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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.

No charges laid in relation to death of Attawapiskat man

Although the circumstances behind the death of Paul Mattinas remains unknown to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), it has determined that are no reasonable grounds to lay charges against any Timmins police officer.

Grassy Narrows loses Supreme Court decision

The unanimous decision of Canada’s top court, released on July 11, ruled that Ontario has the ability to take up lands under Treaty 3 without the federal government’s approval.

B.C. land claim ruling may impact northern Ontario First Nations

A lawyer working with the Matawa First Nations on Ring of Fire negotiations with Ontario said the Tsilhqot’in decision will help northern Ontario First Nations and other treaty First Nations because the Supreme Court has now established a “broad, functional” approach to defining Aboriginal rights and territorial control.

Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Stan Louttit passes on

Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Stan Louttit, a James Bay leader who has been involved in First Nations politics for more than 30 years, died in the early hours this morning.

Filmmakers seeking Aboriginal actors in northwestern Ontario this week

Filmmakers will be holding auditions in four communities in northwestern Ontario later this week in hopes of finding Aboriginal actors to star in a feature film to be filmed in August.

Three charged after fight breaks out in plane to Attawapiskat

A fight that broke out in a plane carrying Attawapiskat residents has led to three people being charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft.

Attawapiskat evacuees returning home

Residents of Attawapiskat who were evacuated over the weekend are heading back home after the First Nation lifted its state of emergency on May 19.

Former Attawapiskat co-manager charged with theft, fraud

Clayton Kennedy, 62, was charged on March 26 with Fraud over $5,000 and Theft over $5,000, according to Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS).

The Northern Ontario Initiative

Wawatay Native Communications Society and Journalists for Human Rights partner on a revolutionary program to train journalists in remote First Nation communities.