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New show provides insight into Indigenous community in Northumberland County and beyond

Alderville First Nations Chief Taynar Simpson

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In November, a new show launched on Northumberland 89.7 FM called Conversations Towards Reconciliation with Alderville First Nations Chief Taynar Simpson. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the Indigenous community in Northumberland and elsewhere every month. So far, the show included topics like Indigenous portrayal in movies, games, and TV. There was a chat about the 10th anniversary of the solar farm in Alderville and boil water advisories. Each episode also includes a long list of events and announcements about what is happening in Alderville. Continue Reading →

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New Marvel series’ portrayal of Indigenous people and critique of recent federal boil water funding

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Marvel Studios is getting praise from some corners for its new series Echo, as some say it is good to see an Indigenous superhero portrayed. Alderville Chief Taynar Simpson will explain what it means to have Indigenous representation in critical roles in the entertainment industry. He will discuss the new streaming series and the history of Indigenous representation and a new mobile game, Contest of Champions, that has added an Indigenous character who is a survivor of the Sixties Scoop. Then,  Simpson will discuss a new $6-billion investment in the water infrastructure of First Nations reserves. It is part of an ongoing promise to fix the boil water advisories plaguing Indigenous people. Continue Reading →

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Understanding treaty obligations and 10th anniversary of the solar farm

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING 2023

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Understanding treaty obligations is critical to appreciating how Indigenous people respond to a long list of issues. In the first segment, Alderville First Nation Chief Taynar Simpson explains treaty rights and its significance for other First Nations and Alderville. In the second segment, he talks about a community celebration. This past fall, Alderville’s solar farm commemorated its 10th anniversary. This pioneering project to generate green energy was completed in October 2013. Continue Reading →

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Chief Simpson discusses fallout after revelations about Buffy St. Marie’s indigeneity

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A recent story challenging the Indigenous heritage of singer and songwriter Buffy St. Marie sent shockwaves through Canada. It distressed many people but also ignited a debate regarding what it means to be indigenous. In this interview, Alderville First Nation Chief Taynar Simpson will give his perspective. He will shed light on what it means to be Indigenous but also share how the Alderville community determines who is a member and who is not. Continue Reading →

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Alderville Chief shares a unique perspective on Orange Shirt Day 2023

Alderville residential schools

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On Sept. 30, many people will commemorate Orange Shirt Day. It is a time to reflect on the horrors of residential schools and to recommit to Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous people in our community and across the country. In this interview, you will hear from Taynar Simpson, chief of Alderville First Nation. He brings a different perspective. Continue Reading →

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Alderville band council remove residents from property to keep community safe, says chief

Alderville illegal drugs sign

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A man was dropped off at Northumberland Hills Hospital with a gunshot wound earlier this month. After an OPP investigation, a police raid occurred on a property within Alderville First Nation. Shortly after, the band council removed the people living on that property. In this interview, Alderville First Nation Chief Dave Mowat will explain why he and the band council took these severe steps. More importantly, he will delve into these unique powers and why they are so crucial to keeping his community safe. Continue Reading →

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Alderville chief angry over lack of consultation regarding proposed Brighton development

Gosport development site

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Last week, I brought you the story of a proposal to develop a 32-unit condominium in Brighton that has many residents worried. It also has the mayor and councillors concerned. The developer, JRB Williams Enterprises, wants to build on lands next to a provincially protected wetland on an area zoned for residential. An archeological assessment report submitted to the council says some Indigenous pottery was found dating back to 600 AD. Alderville Chief Dave Mowat is pretty upset. Continue Reading →

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Looking back and forward as Chief Dave Mowat provides an update

Alderville Pow Wow 2022

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Lots is going on in Alderville. The council has made numerous land purchases over the past year as the reserve expands its boundaries. Economic development continues. There is a band council election coming up later this year. Chief Dave Mowat will update us on all this and more. Continue Reading →

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Rick Beaver sharing personal history and some of Alderville’s past for Indigenous History Month

Rick Beaver

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June is Indigenous History Month. On June 21, it is National Aboriginal Day. It is for these significant commemorations today’s show has a special guest. Rick Beaver, an artist, elder, and conservationist living in Alderville, will share his personal recollections of Alderville. Plus, he will give insight into Indigenous life celebrated in his art and conservation activities. Continue Reading →

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Alderville Chief responds to Pope’s apology to Indigenous people over residential schools

Pope apology

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On April 1, Pope Francis delivered a historic apology. Speaking to a delegation from First Nations, Metis, and Inuit representatives, the Pope asked for God’s forgiveness for the Catholic Church’s role in running portions of the residential school system. The Anglican and United churches of Canada have already given formal apologies. For some indigenous people, the apology is too little too late. For others, it was an emotionally cathartic moment, lifting decades of shame and hurt over the abuse suffered by children at the schools. Continue Reading →

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