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Wawatay News, January 24, 2013, Volume 40, No. 3

News briefs

Press Release: Canadian Forces personnel from across Ontario will conduct military training in the vicinity of Cochrane, Fraserdale and Moosonee, Ont., from Feb 8 to 26, 2013, as part of Exercise TRILLIUM RESPONSE 2013.

Keekooshoomoowak: the fasters

From the beginning of her fast on Dec. 11, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has not been alone in forgoing food as she waits for Prime Minister Stephan Harper and Governor General David Johnston to agree to a meeting.

Kaawechaheekoot: her helpers

As Theresa Spence continues her sacred fast on Victoria Island, she is aided by washkaybaowuk, the helpers who keep the camp going and protect her.

‘We never surrendered our lands’

Jurisdiction was one of the topics discussed during a Ministry of Natural Resources Planning Together workshop held from Jan. 14-18 in Thunder Bay.

The relaunch of SEVEN

SEVEN youth magazine, launched in 2007, will resume publication this coming April after a year-long hiatus. Wawatay is committed to recommencing the publication of SEVEN.

Grand council chief declines Queen’s Jubilee medal

Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee has declined the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal over the Governor General’s refusal to discuss the broken treaty relationship with First Nation leaders.

Celebrating traditional dance styles

The Thunder Mountain Singers recently showcased the different traditional dance styles during their Where the Thunderbirds Fly performance at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay.

Fort Severn polar bear story tells tale from community perspective

Children in Fort Severn will soon be reading about polar bear cubs from their own community’s perspective.

Ring of Fire job shadowing included in Oshki program

A one-week Ring of Fire job shadowing placement is featured in the Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Mining Essentials program that begins next week in Webequie.

January 24, 2013

Photos from the edition.

Canadian Rangers make big impression on army colonel

Canadian Rangers from seven First Nation communities made a big impression on an army colonel during a four-day visit to northern Ontario.

Ontario invests millions in programming for Ring of Fire communities

Ontario has invested $3.1 million in skills training and community governance and capacity building in six Ring of Fire communities.

The Dream Catcher

I had a dream the other night. I was a little boy again.

We may be listening to all the wrong voices

We may be listening to all the wrong voices. I have been involved in Idle No More since early December 2012 and I have watched with optimism, doubt and dismay the ebbs and flows of the movement.

KI members walk from Toronto to Ottawa in support of Spence

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) members joined Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence on Victoria Island after walking from Toronto in protest of ongoing treaty violations.

Manitoba chiefs offer support for Spence as fast enters sixth week

Going into 40 days of her sacred fast, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence said her spirits were lifted after a recent meeting with Manitoba chiefs who expressed their support and commitment to her and Elder Raymond Robinson.

ᐗᔕᐦᐅᐠ ᐗᐸᑾ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐎᐣ ᐎᑕᒪᑫᒪᑲᐣ ᑲᐃᔑ ᐗᐸᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ

ᐗᔕᐦᐅᐠ ᐊᐗᔑᔕᐠ ᑕᓂᓯᓭᓂ ᒋᐊᔭᒥᑐᐗᐨ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐎᓇᐣ ᐗᐸᑯᓴᐣ ᐅᐣᒋ ᑲᐃᔑᐗᐸᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑲᑲᑊᔑᐗᐨ᙮

Hate crime sexual assault has Thunder Bay on edge

On Dec. 27, 2012 a First Nations woman in Thunder Bay was abducted off of the street by two men in a car and taken a remote area where she was violently sexually assaulted. Due to the racially motivated nature of the assault, police are treating it is a possible hate-crime.