11 May 2016

Inuit Never Stopped Hunting

 “Inuit woman and child standing on bowhead whale after a 2002 subsistence hunt” by Ansgar Walk licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5. Taken in Igloolik, Nunavut. It’s February in Rankin Inlet, a predominantly Inuit hamlet on the northwest coast of Hudson Bay. It’s very cold...
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10 May 2016

A Walk in Two Worlds

Rediscovering your culture and your place within it is indescribably important, especially for two-spirit youth.
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23 Apr 2016

Reclaiming Two-Spirit Health

Chris Pike offers to self-disclose. He went in for a specialist appointment last year, and when asked about his lifestyle, said he identified as a therapist and a sober person. Alcohol isn’t traditional so he doesn’t drink, do drugs or smoke commercial tobacco. When he told his...
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Duty to Consult

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 29: “Indigenous peoples have the right to the conservation and protection of the environment and the productive capacity of their lands or territories and resources. States shall establish and implement...
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15 Apr 2016

Claiming a Name

When he was younger, James Costello wouldn’t correct people who thought he was Italian. It was an assumption made often, based on his olive skin and dark hair, and on the sound of his name. His grandmother, a survivor of the residential school system, saw his lack of...
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15 Apr 2016

Walking for Water

Get out a glass. Turn on the tap. Drink. It’s a simple ritual for most Canadians. But for the nearly half million residents living on First Nation reserves, their water may be laced with mercury, arsenic, uranium. More than 100 First Nations communities are currently...
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15 Apr 2016

Status Denied

Photo: Wiki Mechanics/Flickr From the moment Lynn Gehl was born she was disadvantaged within her cultural community and all because of a piece of paper. Though she self-identifies as Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe, though she participates in this cultural community and though she...
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15 Apr 2016

Coaching for Life

Coaching is a fundamental aspect of any sports team, be it at the pro level or recreational. Beyond simply leading a team to victory or giving a star athlete their big break, coaches can have an immeasurable impact on their player’s lives and the communities in which they live...
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15 Apr 2016

A Common Thread

  With a steady hand, he calmly held a small sewing needle and ever so gently picked up tiny brown beads one-by-one. Curtis Oland, a fourth-year Ryerson fashion design student was taught traditional woven beadwork on a bead loom by his grandmother. It takes one hour to...
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15 Apr 2016

Rising to New Heights

Mathieu Plamondon has big goals. The 17-year-old from Timmins, Ont. has been running races since Grade 2, winning multiple gold medals at Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations events and North American Indigenous Games. Now, Plamondon is beginning to look to the...
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