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The Aboriginal Beat

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.”

First Nations leaders held hostage by Harper

By Maurice Switzer The good news for First Nations leaders anxious to see the Harper Conservatives swept out of office Oct. 19 is that the largest likely bloc of decided eligible voters in Canada resides within their million citizens-band members.

Ipperwash: like it happened yesterday

By Maurice Switzer Time can play tricks on us. What seems like a hurry to some is a snail's pace to others.

Whiteskin owner angry after Blackskin judge cancels Redskin trademark

By Maurice Switzer For 83 years there has been a professional football team that chooses to name itself after the perceived colour of Native American skin pigment.

Will federal election result in reconciliation, or colonialism-as-usual?

By Catherine Murton Stoehr and Maurice Switzer On Oct. 19 Canadians will elect a new federal government, and on that day they will decide whether or not they will be Idle No More.

Note to Jay Aspin: 'Sorry' won't pay for $28 cabbages

Open letter to Jay Aspin, MP, Nipissing-Timiskaming: Dear Jay: Thought it was time I replied to your many letters that have been showing up in my mailbox more often than two-for-one pizza deals.

Hitting bull's-eye not the most important thing

By Maurice Switzer Part-way through my first-ever archery lesson it struck me as sort of funny that a white guy was teaching an Indian how to use a bow and arrow.

Flags: whose land is it, anyway?

By Maurice Switzer Flags have always fascinated me. How amazing that a single piece of cloth, fluttering in the breeze, can represent the past, present and future of millions of people who call themselves nations.

What this country needs is more parades

Pakenham is an Ottawa Valley village of some 2,000 souls -- if you include cattle, dogs, cats....and, at this time of year, even a few reindeer.

Mike Harris feels sorry for those who know what he did

Mike Harris said he “feels sorry” for those who participated in an event focussing on the former Ontario premier’s political legacy and held in the university library named after him.