By Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

An Anishinaabe Elder is pioneering a new self-healing program rooted in Anishinaabeg teachings about the land. Gilbert Smith has lived his entire life in Naicatchewenin First Nations. For the past eight years, he’s been creating a program called Kadamizwin, a word from the Anishinaabe language meaning “knowledge.” “And it’s about […]

Submitted

The La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary is starting its year on a high note. According to Auxiliary President Marnie Cumming, the group is well on its way to fulfilling a $70,000 pledge the group made to the Picture This Campaign, in honour of its 70th anniversary. Picture This is a […]

By Jack Elliott
Rainy River correspondent

According to Kolin Beck, Project Manager for of LH North due to construction rehabilitation and repair on the #11 Highway bridge at Pinewood, On there will be closures for one hour periods From 12:00 (midnight) to 4:00 am scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 14, 2022 while the bridge deck is lifted […]

By Jack Elliott
Rainy River Correspondent

With a collection of several million dollars worth of harvest equipment, trucks, grain handling,drying, storage capacity, and a trained crew sitting at the ready today Tuesday Sept 6, 2022 was starting day for Brielmann Agriculture Ltd on this year’s harvest. “This is the first field that is ready,” noted partner […]

By Eric Shih
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Thunder Bay Source

The Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium wants to remind drivers about the new amber-red warning system on all school buses. Dan Ridgway, the general manager for the consortium, said drivers should be aware of a minor change to lights on every school bus. “So the first set of alternating that […]

By Eric Shih
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Thunder Bay Source

“Elated” is how Peter Lugli described the reaction by his family upon getting a reply from Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson who agreed to twin the stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway entering Ontario. “It’s frankly the single ray of light to come out the dark episode for us,” he said. Lugli […]

By Julia Peterson
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The StarPhoenix

Counselors, community organizations and politicians in Saskatchewan and across Canada are rallying support for the communities of James Smith Cree Nation and nearby Weldon, and everyone affected by Sunday’s mass stabbing attack that left 10 people dead and 18 injured. The provincial government has activated the provincial command, deployed victim […]

By John Nagy
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Chronicle-Journal

CONMEE TWP., ONT. — The Northwestern Ontario Military and Police Museum will have a monument unveiling later this month. On Sept. 24, the museum in Conmee Township will reveal the memorial pillar recognizing wars that started in 1812 right up to the end of the Afghanistan War last year on […]

By Marc Lalonde
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Iori:wase

It was an emotional moment for many Residential School Survivors last Monday in Ottawa when the federal government raised a Survivors’ Flag to honour those who lived through the horrors of Residential Schools and the intergenerational trauma that followed. The bright-orange flag, designed in consultation and collaboration with Survivors, with […]

Staff

John Reid, the former Member of Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River, was laid to rest yesterday. His funeral was held in Ottawa. Reid passed away in Ottawa on Aug. 25 after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 85 years old. Reid represented the riding, which has since been dissolved with […]

Press release

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind vehicle owners and drivers that it is still a Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) requirement to renew your licence plates. On March 13, 2022 licence plate renewal fees and licence plate stickers requirements were eliminated for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles […]

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer
kkellar@fortfrances.com

Mitaanjigamiing First Nation has seen a historic flood claim recognized and signed, signalling the end of more than a decade of negotiation and a strong economic future. In a ceremony at the northern First Nation last Thursday, August 25, 2022, Mitaanjigamiing First Nation chief Janice Henderson, along with representatives of […]