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Wawatay News, November 29, 2012, Volume 39, No. 40

Sachigo Lake waiting on winter road to finish business centre

Construction on Sachigo Lake First Nation’s $3.6 million business centre is set to take a break while the community waits for the cold weather that will signal the opening of its winter road.

NAN needs to address community housing, transportation needs

Transportation, resource development and housing issues were on the agenda at the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Special Chiefs Assembly, held Nov. 13-15 in Thunder Bay, and at least one deputy grand chief believes NAN has a much bigger role to play in helping communities address those issues.

Aboriginal arts and crafts featured in holiday gift show

About 170 Aboriginal artisans are expected to exhibit their artwork at the 11th Annual Aboriginal Fine Arts and Crafts Christmas Gift Show in Thunder Bay.

Treaty #3, Anishinabek Nation sign unity agreement

Grand Council of Treaty #3 and the Anishinabek Nation have signed a Unity Protocol to work together on areas of mutual interest.

Fort Albany hockey teams left to practice outside or in gymnasium

Playing hockey on an outdoor rink is often viewed as a nostalgic reminder of the sport’s past for many Canadians and the go-to location for a game of pickup.

Sandy Lake students get dance fever

Sandy Lake students discovered the art of dance on Nov. 19-21 and now have the opportunity to bring it the main stage in Toronto next summer.

Sachigo forced to wait and see on Lingman Lake cleanup

Old equipment and barrels of waste from mining exploration at Lingman Lake, near Sachigo Lake First Nation, has been sitting on the site since the 1980s when the company that held the lease pulled out of the region.

Moose River water levels reach historic lows

‘It’s better being on a native diet’

Traditional diet advocate Bossy Ducharme is planning to restart his diet on Dec. 1 after successfully completing his first 16 months of eating only traditional First Nations food last January.

Books broaden worldview of Keewaywin students

Students and staff at the Keeywaywin First Nation School were surprised to find a box of books had arrived one weekend.

Using graphic novels to educate youth

“I would say that I always wanted to be a writer,” said David Alexander Robertson from his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “It wasn’t until about 2005 that I started to consider the comic book-graphic novel world, but I never wanted to be anything else other than a writer.”

Johnny Mac’s experienced in training First Nations

Jim McArthur of Johnny Mac’s Training Centre said when he started the company in 1970, it initially focused on forestry equipment until a man from Wabigoon Lake introduced him to the crawler loader.

Residential school legacy commemorated with stained glass window

A stained glass window commemorating the legacy of Indian residential schools has been permanently installed in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.

Weagamow dealing with bed bugs

Weagamow has hired three people to deal with bed bugs in two homes in the community.


Editors Note: This is an open letter written by Anishinabek Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Chase Aden, a diamond in the northern rough

Recently I was talking to a friend of mine, Cindy Giguere, who is a member of Matachewan First Nation in northeastern Ontario.

Parting is not sweet sorrow

To know a departure is coming hurts.

Generic oxy decision wrong on all counts

There is a study coming out in the December 2012 edition of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry on the abuse of prescription drugs by adolescents across the country.

Mish house fire results in death

A Mishkeegogamang house fire has claimed the life of one person.

Ontario minister ‘profoundly’ disappointed on federal oxy decision

Ontario’s health minister says her government is “exploring all options” to keep generic oxycodone out of the province, in light of the recent federal government decision to allow generic versions of the drug to be sold in Canada.

Moose River water levels reach historic lows

Earl Cheechoo of Moose Factory remembers a time when the water levels on the Moose River and its tributaries were high enough that hunters could travel with relative ease.

Following a path to the trades

Constance Lake’s Arnold Sutherland is aiming for a career in carpentry after graduating from the Manitoba Regional Council Pre-Apprenticeship Level One Carpentry Training course.