Lenny Carpenter — Wawatay News

Feds announce $1.9 billion for First Nations education

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

First Nations leaders have expressed caution or disappointment after the Canadian government announced it would invest $1.9 billion into First Nations education over three years.
On Feb. 7, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement to reform the First Nations K-12 education system through the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. It was previously known as the First Nations Education Act, which many First Nations leaders rejected as it did not address funding disparities between First Nations and provincially-run schools.

Omushkegowuk walkers reach Parliament Hill

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

After walking 1,700 kilometres over 49 days, the Omushkegowuk walkers completed their journey of walking from Attawapiskat to Ottawa.
Three men from Attawapiskat started the journey in early January and were joined along the way by 20 men, women and youth before they reached Parliament Hill on Feb. 24.
The walk was started by Danny Metatawabin, a member of Fort Albany, who wanted to start a discussion with both levels of government and First Nations leaders about implementing the treaty and addressing the issues plaguing First Nations communities.

Oskapewis: Helpers support the walkers

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A journey 1,700 kilometres in length and featuring over 20 walkers would not be successful without on-site support of helpers.
So when they saw that the Omushkegowuk walkers needed that support, Patrick Etherington Sr. and Frances Whiskeychan offered their help.
The pair are experienced with walks, whether they walked themselves or served as a helper. Last summer, they supported youth who walked from Cochrane to Alberta.
They also were in Ottawa for 40 days during Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike last winter.

Reclaiming Our Steps: A spiritual journey

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From the very start, Danny Metatawabin declared that the Reclaiming Our Steps: Past, Present and Future journey was a spiritual one.
Ask any of the walkers who joined and all would agree.
This includes Raven Turner of Temagami First Nation, who had previously taken part in traditional ceremonies before she strayed and got into drugs and alcohol.
But joining the Omushkegowuk walkers put her back to her roots.

Omuskegowuk youth walk for the future

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While it was three men who began the Reclaiming Our Steps: Past, Present and Future journey in Attawapiskat, many youth stepped up to support the cause and message.
Wayne Koostachin of Fort Albany First Nation joined when the walkers passed through Moosonee.
The 27-year-old said he had wanted to do a walk after a group of women walked from Attawapiskat to Cochrane in 2003.
“It’s to honour our treaties and for my people, for our youth and future generations,” he said of the Omushkegowuk walkers.

Mushkegowuk Challenge Cup a success

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The Mushkegowuk Council says its 7th Annual Mushkegowuk Challenge Cup tournament was a success.
The tournament was held in Timmins from Feb.21- 24 and featured 44 teams in the divisions of tykes, novice, atoms, peewees, bantams, midgets, Jr. girls, Sr. girls and juniors.
Teams travelled to Timmins from many communities including Ontario’s Peawanuck, Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Moose Factory, Taykwa Tagamou, Moosonee, Chapleau Cree, Constance Lake, Fish River Band, Long Point First Nation, Wagoshig, and Fort Severn.

On the Rez in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

When four youth in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation decided to send an open invitation for average Canadians to come spend five days in their remote community in northwestern Ontario to build bridges across culture and get a clearer sense of what life on a remote reserve is like, many in the community did not take them seriously.
“There were people who said it’s impossible,” said Leona Matthews, one of the youth organizers. “They say, ‘they’re just youth, they don’t do anything.’ But we worked really hard and got it done.”


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