Rick Garrick

Keewaywin Conference honours community leaders

Create: 08/18/2022 - 22:35

Timmins Mayor Kristin Murray and Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS) Chief of Police Roland Morrison were recognized for their leadership roles on the second day of the Keewaywin Conference, held Aug. 9-11 in Timmins.

Murray, a Chapleau Cree citizen who was elected as a Timmins councillor in 2018, was appointed as mayor on Aug. 9 for the remainder of the 2018-2022 term after serving as deputy mayor.

Award winning journalist Jody Porter passes

Create: 08/18/2022 - 22:29

Former Wawatay News editor and CBC Thunder Bay senior reporter Jody Porter was remembered for her award-winning journalism on Indigenous and social justice issues after she passed on July 19. Porter’s awards included the Radio Television Digital News Association’s 2011 Adrienne Clarkson Award for diversity and the Anishinabek Nation’s 2013 Debwewin Citation, which was launched in 2002 to honour excellence in storytelling about Indigenous issues.

MP Hajdu visits Neskantaga, Yukon

Create: 08/18/2022 - 22:26

Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Patty Hajdu recently announced $6.6 million in funding for teacherages in Neskantaga and $525,000 in funding for menstrual products in the Yukon in late July. Hajdu attended Neskantaga’s annual powwow and toured its new water infrastructure and old community site on July 23 and attended the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in people’s Moosehide Gathering, held July 28-31, near Dawson City during her trip to the Yukon.

National Assembly of Remote Communities holds first meeting

Create: 06/21/2022 - 01:46

Nishnawbe Aski Nation leaders highlighted the importance of working with leaders from other remote communities on northern remote issues during the initial meeting of the National Assembly of Remote Communities, which was formed in 2021. The May 31-June 2 meeting was co-hosted by Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) First Vice Chief David Pratt and Deputy Grand Chief Bobby Narcisse in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Sol Mamakwa re-elected for second term as Kiiwetinoong MPP

Create: 06/21/2022 - 01:41

Kingfisher Lake’s Sol Mamakwa was re-elected for a second term as Kiiwetinoong MPP on June 2 with 55.98 per cent of the votes according to Elections Ontario’s unofficial election results on June 4. Mamakwa had 2,426 votes with a margin of 1,097 votes over second-place candidate Dwight Monck with 45 of 51 polls reporting as of June 4. About 27.4 per cent of the 15,820 registered electors on the list in the Kiiwetinoong riding voted.

ONWA celebrates 50 years

Create: 11/20/2021 - 01:25

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) celebrated its 50th Anniversary with the commemoration of three generations of Indigenous women in leadership at the 50th Annual General Assembly at the Best Western Nor'Wester Hotel and Convention Centre near Thunder Bay.

“We are here to celebrate 50 years of this association,” says Dawn Lavell-Harvard, outgoing president at ONWA. “And I realized just how important it is that we are gathered here today to celebrate, that we’re not just surviving any more, we’re thriving.”

Grand Chief Fox reflects on Remembrance Day

Create: 11/20/2021 - 01:23

Grand Chief Derek Fox laid a wreath to honour fallen warriors at Fort William’s Remembrance Day service at Anemki Wajiw, which was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Throughout the years, hundreds of our (citizens) have stepped forward in defence of Canada and its interests during two World Wars and conflicts around the globe,” Fox says in a Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Facebook posting.
“We must always remember and be thankful for the great sacrifice of those who have fallen and those who continue to serve today.”

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