Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre now open

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY – Not only did Laurentian University students Paskwa Lightning and Brittney Shki-Giizis see the completion of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, they led the procession into the ISLC’s grand opening on June 21, National Aboriginal Day. For most of their time

Nbisiing graduates going onward

By Marci Becking NIPISSING FIRST NATION – This year when the 10th anniversary of the Davis Armstrong Memorial Award was handed out at Nbisiing Secondary School graduation, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Graduate Angel Armstrong was this year’s recipient of the award, named after

Blackstock receives honourary degree from Ryerson

By Rick Garrick TORONTO - First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada executive director Cindy Blackstock was recognized on June 6 for her work on Indigenous children’s rights by Ryerson University. The Gitksan First Nation citizen was presented with an honourary Doctor of Laws degree

‘Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock’ screened in North Bay

By Catherine Murton Stoehr NORTH BAY -  On June 14,  a Washington D.C. judge found that the Army Corps of Engineers had failed to fully consider environmental risks when approving the Dakota Access pipeline.  This was the resistors’ first big win since President Obama’s attempt to halt

Lakehead open house gives students a sneak peek

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY - Fort William’s Elysia Petrone Reitberger sang a hand drum song during her keynote presentation at Lakehead University’s 2nd Annual Aboriginal Programs Open House at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. “I wanted to start with a song because with my experience

Anishinaabeg Art & Power aims to educate

By Laurie LeClair TORONTO - The Royal Ontario Museum’s long-anticipated show Anishinaabeg Art & Power opened on June 13 with a beautiful reception. Guests sipped cedar and sweet grass tea and helped themselves to appetizers before settling in to listen to the Bear Creek Drummers and speeches

Longer bucket list: Sheila Cote-Meek finds more to complete as head of Indigenous academics at Laurentian

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY – Initially Sheila Cote-Meek had not planned to renew her term as the head of Indigenous academics at Laurentian University. Upon reflection she realized that, after 11 years in senior administration she realized she wanted to remain for another term and help

Gikendaasowin recognized: Shirley Williams receives honorary Doctor of Laws

By Julie Kapyrka PETERBOROUGH –   On June 9, 2017 Shirley Williams will receive one of the highest honours from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Oshawa, Ontario – an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. This degree acknowledges her academic achievements in the advancement of Anishinaabemowin

Fort William youth excel during mobile film program

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM—A film about former Olympic ski jumper Steve Collins was among five created by youth in Fort William during a month-long visit by the Wapikoni Mobile travelling training and creation studio. “We went up to Big Thunder for an interview,” Collins says about

Indigenous students set to mine their careers in Temagami

By Kelly Anne Smith TEMAGAMI—Indigenous students will be getting a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the mining industry. They also will be encouraged to carry on traditions while learning the trade at Nimke Mining Services. The students will receive surface diamond drilling training while looking

‘I have a responsibility to our students’ says Hall of Fame inductee

By Marci Becking NORTH BAY – Educator Kelly Crawford of M’Chigeeng First Nation says she carries a responsibility. “Our roles and responsibilities were meant to shape and guide us on our journey,” says Crawford who was inducted into the Canadore College’s Hall of Fame on June 3.

Housing and food security topics for Focus Forward

By Carrie MacKenzie KINGSTON – From May 10 - 12, two of the teams elected to focus on initiatives to assist with the needs of First Nations were part of the “The Breakout Project” which hosted that groups of pioneering thinkers from all over Canada.  Over a

Moving forward with the Anishinabek-Ontario Master Education Agreement

By Marci Becking Earlier this month, Pic Mobert First Nation joined 11 other Anishinabek Nation communities and submitted a band council resolution in support of signing the Master Education Agreement with Ontario in August. Georgina Island, Aamjiwnaang, Biitigong Nishnaabeg, Aundeck Omni Kaning, Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishnaabek, Chippewas of

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