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Chief calls removal of ‘Braves’ head at Northern Secondary in line with TRC Calls to Action

By Kelly Anne Smith WEST NIPISSING—Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod has given his support for the removal of the ‘Braves’ head at Northern Secondary School. Unlike controversies playing out over Indigenous emblems, the Northern Braves’ was created by former student, Terry Dokis, and used since 1971. 

Ojibway actors shine at ‘Testify: Indigenous Laws and the Arts Collective’

By Laura Robinson Osgoode Hall is 128 years old, and lined with books and portraits representing an elite white and male model of “justice”. The entrance on the eastside, for members of the Law Society of Upper Canada—a colonially loaded title if there ever was one—was the

Nishnawbe Aski Nation statement on the passing of Gord Downie

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, has issued the following statement following the passing of legendary musician Gord Downie: “Words cannot express our sorrow and our thoughts and prayers are with Gord’s brothers Mike and Patrick,

Column: Brown water better than none at all

By Maurice Switzer Remember that scene from the movie “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” where all the goggled government guys wearing white hazmat (hazardous material) suits burst into the house looking for that cute little alien? That's what it felt like one recent morning when I looked out a

Artistic projects honour Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Residential School Survivors

By Colin Graf   AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION – Residents have recently unveiled two artistic projects to remember and honour both Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and residential school survivors at their community centre near the southwestern Ontario city of Sarnia.  Around 50 brightly-beaded moccasin tops, both adult

Child Abuse Prevention Month recognized with launch of #ISeeYou project

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY –Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay are recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month through the Step Up 2017 Campaign, which includes the launch of the #ISeeYou Project on Oct. 12. “We do this to

Water, wastewater and stormwater management improvements for 116 First Nations

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION – Improvements to Fort William’s stormwater system were among 235 projects announced on Oct. 10 to improve water, wastewater and stormwater management in 116 First Nations across Ontario. Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu and Municipal Affairs Minister

Anishinaabe language keeper continues to inspire

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION - “Not that long ago I would have had to carry this blue pass. It was my cousin’s mother’s pass. She wants me to share the story.” Muriel Sawyer holds up the Certificate of Enfranchisement that had to be carried

Language: Anishinaabay Thoughts

By Eli Baxter Anishinaabay In-nayn-dum-mo-win-nun Anishinaabay Thoughts   Boo-zhoo Anishinaabayg Hello Anishinaabayg Aa-zhaa meen-na-waa ta-goh-gohn. Again it is fall. Bin-na-goh-kee-sis a-go-chin. The month of shedding leaves is hanging up. Ta-ni-ta-ka-yaa. It will get cold. Anishinaabayg In-nayn-dum-mo-win-nun: The Original People’s Thoughts: Kay-goh-nayn-dush

Wiikwemikoong develops collaborative long-term energy and infrastructure plan

By Rick Garrick Brighter lighting in the Wikwemikong Arena is just one of the benefits community members are noticing from Wiikwemkoong Unceeded Territory’s partnership with IGNITE Infrastructure Association Inc. “We’ve elevated the lighting level by about four or five times and reduced the cost by 60 per

Regional Chief Isadore Day Statement on International Day of the Girl

(Toronto, October 11, 2017)   “Today marks the International Day of the Girl, which was created by the United Nations in 2011. Today and every day, we celebrate girls around the world in the face of threats, discrimination, and issues of their well-being. I especially want to encourage

Ontario Municipal Board decision saves Blanding’s Turtle habitat on Stoney Lake

Two Provincially Significant Wetlands and 6.2 km Undeveloped Shoreline Protected PETERBOROUGH—The last significant undeveloped shoreline in the Kawarthas has been saved from a 58-unit housing development on Stoney Lake, immediately adjacent to Burleigh Falls. The Vancouver-based developer Burleigh Bay Corporation (BBC) had planned to build the community, plus 72-slip

Alanis Obomsawin celebrates 50th film

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO- Internationally-renowned documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki Nation celebrated a number of milestones this year - her 85th birthday, 50 years with the National Film Board, and the completion of her 50th film. Our People Will Be Healed had its world premiere at the

Future discussed at Boreal Heartbeat climate change forum

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Red Rock Indian Band’s Tom Morriseau Borg and Biigtigong Nishnaabeg’s John Twance recently described some of the climate changes they are experiencing at Lakehead University’s Climate Change Forum. They were among about 29 citizens from communities along the north shore of

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion runs until Oct. 14

By Rick Garrick Drew Hayden Taylor’s recently commissioned play Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion was a hit during its preview at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The comedy featuring Herbie Barnes, Darrell Dennis, Martin Julien and Katie Ryerson runs from Oct. 3-14