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Youth recognized at 2019 Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards

Create: 05/18/2019 - 01:27

A group of Lac La Croix youth were recognized for their N'we Jinan Artists - Firemakers video at the 15th annual Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards.

“It’s been pretty cool — the support is quite amazing out here,” says Reo Walton, one of 10 Lac La Croix youth who were recognized with one of three Group Achievement awards during the May 1 awards ceremony at the Italian
Cultural Centre in Thunder Bay. “It’s amazing to know that people are finally starting to hear the message and understand the reality of the lives we live.”

Chiefs clarify position on road study announcement

Create: 08/29/2017 - 22:55

The chiefs of Webequie and Nibinamik held a press conference on Aug. 25 to stress that they are only working on the continuation of a previous road option study that was completed last year. The study includes visual inspections of water crossings, traditional sites and environmental sensitive areas and does not include any mechanized activities.

Indigenous culture highlighted at Keeshigun 2017

Create: 07/01/2017 - 03:43

The preparation of a sturgeon was one of the traditional activities featured at the Anishnawbe Keeshigun Festival, held at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay.

“We’re going to cut it up, boil it and fry it up,” says Lac La Croix’s Clifford Whitefish, who shared information about the sturgeon at the Native Encampment. “Over there where I live, that is the best fish there is. It tastes pretty good. You can smoke it too.”

Whitefish usually skins the sturgeon for frying and cuts it crossways with the skin on for boiling.

Leadership Thunder Bay hosts awards ceremony

Create: 06/28/2017 - 03:31

Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre’s Frances Wesley and Anishinabek Employment and Training Services’s John DeGiacomo were recognized with Leadership Thunder Bay ACE (Acknowledging Community Engagement) awards.

“I am very honoured to receive this award from the alumni of Leadership Thunder Bay,” Wesley says. “I’ve participated in Leadership Thunder Bay for a number of years now and I’m really glad they are recognizing me tonight with the ACE award.”

NAN holds SOS fundraiser

Create: 06/28/2017 - 03:28

Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s BBQ and Yard Sale in support of Shelter House Thunder Bay’s SOS program was a success with about $19,440 raised and an additional $15,000 in matching donations.

“It was a little over $34,000 — that was after NAN’s matching $10,000 (donation),” says Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, adding that the Joseph Esquega Health Centre - Family Medicine Clinic also made a $5,000 matching donation. “There was also, I understand, some other individual donations that were made online on that day.”

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