Alanis Obomsawin celebrates 50th film

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO- Internationally-renowned documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki Nation celebrated a number of milestones this year - her 85th birthday, 50 years with the National Film Board, and the completion of her 50th film. Our People Will Be Healed had its world premiere at the

Future discussed at Boreal Heartbeat climate change forum

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Red Rock Indian Band’s Tom Morriseau Borg and Biigtigong Nishnaabeg’s John Twance recently described some of the climate changes they are experiencing at Lakehead University’s Climate Change Forum. They were among about 29 citizens from communities along the north shore of

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion runs until Oct. 14

By Rick Garrick Drew Hayden Taylor’s recently commissioned play Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion was a hit during its preview at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The comedy featuring Herbie Barnes, Darrell Dennis, Martin Julien and Katie Ryerson runs from Oct. 3-14

Justice LaForme recognized with honourary Doctor of Laws degree

By Rick Garrick TORONTO – Justice Harry S. LaForme credits his role as the first Indigenous person on a Court of Appeal in Canada for being recognized with an honourary Doctor of Laws degree. “It was presented to me by the Law Society of Upper Canada, which

Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Bill introduced into House of Commons

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE, Nipissing First Nation (October 5, 2017)—The Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee is pleased that the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Bill C-61 was introduced in the House of Commons today to give the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement the force of law. “No

Medicine Wheel garden at Lakehead University to unite nations from all over the world

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Fort William Chief Peter Collins helped open up Lakehead University’s new medicine wheel garden, which contains rock he delivered from Fort William, on Sept. 23. “Fort William is excited about being a participant in the medicine wheel (garden),” Collins says. “I

Residential School Survivor shares experience during Orange Shirt Day walk in Thunder Bay

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Former Long Lake #58 chief Allen Towegishig shared his experiences at St. Joseph’s residential school during Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s fourth annual Orange Shirt Day walk in Thunder Bay. “When I first came here I was seven years old,” says Towegishig, who

AFN National Chief Bellegarde calls for action in addressing First Nation priorities at First Ministers Meeting

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today called for a First Ministers meeting in 2018 to address First Nations priority issues, saying full participation of First Nations in the labour force and the economy requires recognition that First Nations inherent rights,

North Bay proclaims September 30 as Orange Shirt Day

Nipissing University Alumni and Students ensure Every Child Matters By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY - It started with an event to raise awareness of Orange Shirt Day at Nipissing University. People huddled into the tipi in the courtyard while a couple of students in orange stayed

Michipicoten experiencing the film industry with ‘Brotherhood’

By Rick Garrick Michipicoten community members are “enjoying” the opportunity to be involved with the creation of a feature film — Brotherhood — on the community’s traditional territory. “It was very important to bring our citizens together with this production because it’s really important to have new

‘Solidarity Weekend’ a success in Peterborough

Submitted by John Fox PETERBOROUGH – Over 1000 people came out to events over the weekend in Peterborough to combat a bad element. Events were held at Confederation park, Millennium Park, Emmanuel church.  A sacred fire was lit at the Peterborough armories. Friday, Sept. 29 was a

Trudeau-Paquet on his way to scoring championship

By Sam Laskaris NOELVILLE – Greg Trudeau-Paquet is proving he just might have what it takes to win a league scoring championship this season. But if the 18-year-old right winger from Wikwemikong keeps producing at his current pace, he might not get the chance to do so.

Review will take a closer look at policing issues in Thunder Bay

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY – Fort William Councillor Michele Solomon appreciates the efforts of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director to bring the community together to look at policing issues in Thunder Bay. The OIPRD held a public meeting on Sept. 25 in Thunder

‘First Nations must be full partners in Canada’s economy’: Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day

FIRST NATIONS MUST BE FULL PARTNERS IN CANADA’S ECONOMY IN ORDER TO ERADICATE POVERTY AND BUILD SELF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES (Toronto, October 2, 2017) Tomorrow, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host a First Ministers Meeting with National Indigenous leaders that will focus on ways to include our Peoples

Lajeunesse to finish off junior career with the Sudbury Wolves

By Sam Laskaris SUDBURY – Troy Lajeunesse had a fairly good inkling he was going to finish off his junior career with a franchise other than the Sarnia Sting, members of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Lajeunesse, a citizen of the Dokis First Nation, had spent the