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December 20, 2012 Volume 39 Number 43

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Dan Kooses
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Emily and Julia Mogus of No Books No Bounds stands with Regional Chief Stand Beardy and National Chief Shawn Atleo.
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Former Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) grand chief Frank Beardy (left) shakes hands with current Grand Chief Harvey Yesno.
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Aboriginal youth from Thunder Bay gathered to speak and then spent the evening opening up and supporting each other. One participant called the forum a “roller coaster of emotions.”
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Students at the Ogden Community School in Thunder Bay experienced their first powwow on Dec. 14.
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Students at the Ogden Community School in Thunder Bay experienced their first powwow on Dec. 14.
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Leona Scanlan, centre front, was honoured by past and present NNEC postsecondary students and educators from Lakehead University, Conferation College and Oshki.
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Bonnie Couchie of Pic River First Nation performs at the 4th annual Stocking the Youth Cupboard fundraiser at the Finlandia Club on Dec. 13 in Thunder Bay. Organizer Rachel Mishenene, a member of Mishkeegogamang First Nation, said this year’s fundraiser raised more than $1,000. The funds go towards the Independence Cupboard, housed at the Childrens Aid Society office, which consists primarily of non-perishable food products for youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who are living independently.
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Katelyn Bunting of Lac Seul, Tamara Keeash of Weagamow, Dorothy Keeper of Pikangikum and Amanda Lyon of Fort William at the gallery opening of the Photovoice project.
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This photo was part of the Photovoice exhibit, along with the caption: Aboriginal women and men from different nations joining hands in sharing their stories to heal and create social change.
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This photo was taken for the Photovoice project, along with the caption: Cracked but not broken.
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Shibogama’s five chiefs met on Dec. 19 to discuss prescription drug addiction issues in their communities during a press conference in Sioux Lookout.
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The Idle No More protest that has gained steam throughout Canada made its way to Sioux Lookout, where over 40 people showed up.
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Theresa Spence, centre, as she prepared for her hunger strike in Ottawa. As Wawatay went to press, Spence was preparing to finish day eight of her strike with no end in sight.

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Maggie Black Loism, date unknown.
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Betty Riffel of Wabauskang First Nation is continuing her push to get recognition of the mercury poisoning that affected her community the same way it did Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong.
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Shoal Lake water is under dispute as WInnipeg wants to sell it to surrounding communities. The city’s efforts are being blocked by two Treaty #3 First Nations.
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An Eabametoong Elder and Mary Okees share a laugh after a performance of honky-tonk rhythms.
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Traditional dancing was one of the many talents the community members in Eabametoong displayed during the Talent Show.
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Santa’s helpers, the K4 students in Kasabonika Lake, get ready for Christmas.
Submitted photos by Norm Semple and Rose Yesno
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When Santa showed up in Kasabonika, the students lined the school’s gymnasium to welcome him.
Submitted photos by Norm Semple and Rose Yesno
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Meanwhile, Santa brought toys to Marten Falls on Dec. 17, left, and the children in the community joined together in the school’s gym for a carolling sing-a-long concert, below. And in Webequie, the K4 clas got in the spirit by decorating the class door, above.

Photos by Kaitlyn Ferris/Noront Resources
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Meanwhile, Santa brought toys to Marten Falls on Dec. 17, left, and the children in the community joined together in the school’s gym for a carolling sing-a-long concert, below. And in Webequie, the K4 clas got in the spirit by decorating the class door, above.

Photos by Kaitlyn Ferris/Noront Resources
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Eastern Lake Nipigon’s Ange-Aimee Wawia enjoys creating older style needle cases and other forms of hide work.
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Metis painter Eugene Lefrancois usually tries to incorporate the colours of the northern lights into his paintings.
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Couchiching’s Raven Linklater enjoys making traditional regalia items for people on the powwow trail.
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Webequie’s Andrew Sug-anaqueb makes all of his traditional crafts entirely by hand.
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Eabametoong sisters Cecelia Ash and Jane Slipperjack have been creating traditional crafts since they were teenagers.
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Keewaywin’s Derek Harper has been painting traditional legends since he was introduced to acrylic paints about 20 years ago.
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Thunder Bay’s Ken Wabegijig usually tries to alter his designs every year to attract more interest to his traditional crafts.
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Wikwemikong’s Paul Francis has been creating traditional crafts since his mother began teaching him at the age of 12.
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Wikwemikong’s Martina Osawamick has sold some porcupine quill boxes from her Zaawmiknaang craft shop for thousands of dollars.
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Wikwemikong’s Mary Pheasant has written, illustrated and published a book featuring the traditional perspective on Type 2 diabetes.

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