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Wawatay News, August 7, 2014, Volume 41, No. 16

Community led database launched for missing and murdered women

A community led database that documents the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada has been launched.

Beading workshops being held prior to art installation

Community events are being held in Thunder Bay by Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) local organizers before the main event in September.

The heart of a runner

“My calves are killing me,” said Gavin Jayvin Wesley as he sat on a bench, dusk falling on the final day of the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Regina.

Chiefs of Ontario assert control over resources

Chiefs of Ontario gave formal notice to Canada, the province, resource developers and the general public through a Notice of Assertion that First Nations inherent and treaty rights will continue to be asserted across the province.

Ontario finishes third at Indigenous Games

The North American Indigenous Games wrapped on July 26 and Team Ontario finished in third place with 149 medals behind British Columbia (160) and Saskatchewan (159).

James Street swing bridge situation remains unsolved

After a five-hour closed session meeting, Thunder Bay city council rejected the proposal from CN Rail on July 22 regarding the James Street swing bridge that connects the city of Thunder Bay to Fort William First Nation.

Wabun Youth Gathering: A Template For Success

Suicide is a major problem in First Nations right across the country.

Fort William begin construction of new powwow facility on Mt. McKay

Fort William First Nation has broken ground on its “state-of-the-art” powwow grounds facility on Mt. McKay-Anemki Wajiw.

Nibinamik youth retreat features environmental monitoring

Micro-invertebrates training and the effects of climate change were among the topics shared by RoFATA environmental monitoring students at the 16th annual Nibinamik Youth Retreat.

ᓂᐱᓇᒥᐠ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᐱᑲᐧᑕᑭᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᑐᒋᑲᑌ ᐊᐦᑭᐃᐧ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ

ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌ ᐱᑲᐧᑕᑭᐠ ᑲᐊᔭᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᓂᐸᑲᓂᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᑲᐊᐃᔑᐁᐧᐸᐠ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᐃᐧᒋᑕᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᐊᐦᑭᐃᐧ ᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᒋᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂ ᑲᑭ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐃᐧᑕᐧ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᐊᔕ ᓂᑯᑕᓱᔕᐳ ᓂᐱᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᓂᐱᓇᒥᐠ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓯᐃᐧ ᐱᑲᐧᑕᑭᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ.

Fort Albany member to launch book on abuse suffered at St. Anne’s, and healing journey

A memoir chronicling a Fort Albany member’s abuse suffered at St. Anne’s Residential School and undergoing his healing process later in life will be launched on Aug. 26.

The power of sport

I left home at a young age, home being Bearskin Lake, Ontario.

Jury Rolls? I’ll take two.

Wait… you can’t order those at Tim Horton’s?

Sextrade 101 rep testifies at Bill C-36 hearing

Sextrade101’s Bridget Perrier, former Thunder Bay resident, was one of around 80 witnesses who testified in the House of Commons on Bill C-36 in front of the Justice and Human Rights Committee during the week of July 7.

Eabematoong youth receives “Penasi” scholarship

Although it wasn’t Ash Clinton Jacob Nate’s of Eabametoong First Nations best round of golf, he did receive the 2014 Darryl Fox “Penasi” scholarship of $1,000 on July 31, 2014 at Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay.

Indian Status: Playing the race card, literally

I remember being a child, walking into this office seeing the flashing lights of a camera and this woman working at a desk with an old fashioned typewriter, being as careful as can be when typing on a small piece of paper.

Four sacred medicines planted

The four sacred medicines of tobacco, sage, sweetgrass and cedar were included in this year’s Ontario Native Women’s Association community garden.

Careers in natural resources exposed to First Nations Youth

A group of 30 First Nations youth have taken part in a six-week program to help broaden their views of different employment opportunities in the Natural Resource sector.

Wabun Youth Gathering changing lives

Jean Lemieux and Mike Archer of Wabun Tribal Council Health Services took the healing dream of the late Elder Thomas Saunders and made it a reality with the creation of the annual Wabun Youth Gathering.

Elders and youth go strawberry picking near Thunder Bay

Strawberry picking was the focus of a July 15 intergenerational program at the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre.

Environmental monitoring training underway at Matawa

This year’s science and environment workshops at the Nibinamik Youth Retreat were part of the training for the RoFATA Environmental Monitoring Training Program.

Youth share stories through Photovoice

About 35 First Nations youth from various communities gathered in Thunder Bay to participate in Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s safeTALK and Photovoice workshops.