Lenny Carpenter — Wawatay News

Koostachin adjusts to urban life

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When Craig Koostachin moved to Timmins in 2008, he had to overcome numerous challenges to adjust to urban life.
The Attawapiskat First Nation member grew up in several communities along the James Bay coast, including Fort Albany and Moose Factory, where he spoke primarily Cree and took part in traditional activities.
So Koostachin experienced culture shock when he moved with his family to the city as a 14-year-old.
“I didn’t know how to talk to people,” he said. “And I had a problem with speaking English most of the time. I was mumbling a lot.”

Aboriginal filmmakers learning more about their craft

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Caleb Magiskan of Thunder Bay is planning a make a short film in the coming months.
But the 21-year-old Aroland First Nation member felt he needed to learn more about the trade and craft of filmmaking, so he took part in Docs North, a workshop program aimed at emerging filmmakers in Thunder Bay and northern Ontario.
“It was really insightful,” Magiskan said of his experience in the workshops. “Just the stories and what they teach you helps a lot when you go back to your own life and use these skills for your own films and projects.”

Horvoka nominated for People’s Choice awards

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Less than three months after the release of her third album, Shy-Anne Hovorka has been nominated for six Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards.
“It was kinda scary not knowing what they’re gonna say,” Hovorka said on waiting whether she would be announced as a nominee. “It’s always hit or miss. I honestly did not expect to be in the top five, but it turns out I did.”

Sandy Lake youth run for diabetes

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Alex Fiddler of Sandy Lake First Nation was impressed by the turnout for the North West Company’s Run for Diabetes event on Sept. 15.
“We were quite surprised how many participated,” Fiddler, the Brighter Futures coordinator for the First Nation, said. “We didn’t expect that many people to come on down. The atmosphere was very good downtown.”
The Run for Diabetes had more than 100 people take part, either running or walking in a 5-kilometre (5K), 2.5K or a kid’s fun run track. Participants ranged from six to 65 years old.

Northlander train closure could lead to rising shipping costs

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The closure of the Northlander train and divestment of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) could lead to higher transportation costs for the north, said the mayor of Moosonee.
Mayor Victor Mitchell said he is concerned that the sale of the ONTC and its subsidiaries could have long-term economic effects for the northern communities.

Youth develop leadership skills through ‘Creator’s game’

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Aboriginal youth detained in Thunder Bay had the chance to develop leadership and life skills through a weeklong lacrosse development camp.
Professional lacrosse players from the National Lacrosse League brought their skills and lessons to the Justice Ronald Lester Youth Centre, where they spent the week of Sept. 10-14 training with the youth.
The idea is to develop leadership skills in the youth so that when they are released, they can bring the sport of lacrosse to their community.

Attawapiskat planning for housing crisis ‘round two’

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As temperatures begin to drop to signify the emergence of fall and the upcoming winter, Attawapiskat First Nation is working to find housing for about 100 community members.
Earlier this year, a trailer complex housing about 100 residents was condemned by the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council due to mould. The trailers were donated to Attawapiskat by DeBeers in 2009. Almost half of the occupants have moved out, most to the healing lodge that was converted last winter to a residence.

Concert to tell history of Fort William

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A Thunder Bay musician is set to perform with the Thunder Bay symphony orchestra on Oct. 19 with songs about the history of the city.
Rodney Brown, who grew up in Thunder Bay, said he has done some detailed research on the history of the region while composing songs for his latest album, Fort William, which is to be released at the concert.
“All the songs tell stories,” Brown said. “There’s one song about Williams’ relationship with his Cree wife, and…the demise of Fort William.”

Rez-Fit challenge motivates Moose Factory women

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Women in Moose Factory had the chance to develop a healthy and fit lifestyle when they took part in the Rez-Fit challenge over the summer months.
By participating in fitness, nutritional and obstacle course challenges during the eight-week program, the women were able to create a support network for each other as they worked to achieve their fitness goals.
“We had people lose weight but more importantly, they made fitness a part of their lifestyle,” said Christina Linklater, a community health coordinator at the Moose Factory Health Centre.

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