10 May 2016

The Nation Builders

Like many Inuit women, when Akinisie Qumaluk’s due date approached, she was sent to Moose Factory, Ont. from her village in northern Quebec.  This wasn’t anything new.  Evacuating pregnant women in northern communities became unofficial policy in Canada in the 1960s and 1970s in...
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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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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

Searching for Home

Fugitive, runaway, criminal. These are the words used to describe Clifford Laframboise if you Google his name. Kind, gentle, committed father. These are the words used to describe Clifford Thomas if you ask his friends and family. Laframboise and Thomas are the same man. Born as...
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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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