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MATAWA FIRST NATIONS STATEMENT ON HIDDEN MINING ACT PROVISIONS IN THE PROPOSED ‘BETTER FOR PEOPLE, SMARTER FOR BUSINESS ACT’

MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday, November 6, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MATAWA FIRST NATIONS STATEMENT ON HIDDEN MINING ACT AMENDMENTS IN THE PROPOSED ‘BETTER FOR PEOPLE, SMARTER FOR BUSINESS ACT’ THUNDER BAY, ON: – Today, the Chiefs of the nine Matawa First Nations (MFN) released the following statement in response to the Government of Ontario’s newly proposed […]

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MATAWA FNs WELCOME PROVINCIAL INVESTMENTS FOR BROADBAND COMMS INFRASTRUCTURE ENABLING NEXT GENERATION/FIRST MILE INTERNET TECHNOLOGY TO BE ESTABLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES

THUNDER BAY, ON: Matawa First Nations today welcomed provincial investments for the Rapid Lynx broadband project as announced by Premier Doug Ford, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. The investment of $30 million is provided through the Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular […]

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NESKANTAGA FIRST NATION PROVIDE CLARIFICATION ON WHERE PUBLIC DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AS THEY SELF-EVACUATE DUE TO THE WATER CRISIS

Neskantaga First Nation today clarified that, they have not been approached by, nor have endorsed, the GoFundMe online fundraising campaign created on September 15, 2019 entitled “Neskantaga Water Crisis.” They are urging the public to reconsider their donations to this crowd funding platform. Instead, they are inviting the public to donate to the Gathering of […]

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NESKANTAGA FIRST NATION REFUSED EVACUATION OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE AFTER WATER PUMP AND BACK UP WATER PUMPS BREAK DOWN

Neskantaga First Nation issued an elevated Statement of Emergency (SOE) with respect to the denial of an emergency evacuation request made to Indigenous Services Canada this morning due to an exacerbated water crisis. On Thursday, they experienced a break down in water-pump and back-up water-pump. This has resulted in unfiltered/contaminated water with low pressure running […]

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MATAWA CHIEFS COUNCIL SUPPORT NIBINAMIK FIRST NATION’S “JOURNEY TO OUR HOMELANDS” EVENT

The Matawa Chiefs Council is proud to support Nibinamik First Nation’s “Journey to Our Homelands” event, and wish the Elders of PinnaeMootang Inninug safe travels as they canoe back to their birthplace. These Elders hope to inspire all Matawa First Nations to think “beyond the Indian Act” and start reconnecting with each other through their […]

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KIIKENOMAGA KIKENJIGEWEN EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING SERVICES (KKETS) HOST 6TH GRADUATION CEREMONY

THUNDER BAY, ON: Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services (KKETS) will host a 6th graduation ceremony this week at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium in the traditional territory of Fort William First Nation. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Hon. Patty Hajdu – Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour along with representatives from […]

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MATAWA EDUCATION AND CARE CENTRE CELEBRATES THE LAUNCH OF THEIR CHARITY – MFNEA…ACHIEVING THE DREAM AND NEW BRANDING, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26th!

THUNDER BAY, ON: The Matawa Education and Care Centre (MECC) will be hosting a celebration of the launch of their charity Matawa First Nation Education Authority (MFNEA)…Achieving the Dream and a new Education Brand June 26, 2019 at 1:30 PM at their location at 200 Lillie Street North. The Matawa Education and Care Centre staff […]

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2nd ANNUAL JORDAN WABASSE MEMORIAL AWARD LAUNCHED IN FOLLOW-UP TO JURY RECOMMENDATIONS IN INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF SEVEN FIRST NATIONS YOUTH

THUNDER BAY, ON: The family of the late Jordan Wabasse, Matawa Education & Care Centre and Webequie First Nation Education Authority announced today the launch of the 2ND annual Jordan Wabasse Memorial Awards. The inaugural annual awards started in Webequie First Nation in 2018 on Jordan’s birthday on June 27. “This scholarship has been established […]

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MATAWA EDUCATION ADDRESSES SEVEN YOUTH INQUEST RECOMMENDATION WITH REMOTE FIRST NATIONS GRADE 8 STUDENT ORIENTATION IN THUNDER BAY

THUNDER BAY, ON: Matawa Education, in partnership with the remote First Nations of Eabametoong, Marten Falls, Neskantaga, Nibinamik and Webequie will host a Grade 8 Student Orientation Week in Thunder Bay during the week of May 6 – 10, 2019. The orientation week is in response to Youth Inquest Jury recommendation #43 which says: “In […]

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NIBINAMIK FIRST NATION OPPOSES ONTARIO’S UNILATERAL PROPOSED REPEAL OF THE FAR NORTH ACT

Summer Beaver, ON: Responding to the Government of Ontario’s February 25, 2019 announcement of a proposed repeal of the Far North Act, 2010, Nibinamik First Nation Chief and Council offered the following statement: “Nibinamik has significant concerns with any proposal that would remove environmental protections from the north, curtail our inherent rights of self-government and […]

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