Chris Kornacki - Special to Wawatay News

Federal budget cuts Aboriginal health programs

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:32

The newly announced federal budget has made drastic funding cuts to organizations that promote the well-being of Aboriginal peoples health in Canada.
Two organizations affected are the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) and the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) women’s health programing. NAHO will lose all of its funding and will cease all operations by June 30, 2012, while NWAC will lose it’s funding for health programing aimed at bettering the health of Aboriginal women across Canada.

The traditional diet healing path

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:31

For the past year and a half Duck Bay First Nation band member Bossy Ducharme has been on a traditional diet. He ate only Native foods, pre-European contact. No McDonalds, no pizza, just mostly wild rice, berries, nuts and wild game.
“I wanted to prove that there’s a connection to what we eat and our quality of life,” Ducharme said.
Ducharme started his diet on September 21, 2010 and continued through January 31, 2012.
“It wasn’t easy,” Ducharme said. “Probably one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life.”
“But it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.”

Sandy Lake’s running club a great motivator for youth

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:30

Sandy Lake First Nation entered 15 athletes from its running club in the 2012 Hershey track meet held June 6 at the Royal Canadian Legion Track in Thunder Bay.
Gary Manoakeesic, the team’s assistant coach, said the community has been fielding a track team since 2009 and every year the team is growing.

Hovorka writing for the fans with third studio album

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:30

Award winning Aboriginal singer/songwriter Shy-Anne Hovorka is set to launch her third studio album, Interwoven Roots, at the end of June.
Half of the album was recorded in Nashville at County Q Studios, and the other half at Dining Room Studios in Thunder Bay.
Hovorka said recording in Nashville was “obviously the dream, the impossible dream.”

Aroland makes deal with Debut Diamonds

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:27

Aroland has given the green light to Toronto-based Debut Diamonds for the preparation for an exploration team to launch the first phase of a drill program that hopes to identify kimberlite pipes near the First Nation.
Scheduled to get under way mid-August, the drilling program will help determine if these high priority targets are diamond-bearing kimberlites.
The company said drilling has been designed to test distinct magnetic features that have been interpreted as potential kimberlite pipes, based on analysis of 2010 airborne survey data.


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