Rick Garrick

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.

Murray Sinclair to receive honorary degree

Create: 06/09/2021 - 01:38

Former senator Murray Sinclair will be presented with an honorary degree along with Rosalind Lockyer and Donald Paterson for their distinguished achievements at Lakehead University’s main convocation ceremony on May 29. Lakehead University will also name Seppo Paivalaninen and Vince Mirabelli as Fellows of the University during the virtual ceremony. Sinclair will be granted an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Brayden Bushby sentenced

Create: 06/09/2021 - 01:32

Brayden Bushby was sentenced to eight years less one month for time served in pretrial custody in the death of Barbara Kentner on June 7 at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Kentner, 34, died five months after Bushby, then 18, struck her with a trailer hitch that he threw at her from a moving vehicle while she was walking with her sister on a street in Thunder Bay in 2017. Bushby was convicted of manslaughter in her death in 2020.

DGC Naveau delivers March health update

Create: 03/27/2021 - 01:00

Deputy Grand Chief Walter Naveau stressed the importance of working with Wawatay Communications Society to get messages out about COVID-19 during his WRN (Wawatay Radio Network) update.

“That is why having Wawatay is important to air what’s going on pertaining to COVID-19 … because not all people have cellphones but they still talk amongst one another about the measures being taken,” Naveau says. “So that is why I find that Wawatay is very instrumental and very important in terms of getting the word out.”

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