Anishinabek Archive

Self-care is focus of art exhibit featuring Indigenous artists at Toronto gallery

By Sam Laskaris TORONTO – Self-care is the theme of an art exhibit currently on display at a Toronto gallery. The exhibit, titled Locating Self Care in Urban Centres, opened to the public in mid-September. It then had a media preview and official opening, which was attended

Shuniah township leader and council discuss long-term care, local business, education with NDP leader

By Rick Garrick SHUNIAH— Shuniah Mayor Wendy Landry, Shuniah councillors and business people recently met with Ontario New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath on Nov. 10 to discuss long-term care challenges and other issues. “The meeting went really well — Andrea was receptive to all of the

Book review: Understanding First Nations: The Legacy of Canadian Colonialism

By Karl Hele Dr. Ed Whitcomb’s Understanding First Nations: The Legacy of Canadian Colonialism is an overview of First Nations issues in Canada up to 2019.  It is directly aimed at explaining these issues to non-Indigenous Canadians in simple language as an aid to creating a basic

Anishinabek Nation Chiefs proclaim new holiday Anishinabek Giizhigad

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (November 17, 2021) – The Anishinabek Nation Chiefs proclaimed June 6 the Anishinabek Nation holiday, Anishinabek Giizhigad, in honour of the historic proclamation of the Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin (constitution). “On June 6, 2012, the Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin was brought into ceremony by the Anishinabek Nation

New Head Getzit for the Anishinabek Nation

The Grand Council Chief and the Regional Deputy Grand Council Chiefs attended Anishinabek Nation Head Getzit Nmishomis Gordon Waindubence’s home for a very special ceremony in October.  Getzit Gordon appointed Richard Assinewai as the Anishinabek Nation’s new Head Getzit. We say chi-miigwech to Gordon for his years

Exploring the interrelation of traditions and language

By Laura Barrios On the eve of the stand-up election scheduled to take place on June 2, 2021, Day 2 of the virtual Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Assembly, then Anishinabek Nation Head Getzit Nmishomis Gordon Waindubence explored the interrelation of traditions and language. There was someone who

Serpent River First Nation still feeling effects of acid plant, a simmering mistrust

By Leslie Knibbs SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION-- In 1957, Noranda Mines began operation of a sulphuric acid plant in Serpent River First Nation (SRFN) to process the uranium mined from the Elliot Lake area. The plant remained open until 1963.  Now, 58 years after the acid plant

‘I Need You’ topping charts for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year nominee

By Kelly Anne Smith TEME-AUGAMA ANISHNABAI— A singer-songwriter inspired by Lake Temagami sings insightful lyrics accompanied by his soothing guitar. David Laronde's talents have him nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2022 for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year for I Know I Can Fly. The good

Koganaawsawin connecting youth to Anishinabek culture through new land-based programming initiative

By Victoria Racette NIPISSING FIRST NATION— The Youth Well-Being Team of Koganaawsawin has recently announced a funding opportunity for Anishinabek First Nations to enhance and/or develop their land-based youth programming. The new initiative focuses on increasing youth well-being through healing, cultural learning opportunities, and the development of

The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts celebrates grand opening

TORONTO— On Saturday, November 6, 2021, Jingle Dress Dancer Nicole Leveck and her two girls, Indiana and Nazarene danced in gratitude and celebration at the opening of Toronto’s first-ever Indigenous Art Market. The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA)’s Indigenous Art Market

Letter to the Editor: A grandfather’s story – Remembrance Day on Fort William First Nation

By Kateri Skaarup FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION – He was 15 years old. Too young to enlist but yet he did anyway under a fake name. He did so alongside his lifelong best friend. They were trained to fight. Prior to being shipped overseas, it was discovered that

Alderville First Nation remembers

By Kelly Anne Smith ALDERVILLE FIRST NATION — Alderville First Nation citizens were joined by the local Royal Canadian Legions, government officials, and guests on November 7 for the laying of the wreaths to honour the men and women who served. The global COVID-19 pandemic stopped the

Lakehead University welcomes First Nation dignitaries during Indigenous Veterans Day ceremony

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY — Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins highlighted the losses that Indigenous Veterans faced after enlisting in Canada’s military at the Indigenous Veterans Day ceremony held Nov. 8 at the Lakehead University Agora. “Our folks had to enfranchise, give up their

Lakehead University explores treaties during Treaties Recognition Week

By Rick Garrick ORILLIA — Chippewas of Georgina Island’s Brian Charles spoke about four wampum belts, including Two Row Wampum and Dish with One Spoon, during his virtual Wampum Belts Woven Through Anishinaabe History presentation on Nov. 5 for Lakehead University’s Treaties Recognition Week. “One of the

Strategic planning underway for Anishinabek Nation Health Transformation

By Jesse Johnson NIPISSING FIRST NATION— The Anishinabek Nation’s Health Transformation team is connecting with member First Nations to conduct engagement sessions in order to discuss a comprehensive system change. Health System Transformation is about Anishinabek Nation First Nations being free to exercise control over the design