Anishinaabay Inngohnigaywin

By Eli Baxter Anishinaabay Innagohnigaywin Indian Act Anishinaabay Innagohnigaywin kaween geeabachichigaatayzinoon. Anishinaabay Law was not used. Weenawa peewatayg ogeeozhitoonawaa. They, the visitors, are the ones who made it. Kaaween geenawind kikeeozitoozeemin. We did not make it. Weenawaa otibayndanawaa. They own it. Keenaween dush kiweendamagohmin aneen mayaam

Robinson Huron Treaty ‘escalator clause’ on trial

By Catherine Murton Stoehr and Randy Restoule Since the 1980s First Nations in the Robinson Huron treaty area have been preparing for a lawsuit they launched this fall.  On September 9, 21 Nations in the Robinson Huron Treaty region brought a lawsuit against both Ontario and Canada

‘Koganaazawin’ new name for Anishinabek Nation Child Well-Being system

By Stan Cloud Koganaazawin is the new name that has been given through ceremony to the Anishinabek Nation’s child well-being system that will support the implementation of Child Well-Being Law that has been under development since 2007. Last April, Social Services Director Adrienne Pelletier offered tobacco to

Taking care for self care

By Janet Blackned This past year, the Union of Ontario Indians Labour Market Development Department (LMDD) held workshops with a focus on “Self-Care” for LDM employees of the employment and training offices of the Anishinabek Nation. The discussion about self-care training for Employment Counsellors began at one

Turtle sculpture coming to Nathan Phillips Square as part of Restoration of Identity project

Honouring the legacy of residential schools survivors December 1, 2017 (Toronto, ON) Nathan Phillips Square will soon be home to a new Indigenous teaching, learning, sharing, and healing space in honour of Residential School survivors. At a launch event Thursday evening, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

Robinson Huron Treaty annuities case begins

By Mike Restoule, Chairperson, Robinson Huron Treaty Trust The annuity payment covering the Robinson Huron Treaty (RHT) territory shared with the crown by treaty, signed in Bawting (Sault Ste. Marie), in 1850 has not increased in approximately 143 years, according to the Chiefs of the 21 First

Understanding through learning about Residential Schools

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY - The harrowing effects of Residential Schools were explained in a hushed auditorium at a special Reconciliation learning event held at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School. Nipissing First Nation member George Couchie led the presentation Zoongaabwidaa Giizhgad – Standing Strong

Getting access to mental health services in southwestern Ontario

By Colin Graf SARNIA –  Young people from three First Nations in southwestern Ontario are getting some extra help in getting access to mental health services.  The St. Clair Child & Youth centre in Lambton County  has hired Laurie Nahmabin-Goulais as the group’s first Indigenous liaison worker

Historian reminds us why many First Nations people fought in World War I

By Colin Graf      AAMJIWNAANG – The  story of why at least 4,000 First Nations people fought in World War 1 for a country that would not grant them citizenship, would not let them vote, and would only let them leave reserves with permission from Indian Agents, is

Training opportunities with East-West Tie Transmission Project

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY - Supercom Industries LP recently held a successful Community Information Session on training opportunities for the upcoming East-West Tie Transmission Project on Nov. 20-21 in Thunder Bay. Another Community Information Session is scheduled for Nov. 27-28 at the Delta Hotel Waterfront in

Neechee Studio Illustration workshop a hit

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – The Nov. 18 Neechee Studio Illustration workshop was a hit with a group of Fort William community members at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay. “I loved it,” says Fort William’s Cindy Bannon. “It was relaxing, it was a good

Second edition of ‘Mile Post 104 and beyond’ creates a conversation for reconciliation

By Carrie MacKenzie KINGSTON – Robert P. Wells, the author of “Wawahte” is republishing his first novel, “Mile Post 104 and Beyond” which was originally published in 2015, by Trafford Press.  This moving and inspirational book tells the story of Wells’ life growing up in the Canadian

The world will listen to Wikwemikong’s little water walker

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY – Her voice will be heard far and wide about why we have to save our planet. Autumn Peltier has committed to protecting lands and water, because they are sacred. Avenues are rapidly opening up for new opportunities for Autumn to

Little NHL alters format for Tyke category

By Sam Laskaris MISSISSAUGA – A few notable changes have been adopted for Ontario’s largest First Nations youth hockey tournament. The 47th annual Little Native Hockey League tourney will be staged Mar. 11-15 in Mississauga. The Moose Cree First Nation, which also hosted the 2017 edition of

Chief Rogers hopes to get more data on pollution-related illnesses

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG – Chief Joanne Rogers is beginning to feel hope for the future health of her people, surrounded by more than 50 petrochemical plants and refineries in “Canada’s Chemical Valley” near Sarnia.  In recent weeks, prompted by concerns from the community and media reports