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Taking aim for the Riverton Rifle

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The following column was initially published in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 28, 2013. "We the undersigned put forth his name, to the Hockey Hall of Fame..." Those words wove their way through the halls of the esteemed institution of hockey lore in Toronto on Feb. 23. John K. Samson, best known as the frontman for indie rockers the Weakerthans, led a group of 25 people who sang the chorus as they hand-delivered a submission addressed to Hall of Fame chairman Bill Hay. Whose name did they put forth? That of the Riverton Rifle: Reggie Leach. The lyrics are classic Samson: taking...

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Remarks on Bill C-428

Boozhoo ndinawemaaganag. Wabanakwut ndigo. Kwekwekipiness minawaa Ozowaabiitang ndizhinikaaz. Pizhiw ndoodem. Kaakakgiiwaatisoonigaming ndonjii. Nichiibiy midew. Ndanishinaabew. Shabashkaa'ininiwag izhinikaazowag ndinawemaaganag. Tobasonakwutiban gii-izhinkaazo ndehdehiban. Wabanakwut izhinkaazo minawaa nimishomisiban. Gii okijidaag ogowe gichi anishinaabeg. Wiinge nitaa gaa soongide'ewaad ogowe ininibanig. Gaa nibwaakaawaad minawaa. Ni gii miinigoog Anishinaabe pimadiziwin. Ndehdehiban ningii anishinaabemonotawigoog. Ogowe gichi anishinaabek ningii gikino'amawigoog Anishinaabe inaakonigewin. Gegit...

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Declaration of Dedication

Idle No More has created a tremendous amount of energy and passion in our community. We desire solutions. While the politicians and leaders have a role to play, the long term change we want to see must start with us, as grassroots citizens. I drafted this declaration to outline some of the principles that guide us. If you agree sign it. It's also a good classroom exercise. Students and classes could use this as a basis to discuss what are the important values they would like to see to guide them as we move forward. Then they might like to draft their own declarations. Without further ado... Download...

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Strombo + Round Dance

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Here's the videos from a very fun appearance on Strombo Tonight:

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Miigwetch Chief Spence

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Ahow Ogichidaakwe Theresa, nimiigwetchiwiyin. Aazhaa kigiigichiminochige. Kidaagiigiiwe noongom. Gegoo chaaniminoken. Gigaminoayaamin. Kidaagiimawadisaag kidaanisag nongom. Miigwetch ndikid. [Translation to follow] To Chief Theresa Spence, I am writing to you to tell you that when you break your fast and end your hunger strike there should be no shame in your heart. You should hold your head high, for you have done a good thing for our people. Our Anishinaabe people have a word “Ando-bawaajige”, vision quest, which refers to the ceremony where we fast in order to seek a dream. Our sister...

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