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Gord Downie travels to James Bay Coast

Create: 08/24/2016 - 23:53

After completing their final show on August 20, which was watched on CBC by over 11-million Canadians, Gord Downie and members of the Tragically Hip have decided to take a fishing trip along the James Bay Coast.

The Hip are traveling with Canadian novelist and friend of the band, Joseph Boyden.

Downie stopped to pose and take photos with fans along the way, which they have taken to social media sites to share.

Catherine Cheechoo tweeted out a picture of her and Downie, and said:

Gord Downie makes a call for action on Indigenous issues

Create: 08/23/2016 - 02:07

With more than 11-million people tuning in to watch The Tragically Hip's emotional final concert in Kingston, Ontario on August 20, terminally ill lead singer Gord Downie spoke up on behalf of First Nations.

Downie addressed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying what he expects the PM to do for Canada's First Nations people.

XXXV Keewaywin Awards honour achievements

Create: 08/12/2016 - 23:04

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the NAN Executive Council, congratulates the recipients of the 2016 Keewaywin Awards for their outstanding achievements and contributions to NAN.

“On behalf of the Chiefs and Councils of NAN it is my honour to congratulate all of this year’s award recipients for their commitment to their communities and improving the lives of the people of NAN,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “The dedication, leadership and compassion of these outstanding individuals has made a tremendous impact on the lives of our.”

Jason Smallboy elected as new NAN Deputy Grand Chief

Create: 08/12/2016 - 22:02

Chiefs and proxies from Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s (NAN) 49 First Nation communities have elected Jason Smallboy, of Moose Cree First Nation, as Deputy Grand Chief on August 10 during the XXXV Keewaywin Conference.

Smallboy was elected in a by-election to fill one vacant Deputy Grand Chief position on the NAN Executive Council, and was sworn into office immediately.

He joins Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox and Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, who were all elected in August 2015 to three-year terms.

New LCBO delivery service reaches Peawanuck

Create: 08/12/2016 - 21:59

Sam Hunter, a citizen of Peawanuck has received his first delivery of alcohol via the LCBO’s new online deliver service.

Unlike many First Nation communities in Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Peawanuck is not a dry community.

“I saw it on the news and it seemed very convenient,” Hunter said. “There used to be people who supplied booze here but they would charge $100 for a 26 oz bottle. Also, freight from Moosonee for a case of beer is $64.”

Hunter said his shipping charge was only $13 for two 60 oz bottles. A much cheaper alternative.


Create: 08/03/2016 - 02:38

On August 2, 2016, at approximately 2:30 a.m., a lone officer posted at the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) Fort Severn Detachment reported shots fired in the vicinity of the Fort Severn Hotel, where the officer resides.

A combined response of NAPS and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) North West Region Emergency Response have been deployed and are at the scene, the local officer was assisted to safety. The NAPS North West Crime Unit is also at the scene.

AFN Youth Summit focuses on wellness, mental heath

Create: 07/30/2016 - 01:23

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the AFN National Youth Council (NYC) hosted the 2016 National Youth Summit on July 10 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Summit brought together over 150 First Nations youth from across Canada for dialogue focused on key priorities and issues around mental wellness, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and the broader social determinants of health. The young leaders in attendance learned to shape solutions at the challenges faced by First Nation communities and the broader Canadian community.

Canada and Ontario’s failure to negotiate policing agreement causes NAPS workers to vote to strike

Create: 07/15/2016 - 01:41

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) Board Chair Mike Metatawabin expressed disappointment and frustration with the governments of Canada and Ontario for failing to negotiate a new policing agreement that meets the needs of officers and ensures the safety of communities before NAPS officers voted overwhelming in favour of a strike.


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