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Eabametoong man offended by store’s labeling

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:23

On July 18, father of four Simon Slipperjack was at home after doing some shopping at a local Dollarama location in Thunder Bay when his common-law wife noticed something strange on the receipt.
Below the business name and address, in capital letters were the words “NATIVE SALE.”
“I looked at it, and said ‘holy smokes,” Slipperjack said. He is a member of Eabametoong First Nation and a resident of Thunder Bay.

FASD program helps community better understand disorder

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:23

For the last 10 years, the NorWest Community Health Centre has been running a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) program out of the Thunder Bay site.
The Health Canada website states that FASD is an “umbrella term used to describe the range of disabilities and diagnoses that result from drinking alcohol during pregnancy.”
The website also states that “it is estimated that in Canada, more than 3,000 babies a year are born with FASD, and about 300,000 people are currently living with it.”

Aboriginal hip-hop connection studied

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:23

Sudbury University professor Karyn Recollet is currently finishing up a book that looks at the connection between Aboriginal culture and hip-hop music.
In an interview with CBC Radio, Recollet explains that she first took notice of the connection after hearing an Aboriginal hip-hop group called Ceremony. A song by one member of the group in particular stood out to Recollet. Chris Sutherland, also known as Shibastik, had a song about his grandparents, which made Recollet think of her own grandfather.

New counselling services now available in Thunder Bay

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:23

Located in the Thunder Bay Centre of Change, Beedaubin Resources and Wawia Counseling held the grand opening of their Thunder Bay office on Oct. 18.
According to Ange-Aimee Wawia (M.S.W, R.S.W), Wawia Counseling “provides counseling to different ages of people, Anishinabek primarily” but also “welcomes people of all colours who may be under employee assistance programs.”

Youth share experiences, plans with UN

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In the month of October, United Nations Special Rapporteur James Anaya visited Canada to examine the rights of Indigenous people.
During his trip, he met with First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders, organizations and other people in numerous parts of Canada. Thunder Bay-based Feathers of Hope (FOH) was one of the groups Anaya sat down with in Ottawa at the end of his weeklong visit to Canada.

James Bay hit by storm

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

In the early hours of Nov.18, Attawapiskat First Nation experienced a power outage during a heavy snowfall.
Christina Edwards, who is employed at Attawapiskat Power Corporation, said that the first trip in power occurred between 6 a.m and 7 a.m.
“We tried restoring hydro through generators, but it was impossible to do the whole community,” Edwards said. She said that the efforts to restore power continued throughout the day.

Ontario to create development corporation

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

The Ontario government announced it wishes create a development corporation with parties involved in the Ring of Fire.
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle released a statement on Nov. 8, calling the Ring of Fire “a tremendous opportunity with incredible potential to unlock economic potential within the region.”
Gravelle said the creation of the development corporation will bring First Nations, mining companies, and provincial and federal partners together to settle divergent interests and get back to making this development happen.

Santa Claus comes to Sandy Lake parade

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

Sandy Lake First Nation held it’s annual Christmas parade on Dec.6.
The parade was a combined effort of departments from the band office (Welfare Corporation, Health, Education, and Recreation) and other organizations, like Nishtum Kikinoamatowin Head Start.
Seth Fiddler, an employee of Sandy Lake Recreation, said that he helped make the float for Santa Claus – who was played by Sandy Lake counselor Wayne Kakepetum.
“Everyone in the band office got together to help make the float,” Fiddler said.

Feathers of Hope attend AFN youth summit

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

More than 500 First Nations youth aged 18-35 from across the country attended the Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) 4th youth summit from Nov.18-21 in Saskatoon to develop a five-year action plan for change and progress to address their priorities.
Among them were members of the Thunder Bay-based youth group Feathers of Hope (FOH), who were invited by AFN to attend this year’s summit.

Taykwa Tagamou entrepreneur signs deal

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

A Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN) entrepreneur has formed a partnership with a Fortune 500 company.
Last month, Cree Quest partnered with Aramark Remote Workplace Services to build capacity for Cree Quest to access and deliver services on a larger scale within northern Ontario.
Tina Gagnon of TNN is the sole owner of the company Cree Quest, which provides catering, event planning, and equipment rentals.

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