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May 10, 2012 Volume 39 Number 11

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Ralph Johnson, a traditional teacher from Sioux Lookout, is raising awareness that traditional healing methods are an alternative for helping people with prescription drug addictions.

Photo by Rick Garrick/Wawatay News
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A typical sweat lodge located at the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Specialized Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre in Thunder Bay.

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A demonstrator shows onlookers how to skin a beaver during the Mattagami Beaverfest 2012 held on April 28. The annual festival enables the sharing of culture, said Mattagami First Nation Chief Walter Naveau.
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Teresa Trudeau leads one-year-old Angela Achneepineskun around the powwow circle at the annual Tiny Tots Powwow held April 30 at the Boys and Girls Club of Thunder Bay. See more photos on page 13.
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Parents and students alike supporting early morning Parental Involvement Committee protest.

Photo by Louis J. Neegan
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Chief Roger Wesley conversing with Parental Involvment Committee representative Michelle Frost.

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The epicentre of the earthquake was between Moosonee and Fort Albany.
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Wawatay News archives

Fort Hope, 1980
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Rhoda Williams - We’re going to have a (family) cook out
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Amanda Beardy - I’m going to make a cake for my mom
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Amarence Kanakakeesic - I plan to clean up the house for my mom
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Maria Jeremiah - I’ll be out of town
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Tyson Matawapit - I’m going to visit my step mother and buy her a gift
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Aroland Chief Sonny Gagnon.
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Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose celebrated with NAPS Const. Russell Cheechoo, Martha Wesley, Desirae Turtle, Dakota Keeper and Amber Crane.

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Model of new elementary school.
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Cat Lake Chief Matthew Keewaykapow, left, Titotay Memorial School principal Ruby Keesickquayash, centre, NAN Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose, second from right, and Windigo First Nations Council chair/CEO Frank McKay, right, took part in Cat Lake’s May 1 sod-turning ceremony for a new school.

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Zac Tait of Wapekeka First Nation heads to his truck with a day’s catch of geese. The 38-year-old experienced his first hunt near Thunder Bay this past spring. In order to hunt in the area, Tait gained permission in a letter from Fort William First Nation, as the region is in their traditional territory.

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Wapekeka First Nation’s Zac Tait stands in the marsh with his two youngest sons. Tait said hunting near the city allows him to pass on his traditions.

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Wapekeka First Nation’s Zac Tait.

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Tait was able to gain permission from a local farmer to hunt on 100 acres of land. Rather than make a blind, Tait hid in the grass and used goose calls to lure in the geese.

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Four beavers are roasted over an open fire in preparation for the community feast. Mattagami First Nation Chief Walter Naveau said that the beaver was one of his people’s primary food sources and source of income during the fur trade.

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Jessica Echum shows off her t-shirt that is sported by several other Mattagami women.

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A demonstration of stretching the beaver pelt.

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Leonard Naveau of Mattagami First Nation skins a beaver as part of demonstrations during the Mattagami Beaverfest 2012. Naveau started the first Beaverfest and has organized the event every year.

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Spring Nakogee of Fort Albany First Nation expresses how she feels about the skinned beaver in front of her. Several beavers were skinned as part of demonstrations for the Mattagami Beaverfest 2012.

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Marnie Hunter of Weenusk First Nation tends to geese being roasted while guests look on.

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Community members and guests help themselves during the community feast.

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Thomas Fiddler leads a group of Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School students in drumming during the 2012 Walk for Life May 2 in Sioux Lookout, Ont. The annual event, organized by Lac Seul First Nation’s Norma Kejick, is an awareness campaign to let youth know that it’s OK to ask for help considering suicide. It’s the seventh year the walk has been held.
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Nishnawbe-Aski Police Services graduated 18 auxiliary constables on May 4 at the NAPS headquarters in Thunder Bay. NAPS chief of police Claude Chum said the 18 graduates are “history in the making,” noting the Auxiliary Constable program is part of his vision to get more community members involved in policing.
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Dilico Children’s Foundation board member Celina Reitberger pictured with Aim High campaign spokeswoman Crystal Davey after accepting a $5, 000 Soar to Success award from TD Bank’s north western Ontario commercial banking group.

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Raven Spade (left) with her new born son DeAndre Spade-Twance and Chelsea Dault with her one-year-old daughter Angela Achneepineskun at the annual Tiny Tots Powwow held April 30 at the Boys and Girls Club of Thunder Bay.

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Chelsea Dault walks around the powwow circle with her three-year-old son Jacob Achneepineskun. Jeff Neekar lead the drum. The various Native Organizations helping with the event were the Metis Nation of Ontario, Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre, Ontario Native Women’s Association, Anishaawbe Mushkiki and others. The event has been held on Earth Day for the past five years to honour children aged 0-6 years of age.

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Roberta Mamakwa of Kingfisher Lake will be called on to be a leader, as she played on the silver-medal winning Ontario team in 2010.

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Ontario’s male team at this year’s National Aboriginal Hockey Championship has an Eagle’s flair - with five players from Lac Seul making the squad. The team won a bronze medal at last year’s championships, and looking to up that this year.

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Dark Times -- Ann Walsh, editor (Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, BC; 2005; ISBN 1-55380-028-1; 183 pages; $9.95)
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A North Caribou Nurse takes part in a challenge in a mud pie throwing contest while Health Director Tina Quequish and six-year-old Timmy Chikane throw the bowl of mud over the nurse’s head. This was part of a fundraiser to bring in the SuboxoneTreatment Program into the community.

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