Friday, January 27, 2012

Mishkeegogamang and other First Nations in the News

Northwestern Ontario First Nation needs 300 homes
Mishkeegogamang Chief wants an end to shacks and outhouses

First Nations struggle to house, keep teachers
Chiefs frequently have to divert funding for community members' homes to provide adequate housing for teachers. Mishkeegogamang teacherage suffers flood damage.

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO FIRST NATION NEEDS 300 HOMES
First Perspective Jan 24

The Mishkeegogamang First Nation in northwestern Ontario needs more than 300 homes, its chief says, and she hopes the First Nations housing shortage across the country

FIRST NATIONS CHIEFS PUTTING HIGH HOPES ON POWWOW WITH HARPER
Hamilton Spectator Jan 24
But you can’t move forward without looking back, said Grand Chief Stan Beardy of Ontario’s Nishnawbe Aski Nation

PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER, GOV. GEN. DAVID
JOHNSON OPEN FIRST NATIONS MEETING

Toronto Star Jan 24
Drums, chants and a smudge ceremony are kicking off a major meeting of First Nations leaders and senior federal politicians and officials

A DAY FOR CHANGE
Chronicle Journal Jan 24
Much is expected from today’s first nations summit - perhaps too much

DAVID JOHNSTON TO OPEN HISTORIC CROWN-FIRST NATION GATHERING
SOO Today Jan 23
David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will deliver the opening remarks at the Crown-First Nations gathering

FIRST NATIONS GATHERING TO GRAPPLE WITH EDUCATION GAP
CBC-Jan 23
One of the most urgent topics up for discussion at Tuesday’s Crown-First Nations gathering is also the one most likely to see concrete progress in the coming weeks

STEPHEN HARPER MEETS PRIVATELY WITH FIRST NATIONS LEADERS BEFORE SUMMIT
Toronto Star Jan 24
Prime Minister Harper huddled with First Nations leaders on the eve of the landmark summit to hear first-hand about the challenges facing aboriginal peoples nationwide

HARPER SHOULD ADMIT MISTAKE: MARTIN
Vancouver Sun Jan 22
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, at a meeting here Tuesday with aboriginal leaders, should emerge from the talks admitting the Conservatives were wrong

LACK OF SCHOOL FUNDING A HARD LESSON FOR KOOCHECHING
Toronto Star Jan 23
The children in the remote Ontario community of Koocheching don’t go to school because they don’t have one

THE HOUSING CRUNCH

Tbnewswatch Jan 23
There’s no running water in his three-bedroom home, so the family is forced to use a flat pedal when bathing

ADDICTED FIRST NATION STRUGGLES WITH HOUSING
CBC Thunder Bay Jan 24
Tears streamed down Rebecca Drake’s face as she explained what it’s like to live in a three-room house with five kids and her two parents

PIKANGIKUM: SCHOOL ON ONTARIO FIRST NATION CANCELS CLASSES DUE TO MOULD PROBLEMS
Canadian Press Jan 24
The only school in a troubled northwestern Ontario First Nation has closed down almost all of its classes because mould has driven away many of its teachers

MANITOBA RESERVE ILLUSTRATES FIRST NATIONS CHALLENGES
CTV-Jan 24
Sitting amidst the dense thicket of Manitoba’s boreal forest, the Wasagamack reserve illustrates some of the hardships faced by First Nations people across Canada

CHIEF SAYS COMMUNITY REACHING DEAL WITH THE FEDS A HISTORIC DAY

Tbnewswatch-Jan 23
Bingwi Neyaashi ANishinaabek First Nation has made a deal that community leaders hope will help them cut through bureaucratic red tape

THREE ABORIGINALS WHO ARE ALREADY MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Winnipeg Free Press Jan 24

Fontaine, who is Anishinabe from the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, has been a force in the aboriginal community since the 1970s.

ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL LAUNCHES NEW ABORIGINAL ARTS AWARD
Jan 24
The 7,500 dollar award will celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal artists and arts leaders in Ontario

UNDERSTANDING CAUSES OF OBESITY IN ABORIGINAL CHILDREN
Jan 24
To fully understand the causes of the obesity epidemic in Aboriginal children requires an understanding of the unique social and historical factors that shape the Aboriginal community

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chief talks to CBC about housing

Chief Connie Gray-McKay talked to CBC news about housing on the reserves.