors have since bought up thousands of hectares of farmland in the counties of Brant, Simcoe, Niagara and Wellington. Brant County...
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    Breaking stereotypes

    By Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Ph.D. It is with great humility that I write this short article on what has been a very difficult conversation in the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Since late 2015, the courts have heard testimony on the seven Indigenous children who died while attending school in...
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