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AFN announces major changes giving First Nations greater financial control

Create: 07/26/2017 - 03:29

As First Nations leaders, Elders, women and youth from across Canada gathered in Regina, SK today for the opening of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly, AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde and federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, announced that First Nations will have more control of financial resources from one year to the next.

Senator Murray Sinclair to head investigation into Police Services Board

Create: 07/25/2017 - 21:17

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission has appointed retired Judge and current Senator, the Honourable Murray Sinclair as the independent investigator in this matter.

Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second.

Thunder Bay Mayor charged with extortion

Create: 07/22/2017 - 03:29

Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, his wife and one other person, have been charged with extortion.

Keith and Marisa Hobbs have each been charged with extortion and obstructing justice, an OPP release said. Mary Voss has also been charged with extortion.

The OPP statement said the charges relate to "an investigation of allegations of criminal wrongdoing that include a municipal official and a local resident."

NAN releases statement on Canada 150

Create: 07/01/2017 - 03:48

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, has issued the following statement on Canada 150 celebrations:

“Canada will celebrate 150 years of Confederation this weekend, but for many Indigenous people there is no cause for celebration. This country has prospered, but our First Nation communities remain impoverished; our youth are denied their rights to education, and our people continue to suffer.


Create: 05/12/2017 - 02:05

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is calling for accountability by the Government of Ontario following the loss of four NAN youth in care in the past six months. Chiefs-in-Assembly endorsed a resolution calling for an inquest into these deaths, including Tammy Keeash, whose body was discovered in the Neebing McIntyre floodway in Thunder Bay on Monday.

Prime Minister of Canada presents Thomas Doherty with the 2016-2017 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

Create: 05/12/2017 - 02:00

Thomas Doherty, a teacher with the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education has been recognized by the Prime Minister’s Awards (PMA) for Teaching Excellence. Mr. Doherty is one of eleven national-level recipients who received the 2016/2017 PMA for Teaching Excellence Certificate of Excellence from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an awards ceremony held in Ottawa May 03, 2017 to celebrate Canada’s top teachers and early childhood educators. This is the national level award and is considered the highest honour for teachers and early childhood educators in Canada.

Vision Quest celebrates being the longest running Indigenous trade show in Canada

Create: 05/10/2017 - 01:54

The 21st Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show – Canada’s longest running Aboriginal economic development conference – takes place May 16 to 18 in Winnipeg. Since 1997, more than 15,000 people have participated in Vision Quest, and experienced firsthand the value of attending a gathering like this.

Remembering Richard Wagamese

Create: 03/14/2017 - 03:11

Wawatay Communications Society is profoundly saddened by the passing of acclaimed Ojiway author and journalist, Richard Wagamese. Wagamese was a long-time contributor to Wawatay News. He was 61.

Wagamese, from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, has been a professional writer since 1979. Many of his writings were inspired by the legacy the residential school system has had on First Nation communities and its citizens. His writings also drew heavily on his own childhood experiences.

NAIG Community Tour visits Fort Albany

Create: 02/11/2017 - 05:18

The Toronto 2017 NAIG Community Tour will be stopped in Fort Albany First Nation February 10-12. The Community Tour celebrates the unifying power of sport and culture by linking communities across Ontario, from the northern tip to the southern shores. The tour will include stops across the Province of Ontario to bring the excitement of the upcoming Games to individual communities. The tour will also engage youth in physical literacy, wellness and nutrition awareness and the celebration of Indigenous cultural distinctiveness.


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