Rick Garrick

Fort William First Nation 2017 inauguration

Create: 04/29/2017 - 00:34

Fort William’s newly elected chief and councillors were sworn in on April 24 during the community’s inauguration ceremony at the Fort William First Nation Community Centre.

“To all the members of this community, I want to say thank you for the awesome support … that I got in this election,” Collins says during his inauguration address. “This is my ninth term, and hopefully it is not my last. I enjoy working for this community.”

Collins says he has been working with Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs to “move the yardsticks” on a variety of issues in the area.

NADF engage forum focuses on social media

Create: 03/17/2017 - 01:27

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s Engage 2017! Digital Media Summit focused on the use of digital marketing tools to manage and engage with on-line audiences.

“It’s more than just a website now,” says Brian Davey, NADF’s executive director. “It’s using all the social media platforms that are out there, like Facebook and Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube video.”

Davey says that organizations and businesses need to be knowledgeable about which social media platforms offer the type of clients or audiences they are looking to deliver their message to.

Anishinaabemowin app uses technology to teach language

Create: 03/11/2017 - 01:04

The Kenora Catholic District School Board’s recently launched Anishinaabemowin Omiinigoziin App takes advantage of how students use cellphones, tablets or computers to encourage them to learn Anishinabemowin.

“Using this tool, which our students are looking at all the time — their cellphones, their iPads, their computers — it’s just a part of themselves right now,” says Sheila White, St. Thomas Aquinas High School’s Anishinabemowin teacher. “So they should have no problem looking up anything that is on the App and learning it.”

Indigenous court opens in Thunder Bay

Create: 03/11/2017 - 01:01

The March 6 opening of the Indigenous Peoples’ Court (IPC) was celebrated with speeches and a feast on Feb. 27 at the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Specialized Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre.

“This is a momentous occasion for Indigenous people and for the community of Thunder Bay,” says Charlene Baglien, executive director of the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre. “We are excited to celebrate after years of hard work and dedication to get to this point.”

Program cuts cause of suicide crisis in the north

Create: 01/20/2017 - 04:19

Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus and a group of First Nation leaders called for federal government support at a Jan. 19 press conference in Ottawa after two suicides in Wapekeka.

“This issue was preventable — the government knew this community was at a much higher risk because of the history of the abuse the people had suffered,” Angus says. “We had a program that worked — that program got cancelled. The government was told: ‘You cancel this program, we’ve got young children at risk here.’ And the government said it wasn’t a priority, and young girls died.”

Dilico donates over 700 Christmas Wish bags

Create: 01/12/2017 - 03:41

Dilico Anishinabek Family Care’s 2016 Christmas Wish Campaign was a success with more than 700 Christmas Wish bags filled for children and youth in need throughout the region.

“We exceeded our goal,” says Carmela Hardy, Dilico’s director of child welfare. “We had a goal of 700 and we actually exceeded it.”

The Christmas Wish bags were filled with essential items, toys, books, clothing and learning tools for children up to 17 years old thanks to the generosity and contributions of community members, businesses and organizations from across Thunder Bay and district.

Indigenous Peoples Court in Thunder Bay gets approval

Create: 12/10/2016 - 04:28

First Nation leaders at the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre and Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services are excited about the recent approval of an Indigenous Peoples Court in Thunder Bay.

“We’re really excited about moving it forward,” says Charlene Baglien, TBIFC’s executive director. “There is some overwhelming support from the community and I think it is a wonderful opportunity for all of us.”

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