Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Traditional protocols to continue

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

The traditional protocols employed during Grand Council Treaty #3’s chief assemblies will no longer be fully funded by the federal government due to funding cutbacks.
“That’s been time immemorial, but they’re not going to destroy our culture,” said Treaty #3 Ogichidaa Warren White during the Treaty #3 Chiefs Fall Assembly, held Oct. 22-24 in Lac Seul. “We’re going to keep it up and the chiefs have endorsed and supported some funding to keep them in our chiefs’ circle.”

KO joins Wataynikaneyap Power

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Five Keewaytinook Okimakanak communities and AECOM, a Fortune 500 company, have joined the Wataynikaneyap Power partnership group to help develop a new transmission line to service remote First Nation communities.
“Our communities require a reliable power source to be able to participate in economic development opportunities taking place in the region,” said Peter Campbell, KO’s executive director. “We look forward to benefiting from this very important infrastructure project – now and into the future.”

NAN declares inherent and treaty rights to education

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is standing up for First Nations’ inherent and treaty rights to control education in the wake of the federal government’s Proposal for a Bill on First Nations Education.
“Today we stand in unity to declare that the future of education in NAN will not be based on federal legislation but on our inherent right to self-government, including education jurisdiction,” said Grand Chief Harvey Yesno. “The government of Canada has failed to meet its obligation to deliver education to First Nation students on par with the rest of Canada.

First Nation surface diamond driller assistants graduate

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Moose Cree’s Jocelyn Rickard is looking forward to a career in mining after completing the Surface Diamond Driller Common Core program at Northern College in Timmins.
“I got to work outside — just being outside is what I was really looking for,” said Rickard, who graduated on Oct. 25. “I’m someone who has to keep doing something; I just can’t sit there so this job was perfect.”
Although Rickard was “completely out of my element” when she started the program, she is now focused on finding work at the Detour Lake mine or at Cabo Drilling in Kirkland Lake.

Muskrat Dam family treatment centre receives accreditation

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A treatment centre in Muskrat Dam First Nation has been accredited by a national organization that sets standards of excellence for human service organizations.
The Reverend Tommy Beardy Memorial Wee Che He Wayo Gamik Family Treatment Centre has been accredited by the Canadian Accreditation Council.

Life is worth fighting for: Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic

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Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic described the pain his family suffered from the loss of a family member during this year’s NAN Day of Prayer joint service.
“Since 1986 to 2003, we lost over 476 of our sons and daughters who have taken their lives,” Kakegamic said on the evening of Nov. 13 at Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School. “In my family, a beautiful girl, accepted into university, one in Toronto and one here, she had a job, and she took her life. So I know the hurt, the agony when a family encounters that.”

Facing the fear over residential school abuse: Luke Sagutch

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

Neskantaga’s Luke Sagutch is encouraging people to “face the fear” and get counselling for their residential school issues.
“Face the fear, acknowledge that fear, where is it coming from,” said the resolution support worker with Nishnawbe Aski Nation. “Once you recognize that fear, you can deal with that fear.”
Sagutch said it is easy to deal with bigger issues that are visible but not so easy to deal with smaller issues that are hidden.

OPP officer receives Mothers Against Drunk Driving award

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:22

An Ontario Provincial Police officer was recently awarded for his work to reduce impaired driving in northwestern Ontario.
OPP Const. Steve Jacko was recipient of the Terry Ryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Police Services by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada.
“I try to focus on community safety and my number one priority is public safety,” said the Wikwemikong band member. “I had a family member killed by an impaired driver and I know how traumatic an impact it has on the entire family and also the entire community.”

Lac Seul looking to host conferences

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Lac Seul is looking to host conferences such as the recent Grand Council Treaty #3 Chiefs Fall Assembly at the brand new Lac Seul Events Centre.
“We’re trying to compete with the existing facilities in Sioux Lookout,” said Grace Strang, Lac Seul’s finance manager. “We try to be a full service facility by having meeting rooms and state-of-the-art technology.”
Strang said the centre has a large conference room with two breakout rooms, comfortable chairs and seating and in-house catering.


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