Windspeaker Media News Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, 2022

Saturday, September 24th, 2022 12:43pm


“As I was sort of thinking about the possibility of four books, I started thinking about what if we chose the stories that reflected my father at different stages of life?”

author Sara Florence Davidson


Two books in children’s book series by Haida father-daughter writing team released

By Adam Laskaris,

SEPT. 19—When author Sara Florence Davidson was growing up, much of her love for storytelling was inspired by her father, renowned carver and artist Robert Davidson. Enter Returning to the Yakoun River and Dancing With Our Ancestors, written by Sara and Robert. The books are the third and fourth books in the Sk'ad'a Stories Series via HighWater Press.


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LJI Journalist, Windspeaker Media   

Recruitment Officer, Brandon University

Financial Analyst, First Nations Information Governance Centre

Indigenous Student Success Officer, Brandon University


“This is totally their initiative, which to me shows me some good corporate responsibility.”

Chief Scott McLeod


Ontario Northland rolls out Every Child Matters locomotive

By Sam Laskaris,

SEPT. 19—Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod has a lot of praise for Ontario Northland officials. That’s because the provincial transportation company has rolled out a locomotive that is painted orange and has the phrase Every Child Matters emblazoned on it. The unveiling comes just before the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Sept. 30. The train will travel throughout northern Ontario.


“…colonization has done something really intense to the family...”

O’Kosi director Michelle Thrush


Play is a ‘love letter’ to restoring the familial bond

By Shari Narine,

SEPT. 19—The year is 2077. The day Sept. 22. A man is speaking to a Blackfoot Elder, who has sought refuge in a cabin in the woods of southern Alberta. The world has collapsed. Climate change has taken over. There have been water wars. Michelle Thrush, playwright, artistic director and director of O’kosi, admits the premise is “grim… (but) look around… It scares the hell out of me that we are going to go into water wars and … that the earth is going to burn…”


“It ended up being something so much better than I had envisioned.”

— Filmmaker Eric Janvier


“Intimate” short film depicts the making of a caribou hide drum

By Shari Narine,

SEPT. 20—A “happy little accident” has resulted in a short film that will make its world premiere for Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation filmmaker Eric Janvier at the Calgary International Film Festival this weekend. Heartbeat of a Nation captures the personal and loving interactions between father, child and aunty. Brant Janvier instructs his child August on how to make a caribou while Aunty Agnes Duke observes quietly, later sharing her feelings about renewing this part of the culture.


“How many artifacts does the Alberta museum have now that they don’t really need? They should be sending them back to the First Nations people.”

— Chief Allan Adam


Chief concerned about artifacts being held by museums

By Shari Narine,

SEPT. 21—A treaty medallion has returned home to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) in northern Alberta. The medallion was given to the first chief of ACFN at the signing of Treaty 8 in 1899. Chief Allan Adam said he was “given the task” to bring home the medallion and a Headman’s suit when he became chief 14 years ago, when an Elder said the medallion and suit belonged to her grandfather.


“I think it’s written in the stars they will be the next government. I think they’re probably comforted by it and don’t see the need to meet us halfway.”

Chief Ghislain Picard

debate Quebec AFN

Quebec First Nations promise to keep pushing to be heard as second term for Legault government almost guaranteed

By Shari Narine,

SEPT. 22—Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador Chief Ghislain Picard is no more at ease now that he has heard incumbent Member of the National Assembly (MNA) of Quebec Ian Lafrenière’s take on Indigenous issues. Lafrenière, who serves as Indigenous Affairs minister in the incumbent Coalition Avenir Québec government, joined MNAs Gregory Kelley (Liberal) and Manon Massé (Québec Solidaire), along with Parti Québécois candidate Alexis Gagné-Labrun in a debate hosted by AFNQL on Sept. 20.


Survey finds that anti-Indigenous bias in medical student applicants difficult to identify

By Shari Narine,

SEPT. 23—A survey undertaken by the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine shows just how difficult it is to gauge the anti-Indigenous bias of medical student applicants. Results of the survey were published in the most recent BMC Medical Education journal. It found that “medical school applicants did not have strong interpersonal explicit or implicit anti-Indigenous bias.” But, “we know that Indigenous students, Indigenous staff and faculty all experience racism,” said Dr. Pamela Roach, an author of the study.


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Coordinator: Indigenous Student Engagement, Concordia University Montreal

Marketing Promotions Coordinator, Windspeaker Media

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“I don’t know what to do anymore.”

—Jessica Alexis

Angel rally

Rally search, candlelight vigil planned for missing Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation woman

By Shari Narine,

SEPT. 23—Family members are still searching daily on the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation for Angela Morningstar Alexis, reported missing on Sept. 2. Family members last saw her Aug. 17 in the community located north of Edmonton. Tomorrow that search will be combined with the community’s monthly rally against alcohol and drugs. That rally was begun last year by Angela’s cousin and godmother Jessica Alexis. It’s held the last Saturday of every month.