Stories by Kathleen Napier

Kathleen Napier

Kathleen Napier is currently completing her Master of Journalism (Data and Investigative) at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Special thank you to Lisa Takagi for her original pen drawings.

Smudging is a daily ritual. It happens once in the morning to greet the sun and give thanks for the day to come, and again at night to give thanks for the day that has passed, and the night ahead. 
Four traditional elements are used in smudging; tobacco, cedar, sweet grass and sage.

Traditional HealingSeven Sparks

A transition program for Indigenous offenders hits a bump on the red road

Nov 28, 2016

IV drug users at a “higher risk” of contracting hepatitis C, says HepNS.

Infectious DiseaseHep C “where AIDS was in the '80s,” — HepNS

Nova Scotia’s rate increased close to 30 per cent, while Canada’s national rate dropped 26 per cent over the past 10 years.

Aug 18, 2016

Alan Syliboy explains the meaning of his acrylic and ink painting at The Path We Share exhibit at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Visual artsThe Path We Share: looks at journey of Mi’kmaq and whales

Four First Nations artists explore how contact with others changed the lives of both Mi’kmaq and whales

Feb 14, 2016

Kaylie Adamski has spastic cerebral palsy and practices yoga in her living room to help maintain her mobility.

HealthNot enough resources for people with cerebral palsy

Halifax woman turns to Kijiji to find exercise support

Feb 13, 2016

Paul Vienneau, 'Mayor of Spring Garden Road,' spent the afternoon clearing sidewalk corners and bus stops.

AccessibilitySidewalk clearing better, but improvement still needed: accessibility advocate

Complaints about snow clearing from the sidewalk are down this year: HRM

Feb 11, 2016

Mike MacDougall of the Jugglin Bubblers creates a large bubble on stage during a dress rehearsal of 2016: A Space Oddity.

Performing artsLocal performers pay tribute to Bowie — on a trapeze

‘Bowie was a magical unicorn’ says Caitlan Anthony, local performer

Feb 6, 2016

Robyn Hazard and Mindy Gallant-Zwicker combine professional counselling services with traditional aboriginal healing practices at Alsusuti Aboriginal Crisis Counselling Services.

Mental HealthNew service integrates counselling and traditional healing

Robyn Hazard and Mindy Gallant-Zwicker offer on reserve crisis counselling services to all aboriginal communities across the province

Feb 3, 2016

Jordan Bonaparte records his intro to the next episode of Night Time Podcast.

MysteryCan’t get enough true crime? This podcaster has some local stories for you

Jordan Bonaparte’s podcast aims to share his fascination with mystery

Jan 27, 2016

Volunteers serve soup to guests at Souls Harbour Rescue Mission.

CommunityIncrease in food prices will hit low-income earners hardest

Canadian households will spend up to $345 more on food in 2016: report

Jan 22, 2016

New StatsCan study suggests the number of aboriginal women who have had thoughts of suicide is almost twice the rate of non-aboriginal women.

Mental Health20 per cent of indigenous peoples have thoughts of suicide: StatsCan

Statistics Canada study identifies risk factors leading to thoughts of suicide

Jan 21, 2016