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Wawatay News, November 10, 2011, Volume 38, No. 23

Annual NADF business awards honours entrepreneurial spirit

An elegant evening awarding the efforts of the territory’s best entrepreneurs was held Oct. 26 in Timmins, Ont.

Fundraiser raises $30,000 for Fort Albany family

Community members from Fort Albany, Attawapiskat and Peawanuck endured 30 hours of hunger pangs to raise money for a Fort Albany family in need of funds.

Equipment drive supports First Nations

The OPP and Source for Sports have teamed to help northern Ontario youth play hockey this year.

‘Educate youth in communities’: Thunder Bay mayor Keith Hobbs

Thunder Bay mayor Keith Hobbs says it’s time to re-examine the practice of sending Aboriginal teenagers from across northwestern Ontario to Thunder Bay for high school.

Matawa files judicial review

Matawa First Nations has filed a judicial review over the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s failure to implement a more thorough study of the Cliffs Chromite project.

Fort Severn joins Wasaya Airways ownership group

Fort Severn First Nation has become the 11th community shareholder of Wasaya Airways LP by joining the company as a full partner.

Survey seeks northern voice

During the month of November, K-Net along with the University of New Brunswick (UNB), will be conducting a survey of community connectivity in northwestern Ontario.

First Nation wins water challenge

Ochiichagwe’babigo’ining Ojibway Nation (Dalles) recently won the Water Taste Challenge at the 57th Annual Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference in Thunder Bay.

Nursing station expands

Eabametoong health services centralized in one building.

Percocet, OxyContin prescriptions questioned

Questions were raised about prescriptions for OxyContin and Percocets during the Aboriginal Health Care: Governance and Leadership conference, held Oct. 27-28 in Thunder Bay.

Hearing language improves healing

Three new medical dictionaries in Ojibway-English, Oji-Cree-English and Cree-English have been developed to help patients at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre.

Students participate in self-esteem building

More than 250 school children discovered the benefits of self-confidence through a diabetes prevention intiative in Timmins, Ont., Nov. 4.

NNEC hires new ED

Northern Nishnawbe Education Council’s (NNEC) new executive director is looking to strengthen communications and increase community engagement at the 32-year-old Sioux Lookout-based education organization.

NAPS hires community policing coordinator

Nishnawbe Aski Police Service has hired a community policing coordinator to provide more community policing services in the 35 Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities it serves across northern Ontario.

Hearing language improves healing

Three new medical dictionaries in Ojibway-English, Oji-Cree-English and Cree-English have been developed to help patients at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre.

Food concerns raised at food symposium

Concerns about food costs and availability across Nishnawbe Aski Nation were raised Oct. 25-27 during the NAN 2011 Food Symposium.

TRC conference learning experience for KI youth

Nicole McKay recently attended a conference where survivors of residential school shared their personal experiences and pains in having to attend the schools.

New book tells story of Shannen’s Dream

Canadian author Janet Wilson has published a new book titled Shannen and the Dream for a School.

Housing woes in James Bay

For over a year five families in Attawapiskat First Nation have been living in tents prompting concerns the families will have to live through another winter without proper housing.

Cutfeet back in at Wildlands League

John Cutfeet, a Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug band member, has been hired as the new Aboriginal watershed program coordinator (Anishinini’ow Niipii’ow Anokiinakun) for the Wildlands League.

Housing crisis needs solutions

In reading the news headlines today, I noticed one of the main stories was about my home community of Attawapiskat along the James Bay coast.

Home work for the love of it

My wife and I went deep into the mountains for our winter wood this fall.

James Bay communities ‘must be prepared for all-season road’

Communities along the James Bay coast are examining the potential of an all-season road to link four First Nations to the rest of Ontario.

Eabametoong couple undergo Suboxone treatment

Eabametoong’s Melanie Oskineegish and Richard Quisses have turned their lives around after undergoing the community’s Soboxone prescription drug abuse treatment program.