Articles from the March 15, 2021 edition


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  • The Council Speaks

    Huron Claus, President of CHIEF Inc.|Updated Mar 27, 2021

    Question: Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life." John 8:12 What does this mean? And why should it matter to me? Answer: In the Bible we see where the Lord Jesus Christ, God's Beloved Son, has been given more than 300 names and titles. Each name gives us a word picture or description of who God is. It is God's way of revealing Himself to His creation. I love the book...

  • Duct Tape Blues

    Kene Jackson, NEFC Executive Director|Updated Mar 27, 2021

    It was kind of an awkward situation. Yeah, it was... Milly and I are gospel musicians who have been in slow motion since the start of the pandemic. I guess most musicians are in that mode-no dates, no gigs, no tours, no music sales-just slow! So we decided to do the online thing and put together a one-hour live Facebook® concert once a month, starting back in November 2020. The first two concerts went not too bad until the January event. That was sort of like a borderline...

  • ILM Updates

    Todd and Krystal Wawrzyniak|Updated Mar 27, 2021

    Change. Change is constant. Here at ILM, a lot of change has been happening. In the last two months we have welcomed a new general director, and we have also set up a satellite office in Chestermere, Alberta. We have experienced a ton of training, packing, moving, looking for misplaced boxes and building new relationships. In fact, I think that has been our favorite part: meeting new people and building new relationships. We relish hearing from you and learning of the ways...

  • A Look at A Father and Son Relation

    Dr. Joseph Jolly|Updated Mar 27, 2021

    The birth of our son Joseph Seth was truly an extraordinary answer to prayer, and we call him our "miracle baby." He was born 25 years after Sheila and I married, and his birth has been one of the greatest blessings in our marriage. When he was a baby, Joseph was dedicated to the Lord by Associate Pastor Randy Jost at the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa. Sheila and I were so thankful to God for giving us a son, and we made a commitment to raise him up in the fear of the...

  • FamilyLife Canada

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    Learn about this ministry through our interview with Dan DeGaris-Director of Development, Indigenous Ministry What are the top two challenges marriages face today across the board? Couples face so many challenges these days and Covid-19 has certainly added to them. However couples will always have to deal with two common issues. One is our differences. As couples we have different interests, life experiences, personalities, desires and expectations and they all can impact our...

  • Outstanding Native Women

    K.B. Schaller|Updated Mar 27, 2021

    • First Indigenous Canadian Woman to own and operate an airline • Included in DC Comics graphic novel Wonder Women of History "Dream it, design it, do it," Teara Fraser, who is Cree and Metis, says. And she has done exactly that. Fraser was born in Hay River, Northwest Territory (NWT), but has lived across British Columbia for much of her life. She was 30 years old when, after a second ride in a small plane, she decided to buy her own airplane and become a pilot. A year lat...

  • Movies with racially-offensive portions blocked

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    BURBANK, Calif.—Children under seven years old can no longer watch some of the old Disney films on the Disney+ streaming platform. Their accounts have recently been blocked from accessing a list of films that are deemed culturally questionable. The Disney Company’s first move to be culturally sensitive, started last October, when they created an initiative called “Stories Matter” to address racially offensive or stereotyped images and themes in their old stock movies. Movies currently affected include “Dumbo” (which incl...

  • Two popular movies available in Navajo language

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    BURBANK, Calif.-As media offerings in Indigenous languages increase, The Walt Disney Company has joined the team. Those who have the Disney+ streaming service can now see "Finding Nemo" and "Star Wars: A New Hope" in the Navajo language. In 2013, Navajo language speakers joined Lucasfilms forces to bring "Star Wars: A New Hope" to locations across the Navajo Nation. The effort took three years to complete. In 2016, Pixar films decided to follow suite and brought "Finding...

  • Uvagut TV launches Canada's first Inuit-language channel

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    NUNAVUT, N.L.-In January, Nunavut Independent Television (NITV) made history when it launched Canada's first all-Inuit Inuktut TV channel. Uvagut TV ("Our" TV) broadcasts 168 hours a week of Inuit-produced culture, arts, movies and information programming available nationally to more than 600,000 Shaw Direct customers as well as Arctic Co-ops Cable subscribers in Nunavut and NWT. Other satellite and cable systems will be added and viewers around the world can stream programs...

  • Minecraft and Microsoft Canada partner to help kids explore Indigenous worlds

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    INNPEG, Man.-The Minecraft world just got a little more interesting for students in Louis Riel School division in Winnipeg as they worked on a new Indigenous extension of the Minecraft video game. In Minecraft, players create and break apart various kinds of blocks in three-dimensional worlds. The game's two main modes are Survival and Creative. In Survival, players must find their own building supplies and food. They also interact with block like mobs, or moving creatures....

  • Student helps Ojibwe culture come to life

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    Eleanore Falck loves bringing worlds to life. The University of Wisconsin-Stout junior majoring in game design and development-art created the game "Growing Up Ojibwe: The Game" during a summer internship with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) in 2019 and then expanded the game during an internship last summer. "I like world-building," said Falck. "I can invent many things that fit together. I like adventure and exploration. It's something I am...

  • Oklahoma tribe volunteers pass out food boxes, supplies amid harsh winter weather

    Nancy Spears|Updated Mar 27, 2021

    CARNEGIE, Okla.-Last month, an unseasonably cold spell hit the vertical middle of the United States, causing emergency situations from North Dakota to the southern part of Texas. As temperatures broke below-zero records, and snow and ice filled the streets, power supplies plummeted under the demand. During the weather event and after, Oklahoma's Kiowa Tribe expanded emergency assistance efforts for tribal members. The tribe offered free firewood, and households with tribal...

  • New study suggests Indigenous practices can help revitalize Pacific salmon fisheries

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    PORTLAND, Ore.-Across the North Pacific, salmon fisheries are struggling with climate variability, declining fish populations, and a lack of sustainable fishing opportunities. According to a study published in BioScience from a team of Indigenous leaders and conservation scientists, help lies in revitalizing Indigenous fishing practices and learning from Indigenous systems of salmon management. "Salmon and the communities that depend on them have been pushed to the brink by...

  • Tribal colleges and universities receive pandemic-related supplies

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    DENVER, Colo.-The American Indian College Fund and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium are receiving $1.5M in pandemic-related supplies including hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and gloves from AT&T. Both organizations are working with AT&T to distribute the supplies to more than 20 tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) across the country. This comes as Native communities face soaring COVID-19 infection rates, rolling lockdowns are enacted on Indian reservations,...

  • Report on Indigenous women entrepreneurship in Canada

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    OTTAWA, Ont.-Recently the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) released a report Breaking Barriers: A Decade of Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship in Canada which shows that Indigenous women-owned businesses in Canada are growing in terms of revenue and number of employees but continue to face existing and amplified barriers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Historically, there has been a lack of data on Indigenous...

  • Pascua Yaqui win water funds, first of $150 million for Arizona projects

    Sarah Oven, Cronkite News|Updated Mar 27, 2021

    WASHINGTON-Pascua Yaqui Council members called it "a blessing." They were talking about $900,000 in federal funds that will be used to bring water to the tribe's lands for irrigation, the first fruits of an effort last year by members of the state's congressional delegation to win $150 million in federal funding for water projects around the state. "Water is sacred to a lot of tribes and a lot of Arizonans. For us, it's a blessing," Pascua Yaqui Chairman Peter Yucupicio said...

  • Communities receive funding to protect and preserve natural resources

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    LONGMONT, Colo.-Multiple Native American communities and organizations will receive support from First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) to preserve and protect Native American control of their natural resources, especially those impacted by fossil fuel extraction projects. The grant funding is made possible through a $288,000 grant from the Broad Reach Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The grant marks the fourth year of commitment by the foundation, which...

  • God Knows Me

    Jimmy Anderson|Updated Mar 27, 2021

    When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16, NIV I remember standing out one night in my aunt's yard just looking at stars and thinking about the great God who created all things. At nine or ten years of age, I almost had a headache just standing there thinking, You mean this great God knows who I am? It was incomprehensible to me that...

  • New study shows stroke risk highest among Native Americans

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    DALLAS-Researchers already knew that American Indians had the highest risk of atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heartbeat ("arrhythmia") that can increase the risk of blood clots and stroke. But a new study by the American Heart Association found that Native Americans, categorized as American Indians, had a 47% higher risk of having a non-bleeding stroke compared to people from all other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. American Indian people with...

  • ICBF provides support for small businesses

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    ALBERTA-New measures are in place to provide assistance to First Nations, Inuit and Métis businesses that have been hit by the pandemic. The Indigenous Community Business Fund (ICBF) has provided key support for Indigenous businesses across the country. Indigenous Services Canada Alberta Region has provided $16.5 million to support Indigenous community-or collectively owned businesses and microbusinesses whose revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This...

  • PBO expects Jordan's Principle order to cost $15B

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    OTTAWA-According to the parliamentary budget office (PBO), the federal government may need to pay up to $15 billion to compensate First Nations families and children impacted by the child welfare system, under the Jordan's Principle ruling. Jordan's Principle requires governments to cover the cost of services for First Nations children and work out any disputes over jurisdiction afterwards. Jordan's Principle, was named for Jordan River Anderson, a boy from Norway House Cree...

  • South Dakota House passes resolution acknowledging boarding schools

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    PIERRE, S.D.-On March 2, 2021, the South Dakota State House of Representatives passed a resolution acknowledging and honoring the survivors of American Indian boarding schools. House Concurrent Resolution 6014 was introduced and sponsored by State Rep. Peri Pourier (D-Pine Ridge), a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The resolution was adopted in a 52-17 vote. Boarding schools for Native American children were begun in 1860 and were originally designed to teach academic...

  • Metis Nation of Alberta begins province-wide consultation on self-government Constitution

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    EDMONTON-The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is consulting with its citizens on a draft Constitution that will modernize its approach to self-government. Following the signing of the historic Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement (MGRSA) in June 2019 with the Government of Canada, MNA embarked on a process leading to formal federal recognition of Métis Nation self-government in Alberta, including the creation of a Constitution. The MNA established a Co...

  • Quebec promises $19.2M to help Indigenous communities access justice system

    Updated Mar 27, 2021

    Quebec City-First Nations citizens in Quebec received a boost recently when the Quebec government announced plans to spend $19.2 million to give Indigenous communities better access to the justice system and support services for crime victims. Ian Lafrenière, the minister responsible for Indigenous affairs, described the funding as a direct response to recommendations in the report from the Viens Commission, an inquiry that examined Quebec's relations with Indigenous...

  • Pause on leasing public land for oil and gas extraction draws mixed reaction

    Joseph Perez, Cronkite News|Updated Mar 27, 2021

    PHOENIX-Land, and specifically what to do with land, has been among the most divisive topics in U.S. history since the arrival of European settlers. More than 500 years later, little has changed. On Jan. 20, the Biden administration ordered a 60-day pause on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters after environmental activists sent a letter urging the administration to issue a permanent ban rather than a temporary one. The order prompted an array of reactions, with...

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