Wab Kinew Appointed to Kocihta’s Board of Directors

10317773_10153005853802964_3544468384752991301_oBroadcast journalist, educator, musician and sundancer, Wab Kinew has been appointed to the board of directors of Kocihta, which is one of only six national Indigenous charities in Canada helping to resolve the Indigenous education and employment gap.

The Kocihta press statement said, “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Wab Kinew to its Board of Directors.

“Wab Kinew is a exemplary citizen of Canada and member of the Indigenous community who leads by example,” said Charles S. Coffey, O.C., chair of Kocihta’s Board of Directors. “Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians respect Wab and his efforts to pursue his dreams and engage with people and issues on a national and international level. We are honoured to have him on our board, as he hasa passion to make a positive influence in the lives of Indigenous youth across Canada,” said Coffey.

“It is my pleasure and intention to help grow the work of Kocihta –a new national charity devoted to helping Indigenous youth reach their career potential,” said Wab Kinew. “50 per cent of the Indigenous youth in Canada, by no choice or fault of their own, are living in poverty –some in third-world conditions. This socio-economic crisis presents barriers to their education and employment, and their overall physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness, and I want to help Kocihta change these statistics”, said Kinew. “I encourage all Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians and businesses to reach out and give a hand up to our youth through Kocihta–not a hand out.”

Born in Kenora, and raised in the Onigaming First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, Wab moved to Winnipeg for school. It’s there he began a broadcasting career with the local CBC station on news and cultural programs. Today, Kinew is an Indigenous ambassador and leader in Canada –serving as the interim associate vice-president for Indigenous relations at the University of Winnipeg,a national influencer, and an award-winning journalist.

Wab will join the following leaders on the Kocihta Board of Directors: Charles S. Coffey, O.C., Retired VP, RBC (Chair), Anne Noonan, (Vice-Chair), Senator Lillian Dyck (Member), Stephanie Sterling, Shell Canada (Member).

Learn more about Kocihta HERE

Haareis or “Hair Ice”

Hair Ice 2014 (Photo: Robbin Whachell)
Hair Ice 2014 (Photo: Robbin Whachell)

On one of my many walks through Hoy Creek Trail in Coquitlam, B.C. close to where I live, I was snapping photos with my cell phone, and I happened along this amazing phenomenon.  It looked like an explosion of cotton, but as I looked closer I then realized it had to be an ice or frost formation.

What made me doubt that it was ice though, was that there was no snow on the ground. I can’t believe I never reached out to touch it. Not knowing what it was, I felt inclined not to disturb it, so I kept on my way.

I  have since learned it is called Haareis or “Hair Ice” – an ice or frost formation.  What is most amazing is that the ice appears to be coming out of the tree stem itself.

“Hair Ice is ice that grows outward from the surface of the wood, as super-cooled water emerges from the wood, freezes and adds to the hairs from the base,” says Dr. James R. Carter, Professor Emeritus, at Illinois State University, who wrote about Hair Ice on his website  (HERE) and interestingly enough, many of his photos are from Vancouver Island, Canada.

“… the hairs of ice do not grow from linear fissures in a stem but rather appear to come out of pores in the wood.  As such they are similar to hair on a head,” writes Dr. Carter.

I am surprised I’ve never seen Hair Ice before in all my years living in B.C., and I will definitely be keeping a look out for more for these beautiful formations.