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Bill Reid toonie. (Royal Canadian Mint.)
Aug 19 2020

A Painting in Your Pocket

Keep your eyes open for a new special edition toonie. If you find one, you’ll be able to carry around a famous piece of art in your pocket. This coin honours Bill Reid, a famous Haida artist from B.C. One of his best-known works appears on the coin. It’s called Xhuwaji...

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Jun 19 2020

Land of the Ancestors

Łutsël K'é Dene First Nation just earned big award. It won the UN’s Equator Prize for helping to create Thaidene Nëné, Canada’s newest national park reserve. It’s the first time a Canadian group has won. The $10,000 Equator Prize goes to Indigenous and local...

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Dec 17 2019

Say Hi to Some Lonely Languages

Everywhere you go, people say hello. “Welcome, my friend.” “Peace be unto you.” “Here you are.” “Have you eaten?” The words are different. But they all mean “hello.”

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Oct 11 2019

Ravens for Reconciliation

According to Japanese legend, a wish is granted to anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes in one year. The University of Northern British Columbia is giving the legend a twist. The staff and students at UNBC aren’t making origami cranes. They’re folding a flock of origami...

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Oct 05 2018

Building Lookout Hill

Carcross/Tagish First Nation got its first skatepark in September. This tiny Yukon community sits between Whitehorse and the B.C. border. With a population of 300, Carcross isn’t very big. But it brought big plans to life. There weren’t enough activities to keep kids...

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Sep 14 2018

Wear Orange on Orange Shirt Day

How did you feel on the first day of school this year? Were you happy? Nervous? Excited? Phyllis Webstad remembers her first day of school like it was yesterday. The year was 1973. She was six, living at Dog Lake Reserve in B.C. She was so excited to start school. To...

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Apr 06 2018

Speaking for the Water

Autumn Peltier needs a stool to reach the microphone. She’s 13 – and barely a metre and a half tall. But when the petite Anishinaabe girl speaks, people listen. Autumn is a water keeper. She’s from Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, in the heart of the...

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Feb 09 2018

Finding the Words

There are at least 60 Indigenous languages used across Canada. They belong to 12 major language families. Most are older than English and French. They all share one common factor. They are in danger of dying. One of those languages is Nak’azdli. Only a handful of...

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Nov 03 2017

Picture This

Picture Day. You know how it works. A company comes to your school. Your class lines up. The photographer says, “Smile.” Then, click! An envelope goes home. The payment goes back. And picture day is over for another year. This year, the three schools in Lac Seul First...

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Inuvik elder Lillian Elias takes part in a ceremony at the National Gathering of Elders, held in Edmonton between September 11 and 14, 2017. (Laurie Buffalo)
Oct 13 2017

Listen to Your Elders

Last month, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit elders held a big event in Edmonton. It was the first-ever National Gathering of Elders. Elders preserve an Indigenous community’s culture and traditions. Some have special skills and talents. Elders can be storytellers....

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Sep 22 2017

A Whale of a Tale

Talk about beginner’s luck! Last month, an Inuk teen harpooned a bowhead whale on her very first hunt. Adult bowheads grow to 18 metres. They weigh up to 100 tonnes. That’s twice as long as a school bus and seven times as heavy! Aboriginal people living in Canada’s Far...

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Tanya Tagaq. [Photo courtesy the singer’s website.]
Oct 02 2014

Something Old, Something New

When Tanya Tagaq experimented with Inuit throat singing, she found a unique musical voice. On September 22, her creativity paid off. Her album Animism earned the 2014 Polaris Prize. The $30,000 music award is given to the best Canadian album of the year…

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