Lenny Carpenter — Wawatay News

Cree language being lost as people migrate to urban areas

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As more Mushkegowuk people leave their reserve to live in the city, the more the Cree language will be lost, says Anastasia Wheesk, Native Education Co-ordinator at the Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre in Timmins.
“To me, seems like the Cree language is diminishing quickly,” Wheesk said. “The young people, especially here in the city, they speak a bit of the language, but they mix it with English. They, what I call, Indian-ize the English. It’s becoming to be a common thing, mixing the languages, and because of that, the language is going down.”

Kash evacuees back home

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Kashechewan residents who were evacuated due to the threat of flooding have returned home after the First Nation lifted its state of emergency on Mar. 31.
Deputy Chief William Sutherland said since the Albany River has opened up for five miles and water levels have lowered, the threat of flooding no longer exists for the community this spring.
“We had five Elders go up on the chopper to look up the river,” he said. “And a decision was made based on the Elders that the river is safe and there’s no more water coming down.”

Albany still on flood watch, Kash evacuees return home

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While Fort Albany attempts to return to “normal” for the first time in two weeks thanks to subzero temperatures that have stalled the early spring thaw, the threat of flooding still exists as the community awaits for warm weather to return.
Brent Nakoochee, the community’s floodwatch coordinator, said water levels have dropped slightly in recent days, but the community remains on standby as they wait for the rivers to thaw.
One particular river concerns Nakoochee. The Stooping River, located near the community, has an ice jam about 12 miles in length.

Feds withdraw Attawapiskat third-party manager

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The third-party manager sent to handle Attawapiskat First Nation finances during its housing crisis will be withdrawn later this month.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) announced that it would be removing the third-party manager by April 19, more than four months after he was put in place without the consent or consultation of the First Nation.
Jacques Marion, a partner with BDO Canada LLP in Winnipeg, was appointed as the third party manager in late-November, a month after Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency due to a housing shortage.

Polar Bear Express expected to continue northern service despite planned divestment of Ontario Northland

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While it was announced that the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) will be divested and privatized, ONTC and the provincial government assure those living along the James Bay coast that the Polar Bear Express will continue its service.
The Polar Bear Express, one of ONTC’s two rail services, is the train that runs between Moosonee and Cochrane. Since the railway was completed in 1932, it has been a lifeline for the James Bay coastal communities as it offers a relatively inexpensive option for travel and cargo shipments.

Ranger discovers voice with jazz

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While walking the streets of Toronto in his early-20s, Robin Ranger heard a guitar-playing busker hit a chord that captivated his ears.
Using some of the $40 he had that was to last him three days in the city, the Fort William First Nation member paid the guitarist to play the song again.
“I paid attention while he was playing the song and waited until that chord rolled around,” the 39-year-old recalled. “Then I went back to the hotel, picked my guitar up and made the same chord, and it completely affected the way I played music.”

3rd World Canada: Essay wins KI youth provincial writing award

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Lilyanna McKay of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation received the Student Achievement Award by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/ FEESO) for an essay she wrote about how the voices of First Nations youth need to be heard.
McKay won the intermediate grades 9-10 applied/essential category in the prose or poetry division of the award for her entry: “3rd World Canada: Voices of First Nations Need to be Heard.”

James Bay Outdoors outfits coastal communities

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James Bay Outdoors is a sporting goods store that grew out of a need observed by a Moosonee resident.
Gordon Kataquapit of Moose Cree First Nation has been an avid hunter since he was 16 and saw a growing need for an outdoors store.
“I think there was a need of an outdoors store here, and we didn’t have anything here really,” the 54-year-old said. Though there was a store that offered the basic hunting necessities, Kataquapit felt it was not enough.
“We needed more decoys, ammunition, tents, tarps, and clothing. Things like that.”

Unusual weather likely causes off-year for James Bay coast goose hunters

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Many goose hunters along the James Bay coast are reporting lower numbers of geese in their annual harvest this spring.
Ryan Solomon of Moosonee said that he and his father were setting up their spring camp and saw geese flying that day.
“After that, they barely flew,” he said, resulting in the camp getting a smaller number of geese than usual. Other hunters in the Moosonee-Moose Factory area said the same thing.


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