“It’s very, very sad" Fort McKay elders talk about life before the tar sands - APTN National News
Brandi Morin APTN National News Just outside of the Fort McKay First Nation, sitting behind a chain-link fence is a dark lake dotted with scare-crow [...]

Last fall came another incident. The odour was strong, it could be smelt inside buildings. O’Connor said he was bombarded with calls from young mothers wondering if they should get their children out of town.

Very sad….


11 Ways to Spend the Summer Solstice and National Aboriginal Day

Although we’re not totally sold on the idea of the federal government designating one day a year to celebrate Indigenous culture, at least it’s an opportunity to check out some amazing performances by Indigenous artists.

And, as June 21st also marks the summer solstice, there are more than enough reasons to get out of the house and show your love for all things NDN, First Nations, Aboriginal, Native, Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous.

Now get out there and celebrate!


Little girl receives an outpouring of love after being told “Queen Elsa isn’t black"

Samara, 3, recently confronted racism head on when a strange woman said to her, “I don’t know why you’re dressed up for, because Queen Elsa isn’t black.”  The moment was traumatizing for Samara — but her spirits changed when the letters and messages started rolling in.

UBC student writes 52,438 word architecture dissertation with no punctuation — not everyone loved it

VANCOUVER — There was Patrick Stewart, PhD candidate, defending his final dissertation before a handful of hard-nosed examiners at the University of British Columbia late last month. The public was invited to watch; two dozen curious onlookers saw Stewart attempt to persuade five panelists that his 149-page thesis has merit, that it is neither outlandishly “deficient,” as some had insisted it was, nor an intellectual affront.

Unusual? It is definitely that. Stewart’s dissertation, titled Indigenous Architecture through Indigenous Knowledge, eschews almost all punctuation. There are no periods, no commas, no semi-colons in the 52,438-word piece. Stewart concedes the odd question mark, and resorts to common English spelling, but he ignores most other conventions, including the dreaded upper case. His paper has no standard paragraphs. Its formatting seems all over the map.

“I like to say that it’s one long, run-on sentence, from cover to cover,” Stewart laughs. And so what? “There’s nothing in the (UBC dissertation) rules about formats or punctuation,” he insists.

A 61-year-old architect from the Nisga’a First Nation, Stewart explains that he “wanted to make a point” about aboriginal culture, colonialism, and “the blind acceptance of English language conventions in academia.”