Rick Garrick

OIPRD holds community meeting about Thunder Bay Police Service

Create: 09/28/2017 - 00:48

The grandfather of Josiah Begg, one of two First Nations youth found in the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway this past May, wants to see results from the Office of the Independent Police Review Director’s review of the Thunder Bay Police Service.

“I hope it gets somewhere, and that the message is out there that there is a problem here,” says Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug’s Mike McKay, one of hundreds of people who attended the OIPRD public meeting on Sept. 25 at the Da Vinci Centre in Thunder Bay. “Hopefully we create a dialogue.”

Matawa welcomes back students with neighbourhood BBQ

Create: 09/20/2017 - 00:46

A neighbour’s donation of a Morley Kakepetum painting was one of the highlights at the Matawa Education and Care Centre Neighbourhood Barbeque on Sept. 15 in Thunder Bay.

“He (Stan Dromisky) came forward and said he is welcoming of our students and our plans,” says Sharon Nate, education manager for Matawa First Nations Management. “That was good of him to say that and come out here and support us.”

Dromisky, who served as Thunder Bay-Atikokan MP from 1993-2004, looks forward to seeing the former Grandview Lodge long-term care facility being used for education purposes.

NAN welcomes back students in Thunder Bay

Create: 09/15/2017 - 02:44

Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s Working Together for Student Success secondary school student orientation at Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay was a hit with students, including two Nibinamik students.

“It’s pretty awesome,” says Emily Diamond-Wapoose, a Grade 9 student at Hammarskjold High School. “(There was) a lot of free stuff.”

Hilary Oskineegish, a Grade 11 student at the Matawa Learning Centre, also enjoyed the free school supplies during the Sept. 12 orientation.

DFC student ambassadors to act as role models, leaders

Create: 09/14/2017 - 03:04

A Student Ambassadors/Peer Leaders and Role Models initiative was launched at Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School on Sept. 5 to help students stay safe and succeed in school.

“All summer I’ve been working on the DFC orientation from a student’s perspective to make sure that they will be safe in the City (of Thunder Bay),” says Ashley McKay, a Grade 12 DFC student from Sandy Lake. “Some of the main points were racism, being safe, making sure where to go on the city buses, and graduation. It is important to graduate.”

Full moon memory walk hits 13th year

Create: 09/14/2017 - 02:56

The 13th Annual Full Moon Memory Walk was kicked off with a screening of the Go Home, Baby Girl documentary film and comments by Ceejai Julian at Lakehead University on Sept. 5.

“Ceejai shared her story after the documentary and there was questions and comments,” says Sharon Johnson, organizer of the Full Moon Memory Walk, which was held on Sept. 6 from Thunder Bay City Hall to the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway where Johnson’s sister Sandra was found murdered in 1992. “Everybody was just impressed with her strength to keep on going after all she went through.”

Grades given for Seven youth recommendations

Create: 08/25/2017 - 01:39

First Nation education service providers received the highest grades in the Aboriginal Legal Services 2017 Report Card on Recommendations from the First Nations Youth Inquest. Keewaytinook Okimakanak received 85 per cent, Matawa Learning Centre received 82 per cent and Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School received 80 per cent.

Local food production focus of 2017 NAN food symposium

Create: 08/23/2017 - 23:01

Local food production was the focus of the first day of the 9th Nishnawbe Aski Nation Food Symposium at three garden sites in Thunder Bay and Fort William.

“It’s amazing — everything is beneficial for the First Nations, especially up north,” says Matachewan Chief Alex Batisse on the first day of the Aug. 22-24 food symposium. “It’s a high cost to get food in there, so this would be really beneficial for them.”

Pikangikum First Nation to connect to Ontario power grid

Create: 08/17/2017 - 23:17

The “first step” of the Wataynikaneyap Power line, from Red Lake to Pikangikum, was announced by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett on Aug. 17.

“This is about planning for a region as well as for a community,” Bennett says. “This mustn’t be viewed as a one-off initiative; this is about a first step for a region.”

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