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Wawatay News, July 21, 2011, Volume 38, No. 15

Making films an unexpected career

On a cold afternoon in February 2009, I logged on to the Ontario College Application Services website to apply for college.

Saying goodbye never easy to do

It is never easy to walk away But that’s exactly what I’m preparing to do.

Fires wreak havoc in northwestern Ontario

As increasing numbers of Nishnawbe Aski Nation members are evacuated from their communities due to forest fires, Grand Chief Stan Beardy called for a state of emergency.

Lapland art amazes Fort William artist

Fort William First Nation artist Christian Chapman was amazed at how long the sun stays up during a recent visit to Finland for an artist-in-residency program at the Arteles Creative Centre in Haukijarvi.

Matawa chiefs set unified voice to protect lands

The line in the sand is drawn and enough is enough as chiefs from the Matawa First Nations signed a Unity Declaration July 14 to protect natural resources in their traditional territories.

Kasabonika man to swim 15 kilometres with one arm

Kasabonika’s Chris T. Anderson is planning a 15-kilometre swim from his community on Kasabonika Lake to the old settlement July 30.

Signing of land-use plan hits home for Cat Lake, Slate Falls

The lack of power was a minor issue to members of Cat Lake and Slate Falls, who July 11 showed up fully charged to support and watch the official signing of the community-based land-use plan (CLUP).

Cheechoo train steams on in St. Louis

Jonathan Cheechoo has inked a deal which could see him return to the National Hockey League.

Nibinamik walkers take to road in memory of lost loved ones

Philip Oskineegish was walking around Summer Beaver with community member and cousin Paul Oskineegish one day when he mentioned he wanted to do a walk-a-thon from Pickle Lake to Thunder Bay.

ONWA gets new home

Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s Corinne Fox is pleased with the new Ontario Native Women’s Association location in Thunder Bay.

Book provides messages of hope

In Honorary Indian: A Daily Inspirational Guide to help you find your own Inner Strength and Power with Tradition of the Majestic Warrior Anishnabequek Sandi Boucher challenges us to think, to laugh, to enjoy life, to not mollycoddle our children and not enable them to slough their responsibilities.

KI moves to protect waters, garners support

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug welcomed the support of the Council of Canadians and two environmental groups for the KI Watershed Declaration.

Protecting water from oncoming development

At least for the time being, water continues to serve its purpose to provide life-giving water to Mother Earth as it flows freely, creating paths to hydrate all forms of existence on this elaborately created planet.

Program supports youth entrepreneurs

Stefanie Armstrong, Summer Company coordinator at the Northwest Business Centre – Dryden location, is happy with how the youth are progressing.

Students choosing medical field for careers

Whitefish Bay’s Alexa Lesperance learned more about potential health careers during the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Summer Health Sciences Camp.

Simulated flights feel like real deal

Natalie Beaver found peace in the skies of Thunder Bay. Beaver, 13, from Summer Beaver was one of the two dozen youth participating in Pimesaywii Apitamahkaywin 2011, the fourth annual Wasaya Airways Aviation Camp July 4-8.

Human rights act now applies to First Nations

If full application of the Canadian Human Rights Act were used in First Nations, the communities would go into chaos, says Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy. He said conditions of First Nations compared to the rest of Canada are deplorable.