Rick Garrick

Edmund Metatawabin appointed to the Order of Canada

Create: 07/27/2018 - 01:21

Fort Albany’s Edmund Metatawabin was surprised about being appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General Julie Payette on June 29.

“It’s surprising and at the same time it is a big honour,” Metatawabin says. “It’s a big acknowledgement from the country itself, from Canada, that they recognize what the (residential school) survivors are trying to do. The survivors have been the only ones that have talked about child abuse and abuse of power and also the hesitancy of the court to enforce their duty to ensure that everyone is safe.”

Historic day as the first female Ontario Regional Chief elected

Create: 06/28/2018 - 07:06

Taykwa Tagamou’s RoseAnne Archibald was selected as the first female Ontario regional chief during a traditional stand up ceremony on June 27 at the 44th Annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference.

“I thank you chiefs for believing that it is time for heart-centred leadership,” says Archibald, who previously served as chief of her community, deputy grand chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation and grand chief of Mushkegowuk Council. “I thank you for making history, for standing behind me in all those ballots whether you were in the first, second or third. Thank you, Meegwetch.”

Indigenous youth honoured at 2018 NWO Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards

Create: 05/05/2018 - 01:50

The 14th Annual Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards (AYARA) were presented to 40 youth and two youth groups, including Sandy Lake’s Kayla Fiddler, Ginoogaming’s Harlan Kahgee and Eabametoong’s Brendon Moonias.

Fiddler, a Hammarskjold High School student and cadet warrant officer with the 2294 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, was presented with one of six Personal Achievement Awards during the AYARA ceremony, which was held on May 2 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Thunder Bay.

Long time Ka-Na-Chi-Hih employee retires

Create: 05/01/2018 - 01:41

The fresh-baked aroma of Sarah Simon’s home-cooked meals is going to be missed when she retires from the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Specialized Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre in Thunder Bay.

“We’re going to miss Sarah,” says Marsha Ruben, a primary counsellor at Ka-Na-Chi-Hih. “Like we said, the good old-fashioned home cooking is probably what the clients are going to miss. Knowing that she cared for the clients too, that’s always a bonus. She was happy to come to work to cook for them.”

Ginoogaming youth and Elders gathering promotes culture

Create: 04/21/2018 - 01:16

A group of youth and Elders from Ginoogaming recently enjoyed the opportunity to participate in group activities during the community’s Elders and Youth Gathering, held in Thunder Bay.

“It’s good, and we’re having fun too,” says Rayn Fisher, a Grade 6 student from Ginoogaming. “It was interesting to learn about our culture too.”

Fisher appreciated the Breaking the Chain, Steps to Healing from Intergenerational Oppression presentation that Sandi Boucher delivered on the second day of the gathering, which was held at the Best Western Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre.

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