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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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.

"We are here proudly having another gathering of survivors, which is survivor-led, survivor-run"

A group of women with lived experience of sexual exploitation and trafficking gathered this week to talk about solutions to the problem.

Idle No More founder in Sask. court for 'unlawfully occupying park land'

Idle No More co-founder Sylvia McAdam and her brother Kurtis McAdam will go to trial in a Saskatchewan courtroom on Wednesday for building a cabin on ancestral territory they say was intended to be set aside as reserve land.

2 atom hockey players booted from First Nations tournament for lacking Ontario status cards

Two dads say their sons were left in tears after travelling from northwestern Ontario to play in a hockey tournament in Mississauga, Ont., only to be disqualified after two games.

Meet Dylan Tootoosis, the owner of Cree Coffee Company

Dylan Tootoosis turned a love for coffee into a small business selling his own brand on the powwow trail.

Deadline approaching for CBC New Indigenous Voices media training course

The CBC New Indigenous Voices course through the National Screen Institute is a paid 14-week, full-time training program that gives participants the opportunity to learn and connect with people in the film, TV and digital media industry.

Meet 10 Indigenous women who are following their passions in 2019

Indigenous women are on the frontlines of change for their communities. To celebrate International Women's Day, here are 10 Indigenous women who are following their passions and making a difference.

Powwow organizer who gave Rachel Notley a headdress: 'I was feeling very generous'

Despite some negative reaction from Indigenous people on social media, the person who made the decision to present Alberta Premier Rachel Notley with a headdress last weekend has no regrets.