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Several NAN First Nations were thrown into crisis this Christmas season following the suicides of a 10-year-old girl in Bearskin Lake First Nation, a 20-year-old woman in Fort Albany First Nation, and a 14-year-old girl in Neskantaga First Nation.
Born in 1950 on the Bearskin Lake First Nation, Beardy made his mark in the 1970s when he encouraged 'pirate' radio stations in First Nation communities who were being denied broadcasting licences.
"Our kids have asked for another videoconference with the kids from Bearskin Lake First Nation and they're asking a lot of questions about what they should bring - like 'can I bring my cell phone?'," said Jackie van de Ligt, an organizer of the student exchange.
To pilot a credit union in Bearskin Lake First Nation and provide financial education in Oji-Cree.
Youth Award recipients were Tracy Prevost, 17, of Taykwa Tagamou First Nation for Culture; Esther Mckaym 20, from Bearskin Lake First Nation for Education; Dwane Moonias, 19, from Nestkantaga First Nation for Recreation; and Nolan Rainville, 19, from Missanabie Cree First Nation in the Youth Council category.
The hottest and most recent tourist package available is a fishing vacation for groups of six or more to Kanuchuan Lake, Wapikopa Lake and Lynx Head Lake, located near Webequie First Nation, and Two River-Knife Lake, located near Bearskin Lake First Nation. The packages include five to seven nights' accommodation, air travel, and the use of two-person boats.
In Bearskin Lake First Nation's case, the quest to build new homes within the community that is only accessible by ice or air was answered when a report suggested the residents harvest lumber from their traditional forest.
The deal will be formally consumated with a traditional signing ceremony at Bearskin Lake First Nation on July 9.
Friesen first started as a pilot for the company, which was founded in 1963 at a remote community of Bearskin Lake First Nations, northeast of Sioux Lookout.