by Marie Wadden
Prepared by Marlene Brant Castellano
Where the Pavement Ends records the author’s search for answers to the question: Does anyone know what to do about the soul-destroying realities of life in Aboriginal communities that briefly but repeatedly capture the attention of the media? Those realities include poverty, overcrowded and substandard housing, violence, substance abuse and, with devastating frequency, youth suicide.
A one million dollar grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, along with $100,000 from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and network upgrade funding from Industry Canada's FedNor program is making it possible to develop two pilot cellular sites in the remote First Nations of Keewaywin and North Caribou Lake. Along with developing these two pilot sites, the Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak supported the development of cellular services in the four other Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations.
Assembly of First Nations press release ...
OTTAWA, April 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine today offered congratulations to Justice Harry Laforme as the newly appointed Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
By Alana Toulin - April 26, 2008
A number of Northern First Nations have said they‘re disappointed about the way they found out about new exploration claims by Toronto-based Platinex Inc.
According to both Matawa First Nations and Gull Bay First Nation, the first either learned of the newly announced claims were through reading about them in the media.
From Mohawk Nation News at www.mohawknationnews.com
Fri. Apr. 25 2008
Residents in the flood-prone northern Ontario aboriginal community of Kashechewan were being evacuated Friday as melting ice has caused water levels to rise rapidly.
Local leaders declared an emergency, prompting the evacuation.
PARRY SOUND - The Anishinabek Nation yesterday unveiled an economic plan designed to support Grand Council Chief John Beaucage's pre-election pledge to eradicate poverty among the 42 member communities within the next 20 years.
Chiefs of Ontario press release
TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ - First Nation leaders, First Nation citizens and supporters held a Unity Rally for the jailed Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) leaders and the KI community on April 23, 2008 at Queen's Park. "This Rally was organized at the request of the Chiefs in Ontario to show our support for the KI 6 and for the people of KI" said Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.
The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak wrapped up another successful Board of Directors meeting after reviewing and approving 2008-2009 program budgets, discussing issues and priorities affecting both their First Nations and their tribal council organization, meeting with INAC visitors and passing a number of resolutions providing program staff with direction to continue their work of developing and delivering programs and services that address community and organizational requirements.