Anishinaabe language keeper continues to inspire

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION - “Not that long ago I would have had to carry this blue pass. It was my cousin’s mother’s pass. She wants me to share the story.” Muriel Sawyer holds up the Certificate of Enfranchisement that had to be carried

Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Bill introduced into House of Commons

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE, Nipissing First Nation (October 5, 2017)—The Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee is pleased that the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Bill C-61 was introduced in the House of Commons today to give the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement the force of law. “No

Medicine Wheel garden at Lakehead University to unite nations from all over the world

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Fort William Chief Peter Collins helped open up Lakehead University’s new medicine wheel garden, which contains rock he delivered from Fort William, on Sept. 23. “Fort William is excited about being a participant in the medicine wheel (garden),” Collins says. “I

Red Rock’s Nurmela honoured with President’s Award and Premier’s Award nomination

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Red Rock Indian Band’s Ashley Nurmela was recognized with a President’s Award and a Premier’s Award nomination during Confederation College’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend in Thunder Bay. “I’m so honoured — I was always raised to treat other people how you

Dancing and educating at the same time

By Kelly Anne  Smith NORTH BAY – Celebrations were held at the Canadore College/Nipissing University Education Centre to start off the new school year. On Sept. 15, the grounds by the pond were bustling with dignitaries and students. Some were wearing their regalia while dancing to the

Learning about the language

By Eli Baxter Anishinaabaymowin Anishinaabay means the People mowin is a suffix to indicate the language Anishinaabay writers use the “be” ending with the vowel e sounding like “ay” but I use the “ay” sound like “bay”. In the word “niin” meaning “I” the double “ii” is

Making good on a promise: University of Sudbury opens sacred learning space

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY –  The external view is spectacular:  encompassing  the university campus, the lakes of the south end, the Idylwylde Golf Course, Nishnaabe-gkendaaswin Teg has a bird’s eye view of the lay of the land. The internal view of Nishnaabe-gkendaaswin Teg at the University

Pilot program welcomes Indigenous students and families

​This August, Enji Giigdoyang, Nipissing’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives, partnered with the Schulich School of Education and Canadore College to pilot a transition program for students relocating to North Bay for post-secondary education. The three-day program, titled Biidaaban: Welcome to Community Transition Program, provided  a well-rounded experience

Fort William citizens heading to law school

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Three Fort William citizens are looking forward to their studies in law at Lakehead University after participating in the Aug. 28 Welcome to the Legal Profession Ceremony at the Thunder Bay Courthouse. They were among 79 first-year students who participated in

Students presented with OPG John Wesley Beaver Memorial Student Awards

By Rick Garrick Red Rock Indian Band’s Cameron Hartman was recently presented with an Ontario Power Generation John Wesley Beaver Memorial Student Award. The fourth-year University of Ottawa student, who is studying Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Power and Sustainable Energies, plans to pursue a career

RBC Foundation donates backpacks and school supplies to Fort William FN students

(FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION) –Fort William First Nation would like to acknowledge and extend their sincerest appreciation to the RBC Foundation’s Royal Eagles Back Pack Program for their generous donation for the 2017-2018 school year.  For the second year in a row, RBC has donated funds for the

Anishinabek Nation releases official education vote results

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE, (Nipissing First Nation) August 30, 2017—The 23 Participating First Nations who successfully ratified the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement celebrated the historic achievement on August 16, 2017, in Chippewas of Rama First Nation.  The official results of the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement ratification votes

Canadore College introduces Indigenous Leadership and Land Internship

NORTH BAY - On Aug. 14 Canadore College launched an internship program for Indigenous youth in collaboration with the Nipissing First Nation Economic Development Office and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The program is intended for Indigenous secondary and post-secondary students aged 15-30, who would

More First Nation women choosing to work in the trades

NORTH BAY – Last week, women from First Nations communities across the province graduated from Canadore College’s unique Aboriginal Women in the Trades program. “We are overjoyed with the success of this program and are pleased to be celebrating a 100 per cent completion rate for a

Joy of language acquisition like watching a baby take their first steps

By Margaret Hele SAULT STE. MARIE –  The Ontario Native Women's Association Anishinaabekwe of the North Shore, was successful in obtaining a grant from the Canadian New Horizons for Senior program. The grant enabled the group to provide lessons in Anishinaabemowin once a week for a full