News Releases

Landmark Decision in Pikangikum Constitutional Challenge Shows Need for Justice Transformation

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says a landmark decision by the Ontario Court of Justice last week shows the need for a complete transformation of the justice system. “Justice Gibson’s thoughtful and well-reasoned decision reaffirms the position of many First Nations leaders and legal experts that the colonial justice system simply doesn’t…

NAN Statement on MMIWG & Sisters in Spirit Vigils

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and the NAN Women’s Council has issued the following statement in support of Sisters in Spirit Vigils honouring the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) this month:  “Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the NAN Women’s Council would like to acknowledge all Missing and Murdered…

NAN Commemorates Orange Shirt Day

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler will join with people across the country to commemorate Orange Shirt Day today. “The orange shirts we wear every year are a symbol of solidarity and remembrance for Indian Residential School Survivors and those who never made it home. It is important that we…

NAN supports Sipekne’katik First Nation in assertion of Treaty right to fish

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council,  has expressed support for the Sipekne’katik First Nation who are facing harassment on St. Mary’s Bay in Nova Scotia for asserting their Treaty right to fish:   “I’m very disturbed by the aggression we are witnessing against Sipekne’katik First Nation, and I support Chief Mike Sack and these brave warriors for defending their Treaty rights.   It is unacceptable that the constitutionally protected rights of the Sipekne’katik fishers…

NAN statement on Federal Education funding

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox has issued the following response to the Government of Canada’s Safe Return to Class Fund announced today: “It is unfortunate that the federal government has waited until days before classes begin to announce this much-needed funding. Our schools are remote, and it will take more than…