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June 9, 2011: Volume 38 Number 12

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Martha Sutherland, a cook and volunteer on the rafting trip, fishes along the shoreline of the Kenogami River.
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The Fort Albany raft anchored on the edge of the river. The raft was 63 feet long and 16 feet wide.
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View of the Kenogami River.
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Guide Jason Metatawabin shows the youth how to fillet the fish they caught throughout the day.
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Guide Jason Metatawabin shows the youth how to fillet the fish they caught throughout the day.
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Guide Jason Metatawabin shows the youth how to fillet the fish they caught throughout the day.
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Shayne Gillies, left, and Cody Reuben fish along the shoreline of the Kenogami River.
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Mike Metatawabin, Deputy Grand Chief of NAN clears a spot along the shoreline to set up a campsite.
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The Fort Albany raft anchored on the edge of the river. The raft was 63 feet long and 16 feet wide.
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Robin Sutherland helps anchor the raft to the shoreline.
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Edmund Metatawabin uses a small powered boat to pull the raft against the wind and down the river.
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Youth playing card games and taking shelter from the rain inside the raft, which was covered with a tarp.
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A map of the river and names the youth are giving places along the river in the language.
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David Spence, back, and Edmund Metatawabin use a small powered boat to pull the raft against the wind and down the river.
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Tina Williams fishes off a canoe.
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Kendall Nakogee steers the raft with a small motor attached to the back of the raft.
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David Spence, left, and Elder Joseph Metatawabin anchor the two small boats used to pull the raft down the river.
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Jason Metatawabin, who acted as the rafting group’s guide, ties a tarp overtop the Fort Albany raft to keep out the rain.
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View of the Kenogami River.
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View of the Kenogami River.
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The Fort Albany raft anchored on the edge of the river. The raft was 63 feet long and 16 feet wide.
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Window by Camryn Labelle from Migizi Wazisin Elementary School in Long Lake #58.
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In this image, titled Reflection, by AJ Waboose from Niimki Migizi Secondary School in Ginoogaming First Nation, Waboose said “Education is important for the leadership.” The piece is one of more than 50 images on display at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The exhibit is part of the See Us, Hear Us Photovoice Project for youth from Long Lake #58 and Ginoogaming.
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Can by Camryn Labelle. “Smoking and drinking is not good for you,” Labelle says.
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Untitled (Church at Longlac Point) by Taylor Waboose, Niimki Migizi Secondary School. “This photograph reminds me of my aunty. This is her church. She passed away from cancer last year. I was with her when she passed away,” Waboose says of the image. Waboose was asked by a band if they could use the image on their album cover. Waboose respectfully declined the offer because she said it distorted the meaning behind the work.
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Community Elders and youth prepare a fire inside a teepee during Cultural Days in Bearskin Lake May 23-27. During the week, local Elders visited the community school, working on traditional crafts and learning with youth.
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Shy-Anne Hovorka received a 2011 Young Alumni Award May 25 at the Lakehead University Alumni Awards dinner. She credited hard work and determination for her success in music.
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Fort William First Nation Coun. Georjann Morriseau speaks about concerns the community has regarding Horizon Wind Inc.’s proposed Big Thunder Wind Park development plans during a May 30 meeting at the Fort William First Nation Community Centre.
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Potato sack racing in Kitchenuhmaykoosib, October 1982.
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FROM LEFT: Jennifer Manitowabi, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council executive director, Char Nestrovich, NNEC prime worker with children, Austyn and Aalayiah Nestrovich, Sandi Boucher, Volunteer Thunder Bay executive director, Sandra Beardy-Munroe, NNEC boarding home worker and Michael Nix, RBC Royal Bank representative.
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Bea Shawanda, left, an Odawa-Pottowottomi from Manitoulin Island, Ont., was a keynote speaker at Lac Seul’s Day of Healing May 28. Chief Clifford Bull and Clifford Southwind listen in. Behind Shawanda are certain quotes of her presentation.
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Chief Veronica Waboose of Long Lake #58, left, and MIchael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, open a new multi-purpose centre in the community May 24.
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Six Nishnawbe Aski Nation Education Awareness Week participants dressed up as brides and grooms during the final event of the May 24-27 conference at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay. The four-day event featured workshops such as e-learning, cultural awareness, language awareness, education jurisdiction and successful learners.
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Noel Kakegamic of North Spirit Lake gets a foothold on his way up a 30-foot wall. Kakegamic said the rock wall climbing was challenging but he eventually made his way to the top.
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Bernie Bighead of Wunnumin Lake shoulders a heavy load before canoe lessons on the water.
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Linda Kwandibens dreams of being a pilot but tries a different ride.
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Tamara Keeash, left, and Levena Kenequanash search for the right sound during a guitar workshop at the Stronger Youth for a Stronger Tomorrow conference May 30-June 3 in Sioux Lookout. About 40 children in care attended the conference organized by Tikinagan Child and Family Services.
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Randy Dunsford of Poplar Hill, waving, and his team wrap up “Superman’s Cape” games at Cedar Bay, where activities boosted confidence and taught teamwork. The youth were part of the Stronger Youth for a Stronger Tomorrow conference organized by Tikinagan Child and Family Services May 30-June 3.
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Grace Redsky helps Cecil Redsky create a seven grandfathers teaching ornament during a language and culture retreat May 26 for Aboriginal education teachers at Ceder Point Lodge near Vermillion Bay, Ont.
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Peter Moon, Canadian Rangers/Special to Wawatay News
Sgt. Albert Sutherland of Constance Lake, left, talks with Lt.-Col. Bela Muhaedin of the Macedonian Air Force at a celebration of Aboriginal Awareness Week at Canadian Forces Base Borden. The Macedonian officer said meeting Aboriginals was one of the most moving and memorable experiences he has after arriving in Canada to learn English at the base.
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Taylor Waboose, 17, Ginoogaming Anishinaapewi-tashikewin onchitipetakosi okanawapantanan omasinakisikanan kakipakitinikatenikin i-ima Thunder Bay Art Gallery masinipi-ikewikamikoonk June 3.
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Aroland’s Maggie Magiskan had moccasins and baby birch bark baskets for sale at the Sequin Aboriginal Spring Fine Arts and Crafts Show, held June 1-4 at the Victoriaville Centre in Thunder Bay.
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Charlotte Kwandibens worked on a pair of moccasins during the Sequin Aboriginal Spring Fine Arts and Crafts Show.
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Ken Wakegijig holds up the deer antler rattle he had for sale.

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