Bee Nation film makes the top ten audience favourites

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—A documentary film about First Nations students competing in a spelling bee landed a spot in the top ten audience favourites at Toronto’s Hot Docs international documentary film festival. Bee Nation was also selected out of more than 200 films to open the festival

‘Good stories are good medicine’

By Carrie MacKenzie KINGSTON - On May 10-12 “The Breakout Project” hosted groups of original, forward- thinkers from all over Canada. These teams were rivals in a 48 hour contest to encourage contributions of resources needed to take these proposals for year-long “social innovation” projects from the

Sault College receives prestigious national award

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (May 1, 2017)--Sault College has received national recognition for its ongoing, strong commitment to Indigenous education. Today, representatives from Sault College proudly accepted the Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CiCan) Indigenous Education Excellence Award as the Gold recipient! CiCan’s Indigenous Education Excellence Award recognizes

Thessalon First Nation student receives top scholarship

By Leslie Knibbs THESSALON FIRST NATION—In the fall of 2016, Kelly Giguere and her daughter Samantha were looking at possible scholarships to assist Samantha with her university education. With Samantha in her last year of school at Algoma Central Secondary in Desbarats, the planning was underway for university. While

Lambton College celebrates its 50th anniversary with largest powwow to date

By Colin Graf SARNIA—While many powwows across Anishinabek lands may have histories dating far back in time, one Ontario college is celebrating a quarter-century of recognizing its Indigenous connections with its largest powwow to date. Over 500 visitors were expected to attend the 25th Annual Lambton College

Stressing importance of education for First Nations key to moving forward

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Northern Superior Regional Grand Chief Pierre Pelletier spoke about the need for parity between on-reserve and off-reserve schools at the Anishinabek Nation’s First Nations Education Engagement Forum held on March 29 and 30, at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay. “The only thing

Entrepreneurs meet to discuss and develop future program for Anishinabek Educational Institute

By Laura Barrios TORONTO—Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, and those with an interest in business met at the Anishinabek Nation Entrepreneurship session in Toronto on March 27, in hopes of working together to begin the early stages of developing a business entrepreneurship program for the Anishinabek Educational Institute.

Sault College receives support from the Ted Nolan Foundation

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (March 20, 2017)–Sault College is honoured to announce that the Ted Nolan Foundation has partnered with the College to continue granting scholarships to deserving First Nations women through The Rose Nolan Scholarship. This support will help many First Nations women accomplish their goal

University of Sudbury’s James Bay Initiative – Report

University of Sudbury’s James Bay Initiative – Report Trip to James Bay Communities – January 15-20, 2017 It was a cold week in January, when representatives from the University of Sudbury visited the James Bay communities of Moose Factory, Attawapiskat, Kashechewan and Fort Albany First Nation.  The

New provincial funding invests in children’s education

By Rick Garrick PIC MOBERT FIRST NATION—Pic Mobert Chief Wayne Sabourin looks forward to the completion of a day care in the community’s Netamisakomik Centre for Education through $283,543 in provincial funding. “It will help us tremendously — it will help single parents or even young parents

Lakehead University Master of Education student shares lessons from land and water

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Pic Mobert’s Melissa Twance enjoyed sharing her thesis research on Lessons from Land and Water: Indigenous Connections to the Mazinaabikiniganan of Agawa Rock with students at Lakehead University’s Aboriginal Student Lounge, on Feb. 16. “A lot of them are doing research courses in Indigenous

Houston, we have lift off: Whitefish River youth to attend U.S. Space Camp

By Rick Garrick WHITEFISH RIVER FIRST NATION—Whitefish River’s Sara Gardner is looking forward to her upcoming trip to the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA) at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Camp in the southern state of Alabama. “I’m excited — everyone is really excited,” says the

Whitefish River First Nation citizen earns doctorate

By Barb Nahwegahbow GUELPH—Dr. Marlene Paibomesai has a nice ring to it. This 30-year-old citizen of Whitefish River First Nation successfully defended her thesis at the University of Guelph on January 11, to earn her doctorate. Her parents, Finian and Lynn Paibomesai, and her sister Marion were

Niigaan gdizhaami – moving forward together in education

By Marci Becking TORONTO – School Board representatives from all over Anishinabek Nation territory met with First Nation Chiefs, education directors and the Kinoomaadziwin Education Board to discuss the Anishinabek Education System and the proposed implementation date of April 1, 2018. Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick

Fort William community members receive Basic Security Training course

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—Fort William’s Robyn Cornell-Maclaurin is now more prepared to take charge in an emergency situation after completing a Basic Security Training course along with four other community members. “It’s helping me learn to become calm and to take charge in a