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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Q&A: Artist Kent Monkman takes a trip back to Winnipeg's North End

Renowned Cree artist Kent Monkman revisits Winnipeg's North End, the place that inspired his Urban Rez series. "My view of the world, everything that I think about, is shaped by being from here," he says.

From survivors to 'thrivers': Former residential school students connect with culture and each other

For one group of former residential school students in Winnipeg, returning to their culture and teachings has them identifying themselves in a new way.

UN expert calls on governments to work with First Nations on water management

A United Nations expert is calling on government officials to partner with First Nations leadership and Indigenous knowledge keepers to help manage water systems like the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation archives added to UNESCO world register

The collection of archives, personal stories and photos of residential school survivors at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg were added to the UNESCO Canada Memory of the World Register Wednesday.

Indigenous elders gather in Winnipeg to talk about climate change, MMIWG

First Nations, Inuit and Métis elders from across the country are meeting in Winnipeg to share knowledge and talk about issues like missing and murdered Indigenous women and climate change at the 2019 National Gathering of Elders.

Young drummers to trade plastic bin for real drum after outpouring of support

A group of young Cree powwow singers are getting a real drum donated after thousands online watched a video of them drumming on a plastic tote bin with sticks.

New women's healing lodge to give offenders option to stay in Manitoba

Indigenous women serving federal prison sentences will now have the option of going to a new healing lodge in Manitoba.

Sixties Scoop survivors lament lack of support during compensation application process

Shayne Metraux, a Sixties Scoop adoptee who grew up in Winnipeg, has filled out the application for compensation but says he has been triggered by the personal experience option.

Cree rapper Hellnback opens up about kidney disease diagnosis

Karmen Omeasoo, a Cree rapper who has blazed a trail for many Indigenous artists, was recently diagnosed with kidney disease after years of living with Type 2 diabetes.

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.