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Shawn Bell - Wawatay News

Nuclear waste disposal site creeps closer to reality

A location is yet to be set and the timelines stretch 25 years in the future, but one thing seems certain: nuclear waste will be buried in the Canadian shield.

Nuclear waste disposal site closer to reality

Federal agency has sights set on northern Ontario for burial of radioactive material.

Moving Forward

As I leave Wawatay to start law school at Lakehead University this September, I want to say Chi Miigwetch to everyone who has made the past two years so special for me here at Wawatay.

Neskantaga art show highlights hope

The paintings that Josh Kendricks displayed at a Toronto gallery last week have a lot of sadness in them. That sadness was a big part of his personal reality at the time the works were created. It also reflected the atmosphere in his community of Neskantaga.

Iacobucci visits Matawa communities

Ontario’s Ring of Fire negotiator, Justice Frank Iacobucci, made his first visits to Matawa communities last week in what he said was a chance to see the communities, meet community members and leaders and get a better sense of what the issues facing Matawa communities are.

Lake Nipigon reserve gets first building

Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek (AZA) took its first step towards the creation of its community on its new Lake Nipigon reserve when it celebrated the construction of the first building to appear on the reserve.

‘It is an important moment for us’

Wawatay spoke with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo on the eve of AFN’s Annual General Assembly, held this year in Whitehorse Yukon, to discuss the assembly, Idle No More and the need for regional approaches with national support for the array of issues facing First Nations.

Inquest must examine root causes of youth deaths: Regional Chief

Chiefs of Ontario (COO) says it will do its part to ensure that the inquest into the deaths of seven Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) youth examines the root causes and arrives at meaningful and realistic recommendations.

Ontario announces Justice Iacobucci as Ring of Fire negotiator

The Ontario government has appointed Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci as lead negotiator for discussions with Matawa First Nations on the Ring of Fire.

Taykwa Tagamou forestry company signs long-term deal

Taykwa Tagamou Nation’s forestry company has signed a long-term deal to provide wood to a Cochrane pulp mill.

Ontario announces Ring of Fire negotiator

Frank Iacobucci has been named Ontario's negotiator on discussions with Matawa over the Ring of Fire development.

Holistic care for opiod addiction

White Cedar Health Center, a new treatment facility for opiod addiction in Thunder Bay, has opened its doors to Aboriginal as well as non-Aboriginal people suffering from addiction.

Keeping attention on prescription drug addiction

The third annual Raising Awareness Together golf tournament sets out to maintain attention on the issue of prescription drug addiction.

Distinguished NAN leader passes

A long legacy of service, leadership and dedication to the people of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is being commemorated after the passing of one of NAN’s most prominent and well-respected Elders.

Northern journalism training project heading to communities

A partnership between Wawatay and Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) on a project training journalists in communities across northern Ontario kicked off last week.