A great crowd of 150 ghosts and goblins came out for the annual NRNC Halloween party. Community went through the haunted house and had a fun and scary night. The prize for the “Margaret Harker Original Costume Award” going to the awesome Groot!. Check out all the scary pics!
We traveled to Sault Ste. Marie this past weekend to participate in the Ontario Native Basketball Invitational tournament held in Sault Ste Marie. Teams all across Ontario competed in this high caliber tournament, teams came from as far as Moose Factory.
Majority of this team is 16&17yrs old and never even played organized basketball and it was our first time playing together as a team but yet they went into this tournament making a name for themselves.
Today the office parking lot was freshened up with new lines. Over time the lines had faded making it harder to park and our handicapped spaces we’re not as clearly marked. Big miigwech and Nia wen to Facilities Manager Dave Sault and our Cultural Resource Coordinator Phil Davis on taking the initiative to fix the parking lines and making the centre a little better each day!
St. Catharines city council is moving to create a formal partnership with Niagara Regional Native Centre.
Councillors unanimously passed a motion by Mayor Walter Sendzik Monday to support the move, which aims to strengthen relationships. As well, the centre will advise the city on the implementation of the calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.
City staff were directed to work with the centre to prepare a memorandum of understanding as the basis for the partnership.
From L to R. NRNC Homeward Bound Coordinator Debbie Sexsmith, NRNC President Karl Dockstader, NRNC Vice President Darcy Belanger, NRNC Executive Director Mitch Baird, St Catharines Parks , Recreation and Culture Phil Cristi, St Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik
Miigwech and Nia:wen to St Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik for stopping by the Centre for a tour and talk on St. Catharines working together in partnership with our Centre. It’s always a honour to have our local dignitaries visit to learn about our work and partner in future projects.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our longtime colleague and friend Margaret Harker. Margaret was beloved by our Niagara Indigenous community for many years, working in several different roles at our centre. She worked tirelessly each day to make a difference and for that we will always be indebted and grateful.