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December 22, 2011

Vol. 38 #26

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Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974

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Airships to serve the North

Making a stand

Shawn Bell

Special to Wawatay News

Remote communities in the near future may look to the skies for supplies, as talk gets louder of using freight airships to bring goods into places formerly serviced only by winter roads. The latest call for using freight airships to bring goods into remote communities comes from the Conference Board of Canada, an independent non-profit research organization. Its latest report, Northern Assets: Transportation Infrastructure in Remote Communities, is about the state of transportation infrastructure in northern Canada. The report, released in December, found that winter road seasons are shrinking as climate change continues to warm northern regions. It also notes that while building new railways and roads to remote regions may be beneficial for the communities and the country as a whole, the high cost of constructing and then maintaining those transportation networks makes it hard for governments to commit the necessary funds. The answer, at least according to a professor at the University of Winnipeg, may be freight airships that can ship goods quickly and easily. Prof. Barry Prentice said that it is easy to envision airships being in operation as early as 2014.

Lenny Carpenter/Wawatay News

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence speaks to media Dec. 15 after a meeting with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan in Thunder Bay. Immediately following the meeting Spence signed a court injunction contesting Duncan’s decision to impose a third party manager on the community. See story page 3.

see CLIMATE page 16

ᑭᒋᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑕᔭᓂᐊᐸᑕᓄᐣ ᒋᐃᓯᓴᐦᐅᑌᑭᐣ ᐳᓯᑕᓱᓇᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᓄᐱᒪᑲᒥᐠ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᔕᐧᐣ ᐯᓫ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ

ᐊᔕ ᐊᓂᐯᔓᓇᑲᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᓂᑲᐣ ᒋᔭᓂ ᒧᒋᐃᔑᓴᐦᐅᑌᑭᐣ ᐳᓯᑕᓱᓇᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᓄᐱᒪᑲᒥᐠ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐊᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌ ᒋᑭᔭᐸᑕᑲᐧᐸᐣ ᑭᒋᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒋᐃᓯᓴᐦᐅᑌᑭᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐊᑯ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐃᔑᑕᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐱᐳᓂᒥᑲᓇᐊᐧᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᓄᑯᒥᑫ ᑲᑭᐅᒋᐃᐧᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐊᐱᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪ ᑲᓇᑕ, ᑲᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧ ᐱᒧᓂᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲ ᑲᔓᓂᔭᑫᑕᒪᓱᒪᑲᐠ ᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐱᒥᓴᐦᐅᑌᑭᐣ ᐳᓯᑕᓱᓇᐣ ᓄᐱᒪᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᐊᔭᑭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᑭᑕᐸᒋᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᐃᔑᓂᑲᑌᐠ: ᓄᐱᒪᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᐊᔭᑭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᐱᒥᔭᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ, ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᒋ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᒋ ᐱᒥᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ, ᑭᐸᑭᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᒪᑯᔐᑭᔑᑲᐣᐱᓯᑦ, ᑭᐃᓇᒋᒧᒪᑲᐣ ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐱᐳᓂᒥᑲᓇᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐊᔕ ᑭᓇᑲᐧᐡ ᐁᑭᔭᓂ ᐱᒥᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐁᐧᓴ ᑲᔭᓂ ᑭᔕᐧᔭᐠ ᑭᐁᑎᐧᓄᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᒪᑲᐣ ᒥᓴᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓇᑭ ᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑲᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐃᐡᑯᑌᐃᐧᑕᐸᓂ ᒥᑲᓇᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ

ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋᐅᑕᐸᑭᒥᑲᓇᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᒋᐃᓇᒧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᓄᐱᒪᑲᒥᐠ ᑌᐯᐧ ᐃᐧᓂᑯ ᑕᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᒋᑲᑌᐸᓂᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᐅᒪ ᑲᐃᑯᑎᐯᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᑕᐡ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᒣᑎᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᑲᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᐱᒥᐊᐧᐁᐧᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐅᑐᐣᒋ ᐊᓂᒣᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᐠ ᐃᒪ ᒋᐃᔑᐸᑭᑎᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᑕᐡ ᑕᑭᐃᔑᒥᓄᓭᐸᐣ, ᐊᒥ ᑲᑭᐃᑭᑐᐨ ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᐯᔑᐠ ᐅᑭᒋᑭᑫᐣᑕᓱ ᐃᒪ ᒪᓂᑐᐸ ᔪᓂᐯᕑᓯᑎ, ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐱᒥᓴᐦᐅᑌᑲᐧᐸᐣ ᐳᓯᑕᓱᓇᐣ ᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᑕᑭᔕᑕᐱᓭᐸᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑕᑭᐁᐧᐣᒋᓭᐸᐣ. ᐅᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫ ᐸᕑᐃ ᐢᕑᐁᐣᑎᐢ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᓇᐱᐨ ᐁᐧᐣᑕᐣ ᒋᑭᐃᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᔕ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒋᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ 2014 ᐊᓂᔭᑭᐊᐧᐠ. “ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᐣᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐊᐱᑕᐦᐅᑕᓱᒪᑲᐠ ᐯᔑᑯᑕᐸᐣ ᐯᔑᑲᐧᐣ ᐃᑯ ᑕᐃᓇᑭᐣᑌᐸᐣ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐸᑕᑭᐸᐣ ᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᐃᓯᓭ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐱᒥᑌ ᑲᔭᐸᑕᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᑕᒣᓂᑎᑲᑌᓯᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐣᑎ ᐱᑯ ᐁᐃᔑᐸᐸᑭᒋᒪᑲᐠ, ᐁᑲ ᑲᔦ ᑲᑕᐨ ᒋᐅᐣᑕᒥᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᑌᐠ ᒥᑲᓇᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐱᒥᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑊᕑᐁᐣᑎᐢ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑫᐅᒋ ᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐱᒪᐦᐅᑕᓱᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐸᑕᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ. ᐯᔑᐠ ᐁᐃᔑᓂᑲᑌᐠ

ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᑎᐢᑲᐳᕑᐃ ᐁᐧᑎ ᔦᓫᐅᓇᔾᑊ ᐅᑭᓂᑲᓂ ᐅᓇᑐᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᓇᑯᒥᑐᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐦᐊᔾᑊᕑᐃᐟ ᐁᕑ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒋᐅᐣᑎᓇᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑫᐊᐸᑕᑭᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐸᑕᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ. ᑭᐃᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌ ᐊᔕ ᒋᑲᐧᔭᐣᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᒪᑕᓄᑲᑌᐠ 2014 ᐊᐦᑭᐊᐧᐠ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᑫᐃᓇᐸᑕᐠ ᒋᐃᓇᐦᐅᑕᓱᒪᑲᐠ ᐳᓯᑕᓱᓇᐣ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᓄᐱᒪᑲᒥᐠ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᔭᑭᐣ. ᑎᐢᑲᐳᕑᐃ ᐁᕑ ᑲᑎᐯᐣᑕᐠ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑕᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᐊᐧᐣ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐊᐣᑎ ᐱᑯ ᒋᐃᔑᐸᐸᑭᒋᒪᑲᑭᐣ, ᑐᑲᐣ ᓂᐱᑲᐠ, ᒥᑲᐧᒥᑲᐠ, ᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐧᑭᑕᑲᒥᑲᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐳᓯᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᑯᓇᐠ 50 ᑐᐣᐢ, ᑫᑲᐟ ᓂᔑᐣ ᐅᑕᐸᓇᐠ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᐱᒥᑕᐱᐊᐧᐨ. ᐊᒥ ᑫᑲᐟ ᐯᔑᑲᐧᐣ ᐁᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᓂᑭᐣ ᑭᒋᒧᑯᒪᐊᑭᐃᐧ ᓄᑎᓂᑫᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᐳᓯᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐸᐸᒥᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑫᐊᐧᐨ. ᐃᐁᐧ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᓄᑎᓂᑫᐃᐧ ᐳᓯᑕᓱᐃᐧ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᔕ ᑕᑲᐧᔭᐣᒋᔭ ᒋᐊᐸᑕᐠ ᐊᓂᐳᓂᓭᐠ 2011. ᑭᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌ ᒋᐳᓯᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ 1 ᑐᐣ ᒥᓇ 10,000 ᒥᑐᕑᐢ ᒋᐊᐱᒋ ᐃᐡᐸᐦᐊᒧᒪᑲᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᓂᐦᓱᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᒋᐱᒥᓭᒪᑲᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑕᐱᑕᒪᑫᐠ ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᐃᑭᑐᒪᑲᓂᐠ, ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ

ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐅᓀᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᓯᓭ ᒋᑭᐅᓀᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑭᐃᔑ ᐁᐧᐣᒋᓭᓂᑭᐸᐣ ᑫᐅᒋ ᐃᔑᐃᐧᒋᑲᑌᓂᑭᐣ ᐳᓯᑕᓱᓇᐣ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᒪᒋᑕᐃᐧ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᔭᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᔕ ᒋᑭᔭᓂᒥᓄᓭᑭᐣ. ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐁᐃᓇᑭᐣᑌᐠ ᑲᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒥᑲᓇᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐱᒥᐊᐧᐁᐧᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᒥᓇᑲᐧᓄᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐃᓇᑭᐣᑌᐊᐧᐣ, ᑭᐃᓇᒋᒪᒧᑲᐣ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᔭᓂ ᐸᐸᑲᓂᐃᔑᐁᐧᐸᐠ ᐊᓂ ᒪᒋᐱᒋᑫᒪᑲᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᒪᑕᓄᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑌᑎᐸᐦᐃ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ. ᐁᔭᓂ ᓂᐣᑭᑌᐠ ᐊᓇᒪᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᑭᐱᒥᐱᓱᐨ ᐃᐡᑯᑌᐃᐧᑕᐸᐣ ᐁᔭᓂᐊᐧᑫᐃᐧᔭᑭᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᓇᐱᑫᓯᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐊᓂᐊᐧᐸᐣᒋᑲᑌ ᑲᔭᓂ ᓂᐣᑭᑌᐠ ᑲᑭᓂᑕᐃᔑ ᓀᐱᒋᐊᑲᐧᑎᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐁᔭᓂᑭᔕᐧᔭᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᔭᓂ ᐊᓂᒥᓭᐠ ᐁᑲ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᔭᓂᐊᐸᑕᐠ ᐱᐳᓂᒥᑲᓇ. ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᔭᐱᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐃᑭᑐᒪᑲᓂ ᓄᑯᒥᑫ ᑲᑭ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑫᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᓫᐃᐸᐧᕑᐣᔭ ᔪᓂᐯᕑᓯᑎ ᑭᒋᒧᑯᒪᐣᐊᑭᐠ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑲ ᐊᐱᐣ

ᑲᐱᐳᓀᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᑲᓴᓱᑭᐸᐧᐠ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑲᓇᑕ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᒥᑐᓂ ᐱᑯ ᑕᔭᓂᐊᒋᐃᐧᓭ ᑫᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᑕᐱᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐯᔓᐨ ᐊᓂᓂᑲᐣ, ᐁᐧᓴ ᐁᑲ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᐊᐸᑕᑭᐣ ᐱᐳᓂᒥᑲᓇᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑲᑭᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᐱᐳᓂᒥᑲᓇ ᐸᑕᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᔦᓫᐅᓇᔾᑊ ᐃᔑᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᑲᐃᓇᒧᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᐣ ᑕᓱᔭᑭ ᐱᑯ ᐱᒥᐊᒋᐃᐧ ᐊᐸᑕᐣ ᐃᐁᐧ ᒥᑲᓇ, ᐁᐧᓴ ᑲᐱᒥᐸᐸᑲᓂ ᐃᔑᐁᐧᐸᐠ. ᐊᐱ 2020 ᐊᓂᐊᐦᑭᐊᐧᐠ, ᑭᐃᓇᒋᒧᒪᑲᐣ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᐁᐧ ᐱᐳᓂᒥᑲᓇ 17 ᐱᕑᓭᐣᐟ ᐁᑕ ᑕᑕᐃᐧᓯᐣ ᐊᐱᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 2008 ᑲᔭᑭᐊᐧᑭᐸᐣ. ᔕᑯᐨ ᑕᐡ ᓂᓯᑕᐃᐧᓂᑲᑌ ᐅᑕᐸᓂᒥᑲᓇᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐃᐡᑯᑌᐃᐧᑕᐸᓇᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐱᒥᔭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑭᑕᐸᒋᒋᑲᑌᐊᐧᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᒋᒥᓄᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑫᐅᒋ ᐱᒪᒋᐦᐅᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ. ᐃᐡᑲᐧᔭᐨ ᒋᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᐠ ᒋᑭᓇᓇᑐᓇᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑭᐃᔑ ᐁᐧᐣᒋᓭᓂᑭᐸᐣ ᐊᐱ ᐁᐃᐧ ᐃᓇᐦᐅᑕᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᓄᐱᒪᑲᒥᐠ, ᐯᑭᐡ ᑲᔦ ᑲᔭᐱᒋ ᐊᑲᐧᑭᐣᑌᑭᐣ ᑲᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐱᒥ ᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐅᑕᐸᓂᒥᑲᓇᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐃᐡᑯᑌᐃᐧᑕᐸᓇᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᒥᐡᑲᐧᐨ ᐸᑲᐣ ᒋᑭᐊᐸᑕᑭᐸᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑭᒋᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ.

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December 22, 2011

ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ

KI chief disturbed by RCMP surveillance Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Chief Donny Morris said he couldn’t believe it when he heard the RCMP had been “spying” on him and his council. “It came as a surprise and shock to know that I’ve been spied on and to be put in that category as a dangerous person,” he said. On Dec. 4, it was revealed that the federal government created a vast surveillance network in early 2007 to monitor protests by First Nations. A unit of the RCMP called the Aboriginal (joint intelligence group) JIG was created and mandated to collect and distribute intelligence about situations involving First Nations that have “escalated to civil disobedience and unrest in the form of protest actions.” The unit was run by the same RCMP departments that have teams of officers across the country to deal with “threats to national security and criminal extremism or terrorism.” A report dated June 2009 indicated that the surveillance at the time focused on 18 “communities of concern” across the country, including KI and Grassy Narrows. KI made national headlines in its fight against mining company Platinex, where the community escorted company representatives off their land and prevented the company from drilling near the community. Six council and community members, including Morris, were imprisoned for their actions. Morris said he was following Elders’ teachings and protecting his people’s traditional lands. “We agreed to share and to live together, not where one party should be dominant over the other and that was what I was upholding when we went against Platinex,” he said. He said their intention was to protest peacefully and “not to be militant.” “I always said not to wear camoflauge, no angry words and no swear words, and just keep to a level where we’re known as who we are: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug,” he said. “Not to be categorized as militant or terrorists but I guess we fall into that category and that’s why the government put us on that list. And that’s what really upsets me.” The revelation of the surveillance network came only

weeks after an advocate for First Nations children discovered that the federal Aboriginal Affairs department had been spying on her. Cindy Blackstock is the executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), an organization that aims to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nation children across the country. It supports Shannen’s Dream, an initiative named after Attawapiskat’s Shannen Koostachin, who died while campaigning for a new school for her and other First Nation communities.

“We agreed to share and to live together, not where one party should be dominant over the other.” – Donny Morris

In 2007, the organization filed a human rights complaint against the Canadian government, claiming discrimination against First Nations children. In December 2009, Blackstock accompanied members of the Chiefs of Ontario to a meeting with Aboriginal Affairs (then known as INAC) officials. As she attempted to enter the meeting room, an INAC official pulled her aside and informed her that she could not go into the meeting, despite her acting as a technical advisor to the chiefs. When a chief objected, the official said the meeting would not proceed with Blackstock present. As Blackstock voluntarily waited outside the meeting, she found herself being watched by an INAC security guard. “This all made me wonder why my presence evoked this kind of response,” Blackstock said. With that reaction, and reports that INAC did not like the FNCFCS, Blackstock filed an Access to Information request on herself. More than a year-and-a-half later, she received a 400-page file that contained her personal information and reports on her activities. “My grandparents passed away 50 years ago, and their names are in this material, and I have no idea why that would’ve been pulled,” she said. One two-page report on one of her presentations had been

sent to INAC’s Atlantic headquarters and was copied to nine other high-level bureaucrats. She also found out that public employees had accessed her Facebook on their personal time and reported the information to INAC. With no history of a parking ticket, let alone a criminal record, Blackstock is dumbfounded by all the resources spent monitoring her. “I’m thinking, really? Why are you tailing me versus getting out there and doing the right thing for kids?” she said. Blackstock is outraged at what she feels is a misappropriation of funds by the government since it was public officials and not trained people such as the RCMP who monitored her. “You can’t be using the resources of Canada, and going out and following people,” she said. “But my biggest concern was for my family, because their private information was on there.” While Blackstock was telling her story on CBC Radio’s The Current, an INAC official announced that the Aboriginal Affairs minister had asked the deputy minister to conduct an investigation into the surveillance of Blackstock. This did not appease Blackstock, because “it would not be impartial due to the deputy minister being copied on a number of the documents.” Blackstock does not believe anything will come of the investigation. “If I were to do the same thing, as a private individual, to monitor the justice or INAC officials, I can likely be brought up on the charges of stalking,” she said. “But that same process doesn’t apply to Canada.” While the Aboriginal JIG unit is supposedly dismantled, Morris believes its creation is part of the federal government’s intent to “oppress” his people. While Canada is helping foreign countries oust tyrannical leaders, such as the case in Libya, or helping other countries gain more jobs, and better housing and education, it’s ignoring the people in its own backyard. “They do what these regimes do in these countries and they do that to us, and that’s the change I want to see happen,” he said. “That’s what we’re tackling here when you say no to development. Wait until we organize ourselves, because we want to take control of our resources under the treaty.”

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Spence takes Aboriginal Affairs to court Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has filed a court injunction against Aboriginal Affairs for its decision to put her community under third party management despite a promise the imposed intervention would be lifted once the housing crisis is over. Spence said the paperwork was signed immediately following a 90-minute meeting with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister John Duncan Dec. 15 in Thunder Bay after Duncan “insisted that the third party has to be involved in this crisis.” “We insist that we have a good team in place in the community plus we have a good relationship with the Thunder Bay (Aboriginal Affairs) staff … but he still insists on a third party,” Spence told reporters following the meeting. “Third party (management) is not an option.” The First Nation declared a state of emergency – the third in three years – at the end of October due to a housing shortage. Some community members, including children and Elders, are living in tent framed shelters and sheds. Following weeks of inaction, Duncan put the community’s finances under third party management, citing mismanagement by the band. Spence said she opposed third party management from the start and that it is proven to do more harm than good and is “very impunitive, counterproductive and unreasonable.” Duncan spoke to the media after the meeting. He said appointing a third party was a in response to the immediate needs of the community. However, he will lift the third party management once the crisis is over. In the meantime, his department plans to provide homes for 25 families – 22 in modular homes purchased and three in renovated houses. He also said they have planned to do a “comprehensive, independent” audit of the band’s finances by the end of the fiscal year in March 2012. “Once those people are housed and we think that we’re on the right track in terms of housing needs, then I think we can safely remove the third party management,” he said. “We’re looking at more or less the spring.” Spence doesn’t buy it. “I’ve been informed by other chiefs there’s never a short-term third party (manager),” she

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A group of Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School students held a protest in front of the Aboriginal Affairs office in Thunder Bay Dec. 15 in support of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence as she met with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan. said. The decision to contest the third party management appointee in court is not a first. Pikangikum First Nation, north of Red Lake in northwestern Ontario, successfully fought against third party management in the courts. The community made national headlines when it refused third party management in 2000. A two-year long court battle ensued between then minister of Indian Affairs Robert Nault and the leadership of Pikangikum. It ended when a federal court in Winnipeg released a ruling in December 2002 telling the former Indian Affairs minister he acted improperly when he assigned an outside financial manager for Pikangikum. Pikangikum then filed a lawsuit against Nault, alleging he abused his power and cancelled building projects after the community initiated the original 2000 court battle. This case was dismissed in 2010. Kenora MP Greg Rickford was present at the Dec. 15 meeting with Spence. The parliamentary secretary to Duncan was part of the legal team that won the original court case for Pikangikum. He told reporters

that appointing a third party manager in the Attawapiskat scenario is “good policy.” “It was a pressing, substantial, health and safety issue,” he said. “We support self-governance, but we also have an obligation to the residents of Attawapiskat to ensure under these circumstances that immediate action is taken.” But Duncan is being questioned on the $1,300 per day rate of the third party manager, especially if the community’s financial situation is in doubt. “I never said money was the issue here,” Duncan said. “What I am saying is that by bringing in a third party manager, we’re bringing in the resources of the department to, for example, bring in the 22 modular homes.” Spence said the third party manager has yet to step into the community and it is her council that is making the arrangements to bring the modular homes to the community by winter road in January. “(Duncan) keeps saying that the third party is overseeing the crisis,” Spence said. “He’s not. It’s the people in my community who are working hard to keep things moving, documenting everything and making the

phone calls to suppliers. He’s not even in the community, so how can he manage the crisis?” Outside sources support Spence’s claim that third party management is inefficient and costly. In 2008, then auditor general Sheila Fraser criticized the Aboriginal Affairs department for its selection process of third party managers and questioned why there is no accountability framework in place once a manger is in place. Spence said the community is still willing to take an audit on their past funds received, but expressed frustration on the government’s focus on the band’s finance management. “They’re throwing numbers at us and not focusing on the declared emergency, which is what this is about, and the people of Canada need to understand that,” she said. Prime Minister Stephen Harper called out the First Nation upon hearing of the housing crisis, asking what happened to the $90 million his government put into the community since 2006. But Duncan didn’t want to talk numbers when he was asked about the annual funding per capita comparison between

municipalities and First Nation reserves, where the number for municipalities is nearly double that of First Nations. “I don’t want to get into a numbers game here,” he said. “I don’t think talking about numbers is productive.” Spence also addressed reports that some community members actually want a third party manager. “As a chief of my people, I respect people’s opinion,” she said. “People object because they don’t understand what third party is, and I don’t think they understand what happened here.” In his opening statement to the media after the Dec. 15 meeting, Duncan attempted to “dispel” the notion that he and Spence were having disagreements over the past two weeks. He was referring to an exchange of public statements between he and Spence. In a letter sent to Duncan dated Dec. 9, Spence wrote, “I request that you rescind the third party management decision on my First Nation and allow us to proceed with the normal course of business and manage our own funding and decisions.” Two days later, Duncan

released a statement regarding the delivery of additional supplies to the community. He said that he was pleased that the community “has acknowledged the necessity of working with our government, the third party management team, and Emergency Management Ontario to get help to the residents of Attawapiskat.” The statement was interpreted as Spence agreeing to third party management, and after receiving a call from a reporter to confirm, Spence was quick to reply. She released an open letter to the minister that same day, writing: “this statement is completely false and untrue and the Minister has been misinformed.” She outlined reasons as to why she will not accept third party management, which included the interruption to this fiscal year’s cash flow that “would seriously hinder the debt management plan that we currently have in place” and “prevent us from issuing social assistance payments and hence our members would not be able to purchase goods for Christmas Holidays.” After the Dec. 15 meeting, Duncan said: “There’s been a lot of things said over the last couple of weeks, about the disagreements between the chief and I, and I would look to dispel those disagreements. They’re not true. We have strong agreement on the housing needs of the community.” While both sides “agree to disagree” on the third party management, both have said the meeting was respectful and agree that the safety and health of the community members is a priority. Supplies and aid continue to pour into the community. The Canadian Red Cross, which was the first outside organization to respond to the community’s emergency declaration, has provided most of the aid to Attawapiskat while on Dec. 16, the government sent supplies such as Styrofoam insulation, beds, diesel generators and drywall to the community. On Dec. 7, Attawapiskat sent a formal plan and budget to the Thunder Bay Aboriginal Affairs office, which included budget and materials required for the renovations of vacant houses, acquisition of the modular homes, logistical plan for transporting the homes and a budget for start-up supplies and operating budget for the use of the community’s Healing Lodge as a shelter.

Attawapiskat youth take Shannen’s Dream to UN Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

Attawapiskat’s Chelsea Edwards knows all too well how bad it is to attend school in portables. “It sucks,” the 16-year-old said. “Having to walk portable to portable when it’s –40 degrees, and you have the wind chill, wind blowing in your face.” Edwards was a toddler when the J.R. Nakogee School in Attawapiskat was condemned due to diesel fuel contamination in 2001. Before she moved south to attend high school, all her education was learned in those portables. “I basically wore my jacket inside the portable during winter. You could feel the draft coming in.”

She said the school also lacked proper textbooks and equipment. “You can often smell this, ugh, you can smell something in there. It was disgusting. I didn’t want this to go on any further.” In February, Edwards and other First Nations youth will be going to the United Nations (UN) to urge them to call on the Canadian government to fulfill its obligations under the Declaration on Indigenous Rights. Edwards will be presenting a report called Our Dreams Matter Too, which calls on the federal government to close funding gaps for on-reserve schools. The Grade 11 student at Timmins High & Vocational School is going as part of Shannen’s Dream, a campaign aimed at ensuring that all First Nations in

Canada have “safe and comfy” schools. The initiative is named after Shannen Koostachin, a 15-yearold who was in the midst of campaigning for a new school in Attawapiskat and other First Nations when she tragically passed away in May 2010 in an automobile accident. Edwards remembers Shannen fondly. “Shannen, she was one of my good friends and cousins,” she said. “She did motivate me. She was like any other kid. She hated doing dishes, hated doing chores and homework. But she did love school and that was one of her passions.” Shannen’s drive and her letter writing campaign to get a new school inspired Edwards. “It made me realize that we can do things further,” she

said. “Despite the fact that she passed on, I decided to show her what she taught me.” After Shannen’s passing, Edwards decided to carry on her legacy and contacted MP Charlie Angus, who supported Shannen and the community’s need for a school. “I emailed Charlie Angus telling him I wanted to do things in her honour, to keep her dream going,” Edwards said. She became a youth ambassador for Shannen’s Dream. The poor quality of education and facilities in her community affects Edwards even now. She took Grade 9 in Attawapiskat and “it didn’t challenge me in the way I wanted it to,” she said. So she pleaded to parents to let her move south, first to Cochrane and then Timmins. Her family stayed behind.

“It was really difficult and it still is right now,” she said. “Leaving your home and your family and everyone you love at such a young age, especially when it comes to education.” “You feel alone and you can’t go on any further, but I keep pushing myself to go forward, and to go through with my promises.” On Nov. 17, a year after the official launch of Shannen’s Dream, Edwards found out she would be going to the UN. Along with presenting reports based on Shannen’s Dream, Edwards also wants to discuss the youth perspective on the housing crisis that is facing her community. “It definitely isn’t new to me. This is something that we’ve seen throughout as I’ve grown old, and it’s something that

shouldn’t go on,” she said. She said her own house back home shifts a lot in the wind and she feels a lot of drafts. “It is getting crowded now. We have our niece and sister’s boyfriend, and when I go home I sleep on the couch and it’s uncomfortable.” Edwards is still in awe in having the opportunity to present to the UN on behalf of her people. “I feel very proud and very – there’s no words to explain it. The work I do, I have a lot of passion and I know I’ll feel good when we present to the United Nations. Our voices are stronger now.” Shannen’s Dream has a website (www.shannensdream. ca) where Edwards encourages everyone to sign up to show support for the initiative.

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December 22, 2011

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A greater vision than ourselves Richard Wagamese One Native Life

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remember a story told to me a long time ago. It was about a small field mouse who decided that she wanted to see the world. She was curious and friendly and the desire in her to see how big the world could be was honest and pure. She wanted to know. She wanted to learn and discover so she could become more herself. In that, she was a very brave little mouse. She told other mice about her desire to leave the safety of the field and go out to discover the world. They all thought she was crazy. They all thought that she would become a big animal’s dinner or be crushed or lost. Some of them even thought that she was a disgrace to the idea of being a field mouse and turned their backs on her. But her dream was real and she held onto it despite what others thought.

She was so lost in her desire to find the Magic Mountain that she almost ran into a great, sad beast. When she finally ventured out things got strange right away. The field where she’d grown up was totally familiar. But once she was away from it the world became new smells, new sights, sounds, tastes and sensations. It was wonderful. The mouse was filled with a spirit of a great adventure. That feeling spurred her on and she scurried further and further from her home. She met a frog in a pond where she stopped to drink who told her of a place called the Magic Mountain. It was far away to the west and a very hard journey. The frog warned her that bigger creatures than her had tried to get there and had never returned. But the idea of being able to see something as marvelous as a Magic Mountain filled the mouse with joy and a wild desire. She soon ventured out onto a wide plain. There she met a horse who told her that the Magic Mountain was indeed an incredible distance, one he would not even consider making alone. But the horse offered to carry the mouse as far as he was going. He showed her how to clamber up onto a big rock

and then leap onto his back. From there the mouse saw everything and she fell in love with the sight and smell and sound of the prairie. Later, when the horse had gone his way, she met a coyote. The coyote was surprised to see her and very impressed by her desire to travel to the Magic Mountain alone. He carried her through gullies and canyons and gulches and told her stories about his life on the Great Plains. He spoke of the splendor of the Magic Mountain and how it would always shine in her mind once she saw it. The mouse was very excited. She was so excited when the coyote put her down that she began to run headlong toward the dim line of the foothills. She was so lost in her desire to find the Magic Mountain that she almost ran into a great, sad beast standing alone on the prairie. It was a buffalo and the buffalo had lost his eyes. The mouse felt great pity for the giant beast and once she’d told the buffalo about wanting to see the Magic Mountain, she offered the buffalo her eyes. “I have seen so much magic already,” she said. “I’m filled with it and I will hold it in my heart forever.” And her eyes flew into the buffalo and he could see. But the mouse was now blind. The buffalo was grateful for her gift. So he carried her to where the Magic Mountain rose on the horizon. He told her to jump as high as she could off his back and she would see the Magic Mountain. The mouse was afraid. She was afraid to fall blindly to the earth and be defenseless and alone. “Trust yourself,” the buffalo said. “Trust in the strength that brought you this far on your journey.” So the mouse took a big breath and leaped high off the buffalo’s back. She spread her tiny paws wide and felt the air rush under them. She felt herself falling. She was scared but trusted her strength as the buffalo said. When she did she felt herself changing. Before she hit the ground she became a golden eagle and as she soared high into the sky, blessed with incredible vision, she saw the Magic Mountain. Her heart was filled with the beauty of it. When we help other people learn to see we change. We get bigger. We become more. We are granted a greater vision ourselves. Our desire to bring vision to others lets us see the world better. That’s the teaching in that grand old tale. In the end, what better gift could there be?

Children in Summer Beaver create a snowman during a spring snowfall in April 1997.

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Let’s work together, stop hating First Nations Xavier Kataquapit Under the northern sky

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hristmas is right around the corner. It is supposed to be a time of peace, love and good will to each other. Instead, I feel more or less heart broken. I thought that when Canada found out about my people in Attawapiskat and their lack of quality housing, they would have responded in a positive way. I hoped that governments and the Canadian population would understand just how difficult life is for most Native people who are living on remote First Nations right across Canada. Maybe I shouldn’t be shocked but I am. It is like somebody turned a switch on and said it is OK to hate Native people. The comments I have been seeing online in various media and letters to the editor and even feedback from people I know have been terrible. It is

all of the same old stuff I grew up with. In plain words, it is hate. Many Canadians are commenting that First Nation leadership is corrupt, we are not owed anything and our treaties are worthless. We are also lazy and don’t work. We don’t have any pride of ownership and we shouldn’t have any benefits. And we have too easy a life. The sad part for me is that people I know and like think that it is OK to feel this way. One of my favourite topics is history so I understand that as imperfect humans we have always felt a need to look down on someone else. Many wars and conflicts have been fought with this as a root cause. It gets very scary when many people in the population accept that. People in mainstream media are careful about what they say, but in the online world where everyone can be anonymous, the hate is everywhere. The worst part is people think they are justified in making negative comments rather than choosing to help out. I am not saying that everyone is doing this, as there are groups and

individuals stepping forward to fund raise and push awareness campaigns to help my people. However, there are so many nasty and mean comments circulating around the Internet. Maybe if everybody had to sign their real names in order to have their comments published online, they would have less freedom to spread hate. I don’t have any answers to all the negativity I see. I have always felt like a second-class citizen but I have been feeling better about myself in recent years. I have tried to put behind me the fact that I have had to deal with so much intolerance and racism around me when I was growing up. For the past week I have been very troubled and I am disheartened by so much anger and hate displayed by so many towards First Nation people. If there were a location or a town in Canada where people were living in the same destitute conditions of those on most First Nations, there would be an outcry. But that would never even happen. There would be an immediate response to help. So I am feel-

ing very sad and confused. If many Canadians think that First Nation people have it too good, I invite them to spend some time in a remote Native community. They will come away with a different way of thinking. I am not saying that Native people are perfect as we still have a long way to go in terms of managing our communities. We need a whole new way of developing within this country. The only way that things are going to change for the better is if we all pitch in to help each other. It’s about respect, healing and teaching. As everyone gets ready to celebrate what is supposed to be a giving and loving time of the year, I hope and pray that much of this hate is replaced by positive words, encouragement and heart felt assistance. The best Christmas gift this year would be for governments and First Nations along with the rest of the Canadian population to decide to work together to make things better. Merry Christmas. www.underthenorthernsky.com

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December 22, 2011

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Attawapiskat highlights need to re-think the North’s future Janet Sumner & Anna Baggio Guest Columnists

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ike many other Canadians, we’ve been searching our souls in response to the housing crisis in Attawapiskat, home to the Muskego Cree First Nation.  We have visited Attawapiskat several times. We’ve stayed at the Kataquapit Inn and enjoyed the community’s hospitality, including a traditional feast of caribou and lake sturgeon. Our work to conserve Ontario’s northern Boreal forest has been enriched by the insights of the Elders and other members of the community. That is why the people of Attawapiskat are very much in our hearts today. While a donation to the Red Cross is always a good idea, we

believe Canada needs to do far more to fix the problems bedevilling Attawapiskat and many other northern First Nation communities. It’s time for a fundamental re-think of the relationship between major industrial players in the North, our governments and affected First Nations communities. We first became involved with Attawapiskat when the environmental assessment of the nearby DeBeers Victor Diamond Mine was underway nearly seven years ago.  As conservationists, our concern was that the federal and provincial governments were not adequately assessing the cumulative environmental and social effects of this proposed mine in a very sensitive landscape. We raised concerns about the mine’s impacts on water quality and wildlife such as Boreal woodland caribou. We also criticized the company’s offer

of guaranteeing only 12 per cent of the mine’s jobs to the nearest community, Attawapiskat. In our view this was not nearly enough to enable the community to improve its dire economic circumstances.

We urge both levels of government to uphold the spirit and intent of the treaties. It was also very apparent to us that local First Nation communities neither had the time nor the capacity to plan for the massive changes the Victor Diamond Mine and other such developments would bring to their traditional land use areas and communities. Although the provincial government had committed to undertake comprehensive land-use planning in advance of

industrial development in this region, it had no policy in place to achieve this commitment and offered scant resources to First Nations to engage in negotiations with sophisticated corporations such as De Beers. In spite of our objections, the mine was approved and is now in operation. Life has clearly not improved for the citizens of Attawapiskat. We’ve continued our connection with the community by providing it with scientific information about the potential effects of the mine on mercury levels in lakes and rivers, Boreal woodland caribou populations and the formation of sinkholes. But that does not fix the tremendous social and economic problems the community is facing. Meanwhile many more industrial developments are looming for Ontario’s Far North. Next up are proposed megamines to extract rare minerals

in the “Ring of Fire” upstream from Attawapiskat. Here are some essential elements that should be part of responsible planning for the future of the North: • Indigenous people must have the right to remain in their traditional territories. They are vital stewards of the land they have lived on for thousands of years. Although it may make life easier for resource companies to ramp up extraction of Earth’s resources in what were once inaccessible areas, away entirely from watchful eyes, depopulating the North is not in the public interest. • It’s time to ask hard questions about how communities are benefitting from mining and other industrial developments in their traditional territories. Recently Grand Chief Stan Louttit of Mushkegowuk Council expressed great concern about impact benefit agreements (IBA) that are signed between companies and First

Nations. We agree with him. IBAs should be evaluated as tools and must be made transparent so all community members can be fully informed before making decisions. Our goal is that Canada will have healthy Boreal ecosystems where local communities are engaged and properly benefit from development in their traditional territories. We and indeed all Canadians have much to be embarrassed about when it comes to Attawapiskat. We urge both levels of government to uphold the spirit and intent of the treaties that were understood to be benefitsharing arrangements by First Nations.   Janet Sumner is executive director and Anna Baggio is conservation land use planning director for CPAWS-Wildlands League, based in Ontario.

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o you work at a First Nations organization? If so, do you know if your organization falls under provincial or federal jurisdiction when it comes to employment issues? Most people would automatically answer federal. But since November 2010, the answer is no longer simple. For years, Federal Courts and tribunals held that if an organization’s operations are influenced by First Nations’ culture or values, then its labour and employment matters fall within federal jurisdiction. This understanding was based on Sec. 91(24) of the 1867 Constitution Act, which states that “Indians and Lands reserved for the Indians” are covered by federal

jurisdiction. However, in November 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada released two decisions rejecting this view: the first decision was NIL/TU,O Child and Family Services Society v. B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union and the second decision was Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada v. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. The result has been a major shift in how to determine the employment jurisdiction of First Nations organizations. Previously, unions seeking to certify a bargaining unit (a group of employees) at a First Nations organization may have been able to bring their application to the Canada Industrial Relations Board. But now that application could be rejected and required to apply at the Ontario Labour Relations Board instead. And organizations that used to comply with the provisions in the Canada Labour Code may

now be required to comply with Ontario’s 2000 Employment Standards Act and may be held legally liable for failing to do so. Turning to the facts of the NIL/TU,O case, NIL/TU,O is a child welfare agency that was provincially incorporated by seven First Nations communities in British Columbia. Its purpose is to provide culturally appropriate child welfare services to relevant First Nations communities. Its offices are located on reserve land and Aboriginal employees provide the majority of its services on reserve land to Aboriginal clients. NIL/TU,O operates under authority delegated to it from the provincial government, pursuant to a tripartite agreement between the seven First Nations communities, the province and the federal government. The provincial Child, Family and Community Service Act authorize this delegation of authority. Sixty-five percent of NIL/TU,O’s funding comes from the federal government and the

rest comes from the provincial government.

We must look at an organization’s function in order to determine its applicable jurisdiction. The Supreme Court of Canada held that the labour relations of NIL/TU,O fell within provincial jurisdiction. Its on-reserve location, federal funding, Aboriginal employees, clients, and mandate to provide culturally appropriate services did not alter the Court’s view. Instead, the Court adopted what it refers to as the ‘functional’ test. This means that we must look at an organization’s function in order to determine its applicable jurisdiction. ‘Function’ refers to the nature of an organization’s operation, including its habitual activities or daily operations.

For example, NIL/TU,O’s function is to provide child welfare services, a matter that falls within the provincial sphere. So, accordingly, NIL/TU,O falls under provincial jurisdiction. If the functional test is inconclusive, then we must find out if provincial regulation of the organization’s labour relations would impair the “core” of the “Indians, and Land reserved for the Indians” federal head of power. In other words, would provincial regulation of the organization’s labour relations affect issues such as Indian status, registration as an Indian and membership in a band, the right to participate in the election of chief and band councils or reserve privileges? If the answer to these questions is yes, then the organization would fall within federal jurisdiction. The facts of the second decision, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada v. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, are very similar to those of NIL/

Mamow Obiki-Ahwahsoowin “Help care for our children, Help care for our future.” ᒪᒪᐤ ᐅᐱᑭᐦᐊᐊᐧᓱᐃᐧᐣ “ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᓇᑦ ᑲᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᔭᑲᐧ ᑭᑕᐊᐧᔑᔑᒥᓇᓂᐠ, ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᓇᑦ ᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᒪᐠ ᑭᓂᑲᓂᒥᓇᐣ”

Tikinagan Child & Family Services has a great need for foster homes. We are looking for dedicated people who are able to provide a home and meet the needs of a child in care. There are a number of different types of Foster Homes, which can be specific to meet a child’s needs.

ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᓂᓇᑕᐁᐧᓂᒪᒥᐣ ᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᓱᑕᒪᑯᔭᐠ ᐅᒪ ᑎᑭᓇᑲᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᓂᓇᓇᑐᓇᐊᐧᒥᐣ ᑲᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᑫᑲᐡᑭᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᑭᑎᒪᑭᓭᓂᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐣ. ᒥᔑᓇᐧᔦᐠ ᐃᔑᐸᐸᑲᓂᓭᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᓱᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᓄᑌᓭᐊᐧᐨ. ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᑲᑕᔑᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ: ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐁᔑᔭᓯᑕᐧ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑲᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐱᒥ ᐊᔭᑲᐧᒥ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ.

Specialized Foster Homes: For children that would require more care and attention.

ᑲᐃᔑᑕᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑕᔑᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᓱᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ: ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐁᔑᔭᓯᑕᐧ ᐊᒋᓇ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑭᓇᐧᑲᐡ ᑲᐱᒥ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ.

Regular Foster Homes: Short or Long term placements for children. Emergency Foster Homes: For children on an emergency basis.

Karen Drake is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and a lawyer with Erickson & Partners in Thunder Bay practicing in the areas of Aboriginal legal issues, labour and employment law, and human rights. Erickson & Partners is a progressive law firm that focuses on Aboriginal legal issues, civil litigation, and corporate and commercial law. For more information, visit www. erickson-law.com.

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ᑲᑲᐧᔭᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᐱᔑᐱᑎᑲᓂᑕᐧ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ: ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᐁᔑᔭᓯᑕᐧ ᑲᑫᐧᓇᐃᐧᐃᓯᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐸᐸᔑᓭᐊᐧᐨ.

Tikinagan Child & Family Services is committed to keeping our Children within our Communities, but we need your help in order to make this happen.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᒪ ᑎᑭᓇᑲᐣ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑭᐃᔑᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᒪᑲᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᐱᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ ᐃᑯ ᒋᑕᔑᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᑭᑕᐊᐧᔑᔑᒥᓇᓂᐠ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᑕᐡ ᑭᐸᑯᓭᓂᒥᑯ ᑫᑭᐣ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᔭᐠ ᒋᑭᑲᐡᑭᑐᔭᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ.

Please contact us today if you are interested or need more information regarding how you can be a part of helping a child.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᑭᔑᑲᐠ ᐱᑲᓄᓂᔑᓇᑦ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᒪᒥᑐᓀᑕᒪᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᐃᐧᑭᑫᑕᒪᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑭᑐᑕᒪᐸᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᐡ.

VALUES: Respect Trust Honesty Language Elders

TU,O. Managers and executives of First Nations organizations should take note that even if their organization has been under federal jurisdiction for years, they may now fall under provincial jurisdiction if their situation is sufficiently similar to that of the child welfare agency in the NIL/TU,O case. To determine whether your workplace falls within provincial or federal jurisdiction, please feel free to contact Karen Drake at (807) 345-1213 or kdrake@erickson-law.com.

Send your letters by fax, email or mail.

ᑲᑭᒋᓀᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ:

Culture Customary Care Accountability Spirituality

ᑭᑌᓂᒥᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐯᓂᒧᐣᑕᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᑌᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᔑᑭᔐᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᒋᔭᐦᐊᐠ

ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᑲᐠ ᐅᐱᑭᐦᐊᐊᐧᓱᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑯᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᒐᑯᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ

“It is a shared responsibility of a community to raise a child” “ᑲᑭᓇ ᑭᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑯᐣ ᑭᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ ᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᔭᐠ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᐡ ” Tikinagan Child and Family Services ᑎᑭᓇᑲᐣ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᐡ ᒥᓇ ᑎᐯᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᓇᐣ Residential Services P.O. Box 627 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B1

Telephone: Toll Free: Fax:

(807) 737-3466 1-800-465-3624 (807) 737-1532

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No amount of money NAPS lay drug charges in Fort Hope, Moose Factory will compensate for residential school: Stan Beardy Chris Kornacki

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Payouts reach $5 billion Rick Garrick

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The $5 billion that’s been paid out to former residential school students will never compensate for the pain and suffering they experienced. Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy said Canadians must understand the impacts the schools have had on Aboriginal people. “We’re talking about institutionalization of over 100 years of our people – I don’t think any amount of money will begin to compensate the losses.” Beardy said survivors lost their cultural identity because they were completely removed from their natural environment. As of September 2011, in Ontario, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) received more than 9,700 applications for common experience payments. More than 7,800 were eligible for payment, which amounts to about $164 million in payouts in the province. “It sounds like a lot of money,” Beardy said of the payments. “But I think the damage that has been inflicted on our people is so great, so huge that we are still trying to deal with it today.” Beardy blames residential schools for the myriad of social issues now plaguing NAN communities. He said prescription drug abuse, addiction problems, early deaths and other social challenges are a direct result of the intergenerational effects of the residential school system. “They said they wanted to educate our children but the sad thing is they were never

educated,” Beardy said. Residential school students didn’t learn coping mechanisms most children learn while growing up in a loving family atmosphere. “They didn’t learn interactions between other human beings because they were prohibited from even talking to their own siblings,” Beardy said. “They were prohibited from speaking their language, practicing their values and principles.” And it’s those lacking skills that have been passed onto their children. “They didn’t know how to relate to their offspring,” Beardy said. “There was no psychological attachment to their offspring, so what happens is a lot of those survivors tend to over protect their children, either they give them a lot of candy or pop or toys, because they are trying to compensate for what they themselves didn’t have as children.” Beardy’s parents didn’t send him to residential school because they saw the affects residential school had on his older siblings. “They were losing their language, they were losing their traditional survival skills,” Beardy said. “It was not my older siblings fault; it was just the fact that they were forced to go away to residential school.” Beardy feels fortunate that he didn’t have to attend residential school. “I have a strong sense of who I am,” Beardy said. “I have confidence in my culture and my language, so therefore I don’t have a fear of being assimilated out there although I integrate with larger society every day.”

WRN is broadcast on 89.9 FM in Sioux Lookout and 106.7 FM in Timmins and to many community-based affiliated radio stations. WRN is also available nationally on Bell TV Channel 962.

Four Moose Factory residents face numerous charges after police executed a search of a residence in the community Dec. 4. The search resulted in the seizure of about 91 grams of cocaine, $13,285 in cash, 29 firearms, 18 bottles of alcohol, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia and communication devices. The northern street value of the seized drugs is about $14,600 and about

$1,400 for the alcohol. John Wesley and Evelyn Wesley were each charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime, and careless storage of a firearm. Loretta Brenda Wesley and Nicole Robin Wesley have each been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime, careless storage of a firearm, and unlawfully keeping liquor for sale.

All four persons have been released and will appear in court in Moosonee Feb. 16, 2012. Police in Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope) also laid charges after searching a home in the community Nov. 30, which resulted in the seizure of $7,100 worth of Oxycodone pills. Ricky Ronald Ostamus and Don Willie Ostamus have each been charged with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.  Both will appear in court in

Fort Hope Feb. 16, 2012. A 10-month investigation conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) culminated with the arrest of Brent Cadeau of Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service. Cadeau, a NAPS Detective Sergeant, has been charged with four counts of trafficking a controlled substance contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Cadeau had been suspended since March 2011 and will appear in court in Sioux Lookout Jan. 10, 2012.

REVIEW Review of Long-Term Management Direction Whiskey Jack Forest 2012–2022 Forest Management Plan The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), the Kenora Local Citizens Committee (LCC) and the Red Lake Resource Management Committee invite you to review and comment on the proposed long-term management direction for the 2012–2022 Forest Management Plan (FMP) for the Whiskey Jack Forest. The Planning Process The FMP takes approximately two years to complete. During this time, five formal opportunities for public and Aboriginal involvement are provided. The first opportunity (Stage 1) for this FMP occurred on February 3, 2010 when the public was invited to “Participate” in the development of the plan. This ‘Stage 2’ notice is: • To invite you to review and comment on: o the proposed long-term management direction for the forest; o the areas which could reasonably be harvested, and the preferred areas for harvest operations, during the 10-year period of the plan; o the analysis of alternative one-kilometre-wide corridors for each new primary road which is required for the next 20 years. • To request your contribution to background information and previously unmapped values information to be used in planning. How to Get Involved To facilitate your review, a summary of the proposed longterm management direction for the forest can be obtained from the company and MNR locations listed below. A summary map(s) of the preferred and optional harvest areas for the 10-year period of the plan and primary road corridors for each new primary road, which is required for the next 20 years, will also be available. In addition to the most current versions of the information and maps which were available at Stage 1 of the public consultation, background information and sources of direction that are available include the following: • Draft Aboriginal Background Information Report; • Summary of public comments and submissions received to date and any responses to those comments and submissions; • A summary report of the results of the desired forest and benefits meeting; • Environmental analysis including use management strategies of the alternative corridors for each new primary road; • Maps that portray past and approved areas of harvest operations for the current FMP and the previous 10 years; • Criteria used for the identification of areas that could reasonably be harvested during the 10-year period of the plan; • Summary report of the activities of the LCC to date. The summary of the proposed long-term management direction and the supporting information described in this notice will be available at the MNR Kenora District Office, at the location shown below during normal office hours for a period of 47 days from December 14, 2011 to January 31, 2012. Comments on the proposed long-term management direction for the Whiskey Jack Forest must be received by Kurt Pochailo of the planning team at the MNR Kenora District Office by January 31, 2012. Meetings with representatives of the planning team and the LCC can be requested at any time during the planning process. Reasonable opportunities to meet planning team members during non-business hours will be provided upon request. If you require more information or wish to discuss your interests and concerns with a planning team member, please contact one of the individuals listed below: Kurt Pochailo, RPF Plan Author Ministry of Natural Resources 808 Robertson Street, P.O. Box 5080 Kenora, ON P9N 3X9 tel: 807-468-2597 e-mail: kurt.pochailo@ontario.ca

Mr. Henry Dribnenky Kenora Local Citizens Committee c/o 42 Ryerson Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3T 3S2

Laurent Tetreault Red Lake Resource Management Committee P.O. Box 264 Balmertown, ON P0V 1C0

During the planning process there is an opportunity to make a written request to seek resolution of issues with the plan author, the MNR District Manager or the Regional Director using a process described in the 2009 Forest Management Planning Manual (Part A, Section 3.4.1). Stay Involved There will be three more formal opportunities for you to be involved. These stages are listed and tentatively scheduled as follows: Stage 3 – Information Centre: Review of Proposed Operations Stage 4 – Information Centre: Review of Draft Forest Management Plan Stage 5 – Inspection of MNR-Approved Forest Management Plan

March 2012 September 2012 January 2013

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to be notified of public involvement opportunities, please contact Lil Anderson at 807-468-2578. The Ministry of Natural Resources is collecting your personal information and comments under the authority of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. Any personal information you provide (address, name, telephone, etc.) will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; however, your comments will become part of the public consultation process and may be shared with the general public. Your personal information may be used by the Ministry of Natural Resources to send you further information related to this forest management planning exercise. If you have questions about the use of your personal information, please contact Stephen Duda at 807-468-2543.

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NOTICE TO ALL CREDITORS AND OTHERS All claims against the estate of MARY BESSIE BLUEBOY late of Moosonee, Ontario, who died on or about the 23rd day of August, 2011, must be filed with the undersigned personal representative on or before the 23rd day of January, 2012, after which date the estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims of which the Estate Trustee then shall have notice. DATED at Cochrane, Ontario this 20th day of December, 2011. By: AARON NOOTCHTAI By his Solicitor: Stephen Beaudoin, Beaudoin Boucher Barristers & Solicitors 174 - 4th Avenue, P.O. Box 1898, Cochrane, Ontario P0L 1C0

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Robin Ranger performs Dec. 5 during Stocking the Youth Cupboard, a fundraiser to help youth living on their own or on the street in Thunder Bay. It’s the third year the event has been organized.

Fundraiser helps homeless youth in Thunder Bay Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

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KOOKUM & YOUTH CIRCLES Two Workshops in Sioux Lookout

Bringing together women-residential school survivors and youth from remote First Nations communities to share knowledge through storytelling and collaborating together in a planned mentoring process.

A music fundraiser to support youth living on their own or on the street took place Dec. 5 at the Learning Café in Thunder Bay. Stocking the Youth Cupboard was an initiative organized by Rachel Mishenene, who is originally from Mishkeegogamang First Nation. “This is the third year and we have it every December, and we invite various local talent to play music, and it brings community members out,” she said. The fundraiser featured musical performances by Morningstar DeRosier, Alice Sabourin, and Robin Ranger, among others. Those who attended were asked to bring a cash or nonperishable food donation, which goes to the “cupboard.” The Independence Cupboard, housed at the CAS office, consists primarily of non-perishable food products for youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who are living independently. Although CAS has

a small budget to maintain the cupboard, most of the items are provided through donations, including nonperishable food products, hygiene products, cleaning products, and some small kitchen items.

“Christmas is hard for a lot of people, so this is the time to fill that cupboard.”

– Rachel Mishenene

“There isn’t any programming or money that go into that cupboard, so it’s relying heavily on donations and it’s about $200 a month to keep that cupboard full,” Mishenene said. The Cupboard is used by Crown Wards living on their own, youth on Extended Care and Maintenance Agreements and youth involved with the Outreach Program, in which the youth are living on the streets. Roughly 15-20 youth access the Cupboard monthly. “The cupboard exists because these youth are either living on

the street or they are on subsidized income,” Mishenene said. “And we already know that a lot of the income that they receive from Ontario Works isn’t enough, so this is just to help them get the food that they need.” She called the fundraiser a success, as they raised nearly $200 in cash donations along with many food donations. “So it’s filled the Cupboard for a little while anyways, especially during this Christmas season,” she said. “Christmas is hard for a lot of people, so this is the time to fill that cupboard.” Mishenene, an elementary school teacher, said the annual fundraiser started off as a project while she was the social justice and equity chair for two years with the Lakehead Elementary Teachers of Ontario. “I was looking for something that was equity-based, where there’s a need in the community,” she said. “And Children’s Aid Society said there’s a cupboard that doesn’t receive enough sponsorship, so my focus was on that.”

Spreading Christmas cheer

ARE YOU INTERESTED TO PARTICIPATE ONE OF THE 3-DAY SESSIONS? Workshop 1: February 14-16, 2012 Workshop 2: March 6-8, 2012 Contents: • Information on the Indian Residential School Settlement (IRS) • Role Models/Guest Speakers to be confirmed

• Positive Parenting, Healthy Relationships • Women’s Health & Wellness • Personal Development and Empowerment

Participants Eligibility: All Kookums & Youth 18-29 years of age For more Information and Registration: Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) 16 Fourth Ave. N, Sioux Lookout, ON Tel: 807-737-2214 / Fax: 807-737-2699 Toll Free: 1-800-261-8294 Email: hana@equaywuk.ca Website: www.equaywuk.ca

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 30, 2012

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Santa Claus visits children in Keewaywin First Nation during Wasaya Airways annual Santa Run Dec. 6-10. The First Nation-owned company bought 2,200 turkeys to deliver, along with 4,000 goody bags for children donated by the Regional Food Distribution Association. Michael Pedri, director of resource development at Wasaya Weecheewaywin, dressed as Santa for the occassion.

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December 22, 2011

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Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) presents...

Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) presents...

Building Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Building Aboriginal Women’s2012 Leadership 2012 Sunset Inn, Sioux Lookout Sunset Inn, Sioux Lookout February 7-9, 2012 February 7-9, 2012 Aboriginal Women Leaders

Aboriginal Women Leaders and Youth (Age 18-29) and Youth (Age 18-29) are invited to attend are invited to attend Purpose: To recruit Youth for Leadership Training. Youth will train by participating as a coPurpose: Topics:

facilitator in the community workshops in Summer 2012.

To recruit Youth for Leadership Training. Youth will train by participating as a coBuilding Aboriginal Women’s Leadership • Youth Leadership Training facilitator inTopics: the •community workshops in Summer 2012.

• First Nations History • First Nations Elections • Building Aboriginal Women’s Leadership • Leadership & Self Esteem • First Nations History • Mentoring

• First Nations Governance • Aboriginal Women Leaders/Role Models • Youth Leadership Training • Public Speaking • Guest Governance speakers - To be Announced • First Nations

• First Nations Elections • Aboriginal Women Leaders/Role Models Registration Deadline: January 16, See the Registration form for details., 16, 2012 2012 • Leadership & Self Esteem • Public Speaking at our website: www.equaywuk.ca For more information, contact: • Mentoring • Guest speakers - To be Announced

Darlene Project Coordinator - Building Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Registration Deadline: January 16, 2012 See the Registration form for details. Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) Tel: (807) 737-2214 or Toll free at 1-800-261-8294 Fax: (807) 737-2699 For more information, contact: Email: equaywuk@bellnet.ca Website: www.equaywuk.ca

Darlene Project Coordinator - Building Women’s Leadership FundedAboriginal by: Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) Tel: (807) 737-2214 or Toll free at 1-800-261-8294 Fax: (807) 737-2699 Government of Ontario - Ontario Women’s Directorate Rick Garrick/Wawatay News Dawson Court Home for the Aged senior Florence Twance helped gather and buy equaywuk@bellnet.ca presents for Grade 8 Email: Website: www.equaywuk.ca students in Pikangikum over the past month. Twance also helped make a special beaded Christmas quilt, behind her, with assistance from the sewing sisters from Anishnawbe Mushkiki and the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre. Funded by:

Seniors send gifts to Grade 8 students in Pik Rick Garrick

Wawatay News

Grade 8 students in Pikangikum will be receiving extra Christmas presents this year, thanks to a group of seniors in Thunder Bay. “We know the kids up there just can’t run off to Walmart or Canadian Tire to pick up something for Christmas,” said Pat Kruger, one of the seniors at Dawson Court Home for the Aged who gathered and bought presents for the students over the past month. “We can, so I think it is our job, our responsibility to help them out and every little bit helps. If it makes for a better Christmas for them, it’s better for us too.” The presents include sports equipment, artist kits, hats and mitts, skidoo mitts, slippers, toothbrushes and toothpaste, groceries and knickknacks. “About the only thing we didn’t get was right-handed hockey sticks,” Kruger said. “But we’re not going to give up hope on that because hockey is probably the big thing they love

to do.” The seniors bought 10 professional artist kits on sale at Michaels arts and crafts store in Thunder Bay for the students who are more inclined to do art. “A lot of the kids are very talented when it comes to art, but it’s kind of hard if you don’t have the equipment,” Kruger said, noting artist kits contain pastels, paints, markers, pencils and chalk. “That wasn’t on their wish list but it’s going in. Depending on what their area is for art, there is something for everybody.” The seniors held a penny auction to raise money to buy gifts and ship the gifts up to Pikangikum. “I made over 300 items for a penny auction,” Kruger said. “Hopefully we make enough for the airfare to ship everything up there.” The seniors first thought of donating to a family, but they soon realized it would be better to donate to the Grade 8 class so a larger portion of the community would benefit from the presents.

Once they decided on the Grade 8 class, they contacted the school and asked for gift suggestions from the students, who are about 13-14 years old. “All they wanted was winter wear, such as gloves, hats and mitts,” said Caroline CameronFikis, a supervisor at Dawson Court. “And they wanted some sports equipment; apparently, they have a playground but they didn’t have equipment.” Kruger was impressed with the students’ requests because most youth at that age are into laptops, iPads and cellphones. “I was impressed with their requests because it was sports equipment, basket balls, tennis balls, mitts and hats,” Kruger said. Kruger welcomed the students and their parents to visit her and the other seniors at Dawson Court whenever they travel to Thunder Bay. “We’re issuing them an invitation,” Kruger said. “If you do come to Thunder Bay, or your parents come to Thunder Bay, come to Dawson Court and introduce yourself.”

CONGRATULATIONS!

Government ESS of Ontario Women’s Directorate – A member-ofOntario Compass Group Canada and the

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business are pleased to announce the 2012 Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame Laureates:

Dave Tuccaro

Fort Chipewyan, Alberta

Gregory Koostachin Attawapiskat, Ontario

The success of these two Aboriginal business leaders and the impact of their initiatives on the prosperity of Aboriginal communities will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at CCAB’s 14th Annual Toronto Gala Dinner at the Four Seasons hotel. For more information on the CCAB’s 14th Annual Toronto Gala Dinner, please contact Maya Kwasnycia, Senior Manager of Events, mkwasnycia@ccab.com or 416-961-8663 ext.224. To learn more about the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame laureates, visit www.ccab.com.

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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AS AT MARCH 31

2011

ASSETS CURRENT Cash and bank (Note 1) Accounts and grants receivable (Note 2) Prepaid expenses Deferred expenditures

$

3,888,304 2,199,000 10,860 1,601 6,099,765

Long-term investments (Note 3) Capital assets (Note 4)

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS CURRENT Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (Note 5) Deferred contributions (Note 6)

$

$

$

3,270,994 2,015,513 103,576 5,390,083

1 346,318

1 409,869

$ 6,446,084

$ 5,799,953

5,274,671 487,017

NET ASSETS Investment in capital assets (Note 7) Investment in Nishnawbe-Aski Investments Ltd. Restricted assets (Note 8) Unrestricted net assets

2010

$

4,500,393 576,001

5,761,688

5,076,394

346,319 1 108,323 229,753

409,869 1 108,323 205,366

684,396

723,559

6,446,084

$

Message from the Grand C Booshoo! Wacheya!

I am very pleased to once again present you the Nishnawb Nation (NAN) Summarized Consolidated Financial State for the year ending March 31, 2011.

As Grand Chief, I believe in transparency and accountab NAN membership of the Nishnawbe Aski operations. NAN fared well again this year, increasing flow-through pay to NAN First Nations in 2010-2011 to 82% from 74% in 2010. NAN did manage an operating surplus of $24,387 ( $25,761), we did however end up with a book deficit of $3 overall as we wrote off a number of items from our capital which will reverse in 2011-2012 as a surplus.

We are looking forward to a successful and productive 20 Meegwetch! Sincerely NISHNAWBE ASKI NATION

5,799,953

Grand Chief

Executive Director

Stan Beardy Grand Chief

Finance Director

STATEMENT OF STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 2011

2011

2010

Assets Cash provided by (used in) Operating activities Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenditures for the year Items not involving cash Amortization of capital assets Loss on disposal of capital assets

$

(39,163)

$

51,774

108,858 35,594 105,289

134,808 35,440 222,022

(183,487) 92,716 (1,601) 774,279 (88,984) 592,923 698,212

(242,948) (67,945) (42,028) (305,280) (658,201) (436,179)

Investing activities Purchase of capital assets

(80,902)

(196,161)

Increase (decrease) in cash during the year

617,310

(632,340)

3,270,994

3,903,334

Changes in non-cash working capital balances Accounts and grants receivable Prepaid expenses Deferred expenditures Accounts payable and accrued liabilities Deferred contributions

Cash and bank, beginning of year Cash and bank, end of year

$

3,888,304

$

3,270,994

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31 INVESTMENT IN ASSETS

INVESTMENT IN NANIL

Balance, beginning of year

$

409,869

$ 1

Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenditures for the year Invested in capital assets Balance, end of year

(144,452) 80,902 $ 346,319

$ 1

STATEMENT OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 2011 REVENUE First Nations Institutions and Organizations Government of Canada Indian and Northern Affairs Canada contributions and grants Indian and Northern Affairs Canada flexible transfer payments Health Natural Resources Province of Ontario Attorney General Community and Youth Services Health Native Affairs Natural Resources Interest Amounts repayable (recoverable) to funders Other Transfers from deferred contributions Funds transferred for First Nations operations (Note 9) Portfolio expenditures Bad debts Bank charges and interest Conferences, workshops and reports Consulting and professional fees Public relations Rent and utilities Salaries and benefits Supplies and resources Travel Capital expenditures Excess of revenue over expenditures before other items

RESTRICTED

UNRESTRICTED

2011

2010

$

108,323

$ 205,366

$ 723,559

$ 671,785

$

108,323

105,289 (80,902) $ 229,753

(39,163) $ 684,396

51,774 $ 723,559

Other items Capital allocations Amortization of capital assets Loss on disposal of capital assets Revenue earned by restricted assets Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenditures for the year

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December 22, 2011

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BDO Dunwoody LLP 37 King Street Dryden, Ontario P8N 3G3

be Aski ements

Independent Auditors’ Report To the Members of Nishnawbe Aski Nation

bility to

We have audited the accompanying financial statements of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which comprise the statement of financial position as at March 31, 2011, and the statements of changes in net assets, revenue and expenditures, and cash flows for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information. The financial statements have been prepared by management in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.

yments n 2009(2010= 39,163 assets

Management’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles, and for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

012.

Auditors’ Responsibility Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditors’ judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide abasis for our audit opinion. Opinion In our opinion, these financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Nishnawbe Aski Nation as at March 31, 2011 and the results of its operations and cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles. Chartered Accountants, Licensed Public Accountants Dryden, Ontario July 18, 2011

Budget $

$

154,055

2011 $

154,055

2010 $

543,998

7,856,663

7,856,663

6,916,331

2,355,210 3,979,495 25,000

2,355,210 3,979,495 25,000

2,118,258 2,136,306 25,000

268,044 6,113,718 413,606 947,555 417,832 (29,446) 1,439,427 556,391 24,497,550

268,044 6,077,925 413,606 947,555 417,832 31,157 (195,547) 1,450,349 88,984 23,870,328

245,700 5,861,420 404,257 1,135,801 484,536 31,804 62,555 1,518,479 305,280 21,789,725

(10,278,413) 14,219,137

(10,268,324) 13,602,004

(8,928,541) 12,861,184

6,079 4,176,396 2,795,389 237,025 364,655 4,502,156 522,672 1,529,679 85,086 14,219,137

3,975 6,701 3,604,973 2,655,735 215,045 326,984 4,894,370 208,709 1 1,580,223 80,902 13,577,617

4,999 7,959 3,853,029 2,387,848 235,867 285,030 4,243,644 56,300 1,464,586 196,161 12,835,423

-

24,387

25,761

-

80,902 (108,858) (35,594) (63,550)

196,161 (134,808) (35,440) 100 26,013

-

$

(39,163)

$

51,774

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS MARCH 31, 2011 RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS Elected Officials and Senior Management The remuneration for the year of elected officials and senior management totaled $551,872 (2010 - $520,772). Amounts paid to elected officials and senior management for travel amounted to $98,835 (2010 - $83,331). The Grand Chief and Deputies are provided salaries of $99,000, $93,000 (second term deputy) and $80,000, respectively plus 12% pay in lieu of vacation. Travel allowances include mileage reimbursed at $0.53 per kilometre and meals/incidentals at $66 per day. Specific salary, benefits and travel reimbursements were:

Grand Chief Stan Beardy

Salary and Benefits

Travel Reimbursements

2011

2010

$ 115,862

$ 14,130

$ 129,992

$ 124,154

Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose

109,695

34,572

144,267

130,576

Deputy Grand Chief Mike Metatawabin (elected August 13, 2009)

109,527

7,865

117,392

62,560

Deputy Grand Chief Les Louttit (elected August 13, 2009)

109,527

2,350

111,877

59,932

Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler (retired August 13, 2009)

-

-

-

49,121

Deputy Grand Chief RoseAnne Archibald (retired August 13, 2009)

-

-

-

52,894

107,261

39,918

147,179

124,866

Executive Director Flow Through Funding Agreements

The organization receives funding for distribution to member First Nations and First Nation organizations for specific projects and initiatives. The First Nations and specific organizations report on the expenditure of these funds. Total First Nation Allocations

Nishnawbe Aski Nation 100 Back Street, Unit 200 Thunder Bay, Ontario P7J 1L2 For the complete consolidated financial statements visit www.nan.on.ca

2011

2010

$ 10,268,324

$ 8,928,541

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December 22, 2011

NOTICE OF POSTING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTRY by Ontario Solar PV Fields 7 Limited Partnership Project Name: Kap Solar Park Project Location: 241 Stevens Rd. Kapuskasing ON Dated In Durham Region this the 14th of December, 2011 Ontario Solar Fields PV 7 Limited Partnership is planning to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of which the issuance of a renewable energy approval is required. The distribution of this notice of posting to the Environmental Registry and the project itself are subject to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (Act) Part V.0.1 and Ontario Regulation 359/09 (Regulation).

Kap Solar Park 241 Stevens Rd. Kapuskasing ON Project Description: Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the facility, in respect of which the project is to be engaged in, is considered to be a Class 3 Solar Facility. If approved, this facility would have a total maximum name plate capacity of 6 MW. The project location is described in the map below. A proposal for a renewable energy approval, in respect of the Kap Solar Park, has been posted on the environmental registry referred to in section 5 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993. Comments in regards to the proposal must be submitted to the Director on the EBR website www.ebr.gov.on.ca. Reports and studies related to this project have been made available for public inspection at www. ontariosolarpvfields.com. Project Contacts and Information: For any further information, please contact: Martin Lachapelle REFERGY Canada Inc. 330 Byron Street S. Whitby ON L1N 4P8 www.ontariosolarpvfields.com Telephone: (905) 493-3440

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Arts & Entertainment

Youth role models reaching out to peers across region Rick Garrick

Wawatay News

Three First Nations youth from Thunder Bay have a message: Get inspired! The trio are reaching out to other youth across northwestern Ontario about bullying, substance abuse, family relationships and how to deal with anger. “I’ve met so many kids and we’ve had talent shows with a lot of talented people,” said Sara Kanutski, a 12-year-old singer who has been presenting youth role model workshops with singer Natasha Fisher and deejay Classic Roots since this past March. “They’re just great to be around.” Fisher was impressed with the response from the youth in her father’s home community of Long Lake #58. “Their energy there is just so crazy,” Fisher said. “They were constantly dancing and when they got excited they just yelled and screamed. It was awesome.” Fisher and Kanutski usually sing during the workshops while Classic Roots performs his hip-hop music. “We sing and we promote drug-free and healthy living to First Nations and to towns,” Fisher said. “We inspire them to do what they want to do.” Kanutski and her father Ron Kanutski raved about a six-yearold singer from Geraldton who sang a Selena Gomez song dur-

ing the talent show portion of a recent three-day workshop. “She sings and she dances and she’s really outgoing,” Kanutski said. “She has great stage presence.” Kanutski encouraged the sixyear-old singer and other youth to aim for their dreams.

“We inspire them to do what they want to do.” – Natasha Fisher

“It’s great to help people out, to see what their dream is.” Although Kanutski and Fisher have been missing school while presenting the workshops, they have been keeping up by doing assignments on the road. “It’s a lot of work, but I’m doing it for what I dream,” Kanutski said. She has been striving to become an international singer since she was nine. “I’m hoping to establish ... a fan base in Thunder Bay.” Classic Roots enjoys working with youth in the communities, teaching them how to deejay and break-dancing techniques. “We’ve been doing some healing teachings and some performances,” Classic Roots said. “At the end of the workshop, I turn on the music and have an exciting, jumping dance (where) people go wild.” Ron Kanutski said the youth

presenters also provide advice to youth on how to deal with different situations. “One of their biggest messages is to be drug and alcohol free,” he said. The youth are also encouraged to focus on living out their dreams, following their passions, gifts and striving to do their best. “I find their message is more powerful than mine because they can relate to young people.” Kanutski said talented First Nations youth also lack outlets to showcase their skills. “They just don’t get seen and they don’t get acknowledged,” he said. “I want to make changes with that: I want young people to be found, I want them to be recognized and I want them to pursue their dreams.” While many youth are currently recording their own tracks and making their own beats, he said they don’t know what to do next to get their name out in front of a listening audience. To address his concern, Kanutski is looking for a space in Thunder Bay where youth can perform their music in front of an audience in a drug and alcohol-free atmosphere. “I’d like to reinstitute some of the dances they had here years ago,” Ron Kanutski said. “I remember there was a lot less substance abuse back then because youth were busy, even the young adults started to attend. It started to become a really happening place.”

NOTICE OF POSTING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTRY by Ontario Solar PV Fields 10 Limited Partnership

Nom du projet : Parc Solaire Kap Emplacement du projet : 241 Stevens Rd., Kapuskasing ON

Project Name: Mattawishkwia Solar Park Project Location: 2 Girard Rd. PO Box 2752 Hearst ON

Fait à Durham Region ce 14e jour de décembre, 2011

Dated In Durham Region this the 14th of December, 2011

Ontario Solar PV Fields 7 Limited Partnership prévoit participer à un projet d’énergie renouvelable pour lequel il est nécessaire d’obtenir une autorisation. La proposition de participer au présent projet d’énergie renouvelable et le projet lui-même sont assujettis aux dispositions de la partie V.0.1 de la Loi sur la protection de l’environnement (la Loi) et du Règlement de l’Ontario 359/09 (le Règlement).

Ontario Solar Fields PV 10 Limited Partnership is planning to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of which the issuance of a renewable energy approval is required. The distribution of this notice of posting to the Environmental Registry and the project itself are subject to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (Act) Part V.0.1 and Ontario Regulation 359/09 (Regulation).

Parc Solaire Kap 241 Stevens Rd., Kapuskasing ON

Mattawishkwia Solar Park 2 Girard Rd. PO Box 2752 Hearst ON

Description du projet : Conformément à la Loi et au Règlement, l’installation pour laquelle la participation au projet est prévue est une installation de ferme solaire, Classe 3. Si le projet est autorisé, cette installation aurait une puissance installée totale maximale de 6 MW. L’emplacement du projet est décrit dans la carte ci-dessous.

Project Description: Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the facility, in respect of which the project is to be engaged in, is considered to be a Class 3 Solar Facility. If approved, this facility would have a total maximum name plate capacity of 10 MW. The project location is described in the map below.

Une proposition qui a pour but d’obtenir une autorization de projet d’énergie renouvellable (APER) est maintenant enregistrée sur le Registre Environnemental, tel qu’indiqué dans la section 5 de la Charte des Droits Environnementaux, 1993. Les commentaires concernant cette proposition doivent être présentés au directeur sur le Registre Environnemental : www.ebr.gov.on.ca. Tous les documents concernant ce projet sont disponibles sur le site web www.ontariosolarpvfields.com

A proposal for a renewable energy approval, in respect of the Mattawishkwia Solar Park, has been posted on the environmental registry referred to in section 5 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993. Comments in regards to the proposal must be submitted to the Director on the EBR website www.ebr. gov.on.ca. Reports and studies related to this project have been made available for public inspection at www.ontariosolarpvfields.com.

Coordonnées des personnes-ressources du projet : Pour tout autre renseignement, veuillez communiquer avec:

Project Contacts and Information: For any further information, please contact:

Martin Lachapelle REFERGY Canada Inc. 330 Byron Street S. Whitby ON L1N 4P8 www.ontariosolarpvfields.com Telephone: (905) 493-3440

Martin Lachapelle REFERGY Canada Inc. 330 Byron Street S. Whitby, ON L1N 4P8 www.ontariosolarpvfields.com Telephone: (905) 493-3440

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December 22, 2011

Challenge yourself Lenny Carpenter wawatay news

I

was asked recently if I wanted to act in a film. Henry Beardy of Sachigo Lake First Nation is in his last year of the two-year film production program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay and he was shooting his thesis film – a story that involves two guitarists. I’ve played guitar for more than 10 years, and Henry asked me weeks before the shoot to be an actor, but I declined. “I don’t like to act,” I told him. Much like I don’t like hearing my own voice in recordings, I don’t like seeing myself on video. I have this self-perception of how I look or sound to others that is obliterated once I see or hear myself. Worse, I knew if Henry completed the film, it would be publicly screened in the spring. I’m also not a great actor. I acted in two other films while I was the film program. In the first year, I acted in a classmate’s film. In a few shots of the final product, I can see myself trying not to smile. In the second year, I acted in a first-year’s film where I played the father of my classmate. I ruined a few takes by flubbing lines or breaking character by laughing. On a Tuesday, Henry emailed me in need of an actor. The actor he had found might be canceling due to a scheduling conflict and the shoot was the coming weekend.

I had a similar situation when I shot my thesis film earlier this year. My actress backed out and I was scrambling to find someone else. It was stressful and nerve-racking. While I was able to find someone, I knew it would be more difficult for Henry since his choices were narrowed due to the need for someone who can play guitar. After sleeping on it, I told him I’d do it. I figured that not only would I be helping a friend but also, as someone who wants to direct my own films, I could see what it’s like as an actor to be directed. In film, directors lead the production, obviously. But usually, the director’s creative input in how the film will look is done in pre-production in working with the director of photography (DP). Once on set, the director’s focus is usually the actor, and most great acting performances are the result of great directing. “What’s my motivation?” is the cliché question for actors, but I usually asked, “What am I doing in this shot, Henry?” and he’d tell me which lines to say and what actions to do. Often, I’d ask for more details. In one instance, I had to look at another character talking to me then look down all reflectivelike. “What am I thinking about?” I’d ask Henry. “Am I apprehensive? Why do I feel like that?” These are details directors should know and Henry always had an answer. My character had some dramatic moments and I tried to draw on past experiences to feel what my character is supposed to feel. In one scene, I was essentially saying good-bye

to my younger brother, and as I acted out the scene, I thought of my own younger brother. In one take, I actually felt my eyes start to well up. I surprised myself in how serious I took the role. I expected myself to break character a lot and start laughing. This happened once in one scene. I had been on set for nearly 12 hours and was tired, and then I had a sugary drink and felt “silly,” as one person put it. It didn’t help that I was joking with crewmembers before the shot. I ruined each take because I just started laughing when I was supposed to be somber. I think we got it on the fourth take. There was a scene where I’m supposed to be angry, but I don’t think I pulled it off that well because I had to force it. Maybe it was because we did that scene in segments, so I wasn’t able to build up to it during the performance. In the end, I had a fun time being a part of Henry’s film. I had a fun scene where I’m playing guitar in a dank basement with dramatic lighting and smoke effects. There were also scenes on a stage with colourful lighting where I had mini jam sessions with the other guitarist between setups. I’m still nervous about seeing myself in the final product but Henry seemed pleased with my performance. “That’s exactly what I wanted,” he said on a few occasions. I don’t foresee an Oscar for acting in my future, but I certainly would consider acting again, because sometimes you just gotta challenge yourself.

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NOTICE OF POSTING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTRY by Ontario Solar PV Fields 11 Limited Partnership Project Name: Ramore Solar Park Project Location: 1370 Highway 572, Ramore ON Dated In Durham Region this the 14th of December, 2011 Ontario Solar Fields PV 11 Limited Partnership is planning to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of which the issuance of a renewable energy approval is required. The distribution of this notice of posting to the Environmental Registry and the project itself are subject to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (Act) Part V.0.1 and Ontario Regulation 359/09 (Regulation).

Ramore Solar Park 1370 Highway 572, Ramore ON Project Description: Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the facility, in respect of which the project is to be engaged in, is considered to be a Class 3 Solar Facility. If approved, this facility would have a total maximum name plate capacity of 8 MW. The project location is described in the map below. A proposal for a renewable energy approval, in respect of the Ramore Solar Park, has been posted on the environmental registry referred to in section 5 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993. Comments in regards to the proposal must be submitted to the Director on the EBR website www.ebr.gov.on.ca. Reports and studies related to this project have been made available for public inspection at www. ontariosolarpvfields.com. Project Contacts and Information: For any further information, please contact: Martin Lachapelle REFERGY Canada Inc. 330 Byron Street S. Whitby ON L1N 4P8 www.ontariosolarpvfields.com Telephone: (905) 493-3440

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Nom du projet : Parc Solaire Mattawishkwia Emplacement du projet : 2 Girard Road PO Box 2752, Hearst ON

Nom du projet : Parc Solaire Ramore Emplacement du projet : 1370 Highway 572, Ramore ON

Fait à Durham Region ce 14e jour de décembre, 2011

Fait à Durham Region ce 14e jour de décembre, 2011

Ontario Solar PV Fields 10 Limited Partnership prévoit participer à un projet d’énergie renouvelable pour lequel il est nécessaire d’obtenir une autorisation. La proposition de participer au présent projet d’énergie renouvelable et le projet lui-même sont assujettis aux dispositions de la partie V.0.1 de la Loi sur la protection de l’environnement (la Loi) et du Règlement de l’Ontario 359/09 (le Règlement).

Ontario Solar PV Fields 11 Limited Partnership prévoit participer à un projet d’énergie renouvelable pour lequel il est nécessaire d’obtenir une autorisation. La proposition de participer au présent projet d’énergie renouvelable et le projet lui-même sont assujettis aux dispositions de la partie V.0.1 de la Loi sur la protection de l’environnement (la Loi) et du Règlement de l’Ontario 359/09 (le Règlement).

Parc Solaire Mattawishkwia 2 Girard Road PO Box 2752, Hearst ON

Parc Solaire Ramore 1370 Highway 572, Ramore ON

Description du projet : Conformément à la Loi et au Règlement, l’installation pour laquelle la participation au projet est prévue est une installation de ferme solaire, Classe 3. Si le projet est autorisé, cette installation aurait une puissance installée totale maximale de 10 MW. L’emplacement du projet est décrit dans la carte ci-dessous.

Description du projet : Conformément à la Loi et au Règlement, l’installation pour laquelle la participation au projet est prévue est une installation de ferme solaire, Classe 3. Si le projet est autorisé, cette installation aurait une puissance installée totale maximale de 8 MW. L’emplacement du projet est décrit dans la carte ci-dessous.

Une proposition qui a pour but d’obtenir une autorization de projet d’énergie renouvellable (APER) est maintenant enregistrée sur le Registre Environnemental, tel qu’indiqué dans la section 5 de la Charte des Droits Environnementaux, 1993. Les commentaires concernant cette proposition doivent être présentés au directeur sur le Registre Environnemental : www.ebr.gov.on.ca. Tous les documents concernant ce projet sont disponibles sur le site web www.ontariosolarpvfields.com

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December 22, 2011

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Cree artist changes focus Rick Garrick

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Cree artist Betty Albert (Wabimeguil) is focusing on Canada geese and wolves in her new works since moving to a new home on a lake north of Cochrane.

Cree artist Betty Albert has changed the focus of her work after working on “women’s art” over the past 20 years. “I’ve gotten away from my focus on women and the moon,” Albert said. “I’m into wildlife now.” Since moving to a new home with a studio about a year and a half ago that overlooks a lake outside Cochrane, Albert has been painting images of Canada geese and wolves. “I’ve done a lot of geese – it’s just something the people of northern Quebec just love,” Albert said. Although Albert was adopted and raised by a FrenchCanadian family in northern Ontario, she eventually discovered her father and birthright as a Cree. Since then she has become well known for her clan mother paintings, which she first began producing in 1994. “I think I’ve done three or four series of clan mothers over

the years and I’m about to start another one,” Albert said. Albert published a book in 1998 featuring the clan mothers, the Moon Journal and Dream Log. “It was a real success,” Albert said. “We sold over 9,000 copies of that Moon Journal.” Albert also produced a series of books in partnership with Emily Faries aimed at native organizations, schools and education authorities, with sales of more than 10,000 copies. Albert began selling lithograph prints of her artwork in 1992, marketing them across Canada and the United States. “We did extremely well,” Albert said. “I’ve been making a living from this and raising my family since 1992.” Albert praised her father for encouraging her to follow her dreams as an artist, noting that he gave her the name Wabimeguil, which means White Feather in Cree. “He was the one who said, ‘you don’t have to do anything but be an artist,’” Albert said.

“He helped me to market and publish everything that we’ve done over the last 20 years.” Albert began printing her own artwork in 2005 for sale in her own art gallery, the Wabimeguil Art Studio, which she opened in Cochrane with former Cochrane mayor Lawrence Martin. “That was a lot of fun,” she said, noting that she experimented with a variety of printing mediums, including different types of paper and canvas. “That was a real learning curve for me. I really enjoyed it.” But after a few years, Albert realized she was getting burnt out, so she decided to close the art gallery and focus on creating original pieces of art. “There were certain things that I needed to concentrate on being an artist,” Albert said. “I needed water, I needed bush and I needed silence. I needed a place where I could just focus on painting, so we found a beautiful cottage on a lake that’s 20 minutes north of Cochrane.”

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sickness, and a poem about the lack of control we can feel over our own lives. The other four winners were Jenna Camire from Kenora, Sophie Bender-Johnston from Toronto, Bineshiinh SmokeLeFort from Six Nations and Jared Bissaillion from Thessalon. Since 2008, the program has awarded 24 Aboriginal youth. James K. Bartleman was Ontario’s first Aboriginal lieutenant governor and he implemented four literacy initiatives for Aboriginal youth across Ontario during 2002-2007. “The excellent caliber of writing by this year’s recipients conveys profound stories about Aboriginal life in Ontario that touch the heart of anyone who has the privilege to read it,” Bartleman said in a press release.

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Inaugural hockey WRN to broadcast NHL games tournament proves successful was, wow, wouldn’t it be cool to have the NHL on air?” said John Gagnon, Wawatay Native Communications Society’s senior executive assistant.

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In an exciting 2-1 doubleovertime victory, Sudbury’s Copper Cliff Hawks defeated the Moose Factory Scrappers to win the inaugural Taykwa Tagamou Nation Men’s Recreational Tournament championship. The Aboriginal hockey tournament took place from Dec. 8-11 at the Tim Horton Event Centre in Cochrane, Ont., which features an NHL-sized rink. The Copper Cliff Hawks took the $18,000 prize over seven other teams that entered the tournament. The Mistassini team defeated the Moosonee Cree Aski to take the $6,000 consolation prize. Other teams from Constance Lake, Attawapiskat, Kashechewan and Taykwa Tagamou took part in the tournament. The consolation championship game initially had payouts for the winner and loser of the game but representatives from Moosonee and Mistassini approached tournament organizer Christopher Hunter of Peawanuck about making the game a winner-take-all. “So I forewarned them that ‘one of you boys are going home without gas money,’” Hunter said. “I said, the very second your skates hit the ice, there’s no going back.” The teams agreed and Mistassini shutout Moosonee 3-0. “That game almost got a little emotional for Moosonee … trying to start fights near the end,” Hunter said. The tournament is five years in the making for Hunter, recreation director for Taykwa Tagamou Nation, who thought about starting a tournament

after the construction of the Tim Horton Event Centre. “I was thinking about back in the day, I used to compete in a Native hockey tournament circuit,” he said. “The first thing I thought about back then was my uncle Alec Bird, who used to run (a tournament) in Timmins years ago, and he stopped doing it, so I was thinking, we should have one in Cochrane.” Hunter formulated a tournament format and plan, but this was shelved when he moved to Toronto in 2007. Upon being hired by Taykwa Tagamou in July, Hunter dug up his old plan and set about organizing the tournament. He initially planned for a 12-team tournament and had all teams registered, but the schedule conflicted with another tournament in Val D’or, Que., so some teams dropped out, leaving Hunter to recalibrate the tournament format. “It was very stressful,” Hunter said. “This being the first year, I guess nothing goes perfect in the first year.” Despite some of the challenges, Hunter considers the tournament a success and is already planning for a tournament next year. He said it will take place in January 2013, and they hope to stream it live online. He’s also booked Wapistan (Lawrence Martin) to perform a concert for that event. He also hopes the next tournament will feature more sponsors. The tournament featured a monster bingo on Dec. 8 and a concert on Dec. 10 featuring local musician Michael Archibald. The tournament was broadcast live on Wawatay Radio Network.

The Wawatay Radio Network (WRN) in Timmins will be broadcasting seven NHL games in the Cree language in the New Year. The inaugural broadcast will take place Jan. 7 when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game will be the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Maple Leafs on April 7. WRN veteran broadcasters George Nakogee and Jules Spence will be calling the games. The idea for broadcasting NHL games in the Cree language arose out of a conversation in October about Nakogee and Spence’s experience in broadcasting the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. “Then the next question

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The second intermission will be a call-in segment, where community members can call and offer their comments and analysis of the game. Nakogee said he feels confident and proud to be broadcasting the games and feels the project is important in helping to preserve the Cree language. “Every time we watch TV, it’s in English all the time. Why can’t we translate it if we can?” he said. “Hockey’s one thing enjoyed by everyone, even our Elders and our kids watch it all the time. They might get excited and say, ‘Hey dad, what are you doing? Turn up the volume on the TV.’ And he’ll say ‘No, let’s turn up the radio.’ “It’s going to be exciting I think.” A full schedule of games will be released at a later date.

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December 22, 2011

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ADVERTISEMENT EXTERNAL POSTING The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service is taking applications to participate in the NAPS Auxiliary Constable Program. The program is geared to provide individuals the opportunity to gain valuable employment experience if they want a career in law enforcement. Program Requirements • The NAPS auxiliary members are required to perform a minimum of 20 hours of patrol per month for a minimum of six (6) months. • Auxiliary members are able to commit the time and effort required inclusive of mandatory patrol and training. • Auxiliary members to receive mandatory Firearms and Personnel Safety training • Auxiliary members to attend additional special events as required. Qualifications for the NAPS Auxiliary Program • Be nineteen (19) years of age or older. • Be a Nishnawbe-Aski Nation citizen or citizen of Canada. • Be of good moral character. • Does not have a criminal record, or has one that would be eligible for a Pardon. • Subjects will have to consent to pre-selection testing. • Driver’s License not mandatory if in the process of obtaining a license. • Has grade 12 Education, or GED (General Education Development), or is in the process of obtaining GED. Applications may be downloaded from naps.ca If you are interested please submit your applications to: Attention: Sgt. B.Baxter Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service 309 Court Street South Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2Yl bob.baxter@naps.ca

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“The payload would be the same as a tractor trailer, but an airship would be faster, more fuel efficient and able to land practically anywhere, removing the need for expensive road construction and maintenance,” Prentice said. The first use of freight airships may take place in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Discovery Airlines of Yellowknife has a tentative agreement with Hybrid Air Vehicles to supply a fleet of airships to be used in the North. A prototype is expected to be ready in 2014. It will be used to supply goods to diamond mines and remote communities. Discovery Air says the airships will be designed to transfer loads onto multiple surfaces, including water, ice, snow and land and able to carry loads of up to 50 tonnes, equivalent to about two tractor-trailer loads. Similar airships have been designed for the American military as supply and surveillance vessels. The first military airship is expected to be in service by the end of 2011. It is designed to carry a load of over one tonne, fly up to an altitude of 10,000 metres and stay con-

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From extremely high construction costs to high maintenance costs, new infrastructure requirements in Canada’s North are complex and expensive, the report stated. Meanwhile climate change is having an effect on existing infrastructure across the North. Melting permafrost has increasingly made railway lines unstable and both buildings and roads across the North are seeing effects of melting permafrost and shifting weather patterns.

Yet it is the winter road system that faces the biggest threat. The Conference Board report cites a recent study by the University of California showing that milder winters and increased snowfalls across Canada’s North will “severely reduce inland access in ... coming decades, mainly because of the reduced viability of winter roads.” As an example the study stated that the ice road from Yellowknife north to the diamond mines in the NWT will see annual decreases in the amount of time it is open, due to climate change. By 2020, the report stated, the ice road will be open for 17 per cent less time than it was in 2008. However, the report is clear that roads and railways and other transportation solutions are essential to northern economic development. It concludes that governments need to be inventive when considering transportation of goods into remote regions, considering the extreme cost of building and maintaining roads and rail lines in the North that may make possible alternative methods, such as airships, economically viable.

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CALL FOR TENDERS Wawatay Native Communications Society (WNCS) herewith issues a “Call for Tenders” to perform annual Audit Services for the fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Services required include the following activities: • Audit of WNCS’s Balance Sheet as of March 31st of each fiscal year; • Audit of WNCS’s Statement of Revenue and Expense for each year; • Provide recommendation, where required, of appropriate adjusting journal entries in accordance with the Canadian Auditing Standards (CASs); • Examine, on a test basis evidence supporting the amounts and disclosure in the financial statements; • Assess the accounting principals used; • Provide WNCS with 10 bound copies plus one electronic copy of the final financial statements by June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013 for the publication in WCNS’s Annual Report; • Present the Auditor’s report at the Annual General Meeting of each year; • Prepare annual income tax returns to Canada Revenue Agency; • Review the annual returns for HST recovery to Canada Revenue Agency prepared by WNCS; • Prepare annual registered Charity Returns for WNCS; and • Preparation of T4 Summary and T4 Supplementary. Tenders must be received by WNCS no later than 4:30pm CST on January 20, 2012. For further information regarding WNCS please contact Tabatha Jourdain, Finance/ HR Manager, at 1-800-243-9059 or 807-737-2951 ext 2224 or by email at tabathaj@wawatay.on.ca Please mail tenders to: Tabatha Jourdain Finance/HR Manager P.O. Box 1180, 16-5th Avenue Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1B7 All tenders must be postmarked no later than January 18th 2012.

Wawatay News requires a Newspaper Editor/Senior Reporter for its award- winning, bi-weekly newspaper. The Newspaper Editor/Senior Reporter is responsible for the editorial aspects of Wawatay News and will contribute to Sagatay magazine and Wawatay News Online. As part of the Wawatay Native Communications Society, Wawatay News has been publishing for more than 30 years. The newspaper serves more than 90 First Nations and municipalities. Location: Sioux Lookout, Ontario Duties:  Hold regular story meetings with editorial staff  Assign stories to editorial staff for print and online  Generate story ideas for Wawatay News, Sagatay and related publications, and ideas for special editorial features, such as special reports, photo essays, etc  Write stories and take photos that require in-depth research and interviews on topics/issues that are important to the Wawatay coverage area  Ensure editorial excellence by editing editorial content for grammar, clarity, fairness, media law compliance, CP and Wawatay style, and the Wawatay editorial policy  Travel to remote and road access First Nations  Slot stories and photos bi-weekly for newspaper layout using Indesign  Evening and weekend work required. Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have:  Education and/or experience in media  Knowledge of current media laws and regulations, and standard journalism principles, codes and ethics  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills  Knowledge of Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree culture and communities in the Wawatay service area  Ability to work with Macintosh computers and a working knowledge of programs used for word processing, design and layout (InDesign), and photo editing (Photoshop).  Valid Ontario driver’s licence  Ability to communicate in Ojibway, Oji-Cree or Cree would be an asset. Closing Date: Friday, January 20, 2011, 4:30 PM CST Send resumé, cover letter, three writing samples, and contact information for three references to: Tabatha Jourdain, Finance/HR Manager Wawatay News Box 1180 Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1B7 fax 807-737-3224 or e-mail tabathaj@wawatay.on.ca Note: Only applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.

NISHNAWBE-ASKI LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION PROJECTS EVALUATION Sealed proposals, addressed to Bob Albany, Restorative Justice Coordinator, c/o Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services, 86 South Cumberland Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 2V3, will be accepted not later than 1:00 p.m., local time, January 9, 2011. All proposals will be accompanied by three references. All proposals submitted must be sealed, clearly marked as to its contents. Acceptance and/or rejection of any proposal will be made according to Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation policies and criteria. SCOPE OF WORK: The “Projects Evaluation” will involve the compilation, review, analysis and presentation of quantitative & qualitative project data gathered in each of the following three (3) projects; 1. Youth Justice Initiative (servicing the communities of Big Trout Lake, Sandy Lake, Pikangikum, Kasabonika Lake, Kingfisher Lake, Wapekeka, Wawakapewin, Wunnumin Lake, Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Moose Cree First Nations). 2. Youth Intervention Initiative (servicing the communities of Kasabonika Lake, Big Trout Lake, Sandy Lake, Pikangikum, Attawapsikat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan First Nations). 3. Restorative Justice Program (servicing the communities of; Muskrat Dam, Bearskin Lake, Cat Lake, Weagamow Lake, Mishkeegogamang, Eabametoong, Marten Falls, Neskantaga, Nibinamik, Webequie, Deer Lake, Keewaywin, North Spirit Lake, Poplar Hill, MacDowell Lake, Brunswick House, Chapleau Ojibway, Matachewan, Mattagami, Wahgoshig First Nations Kasabonika Lake, Kingfisher Lake, Wapekeka, Wunnumin Lake and other communities as required.) Covering the period of April 1st, 2011 to March 31st, 2011. The duration of the project will be over a three (3) to six (6) month term commencing on or about March 31st, 2012. The successful bidder will be responsible for gathering all relevant primary and secondary data in the development of a final evaluation for the above named projects and will report to the Projects Evaluation Committee at the end of the project term. The manner of data collection and final presentation shall be developed under the direction of the Projects Evaluation Committee. Proposals will be opened privately by the Projects Evaluation Committee at 1:15 p.m. on the above noted closing date at the offices of Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation, Thunder Bay, Ontario. For more information with respect to background of the projects, please contact Chantelle Johnson, Restorative Justice Assistant, at cjohnson@nanlegal.on.ca or at 1-800-465-5581.

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December 22, 2011

Wabigoon Lake orders company off traditional lands Chris Kornacki

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Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation served notice to a mineral exploration company on Nov. 21 to cease operations in the community’s traditional territory until the two sides sign an agreement. Chief Ruben Cantin Sr. of Wabigoon Lake said Treasury Metals is conducting exploration work in the area without consent from the community. Cantin said the company has also expressed an unwillingness to negotiate any agreements that support the First Nation. The Goliath Gold exploration project by Treasury Metals is about to enter the advanced exploration stages, but Wabigoon Lake said they are prepared to take action to protect their land and their rights. The notice to the company reads: “Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation is prepared to take any and all necessary measures to protect and assert its ancestral, treaty, and Aboriginal rights over the said traditional territory lands. We urge you to honour the direction to discontinue all activities, failing which, enforcement measures will be necessary.” The community has asked

for direct intervention by Rick Bartolucci, minister of Northern Development and Mines to halt all exploration operations until an agreement can be reached. But Norm Bush, vice president of the Goliath Gold project, said the company has not received a formal injunction to halt operations. In the meantime, Bush said Treasury Metals would work with stakeholders in the area, including the First Nations, to establish relationships. “We have been in discussions with Wabigoon Lake with respect to putting together memorandums of understanding that would help us going forward working together, so hopefully then we can realize the potential of community participation in the project with Wabigoon Lake and others,” Bush said. The development of a memorandum of understanding with the community is a work in progress, he said, but negotiations are taking place. “We do want to make sure we are aware of any issues and concerns that any of the First Nation communities, including Wabigoon Lake, would have with respect to any exploration and mining activities,” Bush added.

Fort William settles land claims Chris Kornacki

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The provincial and federal governments and Fort William First Nation announced Dec. 16 the final settlement of a 160-year-old land claim. This settlement includes about $149 million in financial compensation from Canada and about $5 million from Ontario. It also includes the transfer of provincial lands on Lake Superior’s Flatland Island and Pie Island to be set apart as reserve land for Fort William First Nation. “Fort William First Nation, Canada and Ontario worked hard to bring this claim home,” said Peter Collins, chief of Fort William First Nation. “Now we have the land and resources that our First Nation needs to create businesses, employment and other opportunities, which will benefit our members and the entire Thunder Bay area. The promises in the Treaty of 1850 about our reserve have finally been fulfilled.” The settlement concludes a

process that started in November 2010 when the community and both Ontario and Canada negotiated a proposed settlement. That proposal was then ratified by community members in a January vote. Canada and Fort William also settled on another claim that dates back to the late 1850s. The $22 million claim was approved by First Nation members in a vote in December 2010 and by Canada in March. Private land has not been taken away from anyone to settle any claims. “This settlement honours past commitments and opens up new investment and employment opportunities for the future that will significantly benefit the Fort William First Nation and local communities. This agreement shows that with determination and a willingness to work together, we can arrive at effective solutions to resolve longstanding issues,” said MP Greg Rickford, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

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Seven Generations Education Institute’s Mark Sault helped serve up a feast for about 150 visitors during a Dec. 7 open house Christmas party at the Thunder Bay office. Seven Generations continued a Christmas tradition during the party by accepting donations of non-perishable food items for food hampers for Seven Generations students.

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Former national chief Phil Fontaine took the opportunity to raise issues facing First Nations people during his Dec. 1 acceptance of a honourary doctorate of laws at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. “We must understand that healing from the harm of the residential school legislation will take a long, long time, perhaps decades into the future,” Fontaine said. Fontaine brought up the second inaugural speech of former United States president Abraham Lincoln, noting his speech was about reconciliation and healing and is relevant at this time in Canada. Lincoln was responsible for emancipation of African-Americans from slavery. “With malice toward none, with charity for all,” Fontaine said, quoting from Lincoln’s speech. “We all know as First Nations people that our Elders embrace this sentiment, in very powerful and generous and kind ways.” Fontaine stressed the importance of building a “better, more generous and more fair

Canada.” “This will require imagination; it’s going to require resources and commitment from every level,” Fontaine said. “We want a Canada that respects our dignity and our rights and celebrates our cultures, our languages and community.” Fontaine said non-Aboriginal Canadians need to imagine things many have never imagined before, such as spending time in First Nation communities. “We’ve heard calls in the last few days from different quarters calling on (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Minister) John Duncan to go up to Attawapiskat to see for himself those terrible, depressing conditions that those people are being forced to live,” Fontaine said. “Like enjoying what we just witnessed and heard here today – a drum group, indeed a very young drum group, honouring all of us with their songs, presenting their values to us in the most generous and kind way imaginable, so very powerful.” Fontaine said reconciliation is going to require resources to

close the health and well-being gap that exists between First Nations communities and the rest of the country. “We need to create a Canada where discrimination and racism are a thing of the past, where land claims are accepted fairly and justly, where our treaties, your treaties, indeed your treaties, are honoured,” Fontaine said. “Treaties aren’t just about First Nations people; they aren’t just about us, they are about the entire country. Treaties are about all of us, just like the residential school experience is a Canadian experience. It isn’t just about survivors, it isn’t just our history, it isn’t our shame, it really is about all of us.” Fontaine called for Canadians to insist that treaties be implemented and First Nation rights and interests be recognized, respected and given fair acknowledgement. “And what about imagining your children, our children learning to speak Cree or Anishinabemowin at school,” Fontaine said. “What’s wrong with that? Why isn’t that so? What’s wrong with learning the history of the First peoples?

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What’s wrong with learning the history of the residential school experience? What’s wrong with learning the true history of Canada? What’s wrong about accepting that we deserve to be treated with respect and dignity?” Fontaine looks forward to the day when Canada affirms that the country was built on three founding nations, the Indigenous as well as the British and French. “Only when Canada and Canadians understand our true heritage and the great migration success story that followed will we recognize that which has been long denied,” Fontaine said. “This continent was possessed with an ancient civilization and still is.”

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Former national chief Phil Fontaine was presented with an honourary doctorate of laws Dec. 1 during a special convocation ceremony at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

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TOP CENTRE: Diane Davis of Gull Bay sits in front of her booth at the Aboriginal Fine Arts and Crafts Christmas Show and Sale at the Victoriaville Mall in Thunder Bay, Dec. 10. Davis says she has been making regalia for nearly 30 years. ABOVE: Marlene Kwandibens makes some jewelry that she was selling during the five-day sale. LEFT: Barb Wapoose of Lansdowne House sits in front of her tikinagan’s that she was selling during the show. TOP RIGHT: Crafters showcase their handmade work during the show. This was the tenth year of success for the annual event.

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Merry Christmas from Wawatay Native Communications Society

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Nick Day Mike Hunter Genevieve Kakekaspan Mike Metatawabin Fred Sackaney Vivian Waswa Micah Winter Back row, from left, Mark Kakekagumick, Jeff Hindy, Nick Sherman, James Brohm, Jerry Sawanas and Bill Morris. Middle row, from left, Agnes Shakakeesic, Victory Lyon, Michael DubĂŠ and Matthew Bradley. Front row, from left, Adelaide Anderson, David Neegan, Vicky Angees. Missing: Kenina Kakekayash, Tabatha Jourdain, Evange Kanakakeesic and Angus Miles.

From left, Jules Spence, Margaret Scott and George Nakogee. Missing: John Gagnon

From left, Rick Garrick, Lenny Carpenter, Roxy Shapwaykeesic and Chris Kornacki. Missing: Grace Winter

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Eenchokay Birchstick School students in Pikangikum Dear Santa, My name is Emerald. I wish I have a toy. My Birthday is in March. Thank you for a candy. From, Emerald Dear Santa, My name is Colleen. Thank you for the candies yesterday! You are the best Santa ever! I would like make up and 3D DSi please! Merry Christmas! Bye now, Colleen Keeper Dear Santa, My name is Ethan. How are you and the reindeer? I was very good this year. Thanks for candy. From, Ethan Dear Santa, My name is Keaton. How are you? Are the reindeer doing well? I have been very good this year. I would like a monster truck for Christmas and I also want Nintendo Wii with games. Thank you so much. From, Keaton Dear Santa, My name is Elijah. How are you? Where is Rudolph? I have been very good this year. I would like an iPad. From, Elijah Dear Santa, My name is Xavier. How are you? Are the reindeer doing well? For Christmas I wish for Playstation 3 and a couch. I have been very good boy this year. And online. Thank you so much! Good Santa. From, Xavier Dear Santa, My name is Sara. How are you? How is Mrs. Santa? I wish I had an Xbox 360. Thank you for the candy yesterday. How are your reindeers? I’m good. See you around Christmas. From, Sara Dear Santa, My name is Melody. Thank you for the candy gave me yesterday. Can you give me a MP3 and iPod

touch and make up and 3D DSi please and you are the best for ever to so much. Bye. From, Melody Dear Santa, I wish a 3Ds and a shoes and I want to tell you something. I love you and a skidoo. Thank you for the candy you gave me yesterday. And iPad 2 and a make up and I love everything I wish. And a colour hair and thank for a presents. From, Patricia Strang Dear Santa, My name is Cornelio. How are you? Are the reindeer doing well? I like Christmas. I would like Xbox 360 with Halo reach and I want my own TV for Christmas. Thank you so much! From, Cornelio Dear Santa, My name is Corvis. How are the elves? How are the Rudolph? I wish a 3Ds. From, Corvis Dear Santa, My name is Kamden. I’m 10 years old. I like Christmas. I would like a DS 3D. Okay. That’s it. From, Kamden Dear Santa, My name is Kylar. How are you? I want a iPod touch. How are your reindeer? I like Christmas. From, Kylar Dear Santa, My name is Roman. Thank you for the candy. Santa, you’re a good Santa. I love present. Are the reindeer. Well I have been very good this year. I would like to have a present for Christmas. Bye! From, Roman Dear Santa, I am Judith. Thank you for the candy you gave me yesterday. I want is iPad 2 for Christmas today and iPod nano and iPod touch and Nintendo 3Ds and DSi XL and DSi. P.S. you are the best Santa ever! From, Judith

Dear Santa, My name is Delorna. Thank you for the candy you gave me yesterday. I want a DS for Christmas. I have been very good and I want a crayolas. Thank you. From, Delorna Dear Santa, Hi Santa. Thank you. For Xbox 360 and game and bag of games and new games and new Xbox 360. From, Corvis Dear Santa, I want a car. I want iPad2. I want iPad 5. From, Riel Dear Santa, My name is Delinah. How are the reindeer? And how are you? And I want a present and friends. My friends are fighting. And I love Christmas. From, Delinah Dear Santa, My name is Kimberly and thank you for the candy you gave me yesterday. And Merry Christmas. I want a presents. Can you make me earrings and iPod touch. How are you? I been good this year. Thank you so much. From, Kimberly Strang P.S. you are the best Santa ever! Dear Santa Claus, Hello my name is Liana Quill. I am from Pikangikum. I am 8 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. For Christmas I would laptop, iPhone, iPod Touch. Thank you, Liana Quill Dear Santa, Hello, My name is Danae Peters. I am from Pikangikum. I am 8 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. For Christmas I would like an iPad because I would listen to music and a laptop because I will take pictures and I would like a new bedroom set and a pet. I would like new clothes, iPod touch and iPhone 4 and easy bake and I want 3Ds. Thank you, Danae Peters Dear Santa, Hello my name is Danica. I am from Pikangikum. I am 8 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School.

The Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre staff and Board of Directors would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

My Wish List: I want a cellphone because to talk to my friends and text them. I want a laptop because I want to play games and watch movies. I want a iPhone because I want the games on it. I want an iPad because I want to play games. I want Justin Bieber tickets to the concert because I don’t know. I want a big TV because I can watch some movies. I want a PSP because I want to play games. I want Xbox 360 because to play with my brothers. I want an earring because I don’t know. Thank you, Danica Peters Dear Santa, Hello my name is Hailey. I am from Pikangikum. I am 7 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. For Christmas I would like to have lots of toys because I will play them a lot and a cellphone to text my friends and call my friends. Are you a real Santa? I want an iPad 2 to listen to music on the iPad 2 and skates to go skating and lots of new clothes to wear them at school I would like to have a bedroom set and I would like to see you on Christmas. Thank you, Hailey Peters

Dear Santa, Hello my name is Destiny. I am from Pikangikum. I am 8 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. Camera, laptop, dress, clothes, sister, cellphone, Xbox games, iPad, iPod nano, 3Ds, sled, puppy, kitten, movies, Wii, blackberry, skates, DSi games, PSP, hamster, rabbit, hoodies, just dance 3, my baby’s first steps. Thank you, Destiny Peters Dear Santa, My name is Jonathan Quill. I want a Playstation for Christmas and I want new DS games and a iPod shuffle and new glasses and a cellphone and new Xbox games and a laptop and Nintendo Wii games and new pants and a new hat and a new book. Thank you,Jonathan Quill Dear Santa, Hello how are you? My name is Hermione. I am from Pikangikum. I am 9 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. I want to have iPod. I want to have my family back for Christmas. I would like an iPhone because I was waiting if my Mom wanted to buy it. You are best. I really really want 3Ds for my brother. My brother really really want that. Do you live at the North Pole? Bye. Merry Christmas Thank you, Kermione Luiann Quill Dear Santa, Hello My name is Kelsey. I am from Pikangikum I am 9 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. For Christmas I would like easy bake because I like to cook at my house. I would like an iPad to play games in there please. I wish I could see you. Do you know My Teacher’s are Robin and Brandy? I like them because they are fun and cool. Do you live North Pole? I wish I well go there. Thank you, Kelsey Strang see next page

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from previous page Dear Santa, Hello my name is Aaliyah. I am from Pikangikum. I am 9 years old. Can you give me present, makeup, DS and iPhone 4. I like you Santa you will give me present. My cousins name is Nile, Jenniah, Mathis and Geordan. Nile want Boy toy is GI Joe. Jenniah want make up. Mathis want Xbox 360, Geordan want main o party games. Merry Christmas Santa. I like you Santa Thank you, Aaliyah Strang Dear Santa, Hello my name is Brett. I am from Pikangikum. I am 9 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. For Christmas I would like a 3Ds games because it is find it its 3D and are so much better and I would 2 sack boy toy because sack boy’s eye are so cute! And I would more games because more games are more better than music. And I would like 2 pokemon black games because I want pokemon games! And I would like a pokemon white games because pokemon white game is so awesome and I would like legos because my bro want them. Thank you, Brett Dear Santa, How are you? My name is Delroy and I am 9 years old and I live in Canada and I like going to school. And I like watching movies at my home and I like Christmas and I like presents and I want iPod Touch and thank you Santa. From, Delroy Dear Santa, Hello my name is Kansas Suggashie. I am from Pikangikum. I am 9 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. For Christmas I would like iPhone 2 because I could play songs and watch movies, iPad 2 because I could play games. Thank you. From, Kansas Dear Santa, Hello my name is Brant. I am from Pikangikum. I am 9 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. For Christmas I would like a legos and 3DS because to build legos and I want to see everything in 3D, to play 3D games for fun too. I like legos. From, Brant Dear Santa, Hello My name is Chayse. I am from Pikangikum. I am 9 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. For Christmas I would like games and use toys because I will play all night. Thank you. Chayse

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Dear Santa Claus, Hello My names Liana May Pitabun Quill, I am from Pikangikum. I am 8 years old. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. For Christmas I would like laptop, iPhone, iPod Touch, make up. Thank you, Liana Quill Dear Santa, Hello my name is Ashanti. I am 8 years old. I wish I would see you. I am from Pikangikum I would like an iPod for Christmas because I can text my friends, my little sister likes toys. My brother would like a laptop because he would his own laptop. Thank you, Ashanti Dear Santa, Hello my name is Natalie, I am from Pikangikum. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. I know what I want for Christmas I want an iPad and a Christmas tree and iPod and four 3DS and cellphone and necklaces and laptop and beautiful make ups and new movies and I want good things and lots of jewelry box and Xbox live and lots of papers and lots of papers and a beautiful DSi and beautiful papers and iPhone 4 and new hoodies. Thank you Santa, Natalie Keeper Dear Santa, My name is Saneesha. Hello Santa can you bring me presents and it’s called makers papers MP3 everything and I wish I had a cellphone, laptop, Xbox live and I’m from Pikangikum with my grandma’s house. She work at the kitchen and I live with my parents and I like to play with my cousins and aunties and uncles. My mom likes to go to work and to cook and my Dad likes to go to drives and his work and I wish I see a real Santa Claus or reindeer they live in the woods and I have a Christmas tree and Christmas lights. My Mom turns the lights on outside or windows and I’m eight years old. Thank you Santa Claus. From, Saneesha Suggashie Dear Santa Claus, Hello my name is Julitha. I am from Pikangikum. I am 8 years. I go to Eenchokay Birchstick School. For Christmas I would like a cellphone because I wanna text someone and I want a iPod Touch and my own laptop and makeup and nail polish and my own DS and my own Xbox 360 and my own presents and my own movies and my own books and new staff. Every thing I want. Thank you, Julitha

Dear Santa, Hello my name is Heaven Peters. I am from Pikangikum. I am 8 years old. I used to go Eenchokay Birchstick School. My present would be an iPod with a camera and winter boots and 3DS. Thank you, Heaven Peters

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Attawapiskat wish list Dear Santa, I am Nadine Tomagatick. I am 10 years old. I live in Attawapiskat. I go to school at J. R. Nakogee School. I wish for a iPad with a camera. I wish for a Xbox 360. I wish for a new school. I wish for some toys. I wish for a DSi. I wish for some game for DSi. I wish for some game for Xbox 360. Love, Nadine Tomagatick Dear Santa, I was a nice girl everyday. What I want for Christmas is an Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii games and clothes. Happy Holly Day and Happy New Year! Love, Irene Sutherland Dear Santa, I wish for Xbox 360, 3D DSi, games, toys and TV. Merry Christmas! I wish for iPad, iPod, truck the toy. Love, Garett Shisheesh Dear Santa, My name is Sady. I live in Attawapiskat, Ontario. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! I wish for a real puppy. I wish for a world peace. Love, Sady Wesley Merry Christmas Santa! Hi Santa! How are you doing. Come to Attawapiskat. I wish for a Elf. I wish for a star. I wish for an Angels. Love, Edmond Edwards Wheesk Dear Santa, I wish I get a camp. I need a new Xbox 360. All I want for Christmas is Santa. I wish for a new TV. I wish for monsters. I wish for world peace. I wish for respect. I wish for Mrs. Claus. I wish for my own clock. I wish for my own watch too. I wish for a new door. Love, Jarrette PaulMartin Dear Santa, I’m nine years old and here is my list of toys. I wish for a ski-doo. I wish for a new TV I wish I had a new Xbox 360. Are you bigger than me? Love, Kendall Koostachin

toys. How is Mrs. Claus doing? Good or bad. I will be nice to everyone and the world OK and give me presents. Love, Maribel Inishinapay Dear Santa, How cold is it at the North Pole? How could you bring a lot of presents in one night? Does your Elves help? Do you know everyone name’s now? I will make a wish. I wish for small TV, a Xbox 360 for music and some toys. I am done now and that will be all my wish. Love, Amy Hookimaw Dear Santa, I wish for 3D DSi. I wish for ski-doo. I wish for iPod. I wish for new house. I wish for iPad 2. Love, Torey Kataquapit Dear Santa, I wish for a laptop, iPod touch, Xbox 360, iPad, DSi, and new winter boots. How are you Santa? I’ve been a good girl. Love, Kaydace Nakogee Dear Santa, I wish for I have a good day for Christmas Eve with my family. Also to have a fun day for us and to spend time for Christmas. Love, Lita Hookimaw Dear Santa, How are you doing today Santa? Circle the one how you doing yes or no. Tell me about it after when you send it back to me in Grade 4H. And Happy New Year Santa. I wish to help my mooshum to feel better, so he can sleep well. Love, Colin Iahtail Hi Santa! How are you? I’ve been a nice girl this year. I wish for a iPod, Nintendo DS and an Xbox 360. Bye. Love, Codee Koostachin

Dear Santa, Merry Christmas Santa. I wish for three hockey pucks. I wish for my kookoom to feel better. I wish for world peace. Merry Christmas Santa. Happy New Year! How are you Santa? Are you good? Have a good day. Love, Rhiley Kioke Dear Santa, How are you doing in North Pole? Are the Elves doing in North Pole making toys right now? Can you give me iPod, Xbox live, colouring stuff and

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Wasaho school students understand Santa is busy Fort Severn First Nation Dear Santa, Thank you for the gifts you gave me last year. This year I would like iPod, Xbox Kinect, camera HD. I will be satisfied with whatever you bring because I know you have lots of children to look after. I will leave a snack for you on the coffee table. Merry Christmas, Chasity Dear Santa, Thank you for the (toys) gifts you brought me last year. This year I would like Nintendo 3Ds, Just Dance Kids 2. Whatever you can bring because I know you have lots of children to look after. I will leave a snack for you

on the coffee table. Merry Christmas, Laney Miles Dear Santa, Thank you for the gifts you brought me last year. I would like an iPod touch 32 gb. I will be satisfied with whatever you can bring because I know you have lots of children to look after. I will leave a snack on the coffee table. Merry Christmas, Morningstar Dear Santa, Thank you for the toys you brought me last year. This year I would like a pellet gun, monster truck and iPod touch. Merry Christmas, Caden

Dear Santa, Thank you for the gifts you brought me last year. This year I would like a new iPad, a big monster truck, Xbox Kinect. Whatever you can bring because I know you have lots of children to look after. I will leave a snack for you on the coffee table. Merry Christmas, Wayne Matthews Dear Santa, Thank you for the gifts you brought me last year. This year I would like to get a easy baker from Santa and cookies and milk for Santa and I get candycanes from the story and a pet rabbit and a Xbox 360 and

a iPod touch from Santa and a new pellet gun. Merry Christmas, Pearlena Matthews Dear Santa, Thank you for the gifts you brought me last year. This year I would like a Xbox, iPad, DSi XL. I wlll be satisfied with whatever you can bring because I know you have lots of children to look after. I will leave a snack for you on the coffee table. Merry Christmas, Naomi Dear Santa, Thank you for the gifts you brought me last year. This year I would like a new hamster cage, a Xbox 360 and a new phone. I

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Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Stan Beardy Grand Chief, Nishnawbe Aski Nation

will be satisfied with whatever you can bring beause I know you have lots of children to look after. I will leave a snack for you on the coffee table. Merry Christmas, Brayden Dear Santa, My name is Leticia, I am 6 years old, I have been a good girl. I would like an iPod touch, Nazi zombies, my big brother. Your friend, Leticia Burke P.S. I will leave tea and cake Dear Santa, Thank you for the gifts you brought me last year. This year I would like iPod touch and make up for Christmas and I want to live with my mom and I want a Xbox kinect, I want a new hamster for Christmas and I want a new Nintendo 3Ds and I want a camera. I will be satisfied with whatever you can bring because I know you have lots of children to look after. Hannah Dear Santa, My name is Nathel, I am 8 years old, I have been a good boy. I would like a black Xbox, a Nazi zombie, lego this year for Christmas. Your friend, Nathel P.S. I will leave cookies and milk for you

Dear Santa, My name is Chad. I have been a good boy. I would like black Xbox for Christmas. Thank you. Your friend, Chad P.S. I will leave cookies and milk for you Dear Santa, My name is Troy, I am 8 years old. I have been a good boy this year. I would like a big truck with lights on it this Christmas. Thank you. Your friend, Troy P.S. I will leave cookies for you Dear Santa, My name is Diamond. I am 7 years old. I have been a good girl this year. This year for Christmas I would like iPod touch, a yo-yo, a lego. Thank you. Your friend, Diamond P.S. I will leave cookies and milk for you Dear Santa, My name is Ryan. I am 8 years old. I have been a good boy this year. I would like Xbox Nazi Zombies, Left 4 Dead 2 this year for Christmas. Your friend, Ryan P.S. I will leave cookies and milk for you

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Hockey equipment on wish list for Sachigo Lake students JOY TO THE WORLD

AWAY IN A MANGER Away in a manger, No crib for His bed The little Lord Jesus Laid down His sweet head The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my side, ‘Til morning is nigh. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me I pray Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And take us to heaven To live with Thee there

HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING Hark the herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled” Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem” Hark! The herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King!” Christ by highest heav’n adored Christ the everlasting Lord! Late in time behold Him come Offspring of a Virgin’s womb Veiled in flesh the Godhead see Hail the incarnate Deity Pleased as man with man to dwell Jesus, our Emmanuel Hark! The herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King!” Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings Ris’n with healing in His wings Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth Born to give them second birth Hark! The herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King!”

GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN God rest ye merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay Remember, Christ, our Saviour Was born on Christmas day To save us all from Satan’s power When we were gone astray O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy In Bethlehem, in Israel, This blessed Babe was born And laid within a manger Upon this blessed morn The which His Mother Mary Did nothing take in scorn O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy From God our Heavenly Father A blessed Angel came; And unto certain Shepherds Brought tidings of the same: How that in Bethlehem was born The Son of God by Name. O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy “Fear not then,” said the Angel, “Let nothing you affright, This day is born a Saviour Of a pure Virgin bright, To free all those who trust in Him From Satan’s power and might.” O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy The shepherds at those tidings Rejoiced much in mind, And left their flocks a-feeding In tempest, storm and wind: And went to Bethlehem straightway The Son of God to find. O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy And when they came to Bethlehem Where our dear Saviour lay, They found Him in a manger, Where oxen feed on hay; His Mother Mary kneeling down, Unto the Lord did pray. O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace; This holy tide of Christmas All other doth deface. O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy

Joy to the World , the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. Joy to the World, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy. No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as, the curse is found. He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders, of His love.

IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold: “Peace on the earth, goodwill to men From heavens all gracious King!” The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing. Still through the cloven skies they come, With peaceful wings unfurled; And still their heavenly music floats O’er all the weary world: Above its sad and lowly plains They bend on hovering wing, And ever o’er its Babel sounds The blessed angels sing. O ye beneath life’s crushing load, Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow; Look now, for glad and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing; Oh rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing. For lo! the days are hastening on, By prophets seen of old, When with the ever-circling years Shall come the time foretold, When the new heaven and earth shall own The Prince of Peace, their King, And the whole world send back the song Which now the angels sing.

Dear Santa Claus, Hello my name is Charity McKay and I am 11 years old, I am from Sachigo Lake. My favourite sport is hockey so that I always want to have a hockey stick so that I can’t use my dad’s hockey stick all the time. So how are you? I want for Christmas is my family just to have fun on this holiday just like last year so how did you make up with this Christmas holiday this holiday is my favourite for me and my own family to have fun together as like other family just to have great time together. From, Charity Marcella McKay

Dear Santa, How are you Santa? My name’s Corey. I live in Sachigo Lake. I been good this year and all I want are socks and pants, hockey stick, TV.  Thank you Santa Corey

Dear Santa, How is it there in the North Pole? Is it cold there? Your friend, Edwin Mekanak

Dear Santa, Hi my name is Hailey. I’m 10 year old. I live in Sachigo Lake it is awesome we do a lot of things here. How are you?? I hope you are well. Does your sleigh fly by Christmas spirit? What I want for is a new sled. I have been good this year that’s why I deserve it! How did you become Santa Claus?? Why are you called Santa Claus?? Why not be called red old jolly man?? That’s a good name, if I were Santa that’s what I’d be called! Why do you dress red why no purple, blue or any color?? Is red your favourite color? Red is bright I like red it is shiny! I get a lot of presents. During Christmas we have a Christmas dinner we eat a lot. On Christmas Eve we open our present we have the whole family. Hailey

Dear Santa, Hi, I’m Paul. I’m ten years old and I also live in cool Sachigo Lake. My favourite sports are hockey, basketball, and pingpong. Where did you get your sleigh from? It is cold over here, like insanely cold and I’m freezing. How is it at the North Pole? Is it colder than here? I would like a sports car, a cool skidoo and, pair of Nike shoes. Do you like playing hockey do you guys get to play all the time because it’s always colder over there? We just started playing hockey and I got a new stick. From, Paul Dear Santa, How are you Santa? My names Corey I live in Sachiko Lake. I been good this year and all I want sled. Thank you, Corey Tait

SILENT NIGHT RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER Rudolph the red nose reindeer, had a very shiny nose, and if you ever saw it, you would even say it glowed. All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph, join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say: “Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” Then all the reindeer loved him, as they shouted out with glee: “Rudoph the Red Nose Reindeer, you’ll go down in history!”

Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ, the Saviour is born Christ, the Saviour is born Silent night, holy night Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Mayor, Council and Staff of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout extend Season’s Greetings to our friends and neighbours. ᐧᐊᓂᓇᐧᐊᑲᐠ ᐅᑌᓇᐧᐃᑭᒪ, ᐅᓇᔓᐧᐁᐧᐃᑭᒪᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐠ ᐅᐧᐊᒋᔦᒪᐧᐊᐣ ᐅᑐᑌᒥᐧᐊᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑌᑎᐸᐃ ᑲᑕᐧᑲᑭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ ᑲᐊᔭᐧᐊᐨ ᑲᐧᐃᐊᓂ ᑭᒋᑭᔑᑲᐠ. ᑲᐧᐃᒥᓄᐅᑎᓴᐸᑕᓇᐧᐊ ᐅᐡᑭᐊᐦᑭᐧᐊᐠ.

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Native Sena Memorial School in Weagamow Lake Dear Santa, My Christmas wish is to have iPod, Halo Reach, action figures, my own Xbox console. I also want a mini laptop, guitar and lots of presents. Tyden Sakakeep, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I want lots of gifts and Christmas tree. An Xbox 360 games and iPod and DSi. I want a pet and laptop and lots of snow. Last but not least I want a $50 gift. Aaliyah Kakekayash, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I want an iPod and a mini laptop and a trip to Thunder Bay and ten dolls and wanna spend a nice Christmas with my family and a kitten and lot of gifts and a dinner with my family and a camera. Emma Petawanick, age 9, Grade 4

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puppy, cat, DS, doll, cellphone, TV. Thank you, Charity Keeash

Dear Santa, My wish list for Christmas is a new Xbox slim console with a new Saints Row 3 game and MW3 Xbox game. I also want a hug for Christmas. Lanny Jeremiah, age 9, Grade 4

Dear Santa, My name is Madison. This year I have been a good girl. I live in Round Lake. I wish for iPod, DSi, laptop, Wii, skates, cellphone, Xbox 360, bunk bed, mini ski-doo, trampoline, Halo Reach, camera, 3Ds, TV, kittens, PSP. Thank you, Madison

Dear Santa, I want an iPod with a camera for Christmas. Christmas Angels. I want to spend time with my family on Christmas and have a nice supper with them. Christmas gifts and holidays. I want an Xbox 360 and a laptop. Angels are nice and I want a 3Ds. Nadine Keeash, age 10, Grade 5

Dear Santa, My name is Amarence. I work at school. I live in Round Lake. I am good at home. This year I wish for an iPad and a ski-doo and money and a camera and a 3Ds and Xbox kinect. I will be a good girl again next year. Thank you, Amarence

Dear Santa, A Christmas dinner with my family. My Christmas wish list is to get a Xbox 360 and an iPod touch. I would like to see my Auntie Corrina Benson this Christmas! Jaclyn Keeash Benson, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, My Christmas wish list is I would like 5 dolls. My wish list is to spend time with my family and to have a good Christmas this year. Lolly Quequish, age 9, Grade 4

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season From all of us at Northern Chiefs Council Our offices will be closed from Dec. 19 to Jan. 2 and reopen on Jan. 3

Dear Santa, My Christmas wish list is I want to see my family. I would like to have Xbox 360 and lots of games. Sonny Turtle, age 10, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I want a puppy, I want a teddy bear, I want lots of toys, I want a mini laptop, I want a DsI XL, I want a iPod touch, I want a colouring book. Chinodin Petawanick, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, My name is Sundance Patayash. My Christmas wish lists. Halo Reach, Saints Row 3, 600 dollars, an iPad 2 and a Nintendo 3Ds. Sundance Patayash, age 10, Grade 5 Dear Santa, My name is Noel Chikane. My Christmas wish list. I want an iPod touch with a camera on it. I would like to get an Xbox 360 game Left 4 Dead 2, a zombie game. And $500 dollars. And I want crayola and a colouring book. Noel Chikane, age 10, Grade 5 Dear Santa! My Christmas wish list. I want lots of Xbox 360 games. I want to have lots of gifts and have lots of money. Kimberly Kakekayash, age 10, Grade 5

Dear Santa, My name is Kasper. This year I have been very good. I listen at school and home. I made a wish list. I wish for an iPad and a laptop, a 3Ds and a mini ski-doo, a bunk bed and a trampoline, a mini 4 wheeler and a camera, a kitten and skates. Thank you, Kasper

Dear Santa, My Christmas wish. I want iPod touch. And a guitar. And I want toys. And million dollars. I want to see my family. I want dinner. And laptop. Jazz Munroe Tait, age 10, Grade 5 Dear Santa, My name is Marcus. I live in Round Lake. For Christmas I wish for iPad, iPod, Xbox 360, mini ski-doo, Nintendo. Thank you, Marcus Dear Santa, My name is Molachi. I live in Round Lake. I have been a good boy. I wish for a new game and iPod. Thank you very much, Molachi Dear Santa, My name is Kray. iPod, iPad, laptop, GT sled, Xbox 360, 3Ds, Halo Reach 2, Halo guy, Halo truck. I wish for these Santa! Thank you, Kray Dear Santa, I live in Round Lake. I wish for Xbox 360, kitten, laptop. Thank you, Phoenix Dear Santa, My name is Romeo. I live in Round Lake. For Christmas I wish for Halo Reach, Xbox 360, Xbox, TV, Left 4 Dead 2, iPod, GT sled, Xbox Live, PSP, camera, Halo guy, Wii, Playstation. Thank you, Romeo

Dear Santa, My Christmas wish list is an iPod, Xbox controller and a laptop. Levi Quequish, age 10, Grade 5

Dear Santa, My name is Davis. I live in Round Lake. I wish for a Xbox 360. I was good all year. I also wish for Halo guy. Thank you, Davis

Dear Santa, My Christmas wish list is for a Halo 4 or Halo Combat Evolved anniversary Xbox 360

Dear Santa, My name is Charity Keeash. I live in Round Lake. This year I have been good. I wish for

Dear Santa, My name is Mary Ellen. I’m 8 years old and I’m in Grade 3. I live in Round Lake. This year I’ve been very very good and I listen at school and at home. I made my wish list. I really love Christmas very much. For Christmas I wish for marbles and an iPad, a DS and bunk bed, a GT sled and a mini 4-wheeler and a teddy bear, a mini ski-doo and money and a PSP and a Wii, a cat a small one and a camera and clothes and a Xbox 360, Xbox Kinect and a puppy and a laptop and skates. Thank you Santa! Mary Ellen Dear Santa, My name is Jasmine Rhoda Winter. I am 3 years old. When my mommy and daddy go to work I go to Kokum and Boogit’s house or I go to ECD. I want a Dora nurse set because I want it. I want a present from Mr. Santa. My sister said Santa is dead but I still want presents. I’m a bad girl sometimes but I’m a good girl too. I want lots of Disney princesses, Dora boots, that toy at ONA store the Disney Princesses, chips and dip, cheese and crackers the big box kind – lots of them, a sticker book and lots of stickers, lots of movies, doll tikinagan, Dora blanket I have my own bed now. My own DSi Jess don’t share with me. Lots of juices and snacks when I go to my Kokum Maggie’s. I want Lucky Charms too. I want to see my baby niece too and my big sister. Bye Santa! Jasmine Precious Wabakwanii Rhoda Winter, age 3 Dear Santa, if you’re real. My name is Jessilyn Winter. I am 12 years old. For Christmas I want a iPad 1, a new iPod touch with computer laptop, long sleeve shirts size L or XL, men’s track pants size L, nice sweaters from Stitches, Roots, 73, American Eagle Outfitters, Aeropostale, size XL, tweezers and a mirror, iTunes cards 15 or 25, 3Ds with games. But I really want an iPad! lol. Jessilyn Winters, age 12

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Teddy bears, skidoos and games for Thomas Fiddler Memorial School students in Sandy Lake Dear Santa, I want games for Christmas. Evan Harper, Grade K5B Dear Santa, I want kite for Christmas. Nevaeah Fiddler, Grade K5B Dear Santa, I want 3Ds and a iPad for Christmas. Mateeola, Grade K5B Dear Santa, I want choo choo train for Christmas. Curri Fiddler, Grade K5B Dear Santa, I want Smokey the fire truck for Christmas. Jesse, Grade K5B Dear Santa, I want Barbie games for Christmas. Mikayla Meekis, Grade K5B Dear Santa, I want hair ties for Christmas. Madison Fiddler, Grade K5B Dear Santa, I want teddy bear for Christmas. Elayne Beardy, Grade K5B Dear Santa, I want Barbie for Christmas. Alyssa Dixon

Dear Santa, I have been a nice little girl. I listen to my parents. I want a Xbox left 4 dead, left 4 dead 3. I want a Xbox didgemon the sims. I want to be skinny and emo. From, Nya King, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I have been nice all year. I listen to my Mom. Things I want games Xbox 360 call of duty black ops and modern war fare 2 and world at war and a 3Ds and hockey toys and halo 3. Brad Morriseau, Grade 4

Dear Santa, I wish for all year Xbox live card. Denise Morriseau, Grade 4 Dear Santa, Games – 3Ds Activities – scooter, drum set, compass I have been nice all year to my teacher and my parents. Marlon, age 8, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I want a iPod Touch and DSi XL and game board. Canesha, age 10, Grade 4

Dear Santa, I have been nice I listen to my parents. I want for Christmas is an Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii, DSi, 3Ds, DSi XL and new shoes. My name is Brayin, Grade 4. I live in Sandy Lake and my age is 9. Bravin, age 9, Grade 4

Dear Santa, I want a game on Xbox 360 and its called Modern Warfare. I want thousand dollars. I have been nice all year. I listen to my parents. Rocco Crowe, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I have been nice all year. I listen to my parents. I want a ski-doo and a lot of markers and a DSi 3Ds Deanna Harper, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I want a black sweater, size medium. I’ve listen to my parents. I want a laptop. I want a pack of pop. I wish I

Dear Santa, I wish for call of duty black ops and halo 4 and modern warfare and dead right and a cat, a German shepherd. I been good all year. I wish for $1,000.00 Lucan Fiddler, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I have been nice all year. I listen to my parents. I want to be a Sandy Lake hockey player. And new skates for my hockey. And a Xbox 360 game, skate 3. Remington Linklater, Grade 4

Dear Santa, I’ve been good this year. How are you? When I was little I made you cookies for you but it was still there. Why? Have a Merry Christmas. I’m in Grade 4C. I like to read. Do you? I like to draw. My friend Jacelyn likes to draw you. She draws really really good. I

Dear Santa, I want a Xbox 360 game mov 3/Call of duty black ops. I want pants and t-shirts. I want a good Christmas. I was being a nice boy. I was not being bad all year. Lorenzo, age 9, Grade 4

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Dear Santa, I have been nice all year. I listen to my parents. I want IPod touch and IPod shuffle and iPad. David Rae Jr., Grade 4

Dear Santa, How are you today? For Christmas I want a snowboard, a sled, a new Xbox 360, a watch that is it no more. Thank you Santa Claus. Merry Christmas. Nolan, age 9, Grade 4

Dear Santa, I have been nice all year. I listen to my parents. I want modern warfare 3. I want legend of Zelda, Twilight, presents and a snow board. Douglas Fiddler, age 10, Grade 4

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Dear Santa, How are you this year? I am a happy boy this year. You are so nice because you give toys to everyone and I want a watch, toys and clothes for Christmas. Merry Christmas. Alan Crowe, age 9, Grade 4

Dear Santa, I have been nice all year. I listen to my parents. I want iPad 2. I want iPod touch. I want ps3 games. I want 3dss and presents and TV. I want money too and toys and joyful. Cady Kakegamic, Grade 4

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just want you to know if you have time to get me a big teddy bear and a cellphone and size 4 skates. Thank you so much. From, Taylor Meekis, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I was a good girl at home and at school and I want clothes and Merry Christmas to you Santa Claus and I want skates, hockey stuff for hockey because I want to play hockey all the time. Thank you. Diana Rae, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, This is my wish list. I wish for a DSi for Christmas. I wish for an iPod touch for Christmas. I wish for a ball for Christmas. I wish for a fan for Christmas. Merry Christmas. Shakira Goodman, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, You are so nice and kind. I was a good girl at home and at school and I want clothes and big teddy bear. Santa is busy at North Pole and you are my best friend. Thank you. Bianca Meekis, age 10, Grade 4 Dear Santa, Please give me toys and a ball and the corps and a Playstation 3 with a little big planet 2 game. Thank you Santa. Merry Christmas Santa. Cole Meekis, age 8, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I’ve been a nice boy this year. How are you this year? I am happy this Christmas. Every year I always get lots of presents. I just wanted to say you only come once a year. What I want for Christmas is toys and a winter hat. Merry Christmas to you Santa. Thank you. From, Rylen Crowe, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, How you doing? I have been nice. I have been doing good in school. Are you busy? If you are, you are doing a good job on Christmas. I am going to tell you what I want for Christmas. I hope you can get the stuff I want OK. I want an iPad, a big flat screen TV and

the biggest teddy bear and a blue camera. Merry Christmas. Kendra Crowe, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, It is almost Christmas and I know your coming on Christmas Eve. I’ve been a nice girl this year. I am doing well in school and at home. Are you very busy? I just wanna ask for some stuff. I would like a cellphone and a camera and if you have time I would like new hockey equipment and some games for my Wii. I want Just Dance 2 and Just Dance 3. Thank you. Sophie Fiddler, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, It is almost Christmas. I have been so nice and I want a teddy bear and iPod touch. I love Christmas because it is special for me. I want some toys too. From, Angel Goodman, age 9, Grade 4 Dear Santa, Merry Christmas! You are cute. I want a ski-doo. I have a baby niece. Can you send her clothes? I will give you cookies. Bye Santa. I want MP3. Thank you. Davis Kakakegamic, age 10, Grade 4 Dear Santa, I want a Xbox 360 and NW3 for Christmas because all the kids have them to play with. I want a new hockey stick from Sioux Lookout to play hockey. I want for Christmas money to go to Sioux Lookout. Jefferey Kakegamic, age 12, Grade 6 Dear Santa, This is all I want for Christmas is my family. We been apart for so long like a year and half. I think but I miss my mom. I’m just hoping she can come for Christmas. Plus I miss all my sisters. I miss them a lot. So I’m from Sandy Lake and right now, my Mom is sick. So I’m hoping my mom comes to Sandy. I’m only 12 years old. Live with my Kokum and her stepson. I enjoy it over there but sometimes I get mad cuz I miss my dad too much. He’s not in Sandy, he’s in Thunder Bay. I only see him once, so I’m hoping we can get together this Christmas but I don’t think it’s gonna work out this year cuz

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we’re far away from each other. My dad is in Thunder Bay, my mom is in Winnipeg. And my little one stays on the other side of Sandy. Dis is the only time I get to see her is in school, she’s doing Grade K4. Well, dis is Donna Kakegamick. I’m in Sandy Lake. I like hanging around wid my friends but right now, I feel happy! Donna Kakegamic, Grade 6 Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas will be to meet Santa Claus not just some guy in a Santa Claus costume. And now time for me to write a list of things I want to have but won’t get. Anyways, well here I go. I want an iPod touch, Naruta movies, a kinect for the Xbox 360 and a lot of pop “pepsi” ok. Matthew Fiddler, age 11, Grade 6 Dear Santa, I want for Christmas is a Xbox 360 Kinect so I can play MW3, NHL12, WWE12 and cebelas big game hunter 2012 so I can play with all my cuzins and beat them on NHL12, WWE12 and MW2. I’ll dominate. And I want a 77” flat screet TV for my Gookum. Evan Mawakeesic, age 13, Grade 6 Dear Santa, All I want to have a good Christmas with my family and friends. And I want an iPad 2 for Christmas and I want my classmates to have a good party and want my classmates to have a good Christmas with their family. I am happy Christmas is almost here in Sandy Lake in 2 more weeks! I am going to have a good Christmas on the 25. Korea Kakegamic, age 12, Grade 6 P.S. I hope my classmates are going to have a good Christmas. Dear Santa Claus, I want an iPod touch and a sled, a big sled that goes fast. I want for my sister is a game. Merry Christmas Santa Claus. Ho ho ho! Aaliyah Dear Santa, I want for Christmas is MW2 and game

Johnny Therriault School students in Aroland want dolls, Legos JK/SK Dear Santa, I would like a big truck and a little car Love, Derlyn Dear Santa, I would like a 3DS for Christmas. Love, Anton Dear Santa, I would like iPad for Christmas. Love, Taylor Dear Santa, I would like a bubble bee for Christmas. Marcus Dear Santa, I would like DSI for Christmas. I like a new hockey stick. Love, Shawn Megan Dear Santa, I would like a big Barbie house for Christmas. Love, Summer Dear Santa, I would like a iPad for Christmas. Keannan Dear Santa, I would like some Dora stuff for Christmas. Love, Danis Dear Santa, I would like a bike for my Brother and a truck for me. Love, Marcel

Dear Santa, I would like a Barbie house for Christmas. Love, Emma Dear Santa, I would like a dinosaur for Christmas. Love, Cayle Dear Santa, I would like a little snowman. Love, Jayleena Dear Santa, I would like DS for Christmas. Is it cold in the North Pole? Love, Cierra

Grades 3/4 Dear Santa, Thank you, Santa for the toys you brought me last year. I really liked my barbies and art stuff and I would like an iPod touch for Christmas this year and I will leave your favorite cookies and milk and by the way how are you? I am fine and I’ve been good all year. Miranda Gagnon, age 9 Dear Santa, Thank you for last years gift. How are you and Mrs. Santa? This year I would like to have a toy remote car. I hope you are fine this year. From your friend, Trista Demery, age 8 Dear Santa, How are you and Mrs. Santa? I would like a dog and a MP3 and a laptop and a DS. Karissa, age 8

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ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ and Xbox Live card and cityville card. Jaiton, age 14, Grade 6 Dear Santa, I want iPod touch for Christmas and it has to have 36gb. I want box of twinkies for Christmas and a pair of Nike shoes and I want the colour purple! And I want a leash for my puppy and his name is Brownie. I want a sweater for my puppy because he might freeze! And for a new house because my house is really old. Azsia Ballantyne, age 11 Dear Santa, For Christmas I want an iPod touch. Kade Fiddler, age 11, Grade 6 Dear Santa, I want a game called Gears of War 3 for Christmas and I want an iPod for Christmas and Santa make it come true. Santa I am going to make you milk and cookies for Christmas. Santa I want a big big big large pop for Christmas. And Santa I want a ski-doo for Christmas. Mikeal Meekis, age 11, Grade 6

want a fluffy blanket and the design will be Elmo and a pillow and the design will be Big Bird. I want another cat named Buster. I want to move to Thunder Bay. All I want is for my family to come home. Kearra Fiddler, age 11 Dear Santa, I want an iPod and an Xbox 360 Kinect and some new games and give me a puppy. I want some boy clothes too cuz I’m a tomboy and give my sister a cam for her laptop and give my brother a new house and my kokum wants a good breakfast when she wakes up and my other family or cuzins give them what they want to give them or even who I like so my nephew wants toy balls cuz he likes playing with them and he call everything ball so please give them that and 1 thing give Desmond what he wants and plus I want Desmond how I feel about him a long time ago and have a good Christmas Janice Linklater, age 12

Dear Santa, What I want for Christmas is a iPod touch, Xbox 360 with 7 games and a laptop and a big flat screen TV for my room. What I want for Christmas is my family, I want all my family to be here for Christmas. Kirsten Fiddler, age 11, Grade 6 Dear Santa Claus, All I want for Christmas is a stuffed animal (teddy bear), an iPod with camera, iPad, mini laptop, a black kitten, 2 books with 2 pencils and a black marker, Xbox 360 360 with Left 4 Dead 2, my own room with a iPod stereo, 6 pack Monster (energy drink), and new clothes, and I live in Sandy Lake, Ontario and I want this place to be a wonderful place. Tinisha, age 12 Dear Santa, I want an Elmo or Big Bird hat. I want everything Sesame Street, Elmo and Big Bird. I want a iPod touch 36gb. I want another laptop for Christmas. I

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Dear Santa, I would like to have a new PS3, a new war game called Call of Duty Black Ops, good bye your friend, Dawson and I want Lego guys for Christmas and have a good day. From, Dawson, age 8 Dear Santa, Thank you for the DSI. I would want a MP3 and mx3 Xbox and 14 toy guns. I would want DSI. I would want a laptop, to see my Mom. I want Lego Halo and Lego city, call of duty black ops. Thank you. Blake Yellowhead, age 9 Dear Santa, Thank you for last years gift. How are you? I’m fine? How are you and Mrs. Santa? I hope you are fine. This year I would like to have a baby doll. From, Jewel Megan, age 9 Dear Santa, Thank you for last years gift. How are you? I’m fine. How are you and Mrs. Santa? I hope you are fine. This year I would like to have a toy car. Your friend, Casimin Meshake, age 8 Dear Santa, This I would like $10,000 even I want with it an obc card for Roblox please Mrs and Santa Claus, Roblox is my favorite game I want Lego Halo and ships for my Lego Halo toys. Please I was good boy this year. Your friend, Langdon Atlookan, age 9

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Deer Lake kids are ‘nice’ Games, games, games for Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a bouncy castle and a nerf. Thank you. I am very nice. Elkanah Meekis, age 8

Dear Santa, For Christmas I want Halo 3. I am a very nice person. Thank you. Tye Meekis, age 7

Dear Santa, I want a nerf and DSi. I am a very nice boy. Thank you. I am 8 years old. Vernon Meekis

Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a machine gun toy. I am very nice! Cody Meekis, age 7

Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a DSi game. I am a very nice boy. Thank you. I want a motorcycle. From, Cain Meekis, age 9

Dear Santa, For Christmas I want animal games. I am a very nice person! Orion Patayash, age 8 Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a play

Barbie. I am a very nice person! Jamie Ray, age 7 Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a toy car. I am a very nice boy. Thank you. Ken Meekis, age 5 Dear Santa, For Christmas I want Left for Dead 123, Halo Reach armor, Noble 6. I love you! Landon Meekis, age 6 Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a game. Thank you. Ricardo Meekis, age 6

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Kingfisher Lake students Dear Santa, I’m only going to ask for three things. An orange, diary and a ball. P.S. Have a nice Christmas. Love, Amber Winter, age 9 Dear Santa, I want an iPod touch and 3Ds. Love, Ezekial Mekanak, age 8 Dear Santa, I want an iPod touch with camera and 3Ds games and I want Xbox 360 games. Love, Lutanya Winter, age 9 Dear Santa, I want 3Ds. I want iPod. Love, Jules Meekis, age 9 Dear Santa, I want an air hulk. I want an iPod touch. Love, Aaron Winter, age 9 Dear Santa, I want Modern Combat vs DOU Xbox game. Love, Quentin, age 8

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Dear Santa, I want a 3Ds. Love, Shaun Quequish, age 8

Dear Santa, I want Xbox connect. I am 8 years old and I love Christmas days. Believe me, every year I don’t get my wish. I’m sad. Love, Jocelyn Winter

Dear Santa, I want an Xbox 360 games and also Wii and I also want Wii games and iPod and Halo Reach. Trey Quill, age 9

My Wish! O Santa, I would like a PSP and a Xbox connect with the game Dans 3. I live in Kingfisher Lake, Ontario. From, Breeze

Dear Santa, I like iPod touch and 3Ds and toy gun. Love, Kyle Beardy, age 9

Dear Santa, I want iPod touch. I want DSi XL and an Xbox 360. Love, Jaylon Bois, age 8 Dear Santa, I want iPod touch and a teddy bear big. Love, Hannah Mamakwa, age 8

Dear Santa, I want Xbox games like nerf. Love, Tyler, age 8 Dear Santa, I love an iPod touch and a gun. Fabian

A bike, doll house, transformers among wishes for Kingfisher Lake kids Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a bike. Thank you. Merry Christmas Sage, age 6 Dear Santa, How was your summer? For Christmas I would like a Halo game. Merry Christmas Love, Damian

Dear Santa, How is Frosty? For Christmas I want a colouring book. Thank you. Merry Christmas Kiara, age 6

Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a doll house. Thank you. Merry Christmas. Rumaya, age 6

Dear Santa, For Christmas I want transformers. Thank you. Merry Christmas Creedan, age 6

Dear Santa, How are the elves? For Christmas I want a doll house. Thank you. Merry Christmas Keisha, age 6

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How cold is it in the North Pole?: Slate Falls youth Dear Santa, Hi. My name is Tyrone. I hope you like cookies and milk because I am leaving cookies and milk out for you. I hope you give me a lot of presents. Look under the tree because there will be a present there for you, but don’t open it until you get home. It is a nice present for you. Please give me a camera. Your friend, Tyrone Fox, age 10 Dear Santa, Hello, my name is Alexa. How are you doing? I live in Slate Falls, Ontario. Is it cold up there? What do you eat? I like Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet, and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. And I forgot Rudolph. Are you an elf? Do you love kids and your reindeers? How much kids are there in the world? Your friend, Alexa Lawson, age 10 Dear Santa, Hi, my name is Cris. I want Halo Reach, a laptop, MW3, and the flat presents. Why do you live in the North Pole? Do you live in a house? I need a new Xbox 360. Can you get your reindeer in my house? Don’t go down my chimney! Bye, bye. Your friend, Cris Wesley, age 11 Dear Santa, Hi. My name is Jericho. All I want for Christmas is MW3 Call of Duty Black Ops, Gear of War 3 Brothers for Life, Battlefield 3, NHL 12, Halo 4, and Call of Duty MW2. I also want a flat screen, 80-inch television. I will be in Sault Ste. Marie with my Auntie and Uncle and you can find me there. Your friend, Jericho Aren Crane, age 9 Dear Santa, Hi. My name is Tessa. All I want for Christmas is an Xbox 360 and an iPod, plus, a new laptop. I also want the Smurfs movie. That’s all I want for Christmas. Santa is very helpful. Santa brings joy on Jesus’ birthday. I love spending time with my family. Thank you for Christmas. I love it! Thanks for everything. Your friend, Tessa Papassay (Loon), age 9 Dear Santa, My Name is Glenda. I live in Slate Falls. How are you doing? How is it in the North Pole? My wish list, I want a hockey stick, Xbox 360, Modern Warfare 3, hat, pair of gloves and clothing. I am going to leave chocolate chip cookies for you to eat and milk for you to drink. I am going to stay up on Christmas Eve. That’s what I am looking forward to. Your friend, Glenda WhiskeyJack, age 10 Dear Santa, My name is Bethany. I live in Slate Falls Ontario. I want an iPod touch and a laptop, a new game for my brother, a PS3. I am having a good life. I want a Rudolph stuffed animal and a big stuffed bear. Your friend, Bethany Spence, age 9 Dear Santa, My name is Tyson. How are you? What I want for Christmas is MW3, Battle Field 3 game, an Xbox system and a Lala bear. Why do you live in the North Pole? Why are you not in the bible? Bye for now. Your friend, Tyson Wesley, age 10 Dear Santa, Hi, I’m Caleigh. How are you doing? I want a slide and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Modern Warfare 2 and a flat screen

and Xbox 360, the Smurfs, Halo. I will leave cookies for you. I like Christmas. Why are you in the North Pole? Do you exist? Am I on your naughty list? Bye for now. Your friend, Caleigh Wesley, age 9 Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Jade. I live in Slate Falls. I am Native. How is it going? I hear its pretty cold up in the North Pole. Are you ready for slipping and sliding on everyone’s rooftops? I know all the names of you reindeer. There’s Dancer, Dasher, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and, Donner and Blitzen. Oh and don’t forget about your standby Rudolph. I finished a picture of him at school. Oh, and thanks for eating my cookies and my milk. I love when you leave me presents. I want a new iPod Touch. I also want a laptop. Also please give me an Xbox with the games black ops and gears of war 3. I wish I had a bright red nose. I will leave oatmeal for your reindeer. Would you be able to go down the chimney? I will leave a big present for you. I love when your elves work so hard, for the good kids. How do you know if the kids were naughty or if the kids were awfully kind? Well today I am just writing this to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. P.S. Eat my cookies and drink my milk again. Thanks. Your friend, Jade Moquano, age 10 Dear Santa, Hey! How are you? I am good. Are you real or fake? I have been mostly nice this year – a bit naughty but I don’t think naughty enough for you not to give me what I wish for. I wish for a new skidoo, an iPod, homemade leather mittens and a beaver hat. Santa, thank you for all the wonderful gifts all these years!! Talk to you when you stop by in Slate Falls for some milk and cookies. Love, Adam Carpenter, age 7 Dear Santa, Hi!! How are you and Mrs. Claus? My name is Aidan, age 8 from Slate Falls, Ontario. Christmas is fun. Come to Slate Falls and we can go skidooing with my dad. I wish for an Xbox 360. Have a holly, jolly Christmas!! Your helper, Aidan Wabason Dear Santa, Hi! How are you these days, Santa? I am kewl here. I live in Slate Falls, Ontario and I am eleven years old. I believe in you, Santa I think you are pretty awesome. Santa, I must admit that I have been a little naughty this year. But, I listen and help my Kokom and Shoomis with chores at home. I feel I still deserve presents as I am a smart, kewl kid!! I wish for a laptop, a baby brother and a bigger family. Merry Christmas Santa and to yours!! Love, Amber Carpenter Dear Santa, Hi! How are you Santa? I am doing fine. My name is Brandon Bunting-Loon, age 7, and I live in Slate Falls, Ontario. Santa, I have a question for you. Do you lose all your weight when Christmas is over? I still like you just the way you are, Santa I am always nice! I wish for a Spiderman game. Thanks for last year and please don’t forget to visit Slate Falls, Santa. Your great helper, Brandon Bunting-Loon Dear Santa, Hi! How are you? My family, friends and I are all doing fine.

I am not perfect but no one else is. I am an excellent kid!! Christmas is a fun holiday. Snow is fun for playing in. I wish I could go to the North Pole to play in the deep snow and make a Santa snowman. Here is my wish list: MW3, all Halo games and all the Call of Duty games. I need to have more games than my brothers Dalton and Aidan. Thank you for everything Santa and hope to see you next year. Your friend, Brayden Wabason, age 11 Dear Santa, Hi! How are you? I am good. This year, I’ve been pretty good but sort of little bad?!?! But this year, it is time for a new cellphone. I’ve got some questions for you. As in, how are the reindeer? Is Rudolph guiding you this year? What’s Mrs. Claus up to lately? I think I do deserve a new cellphone for sure this year. I hope you can make my wish come true. Make sure you remember to stop by Slate Falls where I am from. Skidaddles!! Thank you for my gift in advance. Love, Bree Bighead, age 11 Dear Santa, Hi! How are you and everybody else in the North Pole? I am fine. I am 13 years old from Slate Falls, Ontario. I have two questions for you, Santa. Why do you always wear a red sweater? How strong are the Reindeer that they can pull such a heavy weight all around the world? We gather at the gym, at our school, to have a big feast on Christmas Eve. Now I know your elves come around to check on all the children to see who has been naughty and nice. Well, I have been mostly nice. For my Christmas present, I would like to get an Xbox 360. Thank you Santa for all your cheerful giving on Christmas Day! Your helper, James Masakeyash Dear Santa, Ho, ho, ho!! How are you, Santa? I am fine. My name is Jessen Bighead, age 8, and I live in Slate Falls, Ontario. I have been a good boy most of the time. Santa, I will be good in 2012 too. I want an Xbox Live, an iPod and a game called Halo Wars. Thank you for receiving my letter and a very Merry Christmas to you, Santa. Your helper, Jessen Bighead Dear Santa, How is North Pole treating you? Is it cold there? I am from Slate Falls, Ontario. Santa, I have been a good a boy most of the time. I complete my schoolwork on time. Please give me a gift. I wish for a game called, Gears of War 3. I would like the present. Thank you for bringing cheer to all the boys and girls, Santa. Love, Liam Wesley, age 7 Dear Santa, Ho! Ho! Ho! How are you? I am fine. I am from SIate Falls, Ontario. I have been good this year of 2011. I feel I deserve an Xbox 360 for a Christmas gift!! Thank you for the Xbox 360, Santa. Hope you stay safe in your travels around the world :) Love, Trevor Vincent, age 9 Dear Santa, Hello! How are you? I am fine. My name is Lisa Ombash. I live in Slate Falls, Ontario. I am 12 years old. I am wishing for an iPod with cam this Christmas. Thank you for all the hard work you put into every Christmas, Santa. Your helper, Lisa Wynn

Dear Santa, Hi! How are you and are you real, Santa? My name is Drayson and I am11 years old. I have been a very good boy this year. I wish for an Xbox 360, a 26-inch TV and a skidoo for Christmas. Well, I hope you find your way to Slate Falls and I wish you a great year coming up, Santa. Until next year, I hope all of your wishes come true. Your friend, Drayson Waswa

I would like for Christmas is a new 42-inch flat screen TV, an Easton RS ice hockey stick and a new controller for my Xbox 360. Your helper, Xavier Crane P.S. On Christmas Eve, I will leave cookies and milk out for you.

Dear Santa, Hi! How are you? I hope all is well with everyone in the great North Pole. At Christmas Eve, how red does Rudolph’s nose get? How many times do you shave in a year? Is Mrs. Claus still alive? Do penguins really talk in the North Pole? Santa, what is Christmas all about? My mom says, “Christmas is not about getting but it’s about giving.” Could you come to my community of Slate Falls, Ontario first on Christmas? My Christmas wish list is as follows: Reebok Ai-9, Easton RS hockey stick and Teddy Bears, that I can give to my little cousins named Maria and Cherianna. Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and yours, Santa. Your helper, Royden Spence, age 12 Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Xavier Crane, 11 years old and in Grade 8. I go to Bimaychikamah School in Slate Falls, Ontario. I would like to ask you some questions. How much do you weigh? How many times do you need to shave yearly? How did Rudolph’s nose get so bright red? What

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