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Missing Auntie Merle

Among the people I wish were still here is Merle Assance-Beedie, a wonderful woman from Beausoleil First Nation who was convinced that only kindness is capable of making the world a better place.

Dudley and JFK

This article appeared Sept. 6, 2012 in J-Source, the online publication of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

Everyone will hear this tree fall

If a tree falls in the woods, does anyone hear it? That’s an age-old riddle that assumes that the creatures of the forest don’t really count, just we two-leggeds.

We are all Related

May 25, 2012 Earl Graham President North Bay Golden Age Club 349 Wigston Drive North Bay, ON P1A 1X2 Dear Mr.

World needs more Walters

It’s always a treat to meet someone who is really proud to be an Indian – make that “Indigenous person” if you’re politically correct.

Our worldview will prevail when milk costs $3 a litre

The students were looking for “an older person” to interview as a class project and so they asked me. Thanks very much. Anyway, they wanted to know what I thought about “the Aboriginal Worldview”.

For Ontario Provincial Police it's a dog's world!

Even someone who hadn’t made his acquaintance had to be impressed by the high opinion in which he was held by his employers.

Firewater can turn all wise men into fools

"Touch not the poisonous firewater that turns wise men to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

Government not changing relationship

If they are serious about creating a new relationship with First Nations and Aboriginal peoples, Elijah Harper thinks Canadians need to stop relying on their elected representatives to do the job.

Librarians not always quiet

Libraries are usually quiet. Librarians, not necessarily so. The women who hold that position in all but two of the 48 First Nations in Ontario which even have libraries might be excused for feeling some occasional fits of frustration.