NAN WOMEN'S GATHERING
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Radio Broadcast of this event
When: Jan. 10-14, 2005
Each day from 9am-12 & 1-4pm
The NAN Women's Gathering was the first ever gathering of women from 49 Nishnawbe Aski Nation Communities. It took place November 22 - 26, 2004 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
There were Updates, Workshops & Presentations on:
Residential Schools ° Self Government Family violence ° Parenting
Home/Small Business ° Diabetes
FAS/FAE (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/ Fetal Alcohol Effects)
Women in Leadership (Running in First Nations Elections)
NAN Decade Youth Council ° Health ° Gambling
AFN Nuclear Waster Dialogue ° Youth & Bullying ° Organ Donation
....and many more topics....
(Event was co-sponsored by Equay-wuk and Nishnawbe Aski Nation)
For More Info, Contact Equay-wuk (Women's Group):
Telephone: (807) 737-2214 or toll free (800) 261-8294 Fax: (807) 737-2699
May 2005 bring good health, lots of successes and celebrations for every K-Net partner! The top 10 New Year's resolutions as presented from about.com are meant to remind each of us about some of the important things in life ...
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions
From Kimberly & Albrecht Powell
New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make our top ten list?
Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year.
A popular, non-selfish New Year's resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, these nonprofit volunteer organizations could really use your help.
Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that "enjoying life more" has become a popular resolution in recent years.
The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.
Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you'll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year's resolutions to keep. Challenge your mind in the coming year, and your horizons will expand.
On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and links should get you started on the way to a more organized life.
While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available.8) Tame the Bulge
Fifty-five percent of adults in America are overweight, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Americans who made a New Year's commitment to shed extra pounds.
If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you've tried to quit before and failed, don't let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life!
Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It's a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.
Pikangikum First Nation will be hosting their 2nd Annual men's hockey tournament on January 20 to 23, 2005.
Open to six outside teams
Six local teams
Entry fee: $1,000.00
Consolation Champs: $3,000.00
Consolation Runners up: $1,500.00
Accommodations will be provided but hotel is available at teams expense
Open ice body contact
2 Imports per team
Van Keeper 773-5172(home) 773-1039(work)
Lyle Keeper 773-1074(home) 773-5557(work)
Kenneth Strang 773-5346(home) 773-5097(work)
Randy Moose 773-1093(work)
James Strang 773-5070(home) 773-5578(band office)
Seasons Greetings to one and all .... A very special friend sent out the following message and I was fortunate to be one of the receipents. I thought I would share this wish for everyone to enjoy .... have a safe and joyful holiday season ... from everyone at Keewaytinook Okimakanak and K-Net.
Let's take a moment and not think about e-mail, phones, meetings, projects, proposals, unfinished shopping, holiday parties, travel plans, and anything else that may bring stress upon us as the season draws closer. STOP right there...Go into a happy place and think about all of the wonderful things that we can be thankful for:
All that we have and all that we give, let's give thanks to the creator for giving us strength to serve as wonderful ambassadors on this earth!
Peace be to all! May the new year bring joy, health and happiness to you and your family!
Joyeux Noel! Season's Greetings!
Kativik Regional Government launched their new internet service for their member communities during their December council meeting. The December 24 issue of NUNATSIAQ NEWS contains a story entitled "Nunavik beats Nunavut to wireless broadband Internet - Nomadic computer users can surf the web anywhere in the region" at
Tamaani Internet is a section of the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) that offers Internet broadband service via a wireless network connected to the Internet by satellite technology to residents of all Nunavik communities who choose to purchase the service for a monthly fee. This service allows its users to connect to the Internet over a network that is shared with other subscribers.
For more information on the new KRG's Tamaani Internet service to its member communities in Northern Quebec, visit http://www.tamaani.ca
The network uses the Keewaytinook Okimakanak earth station located in Sioux Lookout (visit http://tech.knet.ca/photos/satellite?&page=2 for pictures of the construction of this earth station from June 2004). The official launch of this innovative partnership involving Keewaytinook Okimakanak (K-Net Services), Kativik Regional Government (KRG) and the Keewatin Tribal Council (KTC from Northern Manitoba) will take place on January 19, 2005. See http://smart.knet.ca/satellite for more information about this event and the network involving these partners.
Christmas is an important time of year for people across the north. A time for gathering together with family and friends, a time for sharing and feasting together, and a time to come together as a community so everyone is included.
Click here to check out the pictures of the Christmas parade and the Christmas Concert in Sandy Lake First Nation.
Wapekeka Rallies to HELP each Other!
In a style of community and Christmas spirit, the Chief and Council of the Wapekeka First Nation called on the community members to rally support for each other today. As some members of the community have not been fortunate to be able to work or have enough to provide clothes and gifts, community members dragged, carried, drove and collected clothing, toys, tapes, food, and other items to help those who needed these items. Most of the stuff was new and not the kind that was unusable.
Many more wanted to help but space at the Radio Station was limited. It has been jam packed with volunteers and sorting the items required time but most people just went and got what they wanted. Even hair-dye was donated and Councillor Donald Brown sang Christmas Songs if someone pledged a donation.
Yesterday, there was a call for donations of food and there was lots of donations. This mobilized the whole community to get into the Christmas spirit as some community members expressed that it was not the same as the years before because of the losses we had this past year.
The adage that it is more blessed to give than to recieve was evident here.
Even wood was donated to those needing it and this is in preparation to have a good Christmas so that no one will be stuck having to worry about their needs. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS "Shine our DANCING SHOES" and have fun!
Check out XMAS Pics as we upload them this year at http://wapekeka.firstnation.ca
Students from the Newspaper club at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School published their November/December edition of the DFC Scoop before leaving on the christmas break. They hope that the Scoop will go into a monthly production in the new year. This current production is planned for every two months which the students feel is alright for now.
With the aid of Kim Yesno, the students managed to complete the Scoop before the students went home on Thursday (December 16).
Inside of this edition of the DFC Scoop ....
-ReZ Point: Celebrating Christmas, the old way
- Poems by some of DFC's most talented writers
-Humourous Christmas jokes
Who is never hungry at Christmas?
The turkey - he's always stuffed
A definition of Christmas?
The time when everyone get's "Santa"-mental.
Why couldn't the skeleton go to the Christmas party?
He had no body to go with!
-Students meet with Pamela Matthews
-Play by Play (DFC wins city championship)
-Muckuck, Mishenene share wrestling experience
-Letters to Santa
According to NNEC exacutive director Matthew Angees, the newsletter is something that he is proud of. "Just keep at it," he told the Scoop. Irene Linklater, Principal at DFC, notes the newsletter that the students published is something that all should be happy about. One of her all time favourite quotes she told the scoop was, "Ever Nice!"
..::WEBEQUIE NEW YEARS POWWOW::..
DATE: JANUARY 7,8,9 2005
WARM-UP IS ON THE 7th AND ALSO THE TRAVELLING DAY
8th AND 9th IS THE POWWOW
PLACE: SCHOOL GYM
HOST DRUM: OLDMANBEAR SINGERS
CO-HOST: ROUNDSKY SINGERS
WHITE WOLF DRUM
WHISPERING WIND SINGERS
NORTH BUFFALO SINGERS
ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE!
P.S. FIVE SINGERS/DRUMMERS IN A GROUP IN ORDER TO GET HONORARIUM
Roundsky: Marcus wabasse-353-5530
Whispering Wind: Doreen Jacob-353-6419
North Buffalo: Kurtis Shewaybick-353-5525
RedStone: Bob"the government"wabasse-353-1270
OMBS: Leeyon Shewaybick-353-1434
Aboriginal Artworks Group of Northern Ontario (AAGNO)
The First Annual Aboriginal Fine Crafts & Arts Christmas Gift Show
December 16 -19, 2004
Victoriaville Center Mall, Thunder Bay, ON