Paquataskamik Project is happy to announce that we've reached our fundraising goal via the Small Change Fund!! Efforts to engage youth in the Ghost River Clean-Up Project have now been made possible and planning is underway!! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this effort and stay tuned for stories from this journey.
Visit the Albany River Coalition (ARC) page for a sneak peek at the 2012 Kistachowan Sipi River Excursion!!
Well the rafters made sure to touch base over the weekend to let everyone know they are well on their way up the river and that all is well!! Stay tuned for more updates as their journey unfolds...
The participants have been chosen and the raft is ready for launch. This year the raft is set to leave Hearst the morning of Tuesday, May 16th with a new and very excited group of youth who will explore traditional territory and come to know and feel the stories, the history and the knowledge that the river, and the Elders who know it best, have to share. Updates to come as the raft makes its way up the Albany River... stay tuned!!
Please support the Nameo Sipi (Ghost River) Clean-up Project through the Small Change Fund
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Planning for the 2012 Kistachowan Sipi Rafting excursion is underway!! This year the rafters are set to depart on May 16th for their 10 day adventure down the river. More details TBA in the next of couple weeks!! Stay tuned :D
Watch out for plans for May 2012 "Festival at the Forks: Paquataskamik Conference on Water, Youth and Community"...details TBA
This year's Great Moon Gathering is one that will never be forgotten in the hearts of those who were able to attend and participate. From the diverse workshops and opportunities for growth and learning - to the magic that occurred between educators, community members and visitors, Fort Albany and Peetabek Academy hosted an extraordinary event. Special guests Joseph Boyden, The Tragically Hip and Shelagh Rogers (only to name a few) brought with them an unforgettable energy of enthusiasm and support and have expressed immense gratitude for the generosity and welcome that came from the heart of the community. Please take a moment to read the following articles, watch the awesome youtube video and peek at some of the photos from the event. The Paquataskamik Project team maintained a strong voice and presence throughout the conference and move forward with strong new alliances and exciting prospects for the coming rafting excursion - details TBA!! Big thank you to Edmund and Joan for their tremendous efforts in organizing such an unforgettable gathering...
Article by Edmund Metatawabin (Maclean's Magazine): http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/02/29/edmund-metatawabin-on-the-great-moon-gathering/
Article by Wawatay News: http://wawataynews.ca/node/22409
Joseph Boyden's Keynote Address (Maclean's Magazine): http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/02/29/joseph-boydens-keynote-address-at-the-great-moon-gathering/
Joseph & Amanda Boyden's Article (Maclean's Magazine) http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/02/29/north-of-the-52nd/
Shelagh Rogers (The Walrus Blog): http://www.walrusmagazine.com/blogs/2012/02/27/wings-and-prayers/#.T0vlhjjwEEY.twitter
Tragically Hip Youtube Vide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83G77ebuXw&list=UUJlTNV-9HgE8ihg-Ghd0ZbA&index=1&feature=plcp
Photos (Maclean's Magazine) http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/02/29/hanging-with-the-hip/
It was a pleasure and an honour to work with Fort Albany First Nation and NORDIK Institute on the Paquataskamik Project. Unfortunately my contract has come to an end. However, I will still be involved with the project on a voluntary basis. Anything you would like added to the Facebook page or website, please let me know. It was great getting to know everyone, on and off screen;-) Keep up the amazing work! Until we meet again...