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Stephanie Wesley

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It’s been a strange few months.

Anti-racism rally held at Thunder Bay newspaper office

In response to a controversial ad published in the Chronicle Journal in Thunder Bay, a group of nearly 30 people took part in an anti-racism rally held outside the newspaper’s office building on June 26.

‘Racist’ election ad sparks outrage

An election ad printed by local Libertarian party candidate Tamara Johnson in a Thunder Bay newspaper has sparked outrage from numerous First Nations leaders and groups who deem the contents of the ad to be racist.

Feathers of Hope’s original members pass on reins

The Feathers of Hope youth group held an open house at the northern office for the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth where they not only welcomed guests but also four new youth amplifiers.

Young athletes set to take part in indigenous games

This year’s North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will take place in Regina this summer and will feature plenty of First Nations youth from Ontario, including Couchiching First Nation’s Tyson Morriseau.

Sandy Lake, Pik youth showcase dance moves

More than 20 youth from four different First Nation communities took part in Outside Looking In (OLI)’s 7th Annual Show in Toronto this past May at the Winter Garden Theater.

Long Lake #58 sisters to perform at NAIG 2014

Long Lake #58 First Nation sisters Natasha and Hannah Fisher will be performing at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) this July in Regina.

Aboriginal youth Miss Universe Canada finalist

Sagkeeng First Nation member and Thunder Bay resident Melinda Henderson was selected as one of four Miss Universe Canada Finalists during the Miss North Ontario 2014 (MNO) pageant held in Sudbury in early May.

Sioux Lookout local launches first children’s book

Sioux Lookout’s Michael Dube recently launched his first illustrated children’s book, titled My Dad, The Snow Plow Man.

Pelican Falls’14 graduates earn diplomas

Fourteen students graduated from Pelican Falls First Nations High School on May 15.

Day of Resistance draws 1,000 in Ottawa

More than 1,000 people gathered on Parliament Hill for a protest on May 14 for the National Day of Resistance, with protests also being held in several cities and towns nation-wide.

Nearly 1,200 cases of missing, murdered women

The RCMP released a report on May 16 confirming 1,181 documented cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada from over the last three decades.

Losing a friend, mentor

I cried the other day. And I kept crying for several hours. I was crying over a woman.

NAN holds 24-hour ceremony in Ottawa for missing, murdered women

NAN Women’s Council held a 24-hour ceremonial drumming on Victoria Island and Parliament Hill to demand a national public inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

UN report warns of crisis for First Nations in Canada

Despite positive steps over the past decade, Canada faces a “continuing crisis” when it comes to the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.