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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.

Thunder Bay police facing allegations of systemic racism

Create: 09/24/2016 - 03:34

The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) will be conducting an investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Service over numerous allegations of systemic racism.

The OIPRD may conduct investigations into systemic issues arising from public complaints and will work to identify and offer solutions with ongoing issues within a police service.

The investigation is centred around complaints made over the Thunder Bay Police Service’s handling of several deaths in the city involving Indigenous people.

RCMP charge man for stealing $694K from Kashechewan First Nation

Create: 09/24/2016 - 03:06

Kashechewan First Nation Chief Leo Friday and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler have released the following statements after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have laid charges against Giuseppe Crupi, of Thunder Bay, for misappropriation of federal funding for a breakfast program for children in the remote community.

North Caribou Lake growing fresh produce

Create: 09/24/2016 - 02:40

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox says a community garden shows how First Nations are beginning to regain food self-determination.

The Hunters’ Festival wrapped up in North Caribou Lake First Nation last Sunday with seven moose, 40 partridges, one beaver, one swan and a boat load of pickerel and ducks. The festival has been running for 26 years with this year being the first year to have fresh vegetables to add to land based traditional foods.

NAPS reaches tentative labour agreement

Create: 09/24/2016 - 02:33

The Public Service Alliance of Canada’s (PSAC) bargaining team and the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) have secured a tentative labour agreement. NAPS officers voted overwhelming in favour of a strike mandate on July 12, 2016.

“I am very proud of our bargaining team for all their work and to the officers who stood strong and lobbied their provincial and federal political representatives to fund First Nations policing effectively”, says Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Regional Executive Vice President for Ontario.

Gord Downie visits Marten Falls

Create: 09/16/2016 - 21:38

Famed Canadian artist Gord Downie has announced Secret Path, a multimedia project that will include an album, graphic novel and animated film depicting the short life of 12-year-old Charlie “Chanie” Wenjack, who died in 1966 while trying to return home to Ogoki Post after fleeing Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in northwestern Ontario.

Downie visited Marten Falls First Nation to launch the project, accompanied by representatives from NAN, MKO and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Gord Downie travels to James Bay Coast

Create: 08/24/2016 - 23:53

After completing their final show on August 20, which was watched on CBC by over 11-million Canadians, Gord Downie and members of the Tragically Hip have decided to take a fishing trip along the James Bay Coast.

The Hip are traveling with Canadian novelist and friend of the band, Joseph Boyden.

Downie stopped to pose and take photos with fans along the way, which they have taken to social media sites to share.

Catherine Cheechoo tweeted out a picture of her and Downie, and said:

Gord Downie makes a call for action on Indigenous issues

Create: 08/23/2016 - 02:07

With more than 11-million people tuning in to watch The Tragically Hip's emotional final concert in Kingston, Ontario on August 20, terminally ill lead singer Gord Downie spoke up on behalf of First Nations.

Downie addressed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying what he expects the PM to do for Canada's First Nations people.

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