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

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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08 May 2016

Bridging the Knowledge Gap

When Lisa* graduated from teacher’s college to become a social studies teacher she wanted to teach her students about Indigenous issues, but even as a new graduate she feels inherently uncomfortable broaching Indigenous content with her students. In the duration of Lisa’s...
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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

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

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

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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