Rick Garrick

ONWA celebrates 50 years

Create: 11/20/2021 - 01:25

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) celebrated its 50th Anniversary with the commemoration of three generations of Indigenous women in leadership at the 50th Annual General Assembly at the Best Western Nor'Wester Hotel and Convention Centre near Thunder Bay.

“We are here to celebrate 50 years of this association,” says Dawn Lavell-Harvard, outgoing president at ONWA. “And I realized just how important it is that we are gathered here today to celebrate, that we’re not just surviving any more, we’re thriving.”

Grand Chief Fox reflects on Remembrance Day

Create: 11/20/2021 - 01:23

Grand Chief Derek Fox laid a wreath to honour fallen warriors at Fort William’s Remembrance Day service at Anemki Wajiw, which was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Throughout the years, hundreds of our (citizens) have stepped forward in defence of Canada and its interests during two World Wars and conflicts around the globe,” Fox says in a Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Facebook posting.
“We must always remember and be thankful for the great sacrifice of those who have fallen and those who continue to serve today.”

Algonquin school receives donation from Staples

Create: 11/02/2021 - 23:23

Algonquin Avenue Public School in Thunder Bay plans to use its Staples for Education Supply Drive donation of about $4,615.91 to support culturally responsive and land-based initiatives. The Staples store in Thunder Bay collaborated with the Kiwanis Club of Thunder Bay to raise a total of $9231.83 for the local Staples for Education Supply Drive, which was presented to two schools from Lakehead Public Schools and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, Algonquin Avenue Public School and Bishop Gallagher Senior Elementary School, on Oct.

Constance Lake’s Marcia Chum to launch tiny home music tour

Create: 10/26/2021 - 21:15

Constance Lake musician Marcia Chum-Gibbons and spouse Chris Gibbons are planning to do a music tour next summer with the tiny home on wheels they are currently constructing in Ottawa. Known as the Gibbons Girl, the two musicians plan to use the tiny home as their primary home once they complete it this fall and to use the roof of the tiny home as their stage during the tour.

Ginoogaming court case granted an injunction

Create: 09/29/2021 - 22:38

Ginoogaming has been granted an interim injunction to prevent any mining activities from being carried out in the Wiisinin Zaahgi’igan sacred area located within the community’s territory.

“We are encouraged that the Superior Court has recognized the inherent and treaty rights of Ginoogaming and has granted an injunction to halt mineral exploration activity in Wiisinin Zaahgi’igan,” says Grand Chief Derek Fox. “We acknowledge and congratulate Ginoogaming’s leadership for defending the rights of their nation and the land that has sustained them for generations.”

Derek Fox elected as NAN Grand Chief

Create: 08/12/2021 - 00:25

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Derek Fox was elected with 30 votes by Chiefs and proxies on Aug. 11 at the virtual 39th Keewaywin Conference. Former Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh also ran for Grand Chief during the election — he received 11 votes.

Deputy Grand Chiefs Anna Betty Achneepineskum and Bobby Narcisse were elected with Achneepineskum receiving 26 votes and Narcisse receiving 25 votes on the first round of voting.

RoseAnne Archibald becomes first woman elected as National Chief

Create: 07/09/2021 - 20:57

National Chief RoseAnne Archibald was elected on July 8 as the first woman to hold the post after candidate Reginald Bellerose withdrew from the election after losing 32 votes on the fifth ballot. A sixth ballot had been announced before Bellerose withdrew because the winning candidate needed at least 60 per cent of votes to be declared as national chief. Archibald had 205 votes, which was 50.5 per cent of the 406 registered representatives for the national chief election, while Bellerose had 144 votes and 35.5 per cent.

March honours found children

Create: 07/02/2021 - 20:19

Thunder Bay’s No Pride in Genocide march began at 2:15 on July 1 to honour the 215 children found at the former Kamloops Indian residential school.

“It’s a grieving time for us (with) what they found and what they’re going to continue finding,” says Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby, whose memoir, A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder, was published in 2016. “There’s going to be more.”

Chacaby says the turnout was “pretty good” for the walk from Waverley Park to the Thunder Bay waterfront.

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