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Our struggle continues [editorial]
News of Indigenous peoples by mainstream publishers is, generally, focused on the activities of Indigenous peoples that run contrary to the initiatives, values and perspectives of Canadian populations. There is no coverage of potlatches or powwows, coming of age ceremonies, Indian rodeo, activities like fishing or beading or weaving. No coverage of what fills out our knowledge and understanding of family-based Indigenous communities. So, AMMSA will remain. We are committed to upholding the highest journalistic standards of balance and objective coverage of Indigenous issues from the Indigenous perspective. We will continue to build trusting relationships with our readers and listeners.
Posted by Windspeaker Staff at Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Unsportsmanlike names and the time for change
Indigenous activist and world-renowned architect Douglas Cardinal lost his bid in Ontario Superior Court to stop the Cleveland Indians baseball team from using its “racist name” and Chief Wahoo mascot logo during the American League Championship Series games played in Toronto against the Blue Jays. This was just the latest salvo in an ongoing battle against what many consider to be the politically incorrect names of numerous professional sports teams. But in this age of equity, diversity and inclusion, it’s becoming more and more difficult to understand what is socially acceptable when referring to Aboriginal people, sports and other complex issues.
Posted by Drew Hayden Taylor at Friday, October 28th, 2016
One year in and we’re falling backwards [editorial]
That old mistrust is creeping in. And it all started out so hopeful… a new day, a new relationship, and a bright new enlightenment after the long dark bleak winter of Conservative rule. But today, we’ve got to call it. The Liberal Party of Canada has duped us. Instead of ‘sunny ways,’ we’re getting a long familiar shadow cast over all our dreams. The bright new day promised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is diminished in our eyes. He sure talks fine words, but he’s like every other top dog that Canada has elected. Full of himself and full of promises he can’t, or won’t, keep.
Posted by Windspeaker Staff at Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Imperial No More: On the front line [editorial]
“This is an occupation,” announces a member of the Secwepemc Women's Warrior Society as a group of about five people storm the offices of Imperial Metals in Vancouver Aug. 9. There is a crush at the entrance as employees attempt to stem the tide of other occupiers entering their space. They place their bodies in front of the door. Holding the door closed is Imperial Metals President Brian Kynoch. The glass surrounding the door rattles as the protesters begin to bang on it. “Just call the police,” someone says.
Posted by Windspeaker Staff at Wednesday, August 10th, 2016