Wawatay News

Ontario Supporting the Identification and Commemoration of Indian Residential School Burial Sites

Create: 06/17/2021 - 02:51

The Ontario government is providing $10 million to help support the identification, investigation, protection and commemoration of Indian Residential School burial sites across the province. The funding will also ensure that culturally appropriate, trauma-informed mental health supports are available for Indian Residential School survivors, their families and Indigenous communities.

Wawatay and NAN Mourns Passing of Elder Freddie Kakekagumick of Keewaywin First Nation

Create: 04/24/2021 - 00:27

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, expresses heartfelt condolences following the passing of NAN Elder Freddie Kakekagumick, 85, of Keewaywin First Nation:

“On behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation I send our love and prayers to Freddie’s family, his son Chief George Kakekagumick, and the entire Keewaywin community.

Fire destroys church in Attawapiskat

Create: 04/22/2021 - 19:49

The St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Attawapiskat caught fire yesterday April 21, 2021. The historic church, which was built in the 1930's, is one of the oldest buildings in the community. It was mostly constructed by the local people using lumber gathered and milled in the community.

As of now there have been no reports of any injuries, and firefighters contained the fire to help prevent the spread of flames and further damage to any other surrounding buildings.

Currently the cause of the fire is unknown.

Scientists and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers harmonize world views at third annual gathering

Create: 03/09/2021 - 00:07

Indigenous Elders, NWMO leaders and staff, and professors from Canadian and international universities attended the two-day virtual workshop.

For the third consecutive year, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) hosted its annual “Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science Workshop” in late 2020.

Building on the thoughtful dialogue of previous years, workshop topics were anchored in discussions on fundamental differences, interconnectedness, and interweaving worldviews to address the safe and secure storage of nuclear waste.

ABPA to host webinar series focussed on climate based solutions in business

Create: 01/21/2021 - 04:20

The Anishnawbe Business Professional Association will kick off the 2021 season of their Virtual Campfire Series with the first of three webinars on Indigenous-led natural climate solutions co-hosted with the Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership. The presenters will explore how Indigenous communities could benefit from business opportunities related to land stewardship while reducing climate change impacts. They will also hear about current barriers and ideas for advancing thriving, Indigenous-led natural climate solutions in Canada.

Canadian military leaves Shamattawa after assisting with COVID relief

Create: 01/08/2021 - 03:14

The COVID-19 emergency assistance provided by the Canadian military has ended in the community of Shamattawa. At one point there were 370 known cases among the community's on-reserve population of 1,300. That number is now under 30 active cases and declining still.

Timeline of military assistance:

Five cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Attawapiskat

Create: 12/05/2020 - 01:44

Public health authorities have confirmed five new COVID-19 cases in Attawapiskat First Nation.

The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) says it is working to identify and contact close contacts of these new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

WAHA also stated it is working with Porcupine Health Unit to ensure that the five infected people remain isolated.

If any symptoms develop, authorities recommend isolating immediately until a COVID-19 test can be arranged.


Create: 10/21/2020 - 03:33

Neskantaga First Nation Chief Chris Moonias and his Council today will be deciding on the fate of its residents after being forced to completely shut down community water going into community homes yesterday after finding an unknown sheen in its water reservoir system. Water samples were taken by Nibi Water Services of Matawa First Nations Management yesterday with results expecting to take a maximum of 10 days. It is unknown at this time when the water will return to service.

Annual vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women and their grieving families will go ahead despite pandemic

Create: 10/03/2020 - 00:50

The head of the national organization that represents Indigenous women in Canada says the Covid-19 pandemic will not stop the annual vigil for the thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women who have been murdered in this country.

Lorraine Whitman, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), says the event honouring the dead and missing will go ahead on October 4, as it has for the past 15 years, but the ceremony will be conducted online to ensure the safety of participants.


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