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Train derailment in Magnetawan First Nation poses no threat, Chief says

Create: 01/26/2016 - 06:07

Magnetawan First Nation Chief William Diabo says today’s train derailment within their traditional territory does not pose any health or environmental threat.

“We are fortunate that there is no risk and this is not a major disaster as it could’ve been,” said Chief Diabo. “Speaking with the CP Rail, there will be an investigation and a report issued to our community as soon as they are done with it.”

According to reports a train derailment this morning closed Highway 529, a road that branches off Highway 69 in the Pointe au Baril and Byng Inlet areas.

Fort William First Nation left without immediate access

Create: 01/20/2016 - 03:40

Ontario Provincial Police closed Highway 61 on the Kaministiquia River Bridge after an accident this morning with traffic halted on both sides, which left Fort William First Nation once again without immediate access to and from the First Nation. The alternate road route that travellers had to navigate was north of the Trans-Canada, taking Highway 130 and getting back onto Highway 61.

Drug charges laid in Grassy Narrows First Nation

Create: 12/24/2015 - 03:52

Members of the Treaty Three Police Service Street Crime Unit and Ontario Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit executed a CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) search warrant on a local residence in the Grassy Narrows First Nation on December 18, 2015.

As a result of the search, a quantity of Cannabis Marijuana was seized including cash and evidence to support the trafficking of a controlled substance. Charges are pending against (3) adult males and (1) adult female, all are known residents of the Grassy Narrows First Nation.

Regional Chief Isadore Day asks government to follow up on TRC's calls to action

Create: 12/16/2015 - 04:57
Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day with Bkejwanong/Walpole Island Chief Dan Miskokomon at the Indian Residential School Memorial in the First Nation.

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is calling on all levels of government and all sectors of society to act upon the 94 Calls to Action made in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report released today. The six-volume, 25-lb report on the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system is the most comprehensive chronicle of a painful history that continues to haunt Indigenous peoples today.

PM Trudeau speaks about the TRC Final Report

Create: 12/16/2015 - 04:27

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement after receiving the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

"The Indian residential school system, one of the darkest chapters in Canadian history, has had a profoundly lasting and damaging impact on Indigenous culture, heritage, and language. As a father and a former teacher, I am overwhelmingly moved by these events.

Man arrested in Tina Fontaine murder case

Create: 12/12/2015 - 11:12

Raymond Joseph Cormier has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Manitoba teenager, Tina Fontaine.

Fontaine's death rallied calls for a National inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

Fontaine was just 15 years old when her body, wrapped in a bag, was found in the Red River in August 2014. She was supposed to have been in a group or foster home in Winnipeg, but she had run away.

Her family expressed relief after learning of Cormier's arrest, which was also welcomed by Aboriginal leaders and government representatives.

Toronto’s car wars: a show down in Hog Town

Create: 12/09/2015 - 11:45

Any citizens of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) traveling to Toronto on December 9, 2015, should be aware there will be a citywide taxi and limo strike.

The Hog Town battle is between Toronto city taxicabs and Uber: a personal driver service connected through smart phone apps.

The strike will gum up the streets in protest to Uber’s non-compliance of Toronto’s city bylaws. The taxi and limo driver’s are arguing that Uber is operating without licenses, insurance and are not regulated by city standards.


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