Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Proactive approach needed for missing women

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:40

While the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women went national due to B.C.’s Robert Pickton case, it is also an issue in northwestern Ontario.
“In addition to British Columbia, Ontario has a very high incidence of missing Aboriginal women as well,” said Betty Kennedy, executive director of the Ontario Native Women’s Association. “We are hopeful in the future we will be able to engage with the justice department as well as policing to take a much more proactive approach in terms of dealing with this particular problem.”

Province plans to track prescription drug abuse

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:40

Ontario is targeting the abuse of prescription drugs through upcoming narcotics strategy legislation.
“We know that there is a serious narcotics abuse issue facing many Ontarians and their families throughout our province,” said Health and Long-Term Care Minister Deb Matthews. “We are taking a range of steps that reflect the severity of the issue.”
The provincial government plans to introduce the legislation this fall to help address the abuse of prescription narcotics while ensuring access to pain medication for those who need it most.

Lac Seul explores wood factory

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Lac Seul is looking into obtaining provincial wood allocations to start up a pre-fabricated house-building factory.
“We put in a proposal to the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry to do with the wood supply competition,” said Lac Seul Chief Clifford Bull. “Our proposal centres around acquiring a pre-fab house-building factory in the community which would employ 40 people.

Anishinabek want consultation over artifact find

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Northern Superior region leaders are upset thousands of Aboriginal artifacts are being excavated and shipped to Lakehead University without consultation with local First Nations.
“I was the first First Nation (person) that even knew about it,” said Red Rock Chief Pierre Pelletier, explaining he first found out about the excavation in late July. “I phoned (Fort William) Chief (Peter) Collins, all the chiefs around the region – none of them even heard about it.”

Grassy Narrows women block MNR

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:40

As Grassy Narrows women block access of ministry of natural resources enforcement officers to their traditional territory, the MNR said any back-road repair work requires approval before it can go ahead.
“Any work to repair roads on Crown land would be subject to the appropriate approvals including a work permit application,” said Michelle Nowak, an MNR regional communication and marketing specialist. “The ministry has not received a proposal or a work permit application for this work.”


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