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Community members in the Matawa First Nations territory are being trained in a number of natural resources initiatives, including environmental monitoring, land-use planning and communications.
Four Rivers preparing communities for developmentDevelopment in the Ring of Fire is years away, but Indigenous communities in Matawa First Nations territory are strategically going about training their people so they’ll be ready for development when it arrives.Since 2011, Four Rivers, Matawa’s First Nations Environmental Services Group, has provided the tribal council’s nine communities with information and resources to help them make decisions about the management of their natural resources.“With everything that’s going to be happenin...


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Mushkegowuk creates GIS mapping department
Mushkegowuk Tribal Council’s new information services department is not quite a year old, but already the community is seeing the benefits of its efforts.Founded in April, 2015, CreeGeo provides GIS services, mapping, cartographic work, and training for community members. The goal, said directo...
Custom fabrication and furniture design bring 26-year-old success
Growing up in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Kathryn Corbiere was always trying to prove that she could do anything the boys around her could do. That’s why, when her brother took up welding and pipefitting, she followed him into the trade.But after graduating with all her ticke...
Popular North Shore hunting lodge expanding, rebranding
In 2014, just two years after Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation acquired Ritchie Falls Resort, a fire ripped through the showerhouse, damaging the boiler and other infrastructure. But rather than seeing it as a disadvantage, the community embraced it as an opportunity.“I think it was a good thin...
Empowering the workforce
The average Canadian just has to look at the country’s first economic engine — the fur trade — to find the origins of Indigenous peoples in business. But over time, the respect that had been established between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples from those early days eroded.“We had great rel...


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