Category: UTNS

A great cup of coffee

I love a great cup of coffee. Not just a good cup of coffee, but a great one. If you have ever travelled to Italy, France or Spain then you have been spoiled and you realize what a great cup […]

The ride home

I rode back from a great meal at the old Pierini homestead cottage on my motorcycle the other night. I was hoping to beat the rain on my way back to Kirkland Lake. It wasn’t a long ride but the […]

A legacy of love, laughter, art, music and dance

I have a good life and so much to be thankful for. Everything I am and any success or goodness I have in my life is tied directly to my parents, family and friends. Many Elders, Native and non-Native, have […]

Talking to geese

In Kirkland Lake this past month, I had the opportunity to appreciate Niska (Canada goose) again. A couple of parent geese had decided to have their chicks on the edges of Kinross Pond, in the middle of town. I recently […]

What’s on your playlist?

I feel old these days. I can really feel a sense of my life experience when I compare music with younger people. I have an eclectic taste in music and enjoy the great variety there is in the world. I […]

Identify theft

It’s not easy being a Native person in this country. My people have had extreme challenges over hundreds of years and the fact that we have managed to survive is amazing. As a Mushkego Cree from the James Bay coast, […]

Spring pirates

It’s 1987 during the first days of spring. I am out with my friends for a Sunday afternoon of running around the community. There is no internet to keep us at home and no video games to keep us occupied. […]

Remembering Uncle George

It seems like every time I head out on a vacation for the past few years I get tragic news. Recently, as I was leaving the country, I heard that my Uncle George had passed away. This made me very […]

Mother Earth will endure

The water is running. Snow is melting. The geese are flying north. I can hear and see all of this from up here in northern Ontario. I can even smell spring in the air. After an up-and-down, cold-and-warm very strange […]

Sick and tired of our health system

Today was the first day of spring and up north we are happy that the end of very cold weather has finally arrived. It has been a strange winter with very cold spells and temperatures of -30º Celsius while also […]