Granny stops grader

Oklahoma grandmother Nancy Zorn, 79, was taken into police custody after locking herself to a piece of heavy machinery, effectively halting construction on TransCanada’s Keystone XL 4,000-mile tar sands pipeline from Alberta to the Texas Gulf coast. Protests by First Nations and others in Canada and the

Funding cap shadows education progress

By ROJ Staff In 1996 Canada put a 2% cap on increases for funding First Nations education. The 2% cap has entrenched discriminatory funding shortages for First Nation schools, which receive $4,000-$5,000 less per student than Ontario would if that same student enrolls in a provincial school.

Canada accused of human rights violations

GENEVA – Many of Canada’s closest diplomatic allies and trading partners are urging the federal government to do more to address the serious human rights issues facing First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. On April 26th, Canada’s human rights record was examined in a peer review process

Nipissing welcomes new babies

By Marci Becking NIPISSING FN – Second-time parents Mindy Lariviere and Hugh Martel say that they come to Nipissing’s “Welcoming Babies” ceremony to celebrate all the new babies that have been born into their community. “We come to meet the other babies,” says Lariviere who is mom

Books for Christian Island kids

With a special thank-you card after Coles Books declared their school the winner of $2,000 in new books. The Midland store placed in the company's top ten for book sales last year. Principal Johnson polled teachers and students about preferences, and came up with a list of

Communities talk constitution

By  Jon Cada Community Engagement Strategy (CES)  sessions continued to generate self-government dialogue in 2012/2013. During this past year, the CES process delivered seven sessions focusing on the development of First Nation constitutions, laws, and the negotiation of the governance and education agreements with Canada for the

Paintings part of healing process

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY –Pic River’s Joe Moses thinks paintings are part of the healing process for First Nations patients. “It’s a first step towards creating a welcoming environment for the Aboriginal patients that are coming from out of town,” says Moses, a board member of

Ghosts haunt lead characters

By Laura Robinson VANCOUVER – Drew Hayden Taylor has produced a number of plays with Firehall Theatre in Vancouver’s downtown eastside but God and the Indian is by far the most brilliant. The play’s development took over five years, with many rewrites by the Curve Lake playwright

Put off roads, not education

By Christine Smith McFarlane TORONTO –  Politicans can put off building roads because they’re trying to reduce budget deficits, says Paul Martin, but that approach doesn’t work when you’re trying to ensure that Native kids know how to read by Grade 3. The former Prime Minister and

Negotiating to close graduation gap

By ROJ Staff The education negotiations are in high gear now, moving forward to finalize the draft arrangements with Canada this fiscal year. Negotiators are finalizing the text of the draft Anishinabek Nation Final Agreement on Education and the fiscal negotiations. Canada presented its fiscal offer on

More calls for national inquiry into missing women

TORONTO – LEAF (Women’s Legal Education Action Fund) and its sister organization West Coast LEAF applaud the call by nine provinces for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.  British Columbia, the province with the highest number of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women

Anishinaabe Anokiiwin Aanokiitoojig/Chiefs Committee on Governance update

By Esther Gilbank THUNDER BAY -- The Chiefs Committee on Governance has welcomed two new members -- Lake Huron representative Ogimaa Duke Peltier, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, and Northern Superior representative Chief Johanna Desmoulin, Pic Mobert First Nation. The return of former Curve Lake Chief, Councillor Keith

Over 500 Nations gather in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An estimated 3,000 Native American dancers and singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States are expected to attend the annual Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow April 26-27. The Miss Indian World Talent Presentations starting Thursday evening, April 25  at  the

Education students learn about FASD

Nipissing University Bachelor of Education students participated in ‘FASD and Interventions in the Classroom’ ,  facilitated by Union of Ontario Indians FASD worker Laura Liberty April 22. The university’s Principal of Aboriginal Programs, Chris Hachowski, left,  hopes to see a greater emphasis on education about Fetal Alcohol

First Nations not sharing in mining wealth

By Marlene Bilous Anishinabek Nation workshops are creating more awareness among community members about how the mining industry is profiting from natural resources located on traditional territories. The Union of Ontario Indians held two mining workshops in late March in the Northern Superior and the Lake Huron