Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Leaders question MNR minister’s Far North tour

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First Nation leaders are concerned Ministry of Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey’s listening tour across NAN territory will be considered as consultation.
“Every time the minister says hello to somebody,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy, that could be consultation to her.
Beardy continues to express concerns about the Far North Act, Bill 191, which was first introduced in the provincial legislature in June 2009 to move towards permanent protection of at least half of Ontario’s Far North.

Airport funding announced for Neskantaga and Webequie

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Webequie and Neskantaga are set to receive about $3.2 million for airport upgrades.
“I’m pleased to announce funding for the Lansdowne House (Neskantaga) and Webequie airports that will allow them to make important safety and infrastructure upgrades, and sustain service to passengers throughout the community,” said Kenora MP Greg Rickford, on behalf of Canada’s Transport Minister John Baird.
Webequie will receive $1,914,000 during 2010/2011 under the Airport Capital Assistance Program, while Neskantaga will receive $1,298,000.

Angeconeb has insatiable itch to shoot films

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Lac Seul’s Tyler Angeconeb is itching to shoot a romantic drama next year in Sioux Lookout.
“Right now I am still in the early stages so I am keeping the story and the name of it under wraps,” said the Confederation College film production student who began shooting his own films in 2004 while still in high school. “I’m just working on the script now. It is still very early on but I do have the whole story all rounded out. I just have to put it on paper now.”
Angeconeb has produced three films over the past year while studying at Confederation College.

Face time with Marten Falls cancelled

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Marten Falls First Nation cancelled the Emerging Business Conference.
“We didn’t like how it was being handled by the company that was handling it,” said Marten Falls Chief Eli Moonias. “We’re just going to ask the companies interested to come and see us here.”
Moonias said any visits to Marten Falls, which is a remote fly-in community located about 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, would have to be organized by the companies.

NAN looks to expand girl power program

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation is looking to broaden its Girl Power Wolf Spirit Warrior program with more social networking tools.
“We’re trying to take it to the next level,” said Corinne Fox, IGN (Intergovernmental Network on Northern Aboriginal Youth) director at NAN. “Some of the things they (youth) have identified ... is to be more part of a social networking tool within our program.”
Fox said youth are comfortable communicating with program staff through social networks, so she said NAN is developing a proposal to add that element to the program.

Youth explore resource industry careers

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First Nation students gain skills and certification in variety of courses through seven-week program
Lac La Croix’s Dylan Ottertail is looking to the future while participating in the 11th First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program.
“We explore lots of different careers,” Ottertail said during the 2010 Natural Resources Science Camp segment of the seven-week program. “We could make a good career out of this. We could go into the mining industry, forest industry.”

Flying high with new opportunities

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Wasaya’s Taking Flight project is giving 39 First Nation trainees new opportunities for the future.
Ryden Echum, an aircraft maintenance apprentice from Ginoogaming, is pleased with the hands-on experience he has been receiving at the Wasaya hangar in Thunder Bay through the Taking Flight project.
The project is a Wasaya Group-Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board partnership started last January and running until March 2011.

Taking Flight as station manager

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Wasaya’s Taking Flight project has given Walter Slipperjack a new role within the company.
During the last four months, Slipperjack, originally from Kenora, Ont., has been Wasaya’s acting station manager at the Thunder Bay airport. He said his new position involves looking after Wasaya’s cargo, ramp and terminal staff.
“It’s definitely an experience. You learn something new every day,” he said.

Ogitchidaakwe raises questions on SIU findings

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Grand Council Treaty 3 Grand Chief Diane Kelly has raised concerns about the Special Investigation Unit’s findings in the June 7 shooting of Helen Proulx in Kenora.
“I have two questions that I want answers to,” Kelly said in an Aug. 3 press release. “First, why did the female officer tend to a domestic violence call with no backup? Second, would it not be better policy and safer for the public for officers to have Taser guns accessible rather than only handguns.”


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