Nokiiwin’s G’minoomaadozimin initiative aims at enhancing health and safety beyond the workplace

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Red Rock Indian Band’s Ron Kanutski focused on creating wellness in community at Nokiiwin Tribal Council’s G’minoomaadozimin — We Are Living Well Health and Safety gathering in Thunder Bay. “The idea is to create safety, not just in the workplace, but where does

Elders residence plan gets traction

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—Chief and Council of Aamjiwnaang First Nation hope to create their first Elders’ care residence on the territory within the next 18 months. A committee of Chief, Councilors, and officials is starting to review past plans for a residence designed to keep

The Aboriginal Wholistic Knowledge Sharing Circle recognized with Deputy Minister Pinnacle Award

By Rick Garrick LONDON—The Aboriginal Wholistic Knowledge Sharing Circle was recently recognized with a Deputy Minister Pinnacle Award from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. “It was in recognition of our creativity and innovation partnership that we have with the Child and Parent Resource [Institute]

Sagamok hosts their first FASD conference

By Leslie Knibbs SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK FIRST NATION—Dennis Trudeau, a parent infant advisor in Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, brought together speakers on Friday, November 25, at the Sagamok Anishinabek First Nation's (SFN) first Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) conference to educate others on the issue of FASD. Presenters

Walking the Anishinabek Nation towards an active lifestyle one step at a time

By Laura Barrios NIPISSING FIRST NATION—The Union of Ontario Indians Anishinabek Nation Diabetes Education Program sponsored the inaugural Walk the Anishinabek Nation challenge which took place from September 1 to October 31, with 430 Anishinabek citizens participating. The overall goal of the challenge was simply to get

NAHNDAHWEH TCHIGEHGAMIG Wikwemikong Health Centre project moves to final commitment

WIKWEMIKONG, MANITOULIN ISLAND (December 15, 2016) – A joint review committee consisting of representatives from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Assembly of First Nations, Native Women’s Association of Canada, and the Status of Women Canada has selected the NAANDWECHIGE-GAMIG Health Centre’s “Shelter

Water First to reflect commitment to First Nations water issues

CREEMORE, ON – Seven years after its birth as a nonprofit providing clean water to remote schoolhouses in rural Uganda, Tin Roof Global has changed its name to Water First, reflecting its growing commitment to working with First Nations communities solving water challenges here in Canada. “After

Grassy Narrows is not alone

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—Prominent labour, social justice, and environmental leaders portaged a canoe through downtown Toronto on July 7, 2016, in support of Grassy Narrows First Nation. Their destination was Queen’s Park where they were delivering a canoe full of letter and petitions to Premier Kathleen Wynne

Youth walk to Assembly of First Nations for action to replace despair with hope

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY—Walkers on the Youth Walk of Hope have walked over 950 kilometres to deliver their message to inspire action on the crisis in Northern Ontario communities. The Youth Walk of Hope left Cochrane June 7th and arrived in Niagara Falls for walkers

New report on First Nations water crisis launched by Human Rights Watch

By Barb Nahwegahbow The launch of the report by Human Rights Watch on the First Nations water crisis began with ceremony. Cree Elder Pauline Shirt conducted a water ceremony at George Brown College Waterfront Campus on June 7 where the news conference to launch the report was

One-third of Anishinabek Nation under Boil Water Advisories – ‘We have a plan to fix this’: Madahbee

UOI OFFICES (Nipissing FN) June 13, 2016 – Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief is frustrated that 14 of the 40 Anishinabek First Nations are under Boil Water Advisories. “We cannot be complacent with the status quo when it comes to water quality," says Grand Council Chief Madahbee. 

Grassy Narrows First Nation seeking justice for their right to a basic need: clean water

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—“They are the future and they are the ones we have been fighting for all this time,” said grandmother Judy Da Silva of Grassy Narrows First Nation. Da Silva was speaking to a crowd of more than 1,000 supporters at a June 2nd rally

Dilico Wiichitiwin conference creates important dialogue for prevention and planning for mental health

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY– First Nation communities served by Dilico, including Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek, Fort William, Long Lake #58, Michipicoten, Pic Mobert, Pays Plat and Red Rock Indian Band, gathered in Thunder Bay for the Dilico Anishinabek Family Care’s Wiichitiwin Conference on May 31

Announcement a good first step for First Nations healthcare: Madahbee

UOI OFFICES  (Nipissing FN) May 25, 2016 –   Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Madahbee says that he is pleased with Ontario First Nation Health Action Plan announcement of $221 million investment over three years, but says that he will be looking for more details of the plan

Cycling trails winding through soon

By Laura Robinson Garden River, Serpent River and Mississauga First Nation will be building cycling/walking trails this summer as part of the Lake Huron North Channel Waterfront Trail system, a very cool network of trails that will eventually encircle the Great Lakes as part of the Waterfront