Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Education guide aimed at educators, social workers, lawyers

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An education guide has been added to the garnetsjourney.com residential school to reconciliation website for use by educators at all levels.
“The work of creating awareness goes on — this is one more way of telling Canadians about their history,” said Garnet Angeconeb, a former Aboriginal Healing Foundation board member from Lac Seul who set up the website along with former CBC Radio journalist Ashley Wright, who now teaches journalism at Algonquin College and Carleton University.

NOSM students to undergo safeTALK training for suicide

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Suicide awareness training has been added to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s curriculum in response to the high rates of suicide in northern Ontario.
“It’s something that is being welcomed by the medical school, from the students to the faculty,” said Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler Fiddler said. “It’s something that is needed and we also commend them for recognizing that this is a real issue for our communities and that they are doing something about it.”

Matawa First Nations celebrate 46 adult learner graduates

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Eabametoong’s Danielle Baxter is aiming for a nursing career after graduating from Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services’ Aboriginal Skills Advancement Pilot Program.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl,” said Baxter, who is a single parent of a three-year-old son. “It’s never too late, keep going, follow your dream, never quit, keep moving. You can be anything you want to be.”
Aroland’s Leanne Gagnon is also considering a career in nursing after graduating from the program.

New bed and breakfast accommodations available in KI

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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug’s Stanley Bluecoat has expanded his bed and breakfast accommodations by building the six-bedroom Sunset Lodging Bed and Breakfast in the West Bay area.
“It’s been good since I opened the new (lodge),” Bluecoat said. “It’s been steady — people have been coming in and out.”
Bluecoat began providing bed and breakfast accommodations after he built a new home in 2009. His first guest was the contractor who was building the community’s new airport terminal.

Local First Nations-focused book on healing now available

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Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School Elder Eva Kakepetum has written a book featuring her healing journey to help others with their own healing processes.
“By telling a bit of my own story of abuse and also the struggles my husband and I had with him going to residential school as well, I thought that would encourage and give hope to people,” said the retired addiction and mental health counsellor, whose family is originally from the Bad River reserve in Wisconsin. “We’re in a really good place now and we went through our healing from our abuse issues.”

Wasaya Airways aircraft grounded after door opens during April 24 takeoff

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A Wasaya Airways Beechcraft 1900 twin-engine turboprop was grounded for five days in Sachigo after a door opened during takeoff on April 24.
“About two minutes after takeoff they heard a whistling sound as it was leaving,” said Sachigo Chief Alvin Beardy, describing eyewitness accounts from community members on the ground. “They observed that something was wrong because it was making an unusual high-pitched sound. Even from the ground you could hear it.”


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