Lenny Carpenter — Wawatay News

Mishkeegogamang under distress following house fires

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Community members in Mishkeegogamang First Nation are still struggling to cope with a house fire that led to the death of a mother, her two young daughters and her nephew on Feb. 13.
Faced with overwhelming demand, chief and council declared a state of emergency on March 3, stating that the widespread trauma has been compounded by a persistent significant shortage of services and resources.

Team Ontario seeking athletes for NAIG 2014 before March 31 deadline

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Aboriginal Team Ontario is seeking young athletes to register for the the upcoming North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) set to take place July 20-27 in Regina, Sask.
Scott Haines, Team Ontario’s track and field head coach for the games, said they are seeking Indigenous athletes aged between 13-19 to register before the March 31 deadline.
Athletes do not need to have tried out before registering. Tryouts can continue until early June, when teams must submit their final rosters.

Grade 5 student spends day as chief of Lac Seul

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A Grade 5 student spent the day as chief of Lac Seul after winning an essay contest.
Taylor-Ann Chisel was selected among her peers from Grades 5-8 at the Obishikokaang Elementary School to become Chief for a Day.
To begin her day as chief, Taylor-Ann was given the chance to speak on the school’s morning announcements.
Taylor-Ann then accompanied Chief Clifford Bull around the community to the various centres and one of his many meetings.
Prior to starting the day, Bull spoke to Taylor-Ann’s class about his roles, influences and responsibilities as chief.

NAN track and field event featured more than 50 youth

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Sandy Lake’s Jeffrey Kakegamic said it was a thrill to try out the shot put for the first time during NAN’s track and field skills development camp in Thunder Bay.
“Pretty fun,” the 15-year-old said with a smile as he reflected on the new sport. “It would be nice to play those things again.”
The Grade 9 student was among 40 youth who took part in the skills development camp on April 6, the second day of the event. The first day featured about 54 aspiring athletes from 11 NAN communities in northern Ontario.

Former Attawapiskat co-manager charged with theft, fraud

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The former co-manager of Attawapiskat First Nation’s finances has been formally charged with theft and fraud.
Clayton Kennedy, 62, was charged on March 26 with one count of fraud over $5,000 and one count of theft over $5,000, according to Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS).
The charges were laid as a result of an investigation launched by NAPS after a complaint was filed by the First Nation about fraud being committed.

Cree teenaged superhero from Moose Factory unveiled by DC Comics

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A First Nations superhero was officially announced as one of several characters in a new series by DC Comics.
DC Comics recently unveiled Equinox, who is a 16-year-old Cree from Moose Factory.
Equinox has powers connected to the Earth that change with the seasons. When she’s not busy being a superhero, she is Miiyahbin of Moose Factory.
Equinox will join seven other superheroes in the series, which will split its time between Canada and space, contrasting small town life with epic space adventures.

Matawa signs framework agreement with Ontario

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Matawa First Nations and Ontario have signed a framework agreement that the two parties say will ensure the First Nation communities benefit from the proposed Ring of Fire development.
The framework agreement allows the two parties to move forward with a negotiation process on a community-based regional approach to development in the Ring of Fire.

Cree superhero hits comic book stores

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When Canadian comics artist and writer Jeff Lemire was commissioned by DC Comics to create a new gang of superheroes, one was inspired after he learned about Attawapiskat’s Shannen Koostachin.
He also decided to set much of the storyline along the James Bay coast. A southern Ontario boy with limited experience with First Nations, Lemire ventured up to Moosonee and Moose Factory to spend time with local youth and learn about the culture.

Sioux Lookout youth goes to Hollywood

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Tyler Angeconeb inspects himself in the mirror, ensuring his three-piece suit and all its elements are in place as we prepare to see the latest Hollywood flick, Transcendence.
But this is no regular screening at your local cinema.
It’s April 10 and we are in a fancy hotel in Westwood, Los Angeles and a mere 10-minute walk from the theatre where the film would premiere - eight days before it would be released across the continent.
“Man, I can’t believe we’re about to go a Hollywood premiere,” he says as he straightens his vest.


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