Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Wapekeka student most popular human book in Thunder Bay

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Wapekeka’s Nicole Quedent recently shared her life experiences during the third Human Library project in Thunder Bay.
“I basically told them my life story — how it was like for me living on the reserve,” said the Grade 10 Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School student. “They were very surprised and they were curious how the buildings would look like if they went to visit the reserve.”

Pikangikum nurse looks forward to potential Mars journey

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A Pikangikum and former Cat Lake registered nurse has passed the first hurdle to be part of a pioneering journey to Mars in 2018.
“It’s a bizarre kind of feeling — it kind of feels like a dream still,” said Jonathan Skillen, who recently moved to Pikangikum after working in Cat Lake since November 2012.
“You’re not really able to think that I might be on a rocket ship one day. It’s a pretty small amount of people that have done that in the past and it’s really hard to imagine.”

Lac Seul co-hosts Little Bands tournament

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Sandy Lake, Lac Seul and Bearskin Lake were the big winners at the 2014 Little Bands Native Youth Hockey Tournament.
Although Sachigo Lake played in five of the six A-Side championship games, they only won the Atom A-Side championship.
“The kids really enjoyed the week, they really enjoyed the games and regardless if they lost or won, they are still winners,” said Ziggy Beardy, committee member for the tournament. “It was a good experience for a lot of them — some of them don’t even have arenas.”

Thunder Bay renewing Aboriginal Liaison Strategy

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Calls for an Aboriginal ombudsman were made during a Feb. 3 Aboriginal Liaison Strategy renewal meeting in Thunder Bay.
“I’ve heard comments from the Aboriginal community that sometimes services are not being provided in a manner to recognize some of the needs of our Aboriginal people in the community,” said Frances Wesley, strategy planner with the Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy and a Constance Lake band member. “Having an ombudsman position would resolve a lot of our issues in terms of bringing the problems forward.”

NADF micro lending circle kicks off in Lac Seul

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Lac Seul’s Mona Gordon is looking to start up a gasoline convenience store at the Kejick Bay turnoff through Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s Micro Lending Program.
“The reason I chose that location (is) it would service all three communities,” Gordon said, noting the road between Lac Seul’s three communities of Frenchman’s Head, Kejick Bay and Whitefish Bay was resurfaced last year. “But in addition to servicing the three communities, there is also an opportunity there to capitalize on the tourism industry that does take place in Lac Seul.”

Cedar mask carving lessons underway in Thunder Bay

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Weekly cedar mask making workshops by Nigigoonsiminikaaning artist Perry Perrault are featured on Saturdays at the Blue Sky Community Healing Centre in Thunder Bay.
“In the beginning, people will draw out their concepts — they will put it on paper and make many concepts, whatever they want to exude,” Perrault said. “Then they will move on to a clay model before they actually carve the wood.”
Perrault said the clay model is an important step in the process because it provides a reference model for carving the wood.

Moose Cree expands fishing and hunting business

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Moose Cree First Nation now offers more than 7,000 square miles of prime fishing, hunting and outdoor tourism adventures across the James Bay Lowlands.
“It’s a great business venture that ties in with our culture and what we do,” said Moose Cree Chief Norman Hardisty Jr. “We’re beginning to expand in tourism and marketing is certainly helping out.”

Wasaya is '100 per cent safe': CEO Tom Morris

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Wasaya Airways CEO Tom Morris says the 25-year-old First Nations airline is not in financial straits as indicated in a December 2013 letter to the ownership chiefs.
“We are 100 per cent safe and we’ll be here for a long time,” Morris said. “There’s been a lot of speculation in the media as well as the social media. We just wanted to tell our side of the story and tell the truth, the true picture of where we are.”

First Nations looking to manage Whiskey Jack Forest

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Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister called for First Nations management of the Whiskey Jack Forest during the Feb. 4-5 First Nations Forestry Summit in Thunder Bay.
“We’re willing to explore the possibility of three First Nations, including us, Waubaskang and Whitefish Bay, to see if we can get the SFL (Sustainable Forest Licence) and manage the forest under our own terms and conditions,” Fobister said on the second day of the summit.


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