By David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
BayToday

A new television series is giving Indigenous entrepreneurs across Canada an opportunity to grow their business and compete for prize money. However, to reap these rewards, these business owners must enter the Bears’ Lair to pitch why they deserve to move forward toward the final prize. Bears’ Lair is produced […]

Press release

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is excited to announce that Provincial Recruitment Day is back! This year’s events will take place Saturday, October 1, both virtually and in-person at over 35 locations across the province. This year’s Provincial Recruitment Day’s theme is “A Day in the Life” and will showcase […]

By Matteo Cimellaro
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada's National Observer

Indigenous Peoples are now more likely to live in large urban centres than they were five years ago, according to the 2021 census from Statistics Canada. The Indigenous population in urban centres with more than 100,000 people grew by 12.5 per cent since the last census in 2016. Percentage-wise, 44.3 […]

By Bailey Sutherland
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Prince Albert Daily Herald

The Metis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) has announced that they will be expanding their Early Learning Language Program across the province. Six new school divisions are partnering with the Early Learning and Child Care Ministry (ELCC) to bring the Michif and Dene languages to young students in all 12 MN-S regions. At […]

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

After a heated debate during a public meeting held on Sept. 13 in the Township of Emo, a proposed declaration of equality formally stating allyship with members of the LGBTQ2+ community was approved by town council members—but not without opposition. “I’ll sign it, but I’ll make my statement very clear. […]

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

On August 17, 2022 Philip ‘Pete’ Peterson celebrated his centennial birthday with a paddle on Rainy River. While not as agile as in his younger days when he was a pilot serving for the US military in both World War II and The Korean War, with the help of Community […]

Following the drama and excitement of the weigh-ins at the Rainy River Walleye Tournament on Saturday evening, winners Danny Hanson and Trevor Day relinquished the stage to the West Rainy River Lions Club for another set of winners for the WRRD Pontoon Boat Draw 2022. The draw happened at the […]

By Olivia Seguin
4-H Press reporter

On September 11, 2022 we held our Explorers 2.0 4-H meeting at our leader Krista Olson’s house. The meeting was about bread making. When we were all there we took attendance, Jessica Teeple, Landon Teeple, Sydney Romyn, Emily Romyn, Georgia Romyn, Rihanna Morrison, Olivia Seguin, Hailey Wilson, Melania Olson and […]

By Sam Laskaris
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Windspeaker.com

Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod has plenty of praise for Ontario Northland Railway officials. That’s because the provincial transportation company has rolled out a locomotive that is painted orange and has the phrase Every Child Matters emblazoned on it. The unveiling comes just before the National Day of Truth […]

By Sandi Krasowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Chronicle-Journal

THUNDER BAY, ONT. — More than 300 exhibitors were on hand at the Central Canada Resource Expo (Cen-Can Expo 2022) last week in Thunder Bay promoting their products and services while recruiting workers. Central Canada’s largest natural resource sector trade show and conference at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds kicked […]

By Sandi Krasowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Chronicle-Journal

THUNDER BAY, ONT. — The 51st annual general assembly of the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) took place this weekend in Thunder Bay. More than 200 people took part in the conference, which was accessible in person or online. Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA’s executive director, says this year’s theme is billed […]

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) released a statement advising that the Rainy River Tributary Bridge on Highway 602, commonly known as the ‘Bailey Bridge’, approximately 1.6 kilometers west of Oakwood Road, will be closed for the foreseeable future. The bridge is scheduled for construction in 2023. It has not been […]