Monday, November 28, 2011

Newspaper: 2nd Edition

The second edition of WJHMS's newspaper has hit the stands. Look for it around Waswanipi or download it here as a PDF. This edition focuses on healthy living in celebration of Diabetes Awareness Month.

Snow Sculptures

After the big snowfall over the weekend, students were excited to start building snow forts and snow sculptures after school. The snow was a little soft and powdery, but we gave it our best effort anyway!

High School Dance

On Friday, November  18, the W.J.H.M.S. student council held a dance in the high school gymnasium. With Robin Gull-Saganash as the DJ and Manoel Dixon as the Emcee, the night was a blast. In addition to a whole lot of dancing, there was a dance crew dance-off, a limbo competition, a freeze-dance competition and many other games. The student council had so much fun putting off this event that many members decided to help out the following evening with the community dance at the Youth Center. Thanks student council members for these two wonderful events! Photos to come shortly - check back soon!


Yes tofu! We tried tofu stir fry in healthy cooking - it was an exciting treat for the vegetarians in the group, and a brand new experience for a number of people. If you want to try and make it at home yourself here is the recipe. 

5 oz firm tofu, cut into thin strips
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 slice of ginger
¾ cup sliced onion
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup carrot, cut into bite-size pieces
½ cup julienned red bell pepper
½ cup water
¼ cup black bean garlic sauce
1 tablespoon green onion (optional)

1.     Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Brown tofu on both sides with a little bit of oil, then remove from pan and set aside.
2.   Add onion, ginger and garlic to wok and sauté for 1 minute. Add broccoli, carrots, and red pepper; stir-fry until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Return tofu to work and stir in water and sauce. Heat until bubbling.
3.   Transfer stir-fry to serving platter and sprinkle with green onion if using. Serve with rice or noodles for a larger meal.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Diabetes Walk

With Diabetes Month in full swing, both schools (staff and students) teamed up and took to the streets to promote awareness in the community around healthy eating and exercise to prevent diabetes. A big thank you to Bonnie Leung, Waswanipi's nutritionist and dietitian, for organizing the event.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Map Making Project

Over the past month Secondary 5 English students have been working on making maps of Waswanipi. As part of their geography class the students were challenged to think visually on a large scale, learn about cartography and spatial drawing, and add their own knowledge of the town to their map. Having a large map provided from the Band Office to work from, students made sketches to plan out their maps. From there they produced their own large scale maps incorporating many shortcuts, trails and land marks that were missing on the government issued map. Here are a couple of pictures of student working as well as some of the finished products.



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Healthy Cooking in the Fall

For the past two weeks in Healthy Cooking Club we have been using autumn receipts that bring the flavours of our favourite fall harvested fruits and vegetables together. Here are the two fantastic receipts that were provided by our community nutritionist, Bonnie Leung. 

Butternut Squash Soup (Recipe from FNQLHSSC)
Makes 14 x 180ml

1 teaspoon Olive oil

2 slices Ginger

1 cup Onion

2 cloves Garlic

1 tablespoon Curry

4 cups Butternut Squash

2 liters Chicken Broth

A pinch salt and pepper for taste 

1)  Stir fry ginger, onion, garlic, curry and butternut squash with olive oil in a pot.
2)  Add in chicken broth, cover, boil on medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes or until squash becomes soft. (Optional: Mash the squash to make it like a puree).
3)  Season with pepper and salt. Serve hot.

Berry Apple Crisp (Recipe from Health Canada)

4 to 5 Apples, cored and cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon Lemon Juices
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 cups Blueberries
½ cup Whole wheat flour
¾ cup Rolled oats
¼ cup Oat or wheat bran
¼ cup Brown sugar
1/3 cup Non-hydrogenated margarine or butter
¼ teaspoon Salt (optional)
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg(optional)

1) Preheat oven to 375F
2) In a lightly greased baking dish combine apple, lemon juice, cinnamon and blueberries.
3) In a mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, rolled oats, oat, brown sugar, butter, salt and nutmeg
4) Pour oat mixture on top of apple mixture
5) Bake at 375oF for 45 minutes or until fruit is tender.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hallowe'en Haunted House

The student council of WJHMS began preparations for a Hallowe'en Haunted House on the weekend prior to Halloween. Mazes were constructed, streamers were hung and smoke machines were strategically placed in order to transform the Waswanipi Youth Center into a terrifying haunted hallway.

The haunted house, open one night only on October 31st, was a huge success, with over 300 people screaming their way through our house of terror. Some were even too scared to enter once the strobe lights were on accompanied by chainsaws and demonic soundtracks. Great job student council members! And thanks for all the hard work from all the other student volunteers and the Youth Centre staff!


Everyone loves a terrifying zombie at Halloween time so Skye and Astrid decided to teach students a zombie dance that they could perform for Halloween. Check out these scary zombies!

First learning to do the zombie walk...

Then on Hallowe'en in character

Community Hallowe'en Party

Youth Fusion helped with the Waswanipi Community Hallowe'en Party that was held at the Youth Centre on Saturday night. Asked by the Youth Council to be the costume judges Astrid and Skye joined Grade 6 teacher, Robin, and frantically put together costumes to wear. Then they all spent the evening judging some amazing costumes worn by party goers. It was difficult to decide some of the winners - the effort people put by some was outstanding. Our favorite game of the evening was trying to figure out who was behind some of the masks.

Also at the Community Party was a pumpkin carving contest. Youth Fusion coordinators entered and received the winning number of votes in the adult category. They were excited to say the least and were very pleased with their appropriately themed wolf blanket prize!