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Wiky’s Trudeau-Paquet traded to Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

By Sam Laskaris KIRKLAND LAKE – It certainly didn’t take Greg Trudeau-Paquet long to adjust to his new home. The 18-year-old, who is from Wikwemikong, was the key figure involved in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) trade this past Friday. Trudeau-Paquet, a centre, was traded

‘We are an industry’: Wesley-Esquimaux says at Indigenous Knowledge Conference

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Reconciliation and Fort William First Nation’s Sugar Bush were among the topics featured at the Indigenous Knowledge Conference, held Nov. 15-16 in Thunder Bay. “We are so deeply embedded in the economy of Canada that we are an industry,” says Cynthia

First Nations fight nuclear waste

The Bawating Water Protectors (BWT) were on the march at Queen’s Park on November 9 to tell Ontario Liberals and Ontario Power Generation what they can do with their nuclear power waste. And it does not include storing it near the waterways of the Great Lakes, crossing

The Anishinawbe way of life depicted in paintings

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO - “I have a great respect for Joseph Sagaj, he’s one of the best Anishnawbe artists we have,” said Elder Jim Dumont. Dumont was speaking last month at the unveiling of a series of seven paintings commissioned by the provincial Ministry of the

Canadian Wrestling Federation puts on a show in Serpent River

By Leslie Knibbs SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION –The Canadian Wrestling Federation (CWF) put on a spectacular show in a "square circle ring" at the Lifestyles Centre in Serpent River First Nation (SRFN) on Nov. 18 much to the enjoyment of the youth and families that attended the

McKenzie brings something new to pow wows with fabric art

By Rick Garrick NORTH BAY - Fabric artist Robin McKenzie developed her unique style of fabric art about two-and-a-half years ago at the request of one of her hand drum bag customers. “I used to do drum bags for hand drums with my designs on the front,”

‘Medicine Songs’ new gem from Buffy Sainte-Marie

By Rick Garrick Buffy Sainte-Marie enjoyed working with fellow Polaris Music Prize winner Tanya Tagaq on You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind), a new song on her latest album: Medicine Songs. “It was fun — we recorded for one day in a studio in Toronto

Dr. Martin Brokenleg speaks at Intergenerational Trauma Conference

SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK - World-renowned speaker Dr. Martin Brokenleg spoke to a packed room of educators and citizens in Sagamok on Nov. 10 at the Intergenerational Trauma Conference put on by the Sagamok Community Wellness Department and the Community Justice Program.  Dr. Brokenleg is a co-developer of the

Situation Table to help at-risk people in Thunder Bay

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY - Canadian Mental Health Association Thunder Bay CEO Sharon Pitawanakwat recently announced the launch of the Situation Table to help at-risk people in Thunder Bay. “The Situation Table is a method of bringing together a really wide diverse group of providers in

Grassy Narrows still waiting for clean up

By Christine Miskonoodinkwe-Smith TORONTO - Judy Da Silva, Lee Maracle and Vanessa Gray spoke to a packed room with the theme Mercury Justice Now on Nov. 6. Earlier this year after decades of protesting by Grassy Narrows activists, the Ontario government set aside $85 million dollars to

Indigenous and Ingenious highlighting diverse and unique talent

By Erica Commanda TORONTO - There will be 18 multi-talented, high profile First Nations artists showcasing their diverse body of work for the third annual Indigenous and Ingenious Sale and Show at the Ralph Thornton Centre, just east of Broadview on Queen Street East in Toronto this

Jared Bissaillion, 22, running for Chief in Thessalon First Nation

By Leslie Knibbs THESSALON – A young man who completed a Mining Engineer diploma at Cambrian College in 2016 was unsuccessful in finding a career in the mining industry because of a downturn in the industry.   “Finding work in the mining industry was harder to come by,”

Ontario and Anishinabek Nation working together to support Anishinabek children, youth and families

Province and Anishinabek Nation Sign Relationship Agreement Ontario and the Anishinabek Nation signed an agreement today that will strengthen the relationship through an affirmation of partnership and a shared path forward on child and family services. Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Anishinabek Nation

‘I’m not the only one’: Reflections of a Sixties Scoop survivor

By Christine Miskonoodinkwe-Smith I took part in the third annual National Bi-Giwen Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Gathering  earlier this fall at Waupoos Farm in Ottawa.  It was an experience for me that I won’t forget because it allowed me to connect with at least 70 to

Showcasing Indigenous talents at Reconciliation Art Gala

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY – Jubilant patrons filled the Capitol Centre’s WKP Kennedy Gallery on opening night of the Indigenous Art Gala Teamwork makes the Dreamwork. Taking place November 1, Teamwork makes the Dreamwork honours Reconciliation North Bay’s One Year Anniversary. Created to celebrate a