Windspeaker Media News Aug. 22 to Aug. 26, 2022

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“The energy that is generated at this site will actually offset the electricity consumption of our nations and administration.”

New solar field will power Métis Crossing and contribute to a greener electricity grid

By Crystal St.Pierre,

AUG. 22—The Métis Crossing facility in Smoky Lake, Alta. is one step closer to financial sustainability following a funding announcement made by the federal government earlier this month. Nearly $9 million is being invested by the government for the construction, implementation and distribution of a 4.86-megawatt solar power generation project.

Though Harper government agreed to “forever discharge” Catholic Church of settlement obligation more can be done

By Shari Narine,

AUG 22—A 2015 decision by Canada may have released the Catholic entities from their $25 million settlement for residential school survivors, but that doesn’t mean the Catholic corporation still can’t do something substantial, says Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, chair of the Governing Circle for the National Truth and Reconciliation Centre.

“Today is a day of celebration; celebration for our forefathers and their insight to create an agreement that allows us to live here today in harmony with our neighbours and other people.”

Monument unveiled as commemoration of the past and hope for the future

By Shari Narine,

AUG. 23—A monument unveiled at the Alberta legislature Sunday, Aug. 21, sits almost directly on the spot where the adhesion to Treaty 6 was signed in 1877 by area First Nations, some of which today are still fighting for status.

“I'm just super hyped and excited to be a part of that.”

International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show heading to Winnipeg

By Adam Laskaris,

AUG 23—Many of the world’s top Indigenous hip hop artists are heading to Manitoba this week.
This upcoming weekend, Winnipeg will host the International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show for its second-ever edition. Available to attend for the public both in-person and virtually, organisers are hoping the event will raise the profile of many of the featured artists.

“…people drag their feet because there’s some reluctance that, when they do this, there will be some backlash. Of course, there will be.”

Work being done on Call to Action #46 to repudiate Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius is frustratingly slow

AUG. 23—The value of a covenant being developed at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will only be strengthened with the involvement of Indigenous communities. However, some are concerned—and frustrated—that the churches working on the covenant are spending too much time on internal discussions.

“It seemed that we got better and better every single game.”

Haudenosaunee lacrosse squad wins bronze medal at world tournament

By Sam Laskaris,

AUG. 24—Mark Burnam was pleased that his squad was able to capture some hardware at a world tournament. But Burnam, who served as the head coach for the Haudenosaunee Nationals, can only wonder if his squad would have fared even better than its bronze-medal performance if the world tourney had been held when it was originally scheduled.

Michelle O’Bonsawin will “bring the lived experience of an Indigenous person…”

First Indigenous lawyer nominated to sit on Supreme Court of Canada ‘significant and substantial’

By Shari Narine,

AUG. 24—The next composition of the Supreme Court of Canada is expected to include its first Indigenous justice. Michelle O’Bonsawin, an Abenaki member of the Odanak First Nation, is set to appear before the Commons Justice and Human Rights Committee today, Aug. 24, to answer questions as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s nominee to the highest court in Canada.

It’s a really great performance… It’s a pretty unique show.”

Blue Moon Marquee to play the Purple City Music Festival in Edmonton

By Crystal St.Pierre,

AUG. 25—Edmonton will be filled with the sound of music this weekend with the upcoming Purple City Music Festival taking place at nine locations throughout the city from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28 with more than 80 performers. One of the bands performing at the event is Blue Moon Marquee. The duo consists of Alberta-born A.W. Cardinal (Métis/Cree) and Jasmine Colette, A.K.A. Badlands Jass.

“I just think it does such a disservice for people to not know this facet of her artistic expression.”

Buffy Sainte-Marie art exhibition set to open in Ottawa this weekend

By Adam Laskaris,

AUG. 25—A new art exhibition coming through the national capital is set to honour one of the country’s most iconic multidisciplinary artists. Buffy Sainte-Marie: Pathfinder, a retrospective exhibition… will be open to the public from Saturday, Aug. 27 to Sunday, Sept. 18 at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.

Former chief says his new role with Axxcelus will help make economic reconciliation a reality

By Shari Narine,

AUG. 25—Former Enoch Cree Nation chief and grand chief for the Confederacy of Treaty 6, Billy Morin, has started a new relationship with Axxcelus Capital Advisory. At one time he teamed up with Axxcelus to bring prosperity to his First Nation in Alberta for the development of natural resources. He will now work for Axxcelus to help other Indigenous communities benefit from natural resource development.

“Watching the show, I thought how it was cool they were able to integrate the Cree language into it without making it a thing.”

Indigenous language resources from University of Regina Press show up in CBC summer drama

By Shari Narine,

AUG. 26—This summer there were some excited people at the University of Regina Press (URP) when a new CBC-TV drama hit the airwaves. “I just happened to be watching the episode of SkyMed when (the nurse) pulled it out in the airplane,” said Melissa Shirley, marketing and publicity manager with URP. “It” was a Cree dictionary published by URP.