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Sandy Lake pulls together to help out after Pikangikum tragedy

Create: 04/07/2016 - 03:22

A First Nations community in Northwestern Ontario is pitching in to help the people of Pikangikum who are reeling over the death of a family of nine killed in a deadly fire last week.

Sandy Lake, a fly-in community with more than 3,000 residents, raised nearly $24,000 in just five hours.

Some of the people in Sandy Lake knew the victims.

The family, including three children, perished in the fire on March 29 in Pikangikum.

The Ojibway community of approximately 2,300 people has been plagued with ongoing crisis for years including epidemics of suicide.

Leaders disappointed with inaction from Prime Minister Trudeau on climate change

Create: 03/16/2016 - 00:50

At least one indigenous leader stormed out of a premier's meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling the reunion a "shamble" and a "failure."

Chief Allan Adam from Alberta wasn’t the only one who felt this way.

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation said there was overall disappointment because there was an expectation that at least the National Chief would be a part of the first ministers meeting the next day.

The prime minister announced the meeting of First Ministers and First Nations, Inuit and Metis Leaders last month.

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