Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Weenusk radar site to be cleaned

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Weenusk First Nation is looking forward to the clean up of nearby Site 500, the largest abandoned Mid-Canada Line radar site in northern Ontario.
“The clean up of the radar sites has been a long time coming and Weenusk First Nation is eager to move ahead with this project,” said Weenusk Chief Edmund Hunter. “Jobs will be created over the next three years for people from my community and that is very important to us. As well, the clean up will help improve the health of the environment for the people who live on this land.”

Anishinabek call for retailers to honour point-of-sale tax exemption

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The Anishinabek Nation is calling for retailers to honour point-of-sale tax exemptions after community members reported being gouged by companies.
“Even after the province has sent out notices informing businesses that they must honour the rights of our citizens – on and off-reserve – to tax exemption, we are hearing stories of companies trying to gouge First Nations customers,” said Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee.
“These retailers are now breaking their own government’s laws, as well as ignoring First Nation rights.”

First Nation Species at Risk projects funded

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Species at Risk projects will soon be conducted by four area First Nations and two First Nation organizations.
“The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund supports dedicated volunteers and landowners in making a positive difference to our province’s at-risk plants and animals, which in turn improves our biodiversity and the quality of life for all Ontarians,” said Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey.

Bill 191 under debate in Ontario legislature

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Bill 191, the Far North Act, is being debated in the Ontario Legislature with a vote likely to be held Sept. 23.
“If Bill 191 passes Third Reading, NAN will not recognize it,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Mike Metatawabin in a Sept. 22 press release. “We will not compromise our rights as treaty people. The law can be passed by the province of Ontario, but this does not promise industry free access to our lands.”

Sachigo Lake teen died of blunt-force trauma

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Thunder Bay Police have revealed the cause of death of the 16-year-old girl from Sachigo Lake who died in the city Sept. 21.
The girl died of multiple blunt-force trauma injuries, according to the police.
Police have charged two young offenders – both girls – with second-degree murder in connection with the homicide.
The girls, aged 14 and 15, can't be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. According to police, the victim knew the two girls accused of her murder.

Ostberg wants to be voice of Aboriginal people

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Pic River member running for Thunder Bay council
Former Pic River First Nation band councillor Sharon Ostberg is running for councillor at large in the upcoming Thunder Bay municipal election.
“Come and support me – I will be your voice on council,” Ostberg said Sept. 3 while gearing up for the Oct. 25 election in Thunder Bay. “This is your home, this is your city. You need to have a say in what is going on.”

RBC funds watershed project

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Shibogama First Nations Council is working with the Wildlands League to develop an integrated watershed plan.
“I understand the funding has been approved,” said Margaret Kenequanash, executive director of Shibogama First Nations Council. “Now we just have to sit down and develop the flow of that funding. The work that the communities are doing with the parks is already underway.”

Fednor funds Matawa, Muskrat Dam

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Matawa First Nations Management and Muskrat Dam are receiving funding for resource development opportunities.
“FedNor is investing in CFDCs (Community Futures Development Corporations) and area First Nations to provide them with the tools they need to strengthen the economy,” said Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for FedNor during an Aug. 30 announcement in Red Lake.

Mining Matters to youth

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Almost twice as many youth attended the PDAC Mining Matters Aboriginal Youth Outreach Summer Camps in Webequie and Marten Falls as were expected.
“We had a total of 104 campers – we were expecting 60,” said Leanne Hall, vice-president of human resources at Noront Resources Ltd, in an e-mail comment. “It was a huge success for everyone.”
Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse said the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) Mining Matters camp provided youth with more knowledge about the mining activities happening in the Ring of Fire area.

Rally calls for fair treatment of First Nation education

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Hundreds gather on Parliament Hill to raise concerns over education issues
Constance Lake Chief Arthur Moore called for increased access to education for First Nations during the First Nations Education Rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Sept. 23.
While the population continues to grow rapidly in Matawa First Nation communities, Matawa said in press release there has yet to be a corresponding increase in Matawa post-secondary students.

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