Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Groups want unconditional support of UN Declaration

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A call has been raised for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to unconditionally endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
In the March throne speech, Harper said Canada would endorse the declaration, but only according to it’s own constitution and laws. Aboriginal groups are opposed to Harper’s condition because they think it will limit the scope of the declaration.
Ellen Gabriel, president of Quebec Native Women Inc., expressed concerns about the federal government’s announcement.

Worker says solvent abuse begins at eight years old

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Pikangikum’s Sheldon Keesickquayash is helping young gas sniffers overcome their addiction.
“There are more youth that sniff gas – they are little kids,” said the solvent abuse worker during the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Solvent Abuse Conference.
He said he works with more than 100 youth at the community’s solvent abuse healing camp to identify what the youth need to build a better future.
“We try to encourage them not to sniff.”

Chiefs question discrepancy in education funding levels

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Different funding levels for on-reserve and off-reserve First Nation students were raised by chiefs at the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Keewaywin Conference.
“In our community if we were to send a student to Timmins, under the tuition agreement the (federal) government would fund about $18,000 per head,” said Kaschechewan Chief Jonathan Solomon during a break on the first day of the June 8-10 Keewaywin Conference in Sandy Lake. “But when it comes to educating our own in our own community, it goes down to between $6,000 and $8,000.”

Sandy Lake members look into past, create family trees

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Family connections are branching up around Sandy Lake as members trace their lineage through family trees.
“We were trying to come up with something from as far back as we can,” said former chief Ennis Fiddler during the annual Nishnawbe Aski Nation Keewaywin Conference.
Fiddler originally began working on his own family tree about a year and a half ago and helped with the research and development of the community’s family trees over the past five months.

Theo Fleury shares journey of recovery

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Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Theoren Fleury encouraged others to find healing through the gifts of the Creator and the grandfathers.
“I came here on Tuesday (June 22) night and did sweat with the guys,” said Fleury, who scored 1,088 points in 1,084 games during his NHL career with Calgary, Colorado, New York and Chicago between 1989 and 2003.
“I’m an honourary chief at the Siksika Nation out near Calgary. I have a spiritual grandmother there who has adopted me and she has helped me on my path and helped me on my journey and taught me the ways.”

ᑎᐯᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐊᐧᐅᐣᑕᑲᓀᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᔭᐸᐨ ᐅᓇᓇᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᑭᑫᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ

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ᑎᐯᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐊᐧᐅᐣᑕᑲᓀᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᔕ ᐅᑕᓂ ᒪᒥᑲᓇᐊᐧ ᓀᐣᑲᐃᐧᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᐁᐧᐢᑲᐨ ᓂᑐᐣᒋ ᓇᓇᐣᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᐣᑕᒥᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑐᑕᒪᐠ ᑲᓇᓇᐣᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᐣᑕᒪᐠ ᐁᐧᐢᑲᐨ ᑲᑭ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᔭᐢ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐁᓂᐢ ᐱᐟᓫᐃᕑ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᑭᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᒋᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᔭᑭᐸᐣ. ᐱᐟᓫᐃᕑ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᐅᑭ ᒪᑕᓄᑲᑕᓇᐸᐣ ᐃᐧᓀᐦᑕ ᐊᐣᑎ ᑲᐅᐣᑕᑲᓀᓯᐨ ᐯᔑᑯᐊᐦᑭ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐦᐱᑕ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑲᔦ ᐁᑭᐃᐧᒋᑕᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑲᓇᓇᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᑭᑫᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐣᑎ ᑲᐅᐣᑕᑲᓀᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᔭᓄᐱᓯᑦ ᐊᔕ ᐅᑐᐣᒋ ᓄᒋᑐᓇᐊᐧ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐢ ᐊᐦᐸᐣ, ᓂᑭ ᐊᓂᑭᑫᐣᑕᒥᐣ ᐊᐊᐧᓀᐣ ᐃᑫᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᑭ ᐅᓂᒐᓂᔑᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐊᓂ ᐊᓂᑫ ᐅᓂᒐᔑᓂᐊᐧᐨ, ᐱᐟᓫᐸᕑ ᐃᑭᑐ. ᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᑕᐢ ᐣᑲᓇᓇᐣᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᐣᑕᒪᐣ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᑲᑭ ᐱ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᒥᔑᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑭᑕ ᐅᐣᒋ ᑭᑫᐣᑕᓇᐣ.

Mother of nine excels among 43 Oshki grads

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Sandy Lake’s Rhonda Goodman accepted the first Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Governing Council Medal of Excellence with her children by her side.
“I am just so honoured to receive that (Medal of Excellence),” said the Native early childhood education graduate during the Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute’s 2010 graduation ceremony June 18 in Thunder Bay.
“My heart is just singing right now. I am very happy at this moment for what I did.”

Bernier understood the need to work together

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Sandy Lake Elder Jonas Fiddler remembers how his father, former chief Thomas Fiddler, and former MPP Leo Bernier brought modern transportation and communications to his community.
“Leo (Bernier was) one of the few people that understood the needs of the people on both sides of the culture he was selected to represent,” Fiddler said, explaining his father, who was chief for about 25 years, and Bernier were about the same size with booming and commanding voices.

AFN studies poverty reduction

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The Assembly of First Nations has announced a $2.5 million poverty reduction project focused on creating sustainable First Nation economies.
“The single greatest challenge we collectively face is finding solutions that will make poverty history for all Canadians, no matter where they live,” said AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. “We know First Nation communities face a unique set of circumstances that require unique and innovative solutions.”


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