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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.

Don't talk to us about 'Indian time'!

Talk about your “Indian time”! It was 16 years ago this Sept.

Awards not just about past performance

Everybody loves recognition. There’s nothing like having a trophy to place on your mantel or a plaque to hang on your den wall to make you feel like you’ve really accomplished something with your life.

Election 2011 – once again democracy triumphs!

‘Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ -- Albert Einstein ----- “Good morning, class. Welcome once again to Politics 101.

Conservatives still calling us names

It is always wrong to call people by names they don’t appreciate. If it’s done in a schoolyard it’s called bullying. If it’s done in a workplace it’s called harassment. But apparently if it’s done by governments, it’s called policy.

Supermoon brings out the 'crazies'

Our little Communications team braces for who-knows-what each month with the approach of a full moon.

Real Elders have lots to teach us

A lot of people want to know when someone becomes an Elder (capital “E”).

Skunks, skanks, and skinks

Anyone who has ever had the chore of giving their pet pooch a tomato-juice shampoo knows what skunks are. And, thanks to Madonna’s showbusiness career, I have a pretty good idea what a skank is.