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August 21, 2014 Volume 41 Number 17

Photos from the edition. Click the ‘View full story’ link to view the complete story.
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Photos by Willow Blasizzo

Rapper Blu gives Becky Meekis a special seat during one of his performances.
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DJ Ken G performing.
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The crowd at this year’s Muddy Water Music Festival during Blu’s performance.
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Mike Hunter Jr., Weenusk First Nation
NAN Elder Recognition award
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Chief Sonny Gagnon, Aroland First Nation
Emile Nakogee Award for Outstanding Leadership
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Sabrina Angeconeb, Bearskin Lake First Nation
NAN Youth Award - Athletic
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Robyn Archibald, Taykwa Tagamou Nation
NAN Youth Award – Academic
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Dobi-Dawn Frenette, Couchiching First Nation
NAN Staff Award
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Keisha Saige Iahtail, Attawapiskat First Nation
NAN Youth Award - Leadership/Community Involvement
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Kenina Kakekayash, North Caribou Lake First Nation
NAN Woman Award
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Screenshot of the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada website that lists First Nations’ financial reports.
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Photos by Stephanie Wesley/Wawatay News

Raven Mamakeesic (far right) snaps a “selfie” of her with Georgette Keno (second from right) and friends before the Gravitron starts.
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Photos by Stephanie Wesley/Wawatay News

There were several ride options for young Midway riders to choose from at this year’s CLE.
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Young riders enjoy the warm weather on the rocket ride.
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Aboriginal sports organization holds summer camps
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NAN signs relationship protocol with Cancer Care Ontario
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Steve Fobister Sr.
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Wawatay file photo

The Special Investigations Unit has determined no charges will be laid against any Timmins police officer in connection to the death of Paul Mattinas of Attawapiskat. Mattinas (far left) was one of three Omushkegowuk walkers who began a trek from Attawapiskat to Ottawa earlier this year.
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Photos courtesy of Jason Hunter

Louie Chookomolin plays square dancing music on the fiddle.
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Players dab their cards in an Elders’ game of bingo.
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A hand-painted logo of this year’s gathering.
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A cook tends to the traditional dish in the shaptwan.
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Women scramble to find a male partner during a game of human musical chairs. Once the square dance music stops, each woman must find a partner. The one unable to do so is eliminated.
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The final two female competitors battle for the last man.
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Submitted photo

Alex Archibald (second from right) of Taykwa Tagamou First Nation announced a long-term strategic partnership with a Winnipeg-based company on Aug. 8. Through his company, Alex and Sons Enterprise, Archibald will deliver construction services and procure work on upcoming resource sector projects with Wescan Group of Companies. “I am very proud for never giving up and staying focused on my long-term goal of achieving a solid partnership,” Archibald said to Wawatay News. The partnership was reached after eight months of negotiations. Archibald is the sole owner and operator of Archibald and Sons Enterprise since 2010. Archibald plans to help out his community with training and using the TTN employment pool .
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Youth try to stomp on and bust each other’s balloons during the Hudson Bay Lowlands Cree Gathering in Peawanuck, Ont. The annual gathering between Weenusk and Fort Severn First Nations took place from Aug. 14-18.
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Photo by Willow Blasizzo

The crowd at this year’s Muddy Water Music Festival during Blu’s performance. The festival took place July 30 to Aug. 2 in Sandy Lake.

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