Xavier Kataquapit

Preparation key to moving forward

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:35

Have you ever been stumped? The meaning traditionally has to do with being stuck and unable to proceed with something. It dates back to early agriculture when a farmer hit a stump while ploughing his field and stopped dead.
I really understand the origins of this word after having fought with an 80-year-old stump in my backyard recently. Earlier in the summer I had taken the tall pine down with my chainsaw as it was rotting and had become a danger.
This regal old tree stood more than 50 feet high but something had gotten to it and large holes appeared where rot had set in.

Finding shelter from the storm

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:35

I sat down at the cottage recently and looked outside a picture window facing the lake. It was a cool afternoon and I watched the light fade under layers of dreary clouds that hung lazily overhead.
I sat comfortable in my warm chair as I sipped on a cup of hot tea while being warmed by the crackling fire in the huge old stove. There’s nothing like that feeling of coziness that you get when inside a comfy warm place with cold, wet weather situated on the other side of the window.  

We have the tools to fight diabetes

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:35

I just experienced something that opened my eyes. I read stories now and then about how serious the situation is for Canadians and in particular for Native People’s when it comes to diabetes. However, I am shocked after attending the Timmins Diabetes Expo (see related story). 
A guest speaker from the United States said 360 million people will get diabetes this year. Ginger Kanzer-Lewis also said someone dies of complications from diabetes every seven seconds. How crazy is that? 

United to fight diabetes

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:34

Diabetes awareness was the focus of inspirational and motivational speakers at the Timmins Diabetes Expo Sept. 17.
This year’s event featured guest speakers Mairlyn Smith, a professional home economist and author who is also an alumnus of the Second City Comedy Troupe, and Ginger Kanzer-Lewis, a past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and an international speaker on diabetes health issues.  

Burning ring of fire

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:34

My friends have always been amazed at the fact that I know the words to so many old country tunes. Well, I was brought up listening day and night to my parents’ collection of country music records and for better or worse they are etched in my memory banks forever. One tune in particular, Ring of Fire, seems to have more meaning than most these days.

We may not be alone in the universe

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:34

I was always curious about the heavens when I was a kid growing up in Attawapiskat. My brother Joe often joined me to stare up at the night sky.
Joe and I learned from an early age what many of the constellations were, where they sat in the sky and the movement of the planets. As a matter of fact, his interest was so great that he named his first son after the constellation Orion.
Orion refers to a hunter in Greek mythology.

Housing crisis needs solutions

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:34

In reading the news headlines today, I noticed one of the main stories was about my home community of Attawapiskat along the James Bay coast.
The news item highlighted the housing crisis happening in communities like Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Kashechewan. Some people are living in tents and sheds. But this is not news to me. As long as I can remember housing has always been in a state of crisis on the James Bay coast.

Students participate in self-esteem building

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:34

More than 250 school children discovered the benefits of self-confidence through a diabetes prevention intiative in Timmins, Ont., Nov. 4.  
They made this discovery through workshops provided by Turtle Concepts and produced by Timmins Diabetes Expo. The one-day event was led by Turtle Concepts owner Dave Jones and held at the McIntyre Area.  
Turtle Concepts is a First Nation business that provides empowerment workshops for youth. Its founder and lead organizer is a member of Garden River First Nation – a community located just east of Sault Ste. Marie.

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