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Stephanie Hagenaars

Pride speech

Borderland Pride's “Passport to Pride" stopped at the Fort Frances Civic Centre on Saturday for a flag ceremony and speeches from various Canadian dignitaries and special guests. During the inaugural "Pride Week” ceremony, Borderland Pride co-chair Doug Judson shared a few words with the hundreds of people that joined in the day's festivities.

Carpentry camp

Even Bagacki, left, Solanah McDonald and Carter Payne were focused yesterday as they carved out their pieces to create an angel fish mosaic during a carpentry summer camp at Fort Frances High School. FFHS teacher and carpentry camp supervisor, Vince Gouin, said in only a couple of days the kids have learned to use tools and machines such as mitre saws, band saws and sanders.

NCDS Pride

NCDS held a “Client Appreciation & Pride Celebration" lunch yesterday, offering hot dogs, watermelon, popcorn, beverages and cupcakes "for all human beings" as part of "Borderland Pride Week.” Matthew Sawatzky from Community Living Fort Frances and District stopped by for a hot dog and some treats.

Tie dye workshop

Bright and colourful fun was had at the United Native Friendship Centre's Circle of Life Centre on Mowat Avenue on Tuesday. As part of the centre's summer arts and crafts, tie dye shirts, blankets, and other fabrics were created in honour of “Pride Week” here (July 9-15).

Hawrylak tribute

Local band “Who Cares" performed at the Rainy Lake Square last Thursday evening during a tribute concert for local musician Myron Hawrylak, who had passed away in late March. Dozens of people came to the square, the site of where Hawrylak often played at the old Rainy Lake Hotel, to hear the music of the various musicians he had played with over the years.

FFTAHS opening

Dr. Dave Smith, left, a chiropodist from Thunder Bay, stood with Sandra McNay, RPN and foot care nurse, Chelsea Janveau, RPN, and Tracey Roach, RN and diabetes clinician of the Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services during the grand-opening event in front of the diabetes and foot care clinic located on King's Highway that opened earlier this year.

1st responders grad

Don Smith, left, was presented with a plaque, certificate, and gift card from Dean Councillor, Armand Jourdain Sr., and Mark Cudney after graduating from a 40-hour first responders course provided by the North West Regional Training Program in the community of Naicatchewenin.

Pride artwork

Henry Smith, Melani Sutton, and Logan Sutton-Byzewski found a good spot to colour their “Pride” flags on Monday at the open-air art studio at the Rainy Lake new Square hosted by Community Living Fort Frances & District. Kids and adults of all ages made their way down for an afternoon of arts and crafts where buttons, flags, and ribbon wands were created.

Green Light ceremony

Jasmine Nastiuk, left, and Priscilla Simard lifted bags filled with green lights bulbs while Couchiching Chief Brian Perrault held up a green blanket wrapped around tobacco, two green lights, and a green ribbon that was passed on from Lac La Criox Chief Clayton Ottertail at the Couchiching pow-wow grounds back on July 1.