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Relationships Are a Road to Success

Playing in the space of relationships and reconciliation is hard, but easy. It takes time and trust, but it is the surest road to success. Early in my career, I worked with Gary Merasty, who last week stepped down as CEO of Des Nedhe Development. Gary challenged me to...

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Am I making myself clear?

Have you ever heard the expression, “he speaks fluent bureaucratese?” Perhaps you know the version that uses another “b” word (which we shall leave to the reader’s imagination). No matter the version you know – or can state in polite company – it’s not a compliment....

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Indigenous Contributions

Another Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly (AFN AGA) has come and gone, this one being held in Regina, in Treaty 4 territory. Mini rant here: (Will be a longer blog piece, so just putting this marker down.) The opening and welcoming remarks from the...

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Get in the ‘gram!

Millennials are tech-savvy, visually fixated, trust their online word-of-mouth networks – and they use Instagram. Trying to connect with them? Then so should you. How do you earn Insta-game? Use stunning photography and witty captions. Use hashtags, but not too many....

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Telling Our Story – Our Way

I spoke with a trusted friend who noted that truth and reconciliation go hand in hand. But, he pointed out, who is telling our truth? This is why inclusion matters – especially in the media. The news of five new Indigenous radio stations being launched across Canada...

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Tongue Tied

Umm…what should I call you? As a non-Indigenous writer, I’ve been clinging to “Indigenous” as my safe word – and I make sure to capitalize it. I was reassured last year when I heard a representative of the newly renamed Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations give...

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Reconciliation Starts With Inclusion

Two news stories caught my attention recently. In Ontario, budget cuts led to an Indigenous-language instructor with Ojibway roots being replaced by a teacher with no Indigenous background or language skills. Closer to home, a Saskatchewan school board cut Indigenous...

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The Devil in the Details

It was a good newsletter, I thought. “You spelled his name wrong,” he said. He was the editor of one of the city dailies who volunteered on our editorial advisory committee. Throwing my newsletter down on the table, he stabbed his finger at the caption under the...

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Recognition and Relationships

For me, a successful relationship begins with recognition. It’s about removing whatever stereotypes I might harbour (we all do it) and letting myself learn and listen (ugh, we all don’t). It takes time to learn about an individual, a community, a group of people. But...

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