Day: September 9, 2017

First Nations take governments to court over $4 annual benefit

Alan Corbiere, a historian with Mchigeeng First Nation, Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana First Nation, and David Nahwegahbow, legal Counsel, speak at a press conference in Sault Ste. Marie. The chiefs from the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory say that they are filing their lawsuit today over what they call “the long-standing failure of the Crown” to raise the annuities under the treaty signed in 1850. (Duke Peltier) A group of First Nations is taking the federal and Ontario governments to court, arguing that a $4-per-year annuity they receive is inadequate. The chiefs from the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory say in a...

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uReport: Centre for Dreams Founder honoured with Canada 150 pin

Elaine Vollett, founder of The Centre for Dreams, was honoured as one of the recipients of the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Pin on Aug. 29 by Markham-Stouffville MP Jane Philpott. Canada’s 150 Sesquicentennial Pin is given to outstanding individuals in the community throughout Canada. Recipients in Markham-Stouffville were selected based on their contributions to the community with special focus given to the Canada 150 themes of promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada; supporting efforts towards national reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians; reaffirming the importance of strong environmental stewardship; and engaging and inspiring youth. Philpott said of Vollett as she...

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AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Marks World Suicide Prevention Day by Focusing on ‘Culture for Life’ to Promote Health and Wellness

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde will mark World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 by focusing on culture as a way to promote life and wellness, shifting the focus from ‘suicide prevention’ to ‘life promotion.’ Part of this effort involves a social media campaign called ‘ Culture for Life ’, encouraging First Nations youth to share how they are connecting to their culture. “As First Nations people, we have endured a great deal but through this long history our cultures, spirituality and the knowledge of our Elders have sustained us with strength, guidance...

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Iqaluit director to be honoured at TIFF as one of Canada’s top women in film

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril says she’s looking forward to attending TIFF and meeting other actors and filmmakers. Iqaluit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is being recognized at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival as one of the top women in film. The Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film takes place at TIFF on Sept. 12. "It’s exciting, of course. A little bit weird, too," said Arnaquq-Baril. "I’ve never been to the TIFF festival. It’s a huge one, obviously, so I’m looking forward to going and meeting other people. She is one of 12 recipients of the award — which include...

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From Stoney Creek to Fort Hope, Rebecca Jerome’s First Nations first teaching job is an opportunity of a lifetime

Rebecca Jerome has travelled from Stoney Creek to Fort Hope, Ontario, also known as Eabametoong First Nation, to teach Indigenous youth. – Photo courtesy of Teach for Canada Rebecca Jerome has travelled more than 1,100 kilometres to land her first teaching job. For Jerome, who graduated as a teacher candidate from Brock University in June, her first teaching post is an opportunity of a lifetime. The Stoney Creek native is leading a 12-student Grade 7 class at John C. Yesno Education Centre in Fort Hope, Ontario, also known as Eabametoong First Nation. Located about 350 kilometres northeast of Thunder...

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