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The Home Run: mushing through history and tough weather

The Home Run: mushing through history and tough weather

Justin Allen, a 34-year-old musher, says wolves are challenging his dog sledding journey home to Saint John, New Brunswick. “I didn’t have as much sleep as I would have liked,” he said, “I would have to stay outside with my […]

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 […]

Walter George Bosum  July 31, 1968 – February 11, 2018

Walter George Bosum July 31, 1968 – February 11, 2018

If you ever saw a group of people standing in a circle and Walter was in it, you would have heard them laughing. If you ever drove by his house, most likely, you would see a pair of legs sticking […]

Skindigenous digs into the Native roots of tattoos

Skindigenous digs into the Native roots of tattoos

These days, whether you live in a small town or a major city, you’re likely to come across people sporting tattoos on their arms, legs, hands, neck or face. As many of the social stigmas surrounding the practice become less […]

Brian Webb’s business provides for Chisasibi and keeps community traditions alive

Brian Webb’s business provides for Chisasibi and keeps community traditions alive

Just before Christmas a few years ago, Brian Webb’s mother set out to buy presents in Chisasibi for her granddaughters in Montreal. To her dismay, she found there weren’t many options available in her home community. “She couldn’t find anything,” […]

Where to give so that all Cree can enjoy the seasonal feast this holiday season

Where to give so that all Cree can enjoy the seasonal feast this holiday season

While sugar-plum fairies may be dancing in the minds of some children of the north come Christmas, for others it’s a time of worry that they won’t get to participate in part of the fun and joy that is Christmas. […]

Waswanipi culture school program takes hands-on approach to traditional values

Waswanipi culture school program takes hands-on approach to traditional values

Waswanapi teacher Flora Otter begins her day quite differently than most of her colleagues. In the mornings, she might work with the girls in the school to gather ingredients they will cook that afternoon: beaver, geese, partridges or rabbits – […]

The first snow

I spent the afternoon working around my cottage preparing for winter, putting away anything that was unprotected from the ice and snow. Then I stored anything that could freeze and sheltered anything that could be moved. I cleared a lot […]

The Gookumnouch Council shares life teachings

The Gookumnouch Council shares life teachings

  When Irene Bearskin House was 10 years old, she learned in school that the fiddle wasn’t an instrument from her own culture. She became curious: what was played in Cree culture? Bearskin House asked one of her grandmothers, a […]

An ancient treatment for a modern disease

An ancient treatment for a modern disease

  Elder Minnie Awashish never imagined that she would have a key medication compound for diabetes treatment named for her. After nearly 15 years of working with scientists from universities in southern Quebec and Ontario, the Mistissini Elder was surprised […]