Rick Garrick

DGC Jason Smallboy gives COVID-19 updates

Create: 11/20/2020 - 03:34

Deputy Grand Chief Jason Smallboy focused on COVID-19 cases in Nishnawbe Aski Nation, NAN Hope, seasonal flu shots and Treaties Recognition Week during his WRN (Wawatay Radio Network) Update.

“Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority was notified that a person from outside the community tested positive for COVID-19,” Smallboy says. “This individual travelled to KI (Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug) and Wapekeka on Oct. 23 and the individual tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 31.”

Neskantaga holds sit-in at Queen’s Park

Create: 11/04/2020 - 00:28

Neskantaga citizens Lawrence Sakanee and Alex Moonias began their sit-in at the Ontario Legislature with a virtual press conference with Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa on Nov. 3 about the water crisis in their community.
Neskantaga Chief Chris Moonias and citizens Renita Moonias and Marilyn Waswa joined the virtual press conference from Thunder Bay to speak about how the long-term lack of clean drinking water has impacted their lives.

Oshki set to launch new programs in 2021

Create: 11/03/2020 - 23:42

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win The Wenjack Education Institute is launching a new Bachelor of Social Work degree program in partnership with Algoma University with a scheduled start date of January 2021.

“This is an accelerated opportunity for students who already have a college diploma to jump in midway into a typical Bachelor of Social Work degree program,” says Kim Falcigno, director of academics at Oshki. “It takes one year less than normal so they would do it with us at Oshki in three years instead of four years in the regular delivery at Algoma University.”

2020 Youth Inquest Report scores an A+

Create: 11/03/2020 - 23:39

Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) was pleased to see its grade on the Year Four Report Card on the Implementation of Recommendations from the First Nations Youth Inquest in Thunder Bay remained at an A+. The First Nations Youth Inquest was held over nine months from October 2015 to June 2016 to look into the deaths of seven First Nations youth from NAN communities who died while pursuing their high school studies in Thunder Bay.

Six NAN communities to receive fossil fuel reduction funding

Create: 10/16/2020 - 22:32

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler looks forward to the installation of upgraded high-efficiency wood stoves in six Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities through $2,532,000 in federal government funding. The high-efficiency wood stoves are being installed to replace existing wood stove heating appliances, which will reduce fossil fuel heating use by lowering demand on the community’s diesel-generated electricity supply.

Missanabie Cree settles land claim

Create: 10/16/2020 - 02:06

Missanabie Cree First Nation recently concluded a negotiated settlement with the federal government over a Treaty Land Entitlement Claim for reserve land promised under Treaty No. 9 more than 110 years ago. The settlement includes about $150 million in financial compensation and the ability to add up to 3,200 acres to their reserve land base.

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