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Sharing the Top Five Indigenous Stories of 2015

With so many different Indigenous issues making the headlines this year and a few that flew under the radar, the First Nations Voice talked to more than a few Indigenous and non-Indigenous people about the Top Five Indigenous Stories of 2015.

Here are the people and a few comments.

Ryan Bruyere, MITT student advisor

Bruyere is from Sakgeeng First Nation and works as a student advisor with the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology.

He had a hard time with the numerous Indigenous stories to choose from this year.
1. The final report released from the Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
2. Bruyere cited the rise of Native politicians such as Robert-Falcon winning his federal riding against long time NDP politician Pat Martin.
3. The rise of female leadership.
4. The blueprint signing ceremony at the University of Manitoba.
5. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's Inquiry called by the newly elected Liberal government.

Mae Louise Campbell, Red River College Elder-inresidence

Campbell, among many other duties, also serves as the Red River College's elder-in-residence. She also is a member of a grandmother's council. 
1. Murdered and Missing Women's Inquiry.
2. Truth and Reconciliation Report.
3. The compassion and understanding from non-Indigenous allies. - "I have said we can not do it alone without the understanding and support of non-Indigenous people."
4. Changes to child family services.
5. The blueprint for educational system.

Adrienne Thomas, Brandon University Aboriginal
Student council president
1. TRC Report
2. Missing and Murdered Women's Inquiry
3. Blueprint
4. The Indigenous voter turnout in the last federal election.
5. The prime minister's commitment to Indigenous issues Trudeau made at the Assembly of First Nations gathering.

Darren Courchene, University of Manitoba graduate student
1. Blueprint: - "Getting all these institutions to work towards Indigenous excellence in both their faculty and student retention. It's finally coming to fruition.
2. TRC Report
3. The response to the Macleans article that cited Winnipeg as Canada's most racist city.
4. The Indigenous course requirement at the University of Winnipeg. - "People have to understand our contributions to Canadian
society as a whole."
5. The inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

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