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Wawatay News, December 20, 2012, Volume 39, No. 43

Photovoice project gives voice to youth

Six young women from communities across northwestern Ontario have shared their experiences with sexual violence and their hopes for change through a Photovoice project in Sioux Lookout.

First Nation chiefs from across Canada support hunger strike

Chiefs across northern Ontario are expressing their support for Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence after she embarked on a hunger strike in Ottawa.

Champion of sports and recreation

Former Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) deputy grand chief Dan Kooses was a champion of sports and recreation for his people.

Finding hope in Eabametoong

A talent show in Eabametoong is just one event of many that are bringing the community together.

ᐳᑐᑀᐢ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᐅᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᒋᑲᑌ ᒋᐊᔭᒥᐗᐨ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ

ᑯᑕᓯ ᐅᐡᑭᓂᑭᑴᐠ ᐁᐱᐅᑕᓭᐗᐨ ᒥᓯᐌ ᑭᐌᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᑭᐎᑕᒪᑎᐗᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒥᑲᒧᐗᐨ ᐱᔑᑾᒋᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᐸᑯᓭᑕᒧᐎᓂᐗ ᒋᐊᒋᓭᐠ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐳᑐᑀᐢ ᒪᒋᑕᐗᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐣᐠ᙮

Wabauskang taking proposed gold mine to court

Wabauskang First Nation is preparing to file a lawsuit to oppose Rubicon Minerals’ proposed Phoenix Gold Mine in Red Lake.

School powwow teaches students about culture

Students at the Ogden Community School in Thunder Bay experienced their first powwow on Dec. 14.

Shibogama addresses prescription drug abuse

Shibogama First Nations Council has launched two new projects to address prescription drug abuse in Kasabonika, Kingfisher Lake, Wapekeka, Wawakapewin and Wunnumin Lake.

Online learning centre with thousands of courses opens in Attawapiskat

An education centre with access to over 1,000 distance education online courses from Ontario colleges and universities has opened in Attawapiskat.

‘They’re waiting for us to die’

Betty Riffel’s struggle to get recognition and compensation for the mercury poisoning her and her community of Wabauskang First Nation have suffered through is gaining increased urgency.

Teaching about diabetes through healthy living books

Wikwemikong’s Mary Pheasant has written, illustrated and published a book featuring the traditional perspective on Type 2 diabetes.

Porcupine quills boxes worth thousands

Wikwemikong’s Martina Osawamick has sold some porcupine quill boxes from her Zaawmiknaang craft shop for thousands of dollars.

Learning crafts from his mother

Wikwemikong’s Paul Francis has been creating traditional crafts since his mother began teaching him at the age of 12.

Putting a unique twist on traditional crafts

Thunder Bay’s Ken Wabegijig usually tries to alter his designs every year to attract more interest to his traditional crafts.

Painting traditional legends

Keewaywin’s Derek Harper has been painting traditional legends since he was introduced to acrylic paints about 20 years ago.

Cecelia Ash’s moccasins

Eabametoong sisters Cecelia Ash and Jane Slipperjack have been creating traditional crafts since they were teenagers.

Handmade crafts in the traditional way

Webequie’s Andrew Sug-anaqueb makes all of his traditional crafts entirely by hand.

Traditional regalia for the powwow trail

Couchiching’s Raven Linklater enjoys making traditional regalia items for people on the powwow trail.

Christmas-que, Part 2

I sit on a mall bench (if there is any to avail) along side with a few shoppers, exhausted and burning the candles at both ends. A quick break (or not) and they’re off, into the rapid movement, jumping like a salmon going upstream, succeeding towards their goal.

Seasons Greetings

It is that time of the year again. With the holiday season and Christmas and New Year celebrations a lot of people will be rejoicing in so many ways.

Metis painter inspired by northern lights

Metis painter Eugene Lefrancois usually tries to incorporate the colours of the northern lights into his paintings.

Traditional needle cases from the shores of Lake Nipigon

Eastern Lake Nipigon’s Ange-Aimee Wawia enjoys creating older style needle cases and other forms of hide work.

Urban Indian 2

I met a man some years ago who was a vaunted Ojibwa teacher. He’d published books, taught at universities and been a high profile ethnological speaker.

Spence’s resolve still strong in hunger strike

On the eighth day of her hunger strike, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is still committed to her cause of fighting for First Nations rights.

Idle No More comes to Sioux Lookout

Over 40 First Nations people from Sioux Lookout and the surrounding areas braved the elements on a cold Dec. 15 to protest the federal government’s recently passed Bill C-45.

Racism, stereotyping huge barrier to First Nations health care

Racism and cultural intolerance are keeping Aboriginal people living in urban areas from accessing proper health care, according to a new report by the Health Council of Canada.

Scanlon honoured for helping students

Past and present Anishinawbe post secondary students took the opportunity of the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) annual Christmas dinner to honour Leona Scanlon for her work as an education councillor.

Youth speak out about racism, suicide

A youth still in elementary public school asked to speak in front of his youth peers during the Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy (TBUAS) youth forum on Dec. 13.

Frank Beardy honoured with headdress

Former Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) grand chief Frank Beardy was honoured with a headdress on Dec. 17 by Grand Chief Harvey Yesno and Deputy Grand Chiefs Alvin Fiddler and Goyce Kakegamic.

2,000 more books head north for the holidays

The teenage duo of Emily and Julia Mogus of Oakville, Ont. have sent over 2,000 books to 24 communities in northern Ontario just in time for the holidays.