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Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974

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The daughters of the late Jeremiah McKay were on hand for the site dedication for the new hostel in Sioux Lookout, Ont., Sept. 9. The hostel will have 100 beds compared to the current hostel that has 39 beds. From left, Mary McKay, Saloma Anderson, Maid Cromarty, Stella Anderson and Genevieve McKay. Jeremiah McKay’s sons – Ted McKay, Peter McKay and Kevin Albany – were also present at the ceremony. The new hostel is located directly next the new Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, which is expected to open in November.

ᑭᒋᐦᐊ Hostel named after ᑲᑭᓇᑲᑕᑭᐨ ᓄᑯᑦ late Kasabonika Elder ᐧᐃᐅᐣᒋᐃᔑᓂᑲᑌ Brent Wesley Wawatay News

It was an emotional moment as Mary McKay pulled the veil off the new sign outside the new hostel in Sioux Lookout. McKay stared at the sign for a few seconds. It read: Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik. Jeremiah was her father and an Elder in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation region from Kasabonika Lake First Nation. He was also a crusader for quality health care for the people in the remote north. He died Sept. 17, 2008 at the age of 77. As Mary stared at the sign, she was overcome with emotion. Her brothers and sisters were also in attendance at the ribbon cutting and site dedication of the new hostel Sept. 9. “I’m sure my dad would have been proud to see this building,” Saloma Anderson, one of Jeremiah’s daugh-

ters, said. The building is an impressive $14million project that is 95 per cent completed and is located next to the new Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre. Set to open in October or November, the new hostel features 100 beds, food services, a family lounge and games area and a children’s play area. The current hostel only has 39 beds for patients travelling from First Nations in the north. The new facility will also allow clients to store and prepare traditional foods brought from home. The idea is to create an environment that is friendly and comforting – a home away from home – for patients who are leaving behind the comforts of family and community to get quality health care. John Cutfeet, board chairman of the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, the organization that oversees management of the hostel, said it

will help to improve the quality of service for clients. “The new hostel will alleviate the stressors of being transported to different appointments, accommodations and meal sites while allowing community members the opportunity to begin their recovery earlier in a comfortable environment,” Cutfeet said. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy was also on hand for the ceremony. He was impressed with the beauty of the facility. “I think it’s going to assist in their healing,” Beardy said of patients who would stay at the facility.

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ᒧᔑᐦᐅᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑭᑐᑭᓂᑯᐣ ᐊᐱ ᒣᕑᐃ ᒪᑫ ᐁᐸᑭᑭᐱᑐᐨ ᐁᐊᑯᓀᑲᑯᑌᓂᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒋᑲᓂ ᐊᑲᐧᒋᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ. ᒪᑫ ᓄᒪᑫ ᐅᑭᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐣ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᐃᓇᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᐠ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᑭᐃᓇᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑭᓇᐠ, ᒉᓂᒪᔭ ᒪᑫ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᒉᓂᒪᔭᐦᐅᐣ ᑭᐅᑕᑕᒥ ᒥᓇ ᑭᑭᒋᐦᐊᐃᐧᐡᑲᒪᑫ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑲᑭᐅᒋᐨ ᑲᓴᐸᓇᑲᐠ. ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐅᑭᐱᔭᓄᑲᑕᐣ ᐁᑭᐱᒥᔭᓂᒧᑕᐠ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐃᐧᔭᓂᒥᓄᓭᓂᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ ᑲᑕᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑭᐃᐡᑲᐧᐱᒪᑎᓯ ᐊᐧᑌᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 17 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ 2008 ᑲᔭᑭᐊᐧᐠ 77 ᑭᑕᓱᔭᑭᐃᐧᓀ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒣᕑᐃ ᐁᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐠ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ

ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒋᑲᓂ, ᐅᑭᒧᐡᑭᓀᐡᑲᑯᐣ ᐅᒧᔑᐦᐅᐃᐧᐣ. ᐅᐃᐧᒋᓂᑕᐃᐧᑭᒪᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᔦ ᐃᒪ ᑭᐊᔭᐊᐧᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐊᐱ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᔕᐧᑲᓄᐨ ᓭᓂᐸᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐊᐧᑌᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 9 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ. ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐣᑕᑕ ᐅᑕᑭ ᑭᒋᓀᐣᑕᓇᐸᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᓴᓫᐅᒪ ᐊᐣᑕᓴᐣ, ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᒉᓂᒪᔭ ᐅᑕᓂᓴᐣ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᑲᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ $14 ᒥᕑᐃᔭᐣ ᑕᐧᓴᐱᐠ ᑭᐃᓇᑭᐣᑌ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᔕ ᑲᑫ ᒥᑐᓂ ᑭᔕᓄᑲᒋᑲᑌ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐃᒪ ᐃᔑᐸᑕᑭᑌ ᑲᐱᒥᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᒥᓄᔭᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑕᑕᐃᐧᓂᑲᑌ ᑯᑕᐠ ᐱᓯᑦ ᐅᐱᒪᐊᒧᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ, ᒪᒪᐤ ᒥᑕᓱᒥᑕᓇ ᓂᐯᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐊᔭᐊᐧᐣ, ᐃᐧᓯᓂᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᔦ ᐃᒪ ᑕᑕᑲᐧᐣ, ᐊᐱᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑫᑕᔑᒣᑕᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ. ᐃᓇᐱᐣ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 20


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On Sept 24, 2010

VOTE Darlene Angeconeb For Chief of the Lac Seul First Nation submitted photo

On the ballot, name appears as


Bull (angeconeb) Darlene

For More Info on Darlene, visit

Thank You Vezina Secondary School of Attawapiskat would like to thank the DreamCatcher Fund for their 2010 generous donation to the 2010 Vezina grad trip. The donation was used for bus travel from Timmins to Sudbury to join other First Nation students from Ontario and Quebec at Cambrian College to explore college life, as well as look into further choices in careers. The trip was an excellent experience for our graduates that participated. DreamCatcher Fund greatly assisted in this success. A special thanks to them from Vezina Secondary School.

A new video launched by Dilico Anishinabek Family Care seeks to educate First Nation people on how to prevent Type 2 diabetes, a common disease found in the Aboriginal population.

Dilico launches film to quell diabetes James Thom Wawatay News

Mary Anne Davis Teacher/Counsellor Robbie Koostachin Parent Chaperone

WRN is broadcast on 89.9 FM in Sioux Lookout and 106.7 FM in Timmins to 38 communitybased affiliated radio stations. WRN is also distributed nationally on Bell TV Channel 962.

Dilico Anishinabek Family Care launched a film to try and help prevent Type 2 diabetes’ grip, a disease that has ravaged First Nation members. The agency premiered its new video, Weweni Bimaadiziwin (Looking After Life) Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in the Northern Superior First Nations, at the Paramount Theatre in Thunder Bay Sept. 3. “Type 2 diabetes is a very common and serious disease that affects many families in our Northern Superior First Nations,” said Georgina Redsky, Dilico’s community health services manager. “We know that one out of seven Aboriginal people in Ontario has diabetes, and in our communities, 94 per cent of the cases are Type 2. “It isn’t unusual for a grandmother, a child or a dad to have the disease in one family unit. However, what many community members do not know is that Type 2 diabetes is preventable. This educational video is a first step towards helping our members to understand the disease, to identify the risks and to make changes in their own lives to promote wellness.” The premiere brought together various partners and

community members involved in the development of the video, which was shot and produced this past spring. The film was written and produced by Dilico Anishinabek Family Care in collaboration with Firedog Communications. The video – consisting of five chapters – blends information about the causes, symptoms, and prevention tactics associated with Type 2 diabetes, with the experiences of Elders and First Nation community members who have been affected by the disease. Through the use of facts, storytelling and imagery, the video communicates a very impactful message about how to prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes – a message that originates from community members and is grounded in culturally sensitive and traditional ways of sharing information. Several real-life diabetes patients are interviewed throughout the video. They talk about living with the disease, how it has affected their families and communities and the importance of living a healthy, balanced lifestyle and developing positive relationships in order to prevent the disease. “Our young people today need to become more aware

about how decisions they make now about their lifestyle will affect them in the future. I remember when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. At first I was frustrated, but then I had to change the way I thought about it. I had to decide to make positive choices about all aspects of my health – the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual,” said Elder Gilbert Legarde, a key storyteller in the video. “This is the message we are trying to communicate to younger generations in this video – and by sharing our stories, people can learn from our experiences and think about the importance of things like proper nutrition, spirituality, exercise, and spending time with family,” The video offers information to help people recognize the risks and symptoms of diabetes in order to help them live a healthier life, Redsky said. “It is never too late to reduce the risks of Type 2 diabetes,” she said. The twenty-minute video will be distributed to health centres throughout the Northern Superior First Nations. For further information on diabetes, support, programs, and the video please contact Dilico Anishinabek Family Care at

Digital Art/Project Contest to Promote Health Careers! The NAN AHHRI/IIHCP program is seeking creative artwork and/or design projects that promote health careers. The purpose of this contest is to highlight and promote the health care providers, programs and/or facilities that exist within NAN. By doing so, the aim is to encourage others to follow the path that leads to a rewarding career in health! All styles of artwork, photography and visual projects where digital processes of any kind are employed in the creation of the nal work are acceptable. The contest is open to NAN members who are 30 years of age and younger. All submissions will be judged and the top three (3) will be awarded prizes, including a Grand Prize cash award of $500.00! Contest deadline: NOVEMBER 1, 2010 Get out your digital camera and start capturing the health care providers, programs and facilities in your community! Complete contest guidelines and entry forms are available on our website at For more information contact Loretta Sheshequin, AHHRI Coordinator toll free at 1-800-465-9952 or by email at

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Anti-Bill 191 campaign builds steam Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Shibogama’s Margaret Kenequanash is planning to join the protesters at the Kill the Bill! No to Bill 191 – The Far North Act rally. “It is a concern of mine that this could have a big impact on the lives of our people should this legislation go through,” said the executive director of Shibogama First Nations Council. “One big concern that I have is the ministerial discretion. If we are saying we are a nation and we are sovereign, we should not hand over our jurisdiction to a provincial government. Especially if we have a treaty with the crown.” Kenequanash said Shibogama would hand deliver it’s Anti-Bill 191 petitions to Kenora-Rainy River MPP Howard Hampton for delivery to Queen’s Park. “We also did a final submission that we will send to the Standing Committee of Bill 191,” Kenequanash said, explaining that she understands the government is going ahead with the clause-by-clause examination of the legislation with the Third Reading to be held possibly on Sept. 16 despite Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s opposition to Bill 191. Kenequanash said if Bill 191 is passed it would be a big mistake by the provincial government.

“Although they keep saying there is a lot of people supporting their initiative, I have yet to see which communities those are.” – Margaret Kenequanash

“Unfortunately, if this goes through with NAN’s opposition, I think there are going to be a lot of impacts that will be created, not only for First Nations but also for the rest of Ontario’s people,” Kenequanash said. “If you remember what happened with the KI (Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug) situation, I think we are going to be looking at more of those.” Kenequanash said the people of NAN need to protect what is rightfully theirs. “It (the legislation) looked good at the beginning when they started talking to us about it,” Kenequanash said. “There was a lot of work that has been put into this whole discussion.” Kenequanash said the NAN communities forwarded “a lot of different papers” to the Ontario government on the Bill 191 issue, but each time nothing went through. “It was a real frustrating process,” Kenequanash said. Kenequanash said the communities and tribal councils have also sent out letters to the provincial government asking for changes to the legislation. “When you take a look at the changes (the provincial government is) proposing, it’s merely a word change but the concept of that legislation is still there,” Kenequanash said. “It does not address the issues that our communities, our leadership want

in the legislation.” Kenequanash said the provincial government has been providing “a lot of lip service” to First Nations over the past few years. “Although they keep saying there is a lot of people supporting their initiative, I have yet to see which communities those are,” Kenequanash said. The Shibogama chiefs are planning to send a delegation from their communities to the Kill the Bill! No to Bill 191 – The Far North Act rally, which is scheduled for Sept. 15-16 at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Nishnawbe Aski Nation launched the anti-Bill 191 campaign after the NAN Chiefsin-Assembly unanimously declared their official opposition to Bill 191 Aug. 13. “We are done talking, it’s time to take serious action,” said Grand Chief Stan Beardy. “First Nations must have a say in how and when our land will be developed. Bill 191 takes away that right for our remote communities in the Far North.” Bill 191, the Far North Act, was introduced in June 2009 to permanently protect at least half of the Ontario’s Far North, covering an area of about 225,000 square kilometres, in a network of conservation lands and allow for sustainable development of the region’s natural resources. “It is vital that we make NAN’s presence and position known,” Beardy said. “We are coming together in unity to fight for what is rightfully ours.” Beardy said the NAN communities never gave up the right to govern themselves through the treaty making process. “Neither did we give up our title to our homelands,” Beardy said. “That is the problem with (Bill) 191: the provincial minister has veto rights on decisions regarding to the uses of the land as well as the protected areas. We cannot support that.” As well, Beardy said the Ontario legislation does not recognize First Nation jurisdiction and authority over their homelands. “Also, that legislation fails to honour our inherent Aboriginal treaty rights.” Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey said in an e-mail that Ontario is moving forward with land use planning as it is important to balance environmental protection with resource development across the region but the MNR recognizes as well that there is more work to be done based on dialogue with Beardy and other NAN representatives. “It is inaccurate to say that the bill will take away First Nations’ decisions on how and where development can occur,” Jeffrey said. “Bill 191 represents a change in the working relationship between First Nations and Ontario in the Far North. If passed, the bill would provide a new approach to land use planning, one of cooperation and joint responsibility for the planning process.” Jeffrey said Bill 191 was amended after First Reading through feedback from NAN communities and others and will be amended once again clause-by-clause in the legislature.


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DFC students remember fallen peers

Alyssa Saj/Special to Wawatay News

TOP: Dennis Franklin Cromaty High School students Mayveline, left, and Marilane Quill carry flowers as they depart the school Sept. 2 for the Memorial Day River Walk. The walk was held in an effort to promote student safety and prevent further tragedies involving students. Students walked from the school to the McIntyre River site where student Kyle Morriseau drowned last fall. Ken Liddicoat/Special to Wawatay News

BOTTOM: Students and staff gathered at the banks of the McIntyre River to remember Kyle Morriseau and other DFC students who have died while attending the school.

AFN supports NAN’s opposition to Bill 191 Brent Wesley Wawatay News

The Assembly of First Nations has thrown its support behind efforts to squash Bill 191, the Far North Act. Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) chiefs declared their intention to oppose the proposed legislation through an anti-Bill 191 campaign, requesting the Ontario government immediately withdraw the bill. National Chief Shawn Atleo expressed his support for NAN. He said Ontario’s approach to the Far North Act is inconsistent with First Nation rights and treaties. “Especially in regions like

northern Ontario where First Nations peoples make up 90 per cent of the population, it is absolutely essential that we get this right. The path forward must be one of full respect and engagement,” Atleo said. Bill 191 was introduced in June 2009 to permanently protect at least half of the Ontario’s Far North, covering an area of about 225,000 square kilometres. Chiefs said they oppose the idea because it takes away jurisdiction and decision making in First Nation traditional territories. “We are done talking, it’s time to take serious action,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan

Beardy when the anti-Bill 191 campaign was launched Aug. 31. “First Nations must have a say in how and when our land will be developed. Bill 191 takes away that right for our remote communities in the Far North.” NAN is planning a rally Sept. 15 and 16 in Queen’s Park in Toronto to oppose the Bill when it is scheduled for Third Reading, which means the bill just needs royal assent before coming into effect. Atleo said if the bill is passed, the implications go beyond the proposed protected areas as it will directly impact Aboriginal and treaty rights in NAN but also with First Nations across

the country. Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, with the Chiefs of Ontario, said the province and First Nations should be working together to protect the environment while balancing sustainable economic development opportunities. “Instead, Ontario has unilaterally introduced this legislation which would leave control over land-use planning to the government even when many First Nation communities within Treaty 9 and Treaty 5 have developed their own land-use plans and have repeatedly expressed the need to be involved in the process,” Toulouse said.

Earth Series to promote jobs in mining sector James Thom Wawatay News

With the launch of Earth Series, the province is hoping to attract more Aboriginal youth to the mining sector. Thanks to developments in the Ring of Fire area around Webequie, more and more attention and resources are being directed at the sector. “(This program) will be a benefit to all Aboriginal students,” said Northern Development, Mines and Forestry Minis-

ter Michael Gravelle during the Earth Series launch at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School Sept. 7. “The common goal of all communities is prosperity … and Earth Series supports jobs and skills.” In the Earth Series package, an Ontario Mineral Industry Cluster Council (OMICC) and Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology collaboration, 80 jobs are presented to youth showing what is available and what education is required to achieve them.

“The industry needs virtually every skill (available),” Gravelle said, adding to ensure all First Nation youth know about the program, information will be sent to each First Nation in Ontario. The program was developed after consultation with Aboriginal communities, organizations, Elders and other individuals. Brian Davey, manager of economic development for Matawa First Nations Management, said the Ring of Fire deposits are significant and all of Canada will

benefit. “A program like this will help improve the capacity of First Nation people,” Davey said. DFC principal Jonathon Kakegamic said Earth Series should help empower youth through education. Kakegamic highlighted the program with a few key words. “Respect, trust, sharing; these are big words,” Kakegamic said, reading off words from the Earth Series materials. “We need to remember them throughout the program.”


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Commentary Wawatay and NNEC launch new health project Chris Kornacki COLUMN


ealthy cooking starts with healthy recipes. Healthy living starts with healthy eating. And your health is not only important to you, but it’s also important to us at Wawatay Native Communications Society. That’s why Wawatay has partnered with NNEC (Northern Nishnawbe Education Council) to launch the Misiwe Minoyawin (Health For Everyone) project. Over the next 18 months the Misiwe Minoyawin project will address a holistic approach to healthy living by tackling the issues of physical activity, health eating, tobacco use, substance abuse and mental health.

We want you to submit your recipes to be included in this cookbook. The first step of the project is gathering your input to develop a healthy recipe cookbook, which will be distributed throughout First Nations in northern Ontario once it’s completed. The recipe book will address healthy eating by promoting proper and culturally appropriate nutrition and healthy eating habits. We want you to submit your recipes to be included in this cookbook. The only guidelines are that all recipes include traditional foods and methods to prepare meals that are low in saturated fats and refined carbohydrates. This cookbook will also create an awareness of unhealthy modern eating habits and bring about positive change in building healthy eating habits to lower the risk of diabetes, which is prevalent among First Nation people in northern Ontario. Another aspect of this recipe book is the soliciting of the legends/stories behind the traditional foods in the submitted recipes; wild rice, berries and wild game for example. The Misiwe Minoyawin project hopes the inclusion of these legends and stories will instill cultural pride and a cultural con-

nection with the recipes that will help promote a healthy well being. This 18 month special project was made possible through funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Healthy Communities Fund. Its goal is to demonstrate to Aboriginal youth in northern Ontario, especially the communities Wawatay serves in Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Treaty #3, how healthy lifestyle choices can boost overall well being. Over the next 18 months, the Misiwe Minoyawin project will also deliver a youth generated advertising contest, videos and a role model campaign. The advertising contest will focus on the issues of active lifestyle, healthy eating, tobacco use, substance abuse and mental health. The goal is to involve the youth in generating their very own advertising campaigns to raise awareness about each individual issue. The winning ads will be used in all of Wawatay’s media outlets. In the coming weeks Wawatay Radio Network, Wawatay News and Wawatay News Online, SEVEN and Sagatay magazines will be featuring ads and information on how to submit your recipes, stories and ideas to get the healthy living recipe book off the ground and into the printing press. Also in the Sept. 30 edition of Wawatay News, we will be launching the logo for the Misiwe Minoyawin project. I have been working on the editorial team at Wawatay News over the past year and a half in Sioux Lookout and recently from the Thunder Bay bureau. Over this time I’ve travelled all over northern Ontario visiting your communities and meeting the wonderful people there. I feel very excited about launching a healthy living initiative that’s not only addressing the specific issues faced in many First Nation communities, but also by engaging the communities themselves so they can have hands on participation in the Misiwe Minoyawin Health For Everyone campaign. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, ideas and recipes please feel free to contact me at anytime: Chris Kornacki Misiwe Minoyawin project co-ordinator 807-344-3022 1-888-575-2349

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A visit from mikisew Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY


spent some time in the deep forest this past week. It felt great to breathe in the fresh air and to stir the coals of a fire while the weather turned cool and wet. One morning, a young eagle, or mikisew in the Cree language, glided over head and began to screech and cry as I stood amongst the tall pine. No doubt he was not happy at my incursion into his domain. He kept circling and crying overhead as I went about my work around the camp. I felt like I was back out on the shore of James Bay where I have seen many eagles over the years. It is quite rare to see this majestic bird as the eagle usually stays away from people and normally does not fly close unless it is for some important reasons such as protecting a nest or a recent kill. The experience was a little spooky as there was no sound except that of the wind in the pine and of course the screaming eagle. I kept quiet and stayed in place while I tended to my fire and watched the

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swirling mist dance on the water of a northern lake. After about an hour, the eagle began to realize I meant no harm to him, his livelihood or his family but he continued to keep an eye on me. In some way I could detect he had accepted me in his space and I felt good that I was now allowed into his world. I have not heard many stories about the mikisew up north. The mikisew is a rare bird that does not visit our homeland often. Whenever it is mentioned, it is often with a sense of excitement and enthusiasm. To many people, the sighting of an eagle and especially in full view and in close proximity is a sign of good fortune. Elders have explained to me that an eagle only shows themselves to help others and give a positive energy. I can say that this explanation works from my own experience. I remember taking a long walk away from my home community of Attawapiskat one summer. I was 16 and life was an endless series of highs and lows and I was out on my own on the land to be away from the stress, chaos and confusion of living in a small isolated community. I headed towards the bay, following the river shoreline and wandered amongst the tall grass, bull

rushes and summer greenery. I was troubled with all sorts of thoughts and the fresh green of the forest helped in clearing my mind of negative energy. As I stumbled through the grass, a loud crack came from the woods, then a resounding series of swooping wings sounded overhead.

As I stumbled through the grass, a loud crack came from the woods, then a resounding series of swooping wings sounded overhead. Two fully grown adult eagles flew out of the dense woods. I could feel the power of their limbs pushing the air over their wings. They crossed the river over me, circled and then steadily rose higher and higher. In a matter of a few seconds, they were mere specks in the sky and then they disappeared. As I watched them fly away, I forgot whatever it was that was bothering me. Any thoughts I had left me at that point and I was filled with the excitement of the sight I had just witnessed. The eagle holds a prominent and important position in Native traditional spiritual-

ity. The mikisew is revered in every First Nation culture as it is the strongest of all birds and a symbol of powerful connection. Since it is also recognized as a high flying bird that has a keen sense of sight, the eagle is also identified as a messenger of the great spirit or kitchi manitou. This is why eagle feathers are so important to many traditional and spiritual people. The feather is a symbolic object that links a person to this powerful bird and its spiritual connection. Many people have asked me where individuals get eagle feathers or meegwan in the Cree language. Eagles are not hunted on purpose as they are considered sacred to traditional people. Feathers are collected from eagles that have died by accident or from natural causes. The fact that this is the only way that feathers can be collected is another reason why they are considered so important. They are rare. Eagle feathers are also community or family heirlooms that are handed down from person to person. If you are ever lucky enough to see an eagle in the wild take your time to watch this powerful bird as it peers at you from a tall perch or soars high above. His presence will chase all your worries away.







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First Nation Species at Risk projects funded Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Species at Risk projects will soon be conducted by four area First Nations and two First Nation organizations. “The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund supports dedicated volunteers and landowners in making a positive difference to our province’s at-risk plants and animals, which in turn improves our biodiversity and the quality of life for all Ontarians,” said Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey. Cat Lake and Slate Falls will be conducting an Identification of Woodland Caribou Critical Summer Habitat within

the Cat Lake/Slate Falls First Nation traditional area and Ochiichagwe’babigo’ining Ojibway Nation will be conducting the Ochiichagwe’babigo’ining Lake Sturgeon Assessment, Habitat Analysis, and Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Collection. Wawakapewin First Nation will be conducting the Wawakapewin Lake Sturgeon Population Assessment and Movement project; Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council Inc. will be conducting the Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Collection Initiative: Species at Risk in the Kabapikotawangag region; and Anishinabek/Ontario Fish-

eries Resource Centre will be conducting the Pic River Lake Sturgeon Migration and Habitat Utilization Study. Ontario is giving more than $3.6 million for 113 community projects across the province to encourage people to become involved in helping at-risk plants and animals. Since 2007, more than 400 projects were supported leading to the restoration of 646 hectares of habitat for vulnerable species – an area the size of about 900 soccer fields. The projects generated short-term jobs for about 1,100 Ontarians and engaged more than 7,300 volunteers, who contributed around 77,700 hours of work.








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any people have recently asked me about the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), how it differs from other savings accounts and who can open a TFSA. This article seeks to answer some of those questions. The TFSA is a new type of investment account that you can contribute up to $5,000 a year, earn tax-free investment income and even make withdrawals without paying tax. It is an ideal complement to your existing Retirement Saving Plan (RSP) or Retirement Income Fund (RIF) – offering you an additional tax-smart savings strategy. Within your RSP or RIF, your investment earnings grow on a tax-deferred basis, which means you don’t pay tax on the earnings until you eventually withdraw them – typically resulting in faster growth. But with the TFSA, your investment earnings grow on a tax-free basis, which means you never pay tax on them – not even at the time of withdrawal. This tax-free growth enables your savings to grow much faster than they otherwise would. A flexible savings tool, the TFSA is an extremely flexible savings account that can meet a wide range of needs. It can help you: • Build additional tax-advantaged retirement savings above and beyond your RSP; • Earn tax-free income on surplus RIF payments that you don’t currently need; • Boost a family member’s education savings beyond their Registered Education Savings

Plan (RESP); • Reduce your family’s overall taxes when you give investable assets exposed to your higher tax rate to your spouse or adult children to contribute to their own TFSAs; • Shelter fully taxable interest income that you are currently earning in a taxable account; and • Create a contingency fund for emergencies or time-sensitive opportunities. Any Canadian resident aged 18 and older with a social insurance number can open a TFSA. In some provinces, you have to wait until you turn 19 (British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador). However, TFSA contribution room starts accumulating at age 18 regardless of your province of residence. You can contribute up to $5,000 to your TFSA annually and, in future years, this amount will be indexed to inflation in $500 increments. You can also gift funds to your spouse or adult child to contribute to their own plans. There is no income requirement to contribute to a TFSA – you can make contributions even if you have no income. While your contributions are not tax-deductible against your income, as they are with an RSP, any investment income

they earn accumulates tax-free. If you don’t use all of your available contribution room in a given year, it carries forward indefinitely. There is no age limit on how long you can contribute to your TFSA – it’s a lifelong plan. You can withdraw as much as you want, whenever you want, for whatever reason you want – and you pay no taxes on the withdrawal. What’s more, any amounts you withdraw are added to your available contribution room for future years. Transferring your TFSA You can transfer the assets in your TFSA at death to your spouse (or common-law partner) tax-free by naming them as the successor account holder in your Will. At death, you can also transfer these assets to your spouse’s TFSA without affecting their available contribution room. If you do not name your spouse as the successor in your Will, or you have no surviving spouse, then the TFSA assets will form part of your estate. This article is supplied by Gordon Keesic, an investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. in Thunder Bay, Ont., member CIPF. This article is for information purposes only. Please consult with a professional advisor before taking any action based on information in this article.

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As chief of Lac Seul First Nation, I wish to respond in writing to the recent open letter addressed to me in a couple of newspapers. I think it is safe to say that we all can agree the offer from Canada to the First Nation of $27 million is very good. After careful thought, consideration, and completion of the information sessions to the membership, I am convinced the 75 per cent / 25 per cent contingency arrangements we have with our legal team is fair. It is a win/win situation. When chief and council asked our law firm in 2002 to take on the case, options were discussed including the Nation paying legal fees based on an hourly rate and for our First Nation to pay as required the Reports of Experts. We did not have funds back then and chose the contingency option. The risk undertaken by our legal team to carry the file for eight years was enormous. If we lost the case, then the law firm would have had no way of recovering the amounts they paid out over the last eight years, and Lac Seul would have beared no costs. We were told by others that 30-45 per cent was a common contingency arrangement and our’s was 25 per cent. There was a team of three lawyers who worked on the file. They incurred a huge debt over the eight years as they had to pay out other lawyers and experts who advised on specific areas of the case, including

consultants, reports and studies completed, staff students as well as money to pay for band members and Elders when they assisted with the preparation for the trial. There is no Long Lac precedent as their claim was negotiated in an out of court settlement in Canada’s Specific Claims process. The details of that case are confidential and have no relevance to our case. Unlike the treaties, Lac Seul leadership will honour our contingency arrangement we have with our legal team. I have talked with members and we have concluded Information Sessions in our communities of Lac Seul (Kejick Bay, Whitefish Bay, and Frenchman’s Head). As well, we had Information Sessions in Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. These sessions were very well attended and excellent questions were asked and recorded. Leadership did not hear a resounding ‘no’ to Canada’s offer, or the 25 per cent contingency fee for our lawyers. On the contrary, the members congratulated and applauded the leadership and our legal team for doing a good job in fighting for Justice. In Kejick Bay, an Elder stood up and said we should not fight over the money and everyone agreed that those were very wise words of wisdom. I just want to remind members that WE do not have the money in yet and this will depend on how the people vote in the referendum in September. Canada has given the First

Nation only until October 21 for the offer to remain on the table. After that, if not successful, the judge will decide the matter and it will go back to court. Just like other communities, Lac Seul has had its share of grief and pain. We the people that live on the reserve experience this on a daily basis. We choose to live in our community because we are proud of being Anishnawbe and our accomplishments so far to make this a better community to live in. We will be a healthy and rich community again but it will take time to heal from all the pain and suffering. We have to pray to the Creator for help and guidance. We have to believe in our youth and support them as best we can so they can become the next best leaders for our community. During our crisis last spring, we appreciated the outpouring of support from people from all over who came to Lac Seul in our moment of darkness. Your love and support gave us strength and courage to get us back on our feet and to stand proud again. Thank you, to each and every one of you. I encourage everyone to come out and vote in September on Canada’s offer. I have my questions, as we all do, and if I ignored yours please forgive me. I am only trying to do my best for you in this demanding position as chief. May God’s Peace and Love be with you all. Chief Clifford Bull Lac Seul First Nation

Lac Seul members accept $27M offer Brent Wesley Wawatay News

Lac Seul First Nation members have voted in favour of accepting a $27 million settlement offer from Canada over a 100-year-old timber trespass claim. With more than 2,100 eligible voters in the community, 735 cast their vote. In the end, 96 per cent voted in favour of the settlement. “The band council of Lac Seul

First Nation is pleased to have the referendum completed and the support of its members to accept the offer presented by Canada,� said Chief Clifford Bull. Lac Seul received the $27 million offer from the Canadian government Aug. 20 to settle the claim, which involves the harvesting of burnt and dead timber on reserve lands in 1907 and the surrender of the reserve’s timber in 1919 to Canada.

The community had received a $25 million offer in early July after a year of negotiations. Lac Seul had been seeking $29 million. The $27 million offer came after further negotiations. Bull said they must now wait for direction from Canada on next steps to begin transferring the funds to the community. With an election looming Sept. 24, Bull said the current council will leave the decision on how to spend the funds up to the incoming council.

Anishinabek call for retailers to honour point-of-sale tax exemption Rick Garrick Wawatay News

The Anishinabek Nation is calling for retailers to honour point-of-sale tax exemptions after community members reported being gouged by companies. “Even after the province has sent out notices informing businesses that they must honour the rights of our citizens – on and off-reserve – to tax exemption, we are hearing stories of companies trying to gouge First Nations customers,� said Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. “These retailers are now breaking their own government’s laws, as well as ignoring First Nation rights.� A Nishnawbe Aski Nation representative said only one case was reported of a business not honouring the tax exemption; most businesses throughout northwestern Ontario had been honouring the tax exemption.

Ontario’s eight-per cent PST and the federal five-per cent GST were harmonized into the 13-per cent value-added HST July 1, with a goal of providing a competitive advantage to businesses within the province. Although First Nation citizens had to pay the HST since July 1, a last-minute agreement reached between Ontario, Canada and First Nation organizations and groups called for retailers to honour the eight-per cent tax exemption effective Sept. 1. Madahbee encouraged community members to call the nearest riding office of their local Member of Provincial Parliament to provide them with the name of any business refusing to respect the point-of-sale exemption to the eight-per-cent provincial sales tax. “That was part of the deal we negotiated with Ontario; they accepted responsibility for ensuring that all businesses in the province complied with

their tax regime,� Madahbee said. “We showed Ontario that we were prepared to take to the streets to fight for our rights; we are also prepared to fight for our rights in stores and malls, if necessary.� First Nation citizens can apply for refunds of the taxes they paid throughout July and August by filling out refund applications, which were to be made available after Aug. 1 at band council offices, online at the Ministry of Revenue website at taxchange or by calling 1-866668-8297. Refund applications, which need to be submitted between Sept. 1-Nov. 1 must contain the original sales receipts and a photocopy of both sides of the Status Indian Card, or in the case of Indian bands and councils, a letter from the band or council certifying the consumption of qualifying off-reserve supplies for band activities.


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Weenusk First Nation is looking forward to the clean up of nearby Site 500, the largest abandoned Mid-Canada Line radar site in northern Ontario. “The clean up of the radar sites has been a long time coming and Weenusk First Nation is eager to move ahead with this project,” said Weenusk Chief Edmund Hunter. “Jobs will be created over the next three years for people from my community and that is very important to us. As well, the clean up will help improve the health of the environment for the people who live on this land.” Weenusk will be working closely with the Ontario government on the clean up of Site 500, which is located northeast of the community about three kilometres from the Winisk River near Hudson Bay. “Our government continues to move forward to clean up the 16 Mid-Canada Line radar sites,” said Natural Resources

Minister Linda Jeffrey. “We welcome the skills and expertise the Weenusk people will be providing to the Site 500 clean up.” Hunter said his community is pleased with the Site 500 cleanup, which calls for Weenusk to operate a remote base camp for workers and assist with the clean up. “So we can create at least 40 to 50 jobs over the next three years,” Hunter said, noting the jobs will be “mainly labourers, heavy equipment operators, a general manager and site foreman.” Weenusk has signed a threeyear $8 million agreement with Ontario to provide and operate the base camp, while Ontario has signed a one-year $3 million agreement with Winisk 500 Corporation, a band-owned business, to do general clean-up work at Site 500. Ontario is planning to invest $55 million over a six-year period to clean up 16 Mid-Canada Line sites that are contaminated with toxic materials such as polychlorinated biphenyls

(PCBs), hydrocarbons, mercury and asbestos and littered with debris and derelict buildings. “The most contaminated area is inside Site 500 and there are caribou nearby that site,” Hunter said, explaining the caribou calve in the area during the spring and remain in the area during the summer. Two Mid-Canada Line sites — Site 060 along the railline to Moosonee and Site 070 near the town of Ramore — were cleaned up in 2009, with the removal of about 50,000 metric tonnes of contaminated soil and the successful restoration of the sites. The Mid-Canada Line was built by the Department of National Defence at 98 locations across Canada during the Cold War in the mid-1950s, with 14 of the 16 sites in Ontario located along the coasts of Hudson Bay and James Bay. The Ontario sites have not been used by the Department of National Defence since the mid1960s, and ownership of the land was transferred to Ontario.

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William Campbell, of Beaverhouse First Nation, and Lynda Banning, Union of Ontario Indians fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) regional program worker, discuss affected and unaffected brains and the impact alcohol can have on a child in a mother’s womb. Youth with FASD can have issues with memory, behaviour and physical tasks. Information booths were set up and a powwow was held at Thunder Bay’s Marina Park to mark International FASD Day Sept. 9.

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ABOVE: Touchan Fiddler was one of more than a dozen dancers who attended the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder mini-powwow in Thunder Bay Sept. 9 in full regalia. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Planning Committee held the event to create awareness of International FASD Awareness Day in Marina Park. The event takes place around the world every year on the ninth day of the ninth month to symbolize the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol. BOTTOM: The Northern Woodlands Drum Group perform during the mini-powwow.

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Reel Injun ‘brilliant’, ‘outstanding’ Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Laughter and cheers greeted Cree film director Neil Diamond’s feature documentary Reel Injun during the Sept. 10 opening of the Biindigaate Film Festival. “There’s always different responses from different audiences, but tonight they were laughing so much,” Diamond said after his 85-minute film which retells the history of the Hollywood Indian was screened at the Paramount Theatre in Thunder Bay. “They usually laugh, but they were laughing at some things that other people don’t laugh at.” Diamond, who now lives in Montreal but is originally from Waskaganish First Nation on the Quebec side of James Bay, said his film received a more subdued reception during its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. “It was a huge theatre in downtown Toronto and most of the audience was industry people, not very many Native people but there was a whole pocket of Native people in the audience — it was funny, every once in a while it would only be just the Native people laughing,” Diamond said. “Then it opened ImagineNATIVE (Film + Media Arts Festival) about a month later and it was probably like 95 per cent Native people. The atmosphere was just electric, people were cheering in the middle of it, and laughing — it was just great.” Reel Injun looks at how the myth of the Indian has influ-

enced the world’s understanding and misunderstanding of Native people. “It was very informative,” said Nick Sherman, a musician from Sioux Lookout. “It shed a lot of light on how Indians were portrayed and are being portrayed now. For myself, being younger, it was good to see how it was before I was born.” Sherman was more familiar with films from the 1990s, such as Smoke Signals, Dance Me Outside and Dances With Wolves. “It was kind of funny how ... that legacy of being a cowboy carries on into our age now,” Sherman said. “Even now with films that come out, action movies now, you want to be that Americanized dream of the guy defending their country. I think it’s still a battle of trying to establish the Indian identity into films. This film really shed light on that.” The film features clips from hundreds of classic and recent films and interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means. Anna Gibbon, Thunder Bay’s Aboriginal liaison and a member of the Biindigaate Film Festival Committee, said Reel Injun was “absolutely outstanding.” “When people are confronted with images of who they thought Anishinabe people are, and they really see who we really are, it is just outstanding,” Gibbon said. Mississauga First Nation’s Edwin Redsky said Reel Injun

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Cree director Neil Diamond’s documentary film, Reel Injun, was featured during the opening night of Biindigaate Film Festival in Thunder Bay Sept. 10. Diamond’s film explores the history of the Hollywood Indian. was “brilliant. “It was funny, I found myself pretty choked up from time to time again, but it was very on point and it did a great job of telling how it was,” he said. Diamond first developed the idea for Reel Injun about 10 years ago after watching a film with a non-Native actor playing an Indian character. “I had an idea to do a half-

hour documentary to poke fun at those actors who play Indians,” Diamond said. Diamond has seen some “really good” films and documentaries being made in Canada and around the world since then, including a Maori film he recently watched in Santa Fe that has parallels to Native life in Canada in what the Maori’s laugh at their lifestyles, but he

still sees some of the old attitudes in Hollywood. “Some things have changed but some things have stayed the same,” Diamond said. “There are still films that come out where the Native people are just pretty much like window dressing. It’s just lazy filmmaking, lazy storytelling, they don’t bother fleshing out the characters.”

But overall, Diamond believes Hollywood is changing for the best. “It’s all coming full circle,” Diamond said. “At the beginnings of Hollywood, two of the most successful film directors, producers, writers and actors were two Native guys (Evan Carewe and James Young Deer) who were telling Native stories.”

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ABOVE: 2010 Biindigaate Film Festival committee member Dave Clement, right, greets moviegoers, including fellow committee member Anna Gibbon, left, as they arrive for opening night screenings of the Biindigaate Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Thunder Bay. BOTTOM: Louise Thomas, left, was one of many people in attendance for the sold out opening night.

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Carpenter crafts masterful portrait of mother’s love James Thom WAWATAY NEWS


or 19 minutes, the audience sat at full attention. In a room filled with more than 100 people, an occasional ‘oooooh’, ‘aaaaah’ or chuckle were the only sounds heard, depending on what was happening on the big screen. The crowd had gathered to watch Brandon, a documentary by Attawapiskat band member Lenny Carpenter. The film, which started off as a school project for the Confederation College film student, centres around Brandon Fox-Keesic, who was born with a rare brain disorder which renders him unable to walk, speak or sit. In the film, which made its world premier at the Biindigaate Film Festival in Thunder Bay Sept. 11, his mother Adrienne Fox describes life with Brandon, her 17-year-old son. “He’s like a big baby,” she said. “He depends on you for everything – bed, cleaning, food. His food has to be really mushy because he can’t chew.” Through an interview and film shot of Adrienne performing her daily routines with Brandon, Carpenter offered a glimpse into the life of a mother with a special-needs child. The interview spans Brandon’s life from his birth – seemed healthy, good weight – to the discovery of something being wrong – he couldn’t hold his head up at age six months – and the battery of test which followed. Doctor’s gave Brandon’s life expectancy at two years with a diagnosis of neuronal migration disorder but Fox refused to give up on her little boy. “I went through a grieving period,” Fox said. “But he hasn’t gotten any worse or any better since then.” Though he is unable to speak, he can communicate in some ways with his family. “He has some distinct looks and noises,” Fox said. “We try and keep him on a schedule.” But if supper is a little late, she gets the stare. Through all the ups and downs – including a winter 2010 health scare which required admittance to an Ottawa hospital with paediatrics specialties – Fox’s love for

her son has never wavered. “There’s nothing to change,” she said. “He gives us so much and brings so much to this family.” Both Carpenter and Fox were thrilled with the film’s outcome. For Carpenter, seeing his work on the big screen of the Paramount Theatre was surreal. “I was very anxious,” he said. “I’m usually so critical of films I see on the screen. I was happy with it.” Carpenter said it was the subjects – Fox and Brandon – who made the film what it was. “I’m so appreciative of Adrienne for being so open about her life and her son,” Carpenter said between congratulatory messages in the lobby of the theatre after the screening. “Adrienne drives the story. She exceeded my expectations about how open she was.”

“I wanted to tell stories and I couldn’t really do that with words.” – Lenny Carpenter

Carpenter shared some interesting information about the film with the audience after the screening. Among the tidbits: the film was supposed to be no more than 10 minutes and he was docked marks in class because of its length; he didn’t film Fox and Brandon until a few days before the project was due and he pulled an all-nighter when it was due to get it in on time. He was OK with losing marks in the class. “If it was shorter, it wouldn’t have done the story justice,” he said, sounding like a filmmaker in the truest sense. Carpenter feels he’s found his calling in film after dabbling in journalism for several years. “I realized journalism wasn’t for me,” he said, while acknowledging it was his summer internship at Wawatay News several years ago which allowed him to meet Adrienne and Brandon. “I wanted to tell stories and I couldn’t really do that with words.” In film, he can take more time and try and show more emotion. Carpenter worked on all aspects of the film. “I enjoy shooting the most,” he said. “I want to continue working with the camera. But editing seems to come naturally to me. But the process is more tedious.”

Booze valued at more than $10,000 seized James Thom Wawatay News

A confidential tip about a package on a plane led to a major seizure of alcohol in Kashechewan First Nation. According to Nishnawbe Aski Police, a tip came in about a package destined for the community Sept. 9. Police notified Kashechewan

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Film student Lenny Carpenter, an Attawapiskat band member, stands in the lobby of the Paramount Theatre in Thunder Bay following the world premiere of his documentary film Brandon.

band council which resulted in a significant amount of alcohol being seized with a street value between $11,200 and $16,000. The alcohol seized consisted of 750 ml bottles of vodka and whiskey. The seized liquor was handed over to police. To date, no charges have been laid but police continue to investigate.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is pleased to announce a funding initiative aimed at supporting the development and implementation of Health Careers promotional activities:

HEALTH CAREERS GRANT PROGRAM This is an opportunity for NAN communities and/or affiliated organizations to receive up to $5,000 to develop and implement Health Careers promotional activities! Examples of Health Career promotional activities which will be supported under this grant program include: Health Career Fairs, Health Career Workshops, Student Essay Writing Contests, Role Model Presentations, etc. Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to apply for the Health Careers grant, you/your community/group must: 1. Be a member of Nishnawbe Aski Nation and have the support of community administration (i.e. Chief & Council, Education department, health department, etc.); OR 2. Be an organization affiliated with Nishnawbe Aski Nation; AND 3. Take the primary responsibility for planning and offering a Health Careers event/ experience to be completed by Friday, March 4, 2011; 4. Submit a final report of the project within two (2) weeks of project completion; 5. Commit to fulfilling the project by having an authorized representative of the community or organization sign a Letter of Agreement with NAN.

Deadline for Applications: Monday, October 4, 2010 How to Apply: Applications are now available on our website: or can be obtained by contacting Loretta Sheshequin, AHHRI Coordinator toll free at 1-800-465-9952, directly at (807) 625-4955 or by email at . Application Submission Process: All applications received by the deadline date will be reviewed by a Selection Committee and all applicants will be notified as soon as possible in October 2010. Due to the limited amount of available funding, incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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Education the key: Seven Generations grads Institute closing in on 1,000 grads Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Seven Generations Education Institute hosted an alumni career exhibition before its 20th graduation celebration in Thunder Bay. “We’re probably closing in on about 1,000 graduates in the 20 years,� said Mark Sault, Seven Generations Education Institute’s director of post-secondary student support program. “We had about 25 to 30 alumni come back and they are going to be doing a little promotion on where they work and where they went to school.� Ojibwe-language teacher and Thunder Bay Legends singer Marlo Dahl served up a surprise session of hit songs during the 20th Graduation Celebration dinner Sept. 11 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay. “She sings with the Legends,� Sault said about the Seven Generations Education Institute alumnus. Dahl teaches at the St. Edward Catholic School in Nipigon; she graduated from Lakehead University’s Native Teacher Education Program in 2008 after working as a dental assistant for 14 years. “This is a second career for me,� Dahl said, explaining she decided to embark on a teaching career after doing some teaching in Confederation College’s dental program. “My love of teaching was definitely developed there and I decided to go back to school at the age of 32.� In addition to celebrating 20 years of service from the Thunder Bay office, Seven Generations Education Institute also celebrated 25 years of service at its head office in Fort Frances. “Of our 120 (full-time students), I’d say about 80 to 90

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Seven Generations Education Institute alumni Holly Prince and Heather King check out photos of other alumni from graduations over the years just before the Seven Generations Education Institute alumni career exhibition began Sept. 11 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay. per cent earn a bursary,� Sault said. “So that’s a good thing, but our finances are really tight. We spend usually around $50,000 every year on student bursaries. We honour them as well as our graduates, same time, same place.� About 35 graduates were celebrated during the 20th Graduation Celebration, with about 300 people in attendance. Professor Lance Triskle, the Seven Generations Education Institute alumnus who was master of ceremonies during the

20th Graduation Celebration, took up his career in education after pursuing a career in law. “If you are considering a new career or a first career, always remember that often you don’t choose the path, the path is sometimes chosen for you,� said the Lake Helen band member who completed a Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School with a concentration in alternative dispute resolution in 2009. “I didn’t foresee teaching when I started law school either.�

Chapman sought career change to assist community NAPS graduates six in recent ceremony James Thom Wawatay News

Charles Chapman is one of the newest members of the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service. He, alongside five other constables, officially joined NAPS during a badge ceremony Aug. 13 in Thunder Bay. “I put a lot of thought into this career choice,� Chapman, 43, said in a phone interview from his post in Sachigo Lake First Nation. “This is my community. I wanted to assist my community by helping as a protector.� Prior to joining NAPS, Chapman had worked in carpentry and also as a school bus driver in the community. “I had been doing other jobs for a while,� he said. “I thought I

could help more ‌ by becoming an officer. It’s a great career.� While he is still settling into the position of fourth-class constable, having been on the job about a month, he’s already responded to a variety of incidents.

“Working in my home community is a huge responsibility but I will do the best I can.� – Charles Chapman

“Working in my home community is a huge responsibility but I will do the best I can,� Chapman said. Knowing the community members and being fluent in

Oji-Cree will help, he said. “I hope to be a good role model to the youth of the community,� Chapman said. So far, Chapman feels quite welcome in his position. “I meant a lot to me that my Chief Titus Tait came to the badge ceremony,� Chapman said. The other five NAPS graduates include Troy Larose, who is working in Moose Cree First Nation, Justin Harasyn, who is serving in Fort Severn, Shawn Stavlic, who is also working in Fort Severn, Jonathan Dempster, who is serving in Attawapiskat, and Matthew Wrigley, who is policing in Fort Albany. NAPS provides policing to 35 Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities.

Civil engineer Rob Olivier has worked around the world since graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Windsor in 1994. “I had the opportunity to go out and work internationally with indigenous people in Africa,� said the Ginoogaming band member and Seven Generations Education Institute alumnus. “The opportunities are there. I’m really grateful for the education that allowed me to have a lot more influence in

the world around me and made my life a lot better.� Seven Generations Education Institute teacher Donna Chief was recently promoted to viceprincipal of the northern sites. “This is my eighteenth year in teaching,� Chief said, explaining she spent most of that time teaching in the United States but came back home to her home community of Wabigoon Lake five years ago to teach with Seven Generations Education Institute. “They just promoted me

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HIGHWAY 17 FOUR-LANING PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #3 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2010 Four-Laning between Rush Bay Road and Kenora â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Section #3 ROUTE PLANNING AND PRELIMINARY DESIGN STUDY THE STUDY The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is continuing with a study for the four-laning of Highway 17 within the District of Kenora, as shown in the key plan and described below. The firm of McCormick Rankin Corporation (MRC) is undertaking this study on behalf of MTO.

The purpose of the study for Section 3 (between Rush Bay Road and Kenora) is to identify and protect a preferred corridor for a four-lane divided highway. Route planning and preliminary design is underway with the assessment of route alternatives for Section 3. The study follows the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Provincial Transportation Facilities process for Group â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; projects. A Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) will be prepared for Section 3. A notice will be published when the TESR is completed to explain the public review process and identify the locations where the TESR is available for viewing. CONSULTATION PROCESS The third Public Information Centre (PIC) has been arranged to present route alternatives for Section 3 prior to a preferred route being selected. Based on information gathered and comments received at PIC sessions in May and July 2010, the project team has completed an initial screening of route alternatives for Section 3. PIC #3 has been arranged to present these alternatives. The PIC will be a drop-in style open house session to allow members of the public to review display material and discuss the study with team members. In addition, a brief presentation will take place at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. We encourage you to attend this PIC to provide us with your views and comments so they can be reviewed as the project progresses. The PIC session is scheduled as follows: Location:

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Gravelle to consider Matawa proposal Aroland chief gives deadline for response Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry Minister Michael Gravelle is planning to respond to a $2.1 million Matawa First Nations Ring of Fire funding proposal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We take their request very seriously,â&#x20AC;? Gravelle said during an Aug. 26 interview on Ring of Fire issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will be responding to the request and I am very confident and optimistic we will continue to have a positive relationship with all the Matawa First Nations.â&#x20AC;? Gravelle said the challenge is to have the Ring of Fire development done in an environmentally sustainable manner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is complicated,â&#x20AC;? Gravelle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is going to take a great deal of work. It is going to take a great deal of respect and trust between all the organizations, the groups, the First Nations, the companies and the government â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all those that are involved.â&#x20AC;? Gravelle said that is the goal of the provincial government as well as his goal as minister. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do want to see the opportunities happen and move forward in terms of economic development, but we recognize it is not without its challenges,â&#x20AC;? Gravelle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly that is my goal and my commitment, and it is on that basis that I respect and understand Matawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for funding for their specific needs.â&#x20AC;? Aroland Chief Sonny Gagnon set a Sept. 15 deadline for responses from Gravelle and two other Ontario ministers for the $2.1 million Ring of Fire funding proposal, which included funding requests for Matawa technical support, eight communications liaison officers, a Ring of Fire co-ordinator and the Matawa First Nations Technical Committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first time the province has seen this proposal, we presented it back in April,â&#x20AC;? Gagnon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t new and should be acted on immediately.â&#x20AC;? Gagnon and a number of other Matawa chiefs met with Gravelle, Attorney General Chris Bentley and Ministry of Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey in mid-August to

request the funding to better prepare their First Nation communities for upcoming Ring of Fire initiatives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great disappointment that there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any sort of tangible commitment from the Ministers in attendance,â&#x20AC;? said Constance Lake Chief Arthur Moore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This funding is critical for our communities to move forward. No development of any kind will happen in the Matawa First Nations traditional territory unless each individual community is consulted and accommodated, and in order to do that, we need proper resources in place.â&#x20AC;? Funding had been provided in the past to support the Interim Mineral Measures Process, a document that provides guidelines on how communities interact with the mineral exploration and mining industry.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Nations need to be more of a priority when it comes to development in the Ring of Fire.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sonny Gagnon

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The IMMP is just a starting point for dialogue to begin and to bring First Nations and mineral companies together on some common understandings,â&#x20AC;? Moore said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In order to continue the process, our people need to be properly informed.â&#x20AC;? While the provincial government had announced in the 2010 Ontario budget that $45 million will be allocated over the next three years for a new project-based skills training program to help First Nations communities and northern Ontarians participate in economic development opportunities, such as the Ring of Fire, Gagnon said the funding announcement was not specific enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Nations need to be more of a priority when it comes to development in the Ring of Fire,â&#x20AC;? Gagnon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our First Nations continue to work together, not only with the Matawa communities but with regional municipalities. It is time that these actions be supported and taken seriously.â&#x20AC;?

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #12 300 McClellan Avenue Kenora, Ontario 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 2, 2010

If you are unable to attend this PIC or wish to review PIC #3 display material, please visit our project website at for project details. COMMENTS If you wish to obtain additional information or provide comments, or if you would like to be added to the mailing list, please write or call toll-free: Mr. Neil Ahmed, P. Eng. Consultant Project Manager McCormick Rankin Corporation 2655 North Sheridan Way, Suite 300 Mississauga, ON L5K 2P8 Phone: 1-877-562-7947, ext. 1241 Fax: 905-823-8503 E-mail:

Mr. Dan Preley, P.Eng. Senior Project Engineer Ministry of Transportation 615 James Street South Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6P6 Phone: 1-800-465-5034 or 807-473-2145 Fax: 807-473-2168 E-mail:

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As a Community Development Advisor you will: lead and engage in community development activities with children/youth/community and jurisdictional partners across the province of Ontario, conduct and facilitate meetings, projects and initiatives that inform the services and resources provided by the Advocate’s Office, as well as establish and maintain effective service and advisory services to the Director of Strategic Development and the management team. A central aspect of the Community Development position includes extensive community consultation, analysis and reporting on the activities associated with engagement and consultation work and will inform work undertaken by the individual rights and systemic advocacy teams.

As defined in the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, you will receive and respond to complaints from children and youth, address services delivery problems, quality of care, quality of life and rights protection/entitlement issues, assist and support children and youth in their participation in the advocacy process, refer children and youth to community-based resources, and represent the views and preferences of children and youth to service providers.

Knowledge and Skills: Knowledge of the theories and practices of child development including an understanding of special needs of children and developmental and physical disabilities, knowledge of programming for children and of funding policies and by assessing effectiveness of programs and compliance with accepted practices through engagement in comprehensive and targeted child youth and community engagement activities. Sound knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, Developmental Services Act (DSA), Child and Family Services Act (CFSA), and the Education Act. The job requires knowledge of other legislation and a background in program and policy analysis. The job requires knowledge of budgeting processes and the system of services available to children and their families in communities across the province, in order to connect the voice of children and youth to advocacy efforts across Ontario. Qualifications: Expert Knowledge of Child and Youth Care, and/or residential services for adults, traditionally acquired through post secondary education at the Bachelor or Masters level and or extensive work experience in community development and community research in child and youth service areas. Position requires the ability to travel throughout the province. The Successful Candidate will ideally possess some fluency in Cree or Oji-Cree. Police background check including a vulnerable person sector screening is required. This position is covered by the AMAPCEO Collective Agreement and benefit provisions are consistent with those for unclassified staff under that agreement.

In collaboration with public and private sector officials, you will develop policies/strategies to address issues and improve service delivery; identify and advocate for solutions to policy, legislative and procedural issues by working with government and service delivery agencies and liaising with advocacy committees, agencies, organizations and Ministry representatives. You will execute reviews; prepare reports; interview children and youth and deliver information and educational presentations to children and youth in residential care, service providers, and foster parents. Excellent analytical, organizational, negotiation, persuasion, communication and problem-solving skills are essential. Experience in mediation, conflict resolution and interviewing practices is required, as well as experience in providing advice on services available to children and families across Ontario. The successful candidate will have knowledge of diverse organizational structures and systems including government, child welfare, children’s mental health, developmental services, youth criminal justice, education, hospital, community services, and the provincial and demonstration schools. A university degree or equivalent and significant onthe-job experience in a related capacity is required. Knowledge of the, Child and Family Services Act, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Health Care Consent Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code is essential. Police background check including a vulnerable person sector screening is required. This position is covered by the AMAPCEO Collective Agreement and benefit provisions are consistent with those for unclassified staff under that agreement. The successful Candidate will ideally possess some fluency in Cree or Oji-Cree.

To apply please submit your resume with covering letter by email:, or fax to 416 325- 5681 or mail to Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, 401 Bay Street, Suite 2200 Toronto, Ontario, M7A 0A6, no later than 5pm on September 20th, 2010. In order for your application to be accepted please ensure that you quote file number CDA-201010 and the city you are applying for (e.g. CDA-201010 Kenora) in the subject line of your email.

To apply please submit your resume with covering letter by email:, or fax to 416 325-5681 or mail to Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, 401 Bay Street, Suite 2200 Toronto, Ontario, M7A 0A6, no later than 5pm on September 20th, 2010. In order for your application to be accepted please ensure that you quote file number PA-2010-09 and the city you are applying for (e.g. PA-2010-09 Kenora) in the subject line of your email.

We appreciate all applications received; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank all applicants for their submission.

We appreciate all applications received; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank all applicants for their submission.

An Equal Opportunity Employer Issued: September 3rd 2010

An Equal Opportunity Employer Issued: September 3rd 2010

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CIVIL ENGINEER Water and Wastewater & Project Development The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) requires the services of an experienced and qualified Professional Civil Engineer to assist Ontario First Nations in Water and Wastewater & Project Development. This position provides advisory services to our First Nation clients in the area of water and wastewater, project planning and training, contract administration and management, design and construction of infrastructure projects. Duties • Provide technical advisory services regarding all aspects of Water and Wastewater & Project Development including the Water Supply Treatment and Distribution, Sewage Collection, Solid Waste Collection, and other Municipal Services • Prepare and assist in developing the Terms of Reference for each phase of project development • Participate in funding negotiations and maintain a network of contacts with various public and private agencies • Assist in the preparation of project schedules and budgets • Assist Tribal Councils and First Nations in ensuring that design and construction comply with all codes and guidelines and provide Advisory Services on any issues they may have with Water and Wastewater • Assist in the development of Plant Operator Training Manuals • Have a good understanding of the Water and Wastewater legislation • Be aware of innovative Water and Wastewater Technologies and advocate ways of improving the Health and Environment of First Nations people Statement of Qualifications • Degree in Civil Engineering and must be a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario • Minimum of five years of experience in managing Water and Wastewater projects in First Nations communities or municipalities and/or related technical advisory experience • In-depth knowledge of technical, financial and economic aspects of Water & Wastewater • Willing to travel throughout Ontario • Reliable and insured vehicle and Valid driver’s license • Good communication and interpersonal skills • Understanding and use of computer software • Knowledge of First Nations aspirations and culture CLOSING DATE: October 22, 2010 @ 4:30 p.m. (EST) Please mark clearly on the envelope “Engineer, Water and Wastewater & Project Development” and mail/ fax/email your resume to: Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation 111 Peter Street, Suite 606 Toronto, ON, M5V 2H1 Attention: Mr. Robert Howsam, Executive Director Phone: 416-651-1443 Fax: 416-651-1673 ; email: For a detailed job description phone Human Resources at 416-651-1443 ext 229 We thank all applications, however only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

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ACTIVITY COORDINATOR Internal/External Posting Term Employment Location: Sioux Lookout, ON

TUBERCULOSIS EDUCATOR Internal/External Posting Permanent Full Time Location: Sioux Lookout, ON

The Activity Coordinator develops and delivers a creative program of daily recreational and cultural activities to meet the needs of hostel and hospital residents. QUALIFICATIONS • Minimum Grade 12 or GED; • Minimum two years work experience in the field of health or social services; • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills; • Possesses excellent team building and networking skills; • A current certificate in CPR and First Aid (or willingness to complete training) is preferred. KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 an asset; • Knowledge of the people, culture and health priorities of the First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout Zone; • Knowledge of and commitment to the services provided by • Client Services Department; • Demonstrated ability to plan co-ordinate and implement group and individual activities; • Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout Zone, a definite asset. Please send cover letter, resume, three most recent employment references and an up-to-date Criminal Reference Check to: Charlene Samuel, Human Resources Manager Human Resources Department Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority P.O. Box 1300, 61 Queen Street, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8 Phone: (807) 737-1802 Fax: (807) 737-1076 Email: Closing Date: October 1, 2010

The Tuberculosis Educator is responsible to promote and provide awareness, education, and methods of prevention on tuberculosis to members of the Sioux Lookout Zone First Nations. The incumbent will develop culturally relevant educational resources, conduct and facilitate workshops at the community level, act as an advocate, and resource to First Nations people. This position also facilitates the delivery of Tuberculosis education and support services to clients both in hospital, and at the First Nation community level. QUALIFICATIONS • Grade 12 or equivalent; • Certificate/Diploma in a Health related field a definite asset; • Minimum two years experience in a health care field an asset; • Experience working with families; • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills; • Possesses excellent team building and networking skills; • Must be willing and able to travel extensively to designated communities. KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY • Ability to communicate in one or more of the First Nation dialects in the Sioux Lookout Zone a definite asset; • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Professional Pro 2007 an asset; • Experience and understanding of the Native cultural issues, the geographical realities and social conditions within remote Northern First Nation communities; • Innovative problem solving and decision making skills; • Excellent time management and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work independently. Please send cover letter, resume, three most recent employment references and an up-to-date Criminal Reference Check to: Charlene Samuel, Human Resources Manager Human Resource Department Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority P.O. Box 1300, 61 Queen Street Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8 Phone: (807) 737-1802 Fax: (807) 737-1076 Email:

Closing Date: October 1, 2010

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SLATE FALLS NATION EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY PUBLIC WORKS MANAGER The Public Works Manager duties are to act as a Bamaji Lake EDC Officer, and on doing so he\she is: This position will be located in Slate Falls Nation. The Successful applicant must be available to relocate to Slate Falls Nation. • Responsible for human, technical and financial resources from Bamaji Lake EDC ensuring that the projects are designed to foster the social and economic development of the people of Slate Falls Nation. • Responsible to Bamaji Lake Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and in that capacity initiate, support and manage projects which improve the social, cultural, educational, recreational, or religious life of Slate Falls Nation membership. • Report regularly to Bamaji Lake EDC and ensure that the projects promote economic self-sufficiency though economic independence within the Slate Falls Nation and the region while respecting the traditions and values of the people. • Attend relevant training workshops and meetings. • Maintain good relations and communications with relevant government and private agencies. • Prepare annual report regarding economic development area, activities and any recommendations for the coming year. • Report to Chief and Council, funding agencies and community members as required • Supervise Staff to ensure daily activities and duties are completed • Purchase materials and equipment for departments such as housing, water and sewage, roads and bridges, fire and fuel and have updated filing system. • Ensure Human Resource Policy is applied and adhered to by staff • Ensure that staff keeps safety in mind at all times in terms of equipment and practices • Liaison between Chief and Council, Finance, Health, and Slate Falls affiliates • Set up training for staff as required • Manage projects in each departments • Shall report to the Band Administrator Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in economics, commerce, business administration or public administration or Business administration-•Accounting Program diploma from community college in addition with a minimum of 4 years of experience in Economic Development. • Computer skills\Literacy required; • A minimum of 4 to 6 years related experience in the Public Works sector and/ or C.E.T. Certification from OACETT, along with supervisory experience is required. • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of government submissions; • Familiarity and sensitivity with First Nation issues and structures; • Proven experience working for First Nation organizations would be an asset; • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills both written and verbal; • Ability to communicate fluently in Ojibwe or Oji-Cree an asset; • Valid Driver’s license required • Ability to handle and operate Heavy Equipment an asset Location: Start Date: Closing Date: Salary:

Slate Falls Nation, Ontario October 4, 2010 September 24, 2010 @ 3:00 pm To commensurate with experience\qualifications

Applicants can send a Resume, Cover letter, and Contact information for three references to:

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The Health Authority wishes to thank all applicants in advance. However, only those granted an interview will be contacted.

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Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre

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Robin Roundhead, Admin Assistant\Human Resource 48 Lakeview Road Slate Falls, Ontario P0V 3C0 807-737-5700 ext 119 Or email:

Anticipatory Staffing Action ($60K per annum) General Manager Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs’ Forum (NSRCF) The Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs’ Forum (NSRCF) is an adhoc committee comprised of the Chiefs of six First Nations that have territorial interests in the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve (CCGP). The NSRCF Vision Statement identifies relationship building and reconciliation as key tools in resolving ongoing regional economic, environmental and social issues. The NSRCF General Manager must be a highly motivated, creative individual who can recognize and express ideas clearly. GENERAL DUTIES Reporting directly to the NSRCF, and generally to the NSRCF Chairman on a day-to-day basis, the General Manager will undertake a number of general duties including, but not limited to, those outlined below. • Administration of the NSRCF • Development & Implementation of Policies, Procedures and Practices • Oversee and manage contracted services • Provide advice and guidance regarding organizational development for the NSRCF • Recruit, develop, retain and provide training for new personnel and staff • Provide financial management regarding development of budget, tracking accounts receivable/payable ledgers, P.O. system etc. • Oversee and supervise immediate staff of the NSRCF • Collaborate with outside consultants and NSRCF partners • Act as a resource and liaison with member NSRCF communities • Other related duties QUALIFICATIONS • Outstanding organizational and management skills in administering personnel and budgets. • A Bachelor’s degree or similar academic credentials. • At least 10 years of experience in project management and/or strategic planning. • Strong familiarity with First Nation resource stewardship issues. • Excellent multiple task management skills. • Exemplary communication skills and an ability to interact with individuals at all levels. • Exceptional writing skills, including editing and proof-reading. • A thorough knowledge of English grammar, punctuation and spelling. • Knowledge of general accounting and fiscal management. • Demonstrated computer skills including MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and E-mail. Detailed positions descriptions available at: or at 705 864-0784 Mail: P.O. Box 400 Chapleau, ON P0M 1K0 Please apply via fax, email or regular mail with covering letter and résumé postmarked no later than September 30, 2010 to the attention of the NSRCF Chair.

in Sioux Lookout, Ontario is seeking a Resource Teacher

Are you an innovative and pro-active educator with an interest in working in the area of Aboriginal education? If so, then consider this terrific opportunity to apply for the position of Resource Teacher with the Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. You will be working with a small team of highly motivated people on: • implementing curriculum guidelines and providing professional development for schools • writing curriculum and unit plans for the elementary program • travelling extensively into district communities. Responsibilities: 1. In-service district school staff in all the Kwayaciiwin elementary curriculum guidelines. 2. Develop and revise Kwayaciiwin curriculum guidelines. 3. Develop comprehensive unit and lesson plans for all subjects. 4. Promote the Kwayaciiwin curriculum and program throughout the schools, communities, and district. 5. Assist schools in the implementation of the Kwayaciiwin curriculum. 6. Provide professional development to schools in areas such as balanced literacy, numeracy, learning centres, classroom management, etc. Qualifications: 1. Bachelor of Education degree with primary, junior or intermediate qualifications 2. Five or more years teaching experience 3. Self-motivated, organized, able to work as a team member 4. Excellent interpersonal, communications and computer skills 5. Asset specialist training or experience in: • Bilingual/bi-cultural programming • First Nations Languages • Junior/Intermediate methodology • Immersion or Second Language Methodology • ESL, Primary Methodology, Special Education 6. Cultural compentency: Language fluency in Ojibway, Oji-Cree and/or Cree, cultural activities, people histories Location: Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre, Sioux Lookout To apply: Please submit a resume, two references with written permission to contact, and a covering letter to: Roy Morris, Director Mail: Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre Box 1328, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8 Fax: (807) 737-2882 e-mail: A job description may be obtained by calling Eugene Southwind at (807) 737-7373. Criminal Reference and Child Abuse Registry check required. Closing date for applications: October 01, 2010, 4:00 P.M. CST

in Sioux Lookout, Ontario is seeking a STUDENT RETENTION COORDINATOR

The Student Retention Coordinator is responsible for coordinating support services for students at risk of dropping out of school. This position is a component of the First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) for the Sioux Lookout district. RESPONSIBILITIES • Research and be aware of issues, trends, and successful strategies to improve student retention • Establish and maintain a data base of experts and potential sources of support for District youth at risk of dropping out of school • Provide expert advice in the development of approaches to improve student retention across the Sioux Lookout District • Develop and maintain effective linkages with First Nations school administrators, teachers and parents • Participate on committees, study groups and working groups within the District related to improving student retention • Develop strategies, approaches and supporting materials to assist teachers and administrators improve student retention within their schools • Provide information/support to schools including advice, consultation and program development support • Provide guidance and expertise to communities and administrators in the development of student retention strategies as part of their school improvement planning process • Conduct regular visits to communities to monitor issues and assist parents and children • Play a key role in developing support networks for parents and children/youth • Speak in public forums, and have a good understanding of emotional and cultural sensitivities to address and establish early interventions within the region. QUALIFICATIONS • Experience working with students at risk • Formal training in a related social sciences area such as child or youth services • Sound knowledge of current trends and research about programs and services for students at risk • Excellent communication skills • Work-planning, organizing and coordination skills • A demonstrated ability to work with First Nations or in a culturally diverse community setting • Self-motivated, organized, able to be part of a team of professional staff • Excellent interpersonal and computer skills • Fluency in Ojibway, Oji-Cree or Cree an asset • Able to travel to district First Nations communities To apply: Please submit a resume, two references with written permission to contact, and a covering letter to: Margaret Angeconeb, FNSSP Coordinator Mail: Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre Box 1328 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8 e-mail: Fax: (807) 737-3650 A job description may be obtained by calling (807) 737-7373 ext 20. Criminal Reference and Child Abuse Registry check required Closing date for applications: September 24, 2010 @4:00 pm CST


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Ground broken on $1.5B Young Davidson Mine Xavier Kataquapit Special to Wawatay News

Matachewan First Nation welcomed a host of dignitaries to a ground breaking ceremony of the $1.5 billion Young Davidson Mine on its traditional lands Sept. 10. Northgate Minerals Corporation officials were joined by provincial, federal, First Nation, regional and municipal leaders in officially celebrating the rebirth of the historic gold mine destined to provide hundreds of jobs in a development that should run for at least 15 years. “With this ground-breaking, we are now proceeding on to moving earth, constructing buildings and starting to mine. It’s going to be very exciting here for the next year and a half and we are very happy with developments in partnering with Matachewan First Nation,” said Ken Stowe, president and CEO of Northgate. Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, said the Young Davidson mine is generating a substantial economic ripple and the project is having and will continue to have a profound economic impact on the region. He added in making these substantial investments and

advancing this project Northgate Minerals has been a model corporate citizen. “The McGuinty government commends the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices in all phases of the mining cycle,” Gravelle said. “We also praise your commitment to keeping local communities informed and involved throughout the process, in particular, Northgate has been forthright and determined in its commitment to building relationships with local First Nations in the context of mineral development.” Elder Alfred Batisse, of Matachewan First Nation, led the event in an opening prayer and the Matachewan Women’s drum group of Elder Marie Boucher, Elder Vina Hendrix and Elaine Daley performed during the ceremony. Matachewan Chief Richard Wincikaby expressed his satisfaction at the positive relationship developed from the very start between Northgate Minerals and his community. “Northgate has developed a good working relationship with our First Nation throughout the years. To date there are 28 members from our First Nation working full-time at the Young

Davidson mine and this is just the start,” said Wincikaby. David Ramsay, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane, gave thanks to the Matachewan First Nation for welcoming everyone onto their traditional lands. “This is especially important for all of our municipalities who are really going to benefit from the incredible economic investment that Northgate is making. I am also happy to make an announcement today that the Heritage Fund of Northern Ontario is providing

a grant of almost $900,000 to the Matachewan First Nation to improve the road from the reserve to highway 66.” Charlie Angus, MP TimminsJames Bay congratulated all those involved in the mining sector for sticking to their belief that better days would come along. “This mine is extraordinary. To see the partnership with Northgate and Matachewan First Nation makes me particularly proud. As great as the gold and the copper and the

diamonds are in the north, the greatest resource has always been in its people,” Angus said. Town of Matachewan Reeve Beverly Hine called her community a boom town benefiting from the huge investment made at its doorstep. “In Matachewan, upwards of 65 new homes will be built, many renovation projects and land sales have already taken place and several plans for residential, commercial and industrial development projects are currently under development,”

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From left, Ken Stowe, president and CEO, Northgate; Elder Vina Hendrix, Matachewan, Elaine Daley, Matachewan, Elder Marie Boucher, Matachewan, Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and David Ramsay, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane.

she said. Recent drilling results at the mine site have produced significant additional gold resources. More than $1.5 billion will be invested towards operation and capital costs during the life of the mine and the initial capital cost of the mine is expected to be more than $340 million. The new mine will provide 180,000 ounces of gold per year or a total production of 2.5 million ounces over the next 15 years, at a cost of $350 per ounce. The mine will provide jobs for 600 people during the two year construction period and long term employment for 275 individuals. The Young Davidson gold mine is located on the gold-rich Abitibi belt of northern Ontario, on the site of the historic Young Davidson and Matachewan Consolidated properties dating back to the 1930s. Northgate acquired the property in November 2005. During mine development, the company worked closely with the various surrounding communities and in July 2009 signed an Impact and Benefits Agreement (IBA) with Matachewan First Nation, a member community of Wabun Tribal Council.


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Building partnerships: DFC, ATO form alliance James Thom Wawatay News

Aboriginal Team Ontario (ATO) and Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School have formed an agreement to create the ATO North Athlete and Sport Development Centre in Thunder Bay. The partnership was launched in the spring and a staff member from ATO used office space through the summer at the school to conduct business, explained ATO board member Marc Laliberte. Laliberte is pleased there have already been tangible benefits. “Our summer student was working from the school,” he said. “The summer baseball clinic was organized from the school. We’ve had board meetings there. It’s been a great situation.” With fall here, and students back in class, there will be more emphasis on the DFC students and programming for other Aboriginal youth in Thunder Bay. “We hope to host tryouts and clinics at the school,” Laliberte said. “It would be good to host camps to develop athletes and

sports. We’re exploring fitness initiatives, yoga and strength training.” Some programming could start within a few weeks, Laliberte said, at no cost to the youth. DFC principal Jonathan Kakegamic appreciates what ATO can bring to his students. “Our students will be introduced to more sports, sports they traditionally don’t play,” he said. “They play hockey and volleyball. We should be able to offer basketball, track and strength training. “I like the idea of keeping our students and all students busy.” Kakegamic said partnerships are key to the school and its students. “We’re all working toward a common goal which is success for the students,” he said. “We need to work with other groups and agencies for the benefit of our students.” In that regard, Kakegamic announced a partnership to allow DFC students to try out for the Sir Winston Churchill High School football team. A group of more than a dozen DFC students have been practicing with Churchill for a week.

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Aboriginal Team Ontario and Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School have reached an agreement to form the ATO North Athlete and Sport Development Centre. Partnerships are becoming increasingly important to the school, such as the one formed with neighbouring Sir Winston Churchill High School, which allows students to try out for football, said principal Jonathan Kakegamic.

Less bags, less trash in Wapekeka Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News

As stewards and caretakers of Mother Earth, the people of Wapekeka First Nation are taking their role in environmental stewardship quite seriously. “We quit using plastic bags last year during our spring clean up,” said Chief Norman Brown. When chief and council made the decision to not use plastic bags, they informed the community through a letter. The decision to discontinue with using plastic bags at the store was an adjustment for people initially. “The first time, a lot of people were upset, but now they have gotten used to bringing their own bag,” Brown said. A noticeable improvement within the community is seeing less garbage at the dump, the chief said. Brown also notes that his neighbours, the people of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, have started to ban plastic bags at their local stores as well.

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Wawatay News SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ

ᐅᐡᑭ ᐅᑕᑯᓯ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᑫᐱᔑᒥᐡᑲᐧᒋ ᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᔭᑦ ᐅᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐱᐅᒋᒪᒐᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 1

ᐃᐧᐁᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᐊᔭᒪᑲᐠ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ 39 ᐁᑕ ᐊᔭᐊᐧᐣ ᓂᐯᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐯᔑᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐱᐅᐣᑐᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᔦ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑕᐸᑭᑎᓇᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ ᒋᐊᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐅᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᒥᒋᒪᐣ ᑲᐱᒪᒋᐃᐧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑲᐱᐅᐣᒋᐊᐧᐨ. ᑭᐃᓇᐧᑌᐸᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒋᒥᓀᐧᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐸᔭᑕᑫᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ, ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᐃᑯ ᑫᑲᐟ ᑲᑭᐱᐅᒋᓇᑲᑕᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᑕᐨ ᒋᐃᓀᐣᑕᐧᑲᓂᐠ, ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ ᑲᓇᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲ ᐃ ᔑ ᓇ ᓇ ᒪ ᔦ ᐣ ᑕ ᒧ ᐊ ᐧ ᐨ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑲᓇᑲᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐊᐧᑯᒪᑲᓂᐊᐧ ᑲᐱᓇᒋ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᓂᓂᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ. ᒐᐧᐣ ᑲᐟᐱᐟ, ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᐊᐱᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ, ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐅᒋ ᓂᑲᓂ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᑕᑯᓯ

ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᑫᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᒥᓄᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᔦ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐅᑕᑯᓯ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑕᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐊᒋᐃᐧᓂᑫᒪᑲᐠ ᑲᐅᒋ ᒥᑯᐡᑲᑌᑕᒥᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐊᑯ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑲᐊᐃᔑᐃᐧᓂᑕᐧ ᑲᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧᐃᔑ ᓇᓇᒋᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᓂᓂᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ, ᑲᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧ ᑲᐯᔑᐦᐃᐣᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᓯᓂᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐯᑭᐡ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᒋᔭᓂ ᒥᓄᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐃᔑ ᐸᔭᑕᑫᐣᑕᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐟᐱᐟ. ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐢᑕᐣ ᐯᕑᑎ ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐱᔕ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᔕᐧᑲᓄᐨ ᓭᓂᐸ. ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑭᒪᒥᓄᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᐊᐱᒋ ᒪᒥᓇᐧᔑᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ. ᐊᒥ ᑫᓂᐣ ᐁᓀᐣᑕᒪᐣ ᐃᒪ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᒋᐅᒋ ᒥᓄᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪ ᐊᔭᐊᐧᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐯᕑᑎ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ ᐅᒪ ᑫᑲᐯᔑᐦᐃᑕᐧ.

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Sioux Lookout Coun. James Brohm, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy, Mike Lovett, zone director for Sioux Lookout Zone of First Nations and Inuit Health, and Howard Hampton, MPP Kenora-Rainy River, prepart to cut the ribbon for the Jeremiah McKay Kabayweshekamik, the new hostel in Sioux Lookout.

ᒉᓂᒪᔭ ᒪᑫ ᐁᐅᒋ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᑌᐣᑕᑯᐦᐊᑲᓂᐃᐧᐨ

Dedication to Jeremiah McKay Today we recognize the exceptional contributions made by Jeremiah McKay. Jeremiah was one of the most passionate crusaders for more accessible and quality health care for our people. Always on the radio, always at meetings, always there when someone needed help or support. Throughout his life, Jeremiah displayed wisdom and compassion as he championed many causes that not only strengthened his community, but all our communities. His leadership and commitment to his people serve as an example for all First Nation leaders to follow. With the opening of the new hostel, we are entering a new era of patient care in the North. Today, we celebrate the progress we have made together and re-commit ourselves to improving the health of our children and all our members. (Excerpt from Lac Seul Chief Clifford Bull’s speaking notes)

ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᑭᔑᑲᐠ ᑭᓂᓯᑕᐃᐧᓇᒥᐣ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᑲᑭᐱᐃᓇᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐨ ᒉᓂᒪᔭ ᒪᑫ. ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑭ ᑭᒋᓀᐣᑕᐣ ᐁᐱᒥᔭᓄᑲᑕᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᔭᓂᑲᒋᑎᓇᒪᐃᐧᑕᐧ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑭᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᓇᓂᐠ. ᑕᓴᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᑕᐊᐧᒥᐣ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐁᑲᑭᑐᐨ, ᑕᓴᐧ ᑭᐊᐧᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓇᓂᐊᐧᓂᐠ, ᑕᓴᐧ ᐅᑭᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐣ ᑲᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒥᓂᐨ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᐊᓱᓂᑯᐃᐧᐣ. ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᐃᑯ ᑲᑭᐱᒪᑎᓯᐨ, ᒉᓂᒪᔭ ᐅᑭᓇᑯᑐᐣ ᐅᑲᑭᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᑎᒪᑫᓂᒥᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐁᐱᒥᔭᓄᑲᑕᑭᐣ ᒥᔑᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᓂᐣ ᐃᑯ ᐁᑕ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᑲᑭᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑭᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ ᒋᒥᓄᓭᑭᐣ. ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᔑ ᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᐱᔭᓄᑭᑕᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒪᐣ ᐅᑲᐃᐧᔭᓂ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑯᐣ ᑲᑭᓇ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐧᑎ ᓂᑲᐣ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᐸᑭᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ, ᐊᔕ ᑭᑭᐅᑎᑕᒥᐣ ᒋᑭᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭᒪᑕᓄᑲᑕᒪᐠ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ. ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᑭᔑᑲᐠ, ᑭᓇᓇᑯᒧᒥᐣ ᒪᒪᐤ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᑭᔕᓄᑲᑕᒪᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᑭᐁᐧ ᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᔭᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᑭᑕᐧ ᒋᒥᓄᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᑕᐊᐧᔑᔑᒥᓇᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑭᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᓇᓂᐠ. (ᐅᐱᔑᑯᑲᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᑭᓫᐃᐳᕑᐟ ᐳᓫ ᑲᑭᐃᑭᑐᐨ)

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Mining Matters to youth Rick Garrick Wawatay News

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Shane Troutlake, Lyndon Wabasse, Evan Troutlake, Carol Wabasse and Eric Shewaybick participated in the PDAC Mining Matters camp in Webequie, held for a week beginning Aug. 16.

ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᐅᑭᐅᑕᐱᓇᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᕑᐃᐠ ᑲᕑᐃᐠ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ

ᐊᐱᑕ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᑭᐊᐣᓭᐧᐃᐧᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᑕᐱᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᑕᓯᓄᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐁᐧᐱᑫᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᑯᑭᐠ. ᒪᒪᐤ 104 ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᑭᐱᔕᐧᐊᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ 60 ᐁᑕ ᓂᐣᑭᐃᓀᐣᑕᒥᓇᐸᐣ ᒋᐱᔕᐧᐊᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᓫᐃᔭᐣ ᐦᐊᓫ, ᑲᔭᓂᑫᐅᑭᒪᐅᐨ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᒪ ᓇᐧᕑᐊᐣᐟ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᐠ ᐁᑭᐱᐅᐣᒋ ᐱᒋᓂᔕᐦᐊᐠ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᐣ. ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐅᑭ ᑭᒋᒥᓀᐧᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᓇ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᔕᐊᐧᐨ. ᐁᐧᐱᑫᐧ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᑲᓀᓂᔭᐢ ᐊᐧᐸᐢ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂ (ᑲᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᔓᓂᔭᐊᐧᓯᓂᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ) ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᐅᓇᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᒋᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᑕᔑ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐃᐧᑕᐧ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᒋᑫᓇᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᐃᒪ ᒪᔭᑦ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔑ ᑲᑫᐧᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ. ᐅᐡᑭ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᑲᐃᐧᐣ

ᐃᑲᐧ ᑭᐱᐅᒋᑐᒋᑲᑌᓯᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᐅᒋ ᓇᓇᑐᓇᒪᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᐊᐣᑎ ᑫᑭᔭᓄᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᓇᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒪᑭᐸᐣ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᒥᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᐧᐸᐢ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐅᐡᑲᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐅᑕᔭᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᐡᑭᐦᐅᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᑫᑭᔭᓄᒋ ᒪᒋᑕᒪᓱᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐡᑭᐦᐅᐊᐧᐨ. ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᐧᐸᐢ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐅᑭᒋᓀᐣᑕᒥᐦᐃᑯᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᐊᐃᔑᐁᐧᐸᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᒋᐦᐊᐃᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐅᐡᑲᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐸᑯᓭᓂᒪᑲᓂᐧᐃᐧᐊᐠ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧᔭᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ. ᐅᓇᑕᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᐣ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐣ ᒋᔭᓂ ᒪᐦᒋᑭᑫᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᑯᓀᐣ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐃᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᓂᐡ ᐊᐱᐣ ᒋᔭᓂ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᔭᓂᔑ ᐸᑭᑌᐡᑭᑫᒪᑲᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᐧᐸᐢ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᔭᓂ ᑲᐧᔭᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᔭᓂ ᒪᒥᑐᓀᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑭᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᒋᔭᓂᑲᐧᔭᐣᒋᑲᐸᐃᐧᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᓇᐣᑕ ᒥᓇ ᑫᑯᓀᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑫᑭᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐱᓂᐡ ᒋᔭᓄᒋ ᑲᒋᑎᓇᒪᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐊᔭᒪᑲᑭᐣ

ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐯᔑᑯᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᑲᑭ ᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐁᐧᐱᑫᐧᐠ, ᑭᒪᒋᑕᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐸᐅᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 16 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᑯᑭᐠ ᑭᒪᒋᑕᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐸᐅᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 24 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᓂᐨ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᑭ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑲᓇᓇᑲᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐊᓯᓂᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᓇᓇᑕᐊᐧᓯᓂᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ, ᐊᐦᑭ ᑲᑎᐸᐦᐊᑲᑌᐠ, ᑲᐊᐸᑕᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᐠ ᑫᐅᒋ ᑭᑭᓄᐃᐧᓂᐁᐧᒪᑲᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑲᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᐁᐅᒋ ᐸᑲᓂᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᓯᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔕᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑭᐊᐧᐸᑕᐦᐊᐊᐧᐠ ᑫᑯᓀᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐊᔭᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᓇᐧᕑᐊᐣᐟ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐅᑭᒪᐅᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑕᐧ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒥᑎᑯᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑕᐡ ᑲᐃᔑ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒋᑭᑫᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑲᐊᐃᔑᓇᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓯᓂᐠ, ᔓᓂᔭᐊᐧᓯᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑲᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᑲᐃᔑ ᒐᒋᑫᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓂᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐯᑭᐡ ᐃᓇᐱᐣ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ B3

Almost twice as many youth attended the PDAC Mining Matters Aboriginal Youth Outreach Summer Camps in Webequie and Marten Falls as were expected. “We had a total of 104 campers – we were expecting 60,” said Leanne Hall, vice-president of human resources at Noront Resources Ltd, in an e-mail comment. “It was a huge success for everyone.” Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse said the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) Mining Matters camp provided youth with more knowledge about the mining activities happening in the Ring of Fire area. “It’s something new — we have never encountered anything like that so that is why we have to find programs that will assist us in learning what mining is all about,” Wabasse said. “The young people have a lot of potential and we just need to tap into their potential.” Wabasse said his community is very interested in what is happening in the mining industry, and the Elders in particular want the youth to know more about mining. “They want the young people to start learning about what mining is all about so they are aware of what kinds of impacts it brings,” Wabasse said. “It also prepares them to start thinking about preparation on what they need to do or what kind of education they need to do with the job opportunities that a mining company will bring.” The weeklong PDAC Mining Matters camps were held in Webequie, beginning Aug. 16, and Marten Falls, beginning Aug. 24, to introduce youth to a wide range of practical geological and mineral exploration activities, including prospecting, claim staking, mapping, GPS (Global Positioning System) technology and environmental geochemistry. The camps, which also highlighted the array of job opportunities available in the minerals industry, were delivered by PDAC Mining Matters through sponsorship from Noront Resources Ltd., the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.

“Introducing the youth of these First Nation communities to rocks, minerals and geology in a fun, educational camp setting is an honour,” Hall said. “These young people are our future, and there is no time like the present to invest in their learning of our great mining industry.” Eric Shewaybick’s favourite activity during the Webequie PDAC Mining Matters camp was when the youth split up into four groups to solve a puzzle. “It taught me how to be a team player and a good leader,” Shewaybick said in a comment sheet. The PDAC Mining Matters camps include lots of group activities, said Barbara Green Parker, Aboriginal education specialist with PDAC Mining Matters. “It’s a natural place for them to learn how to work cooperatively and be responsible for their own learning,” Parker said. “We find as the week progresses they become even more engaged in working with each other and taking leadership roles.” Other youth enjoyed learning about mapping, the different rocks and minerals and the cookie mining activity. “My favourite activity was the cookie mining because it was fun,” said Shane Troutlake in a comment sheet. Cookie mining involves mining chocolate chip cookies for the chocolate chips. “Through the process, they go through the entire mining cycle,” Parker said. “Right from the purchase of the land to mapping of the land, which they do by putting (the cookie) on a piece of graph paper and counting the number of squares it occupies.” Parker said the youth decide which type of equipment they want to use to mine the cookie, they count the amount of minerals (chocolate chips) mined, and they subtract the cost of their mining activity and the reclamation process from their earnings. see YOUTH page B3

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Wawatay News SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ

Wawatay News SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧᔭᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ B1

ᒋᐅᒋ ᐱᒥ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᑭᒋᓀᐣᑕᑲᐧᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐦᐊᓫ. ᐊᓂᐡ ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᔭᓂ ᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᒪᑯᒥᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧ ᓄᑯᑦ ᒥᓄᓭ ᒋᑭᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐦᐃᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᒋᔭᓂ ᑲᑭᑫᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᐁᕑᐃᐠ ᔓᐁᐧᐱᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭ ᑭᒋᓀᑕᐠ ᐁᑐᑕᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐁᐧᐱᑫᐧᐠ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᑭᐸᐱᑭᓯᓄᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᓂᐁᐧᐊᐧᓀᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᐃᓂᑕᐧ ᒋᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧ ᓂᓯᑕᐧᐃᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᑯᓂ. ᓂᐣᑭᐅᒋ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑯᐣ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᐊᐧᑲᐧ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᒪᐊᐧᑲᐧ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᔓᐁᐧᐱᐠ. ᒥᔑᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᒪᒪᐤ ᑭᐃᔑᒋᑫᐦᐊᑲᓂᐃᐧᐊᐧᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐸᐱᓇ ᑯᕑᐃᐣ ᐸᕑᑭᕑ, ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᑭᑭᓄᐊᒪᑫ ᑲᑭᑕᑭᐧᐨ ᐅᒪ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐱᑲᐧᒋᔭᐦᐃᐠ ᑭᑕᔑ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐊᐧᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐱᑯ ᑲᐃᔑᐯᔑᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᑭᑫᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᒥ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐃᐧᐣᑕᐧ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐸᕑᑭᕑ. ᐣᑭᐃᔑ ᐊᐧᐸᒪᐠ ᐊᐱ ᑫᑲᐟ ᑲᔭᓂ ᑭᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐱᓂᐡ ᐁᑭᔭᓂ ᐁᐧᐣᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐊᐧᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒋᒪᒥᐡᑲᐧᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᓂᑲᓂᑐᑕᐊᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ. ᐯᔑᐠ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᐢ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᒥᓀᐧᐣᑕᐣ ᐊᐦᑭᐃᐧᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ, ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑲᐊᐃᔑᓇᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓯᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓯᓂᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᔑᐊᐧᓇᑯᓇᐣ ᐁᑭᐊᐸᒋᐦᐊᐊᐧᐨ. ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᓂᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᒥᓀᐧᐣᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᑐᑕᒪᐣ ᔑᐊᐧᓇᑯᓇ ᑲᑭᐊᐸᒋᐦᐊᔭᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᐊᐧᐸᑕᐦᐃᑯᔭᐠ ᐁᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᒥᓀᐧᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᔐᐣ ᑕᕑᐊᐅᐟᓫᐁᐠ. ᔑᐊᐧᓇᑯᓇᐠ ᑲᐱᐊᐧᑯᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᒐᐧᑯᓇᑐᓴᐠ ᐅᑭᐊᐸᒋᐦᐊᐊᐧᐣ ᐁᒧᓇᐦᐊᓯᓂᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐅᒋ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᐦᐃᑕᐧ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᑲᐱᒪᓄᑲᓂᑕᐧ ᐊᓯᓂᐠ, ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᐱᒥᑐᑕᐊᐧᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐸᕑᑭᕑ. ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᐊᑕᐊᐧᑌᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᐦᑭᐃᐧᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᑲᑌᐠ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᐊᔭᓴᐊᐧᐨ ᔑᐊᐧᓇᑯᓇᐣ ᐯᐸᓄᐣ ᑲᑭᐊᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᐊᔭᑭᓀ ᐊᑭᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑕᓱᑲᑲᑫᐦᐃ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᐊᔭᓴᐊᐧᐨ. ᐸᕑᑭᕑ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᐅᑭᐅᓀᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᑫᑯᓀᐣ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓂ ᑫᔭᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᒧᓇᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᔑᐊᐧᓇᑯᓇᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐅᑭᐊᑭᒪᐊᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑕᓯᐣ ᒐᐧᑯᓇᑐᓴᐣ ᑲᑭᒧᓇᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑭᐅᒋᐊᔐᑭᐣᒋᑫᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐃᓀᑫ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᒣᑎᓂᑫᐦᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᐁᐧᐱᒋᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐣᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑭᐁᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐃᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᒋᑎᐸᐸᒋᑲᑌ ᐊᓂᐣ

ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑲᑭᔭᐱᒋ ᑲᑫᐧᐊᓄᑲᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᔑᐊᐧᓇᑯᓇᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐸᕑᑭᕑ. ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᒥᔑᓇᐧᔦᐠ ᐁᑭᐃᔑ ᐸᑫᐧᐱᓇᐊᐧᐨ, ᐊᒥ ᑫᐃᓯᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐣᒋᑯ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᒋᒣᑎᓂᑫᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᑭᐁᐧᐅᔑᐦᐊᐊᐧᐨ. ᓇᐱᐨ ᐅᑭᒥᓀᐧᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ, ᐊᓂᐡ ᐁᑭᐅᒋ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐊᓂᐣ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᐁᔑᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ. ᔓᐁᐧᐱᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᒪᑲᑌᐣᑕᐣ ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᑲᓇᓇᑲᒋᐦᐊᐨ ᐊᓯᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᐅᐣᑎᓯᐨ ᐯᔑᑯᑭᔑᑲ. ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᔭᐣ ᑫᓂᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒋᔭᓂ ᐃᓇᓄᑭᔭᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᔓᐁᐧᐱᐠ. ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᔦ ᑲᑭ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐃᐧᑕᐧ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᑯ ᒋᑭᑕᓇᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᓇᓇᑲᒋᐦᐊᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓯᓂᐣ, ᐊᔑᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᔑᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᑭᒋᓀᑕᐁᑲᐧᐠ ᑕᓱᑭᔑᑲ ᑲᐱᒪᑎᓯᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ. ᒥᑐᓂ ᐱᑯ ᐅᓇᐦᐃ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᐃᐧᐣᑕᒪᐃᐧᑕᐧ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐁᒋᑫᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᓇᓇᑕᐊᐧᓯᐁᐧᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᒥᑲᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑲᐊᐃᔑᓇᑯᓯᓂᐨ ᓇᑐᐊᓯᓂᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧᓂᐨ ᐊᓯᓂᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐸᕑᑭᕑ. ᐣᑭᐊᐸᒋᐦᐊᒥᐣ ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᑲᐊᐃᔑᓇᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᔓᓂᔭᐊᐧᓯᓂᐠ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᒥᑎᐢᐟ, ᒋᑊᓴᑦ, ᑲᓫᐅᑊᕑᐊᔾᐟ, ᐯᐠᒪᑕᔾᐟ, ᒪᐠᓇᑕᔾᐟ, ᑲᐧᕑᐟᐢ. ᒥᐅᑯ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᒋᓀᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓯᓂᐠ ᒋᑭ ᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᓂᒪᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒥᐅᑯ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᓯᓂᐠ ᑕᓱᑭᔑᑲ ᑲᑭᑕᐸᒋᐦᐃᐣᑕᐧ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐊᐧᐃᐧᐣᑕᒪᐊᐧᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐊᐧᑲᓇᐠ ᑲᔭᐱᒋ ᐁᐧᓄᑕᑭᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᐊᔭᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᐱᑲᐧᑕᑭᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐯᑭᐡ ᑲᔦ ᒋᐅᒋ ᑎᐸᐸᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᐠ, ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑭᓇᐧᑲᐡ ᒋᒥᓄᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᑫᐱᒥᐊᐸᑕᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᐊᓄᑭᐊᐧᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ. ᐅᒪ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᑫᐅᒋ ᒪᑕᓄᑲᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᒋᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐃᐧᑕᐧ ᐊᔑᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒋᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐅᐡᑭᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᐸᑭᑎᓂᑕᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᑲᒥᓴᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒋᔭᓂᔑᐊᓄᑭᐊᐧᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐸᐟᕑᐃᔕ ᑎᕑᐃᐣ ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐅᐨ ᐅᒪ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᓂᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒥᐣ ᑲᔦ ᐊᐱ ᑲᐅᐡᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒋᒪᐡᑲᐃᐧᑲᐸᐃᐧᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᑕᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ, ᑭᒋᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐅᒋᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒪᑭᑕᐧ ᓇᐱᐨ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᑕᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᑫᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᑭ ᒪᒪᐧᐃ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐊᐱ ᐃᐧᐅᓀᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓇᐣ.

Sioux Lookout - Hudson - Alcona On October 25 Re-elect

Joyce Timpson Councilor at Large

Thinking outside of the box for Made in Sioux Lookout solutions: • Community consultation that really counts • Partnerships with First Nations, businesses and community groups. • Finish what we started and x what we have • Social justice, environmental stewardship support for local business


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Youth given training in mining field from B1 “The reclamation process is gauged by how aggressive they were with the cookie,” Parker said. “If they broke it apart into many pieces, then of course it would cost more money to put it back together again. They loved this activity, because it really gives them a sense ... of the mining cycle and how it all works.” Shewaybick was surprised to learn how much income a geologist makes in a day. “That motivated me to become one as well,” Shewaybick said. Special attention to the local geology is emphasized in the Mining Matters Camp program-

ming, as is raising the campers’ awareness of the minerals industry and its importance in everyday life.

“It really gives them a sense of the mining cycle and how it all works.” – Barbara Green Parker

“They are very quick to pick this information up and you can tell how excited they are to be exploring and discovering the differences between each rock and mineral,” Parker said. “We use a variety of minerals, every-

thing from amethyst to gypsum, calcopyrite, pegmatite, magnatite, quartz. These are very interesting and exciting minerals for them to learn about and of course they are very useful for us every day.” The students are also taught about the abundant natural resources in the north with an emphasis on the environment, new technology and sustainable development. “PDAC Mining Matters is committed to building on existing education and training initiatives as well as developing new programs to engage Aboriginal youth and develop an interest in the minerals industry,” said Patricia Dillon, president of PDAC Mining

Matters. “We understand that building new, and strengthening existing partnerships with First Nations, industry and educational partners is critical to designing and delivering effective programs.” Wabasse would welcome the PDAC Mining Matters camp back to his community again next year. “The young people are very interested in the program,” Wabasse said. “It would be beneficial that the Mining Matters would continue to offer the program in our community so we can better understand the mining industry in this region.” PDAC Mining Matters is an organization dedicated to mineral resource education.



GOLDCORP GOLD MINE POWER SUPPLY TRANSMISSION LINE HARRY’S CORNER TO BALMER COMPLEX Goldcorp Inc. is proposing to construct a new 115 kV electric transmission line: Harry’s Corner to Goldcorp’s Balmer complex in Balmertown, northeast of Red Lake community (roughly 1011 km). A new 115/44 kV transformer sub-station (50X85m) and control building (8X5m) at Balmer complex and a new line tap and disconnect switch at Harry’s Corner are also required. Background & Project Purpose Goldcorp owns and operates Red Lake Gold Mines. Current operational power demand on the existing 43 megavolt ampere (MVA) supply system is reaching capacity. Goldcorp plans to improve and expand its operations. The proposed transmission line is intended to ensure power for existing and future operations. The Process This Notice of Commencement is to inform First Nation and other community members and interested parties that an environmental study of the proposed Goldcorp Power Supply Project is being initiated. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) guidelines require such projects to complete an environmental assessment (EA) in accordance with the “Class Environmental Assessment for Minor Transmission Facilities” (MOE, 1992), as approved under the provincial Environmental Assessment Act (URL: class_ea.pdf). Goldcorp Inc. has retained SNC-Lavalin Environment, assisted by Northern Bioscience, to conduct the study. The process will include: 2 rounds of community consultations; agency consultations; alternative analysis; impact assessment and mitigation; preparation of a Class EA Environmental Study Report (ESR) which will be made available for a 30-day public review period; and posting a Notice of Completion. Public Information Centre (PIC) Goldcorp is committed to consulting with First Nations and other community members, government agencies and other stakeholders and is planning to hold a Public Information Centre on Thursday September 30 between 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Red Lake Heritage Centre in Red Lake. For further information or to provide comments, please contact either of the following: Ms. Mary Shea SNCŠLavalin Environment 400 Carlingview Drive Toronto, ON M9W 5X9 Tel.: 416-679-6691; Fax: 416-231-5356 Email:

Mr. David Gelderland Goldcorp-Red Lake Gold Mines PO Box 516, Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0 Tel.: 807-735-2077 (Ext 5230) Fax: 807-735-2037 Email:

Information will be collected and used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, solely for the purposes of assisting Goldcorp in meeting the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. This material will be maintained on le for use during the study and may be included in project documentation. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the Public Record.


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Manitowabi takes reins of NNEC Brent Wesley Wawatay News

Northern Nishnawbe Education Council officially announced the hiring of a new executing director Sept. 8. Lac Seul’s Jennifer Manitowabi takes the helm after former executive director William Dumas chose to move on after his contract was completed. “As the new executive director of Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, I understand I am following in the footsteps of many intelligent and dedicated individuals known for their sincere efforts within the organization,” Manitowabi said in a statement announcing her role. Manitowabi brings plenty of educational experience having

worked as a teacher and administrator in the past. She is also a recent student of NNEC programming and is working on her master’s of education. She lives in Lac Seul with her husband and children. “It is my growing belief that lifelong learning is responsible for producing skilled individuals that will insure the continued progress of our nation,” Manitowabi said in a message on the NNEC website. “I would like to encourage students to consider how their individual progress is linked to strengthening the opportunities for their families and communities.” The NNEC board of directors said they are confident in Manitowabi’s ability to lead the organization.

Former NAPS officer honoured at OPP awards ceremony James Thom Wawatay News

NNEC is an educational organization delivering secondary and post secondary education programs and services for First Nations people in the Sioux Lookout region.

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Jennifer Manitowabi is the new executive director of Northern Nishnawbe Education Council.

Misiwe Minoyawin Wawatay Native Communications Society has partnered with the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council to launch the Misiwe Minoyawin (Health For Everyone) project. Misiwe Minoyawin’s goal is to demonstrate to Aboriginal youth in northern Ontario, especially the communities Wawatay serves in Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Treaty #3, how healthy lifestyle choices can boost overall well-being. The 18 month project will focus on the issues of substance abuse, tobacco use, healthy eating, maintaining an active lifestyle and mental health. It will do this through a recipe book, videos, a community-based ad campaign contest and a youth role model campaign.

Former Nishnawbe Aski Police Service Const. Tina Stephen received a St. John Ambulance Award and OPP Commissioner’s Letter Sept. 16 in Kirkland Lake. The award was presented during the Ontario Provincial Police North East Region Awards Ceremony. The ceremony honours citizens and Ontario Provincial Police members, both uniform and civilian, who have demonstrated acts of bravery, lifesaving, community service and exemplary performance of duty. In addition to Stephen, civilian Rufus Friday and OPP Const. Ryan Hutchison were also honoured for their roles in an incident that occurred in Kashechewan First Nation. On the evening of March 18, 2009, Hutchison and Stephen had a man in custody in Kashechewan and had stopped to pick up Friday, a guard, when Stephen was unable to obtain a response from the prisoner. Stephen monitored the man’s condition and Friday rode up front as Hutchison drove the police vehicle to the nursing station to have the prisoner checked. En route, Stephen indicated the man was breathing, but she thought his pulse felt weak.

The recipe book will address healthy eating by promoting proper and culturally appropriate nutrition and healthy eating habits. We want YOU to submit your recipes to be included in this cookbook. The only guidelines are that all recipes include traditional foods and methods to prepare meals that are low in saturated fats and rened carbohydrates. This cookbook will also create an awareness of unhealthy modern eating habits and hopes that the book will aid in building healthy eating habits to lower the risk of diabetes, which is prevalent among First Nation peoples in northern Ontario. Another aspect of this recipe book is the soliciting of the legends/stories behind the traditional foods in the submitted recipes: wild rice, berries and wild game for example.

For more info contact: Chris Kornacki Misiwe Minoyawin Project Co-ordinator 807.344.3022 (ofce) 1.888.575.2349 (toll free) 807.344.3182 (fax) Funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Healthy Communities Fund

Stephen took over mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while Hutchison ran to the nurse’s residence to obtain additional help. Stephen took over mouthto-mouth resuscitation while Hutchison ran to the nurse’s residence to obtain additional help. Upon the officer’s return, medical staff, including a doctor, had responded and were treating the man. He was eventually stabilized and airlifted to Moose Factory and then on to Thunder Bay.

Fednor funds Matawa, Muskrat Dam Rick Garrick Wawatay News

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Upon arrival at the nursing station, Hutchison found there was no medical staff present and told the security guard to page someone. The officer then returned to the police vehicle and assisted Stephen and Friday in bringing the man into the emergency room. As no stretcher was available, they placed the man on his back on the floor. Hutchison assessed his breathing while Stephen checked for a pulse. Unable to detect any breathing, Hutchison began artificial respiration while Friday commenced chest compressions.

Matawa First Nations Management and Muskrat Dam are receiving funding for resource development opportunities. “FedNor is investing in CFDCs (Community Futures Development Corporations) and area First Nations to provide them with the tools they need to strengthen the economy,” said Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for FedNor during an Aug. 30 announcement in Red Lake. The $216,032 investment in Matawa First Nations Management will be used to hire a mining advisor to help its nine member communities to capitalize on mining opportunities in their respective territories.

Muskrat Dam will use its $25,000 investment to assist with a feasibility study for the development of a run-of-theriver hydro development project near the community at Windigo Falls. The focus of the Muskrat Dam project will be on assessing the business aspects of the project including financial modeling, capital cost estimates and the review of current diesel operations. “These targeted contributions will address specific community needs, which will pave the way for growth,” said Kenora MP Greg Rickford. “By investing in small business, youth and strategic planning, the government of Canada is helping to strengthen the regional economy and build a brighter future for all.”

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Board of Directors of Northern Nishnawbe Education Council is proud to honour the 2009-2010 Post Secondary Graduates from our area First Nations. Your commitment to lifelong learning and the professional development of our community members is celebrated. NAME




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Review of Long-Term Management Direction Whitefeather Forest 2012 -2022 Forest Management Plan Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), and the Red Lake District Resource Management Advisory Committee (Local Citizens Committee (LCC) invites you to review and comment on the proposed long-term management direction for the 2012 – 2022 Forest Management Plan (FMP) for the Whitefeather Forest. The Planning Process The FMP takes approximately 2 years to complete. During this time, five formal opportunities for public and Aboriginal involvement are provided. The first opportunity (Stage 1) for this FMP occurred on December 21, 2009 when the public was “Invited to Participate” in the development of the plan. This “Stage 2” notice is: • To invite you to review and comment on: - The proposed long-term management direction for the forest which is being developed following the approach set out in ‘Keeping the Land’ land use strategy for the Whitefeather Forest; - The areas which could reasonably be harvested, and the preferred areas for harvest operations, during the ten-year period of the plan; • The analysis of alternative one kilometer wide corridors for each new primary road which is required for the next 20 years including primary roads and crossings being considered that may traverse a dedicated protected area (Cheemunuchchee/cahteygutan) (Cultural Landscape Waterway). • To request your contribution to background information and previously unmapped values information to be used in planning. How to Get Involved To facilitate your review, a summary of the proposed long-term management direction for the forest, and a summary map(s) of the preferred and optional harvest areas for the ten-year period of the plan and primary road corridors for each new primary road which is required for the next 20 years can be obtained from the company and Ministry of Natural Resources locations listed below. In addition to the most current versions of the information and maps which were available at Stage 1 of the public consultation, background information and sources of direction that are available includes the following: • • • • • •

`Keeping the Land’ land use strategy for the Whitefeather Forest; Draft Aboriginal Background Information Report; Summary of public comments and submissions received to date and any responses to those comments and submissions; A summary report of the results of the desired forest and benefits meeting; Environmental analysis, including use management strategies, of the alternative corridors for each new primary road; Maps that portray past and approved areas of harvest operations for the current forest management plan and the previous ten years; • Criteria used for the identification of areas that could reasonably be harvested during the ten-year period of the plan; • Summary report of the activities of the local citizen’s committee to date. The Elders of Pikangikum First Nation are guiding the implementation of the ‘Keeping the Land’ customary stewardship approach for the Whitefeather Forest which includes working together with other First Nations. Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation and the Ministry of Natural Resources will continue to engage in dialogue with neighbouring First Nations to ensure that this objective is implemented, including for the development of primary road corridors that contribute to neighbouring First Nations goals for improved road access while sustaining the Whitefeather Forest. The summary of the proposed long-term management direction and as well as the supporting information described in this notice, will be available at the Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation office and at the Ministry of Natural Resources Red Lake District Office, at the locations shown below, during normal office hours for a period of 30 days (October 14 – November 12, 2010). Comments on the proposed long-term management direction for the Whitefeather Forest must be received by Christine Apostolov of the planning team at the Ministry of Natural Resources Red Lake District Office, by November 12, 2010. Meetings with representatives of the planning team and the local citizen’s committee can be requested at any time during the planning process. Reasonable opportunities to meet planning team members during non-business hours will be provided upon request. If you require more information or wish to discuss your interests and concerns with a planning team member, please contact one of the individuals listed below: Robert Partridge, Forester Ministry of Natural Resources 227 Howey Street P.O. Box 5003 Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0 Tel.: 807-727-1397

Aaron Palmer, Forester Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation 138 Howey Street (Red Lake office) P.O. Box 422 Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0 Tel.: 807-727-3320

Paul Parsons Local Citizens Committee P.O. Box 1493 Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0

Paddy Peters, Planning Coordinator Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation General Delivery Pikangikum, ON P0V 2L0 Tel.: 807-773-5578

Anytime during the planning process you may make a written request to seek resolution of issues with the plan author, the Ministry of Natural Resource District Manager or the Regional Director using a process described in the 2009 Forest Management Planning Manual (Part C, Section 6.1.4). Stay Involved There will be three more formal opportunities for you to be involved. These stages are listed and tentatively scheduled as follows: Stage 3-Information Centre: Review of Proposed Operations Stage 4-Information Centre: Review of Draft Forest Management Plan Stage 5-Inspection of MNR-Approved Forest Management Plan

February 2011 August 2011 December 2011

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to be notified of public involvement opportunities, please contact Christine Apostolov at 807-727-1335. The Ministry of Natural Resources is collecting your personal information and comments under the authority of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. Any personal information you provide (address, name, telephone, etc.) will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, however, your comments will become part of the public consultation process and may be shared with the general public. Your personal information may be used by the Ministry of Natural Resources to send you further information related to this forest management planning exercise. If you have questions about the use of your personal information, please contact Trevor Park at 807-727-1344.

Water from Constance Lake remains unfit for consumption seven weeks after a state of emergency was declared by the community. “It’s still a status quo,” said Chief Arthur Moore, referring to the thick layer of algae which formed on the community’s namesake lake. The community draws its drinking water from Constance Lake. “The water is still not safe because of the contamination,” Moore said. Moore declared the state of emergency July 28, affecting about 900 on-reserve band members. “It’s a situation where we don’t even want people to boil water from the lake,” Moore said, adding boiling the water could activate the algae and make the situation worse. The community has made the decision it won’t have its water treatment plant treat water from the lake until it is “scientifically proven” to be safe, Moore said. “The algae is similar to a lagoon concept,” he said. “It could settle to the bottom of the lake ... and still not be safe.” When the situation first arose in July, the community’s water treatment plant couldn’t filter the algae. “The treatment plant is incapable of filtering the algae bloom,” said Aaron Wesley, operations and maintenance

technician with Matawa First Nations said at the time. “The filters have plugged up ... and will need to be replaced.” Drinking water for the community is still being trucked in daily from the power generating station near the community. “The truck makes five to six trips a day,” Moore said. The water is being stored in the reservoir of the water treatment plant so residents can safely use water from their taps. Moore said the transported water has not come in contact with contaminated water at the plant. Moore said the community is being proactive in looking for a long-term solution to the water issue. “We’re looking at the well option,” he said. Exploratory drilling in Constance Lake was performed July 29. “We need further analysis but we know the well has the capacity to supply a small town,” he said. “We want to make sure it is sufficient and meets the health standards.” In that regard, the community is waiting on the hydrology reports which will determine the organic elements and minerals in the water “We need to get Health Canada involved in the assessment of the raw water,” Moore said. If all goes well with the testing, well-water could be flowing into community homes within two to three months.

Two arrested in Eabametoong An executed search warrant in Eabametoong resulted in the seizure of thousands of dollars in drugs. Nishnawbe Aski Police Service searched the home Sept. 1 and seized OxyContin, with a street value of $14,000, and

$300 in cash. A man and a woman, each 32, were charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Each is scheduled to appear in court in Eabametoong Nov. 4. - JT

COUNSELLING THE SEXUALLY ABUSED Are you an individual, church worker, or a community worker concerned about those who have been wounded by sexual abuse? Here is a workshop designed especially for you. You will learn a counselling model that will be of help to you. October 28-30, 2010 Prince Arthur Hotel Thunder Bay, ON Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to Saturday, 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be taught by Linda Martin and Amos Esh. •$150.00 per person or $175.00 per couple• •Pay by October 14 and receive a $25.00 discount• •$75.00 for previous attenders• •Group rates available• Call (807) 937-5188 or (807) 622-5790 for registration details.

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Ostberg wants RBC funds watershed project to be voice of Aboriginal people Rick Garrick

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Pic River member running for Thunder Bay council Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Former Pic River First Nation band councillor Sharon Ostberg is running for councillor at large in the upcoming Thunder Bay municipal election. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come and support me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I will be your voice on council,â&#x20AC;? Ostberg said Sept. 3 while gearing up for the Oct. 25 election in Thunder Bay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is your home, this is your city. You need to have a say in what is going on.â&#x20AC;? The long-time band councillor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she has 15 years of experience with Pic Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band council â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has not run for Thunder Bay Council before but she said the city is a great place to work, play and stay and she wants to keep it that way.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there is adequate geared-toincome housing for people who are on low income. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of people that are without houses.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sharon Ostberg

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I notice the population of Thunder Bay has a lot of Aboriginal people,â&#x20AC;? Ostberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping to become the voice of the Aboriginal people here in the city. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I chose (to run as councillor) at large rather than the ward I live in.â&#x20AC;? Ostberg retired in January from the federal public service, where she last worked as the project development co-ordinator for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. She was a senior executive manager for the past 10 years with the federal government and has 20 years of experience managing federal programs. Ostberg wants to bring back some of the federal government services that have disappeared

from Thunder Bay over the past few years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working for the federal government, I noticed there were a lot of federal agencies that had been leaving Thunder Bay,â&#x20AC;? Ostberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the Status of Women (Canada) program, I thought it was a very important for the people here but it has disappeared.â&#x20AC;? Ostberg wants to attract more business to the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to assist a committee or play a role in council in order to solicit new businesses coming in,â&#x20AC;? Ostberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t depend on forestry. It takes a long time to grow trees.â&#x20AC;? Ostberg wants to see more social housing available in Thunder Bay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there is adequate geared-to-income housing for people who are on low income,â&#x20AC;? Ostberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of people that are without houses. There are a lot of people that are couch surfers, that are living from one house to the other.â&#x20AC;? Ostberg wants to see a change in how the social housing rental rate is determined in Thunder Bay; she said the rate is currently pegged at 30 per cent of a tenantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s income. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get ahead,â&#x20AC;? Ostberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they go to work their rent goes up. They seem to be forcing a lot of people to stay on social welfare or motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allowance because if they try to help themselves their rent goes up and they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to keep their house.â&#x20AC;? Ostberg also wants more social programs for those who are incarcerated in the justice system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they come back out, at least they will have a step in the right direction,â&#x20AC;? Ostberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need more halfway and transient houses for them as well.â&#x20AC;? Ostberg is currently a board member with the First Plan Cooperative Ltd. and she volunteers with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Shibogama First Nations Council is working with the Wildlands League to develop an integrated watershed plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand the funding has been approved,â&#x20AC;? said Margaret Kenequanash, executive director of Shibogama First Nations Council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now we just have to sit down and develop the flow of that funding. The work that the communities are doing with the parks is already underway.â&#x20AC;? The Wildlands League

received a $200,000 2010 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant from the Royal Bank of Canada to work with Shibogama to develop first principles for watershed stewardship using indigenous knowledge. Shibogamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five communities, Kasabonika, Kingfisher Lake, Wapekeka, Wawakapewin and Wunnumin Lake, are located in the ecologically significant watersheds of the Severn and Winisk rivers in Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Far North. The Wildlands League will map the watersheds, which are still

undammed and unregulated, using the best available data on current and proposed uses.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The communities have to take the lead in the planning of their traditional areas.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Margaret Kenequanash

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a real struggle to get funding and even commitments from the government to support these initiatives that

will be done locally,â&#x20AC;? Kenequanash said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is the work that has to happen if there is going to be any movement on anything, even to look at sacred lands, to look at protected areas, to look at planning. The communities have to be the ones who take the lead in the planning of their (traditional) areas.â&#x20AC;? RBC provided $920,000 to five organizations to support projects from wetland and shoreline restoration to water quality monitoring and sharing of water management practices in agricultural regions.


Aaron Palmer, R.P.F. Plan Author Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation 138 Howey Street (Red Lake office) P.O. Box 422 Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0 Tel.: 807-727-3320

Paul Parsons Local Citizens Committee P.O. Box 1493 Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0

Paddy Peters, Planning Coordinator Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation General Delivery Pikangikum, ON P0V 2L0 Tel.: 807-773-5578



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Once in a lifetime chance for an aspiring Northern Ontario First Nation writer! If you love writing and are hoping to be published one day, please read on for your chance to participate in a 6 day writing workshop with acclaimed Cree author/playwright/composer Tomson Highway.

Tomson Highway is the son of legendary caribou hunter and world championship dogsled racer, Joe Highway. Born in a tent pitched in a snow bank -- in December! – just south of the Manitoba/Nunavut border (near Saskatchewan), he now, for a living, writes novels, plays, and music. Of the many works he has written to date, his best known are the plays, “THE REZ SISTERS,” “DRY LIPS OUGHTA MOVE TO KAPUSKASING,” “ROSE,” “ERNESTINE SHUSWAP GETS HER TROUT,” and the best-selling novel, “KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN.” For many years, he ran Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts (out of Toronto), out of which has emerged an entire generation of professional Native theatre artists (actors, playwrights, etc.). He has, as well, three children’s books to his credit, all written bilingually in Cree (his mother tongue) and English. He divides his year equally between a cottage in northern Ontario (near Sudbury) and an apartment in the south of France, at both of which locales he is currently at work on his second novel.

The Opportunity:

One person will be selected to work with Tomson and 5 other writers to develop a play within 6 days. Accommodations, travel and expenses will be paid. Participants are responsible for any time required off work or school to participate. Any work time lost will not be compensated by Wawatay.

Winners to be announced September 30th Issue!!

List Of Published Works THE REZ SISTERS (drama)* Fifth House, Saskatoon, 1988 DRY LIPS OUGHTA MOVE TO KAPUSKASING (drama)* Fifth House, Saskatoon, 1989 KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN (novel)* Doubleday Canada, Toronto, 1998 CARIBOU SONG (children’s book) HarperCollins Canada, Toronto, 2001 DRAGON FLY KITES (children’s book) HarperCollins Canada, Toronto, 2002 COMPARING MYTHOLOGIES (non-ction) (An essay comparing, in brief, Greek, Christian, and North American Aboriginal mythologies, University of Ottawa Press, Ottawa, 2002) FOX ON THE ICE (children’s book) HarperCollins Canada, Toronto, 2003 ROSE (musical drama) Talonbooks, Vancouver, 2003 ARIA (drama) (as part of an anthology of Native-Canadian plays entitled STAGING COYOTE’S DREAM) Playwrights Canada Press, Toronto, 2003 ERNESTINE SHUSWAP GETS HER TROUT (drama) Talonbooks, Vancouver, 2005 NOTE: those works marked with an asterisk (*) are those that have been published in several foreign editions, e.g. U.S.A., Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, etc.

The objective of this workshop is to encourage the artistic development of northern Ontario First Nation writers in a supportive, professional artistic and cultural environment. The outcome of this workshop will be a completed written play. To be eligible you must be band member from a northern Ontario First Nation community including NAN, Treaty 3 and 5 members, and Fort William First Nation. You must be 18 years or older. Applicants must demonstrate a dedication to writing by including a minimum of two pages and maximum of ten pages of written works. Applicants must complete the application form and complete a 500 words or less essay stating why they should be selected for this opportunity. To apply and for more information, check out the Wawatay website at and click on the Tomson Highway Writers Workshop button ad on the right hand side or call Grant Chisel at 1-800-243- 9059 or (807) 737-2951 ext.256

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