Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Embracing golf for a good cause

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Murray Waboose and Team Matawa took home first place honours with a 56 at the 2013 Nishnawbe Aski Nation Embrace Life Golf Tournament.
“We had a string of birdies, two eagles and we didn’t have any bogeys,” Waboose said, noting his team included golfers from Ginoogaming and Lac La Croix First Nations.
Waboose said the conditions were difficult due to fast greens during the Aug. 20 tournament at the Clearwater Golf Club near Thunder Bay.

DFC teacher looks forward to new school year

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Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School is kicking off the new school year with an Amazing Race to different locations via Thunder Bay’s transit system.
“It’s fun, it’s a race and they have fun while they are doing it,” said English teacher Katie Sha. “But they also learn how to get around the city, which is important.”

Youth develop entrepreneurial skills

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Radio, health, curling and film production are some of the service and business ideas developed by a group of young Aboriginal entrepreneurs during this summer’s SAYbiz program.
“I’m starting a radio station on my reserve,” said Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek’s Justin Hardy. “Right now I’m just waiting for the funding to be approved and then I’ll be able to start building.”
Hardy is looking to get the radio station on the air by the end of 2014, so he can provide information about community events as well as outside news to community members.

Frustrated Grassy Narrows youth erect blockade

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An Aug. 22 a blockade to protect sacred areas at Keys Lake, south of Grassy Narrows, was one of the highlights of the Grassy Narrows Youth Gathering.
Three days later hundreds of Grassy Narrows supporters marched on the home of Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne to draw attention to the community’s issues, in particular the contamination of its water.

Grassy Narrows supporters march on premier’s home

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Hundreds of Grassy Narrows supporters marched on the home of Premier Kathleen Wynne this past weekend over mercury poisoning in the Treaty #3 community’s homelands.
“The government has taken away our forests and given us back disease and sickness and death,” said Judy Da Silva, a Grassy Narrows clan mother.
“Wynne promised to help us, but she did not take that commitment seriously. It is time for Ontario to listen to our people when we say no to logging that brings more mercury poison into our rivers and our bodies.”

Wasaya Group names new president

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Wasaya Airways’ Tom Morris has been assigned acting president and CEO duties at Wasaya Group in addition to his ongoing leadership role at Wasaya Airways.
“My role is to get the transition ready for whoever is going to be the president/CEO of WGI in the future,” said Morris, president and CEO of Wasaya Airways for the past 12 years.
“I’m only there for the interim basis... we’re looking at about six months.”

Full Moon Memory Walk organizer calls for change

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Full Moon Memory Walk organizer Sharon Johnson has seen some changes since she began the annual walk for missing and murdered Aboriginal and Metis women nine years ago.
“There is a lot more support now from all over the place,” Johnson said during the Simpson Street portion of the annual walk to raise awareness of vanished mothers, daughters, aunts and grandmothers. “Today, in Saskatchewan, there is a lady who is holding a walk to coincide with ours. So that was pretty awesome to find that out.”
Johnson said the Full Moon Memory Walk has also changed over the years.

Thunder Bay Marathon “awesome” for Wunnumin runners

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Wunnumin’s Lazarus Angees and Evelyn Gliddy completed their first full marathons on Sept. 22 at the Thunder Bay Marathon with times of 3:50:38 and 4:23:42.
“It was great — it was challenging for the first time,” said Gliddy, who had previously run two Thunder Bay half marathons. “It was smooth. The problem was my feet; I got new shoes.”
Although Gliddy’s new shoes bothered her toenails as she was running the 42.195 kilometre (26.2 mile) distance, she wants to bring more runners from Wunnumin for next year’s Thunder Bay Marathon.

Vice-provost kicks off new initiatives

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Lakehead University’s new vice-provost Aboriginal initiatives is looking forward to helping out with Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School’s upcoming Amazing Race.
“We’re going to be a part of that this year and we’re going to donate some hoodies with Lakehead across the front and some water bottles,” said Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, a Chippewa of Georgina Island band member and former University of Toronto assistant professor. “We’re going to be building a new relationship with Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School.”


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