Articles from the March 10, 2017 edition


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  • How to keep winning the battle against your heart

    Bryan VanSyke|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    "Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." -First Peter 5:8 (If you don't believe me, then this Scripture nails it!) OK fellow warriors, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most of you have experienced a hard moment of truth. Was there a time, moment or a conversation that made a huge impact on your way of life; a moment that you'll never forget? When you were married... When you had your child/...

  • The Legend of Turtle Woman

    Crying Wind|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    The Kaw Indians never lived far from a river because they knew if the deer and antelope became scarce they could always depend on the river being full of fish. Food was so plentiful, the tribe was healthy, the women were beautiful, and the men were strong. As strong and handsome as all the braves were, Winter Fox was taller and stronger and more handsome than all the rest. His lodge was filled with soft pelts and trade goods and there was no doubt that someday he would be the...

  • Walking from Wrongs to Rights

    Tim and Vivien Stime|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    Three years ago last September, 70,000 Vancouverites took to the streets in the “Walk for Reconciliation,” committing to a new relationship between “settlers” and Indigenous Peoples. In October 2016, we took another step on that journey at a Nestooaak gathering called “Walking from Wrongs to Rights.” The event took place at Grandview-Calvary Baptist Church in East Vancouver, BC, located on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territory. Indigenous and settler-led workshops which helped to catalyze action and underst...

  • Healing the Heart through the Psalms

    Parry Stelter|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    In the book of Jesus there is a book written by several of our spiritual ancestors from the time of King David. In this book called The Psalms there are people crying out to God to deliver them from depression, sadness, hurt, anger, physical threat, oppositions of all kinds, people mocking and making fun of them and the list goes on and on. As Aboriginal people, we too have endured many of these same feelings because of racism, oppression. Although we are in a society that...

  • NATIVE COOKING

    Dale Carson|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    You may feel differently but I think this winter went quite fast and was so mild. It was a good year for zogalosobonek (maple sugar, sap or syrup). Even just a little in a recipe or box cake can stir up a new taste sensation. Here is where I like to say just 'play'. This spring weather brings renewal, a chance to rewind and do over whatever you didn't like about last year. Almost ready to give up on a big garden, well I am ready. It would be nice to have a small raised garden...

  • FILM REVIEWS

    Film Reviews by Willie Krischke|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    La La Land Hidden Figures La La Land "La La Land" seems to barely exist as a movie. It is so light and breezy, so stocked with nostalgia and whimsy, dream sequences, and references to other movies; it feels like it might be that one movie everyone thinks they saw that never actually existed. Was that even real, or did I dream it? If it was real, it starred Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, two young hopefuls in the city of lights, waiting for their big break. Stone wants to be an...

  • Finding Joy and Purpose

    Matt LeBlanc and Kharla Acosta|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    Roel Arthur Ali III, known fondly as "Bob", is a young man with an incredible desire to lead his people. He is the second son of one of the most respected elders of the Ata tribe in southern Philippines. Although he was born in a village in the mountains of Paquibato, he grew up in the city of Davao. When the iEmergence team first met Bob, he was a shy kid but a very respectful one. During conversations, he would only sit behind his father and listen intently, and would speak...

  • An Ojibwe elder shares his discovery of help and hope

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    The Grieving Indian by Arthur Holmes with George McPeek Indian Life Books, Paper Review by Dr. Robert R. Dawson The Grieving Indian is a gripping story which accents the problems Native Americans face. The Ojibwe have the most severe problems because they were a small group and not granted a reservation. They were left to shift more or less on their own. After much neglect and mistreatment as children and teenagers, struggling with alcoholism for many years, as adults were...

  • Love and goodness

    Claude Lucero|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    Love is so attracted to goodness that it automatically rejects evil. Love always and only recognizes evil as a corruption of the world. When we fill our minds and our lives with what is good, evil will have no place. For this is the power of love’s goodness, when goodness comes into action, evil is buried by it. Love brings the knowledge of God and when God is known, other things are made clear....

  • Letters from Our Readers

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    STANDING ROCK I have subscribed to Indian Life for many years and share it with my Indian and “white” friends as well as folks in jail. It has been a real encouragement to all. Your last issue (Jan-Feb 2017) is informative and interesting. However, the article “Standing Rock water protectors wait and see after huge victory” concerned me very much. Most of it [the protests] was political and for “show”. Most of the people were bussed in and paid to protest. They not only closed a bridge, but made a royal mess of the area. A...

  • Don't close your heart to refugees

    J. Lee Grady|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    My friend Matt Hyde lives in Boise, Idaho, a city that is 89 percent white. After he became the pastor of Discovery Church in 2013, he learned that refugees from many countries were living in Boise. They are from Bosnia, Serbia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nepal, Bhutan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Congo, Togo and Sudan. Most of them had fled political oppression or civil war. Many spent time in crude refugee camps before they were granted permission to move to the United States. Almost...

  • Welcoming angels unawares

    Jim Uttley|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    I wish I could have been there when the first ship rolled in Too bad we had to wait so long for knowledge we needed when they decided to take their newly discovered land, no matter what the cost.... -Three Feathers These lines are from a poem I discovered in some old Indian Life files. Ever wondered what it was like for the Indigenous peoples of this land to stand on the shores of North America or the islands of the Caribbean, and watch the first European settlers sail in?...

  • HOW REAL IS CREATOR TO YOU?

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    Who is Creator to you? Rae Evans first heard about Creator when she was a child. While at a camp meeting in Oregon, she learned about Jesus. But for most of her childhood and teens, her faith was not very important to her. Then one day her neighbor told her about Jesus and how He could change Rae’s life. Before long, Rae asked Jesus to take control of her life. In the years that followed, through the prayers of friends and a pastor, Jesus became so real to Rae that she found she didn’t need anything else. What does Jesus mea...

  • Trusting Jesus as a Lakota woman

    Rae Evans as told to Jim Uttley|Updated Mar 13, 2017

    Finding Jesus. I am Lakota Sioux from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Both my parents were Lakota Sioux. When I was quite young, my father had to move away to find work and he ended up in Oregon. Later my mother and I travelled there and settled in Coos Bay where we had relatives. Soon after my grandparents came and my grandmother opened a beauty shop in Independence. Every once in a while we would all get together. When I was in second grade, my mother took my...

  • First Nations Christian writers gather in Winnipeg

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    WINNIPEG, MB-The second annual First Nations Christian Writers' Conference will be held in Winnipeg on March 30, 2017 at Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre. Keynote speaker for the conference will be Mr. Bill Jackson, a Cree pastor, author, and teacher. Jackson is author of eight books including As Long as the Rivers Run, God and the First Nations, Suicide and Then, First Foundations for Families, Baptism and Communion, We Sailed to America before Columbus, and A More...

  • Former MLA now VP of Business Council of Manitoba

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    Kevin Chief, the former Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly (MLA) with the New Democratic Party (NDP), has a new job. He is now serving as Vice President of the Business Council of Manitoba. Chief left the legislature where he represented the riding of Point Douglas in Winnipeg since 2011. "I will have the opportunity to continue to work with young people," Chief told the Winnipeg Free Press. "Many of the members (of the BCM) who I met with said they were very committe...

  • Actor Simon McBurney becomes official Survival ambassador

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    LONDON, ENGLAND-The founder of the famous Complicite Theatre Company, an acclaimed theatrical actor, has been named Ambassador by Survival International, a charity that fights for the rights of Indigenous Peoples around the world. McBurney who has appeared in films including the "The Manchurian Candidate," "The Theory of Everything," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and the "Harry Potter" and "Mission Impossible" film series, becomes a key spokesman for this charity. Simon is a...

  • Habitat for Humanity Canada builds first on-reserve housing at Fly Dust

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    TORONTO, ON-Flying Dust First Nation and Habitat for Humanity Canada hosted a special "All Chiefs Build" at Flying Dust, located 300 km northwest of Saskatoon in 2015. This milestone build marked the start of a successful partnership between Chief Richard Gladue, the Flying Dust Council and Habitat for Humanity Lloydminster. In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, Flying Dust First Nation welcomed chiefs and dignitaries from across Canada as part of the inaugural...

  • MMIW promise delayed

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    OTTAWA, ON-Almost eight months after the federal government promised to help the families of missing or murdered Indigenous women find their way through the tangle of Canada's justice system, the program has not gotten off the ground, with the exception of the province of Ontario. Bernadette Smith knows the frustration. She lost her sister, Claudette Osborne, nine years ago, and she and her family are still waiting for help. "It's quite concerning for families," Bernadette tol...

  • La Loche school still dealing with trauma, sense of abandonment

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    LA LOCHE, SK-It's been just over a year since this northern Saskatchewan school was hit by a deadly shooting in which a teacher and teacher's aide were killed and seven people were wounded. The shooter also killed two brothers before going on a shooting spree at the school. Since that tragic day, the principal says that staff and students feel like they've been abandoned. According to Principal Greg Hatch, the school received some help at the time of the shooting but after...

  • Southern Chiefs have a new chief

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB-Jerry Daniels is the new grand chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO), voted in to replace longtime leader Terry Nelson. Daniels is the son of a veteran Manitoba leader, Long Plain First Nation Chief Dennis Meeches and he has an ambitious agenda. Though Daniels has been involved in politics for a few years he also has a degree in economics from the University of Manitoba. "I think Canadians understand we are a partnership in nation-building,"...

  • Reconciliation key to economic growth, says justice minister

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    OTTAWA, ON-Canada's government remains committed to making legal and policy reforms happen for Indigenous peoples, stated the Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould as she addressed the First Nations "Expanding the Circle" conference in Ottawa on February 15, 2017. "Let me say this: our commitment is as strong as ever," Wilson-Raybould told the assembly. "Our prime minister has made it very clear that we need an all-of-government approach based on recognition of Indigenous...

  • Hope lost for setting Leonard Peltier free

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    COLEMAN, FL-Family and supporters of Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison, were devastated when former U.S. President Barack Obama chose not to pardon or commute his sentence. They had placed their hope in the fact that of all the American presidents who have served since Peltier has been incarcerated, President Obama would be the most likely one to set him free. But this would not be the case. Among this prisoner's most prominent supporters was Pope...

  • Wisconsin Congresswoman and Tribal leader stand together to strength VAWA

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC-Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) invited former Tulalip Tribal Board Member Deborah Parker from Washington State to join her in the House of Representatives to listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress. Parker joined her "to help stress our shared moral imperative to safeguard our nation's most vulnerable." Rep. Moore was very disappointed that this administration while making a commitment to national security, failed...

  • Court rules in favor of '60s Scoop survivors

    Updated Mar 13, 2017

    TORONTO, ON-After a long eight-year wait, a landmark decision has finally been reached that will have a profound effect on thousands of children who were taken from their homes and placed in non-Indigenous homes, a government action that became known as "the Sixties Scoop". An Ontario judge ruled on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2017, that Canada's government failed First Nations children during the 1960s by placing them with non-Native families which in most cases caused...

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