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Remembering Richard Wagamese

Create: 03/14/2017 - 03:11

Wawatay Communications Society is profoundly saddened by the passing of acclaimed Ojiway author and journalist, Richard Wagamese. Wagamese was a long-time contributor to Wawatay News. He was 61.

Wagamese, from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, has been a professional writer since 1979. Many of his writings were inspired by the legacy the residential school system has had on First Nation communities and its citizens. His writings also drew heavily on his own childhood experiences.

NAIG Community Tour visits Fort Albany

Create: 02/11/2017 - 05:18

The Toronto 2017 NAIG Community Tour will be stopped in Fort Albany First Nation February 10-12. The Community Tour celebrates the unifying power of sport and culture by linking communities across Ontario, from the northern tip to the southern shores. The tour will include stops across the Province of Ontario to bring the excitement of the upcoming Games to individual communities. The tour will also engage youth in physical literacy, wellness and nutrition awareness and the celebration of Indigenous cultural distinctiveness.

NAN CALLS FOR COORDINATED RESPONSE FOLLOWING YOUTH SUICIDES IN WAPEKEKA FIRST NATION

Create: 01/12/2017 - 03:49

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler is calling for a coordinated emergency response by federal and provincial health care and mental health agencies for Wapekeka First Nation following the tragic loss of two 12-year-old girls to suicide since the weekend.

NAN supported motion to end discrimination against First Nations children passes

Create: 11/02/2016 - 04:32

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum is calling on all members of parliament to support a motion that will be introduced by the New Democratic Party (NDP) this week calling on the Government of Canada to comply with the historic ruling of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to end discrimination against First Nations children.

The motion passed on November 1 in parliament, with 302 yeas and 0 nays.

Toronto Maple Leafs to honour Indigenous People in Canada

Create: 11/02/2016 - 04:22

On November 1, the Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE Foundation will raise awareness for reconciliation and honour Indigenous people in Canada who have lost their lives to residential school and suicide, and to the missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The ceremony will take place at the Air Canada Centre when the Leafs face-off against the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

The initiative reflects the organization’s continued support of Indigenous communities, and especially the youth, across Canada.

Gord Downie's Secret Path to screen in Thunder Bay

Create: 10/22/2016 - 01:16

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and CBC Thunder Bay Executive Producer Michael Dick are pleased to invite all members of the Thunder Bay community and surrounding area to watch CBC’s premiere broadcast of Gord Downie’s The Secret Path animated film at a free community event this weekend.

Former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice dies in plane crash

Create: 10/15/2016 - 04:28

Former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is among four dead following a plane crash.

Prentice was aboard a small plane that disappeared after taking off from Kelowna. The craft’s wreckage was later found near Winfield, British Columbia.

The 60-year-old served as Alberta’s Premier until May 2015, and was a federal cabinet minister for six years starting in 2004. He served as MP for Calgary Centre-North from 2004 to 2010, with stints as industry minister, environment minister.

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