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Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Mandela honoured by national chief during memorial services

National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo performed a Nuu-chah-nulth ceremony and presented an eagle feather during Nelson Mandela’s memorial services in South Africa.

Fish, birds, animals featured in fabric artwork

Patricia Ningewance’s fabric art has inspired others to begin creating their own forms of art.

Quantum leap forward required

Gull Bay Chief Wilfred King said the consultation process has not worked for his community during the Nov. 5-7 Robinson Superior Regional Economic Development Summit.

Chief Theresa Nelson passing on trapping skills to daughter

Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek Chief Theresa Nelson is passing on her family’s trapping traditions, including her own 34 years of trapping knowledge, to her daughter.

Wabigoon Lake wins third water taste award in past year

Wabigoon Lake recently won its third award for the best tasting water in northwestern Ontario. “That was definitely something,” said Marcel Shabaquay, Wabigoon Lake’s water plant operator.

Ontario chiefs reject First Nations Education Act

Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (OFNYPC) members stood in unity with Ontario chiefs to reject the First Nations Education Act at the Nov. 26-28 Chiefs of Ontario Special Chiefs Assembly.

Justice issues raised during NAN-Wide Justice Summit

Eabametoong Chief Elizabeth Atlookan called for communities to empower themselves over justice issues during the Nov. 19-21 NAN-Wide Justice Summit.

Grassy Narrows rejects MNR clearcut plans

Grassy Narrows has rejected Ministry of Natural Resources plans for more clear-cut logging in their traditional territory.

NAN declares inherent and treaty rights to education

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is standing up for First Nations’ inherent and treaty rights to control education in the wake of the federal government’s Proposal for a Bill on First Nations Education.

First Nation surface diamond driller assistants graduate

Moose Cree’s Jocelyn Rickard is looking forward to a career in mining after completing the Surface Diamond Driller Common Core program at Northern College in Timmins.

Muskrat Dam family treatment centre receives accreditation

A treatment centre in Muskrat Dam First Nation has been accredited by a national organization that sets standards of excellence for human service organizations.

Life is worth fighting for: Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic

Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic described the pain his family suffered from the loss of a family member during this year’s NAN Day of Prayer joint service.

Facing the fear over residential school abuse: Luke Sagutch

Neskantaga’s Luke Sagutch is encouraging people to “face the fear” and get counselling for their residential school issues.

OPP officer receives Mothers Against Drunk Driving award

An Ontario Provincial Police officer was recently awarded for his work to reduce impaired driving in northwestern Ontario.