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

University of Ottawa to host Indigenous Mini-Med school for youth and highschool students

OTTAWA—The Mini-Med School for winter 2017 session, “Come Walk in our Moccasins”, geared towards high school students and youth, is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2017. “Come and Walk in our Moccasins” was initiated in 2010 as a recruiting strategy to encourage First Nations, Métis, and Inuit

First Nations assert jurisdiction over education

By Marci Becking TORONTO – The 22 First Nations going forward with the Anishinabek Education System made the selection of the Kinoomaadziwin Education Board this week in Toronto. The decision was made to have four Regional Education Councils with three representatives, making the 12 representatives until April

Georgian, Trent announce new pathway to Indigenous B.Ed. program

Barrie, ON (Dec 22, 2016)--Georgian College and Trent University have signed an agreement that provides pathways for graduates of two Georgian programs Trent’s new Indigenous Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program. The Indigenous Bachelor of Education is a unique, new five-year concurrent degree that puts Aboriginal knowledge and

Weengushk Film Institute seeking community donations to support upcoming student films production

M’CHIGEENG, ON (January 4, 2017)-- Weengushk Film Institute is seeking community donations and/or sponsorships for the production of upcoming student films. Filming of 8 student films are scheduled to start January 22, 2017 and run until February 25, 2017. Each of the students at Weengushk Film Institute

YSI Collaborative convene to connect, cultivate, and support youth-led sector

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Lake Huron Region youth recently provided assistance at Youth Social Infrastructure (YSI) Collaborative’s Art of Hosting Facilitation Training for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth and Adult Allies in Thunder Bay. “It was really great to see new faces and new places,” says Jon Cada,

A toast to Lakehead University Storytellers

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Garden River’s Stephanie Seymour has enjoyed learning more about public speaking as a charter member of Lakehead University Storytellers, a Toastmasters group that meets every two weeks on campus. “When I first moved to Lakehead and got in touch with the Aboriginal Initiatives

Start-Ups coming to Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation

SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK FIRST NATION(December 22, 2016) – New businesses are setting up shop in Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation thanks to a recent cohort of Canadore College’s entrepreneurship training. In partnership with Sagamok Niigaaniin: Ontario Works program, the 13-week program was geared towards individuals aspiring to start their

First Nations Truck and Coach Apprentices graduate

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO (December 12, 2016) – The first cohort of Canadore College’s pre-apprenticeship truck and coach technician program celebrated their graduation last Saturday. A partnership with Wikwemikong Unceded Territory and funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program, the program was

The education system and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

By Leslie Knibbs SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK FIRST NATION--Educators are quickly becoming aware of a critical problem created by mothers exposing their unborn children to alcohol.  Front line workers including teachers and early childhood educators know children affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have abnormal brain function. According

Youth are ‘leaders of today’ GCC Madahbee on Beausoleil Youth Council

By Rick Garrick Beausoleil’s newly organized Youth Council is looking to build a new youth centre in the centre of the community of about 700 on-reserve citizens. “Our goal is to encourage our youth more in more positive activities,” says Beausoleil Youth Council Chief Terra Roy. “We’ve

Women support and recognize women in business through awards

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Red Rock Indian Band Elder Norma Fawcett and the other New Beginnings Circle members were recognized with the PARO Fundraising Circle of the Year award on Nov. 17. “It was a very exciting day today — our group won an award and it

Anishinabek advance the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement

UOI OFFICES (Nipissing First Nation) December 3, 2016 –  Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee says that he is proud of the Anishinabek Nation citizens who voted and said yes to move the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement with Canada forward. “Niigaan gdizhaami – We are moving