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Cape Breton University Convocation Address

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I was very honoured to address the graduating class at the Cape Breton University 2014 Fall Convocation after being presented with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Here are my remarks. (They begin at 1:34:14) http://youtu.be/m1Mr61oRUmM?t=1h34m41s Here is the full text of my remarks. I ad-libbed some lines throughout. Miigwech Nidede Miigwech Nimaamaa May dowel oo Dee oq Neen deluweesi Wab Kinew Will dah see biggiisin. La wool log Da Ho I'm honoured to be invited to this event and to be welcomed on Mi'kmak land To Unamaki To Nova Scotia And to be honoured by Cape...

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Addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Debating the need for an inquiry on #MMIW with former judge Ted Hughes. Watch it here.

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Human rights museum needs to act on First Nations right to water

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Originally published by CBC on July 10, 2014. Read the original here. Daryl Redsky can still remember the night as a boy when he lost his mother and sister. He was awakened in the middle of the night by a fire in his childhood home on the Shoal Lake #40 First Nation. “I got my brother up,” Redsky recalled at a meeting in his community yesterday. “We crawled beneath the smoke. I couldn’t save my mother, I couldn’t save my sister.” The images of the blaze still haunt Redsky decades later. “What really hurts is the image of my little sister banging on the window just as close...

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The Ambassador: Wab Kinew is an aboriginal leader seeking to engage with Canadians at large

By Joe Brean. Originally published by the National Post. Read the Original Here. Later this year, the Assembly of First Nations will choose a National Chief to replace Shawn Atleo, whose resignation in May derailed a $1.9-billion deal on First Nations education, and made Mr. Atleo’s perceived closeness to the federal government seem like a curse. In that election, one likely contender would stand out starkly among the career chiefs who dominate indigenous politics in Canada. Wab Kinew, Winnipeg rapper turned broadcaster, already has a public profile as a former CBC host and reporter,...

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Why Canada Still Needs the Assembly of First Nations

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Originally published by Huffington Post on May 7, 2014. Read the original here. It's an interesting time in the world of First Nations politics. The past week has seen the resignation of National Chief Shawn A-in-Chut Atleo, the shelving of Bill C-33, the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, and the Assembly of First Nations scramble to make arrangements to respond. Now, some are criticizing First Nations leaders for not accepting the proposed bill and its increased funding. Others are questioning whether the AFN has past its "best before" date. Dissolving the AFN is not the right...

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