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Chiefs clarify position on road study announcement

Create: 08/29/2017 - 22:55

The chiefs of Webequie and Nibinamik held a press conference on Aug. 25 to stress that they are only working on the continuation of a previous road option study that was completed last year. The study includes visual inspections of water crossings, traditional sites and environmental sensitive areas and does not include any mechanized activities.

Indigenous culture highlighted at Keeshigun 2017

Create: 07/01/2017 - 03:43

The preparation of a sturgeon was one of the traditional activities featured at the Anishnawbe Keeshigun Festival, held at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay.

“We’re going to cut it up, boil it and fry it up,” says Lac La Croix’s Clifford Whitefish, who shared information about the sturgeon at the Native Encampment. “Over there where I live, that is the best fish there is. It tastes pretty good. You can smoke it too.”

Whitefish usually skins the sturgeon for frying and cuts it crossways with the skin on for boiling.

Leadership Thunder Bay hosts awards ceremony

Create: 06/28/2017 - 03:31

Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre’s Frances Wesley and Anishinabek Employment and Training Services’s John DeGiacomo were recognized with Leadership Thunder Bay ACE (Acknowledging Community Engagement) awards.

“I am very honoured to receive this award from the alumni of Leadership Thunder Bay,” Wesley says. “I’ve participated in Leadership Thunder Bay for a number of years now and I’m really glad they are recognizing me tonight with the ACE award.”

NAN holds SOS fundraiser

Create: 06/28/2017 - 03:28

Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s BBQ and Yard Sale in support of Shelter House Thunder Bay’s SOS program was a success with about $19,440 raised and an additional $15,000 in matching donations.

“It was a little over $34,000 — that was after NAN’s matching $10,000 (donation),” says Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, adding that the Joseph Esquega Health Centre - Family Medicine Clinic also made a $5,000 matching donation. “There was also, I understand, some other individual donations that were made online on that day.”

Fort William launches Niigaanaabda education program

Create: 09/24/2016 - 02:15

Aroland’s Edward Narcisse looks forward to completing his Ontario Secondary School Diploma through Fort William’s newly launched Niigaanaabda Adult Education Project.

“I just started but I’m very excited about it,” Narcisse says. “It sounds like a good opportunity to get an education and a Grade 12. I don’t know even what I’m going to do afterwards, but we’ll do that when we get there.”

Whitesand’s Ryan Kokokons says the Ontario Secondary School Diploma he is working towards through the Niigaanaabda Adult Education Project will provide him with more options in the future.

New Treaty #3 grand chief elected

Create: 06/29/2016 - 01:33

Naotkamegwanning’s Francis Kavanaugh was selected as the new Ogichidaa (grand chief) of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3 on the fifth round of the traditional selection process.

“I never planned on running,” Kavanaugh says. “I was chairing the meeting and I got offered tobacco so that is how I became grand chief.”

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