Rick Garrick

Local food production focus of 2017 NAN food symposium

Create: 08/23/2017 - 23:01

Local food production was the focus of the first day of the 9th Nishnawbe Aski Nation Food Symposium at three garden sites in Thunder Bay and Fort William.

“It’s amazing — everything is beneficial for the First Nations, especially up north,” says Matachewan Chief Alex Batisse on the first day of the Aug. 22-24 food symposium. “It’s a high cost to get food in there, so this would be really beneficial for them.”

Pikangikum First Nation to connect to Ontario power grid

Create: 08/17/2017 - 23:17

The “first step” of the Wataynikaneyap Power line, from Red Lake to Pikangikum, was announced by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett on Aug. 17.

“This is about planning for a region as well as for a community,” Bennett says. “This mustn’t be viewed as a one-off initiative; this is about a first step for a region.”

Kasabonika youth attend national science camp

Create: 08/01/2017 - 00:29

Kasabonika Lake’s Joe Brown enjoyed meeting Indigenous youth from across Canada at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s week-long National Science Camp in Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

“It was fun — I enjoyed it,” says Brown, a Grade 8 graduate from the Chief Simeon McKay Education Centre in Kasabonika. “I became friends with almost everyone, people from all around Canada.”

Brown says the National Science Camp, held from July 16-22, included a variety of scientific activities and a visit to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina for youth from 12-15 years old.

UPDATE: Death of Cat Lake man 'accidental' inquest says

Create: 07/26/2017 - 22:19

The 2010 death of Romeo Wesley at the Cat Lake Nursing Station was ruled as accidental by the jury at the coroner’s inquest into his death in Cat Lake. The jury ruled the cause of death was “struggle and restraint (chest compression, prone positioning, handcuffing) as well as agitation and trauma (pain) in a man with a KCNJ2 mutation with acute alcohol withdrawal/delirium tremens.”

North Star Air running trial flights with new aircraft

Create: 07/25/2017 - 01:49

North Star Air’s new ATR 42-300 two-engine turboprop aircraft was a hit with passengers on the July 18 Flex Flight route from Eabametoong, Neskantaga and Webequie to Thunder Bay.

“The flight was good, the seatings were good, everything was good,” says Irene Boyce, from Eabametoong. “You can use the washroom in there too, so yeah, I enjoyed my flight.”

Roy Moonias, from Neskantaga, says it was an “awesome” flight on the ATR 42-300, which is being leased from West Wind Air, a First Nations and employee-owned airline based in Saskatchewan.

Youth runners winning medals at NAIG 2017

Create: 07/22/2017 - 01:11

Kashechewan runner Gavin Wesley’s silver medal in the 19U Male X-Country 6km was the first of four medals he won at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2017 in Toronto.

“One of the Saskatchewan runners kept a fast pace, so I just tried to maintain striking distance,” Wesley says. “And it paid off — he started to slow down but one of the Manitoba guys beat me in the last 100 metres, so that is how I got the silver.”

Wesley also won another silver and two bronze medals at NAIG.

National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrated in Thunder Bay

Create: 06/24/2017 - 00:34

A group of seven Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) graduates were recognized with awards and an honour song at the National Indigenous Peoples Day Powwow in Thunder Bay.

“It’s such an honour to be here to accept these awards and to take part in this program,” says Farren Forbes, a Rainy River First Nations citizen. “It started out with a big group, but with the seven we have left here with us today, we really got very close with each other. We bonded and we grew with each other as leaders.”

Fort William First Nation 2017 inauguration

Create: 04/29/2017 - 00:34

Fort William’s newly elected chief and councillors were sworn in on April 24 during the community’s inauguration ceremony at the Fort William First Nation Community Centre.

“To all the members of this community, I want to say thank you for the awesome support … that I got in this election,” Collins says during his inauguration address. “This is my ninth term, and hopefully it is not my last. I enjoy working for this community.”

Collins says he has been working with Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs to “move the yardsticks” on a variety of issues in the area.


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