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November 29, 2012 Volume 39 Number 40

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Seven Matawa First Nations members graduated from the first step on their way to becoming a journeyman carpenter during a ceremony in Winnipeg Nov. 23. The seven Matawa graduates were joined by four Tataskweyak Cree members during the course and the graduation ceremony. Elsie MacDonald of KKETS said the training program, in which Matawa provided support for the students to live and study in Winnipeg, is something that the tribal council is considering using again in the future. The grads plan to bring their skills back to their communities as they work towards earning 900 hours on the job, a requirement for the next step on their apprenticeship journey.

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Seven Matawa First Nations graduates celebrated their achievements in their pre-apprenticeship carpentry course on Nov. 23 in WInnipeg. The students are preparing to take their skills back to their communities.

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Cecilia Echum, Ginoogaming Chief

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Elsie MacDonald, KKETS president

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Paul Lantz/Special to Wawatay News
A new sandbar (foreground) appeared in front of Moosonee following the breakup of Moose River last spring while the main sandbar continues to grow each year.
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A local business owner believes hydroelectric dams operated by Ontario Power Generation, such as this one at Abitibi Canyon, are the cause of the lower water levels on Moose River.
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Winter finished its march across the north last week by dumping a load of snow on the north shore of Lake Superior. While some streams are still flowing, its not long until everything freezes and the winter roads open.
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Les Louttit, deputy grand chief, says a private road to the Ring of Fire that does not connect to First Nations in the region would be ‘totally wrong.’
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Before We Go -- Any Bright, (Red Deer Press, Markham, ON; 2012; ISBN 978-0-88995-471-7); 231 pages; $12.95)
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Wawatay News archives
Pikangikum, October 1983.
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Chase Aden
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Sachigo Lake’s new 12,400 square foot business centre is about half done. The community is now waiting on the opening of the winter road to get the rest of the supplies needed to finish the building.
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Metis artist Christi Belcourt designed the stained glass window commemorating the residential school legagy on Parliament’s Centre Block.
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Johnny Mac’s Training Centre has previously partnered with First Nations in training community members in heavy equipment, including Beatrice Childforever of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug in 2010.
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David Alexander Robertson, and the cover of his latest graphic novel 7 Generations.
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David Alexander Robertson, and the cover of his latest graphic novel 7 Generations.
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The abandoned mine exploration site at Lingman Lake still contains old barrels, exploration equipment, and the threat that the soil and water near the site is contaminated with fuel and other chemicals. Although left over fuel at the site was burned off earlier this year by the Ontario government, Sachigo Lake First Nation wants the remainder of the site cleaned up. The issue is muddled because the site is owned by Cool Minerals.

Submitted photos by Allyne Gliddon
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The abandoned mine exploration site at Lingman Lake still contains old barrels, exploration equipment, and the threat that the soil and water near the site is contaminated with fuel and other chemicals. Although left over fuel at the site was burned off earlier this year by the Ontario government, Sachigo Lake First Nation wants the remainder of the site cleaned up. The issue is muddled because the site is owned by Cool Minerals.

Submitted photos by Allyne Gliddon
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The abandoned mine exploration site at Lingman Lake still contains old barrels, exploration equipment, and the threat that the soil and water near the site is contaminated with fuel and other chemicals. Although left over fuel at the site was burned off earlier this year by the Ontario government, Sachigo Lake First Nation wants the remainder of the site cleaned up. The issue is muddled because the site is owned by Cool Minerals.

Submitted photos by Allyne Gliddon
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The abandoned mine exploration site at Lingman Lake still contains old barrels, exploration equipment, and the threat that the soil and water near the site is contaminated with fuel and other chemicals. Although left over fuel at the site was burned off earlier this year by the Ontario government, Sachigo Lake First Nation wants the remainder of the site cleaned up. The issue is muddled because the site is owned by Cool Minerals.

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Pic River artist Gary LeBouthillier plans to sell his art at the 11th Annual Aboriginal Fine Arts and Crafts Christmas Gift Show in Thunder Bay.
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Bossy Ducharme described his traditional diet to a group of youth at the Ontario Native Women’s Association office in Thunder Bay on Nov. 13.
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Outside Looking In dance choreographer Queenie Seguban (far left), OLI program manager Maureen Hatherly (2nd from left) and founder Tracee Smith (far right) pose with Sandy Lake High School Principal Sarah Sauranas.
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Students chill out with Outside Looking In dance choreographer and workshop facilitator Queenie Seguban (third from right).
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More than 40 Sandy Lake students took part in a three-day dance workshop held Nov. 19-21 organized by Outside Looking In.
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Four First Nations men showed off their hats at a variety of First Nation functions over the past couple of months, including Martin Tuesday at the opening of a youth centre in Thunder Bay, Roy Thunder at the NAN Special Chiefs Assembly and Eabametoong Chief Harry Papah at the NAN Special Chiefs Assembly.
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Four First Nations men showed off their hats at a variety of First Nation functions over the past couple of months, including Martin Tuesday at the opening of a youth centre in Thunder Bay, Roy Thunder at the NAN Special Chiefs Assembly and Eabametoong Chief Harry Papah at the NAN Special Chiefs Assembly.
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Four First Nations men showed off their hats at a variety of First Nation functions over the past couple of months, including Martin Tuesday at the opening of a youth centre in Thunder Bay, Roy Thunder at the NAN Special Chiefs Assembly and Eabametoong Chief Harry Papah at the NAN Special Chiefs Assembly.
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Four First Nations men showed off their hats at a variety of First Nation functions over the past couple of months, including Martin Tuesday at the opening of a youth centre in Thunder Bay, Roy Thunder at the NAN Special Chiefs Assembly and Eabametoong Chief Harry Papah at the NAN Special Chiefs Assembly.
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Students and staff at the Keewaywin First Nations School received a shipment of books from Books With No Bounds in October.
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The Fort Albany Islanders pose on an outdoor rink following a practice last season. The First Nation is the only community along the James Bay coast without an arena and so its minor hockey teams must practice on outdoor rinks or in the school gymnasium. Coach Charlotte Nakoochee is looking to raise funds for a new arena by entering the Aviva Community Fund competition and through other fundraising efforts.

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