Wawatay News

NAN responds to Ontario's announcement on child welfare

Create: 08/05/2020 - 02:42

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Walter Naveau has issued the following statement in response to the Government of Ontario’s plan to modernize the child welfare system announced today:

“The transformation of child welfare in Ontario is long overdue, but the Ford government’s strategy doesn’t provide enough detail on funding, resources, and timelines.

Supporting First Nations youth who come into contact with the child welfare system must be a priority for this government, and a clear plan of action is required if any progress is to be made.

Fort Albany statement on passing of Bill 197

Create: 07/25/2020 - 00:51

Fort Albany First Nation is deeply troubled at the rapid and potentially illegal passage of Bill 197 (COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2019) by the Government of Ontario on the evening of July 21, in the face of significant outcry and opposition. This omnibus bill was introduced on July 8 and included changes to twenty pieces of legislation, including major changes to the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) that could significantly weaken environmental protections and impact our Inherent, Aboriginal, and Treaty rights, all under the guise of COVID-19 response.

Ontario reaches agreement with Flying Post First Nation on historic land claim

Create: 07/18/2020 - 01:31

Indigenous community to receive $14.1 million settlement

The Ontario government announced today the final settlement of a 115 year old land claim that addresses the shortfall of land received by Flying Post First Nation, as part of the James Bay Treaty (Treaty #9) that was originally signed in 1905. The $14.1 million settlement will contribute to the future economic prosperity of the First Nation.

Homicide victim in Thunder Bay fifth in the city for 2020

Create: 05/02/2020 - 01:20

The Thunder Bay Police Service has identified the deceased located in the area of Arundel Street near Lyon Boulevard as 14-year-old Kayleigh Ivall.

An investigation into the sudden death began in the afternoon hours of Monday, April 27, 2020, after police were notified of the possible discovery of a body by a passerby.

Members of the service’s Criminal Investigation Branch, including investigators from the Major Crimes and Forensic Identification Units, have since been investigating the circumstances surrounding this death.

Agoke development corporation wins Forest Sector Champion Award

Create: 03/28/2020 - 02:03

A 100% First Nations owned, and operated company based in Thunder Bay has yet again received province-wide recognition. 

The Agoke Development Corporation (Agoke) was the recipient of the Ontario Forest Sector Champion of the Year Award at the 77th Annual Ontario Forestry Industries Association’s Meeting and Convention.  The Northern Ontario forestry enterprise owned by Aroland, Eabametoong and Marten Falls, manages the Ogoki Forest, oversees forest access road maintenance and silviculture programs while protecting culturally sensitive areas and animal habitat.

Wawatay's offices closed to the public, updated contact info

Create: 03/25/2020 - 01:39

Due to the dangers of COVID-19 Wawatay Communications Society has closed its offices to the public in both Timmins and Sioux Lookout. The administration staff is working from home. If you need to contact them for either Radio Sales, Newspaper Sales or Translation services, please send them an email. Their contact information can be found here:


Thank you, and stay safe.

Canada shuts down border to most non-citizens due to COVID-19

Create: 03/17/2020 - 01:36

In a March 16 press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will be shutting its borders to non-Canadian citizens, with the exception of permanent residents, the immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens.

Also, airlines have the ability to deny any one showing symptoms of COVID-19 from boarding any flights.

Additional flight restrictions will take effect on Wednesday March 18, that will see all international flights rerouted to Montreal, Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver.


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