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Nipissing First Nation Chief calls for MMIWG top commissioner to step down

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION – The Chief of Nipissing First Nation is asking for the resignation of the head commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Chief Scott McLeod sided with the majority at The Assembly of First

Chapman’s Gas Bar Christmas Craft Sale ‘booming’

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—A variety of historical necklaces created by Wiikwemkoong’s Teresa Trudeau were among the arts and crafts on sale at Chapman’s Gas Bar Christmas Craft Sale in Fort William. “These are historical corn necklaces, and this one here with the leather included

Bill C-61 receives Royal Assent

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE, Nipissing First Nation (December 15, 2017)—On behalf of the Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee would like to extend congratulations to the 23 Participating First Nations and the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB) on the Royal Assent of Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Nation

Youth Job Fair draws over 300 students

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—The Fort William First Nation Youth Job Fair was a success with about 300 students in attendance from the community and across Thunder Bay. “It’s important for our youth — we are trying to motivate them to get their education,” says

St. Anne’s Residential School survivors in court

By Christine Miskonoodinkwe- Smith TORONTO - A small group of people showed up at the Superior Court in Toronto yesterday to show support for the survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School. The Superior Court is holding a hearing about St. Anne’s Residential School Survivor Angela Shisheesh’s standing

First LEGO League Wiikwemkoong team’s project focused on First Nation water issues

By Rick Garrick The Wiikwemkoong Pontiac School FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team enjoyed their first attempt at the FLL qualifying tournament at Dynamic Earth in Sudbury on Dec. 2. “It was quite the honour to actually be picked for this robotics team,” says Isaiah Manitowabi-Bell, a Grade

Sarnia plans to implement UNDRIP

By Colin Graf  SARNIA – City Council in this south-western Ontario city has appointed an advisory body to help develop a plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in the city.   The  14 -member committee is tasked with finding ways

Red dress pins honour those who are missing or murdered

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek’s Diane Hardy participated in two testimony sessions with her family, handed out red dress pins and performed with her hand drum at the Thunder Bay Community Hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Preventing diabetes through play

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO - Canadian ice hockey player and Olympics Gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser may have hung up her skates but she’s still a champion. Now, she’s championing diabetes prevention among Indigenous youth with the help of Right to Play and Sun Life Financial. Wickenheiser was

Red Drum Motorcycle club raises awareness on National Day of Remembrance

By Kathleen Imbert WIKWEMIKOONG TERRITORY – Naandwechige-Gamig Wikwemikong Health Center’s lodge welcomed unexpected attenders to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against women’s drumming and singing evening on Dec 6th.  The Red Drum Motorcycle club dressed in their full regalia, meaning their leathers, joined

Seeds & Roots: Author sees hope amid the tears of MMIWG

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY –  The author of a book about murdered Indigenous women believes the tide is turning now to stop violence in future generations. “It’s going to take generations. We’re not going to stop the violence right now.  That’s not going to happen. But

Greenhouse becomes reality after winning national contest

By Sam Laskaris WIKWEMIKONG – By being awarded $50,000 in a national contest, local officials will be able to build a greenhouse on the Wikwemikong Territory. The projected 1,400-square foot greenhouse, which will be built at the Wikwemikong High School, will also allow students at the school

Preventative Medicine: Indigenous community, police seek continued funding for violence prevention program

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY– Greater Sudbury Police is seeking federal funding to continue the work  necessary to help the Indigenous community live free from violence, a program that was launched in 2016 and that is nearing the end. The two-year project reached a climactic moment November

Self-government over education on horizon for 23 Anishinabek Nation First Nations in Ontario

The Government of Canada is committed to moving beyond the Indian Act in full partnership with First Nations people and to renew the relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership. Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs announced

Anishinaabay Inngohnigaywin

By Eli Baxter Anishinaabay Innagohnigaywin Indian Act Anishinaabay Innagohnigaywin kaween geeabachichigaatayzinoon. Anishinaabay Law was not used. Weenawa peewatayg ogeeozhitoonawaa. They, the visitors, are the ones who made it. Kaaween geenawind kikeeozitoozeemin. We did not make it. Weenawaa otibayndanawaa. They own it. Keenaween dush kiweendamagohmin aneen mayaam