Lenny Carpenter — Wawatay News

Bungee jumping a snap decision

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“3...2...1...BUNGEE!”
I heard the bungee jump instructor shout these words and I jumped off a perfectly stable platform to the ground 600 metres below.
I was in Monterrey, Mexico, where I travelled with three fellow film students. We were attending the city’s international film festival for six nights. Earlier in the week, Veronica asked if anyone wanted to go bungee jumping and I said I would.

Making films an unexpected career

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On a cold afternoon in February 2009, I logged on to the Ontario College Application Services website to apply for college.
My primary choice at the time – enticed by its potential high wages and mixture of work environments – was a powerline technician program. But the application allows you to apply for up to five programs.
So I had to ask myself what else would I be interested in doing, just in case I don’t get into the program.

Film workshop still has openings

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Docs North is looking for more applicants for its free five-day filmmaking workshop.
The five-day fully sponsored workshop provides hands on training to northern Ontario film and media makers from isolated northern communities. Its goal is to provide skills to produce drama, documentary and interactive media projects.
The workshop takes place Oct. 2-6 running concurrently with the Bay Street Film Festival in Thunder Bay.

Drilling program underway near Webequie

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Rencore Resources Ltd. announced Aug. 18 the company has started exploratory diamond drilling in claims found in the Ring of Fire area.
The company is drilling on eight drill targets located near Webequie First Nation. The area is set in the Ring of Fire, a region in northern Ontario considered to be high in mineral content.

Adjusting to city life

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I still recall that day when the vice-principal of my new high school walked me to my first class.
She knocked. Knowing that all attention was diverted to the door, my face grew hot and my stomach went in knots as the door opened and I was led in. As I stood at the front of the class, she introduced me and all I could do was stand there and peer at all the unfamiliar faces looking back at me.
I was 14 and had just moved from Moosonee – a town of about 2,000 – to the city of Timmins, which had a population of 40,000.

Former lieutenant-governor pens tale of residential school effects

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A novel about a woman from Cat Lake First Nation written by former lieutenant-governor James Bartleman has been submitted for consideration for the Giller Prize – the award for the best Canadian novel or short story collection.
As Long As the Rivers Flow, Bartleman’s first novel, is about a young girl who is taken from her home, sent to residential school and how, 10 years later, she attempts to re-adapt to life in her community.
James Bartleman has an affinity for the people of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) in northern Ontario.

Court rules in favour of Grassy Narrows

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Leaders of Grassy Narrows First Nation are declaring a legal victory after a decade-long battle with the province regarding clear-cutting on its traditional territory.
Ontario’s Superior Court ruled Aug. 16 that the province cannot issue timbre or logging permits without the consultation of the community as doing so would infringe on federal treaty promises protecting Aboriginal rights in hunting, fishing and trapping.

Return to Manomin an endearing film

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After a day of showing and teaching his niece Michelle Derosier some of the old ways of wild rice harvesting at what the family calls Rice Lake, Uncle Simon sits with the filmmaker in their rustic, old family cabin.
“You guys got to do something,” the 75-year-old says of the rice harvesting. “Revive the whole thing.”
“That’s what I want do, uncle,” Michelle replies. “That’s exactly what I want to do.”

Workshop aims to increase Aboriginal business in Timmins

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A 12-week workshop initiative aimed at training aspiring youth entrepreneurs is set to begin Sept. 28 in Timmins.
Rise to Your Potential is a business education program offering hands-on training and mentorship to Aboriginal youth aged 18-30 who are considering starting their own business.
Each week, the program looks at several aspects of business ownership, including creating a business plan, exploring different types of businesses, bookkeeping and accounting, effective communication skills and marketing.

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