Rick Garrick

North Star Air running trial flights with new aircraft

Create: 07/25/2017 - 01:49

North Star Air’s new ATR 42-300 two-engine turboprop aircraft was a hit with passengers on the July 18 Flex Flight route from Eabametoong, Neskantaga and Webequie to Thunder Bay.

“The flight was good, the seatings were good, everything was good,” says Irene Boyce, from Eabametoong. “You can use the washroom in there too, so yeah, I enjoyed my flight.”

Roy Moonias, from Neskantaga, says it was an “awesome” flight on the ATR 42-300, which is being leased from West Wind Air, a First Nations and employee-owned airline based in Saskatchewan.

Youth runners winning medals at NAIG 2017

Create: 07/22/2017 - 01:11

Kashechewan runner Gavin Wesley’s silver medal in the 19U Male X-Country 6km was the first of four medals he won at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2017 in Toronto.

“One of the Saskatchewan runners kept a fast pace, so I just tried to maintain striking distance,” Wesley says. “And it paid off — he started to slow down but one of the Manitoba guys beat me in the last 100 metres, so that is how I got the silver.”

Wesley also won another silver and two bronze medals at NAIG.

National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrated in Thunder Bay

Create: 06/24/2017 - 00:34

A group of seven Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) graduates were recognized with awards and an honour song at the National Indigenous Peoples Day Powwow in Thunder Bay.

“It’s such an honour to be here to accept these awards and to take part in this program,” says Farren Forbes, a Rainy River First Nations citizen. “It started out with a big group, but with the seven we have left here with us today, we really got very close with each other. We bonded and we grew with each other as leaders.”

Fort William First Nation 2017 inauguration

Create: 04/29/2017 - 00:34

Fort William’s newly elected chief and councillors were sworn in on April 24 during the community’s inauguration ceremony at the Fort William First Nation Community Centre.

“To all the members of this community, I want to say thank you for the awesome support … that I got in this election,” Collins says during his inauguration address. “This is my ninth term, and hopefully it is not my last. I enjoy working for this community.”

Collins says he has been working with Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs to “move the yardsticks” on a variety of issues in the area.

NADF engage forum focuses on social media

Create: 03/17/2017 - 01:27

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s Engage 2017! Digital Media Summit focused on the use of digital marketing tools to manage and engage with on-line audiences.

“It’s more than just a website now,” says Brian Davey, NADF’s executive director. “It’s using all the social media platforms that are out there, like Facebook and Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube video.”

Davey says that organizations and businesses need to be knowledgeable about which social media platforms offer the type of clients or audiences they are looking to deliver their message to.

Anishinaabemowin app uses technology to teach language

Create: 03/11/2017 - 01:04

The Kenora Catholic District School Board’s recently launched Anishinaabemowin Omiinigoziin App takes advantage of how students use cellphones, tablets or computers to encourage them to learn Anishinabemowin.

“Using this tool, which our students are looking at all the time — their cellphones, their iPads, their computers — it’s just a part of themselves right now,” says Sheila White, St. Thomas Aquinas High School’s Anishinabemowin teacher. “So they should have no problem looking up anything that is on the App and learning it.”

Indigenous court opens in Thunder Bay

Create: 03/11/2017 - 01:01

The March 6 opening of the Indigenous Peoples’ Court (IPC) was celebrated with speeches and a feast on Feb. 27 at the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Specialized Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre.

“This is a momentous occasion for Indigenous people and for the community of Thunder Bay,” says Charlene Baglien, executive director of the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre. “We are excited to celebrate after years of hard work and dedication to get to this point.”

Program cuts cause of suicide crisis in the north

Create: 01/20/2017 - 04:19

Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus and a group of First Nation leaders called for federal government support at a Jan. 19 press conference in Ottawa after two suicides in Wapekeka.

“This issue was preventable — the government knew this community was at a much higher risk because of the history of the abuse the people had suffered,” Angus says. “We had a program that worked — that program got cancelled. The government was told: ‘You cancel this program, we’ve got young children at risk here.’ And the government said it wasn’t a priority, and young girls died.”

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