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DFC holds annual memorial walk

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler does not want to see any more high school student deaths in Thunder Bay.

Mushkegowuk Council launches inquiry into suicide pandemic

After receiving no government support, the Mushkegowuk First Nations in the James Bay region of Ontario will launch a ‘Peoples Inquiry’ to address the suicide crisis troubling their communities.

Attawapiskat film to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary Hi-Ho Mistahey! about Attawapiskat’s Shannen Koostachin will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sept. 6.

Ambitious company wants to build affordable, safe homes

Housing quality on reserves are some of the worst in Canada. But Bernie Bird thinks he has a solution.

Timmins Friendship Centre receives prestigious national award

From 119 Friendship Centres across the country, the Timmins Native Friendship Centre topped them all and received the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) award for excellence.

Grassy Narrows youth gathering site of a new blockade

An Aug. 22 a blockade to protect sacred areas at Keys Lake, south of Grassy Narrows, was one of the highlights of the Grassy Narrows Youth Gathering.

Nuclear waste disposal site closer to reality

Federal agency has sights set on northern Ontario for burial of radioactive material.

Ring of Fire main target of NADF project

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund is looking to create 105 jobs through recently announced FedNor funding of $4.4 million over the next three years.

Lac Seul signs Goldcorp agreement that sets foundation for future benefits

Lac Seul First Nation signed Obishikokaang Collaboration Agreement with Goldcorp setting a framework for continued consultation and support for current and future operations of Red Lake Gold Mines.

NAPS announces new chief

Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service announced August 15 that Terry Armstrong will become the designate Chief of Police effective September 3, 2013.

Taykwa Tagamou developing hydro project on New Post Creek

Taykwa Tagamou is looking for employment and economic development opportunities through the development of a run-of-river hydroelectric project on New Post Creek.

Feds to provide Matawa with over $6 million for Ring of Fire training

The federal government will provide almost $6 million to the people Matawa First Nations to prepare them for jobs in the Ring of Fire.

Youth empowerment camps underway in Treaty 3

Effort, skills and determination make good leadership qualities and that is the goal of a groundbreaking series of Youth Empowerment camps taking place in four communities across Treaty 3 this month.

Top cops resign from Treaty Three

The top three Treaty Three Police chiefs have resigned, according to Treaty Three Police Service Board Chairman Eli Mandamin. “We’re dealing with about three signatures, but there’s no crisis...”

Special guests take part as Pays Plat unfurls new flag

On July 27, members of Pays Plat First Nation gathered at the annual powwow for the unveiling of the community’s new flag – with a few special visitors showing up for the reveal.