Lenard Monkman

Lenard Monkman is Anishinaabe from Lake Manitoba First Nation, Treaty 2 territory. He is the co-founder of Red Rising Magazine and has been an associate producer with the CBC's Indigenous unit for three years. Follow him on Twitter: @Lenardmonkman1

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Anishinaabe gathering in Manitoba draws people from 3 provinces and U.S.

Anishinaabe people from across their traditional territory have come together for a gathering in Erickson, Man., aimed at strengthening culture and building connections. For attendees, it's an opportunity to hear the language and meet people from the different regions.

Manitoba Métis Federation's new two-spirit local starts up in Winnipeg

The Manitoba Métis Federation now has an organization to represent its 2SLGBTQ citizens, after its new Two-Spirit Michif local held its first official meeting in Winnipeg last week.

Indigenous STEAM camp teaches kids about the stars and Ojibway culture using pop-up planetarium

A group of Indigenous students learned about constellations through a lesson incorporating Ojibway creation stories, a laser pointer and a portable planetarium Wednesday on the University of Winnipeg campus.

Cinema-on-wheels rolls into Winnipeg to showcase films by Indigenous youth

A travelling cinema showcasing short films made by Indigenous youth will be rolling its way into The Forks in Winnipeg Tuesday night.

Visible minorities more concerned about Indigenous people's welfare than other Canadians, says poll

A recent pre-election survey suggests that visible minorities in Canada are more likely than the general population to be concerned with the quality of life of Indigenous people, while Indigenous people are more likely to be concerned about immigration.

Indspire Awards honour Cree doctor who serves her home community

Dr. Marlyn Cook is a Cree doctor who returned home to work with her community. She is a 2019 Indspire award winner in the health category and is being honoured for blending traditional healing and western science.

Manitoba's new 'utility scale' solar farm aims to spark First Nations interest in green energy

Fisher River Cree Nation is aiming to generate clean power and an ongoing source of revenue from a new one megawatt solar farm, the biggest 'utility scale' array in Manitoba.

Canadian medical schools commit to increasing Indigenous student admissions

Canada's 17 medical schools are teaming up with the Indigenous Health Network in an effort to increase the number of Indigenous students enrolled in their programs.

Genocide against Indigenous Peoples recognized by Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg now deems the treatment of Indigenous Peoples in Canada as genocide, a change in position following criticism. Previously, the museum had said Indigenous Peoples faced cultural genocide rather than genocide.

Proposed Indian day school settlement to leave out lawyer who filed lawsuit

First Nations lawyers who object to the proposed federal Indian day school settlement held a rally Wednesday outside the Winnipeg courthouse where the third and final day of settlement approval hearings was underway.

Sagkeeng First Nation plans to demolish 2 homes where meth production suspected

Sagkeeng First Nation leadership has served eviction notices to the occupants of two homes in the community and plans to demolish the buildings on Friday.

Grandmothers walk in protest against child welfare system, proposed federal legislation

Led by a group of grandmothers, people walked from four directions Friday in Winnipeg to support grandmothers and mothers who have had children taken by the child welfare system and to protest Bill C-92.

Program gives First Nations students opportunity to learn how to dance, life skills

16 students from First Nations in Ontario and Manitoba are training in Winnipeg this week. The program they are in is also giving the students an opportunity to see what life will be like after high school.

Cultural appropriation argument 'brings us back a few steps,' says Indigenous Music Awards head

The woman who runs the Manito Ahbee festival said she doesn't believe cultural appropriation is possible within the Indigenous community, after a group of Inuit artists pulled out of the Indigenous Music Awards earlier this week, citing concerns about what they described as the cultural appropriation of throat singing.

Artists boycott Indigenous Music Awards over cultural appropriation concerns

Several artists are pulling support for the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns about cultural appropriation of Inuit throat singing.