Lenny Carpenter — Wawatay News

Moose Cree nets funding to improve tourism

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Tourism along the southern coast of James Bay will get a boost after the federal government announced it has committed funds to help grow the industry in the region.
On Aug. 14, FedNor announced it will provide $126,725 to Moose Cree First Nation in partnership with the Moose River Heritage and Hospitality Association (MRHHA) to develop a strategic plan to help create jobs and enhance tourism in Moosonee, Moose Factory and neighbouring communities.

Stained glass project offers residential school healing

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With no experience in cutting or designing stained glass windows, Jackie Hookimaw-Witt and her partner Norbert Witt began a project last January.
Five months later, they completed and installed the last of the six window panels measuring three metres tall and a metre wide that are now in the local Catholic church.
The project had its origins when the couple applied for a grant with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), which offered art grants that helped with reconciliation of the residential school experience between the church and survivors.

Dryden doctor to undergo sensitivity training

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A Dryden doctor has been ordered to attend cultural sensitivity training after making offensive remarks to a First Nations family on Aug. 4.
The comments, which the family found to be racially offensive, were made as the doctor was attending to the patient at the Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC) emergency room.
While the family did not file a formal complaint with the hospital, word of the incident spread through social media sites such as Facebook, prompting the hospital to respond.

Nolan brings Stanley Cup to Garden River

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The Stanley Cup made its way to Garden River First Nation on Aug. 20 where Jordan Nolan spent the day celebrating his victory with the community.
Hundreds gathered to celebrate the Stanley Cup victory with Nolan, who won the Cup as a member of the Los Angeles Kings in June after they defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games.

Adding Native humour to puppetry

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Derric Starlight asks the Cookie Monster if he’s had cookies since arriving in Moose Factory to take part in the 10th annual Creefest and 2012 Gathering of Our People.
“Yes,” the Cookie Monster replies, “but then everyone says, ‘what is that rez dog doing eating cookies?’”
Starlight, comedian puppeteer, took the main stage and entertained the crowd on July 26 with his collection of puppets, ranging from Muppets like Kermit the Frog and Animal to Sesame Street characters Elmo and Grover.

Wakenagun to continue supporting entrepreneurs

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Businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the James and Hudson Bay region can continue to receive support from Wakenagun Community Futures Development Corporation.
On Aug. 14, FedNor pledged a commitment of $325,250 to help create jobs and support community-based economic development in the region as it continues to support the ongoing operations of the organization.
Based in Moose Factory, Wakenagun provides business loans and support to businesses and start-up entrepreneurs in the Mushkegowuk territory.

DFC students honour deceased youth

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Standing along the McIntyre River, staff and students of the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFC) prayed and offered tobacco in honour of the northern youth who died in Thunder Bay.
To conclude its first week of classes, DFC held its 3rd annual Memorial Walk on Aug. 31.
After a gathering at the DFC gymnasium, the students and staff walked from the First Nations high school to the McIntyre River where the bodies of several of the youth were found.

Unresolved trauma impacts younger generations

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NAN youth and Elders gathered in Thunder Bay from Sept. 4-9 to talk about the intergenerational effects of residential school.
Walking Together, Sharing Our Journey is a five-day gathering that allows the youth to talk to Elders about the impacts of residential school, said facilitator Frank Beardy.
According to the Ontario Educational Communications Authority in 2006, there are 80,000 people alive today who attended the 130 residential schools and who are still suffering the effects.

Kash and Albany gather at former village site

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For the first time in about 15 years, the communities of Kashechewan and Fort Albany gathered at Old Post, the site of the communities’ first settlement established in the late-1800s until the 1950s, when families had to move due to annual spring flooding.
The gathering, called Mamkeewanan: Protecting Paquataskamik, took place Aug. 23-26 and brought families from both communities to the site to talk about preserving and protecting the traditional lands of the communities.

Attawapiskat boy killed in Timmins car crash

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An eight-year-old boy from Attawapiskat First Nation was killed in a car crash in Timmins on Aug. 31.
Shortly before 10 a.m., Abraham Nakogee Jr. was riding with his grandfather, Rosaire, to the Victor M. Power Airport in a minivan when it collided with Fort pickup truck about a kilometre from the airport. The minivan was sent flying into the ditch, killing Nakogee and critically injuring Rosaire.
Nakogee was traveling with his grandfather for a medical appointment and they were on their way to the airport for a flight home when the crash occurred.

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