Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Embedded on the CBC

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:23

Aboriginal participants now have a chance to hang with Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, the CBC newsroom, a Thunder Bay police officer or a mining company executive for a day thanks to CBC Thunder Bay’s new radio project — Embedded.
“It’s our version of reality TV, without the TV,” said Susan Rogers, program manager for CBC Thunder Bay. “Think Fear Factor without the fear but maybe discomfort with, for example, the police force. This is your chance to get right inside, observe and ask questions.”

Students compete in Amazing Race

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Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nation High School’s Amazing Race was a success even though it was postponed for about a week due to rain.
“It was awesome; it was fun,” said Keewaywin’s Kayla Kakepetum. “It was a good experience running around the city.”
Kakepetum said her team ran into one glitch during the Amazing Race, a bridge closed for repair.
“The Cameron Street bridge was down,” Kakepetum said. “We had to go all the way around it.”

All-weather roads under consideration: chiefs

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Discussions about all-weather roads and winter roads are ramping up across Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory.
“We’ve had tons of resolutions regarding winter roads over the years, 20-30 years,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Les Louttit during the Sept. 27 Winter Roads and All-Weather Roads First Nations Forum in Thunder Bay. “But recently, in the past three or four years, First Nations are now starting to talk all-weather roads because of the difficulties they are encountering due to shorter seasons caused by climate change, warmer weather and thinner ice.”

Embedded for day with radio crew, police

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A day with CBC Radio’s Superior Morning crew was a hit with Anishinabe author Sandi Boucher.
“I got there at 5:45, just as the show was starting,” Boucher said. “I was right in the booth with Lisa (Laco) and Mary Jean Cormier and looking at Elliott (Doxtater-Wynn) in the next booth so it was absolutely amazing.”
Boucher visited the morning show on Oct. 3 as part of CBC Thunder Bay’s Embedded project, which offered ordinary Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people the chance to explore, examine and experience life outside their cultural comfort zone.

Ontario Human Rights Commission visits Thunder Bay

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Competing human rights were featured during a recent Ontario Human Rights Commission Training on the Policy on competing human rights training session in Thunder Bay.
“They were giving us tools on how to weigh when we have competing human rights,” said Yolanda Wanakamik, director of programs for Lakehead University’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives.

Youth centre in works for Thunder Bay

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The Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre is planning to develop a youth centre in the former Port Arthur Ukrainian Prosvita Society building in central Thunder Bay.
“We’re using the upstairs and downstairs (of our building) almost every evening of the week, so we’ve outgrown our building, basically,” said TBIFC executive director Bernice Dubec. “And it’s also been identified in a lot of youth forums and a lot of different research reports, from the Urban Aboriginal Strategy to the Multicultural Centre, that we need a youth centre for our youth in Thunder Bay.”

Idle No More rallies for Royal Proclamation 250th anniversary

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Attawapiskat’s Idle No More Peace Rally Walk was one of more than 50 events held across Canada and the world on Oct. 7 to recognize the 250th anniversary of the British Royal Proclamation.
“It’s a message for the government,” said Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who walked with the Idle No More walkers during the 5-6 p.m. rally. “If you’re going to celebrate this event, you should honour the treaty.”

Status Cards Welcome decals reintroduced in Thunder Bay

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Chapleau Cree’s Tracey Turner is looking forward to better service after the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce reintroduced its Status Cards Welcome decals.
“There have been times where I’ve felt almost where I’m wasting people’s time because I pull out my status card and the people that are standing behind me in line are going ‘Oh God, like, do I have to wait,’” Turner said. “You don’t feel like you have a right to use that vehicle, that (status) card that has been provided to you.”

Kenora jail prisoner graduates from Wahsa

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Wahsa Distance Education Centre’s secondary school program has provided a Kenora District Jail inmate with an opportunity to pursue a college education while in jail.
“Two days after I graduated I got accepted into college taking the general arts and science,” said Timothy Brisard, a recent Wahsa graduate from Lake Nipigon First Nation who completed his Grade 11 and 12 courses while in the Kenora District Jail. “After that I am going to be taking the Aboriginal Community Advocacy course. Once I’ve completed that I will be going to bible college to be a minister.”


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