Lenny Carpenter — Wawatay News

First Nations police program ‘not working’: auditor general

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First Nations police services supported by the federal government under the First Nations Policing Program suffer from poor allocation of funds, shabby police facilities, and a lack of transparency from the feds, according to the Auditor General of Canada.
In his report released on May 6, Auditor General Michael Ferguson also said Public Safety Canada, the federal department that administers the program, does not obtain any “meaningful” input from First Nations when negotiating agreements.

From Hollywood to goose hunting on James Bay

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When my college friend Tyler Angeconeb offered me the chance to join him on a trip to Los Angeles to attend a Hollywood premiere, I was esctactic.
After all, how many people get a chance to see an actual Hollywood premiere and the chance to mingle with celebrities?
To go see the Hollywood walk of fame, go to Universal Studios, attend an NHL game between the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks, and possibly meet some of the most famous actors and celebrities of our time.

Raise Awareness golf tourney enters fourth year

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The fourth annual Raise Awareness Together golf tournament is set to tee off on June 27 in Thunder Bay.
Mike McKay and Travis Boissoneau began the tournament four years ago in the hopes of raising awareness on prescription drug abuse which has plagued First Nations communities in northern Ontario.
“At the time we started this tournament, there was no one really talking about the issue,” said McKay, a member of Bearskin Lake. “It’s just one of those things where you see family friends going through these struggles, you wanna help out but you know you want to do something.”

Eabametoong youth self-records ‘electronic, industrial’ album

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Pearce Wastaken said the title of his self-released album, Voices Without Words, is the feeling of living in Eabametoong or any other northern community.
“It was just the way I felt about being in a reservation. You’re enclosed and very isolated,” the 22-year-old said. “The struggles and stuff you face, you have to live with it for a while.
So (on a reserve) there are people who have voices, but people can’t hear him.”
Voices Without Words, which was released earlier this year, is an instrumental album which Wastaken said is “a whole lot of ambient sounds.”

Bringing you coverage of the provincial election in four ridings

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In this issue of Wawatay News, we are pleased to offer you our extensive coverage of the Ontario election for 2014.
First off, we want to show our readers the boundaries of each riding to illustrate how vast only four ridings take up in northern Ontario.
Below, readers can learn how they can take part in the voting process in an Ontario election.

Wabigoon mourns death of former chief

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Community members, family and friends of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation’s Ruben Cantin Sr. are mourning after the former chief passed away on May 21.
In July 2012 Chief Cantin Sr. was instrumental in the $20 million settlement from the province. Then minister Kathleen Wynne of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Cantin signed a settlement from a flooding incident that destroyed parts of the reserve dating back more than 150 years. Wynne presented an apology letter and presented the $20 million settlement for the community.


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