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Crystal wins first Juno

REGINA—Crystal Shawanda’s Just Like You  has been selected as Aboriginal Album of the Year, winning a Juno award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The country singer/songwriter, now 30,  is a citizen of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. This was Shawanda’s first

Decision upholds Jordan’s Principle

OTTAWA – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomes the April 4th decision by the Federal Court to grant a judicial review in the case between the Pictou Landing Band Council and Maurina Beadle vs. the Government of Canada. The decision is the first

Preventing family violence

Shannon Manitowabi, project coordinator, assisted Social Services Director Adrienne Pelletier in facilitating a Family Violence Strategic Planning session at the Union of Ontario Indians head office on March 27 and 28. The planning sessions were held to strategize on how to prevent and address family violence in

Exercise counters FASD effects

By Laura Liberty It’s unfortunate it has taken so long for researchers to recognize that physical exercise may be one answer to disruptive behaviour in the classroom. Brian Christie, a neuroscientist from University of Victoria, was one of the first researchers to discover that exercise promotes the

New Residential School educational resources available

As part of the “Honouring Our Children, Families and Communities affected by Indian Residential Schools” project, many resources were developed with funding from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. A narrative picture book called “Little Butterfly Girl:  An Indian Residential School Story” is available in English,

Monument honours and educates

On the side of the Indian Residential School monument facing West are ten plaques which educate and honour Anishinabek children families and communities. The first plaque is a dedication to those who attended the Residential Schools.  An “Honouring, Healing and Education” plaque speaks to the legacy of

Whitefish River FN still has a rainbow of fish species

By Maureen Pelletier Whitefish River FN has always been in the forefront in ensuring their natural resources remain intact – and this year was no different.  Having completed studies on Walleye (pickerel) and Lake Whitefish in 2012, the First Nation will be gearing up once again for

‘Gchi-nendama’: Beausoleil language instructors

By Sharon Weatherall BEAUSOLEIL FN – Roseanne Monague is one of seven Christian Island language-keepers who participated in a 160-hour immersion program to equip them to pass on Anishinaabemowin to young community members For 13 years she has been working at the First Nation's day care, teaching

Gordon gets new set of wheels

By Monique DuBray NORTH BAY – Gordon Mianscum has another new set of wheels. A brand new gurney, equipped with a shiny leather bed and 24-inch rubber tires was presented in April to the Canadore College graduate, for whom fund-raising efforts provided a new van in 2011.

Blanket for survivors

The following is the letter presented with blankets to survivors at the Indian Residential School monument ceremony on March 25, 2013 Dear Survivor: On behalf of the Anishinabek Nation, it is my great privilege to present this tribute blanket to you, a survivor of the Indian residential

Even ‘C’ full of intensity

By James MacDonald MISSISSAUGA – The noise is starting to reach a fever pitch. Between the long green and red horns and the pump-action noisemakers, it is getting really loud, with the arena walls amplifying the sounds of hockey spectators. It’s difficult to believe that this is

Small biggest booster

By James MacDonald “This is super heavy!” remarks Miles Reil-Walker the goalie for the Batchewana Attack, as he gingerly handles the gold-plated hunk of metal in his hands. Staring back at him is a gold relief of Nike, the Greek God of victory, stepping over the Olympic

Wiky girls win shootout drama

By James MacDonald There are few more dramatic events in sport than a hockey shootout. And when the one-on-one, shooter-on-goalie drama decides a tournament championship – as it did in this year’s Little NHL Peewee Girls “A” final – the tension is even more intense. It took

Community Engagement Sessions head to Pic River

By Jon Cada & Kelly Crawford Ojibways of Pic River hosted the final stop in the Northern Superior Region visits this fiscal year. The Community Engagement Strategy Session took place on March 27, 2013. Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare delivered a passionate speech on the importance

Deputy political champion

By Doris Peltier If someone would have told me a few years ago that Chiefs in one tribal region would one day pass a resolution to endorse the “greater involvement of people living with HIV”, I probably would have been a tad skeptical. This is exactly what