Saturday, 20 April 2013


Go here to sign a petition against the Canada China agreement.  Let your voice be heard.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Idle No More Rally

25-January-13 Update - Check out to find out about Free Education available here in Edmonton.  This Sunday, 27-January, the FreeSchool is offering a course on Idle No More at The Roast Coffee House, #102, 10363 - 104 St at 1:30 pm.  Contact Rylan for more information on this and on Edmonton Free School in general at, and check out his website:
Don't Be Idle - Take a Stand!

If you are looking for a unique gift to give to the person who has everything, how about a donation to the Attawapiskat Band.  You will be giving to a person who has nothing, and you will also be giving a truly Canadian gift.  Here is the information needed to donate to a community in need!

HSBC Bank at 190 Third Ave, Timmins, Ontario  P4N 1C8
Acct # 542-400804-001

Thank you in advance for your help and generosity.  Wishing you all peace and happiness in 2012.

Join Idle No More on Friday, December 21st from 10:30am to 3:00pm for a grassroots rally against federal legislation that marginalizes indigenous peoples. They will be gathering in Kinsmen Park (9100 Walterdale Hill NW) and marching to Sir Winston Churchill Square (99th Street and 102 Avenue).

Bring a travel mug for hot chocolate to help stay warm and keep the fire in heart.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012


Tansi Moccasin Telegraph listeners!  We have a special surprise for you this week - Isabel O'Kanese (mama of Moccasin Telegraph) will be joining us from British Columbia to discuss, among other things, WANSKA - a decolonization project she is involved in.  Please tune in and call us up ... Thursday 09-August from 5pm to 6pm ... Anna, Isabel and I (Figgy) will be looking forward to your comments.

Friday, 22 June 2012


Hello listeners!  Here is the link to the little video essay and automatic e-mail to send to your MP or your Prime Minister regarding the proposed Gateway Pipeline project.
(Copy and paste the link into your URL bar.)
Thanks for listening!

Happy National Aboriginal Day ... and weekend!

Friday, 2 March 2012

02-March-2012 added to 20-April-2012

My apologies for not posting the following links earlier, as I said I would; but as my grandmother always told me "better late than never" - I hope you would agree!   (Healing the legacy of Residential Schools)

There is a new group in Victoria called Wanska: The Art of Decolonization. We hold talking circles to discuss colonization and decolonization in a safe environment along side the descendants of the settlers. This group is open to all.  Please go to our website at

Don't forget to listen to Acimowin on CJSR, every Friday from 9am to 11am; JoJo on the Radioh and Indigenizing the Airwaves - Great stuff. 


 Also, here is the link I promised to add on the 19th of April show:

This is a documentary well worth the watch.


Friday, 6 January 2012

05-Jan-2012 Show - First of the Year

Moccasin Telegraph is delighted to welcome Anna Wilson as guest host, and I am sure that all listeners will benefit from her mania for research.  Anna brought a very interesting article to the show on Thursday, 05-January and we had some very interesting discussion on it.  I have copied the article below for your reference.

De Beers decision to dump sewage into Attawapiskat played role in
current housing crisis
By Ossie Michelin
APTN National News
While the housing crisis in Attawapiskat has the country’s full
attention, it was an event on March 5, 2005, that pushed the community
toward its current dire state of affairs.
Attawapiskat resident Jackie Hookimaw still remembers that moment.
“My father, he noticed at three in the morning…there was a big awful
smell and there was something leaking into the basement,” said
A sewage backup flooded the dirt basement floors of several homes in
the community, including Hookimaw’s parent’s home.
The sewage backup happened around the same time that De Beers, the
international diamond company currently operating a mine 90 kilometres
from the community, disposed their sewage sludge into the community’s
lift station, said Hookimaw.
Documents obtained by APTN National News back Hookimaw’s claim.
Ontario First Nations Technical Services was called in to assess the
situation and its engineers concluded that the De Beers discharge may
have been behind the sewage backup that ended up in the basements of
homes in Attawapiskat.
“What is currently known is that De Beers discharged a load of sewage
into the pumping station. This might have precipitated the overloading
of the pumping station, thereby causing sewage backup,” said the
engineering report.
The engineers also noted that the federal government was informed of
the problems, but Ottawa did little to try to fix things, according to
a follow-up report by different engineers with First Nations
Engineering Services.
“The general condition of the pump control panel is very poor. There
is a key switch to control manual selection of the pumps. It is very
difficult to operate and may fail at anytime,” the report noted.
The report found that the system was very fragile and at high risk of failing.
“There is no overload protection. This is an extremely risky way to
run a pump,” the report said.
De Beers was told about the reports by APTN National News, but a
company spokesman said they knew nothing about it.
“I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with the story you’re talking about,”
said Tom Ormsby, spokesperson for De Beers.
In 2009, the warnings from engineers proved prophetic. There was
another sewage backup which displaced more people, forcing many to be
Aboriginal Affairs refused to pay for the evacuation and the band was
forced to foot the bill.
Seven years after the first sewage backup and the Hookimaw family home
remains empty.
While the house was abandoned, the pipes froze and burst, spraying
water throughout the interior.
Eventually toxic mould took over and made the house completely uninhabitable.
The family received an insurance cheque for $25,000.
Throughout the current crisis, the federal government, from the prime
minister down, have repeatedly blamed the band council for
Attawapiskat’s current state of affairs.
APTN National News tried repeatedly to get a comment from Aboriginal
Affairs on this story, but no one returned the calls.

Keep listening to Moccasin Telegraph for progress on the state of affairs at Attawapiskat - I have re-posted the information below to assist your efforts to give aid directly to the community, with my sincere gratitude to you for helping.
HSBC Bank at 190 Third Ave, Timmins, Ontario P4N 1C8
Acct #:  542-400804-001