Aaniin

Aniin / Salut / Welcome

Boozhoo, daga, biindigen! Bimishkaad aki manidoo ziibi. (translation suggestions?)
Bienvenue au pays des voyageurs du fleuve de l'esprit.
Welcome to the land of the spirit river travellers.


In one of its manifestations, Spirit Canoe was a web tv program broadcast from the studios of Confederation College in Thunder Bay. The program was created to address Indigenous issues through interviews with folks engaged with various aspects of the local Indigenous community.


Spirit Canoe Episode 15 ~ January 29, 2015

A conversation with Patty Hajdu, executive director of Shelter House and aspirant to be the federal Liberal member of parliament for the Thunder Bay Superior North riding.

Note: well, we now know how the latter turned out, “Congrats Minister” : )

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Spirit Canoe Episode 14 ~ January 22, 2015

A conversation with Andrea Terry and Louise Thomas about the local and regional art scene around Thunder Bay. Andrea teaches in the Visual Arts department at Lakehead University and helped juror a recent exhibit called North Now at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Louise owns and operates the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery, a focal point for the Aboriginal art scene in Thunder Bay.
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Spirit Canoe Episode 13 ~ November 20, 2014

A conversation with writers Joy Asham and Maureen Arges Nadin. Along with other writing projects Joy and Maureen both have columns with the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal.

Joy writes the column Anishnawbeg Voice and Maureen writes The Cosmic Neighbourhood.

[Note: sadly, Joy passed away not long after this last interview was conducted. Joy was always a keen supporter of the show and the need for greater public awareness of the Indigenous issues we were attempting to bring to public attention. We are counting on her still to impart her spirit to our efforts paddling this Spirit Canoe ~ Chi Miigwetch.]

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Spirit Canoe Episode 12 ~ November 13, 2014

A conversation with professor Karen Drake of Lakehead University Faculty of Law and law students Adam Fiddler, Misbah Haque and Tanya Muthusamipillai. We discuss the recent Aboriginal Students Conference on the 250th anniversary of the Treaty of Niagara 1764 and other topics.
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Spirit Canoe Episode 11 ~ November 6, 2014

A conversation with Chief Georjann Morrisseau of the Fort William First Nation and communication officer Kristy King.
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Spirit Canoe Episode 10 ~ October 30, 2014

A conversation with media students Logan McIvor and Nigel Grimmer who filled in on short notice.
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Spirit Canoe Episode 9 ~ October 23, 2014

A conversation with folks from the Apiwin Lounge and Student Resource Centre at Confederation College: Darby Starratt, Chris Pace and Bobby Jo Chenier.
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Spirit Canoe Episode 8 ~ October 16, 2014

The second half of the keynote speech by Wab Kinew at the Maadaadizi combined (CC, LU, OSHKI) student orientation which took place at Marina Park, Thunder Bay, in early September.
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Spirit Canoe Episode 7 ~ October 9, 2014

A conversation with Métis broadcasting professor, René Boyer of Confederation College. René kindly acted as a parachute guest on short notice.
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Spirit Canoe Episode 6 ~ October 2, 2014

A conversation with members of the Walking With Our Sisters project: Diana Lidemark (volunteer coordinator), Louise Thomas (keeper) and Mel Legarde (traditional teacher.)
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Spirit Canoe Episode 5 ~ September 25, 2014

A conversation with Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University. We discuss education then, now and in the future.
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Spirit Canoe Episode 4 ~ September 18, 2014

A conversation with Cindy Crowe and Velda Meeghan of the Blue Sky Community Healing Centre.
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Spirit Canoe Episode 3 ~ September 11, 2014

A conversation with writer Joy Asham and excerpts from the Maadaadizi student orientation featuring remarks by Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy and keynote speaker Wab Kinew.

[Note: a reference was made to historian Michael Bliss which was a misspoken remark. A fine historian, however, Michael Bliss is not the author of Who Owns the Arctic?. Historian and international legal expert Michael Byers is the author of Who Owns the Arctice? Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North. If you are interested in the topic, check here. Interested in the book check amazon or chapters.],

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Spirit Canoe Episode 2 ~ September 4, 2014

A conversation with writer Joy Asham and educator Brenda Small discussing various issues around the subject of murdered and missing Aboriginal women. Also, Leslie Macgregor of Confederation College comes in with an update on the upcoming Aboriginal student orientation at Marina Park called Maadaadizi.
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Spirit Canoe Episode 1 ~ August 28, 2014

A feature interview with law professor Karen Drake of Lakehead University. We discuss treaties.
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