Gallery: Aboriginal interpretive trail opens at MacDonald Island Park

"Respect," one of several art installations on the TOTAL Aboriginal Interpretive Trail at MacDonald Island Park, on September 28, 2016. Olivia Condon/ Fort McMurray Today/ Postmedia Network

The TOTAL Aboriginal Interpretive Trail, an 1,100-metre trail connecting C.A. Knight Way and the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers.., is lined with seven public art installations created by aboriginal artists, with themes central to their culture. Those themes for the project include honesty, love, humility, courage, truth, wisdom and respect.

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Criminalization of Indigenous Peoples: Where Do We Go from Here?

Women’s & Gender Studies guest speaker offers her perspective on ongoing Aboriginal injustice

By Justin Bell on September 26, 2016

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The event was part of the department’s Feminist Research Speakers Series for 2016-17. It was also part of a fall tour for Monchalin’s recently published book, The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016). – See more at:


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See Angry Inuk at Metro Cinema in Edmonton
Canada 2016, 82 min, Dir: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Inuktitut w/ subtitles


  • Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 7:00PM
  • Thursday October 27 at 7:00PM
  • Saturday October 29 at 4:15PM
  • Saturday October 29 at 9:30PM
  • Sunday October 30 at 2:00PM
  • Sunday October 30 at 7:00PM
  • Wednesday November 2 at 9:30PM

Anti–seal hunting campaigns have attracted high profile supporters, and with them, hefty financial contributions. Meanwhile, seal hunters are unjustly targeted for traditional practices that have supported them for centuries.

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General Sweat Lodge Protocol for Men and Women

Please read PRIOR to attending the sweatlodge ceremony.


  • Must not have used alcohol or street drugs four (4) days prior to sweat


  • The lodge is a sacred as a church so please be respectful, no swearing, flirting or arguing.


  • Look out for each other.


  • Turn your phones off.


  • If you have specific requests in the prayer round please bring tobacco offering and one (1) meter of broadcloth if able to.


  • There must be someone with your/any children at all times.


  • Men are to wear shorts or swim trunks


  • It’s each person’s responsibility to bring their own towel and take it home again – and Bring (LOTS!) of water or fluids to drink as well as snacks if diabetic etc.


  • Once the rocks start coming out of the fire and being carried to the lodge, we do not cross that path of the rocks.
  • We all help keep the lodge clean and cared for before and after the sweats. Cigarette butts and garbage do not go on the ground or into the sacred fire.  Help make sure chairs are put away and empty water bottles are taken care of.


Protocol Specific to Female Participants

  • * IMPORTANT * the sweat ceremony is a cleansing ceremony and a women at this time is doing the very best natural cleanse of all! JWomen whom are on their “moontime” or period/monthly cycle do not   Pregnant women are most welcome at our lodge.
  • Sweatlodge clothing is modest. Wear LONG nighties, dresses or skirts with a T-shirt. Please do not wear “Tank tops”. NO CLEAVAGE or tops that show cleavage when crawling into the lodge.  No flimsy/ see-through clothing.
  • The Women stay on the “women’s side” in and out of the Sweatlodge.

“These are the teachings of this community lodge.  There are many different Lodge teachings and they   are all good. This lodge follows the above protocol.”

Love from Corky. If there are any further questions please contact:Red Deer Native Society  PH (403) 340-0020 or email friendship@rdnfs Red Deer Native Friendship Society 4808-51 Ave. T4N-4H3

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Read more at:

We wanted to Give Hobbema Rappers exposure their song has some swear words in it.

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