Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services to launch new programs

Create: 03/24/2016 - 23:32

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services plans to launch Food Services Worker and Personal Support Worker training programs on May 2 in partnership with St. Joseph’s Care Group and Confederation College.

“Partnerships like this with … AETS is going to benefit our community — we are always trying to build capacity,” says Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek Chief Bart Hardy. “The partnerships with Confederation College we’ve had in the past were pretty successful.”

Hardy says the partnership announcement was “a good day for us.”

NDP leader says health conditions 'unacceptable' in NAN territory

Create: 03/16/2016 - 00:55

New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath says health conditions in Nishnawbe Aski Nation are unacceptable after listening to stories from communities across the north on March 11.

“It is not something that can be ignored,” Horwath says. “It has been in a crisis state for decades now and so the state of emergency that was called (by NAN) was absolutely necessary.”

KKETS 2016 graduates celebrate their achievements

Create: 03/04/2016 - 22:34

Aroland’s Greg Meshake plans to study culinary, carpentry or welding at Confederation College after graduating from Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services Aboriginal Skills Advancement Program.
“I chose (culinary) because I have a passion for cooking,” says Meshake, one of two valedictorians at the March 3 graduation ceremony at the Davinci Centre in Thunder Bay. “I do enjoy cooking and I’d like to learn more skills on how to do it properly.”

DFC hosts career fair

Create: 02/26/2016 - 05:00

Moose Cree’s Stan Wesley encouraged students to move forward and achieve their goals during Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School’s career fair.

“We don’t want to live in the past anymore,” says Wesley, the keynote speaker who created and played the Bunnuck character on Wawatay TV in the 1990s. “We want to live in the future, we want to move forward.”

Wesley says his own career path has led him on a journey across the country.

John Walmart teaches snowshoeing at FWHP

Create: 02/20/2016 - 03:33

Constance Lake’s Elizabeth Moore enjoyed meeting people from India, Japan, Korea and Germany at Fort William Historical Park’s Voyageur Winter Carnival 2016.

“We had wonderful conversations and we were able to direct them as to where they wanted to go,” says Moore, who recently joined FWHP in the Family Life department. “They said they loved it here. They loved the snow, they loved the maple syrup, and to taste that for the first time. And they enjoyed the adventure of going through the whole farm and being able to see what happened in the 1800s.”

Wapekeka opens new school

Create: 02/06/2016 - 02:19

Classroom attendance has increased in Wapekeka since the temporary Reverend Eleazar Winter Memorial School was opened on Jan. 11. The community’s former school burned to the ground in May 2015.

“The students have more freedom to roam around,” says Reverend Eleazar Winter Memorial School principal Ivan Sakakeep. “Even during recess some of them don’t even want to go out; they just want to play inside the hallways. That’s how happy they are; there’s lots of room for them.”

Cree service held at St. Paul’s

Create: 01/16/2016 - 04:50
Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, centre, National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald, right, and Diocese of Algoma Bishop Stephen Andrews, left, during the Dec. 6 Cree language service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Thunder Bay.  Photo by Rick Garrick

Anglican Church Bishops Lydia Mamakwa and Mark MacDonald and Reverend Kenina Winter performed a healing service during the Dec. 6 Cree service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Thunder Bay.

“It wasn’t in the plans to have the healing service as part of the communion service, but I saw a lot of people in wheelchairs and people that are here for medical reasons,” says Mamakwa, bishop for the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh. “I felt the call that we need to do this. We wanted to give them communion and they wanted prayers too.”


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