Grannies walk to raise awareness on mental health in First Nation youth

By Leslie Knibbs SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION—A group of Grandmothers calling themselves the "Grannies with wings" along with others, began a walk to Ottawa in hope of getting more help for First Nation children affected by mental health and related issues. Prompted by the inadequate care and

Iroquois Caucus, Anishinabek Nation issue Declaration, send letter to Trudeau regarding Radioactive Liquid Shipments from Chalk River

(Kahnawake – April 21, 2017) The Iroquois Caucus and the Anishinabek Nation wish to announce that they have issued a Joint Declaration regarding their serious concerns regarding the transportation of highly-radioactive liquid waste on their respective territories (see below). Additionally, a joint letter to Prime Minister (see

ONWA supports ‘For the Earth and Water’ water walk with Josephine Mandamin

Starting on April 20, Grandmother Josephine Mandamin is once again walking for the water. She will start the journey at Spirit Mountain, Duluth MN, and heading east along the shores of Lake Superior, Josephine will walk from sunrise to sunset. She will carry water in a copper

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

Munschtime! on stage at Young People’s Theatre

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—Toronto’s Young Peoples Theatre (YPT) wraps up its 2016-2017 season with a performance of stories by children’s writer Robert Munsch. The world premiere of Munschtime! is directed by Herbie Barnes, citizen of Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation. A seasoned actor and director, Barnes has

Whitefish River storyteller captivates audience at the Toronto Storytelling Festival

By Rick Garrick TORONTO—Whitefish River’s Esther Osche enjoyed sharing Nanabush stories with children and adults at the Toronto Storytelling Festival’s Nanabush meets Weesakachak storytelling session on April 2. “They were wonderful — they were all laying around and so attentive,” Osche says about the children. “You could

Mother and daughter have to wait until May for judge’s decision

By Marci Becking NORTH BAY -- Tears streamed down young Shania's face outside the North Bay courtroom after learning she will have to wait until May 10 to find out if she can come home. Shania's mother, Cecile Hookimaw, says that the support of some 40 people

Fort William hip hop artist in running for fan voting at CUT Hip-Hop Awards 2017

By Rick Garrick TORONTO—Fort William hip-hop artist Preme (George Palosaari) is in the running for fan voting in six categories at the CUT Hip-Hop Awards 2017 in Toronto. “I just released an album called Most Wanted, which was nominated for Rap Album of the Year,” Preme says.

George Brown College 9th Annual Pow Wow draws large diverse attendance

By Rick Garrick TORONTO—Chippewas of the Thames’ Nicholas Deleary enjoyed his head male dancer role at the 9th Annual George Brown College Four Sacred Colours Pow Wow on April 1. “This was great — it was fun,” says Deleary, who began dancing in the 1970s and is

Karen Restoule appointed Associate Chair of Ontario Parole Board

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (April 18, 2017) – On behalf of the 40 communities of the Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee sends out his congratulations to Karen Restoule for her recent appointment as full-time Associate Chair of the Ontario Parole Board. "It is so gratifying

Wiigwossi Jiimaanke: Resurgence, revitalization, and reclaiming spaces

By Julie Kapyrka PETERBOROUGH – For two weeks during the month of the Bear Moon, in the atrium of the Bata Library at Trent University, over 200 community participants offered their hands for wiigwossi jiimaanke: the building of a birch bark canoe. Main organizer, Barbara Wall, Bodwewaadmii

‘First Nation jurisdiction on health and social systems and economic rights must be the starting point for dialogue with Canada on the legalization of marijuana’ Ontario Regional Chief Day

TORONTO, ON (April 13, 2017)--Ontario Regional Chief Isadore says that First Nations must have the opportunity to consult and participate fully from the new cannabis legislation announced today. “First Nations leadership will focus on the priorities of this new legislation as it pertains to the jurisdiction within

Reflecting on the Kina maamwigdoo-wiikendaasmin TRC sessions

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION—Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod has received much feedback affirming the need for the sessions. “It was really positive and fulfilling,” expressed Chief McLeod. “In some sessions we had over 300 participants. There has been a ripple effect with people

2017 Skookum Jim Award recipient discusses mining opportunities for First Nations

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—The winner of the 2017 Skookum Jim Award spoke at the Anishinabek Nation Entrepreneurship gathering held on March 29, in Thunder Bay, about opportunities for First Nations people in the mining industry. Peter Moses, a Biigtigong Nishnaabeg citizen and Matawa First Nations Management