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Wawatay News, November 22, 2012, Volume 39, No. 39

3rd World Canada tour first step to change

For audiences across southern Ontario, the 3rd World Canada tour that brought the story of suicide and living conditions in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) was heart-wrenching.

Junior Rangers march to Ottawa for Remembrance Day ceremonies

Nine Junior Canadian Rangers from northern Ontario marched with veterans in front of thousands of applauding spectators at the National Remembrance Day ceremony in the nation’s capital on Nov. 11.

‘No one is going to do it for us’

A First Nations trade school is on the horizon after Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic met with international aid agencies, mining companies and education officials on Nov. 16.

Leave it all in the ring

Pacing back and forth in front of my ring coach Bill, I could feel a great anticipation in me.

KO to lose two-thirds of AANDC funding

Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) is looking at the loss of about two-thirds of its tribal council funding due to changes to the federal government’s tribal council funding formula, announced on Sept. 4.

Mushkegowuk wants unique mining plan

In response to what it claims are shortfalls with Ontario’s new mining act, Muskegowuk tribal council says it has started discussions with the province on the creation of a unique mining plan for the Mushkegowuk region.

People across the world pray for NAN youth

Youth take part in a candlelight prayer during the evening of Nov. 14 at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay.

Constance Lake honours its veterans with monument

A monument honouring the memory of the 11 members of Constance Lake First Nation who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean Conflict has been unveiled at a special ceremony honouring their sacrifice.

NAN decries Health Canada’s decision to allow generic Oxy in Canada

NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said Health Canada’s decision to open the market to create a less expensive OxyContin is “another blow” to the First Nations communities battling the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Enterprising First Nations women honoured

The trail-blazing efforts of K-Net’s Penny Carpenter have earned her the 2012 Enterprising Women Aboriginal Entrepreneur Off-Reserve award.

Skills program building First Nations capacity

Members of Matawa First Nation communities can advance their education and training thanks to a new training program.

Constance Lake artist invents animal waste composter

Constance Lake’s John Ferris recently showed off his animal waste composter invention at the Great Canadian Inventions Show.

NAN honours past leaders

Former Nishnawbe Aski Nation leaders Frank Beardy and Chris Cromarty were honoured with gifts of headdresses and leather jackets for their dedication and service to NAN’s development during the Nov. 13-15 Special Chiefs Assembly.

The Injun in this poem

I stand at the sink washing dishes.

Red Cross plans James Bay programming with office in Moose Factory

Moose Cree First Nation will serve as a hub in the James Bay region for the Canadian Red Cross after the national organization officially opened a satellite office in the community on Nov. 14.

Talk4Healing helps isolated women connect

“Violence is an abuse of power that greatly limits, if not stops, all family members’ abilities to seek and reach mino-pimatisiwin (the good life),” reads a line from Michael Anthony Hart’s book Seeking Mino-Pimatisiwin: An Aboriginal Approach to Helping.