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New Aamjiwnaang greenhouse goes back to the future

A project to enhance and restore the plants and trees that historically grew in Sarnia-Lambton is underway in a new greenhouse at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation.

The joint venture between the band’s Environment Department and Return the Landscape will result in the sale of plant native to the Carolinian zone of southwestern Ontario.

Kyle Williams, the operation’s greenhouse technician, said he’s been playing in Aamjiwnaang’s woods and collecting seeds from its wild spaces since he was a boy. Read More.

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Feds, Ont. First Nations sign settlement over Camp Ipperwash

A bitter and bloody land dispute between Ottawa and a southwestern Ontario First Nation that culminated in the police killing of an aboriginal protester two decades ago has formally come to an end.

The federal government and the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation signed an agreement Thursday to return Camp Ipperwash, a former military base built on land appropriated in 1942, to the First Nation.

The agreement also gives the First Nation $95 million “to invest in a brighter future.” Read More.

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Wheels to Lambton program in motion

Judith Morris has seen the issue come up constantly.

The president and CEO of Lambton College, who previously worked at Sault College in Northern Ontario, said they’ve issued surveys to find out the main reasons Aboriginal students were either not attending classes or were dropping out of school.

“In every single survey of the top three issues, transportation was (ranked) one or two,” Morris said.

Which is why a collaboration of local First Nations communities, Lambton College, industry members and workforce development has come up with a program to shuttle students to post-secondary classrooms. Read More.