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Attawapiskat declares state of emergency over suicide crisis

Create: 04/13/2016 - 00:02

Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh declared a state of emergency calling for immediate action and long-term support following a dramatic increase in suicide attempts. The community has reported 101 suicide attempts since September 2015, with 28 attempts in March and 11 on Saturday alone.

Chief Bruce Shisheesh said there are suicide attempts just about every night calling it a “crisis mode.”

House fire claims nine lives in Pikangikum First Nation

Create: 03/31/2016 - 02:20

A tragic house fire has claimed the lives of three children and six adults in Pikangikum First Nation. Ontario Provincial Police officials and the Office of the Fire Marshall are investigating the cause of a residential fire on Tuesday evening at approximately 11:45 p.m.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, expressed heartfelt condolences.

Ontario partners with First Nations Technical Services Corporation to address climate change

Create: 03/25/2016 - 00:12

Ontario is putting its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing $13 million in two initiatives to help Indigenous communities address climate change and support economic growth.

The province is providing $5 million from the Green Investment Fund to the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources, in partnership with the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation. This investment will help provide Indigenous communities with training, tools and infrastructure to address climate change by:

Developing climate change adaptation plans.

Federal budget begins to address First Nation needs: Regional Chief Day

Create: 03/23/2016 - 23:03

“The federal budget has finally begun to deliver on much needed funding – $8.4 billion over five years – that should start to reverse the tide of poverty and despair that has devastated far too many of our communities and destroyed far too many lives” said Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day. “Prime Minister Trudeau has billed this budget as unprecedented and historic for First Nations. Present and future funding must be viewed as an investment in Indigenous Peoples and our children.”

Missing teen Delaine Copenace remains found

Create: 03/23/2016 - 05:40

The remains of 16-year-old Delaine Copenace, who has been missing since February 28, 2016, were discovered in Kenora, Ontario.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, on behalf of the Executive Council, expressed heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Delaine Copenace, whose remains were identified by police March 22, 2016:

Legal action is pitting ‘Cree vs. Cree’

Create: 03/12/2016 - 04:18

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon and First Nation Chiefs in northeastern Ontario have affirmed their unwavering resolve to protect and defend their homelands following the commencement of legal action by the Quebec-based Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee claiming Aboriginal rights and title to lands in Ontario.

Help locate missing student, Delaine Copenace

Create: 03/05/2016 - 03:16

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day along with other First Nation leaders are calling for the public’s assistance in locating missing student Delaine Copenace of Onigaming First Nation, located near Kenora, Ontario.

“We are asking the public for help in finding this missing 16-year-old girl whose family is missing her terribly and is worried beyond belief. We need to protect our children and bring this young woman home safe,” said Ontario Regional Chief Day.

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