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Joining voices KI event brings Canadians together

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Forty-three Canadians from across the country visited Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug last week, in a youth-driven event designed to bring people together and show Canadians what life is like in a remote First Nation. The trip was a resounding success, bridging cultural gaps and building understanding and friendships. See story and photos on page 10.

ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᐸᔭᑌᐊᐧᐸᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᓄᑌᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐦᑭᐃᐧᑌᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᒋᓇᒣᑯᓯᐱᐠ ᓇᓇᑲ ᐅᑭᐃᐧᑌᐠ ᐅᑭᐊᐧᐸᓇᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᓄᑌᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑭᒋᓇᒣᑯᓯᐱᐠ ᔕᑯᐨ ᐅᑭᒥᓀᐧᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᐦᑭᐃᐧᑌᐊᐧᐨ ᓫᐁᓂ ᑲᕑᐱᐣᑌᕑ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ

ᓂᒥᑕᓇ ᓂᐦᓱᔕᑊ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐅᐅᒪ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑲᑕᓇ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ ᑭᑭᐃᐧᑌᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑭᒋᓇᒣᑯᓯᐱᐠ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᐃᐁᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᓴᑭᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ ᓂᔭᓄᔕᑊ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓯᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐊᑎᐟ ᐅᑫᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᒥᐁᐧ ᐸᐢᑲᐣ ᐁᑭᐊᐧᐸᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐃᒋᑲᑌᐠ᙮ ᐊᑎᐟ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑫᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐊᒥᐁᐧ ᐁᑫᐧᓇᐠ ᐁᑭᑭᑫᓂᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑎᓯᓭᐃᐧᓂᓂᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᓂ ᐦᐊᕑᐃᐢ ᐊᐦᐃᐠ ᑐᕑᐊᐣᑐ ᑲᐅᒋᐨ ᐊᒥᐁᐧ ᐁᑫᐧᓇᐠ ᐁᑭᐦᑭᐃᐧᑕᒪᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐣ᙮ “ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᑕ ᓂᑭᐅᒋᑭᑫᓂᒪᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ ᔕᑯᐨ ᐸᑲᐣ ᑭᒋᓭᒪᑲᐣ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᔕ ᑕᑭᒪᒥᓇᒋᑲᑌᐸᐣ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᓴᑲᓱᔕᑊ ᐁᑕᓴᑭᐃᐧᓀᐨ ᑭᒋᐅᑎᐢᑯᓂ᙮ “ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᔭ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᐅᑎᓯᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐧᓂᐣ ᐃᐧᑲ ᒋᓄᑕᒪᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐱᒋᑭᐦᑭᓄᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ᙮” ᐁᑲᐧ ᓂᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ

ᑲᑭᐅᒋᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐃᔑᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᐦᐊᐠ ᒐᐢᑕᐣ ᐱᔭᑎ ᒥᓇ ᐱᐦᐃᐠ ᒪᐠᑫ ᒥᓇ ᓫᐃᐅᓇ ᒪᑎᐤᐢ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᕑᐃᐣ ᐯᔭᐡᐠ᙮ ᒪᐠᑫ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐃᔑᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐅᒋᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐁᐦᐊᐠ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑲᐅᑕᑲᓀᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᐃᐧᒋᓀᐣᑕᒧᒥᑎᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᒪᒐᐸᒪᑲᓄᐃᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᒥᓇ ᒋᓂᑲᑌᓂᑲᑌᐠ᙮ “ᐅᑫᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐱᐃᐧᑌᐠ ᑲᐧᓂᐣ ᒥᔑᐣ ᒋᑭᑫᐣᓂᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐣ ᑫᑲᐟ ᐅᑕ ᐱᑯ ᑲᑭᓇ ᐅᑫᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐃᓇᑲᐧ” ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ᓂᑭᑫᐣᑕᒥᐣ ᐅᔕ ᐁᐊᔭᔭᐠ ᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᔕᑯᐨ ᐊᒥᐁᐧ ᐁᐃᔑᑲᑫᐧᒥᓀᐣᑕᒪᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐁᒥᓀᐣᑕᒪᐠ ᑲᑲᐯᔑᔭᐠ ᓂᑕᑭᒥᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐁᐃᐧᐊᐧᐸᑕᐦᐊᔭᑲᐧ᙮” ᐱᑕᐣ ᓫᐊᑊ ᐅᑕᔭᒥᑕᒪᑫ ᐊᐦᐃᐠ ᑐᕑᐊᐣᑐ ᐁᐅᒋᐨ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓇᓇᑲ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑲᑕᓇ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐁᑲ ᑌᐯᐤ ᐁᑭᑫᓂᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᒪᑎᓯᓂᐨ᙮ “ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐧᓂᐣ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᓭᐠ,” ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑲᐱᔕᔭᐠ ᒥᐡᑕᐦᐃ ᓂᑲᐅᒋᑭᑫᐣᑕᒥᐣ᙮” ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑫᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑭᐃᐧᑌᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ

ᐅᑭᐦᑭᓂᐱᐦᓇᓇᒪᔦᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ᙮ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐯᔑᓂᐨ ᑭᐃᔑᑕᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐸᐸᒥᐊᐧᐸᑕᐦᐊᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᑕᑲᐧᓂᓂᑭᐣ᙮ “ᓂᑭᒋᐦᐃᔑᓇᐣ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᐧᐸᑕᒪᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᒪᔭᑦ ᐁᐃᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᐅᐅᐁᐧᑎ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ,” ᓫᐊᑊ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᐱ ᑲᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᐊᐧᐸᑕᐠ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᓂᑭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᐡᐸᑭᑌᓂᐠ ᒥᒋᒥᓂ᙮ ᐅᑭᐃᐧᑌᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐅᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐊᔭᒥᓂᐨ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐅᑕ ᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧ ᒥᑫᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐊᓂᒧᑕᒥᓂᐨ᙮ ᐅᓴᑦ ᐅᑕ ᑲᔭ ᐸᑭ ᑲᐸᑭᑎᓇᑲᓄᐃᐧᐨ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ᙮ ᐊᓫᐃᐢ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᑲ ᐁᒥᓄᑕᐠ ᐅᓴᑦ ᐁᑲ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ ᑲᓇᑐᑕᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᓇᑕ ᒥᓇ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᓇᐣ᙮ “ᑲᐧᓂᐣ ᑫᑯᐣ ᒪᐡᑲᐃᐧᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐊᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑫᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᒋᐁᐧᐱᓂᑫᑲᑕᐊᐧᑲᓄᐊᐧᐨ,” ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ᑲᐧᓂᐣ ᒋᑭᑫᐣᑕᒪᐣ ᐊᑎ ᒥᓇ ᑫᑭᐅᒋᒥᓄᓭᑫᐧᐣ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᑫᐣᑕᐠ ᐁᑲ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑲᑕᐧᑲᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᑲᓄᐸᐣ

ᐃᐃᒪ ᐅᑕ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑯᓯᐨ᙮” ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑭᐃᐧᑌᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᒥᓀᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑭᒋᓇᒣᑯᓯᐱᐠ ᑲᑭᐦᑭᐃᐧᑌᐊᐧᐨ᙮ “ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᒋᒪᐡᑲᐃᐧᓯᒪᑲᐣ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑲᐃᐧᓯᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ,” ᐊᓫᐃᐢ ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ “ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᑭᔐᐊᐧᑎᓯᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ,” ᓫᐊᑊ ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ᑲᐧᓂᐣ ᐃᐧᑲ ᒋᐊᐧᐸᑕᒪᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᒋᑭᔐᐊᐧᑎᓯᒪᑲᐠ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ,” ᐊᓫᐃᐢ ᐅᑭᑐ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᐧᑕᒪᐨ ᑲᑭᑕᐃᐧᐡᑲᒪᑯᐨ ᐅᓂᐯᐃᐧᓂᓂᐣ᙮ “ᐊᔕ ᓂᔭᓄᑭᔑᑲ ᐅᐅᒪ ᓂᑕᔭ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᔕ ᐱᑯ ᐅᐅᒪ ᓂᑐᒋᑎᐯᐣᑕᑯᐢ ᓂᑎᓀᐣᑕᐣ᙮” ᐅᑭᐃᐧᑌᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᓀᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐸᐸᒪᑲᐧᔓᐁᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᓇᑐᒥᒋᒥᓂ ᑲᐊᔕᒪᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ᙮ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᐊᓂ ᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᑭᐃᐧᑌᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐊᔭᒥᒋᑲᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒪᑎᐁᐧᐦᐃᑲᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑭᓂᑲᒧᓇᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑭᒪᑯᔕᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐃᐃᐁᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᑭᔑᑲᐠ᙮ ᓂᔭᓄᑭᔑᑲ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᒥᓀᐣᑕᑲᐧᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᓫᐊᑊ᙮ “ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᓂᑲᒪᒋᐃᐧᑐᐣ ᐁᑲ

ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑐᑕᐊᐧᑲᓄᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᒥᐁᐧ ᐊᔕ ᒋᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᒥᓄᓂᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ” ᓫᐊᑊ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᐧᓂᐣ ᑕᐁᐧᑕᓯᓄᐣ᙮ “ᑲᐧᓂᐣ ᐁᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑕᑭᒥᓄᓂᑫᓯᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐦᐊᐠ ᐅᔕ ᑲᔭ ᓇᓇᑲ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑭᑕᑭᒥᓇᐣ᙮” ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑫᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᐅᑭᑐᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᒥᓄᓭᓂᐠ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᑭᐃᐧᑌᐃᐧᐣ᙮ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐃᔑᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᑲᐯᔑᓂᐨ ᐱᐃᐧᑌᐣ ᐅᑭᐅᑎᓇᓇᐊᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑫᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧᓂᐨ ᐅᑭᔑᑌᐳᐣ ᐅᑭᒥᑲᐊᐧᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑫᐸᐸᒥᑕᐱᐊᐧᐨ ᐱᐃᐧᑌᐣ ᑭᐊᔭᐊᐧᐠ᙮ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑭᓇ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑭᒥᓄᓭ ᒥᓇ ᓂᐃᐧᓇᓇᑯᒪᒥᐣ ᓂᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ, ᐯᔭᐡᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ᓂᒥᓀᐣᑕᐣ ᑭᒋᓇᒣᑯᓯᐱᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᔭᐣ,” ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᐊᐧᐸᒪᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐣ ᐁᐸᐸᐱᓂᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐁᒥᓀᐣᑕᒥᓂᐨ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒪᐊᐧᑐᐡᑲᓂᐊᐧᐠ᙮ “ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᐧᐸᑕᒪᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑭᒋᓇᒣᑯᓯᐱᐠ ᐊᒥᐁᐧ ᐱᑯ ᑲᐯᑫᐃᔑᐱᒥᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ᙮”


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á?ąá‘˛á?Łá’‹á‘˛á’Ľ á?Šá“‚ᔑᓂᓂá?Šá?§á? ᑭᒪᓯᓇá?Śá?…á‘Žá“ąá?Šá?§á?  á’Ş á“Ż ᓇ á?Ś á?ƒ ᑲ á“€ á“Ż á“‚ á‘Ťá?Šá“„á‘­á?Šá?§á‘Ťá?Šá?§á?¨ á?Šá?Šá?§á”‘á’Ł 16 á‘•á“ąá”­á‘­ á‘­á?ąá’Ľá‘•á”‘á‘•á’Şá‘?á?Šá?§á?  ᑍᑲá?ą á?Šá?ąá?Ł ᑲᑭᔭᓂ á‘Œá?ąá“‡á’§á?Šá?§á?¨ ᒋᒪᓯᓇá?Śá?…á‘Žá“ąá?Šá?§á?¨ á?Šá“„á‘­á?ƒá?§ ᒪᓯᓇá?Śá?ƒá‘˛á“€á“Żá“‚ á‘Ťá?ąá’Ľá?Šá?¸á’‹á‘?á?Šá?§á?¨ á?ƒá’Ş á?Šá?§á?ąá’Ľá‘˛á?§á?Ł á“„á?ąá’Şá‘˛á’Ľá‘Ż á’Şá’‹á‘•á?ƒá?§á“‚á?  á‘Ťá?…á?Łá’‹ á?ąá’Şá’‹á?Śá?…á?Šá?§á‘Ťá?Šá?§á?¨. á? á?§á‘Ž ᒣᑲá?§á?¨ 1996 ᑲᔭᑭá?Šá?§á“‚á?  á‘­á’‹á?Śá?Šá?  á?…á‘­á?…ᓇᔓá?Šá?§á‘•á“‡á?Šá?§ á?…ᑕᔑᑍá?ƒá?§á“‚á?Šá?§ á’‹á?Šá“‚ ᒪᑕᓄᑲᑕᒧá?Šá?§á?¨ á?…á‘•á“„á‘­á?ƒá?§ á’Şá’‹á’‹á‘Ťá?ƒá?§á“‚á?Šá?§ á?ƒá’Ş á?ƒá“€á‘Ť á?ąá‘˛á?§á‘•á‘­á?  á?Šá“„á‘­á?ƒá?§á“‚á? . á?ƒá‘­á‘?á?Šá?§á?  ᑲᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑍá?Šá?§á?¨ á?ƒá’Ş á‘•á”‘á‘Ťá?ƒá?§á“‚á?  á?…á? á?§á“‚ ᑲᑭá?ƒá”‘ á’Şá’‹á‘•á?ƒá?§á“‚á‘Ťá?Šá?§á?¨ á?…ᑲá?…á’‹ á?ƒá?§á’‹á?Śá?ƒá‘Żá“‡á?Šá?§ á?ąá‘˛á?Łá’‹á‘˛á’Ľ á?Šá“‚ᔑᓂᓂá?Šá?§á?  á’‹á”­á“‚ ᑲá?Ąá‘­á‘•á’Şá“ąá?Šá?§á?¨ á?Šá“„á‘­á?ƒá?§ á?ąá’§á’‹á‘Ťá?ƒá?§á“‡á?Ł á’‹á?Šá”­á?Šá?§á?¨ ᑲá?ƒá?§á?Ł á?ƒá‘Ż á? á‘• á“„á‘Żá‘Ś ᑲᑭᔑᑲᓂá?  á? á?§á‘Ž á?ąá‘Ż ᑲᔌ á?Šá“‚ᓂᑲá?Ł á‘Ťá”­á“‚á?ąá’Şá‘Žá“Żá?Šá?§á?¨ á‘Ťá”­á“‚ á?…á?Łá‘•á’‹á?Śá?…á?Šá?§á‘Ťá?Šá?§á?¨.

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Pikangikum signs sustainable forest license After more than 16 years of negotiations Pikangikum has signed a sustainable forest license for the Whitefeather

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Forest. The initiative was started in 1996 when the Elders gave the community the mandate to pursue forest development opportunities. Leaders in the community say the initiative will enable Pikangikum to create economic development opportunities not only for today but for future generations.

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ᑲá?ƒá?§á?Ł ᒪᔑ á’‹á‘­á? á?§á?Šá?§á?¨ á?Šá‘•á?Šá?§á?ąá?˘á‘˛á?&#x; ᑲᑭá?…á’‹ á’Şá’Şá’‹á?ƒá?§á“‚á‘•á?§á?¸á?Ł ᑲ á‘­ á’§ á?Ą á‘­ á?ą á“‚ á‘­ á?¸ á?Ł á’Şá’?á?łá?Šá‘?á?¸á“‚ᑲᒼᑯá? á?Šá‘•á?Šá?§á?ąá?˘á‘˛á?&#x; ᑕᔑᑍá?ƒá?§á“‚á?  á? ᑲá?§ á?Šá?ąá?Ł ᑲᑭᔭᓂ á’Şá’Şá’‹á?ƒá?§á“‚á‘•á?§á?¸á?Ł á?ƒá’Ş á‘˛á‘•á”‘á‘Ťá?Šá?§á?¨ á?¸á?§á•‘á?&#x; á‘Šá•‘á?Šá?Łá“Żá?˘ ᑲᑭá?ƒá”‘á?ƒá?§á“‚á‘•á?§á?¸á?Ł á“‚á?…á?ąá’Ľá‘Żá‘˛á“‡á‘˛ á‘­á?Šá‘•á?ƒá?§á‘˛á?Żá”‘á?Śá?Šá?Šá?§á?  á? ᑲá?§ á‘Žá’Ľá?Łá?˘ á‘­á?ƒá”‘ á?Šá’‹á?ƒá?§á“‡á‘˛á“‚á?ƒá?§á?Šá?§á? . á?Šá‘•á?Šá?§á?ąá?˘á‘˛á?&#x; á?…ᑭᒪᑲá?Ł á‘Ťá•‘á?…á?&#x; ᒪᑎᓇá?˘ á?…ᑭᓇᑕá? á?§á‘•á“‡á?Šá?§ á’‹á‘­á?Šá’‹á?ƒá?§á“‚á‘•á?§á?¸á?Ł ᓇá?Šá?§á?¨ ᑲá?…á’‹ á?Żá”“ᓇᑲá?§á“‚á?  á?…ᑕᔑᑍá?ƒá?§á“‚á?Šá?§á? . á?Šá“‡á?ƒá?§á?Ł á?ƒá’Ş á?¸á?§á•‘á?&#x; á‘Šá•‘á?Šá?Łá“Żá?˘ ᑲᑭᑲá?Żá”‘á?Śá?ƒá‘•á?§ á’Şá?Šá?§á?¨ á?ƒá‘Ż ᑲá?§á”­á?  ᑭᑲᓇá? á?§á“‚á’Şá?Šá?§á? , ᔕᑯá?¨ á‘•á?Ą á?…ᑭᒪᔭᑍᑕᓇá?Šá?§ ᑲá?ƒá”‘ á?¸á?¸á‘˛á“‚á“­á?  á?ƒá”‘á?ąá’Şá‘Žá“Żá?ƒá?§á?Ł á? á?§á‘Ž á?ƒá“€á‘Ť á?¸á?§á•‘á?&#x; á‘Šá•‘á?Šá?Łá“Żá?˘ á?Šá?ąá?¨ á?ƒá?§á?Ł á‘Ťá?ƒá?§á“‡á?Šá?§ ᑲá?ƒá”‘ᓇᓇᒪᔌᑕᒧá?Šá?§á?¨ ᑲá?…ᑕᑲᓀᓯá?Šá?§á?¨ á?…ᑕᔑᑍá?ƒá?§á“‚á?Šá?§á? , á‘­á?ƒá‘­á‘? ᒪᑎᓇá?˘.

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Attawapiskat evacuees still out of community Attawapiskat evacuees who were evacuated due to sewage backups have been transferred to Timmins after spending four weeks in Fort Frances. Deputy Chief Gerald Mattinas said the community members wanted to be transferred closer to home. Even though Fort Frances had good hospitality, some aspects of the culture and traditions in Fort Frances are quite different than those of his Cree community, Mattinas said.

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Wahsa graduates celebrate Fourteen mature students were honoured with a celebration in Sioux Lookout during Wahsa’s 22nd annual graduation ceremony last week. The students were mostly all coming back to high school, and completing their studies while taking care of their families and holding down jobs. The graduates noted that they faced many challenges, but they overcame those challenges and completed their dream of getting a high school diploma.

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White Cedar opens in Thunder Bay A new health centre and pharmacy has opened in Thunder Bay, geared at serving First Nations people. The White Cedar Health Care Centre provides treatment options for all people struggling with opiod addiction. The centre not only provides methadone to clients, but also attempts to deal with clients in a holistic way by having Elders on site, as well as medical staff and councillors.

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Pikangikum takes control of Whitefeather First Nation signs sustainable forestry initiative after 16 years of negotiations. “Now we can move forward,” Alex Peters says Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Pikangikum is looking forward to new economic development opportunities in the Whitefeather Forest after being issued a provincial sustainable forest licence on May 29. “Our Elders are elated with the issuance of the SFL for the Whitefeather Forest,” said Alex Peters, president of the Whitefeather Forest Community Resource Management Authority. “At times we wondered how we would make it. But we have. It was the encouragement of the Elders and their vision of creating new economic opportunities for our youth and for future generations that kept us going. The need to create new opportunities has only grown more urgent since we began. Now we can move forward into beginning our enterprise operations.” Peters said the community developed its forest management plan for the Whitefeather Forest in 2012. Located about 80 kilometres east of the Manitoba border, 90 kilometres north of Red Lake and 400 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, the Whitefeather Forest covers about 11,749 square kilometres. “It was endorsed by the MNR (Ministry of Natural

Resources) and endorsed by the community in 2012,” Peters said. “And we have a few companies that we are talking to.” Peters said the process was initiated by the community’s Elders after the fur harvesting and commercial fishing industries collapsed in the late 1980s, noting the Elders realized “there was money in them there trees.” “When this was first started by the Elders, they said we are not only looking at the present day, this is for our children, our grandchildren and future generations,” Peters said. “We have five forestry technicians that are going to graduate in August from our community. We have foresters that have been in the business for 30 years working for us. There are a lot of people out there, retired foresters, that are willing to help.” While the Elders encouraged the community to cherish their traditional lands and all the living beings on those lands by continuing to follow their responsibilities of Keeping the Land — Cheekahnahwaydahmunk Keetahkeemeenahn, they also noted the gifts were meant to be used for their survival and livelihood. “Keeping the land means to receive a gift, our livelihood, the way we have lived on the land,” said Elder Ellen Peters.

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Pikangikum is looking forward to economic development opportunities in the Whitefeather Forest after the provincial government issued the community a sustainable forest licence. “The land helped us to be very active. I remember one day we were cutting firewood and I was looking at the trees. I just looked at those trees; every tree was created differently, so beautiful. Each one was created in its own unique way. This is why we were taught to keep the land, why we started this initiative. Let’s hold onto these gifts from the Creator. We have been richly blessed; especially the land where everything that we have been blessed with is found.” Accordingly, the Elders gave

the community the mandate to pursue forest development opportunities in 1996. Some had previously worked in sawmills in the Red Lake area and others had seen forest companies harvesting wood north of Red Lake. “They decided that we had excellent timber on our lands and that this was an opportunity,” said Peter Quill, economic development officer at the time. “When I was travelling once with Paddy Peters to Red Lake during this time, we could see non-natives were

developing forestry opportunities and gaining the benefits. Forestry was already taking place in our lands north of Red Lake.” Pikangikum’s sustainable forest licence is the first granted by the provincial government to a First Nations community in the Far North. “We are pleased to work with Pikangikum First Nation so the community can undertake forest management activities in the Whitefeather Forest,” said David Orazietti, minister of Natural Resources.

“Issuing the sustainable forest licence is an important step in implementing Pikangikum’s community-based land use strategy and is a positive outcome of land use planning in the Far North. It will allow Pikangikum to influence its own economic destiny and guide forestry in the area to bring jobs and opportunity to the community.” David Zimmer, minister of Aboriginal Affairs, said the issuing of the sustainable forest licence is one of the ways Ontario and First Nation communities are forging lasting partnerships. “Working together on priority areas, we’re creating economic development opportunities and helping build stronger, healthier communities, both now and in the future,” Zimmer said. Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen said the sustainable forest licence will allow the community to move forward economically with a forestry opportunity. “I wish to thank our Elders, the rest of the Whitefeather Forest Initiative Team, the MNR staff who have worked with us over the years, and all of our other partners for their dedication and commitment in working with us to reach this major milestone,” Owen said.

Attawapiskat evacuees transfer to Kap Lenny Carpenter Wawatay news

Attawapiskat residents who were evacuated last month due to sewage backups were recently transferred closer to home while their houses continue to be repaired. More than 30 Attawapiskat evacuees were transferred to Kapuskasing on June 17 after spending more than five weeks in Fort Frances, a northwestern Ontario town located near the U.S. and Manitoba borders and far from their homes along the James Bay coast. Attawapiskat Deputy Chief Gerald Mattinas said although the hospitality in Fort Frances had been “pretty good,” he and his fellow community members were beginning to become homesick. “We hardly know anybody here in Fort Frances, even though we have First Nations people in the nearby community,” Mattinas said while in his

Fort Frances hotel on June 14. Fort Frances is located beside Couchiching First Nation. “But when you look at it, this is not our territory because we’re from Mushkegowuk. We’re missing some of the things we could do in a known community. In Timmins, there are more Aboriginal people around that do more of the traditional things that we do.” Mattinas noted that some of the evacuees with medical needs had trouble getting their proper prescription since being in a different zone complicated medical file transfers. After a contractor told the First Nation the homes would not be ready until mid-July at the earliest, the residents made the request for the transfer. Some missed home so much that they made arrangements with family back home to either stay in their homes or to build a tent-frame or cabin structure as a temporary shelter until the houses are ready. More than 30 of the original 71 evacuees were

flown to Attawapiskat on June 13. Mattinas said the First Nation was told Fort Frances was the only community that both had the capacity and was willing to take in the residents. At the time, other residents of Attawapiskat and Kashechewan were being evacuated to Kapuskasing, Greenstone, Geraldton, and Thunder Bay due to the threat of flooding. But since those evacuees returned home, Mattinas said the federal and provincial government had been reticent in transferring the evacuees back to the northeast. “We’re more connected to (the northeast) in the way of territory,” he said. “The government does not understand that.” Since Attawapiskat has family, business and hospital connections to cities like Timmins, Sudbury, Kingston and Toronto, being back in the northeast would make travel easier for the residents.

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Putting Up With Mosquitoes Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY

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he Sah-kah-mel or mosquitoes are really, really bad this year. I think I have used up every swear word I ever learned in Cree, English and even French complaining about these little insects. No matter what I do they manage to find me out on the land and even when I am inside my camp. I have tried just about every product I can get my hands on to keep them away but they seem to simply scoff at my efforts. The most bothersome thing is that they hound me constantly with their high pitched buzzing sound. One is bad enough but when there are hundreds it is quite maddening. I don’t recall a spring and summer as bad as this one but then again I think that is how I feel about mosquitoes every year. Strangely enough I found that when I more or less just gave up and let them attack me at will - lo and behold the little creatures seemed to bother me less. I don’t understand why this helpless tactic would work but it seems to. Actually I have even managed to appreciate them for their amazing resolve to survive for millions of years. When I took the time to think about it I realized that they predate humans by millions of years and that they actually even fed off of dinosaurs. Although we consider our species to be at the top of the food chain and very sophisticated we pale in comparison to mosquitoes when it comes to shear survivability. They have managed to make it through all the crisis that have affected our planet over millions of years. While thousands or even millions of species on Earth have become extinct the simple mosquito has come through in flying colours and seems to have a bright future ahead no matter what peril comes to our planet. While taking the time to watch the landing mosquitoes the other day I noticed many interesting things. They have the ability to track warm blooded creatures anywhere. They do this by being able to sense the carbon monoxide that we emit through our breathing and they also have the ability to locate us

through odour. I watched as mosquitoes kept prodding my skin with their little spears looking for the best place to draw blood from. They actually insert through their saliva an anti coagulant into your blood stream that allows them to more easily flow blood into their bodies. This saliva is what causes one to itch after being bitten by a mosquito. Only the female mosquitoes have the ability and role to draw blood from an animal. These hardy insects can survive freezing and dry conditions to emerge when water becomes available and the temperature is right. They feed mainly at dusk and dawn. Amazingly, they mate, then the female lays her eggs in water. Then the eggs hatch, there is a larval stage and soon the mosquito forms and takes to flight. Males and females seek each other out to mate, then the female looks for a good bloody meal before she lays her eggs. The most serious infestations of mosquitoes occur in warm, wet places and in terms of its habitat, these tiny insects can be found all over the world. Although in Canada’s north mosquitoes are not known to carry disease, for the most part there is growing concern about the West Nile virus. In warmer tropical climates throughout Africa, South America and southeast Asia mosquitoes are very dangerous and transmit malaria and dengue. Malaria kills many thousands of people every year. So, while you are battling this year’s infestation of mosquitoes don’t forget they have been around much longer than we have and will certainly be on this planet long after we humans are gone. That won’t seem like any consolation while you are beating at these little insects and scratching at your bites. Just be thankful that of the thousands of species of mosquitoes world wide our northern friends do not yet spread dangerous disease far and wide. They are part of the northern wilderness experience in spring and summer and they are as familiar as red sunsets, the croaking and peeping of frogs, the tweeting of birds and the honking of the Canada Goose. That buzzing you hear has been around since the dawn of time.

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Developing through education Christian Quequish Wawatay News

As I move on to Lakehead University in the fall to study political science, I’ve noticed a huge shift in my attitude towards education. It’s important. No matter what you decide to do in your educational career, it’s important to do it with a positive attitude and a will to learn. I don’t mean to sound like one of those people who tout positivity as the be-all, end-all to every solution. Cynicism has its place, just not in the front seat. I dove into Humber’s journalism program in 2010, and recently graduated on June 19 of this year. It was a tough three years, but that’s a different story. In my life plans circa 2010, the idea was to fast track

through community college and move on to university. I didn’t account for the growth that would come from three years in a community college – it wasn’t my plan to come out of my shell, gain confidence and valuable life skills. I was just after the diploma. Post-secondary education— especially that which has taken me far from home (Humber College is in Toronto, which is about 1,700 kilometers away from my homely little town of Sioux Lookout) brought about new, unexpected challenges and opportunities to experience life in a different light than what I was used to. After three long years I stood to be counted along with hundreds of other graduates from the media studies school at Humber College – I had made it. I found myself lined up outside of the convocation hall at

the Congress Centre in Toronto. I was to be presented with the president’s medal during the convocation. The official description, sent to me in an email, said the medal was given to someone “who has made a significant contribution to his/her School/ Division and to Humber College by demonstrating leadership and participation in both the academic and student life of the College while maintaining a strong overall academic record.” We were marched into the hall with a bagpipe band playing a tune I couldn’t recognize, and seated with our colleagues. Eventually, I was called up to receive the medal … to roaring applause from the crowd. It was all a bit much for me, but I’m told I accepted the award with dignity. Going up there, I wondered

if the thousands of people present could see my legs shaking under my grad gown. My parents were surprised, as my mother said she recalled not believing what she heard initially when my name was called. My dad said he was busy scrambling to the front to take my picture. It was surreal. Having survived the program and graduated from college, I’ve come to realize the experience has matured and molded me into who I need to be for the future.

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Guest editorials, columnists and letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the views of Wawatay News.

Christian Quequish is a recent Humber College graduate who will study pre-law political science at Lakehead University in the fall, with plans to attend law school when he has completed his degree.

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LETTERS Re: Constance Lake Elders oppose hydro project (Wawatay News, June 13)

United opposition It is amazing to see how greedy our generation is. How dare we think we can decide the fate of a river that has been in existence since the planet began its life. In a few short years, because of greed, we can destroy the ecosystem for an unknown number of species of fish and wildlife. I thought we were to work together and be a strong people and not be so easily divided. The life we know now will not be here forever, we will in the future be back on the land, if it is still there to go back to. I too have spoken to many people from Constance Lake who were opposed to this dam, they felt powerless. I just hope that all the companies coming in do not think they can erect their dams on the other rivers. They will face a strong, united opposition from the other First Nations. Submitted online by Jassen

Balance needed I too believe in protecting the river and all the miracles it provides me as a person and as a people. I also believe the Creator gave us the ability to use the land to look after ourselves and all that depend on the land. This is why I believe we can find balance between protection and development. In the last 20 years I have personally seen poverty grow in my community to the point where 95 per cent of our young people are on welfare where they cannot even afford

Preparing for a feast a fishing rod let alone the hooks they will need to exercise their Constitutionally protected right to fish. They cannot afford to go onto the land in this current state of poverty. All First Nation governments are currently going through Federal Government cutbacks once again which again put more pressure on the First Nation leadership to manage their communities. The federal government wants us to move into towns and get off the reservations so we are not there to look after our lands and territories. They only provide enough resources to slowly sink ourselves. We try the best we can but the writing is on the wall, financial shortfalls again and again lead us to third party management where we lose all control of our organizations. Even the Auditor General reports say this very clearly, the First Nations are underfunded and the gap is only growing. Due to these shortages in funds we are lacking in all areas of social success. Mental health, addictions, poor education, lack of training, lack of jobs and the list goes on. I have seen all these social deficiencies gain ground and continue to get greater. When are we going to open our eyes and do something about it? I believe the CLFN leadership was attempting to make change for the betterment of its community by looking at these hydro projects as a balancing act, not one built on greed but one built on reality and one in which they believed could be done in balance with nature and development. These hydro projects are run of the river projects, not regular dams that control the water flow. These run of the river dams will let the river flow

as it has always flowed. What flows above the dam will flow below the dam is a guarantee that the leadership saw as the most important decision factor. The employment benefits would have been another direct benefit to the community members who are currently struggling to find employment. Many jobs would have been created to get people much needed income to support their families and lifestyles. This project will still provide these benefits. The financial returns will put CLFN in a position where it can now begin governing itself to its standards and not the federal government’s. We will be able to put more funds into training and education, culture and language, infrastructure maintenance and upgrades, social healing and foundations, and more applications and investment in the traditional territories. We will be able to invest in our young people and ourselves. We will be able to carry out programs we only dream about today that involve our youth, our Elders, our women and our land users. This decision was not about greed as some have misunderstood, it was about becoming free and independent for our next generations. If we do nothing today how can we expect things to get better when in the last 30 years we have seen everything get worse? Poverty is simply not having the resources you need to care for yourself and from where I come from many of my people are currently living in poverty. For those of you who want to watch our children go hungry one week of each month I take my hat off to you. For those who do not want to look at the real

picture of poverty and sickness I take my hat off to you as well. For those of you who want no change because you are happy my hat goes off to you as well. For those who want to fight for change and truly look at all options to improve ourselves I pray for you. For those who are willing to open their eyes and see the real world of our situation and decide that something must be done I pray for you as well. For those of you who have the courage to believe in a better future I pray for you as well. Too many times we are our worst enemy and the mistigooshuwuk know this and play us like fiddles. One day I pray we all can look at ourselves with support and love, not with suspicion and judgment. Submitted online by Roger Re: Distinguished NAN leader passes (Wawatay News, June 20)

Remembering a friend I had the honour to work for and with Frank Beardy in the early days of both Wawatay and IFNA. He was a true friend, colleague, visionary, and yes, a trailblazer. We laughed and cried together. Once we were arrested together in Temagami for helping our brothers and sisters protect their traditional land. Frank was a gifted storyteller. There are now many stories and memories of Frank to be shared. What a legacy he leaves behind for all to cherish. Blessings to his family and friends. Rest in peace my dear friend. Submitted online by Garnet Angeconeb

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Most of the community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug was involved in hosting 43 visitors in the community last week. From opening homes to visitors to preparing large feasts (like this woman making bannock) the community rallied together to make the visitors’ stay memorable.

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NAN applauds Appeal Court decision on juries Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is applauding a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that overturned a First Nations man’s manslaughter conviction over unfair jury representation. “Today, the Ontario Court of Appeal delivered a clear message to the Ontario government,� said Julian Falconer, counsel for NAN on the appeal. “It called the government’s efforts to meet its constitutional obligation to include First Nations people on Ontario juries ‘sorely lacking.’� Falconer said that the court found the provincial government’s efforts to create representative juries relied

almost exclusively on a “junior bureaucrat,� who was given neither training nor supervision. He added that the government ignored a “known and worsening problem, year after year.� “The Ontario government has run out of excuses,� Falconer said. “It needs to take immediate and urgent steps to repair its relationships with First Nations’ governments to address head-on the problem of Aboriginal estrangement from the justice system.� The 2-1 R. v. Kokopenace decision by Justices H.S. LaForme and S.T. Goudge, with Justice Paul Rouleau dissenting, called for the introduction of fresh evidence and a new trial for Clifford Koko-

penace, who was convicted of the 2008 stabbing death of a

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“The Ontario government has run out of excuses. It needs to take immediate and urgent steps to repair its relationships with First Nations’ governments to address head-on the problem of Aboriginal estrangement from the justice system.� -Julian Falconer

friend in Grassy Narrows. “The violation is the state’s failure to provide Aboriginal on-reserve residents with a fair opportunity to be included in the jury roll,� LaForme said in his June 14 decision. “A disproportionately low number of Aboriginal on-reserve residents on a jury panel is not, in itself, necessarily evidence that there

was created. It is the detailed record assembled for the first time that demonstrates the state’s failure.� LaForme considered the First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries report by former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci as fresh evidence for his analysis. Delivered this past February

in Thunder Bay, the report included 17 recommendations to ensure enhanced representation on the jury roll. “NAN has been pursuing the issue of the exclusion of our people from the Ontario jury for many years,� said Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “We were stonewalled by the government and had to take this to the courts. The Ontario Court of Appeal has now delivered two judgments declaring that the exclusion of First Nations people is a wrong that must be righted.� Fiddler said the Iacobucci Report provides a roadmap on how to resolve the jury roll issue. “It will require respectful Nation-to-Nation negotia-

tions,� Fiddler said. “We are hopeful that the Ontario government will now see that this is the way forward.� NAN began its efforts to secure a review of the jury roll issue following revelations during the Kashechewan Inquest in 2008 that the Kenora Judicial District jury roll only contained names from 14 of NAN’s 49 communities. In March 2011, NAN and two First Nation families won a landmark Court of Appeal judgment recognizing that Coroner’s juries were required to be representative of First Nations People. The court also ordered the coroner to conduct an inquiry into the validity of the jury roll for the Thunder Bay Judicial District.

Fiddler to co-chair jury review implementation committee Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler has been appointed co-chair of Ontario’s recently announced Jury Review Implementation Committee. “I know it’s going to be a lot of work — it’s a real challenge to try to fix a system that hasn’t worked for a long time,� Fiddler said. “I think the key is who else is going to be there, so that’s going to be the next step is to consider some potential candidates who will make up the committee.� Irwin Glasberg, Ontario’s assistant deputy attorney general, was also appointed as a co-chair. “(We) will be meeting

shortly to look at some potential candidates and consult some people and present the names of who we feel would make a real contribution to the (committee),� Fiddler said. “According to the Iacobucci Report and also the statements that have been made by the province, I think what we are looking for is a substantial First Nation representation on this committee.� Fiddler and Glasberg are responsible for providing advice on the selection of committee members, which is expected to be made up of First Nations leaders, public servants and others in the justice sector. The committee is expected to be established later this

summer after committee members are selected. “Deputy Grand Chief Fiddler’s expertise and passion for improving our justice system in Aboriginal communities make him a tremendous asset to the implementation committee,� said Attorney General John Gerretsen. “By working together as partners, I’m confident we can find timely and effective solutions to address the under-representation of First Nations people on juries.� The Ontario government committed to establishing the committee after it was recommended in the First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries report, delivered this past February by former

Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci. “The release of the Hon. Frank Iacobucci’s report on the jury roll was a key first step towards ensuring that First Nations are adequately represented in the Ontario justice system and I will be pleased to assist with the next vital steps in this process,� Fiddler said. “I look forward to working to ensure that the recommendations of Justice Iacobucci’s report are implemented in a way that truly addresses the crisis of First Nations in the justice system.� The Ministry of the Attorney General also committed to implement Iacobucci’s recommendation to establish an

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Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler has been appointed to co-chair Ontario’s recently announced jury review implementation committee. advisory group to provide the attorney general with advice

on broader justice issues affecting First Nations. This committee will likely be established by this fall. Iacobucci was appointed to report on First Nation representation on Ontario jury rolls in August 2011 following court decisions questioning the validity of jury rolls with respect to representation by First Nations. In addition to the implementation committee and advisory group recommendations, the report also called for the Ministry of the Attorney General to conduct studies on legal representation, policing issues and a review of the Aboriginal Court Worker program, for input by the implementation committee.

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Holistic care for opiod addiction New Thunder Bay health center White Cedar opens doors to clients Shawn Bell Wawatay News

Michele Solomon, White Cedar Health Center’s manager, told a story during White Cedar’s grand opening open house on June 19. One of the health center’s first patients was a Anishinabe woman in her 50s, Solomon said. The woman had suffered from pill addiction for years, and Solomon wondered why she had not reached out for help before. It was because she felt ashamed of her addiction, the woman told Solomon, but when she found out about White Cedar’s programming, and the fact that Anishinabe people are involved in all aspects of the center, she said she felt comfortable coming for help. For Solomon, a member

of Fort William First Nation, the woman’s story exemplified exactly what makes White Cedar special. “Most people who work here know someone personally affected by opiod addiction,� Solomon said. “I’ve personally witnessed many, many people battle with this addiction. So the services we offer are client centered, and they’re holistic, designed to meet clients where they are at.� White Cedar opened its doors two weeks ago at its new treatment center in Thunder Bay’s south side. The facility features a production pharmacy, medical care rooms for nurses and doctors to see patients, and gathering spaces where clients can visit with each other, talk to White Cedar’s First Nations Elder or

“The colour scheme, the art on the walls, the grandfather teachings in the entrance way, all of these things are the centre of our building and they are key to how we would like our clients to feel when they come here.� -Michele Solomon

see councillors on site. The idea is to bring all the medical services under one roof for people wanting to get off of prescription drugs. And while Solomon noted that the medicine wheel has four colours, and the facility accepts clients of all ethnici-

ties, the dĂŠcor of the facility as well as the staff and approach all speak strongly to White Cedar’s Aboriginal focus. “The colour scheme, the art on the walls, the grandfather teachings in the entrance way, all of these things are the centre of our building and they are key to how we would like our clients to feel when they come here,â€? Solomon said. White Cedar’s business model is also unique. The production pharmacy is not only able to fill prescriptions and provide methadone for clients. It has been created to fill prescriptions for entire northern communities who partner with White Cedar. Travis Boissoneau, White Cedar’s vice president of Community Relations, has been working on setting up arrangements with First Nations communities – both remote and road-access – to provide prescriptions to the communities. He said that instead of communities faxing their prescriptions to a corporate pharmacy, the plan is to have First Nations fax prescriptions to White Cedar’s pharmacy and have White Cedar send the filled prescriptions back to the community. The benefits are three-fold, Boissoneau explained. On one hand the communities will be supporting a facility that has First Nations investors and First Nations ownership. On another, White Cedar plans to designate a portion of the success of its business back to its community partners. And perhaps most importantly, profits from the pharmacy are being reinvested into White Cedar’s health centre to cover the costs of having an Elder on site, providing a breakfast program for clients and paying for counsillors for clients. “We’re not a corporation coming in to service and supply the communities,â€? Boissoneau said. “We’re a First Nations company developing business

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From left to right: Travis Boissoneau, White Cedar’s VP of community relations; Michele Solomon, White Cedar health center manager; and Jennifer Copenace, White Cedar’s registered pharmacy technician. partnerships with the communities, so each community has an economic interest in White Cedar.� The facility is currently accepting referrals from other medical institutions. It also welcomes clients who want to refer themselves into the programs. And as Solomon explained,

every person who walks through the doors will be treated with respect and compassion. “All the services our clients need will be available under one roof, so they will not have to go into other institutions where society has expressed concern about these clients,� Solomon said.

PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE Prescribed Burn – Lac Seul Islands Conservation Reserve August 15, 2013 – October 31, 2013 The public is urged to stay off these islands during this period for their own safety.



      

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) will be conducting a Prescribed Burn between August 15, 2013 and October 31, 2013 on three islands in the Lac Seul Conservation Reserve. Prescribed burns are deliberate forest fires set by forest managers to help enhance the health of an ecosystem. The purpose of this burn is to restore the forest on the Lac Seul Conservation Reserve Islands (C2317) to its original boreal habitat. The burn is fundamental in restoring and maintaining the ecological integrity of this fire-dependent protected area. As a result, the public is urged to stay off these islands during the prescribed burn period for their own safety. For more information, please contact Dale Thompson at 807-737-5033.

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Overcast weather did not deter the dozens of people who joined together on Front Street to celebrate Aboriginal Day in Sioux Lookout. A Sunrise Ceremony held at the Nishnawbe Gamik Friendship Centre started off the events. As the day progressed the crowd gathered to participate in the dedication ceremony of seven grandfather rocks that have been placed in Centennial Park. The ceremony dedicating the grandfather rocks was a culmination of months of effort between Jerry Sawanas, a translator/radio announcer at Wawatay, Joyce Timpson, a councillor with the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and Sioux Lookout community development officer Florence Bailey. Bailey said the seven rocks were hand selected in partnership with the First Nations community and each has a special meaning. Reverend Bill Morris from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug opened the ceremony with a prayer of thanks, before going on to sing a traditional song taught to him by an Elder and then prayed as a blessing for the Rocks. Lac Seul Chief Clifford Bull said that celebrating Aboriginal Day is a way to recognize the significance of having First Nations cultures, values and teachings still here in Canada. “We need to recognize how First Nations have made a great impact on how Canada was originally formed, and also that First Nations have made an impact

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Above: Sioux Lookout residents gathered on National Aboriginal Day to celebrate Aboriginal culture and share stories with drumming, traditional dancing, a fish-fry and bannock.

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Right: Reverend Bill Morris (left) and Jerry Sawanas speak during the ceremony honouring the seven Grandfather Rocks that have been place in Centennial Park in SIoux Lookout. festive crowd enjoyed the many and varied activities that were offered including crafts and cultural activities Later in the afternoon a powwow was held in Centennial Park and the day ended with a traditional feast attended by many people at the Friendship

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Centre. “It makes me happy instead of walking around sad, cause it brings people together,” said Marcel, a First Nations man who lives in Sioux Lookout. All who participated agreed that Aboriginal Day 2013 was an event to be remembered.

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Thunder Bay’s National Aboriginal Day celebrations featured a powwow on June 21 at Marina Park, top, where people in traditional regalia and those without danced to the beat provided by a number of drum groups, including host drum Little Bear and co-host drum Shadow Creek. The powwow included a special ceremony to honour youth, a feast with Aboriginal foods and giveaways at the closing ceremony.

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Nicole Waboose, right, was one of the Aboriginal musicians featured during the June 20 open air concert portion of the celebrations. Activity stations, arts, crafts, storytelling, games were also held on June 20, and a variety of exhibitors and food and craft vendors displayed their products on both days.

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was an amazing event, it’s about time our people started being heard,” he said before he gave the audience a moment to cheer in response. “Overall, I am very pleased with the support we received from local sponsors and the audience,” Cheechoo said. “I had a great time doing my stand-up; the audience responded wonderfully and many people gave me lots of compliments after the show.” Sault said that so many of the local Aboriginal adults and young people are valuable role models for future generations. “We look forward to next year`s Gala to grow with and inspire our people,” Sault said. Cheechoo is also looking forward to next year’s event. “I’m so looking forward to continuing my part to help out for June 20, 2014!” he said.

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Bobby Narcisse channels the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. “It’s getting hot in this outfit, must be that lasagna,” he joked in between songs.

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songs by Elvis Presley in costume. After the musical performances, three comedians took to the stage. Cheechoo, Todd Genno, and Krista Becker, the 2013 Comic Idol winner, did 10-minute sets each. “The dancers and singers were amazing,” Becker said about the performances. “I am so inspired by their talents at such a young age.” The gala was Becker’s second public performance, and she said that she “was really excited for this event.” “I believe that we as people from different heritages and backgrounds should congregate more. In doing so we can grow as a community together rather than against one another,” Becker said. After his act, Genno thanked the crowd, noting how great the audience was. He said that he did not want to end his set. “This

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“This is a great town. I love it, National Aboriginal Day,” comedian Patrick Cheechoo said. Cheechoo was in town performing at the Aboriginal Day Gala that took place on June 22 at the Airlane Hotel and Conference Centre in Thunder Bay. Over 170 tickets to the gala were sold. “I get to go to a gathering like this every day,” Cheechoo said as he looked around the audience. “I go there in the evening - you see friends and you catch up. It’s called shopping at Wal-Mart,” he joked. As well as being a performer, Cheechoo was also a member of the planning committee for the event. The committee also included Larry Baxter, Bobby Narcisse, Janelle Wawia and Debbie Sault. “The 2013 Aboriginal Day Gala was a huge success, we met and went far beyond our expectations. We came together to celebrate our people, our culture,” Sault explained. Sault said that the talent and skills displayed by the Aboriginal artists was “awe-inspiring.” There were dancers from the International Dance Academy, and musical performances by Melinda Henderson and Natasha Fisher. Fisher’s sister Hannah, who played guitar, accompanied her on stage. The duo performed three cover songs, opening with the song “Summertime Sadness” by artist Lana Del Rey. “I feel we did quite well,” Fisher said after the set. “The audience really reacted to us.” Henderson said the event was “very warm and felt like a family,” and Narcisse performed

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Above: Hosts and visitors pose for a group photo at the memorial where KI signed Treaty 9 with Ontario and Canada in 1929. At the site, KI leaders held a treaty signing reenactment in reverse: only Oji-Cree was used. It was followed by a discussion on what it means to be a treaty person. Right: Annie Anikov of Ottawa and another guest check out a house that was condemned due to mould.

KI visit an eye-opening experience Canadians see poor conditions but inspired by the ‘KI spirit’ Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

When 43 Canadians from across the country landed in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) on June 15, it was the first time for many of them to visit a First Nations reserve. Some had very limited experience with First Nations people and issues, including Annie Hollis of Toronto. “All I knew was in the standard history textbook, which is clearly from a point of view of ‘we need to fulfill this criteria,’ but without a social view of the events,” the 19-year-old Queen’s University student said. “With First Nations issues, you don’t hear that side in most classroom settings.” The week-long event was spearheaded by four youth: Justin Beardy, Faith McKay, Leona Matthews and Karyn Paishk. McKay said the goal of the event was to bridge the gap between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people and dispel negative perspectives of indigenous people. “These strangers don’t know much about Aboriginal people – well most of them,” she said.

“We do have our problems, but we try to be as happy as we can and we have pride in our land and we wanted to show them.” Peter Love, a part-time lawyer and member of the Toronto Rotary Club, said most Canadians know little about Aboriginal history and their perspective. “We’re terribly ignorant,” he said. “But this (KI trip) is the process of learning.” The visitors were thrust into life in KI immediately. They stayed in the homes of community members and were given tours of the homes of various residents. “I think the thing that struck me the most is how tough the life is here,” Love said, noting the poor housing conditions and high cost of food. The visitors took part in an open forum with community leaders, who explained how funding from the federal government is not only limited but pre-itemized before it is even received. The arrangement offers little flexibility in putting the money towards more pressing needs like housing. Hollis said she was frustrated with how First Nations have

little to no say while the federal and provincial government control everything from afar. “There’s no power for the elected government of these communities,” she said. “I can’t even imagine how there can be so much positivity and hope in trying to go through it when I found it so frustrating just to hear that they know what needs to be done and where this funding can be put to better use.” But the visitors did not find only doom and gloom in KI. “The community is strong as whole, but the individuals are strong themselves,” Hollis said. “The people are resilient, and have been full of generosity and goodwill when we arrived,” Love said. “I’ve never met such a generous community,” Hollis said, noting that her host gave up her own bedroom for the visitor. “I’ve been here five days and I felt like a part of the family.” The visitors also took part in traditional activities like fishing and canoeing while being fed traditional foods such as goose, moose, and fish. The trip to KI concluded with

a celebration on Aboriginal Day with prayers, drums, songs and a feast. Five days was an enlightening experience, said Love. “I think the message I will bring back is that a great injustice has happened in our history and we need to fix it,” Love said, adding that it will not be easy. “It’s not just government and the law and courts, but people, individual people have to figure out ways that they can fix this problem.” As for the youth organizers, the event turned out to be well worth all the hard work. In addition to all the planning and promotion of the event and finding accommodations for all the visitors, the youth recruited and found volunteers to cook, organize and drive the visitors around the community. The event succeeded thanks to a community effort, Paishk said. “I’m so proud to be from here, KI. This is our home,” she said. She noted the laughter and cheers around the community grounds. “You see this right? This is the spirit of KI, and I don’t think it’ll ever die.”

Above: Kristian Galverg of Toronto and a KI community member can only watch as the orange passed neck-to-neck drops during an afternoon of games. Top of page: KI members and visitors hold prayer circle on Aboriginal Day, an hour before the visitors left.

Left: Visitors hold a sing-a-long by a bonfire held at Sandy Banks. The evening featured a rounddance, marshmallow and weiner roast, and fireworks. Above: Stanley Bluecoat discusses community issues with Barbara Hall, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and former mayor of Toronto. Hall stayed at the home of KI Deputy Chief Darryl Sainnawap and his family until she left on June 19.


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Co-writer and co-producer Chantelle Richmond (centre), director James Fortier (right) and a university research student answer questions following the screening of Gifts From the Elders. The 60-minute documentary featured Elders and youth talking about the history and environmental impacts of the land around Pic River and Batchewana First Nation.

Gifts From the Elders highlights Elder and youth dialogue Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

A 60-minute documentary about connecting Elders and youth in communities along the northern shore of Lake Superior recently made its premiere in northern Ontario. Gifts From the Elders follows five Anishinabe youth from Pic River and Batchewana First Nations on a summer research project with their Elders, whose stories guide them on a journey back to proceeding generations that lived a healthy lifestyle off the land. Co-producer and co-writer Chantelle Richmond of Pic River said the documentary was five years in the works after she and other researchers met with Elders in the communities

about developing a research project in history and wellness. “They said we’re really interested in creating some sort of research project to talk about these issues,” said Richmond, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, with a cross appointment in the First Nation Studies Program, at Western University. “They wanted to talk about the changes we see in the land, to talk about what this means for health, but most importantly for bringing a way to preserve information we hold about our land.” But in developing the project, the Elders had a stipulation. “They said, ‘We don’t just want this to be an Elder’s project, we want the youth involved,’” Richmond said. “If

we could find a way to preserve Elder’s stories but involved youth, that’s what we want to do.” Most of the film was shot last summer, following the youth as they embarked on their research project and spoke with Elders in their home communities. The film also featured the Elders’ personal stories of living on the land as well as historic photos and footage that chronicle the history of the Ojbiways along the north shore. The Elders also talk about the devastating impact that environmental and cultural dispossession had on the flow of knowledge from Elders to youth, and ultimately on the health of their people. Richmond said it was great to

The 2013 Grade 8 graduating class of JR Nakogee School, Attawapiskat First Nation would like to thank the Dream Catcher Fund for helping to cover the costs of their grad trip... Chi- meegwetch

see the impact the experience had on the youth who were involved. “You can see from the film the transformation that the youth had and they were actually inspired and learned a lot from the process,” she said. Directed by James Fortier of Pic River, the film made its premiere in Thunder Bay on June 4 and was followed by screenings in Pic River, Batchewana and London, Ont., throughout the month. Richmond was proud of the final result of the film. “I think the youth and Elders who were brave enough to speak on camera are really special people,” she said. “I know it took a lot for them to sit down and have these stories immortalized.”



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Inspection of Approved Aerial Herbicide Spraying Abitibi River Forest



Congratulations to all graduates of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invites you to inspect the MNR-approved aerial herbicide spray project. As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands on the Abitibi River Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about: July 29, 2013. The herbicide Vision Max, registration PCP# 27736 will be used. The approved project description and project plan for the aerial herbicide project is available for public inspection at the office of First Resource Management Group Inc. and on the MNR public website at ontario.ca/forestplans beginning July 1, 2013 until March 31, 2014 when the annual work schedule expires. Ontario Government Information Centres at Cochrane, Timmins and Kirkland Lake provide access to the Internet.

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My experiences at Dryden High School so many years ago, have allowed me to pursue other educational experiences that have made my career very rewarding. I hope that our graduates are able to reflect on their experiences in KP and realize that the learning has provided paths in life that would not have occurred without the great learning in KP. I do hope that the KP21C initiative will help prepare you for our highly technical world. Keep in mind that our world will continue to change rapidly because of the technological changes, and it is our belief that you will be well prepared for change.

Interested and affected persons and organizations can arrange an appointment with MNR staff at the MNR District or Area Office to discuss the aerial herbicide project. For more information or to arrange an appointment with MNR staff, please contact: First Resource Management Group Inc. P.O. Box 920 Englehart, ON P0J 1H0 Stephen Foley, RPF MNR – Cochrane District Office P.O. Box 730, 2-4 Highway 11 South Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0 tel: 705-272-7129 fax: 705-272-7183

Wayne Pawson tel: 705-544-2828 ext. 224 fax: 705-544-2921 Bill Vanschip, RPF MNR – Kirkland Lake District Office P.O. Box 910, 10 Government Road Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3K4 tel: 705-568-3243 fax: 705-568-3200

Attaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is an accomplishment that we celebrate and we want all of our graduates to know that we appreciate their contributions within our schools and wish each of you great success in years to come. The commitment from our dedicated staff has provided you with avenues for success, and the leadership and learning skills that you have developed will be of great education or employment.

Nikki Wood, RPF MNR – Timmins District Office 5520 Highway 101 East South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0 tel: 705-235-1339 fax: 705-235-1377

Or call toll-free: 1-800-667-1940 and ask to be forwarded to one of the contacts above. Renseignements en français : (705) 272-7196 Cochrane, (705) 568–3222 Kirkland Lake, (705) 235-1314 Timmins

Be open to pursuing jobs in the future that do not exist today, and challenge yourself to continuously learn in preparation for those unknown positions. That may sound difficult, but staying on the leading edge of technology and teamwork, you will be ready for the many jobs that will evolve over time. On behalf of the staff and trustees of the KPDSB, we thank you for your involvement within the board and wish you a happy and successful life ahead.

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Fulfilling a dream: Wahsa graduates 14 students Geoff Shields Special to Wawatay News

For graduates such as Roy Fiddler, getting a high school diploma was an especially big accomplishment. Fiddler was one of 14 mature aged Wahsa graduates who were honoured by over 200 guests at the 22nd annual Wahsa graduation in Sioux Lookout on June 19. Like his peers, Fiddler was supporting his family and holding down a job while working to fulfill his dream of a high school diploma. “I found the going tough and at times I nearly gave up, but I wanted to set an example for my kids so I kept going,� Fiddler said, adding that he intends to pursue further education now that high school is behind him. “I intend to apply to university, not sure which course to take, but for the time being I’m going to take a break.� Emcees Lorraine Sainnawap and Caitlin Warby opened the ceremony by introducing the graduates. Juliet Blackhawk opened the ceremony with a prayer which was followed by traditional drumming and a song. Congratulations were offered to the graduates from dignitaries such as Regional Chief Stan Beardy, NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council’s Norma Kejick and others. “Every time we make some progress as First Nations people it is for the benefit of the whole country,� Beardy told the graduates. “It has been said that we are faced with

Wahsa 2013 Grads Ryan Sakakeep Big Trout Lake Donny Nayotchekeesic Fort Severn Leah Stoney Kasabonika Christine Bunting Lac Seul Dwayne Kejick Lac Seul Chris Lawson Lac Seul photos by Geoff Shields/Special to Wawatay News

14 Wahsa graduates from a number of northern communities were celebrated in Sioux Lookout last week. many difficulties, many challenges, but at the same time there are opportunities and I give thanks for that.� On a special note, husband and wife Eliezar and Janey McKay were among those who graduated. “Initially it was very hard, what with working and family commitments plus we had some personal problems that made it difficult, but it was something we believed in very strongly and we were determined to finish it,� Eliezer McKay said. Wahsa principal Darrin Head noted that the challenges faced by many mature students makes the success of the graduates even that much more special. “Most of our students are coming back into the system

as adults and trying to work around jobs, family those sorts of things so it’s a challenge and to see them finally succeed is always gratifying for us at Wahsa,� said Head. Head added that the fact Wahsa allows students to remain in their home communities, with their families, and work around their schedule makes the program successful. “It’s always a positive feeling when we have these graduations,� Head said. “Our interactions tend to be by telephone or online, so to have this opportunity to get them all together to celebrate like this is a really good feeling for us and the students as well.�

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TECHNICAL ENGINEER (Production/Engineer/ Technician) Wawatay Native Communications Society serves the communications needs of the First Nations peoples and communities of northern Ontario. The Society does this through the provision of a biweekly newspaper, daily radio, website and other services that help to preserve and enhance the languages and cultures of the Aboriginal people in northern Ontario. DESCRIPTION: The Technical Engineer provides support services to the Radio Department. The responsibilities lie mainly in the engineering and technical needs of the Radio Department. The Technical Engineer is responsible for the technical maintenance of all equipment within the production studio, and from time to time manning remote mixes/transmission equipment and simultaneous translation equipment. FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES: The Technical Engineer will: ‡ Routine for equipment maintenance. ‡ Assist in audio facilities set-up for remote technical productions. ‡ Engineer simultaneous translation equipment at meetings and carry out routine preventive maintenance of all Translation equipment and related items before traveling to ensure equipment is in working order. ‡ Compile and maintain technical inventory of live remote equipment and translation equipment, including microphones, headsets, cables, control panels/mixers and audio recorders on and off site. ‡ Update live broadcast equipment continuously to ensure compatibility and clear and stable performance from urban and First Nation communities ‡ Train casual operators ‡ Conduct post-mortem on all equipment (translation/meeting/broadcast) after each rental/operation to review tech problems and resolve them ‡ Maintain and update files on all community radio station equipment and technical needs ‡ Assist with live broadcasts as required ‡ Travel to urban and First Nation communities as required QUALIFICATIONS: The Technical Engineer must be knowledgeable about practices and technologies associated with the Canadian broadcasting industry. ‡ Must either be a graduate of a recognized technical institute or have a minimum of at least three years of related experience. ‡ Must have the ability to work with little or no supervision within a wide range of environmental conditions. ‡ Must be free to travel as required, and meet deadlines. ‡ Fluency or understanding of the Aboriginal language and culture within Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Treaty 3 is an asset. ‡ Must be highly self-motivated and willing to learn. ‡ Hold a valid class G drivers license and provide a driver’s abstract Location: Sioux Lookout Apply by: July 5, 2013 @ 4:30 CST Please send resume to: Adelaide Anderson, A/Finance Manager Wawatay Native Communications Society Box 1180, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7 Email: reception@wawatay.on.ca Fax: (807) 737-3224 Please note: References may be required

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First Nation chef passionate about cooking Rocky Bay’s Amede Thompson Jr. wants to be first native chef on TV Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Rocky Bay’s Amede Thompson Jr. is headed to Canada’s premiere culinary school to take his passion for culinary arts to a higher level. “It’s the only school in Canada that offers a degree (in culinary operations),” Thompson said. “I eat and sleep cooking — I don’t think there is anybody that loves it more than I do.” Thompson even sleeps with the Food Network going on his television. “Almost every day when I make a dish or my supper, I always do it contemporized,” Thompson said. “I plate it and I’m always pushing myself.” Thompson said he has worked for six of the 11 chefs profiled in a recent Thunder Bay article on the top chefs in the city. “I worked for Caribou restaurant (a higher end restaurant in Thunder Bay),” Thompson said. “I was the lunch leader — I was the guy who made sure all the

food went out for lunch perfectly.” Thompson has also worked at the Bight restaurant on Thunder Bay’s waterfront, the Blue Parrot and Ruby Moon. “I was also the MNR sous chef for whenever a fire happens,” Thompson said. “They have mobile kitchen units that are valued at millions of dollars. We usually do 200 firefighters for breakfast, lunch and dinner and we almost go out for two months at a time.” Thompson said the Ministry of Natural Resources camp usually has a team of about 10 cooks to serve the firefighters. “We were serving food like shrimp skewers with a homemade demi glaze gravy, seasonal vegetables, seasonal lettuce from a local supplier in Timmins,” Thompson said. “It was kind of like buffet style, but how I was doing it, I was getting one person to go out and take orders from all of (the firefighters). We were making homemade breads and desserts.” Although Thompson is suc-

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Rocky Bay’s Amede Thompson Jr. is aiming to be a professional chef. ceeding with his goals now, he wasn’t always so successful. He was once addicted to prescription drugs. “When you’re so into drugs, it just costs a lot of money and

it also takes a toll on your relationship with your family,” Thompson said. “Once I quit, I withdrawalled (sic) at home and I pretty much kept away from it. It’s been three years

now; it was hard in the first couple of years but ever since it’s been getting easier ever since I saw my passion, my love, my dream.” Thompson first took up the culinary arts at Confederation College’s Culinary Management program in 2009 after having previously worked with his father in the forestry business. “The first day I went to class, I fell in love with it,” Thompson said. “Ever since then I’ve exceeded and excelled.” Thompson has since completed 4,000 of the 6,000 hours required for a Red Seal endorsement, an interprovincial standard of excellence for the skilled trades that is prized by employers. “Since I started in culinary, I’ve had the passion and determination to succeed, to push myself further than any person,” Thompson said. “I’ve excelled, I’ve worked in fancy, high-end restaurants in Thunder Bay. I’ve passed with top honours and I’ve almost got my Red Seal.”

Thompson was accepted into the Culinary Institute of Canada, located in Charlottetown, P.E.I., for this fall’s intake. Located at Holland College’s Tourism and Culinary Centre, the culinary school has provided culinary and hotel and restaurant management training since 1983. “I’ve worked in about 15 different places in three years and learned about 30 to 40 different kinds of jobs, ranging from breakfast to fine dining,” Thompson said. “Now I’m just trying to get that other end of experience on the coast of P.E.I.” Thompson’s goal is to be a professional chef. “I want to be the first Native (chef) to get on TV,” Thompson said. “I’m training myself to become the best and I’m fully determined to finish that program in P.E.I., open my own restaurant in America and be one of the first Natives to earn the Michelin star (for restaurant excellence).”

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INSPECTION Caribou 2008–2018 Forest Management Plan Inspection of Approved Planned Operations for Phase II (2013–2018) The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Resolute Forest Products Inc. and the Sioux Lookout Local Citizen Committees (LCC) are advising you that the Planned Operations for the second five-year term (2013–2018) of the 2008–2018 Forest Management Plan for the Caribou Forest have been approved by the MNR Regional Director and are available for inspection. The MNR-approved Planned Operations for the second five-year term will be available for inspection for 30 days. During the 30-day inspection period, there is an opportunity to make a written request to the Director, Environmental Assessment Approvals Branch, Ministry of the Environment for an individual environmental assessment of specific forest management activities in the Planned Operations for the second five-year term. The MNR-approved Planned Operations for the second five-year term and Planned Operations Summary are available for inspection for 30 days from July 11, 2013 to August 9, 2013 on the MNR public website at ontario.ca/forestplans, at both the Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay Resolute offices and at the Sioux Lookout MNR District Office, during normal office hours by appointment (see contact information below). The Ontario Government Information Centre in Toronto at 777 Bay Street and the Ontario Government Information Centre in Sioux Lookout at 62 Queen Street provide Internet access. For further information, please contact: Lenny Carpenter/Wawtay News

Tyson Morrisseau of Couchiching First Nation tees off during Seven Generation’s 15th annual golf tournament on June 14.

Seven Generations holds 15th annual golf tournament “It’s a quality game,” he said of taking up golf. “Just everything. It’s all on your self, it’s not team centred.” Despite hitting a one-in-amillion shot, Morrisseau was modest in describing his play during the tournament. “Just having a good time trying to play some golf – trying to,” he said with a laugh. “Made a couple shots but it’s all fun.” Seven Generations’ CEO Delbert Horton said that’s what the golf tournament is all about. “But also we raise a little bit of money for youth activities,” he said. “Sometimes young people need another extra help and they have no other place to access a few bucks to do something.” Horton added, “It’s nothing major. It’s not a big pool of money but it’s something.” The golf tournament was held the day after Seven Generations’ graduation ceremony, where they honoured more than 100 grads from the Treaty 3 area in northwestern Ontario.

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Randy Morrisseau of Couchiching First Nation made the shot of lifetime when he scored an albatross on a par 5 during Seven Generation Educational Institute’s 15th Annual FourPerson, 18-Hole Scramble Tournament on June 14. After teeing off, Morrisseau sunk in his second shot from the fairway to give him threeunder-par for that hole. According to golf experts, the odds of scoring an albatross on a par 5 is one in 1,000,000 – much rarer than a hole-in-one on a par 3. Morrisseau and his teammates were stunned when they learned he sunk in his shot. “I felt awesome,” Morrisseau, 28, said. “It’s probably the best shot I’ve hit in my golf career.” Morrisseau said he has been playing golf for at least eight years and has been mostly playing at the Heron Landing Golf Course in Fort Frances, where the tournament took place.

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The approved Planned Operations will be available for public viewing for the five-year period at the same locations listed above. This is the third and final opportunity to influence operations for the second five-year term. The Ministry of Natural Resources is collecting your personal information under the authority of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. Any personal information you provide (address, name, telephone, etc.) will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Your personal information may be used by the Ministry of Natural Resources to send you further information related to this forest management planning exercise. If you have questions about the use of your personal information, please contact Glen Niznowski at 807-737-5037.

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www.wawataynews.ca INSPECTION Inspection of Approved Aerial Herbicide Spraying Caribou Forest The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invites you to inspect the MNR-approved aerial herbicide spray project. As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands on the Caribou Forest (see map below) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about August 1, 2013. The herbicide VisionMAX registration #27736 will be used. The approved project description and project plan for the aerial herbicide project is available for public inspection at the Thunder Bay Resolute Forest Products office and on the MNR public website at ontario.ca/forestplans beginning June 26, 2013 until March 31, 2014 when the annual work schedule expires. The Ontario Government Information Centre at 62 Queen Street, Sioux Lookout provides access to the Internet. Interested and affected persons and organizations can arrange an appointment with MNR staff at the MNR District Office to discuss the aerial herbicide project. For more information, please contact:

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