Josephine Mandamin featured in new book ‘The Water Walker’

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY - The Water Walker children’s book featuring the story of Water Walker Josephine Mandamin was a hit during two school visits on Nov. 2 in Thunder Bay. “We saw 40 kids that were in Grade 2 and 3 this morning (at Nor’wester

Debajehmujig Storytellers honoured with Arts Organization Award

By Rick Garrick TORONTO - The Debajehmujig Storytellers was honoured with the Arts Organization Award at the 2017 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts on Oct. 30 in Toronto. Cree artist Kent Monkman and visual artist Brian Rideout were also honoured with the Individual Arts Award

Dr. Mushquash to be inducted into Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars

By Rick Garrick OTTAWA - Pays Plat’s Christopher Mushquash is honoured to be one of 70 scholars who are being inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists on Nov. 24. “It’s a great honour to be included among those new

International Festival of Authors features Curve Lake’s Drew Hayden Taylor

By Lee Weimer TORONTO - The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) held at the Toronto Harbourfront, invites authors to share their knowledge. A conversation with Drew Hayden Taylor is an almost overwhelming experience.  He has been successful for over 25 years as author, playwright, journalist, broadcaster, televisions

Anishinabek Nation helps kick off Treaties Recognition Week

By Marci Becking WHITEFISH RIVER FN - Some 50 staff and students of Shawanosowe School in Whitefish River First Nation helped to kick off the second annual Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario by hosting the launch of two new Treaty education elementary books. The books "Alex shares

Book review: Two Families

Reviewed by Karl Hele Two Families is a wonderfully refreshing Nihiyaw (Cree) perspective on the Indigenous-Canadian relationship as explained by Johnson.  Throughout his easily readable and engaging text, Johnson explains how the Nihiyaw adopted the Queen and her people, making them cousins with equal rights to share

‘Seven Fallen Feathers’ author added epilogue after two more First Nation youth died this past summer

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – After two First Nations youth died this past summer in Thunder Bay, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City author Tanya Talaga added an epilogue to her book. “I thought I was finished the book and

Anishinabek Nation launches two new elementary books to kick off Treaties Recognition Week

WHITEFISH RIVER FIRST NATION — Two new elementary books that explain treaties to elementary students were launched today at Shawanosowe School in Whitefish River First Nation. The books – Alex Shares his Wampum Belt and Dakota Talks about Treaties are a complement to the already popular “We

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Elders make progress to stop aerial spraying

By Leslie Knibbs ATIKAMEKSHENG ANISHNAWBEK – The Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Elders have been trying to arrange a meeting with government officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) on traditional territory for over four years, all in an effort to share dialogue in resolving

Book Review: Two new books for elementary students on Treaties

Reviewed by Carrie MacKenzie “Alex Shares His Wampum Belt” and “Dakota Talks About Treaties” are both written by Kelly Crawford and illustrated by Don Chrétien. Both of these books deal with the same topic but teach different aspects of it. The Alex book explains what Wampum belts

Grand Council Chief congratulates Kenn Richard on winning the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (Nipissing FN) November 02, 2017— Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee congratulates Kenn Richard on winning the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award. Kenn Richard is the founding Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. "Kenn is an outstanding individual

Treaty education books for elementary students to be launched during Treaties Recognition Week at Shawanosowe School

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (Nipissing FN) Nov. 2, 2017 – The Anishinabek Nation has produced two new elementary books on treaties that will be launched during the kick-off to Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario. “Alex Shares his Wampum Belt” and “Dakota Talks about Treaties” will help students

Nipissing First Nation to elect Youth Chief

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION - Nipissing First Nation governance wants the Youth to have an official voice at the community’s decision table. Originally, Miss Nipissing First Nation Angel Armstrong went to Chief McLeod with the idea of starting up the Youth Council. “I met

Mentorship program at Lakehead a positive experience

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Pays Plat’s Amanda Michano recently participated in Lakehead University’s Aboriginal Mentorship Program Volunteer Cultural Training Day on Oct. 28 after volunteering with the program last year. “It’s pretty much really impacted my life because I love working with students one-on-one and

First Nations at higher risk for lateral violence

By Lee Weimer Lateral violence is a learned destructive behaviour and takes on a number of different toxic characteristics. It is any action that is meant to deliberately demean or harm a person's self image by ridicule or any other manipulative action usually to induce fear and