Aaniin and Boozhoo from the Anishinabek Nation Legal Department

For those who do not know about the Anishinabek Nation Legal Department, we would like to take some time to introduce our staff and to provide a brief overview of the services our Department provides. Additionally, with the revitalization of the Anishinabek News, our Department is aiming

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

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

Feds appeal a ‘slap in the face’ says Ontario Regional Chief

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day: Statement: Federal Government Appeal to Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Ruling on First Nation Child Welfare is a “Slap in the Face” Following National Aboriginal Day (Toronto, June 23, 2017) “Today’s announcement that the federal government will seek clarity from the Federal Court

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde becomes First National AFN leader to march in Toronto’s Pride Parade

OTTAWA, June 23, 2017 - AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said today he was honoured to accept an invitation to march in Toronto's 37th annual Pride Parade on June 25th and he looks forward to becoming the first AFN National Chief to march in the parade. "Toronto's

How about celebrating Canada Day by paying overdue rent for Parliament buildings!

By Maurice Switzer Canada always likes to see feathers and buckskin at their parties. They regard Indians as excellent window-dressing. So for years, a familiar scene has played out every Canada Day on Parliament Hill. The prime minister says a few words – in English and French,

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

Business pitch: Pre-packed scon-bannock

By Rick Garrick Nish Scon owner-operator Pam Naponse-Corbiere looks forward to pitching a business idea at the Pow Wow Pitch 2017 - Indigenous Pitch Competition on June 24 in Ottawa. “You have a minute to sell your pitch of a business,” says Naponse-Corbiere, who began the Nish

‘Neechee on the Land’ – youth build birch bark canoe

By Rick Garrick Fort William and Neechee Studio presented the fourth "Neechee on the Land" workshop for youth on the building of a birch bark canoe from June 12-14 at Mount McKay. “It’s been really great,” says Abby Pelletier, a youth worker with Fort William. “You just

‘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

Former hockey pro turns motivational speaker to inspire youth

By Sam Laskaris AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—Jason Simon has certainly managed to turn his life around. The now 48-year-old former professional hockey player, who had a couple of brief stints in the National Hockey League, is hoping his motivational talks will inspire Indigenous youth and help them make

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

‘We’re walking for healing ourselves’ says Chief Towegishig

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—Former Long Lake #58 Chief Allen Towegishig is looking forward to the upcoming Healing Walk for all peoples from Ginoogaming’s Turtle Lodge Memorial to Fort William’s Pow Wow grounds. “The turtle is a healing turtle,” says Towegishig, who is one of

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