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Wawatay News, July 2015, Volume 42, No. 2

Classic Roots nominated for Music Award

It’s been over two years since electronic music producer Classic Roots, aka Josh DePerry, made a big move from his hometown of Thunder Bay to Toronto in order to further pursue his dream of making music...

2015 NAN election candidates

The 2015 NAN elections will be held on August 12, 2015 during the XXXIV Keewaywin Conference in Aroland First Nation (August 11-13, 2015).

2015 NAN Games teaches life, leadership skills

Nishnawbe Aski Nation youth from different parts of the province attended the 2015 NAN summer games in Timmins. North, south, east and west came together to learn the basics of Olympic sports and have fun, meet new friends and learn skills that will resonate deep for the rest of their lives.

More First Nations involvement asked for at APEX meeting

Matawa First Nations CEO David Paul Achneepineskum called for First Nations involvement in Ring of Fire mining developments during the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce’s APEX Aboriginal Partnership Exchange.

Anishnawbe Keeshigun 2015

Visitors from around the world witnessed rabbit skinning, hand drum making, wood carving, snowshoe weaving, quillwork and a powwow at this year’s Anishnawbe Keeshigun Aboriginal Festival.

ONWA opens community garden, brings youth and Elders together

About 50-60 people helped plant seedlings at this year’s Ontario Native Women’s Association Community Garden Launch and BBQ Lunch.

Young mother from Sandy Lake on the road to reaching her dreams

“It didn’t feel real to me, it just didn’t really kick in right away when I was actually done and all my hard work paid off,” 18 year-old Avery Fiddler told Wawatay News about her recent high school graduation.

Hydro lines called for at 5th annual mining forum

Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Lawrence Martin called for a hydro line-transportation route between the Ring of Fire and James Bay during the 5th Annual Ontario Mining Forum.

Powwow on Mount McKay

The City of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation held a Powwow on Mount McKay to celebrate National Aboriginal Day.

2015 Mushkegowuk Council election nominees

The General Election for the positions of Grand Chief and Deputy Grand Chief will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The official nominees are as follows...

There is no such thing as a bad movie

Most of my non-Native friends find it funny that I can sit through a really bad movie. The fact is that for the first 15 years of my life all I got to see were mostly bad movies. The luxury of having access to new Hollywood blockbusters and quality movies didn’t happen for me until I was in my late teens.

Nomadic Natives on the road

I recall as a teenager being eager to head south from my home in Attawapiskat to visit cities that were hosting summer events...

Oshki celebrates 2015 graduates

A mother and daughter from Grassy Narrows credited each other’s companionship and assistance for successfully completing Oshki-Pimache-O-Win’s Aboriginal Early Childhood Education program.

Nick Sherman hits the road with new album

Folk music artist Nick Sherman is in the midst of a national tour to promote his sophomore album, Knives and Wildrice. The album was completed after a very successful fundraising campaign launched last December.

Lakehead University hosts Aboriginal learning day

About 400 Thunder Bay-area students celebrated National Aboriginal Day by learning about and participating in a variety of Indigenous sports and activities on June 22 at Lakehead University.

Men honoured at National Aboriginal Day

An Aboriginal student counsellor was amazed with being honoured for his work with youth during the National Aboriginal Day Men’s Recognition Award ceremony at the Mt. McKay Powwow grounds.