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August 25th, 2014

No charges laid in death of Omushkegowuk walker

Although the circumstances behind the death of Paul Mattinas remain unknown to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), it has determined that are no reasonable grounds to lay charges against any Timmins police officer.

Documentary on Treaty 9 signings to premiere at TIFF

A documentary film about the signing of Treaty 9 and the First Nations’ claim they were deceived will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sept. 4.

By-election for Mushkegowuk grand chief set for fall

A by-election to select a new Mushkegowuk grand chief is scheduled to take place on Nov. 14. Approved in principle by the chiefs of the Mushkegowuk communities in July, the by-election will fill the grand chief position.

Grassy Narrows, NDP call for action on mercury poisoning

Grassy Narrows and the New Democratic Party are calling for “real action” on mercury poisoning in the Treaty #3 community.

NAN signs relationship protocol with Cancer Care Ontario

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is looking for enhanced cancer care services through a recently signed relationship protocol with Cancer Care Ontario (CCO).

Inquest into youth deaths postponed to early 2015

The Chief Coroner for Ontario said that the inquest into the deaths of seven youth in Thunder Bay will definitely not happen in 2014.

Grow, learn, expand, repeat.

If I’m ever brave enough to get a tattoo it would say, “The only constant is change”. Change is inevitable. Sometimes it takes us by surprise, sometimes its out of necessity and sometimes we barely notice it’s happening. But it’s always there no matter what we would like to believe.

Aboriginal sports organization holds summer camps

More youth in Thunder Bay enjoyed summer camps at Lakehead University this month, thanks to ActiveU partnering with the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO).

Sandy Lake runners bring home gold, bronze medals from NAIG

Sandy Lake’s Jeffrey Kakegamic brought home gold and bronze medals from the 2014 North American Indigenous Games, held July 20-27 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

This one is to my Cree brothers in the North…

I received a message from Angus Miles this morning, who is from Fort Severn, asking if I wanted some caribou meat, fish and Labrador tea, a diet of longer living.

Death of Winnipeg girl renews call for national inquiry

The body of missing 15-year-old Sagkeeng First Nation member Tina Fontaine was pulled from Red River in Winnipeg Manitoba on Aug. 17.

Fun times at the CLE in Thunder Bay

The 124th Canadian Lakehead Exhibition (CLE) family fair landed in Thunder Bay on Aug. 6-10, attracting up to 13,000 attendees each day including many First Nations from the city and surrounding communities.

Transparency for Whom?

Urged on by the right-wing Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the equally über-conservative National Citizens’ Coalition, once led by none other than the current Prime Minister, the Harper government recently passed legislation entitled The First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA).

Variety of music performed at Muddy Water festival

Musicians from all walks of life descended upon Sandy Lake First Nation for the 32nd annual Muddy Water Music Festival (MWMF).