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Chief Shining Turtle

Chief, Whitefish River First Nation

Chief Shining Turtle has been the Chief of Whitefish River First Nation for 11 years and is family man with a strong desire to help his Community move forward. As an Engineer by trade, the Chief has helped his Community secure over 30-million dollars in new infrastructure funding; his drive and determination is extraordinary. Chief Shining Turtle’s education includes Bachelor of Engineering from Lakehead University, Diploma of Technology from Seneca College, a Technical Leadership Certificate from the University of Florida, and a Water Systems Supply Certificate from California State University.
Aboriginal People Are on a Slow March To Second-Class

Aboriginal People Are on a Slow March To Second-Class Citizenship

I want to tell you a story about discrimination. It is a story that has been told for years by people living on reserves like the one where I live. Now a document prepared by federal bureaucrats has been released that describes the yawning gaps between social services provided to Aboriginal people living on reserves and everyone else. We are experiencing a slow motion march towards second-class citizenship. We're talking about billions of dollars that are not being spent on education for children, healthcare for the sick, and clean drinking water for all -- just because people are unlucky enough to be Aboriginal. Aboriginal people on reserves are asking for comparable services as other Canadians. This is not too much to demand.
11/12/2014 12:48 EST
Don't Cut Funding For First Nations

Don't Cut Funding For First Nations Children

Last year, an independent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Save the Children Canada based on Statistics Canada figures found that status First Nations children in Ontario -- those who would be affected by these cuts -- have a staggering poverty rate of 40 per cent, compared to 15 per cent for non-Indigenous children.
05/22/2014 05:55 EDT
The First Nations Education Act Is Just a Pretty

The First Nations Education Act Is Just a Pretty Face

I know that many Canadians are confused about why aboriginal communities are reacting so passionately about Bill C-33, the federal government's so-called First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. I would like to help others understand, by explaining why I am opposed to it. First of all, it doesn't help that the name of the Act is completely misleading. The federal government wants you to believe that the proposed Act promotes First Nations control of First Nations education. But, in fact, it does nothing of the sort. It does in fact do the opposite.
05/16/2014 05:24 EDT
Idle No More: An Open Letter to My Non-Aboriginal

Idle No More: An Open Letter to My Non-Aboriginal Neighbours

These Idle No More drums are not just for us: they beat for you because the legislation we are protesting does not just harm us -- it hurts you and your children and your grandchildren. I cannot tell you what path to follow. I cannot tell you to join our protest. But I can tell you the story of what we know of these legislative changes and how they will forever change our relationship with the land and water. The circle of those dances is not complete until you join us. I know that it is up to you to know your own journey. I know, however, that many of you have hearts open to hear this call.
01/25/2013 12:04 EST