Lenny Carpenter — Wawatay News

Fort Albany woman unable to access $97,0000

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A Fort Albany woman is unable to access the $97,000 she received in residential school compensation several months ago because she had previously been deemed a “mentally unfit Indian” by the federal government.
Agnes Sutherland, 57, struggled with alcohol addiction and in February 2009, was admitted into a mental health unit in Timmins. A required assessment was conducted and the physician made a finding that she did not have the mental capacity to manage her property.

Project aimed at training Aboriginal reporters in northern Ontario

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The need to tell Aboriginal stories by Aboriginal writers from northern Ontario is at the core of a project initiated by Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), a Canadian-based media development organization.
“The idea is to build up a slew of correspondence across northern Ontario of people who can report from their communities,” said Robin Pierro, communications manager for JHR. “So community-based reporters who can tell Aboriginal focused stories from the Aboriginal perspective.”

Fundraising to get Nibinamik an ice rink

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Building a synthetic ice rink in Nibinamik First Nation for the local youth is the goal of a Toronto-based organization that is partnered with 30 First Nations in northwestern Ontario.
To do so, Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win: The North-South Partnership for Children has entered the project in the Aviva Community Fund, a competition where initiatives that encourage positive change are voted on by the public in a series of online voting rounds.

Mushkegowuk grand chief battling cancer

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Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Stan Louttit is in a battle with cancer.
The Fort Albany First Nation member who grew up in Attawapiskat is in a Kingston hospital after having surgery this past week.
In an open letter to friends and colleagues, Louttit said the surgery was aimed at removing two tumours from his colon and liver.
“Much to my surprise, the cancer had spread to my stomach lining,” Louttit wrote. “The surgeons promptly closed me up.”

Sisters complete mission of sending books up north

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Two teenaged sisters from southern Ontario have completed their mission of sending books up to remote NAN communities.
Emma and Julia Mogus of Oakville, Ont., have collected more than 5,500 books in donations and some purchased from their own pockets. The books began to be sent up in late September to 24 remote communities in northern Ontario.
“It was really great,” Julia said. “We just expected to get 500-1,000 books but Hopedale Mall was generous to give us a room to put all the books in.”

Properly fund Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, MP tells feds

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MP Charlie Angus (NDP – Timmins-James Bay) is calling on the provincial and federal governments to alleviate the chronic underfunding of Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS), which serves 35 First Nations in northern Ontario.
In 2006, the underfunding of NAPS drew national headlines when Ricardo Wesley and James Goodwin of Kashechewan First Nation died in a makeshift cell when the local NAPS detachment office was consumed by fire.

Moose hunting by road

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Fraserdale.
I passed by this tiny settlement so many times on the train between Moosonee and Cochrane yet I had never set foot there.
But on Oct. 18, I was among those who disembarked the train at the regular rail stop. I was there for the moose hunt along with my friend Ryan, his father Patrick Sr., and his son and nephew. My original hope was to hunt with my dad, who traditionally moose hunts on either the Abitibi or Kwatabohigan River near Moosonee. But he said he was ill, which left me to contact Ryan about his hunting plans.

Louttit to undergo chemotherapy

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Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Stan Louttit will begin chemotherapy treatment in Kingston on Nov. 13 as part of his battle with cancer.
Louttit previously underwent surgery to remove tumours from his colon and liver but surgeons discovered the cancer had spread to his stomach lining. Days following the surgery, doctors recommended he undergo chemotherapy.
“I’ll undergo the first round of chemotherapy (on Nov. 13) and we’ll wait a couple of days to see how my body is responding to it,” Louttit said. “Then we’ll decide the next steps from there.”

Feds continue to study bill requiring First Nations chief, council salaries posted online

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The federal government is continuing to study a bill that would require First Nation leaders to publish salaries online.
Bill C-27, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, passed its second reading in Commons and is now being studied by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

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