Category: UTNS

A Miner’s Prayer

If you live in Ontario you will be treated to a lot of great music this summer. One performer in particular is shining these days – Matt James (Naveau) of Mattagami First Nation. Matt grew up as part of a […]

Facing the storm

We’re coming out of a long, hard winter here in northern Ontario. Elders tell me that this winter is similar to what they experienced growing up decades ago. The snow came early to the north and right across most of […]

The world is waiting for them

I am thrilled to see posts on Facebook showing that members of my family from the James Bay coast are reaching out and traveling the world. Right now my niece Brianna Wesley is with her friend Clarice Friday in Japan. […]

Souls left in darkness

I don’t understand what is happening in the world these days. For example, I thought things were getting better between First Nation people and non-Natives in this country. There has been so much bad history involving violence, residential schools, and […]

Uploaded, downloaded and updated

When I was a teen back in Attawapiskat, other people were my biggest source of information. I relied on others in order to know about how to repair a snowmobile, a four-wheeler or to deal with a simple truck problem. […]

Finding our way home

Recently I attended a series of celebrations of Aboriginal culture and traditions. They included a special event at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto featuring Brunswick House First Nation, a gathering of Beaverhouse First Nation and Bear Island First Nation […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s to those of Irish descent, or, as my friend Mike likes to say, “wishes they were.” Aboriginal people across Canada have mixed with the Irish from the time they made it over the Atlantic Ocean. What was […]

We all need healing

These are difficult times for First Nation people as we are trying to move ahead, heal and recover from the colonization of our people and the tragedy of the residential schools system. Although we are doing our best at our […]

February blues

The February blues affects everyone differently. I am starting to feel the effects of cabin fever from my comfortable desk chair inside my small home office. I’ve been in front of my computer for days typing during my working hours […]

There is a lot of work to do

It’s hard to believe that Justin Trudeau became the first sitting Prime Minister to visit a remote community in Nishnawbe Aski territory when he traveled to Pikangikum First Nation January 19. It is not as though Canada was created yesterday, […]