Tips for all grads

Nelson Bird column It’s graduation time for hundreds of Saskatchewan High school, university and technical school students; it is a time to reflect on all those years of studying and a time to look...

Dealing with tragedies takes a toll

Nelson Bird column Two summers ago an unthinkable tragedy occurred on the Kahkewistehaw First Nation where a 10-year-old boy killed 5-year-old old Lee Bonneau.  At the time, I remember all the questions...

Spring clean up

Nelson Bird column Spring is finally here. I suppose we’ve been pretty fortunate considering the less-than-normal amount of snow we’ve received. It’s also a time when the garbage and trash left over...

And the Oscar goes to

Nelson Bird column On Sunday February 22nd, I was among millions who watched the annual Academy Awards. I didn’t’ plan to, but there were few options on TV that night. My wife and I had no real...

Native male, Native male, Native Male……

Nelson Bird column I’ve been a journalist for 20 years and in that time I reported on hundreds of stories about First Nation and Metis people. Some were good news stories and some were not but most were...

Two Days in July 2004

Nelson Bird Column There are two days in July 2004 which I consider extremely significant: days and events that still conjure up a variety of emotions. The first was the morning of July 4th when we...

Life, Death, and the Choices We Make.

Nelson Bird Column There are two things every person on earth regardless of race, class or gender has in common; everyone is born and everyone dies. What happens between those two events is shaped by an...

NAIG dispels stereotypes

Nelson Bird Column The North American Indigenous Games wrapped up on Saturday July 26th. Thousands of young athletes, volunteers, and spectators gathered on the grounds of the First Nations University...

Education is a life changer

Nelson Bird Column It’s June and that means another school year is coming to an end. There is excitement in the air and it applies to elementary, high school, and of course many university students. The...