John Gagnon

Election Year and Its Thousand Promises

Create: 10/04/2019 - 03:38

It appears that citizens from our communities are participating more and more in Canada’s Federal election. Some believe that engaging in the process will help our communities ensure that we are receiving our fair funding from Canada. Some think that we should not be involved, and should be working on our own self-governance models. What makes us unique is we usually block vote for one specific political party, which bodes well for them but rarely for our communities.

The five year clean up

Create: 07/02/2019 - 07:55

Wawatay has always been a calling to me. The first time was in Autumn 2010, when I saw Wawatay in Timmins for the first time and I was compelled to walk in. That day changed my life forever. It was about a year I was with Wawatay, a short time, but integral as we managed to engage in a non-royalty contractual partnership with the NHL as well with an agreement with CBC Sports to use their video feed to broadcast an NHL game on WRN in Cree. We had a couple hitches but all in all it was fun to hear the excitement of the game manifest in the language.

Emancipation Via the Royal Proclamation

Create: 05/18/2019 - 01:21

Traditionally, I was told that life was without dysfunction and all peoples embraced their individual, family and community moments, with language and culture unmolested. No one was without their natural common knowledge and life was certainly great, naturally challenging but humanly honourable. The transition of becoming wards of the state began by limiting and overall eliminating decision making from the family and community levels.

Publisher’s Note: Sovereignty in Broadcasting

Create: 03/25/2019 - 23:11

Wawatay was recently awarded a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Over the next couple months in the Publisher’s Note we will show the progress of gathering the research and producing the paper for submission. This first note will give you the thesis or the main argument we are proving. Our research paper is titled, Blending Tradition with Technology and its Sovereignty in Broadcasting.

Publisher's Note: The Disinformation of Ignorant Media

Create: 02/15/2019 - 03:26

The Oxford dictionary lists disinformation as “false information, which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.” And, disinformation is continually used in the five estates within our society: The First Estate is the Clergy; The Second Estate is the Monarchy; The Third Estate are the Bourgeoisie or Upper Class; the Fourth Estate are the Commoners and The Fifth Estate the Media. The responsibility of media and journalism is to keep citizens informed of local, regional, and national/international news.

Spring Cleaning the Workplace Toxicity for the New Year

Create: 01/29/2019 - 01:37

Happy New Year all, time to dust off last year’s incomplete resolutions, and re-jig them for optimal use with the wisdom you gained from another year on the planet. Maybe you want to make enough money to rival Bill Gates, or be more conscience of cultivating healthier relationships with your family, friends, pets, plants or work family. Yes I said work family. Think about it, we spend a third of our lives sleeping and rejuvenating, a third of our time with family, and a third at work. Sometimes our work environment has enough emotions that the intimacy is family in nature.

A Treatise On Addiction

Create: 12/22/2018 - 03:47

Writers are required to research and educate themselves on whatever topic they may be delving into. Many great writers have stated, “you can’t write about it if you haven’t lived it.” This may be true in many genres of writing, but not so much for academic and scientific. Academia and science use what is known as qualitative and quantitative research; qualitative research being interpretive and quantitative data ranked in units of measurements- dry and devoid of humanness, and the outcome is writing about other people and their issues.

Publisher’s Note

Create: 12/22/2018 - 03:38

Wawatay News will be 45 years old on January 21, 2019, and it is an honour to carry forward what our ancestors, Elders, current staff, admin and board have been working towards since its inception. In the spirit of furthering the mandate to ‘preserve and enhance’ the languages of the Nishinawbe Aski Nation, we must consider how we utilize our network. Ultimately it is our radio broadcasts that carry the responsibility of the mandate fully, and Wawatay News print and online has been predominantly produced in English with articles translated into syllabics.

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