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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Prepaid credit cards used for off-reserve First Nations COVID-19 relief cause headaches

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is distributing prepaid credit cards as COVID-19 relief for off-reserve band members living in Winnipeg, but the cards' high user fees have recipients questioning their worth.

New We Matter campaign asks youth to submit their definition of two-spirit

A new social media campaign is asking Indigenous youth to submit their own definition of "two-spirit," which will then be compiled into a "two-spirit dictionary."

Sixties Scoop survivors receive cheques but still looking for healing support

Over the past few weeks, thousands of people have received $21,000 cheques from the Sixties Scoop settlement, but for some adoptees, the money is just one step toward a lifetime healing journey. 

Indigenous architects say they are in high demand, and hope to recruit more students

Winnipeg is home to a small group of Indigenous architects who are blazing a trail in the industry and are hoping that more Indigenous students will join them.

Black Lives Matter translation prompts calls for changes to Ojibway language

The phrase Black Lives Matter has been translated into many Indigenous languages to show support for the movement over the last week, but the Ojibway language's term for black people is spurring calls for change.

Jingle dress dancers honour George Floyd at site where he was killed

Jingle dress dancers held a ceremony at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis on Monday, the place where George Floyd was killed by police last week.

Indigenous players from across Canada compete in hockey tournament via PS4 NHL 20

Indigenous teams will compete in the Fred Sasakamoose "Chief Thunderstick" National Hockey Championship online this year on Playstation's NHL 20 series.

Lake Manitoba First Nation's plans for June powwow worry community member

A knowledge keeper and former chief in Lake Manitoba First Nation worries the plan to go ahead with the annual powwow in June could bring the novel coronavirus to his community.

First Nations commercial fishermen consider starting season as they await federal relief

A group of First Nations commercial fishermen in Manitoba are wondering if they should start fishing even with little chance they can sell their catch, worried that money won't flow soon enough from a federal relief package.

Indigenous fashion lovers challenge others to support artists

A pair of Indigenous fashion lovers are encouraging others to take on the #indigistyle fashion challenge to help support Indigenous artists and brands.

First Nations fishermen in northern Manitoba welcome federal COVID-19 relief response

A couple of First Nations commercial fishermen in northern Manitoba are glad federal relief is on its way for the struggling industry.

On Indigenous Nurses Day, meet 2 women bringing First Nations perspectives to health care

Jaymie Bowers and Isabelle Wallace are two of the many nurses being celebrated on Indigenous Nurses Day during National Nursing Week.

Indigenous restaurant owners adopt new business models to try and ride out pandemic

Indigenous restaurants and caterers have grown in popularity over the past few years, but loss of revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions is forcing them to adapt quickly to new ways of doing business.

Winnipeg group gives free bikes to Indigenous students in need of transportation

A new program is giving bicycles to Indigenous youth who move to Winnipeg for school to help them get around the city as they pursue their studies.

Ottawa teen's 7th annual run for missing and murdered Indigenous women goes virtual

Teenager Theland Kicknosway's annual run for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is being turned into a virtual event this year, and he's calling on people from across North America to join him.