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May 16, 2024


Radical Stitch – The largest survey exhibition of contemporary Indigenous beadwork ever presented on the continent

NationTalk: On view: 101 beadworks by 44 First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists ranging from wearable art and portraiture to installation and video, connecting past and present. Beading is one of the defining mediums of contemporary Indigenous art on this continent. Until September 30, 2024, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) will present Radical Stitch,...

May 1, 2024


Nation-to-nation ribbon skirt exchange honours MMIWG

‘It’s up to us to make sure that they are heard and that they are remembered,’ says organizer CBC Indigenous: Dozens of women across the Haudenosaunee Confederacy have helped sew ribbon skirts as a part of exchange between communities to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. “Their voices weren’t heard. It’s up to...

April 26, 2024


New Métis children’s book offers connecting through storytelling

The children’s author says she wanted any Métis person reading it to see a reflection of themselves. Image: Supplied  APTN News: Tasha Hilderman is the author of a new children’s book Métis Like Me about being Métis that she wrote after seeing new parents online looking for resources to teach their kids about their heritage. Hilderman says...

April 19, 2024


‘Aunties’ teach Kahnawà:ke teens how to sew their own ribbon skirts

Class is part of the Kanien’kehá:ka community’s annual cultural awareness month Kahnawà:ke teens learn to sew their own ribbon skirts 19 hours ago, Duration 2:06 Lisa Two-Axe taught her colleagues at Kahnawà:ke Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services how to sew, and now they’re sharing what they learned to youth in their community. A group of teenagers are meeting...

April 16, 2024


Niagara Falls is rich with Indigenous history — a legacy these Haudenosaunee people want recognized

Indigenous history is rooted in the Niagara Region on both sides of the border https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/unmapped-niagara-falls-history-1.7175230 Unreserved: Unmapped: Niagara Falls – 50.56 This week we’re taking you to Niagara Falls for the second installment of our occasional series Unmapped. Rosanna is unmapping Niagara Falls, aka Onguiaahra – from the Haudenosaunee contributions to the War of 1812...

April 15, 2024


Passing on the art of Kanien’kehá:ka basketry, one lesson at a time

4-week workshop at Kahnawà:ke is part of community’s Cultural Awareness Month CBC Indigenous: Chelsea Phillips learned how to make traditional Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) baskets three years ago, and now is teaching others in her community. “It’s part of our culture, and part of our roles and responsibilities, there’s certain baskets that go along with that,” said...

March 29, 2024


Career fair emphasizes two-eyed seeing in preparing Mi’kmaw youth for post-secondary

Youth encouraged to hold on to cultural teachings while navigating Western educational institutions CBC Indigenous: Finding ways to blend both Western and Indigenous knowledge was a key feature of a three-day educational and career fair for high school students that wrapped up earlier this week in Dartmouth, N.S. The event, called Honouring our Future Leaders, or Mui walanej Nutqo’ltite’ wk Mita Nekmow...

March 27, 2024


Land purchase protects sacred Lightning Rock site

NationTalk: ABBOTSFORD – Sumas First Nation (Semá:th) and the Province are taking a major step in their shared reconciliation journey through the purchase and acknowledgment of a sacred site. The Province has purchased 36 hectares of undeveloped private property in Semá:th territory. The Lightning Rock site holds deep cultural and spiritual significance, serving as a...

March 24, 2024


‘The river’s calling us home’ — anticipation builds for first powwow in Saint John

Indigenous people share what the area’s first official gathering will mean to them This is part of a series called Ann’s Eye, featuring the work of Ann Paul, a Wolastoqey content creator. You can see more Ann’s Eye pieces by clicking here. APTN News: The Saint John region will have its first official powwow this fall,...

March 14, 2024


The Palais des congrès de Montréal invites business travellers to discover Indigenous tourism

NationTalk: MONTRÉAL – The Palais des congrès de Montréal and Indigenous Tourism Québec unveil QUÉBEC AUTOCHTONE (Indigenous Québec), a convivial networking space to discover the tourism offer of Québec’s 11 Indigenous Nations. For the list of contributors to the project, go to page 4. The list of installations in the QUÉBEC AUTOCHTONE space is available here. Photographs...

March 14, 2024


New project revisits wampum belts through a contemporary lens

Wampum belts contain the most precious words, values, experiences of Haudenosaunee people CBC Indigenous: An Akwesasne artist making contemporary wampum belts says he thinks of strands of purple and white wampum beads as Morse code. The tubular beads made from quahog shells were used ornamentally or ceremonially and also woven into belts as mnemonic devices recording history, traditions, laws, and...

March 9, 2024


Meet the Indigenous performers reviving and re-imagining the art of dance

From Canada to Norway, Indigenous artists reclaiming dance forms nearly eradicated by colonization Unreserved 49:55 Dance revolution Click on the following link to listen to ‘Unreserved” https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/indigenous-dance-revolution-1.7138543 CBC Indigenous: CBC Radio – Margaret Grenier grew up immersed in the traditions of her Gitxsan and Cree ancestry, traditions that are only around today because her parents...

January 23, 2024


Haudenosaunee astronomy presentation heading to New York planetarium

Samantha Doxtator says Haudenosaunee people still use constellations and moon cycles in their daily lives CBC Indigenous: Samantha Doxtator says Haudenosaunee people have always been astronomers and scientists; now she thinks it’s time other people learn what her people know. Doxtator, a member of the Oneida nation, will present Indigenous Astronomy as told by the Haudenosauneeat the Hayden Planetarium at the...

January 17, 2024


New Signage Proudly Marks Entry to the Territory of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3, and Encourages Respect for Aki and Nibi

NationTalk: December marked the final stage of an education and awareness campaign for Treaty #3 that will see sixteen commissioned highway signs being raised across the territory. Two distinct designs were developed that each serve to provide education and understanding to those passing through Treaty #3, and highlight the responsibility to acknowledge and respect the...

January 4, 2024


Ministers Anandasangaree, Vandal, Hajdu, and Parliamentary Secretary Atwin issue a statement of support on National Ribbon Skirt Day

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada NationTalk: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, OTTAWA – Traditional Unceded Algonquin TerritoryToday, the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations; the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for PrairiesCan and CanNor; the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, Minister responsible for FedNor; and Member...

January 4, 2024


Mi’kmaw women celebrate National Ribbon Skirt Day as a day of empowerment

2nd National Ribbon Skirt Day to be marked Thursday CBC News: Some Mi’kmaw women will mark National Ribbon Skirt Day by encouraging children to take pride in and wear cultural items like ribbon skirts.   Thursday is National Ribbon Skirt Day, a day to encourage Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ people to wear their traditional regalia.  Haley Bernard,...

December 31, 2023


Why reintroducing bison is revitalizing the Prairies and Indigenous culture, identity

‘We need to think about ways of making room for bison to return and to do their magic,’ ecologist says CBC News: On the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation west of Brandon, Man., schoolchildren are throwing pumpkins into a bison pen, a ceremony and sign of respect to an animal that has deep spiritual significance for...

December 13, 2023


New book preserves Haida law through the seven steps of a wedding

By Odette Auger, Windspeaker Buffalo Spirit Reporter Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson (Haida, Raven clan) is a musician, activist, artist, lawyer, and author. Her latest book is created with her husband, renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson (Eagle clan). Together in A Haida Wedding  from Heritage House, they document the seven steps of guud ‘iina Gihl (becoming married) in Haida law. The book,...

December 5, 2023


‘That mountain is shaking’: First-of-its-kind assessment of Indigenous stories

Traffic travels along Highway 3 through the remains of the Frank Slide in the Crowsnest Pass near Blairmore, Alta., on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. File photo by The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh  Canada’s National Observer: The Canadian Press – An Indigenous elder sits at a table telling a Blackfoot story about the Frank Slide in southern...

November 29, 2023


Indigenous non-profit buying land near site of former First Nation village on Salt Spring Island

Stqeeye’ Learning Society aims to use Xwaaqw’um Valley property for education, harvesting, cultural rites CBC Indigenous: Posted: Nov 29, 2023 4:37 PM EST | Last Updated: November 30 A 10-acre (four-hectare) parcel of land on one of B.C.’s Southern Gulf Islands will soon become property of an Indigenous-led non-profit society. The land on Salt Spring Island is near where...

November 4, 2023


Alter ego speaks: Kent Monkman’s Miss Chief Eagle Testickle gets two memoirs

Toronto Star: Since she first appeared in 2002, the ravishing Miss Chief Eagle Testickle has challenged perceptions of history and time, bringing glamour and a touch of sass to her expansive reframing of Indigenous Peoples’ experiences and to the story of Turtle Island. As the gender-fluid alter ego of acclaimed Cree artist Kent Monkman, parts...

October 25, 2023


Honing my skills on husks at the Six Nations community corn harvest

White corn is so vital to Haudenosaunee culture it’s even part of creation story CBC News: This past weekend, I joined Six Nations community members to harvest corn and prepare it for winter storage.  White corn is one of the main forms of sustenance for Haundenosaunee people and Six Nations Health Services holds traditional food events throughout the year...

October 20, 2023


Sasakwe: ORIGINS OF THE HEALING JINGLE DRESS

In northwestern Ontario, people remember the ‘First Lady of the Jingle Dress.’  “Dance for your community.” Ashanti Wilson Vibrant colours and patterns of regalia glistened under sun, fireworks and lightning to the many heartbeat drums as hundreds gathered from across Turtle Island to Naotkamegwanning waterfront pow wow ground. “It’s very special to be here for the...

October 19, 2023


Weaving together Indigenous wisdom and Western science for a sustainable future

Robert, from Eskasoni, and NSCC summer student Zach, weaving a sweetgrass braid on the coast in Unama’ki.  NationTalk: Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) – Sweetgrass holds a profound significance for the Mi’kmaq people, extending beyond its ecological value. It’s not merely a plant; it’s an integral part of their culture, woven into ceremonies and even...

September 21, 2023


‘Before colonization, tattoos were normal.’ Traditional Inuit tattoos were almost wiped out

Artists like Arsaniq Deer are helping revive the practice  ‘Inuit have always had tattoos, since time immemorial,’ says traditional tattoo artist Arsaniq Deer | Telling Our Story: Duration 5:25 Deer explains the sacredness of tattooing for Inuk women and explains how she’s participating in its revitalization, anchored in the knowledge and traditions of the elders. Click...

September 10, 2023


Flat Bay Band will soon have new cultural centre with $2.4M help from federal government

The Mary Webb Gathering Place is expected to open next summer CBC News: Construction is underway for Flat Bay Band-No’kmaq Village’s new healing centre. In an announcement on Friday, the facility officially got its name — which recognizes vital community member Mary Webb. The centre will be called the Mary Webb Gathering Place and it’s expected to open...

August 27, 2023


Stolen Nisga’a memorial pole about to start journey home from Scottish museum

Historic totem pole was taken without consent in 1929 from First Nation in northwestern B.C. Brenna Owen · The Canadian Press  CBC News: A memorial totem pole belonging to members of the Nisga’a Nation in northwestern British Columbia is about to begin its journey home from the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, where it has been...

August 14, 2023


Ska-Nah-Doht Village marks ‘momentous’ 50th birthday in Mount Brydges, Ont.

The village and museum first opened in 1973 CBC News: Dozens of people turned out for the 50th anniversary celebration of one of the London region’s most beloved historical sites and museums on Sunday. Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum opened in 1973, and is a recreation of villages inhabited by the Haudenosaunee people roughly 1,000 years ago....

August 11, 2023


Six Nations leaders say Robbie Robertson gave cultural centre invaluable support

A gesture by late musician Robbie Robertson has drawn attention to a Six Nations community’s cultural restoration project and local leaders anticipate it will have a lasting positive impact. Robertson arrives for the gala premiere of the film “Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band” at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Frank...

August 8, 2023


Stunningly beautiful’: Exhibit of Kenojuak Ashevak’s art opens in Newfoundland outport

A unique opportunity to see the work of an art icon in Atlantic Canada CBC News: This summer, the English Harbour Arts Centre in Trinity Bay is host to 30 rarely seen works of art by renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. The exhibit is part of a cross-country tour organized by the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, which...

July 26, 2023


Neqotkuk welcomes 63 children into the community through ceremony

The children also received a sacred bundle and traditional names  CBC News: The Wolastoqey community of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation) in New Brunswick welcomed 63 children last Friday through ceremony. The last welcoming ceremony was held in 2019 before they were paused because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Usually they expect around 10 to 20 children, but the community...

July 24, 2023


Celebration of Metis culture takes place at Back to Batoche Days

Organizers said this year’s four-day event had record-breaking numbers of attendees – Jul 24, 2023 Global News: Thousands of people gathered over the weekend for Back to Batoche Days, a celebration of Métis heritage that recognizes the culture with music, dancing and various performances. Organizers said this year’s four-day event had record-breaking numbers of attendees. “Yesterday, I think we had...

July 24, 2023


Paddlers push off on powerful voyage to reclaim Indigenous cultures across Pacific Northwest

Klahoose Nation’s Tl’emtl’ems Canoe is one of hundreds joining a flotilla of Indigenous paddlers for the 2023 Tribal Journey to Muckleshoot. Photo by Michelle Robinson Listen to article Canada’s National Observer: A flotilla of Indigenous canoes a hundred strong is converging along the Pacific Northwest as nations from Canada, the U.S. and beyond paddle hundreds of...

July 15, 2023


Indigenous culture in the spotlight at North American Indigenous Games in Halifax

President of NAIG says culture and sport will play equal roles CBC News: As thousands of people from across the continent arrive in Nova Scotia for the North American Indigenous Games, the spotlight won’t only be on athletic competition but also Indigenous culture. NAIG 2023 president George (Tex) Marshall of Eskasoni said the chance for the...

July 10, 2023


Nunavut Day celebration in Winnipeg offers growing Inuit community chance to share culture

Attendees enjoy Inuit food, games, and music to mark territory’s 24th birthday CBC News: A gathering at Winnipeg’s Vimy Ridge Park on Sunday afternoon shared traditional Inuit food, games and music in celebration of Nunavut’s 24th birthday. Nunavut Day marks Parliament’s passage of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act, which went into effect July 9, 1993. It’s...

July 4, 2023


Magnetawan First Nation Cultural Teachings gathering features clan teachings

NationTalk: AnishinabekNews.ca – MAGNETAWAN — Magnetawan First Nation held a Cultural Teachings gathering on June 14 with presentations by Anishinabek Nation Commissioner on Governance Pat Wedaseh Madahbee and Sheguiandah First Nation traditional teacher Chop Waindubence. “Magnetawan is one of five communities that are involved in a governance initiative called B’Maakonigan,” Commissioner Madahbee says. “B’Maakonigan is...

June 22, 2023


Poundmaker celebrates opening of new Culture Lodge

NationTalk: battlefordsNOW – In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day Wednesday, Poundmaker Cree Nation announced the opening of a new Culture Lodge, with an hour of spoken word, poetry, and culture teachings.  The Culture Lodge will feature a number of community and cultural events over the summer, from Plains Indian Sign Language workshops, to performance...

June 20, 2023


Pathway to Reconciliation mural project brings colour to downtown Regina

2.4-metre-wide path painted on paved stone will be created in FW Hill Mall CBC News: Marion Donnelly is excited to unveil the Pathway to Reconciliation. “It’s just an incredible opportunity for us to do a visual representation of what does reconciliation mean, not to Indigenous people, but to all people. We are all treaty people....

June 14, 2023


‘Kesite’tasikl’ exhibit opens in Halifax ahead of Indigenous games

A new exhibit featuring Mi’kmaw artifacts is set to open in Halifax ahead of the North American Indigenous Games. Kesite’tasikl, which means cherished in Mi’kmaw, is set to show off a number of collections including 6,000-year-old tools, basketry, wood flowers, and quillwork. Roger Lewis of the Sipekne’katik First Nation and curator of the exhibit at...

June 5, 2023


Canada invests in a new Language and Cultural Centre on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

NationTalk: Infrastructure Canada – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario — Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous, Callie Hill, Executive Director of Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na Language and Cultural Centre, and Chief R. Donald Maracle, Elected Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, announced a federal investment of $9.6 million to support the construction...

May 28, 2023


Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation wants its youth to know the ways of their ancestors. So they took 20 kids 223 kilometres away from home to connect to their roots

​Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation wants its youth to know the ways of their ancestors. So they took 20 kids 223 kilometres away from home to connect to their roots CBC News: In the Country – Six kids sit on spruce boughs inside a white canvas tent, held up by wooden stakes. The fire in the...

April 17, 2023


On the way to Wehwehneh: What it takes to transform downtown Winnipeg’s former Bay

$130M redevelopment inching forward as title transferred to Southern Chiefs, but financing questions remain CBC News: There were only three floors open to the public when the former Bay department store in downtown Winnipeg was shuttered for good in November 2020. The Hudson’s Bay Company’s Manitoba flagship had been withering for decades, floor closure after floor...

April 12, 2023


Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language panel will underscore link between economic reconciliation and cultural revitalization

NationTalk: VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Squamish Nation’s ongoing cultural revitalization will take centre stage at the 4th annual Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase (IPSS) when three members of a family from the Nation hold a panel discussion entirely in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language. This is the first time a business conference will feature a panel entirely in the...

April 6, 2023


Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre celebrates history in reopening exhibition

1,000 art pieces to be displayed in 10 exhibits, marking centre’s reopening after 3 years CBC News: The Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre (MICEC) in Winnipeg is back open to the public after three years of the pandemic.  Not only is it back open, there are plans for 10 new exhibitions — and the first...

March 29, 2023


Sacred Indigenous site opens in Edmonton’s river valley

‘Now we don’t have to leave the city to do the basic healing ceremonies that are necessary for our well-being’ CBC News: Hundreds of years ago, it was a place where Indigenous people collected ochre and precious medicines growing in the river valley. This week, 10 young students walked those same lands at Whitemud Park...

March 24, 2023


Quebec Cree launch knowledge festival to explain culture, history to non-Indigenous world

‘We want to share our culture. Who we are as Cree people’ CBC News: Cree from northern Quebec are launching a yearly festival to gather and share with the world their culture, history, and teachings — and to help Cree youth reconnect with their roots. The Cree Knowledge Festival is a virtual event happening in English and French on March...

March 7, 2023


More than 350 Years in the Making: Moose Factory in Omushkego Aski from Time Immemorial to 1673 to 2023

NationTalk: MOOSE FACTORY, ON, March 7, 2023 – On March 7, 2023, in Moose Factory, Ontario, an Opening Ceremony will take place to mark the beginning of a year-long celebration featuring our Cree culture and heritage and commemorating “More than 350 Years in the Making.” Established as Moose Fort in 1673, on a much older...

February 27, 2023


The Building: Labrador’s striking new cultural centre

For the Nain project, Newfoundland-born architect Todd Saunders took inspiration from Inuit sod house shelters on nearby Rose Island Macleans: The town of Nain, on the rugged, mountainous Labrador coast, gives new meaning to the word “remote”: it’s inaccessible by road and overlooks the wild Labrador Sea, which freezes for six months of the year. It’s...

February 3, 2023


Reclaiming identity in the face of systemic erasure

Black Indigenous women shed light on intertwining histories during Black History Month CBC News: Two framed photographs sit on Tiara Cash’s kitchen table in her Coquitlam, B.C., home. “This is my mom and this is my grandfather, and they are both Black Native,” she said. Cash’s great-grandmother on her mothers’s side was Chahta (Choctaw) and...

January 29, 2023


Dakota Nation’s Winterfest strengthens traditions, emboldens youth

Thousands in Brandon for 4-day festival after a two-year hiatus CBC News: Carrying the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation eagle staff with pride Friday evening, Donny McKay led the first Dakota Nation Winterfest Grand Entry since 2020. McKay, 67, has been dancing for more than 50 years. Carrying the staff is a great honour, said the...

January 28, 2023


How Indigenous people are strengthening fur traditions in an anti-fur world

Artisans and trappers from the Northwest Territories say using fur is humane and sustainable CBC News: Inuvialuit fashion designer Taalrumiq says she knows first-hand how using real animal fur can foster harsh criticism and anger in people who are against the fur industry.  Taalrumiq, whose English name is Christina Gruben King, creates couture pieces and fine...

January 24, 2023


What would a $20 bill look like if it had an Indigenous woman front and centre?

Native Women’s Association of Canada’s ‘Change the Bill’ exhibition reimagines Canada’s banknote CBC News: For Mi’kmaw artist Tracey Metallic, the late Margaret (Pictou) LaBillois is one of her heroes. That’s why she chose to feature her in a design challenge to re-imagine Canadian banknotes with inspirational Indigenous women. The project, Change the Bills, is being run by the Native Women’s Association...

January 11, 2023


Traditional winter dances make their way back into Indigenous communities after COVID restrictions lifted

Dances offer something to look forward to in the winter CBC News – Saskatchewan: Indigenous communities are celebrating being able to host in-person cultural dances after three years of online virtual events. COVID-19 meant no big public events — including cultural events — but round dances and kahomni dances are now coming back. Elder Pete Bigstone,...

January 4, 2023


Marking 1st ever national Ribbon Skirts Day in northern Ontario

Ribbon skirts are often worn in ceremonies or special events, but can be for everyday use CBC News: Autumn Lewis from Wiikwemikong First Nation, Ont., has been wearing and making ribbon skirts since her youth. She even sews them for her seven-year-old daughter. She plans on making a new creation to wear especially for Canada’s first...

December 22, 2022


Establishment of The Indigenous Cultural Integrity Advisory Committee

NationTalk: Indigenous Tourism Ontario is pleased to announce the establishment of the Indigenous Cultural Integrity Advisory Committee to support the respectful growth of Indigenous tourism in Ontario. Today, the day of the Winter Solstice marks not just the shortest day of the year but also an opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward...

August 24, 2022


Education a key priority discussion during latest Anishinabek Nation UNDRIP engagement session

NationTalk: AnishinabekNews.ca: ANISHINABEK NATION TERRITORY— The Anishinabek Nation Legal Department continues to host its United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Act virtual engagement sessions with the third in the series held on August 10. Anishinabek First Nations leaders and citizens were invited to participate in the Miigizi (Eagle) Dodem (clan) session exploring themes...