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Bill C-61 is now Law

AES OFFICE, Nipissing First Nation (December 18, 2017) — On December 14, 2017, Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Act, passed through Canada’s Legislative process and is now law. Just two days earlier, representatives from the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body attended the Senate Committee meeting to make

Autumn Peltier headed to United Nations General Assembly in March

By Rick Garrick Wiikwemkoong’s Autumn Peltier looks forward to speaking to world leaders about protecting the water at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on March 22, 2018. She was invited to speak at the UN for the declaration of the International Decade for Action

Zacharias Kunuk wins Clyde Gilmour award

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO - Zacharias Kunuk was filming in the Arctic, out on the land when he got the phone call from Toronto telling him he’d won the 2017 Clyde Gilmour Technicolour Award. The announcement was made November 28. The award is presented by the Toronto

Ontario East-West Tie Line Project contract agreement signed

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Six Northern Superior Region communities are looking forward to economic development and employment opportunities after NextBridge Infrastructure and Valard signed a contracting agreement for the Ontario East-West Tie Line Project on Dec. 12. “It’s a great day for our six partnering

Nipissing First Nation Chief calls for MMIWG top commissioner to step down

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION – The Chief of Nipissing First Nation is asking for the resignation of the head commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Chief Scott McLeod sided with the majority at The Assembly of First

Chapman’s Gas Bar Christmas Craft Sale ‘booming’

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—A variety of historical necklaces created by Wiikwemkoong’s Teresa Trudeau were among the arts and crafts on sale at Chapman’s Gas Bar Christmas Craft Sale in Fort William. “These are historical corn necklaces, and this one here with the leather included

Bill C-61 receives Royal Assent

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE, Nipissing First Nation (December 15, 2017)—On behalf of the Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee would like to extend congratulations to the 23 Participating First Nations and the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB) on the Royal Assent of Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Nation

Youth Job Fair draws over 300 students

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION—The Fort William First Nation Youth Job Fair was a success with about 300 students in attendance from the community and across Thunder Bay. “It’s important for our youth — we are trying to motivate them to get their education,” says

St. Anne’s Residential School survivors in court

By Christine Miskonoodinkwe- Smith TORONTO - A small group of people showed up at the Superior Court in Toronto yesterday to show support for the survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School. The Superior Court is holding a hearing about St. Anne’s Residential School Survivor Angela Shisheesh’s standing

First LEGO League Wiikwemkoong team’s project focused on First Nation water issues

By Rick Garrick The Wiikwemkoong Pontiac School FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team enjoyed their first attempt at the FLL qualifying tournament at Dynamic Earth in Sudbury on Dec. 2. “It was quite the honour to actually be picked for this robotics team,” says Isaiah Manitowabi-Bell, a Grade

Sarnia plans to implement UNDRIP

By Colin Graf  SARNIA – City Council in this south-western Ontario city has appointed an advisory body to help develop a plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in the city.   The  14 -member committee is tasked with finding ways

Red dress pins honour those who are missing or murdered

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek’s Diane Hardy participated in two testimony sessions with her family, handed out red dress pins and performed with her hand drum at the Thunder Bay Community Hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Preventing diabetes through play

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO - Canadian ice hockey player and Olympics Gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser may have hung up her skates but she’s still a champion. Now, she’s championing diabetes prevention among Indigenous youth with the help of Right to Play and Sun Life Financial. Wickenheiser was

Red Drum Motorcycle club raises awareness on National Day of Remembrance

By Kathleen Imbert WIKWEMIKOONG TERRITORY – Naandwechige-Gamig Wikwemikong Health Center’s lodge welcomed unexpected attenders to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against women’s drumming and singing evening on Dec 6th.  The Red Drum Motorcycle club dressed in their full regalia, meaning their leathers, joined

Seeds & Roots: Author sees hope amid the tears of MMIWG

By Laura E. Young SUDBURY –  The author of a book about murdered Indigenous women believes the tide is turning now to stop violence in future generations. “It’s going to take generations. We’re not going to stop the violence right now.  That’s not going to happen. But