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.


Caldwell, Leamington Partnership Creating Jobs

Under a new partnership, members of the Caldwell First Nation will get hands-on training from the Municipality of Leamington on how to run a municipality.

Mayor John Paterson says the partnership grew out of a previous agreement to provide training to run Towle Harbour. The First Nation has hired it’s equivalent of a chief administrative officer and eventually plans to hire staff to provide other municipal services to its members.

“We’ll be hooking them up with our finance department, the engineering department — basically, everything to run their own municipality because the Caldwells are a government unto themselves.” Read More


Lambton College and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation partner to open new satellite entrepreneurship office

After securing a $90-million federal deal last fall, the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation are now positioning themselves for economic growth.

Officials with the First Nation band and Lambton College gathered Thursday to open their joint satellite entrepreneurship office inside the Kettle & Stony Point administration building northeast of Sarnia.

“There’s so many jobs and so many opportunities that are going to arrive in those two communities over the coming five to 10 years that it just made sense that we open up a small business incubator at Kettle & Stony Point,” said Jon Milos, the college’s director of entrepreneurship. Read More.


Lambton College partners with Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation to launch a satellite location of The Cube

SARNIA, March 24, 2016 – In an ongoing commitment to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of the local community, Lambton College is pleased to announce a brand new partnership with the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation (KSPFN) to establish a satellite hub of The Cube, the College’s on-campus entrepreneurial incubator.

The Cube at Kettle & Stony Point (KSP) is a collaborative effort between Lambton College and the local First Nation community and will focus on providing entrepreneurial education and start-up support for residents of KSPFN.

The official announcement was made earlier today during the First Nation’s 3rd Annual Career Resource Job Fair, which took place at Hillside School.

The new satellite location was established in a joint effort between the two organizations to promote entrepreneurship within the First Nation economy. Read More.


Ontario first nation heads to Supreme Court over Enbridge’s Line 9

An Ontario first nation is taking its fight against a controversial pipeline that runs through one of Canada’s most populous corridors to the country’s top court.

The legal battle over Line 9 – which runs between Sarnia, Ont., and Montreal – pits the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation against Enbridge Inc., the National Energy Board and the Attorney General of Canada.

The aging pipeline drew spirited opposition when Enbridge sought to reverse its flow and increase its capacity in 2012. Read More.


Delaware Nation welcomes visitors to experience First Nations culture

MORAVIANTOWN – Participating in pow wows – which means a gathering of people – is a family tradition that DJ White proudly continues up to 100 times a year.

In fact, the 24-year-old London resident, who was raised on Walpole Island First Nation, has only missed the Competition Pow Wow at Delaware Nation in Moraviantown once in the last 14 years he has been dancing.

“I like that it’s close to my community,” he said, adding pow wows are held across North America – which First Nations people call Turtle Island.

When he was in elementary and high school, White added it was great to be able to get in one more pow wow before the school year began.

Watching White dance – which includes many twists, twirls and jumps – it is apparent he is an experienced dancer. Read More.

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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.


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.