Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

NAN chiefs reject Bill C-33

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation chiefs rejected the federal government’s Bill C-33, First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, during a May 6-7 gathering in Thunder Bay.
“Our First Nations have our own vision,” said Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic. “We believe that the future of education in Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory is based on the vision we have on jurisdiction of education in our communities.”
Kakegamic said NAN has been holding discussions with the federal government over education for the past 10 years.

Aboriginal artisans to market arts and crafts in Toronto

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The Northern Ontario Aboriginal Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition and Sale is on for this August at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto.
“We want to showcase and exhibit our art forms from the northern communities,” said John Ferris, who founded the Aboriginal Artworks Group of Northern Ontario about 12 years ago.

Meekis’ plan finishes fifth out of 160

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Sandy Lake’s Scott Meekis finished fifth in the 2014 Enter the Den business plan competition after an unusual flight to the May 22 event in Thunder Bay.
“We had trouble coming in but we made it,” said Meekis, who had just graduated from Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School on May 13. “They cancelled our flight the first day we were supposed to come here.”
Meekis and his mother Nora Jane Meekis flew down to Thunder Bay in a small plane chartered by Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund specifically to attend the finals of the Enter the Den competition.

Ring of Fire development a hot topic in election campaign

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Developing the Ring of Fire was a hot topic just before the leadership debate on northern Ontario issues began on May 26.
While the NDP and Liberal party leaders have both promised to invest more than $1 billion to develop infrastructure in the Ring of Fire, New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath announced Ring of Fire revenue sharing negotiation plans just prior to the leadership debate.

Wabaseemoong controls dog population with help of vet team

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Wabaseemoong (Whitedog) has achieved success with no reported puppies this spring after two annual veterinary spaying and neutering clinics.
“In twelve-and-a-half months we have somewhat controlled the dog population,” said Waylon Scott, a community member from Kenora who helped with both clinics. “This year we can’t find any spring litter puppies.”
Scott began the spaying-neutering process by encouraging his community to sign a Band Council Resolution last year to bring in the Grey Bruce Aboriginal Qimmiq Team of veterinarians from southern Ontario for a five-year period.

Three Lakehead University alumni honoured with awards

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Lac Seul artist Ahmoo Angeconeb and two other First Nation Lakehead University alumni were among the five honoured at the 2014 Lakehead University Alumni Awards Dinner.
“I was quite surprised at first but I’m really honoured,” said Angeconeb, who picked up an Alumni Honour Award at the May 28 symposium in Thunder Bay. “It’s really overwhelming getting this award. I didn’t suspect I would get such an award.”

NOSM researchers feasted for work on vaccine

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Two Northern Ontario School of Medicine researchers were recently feasted by Lac Seul for their research into a vaccine for a bacterial pathogen that affects First Nations people.
“Northwestern Ontario has the second largest number of cases of Haemophilus influenzae type A, after the Canadian Arctic,” said Marina Ulanova, an associate professor at NOSM. “In addition, we have discovered that Haemophilus influenzae type A occurs at a much higher rate among First Nations peoples compared to the rest of the population in northwestern Ontario.”

Eabametoong counsellor named ONECA’s counsellor of the year

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Eabametoong education counsellor Caroline Yesno’s commitment to the pursuit of higher education goals, not only for students but for herself, recently paid off with the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) President’s Counsellor of the Year Award.


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