Shawn Bell - Wawatay News

‘I see other people trying to tell us how to run our land’

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KI lands and resource Stephen Chapman was a main speaker during the KI rally in Toronto, outside the Prospectors and Developers Association conference. He spoke to Wawatay News about his community’s struggle to protect its traditional lands from mining and on watching First Nations involvement in the Prospectors conference.
Wawatay (wwt): First off, why was it important to bring this message to Toronto?
Stephen Chapman (SC): Toronto is a big place. We want to spread the word as much as possible, to Ontario, Canada and all over the world.

Mining conference highlights First Nation issues

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For Neskantaga First Nation Chief Peter Moonias, the massive Prospectors and Developers Association mining conference was more than just a chance to promote the agreement his First Nation signed with three of its neighbours on building a transportation network to the Ring of Fire.
It was also a chance to bring a First Nation message of treaty rights in regards to land to companies and governments alike.

Former chief takes on top job at mining industry association

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The new president of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is in a unique position to understand the pressing issues facing the mining industry when it comes to First Nations consultation and engagement.
After all, Glenn Nolan has been on the other side.
Nolan, the former chief of Missinabe Cree First Nation, became the first Aboriginal person to take on the top job at PDAC during this year’s mining conference in Toronto.
He does not deny that his previous experiences give him an advantage when it comes to understanding First Nations issues.

Kingfisher councillor starts 500km trek

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Kingfisher Lake band councilor William Mekanak is on his way south, raising money for a prescription drug addiction treatment centre.
Mekanak, 37, and Kingfisher Lake youth Bryan Sainnaway, 16, began their 500 km trek from Kingfisher Lake to Sioux Lookout on March 14. The hike is an effort to raise money for a Suboxone Treatment Program to be operated by the community.

Winter roads wiped out

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Unseasonably warm weather has wrecked havoc on winter roads across northern Ontario.
Nishnawbe-Aski Police (NAPS) issued a warning for travellers on March 20, cautioning that most northwestern Ontario winter roads have closed.
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) has also announced that nearly all northern Ontario winter roads are closed.
Drivers who choose to travel the roads need to be aware that they may end up stranded en route.

Suspicious death in Pikangikum under investigation

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Police in Pikangikum are investigating the second suspicious death in the community in a matter of weeks.
Pikangikum Police Service along with members of the Ontario Provincial Police announced on April 15 that they are investigating a suspicious death.
The deceased is a 32 male from the community. Police say they were called to an altercation in the late evening hours on April 14. A short time later the male was found on the side of the road. He was unresponsive and transported to the community’s nursing station, where he was pronounced deceased.

Saving energy and money on the James Bay Coast

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Families along the James Bay Coast are working on saving energy and cutting electricity bills, and their children are leading the way.
The Five Nations Energy Inc (FNEI) held energy conservation fairs in Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Attawapiskat earlier this March, where students in each community taught their families what they have learned on energy conservation in school.
The fairs capped an eight-week school program, where over 400 students from Grades 5 – 10 participated in hands-on workshops on energy conservation.

Wabauskang mobilizes against Red Lake resource boom

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Fed up with getting no benefits from the resource boom on their traditional territory, Wabauskang First Nation is vowing to make its voice heard.
Wabauskang’s chief and council say they are in a tenuous position of having their traditional territory overlapping the gold mining explosion happening around Red Lake.

Federal budget fails to address First Nation needs, say leaders

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While Conservatives called the federal budget “fair and reasonable” and the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Aboriginal Affairs expressed relief that his department was spared more drastic cuts, First Nations leaders in northern Ontario panned the budget for failing to address their needs.
The Conservative’s first majority budget came amid months of calls for increased funding of Aboriginal education and the need for clean drinking water on reserve.

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