Rick Garrick

NAN communities prepare for COVID-19

Create: 03/18/2020 - 21:33

Communities across Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) are busy with preparations due to concerns about the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in preparation mode and we’re also meeting regularly and getting updates,” says Fort Albany Chief Leo Metatawabin. “We’re working on updating our Fort Albany First Nation epidemic plan and we’re just trying to be accountable to the First Nation and see if we can weather this storm.”

Metatawabin says his community is working on making sure they are prepared in case people come down with COVID-19.

Best Buy makes generous donation to DFC

Create: 03/03/2020 - 06:26

Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School is looking to purchase more iPads for the students use thanks to a $10,000 STEM Tech Grant from Best Buy.

“Our students don’t have the ability to get their own devices themselves, so having them available here at the school is just fantastic,” says Alyssa Saj, a math teacher at DFC. “We’re able to do more hands-on work where they actually can understand what we are covering instead of just trying to do it with paper and pencil.”

Saj says the students are “super excited” about having more technology to use at DFC.

MPP Sol Mamakwa speaks out on suicide issues

Create: 03/03/2020 - 06:17

Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa re-emphasized his call for action on First Nations youth suicide in Ontario after more suicides were committed during the holiday season across Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

“Back in December I brought up the issue of youth suicide in a couple of the communities, in Constance Lake and Webequie and also one of the First Nations in southern Ontario,” Mamakwa says during an interview. “I didn’t know that come the holidays there would be a number of more (suicides) that would be happening over the two-week period in our communities.”

Marten Falls all-season road study update

Create: 03/03/2020 - 06:11

Marten Falls delivered an update on its proposed all-season Community Access Road during a Public Information Centre session at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay.

“Marten Falls has been wanting an all-season road to the community for a long time and they’ve been working on it for a number of years now,” says Bob Baxter, Marten Falls citizen and member of the Community Access Road project team. “We’re just in the environmental assessment stage and consulting stage right now to collect feedback from the public and the communities that will be affected.”

Grand Chief Fiddler looks ahead to a new decade

Create: 03/03/2020 - 06:09

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler recently highlighted some of the priorities that Nishnawbe Aski Nation currently sees for the 2020s during an early January interview.

“Just generally in terms of priorities for our communities in the decade we are now in will continue to be issues around infrastructure, resource development and the environment — the changes we are seeing on the land with the changing environment and climate,” Fiddler says. “I think those will be the big issues we will have to address this coming decade.”


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