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'It's time,' says first Indigenous woman in Canada to own airline

It’s not every day you become the first Indigenous woman to own an airline in Canada. “Even today it’s hard to imagine that I am launching an airline,” said Teara Fraser, who grew up in a remote town in the Northwest Territories, and plans to fly her airline to hard-to-reach Indigenous communities. On Friday, Fraser announced the start of Iskwew Air, based…

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'I'd never written about my abuse as truth, I'd always fictionalized it': Terese Marie Mailhot on her memoir

When Terese Marie Mailhot published her debut, Heart Berries: A Memoir, she couldn’t have predicted the response. It was met with rave reviews, and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. The memoir reflects the long lasting impact of intergenerational trauma and genocide on Indigenous people, and in it, Mailhot gets personal about the abuse she experienced…

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Racist experiences prompted Billy-Ray Belcourt to write poetry, then he won the Griffin Poetry Prize

When Billy-Ray Belcourt went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he’d written a bit of poetry, but racist experiences and feeling “unbodied” while studying overseas inspired his Griffin Prize-winning book, This Wound Is a World. Belcourt, from the Driftpile Cree Nation, was surprised by some of the racism he encountered while living in the U.K.…

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Students get 'authentic learning experience' after grizzly wanders into Nunavut community

Students in Kugluktuk, Nunavut were treated to a unique learning opportunity this week after a grizzly bear wandered into the community. According to the territorial Department of Environment, the bear came into the community on Sept. 16 and was a safety risk to residents; it was tracked and shot by a local hunter early Monday morning. Upon…

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Young Cree dancer hopes Waskaganish accepts powwow

Charity Lacroix says powwow dancing helped her heal after losing her mother to cancer eight years ago. Now, the 18-year-old says she’s sad to think other young Cree might not have the same opportunity because of the controversy surrounding a powwow planned to take place in the James Bay community of Waskaganish this weekend.   “[Powwow dancing] helped…

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