While laptop computers and even a pickup truck were the big awards at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School graduation, many graduates are still focused on their future education goals.
According to a survey conducted by a committee of representatives from local Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) organizations, 12 NAN First Nations businesses and organizations in Thunder Bay contributed an estimated $51.8 million to the economy in the last fiscal year.
In March, five First Nations youth took part in all-First Nations photo shoot for Thunder Bay clothing shop The Urban Boutique. The shoot, first thought up by Tony McGuire for Theymedia, was the first of its kind in the city.
As federal government officials met with what Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy called “a small number of chiefs” about the First Nations Education Act in Thunder Bay, dozens of people protested outside the consultation meeting.