Aaniin and Boozhoo from the Anishinabek Nation Legal Department

For those who do not know about the Anishinabek Nation Legal Department, we would like to take some time to introduce our staff and to provide a brief overview of the services our Department provides. Additionally, with the revitalization of the Anishinabek News, our Department is aiming

Business pitch: Pre-packed scon-bannock

By Rick Garrick Nish Scon owner-operator Pam Naponse-Corbiere looks forward to pitching a business idea at the Pow Wow Pitch 2017 - Indigenous Pitch Competition on June 24 in Ottawa. “You have a minute to sell your pitch of a business,” says Naponse-Corbiere, who began the Nish

Former hockey pro turns motivational speaker to inspire youth

By Sam Laskaris AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—Jason Simon has certainly managed to turn his life around. The now 48-year-old former professional hockey player, who had a couple of brief stints in the National Hockey League, is hoping his motivational talks will inspire Indigenous youth and help them make

Anishinaabeg Art & Power aims to educate

By Laurie LeClair TORONTO - The Royal Ontario Museum’s long-anticipated show Anishinaabeg Art & Power opened on June 13 with a beautiful reception. Guests sipped cedar and sweet grass tea and helped themselves to appetizers before settling in to listen to the Bear Creek Drummers and speeches

‘We’re walking for healing ourselves’ says Chief Towegishig

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—Former Long Lake #58 Chief Allen Towegishig is looking forward to the upcoming Healing Walk for all peoples from Ginoogaming’s Turtle Lodge Memorial to Fort William’s Pow Wow grounds. “The turtle is a healing turtle,” says Towegishig, who is one of

Timber Village Museum celebrates 50 years

By Leslie Knibbs BLIND RIVER—On June 3, the Timber Village Museum in Blind River celebrated its 50th birthday with a tour of the newly renovated museum and grand re-opening of the Heritage Gallery. A group of Elders from Serpent River brought First Nation history and culture to

Natural gas on Jocko Point set to flow to Nipissing First Nation

By Kelly Anne Smith JOCKO POINT—A ground-breaking ceremony to offer natural gas to homeowners, cottagers and entrepreneurs took place May 30 at the Jocko Point Community Centre. Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod announced The Natural Gas Project with 250 homes across Nipissing First Nation to benefit.

Lawyers recognized for long-time First Nations advocacy

By Rick Garrick TORONTO—Two lawyers whose careers have focused on advancing rights and increasing social justice for First Nations people were recognized with Law Society Medals on May 24. Larry Chartrand, from Ottawa, and Sarah E. Colquhoun, from Thunder Bay, were presented with the medals during the

Fort William youth excel during mobile film program

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM—A film about former Olympic ski jumper Steve Collins was among five created by youth in Fort William during a month-long visit by the Wapikoni Mobile travelling training and creation studio. “We went up to Big Thunder for an interview,” Collins says about

Indigenous students set to mine their careers in Temagami

By Kelly Anne Smith TEMAGAMI—Indigenous students will be getting a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the mining industry. They also will be encouraged to carry on traditions while learning the trade at Nimke Mining Services. The students will receive surface diamond drilling training while looking

Recovering residential school memories at wellness conference in Thunder Bay

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Garden River’s Barb Nolan spoke about recovering memories of residential school at the Biidaaban Healing Lodge Strengthening Our Bundles Annual Wellness Conference on May 26 in Thunder Bay. “As human beings, we tend to forget,” Nolan says during her How to Strengthen Your

‘I have a responsibility to our students’ says Hall of Fame inductee

By Marci Becking NORTH BAY – Educator Kelly Crawford of M’Chigeeng First Nation says she carries a responsibility. “Our roles and responsibilities were meant to shape and guide us on our journey,” says Crawford who was inducted into the Canadore College’s Hall of Fame on June 3.

Grandmother travels to UN forum on Indigenous issues

By Leslie Knibbs SERPENT RIVER—Recently an Elder from Serpent River First Nation (SRFN) returned from taking part in a forum on Indigenous issues at the United Nations (UN).  An invitation to Isabelle Meawasige to attend was sent out on February 27 by Sister Shiela Smith who works

Residential School history displayed at Fort William City Hall

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—The relocation of St. Joseph’s (Fort William) Indian Residential School from the Fort William community to Thunder Bay was highlighted in A Residential School Poster Display at City Hall in Thunder Bay on May 19. “It was quite interesting that this one was

Anishinabek Nation Political Update – May 2017

Aaniin, As you are aware, the Anishinabek Nation strives to ensure that regional Chiefs meetings occur twice annually in addition to Grand Council.  These meetings afford an opportunity for issues, often community or regional-specific, for discussion and direct advocacy, research, or support/assistance. This is also an opportunity