By Shari Narine
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Windspeaker.com

Until systemic racism is acknowledged and addressed there will be little progress made on the 94 Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on the legacy of Indian residential schools. “We live in very much a society where racism is endemic and it’s just everywhere,” said […]

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

Two nationwide community groups have joined forces to strengthen opportunities for partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. On Thursday, the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) and BGC Canada (formerly the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada) signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at advancing reconciliation and committing both organizations […]

By Eric Shih
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Thunder Bay Source

There’s hope that a takeover by the social services board in Kenora will lead to the creation of more local childcare spaces in coming months. The Kenora District Services Board will now be administering the five childcare programs previously run by Firefly in Kenora. The programs will be closed on […]

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

Rainy River–Kenora MPP Greg Rickford was in the Fort Frances area last week meeting constituents and announcing funding for projects in the area. While in the area Rickford stopped at the Township of Alberton’s Fire hall and announced $16,200 for a new garage door for one of the bays. This […]

By Jack Elliott
Rainy River Correspondent

The West Rainy River District Lions Club has a Community Festival ready to roar. A Hunter’s Supper will be held at the Stratton Recreation Centre on Saturday November 5, 2022. “Installation of this year’s ice in the curling rink is being backed off a week to allow us to use […]

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 […]