Education milestone achieved with Anishinabek First Nations

Media Advisory From Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Chippewas of Rama First Nation – Please be advised that the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs will join Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief, Patrick (Wedaseh) Madahbee and the Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Minister of Education,

Youth attend healthy relationships-themed summer camp

By Colin Graf Teenagers from First Nations in southwestern Ontario are getting a chance this summer to talk and think about how to create and keep healthy and safe relationships in their lives. A special, five-week program run by the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) is helping teens

‘I really love this program,’ says Biigtigong Nishnaabeg youth on Thunder Bay Science Week

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Pic Mobert and Biigtigong Nishnaabeg youth were among about 50 First Nations youth who participated in the First Nation Natural Resource Youth Employment Program (FNNRYEP) Science Week in Thunder Bay. “It’s actually a good experience — I’m learning a lot of new things

Social work: Wabie’s PhD focuses on traditional Indigenous spiritual health

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY—When Joey-Lynn Wabie first launched her post-secondary education journey, she couldn’t decide what to do. Over 20 years later, Wabie settles back with a Starbucks treat, purchased with gift cards she received after graduating in May with her doctorate in rural and northern

Fort William runner wins two medals at NAIG

By Rick Garrick Fort William’s Kyra Anderson-Morriseau won two medals, a sliver and a bronze, at the North America Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2017 in Toronto. “I won a silver in the 4x100 metre (16U relay),” Anderson-Morriseau says. “And I got a bronze in the 4x400 metre (16U

Origin Operator Recruitment and Training launch new program

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Origin Operator Recruitment and Training recently launched Operation Innovation, an eight-week training to employment program for Indigenous males and females interested in mining and construction careers. “We’ll be screening over the course of four years about 400 people, and out of those 400

Aamjiwnaang First Nation to receive access to quicker healthcare services

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—Members of Aamjiwnaang First Nation will soon have a new way to see a family doctor and to speed up wait times for seeing a medical specialist thanks to the ramping up of telemedicine services. Within the next two months, residents will

Two Anishinabek communities celebrate the opening of new housing

By Rick Garrick WIIKWEMKOONG UNCEDED TERRITORY—Six families in Wiikwemkoong and eight Elders in Sagamok Anishnawbek now have new homes thanks to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) investments. The Wiikwemkoong families are currently moving into their new homes in the

Long Lake #58 students receive traditional teachings

By Rick Garrick LONG LAKE #58—Traditional teachings and scientific knowledge were featured at Long Lake #58’s Expedition Through Tradition Camp, held July 10-14, at the community’s new Pow Wow grounds. “We’re having a good time — we learned all about the fish,” says Long Lake #58 Elder

Celebration: Family, health and water move Goudreau forward

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY—When Ghislaine Goudreau first brought the Anishnaabe-Kweg Water Walk Journey to Sudbury in 2005, she was reportedly the only person to carry water the 20-kilometre loop around Sudbury’s Lake Ramsey. In fall 2017, the Water Walk will mark its 12th anniversary. The walk

Chemical Valley still in need of air pollution clean-up

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—A woman from Aamjiwnaang First Nation is taking the Ontario government to court over perceived failures to clean-up air pollution in the area, and she’s getting help from an unlikely source, an engineer in the government’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Anishinabek Nation mourns passing of influential educator

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE, Nipissing First Nation (July 29, 2017)—Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee is deeply saddened to announce the passing of a great educator from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Stephen Fox. “My heart-felt condolences go to his wife Monica, his three children and grandchildren, and family,”

Anishinabek Nation laments passing of economic development advocate

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE, Nipissing First Nation (July 28, 2017)—It is with a heavy heart that Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee announces the sudden passing of a true economic development contributor from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, Byron LeClair. “My deepest condolences go to his wife Rhonda, all of his

North Bay’s Tabobondung paddles to gold at NAIG 2017

By Kelly Anne Smith North Bay—A North Bay youth is going to remember the summer of 2017 as golden. Shkaabewis Tabobondung won three gold medals for Aboriginal Team Ontario at the North American Indigenous Games. Tabobondung finished first in the 200m, 1,000m and the 3,000m Kayak singles

Mocc Walk effective in the battle against diabetes

By Colin Graf THUNDER BAY—Over 800 First Nation peoples across Ontario are walking the road to better health thanks to Bob Fenton and the Ontario Native Women’s Association. The group’s annual “Mocc Walk”, designed to promote daily walking, has convinced 882 registrants to get up and get