When will the taking stop?

By Beverly Sabourin and Peter Globensky Since we have both developed a late-in-life allergy to snow and the shoveling of it, we escape to the American southwest and the traditional territory of the Apache for the snowless beauty of the desert and the 'sky-island' mountains. While here

Crown ordered to pay Batchewana First Nation band members $390,000 for failed prosecution

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (February 23, 2017)--A provincial court judge ordered the Crown to pay $390,000 for withdrawing logging charges against four Batchewana First Nation band members on the eve of trial. Justice Kwolek of the Ontario Court of Justice found the prosecution’s conduct justified a costs

Dilico announces provincial government’s Indigenous midwifery initiative

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM—Two new Indigenous midwives are being hired to provide services at the Dilico Family Health Team Clinic in Fort William through Ontario’s recently announced Aboriginal Midwifery initiative. “I really look forward to meeting the needs of women who aren’t currently accessing midwifery care,”

Whitefish River First Nation citizen earns doctorate

By Barb Nahwegahbow GUELPH—Dr. Marlene Paibomesai has a nice ring to it. This 30-year-old citizen of Whitefish River First Nation successfully defended her thesis at the University of Guelph on January 11, to earn her doctorate. Her parents, Finian and Lynn Paibomesai, and her sister Marion were

Conference shares importance of tenant liaison and fire safety

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Garden River’s Carrie Zeppa delivered a presentation on the Importance of Tenant Liaison along with Lisa McCormick, from Batchewana, at the 2017 First Nations Housing Conference in Thunder Bay. “The key to successful tenancy is education with your tenants,” says Zeppa, Garden River’s

New Esso station and Tim Horton’s in Magnetawan First Nation

MAGNETAWAN FIRST NATION – Magnetawan Chief and  Council are proud to announce the opening of their new Esso and Tim Horton's economic development venture opened on Feb. 6.  The new business is located on the busy Highway 69 corridor on the southwest corner of Highways 69and 529

Anishinaabe represent at Battalion game

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY—First Nation communities were cheering hard at Memorial Gardens on February 2. Dokis First Nation children from Kikendawt Kinoomaadii Gamig opened the game singing our national anthem in Ojibway. Kikendawt Kinoomaadii Gamig educates students in JK, SK, and Grades 1-4. Taking part

Long Lake #58’s Demi Abraham shoots for a chance to represent Ontario

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—Long Lake #58’s Demi Abraham enjoyed participating in the Aboriginal Team Ontario (ATO) hockey tryout on Jan. 29 at the Fort William First Nation Arena. “It was exciting,” Abraham says, noting it was her first tryout for the team. “I’ve got

Ontario Regional Chief Day calls today’s Sixties Scoop decision a precedent-setting landmark

TORONTO, ON (February 14, 2017)--Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says today’s landmark decision by the Ontario Courts in favour of the Sixties Scoop Claim is not only recognition of what the survivors suffered but a judgment that Canada failed in its duty to protect the cultural identity

Federal Government seeks to settle class action from Sixties Scoop

By John Fox On the heels of a Judge’s ruling of a 1.3 billion dollar class-action lawsuit, on Wednesday Feb 1, the Federal Government, under the leadership of the Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, announced on Parliament Hill that they were prepared to come to a resolution

Kina maamwigdoo-wiikendaasmin — ‘We Are All Learning Together’

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY—To start the cultural training session open to the public, Nipissing First Nation Chief thanked everyone for coming out on the brisk winter night. Chief Scott McLeod said that in Anishinaabemowin, “Truth means speaking from the heart. And that`s what George Couchie

Fort William youth canoe builders featured in Ontario Tourism documentary film

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—The Fort William canoe builders who created an 18-foot birch bark canoe last summer are featured in The Canoe documentary film that is available online. “It was really cool because we got to do a bunch of scenes and camera shots,”

Gichi-Naaknigewin (First Nation Constitutions). Time to Implement.

By Arnold May Well now that we have a number of Gichi-Naaknigewins (Constitutions) it’s time to implement them. Let’s show the world that we as Nations are in control and no longer wish to be under the control of the Indian Act and the Federal Government. There

Batchewana First Nation Logging Trial

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON(February 10, 2017) – Batchewana First Nation (BFN) is asking for supporters to attend the Sault Ste. Marie courthouse on Monday February 13, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. The trial where Batchewana First Nation members have faced a prosecution for logging on their own lands,

Crees in the Caribbean pulls emotional chords in captivated audience

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Drew Hayden Taylor enjoyed the opening performance of his Crees in the Caribbean play by Six Nations actor Gary Farmer and two others at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay. “I liked what he did with it — he had fun with the character