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Reconciliation is just beginning

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) held its last event May 31 – June 4 in Ottawa, and on June 2, Justice Murray Sinclair delivered the Final Report of the TRC.

NAN seeks closer working relationship with Auditor General

In April, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said that a report released by the Auditor General on health care in First Nations communities is...

Racism won’t factor in during the inquest of several deaths in Thunder Bay

Racism and the quality of police investigation will not be included in the scope of the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students who were attending school in Thunder Bay, according to a ruling released by the inquest’s coroner.

Kashechewan uncertain about future after another evacuation

After another year of evacuations, the community of Kashechewan remains uncertain over whether it will stay in its location or be relocated to another site.

Wagamese, Boyden speak out on mental health

Award-winning authors Richard Wagamese and Joseph Boyden recently discussed mental health issues at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s The Fine Print: Writers Talk Mental Health.

Attawapiskat police searching for male after gunshot fired

UPDATE: At about 12 p.m., NAPS were able to get the male suspect into custody without further incident.

Province asking First Nations to fill out juror questionnaires

The Ontario government is asking First Nations people who receive juror questionnaires to fill them out so that there may be more representation in the 2015 jury roll.

Mushkegowuk grand chief by-election candidates announced

The Mushkegowuk Council has announced there are seven candidates vying for the grand chief position in the upcoming by-election.

Police investigating suspicious death of Moosonee woman

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is asking for the public’s assistance as it investigates the death of a young Moosonee woman.

Memoir of St. Anne's survivor shortlisted for Governor General award

Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History, a memoir by Fort Albany First Nation’s Edmund Metatawabin, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award in the non-fiction category along with three other books.

Cree language project on Aviva Community Fund voting list

Swampy Cree N dialect-language learning materials and curriculum are among the education projects up for voting at this year’s Aviva Community Fund competition.

Late Mushkegowuk grand chief plays big role in Treaty 9 documentary

Acclaimed Aboriginal filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin said that the late Mushkegowuk grand chief Stan Louttit is a key figure in her latest documentary, Trick or Treaty? which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 5.

Webequie chief says Ontario moving ‘unilaterally’ ahead on Ring of Fire development

The chief of Webequie First Nation said the Ontario government is failing to live up to its commitment with his community after the province announced the establishment of an infrastructure development corporation on Aug. 28.

Fort Albany members call for appeal of election results

Members of Fort Albany First Nation are calling for the appeal of its recent election results and the chief electoral officer said the “chances of granting such an appeal is good.”

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. 5.