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<b>OPINION</b> Brown water better than none at all

OPINION Brown water better than none at all

Yes, there are actually about 80,000 First Nations people living on 170 reserves who do not have access to a safe supply of water. Some of these communities have endured boil-water advisories for decades, for as long as 30 years
<b>OPINION</b> Maurice Switzer, Why I passed on the Liberal Lollapalooza

OPINION Maurice Switzer, Why I passed on the Liberal Lollapalooza

First Peoples don't want to cancel Canadians' birthday festivities, just let them know why they aren't joining in.
Water Walker issues challenge: What are YOU going to do about it?

Water Walker issues challenge: What are YOU going to do about it?

Elder walks around all Great Lakes to raise awareness about caring for water -- the source of all life.
Nature makes a pretty good classroom

Nature makes a pretty good classroom

It doesn't have to be taken to extremes, like dropping students off by helicopter in wilderness backcountry where they have to eat earwigs and squirrels to survive.

Top Ten Reconciliation Tips

Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission lacks a 'manual'.
Opinion: Bob Rae must be eating lots of fish

Opinion: Bob Rae must be eating lots of fish

“If we had the same kinds of rules and laws and regulations back in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, Sudbury would never have been built and Timmins would never have been developed.”

Two teachers leave big footprints

“The smoke represents our thoughts. We ask the Creator to accept our thoughts and our decisions to be kind.”

NEWSFLASH – Canada found guilty of racism!

The Jan. 26 ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Commission says the federal government has been guilty of discrimination against First Nations children because they do not provide them the same level of child welfare services that exist elsewhere across the country.

You can't learn if you don't listen.

Native Americans can't get anybody to believe their Creation Stories, most of which say we have been here since the world began. To try and convince us otherwise is like telling Christians and Jews that God didn't create Heaven and Earth – he bought them in a scratch-and-dent sale at Walmart.

Basil Johnston could tell -- and write -- stories

"If all the books were to be destroyed by fire or rain or insects, there would still be the land to show us what we need to know to pick up the trail.”