New Residential School educational resources available

As part of the “Honouring Our Children, Families and Communities affected by Indian Residential Schools” project, many resources were developed with funding from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. A narrative picture book called “Little Butterfly Girl:  An Indian Residential School Story” is available in English,

Monument honours and educates

On the side of the Indian Residential School monument facing West are ten plaques which educate and honour Anishinabek children families and communities. The first plaque is a dedication to those who attended the Residential Schools.  An “Honouring, Healing and Education” plaque speaks to the legacy of

Whitefish River FN still has a rainbow of fish species

By Maureen Pelletier Whitefish River FN has always been in the forefront in ensuring their natural resources remain intact – and this year was no different.  Having completed studies on Walleye (pickerel) and Lake Whitefish in 2012, the First Nation will be gearing up once again for

‘Gchi-nendama’: Beausoleil language instructors

By Sharon Weatherall BEAUSOLEIL FN – Roseanne Monague is one of seven Christian Island language-keepers who participated in a 160-hour immersion program to equip them to pass on Anishinaabemowin to young community members For 13 years she has been working at the First Nation's day care, teaching

Gordon gets new set of wheels

By Monique DuBray NORTH BAY – Gordon Mianscum has another new set of wheels. A brand new gurney, equipped with a shiny leather bed and 24-inch rubber tires was presented in April to the Canadore College graduate, for whom fund-raising efforts provided a new van in 2011.

Blanket for survivors

The following is the letter presented with blankets to survivors at the Indian Residential School monument ceremony on March 25, 2013 Dear Survivor: On behalf of the Anishinabek Nation, it is my great privilege to present this tribute blanket to you, a survivor of the Indian residential

Even ‘C’ full of intensity

By James MacDonald MISSISSAUGA – The noise is starting to reach a fever pitch. Between the long green and red horns and the pump-action noisemakers, it is getting really loud, with the arena walls amplifying the sounds of hockey spectators. It’s difficult to believe that this is

Small biggest booster

By James MacDonald “This is super heavy!” remarks Miles Reil-Walker the goalie for the Batchewana Attack, as he gingerly handles the gold-plated hunk of metal in his hands. Staring back at him is a gold relief of Nike, the Greek God of victory, stepping over the Olympic

Wiky girls win shootout drama

By James MacDonald There are few more dramatic events in sport than a hockey shootout. And when the one-on-one, shooter-on-goalie drama decides a tournament championship – as it did in this year’s Little NHL Peewee Girls “A” final – the tension is even more intense. It took

Community Engagement Sessions head to Pic River

By Jon Cada & Kelly Crawford Ojibways of Pic River hosted the final stop in the Northern Superior Region visits this fiscal year. The Community Engagement Strategy Session took place on March 27, 2013. Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare delivered a passionate speech on the importance

Deputy political champion

By Doris Peltier If someone would have told me a few years ago that Chiefs in one tribal region would one day pass a resolution to endorse the “greater involvement of people living with HIV”, I probably would have been a tad skeptical. This is exactly what

Kids’ case under way

OTTAWA -- After a seven-year legal fight waged by aboriginal-children’s advocate Cindy Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations against the federal government, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is finally hearing a case about the welfare of on-reserve aboriginal children. The hearings began on February 25, and

Anishinaabemowin-Teg packs them in again

By Margaret Hele SAULT ST. MARIE, MI – Spending four days at the 19th annual Anishinaabemowin-Teg language conference was a blast. There were many awesome new presenters at the Kewadin Hotel and Conference Centre and huge turnouts for the various workshops. Cheryl Recollect and Heidi Manitowabi, who

Thames land claim will form basis for ‘better future’

CHIPPEWAS of the THAMES – Community members of this southwest Ontario First Nation are hopeful that resolution of a 195-year-old land claim will be a major step towards economic self-sufficiency. On March 23, citizens voted 92 per cent in favour of accepting Canada’s  $120 million proposal to

Sportsmen talk treaties, wild rice

By Jackie Ouellette TORONTO – For the second year, members of the Anishinabek/Ontario Resource Management Council (A/ORMC) staffed a booth at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show at Toronto’s Exhibition Place on  February 7-10. This is the second year that A/ORMC was represented in a booth at the annual