Rick Garrick

First Nations Youth Employment program hits Thunder Bay

Create: 08/06/2016 - 02:14

Eabametoong’s Owen Boyce enjoyed the drone flying session at the First Nations Youth Employment Program Science Camp south of Thunder Bay.

“It’s pretty cool — it’s got nice controls,” says the second-year First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program (FNNRYEP) student. “It’s just like a video game. It’s (got) a camera, you can maneuver wherever you go, right or left, up and down, forwards and backwards.”

Ontario Chiefs assembly encourages youth

Create: 07/04/2016 - 20:25

Wahgoshig’s 13-year-old proxy Aaron Chokomolin was the youngest representative at the Chiefs of Ontario’s 42nd Annual All-Ontario Chiefs Conference (AOCC), held June 28-30 in Thunder Bay.

“I’m very honoured to be recognized by chiefs from everywhere in Ontario,” Chokomolin says. “And I’ve discovered that there’s new generations to come. Chiefs can see stuff in you that you cannot see yourself.”

Chokomolin was chosen by his community’s youth council to attend the AOCC. He encourages other youth to “keep on pushing” for their objectives.

Anishnawbe Keeshigun helps carry on traditions

Create: 06/17/2016 - 02:04

A visitor from Iran enjoyed participating in the bannock making contest at Fort William Historical Park’s Anishnawbe Keeshigun Aboriginal Festival.

“It’s excellent and I love it,” says Masim Gahavidel, a visitor from Tehran, Iran. “I hope these competitions will happen more in this city. The traditional foods from here are more interesting for me.”

Chuck Meshake won the bannock making contest after creating two loads of fry bread in a cast iron frying pan over the open fire.

Oshki holds 2016 graduation in Thunder Bay

Create: 06/17/2016 - 02:02

Aroland’s Donna Gagnon was honoured to deliver one of three valedictorian addresses at Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute’s 2016 Graduation Ceremony in Thunder Bay.

“I try not to get emotional, but I’m just so happy to be here as part of this ceremony with these other graduates,” Gagnon says. “I would like to take this time to congratulate each and every one of them as well, especially my fellow classmates.”

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