The Guinness World Records Ltd issued a Certificate stating:
The 'Wapusk Trail" road
(752 km (467 miles) in length)
constructed each year between
Gillam, Manitoba, and Peawanuk,
is thought to be the longest
seasonal winter road
in the world
signed by: Keeper of the Records, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS LTD
At the First Nations Northern Housing Conference held at the Prince Arthur Hotel on February 17 to 19, 2004 in Thunder Bay, Fort Severn received the HOUSING INNOVATION RECOGNITION AWARD. The award recognizes the community's innovative efforts and strategies to contracting local building contractors to construct their new homes. Housing designs include various innovative construction packages to meet the unique environmental and financing challenges facing remote First Nations.
George Kakekaspan, Fort Severn's Project Manager and former chief, was on hand to lead a workshop providing other First Nations with details about their work in meeting local housing needs. He accepted the award on behalf of the community.
Fifteen people spent twelve days travelling in their traditional territories, visiting and restoring old gravesites and the buildings at the former community of Rocksands. Several elders, youth and community leaders worked with two staff from Keewaytinook Okimakanak to record the stories and knowledge being shared during this trip.
Pictures from the trip are now being posted on-line. Click here to view the pictures that Cal Kenny, K-Net's Graphic Design Producer took in between filming as much of the trip as possible.
Watch for the video clips from this journey into the traditional lands of the people from Fort Severn First Nation. These are being edited and stored on-line for everyone to view.
The three far northern Cree First Nations of Fort Severn, Shamattawa and Weenusk signed a joint declaration rejecting the boundaries outlined by the Group of 10 in its MOU. Fort Severn, Shamattawa and Weenusk are located in the far north of Ontario and Manitoba, along the coast of Hudson Bay.
Leaders, elders and youth from the three communities gathered this week in Fort Severn to review the Group of 10's M.O.U. and to formulate their strategy for dealing with what they saw as encroachment on their ancestral and traditional lands.
For more details about this meeting and photos log on to http://www.fortsevernfirstnation.com
Everyday new community announcements are created and posted on the local community television station for everyone to see. The background music comes from the community radio station that plays Wawatay Radio whenever there are no local programs. Everyone in Fort Severn has this television turned on to listen to the radio and watch for new community announcements about someone's birthday, an upcoming meeting or workshop, job postings and everything else.
Now the Multi-Media Producer, Barney Turtle, is saving all these posters on-line in a photo album so other people from outside the community can also see what is happening in Fort Severn. Be sure to check out the Fort Severn Community Announcements photo album (go to the last poster in the album for the lastest announcement). A link to this album is also available directly from the Fort Severn First Nation web portal.
Another house and the wawatay radio tower burns to the ground in Fort Severn.
I'm going to miss my Booshoo corner says, John Chapman.
For more details and photos go www.fortsevernfirstnation.com
Fort Severn First Nation
Fort Severn, Ontario
** Press Release **
May 20, 2003
It’s Official!! Nine intrepid youth from this small remote First Nation on the shores of Hudson Bay are off to challenge Canada and the world in a 21 km (13.1 m) Half Marathon. It will be the first chance for these young people to achieve their dream of competing in a national level competition, the Manitoba Marathon, on Sunday, June 15, 2003.
Rayanne Chapman (13), Hillary Gray (13), Nathan Howson (14), Stacey Howson (13), Bernadette Kabestra (13), Courtney Kakekaspan (12), Kary Kakepetum (13), Isabel Miles (15), and April Thomas (13) will be part of a large group of competitors (more than 2500 for the Half Marathon in 2002) in the 25th anniversary running of the event (www.manitobamarathon.mb.ca/). Several adults have worked with the youth since they began their regular training last fall, but the will to succeed is theirs alone.
There are many challenges facing youth growing up in a small remote community. In addition to the isolation, young people do not have the same educational and recreational opportunities enjoyed by other youth in Canada. Those opportunities can make a huge difference, in personal development terms, when it comes to the ability to set personal goals and live a satisfying and fulfilling life. And, young people need role models, and they need to be able to test themselves against others, both inside and outside their community. These nine youth are already role models to their peers and younger children in their community.
Fort Severn (www.fortsevernfirstnation.com) is inviting others to help support these youth and give them the opportunity to achieve their dreams. Donations to the Fort Severn Team will be recognized in Fort Severn through radio announcements and on community notices concerning the youth competing in Winnipeg. Donations may be made payable to and sent to: Fort Severn First Nation, General Delivery, Fort Severn, Ontario, P0V 1W0.
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For more information, contact Rowena House @ 807.478.2517
Check out the story published in Friday, May 23 issue of Thunder Bay's Chronicle-Journal
Fort Severn has been in a flood watch status for the last couple of days, the north end of the community has been placed on a high alert.
The river has risen about a foot each day. Some of roads leading to the coast are under water. The river is being monitored daily by our Flood coordinator Robert Thomas .
Fort Severn First Nation will be having a Nomination Meeting and General Election for the Chief and four Councillors.
The Nomination meeting will held on Wednesday , May 21, 2003 at the community Youth Centre starting at 7:00. The General Election is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at the E- Centre.
The voting will start 9:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. The newly elected officials will be announced at the local Radio Staion once the counting process has been completed
For more information, please contact the Electorial Officer : Victoria Matthews