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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.

Sandy Lake, Pikangikum, and Kasabonika report positive COVID-19 cases

Create: 09/22/2020 - 00:51

Sandy Lake, Pikangikum, and Kasabonika First Nations reported new COVID-19 cases on Saturday September 19.

Contact tracing is underway to determine if the virus had spread throughout the three communities.

The confirmed cases are self-isolating at home.

A statement by Sandy Lake’s Chief and Council said that any known contacts will be tested, monitored, and are also required to self-isolate at home until their test results are known.

Third Case of COVID-19 in the James Bay and Hudson Bay Region

Create: 09/22/2020 - 00:36

It was confirmed by Moose Cree First Nation Chief Mervin Cheechoo, there is a third case of COVID-19 on Moose Factory Island.

At this time, the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) is working with the Porcupine Health Unit and Moose Cree First Nations public health department to ensure that the individuals are isolated. The contact tracing investigation is ongoing, and we are awaiting the laboratory results.

Since March 2020, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global pandemic, we have all been preparing our responses to address this crisis.

Ontario expanding hospital in Moosonee

Create: 09/22/2020 - 00:27

The Ontario government is investing an additional $19.4 million to expand health care services provided by Weeneebayko Area Health Authority and improve access to health care in Northern Ontario. The funding will be used to support planning and redevelopment of a culturally appropriate health campus that will include a new hospital and a lodge in Moosonee, as well as a new ambulatory care centre on Moose Factory Island.


Create: 08/27/2020 - 01:59

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox has expressed the frustration of First Nations leaders as the Government of Canada has all but ignored urgent requests to provide necessary resources and supplies that would allow students to return to school in a safe environment in September.

NAN mourns the passing of Bill Nothing

Create: 08/13/2020 - 01:09

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, sends condolences to the family, friends and community of Bearskin Lake First Nation following the passing of Bill Nothing, one of the founders of NAN:

“We were saddened to learn of Bill’s passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the entire Bearskin Lake community at this difficult time.

NAN responds to Ontario's announcement on child welfare

Create: 08/05/2020 - 02:42

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Walter Naveau has issued the following statement in response to the Government of Ontario’s plan to modernize the child welfare system announced today:

“The transformation of child welfare in Ontario is long overdue, but the Ford government’s strategy doesn’t provide enough detail on funding, resources, and timelines.

Supporting First Nations youth who come into contact with the child welfare system must be a priority for this government, and a clear plan of action is required if any progress is to be made.

Fort Albany statement on passing of Bill 197

Create: 07/25/2020 - 00:51

Fort Albany First Nation is deeply troubled at the rapid and potentially illegal passage of Bill 197 (COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2019) by the Government of Ontario on the evening of July 21, in the face of significant outcry and opposition. This omnibus bill was introduced on July 8 and included changes to twenty pieces of legislation, including major changes to the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) that could significantly weaken environmental protections and impact our Inherent, Aboriginal, and Treaty rights, all under the guise of COVID-19 response.


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