Archive - Mar 2009

Community invited to play student-designed video games at Algoma U in Sault Ste Marie


For immediate Release

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – MARCH 31st, 2009): Local gamers who are in search of new challenges will soon be able to get first crack at some new titles that can’t be found in stores. Members of the community are being invited to come out and play video games that have been designed by Algoma University students. The free event will take place on Wednesday April 1st from 1pm to 2:30pm in computer lab NW203 on the Algoma University campus.

Income gap between First Nations people and other Canadians is so huge it must be a priority

From Canwest News

Aboriginals 'astoundingly poorer' than other ethnic minorities: Study

By Shanon Proudfoot, Canwest News Service - March 30, 2009

The income gap between aboriginals and other Canadians is so wide it should trump concerns about other ethnic disparities in this country, a Canadian economist says.

March 30th

Chiefs of KO meeting in Thunder Bay to discuss First Nation programs and services

The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak are meeting this week (March 30 and 31) in Thunder Bay at the Valhalla Inn.

The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak form the board of directors of the organization providing direction to the staff for the development and operation of the programs and servics that address their First Nation needs and priorities.

First Nation representatives attending this week's meeting include:

Ontario's Community Power Fund supports power feasibility studies in First Nations

From the Community Power Fund

Grant Profiles

Windward Co-operative Homes is a federal housing co-op on the Toronto waterfront. Last fall, they successfully completed a feasibility study for a solar thermal installation, which was funded by the Community Power Fund. Now they have been approved for a project development grant for $47,000 to complete the remaining development work and they hope to begin construction in April of this year.

March 29th

Air ambulance service into remote First Nations a critical lifeline for health services in the north

From Toronto Star

Air ambulances a lifeline for the North - Ontario's air ambulance system, Ornge, is critical for the 800,000 people living north of Sudbury

March 29, 2009 - Megan Ogilvie - HEALTH REPORTER

SIOUX LOOKOUT, ONT. – The King Air 200 grinds to a stop.

Within moments, Marc-André Charbonneau cracks open the door of the twin-engine turboprop and steps onto the gravel strip.

It is dark and cold and still.

March 28th

COO fighting for tax exemption rights of First Nations peoples after Ontario budget released

COO press release

Chiefs Of Ontario React to Provincial Budget

MARCH 27, 2009

TORONTO - In the period leading up to and subsequent to the First Ministers Meeting on the Economy in January 2009, the Chiefs in Ontario strongly advocated for strategic investment into infrastructure and development for First Nation communities across the province.

Matawa First Nations Tribal Council hosting Governance and Economic Development Conference

Matawa press release ...

Local Tribal Council Announces All Star Line Up of Conference Speakers

Thunder Bay, ON – (Friday, March 27th, 2009) - Matawa First Nations Tribal Council is proud to announce the Keynote Speakers of the First Annual Governance and Economic Development Conference to be held at the Valhalla Inn March 31st and April 1st, 2009. With an all-star lineup of guest speakers and performing acts, the conference aims to please a variety of audiences – especially youth!

March 27th

NAN women demand withdrawal of federal legislation on matrimonial real property

NAN press release

NAN women demand withdrawal of federal legislation on matrimonial real property

     THUNDER BAY, ON, March 26 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Ask Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief RoseAnne Archibald together with the NAN Women's Council and more than 80 women from NAN's 49 First Nation communities united today in a peaceful demonstration to demand the Government of Canada withdraw proposed legislation under Bill C-8 which deals with matrimonial real property (MRP) on reserves.

March 26th

Batchewana First Nation hosting Chiefs of Ontario Assembly on July 7-9

From Chiefs of Ontario web site 

35th Annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference


Confirmed by the Political Confederacy, the 35th Annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference is scheduled for July 7-8-9, 2009 and it will be hosted by Batchewana First Nation located close to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Attawapiskat First Nation declares state of emergency and closes schools due to fumes

From Timmins Press

School closes


Residents of the remote First Nation community of Attawapiskat has said enough is enough and has declared a state of emergency.

Community officials, along with the local education authority issued a release late Tuesday night stating both the elementary and high school have been closed until further notice.