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Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Concerns raised over AANDC’s $106 million of litigation

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)’s $106 million in litigation spending has raised flags in Ottawa and with the Chiefs of Ontario.

Lac Seul co-hosts Little Bands tournament

Sandy Lake, Lac Seul and Bearskin Lake were the big winners at the 2014 Little Bands Native Youth Hockey Tournament.

Thunder Bay renewing Aboriginal Liaison Strategy

Calls for an Aboriginal ombudsman were made during a Feb. 3 Aboriginal Liaison Strategy renewal meeting in Thunder Bay.

NADF micro lending circle kicks off in Lac Seul

Lac Seul’s Mona Gordon is looking to start up a gasoline convenience store at the Kejick Bay turnoff through Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s Micro Lending Program.

Cedar mask carving lessons underway in Thunder Bay

Weekly cedar mask making workshops by Nigigoonsiminikaaning artist Perry Perrault are featured on Saturdays at the Blue Sky Community Healing Centre in Thunder Bay.

Embrace Life Forum 2014 to feature U.S. singers and speakers

Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s Embrace Life Forum 2014, which begins today (Feb. 18) will feature two evenings concerts featuring award-winning gospel singers and motivational speakers from the United States.

Moose Cree foresees benefits from Lower Mattagami Project

Moose Cree First Nation is looking forward to local economic benefits from its partnership with Ontario Power Generation on the Lower Mattagami Project.

Got Land? Thank an Indian

Eagle Lake Chief Arnold Gardner is calling for more education about treaties after the recent Got Land? Thank an Indian sweatshirt controversy in Saskatchewan.

Wapekeka student most popular human book in Thunder Bay

Wapekeka’s Nicole Quedent recently shared her life experiences during the third Human Library project in Thunder Bay.

Pikangikum nurse looks forward to potential Mars journey

A Pikangikum and former Cat Lake registered nurse has passed the first hurdle to be part of a pioneering journey to Mars in 2018.

Wapekeka Deputy Chief Norman Brown passes

Former Wapekeka chief Norman Brown is remembered for his tireless efforts to address the issue of suicide in First Nation communities.

Ontario approves logging plans on Grassy Narrows territory

Grassy Narrows has rejected a recently announced Ministry of Natural Resources plans to proceed with further clearcuts in the Treaty #3 community’s traditional territory.

Concerns raised over Non-Insured Health Benefits program

Regional Chief Stan Beardy is calling for changes to the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program due to a widening gap in health outcomes.

Action against Thunder Bay racism called for at Building Bridges event

Wikwemikong’s Donna Simon called for more dialogue between Thunder Bay residents during the Jan. 20 Building Bridges community gathering at Lakehead University.