Lenny Carpenter — Wawatay News

Marten Falls youth ‘Scared Straight’

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James Lathlin knows the street life all too well and he has the scars to prove it.
After moving from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation reserve in The Pas to Winnipeg when he was a young child, Lathlin became involved with gang culture, from drug dealing to armed robberies. At one point he was affiliated with the infamous Hell’s Angels gang.
Then one day, outside his family’s house, he was shot by a rival gang. He was sent to the Stony Mountain Penitentiary hospital, where he spent two years for his gang activities.

North Spirit Lake family remembers woman killed in plane crash

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Charlotte Rae of North Spirit Lake First Nation sits in her living room, surrounded by family and community members.
It’s Jan. 18, more than a week after a Keystone Airways flight crashed about one kilometer from the North Spirit Lake airport. Four people died in the crash, including Charlotte’s daughter, Martha Campbell.
On the morning of Jan. 10, Martha was scheduled to fly in to work within the community. She planned to stay a week.
“She phoned me at 6:30 that morning before she left,” Charlotte recalls. “She said…”

Lawyer petitions against Conservative crime bill

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A group of lawyers in the Kenora District is petitioning against the Conservative government’s new tough-on-crime legislation, saying it will cause more Aboriginal people to enter the prison system.
Kenora lawyer Peter Kirby is part of the Kenora Lawyers Sentencing Group and hopes to bring at least 500 signatures to Ottawa where he has a provisional invitation to speak to the Senate on Feb. 8 about Bill C-100.

Contamination fears in Kasabonika

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The health and safety of Kasabonika Lake First Nation’s 940 residents are constantly a concern because of an overflowing sewage treatment plant and a diesel generator that’s been at capacity for years.
Kasabonika’s sewage treatment plant has been polluting Kasabonika Lake with sewage for more than 10 years on one side of the community’s island home, while drinking water is brought in to serve the community’s needs from the other side of the island.

Attawapiskat youth tells UN of inequalities in education

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Sixteen-year-old Chelsea Edwards of Attawapiskat First Nation updated her Facebook from halfway around the world on Feb. 6.
“History is made,” she wrote from Geneva, Switzerland. “Watch out Harper and Duncan, you’re both out of excuses now that they’ve heard our voices.”
Edwards was among six First Nations youth ambassadors who traveled overseas to speak to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child about the inequalities facing Aboriginal youth in Canada.

Modular homes for Attawapiskat delayed

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Even though the James Bay winter road opened for heavy traffic on Feb. 5, only two of the 22 modular homes purchased for Attawapiskat families arrived in the community by Feb. 12 as the rest continued to sit in a Moosonee lot.
The First Nation said the reason for the delay was because the lots assigned for the trailer homes had yet to be prepared due to winter building conditions.

Tough on crime bill means more Aboriginals in jail

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Attempts to reduce high Aboriginal prison population rates could be thwarted by the passing of the Conservative’s tough-on-crime legislation, says the head of an Aboriginal legal service organization.
The Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation (NALSC, also known as NAN Legal) has been providing the people within the NAN territory with legal, paralegal, public education and law reform services since 1990.

Tragically Hip rock the Coast

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Over 500 people from the James Bay coast turned up to see the Tragically Hip perform in Fort Albany First Nation on Feb. 16.
The Canadian rock band and award-winning author Joseph Boyden were in Fort Albany First Nation to take part in the Great Moon Gathering that focuses on both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal education.
Like most northern communities, teachers who are contracted to teach in the Mushkegowuk communities are often non-Aboriginal, straight from university or college, with little knowledge of the local traditions and culture.


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