Thursday, July 28th, 2011
““Unquestionably, this is just an extraordinarily big opportunity for the next 100 years, for generations to come,” (Ontario Minister of Mines,) Gravelle said. “We need to get it right, that is why we have set up a Ring of Fire coordinator, why we are setting up a Ring of Fire Secretariat, and why we are working so hard with all the partners, the First Nations and the companies, to make sure we move forward together. That is crucially important.”
Dennis Wallace and Cuyler Cotton of Dovetail Resources were called upon to facilitate the multi-party Ring of Fire Infrastructure Conference.
“It was a very positive, amicable session …” Ontario Minister of Mines, Michael Gravelle.
Friday, May 13th, 2011
Women’s Place Kenora is going into business and believes its new executive director has the right combination of commercial and social skills to lead its collective to greater independence.
Colette Surovy’s education in business administration and non-profit management, plus experience with Saakaate House and as a founding member of both the Kenora Women’s Action Network and the Kenora Resource Team is a recipe for the new direction the centre will be taking.
Hand-in-hand with the women who use the centre, Women’s Place intends to create a social enterprise that will function as a non-profit corporation to gain independence for funding
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
By Jamie Smith of tbnewswatch.com
Chiefs sign an agreement Wednesday afternoon.
An agreement signed Wednesday is an historic moment over a decade in the making say area First Nations leaders.
“This is historical in the sense that the Lake Nipigon chiefs have decided to work in unison with all of the potential development here in the region,” Tibishkogijig.
Although traditionally struggling to find economic opportunities in the region, Bingwi Neyaashi Anishnaabek development officer J.P. Gladu said spin-offs from the Little Jackfish project could include wind power projects for his community that could tie into the proposed Northwest Transmission power line project that would be built with Little Jackfish.
“We’re recognizing the strength in numbers the strength in not only our financial but our human resources to work together because we all bring special strengths and abilities and knowledge to the table,” Gladu said. “I think five voices are stronger and louder than one.”
Gladu said anyone looking to develop energy projects around Lake Nipigon can now have “one-stop-shopping” and more certainty by dealing with one unified economic development corporation.
By demonstrating to government a commitment to development through uniting, Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishnaabek councillor James Mishquart said educational and training opportunities will come along with proposed energy projects.
“I think that’s our common goal here is trying to build healthier and sustainable communities for our people within Northwestern Ontario,” said Mishquart.
Edward Wawia, a councillor from Red Rock Indian Band, agreed. From high school diplomas to high quality jobs like line technicians and electricians, Wawia said development will bring training for members in his community. Red Rock chief Pierre Pelltier said with Little Jackfish proposed to start construction in 2013 and hydro lines hopefully being installed starting in 2012, the partnership will speed the projects up and get community members trained.
“We have to definitely get our people trained to be ready to go when this happens,” said Pelletier.
Monday, June 8th, 2009
On May 29th 2009 of the morning a Spring Feast ceremony took place to honor and give life for the third time to Waa’ Say’ Gaa’ Bo’ known as Tunnel Island. Her name and Thunderbird feather surfaced from the ceremony and is honored by it’s meaning.
Her name was passed from the Wassay’ Gezhig Grandfather Drum who sang ceremonial healing songs years ago for it’s people. I like to thank all the people who took part again and the new visitors for this important ceremony.” Meegwetch – Vernon Copenace
Saturday, November 1st, 2008
Jake Epp, Chairman of Ontario Power Generation came to the community to apologize for the damage Hydro had done and their disrespect for the Anishnaabeg. (The apology was nice but the FN made sure that the cheque got wired ahead of time.)
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
Unique Anishnaabe/non-Anishnaabe relationships are evolving: Check it out using the link at the bottom.
The ‘08 Fall Feast on incredible Common Ground.