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Wawatay News, January 10, 2013, Volume 40, No. 1

New Grand Chief will set tone of future development

It is still much too early to judge Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Harvey Yesno’s performance in the top job.

Housing problems raise national attention

Attawapiskat’s “round two” housing crisis and other housing problems across Nishnawbe Aski Nation get an honourable mention as Wawatay’s news story of the year.

Cleaning up at Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards

After receiving six Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) for her latest album, Interwooven Roots, Shy-Anne Hovorka is the entertainer of the year.

Chief Moonias vows to oppose Cliffs at all costs

Neskantaga Chief Peter Moonias burst into the national media’s attention in the spring when he announced to the world that he would stop a bridge to the Ring of Fire from being built over the Attawapiskat River, by any means possible.

Jordan Nolan brings Stanley Cup back home

Stanley Cup champion Jordan Nolan is Wawatay’s newsmaker of the year.

NAN grand chief elected by one vote

Grand Chief Harvey Yesno’s one-vote election win over former deputy grand chief Terry Waboose to lead Nishnawbe Aski Nation gets an honourable mention as Wawatay’s news story of the year.

Weenusk First Nation says no to sharing of aerial geologic survey information

The Ontario Geologic Survey (OGS) claimed its aerial surveying of one of Ontario’s last pristine wildernesses was done with the best of intentions...

Fight against addiction underway, but PDA remains

The epidemic of prescription drug abuse in First Nation communities was not a new news story in 2012...

Edwards keeps Shannen’s dream for a school alive

Chelsea Edwards’ fight for equitable funding for First Nations education makes her runner up for Wawatay’s female newsmaker of the year.

First Nations threaten to limit access to traditional lands

Shibogama’s Margaret Kenequanash is warning the erosion of treaty rights will result in “very difficult” access to First Nations territory.

Tragically Hip rock out in Fort Albany

A high-profile Canadian rock band putting on a show in a James Bay community to help dispel the negative press First Nations received in the wake of the Attawapiskat housing crisis is the arts and entertainment story of the year.

Fort Albany girls basketball makes north-eastern finals

The Fort Albany senior girls basketball team’s impressive run to the northeastern Ontario high school finals is Wawatay’s sports story of the year.

Plane crashes at North Spirit Lake

The Jan. 10 Keystone Airways plane crash in a blizzard at North Spirit Lake that killed the pilot and three passengers gets an honourable mention as Wawatay’s news story of the year.

Attawapiskat chief holds hunger strike as Idle No More spreads

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike and the Idle No More protest movement are Wawatay’s news story of the year.

Spence inspires national movement

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s national spotlight for her fight to remove the third party manager assigned to her First Nation and her decision to go on a hunger strike last month makes her Wawatay’s female newsmaker of the year.

Big Moments

2013 has just begun and I can’t wait to see what it brings. A lot happened for me personally in the year of 2012, there were plenty of lows but also a lot of highs.

Hunger Strikes Have a Powerful History

Over the years, leaders from First Nation communities in the north like Attawapiskat, have fought hard for many of the basic services and programs that currently exist.

Attawapiskat chief surrounded by positivity

A teepee sits on Victoria Island, just between the mainlands of Ottawa, Ont. and Gatineau, Que.

Grand Chief Harvey Yesno’s goals for 2013

Grand Chief Harvey Yesno is looking to focus on treaty issues, all-weather roads and hydro transmission lines and business development in 2013.