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First Nations lead protest against pollution in Ontario’s Chemical Valley

Hundreds of climate activists marched in a ‘Toxic Tour’ through a bleak industrial landscape on the edge of Ontario that is a frontline in Canada’s climate wars.

They were gathered to support the tiny Aamjiwnaang First Nation, whose traditional territory lies near an area known as “Chemical Valley” — a 15 square-mile area in Sarnia, where over 40 per cent of Canada’s chemical industry is based. Nearly 60 oil refineries and factories are crammed into an industrial strip overlooking the St. Clair River. Read More.

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Future engineers have fun at Aamjiwnaang First Nation camp

Simulated earthquakes, levitating water balloons and an opportunity to play with electrical circuits.  Not exactly your typical day at summer camp.

But for a group of 23 Aamjiwnaang First Nation students, that’s exactly what their five days of camp looked like as they channeled their inner engineers while learning about science, technology, engineering and math in a relaxed and interactive setting.

The elementary school aged students took part in Engineering Science Quest’s annual Summer Science Camp, which took place at the Aamjiwnaang Community Centre from July 6 to 10. Read More.

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54th Annual Aamjiwnaang First Nation Pow Wow

Come celebrate this Native American Cultural Celebration with us! Gates open at 10 am both days with a beautiful display of Native dancing & singing beginning at 12 noon both Saturday & Sunday lasting until sundown. Also available will be Native food vendors, craft vendors, crafts and listen to music. Remodeled Pow Wow Grounds & Facilities. More information.

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MINO-GIIZHGAD (GREAT DAY) FOR BKEJWANONG CHILDREN’S CENTRE’S ANISHNAABE GIIZHGAD MANIDING (ABORIGINAL DAY PARADE)

Binoojiyag (children) from the Bkejwanong Children’s Centre and Elementary School, were joined by members of the community who lined the streets this morning to watch the parade in celebration of National Aboriginal Day (June 21st).

Programs and departments dressed up, decorated their trucks, cars, vans, buses, boats, golf carts, fire trucks, and heavy machinery as they made their way from the Tecumseh Monument to the Water Treatment Plant and back.  Gchi-Miigwech to the Bkejwanong Children’s Centre for doing such a great job of bringing the community together in celebration of our heritage!

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Red Dresses Demand Inquiry (Gallery)

Red dresses hanging from the trees outside the Caldwell First Nations office in Leamington are a cry for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Liberal MP and Aboriginal Affairs Critic Carolyn Bennett recently viewed the exhibit. She stresses the need for the government to allow the inquiry.

“What was 8% of the homicides 20 years ago is now 23% of the female homicides. This is not acceptable when you look at that aboriginal women make up 4% of the population,” says Bennett, disappointed in the government’s refusal to call the inquiry. “We believe they’re on the wrong side of history.” Read More.

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Kettle and Stony Point to vote on ratifying land code

Members of the Anishnaabeg of Kettle and Stony Point are set to vote in March on a land code that would allow the First Nation to opt out of sections of the Indian Act and govern its own reserve lands and resources.

First Nation manager Lorraine George said the band council at Kettle and Stony Point began working approximately a decade ago to develop its own land code, following a process put in place in 1999 in Canada.

That work has been completed and band members are set to vote March 6 on whether or not to ratify the code. Read More.

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Tensions rise over First Nation’s use of beach near scene of Ipperwash crisis

Cooler heads should prevail and upper levels of government must step in after a First Nation in southwestern Ontario tore down barriers and began driving along a stretch of beach near the site of the 1995 Ipperwash crisis, the local mayor said Sunday.

Kettle and Stony Point First Nation took down the gates blocking vehicle access to Ipperwash Beach on Lake Huron on Friday, saying the route encompasses the band’s “historical trails” and that the community wasn’t consulted when the no-entry gates first went up in 1973. Read More.

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HONOUR, RESPECT, AND REMEMBER

That was exactly the message portrayed by the Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Bkejwanong Children’s Centre on November 10th.

Community members and visitors joined students and staff from the Bkejwanong Children’s Centre (BCC), Walpole Island Elementary School (WIES), and Wallaceburg District Secondary School (WDSS) to honour veterans and soldiers. All were welcomed to express their gratitude for veterans from both Canada and the United States.

The solemn and heartwarming event began when veterans in attendance led a processional march to the Tecumseh Monument, where the flags sat at half-mast in memory of our fallen warriors. Those in attendance gathered around the veterans in support and recognition, as they posted flags and eagle staffs in preparation for the commencement of the ceremony. Read More.

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NINDAWAABJIG – WALPOLE ISLAND HERITAGE CENTRE CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY!

Please join us on Friday October 3, 2014 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Walpole Island Heritage Centre.  Highlights of the day to include food, entertainment, presentations, displays, and vendors.  The festivities will kick off at 10:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. Read More.

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WIFN LIBRARY RECEIVES DONATION

The Bkejwanong Library will soon see improvements thanks to a $10,000 donation from Sun Canadian Pipe Line’s Community Support Program. These funds will help the library enhance its technology, health and safety, building maintenance, and library collection.
Librarian Anne Fournier welcomed Tony Waters from Sun Canadian Pipe Line and presented Mr. Waters with gifts and a coffee reception on July 11. Also present were library staff member Lisa Soney, volunteer Jaynes “Press” Altiman, Councillor Alan Jacobs, Policy Analyst James Jenkins, and Dean Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs, Consultation Manager for Bkejwanong’s External Projects program, was instrumental in coordinating the donation.
Bkejwanong Library plans to host a community open house after the first phase of the project is complete. Keep an eye out for upcoming notices.