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Waabaagaa Giizis


September Volume 14 Issue 4

NEWS Grand Opening New Sagamok Youth / Fitness Centre …….............… p2-3 Ritchie Falls Resort Upgrades Complete …….......................… p4-5 Fundraising begins in July for Christmas Toys .....................…… p6 New First Response Vehicle Servicing Sagamok …................... p6 Elders Eagle Lodge Expansion Opening ….................................... p7 Anishnaabemowin Enjigbeshing 3rd Annual Language Camp …... p18-19 Fill-the-Trailer Event …..........…p20 TEK Elders take aerial spraying message to Queen’s Park …….... p22 Robinson Annuities Case begins Sept 25 in Thunder Bay ….......... p27

FEATURES Sacred Spaces: Indigenizing Parliament Hill …...................... p23 Wellness Corner: Positivity Rocks …................................................. p24 Bear Management Plan …......... p29


Winding down from summer!

Shki Waase Aaban Binoojiinh .. p8-9 Biidaaban’s Senior Kindergarten ….. ................................................ p10-11 Biidaaban’s Grade 8 ……... p12-15 Secondary School Graduates …. p16 Waawaasnoode Adult Learning Centre .....................................… p21 Post-Secondary School Graduates …................................................. p17 Celebrations of Life …........... p30-31

SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS After Hours Support Services ….. p6 Youth Centre Hours ……......… p2-3 Fitness Centre Hours ……....… p2-3 Legal Aid Clinics ….................... p20 Saswin …..................................... p25 Education Department ….......... p27 Local Business …...............… p32-33 Navigation …..........................… p35

NOTICES Status Cards …........................… p20 Police Warning: Cyclopropyl Fenanyl …...............................… p25 Fall Harvest Schedule …............ p34

A much anticipated grand-opening

New Sagamok Youth / Fitness Centre Opens in Fort Subdivision next to the Skateboard Park

Robert Porter, Sagamok Anishnawbek News

kitchen, large dining room / meeting table and lounge area furnished with couches. The Fitness Centre features all new equipment, including treadmills, elipses and a full array of options for weight training.

With a grant of $100,000 from Fednor and a contribution from one of Sagamok’s industrial partners, KGHM -thanks to Z’gamok Enterprises Inc. work connecting Sagamok with industrial and community partners - the building was constructed over the past winter and spring with the intention of bringing the community’s youth and general membership a safe place within the more concentrated residential area of the Fort Subdivision.

Chief Eshkakogan acknowledged the valued contributions of the Young Warriors Youth Council in planning for the new facility. He also thanked Toulouse Construction and its’ crew of skilled carpenters and tradespeople for their work constructing the new building.

A grand-opening of the new home for both the Young Warriors’ Youth Centre and Sagamok Fitness Centre was held on July 11 at its’ location in the Fort Subdivision, next to the Skateboard Park.

The Young Warrior’s Youth Centre contains a full

Take care of your body’s needs at the Sagamok Fitness Centre! We’ve got you covered with all our new equipment!

At the time, Chief Eshkakogan was encouraged by the opportunities available in the Sagamok community for its members to live good, well lives.

“There’s lots going on for our youth, our families and our community,” he said. “Today we celebrate the grand opening of this wonderful new building that will serve two important functions meeting the needs of our community. Tomorrow we will be celebrating the opening of the new Elders’ Eagle Lodge expansion. Next week we have our Annual Language Camp. and then our Annual Blueberry Festival.” To encourage self-care and healthy lifestyles, Chief Eshkakogan announced that the Council would be sponsoring a $1,000 prize towards a Physical Fitness Challenge to be coordinated through the Community Wellness Department. Look for this challenge to be posted!

Sagamok Young Warrior’s Sagamok Fitness Centre 322 Cedar Street Youth Centre 322 Cedar Street

Hours of Operation September 2017

Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 4pm-8:30pm Fridays 4pm-9pm

Hours of Operation September 2017

Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30am-6:30am Open to All 5-7pm Ladies Only 7-8:30pm Open to All

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30am-6:30am Open to All 5-7pm Men Only ***Note: Youth Council Meetings are Open to All scheduled every second Wednesday from 7-8:30pm 4:30-6pm and use of the Youth Centre Fridays will be limited to hosting these meet5:30am-6:30am Open to All ings. All are welcome to attend as regular 8am-11am 55+ Only hours resume at 6pm. During September, 5-9pm Open to All Youth Council Meetings are scheduled Saturdays for Wednesday, September 13 & 27. The 8am-11am 55+ Only Youth Centre will be closed on Labour Day (September 4, Statutory Holiday). Sundays Closed For more information on the Youth

Centre’s Hours of Operations, please contact the Youth Wellness Worker, Jen- For more information on the Fitness na Guignard at (705) 865-2171 ext.329. Centre’s hours of operations, please contact Physical Wellness Worker, LauPlease note that hours are subject to ra McMeekin-Clarke at at (705) 865change. 2171 ext.318. Sagamok Anishnawbek News PO Box 610 Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 (705) 865-2421

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A safe place for our youth to work ...

This table is more than just a place to eat. The Sagamok Warriors Youth Council meets around this table every two weeks. The new Youth Centre features a full kitchen, washrooms, open area, and gaming area. It is bright, airy and roomy, with access to a side deck area suitable for a variety of events and activities. (left) Julie Toulouse, Arnelda Bennett, Bryan and Fern Assinewe, Annette Chiblow

Community Members (l-r) Bernadette Southwind, Colleen Toulouse and Lorraine Chakasm say the couches are comfortable

... play...

The Youth Centre is equipped with a television and game console, numerous board games. Visit Us Today!

... and grow.

(Above) Chief Paul Eshkakogan cuts the ribbon to open the new entrance (leading downstairs) to the Sagamok Fitness Centre at the grand opening on July 11. (Right) Youth Warrior Council Members Alara Owl and Gavin Trudeau cut the ribbon to open the new Youth Centre Sagamok Anishnawbek News PO Box 610 Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 (705) 865-2421

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With a view of the Sauble River, our new conference facility is ideal for all of your meeting or get-together needs. Each is fully equipped with all the modern necessities, like wifi and satellite television

Ritchie Falls Upgrades are Now Complete

Resort is now complimented by 1,500 ft2 Conference Facility, 3 Cabins & Shower Building Funding was obtained through Northern Ontario Heritage Fund

(NOHFC), FedNor, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). Sagamok construction crews were employed to complete the work. The addition of the new conference centre and cabins improves the resort’s ability to attract higher scale clients who want accommodations that are comfortable and offering the essential luxuries of home, like wifi and satellite television. This investment strengthens the position Ritchie Falls Resort as the north’s premiere destination for eco-tourism

Get a spectacular view of the water as it rejoins the Sauble River after going over the cascades of Ritchie Falls. Your stay with us gives you comfortable accommodations and access to the best angling and hunting in northern Ontario

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Full Kitchen & Bathroom Facilities

Ritchie Falls Resort offers a wide range of packages to take advantage of the spectacular experiences available for trail-blazers and hunters and anglers. - An all-inclusive ATV package includes accommodations, breakfast and dinner and trail maps and guide services. - An all-inclusive six-day fall bear hunting package (August 15-October 31) includes accommodations, meals, baited stand sites and guide assistance. Ritchie Falls is located in a bear management area (WMU 38) that covers almost 1,000 square kilometers. Hunters may prefer a Drop Camp suitable for 2-3 hunters who wish to hunt in remote areas and perform their own baiting or stalking. - Limited Wolf Hunt excursions are offered each week. This six-day hunt includes accommodations, meals and guide assistance. During the winter months, hunters are asked to bring a snowmobile or ATV in order to gain easy access to hunting areas. - A six-day moose hunting package includes accommodations and meals, though guiding services are extra.


Lounge. Relax. Watch TV or Surf the Web

Are you an experienced angler just looking to do-it-yourself and all you need are accommodations? Are you interested in conducting your own hunt and all you need is a cabin? We have a number of suitable accommodations for you and your family or group!

We’ve got lots to do and see on the north of Huron interior! - Boat Rental - Boat Launch - Canoe - BBQ - Ice - Worms - Wi-Fi - Guiding Services

Roomy Rooms & Comfy Beds

Book your stay with us today!

(249) 500-2897 Don’t forget to ask about our reduced rates for Sagamok members!

Ritchie Falls Resort

Owned and Operated by

Sagamok Anishnawbek

Highway 810 (Tote Road) Massey, Ontario Phone: (705) 865-2221 Cell: (705) 863-0335 Email:

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Help is a phone call away.

After Hours SUPPORT For Sagamok Community Members Living on-reserve and in Massey If it is after regular working hours (9am-4:30pm) and you believe you are in a crisis situation, feeling overwhelmed and need that extra support, guidance or assistance, call

(705) 863-3178 If you need to speak with someone, we have a number of options to help you. Knowing when to reach out for that extra support is essential to your overall well-being. Sometimes our fear, embarrassment, shame, keep us from sharing our feelings and experiences with certain people like mom, dad, partner, aunties, uncles, community worker, etc. Sometimes we feel safe sharing our feelings with mom, dad, partner, aunties, uncles, community worker, etc. Sometimes we can share with certain people and not others. Sagamok has a confidential support service as another option for someone to talk to. To anyone who feels overwhelmed with emotions, has strong or heavy feelings, needs extra support talking about feelings, a situation or an experience that brings sadness, fear, anger, hurt, etc, you feel alone or worried or your regular supports are not available at this time, Sagamok has the After Hours Support Service available by calling 705 863 3178.

New First Response Vehicle now Servicing Sagamok Community

Sagamok’s First Response Team was given a new emergency response vehicle from Health Canada. It is roomier than the previous cargo-van style the First Responders have been using since the service began in 2008. Still capable of holding two patients, responders can now stand fully in the treatment area. Sagamok Emergency Services Coordinator, Bruce Southwind (pictured below standing in the patient treatment area), says the new vehicle offers the same capablilities but makes things more accessible and comfortable to work in. It has been in service since June.

Outside of regular work hours 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, the service also supports our families when a child protection service becomes involved. The After Hours Support Worker attends to the home to support the family when the child protection service has to attend the home. The Sagamok Community Wellness Department also takes requests for group support sessions by calling 705 863 3178 during after hours or 705 865 2192 (Mental Health, Addiction and Cultural Services) during regular work hours. The After Hours Support service is open Monday to Thursday from 4:30 pm to 9:00 am, Friday at 4:30 pm to Monday at 9:00 am plus all day on Statutory and Band named holidays.

Being able to talk about and share feelings is an important step to “letting go” and resolving feelings to allow yourself to walk forward with positive steps.

Help is a phone call away. Don’t hesitate.

Fundraising begins in July for Christmas toys Community driven efforts net Ethan Eshkakogan Toy Drive $644

Two contributions kicked off an early season of fundraising for the Ethan Eshkakogan Toy Drive. Riverview Variety - Vinny’s Smoke Shack donated the proceeds of the barbecue at their summer “Fill-the-Trailer” event that challenged the community to literally fill a trailer with canned and other non-perishable foods to be donated to the Sagamok food bank. Barbecue proceeds were $140. A community member also donated gift certificates for the Sagamok Bingo valued at $150 which were raffled off raising $504.05. Kelly Ray Trudeau of Sagamok won the draw and happily played at the Sagamok Monster Bingo on July 22, though when contacted, reports that she didn’t win big. (below) Adrienne Eshkakogan accepts a cheque from the proceeds of barbecue sales at Riverview Variety’s summer “Fill-the-Trailer” event on July 28 in Sagamok. Sagamok Anishnawbek News PO Box 610 Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 (705) 865-2421

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Elders Eagle Lodge Opens Expansion 8 new single bedroom apartment units

added to the facility. Now providing 22 units for Elders to remain in a safe, secure setting home in the Sagamok community The Elders Eagle Lodge hosted a grand-opening to celebrate the newly expanded long-term care facility in Sagamok on July 11, 2017. Community members and project partners were treated to cake, toured the new east wing of the facility, and acknowledge those who contributed to the wellbeing of the community’s elders by providing them with a pleasant environment to live.

Elders was acknowledged by all speakers, as they had been integral in moving forward the work that needed to be done, involving themAccessibility selves in the planning and designs before and features make the during construction.

Chris Perry of Perry & Perry Architects designed the original structure that was constructed in 2000-01 with two wings. With this new construction completed, the eagle’s wings emanating from the main entrance lounge and dining room areas have been lengthened. From the air, the building appears as an eagle coming toward you in mid-flight with both wings pointing towards the water below as they have just completed a downward thrust.

waters and islands separating the Sagamok mainland from Manitoulin Island. The windmills of Kegawong are visible on the distant landmass on the horizon.

The expansion adds 4 more single-bedroom apartments to the end of each of the 2 wings of the long-term care facility. These additions compliment the 4 single-bedroom apartments and 10 single units of the existing facility. The EEL now provides 22 housing units for community Elders.

Gimaa Paul Eshkakogan says he is excited about working with the Elders to explore other projects that might provide further options for community elders to remain in the Sagamok community longer into their lives.

Chairperson of Sagamok’s Elders Council, Harvey Trudeau, says that seeing the EEL expansion completed and people ready to move The Elders Eagle Lodge (EEL) facility, “has in is “a reflection of the engagement that hapa unique design,” says building construction pens in our community with the Elders that incontractor, Ken Toulouse. “When you look at volves them” in seeing their needs met “right this building from above, it is in the shape of through to fruition.” an eagle.” The EEL is situated on a ridge overlooking the

On the EEL’s location at the end of Wasacom Drive, Trudeau says it was selected, “not only as a place to live, but as a place to interact in the community … It is here so that Elders are close to where others live and they can be part of community life.”

He says he wants to consider different kinds of independent-living appropriate housing solu“It took a lot of work and involved a lot of people tions, like cluster housing to provide shared to complete the expansion,” says Felix Stoney- energy efficient services for multiple separate point, Sagamok’s Housing Manager, who led units. “I want to work with our elders to imthe planning and construction management prove all our lives.” work on behalf of the Sagamok organization. A number of project partners were on hand to He worked closely and collaboratively with celebrate the EEL expansion grand-opening, Sagamok’s Community Wellness Department including the project’s main lender and fund(CWD) who manages the facility and its ser- ing contributor, Canada Mortgage and Housvices, involving its Steering Committee, noting ing Commission (CMHC) and supplier Esspecifically the contributions of the CWD Steer- panola Home Hardware. ing Committee of 2011 who initiated talks of expanding the EEL, bringing forth a plan to meet CMHC’s Aboriginal Housing (Ontario) Manthe needs of elders in the community by creating ager, Catherine Campbell says that the EEL opportunities for elders to stay in their commu- expansion represents the results of a new paradigm for a federal relationship with indigenity with appropriate shelter and care options. nous nations and people, saying that the “fedThe need can be demonstrated in that as of the eral government is committed to renewing its grand-opening, there were no available units relationship with indigenous nations on most left and new tenants were about to move in. important issues like housing. We agree that Stoneypoint also acknowledged the support of we need a new approach. We need a new apthe Sagamok organization’s Senior Management proach in housing that is anchored in reconcilTeam, the community’s leadership, the Housing iation and that it achieves improved outcomes that are first nation driven.” Committee and CWD Steering Committee.

new EEL units attractive options for Elders wanting to remain in the community

Sagamok Anishnawbek Housing Department Management & Staff Community Wellness Department Staff Community Wellness Steering Committee (Present & 2011) Senior Management Team

Project Partners Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation Aboriginal Housing, Ontario Branch Chris Perry, Perry & Perry Architects (Building Design) Environmental Health Officer (Septic System) North Shore Tribal Council (Inspections) Electricians, HRV Technicians Dave Nicholls (Brickwork) Ken Toulouse Construction

Collaborations are partnerships worth celebrating

(Above) Sagamok Housing Manager Felix Stoneypoint is presented with a certificate of appreciation for the significant role he played in bringing the expan(Below) The Crew of Ken Toulouse Construction, thanked for their hard work: Brad Owl, Adam sion to fruition by Community Wellness Director, Toulouse, Barry Southwind, Ryan Toulouse (supervisor), Don Mandamin (supervisor), Joseph EshFern Assinewe. kakogan, Curtis Bob, Roger Owl, Josh Bob, Irwin Jacobs, Wesley Abitong and Steve Ray Southwind

The contributions and support of community

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GRADUATION 2017 Sagamok’s Youngest Scholars

Kailynn Peltier-Jackson

Willam Owl Anna-Leigh Toulouse

Layla Wahsquoniakezhik Reagan Toulouse

Parker Abitong

Parker Abitong

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Ivee Southwind

Hunter Desmoulin

Gage Buckshot

Ocean Toulouse

Erica Toulouse-Abitong

Edan Nootchtai-Pine

Nalah Assinewe

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2017 Graduates

Gregory (Jr.) Wells



Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik

Zachery Southwind

Senior Kindergarten Class McKinley Abitong Ryeious Abitong-Gandee Scarlett Abitong-Sinobert Journey Assiniwe Anderson Bennett Gianna Buckshot Emerson Francis Emmie Linklater Kaylin Nanabush Tyson Owl Halle Owl-Sterling Lynnaya Peltier-Jackson Jayce Pitawanakwat Bryce Southwind Collins Southwind Garett Southwind Jonah Southwind Lincoln Southwind Peyton Southwind Zachery Southwind Neos-Peter Sutton-Stoneypoint Brooklynn Toulouse Deacon Toulouse Sophia Toulouse Aminah Toulouse-Boukhobza Shay-Lynn Toulouse-Hardisty Rylee Trudeau Gregory (Jr.) Wells

Brooklynn Toulouse Kaylin Nanabush

Peyton Southwind

Collins Southwind

Jayce Pitawanakwat Garett Southwind

Ryeious Abitong-Gandee

Tyson Owl


Lynnaya Peltier-Jackson Gianna Buckshot

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Halle Owl-Sterling

McKinley Abitong

Neos-Peter Sutton-Stoneypoint

Emmie Linklater Scarlett Abitong-Sinobert

Sophia Toulouse

Jonah Southwind Shay-Lynn Toulouse-Hardisty

Journey Assiniwe Gracie Southwind

Deacon Toulouse Rylee Trudeau

Lincoln Southwind

Aminah Toulouse-Boukhobza

Emerson Francis

Anderson Bennett

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Kara Abitong

Mia Abitong

Julia Bird

Once you become fearless, Life becomes limitless. Doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.

Clarissa Polson

Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need.

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Kiana Corbiere

Sasheahna Eshkakogan

Sky Jacobs

Charlotte Southwind

Sabrina Southwind

Sarah Toulouse

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Colten Abitong

Alexander Baker

Jayden McGregor

“Go forth and set the world on fire” St. Ignatius of Loyola Draven Abitong

Caleb Fournier

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Ravier Owl

Be strong enough to stand alone, Smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.

Lansing John

Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the live you’ve always imagined.

Elijah Toulouse

You are braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, Smarter than you think, & Loved more than you know.

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SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADUATES Espanola High School Graduates Justice Abitong Sierra Abitong Toni Bennett Santana Bob Genevieve Jones Anton Manitowabi Jesse Savard Jared Southwind Trent Southwind Elsa Southwind Destinee Toulouse Kendra Toulouse-Owl

Waawaasnoode Adult Learning Centre Graduates Maani Assinewe Lydia Nahmiwan John Nashkawa Trent Southwind

Grad 12 Off-Reserve Graduates Emily Bennett

Nbisiing Secondary School

Francine Eshkakogan N’Swakamok Native Alternative School

Brian Escott

Nantyr Shores Secondary School

Wasacom Owl

Elliot Lake Secondary School

Star Trudeau

Marymount Academy

Director of Education Academic Excellence Award Carson Abitong Justice Abitong Sierra Abitong Aidan Assinewe Vania Assinew Darius Bennett Isaiah Bennett Toni Bennett Jibreel Boukhobsa Hunter Chiblow Logan Corbiere Amara Makadebin Anton Manitowabi Roman Manitowabi Jaiden Nahmiwan Braxton Owl Robyn Eshkakogan Preston Eshkakogan Sarah Jacobs Jordan John Genevieve Jones Landee Kokoko Justice Owl Pearson Owl Austin Southwind Jared Southwind Destinee Toulouse Julien Toulouse Julianne Trudeau Teddy Trudeau

Individual Highest Subject Achiever Awards

on the Sagamok Anishnawbek Grade 10 Education nominal roll who Logan Corbiere has completed their community Science involvement hours prior to the Amber Chiblow beginning of their final semester English of their graduating year. Roman Manitowabi Sierra Abitong Math Anton Manitowabi Silas Abitong Ojibwe Performance Award

Grade 9 Landee Kokoko Science Landee Kokoko English Landee Kokoko Math Landee Kokoko Ojibwe

Attendance Award Awarded to a student registered on the Sagamok Anishnawbek Education nominal roll who exemplified attendance for the current school year without penalties

Sierra Abitong Aidan Assinewe Jibreel Boukhobza Cecile Eshkawkogan Jordan Eshkawkogan Preston Eshkawkogan Anton Manitowabi Roman Manitowabi Christian Toulouse

Overall Highest Average Award

Awarded to all registered Sagamok Anishnawbek nominal roll Awarded to a student attending Espanola High School who is students attending a Secondary registered on the Sagamok Anschool who achieved the highest ishnawbek Education nominal final grade (minimum of 70% roll who has attained the highest required for consideration) in the subjects of English, Math- academic average for the current school year with a full course ematics, Science and Ojibway load of six or more subjects (Anishinaabemowin) Language

Grade 12 Anton Manitowabi Science Toni Bennett English Charles Eshkakogan Math Grade 11 Ashley Southwind -Holmes Science Warren Owl English Hunter Chiblow Math Silas Abitong Ojibwe

Anton Manitowabi

Extra-Curricular Award

Awarded to a student attending Espanola High School and who is registered on the Sagamok Anishnawbek Education nominal roll who demonstrated exceptional performance in the school extra-curricular activities and events

Julianne Trudeau

Community Involvement

Awarded to a student attending Espanola High School and who is registered on the Sagamok Anishanwbek Education nominal roll who was enrolled in a specialized program and who maintained academic excellence.

Trent Abitong

Waawaasnoode Adult Learning Centre

Awarded to one male and one female student attending Waawaasnoode Adult Learning Centre who is registered on the Sagamok Anishnawbek Education nominal roll; displayed active community participation on any four of the following: Community Forums, Fall Harvest, Sagamok Youth Council, Treaty Day, Education Week, Youth Business Initiatives

Charles Eshkakogan Lydia Nahmiwan

Charles Jones Memorial Award Sierra Abitong

Dominic Eshkakogan Memorial Award Toni Bennett Anton Manitowabi

Julie Jones Memorial Award Anton Manitowabi

Dorothy Hope Toulouse Memorial Award Kendra Toulouse-Owl

Nogdawindamin Service Award Anton Manitowabi Star Trudeau

Awarded to one male and one female attending Espanola High School and who is registered

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Dallas Abitong

Marissa Bob

Aboriginal Teachers’ Certificate & Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University Recipient of a Nogdawindamin Service Award

Pre-Health Sciences Certificate from Cambrian College

Kate Abitong

Personal Support Worker Certificate from Cambrian College Recipient of an Elders’ Eagle Lodge Service Award

Honors Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Education from Laurentian University Recipient of a Strategic Incentive Award and a Nogdawindamin Service Award

Mark Atanasoff Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto Recipient of a Strategic Incentive Award, the Charles Jones Memorial Award and a Nogdawindamin Service Award

Cheryl Bennett Aboriginal Advantage Certificate from Nipissing University

Alicia Boston Master of Arts (History) from Laurentian Univeristy Recipient of a Strategic Incentive Award and a Nogdawindamin Service Award

Alita Johnson-Owl Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia Recipient of a Strategic Incentive Award and a Nogdawindamin Service Award

Audra Owl Honors Bachelor of Arts (Women’s Labour Services) from Laurentian University Recipient of a Strategic Incentive Award and a Nogdawindamin Service Award

Sara Roberston Honors Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Laurentian University Recipient of the Community Wellness Service Award and a Nogdawindamin Service Award

Chris Toulouse Honors Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) Recipient of a Strategic Incentive Award and a Nogdawindamin Service Award

Nicole Cole

Dolly Foster Social Service Worker from Cambrian College Recipient of a Strategic Incentive Award, a Community Wellness Service Award and a Nogdawindamin Service Award

Marissa Groulx

Daniel Abitong

Tractor Trailer (AZ) Certificate / License from Northern Academy of Transportation Training

Nicole Abitong

Welding Master Option A Certificate from Institute of Technical Trades

Chase Abitong-Miller

4 Piece Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate from Northern College

Doyle Keysis

4 Piece Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate from Northern College

Christian MacDonald

Fashion Arts and Business from Humber College Recipient of a Strategic Incentive Award

Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core Certificate from Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT)

Samantha Lemelin

Cory Makadebin

Early Childhood Educator from Seneca College Recipient of the Karen Trudeau-Toulouse Memorial Award

4 Piece Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate from Northern College

Jason Nyberg

Construction Program Gold – AZ License / Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate from Transport Training Centres of Canada

Computer Programmer from Confederation College Recipient of the Z’gamok Enterprises Incorporated Award and a Strategic Incentive Award

Byron Owl

Bruce McGregor

Lesley Sago

Food Services Worker Certificate from Cambrian College

Lawrence Solomon Jr.

Blasting Techniques Certificate from Sir Stanford Fleming College and an Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core Certificate from the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT)

Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core Certificate from Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT)

Catherine Proulx

4 Piece Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate from Northern College

Honors Renewable Energy Technician from Durham College Recipient of a Planning & Infrastructure Unit Service Award and a Strategic Incentive Award

Aleesha Toulouse Pre-Trades/Technology Certificate from Cambrian College and an Aboriginal Women in Trades Certificate from Canadore College

Begoneasong Toulouse Motive Power Technician – Truck and Coach Certificate from Cambrian College

Vale Totten Scholarships For Post-Secondary Graduates Daniel Abitong Chase Abitong-Miller Doyle Keysis Christian MacDonald Cory Makadebin


Bruce McGregor Bryon Owl Lawrence Solomon Jr. Fabian Southwind Aleesha Toulouse Begoneasong Toulouse

Donovon Toulouse Larissa Toulouse Marcel Toulouse Noel Toulouse Shawnda Toulouse

Sagamok Anishnawbek / Domtar Natural Resources & Environmental Studies Award Catherin Proulx

Fabian Southwind

Donovan Toulouse

4 Piece Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate from Northern College

Larissa Toulouse

Tractor Trailer (AZ) Certificate / License from Northern Academy of Transportation Training

Marcel Toulouse

4 Piece Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate from Northern College and AZ License Refresher from Northern College / Northern Academy of Transport Training

Noel Toulouse

4 Piece Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate from Northern College

Shawnda Toulouse

Tractor Trailer (AZ) Certificate / License from Northern Academy of Transport Training

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ANISHNAABEMOWIN ENJIGBESHING 3rd Annual Language Camp at Fort LaCloche Speaking our Language and Having Fun Doing It

Counterclockwise -Myna Toulouse and a student of quillwork proudly display a beautifl job. -Violet Toulouse shows her framed quilled bearpaw on birchbark she’s going to hang in her home. -Closeup of a quilled earings made. -Young one holds lumber for dad to make a sleigh The annual camp is the product of hours of work from numerous community members and staff. Their hard work ensures the continued growth of the language in the Sagmaok community and Anishnawbek Nation. Sagamok hosted its’ 3rd Annual Anishnaabemowin Enjigbeshing Language Camp at the Fort LaCloche grounds July 17 - 21. Over the course of the week, hundreds came out to take Anishinaabemowin classes and to immerse themselves in the langue while participating in a workshop, listening to stories, sharing a meal or playing Indian Ball. Sagamok’s Education Department coordinated the week-long event that was funded by Ontario Indian Residential Schools Support Services, GlenCore, NWMO and Education Department, and was supported by the Sagamok Che-Anishnawbek Council and Young Warriors Youth Council. Tents lined the Fort’s main field, each housing a different engaging activity. Participants were expected to use their Anishinaabemowin skills and use the opportunity to expand their abilities, while participating in such passtimes as: Gaawyikaajigan Quillwork with Myna Toulouse of Sagamok Mishkikiikeng Traditional Medicines with Patricia Toulouse and assisted by Elder Frank Abitong, both of Sagamok Damnawaawaagaanhskeng Puppet Making with Dallas Abitong of Sagamok

Ndodem Kinoomaagewinan Clan Teachings with Alan Corbiere of M’Chigeeng First Nation Waabowaankeng Quilting & Crocheting with Grace Manitowabi and Martha Toulouse of Sagamok Dewegan Hand Drum Making with Robert Stoneypoint of Sagamok Birch Bark Basket Making with Levi Duncan Zhooshkjiwedaaban Sleigh Making with Harvey Owl of Sagamok Medicine Wheel Teachings (Life) with Mary Elliot of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.

“Anishnaabe is who we are as people and as one we honour that by speaking our language amongst ourselves with our children and grandchildren” - Gimaa Paul Eshkakogan “If our generation fails to pass this language down to the children, it will be lost forever. The Anishnaabemowin we speak is a gift given to us by the Creator. The Creator entrusted us to maintain this language and also to keep the Culture alive. It is expacted that we walk the path that was taught by our Ancestors.” - Harvey Trudeau, Chairperson, Che-Anishnawbek Council

Patricia is a community member of Sagamok, as well as one of its Elders. She carries knowledge of plants, medicines and treatments that she’s learned from teachers throughout her life - including in formal settings - and now helps others achieve their health and wellbeing goals. You can approach Patricia with any of your health and wellbeing questions and she’ll share what she can to help you. She’s also available to provide workshops for small and large groups to meet any need. Contact her on Facebook to inquire about her services.

“I am all about helping people to be self reliant so we may all take care of their own health & wellbeing by teaching people about the natural remedies for what ails them and if it is not currently in one of my workshops already then I will create one.” - Patricia Toulouse

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Ida Toulouse

Harvey Owl and son Dan construct a sled together.

Theodore Toulouse

Pearl Sego Quilting Barbara Southwind Education Director and the week’s language instructors

(l-r): Laura Trudeau, Georgina Trudeau, Anna Marie Abitong (Director), Dianne Bob, Mary Ann Trudeau. Mary Ann Trudeau loves to speak and teach her language. She is also one of Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik’s language teachers. Her smile says it all.

Isabel Abitong quills in conversation.

Everyone is encouraged to speak their language all week long!

Margaret Toulouse makes speaking her language fun Dianne Bob laughs at an unrehearsed translation of a story

Grace Manitowabi Happy to see the children and youth (left to right): The week’s hosts and organizers,

Harvey Trudeau, Renee Owl, Jennifer Owl, Colleen Eshkakogan, Margaret Toulouse, Charlene Pine, Lorna Sinobert, Joanne Owl, Paulette Carter-Owl, Anna Marie Abitong.

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“Fill-the-Trailer” event brings in 2x the donations as last year! Customers donate 916 non-perishable food items to the Sagamok Food Bank in Riverview Variety’s 2nd Annual Event

Riverview Variety - Vinny’s Smoke Shack hosted its second “Fill-the-Trailer” event on July 28 in the business’ parking lot at 449 Reserve Road. The event brought in 916 non-perishable food items, compared to 447 items received at last year’s event. The donations were received by Sagamok’s Social Program Manager, Donna Trudeau, and Food Bank Coordinator, Janice Stoneypoint.

terprises (Sudbury), Grand River Enterprises, for their time and dedication to the event. B&D Auto (Webbwood), Rivet Insurance (Sud(below): Donna Trudeau and Janice Stoneypoint bury), Sagamok Anishnawbek, Riverview Variety thank Riverview Variety – Vinny’s Smoke Shack (Sagamok), and Nick’s Artic Cat (Espanola). owner, Vincent Eshkakogan, with a certificate of Vincent also wants to thank Lorey Toulouse, Leah appreciation for the business’ continuing support Brabant and Andrew Solomon, as well as Riverof the Sagamok Food Bank. view’s summer high school student, Zack Burke,

Community Members and customers who donated food items received ballots for their donations. Depending on how many items they donated, they received a specific number of ballots. They could then use these ballots to enter a number of draws, like a 10 foot Pelican casting fishing kayak and paddle (from CCM Contracting Ltd), $100 bill (from Massey Wholesale), and a patio set (from Rona). The day-long event also offered face painting, a barbecue and Indian Taco and Scone dog, fundraising to support local baseball teams and vendors selling Meatheads seasoning, fresh vegetables and lemonade. Riverview Variety’s owner, Vincent Eshkakogan, wants to thank the event’s sponsors for their generous support: CCM Group (Sudbury), Rona (Massey), Sheldon Toulouse Trucking (Sagamok), Farquar Massey Wholesale, Frito Lay Canada, R.E. Excavating (Sagamok), Relaxation Creations (Espanola), Giant Tiger (Espanola), Arnley En-



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Status C ards Indigenous and Norther Affairs Canada (INAC) is running short on blank Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) laminated red paper cards and are rationing the current stock to all communities. Until new card papers are received, the Membership Office is not able to issue CIS cards to anyone. Community members can switch from the existing to apply for Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) cards. These are the new cards with barcodes that look like a provincial health card or drivers’ license. Sagamok Anishnawbek’s Membership Office does not issue SCIS cards. Community members can apply for SCIS in two ways: They can either find an application on-line (see below) or pick up an application at the Sagamok Membership Office located in the Administration Building (4007 Espaniel Street). Please note that in order to apply, the following requirements apply: You must present one (1) Government issued ID (that identifies you name in Indian Registry System) and, a). if it is for a Minor (Under 18 years of age): - an original or copy of Long Form Birth Certificate to confirm parentage - Parent/Guardian government photo ID - guarantor to sign off b). Guarantor form c). Copies of court orders if applicable d). Two passport pictures Please note: once a registered Indian has made application and received a SCIS you are no longer are eligible for a CIS. The processing time for a SCIS card is 7-8 weeks. For more information: Contact INAC for office location details or for general information: Call 1-800-567-9604 or visit Call the Sagamok Membership Office at 705 865 2421


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Maani Assinewe Lydia Nahmiwan John Nashkawa Trent Southwind

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

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TEK Elders take aerial spraying message to Queen’s Park

45 from communities along the north shore of Lake Huron - including 23 Sagamok members - trek to Ontario’s capital and centre of the province’s power, Queen’s Park to tell the Premier “Ban the spraying of herbicides in Ontario!”

Members of north of Huron Treaty communities joined TEK Elders and other allies for a demonstration on the west lawn of Queen’s Park in Toronto on May 28 to tell the province to ban the use of aerial spraying of such herbicides as glyphosate. Well over 100 attended the demonstration including youth, elders, families and allies of indigenous people and of the environment. All 21 Robinson Huron Treaty Chiefs have signed a resolution to support the ban the spraying of the chemical on the lands within their treaty territories, as the resolution states, these herbicide chemicals, “destructive effects and impacts upon the Anishinawbek way of life, including Treaty rights to fish, hunt, gather and harvest within the Robinson Huron Treaty territory.” The demonstrators assert that the herbicide glyphosate, commonly sold by Monsanto corporation under the name Roundup, poses significant risks to human and environmental health, threatening species and ecosystems with carcinogenic compounds. The resolution of the Robinson Huron Chiefs says, Sagamok’s Chief Paul Eshkakogan addresses the crown outside of Queen’s “The lands, waters, air, plants, animals, birds, insects and medicines withPark, speaking of the impacts of aerial in the Robinson Huron Treaty territory are being exposed to aerial sprayspraying on his community’s traditional ing of chemical herbicides, including those containing glyphosate, with the harvesting activities. He fears the imintention that such application will encourage growth of planted trees by pact of chemicals on sensitive ecologies. “You know something is important when Elders take things into their own hands.” - Chief Paul Eshkakogan

Drums bring ceremony to Queen’s Park

eliminating all other vegetation.”

For more information on the TEK Elders, visit their website at

Elder Raymond Owl has been the flame behind the movement to ban aerial spraying of herbicides in Ontario. Raymond has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). “Glyphosate is killing us all. It’s time everyone wakes up to see that before it’s too late.” - Raymond Owl

Some women from the Sagamok community walk wth the water to deliver their message: Harmony Southwind, Roseanne Abitong, Audrey Abitong, Justine Abitong

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Sacred Spaces: Indigenizing Parliament Hill

Sagamok student and activist, Frederick Stoneypoint, came back to his community to talk about his experience with the Reoccupy Movement during Canada’s 150 celebrations on Parliament Hill that saw him detained for a number of hours Robert Porter, Sagamok Anishnawbek News Frederick Stoneypoint - Freddy to his friends, family and community – came home for a visit and shared his Canada 150 story at the Millenium Centre’s Sunrise Room on the evening of Friday, July 7, 2017. While the rest of Canada fervently celebrated their country’s 150th birthday, Freddy, along with the Bawating Water protectors and other Reoccupy Movement members and allies set up a teepee on Parliament Hill. They were there to reoccupy indigenous lands – those lands upon which Parliament Hill occupies in on unceded indigenous lands. Their plan was to create a sacred “When we were at space next to the Canada 150, we were Human Rights expressing our soverMonument; they wanted to bring eignty. It was a movement about reclaiming ceremony to Parliament Hill. and protecting our The significance lands and water with of this type of asceremony being key to sertion needs to restoring our language be appreciated for its’ ingenious and culture. No IBAs design in moving (Impact Benefits Agree- past Canada’s coments) or resource reve- lonialist mentality nue sharing agreements “Urban spaces, “ Freddy says, “are can connect us to our ‘civilized’ spaces. lands and identity.” They’re not indigenous at all – they’re designed that way. Urbans spaces need to be indigenized.” Colonial powers in North America employed a number of western legal techniques to dispossess indigenous peoples of their lands, like Treaties and later the Indian Act. Where settlers formed towns and villages, and especially where they built their capital cities, they “civilized” those spaces. They used the Indian Act as a tool to keep their spaces “civilized” and non-indigenous, says Freddy. “They re“The Treaty Systems are moved the land as broken and Canada’s part of our identity. They removed narrative is fiction. Canada is a manager of the “Indian” from indigenous peopacifism and our rela- ple. Residential tionship with Canada as School was one one of soft sovereignty.” way, and the 60s Scoop was another. They removed us from our lands and they outlawed ceremony too.” A lasting impact of Residential School and 60s Scoop survivors is their ability to make lasting and meaningful connections in their lives. Freddy says that many problems facing indigenous people is structural in nature, rooted in Colo-

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nialism and goal-driven to assimilate indigenous space and its’ fire. The teepee was medicine on people into the Canadian body politic. Parliament Hill.” To Freddy, it’s simple: “If Canada’s structures enforce oppression and destroys solidarity amongst indigenous peoples, then it’s clear that we need to reoccupy our lands and along with ceremony, reclaim them and our identities.”

When he was feeling tired and beat on July 1, Freddy says, “Ceremony boosted me. It keeps us going politically, enabling us to assert our sovereignty. That’s why ceremony is so dangerous and why its’ a powerful tool for us to use. Canada 150 The group walked their teepee through traffic onto proved to me the power of ceremony and how the grounds of Parliament Hill around 9pm on threatening that can be to a settled Canada.” June 30 where they were met with resistance from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an uninvited police. “Our ceremony was met with a violent act and unannounced visit to the teepee, which Fredthat targeted our indigenous men and women.” dy describes as “a manufactured photo opportuFreddie was one of the first nine to be taken away, nity” and an intrusion to the spirit of the teepee.” held and arrested. He was eventually released by midnight with a provincial notice not to appear on Parliament Hill for 6 months but he returned to find that the teepee had been set up.

“It was an act of violence. He endangered our teepee and those who were in it. He entered uninvited; he trespassed. He didn’t knock or ask to come in. He just entered the teepee like he had a He says that the next day, Elders sitting with the right to the ceremony and spirit that was inside. group told them that their teepee had been met It was like how indigenous women are treated with violence the day before and advised them – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – white settlers can trespass on them because they to carry it in again so that it could be welcomed onto Parliament Hill in a better way. “And so we carried it in again and we sang the AIM (American Indian Movement) song while we carried it to its final location.” Again, they were met with resistance by police and told that they could not post a sacred fire. “Ceremony is still criminalized,” Freddie says, “Our sacred fire activates the elements of our ceremony. We needed fire to do what we came here to do.”

“As indigenous people, we still have right and jurisdiction in urban and industrialized spaces that we have been removed from. Ceremony can reclaim spaces. When we are in a space, we don’t treat it like a blockade. It’s reoccupation. At Canada 150, we proved that this action of reoccupation can be used to protect our lands and used to restore jurisdiction.”

Freddie Stoneypoint of Sagamok Anishnawbek Student, activist and young indigenous leader.

Without fire to activate their ceremony, Reoccupaare protected by people in power.” tion would not happen. But Freddy and his group didn’t have to worry long as the nature of the Can- Freddie explains, “When we marched onto the Hill and set up our teepee, we also brought cereada Day festivities gave them what they needed. mony with it to that space”to it, we were setting up “There were some Communists protesting next to a sovereign space with our power and authority in our teepee,” Freddy laughs, “so I asked them for that space. It violated that space when Trudeau some of their placards to hold up in support. We entered our teepee and it gave guards an excuse used the placard handles to start our fire.” to look at our supplies and to remove our wood.” Once the fire was started, Freddy says, “and our Elders prayed. You could feel the charge of elec- These days, Freddy is back attending classes at tricity in the air. We were in our own world inside Carleton University, but now that he’s gotten hima dome. It was a relief to have our fire, surround- self meaningfully involved with indigenous rights ed by a ring of humans protecting that sovereign groups, it’s hard to settle for books and classrooms. He is majoring in Indigenous Studies.


Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

Honouring Residential School Survivors

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

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Wellness Corner

BE PREPARED TO SAVE A LIFE GET A NALOXONE KIT Naloxone Saves Lives! Know someone who uses opiates? Do you use opiates? Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Be as safe as possible. Carry a kit! If you think it would be a good idea to have a Naloxone Kit around in case you need it either for yourself or someone else during an overdose, you can get one at your local pharmacy. You will need to have your health card number in order to receive your free Naloxone Kit. Your pharmacist will take the time to explain how to use the kit, how to recognize the signs of an overdose and answer your general questions.

Brightening Days with Positivity Rocks Over the last few months, have you looked down and seen a brightly painted rock? Did you turn it over and see something written on it that made your day?

and a Saturday afternoon in early August. Positivity Rocks created at these events have been placed throughout the Sagamok community’s public places.

These are “Positivity Rocks” and they were created as part of Sagamok’s Community Kindness Campaign that was initiated by the Schoolbased Mental Health Worker, Vivian Elsby.

Some of our favorites are: Psssssst! I just want you to know how awesome you are! You got this! You are beautiful! One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world - Buddah Every life that you’ve touched is proof of your legacy! Today is a good day for a good day. A new day is a new start.

The goal is to promote random acts of kindness to unsuspecting recipients by painting inspirational and encouraging words of support on rocks and leaving them around the community for others to come across and be reminded of the positives in their lives. Biidaaban students helped to make a “Positivity Garden” to greet those visiting their school, and to remind themselves each day to support one another. Elsby also held Positivity Rock painting events for community members at Saswin on a late June evening, at the HEART conference in July

Take one if it means something to you. Share one with a friend who might need inspiration or add one to the pile and join us in our kindness campaign.

For more information, contact Jennifer, Addictions Counselor at (705) 865-2192 or drop in to see her at Saswin (51 Kokoko Miikun)

Safe INHALATION KITS & NEEDLE EXCHANGE Are you currently using or know someone who is? Use our clean needle and safe inhalation kit program today to protect yourself and our community. For more information, contact Jennifer, Addictions Counselor at (705) 865-2192 or drop in to see her at Saswin (51 Kokoko Miikun) ***This service is private and confidential***

Feeling alone? Sad? Anxious? or Need to Talk? SAGAMOK YOUTH are welcome to speak with the Youth Mental Health Worker Monday to Friday from 9am-4:30pm in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space. By appointment only: the Youth Mental Health Worker can be made available to youth at the Espanola High School each Thursday starting at 9:30am. Sagamok’s Youth Mental Health Worker is Courtney Howson, Youth Mental Health Worker at (705) 865-2192. You can also drop in to see Courtney at Saswin located at 51 Kokoko.

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Synthetic Fentanyl is associated with overdose and deaths

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service and Algoma Public Health would like to advise the public that a drug exhibit submitted to Health Canada from a recent large drug seizure in Sault Ste. Marie was found to contain CYCLOPROPYL FENTANYL.

This substance could also represent a threat to someone handling it without taking appropriate health and safety precautions.

Cyclopropyl fentanyl is a fentanyl analogue that is chemically similar to fentanyl; however it is Health Canada has issued an alert advising unknown how the human body will react to this that this substance is newly encountered in our drug since it is not intended for human or vetcommunity and is known to be associated to erinary use. overdose or deaths. Synthetic fentanyl drugs are so potent that overThis substance is presented as a new form of il- doses can occur via inhalation or absorption licit drug that individuals may be unaware they through the skin. are consuming. The substances, even in the smallest quantities, This substance is so new that limited information are extremely dangerous.The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is committed to reducing the harm is available on its safety and toxicology. Given the nature of this substance, the likeli- caused by illicit drug use in our community. hood of its presence in our community and the potential health and safety risks that it could pose, we strongly advise that all illicit drugs consumed including heroin, cocaine and fentanyl should be considered to contain CYCLOPROPYL FENTANYL.


Anyone with any information regarding the use of this substance is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 705-942-7867 or 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). In Sagamok, the Sagamok detatchment of the Anishinabek Police Services (APS) may be contacted at (705) 865-2686.

Our team at Saswin provides mental health, addictions, and cultural services to members of Sagamok. Our focus is to promote a higher quality of life through mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. Each member of this team provides one-on-one, group and family counseling. Saswin is staffed with an Addictions Counsellor, Youth Mental Health Worker, Children’s Mental Health Worker, Community Mental Health Worker and Cultural Coordinator and operates Monday to Friday from 9:00-4:30. Visit our location at 51 Kokoko Miikan or give us a call at (705) 865-2192.

Wellness at Saswin Mondays 6-8pm

NAADMAADAA SUPPORT GROUP Naadmaadaa is a support group for individuals, family and friends who struggle with or want to support people with substance use disorder. Meets from 6-8pm each week at Saswin located at 51 KokokoMiikun. Contact Jennifer at (705) 865-2192 with any questions. Wednesdays 6-8pm

ANXIETY & DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP Do you ever feel alone, judged, misheard? This is an open support group for individuals living with anxiety and/or depression. Safe. Confidential. Non-Judgemental. For more information, contact Wayne Southwind at (705) 865-2192.

Confidential, Safe, One-on-One and Group Sessions with a skilled cultural worker, traditional healer, addictions counsellor and referrals to services you need to be well.

PO Box 610 Sagamok Anishnawbek P0P 1P0 Fax: (705) 865-2192

Addictions Services Available at Saswin a. Circles are available upon request for families, groups and the community. This service is delivered by the Saswin Community Mental Health & Addictions Team, by Dr. Menzies when he’s available, and supporting partners at Maamwesying and Raising the Spirit. ***Note: Circles do not need to be addictions-related

b. Naadmaadaa Support Group for individuals, family and friends who struggle with or want to support people with substance use disorder. c. Community members can also see the Mental Health Specialist, Dr. Peter Saswin is Sagamok’s place to access Menzies, who provides a visiting service (10 days mental health & addictions per month) in which services and supports community members can arrange through the Community Men51 Kokoko Miikun (705) 865-2192 tal Health Worker for a one-on-one, group or family assessment and counseling. d. Cultural services are provided by the Cultural Coordinator for individual, family and community traditional health services, like traditional healers, sunrise ceremonies, community sweats, teachings and more.

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EDU C AT ION Look to the Ojibway Cultural Foundation DEPA RTM E N T for Upcoming Cultural Teachings Offices located in the Multi-Educational Centre 4008 Espaniel Road, Sagamok Anishnawbek PO Box 610, Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 Ph: (705) 865-2421 Director, Education Anna Marie Abitong

(705) 865-2421 ext.227

Post-Secondary Student Support Workers Claudette Jones (705) 865-2421 ext.235 Joanne Owl (705) 865-2421 ext.226 Secondary Support Worker Christine Toulouse (705) 869-1590 ext.6221 (705) 865-2421 ext.252 Waawaasnoode Principal / Teacher Allison Abitong (705) 865-1475 Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik P.O. Box 577, 717 Sagamok Road, Sagamok Anishnawbek (Massey) ON, P0P 1P0 (705) 865-2387 Principal Becky Toulouse Elementary Student Support Worker Charlene Pine Shki Waase-Aaban Binoojiinh 3042 New Subdivision Road, Sagamok Anishnawbek, ON, P.O. Box 610, P0P 1P0 Day Care Supervisor Rachel Toulouse Phone: 705-865-1180 Fax: 705-865-1182

Nurture the child ~ Support the student ~ Improve the community

4 Stages of Life Tuesday September 26, 2017 from 6-8pm Knowledge Keeper: Josh Eshkawkogan The four stages of life are described with respect to our culture using the medicine wheel. Each section represents a stage of life that we go through. From beginning of life to the end, everything in life has a cycle that follows the rhythm of a circle.

Women’s Bundle Teachings Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 Start 6:00pm Bundle Keeper: Gloria Oshkawbewisens-McGregor A sacred Bundle can consist of one of many items, it can be little as a tobacco or medicine bag that someone carries around their neck, or items that the spirits have given them to carry for the people. There are two types of bundles. Men and Women Bundles. On this day we will be receiving teachings on the WOMEN’s Bundle. Men’s Bundle Teachings Tuesday October 10, 2017 starts at 6:00 pm Facilitator: Victor Pitawanakwat A sacred bundle can consist of one of many items, it can be little as a tobacco or medicine bag that someone carries around their neck, or items that the spirits have given them to carry for the people. There are two types of bundles. Men and Women Bundles. On this day we will be receiving teachings on the MEN’s Bundle. Traditional Medicines Tuesday October 17, 2017 starts at 6:00 pm All plant life in the world are our medicines. They are here to take our sicknesses away. Once we know what each plant represents and the curing

remedies they provide, we can start healing ourselves by seeking out these plants. Mishupeshu Snake Stories Tuesday October 24, 2017 from 6-8pm Knowledge Keeper: Wilfred Trudeau This is the story of an underwater being who lives in the deepest parts of lakes and rivers and is both feared and respected. It is said that this entity is the cause of waves, rapids and whirlpools. Ghost Stories Tuesday October 31, 2017 from 6-8 pm Knowledge Keeper: Leona Nahwegahbo Anishnabe people are storytellers of the land. We never used to write any of our Myths or Legends, instead we would share our stories with younger generations. In this story telling series, we will share our own stories of the supernatural from around the Manitoulin area. The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation was established in 1974 to preserve and revitalize the language, culture, arts, spirituality, and traditions of the Anishinaabe people of Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island) and surrounding areas. Look for Ojibway Cultural Foundation online at or visit their facebook page at Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. Ojibwe Cultural Foundation 15 Highway 551 M’Chigeeng, ON (705) 377-4902

Learn YOUR Language!

Shki Waase Aaban Binoojiinh Gamik Friday, September 29

PD Day

Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik Monday, September 18 Tuesday, September 19

PTAG Meeting Early Dismissal (2pm)

Wednesday, September 20 Open House Friday, September 29 PD Day Fall Harvesrt Class Visits Tuesday, September 26 Grade 6 & 7 Grade 8 (oovernight) Wednesday, September 27 Grades 1 & 4 Thursday, September 28 Grades 2, 3 & 5

Espanola High School Friday, September 29

PA Day

Homework Club begins on Tuesday, October 3

Zagamok Wasseyaankaan Teg Language & Cultural Centre

610 Sagamok Road (Milllenium Centre) Unit #7

(705) 865-2000

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm Margaret Toulouse, Language Resource Worker Dan Fox, Anishnaabemowin Resource Developmer

Biidaaban Parents now have a Facebook Group to stay connected! Join “Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik” group today!

24th Annual Anishinaabemowin-Teg Inc. Language Conference

Thursday, March 29 – Sunday, April 1, 2018 Kewadin Casino & Convention Centre Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA

Ge-zhi-naanaagide’enmongba gdoo-kiimnaa How we can look after our environment

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Robinson Annuities Case begins September 25 in Thunder Bay Case will impact all treaty people of the Robinson Huron and Superior Treaties of 1850

Robert Porter, Sagamok Anishnawbek News

Robinson Annuities Case begins September 25 in Thunder Bay, 167 years after treaty was signed. The Robinson Huron Treaty Anishnawbek launched a court action in 2014 related to the failure of Canada and Ontario to live-up to the promise in the treaty to increase their annuities as revenues from their treaty territory increased. The annuities were last increased in 1875 to the current level of $4.00 per year. Under the Robinson Huron Treaty, signed on September 9th, 1850, the Anishinaabek agreed to share their lands and resources with the newcomers — approximately 92,463 square kilometers of territory. The treaty territory covers the lands north of Lake Huron from Penetanguishene to beyond Sault Ste. Marie, up to the height of land. The Robinson Superior Treaty, signed on September 7th, 1850, covers lands north of Lake Superior, from North of Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay. In the mid-1800s, the Crown saw a real need to sign treaties with indigenous peoples along the north shores of the upper great lakes region in order to allow for resource extraction industries opportunity to take hold in what today is northern Ontario. The Crown saw the potential wealth and secured its legal interest with a treaty and sent a Special Commissioner by the name of William Benjamin Robinson to secure a treaty with the indigenous people along the north shores of Lakes Huron and Superior. Robinson was provided with a budget of about 7,500 British Pounds to cover the cost of negotiations as well as any annuity payments that would be committed to under a treaty. At a meeting in Bawating on September 5th of 1850, Robinson made an offer to the assembled Chiefs of the shores of Lakes Huron and Superior. He offered 4,000 British Pounds of cash and

a perpetual annuity of 1,000 British Pounds each year thereafter, as well as a guarantee that their bands would continue to enjoy hunting and fishing rights. The Superior Chiefs agreed to these terms on September 7th. The Huron Chiefs, led by Shingaukwaukonse, held out for a larger annuity and rights for those referred to as “half breeds” at the time. Robinson did not budge and on September 9th, Shingwaukonse and the other Huron Chiefs signed the agreement. The Robinson Treaties are significant in that they contain a new feature that was not found in previous treaties that covered lands in what is today eastern Canada and southern Ontario: they contain an annuity escalator clause which is a promise to increase annuities as wealth was generated from the lands under the treaties. The Robinson Treaty territories have yielded vast wealth to the Crown and resource extraction industry players.

“The said William Benjamin Robinson, on behalf of Her Majesty, who desires to deal liberally and justly with all her subjects, further promises and agrees, that should the Territory hereby ceded by the parties of the second part at any future period produce such an amount as will enable the Government of this Province, without incurring loss, to increase the annuity hereby secured to them, then and in that case the same shall be augmented from time to time, provided that the amount paid to each individual shall not exceed the sum of one pound Provincial Currency in any one year, or such further sum as Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to order; and provided further that the number of Indians entitled to the benefit of this treaty shall amount to twothirds of their present number, which is fourteen hundred and twenty-two, to entitle them to claim the full benefit thereof. And should they not at any future period amount to twothirds of fourteen hundred and twenty-two, then the said annuity shall be diminished in proportion to their actual numbers.” - Robinson Huron Treaty, September 9, 1850 reflected the amount of wealth being extracted from the Huron and Superior territories. A full accounting of profits made from the resource-rich treaty lands over the past 167 years is being asked for before a compensation amount will be asked for.

Once, in 1874, the annuity did increase. 24 years after the Treaty was signed, the annuity payment to treaty people doubled from $2 to $4 a year. In December of last year, the Superior Court Revenues alone from forestry and mining are judge who will be presiding over the Annuities staggering to place a dollar value on yet annu- case arranged for a exploratory talks between Canada, the province and the Treaty signatories ities have remained at $4 a year. to potentially resolve the issues. Canada walked The court action will be heard in an Ontaraway from the table. io Superior Courtroom starting on September 25, 2017 in Thunder Bay. It will later move to In an August 22, 2017 letter addressed to Minister Garden River and then Sudbury and will hear of Indian and Norther Affairs Carolyn Bennett on an Annuities case involving both the Robinson behalf of the Robinson Huron Treaty Trust Fund Huron and the Robinson Superior Treaties. It is (the body that is being used by the Robinson scheduled to be completed at the end of March Huron Treaty Chiefs to move the litigation for2018 and a decision may be expected as the end ward),Ogimaa Duke Peltier of Wiikwemikoong and Ogimaa Dean Sayers of Batchewana express of 2018 or early 2019. disappointment that the federal Trudeau govRobinson Huron Treaty people number over ernment has not lived up to its commitment to 30,000 members today. prioritizing the renewal of the nation-to-nation This Annuities case concerns restitution for the relationship and developing a partnership that absence of annuity increases that would have recognizes rights, respect and cooperation. William Benjamin Robinson originally intended on negotiating 1 treaty with the indigenous people living along the shores of the upper Great Lakes region. He found that the interests of the indigneous people along the north shore of Lake Huron were different from those of Lake Superior so instead of 1 treaty, he made 2. The Robinson Treaties were different than treaties that came before; their annuity clauses reflected the spirit of sharing containing provisions that would see them increase as wealth would be generated from resource extraction activities within indigenous territories.

During a meeting of the Sagamok Chief and Council in May, Councillor Roger Jones said that “all members of the Treaty First Nations should be encouraged to go to a courtroom to watch the proceedings when the case is being heard in their area.”

Schedule of Reservations made by the abovenamed subscribing Chiefs and Principal Men. ... FIFTH--Namassin and Naoquagabo and their Bands, a tract of land commencing near Qacloche, at the Hudson Bay Company’s boundary; thence westerly to the mouth of Spanish River; then four miles up the south bank of said river, and across to the place of beginning. - exerpted section of Robinson Huron Treaty, September 9, 1850 identifying the lands set aside for the Spanish River Indians

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Answering the Questions

You Want to Know

What happens when a live trap is set to capture a bear?

When a live trap is set, Sagamok Bear Management Team will: 1. Ensure that there is appropriate signage on the trap and in the area to identify potential dangers to community members, especially concerning unattended children and pets, of the trap itself as well as of trapped live bears. 2. Notify any neighbours of the trap and of potential dangers and safety concerns. 3. Bait the trap with attractants that include water. 4. Set the trap in an area that provides cover for bears and in shaded areas wherever possible and away from disturbances that might impact a trapped bear’s anxiety. A trap should be set in late afternoon and may be left operable overnight 5. Encourage Community Members to call the Sagamok Bear Hotline at (705) 863-3217 if they notice that the live trap has successfully captured a bear. 6. Respond to the location to secure the trap and prepare for a Live Release of the animal if it is caught without cubs.

What happens when a live animal is released?

When releasing live animals, the Sagamok Bear Management Team will: 1. Ensure that there is a minimum of 2 trained staff with proper Personal Protective Equipment to conduct the live release. 2. Transport the caught bear as quickly as possible directly to the designated live-release location at as constant speed as possible, stopping mid-way to allow the bear to defecate. 3. Ensure that the live-release location is close to a water source and cover, allowing the bear to have a clear view of the cover when the trap is opened. The live release site will be properly recorded using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. This information will be entered into the Live-Release Bear Database maintained by the Sagamok Bear Management Team.

Where can I get more information?

Avoiding Encounters with Bears

The backyards of Sagamok community members are shared by bears. It’s all bear country here and there’s always a good chance you’ll see a bear or two during the spring, summer and fall months. It’s important to be smart when it comes to bears you might come across. Here are some tips that can save you a negative interaction with a bear. When out in bear country: a. travel in groups of 2 or more (bears primarily attack people who are alone) b. make noise as you move through areas where visibility is restricted or where background noise is high, such as near streams and waterfalls (e.g., singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you)

c. while outdoors, keep your eyes and ears open: - scan your surroundings to check for bears - do not wear music headphones - watch for signs of bear activity (e.g., tracks, claw marks on trees, flipped-over rocks or fresh bear droppings) - if you are out with a dog, leash it (uncontrolled, untrained dogs may actually lead a bear to you) - pay attention, especially if you are working, gardening or berry picking - occasionally scan your surroundings to check for bears - rise slowly if you are in a crouched position so that you don’t startle nearby bears

If you encounter a black bear

Stop. Do not panic. Remain calm.

Quickly assess the situation and determine which type of an encounter this might be – a sighting, surprise or close encounter. When bears are caught off guard, they becomestressed and usually just want to run away. They usually make a lot of noise when they see a person as a warning to them to stay away.

If you see a black bear:

- Acts defensively - if a bear feels threatened by your presence, it may try to get you to back off and leave it alone. To do this, it may: a. salivate excessively, exhale loudly, or make huffing, moaning, clacking and popping sounds with its mouth, teeth and jaws b. lower its head with its ears drawn back while facing you c. charge forward, and/or swat the ground with its paws (known as a ‘bluff ’ charge)

- do not try to get closer to the bear for a better look or picture Do NOT: - make sure the bear has a clear escape route - scream - turn your back on the bear so don’t corner a bear - run - kneel down - always watch the bear and slowly back away - make direct eye contact until the bear is out of sight - climb a tree - get inside, if you are near a building or vehicle - retreat into water or try to swim as a bear can do these things much better than you - leave the area, if you are berry-picking, hiking, camping, jogging or cycling Do: - if you are with others, stay together and act - wave your arms to make yourself look bigger as a group and yell at the bear to go away - if the bear does not get closer to you, slow- throw objects ly back away, talking to the bear in a quiet, - blow a whistle or an air horn monotone voice - make noise to try and persuade the bear to leave Warning Signs of a Bear Attack - prepare to use bear pepper spray Black bear attacks are extremely rare. A black bear may attack if it: If the bear keeps advancing toward you - Stand your ground - feels threatened - if it perceives you to be a - Use your bear pepper spray (if the bear is threat to it, its cubs or it may be defending close) or anything else you can find or use to food - this is a defensive bear that wants more threaten or distract the bear space between you and it - Fight back as if your life depends on it - is a predatory bear - usually occur in rural or remote areas. Predatory bears approach silently, and may continue to approach regardless of your attempts to deter them by yelling or throwing rocks

There are warning signals threatened or predatory bears give to let you know you are too close: - Stands on its hind legs - a bear usually stands to get a better look at you or ‘catch your scent’. This is not aggressive behaviour.

If the bear attacks

- use your pepper spray - fight back with everything you have — in a predatory attack, your life is at risk - do not play dead except in the rare instance when you are sure a mother bear is attacking you in defense of cubs and your initial attempts to deter the bear have been unsuccessful (especially true for children or small-bodied adults)

Killing a bear in self-defence must be an action of last resort.

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Sagamok is a

Bearwise Community

Sagamok Anishnawbek has a Bear Management Plan!

Your Bear Encounters

There are different responses for Emergencies and Non-Emergencies. There are both Emergency Encounters in which Immediate Action needs to be taken to respond to a troublesome bear and Non-Emergency Encounters in which the signting or encounter is reported so that hotspots of bear activity can be monitored. The Sagamok Bear Management Plan describes these encounters as:

PURPOSE: To reduce the occurrence

of black bear encounters within the community by providing measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Sagamok Anishnawbek residents and community members. RATIONALE: We live in ideal bear country and bear travelling corridors. Bear sightings have been on the rise with the increase of housing development in traditionally forested areas. In recent years, poor berry crops have increased bear sightings due to the lack of food in the bush. Generally, people are not being “Bear Wise” in the management of their household waste and yard maintenance. Past plans and previous methods to deal with increased bear activity were not collaboratively executed or managed. The Lands, Resources and Environment Unit is working collaboratively with the Anishnawbek Police Service, Planning and Infrastructure Unit and leadership to ensure that the Sagamok Anishnawbek Bear Management Plan is successful.



What can I do to keep bears away from my yard?

• Do not put bird feeders or suet outside in the summer months; • Pick fruits, berries, vegetables and other edible plants as soon as they are ripe; • Burn off excess food from your BBQ and clean grill as well as grease trap after every use; • Rinse all food containers including recycling and meat and poultry packaging; • Freeze scrap meat and old food in freezer until garbage day; • Store garbage bags inside until garbage day, spraying your garbage bags with diluted bleach or vinegar is a good way to keep smelly odours to a minimum; and • Put garbage out on the roadside on garbage pick-up day only, not the day before.

The DO NOTS of seasonal living and being BEAR WISE in Sagamok

• DO NOT leave children or small pets unattended outdoors, especially in forested areas close to tree cover; • DO NOT leave pet food outside; • DO NOT leave garbage bags outside on days other than garbage day; and • DO NOT leave food waste uncovered inside your house. Bears have a keen sense of smell and the rotting food scent is an invitation to break into your home.

For more information on Sagamok Anishnawbek’s Bear Management Plan, please contact: Ross Assinewe, Lands, Resources and Environment Unit Director 89 River Road, Sagamok Anishnawbek (705) 865-1134

Lands Resources & Environment Sagamok’s Bear Management Team Ross Assinewe Director of Lands Resource & Environment Tracey Toulouse Lands & Resources Coordinator Tammy Tremblay Environmental Oficer Mitchell Eshkakogan Fisheries Technician

(705) 865-1134 89 River Road



(705) 863-3217

A. Non-Emergency: No Action Required Complaints that do not require immediate and direct intervention include such things as when a bear: - in a tree; - roams around, checking garbage cans; - breaks into a shed where garbage or food is stored; - pulls down a bird feeder or knocks over a barbecue; - eats pet food or livestock feed; or - is seen moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering. B. Emergency: Immediate Action Required Complaints that require immediate and direct intervention include such things as when a bear: - enters a school yard when school is in session; - enters or tries to enter a residence; - wanders into a public gathering; - stalks people and lingers at the site; or - kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site.

How to report a bear encounter If you find yourself in a Non-Emergency situation with a bear, you are asked to report it. Everyday sightings are also welcome to be reported so that the bear management staff can have a better understanding of areas that bears are frequenting and most effectively coordinate the use of traps and other responses in the community.

call the Sagamok Bear Hotline at (705) 863-3217 to

1. Community membera

report their sighting or encounter.. 2. LRE will be dispatched to the location and assess the area for attractants. LRE staff may then advise you or area residents to take actions to remove those attractants from the area if possible (eg. Remove garbage from yard, bird houses, clean bbq etc). 3. LRE staff will return to the report location within 2 business days if a follow-up visit is required. They may take the following successive actions: a. Bear Banger Shells: If the bear has returned to the area after attractants were removed, then LRE staff may return to the area and administer Bear Banger Shells using a fire arm. LRE staff will return to conduct a follow-up site visit. b. Set Live Trap: This step is reserved for bears that, upon completing Step 1, are still frequenting the location in question. If you find yourself in an Emergency Situation, 1. Call 911. 2. Anishnawbek Police Service (APS) will responds to the scene. 3. APS will conduct an assessment of the situation and take action as deemed necessary. APS will update the Lands, Resources and Environmental (LRE) Director on on the incident and further actions may be taken. LRE staff will update the Nuisance Bear database.

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CAIBAIOSAI, Donald Eugene

SOUTHWIND, Anderson D.

On August 18, 2017, in his 57th year and surrounded by family, a warrior lost his battle and softly left this world.

Born and raised in Sagamok First Nation, his parents were Norman & Jean (nee-Bob)Southwind. Anderson passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Wikwemikong Nursing Home.

(July 23, 1960 - August 18, 2017)

Born July 23, 1960 to the late Eugene and Judy Caibaiosai (Cada). Don spent most of his life as a hardworking man doing long-distance trucking to provide for his family. Don is survived by his loving and devoted wife and the wonderful mother to their children Deborah Caibaiosai (Egan). Don leaves behind 3 warriors that he shaped to become strong, kind and caring people. His daughter Melissa-Sue (Jonathan Turcotte), his son Timothy-John, and his honorary son Christopher (Alyssa). While on this earth Don was a very special poppa to his “lil angel” Avery-Lee. Don will be missed by his foot warmer and four-legged friend Teddy. Don was loved and cherished by his siblings. William “Bill” (Michelle), Louise (Brian), Darwin “Joe”, Kelly (Rick), Dwayne “Bear” (Cora), Sherry and Carrie (Derek) as well as his sisterin-law Sandra (Glenn). Don also leaves behind his special friend who is affectionately known as his “other wife” Nancy Wilkins-Rodrigue. Don is survived by many Aunts, Uncles, nieces and nephews who he loved ever so much. When Don was not working you could find him designing tracks for his model railroad, hunting/ fishing, or posting hilarious things on Facebook. The family would like to thank the incredible staff from the CVT ICU at Health Sciences North who provided Don with such wonderful care. Thank you to nurses Gaston, April, Andrea and Alex and a big thank you to Dr. Cavanagh and Dr. Theriault. The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to Connie Caskanette who helped Don on his final journey. A celebration of Don’s life took place August 26th 2017 at the Mississaugi First Nation Band Hall, 156 Village Road beginning at 2pm. “If love were enough, you would have lived forever”

(Oct.22, 1941-Aug. 12, 2017)

Anderson was a surviror at the Boys Residential School in Spanish Ontario. After leaving school he was self employed. Later on he enjoyed fishing, boating and looking after the parking and boat launching in McBean Harbour. More recently he enjoyed reading, listening to the radio station and doing puzzles. He also enjoyed sitting in his porch with his pet dog. At this time we would like to thank the staff at the Wikwemikong Nursing Home for the great care given to our brother in his final months. Visitation will be from 2:00p.m. at his home for one night on Aug. 13/2017 and will be transferred at 11:00 a.m. to the New Community Hall on Aug, 14/2017 The funeral service will be held at the New Community Hall at 2:00 p.m. on Aug. 15,2017. with F. Gerry officiating. Internment at the Catholic Cemetery in Sagamok.

FOX, Stephen James

Waaseshkang Otter Clan (September 4, 1958 – July 24, 2017) Loving husband of 37 years to Monica (Eshkakogan) Fox. Dear loving father of Jodi (Ron), Alex (Leslie), and Brian. Proud Papa of Francesca, Natalia and Vada. Loving son & son in law of Paul and Margaret (McLeod) Fox, Dominic and Gladys (Toulouse) Eshkakogan (all predeceased) Dear brother of Danny (Donna) of Massey, Vivian of Massey, Maurice (Lorraine of Wiky, Paul (Wendy) of Oshawa, Patti Ann of Wiky, Deirdre of Sudbury and Peter of Wiky. Dear brother in law of Adelard (Sandra), Eileen (Patrick), Gordon (Cathy), Alan (Yolande) and predeceased by brother in law Brian (Janet) and sisters in law Sharon & Freida. Loving godfather of Jolene and Sasheahna Eshkakogan.

Stephen’s passion for children lead him to be a teacher for 34 years and within that time he also held the position of Principal and Post-Secondary Counsellor. He was often seen playing with the young ones at recess time with a train of students Anderson is preceded in death by his parents, clinging on making him the best conductor for Norman & Jean Southwind as well as his sister their train. Phyllis Bennett (Gordon) and brothers, CarStephen was very outgoing and athletic. He enmen and Thomas Southwind. joyed playing hockey and was a runner who ran a Anderson is survived by: David (wife-Barba- number of marathons and races, especially the lora); Oliver, Vernon, John; Clyve (wife Patricia) cal Wiky Road Race. Wilhemina (husband-Sylvester); Marlene (husBut his most loved passion was for his grandband-Silas) all of Sagamok and Mae Belle Bob daughters. He loved them so much with all his of North Bay Ontario. heart spending time playing with them and teachAnderson will be lovingly remembered by his ing them all he knew. He also spent many days and buddy Connor Southwind and all of his nieces evenings at tracks and arena’s watching their sport& nephews; great nieces & nephews and other ing events. He absolutely adored Vada’s quick wit relatives. and energy. He also attended the North American Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Indigenous Games for Francesca only the week before passing, and also looked forward to LitBourcier Funeral Home of Espanola Ontario tle NHL each year for Natalia, where he could be heard not only cheering on his granddaughters and other Wiikwemkoong athletes, but all who played/ competed. He spoke of feeling simply honoured to be in the presence of such athletes and always took much pride in all children who simply gave their best in whatever they did.

Celebrations of Life

Births, Obituaries, Birthday and Anniversaries, Accomplishments and

Arrangement entrusted with Island Funeral Home. Visitation at Wasse Abin Jr School starting July 26, 2017 at 11am with Funeral Services held at Holy Cross Mission in Wikwemikong on Friday July 28, 2017 at 11 am.

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Sagamok Community Wellness Department In partnership with the Community Justice Program Presents

Intergenerational Trauma Conference With Dr. Martin Brokenleg


November 10, 2017 9am-4pm

At Enji Wii Ji Gaabwitaadaying Agaamik 5507 Star Road Please register with Elsa Southwind by phoning (705) 865-2171

DESMARAIS, Marjorie It is with sad hearts we say goodbye to Marjorie Desmarias (née Dillen) A loving wife to Guy Desmarias, Loving mother to stepdaughter, Sherri Hackwell (husband Craig), Linda Mansley (husband Terry), Diane Metivier, John Hewitson & Jeff Hewitson (wife Rhonda). Grandmother to Ange Billings (husband Darren Cole), Ashley Royals (husband Kyle), Niki Zeigler, Sandra Baker (husband Darrin Baker), Terry Mansley Jr. & Lexi Metivier. Great-grandmother to Zoe, Zain, Holly, Ryleigh, Kaydence, Khali, Ava, Alex, Abby, Quintin, Tristan & Harlow.

Lunch and nutrition breaks provided.

Healing doesn’t mean that the damage never existed. It means that the damage no longer controls our lives.

Is it time for your healing to begin? Give Saswin a call at (705) 865-2192 to start your journey today!

A l te r n at i v e C a r e Pa r e n t s N E E DE D Do you have the passion, time and energy to unconditionally care for our children in need?

Predeceased by Alyssa Cole; a loving sister to 8 sisters & 3 brothers. Predeceased by one sister and two brothers.

The foster home located in Sagamok is in need of an Alternative Care Parent(s). This residence will be rent free for 2 years, though utilities will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

We would like a very big thank you to Aunties Ruth, Mary, Jeannie & Sandra for taking care of our Mom.

Need to be approved by Nogdawindamin as Alternative Care Parents prior to being selected

Thank you so much. She will be missed by all who knew her. A Memorial Visitation was held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 432, and Massey on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to the time of the Service at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Henke Willem officiating. Interment in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Spanish.

Be responsible to care for up to four (4) children Receive free training Attend annual events (such as Alternative Care Appreciations) Alternative Care families provide a much needed and respected aid to families and individuals, helping communities in growing and becoming better places to raise all of our children. Children who are taken care of by Alternate Care families get access to all kinds of resources that are needed for healthy and flourishing lives. Please apply by contacting Nogdawindamin, Family and Community Services between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm by phoning: Head office: 1 (705) 946-3700

or Toll Free: 1 (800) 465-0999

Noah Jacob Binesi HARDISTY August 1, 2017


Born to Brent Hardisty and Malina Bone of Sagamok Anishnawbek. Noah is Brent and Malina’s second child, joining Mikey who is now five years old.


A very special thank you to Heather Irvin, P.S.W. tor being there for our Mom from the first day she got sick.

Alternative Care parents will

Noah was born in the dawn of August 1 in Sagamok Anishnawbek on the couch in his new home, minutes after paramedics arrived. He was born healthy and perfect in every way. Welcome Noah Jacob Benesi Hardisty to the Sagamok community! Sagamok Anishnawbek News PO Box 610 Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 (705) 865-2421

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The Sagamok Anishnawbek News is a monthly publication of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation. Our mission is to keep community members informed of events and news going on in the Sagamok community. The first edition of the Sagamok Anishnawbek News was published in June of 2004 in response to recommendations brought forward through the Sagamok Community Story process. The Sagamok Anishnawbek News values its role in advancing the community’s development framework and supporting healthy conversations in the Sagamok community. The Sagamok Anishnawbek News takes its role in the Sagamok community very seriously and exercises diligence in ensuring that information is communicated to the Sagamok community in an accurate and timely fashion. Views expressed are not necessarily the opinion or political position of the First Nation. No portion of this paper may be reproduced without the prior written permission of the Sagamok Anishnwbek News Editorial Board. We reserve the right to edit, condense, print, reject or delay publication of submissions. Priority of interst determines our publication and layout. We welcome submissions from our readers and offer advertising products and services to our industrial, commercial and small-business partners and sponsors. All contributions must be accompanied by contact information of the individual submitting the content material. Photo permissions must identify individuals present in the photos and identify that permissions have been received to publish the photos from those photo subjects. Publisher: Sagamok Anishnawbek Lead Reporter, Editor & Administrator: Robert Porter Written submissions must be recieved in word. doc format. Files in .pdf format will not be printed but may accompany a word.doc file or photo to demonstrate layout suggestions. We welcome feedback from our audiences as part of our continuous improvement system. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send us an email at or drop us off a note at the band office in an envelop clearly marked “Communications”. Have an event you want news coverage? Want to advertise in our business classified section? Want to talk about your advertising needs? Call us at (705) 865-2421 and we’ll see what we can do for you! Photo Submissions (don’t forget a caption that gives the photo a title, identifies the subjects and location of the photo, as well as the date it was taken and by who). Submission Deadline for our upcoming October issue: Friday, September 27, 2017

Submissions and Inquiries can be made to: Phone:

(705) 865-2421 ext.270 (800) 567-2896 Email Snail Mail PO Box 610, Massey, ON P0P 1P0

Fall Harvest 2017 BUS SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 26 - Saturday, September 30 Pick-Up A LaCloche Pizza 8:25am

Pick-Up B Multi-Ed Centre 8:40am

Departure from Fall Harvest Site 4:00pm

Please be on time for the bus, it will not wait. Bus ride is approximately 1.5 hours.


Tuesday September 26

6 am Sunrise Ceremony 7-9 am BREAKFAST 10am - 12pm Feast Bag Making Smoke House Build Trap Net – Set Anishnawbemowin Bingo Children’s FH Craft Table 12-1 pm LUNCH 1-3pm Scavenger Hunt & Water Filter Build Seed Harvesting 4pm Fear Factor 5-6pm SUPPER 8pm Story-telling by Campfire

Wednesday September 27 7-9 am BREAKFAST 10am - 12pm Beans in the Ground Meat/Fish Smoking Trap Net – Retrieve Anishnawbemowin Bingo ‘Go Fishing’ 12-1 pm LUNCH 1-3pm ‘Sanjigwon’ Root cellar demo Fleece Poncho Making Fish Anatomy & Fish Fry Archery history/3D shoot 5-6pm SUPPER 8pm Light Art - night photography 9pm Poker & Card Games Night

Thursday September 28 7-9 am BREAKFAST 10am - 12pm ‘Bnagnizignak’ corn soup Hunting Fleece Hat Making Camouflage Tie-dye

Petroglyphs & Clan Teachings 12-1 pm LUNCH 1-3pm Nutrition Bingo ‘Bushwhacker Bites’ Pony bead Keychains 5-6pm SUPPER 8pm Nish Movie NightWednesday

Friday, September 29 7-9 am BREAKFAST 10am - 12pm Compasses & Catapults Pickled Beets & Relish Diabetes (Detox & Skin Salve making) 12-1 pm LUNCH 1-3pm Scone Cook-off Scavenger Hunt Voyageur Canoe Tour Flu Remedy & Heat pack 5-6pm SUPPER 7pm Dreamcatcher Making FH Unplugged: Music Voyageur Lantern Paddle

Saturday, September 30 7-9 am BREAKFAST 10am - 12pm Pickled Beets & Relish 12-1 pm LUNCH 1-3pm Pickled Beets & Relish 5-6pm SUPPER

Sunday, October 1 TAKE DOWN DAY

Floating Activities: Moose Skinning/Butcher demo, Moose calling contest, Roles of Men & Women, Children’s Craft Table, Airsoft Guns

F O O D BA N K & M I L K P R O G R A M

The Food Bank supports many of our community residents in meeting their nutrition needs as well as the Milk Program which sees the distribution of milk to families and Elders in the Sagamok community. The Sagamok Food Bank is open to the public Mondays from 1:00-4:30pm and Fridays from 9:00am-2:00pm. The Sagamok Milk Program is open to the public Fridays from 9:00am-2:00pm. Contact Food Bank, Milk Program and School Breakfast Club Coordinator, Janice Stoneypoint in person at the Multi-Educational Centre at 4008 Espaniel Street, by email at or by calling (705) 8652421 ext.280 or (705) 865-1850

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Service Request Manager

YOUR PORTAL to Planning & Infrastructure Department Services Community Infrastructure relies upon a service based software called the Service Request Manager (SRM) that lets you request services directly from Community Infrastructure. Using SRM is simple! Just login through our website and click the “Service Request Manager” tab to access the SRM digital portal. If you haven’t registered as a user, you can do so by following the instructions provided. You will be set up with a login name and password and your account will be set up so that you can access the SRM! Our easy-to-use account setup and user format ensures that you will be able to submit a request for service quickly and with no hastle. The SRM will generate a work order to be approved and once approved, you will be sent a confirmation through your account of the work orders’ approval and expectations on when and how the request will be met. If your work order request hasn’t been approved, you will also be sent a message through your SRM account identifying the reasons for the request’s decline. Login today to submit your service request! Community members can also request services by calling or visiting the Community Infrastructure office located at the band office main administration building and speaking with (SRM) Data Entry Clerk, Laura Assinewe. She can enter your request on-the-spot and let you know what to expect in terms of when you will hear back on the status of your request. Login at or call Planning & Infrastructure today at (705) 865-2421!

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We’ve just relaunched our website to better service our community members. Hosted by Miramar, our new website is your first place to turn to for information on the programs, activities and events delivered through the Sagamok Anishnawbek organization. has a new look and a ton of new features to serve you better. Bookmark our Calendar to make sure you stay informed of what’s happening each day. Visit our Community Section to search through our photo galleries and you might come across a familiar face or a piece of our landscapes to appreciate one more time. Don’t forget to let us know how we’re doing or ask us a question through our Contact Portal - we would love to hear from you!

NAVIGATION Sagamok Anishnawbek

PO Box 610, Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0

Main Administration Building

4007 Espaniel Road, Sagamok Anishnawbek PO Box 610, Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 Ph: (705) 865-2421 1-800-567-2896 Fax: (705) 865-3307 Houses: Administration of Government, Finance, Sagamok Development Corporation, Housing, Planning & Infrastructure, Fire & Emergency Services

Community Wellness Building

4005 Espaniel Road, Sagamok Anishnawbek PO Box 610, Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 Ph: (705) 865-2171 1-800-727-5503 Fax: (705) 865-3131 Medical Fax: (705) 865-1859 Houses: Health Services (Clinic) and Social Services

Multi-Educational Centre

4008 Espaniel Road, Sagamok Anishnawbek PO Box 610, Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 Ph: (705) 865-2421 Houses: [main floor] Education Department, Aboriginal Skills, Employment & Training (ASETS), Waawaasnoode Adult Learning Centre, Enjikendaasang Literacy & Basic Skills, Public Library, Communications Department, Economic Development, Food Bank & Nutrition Program, [upstairs] I/T, Administration staff supporting Roads adn Sanitation operations.

Niigaaniin / Ontario Works Program Building 575 Sagamok Road, Sagamok Anishnawbek PO Box 610, Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 (705) 865-1395


1154KokokoMiikun, Sagamok Anishnawbek PO Box 610, Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 Ph: (705) 865-2192 Fax: (705) 865-1215 Houses: Mental Health Services, Addictions Services, Cultural Services

Elders’ Eagle Lodge

10 Wasacam Drive, Sagamok Anishnawbek PO Box 610, Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0 Ph: (705) 865-2926

Ednakmagak (Millenium) Centre

610 Sagamok Road Anishnawbek Police Services Unit #1 Ph: (705) 865-2868 1(888)310-1122 Community Justice Program Unit #2 (705) 865-1884 Sagamok Fitness Centre Unit #3 (705) 865-1967 WasseyaankaanTeg (Anishinaabemowin Centre) Unit #6 (705) 865-2000 Sagamok Bingo Unit #8 (705) 865-1259

Z’gamok Enterprises Building

89 River Road PO Box 610, Massey, ON Ph: (705) 865-1134 1 (800) 546-9714 Houses: Z’gamok Enterprises Inc. (ZEI), Lands, Resources & Environment Unit (LRE) and Membership Office

After Hours Crisis Support Service

(705) 863-3178

After Hours Housing-General Maintenance Emergencies (705) 863-5245 or (705) 863-5207 After Hours Water-Related Emergencies

Same domain name. New look. New features. New experience. Your #1 source for community news & information

(705) 863-2874 or (705) 863-2608

After Hours Medical Transportation Bookings (705) 865-2926

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2017 SAGAMOK FALL HARVEST DGWAAGIK ZGAKNIGENG SEPTEMBER 26 - OCTOBER 1 Registration forms can be picked up at:

Lands Resources & Environment Offices located at 89 River River Sagamok Administration Offices located at 4007 Espaniel Street



Breakfast & Lunch provided daily Camper Supper on Tuesday, September 26 Community Feast on Saturday, September 30

Provided daily. Bus Schedule will be available.

Prospector Tents & Stoves Reserve early! There is limited space! 6-8 people per tent.

For more information, contact Tracy Toulouse, Fall Harvest Coordinator at the LRE Office or by calling (705) 865-1134 ext.239

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