Students at Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig collected 1547 items for the Social Services Food Bank.  Grade 8 student Noodin Miskokomon inspired his fellow students to participate in the food bank drive.

“You just feel good when you know that you are helping somebody,” says Noodin, “I felt really great when this started and how many goods we’ve collected—and what we brought together as a school.”


Caldwell First Nation shares housing concerns after deadly Oneida fire

The Caldwell First Nation is sharing concerns about what’s being called a crisis in housing on reserves after a fire killed five family members near London, Ont. last week.

Louise Hillier is the chief of the First Nation which is trying to establish its first reserve in Leamington. She’s concerned the government won’t provide the nation with enough funding to build things safely.

“Without the proper resources to construct those homes that are so desperately needed, people are going to be getting something constructed that’s not up to code,” Hillier explained. “So do you build half a house and let it stand there until you can come up with enough funds to complete it, or do you do the best that you can to put a roof over someone’s head that has no roof?” Read More.


First Nation chief included in warden’s election ceremony for first time

Aamjiwnaang First Nation Chief Joanne Rogers continues to break new ground.

On Wednesday, Rogers – who became the first female chief of Aamjiwnaang First Nation this summer – also became the first local chief to preside over a warden’s election in the 168-year history of Lambton County.

“We searched the records and we couldn’t find any evidence of a self-identified member of a First Nation presiding over a warden’s election,” county solicitor David Cribbs said. Read More