Category Archives: Spirituality

My Feelings on Joseph Boyden

Twenty-five summers ago at Lebreton Flats, I stood in circle with 70 good people at 5:15 a.m. to welcome the rising sun with offerings of heartberries and tobacco. At least 35 of the sunrise ceremony’s participants were white folk. This … Continue reading

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Asinabka: A Compromise

At the beginning of the night, through the loft window of my cabin I saw them, three women dancing, illuminated by Kokomis’ lantern. How gently their skirts swayed, as if pushed forward by the swelling and deflating lungs of a … Continue reading

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Asinabka – Privately Owned? Ridiculous!

It sickens my heart to hear people say, “The islands around the Chaudière Falls (Asinabka) are privately owned.” I am in total agreement that many things of our dysfunctional world can be bought and sold. There was even a time … Continue reading

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Items Of Great Concern To Our Community

I Vow to Protect Asinabka The Flower Moon has arrived! Once again it is at that special time of the spring season when the rooster partridge drums while clinging to the moss of a long fallen pine and Mother Earth … Continue reading

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Good Luck Marlene Carter

This visit (March 30) with Marlene, likely the last one I will have with her at the Brockville Mental Health Centre, was the best of all the numerous and wonderful times I’ve spent with her. There is so much to reflect … Continue reading

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Asinabka: Impossible To Buy!

Waterfowl and fish know where the most sacred places are on a river. The breath of the river rises at such a place. The healing song it sends forth through its rising mist is heard spiritually by all things residing … Continue reading

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Marlene Carter Is Feeling Hopeful

I am happy to report to all of you that I had a pleasant visit with Marlene on Tuesday, March 15th. I want all concerned to know that our objections as to how Marlene was being treated for her mental … Continue reading

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Open Letter to the Community: Cards for Marlene

Dear Friends and Fellow Activists, I say ‘Kichi Migwech’ to all of you who took that little bit of time out of your life to write a letter registering your disgust at how a mentally-ill Cree woman, far from home, … Continue reading

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Update On Marlene Carter

I have just been notified that Marlene Carter has experienced another incident of self-injury. It occurred on Thursday, February 4th of last week. Marlene was in the confines of her seclusion cell when she began striking her head on the … Continue reading

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Press Release: Protest Calls For End To Inhumane Treatment Of Mentally-Ill First Nations Woman

For Immediate Release – 9 February 2016, Ottawa, Canada Protest Calls For End To Inhumane Treatment Of Mentally-Ill First Nations Woman What: Rally for Marlene Carter: End the Use of Seclusion! Where: Brockville Mental Health Centre, 1831 Oxford Ave, Brockville, … Continue reading

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