Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Residential school survivors re-victimized

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Grand Council Treaty #3 have raised concerns about residential school survivors being “victimized” over their compensation claims.
“Indian Residential School survivors acted in good faith when they agreed to take part in the Independent Assessment Process, and it is shameful that these survivors are once again being victimized,” said Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, who holds the justice portfolio at NAN.

KiHS students travel to Encounters with Canada youth forum

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Bearskin Lake’s Zachary Beardy and 11 other KiHS (Keewaytinook Internet High School) students recently completed a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the Encounters with Canada youth forum in Ottawa.
“It was fun — we had tours around Ottawa,” Beardy said about the March break journey to Ottawa. “I went to museums, like the (Canadian) War Museum (and) the (Canadian) Museum of Civilization.”
Beardy was impressed by the headstone of Canada’s Unknown Soldier, located in Memorial Hall, during his visit to the Canadian War Museum.

First Nation artists participate in Waterfront Art Sale

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First Nation artists Jean Marshall and Christian Chapman had a shorter winter than most artists in northwestern Ontario due to their seven-week group residency in Alberta.
“When we were out west, there were snowboarders walking around in t-shirts and shorts,” said Chapman, an artist from Fort William First Nation. “I was working on a series of large-scale paintings. I used contemporary storytelling as a theme.”
Marshall, an artist from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, worked on printmaking during the residency.

RoFATA trainees aiming for Ring of Fire careers

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Better career options are the goal for many of the Matawa First Nations trainees currently pursuing Ring of Fire Training Alliance (RoFATA) Tier 2 and 3 training.
“(My goal is) to eventually get a really good career where I can support my family and move out of Thunder Bay into a different community,” said Caitlin Cheechoo, mother of a three-year-old son and one of about 60 Tier 3 RoFATA trainees who have completed about three weeks of their 12-week program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.

Raphael Moses leads medicine walk at Boulevard Lake

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Pic Mobert’s June Desmoulin enjoyed learning more about traditional medicines during Raphael Moses’ June 14 medicine walk at Boulevard Lake in Thunder Bay.
“I’m studying to be an herbalist practitioner and I learned a few more of the regional plants,” Desmoulin said. “The walk was good — I’m glad it wasn’t hot out. It was actually the right temperature and it didn’t rain on us. I’m looking forward to going to the next one coming up in July.”

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win celebrates 22 graduates

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Lac Seul’s Gina Wesley is considering a career in law after graduating from Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute’s Aboriginal Financial and Economic Planning program.
“It’s always been my dream ever since I was 12 years old,” Wesley said after the June 13 graduation ceremony at the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Specialized Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre in Thunder Bay. “I’ve always wanted to go to law school.”

Superior Court to hear residential school testimonies case

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Fort Albany’s Edmund Metatawabin does not want the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) residential school compensation claim records to be destroyed.
“Why would you want to destroy a piece of history,” Metatawabin said. “It’s the pain of the survivors that is there and you cannot destroy pain from your survivors.”
Metatawabin said it took a “lot of courage” for the survivors to recall what had happened to them during residential school.

First Nations Day Gospel Concert a success

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Muskrat Dam’s Roy Thunder enjoyed the music at the First Nations Day Gospel Concert and Let the Healing Waters Flow-2 Conference.
“We had a good collection of talent from Thunder Bay,” said Thunder, one of the event organizers. “The Kakepetum brothers were there again to provide songs and to help out with the concert. Bernard Mekanak provided music as well as the sound equipment that we used throughout the evening.”
In addition to the Thunder Bay talent, Roy Fiddler and his son Gabe Fiddler travelled down from Muskrat Dam to perform in the concert.

Aboriginal business students eligible for $3,000 awards

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Aboriginal business students across Canada are now eligible for 188 $3,000 HSBC Indigenous Business Award scholarships over three years thanks to Indspire and HSBC Bank Canada.
“Indigenous business students have a vital role to play in shaping the economic futures of their communities and Canada as a whole,” said Roberta L. Jamieson, president and CEO of Indspire. “But in order to succeed, they need to complete their studies, so we are thrilled that HSBC Bank Canada is demonstrating their support of Indigenous business students with such a strong commitment.”


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