Mercury still leaking into river upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation, suggests report
CBC – Feb 28, 2017
An old chemical plant in Dryden, Ont., is still leaking mercury and contaminating the Wabigoon-English River system near the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario, suggests a new report from a group of scientists. Last summer the team sampled the mud at the bottom of the river as it passed the old paper mill site where paper was bleached and from two lakes upstream. According to the report released to CBC News ahead of a news conference in Toronto on Tuesday, the team found that mercury levels in the mud are low until the river passes the plant site.
Minister calls rate of First Nations fire deaths ‘horrific,’ says feds will take action
Toronto Star – Feb 27, 2017
The federal government will once again track fire-related deaths in Canada’s First Nations communities, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said on Monday. She also committed to creating an indigenous fire marshal’s office, which would oversee data collection and spearhead fire prevention, should the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada recommend the step in a report due in May. “This demonstrates the leadership and willingness of this minister to do the right thing,” said Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.
Indigenous People's Court opens in Thunder Bay
TBT News – Feb 28, 2017
The opening ceremony was held Monday afternoon for northwestern Ontario's first Indigenous People's Court. The court is situated in the Aboriginal Conference Settlement Suite at the Thunder Bay Courthouse. It is designed to assist in the healing of indigenous clients in conflict with the law by using an alternative approach to sentencing aligned with indigenous culture and traditions. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of indigenous people in correctional facilities.
Councils Absence at Student's Inquest
TBT News – Feb 28, 2017
Considering those councillors were tasked with approving the municipality's response to the inquest's recommendations on Monday, their absence during the proceedings was a detail that didn't escape Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. "During the inquest, I'm not sure if any of you came to sit in that courtroom to listen to the testimony of the parents who lost their children and to the police officers and to others who were part of the inquest," Achneepineskum said.
Vital Indigenous voices missing in debate over Canada's grasslands, says Cree hunter
CBC – Feb 27, 2017
Vital Indigenous voices are being ignored in the debate over grassland management, says Cree and Saulteaux hunter Philip Brass, from Peepeekisis First Nation. (Nature Conservancy of Canada)
The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians sign historic education agreement
CNW – Feb 28, 2017
The Government of Canada, the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (A.I.A.I.), and the Government of Ontario are pleased to announce the signing of a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding on Education. "Our children are our most important resource for our future, we must give them every opportunity to learn academics as well as our languages and culture. This is a good step in that direction,” said Grand Chief Gord Peters on behalf of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians.
Chiefs of Ontario Health Forum Set to Go
Netnews Ledger – Feb 28, 2017
“The theme ‘Transforming the Future of Community Health & Wellness’ is as vital as ever as the future of healthy First Nation citizens begins in our communities,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee, Chair of the Ontario Chiefs Committee on Health. “We continue to advocate for immediate improvements to health services across Ontario and have had some wonderful success but we still have a long way to go to improve the lives and health of all our citizens. This forum is another opportunity for our dedicated health care professionals to share their knowledge, their stories and success with one another.”
COO First Nation Economic Development Forum 2016 Video
COO – Feb 28, 2017
First Nation leaders and economic development officers gathered with government and industry at the Ontario First Nation Economic Forum (OFNEF), October 12-13, 2016 in Toronto.