Family Well-Being Program – a holistic approach for communities

by Lynne Brown SAULT STE. MARIE – The very first Anishinabek Family Well Being training session took place in Sault Ste. Marie last week.  It included a presentation by M. Celeste McKay, who shared insight into the legal information tool kit that the National Aboriginal Circle Against

Nipissing Warriors headed to Hockey Hall of Fame

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION – The Nipissing Warriors are having another wave of fame. They were an all-Anishinaabe team playing in the Industrial League in the 1960s and early 1970s. In their first year they won the league championship, packing the Sturgeon Falls Arena.

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

Biidaaban Healing Lodge receives funding for facility renovation and upgrades

By Rick Garrick BIIGTIGONG NISHNAABEG –The Biidaaban Healing Lodge recently received $15,200 from Ontario’s Partner Facility Renewal (PFR) program for renovations and upgrades for its 12-unit facility in Biigtigong Nishnaabeg. “The money will be used to make some of our bedroom facilities more handicap accessible in terms

Book Review: Grandfather explains how he lost his language at residential school

By Carrie MacKenzie “Stolen Words” by Melanie Florence and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard is a beautiful, charming book for children ages six to nine.  It tells the story of a little girl asking her Grandfather how to say “Grandfather” in Cree and learns that he cannot remember. 

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

Lemon Cree brings fitness message to Family Well-Being training

By Lynne Brown SAULT STE. MARIE – Lemon Cree’s founder Theresa Ducharme had representatives from Anishinabek First Nations up and on their feet at the first-ever Anishinabek Family Well-Being training session on Sept. 12. The AFWB program is framed with culture and prevention as important components to

Planting Seeds of Self – Gitigaan Diziiaan program hosts Life Mapping workshop

By Rick Garrick Fort William’s Niigaanaabda Project teacher Julie Harmer recently shared a Life Mapping workshop at the Blue Sky Community Healing Centre’s Planting Seeds of Self - Gitigaan Diziiaan program. “It gives participants a chance to consider where they have come from and where they are

First-ever Youth Pow wow hits downtown Toronto

By Barb Nahwegahbow Regent Park in Toronto’s downtown core was filled with the colourful sights and sounds of the first-ever Youth Pow Wow hosted by Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. Streetcars rumbled past on Dundas Street and passengers were treated to the sight of a painted tipi

Exploring the life cycle of a mine from above and below

By Cameron Welch Mining is a big part of the economy here in Ontario. For many Anishinabek citizens, living in proximity to or working in a mine is part of everyday life. However, mining and mineral development is a complex process that provides both challenges and opportunities.

Family Well-Being Program brings wellness to First Nations

SAULT STE. MARIE (September 13, 2017) – The Anishinabek Nation and Ontario have established a strong partnership with the Anishinabek Family Well-Being Program. Last year, through both Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women and the Ontario Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy, Ontario

Nipissing First Nation Artists painted mural to be viewed during Indigenous Art Gala

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY - The WKP Kennedy Gallery will host an Indigenous Art Gala and Exhibition to mark the one-year anniversary of the launch of Reconciliation North Bay. North Bay proclaimed 2017 as the Year of Reconciliation. In honour of the first anniversary, the

Opinion: Beating Up on Racism!

By Peter Globensky and Beverly Sabourin Despite his numerous failures both as a business man and now as the President of the Divided States of America, Donald Trump has had one remarkable success. Using his rants and rhetoric and his damaging addiction to Tweets, he has managed

There is a House Here debuts today at TIFF

By Rick Garrick Toronto filmmaker Alan Zweig credits his success with his documentary film about Nunuvut — There is a House Here — to the assistance of musician Tatanniq (Lucie) Idlout. “To make it with her was like a gift because I had a friend up there