Native police station shuts down due to health, safety violations; Leaders issue plea for help

Timmins Daily Press
February 5, 2008 

One of Ontario's largest Aboriginal First Nations has been forced to close a main police detachment because it doesn't have running water, uses "medieval locks" and relies on a wood fire in a 45 gallon drum, the community's grand chief said Monday.

Stan Beardy of the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation said that's typical in a community where only one of the First Nation's 35 police detachments meets minimum building standards.

Marten Falls school closed

Wawatay Online
January 24, 2008: Volume 35 #2 

The school was closed by chief and council Jan. 8 because of heating and safety issues, including the lack of functioning fire suppression devices.

“(School officials and the community) tried to work with what they had to improve the situation but it was impossible to do on their own,” said Matawa First Nations Management CEO David Paul Achneepineskum, who oversees the tribal council Marten Falls and nine other communities belong to.

Aboriginal Numbers Soar, census shows

Globe and Mail Update and Canadian Press
January 15, 2008 at 2:58 PM EST

Canada's aboriginal popluation has incresed 45 per cent over a decade and cracked the one-million mark for the first time since records have been kept, new census data indicate.

In 2006, 1,172,790 people said they were member of at least one of three aboriginal groups: North American Indian, Metis (mixed native-European descent) or Iniut.

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Despite unique challenges, there are Aboriginal operators based as far north as Hudson Bay who are provincially certified to run water facilities.  Such successes are in part due to Native councils such as Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) who are at the forefront of water treatment capacity building in Ontario.


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