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Three youth charged with murder in Pik teen's death

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Three Pikangikum youths have been arrested and charged with murder in relation to the death of 17-year-old Calvin Quill of Pikangikum First Nation.
A 17-year-old male was arrested and charged with murder on Mar.28. Two more male youths, one 16 year old and one 17 year old, were arrested and charged with murder on Mar. 29.
Quill was reported missing to police on the afternoon of Mar. 27. A search ensued, and police found his body behind a residence in Pikangikum just before midnight the same day.

Carpenter has eyes set on NHL

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Lac Seul may be a hockey hotbed, but it is not everyday that one of the community’s native sons makes it into a prestigious international hockey academy.
That is what Johnathan Carpenter has done. The 16-year-old who grew up in Lac Seul as an Eagles fan and later played minor hockey in Fort Frances’ double A system has nearly completed the inaugural year of the Canadian International Hockey Academy (CIHA).

Federal budget fails to address needs, say First Nations 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.

What does Ontario’s buy out of God’s Lake really mean?

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In the aftermath of Ontario’s decision to buy out the mining claims of God’s Lake Resources for $3.5 million, NDP MPP Sarah Campbell came up with one of the occasion’s more memorable quotes.
“Ontario may be the only province in Canada where you can make a substantial profit in mining without having to break ground,” Campbell said.
Forget her obvious political bias, and the fact that Campbell was looking to score points off a political hot potato that the Liberals were forced to deal with.

Ontario pays God’s Lake to end KI conflict

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The Ontario government has paid $3.5 million to buy out God’s Lake Resource’s controversial claims in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) territory.
The government announced its deal with the junior gold mining company on Mar. 29. Under terms of the settlement God’s Lake agreed to surrender its mining leases and claims.
The land in question was added to the more than 23,000 square kilometers that Ontario previously removed from development in the region.
KI Chief Donny Morris said the announcement was good news for his First Nation.

Teens face murder charge in death of Pikangikim youth

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Three Pikangikum youths have been arrested and charged with murder in relation to the death of 17-year-old Calvin Quill of Pikangikum First Nation.
A 17-year-old male was arrested and charged with murder on March 28. Two more male youths, one 16 year old and one 17 year old, were arrested and charged with murder on March 29.
Quill was reported missing to police on the afternoon of March 27. A search ensued, and police found his body behind a residence in Pikangikum just before midnight the same day.

Wabauskang demands say on Red Lake 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.
In an exclusive interview with Wawatay News, Wabauskang’s chief and council explained their tenuous position of having their traditional territory overlapping the gold mining explosion happening around Red Lake.

Assault charge in Pikangikum death

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One suspect has been arrested and charged as part of the ongoing investigation into the death of a Pikangikum man.
Police now say that Fitzgerald Owen, 32, of Pikangikum First Nation died as a result of foul play.
Morgan Turtle, 23, of Pikangikum was arrested and charged with Assault with Weapon on April 15. He appeared in Kenora court on April 20.
Owen was found in the late evening hours of April 14, 2012 on the side of a road. He was transported to the local nursing station and was subsequently pronounced deceased.

Power Ring of Fire with hydro, chiefs say

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First Nations and municipal leaders from northwestern Ontario are banding together with a list of demands to ensure long-term benefits of the Ring of Fire stay in the region.
The demands include powering the mines with hydropower, connecting remote communities to a hydro grid and road network and building Cliffs Resources’ chromite smelter in Greenstone.

Direct action threat shows fragile peace on Nishnawbi Aski land

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Remember back in January when all sides were talking about the new relationship between the federal government and First Nations?
Phrases like resetting the relationship, unlocking the potential and realizing the promise were being bandied about by everyone involved.
Those days seem like a long time ago.
Since then a number of major resource projects have taxed the federal government-First Nations relationship.

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