Trent installs honourary Elders

PETERBOROUGH – Two men instrumental in the establishment of the first Indigenous Studies program in North America have been installed as honourary Elders by Trent University. A 1968 conversation between the university’s founding president, Thomas H. B. Symons, and student Harvey McCue, Georgina Island FN, led to

Wiky woman wins NAMMY

Lena Recollet picked up the Best Spoken Word Recording at the 14th Annual Native American Music Awards on May 12.  A singer and spoken word poet, visual artist and public speaker, Recollet is a citizen of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. Her NAMMY-award winning album, I Am Woman.

Low water levels impact ferry service

By Sharon Weatherall BEAUSOLEIL FN –Low water levels in the Great Lakes have had a costly impact on this First Nation’s ferry service, as well as created a lot of inconvenience for residents of Christian Island in Georgian Bay. The Sandy Graham -- a 100 passenger, 26-

Beausoleil students get career hints

By Sharon Weatherall BEAUSOLEIL FN – Local high school students got some guidance about what to do after graduation at a "Post-Secondary Career Fair’  hosted by their First Nation. Sylvia Norton-Sutherland from Beausoleil's Education Department introduced recruitment officers from Brock University, Georgian College, Sir Sanford Fleming, University


UOI Offices –This year marks the 250th anniversary of  The Royal  Proclamation, a landmark document by which the British Crown recognized the nationhood of “the Indian tribes of North America.” Commemoration of the 1763 event is an agenda item for June’s annual general  assembly of  Anishinabek Nation

Statistics demonstrate First Nations potential

OTTAWA – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo says the Statistics Canada data released May 8 from the 2011 National Household Survey underscores the importance of investing in potential and opportunity of First Nations in Canada. “While we have concerns about the new process

Anishinabek flee flooding

Pic Mobert First Nation, located 270 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie, declared an emergency because of rising waters and the likelihood of flooding in the White Lake watershed.  14 persons were evacuated to Geraldton May 12 and more were expected to be evacuated to Thunder Bay.

Harper not learning from ‘mistakes of the past’

By Maurice Switzer First Nations know they have a good idea when the Harper government doesn’t want anything to do with it. That’s how it is in 2013 as we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 – a document fundamental to the formation

Entire school involved in pow-wow plans

By Sharon Weatherall BEAUSOLEIL FN -- Students at Christian Island Elementary School put a lot of work into planning their annual pow-wow. Principal Angela Johnson was scouting around for dancers, singers and drumming groups to take part in the fourth version of the event, scheduled to take

It helps to love the sound, feel and weight of words

By Richard Wagamese I love dictionaries. I think I always have or at least I have ever since I fell in love with words. I don’t read them cover to cover anymore. I used to but I started to notice how much of an elephantine pedant I

Survivors adamant: It’s our turn to speak

By Karl Hele MONTREAL –Presentations by “settler” academics at times met heated responses from residential school survivors during a mini-conference on the Legacy of Residential Schools in Quebec. When Ronald Niezen of McGill University presented a paper in which Oblate Brothers who operated  most of the Catholic

Ron George named scholar

Ron George will join the Windsor Law School as Ianni-Scholar-in-Residence, effective July 2013. In making the announcement, Camille Cameron, Dean of the law school, said: “Ron will continue to offer courses in Aboriginal Law. He will also work with us to increase our curriculum content and course

‘Indian Horse’ makes short list

TORONTO -- “Indian Horse”, the dramatic novel by Anishinabek News columnist Richard Wagamese, is among the five short-listed titles for the 10th anniversary celebrations of the First Nations Communities Read project.   The five titles selected by the jury for the 2013-2014 program are:   Indian Horse

Proposed education act more ‘crap’ from Harper

  Anishinabek News With CBC files THUNDER BAY -- Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee says a proposed federal First Nation Education Act is another example of the Harper government using unilateral legislation to ignore the rights of First Nations citizens. Speaking on behalf of 39 Anishinabek Nation

‘Nish boys help Ontario skate to silver

By Sam Laskaris Troy Lajeunesse had a rollercoaster week at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. The 15-year-old centre, from Dokis First Nation, was a member of the Ontario boys' squad that brought home silver medals from  tournament, which concluded May 4th in Kahnawake, Que. After losing all