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July 7, 2011: Volume 38 Number 14

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Wahsa graduates wait patiently for their long-sought diplomas June 23 at Pelican Falls First Nations High School. Thirty students and their families came to celebrate from 14 northern communities.
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A forest fire which forced the evacuation of residents from Mishkeegogamang June 22 is pictured 20 kilometres from the Pickle Lake airport where the Ministry of Natural Resources set up their base of operations to combat the blaze. The fire was still classified as out of control as of July 5 and about 78,000 hectares in size. Mishkeegogamang residents were allowed to return home July 1. At its closest point, the fire was nine kilometres from the community.
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Flames leap hundreds of feet in the air June 22 from a forest fire burning out of control near Mishkeegogamang First Nation. The fire caused a full scale evacuation of the community as Ministry of Natural Resources poured in hundreds of personnel to combat the blaze. Residents returned home July 1 after successful efforts to protect the community. The fire was nine kilometres from the community.
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Dancers show off their different dancing styles July 3 at the Mount McKay Powwow in Fort William First Nation near Thunder Bay.
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Wasaya Group Inc.’s Gordon Wabasse, left, networks during a break at the Aboriginal Business Workshop June 29 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay.
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Rachel Mishenene speaks about Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada, the 149-page, soft-cover textbook she co-edited for McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s iLit Collection of supplementary student resources for high school English courses during the June 22 book launch at the Northern Woman’s Bookstore in Thunder Bay.
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Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy addresses the counsellors for the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps program. About 90 counsellors will run the program in 30 NAN First Nations this summer.
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Jonathan Kakegamic, principal of Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay, left, watches his brother Kevin tee off at the Raising Awareness Golf Tournament June 17. Around $3,600 will be donated to DFC’s drug treatment program for students.
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Brothers Max and Abe Kakepetum sing a gospel tune to a standing-room-only crowd at the First Nations Day Gospel Concert June 21 in Thunder Bay.
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Wendel Sakakeesic and Brian, Slate Falls, May 1993.
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Eabametoong’s Charles Boyce looks through a scrapbook he created of photos from his trips back to the residential school he spent several years at in the late 1960s in Brantford, Ont. He called his time there the darkest of his life. But returning to the site has helped his healing process.
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Morningstar Derosier, 14, an Eagle Lake band member, performs during an Empowering Young People Concert July 1 at Mount McKay. Fort William First Nation hosted the concert. Thunder Bay resident Sara Kanutski also performed. Headlining was Indigenous hiphop performer Quese IMC of Los Angeles, Calif.
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Students from Sioux Mountain Public School in Sioux Lookout participated in activities on National Aboriginal Day June 21 that taught the culture and values of First Nations people. Students made crafts, learned the history of Native people and experienced a powwow.
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Drum teachings were shared by Jerry Dampier during a June 20 celebration of Aboriginal culture at Algonquin Avenue Public School in Thunder Bay. An afternoon powwow and workshops on technologies, games, Métis fiddling, dancing and art were also held at the school.
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Break dancing was featured during a break in the powwow at National Aboriginal Day June 21 at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay.
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Fried bannock was on the menu during the Aboriginal Day festivities at Fort William Historical Park.

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