Rick Garrick

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.

NNEC makes modifications for high school delivery during pandemic

Create: 09/22/2020 - 00:30

Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) plans to operate the Dennis Franklin Cromarty and Pelican Falls high schools under a quadmester system this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also plans to operate the Wahsa Distance Education Centre through its usual remote delivery system with learning centres in the communities according to the school calendar that was approved this past spring.

DGC’s Fox and Smallboy give September COVID-19 updates

Create: 09/22/2020 - 00:23

Deputy Grand Chiefs Derek Fox and Jason Smallboy recently delivered Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) WRN updates on COVID-19 education funding requests and COVID-19 health protocols in early September.

“We asked the federal government for $33 million for the start of the school year in supports, that’s $33 million for 49 First Nations of NAN,” Fox says during his September WRN update. “We have roughly 9,000 students in Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and when you divide that (into) $33 million that’s about $3,600 per student.”

Sioux Lookout Zone Children’s Team wins air quality study award

Create: 09/11/2020 - 22:31

The Sioux Lookout Zone Children’s Environmental Health Study Team recently received an award for their study on Indoor Air Quality and the Effect on Children’s Respiratory Health in First Nation Reserves in the Sioux Lookout Zone. The study team, which evaluated the indoor air quality in the houses of 101 children in four Indigenous communities, was recognized with the 2020 Health Canada Assistant Deputy Minister Award for Excellence in Sciences.

Dolores Gull’ plague doctor masks to be featured in Indigenous fashion show

Create: 09/11/2020 - 22:29

Weenusk artist Dolores Gull is looking forward to co-hosting the 2nd annual virtual Indigenous fashion show this fall after creating her own version of a plague doctor mask during the COVID-19 lockdown. Gull and co-host Jennifer Wabano, who held their first fashion show in Timmins in November 2019, are hosting this year’s fashion show to showcase their handmade crafts and custom apparel, with their models doing a virtual runway walk in the bush trail.


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