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Full Moon Memory Walk held in Thunder Bay PAGES 10 & 11 Vol. 36 #19
Recalling devastation of Flight 125 PAGE 2 9,300 copies distributed $1.50
September 17, 2009
Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974
Expressing postal concerns
Mike McGee/Special to Wawatay News
Community members from Constance Lake held a protest at the Hearst Canada Post outlet Sept. 4. About 50 people attended the protest and sent parcels and letters to the president of Canada Post because they are upset over the lack of postal service in their community. Members must drive about 80 kilometres roundtrip to collect their mail.
A long road to mail Constance Lake upset with Canada Post James Thom Wawatay News
Upset over the lack of postal service in their community, nearly 50 Constance Lake members held a friendly protest at the nearest Canada Post outlet to them – 40 kilometres away in Hearst. As part of the Sept. 4 protest, community members shipped a package, each containing a letter to the president of Canada Post demanding a meeting to take place to discuss a solution to bring postal service back to Constance Lake. “Letters and parcels can be sent to almost any country in the world so easily… why can’t they be mailed to Constance Lake First Nation?” said Constance Lake Chief Arthur Moore. “This is an insult to my community and First Nations people. “We want service in our community. It’s not acceptable to expect our people to drive 80 kilometres to pick up their mail.” Moore said the community has gone without a Canada Post outlet since December when the store that has housed the outlet was forced to shut
down. The community and Canada Post are currently at odds over funding to facilitate opening a new outlet, Moore said. “Right now, the funding (Canada Post is offering) is insufficient,” Moore said. “We can’t fund the facility ourselves; not with the lights, heat, insurance and salaries. They want us to subsidize their service.” The lack of community mail service has taken its toll, Moore said. “Canada Post refuses to provide sufficient funding to operate a post office in my community and this is completely unacceptable,” Moore said. “With no transportation available, some of my community members can’t even get to Hearst to pick up their mail, and as a result have had their hydro turned off.” Timely mail service is key, he said. “I’ve heard of cases where mail has been sent back to sender because people haven’t been able to go and pick it up in Hearst,” he said. “It’s hard to get mail timely. Most people, myself included, go about once a week to pick up their mail.” see COMMUNITY page 7
ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌ ᐃᓀᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐁᓇᐦᐁᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐳᐢᐟ ᒉᒥᐢ ᑕᐧᑦ
ᑫᑲᐟ ᓂᔭᓄᒥᑕᓇ ᑕᓱᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐃᔑᑕᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐧᐣᐢᑕᐣᐢ ᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᒥᓀᐧᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᓇᐱᐨ ᐁᓇᐃᐧᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᑫᐃᔑ ᓇᒋᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓀᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ 40 ᑎᐸᐦᐊᑲᐣ ᐊᐱᓯᓇᑲᐧᓂ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐦᐃᕑᐢᐟ ᑲᐃᔑᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᑌᓇ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐊᐧᑌᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 4 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᓂᐨ ᐁᐃᐧᑭᑫᑕᑯᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᐦᐁᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᐃᔑᓂᔕᐦᐊᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᓇᐱᒋᑲᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑭᐱᓇᐦᐊᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᑐᔑᐱᐦᐃᑲᓂᐊᐧ ᐁᑲᑫᐧᒋᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐳᐢᐟ ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐅᓂᐨ ᐁᐸᑯᓭᓂᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᓇᑭᐡᑲᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑭᑐᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᑭᑭᐁᐧ ᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐧᐃᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᓇᐱᐨ ᐁᐧᑕᐣ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒪᑐᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐃᔑᓂᔕᐦᐊᒪᑐᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐊᐣᑎ ᐱᑯ ᐁᐃᔑᓂᔕᐦᐃᑲᑌᑭᐣ, ᐊᓂᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐅᒪ ᓂᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᐣᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐧᐣᐢᑕᐣᐢ ᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐊᕑᑐᕑ ᒧᕑ. ᓇᐱᐨ ᐃᑯ ᒪᒋᓇᑲᐧᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᐣᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒪᐠ. ᓂᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᒥᐣ ᒋᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᓂ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᔦ ᐃᓯᓭᓂᐸᐣ ᒋᑭᐃᔑᐃᐧᓂᑎᓱᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒪᐠ 80 ᑕᓱᑎᐸᐊᑲᐣ ᒋᓇᓯᑲᒧᐊᐧᐨ
ᐅᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒪᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ. ᒧᕑ ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐅᑕᔭᓇᐊᐧᓯᐣ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᑕᑐᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᒪᑯᔐᑭᔑᑲᐣᐱᓯᑦ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐅᑕᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᐁᒥᑯᐊᐧ ᑲᑭ ᑭᐸᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᑭᐸᐣ ᒥᐊᑯᐃᒪ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒪᑐᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᑕᓇᓄᑲᑌᑲᐧᐸᐣ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐡ ᒋᑭᑲᐧᔭᑫᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐣᑎ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᐊᓄᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐃᐧᐅᐡᑭ ᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒪᑐᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᒧᕑ. ᐊᒥ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᓄᑯᑦ ᐁᓯᓭᐠ ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐳᐣᐟ ᑲᑭᐃᓇᔓᑕᒪᑫᐸᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᐱᒥᑎᐸᐊᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑌᐱᓭᐃᐧᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᒧᕑ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᔦ ᓂᓇᐃᐧᐠ ᐣᑌᐱᓭᒥᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᑎᐸᐊᒪᐠ ᐳᐢᑕᐧᐸᐢ, ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᐧᐢᑌᓂᑲᐣ, ᑭᓯᓯᑲᐣ, ᐃᐣᔓᕑᐊᐣᐢ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑕᓄᑭ ᐅᐱᒥᑎᐸᐊᒪᑯᐃᐧᐣ. ᐣᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᑯᒥᐣ ᓂᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᒋᐅᒋ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᒪᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ. ᐊᔕ ᑕᐡ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐅᒋᒋᓭ ᐁᑲ ᐁᑭᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᐊᐧᓴ ᒋᐅᒋ ᓇᓇᒋᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓀᔭᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᒧᕑ. ᑲᓇᑕ ᐳᐣᐟ ᐣᑭᐊᓀᐧᑕᑯᒥᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᐃᐧᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐣᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᓇᐦᐃᓇᑲᐧᓂ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᑐᑕᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᒧᕑ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᔦ ᑲᑭᓇ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᐊᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᓇᓇᒋᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓀᐊᐧᐨ, ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐡ ᒋᑭᑐᑕᒪᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᓇᒋᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓀᑕᒪᓱᐊᐧᐨ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐁᔑ ᑭᐡᑲᐱᑫᓂᑕᐧ ᐅᐊᐧᐢᑌᓂᑲᓂᔭᐱᒥᐊᐧ.
ᐊᓂᐡ ᑭᒋᓀᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᒋᐊᓂᑕᑯᔑᓄᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒧᑐᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ. ᐣᑭᓄᑕᐣ ᑲᔦ ᐁᑭᑐᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᔭᓂ ᓇᓄᑌᑭᐁᐧᓂᔕᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᑭᐣ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒪᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐊᓂᐡ ᐁᐸᐧᑕᐧᐃ ᓇᓯᑲᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒪᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐦᐃᕑᐢᐟ, ᐃᑭᑐ. ᐊᓂᒪᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᒋᑭᔭᓂ ᓇᓯᑭᑫᑕᒪᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ, ᑫᓂᐣ ᑕᐡ, ᐯᔑᑲᐧ ᐯᔑᑯᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᐁᑕ ᐃᓯᓭ ᒋᑭᐊᐃᔕᔭᐣ ᒋᓇᒋᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓀᔭᐣ. ᑲᓇᑕ ᐳᐢᐟ ᐅᑭᒪ ᒐᐧᐣ ᑫᔾᐣᐢ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᑕᓇ ᐸᑯᓭᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᓇ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐃᓯᓭᓂᐠ ᐁᑲ ᒪᔑ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᐊᔭᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐳᐢᐟ ᐊᐸᐢ ᐃᒪ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐁᑲ ᐁᑭᒥᑲᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐣ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐱᒧᑐᓂᐨ. ᐱᓇᒪ ᑕᐡ ᐅᑲᑐᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐳᐢᐟ ᐅᑲᐊᑐᓇᐊᐧ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒪᑐᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐱᒋᐁᐧᐱᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐧᐣᐢᑕᐣᐢ ᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ. ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᓂᓇᓇᑐᓇᒥᐣ ᐊᐣᑎ ᑫᑭᐃᔑᐊᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐱᒋᐁᐧᐱᓂᑲᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑫᔾᐣᐢ. ᐊᒥ ᑲᔦ ᑫᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐧᐁ ᐱᒋᐁᐧᐱᓂᑲᐣ ᒋᑌᐸᐡᑭᓀᑭᐣ ᐃᔑᓂᔕᐦᐊᒧᑐᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑫᔾᐣᐢ. ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐃᐧᒪᒋᓂᔕᐦᐊᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐅᑲᐃᔑᐃᐧᑐᐣ ᐦᐃᕑᐢᐟ ᐳᐢᐟ ᐊᐸᐢ.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Capinias Wabasse recalls devastation of Flight 125 Sept. 11, 2003 victims will always be cherished Joyce Hunter Special to Wawatay News
Her frame was dwarfed by the marble headstone as she knelt before it, running her fingers over the names of the nine people who died in a tragic airplane crash six years earlier where the black marble stone now stood. “That’s the daughter of one of the men who died in the crash,” whispered a bystander in response to a whispered question as to why the 8-year-old girl was there. Hundreds of people had gathered in Nibinamik, some of them from neighbouring communities, at the precise location where Wasaya flight 125 crashed on Sept. 11 six years prior to honour, remember and grieve the loss of the nine individuals. “I remember hearing on the radio that the flight was coming in and I waited,” said Nibinamik Deputy Chief Capinias Wabasse to the large gathering of people. Wabasse, at the time, was waiting on the arrival of thendeputy chief Bernard Lawrence Yellowhead. “After a period of time the news came that it had crashed and all the people on board had perished.” Wabasse was devastated. “I sat reflecting on life for quite a long time that night and was able to cope because, even though the plane had crashed and all the people on the flight were gone, I knew that they had moved on to a better place and that I would see them again in
the last days,” he said. Faith, said Wabasse, is what helped him through that dark time. Even though it has been six years since the tragedy occurred, for someone who suffered the loss of a loved
“...the news came that it had crashed and all the people on board had perished.” – Deputy Chief Capinias Wabasse
one under such tragic circumstances, they would feel the loss as intensely as if it had happened a day earlier, said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy. “When you are faced with a tragedy like this, you think about it every minute of every hour of every day,” he said, noting his only son was killed five years ago in a tragic circumstance as well. “There was a time when I wondered if there was life after Daniel, and today I am at peace because I too used my faith to overcome my grief.” Beardy encouraged those who were left behind to approach their local Elders and/ or religious leaders for support and wisdom as they cope with their loss. During the service, a number of individuals who had lost their loved ones wept and were comforted by other community members.
“I’m very happy to see the community leadership responding to the needs of the community members and that there is now available a traditional healing camp where the people can turn for help when they need it,” said Stan Sainnawap, First Nations relations officer for Wasaya Group Inc. Sainnawap travelled with Wasaya Group Inc. board chairman Dean Cromarty and Wasaya Airways CEO Tom Morris to Nibinamik to offer his support and sympathies to the community members who lost their loved ones. Sainnawap was also glad to see an all-weather road had been built from the community to the crash site for community members to go to and reflect and come to terms with what happened and achieve closure. “I am glad because it means the people have started on their healing journey,” he said.
Joyce Hunter/ Special to Wawatay News
TOP: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy, Chief, Council and community members participated in a memorial service Sept. 11, 2009 in memory of victims of Wasaya Flight 125. BOTTOM: Children observe the headstone erected in memory of victims of Wasaya Flight 125.
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Wawatay News SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Energy conference draws hundreds Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Energy conservation was the focus of the Conserve the Light Gathering. “It is inherent in First Nations people, the need to conserve,” said Regional Chief Angus Toulouse during the Sept. 1-4 gathering in Thunder Bay, which was attended by about 300 First Nation and Métis people from across Ontario. “Our teachings told us not to (harvest) more than you need.” Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy and Treaty #3 Ogichidaakwe Diane Kelly also spoke about conservation during the Sept. 3-4 conference portion of the gathering; about 100 First Nation and Metis Elders also conducted ceremonies and developed recommendations to work together in unity regardless of background or beliefs and to involve more youth in energy conservation during the Sept. 1-2 Elders gathering on Mount McKay. “Next time, it is important we invite young people to be part of our discussions,” Beardy said, noting that conserving electrical energy is one component in meeting the future needs of NAN communities and that NAN is entering a bold new chapter in its history, including possible expansion of the electrical grid, establishment of all winter roads, and development of electrical energy projects on its homelands. “Conservation must be more than turning lights on and off; it must be part and parcel of exercising jurisdiction on our lands.” Kelly emphasized the importance of giving something back when harvesting from the land. “We have to remember to give something back, it’s not just taking,” Kelly said, noting that some of her community members have very high hydro bills. “Why do we have such inexplicable situations.”
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Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure George Smitherman announced the $250 million Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program and the Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Program during the Sept. 1-4 Conserve the Light gathering. A one-month $2,700 hydro bill for an energy efficient home that was built in 2006 was included in a report on ineffective energy management in Nigigoonsiminikaaning by Michelle Allen and Judy Morrison. Gail Lawlor, manager of the Energy Retrofit Project, said 234 homes received walk-about audits, blower-door de-pressurization tests to measure air leakage, power-cost monitors and a number of energy-saving devices in the five First Nation communities which took part in the pilot project: Anishininaa-
beg of Naongashiling, Sheguiandah, Sheshegwaning, Slate Falls and Stanjikoming. “Maintenance of the homes is a key problem everywhere,” Lawlor said. “HRV (heat recovery ventilator systems) and ventilation is a key.” Lawlor said community members indicated the powercost monitors installed in their homes were the best way to learn about the value of turning off electrical equipment when not in use, adding that one Sheguiandah resident reported a 29 per cent reduction in her hydro bill.
Keith Maracle, technical advisor/building inspector with Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, said it is important to ensure HRV units are properly balanced or they will take too much air out of a building or blow too much cold air in. Ralph Falcioni, acting manager of customer service Hydro One Remote Communities Inc., spoke about the Residential Energy Conservation Pilot Project conducted in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Kasabonika and Wapekeka in 2007 and 2008. “One of the biggest uses of
electricity is the hot water tank,” Falcioni said. “Most of the hot water tanks have been set at 150 (Fahrenheit), we asked them to lower that to about 125.” Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure George Smitherman announced two new programs during the gathering, the $250 million Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program and the Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Program. “Green energy can create long-term revenues and employment opportunities for First Nation and Metis com-
munities,” Smitherman said. “Working together, Aboriginal communities, with other investors and the government can unleash valuable renewable energy resources.” The conference was part of the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Measures for Aboriginal Communities program, which was developed by Charles Fox Consulting Inc. and funded by the Ontario Power Authority to introduce and implement energy efficiency and conservation measures throughout all 134 First Nations communities in Ontario.
Togetherness, youth key to energy conservation Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Elders recommended unity and youth involvement on energy conservation issues during the Conserve the Light Gathering. “The only thing we were able to say is ‘let’s work together,’” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Elder Josias Fiddler on the second day of ceremonies and discussions held Sept. 1-2 by about 100 Christian, traditional and Metis Elders on Mount McKay in Fort William First Nation. “One of the recommendations is to spend a little more time together.” The Elders began their ceremonies and discussions in separate lodges on the first day of the gathering, one Christian lodge and one traditional lodge, but they eventually joined both lodges together with a drum in the middle to discuss the issues in one large group on the second day. “When they got together over the last few days,” Fiddler said, “they said they just ... wanted to work together, they wanted to do things together.” Bob Sutherland, an Elder from Moose Factory, said the issues before them were so important that the Metis, Christian and traditional Elders all came together as one during the gathering. “Today we had one Christian Elder sit beside our sweat lodge and ask for help in the sweat,”
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Elders speak at the Sept. 1-2 Conserve the Light Elders gathering on Mount McKay. Sutherland said. Others also took part in the sweat lodge and shaking tent ceremonies during the evening and night of Sept. 1. Marlene Pierre, an Elder from
Fort William First Nation, spoke about protecting mother earth during the gathering. “We have to commend this organization for bringing this conference of Elders together,”
Pierre said. “And having the sweat lodges going on up here is extremely significant.” Bob McKay, a Metis Senator from Thunder Bay, asked where are the youth during the gath-
ering. “There are 100 to 200 people here and I can count the youth on one hand,” McKay said. “Our youth will be our future leaders – it’s a shame there are
not more present at this gathering.” Barb Wapoose, an Elder from Neskantaga who has lived in Thunder Bay for 22 years, said she enjoyed listening to Tobasonakwut Peter Kinew speak. “I would like to see this happen again next year,” Wapoose said. “I liked both Christian and traditional. “We have to understand each other.” A group of Elders presented their recommendations to the Sept. 3-4 conference participants at the Valhalla Inn. “We have to work together, play together, pray together, do ceremonies together, be happy together, every one of us,” said Clarence White, an Elder from Whitefish Bay. “That’s how we unite.” Kinew, an Elder and former chief of Ojibways of Onigaming who has served as Grand Chief of Treaty #3 and Ontario Regional Chief, referred to an anagram he noticed during the gathering: OPAGAN. “Ontario Power Authority Generating Aboriginal Narrative,” Kinew said, explaining the translation for OPAGAN is peace pipe. “Isn’t it about time the white people and Indian people begin working together, isn’t that what this conference is about.” Kinew also spoke about the need for youth at the gathering. “We need to have the young people here,” Kinew said. “After all, the future is theirs.”
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
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Make no excuses James Thom TO THE POINT
eople can come up with an excuse for anything. Mom: “Did you do your homework son? Child: “No. The Internet is down and I can’t research Ovide Mercredi.” Mom: “What about the library? They must have books on such a prominent and influential Aboriginal leader.” Child: “Yeah, the library closed an hour ago. I don’t know what I’m going to do.” Mom: “Well, why did you wait until so late to start working on your assignment?” Child: “Because I forgot. And you never reminded me.” Conversations like this one happen every day across the world. I don’t know if people just don’t want to take account of their actions or if it is something more sinister. Accountability is important in all parts of life. The more people get away with not being accountable when they are young, the longer they will think it’s OK to remain unaccountable as they go to school, start careers and build families. In school, you are accountable to yourself to secure good grades. In post-secondary studies in particular, there is even more accountability. At that point, no one is forcing you to be there anymore. I found when I enrolled in college in Sudbury, something changed. I couldn’t keep skipping classes and barely scraping by if I wanted to make something of myself. Ultimately, I had an awakening in my brain. I realized if I’m paying to attend this fine collegiate setting, I better get my money’sworth. With that, my path was set. Sure there were some bumps in the road; the ‘C’ I scored in macro-economics comes to mind. But I still gave everything I had in that class because I felt accountable to myself. In your career, you’re accountable to your coworkers and your supervisors. In a team setting, you rely on your office colleagues for help with projects. You all report to a supervisor who can discipline you if things
aren’t going well. When it comes to families, most successful marriages are built on trust and co-operation between the partners. In most cases, decisions are made as a team, rather than the wife buying a brand new 52 inch TV on a whim while the husband is simultaneously deciding it’s time to upgrade the family station wagon to a more manly four-by-four. I could fathom making a major financial decision without consulting my partner first as the decisions we make will affect each other in the long run. When children come into the picture, the decisions you make are even more important. Planning for their future is just as important as making sure the present is going well. Of course you have to start instilling accountability in children as soon as you can. It doesn’t have to be anything major but I think it’s important to start early so it doesn’t lead to larger issues in the future. If little Billy gets caught stealing a loonie from Suzie’s desk at recess, the school and Billy’s parents must make him accountable for his actions. I’m not advocating parents beat their children or anything of the kind. But, with today’s children generally so spoiled with computers, cellphones, video games and TVs bigger than I could have imagined when I was growing up, they have a lot of “wants” that can be taken away from them as punishment. Taking things I enjoyed away from me was a great way my parents taught me right from wrong and being responsible for my actions. If children aren’t taught that, what’s the likelihood of Billy doing it again and again. I couldn’t fathom ever blaming my parents for my not doing my homework. But I know it happens all the time. My question is: Why do parents accept it? If a reporter told me: “Sorry James, I didn’t write that story for you because my mom forgot to remind me to do it,” I’d probably laugh at first then get really irritated. Why not just blame the family dog while you’re at? That old adage of ‘my dog ate my homework’ needs a 21st century upgrade to ‘my dog knocked my computer over and fried the hard drive.’ At least I could believe that one, since it’s actually happened to me.
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Teacher Anne Robbins conducts a learning lesson with the Junior Kindergarten students at the Moose Factory School, Moose Factory, September 1987.
Up on the roof Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY
am mostly involved with communications and writing these days and that means a lot of office work and time on the computer. Yet, from time to time I take on a construction project around the house and that works out as sort of a holiday for me. I enjoy working with wood and building or repairing things. When I was a kid I spent so much time helping my dad and brothers with all of the various construction projects we took on around my home community of Attawapiskat. By the time I was 12, I was working with our work gang and driving the various vehicles that we owned. In remote First Nation communities most people pick up all types of construction and mechanical skills at an early age due to the fact that we
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just don’t have service centres, hardware stores or contractors to turn to. We have to order any materials we need from southern communities and have them transported by air or by barge. This makes any project much more expensive so it is necessary to conserve as much as possible when doing construction. Finished wood, house construction products and hardware supplies are considered precious. All my friends know me as the king of recycling as I don’t throw anything away. Recently I took some time to reshingle the house. Sometimes I take on a big job eagerly but when I get into it I realize just how much work there is to do. However, I take great joy in fixing an old roof and replacing wood and shingles to make a place look new again. It is more like a meditation for me and I am reminded of how much I am out of shape after a hard day of labour. On this particular project I had to really spend a lot of time in preparation so that I knew my safety was not in question as I worked on the high peak
of the house. I was happily surprised when Darren Madden a local roofer and friend stopped by to lend me all of his tools and give me a hand to get started. Roofers are a special breed as they are dedicated to hard work in perilous situations and out in the weather. I do not have a lot of experience in roofing so all the tips Darren gave me paid off. My friend Mike was a big help and the neighbours were there at the critical times when I needed them. Roofing is strategic. You have to prepare to be ready for any change in weather and to put together scaffolding and safety harnesses and measures to make sure things go smoothly. I would guess that I spent 40 per cent of my time preparing to roof and the remainder was devoted to tearing off old shingles and wood and replacing it all. There are so many little tips you need to know to make sure that the roof is properly shingled and looks good. The roof was very steep so it was a challenge to work efficiently while watching my
step. I am not afraid of heights so that helped and I have quite a bit of experience working on projects high off the ground. It was very interesting to me to take a break here and there to survey the town from my perch high above the street. This bird’s eye view made me appreciate the scene below of housetops, trees and the tree line at the river far below. Many times I stopped to gaze into the blue sky and watch the honking Niska or Canada Geese flying south. It almost seemed that they were gliding down to say hello on their way to warmer lands. It made me realize that I had chosen wisely to start this roofing project earlier in September rather than later. When the Niska fly this early in the fall you can be sure that winter is closer than we might think. Then again with the way things are changing these days with global warming they may be simply confused. I guess we will find out in the coming months if the Niska still have it right when it comes to figuring out our weather. I will be happily sipping a coffee and watching the snow fly under a brand new roof.
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Packing healthy lunches starts at home Riley Fulkerson Special to Wawatay News
Banana split breakfast Slice a banana on a plate. Add a big spoonful of yogurt in the center and top with berries, canned fruit or granola.
Apple pie porridge Quick cooking oats are really quick. Cook them with milk, stir in some cinnamon and diced apples. Healthy meals contain at least one food from each food group (grain, milk, meat or alternative and a vegetable or fruit). Keep serving sizes small and include more variety. Try and make at least half the meal with vegetables or fruit. Children like when fruits and vegetables are peeled and cut for them. Try giving them cut up vegetables with their favourite dip. Also, when giving your child lunch meat, try using a meat that is leaner and lower in sodium. Lean turkey, ham or chicken are great choices. If you can see visible fat, just trim it off. Remember homemade is always better than store bought. When you cook your own food you control how much salt, fat and sugar that goes into a meal. Beverages are another thing to be careful about. The serving sizes of most bottled beverages are much higher than the actual amount a child should be consuming at one time. Consider dividing a juice into smaller bottles for different
occasions. Also, most beverages like fruit drinks and pop are filled with sugar that can cause cavities and may lead to obesity. When looking for a beverage for your child, choose a 100% fruit juice, white or chocolate milk or flavoured water if they won’t drink plain water. Plain water is always best. Beware of energy drinks that contain high amounts of caffeine, these can be especially dangerous for children. If giving them a treat for after lunch, try including fruit. For example, if giving them ice cream or cake, add berries, bananas or peaches. Kids learn and eat by example. So seeing you making healthy choices is important for your child. If they see you eating something healthy then it is more likely they will eat it too. Try eating together as a family at breakfast time. If they come home for lunch, eat lunch with them. Ask them what healthy things they like to eat. Brainstorm with them healthy breakfast and lunch ideas that you can make together. Add a little variety. Instead of sandwiches, why not try giving them a bun, a rolled up piece of lunch meat, cheese and vegetables all separately in different bags. Remember to ask them their favourite fruit or vegetable and include those more often. Also, if they are taking lunches to school, let them pick their own favourite bag to take it in. Make it be enjoyable for them. Packing lunch the night before can save time in the morning. Healthy lunch ideas include: • cold pizza; • home-made macaroni and cheese with cut up lean ham; • fruit salad; • cut-up vegetables and dip; • homemade wild rice and turkey soup;
• grilled cheese with a slice of lean turkey meat; • homemade, whole wheat bannock and peanut better spread (Check to make sure it is okay to bring peanut butter into the school- due to severe allergic reactions in some children; peanut butter has been banned from some schools and daycares.); • yogurt with fruit and cereal; • egg salad sandwich; and • dried berries or pemmican.
How much is enough activity For healthy growth and development your child needs to be active for at least 90 minutes every day. Every 10-minute period of activity counts toward that 90-minute daily goal. Check out the Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s website for more information on feeding children healthy meals and recipes at www.tbdhu.com/ HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/ FeedingKids/ To speak to a registered dietician call EatRight Ontario tollfree @ 1-877-510-5102 Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time or visit www. ontario.ca/eatright For more information on healthy breakfasts, visit Breakfast for Learning at www.breakfastforlearning.ca. For more information on healthy lunches, visit the Dieticians of Canada website at http://www.dietitians. ca/HLTG/HLTG_web/content/ english/healthy_lunch_checklist.aspx
Good to know Juice versus fruit drinks; don’t let the packaging fool you It is real 100 per cent juice when the package says: • unsweetened • pure fruit juice from concentrate • no artificial flavours or colors added • 100 per cent juice Fruit drinks may look like juice, but are in fact mostly sugar and water with just a little real fruit juice added and have very few minerals and vitamins. Limit fruit drinks that have these words on the package: drink, punch, cocktail, -ade and beverage
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We all want the best for our children and as a busy parent or caregiver there are easy, everyday things you can do to ensure your child eats right and stays active. Sending them off with healthy food can help them concentrate and do better at school. Children who eat right and keep active: • do better at school; • have a healthy body weight; • feel good about themselves; • have the energy to be active; and • build habits for lifelong good health. Making healthy meals doesn’t have to be difficult. Three things to keep in mind when preparing meals are that they are healthy, the kids will eat and enjoy them and that they are easy and quick to prepare. Start the day with breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your child hasn’t been eating all night while they sleep, and their bodies need energy in the morning to get them started for the day. Avoid giving them high sugar foods in the morning because this will raise their blood sugar level too high. Instead stick with whole grain cereal with little added sugar, whole grain breads and bagels, fresh fruits and 100% fruit juice. Whole grain foods are higher in fibre. Fibre helps keep our digestive system healthy and also allows for a slower absorption rate of sugar into the blood stream. For this reason it is important for people with diabetes to be eating enough fibre. Fresh fruits have lower added sugar and more natural
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SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Two Feathers Forest Products secure funds Eagle Lake First Nation recently received $829,000 to support the Two Feathers Forest Products LP (TFFP) value added initiative. The funds came from the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) announcement. The funds will be used in the initiative which is a partnership involving Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Pikangikum First Nation, Eagle Lake First Nation
and Finnish-based Wood Tech Group. TFFP will develop two valueadded forest products processing facilities; one in Red Lake and the other at Eagle Lake First Nation. The Red Lake site will house the primary sawing facility including log sorting, grading, and chipping facilities with a 9.9 megawatt biomass cogeneration plant to generate electricity for sale into the Ontario
power grid. Wood processed at the Red Lake site will be trucked to a planer mill at Eagle Lake for further value adding to specialized components and assembly ready building packages. “We are pleased with our projects continued momentum and having reached this next step in Two Feathers funding,” said Two Feathers Forest Products president Terry Favelle. –JT
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Rallying at Rickford’s Grassroots groups seeks MP’s help Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
They were a small group of Anishinabek, but they had a strong message they wanted to deliver to MP Greg Rickford in Kenora. The Treaty 3 Grassroots Citizens Coalition formed in March of 2009 to address concerns about the elected chiefs and councils in the Treaty 3 territory. The coalition brought its concerns to Rickford’s office so he could act as a liaison on their behalf. Tommy Keesic, who was one of the protesters, is a former chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation. Keesic participated in the occupation of Anishinabec Park back in 1974 as part of the Ojibwa Warriors Society. He is now 65. “What we are protesting today, is the same kind of thing that we protested in 1974. I was the chief then at that time. The problems we were having then are still visible today.” “The way we live, we are participants of this land. We lived off this land. We didn’t have to worry about money. Everything we needed was out our backyards.” He said today, people have to get licenses for virtually everything they need. “We need to have money. We don’t have jobs because of the lack of education. Also, what’s
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work to ensure that they are having consultations with their people.” Replied Rickford: “Absolutely, when it comes down to accountability, I think we’re all concerned. We have all identified it. “Accredited chiefs and councils and provincial territorial organizations, they need to be transparent. “I’m happy to continue to take your concerns forward, you know that. We share information back on a variety of different issues that have been followed up on.” Rickford said they must continue the process with the different levels of governments that are involved in this to ensure everyone is represented fairly in this. “It certainly is important that the grassroots people, as I see people from a whole bunch of different communities here, are represented. So obviously that is one of the most important concerns.” Before Rickford returned to his office, he told the protestors “Good luck.” Keesic was perturbed by that comment, telling members of the coalition it appears they will be on their own without any support. The Treaty 3 Grassroots Citizens Coalition will be embarking on a tour to the western provinces to share their plight with other First Nations’ community members.
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happening is that the biggest problem that we feel we are having is the lack of participation that our leaders are showing to the grassroots people.” Keesic reflected back to the time when he was leader of his community and the direction he received from leadership at that time. “The reason why I wasn’t speaking because I was told by the leader at that time that I was jeopardizing the negotiations that we had with the governments–meaning the department of Indian Affairs. The chief should not be talking. I guess basically that teaching ‘You cannot bite the hand that feeds you.’” But at that time, he felt what he was doing was waking up the sleeping warriors we have today – this means the chiefs. “I have got nothing against the chiefs, I am just hoping we are voicing a concern they have to wake up to and start delivering to their people that they are supposed to be representing for a better and more productive life.” Kelvin Chicago of Lac Des Milles Lac First Nation was designated to address Rickford. “You’re the MP, we are asking for your help. I believe the people here have a right to know if you are going to support those recommendations or not. “We want our chief and council to be accountable to us. We want you as a voice in our riding to start doing some liaison
aby boomers are redefining retirement. Even when baby boomers reach the golden age of 65, they may not necessarily pack up their desk and enjoy a quiet retirement lifestyle like their parents did. If you’re part of this influential group that is redefining retirement, you’ll also need to redefine how you plan for this new chapter of your life. Characteristically, baby boomers have enjoyed higher standards of living than their parents. In addition, healthier lifestyles and medical advances are leading to longer life expectancies. All these factors indicate that this generation will be looking to enjoy higher standards of retirement as well. Achieving this involves careful planning so that your savings are able to provide adequate income for you to enjoy the rest of your life on your terms. Unlike their parents, baby
boomers may not necessarily be working towards the goal of retirement. Many individuals have found fulfilling careers they want to continue developing past the age of 65. Some are even planning on starting a second career after “retirement.” Retiring later may mean you may be able to wait longer before transitioning to strategies that protect your nest egg. On the other hand, if your dream is pursuing a new passion or to start a small business after you “retire,” you may need to save additional funds in order to avoid financial stress. Living longer ultimately means very little without your health. With longer life expectancies and medical advances that allow people to recover from serious illnesses, you also need to think about building health-care costs into your retirement savings plan. By planning for these expenses, such as in-home care and specialized treatments, ahead of time by purchasing critical illness, disability and long-term care insurance, you and your family will be able to focus on your health, and not the impact recovery has on your savings. For a lot of boomers, writ-
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ing a cheque to save taxes just isn’t enough. Many have special causes that they are passionate about. If charitable giving through time or funds is in your retirement plans, you and your advisor can evaluate how you can balance both your retirement lifestyle and charitable giving at the same time. With sophisticated tax strategies, you may even be able to make more significant contributions to your cause. Instead of focusing solely on their own needs, baby boomers place a great deal of emphasis on leaving a legacy and helping family members reach their goals. Through efficient tax and estate plan strategies, boomers are able to fulfill their own retirement objectives while making sure they can still leave a legacy to care for their families. While you’ve been saving for your retirement, you’ve experienced the ups and downs of the markets and seen generous and all-time low interest rates. After you stop working, the markets and interest rates will continue to change. With the many different demands on your retirement income, planning ahead and planning with smart strategies is important in order for you to achieve your objectives and still be prepared for economic swings. Gord Keesic is a Lac Seul Band Member and an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc in Thunder Bay. 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.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Change abound at DFC James Thom Wawatay News
From an empathy club to more extra-curricular activies, change is abound at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School this fall. Nearly three dozen new initiatives will make this the best year ever at DFC, said principal Brad Battiston. “These are all things our students identified,” he said. “Our immediate goal is to give the school a community feel.” Students, who were worried about the high drop-out rate at DFC, met in the spring to brainstorm ways to make moving away from home more enjoyable and less taxing on themselves. Deer Lake’s Devon Meekis, class of 2008 DFC graduate, was one of the youth involved in offering suggestions about improving the school. “There are a lot of good suggestions that we’re seeing coming into place,” said Meekis, who frequently returns to the school to help out and encourage the students to succeed. “I wish a lot of these things had started while I was still a student here.” Meekis is pleased with the speed at which the changes are happening. “When clubs and programs start too late in the year, students are less likely to get involved,” Meekis said. The initiatives, some of which have already started, will include more weekend and evening activities at the school. That means more sports in the school gyms, adding an additional video-conference unit so students can call home and see their friends and families and the creation of a recruiting video to highlight the positive activities occurring at DFC. “The students wanted to make a video to thank the chiefs and the NNEC (Northern Nishnawbe Education Council) Board for supporting their ideas,” said JoLee Blackbear, a volunteer at DFC who is working with the staff and students on several of the initiatives. “It can be used to show students what to expect when they come to the school.” The recreation program will be back in full-force, Battiston said. The school will also be organizing broomball and floor hockey leagues with student, staff and other community group teams. The school also has ice reserved for recreational hockey. The school is also involved in
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Constance Lake Chief Arthur Moore, right, mails a package Sept. 4 at the Hearst Canada Post outlet. The community was staging a protest over the lack of mail service in their community.
Community mailboxes may be installed from page 1 James Thom/Wawatay News
Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School students Stanley Barkman, left, and Leonard Kamenawatamin work on lessons in the Paul Martin Business Class. Among the changes students will notice at the school this year are couches and TVs in classrooms to make them feel more welcome. more varsity sports with other northwestern Ontario high schools. These include golf, volleyball, cross-country running and some students have expressed an interest in playing football through an arrangement DFC has with neighbouring Churchill High School. For the non-sports fans, clubs being offered include art, media, writing, leadership and lifeskills.
“This is their space and we want the students to feel welcome in it.” – Brad Battiston
“We’re prepared to do whatever we can to meet the needs of the students,” Battiston said. “We want to see the students coming to class,” Battiston said. “This is their space and we want the students to feel welcome in it. There is a genuine drive to make this a home for the students.” That starts with the student staff relationship, students being on a first name basis with their teachers. “I’ve never see a staff like this,” Blackbear said, speaking about the willingness of the teachers to help students and give their time.
“The staff bring ideas about how to make the school feel more welcome,” Battiston said. Each classroom now features a corner with couches and other furniture to give students a break, when they need one. Several classrooms are setup in a circle or square of desks to facilitate sharing and talking circles. “Some students don’t respond well to teachers just talking and writing on a blackboard,” Battiston said, so the school made the move to other means as well. Added Blackbear: “We’re looking at holistic teaching methodologies. There are a lot of bright students here. We want to see them succeed.” The changes seem to be working, Battiston said. “This is the best start of the school year we’ve ever had at DFC,” he said. “There was something different about these students when they arrived at the beginning of the school year.” The students seem to have more school spirit and their morale is higher, he said. Blackbear, a master’s graduate in education administration, is working with students on leadership. “We would like to promote student leadership in the school,” Blackbear said. “We want to see a shift in thinking … to the positive.”
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Canada Post spokesman John Caines said the company is committed to working with the community. He said the reason why Constance Lake has been without
its own postal office for so long is because they have been unable to find another dealer to take over. As a temporary solution, Canada Post is looking to install community mailboxes at a site in Constance Lake.
“We’re still looking for a site,” Caines said. The boxes will also feature a parcel compartment, Caines said. Outgoing parcel will still have to be sent through the Hearst outlet.
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SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
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Oshki-Pimache-O-Win’s Janet Napash (right) marched in the Sept. 11 Unite Thunder Bay Rally, which took place at Waverly Park and included a march to and from the site where a man was beaten Sept. 5 on North Cumberland St.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
PFDs save lives Peter Moon
Special to Wawatay News
Teaching boating safety, particularly the wearing of personal flotation devices in power boats, is a challenge in the Far North of Ontario. Most people use open boats for subsistence hunting and fishing in a vast area where water travel is an everyday part of life. But with water comes danger. Because the summers are short and the waters cold, few people in the Far North learn to swim. Economic conditions are hard and putting food on a family’s table is often seen as more important than buying a personal flotation device (PFD) or other safety equipment. People regularly venture out in weather conditions and with a lack of safety equipment that would make a southern boater flinch. Marine safety enforcement is virtually non existent. It is a problem that the Canadian Forces is trying to address. “It’s a big problem, we have too many deaths, and we’ve been hammering away at it,” said Major Guy Ingram, commanding officer of 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. “It’s a lifestyle thing in the north and we’re trying hard to change it.” Water safety was a major part of the training given to more than 100 Junior Canadian Rangers at an annual wilderness camp this summer in the bush north of Geraldton, Ont. For many Junior Rangers the message got through. But for some it didn’t - largely because of traditional northern attitudes to boating safety. Jamie Sutherland, a Junior Ranger from Fort Albany, was not impressed. He said few people in Fort
Albany venture out with PFDs and if they do they rarely wear them. “I don’t need a PFD,” he said. “I won’t be too far from shore if anything does happen. And I can swim. I’ll be all right if anything happens.” It was an attitude shared by the adult occupants of an 18foot aluminum freighter canoe when they went fishing in June on the Winisk River, upstream from Peawanuck. The occupants were Matthew Gull, a Canadian Ranger and an expert outdoorsman, and Wilfred Chum, a constable with the Nishnawbe Aski Police. It was a cold day, there was still ice on the shore and the river was flowing fast. Neither man had a flotation device of any kind. They were on their way home in the dark when they entered a set of rapids. Gull was driving at full speed when Chum shouted a question. “I throttled down real quick to speak to him,” Gull said, “and the wake caught up to us in the rapids and hit the back of the boat. The water came in from behind and the rear of the boat began sinking.” The canoe capsized in the frigid waters. Chum’s body was not found for more than three weeks. Gull, a powerful swimmer, was swept downriver, fighting for his life. “I’m 33 now and I’ve been driving boats since I was eightyears-old and I know how to handle a boat,” he said. “I’ve driven boats out in Hudson Bay in really rough waters, like four-foot waves. I never used a personal flotation device and it was really a shock that this was happening to me.” He survived being swept through another set of rapids but after two hours in the river, exhausted and debilitated by
the cold, he lost consciousness. He came to and realized he had been swept down the river to Peawanuck and had somehow reached shore. He was discovered by his father, Moses, who was walking the river bank listening for his son’s engine. “My thoughts, like most people up here, were that you just don’t need PFDs, stay with the boat, the boat’s not going to sink,” Gull said. “If my friend and me had been wearing PFDs we would have stayed above water and we would both have eventually made it to shore safely. As it was, I don’t know how I made it. I knew I was dying. Somehow I survived. My friend didn’t.” The Canadian Forces now stores PFDs in each of the 16 northern Ontario communities nations in which it maintains a Canadian Ranger patrol. “Everybody in the community can use them,” Ingram said. “All they have to do is return them to the sea containers we use to store them. We’ve got to get the lifestyle and attitudes changed and we’ve got to start with the youth. Any time the Canadian Rangers or Junior Rangers train with us they have to wear a PFD. They don’t have a choice.” More First Nation chiefs, concerned at the number of unnecessary drownings in the north, are asking the military to provide water safety training in their communities. The Canadian Forces have responded by sending in water safety instructors and distributing pamphlets and posters. There are indications that things are very slowly beginning to change. With the emphasis on safety in their training, more Junior Rangers are starting to wear a PFD when they go out in a boat.
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“ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᓇᑦ ᑲᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᔭᑲᐧ ᑭᑕᐊᐧᔑᔑᒥᓇᓂᐠ, ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᓇᑦ ᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᒪᐠ ᑭᓂᑲᓂᒥᓇᐣ” Tikinagan Child & Family Services has a great need for foster homes. We are looking for dedicated people who are able to provide a home and meet the needs of a child in care. There are a number of different types of Foster Homes, which can be specic to meet a child’s needs.
ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᓂᓇᑕᐁᐧᓂᒪᒥᐣ ᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᓱᑕᒪᑯᔭᐠ ᐅᒪ ᑎᑭᓇᑲᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᓂᓇᓇᑐᓇᐊᐧᒥᐣ ᑲᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᑫᑲᐡᑭᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᑭᑎᒪᑭᓭᓂᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐣ. ᒥᔑᓇᐧᔦᐠ ᐃᔑᐸᐸᑲᓂᓭᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᓱᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᓄᑌᓭᐊᐧᐨ.
Specialized Foster Homes: For children that would require more care and attention.
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Full Moon Memory Walk organizer Sharon Johnson took her Full Moon Memory Walk banner to the Sept. 11 Unite Thunder Bay Rally, which took place at Waverly Park. Johnson led the memory walk Sept. 4 and in the uniting rally Sept. 11.
Memory walk offers closure to families Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Alec Oombash spoke about two family members he lost during the 5th Annual Full Moon Memory Walk Sept. 4 “I lost my son here in 2008,” Oombash said, speaking about his son Adrian Spade after walking from the Matawa First Nations parking lot to a field across the river from the Intercity Mall in Thunder Bay. “I took a year off. I searched for my son’s body for 10 days. That’s why I’m helping out – it gives me a little peace.” Oombash also lost his niece Liz Bonnie Sakakeesic in 1994 after she was murdered by his best friend, who he said is now in jail for life.
“Her body was located under the crawl space,” Oombash said. “It took us four days (to find her). We checked the lake and outhouses. We went door to door. I couldn’t sleep for four days.” Oombash said his son was found by the Bascule (Jackknife) Bridge in Fort William. “We did a ceremonial burial for my son,” Oombash said, explaining he was helped by the traditional ceremonies. “I was away for a year. Now I’m back at university.” About 70 people took part in the 5th Annual Full Moon Memory Walk, which began from two different locations this year – the usual Victoria and Simpson St. corner and the Matawa First Nations parking
lot at Court and John St. – and ended at a field along Simpson St. across the river from the Thunder Centre shopping mall. “We started the walk five years ago,” said Sharon Johnson, one of the organizers who lost her 18-year-old sister Sandra Kaye Johnson in 1992 when she was murdered in Thunder Bay. “That first year we had about 30 to 35 people. We walked from Simpson and Victoria, over the East End Bridge over to the Neebing McIntyre Floodway. That spot is where my sister’s body was found.” Johnson’s sister was found partially covered with snow on the ice the day after she went out for the evening. “Her murder was never solved,” Johnson said.
A group of traditional women’s drummers sang three songs to honour the missing and murdered women and those in attendance. “We’re singing three songs,” said Isabelle Mercier, one of the drummers. “One, an honour song for all the families and friends and everyone who has passed on. Two, a sobriety song for all the people that are hurting and have turned to other means to forget their suffering. Three, a healing song that is for everyone. Everyone is welcome to dance.” Rosemary Panacheese drove from Sioux Lookout to walk in memory of her mother, Viola Isabella Panacheese, who went missing in Sioux Lookout in 1991.
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ABOVE: Two walkers hold up the United Sisters of Ogden banner during the Sept. 4 Full Moon Memory Walk. BELOW: Eagle feathers and a candle were held aloft in front of the full moon after ceremonies were held at the Sept. 4 Full Moon Memory Walk.
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Learning how to care for FASD children Consequences Some consequences for individuals with FASD include: • difficulty with middle and high school; • Repeated difficulty in employment; • Repeated trouble with the law; • Especially for committing the same crime more than once and/or repeatedly breaking probation or parole • Frequently homeless
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The ninth day of the ninth month of the year is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day. The number nine symbolizes the nine months of pregnancy that a woman should abstain from alcohol. Kenora Patricia Child and Family Services hosted a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder presentation on Sept. 2 in Sioux Lookout to mark the 10th anniversary of FASD Awareness Day being observed around the
world. Dave Dubovsky was the keynote speaker of the presentation, talking about his late son, who lived with the disorder. Dubovsky spoke about how he learned to manage his son’s FASD. The presentation was aimed at educating frontline workers on the disorder. About 100 people attended the presentation, gaining insight into how individuals with FASD manage day to day with a disorder that is more common than some expect. Dubovsky’s research has determined that about 1 in 100
people in the United States suffer from this disorder. “It is more common than any of us have really realized,” Dubovsky said, adding because FASD is an invisible disorder, it is more difficult to detect. Many individuals with an FASD go through life without any diagnosis. In order to help an individual with FASD manage life on a dayto-day basis, his or her strengths and desires need to be taken into consideration, he said. What do they do well? What do they like to do? What are their best qualities? What are
your funniest experiences with them? A strengths-based approach will improve outcomes, he said. Some other strategies Dubovsky has found to work well include simplifying routines through routines, providing one direction or rule at a time, using repetition, mentoring, providing one-on-one physical presence and identifying the strengths of the individual, family and care providers. Seminars about FASD were presented at Queen Elizabeth and Pelican Falls First Nations High School Sept. 9.
Characteristics Some of the personal characteristics of a person with FASD are: • friendly; • likeable; • verbal; • helpful; • caring; • hard worker; • determined; • good with younger children • not malicious
FASD Awareness Day held in Thunder Bay Rick Garrick Wawatay News
“We owe our future to our unborn.” Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose spoke about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder during the 11th International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day ceremony held Sept. 9 at Marina Park in Thunder Bay. “The future of First Nations rests in the spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual wellbeing of our children,” Waboose said. “Family and community are fundamental to the expression of nurturing well-being.” Waboose urged First Nation leaders and governments to continue supporting communities in their efforts to overcome the challenges of FASD and to work without jurisdictional boundaries to ensure healthy outcomes for children. “We need to recognize the need for culturally sensitive, integrated programs under First Nations control that are appropriate, comprehensive, accessible, effective and equitable to other Canadian citizens,” Waboose said. “We need to realize that FASD is a community issue and should be addressed on an individual, family and community level utilizing partnerships at the regional and national level.” Waboose said rates of FASD are much higher than the national average in some First Nation communities and it is estimated that one in five First Nations children are affected by FASD. The FASD section of the NAN website states there is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink when you are pregnant. Alcohol affects the unborn baby’s growing and developing body and brain. Alcohol reaches the fetus’ liver, pancreas, kidneys, thy-
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Mattagami Elder Gerry Martin led off the ceremonies at the 11th International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day, held Sept. 9 at Marina Park in Thunder Bay. mus, heart, and brain. Alcohol can interfere with metabolism, hormonal balance, and/or the baby’s oxygen. All of this can cause the birth defects associated with FASD. Fort William Coun. Ian Bannon wants to take on the issue of alcoholism and where the addiction stems from. “Sometimes the mother
finds it very difficult,” Bannon said. “It is a serious matter for women who are drinking while pregnant.” Margaret Rea, constituent assistant for Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty, said her adopted brother had FASD. “Caring for a child with FASD is not the same as with other children,” Rea said.
A mini powwow and a feast were held during the event. “This was the first time we did the mini powwow and it was a huge success,” said Kelly Hicks, one of the International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day organizers from the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre. “We had well over 200 people show up.”
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Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win North-South Partnership for Children in Remote First Nation Communities executive director Micheal Hardy, right, accepts a gift from Sandy Lake’s Bart Meekis during a meeting in the First Nation last month. The organization is now a corporation and ready to move forward.
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North-South Partnership for Children moves forward into the future Chris Kornacki Wawatay News
“We are now an organization.” With those words, Micheal Hardy executive director of the Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win North-South Partnership for Children in Remote First Nation Communities made the group official. “Last year we were a loosely put together group of people working on a big cause,” Hardy said, sharing his words at a Gathering in Sandy Lake last month. “But now we are an official organization with a corporation, with a board and policies and bylaws.” The North-South Partnership is a First Nations initiative aimed at making First Nation relationships with the general public better, especially when dealing with economics. The North-South Partnership is the first of its kind in Ontario and across Canada. Its goal is to make the northern communities sustain an equal partnership with southern individuals on causes related to poverty and economics to make Ontario a better place to live for both the north and the south. “It’s very unique,” said Hardy. “There’s a lot of balancing of relationships because there’s still the whole mystery of why does the south want to help, and the south wondering what the north wants because there’s never been any training for them to be equal partners. “So, it’s challenging and
exciting because right now there’s a disconnection, so this organization is trying to connect the north and the south; connect ordinary people with ordinary people. And this will change public opinion of First Nation Peoples and eventually help shape social policy.” Now that the North-South Partnership has developed into a structured organization, its first step is to begin moving forward and making the goals of the organization a reality. “Last year was structured around various events of groups of individuals and working on group ventures of partners and volunteers,” Hardy said. “This year the organization has now created a structure and a board so it has a governing structure to operate from. We took all of the information from the last couple of years and created a solid organization. So, we can now move forward and deal with some outstanding issues that we’ve gathered over those past couple of years.” The biggest outstanding issue is a number of community assessments that have been done in the past and are now being followed up on. “We now know what we need to do and now we can deal with the how we are going to do the things that need to be done in terms of responding to economic development and housing. Now it’s no longer talk. You can’t just do assessments and leave them. “We are now in the planning stages of how we are going
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to actually respond to these issues.” Some of the big changes for the future of the North-South Partnership, now that it is structured and ready to move forward, are to organize the multiple projects that the Partnership is currently working on, like food and housing issues, with a worked out schedule with their multiple partners and donators that will begin continuously helping with these issues instead of just dealing with them once in awhile. Also, since the North-South Partnership is largely a volunteer organization it plans to start working with and engaging with its volunteers more. A third change is to begin creating a marketing strategy, a communication plan and an education plan to begin marketing the North-South Partnership which will help sustain partners. Lastly, the North-South Partnership wants to start working on a fundraising plan to help generate more revenue. “We’ve identified all these shortfalls and we’re going to try and make sure that we have all these things by the end of this year now that we have a core operation going,” Hardy said. “We don’t want to just do community assessments and have them sit on a deaf table anymore…we want to start rallying people and getting the organization moving forward… we want to start making sure that every kid in Ontario has a good life.”
Past teachings will influence future: Metatawabin Rick Garrick
Deputy Grand Chief Mike Metatawabin loves going out onto the land with his family. “We like the outdoors,” said the recently elected deputy grand chief who is originally from Fort Albany. “We try to go up to Fort Albany and spend time with the family. We love going out on the river.” Metatawabin, who recently got back into working out at the gym and running, has been involved on the boards of a wide variety of organizations from across Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory and beyond since the 1990s.
“Development is a long term investment.” – Mike Metatawabin
“Wawatay was my first board appointment,” Metatawabin said, explaining he worked with Wawatay Native Communications Society from 1985 to 1991 and was appointed to the board after he was elected as chief in his community in 1998. “With the boards, this is a transition period. I couldn’t just walk away from the boards.” Metatawabin is currently president of Wawatay Native Communications Society, president of Five Nations Energy Inc., chairperson of Nishnawbe Aski Police Services, chairman of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, president of Misiway Milopemahtesewin Community Health Centre, a board director representing Fort Albany at Kimesskanemenow (Western James Bay Winter Road), and
a board member with the Timmins Chamber of Commerce. Metatawabin was chief of his community from 1998 to 2006 and has worked as a translator at NAN chief meetings from 1991 to 1998. In his new role as deputy grand chief, Metatawabin is looking to encourage NAN community members to pursue higher education and to develop more capacity in the communities. “Right now we are concerned about a lack of training or capacity in our communities,” Metatawabin said. “Development is a long term investment – we have to start focusing on our children, steering them in the right direction.” Metatawabin stressed the need to deal with the challenges facing many NAN communities. “We need professionals in different fields,” Metatawabin said. “They have a role to play in these (areas).” Metatawabin also spoke about the need to learn more about the past to move forward into the future. “The biggest thing for us is learning our own history (of) our own communities, our own people, the teachings we had,” Metatawabin said. “If a community does not have a history, you don’t have a future. We need to know who we are, where we came from, a history. That can carry us forward.” While Metatawabin is planning to work out of the NAN office in Timmins, he realizes many of NAN’s communities are located in northwestern Ontario. “I will be making a presence on both sides,” Metatawabin said.
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Participate Information Centre to review the Cochrane Area Forest 2010-2012 Draft Contingency Forest Management Plan We Need Your Input Do you … • Have an interest in natural resource management in the Cochrane Area Forest? • Want to know more about the proposed long-term management direction for the Cochrane Area Forest? • Want to take an active role in the planning process and development of the Cochrane Area Contingency Forest Management Plan (FMP)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Tembec, AbitibiBowater and the Local Citizen Committees (LCC) at a public information centre to review the draft contingency FMP for the Cochrane Area Forest. You will have an opportunity to review and provide comments on the draft contingency FMP which includes details on: • • • • •
The long-term management direction of the forest; The planned harvest, renewal and tending operations and access roads for the two-year term 2010 to 2012; The planned corridors for primary and branch roads for the ten-year term; Ministry of Natural Resource’s list of preliminary changes; The ﬁnal Report on Protection of Identiﬁed Aboriginal Values.
In addition we are requesting the Aboriginal communities involved with the development of the Cochrane Area contingency forest management plan to review and provide comments on the draft contingency forest management plan within a 30-day review period ending November 17, 2009. How to Get Involved Information Centre(s) will be held at the following locations from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the following days: October 19, Terry’s Restaurant on Hwy. 11 south Cochrane October 20, Royal Canadian Legion in Smooth Rock Falls October 21, Royal Canadian Legion in Iroquois Falls October 22, White Pine Room, at the Ontario Government Complex, South Porcupine Information centres will be held at the following First Nations communities: October 26 at Wahgoshig First Nation from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. October 26 at Beaver House First Nation Centre from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. October 26 at Matachewan First Nation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Copies of the draft contingency FMP summary and values maps may be requested at the Information Centre(s), or by contacting the Ministry of Natural Resources Cochrane, Timmins and Kirkland Lake Districts or the Tembec and AbitibiBowater ofﬁces. Can’t Make It? The draft Cochrane Area contingency FMP will also be available for public review and comment for 30 days: October 18 to November 17, 2009 at: • The Ministry of Natural Resources public website at ontario.ca/forestplans • Service Ontario Centre in Toronto (777 Bay St., Suite M212, Market Level, call toll-free: 1-800-268-8758) which provides computer access to the Ministry of Natural resources website at ontario.ca/forestplans • Tembec ofﬁce, Don Bazeley, P.O. Box 1100, Timmins, ON P4N 7H9, 705-360-1276 • AbitbiBowater ofﬁce, Nancy Daigle, 1 Park St., Iroquois Falls, ON P0K 1E0, 705-258-3931, ext. 3403 • Ministry of Natural Resources, Cochrane District ofﬁce, Stephen Pearce, 2-4 Hwy. 11 South, Box 730, Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0, 705-272-7196 • Ministry of Natural Resources, Timmins District ofﬁce, Nikki Wood, P.O. Bag 3090 Highway 101 East, South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0, 705-235-1339 • Ministry of Natural Resources, Kirkland Lake District ofﬁce, Bill Vanschip, P.O. Box 910, 10 Government Road, Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3K4, 705-568-3243 • Ministry of Natural Resources Regional ofﬁce, Mark Austin, Ontario Government Complex, Hwy. 101 East, P.O. Bag 3020, South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0, 705-235-1210 As well, an appointment with the Ministry of Natural Resources District Manager or with a planning team member during non-business hours may be made by calling 705-272-7196. Comments must be received by Stephen Pearce of the planning team at the ministry’s Cochrane District Ofﬁce by November 17, 2009. The plan is being prepared by the following planning team members: Mark Fleming, R.P.F., Plan Author Don Larmer, R.P.F., Tembec Area Forester Rob MacLeod, R.P.F., AbitibiBowater Area Forester Stephen Pearce, R.P.F., MNR Planning Forester, Project Manager Nancy Daigle, R.P.F., AbitibiBowater Forestry Superintendent/Chair Mick Gauthier, MNR Biologist Bill Vanschip, R.P.F., Kirkland Lake MNR Area Forester Mike Clarke, R.P.F., Norbord Industries Inc. Sylvain Levesque, R.P.F., Grant Forest Products Nikki Wood, R.P.F., MNR Planning Forester Sue Perras, Cochrane LCC Tom Monahan, Kirkland Lake LCC Allan Skidmore, Independent Operator Kees Stryland, Timmins LCC George Sackaney, Wahgoshig First Nation Rodney Wincikaby, Matachewan First Nation Gloria McKenzie, Beaver House Aboriginal Community Jordon Maurer, Beaver House Aboriginal Community James Naveau, Mattagami First Nation The planning team members, the Ministry of Natural Resources District Manager and the LCC are available at any time during the planning process to meet with you and discuss your interests, issues or concerns. Still Can’t Make It? A ﬁnal opportunity for public involvement will be available during the public inspection of the Ministry of Natural Resourcesapproved contingency FMP which is tentatively scheduled for January 7, 2010. The approval date of the contingency FMP is tentatively scheduled for: January 22, 2010. For further Information, please contact: Stephen Pearce, R.P.F. 2-4 Hwy. 11 South, Box 730 Cochrane District, ON P0L 1C0 Tel.: 705-272-7196 E-mail: email@example.com
Don Larmer, R.P.F. Tembec P.O. Box 1100 Timmins, ON P4N 7H9 Tel.: 705-360-1207 E-mail: Don.firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob MacLeod, R.P.F. 1 Park St. Iroquois Falls, ON P0K 1E0 Tel.: 705-258-3931, ext. 4448 E-mail: Rob.MacLeod@abitibibowater.com
Cochrane Local Citizens Committee 2-4 Hwy. 11 South Box 730 Cochrane District, ON P0L 1C0 Tel.: 705-272-7196
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 use of your personal information, please contact Denis Clement at 705-272-7122. Renseignements en français : Denis Clement au (705) 272-7122.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ JOB ADVERTISEMENT INTERNAL/EXTERNAL POSTING
CRIMINAL ANALYST Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service requires one full-time, contract Criminal Analyst. The position is located out of NAPS Headquarters in Thunder Bay, ON. The salary range for the position is $51,000 – $61,000 annually, plus pension and benefits. The employee will become a member of the Public Service Alliance of Canada Civilian Unit.
Health Policy Analyst (Full-Time) The role of the Health Policy Analyst is to review, monitor and analyze provincial and federal government initiatives and legislation in order to advise the Executive with the Health portfolio, Health Planning Group, and the Chiefs on possible impacts relating to health, mental health and social issues within Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN). The Analyst documents and/or coordinates the articulation of recommendations or options to promote improvement to health care services available to the people of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation through various health service delivery bodies, as well as strengthen the understanding of traditional spiritual values, and build public support for the goals of the health program of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. NAN seeks an individual with a university degree in a public health administration or related discipline and a minimum of 5 years experience with federal and provincial health program and policy analysis and significant knowledge of health needs of the Nishnawbe Aski communities. The deadline for applications is 4:00pm EST September 23rd, 2009. For complete information, including job description and submission information, please visit www.nan.on.ca. www.nan.on.ca
YOUTH CENTRE COORDINATOR POSITION SUMMARY:
The Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee (SLARC) is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to positive community relationships based on inclusiveness and respect for diversity. The Multicultural Youth Centre is open five evenings a week from 6 to 10 pm. It is a hub for providing services and activities for young people in Sioux Lookout. This drug and alcohol free space has as its goal to assist young people in developing skills that would empower them to become more active participants in the creation of a healthy, just and strong community. The Youth Centre Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination of the Multicultural Youth Centre and the management of the Multicultural Youth Citizenship Project.
DURATION: This is a full time position (35 hr/wk) 2 year contract. QUALIFICATIONS: • • • •
Graduate of Community College or University. Mature candidate experienced in youth work may be considered. Two years experience in youth programming, and recreation. Extensive experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds.
• Understands the historic and contemporary issues that effect First Nations People • Familiarity with Sioux Lookout Community, Lac Seul community, and communities in the north. • Experience or interest in working toward improved community relationships in a cross-cultural environment. • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills. • The ability to work independently, with minimum supervision. • The ability to supervise others and manage budgets • Able to work flexible hours, including evenings and some week-ends.
• Strong organizational, written and computer skills • Ability to maintain and update website • Experience in organizing workshops and/or discussion groups and report writing. • Total competence in written and spoken English. • Fluency in Anishiniimowin an asset.
Please send your cover letter and resume with 3 references to:
SLARC Hiring Committee, Box 1194, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7 by 4:00 pm September 25, 2009 fax (807) 737-2600 or email preferred email@example.com SLARC requires a Criminal Reference check and Vulnerable Sector Check from all employees on hiring. For more information, please write firstname.lastname@example.org or call (807) 737-150l
The position is responsible for performing tactical and strategic analysis of crime data and developing report-generating programs, with a focus on tactical crime analysis to assist in identifying perpetrators, criminal activity, temporal crime patterns and conditions that may be associated with crime. It will also contribute to effective and efficient police resource deployment and community initiatives. A background in Criminal Justice, Geography or Public Administration is preferred. Experience in ArcView and GIS systems is necessary. Applicants may submit a resume to the address below. Posting closes on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 16:00 EST. No late applicants accepted. NAPS Headquarters 309 Court Street South, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2Y1 (807) 623-2161 ext. 222 FAX (807) 623-2252 Attn: Jeanet Pierce Manager of Human Resources email@example.com www.naps.ca
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Treaty #3 Trapping Resource Centre GIS Records Manager / Secretary
Department: Administration Category: Senior Management Location: Grand Council Treaty# 3, Kenora, Ontario Salary: Negotiable Closing Date: September 28th, 2009 Grand Council Treaty# 3 offers an exceptional opportunity for a transformational leader to lead a dynamic and vibrant advocacy team and to work closely with the Grand Council and member First Nations. The Chief Executive Ofﬁcer will manage the development, implementation and maintenance of GCT3 Representative Services (GCT RS) operational policies, practices and principles that provide for competent governance, accountability, effectiveness, transparency and efﬁciency; implement organizational vision; provide direction and support to the political ofﬁce and GCT3 RS Board of Directors transformation strategies for organizational change through excellence to support and advocate the needs and rights of the Treaty # 3 membership; ensure the Grand Council’s mandate to protect, preserve and enhance inherent and treaty rights is used as the foundation for the decisionmaking process; lead organization transformation by advancing consensus and motivating people to action; build successful relationships with the Grand Council, Board of Directors, political staff, individuals, teams, support staff, Chiefs and Councils, Treaty# 3 communities, stakeholders and partners.
QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation with a professional degree from a recognized university in Business, Human Resources or Finance is preferred. Specialization that has been obtained through an exceptional combination of training, education and or experience may be considered. The successful candidate must provide evidence of experience of strategic leadership and senior management of a not-for-proﬁt organization or corporation. Extensive experience with ﬁnancial and human resources management; demonstrated knowledge and experience in leading a First Nation Political or Advocacy organization would be an asset. The Applicant shall highlight proven experience in problem-solving, decision-making, ﬁnancial and policy analysis; leadership role modeling/ mentoring to encourage optimum performance by staff; proven ability to develop and sustain partnerships and strategic networks; superior written/oral communication/negotiation/presentation skills to represent Grand Council’s dealings with multi-levels of government and various stakeholders. Finally, the candidate shall hold a solid understanding of Grand Council Treaty# 3 history and mandate, Treaty Rights, challenges, opportunities, and political processes pertaining to First Nations. The ability to communicate in Ojibway is considered an asset. Requirements include ability to travel, valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate in the covering letter how they meet the qualiﬁcations of the position. Send application to: GCT3 Representative Services P.O. Box 1720 Kenora, ON P9N 3X7 Fax: 807.548.5054 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Grand Council’s Treaty#3’s dedication to excellence is complemented by its profound commitment to building and sustaining a self-dependent Nation for Grand Council Treaty# 3. Individuals from the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty# 3 are encouraged to apply. We thank all those who apply. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Submission of a criminal record check required prior to offer of employment.
Grand Council Treaty #3 is seeking a GIS Records Manager/Secretary for the Trapping Resource Centre. The GIS records Clerk/ Secretary is responsible for the day to day operations of the GIS licensing system, GIS mapping and administrative support tot eh Trapping Director. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Establish and maintain an accurate GIS mapping system /resource Library • Administer a licensing system for the Treaty#3 Trappers • Make travel arrangements, accommodations, car rentals, etc. • Be available to travel on business related trips • Coordinate trappers education for Treaty#3 Trappers • Participate in fur marketing and promotion • Arrange meetings, conferences and conference calls • Take accurate minutes of meetings and distribute in a timely manner • Type, proof and distribute correspondence, reports, and documents
QUALIFICATIONS: • Minimum of Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma or GED • Business Secretarial Certiﬁcate and/or records management training an asset or equivalent • Work experience may be considered • Minimum 2 years ofﬁce experience in a busy environment • Strong ability in proposal writing would be an asset • Ability to type 50 wpm • Ability to utilize a variety of computer software • Knowledge of geographical information system (G.I.S) would be an asset, but willing to train • Knowledge of social and cultural aspects of First Nations • Knowledge of Ojibway language and asset • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Excellent organizational skills
SALARY: Negotiable LOCATION: Kenora, Ontario CLOSING DATE: Friday September 25th, 2009 AT 4:00 PM All interested individuals apply to: Trapping Director GCT#3 Representative Services Box 1720 Kenora, ON P9N 3X7 Fax: (807) 548- 5041 Email: email@example.com Please include three (3) references and current Criminal Records Certiﬁcate with application. Any applications received after deadline will be returned. Only those chosen for interviews will be contacted
Ted Nolan back in pro hockey Philip Paul-Martin Special to Wawatay News
The Rochester Americans are heading back to the top of the American Hockey League if Ted Nolan and Curt Styres have their way. Nolan, 52, joined the second oldest franchise in the AHL over the summer. The Americans have made many moves of late, and that suits their owner, Six Nations businessman Curt Styres just fine. He’s used to making things happen. Last summer Styres bought the National Lacrosse League’s Rochester Knighthawks and the Americans at the same time. By doing so, Styres became the first Native person to own a professional hockey team. But the Amerks weren’t a very good team last year, winning only 26 games, finishing last in their division. They have yet to open training camp this season and there’s excitement in the air in Rochester about their team. Both Nolan and Styres know about how to go about building a winner. Nolan took the Ontario Hockey League’s Soo Greyhounds to a Memorial Cup Championship in the early 90’s while Styres built the Six Nations Arrows junior lacrosse team into a winner after they bought into his concept of nutrition and training to win. He responded with a buy in of his own by building a 3000 seat lacrosse arena which is the envy of teams in the National Lacrosse League, who practice and play teams right in Six Nations, Canada’s largest reserve, where Styres is from. Styres is a shareholder in Grand River Enterprises, a tobacco giant with worldwide interests. He doesn’t talk all that much about it, but he does talk about building winning businesses, of which he owns a few. Nolan is a hockey man with a penchant for working with others and bringing the best out in people. The 1997 Jack Adams award winner for being the NHL’s top coach and current Vice-President of Hockey Operations for the Amerks says his return to pro hockey just felt good right from the start. “He was committed to winning,” said Nolan of his interview with Styres. “And he understood my need to give back to the community.” Styres wanted Nolan to con-
tinue his work with the Ted Nolan Foundation. They provide academic scholarships to First Nations women who want to further their education and work in their communities. “He really gets it. The human aspect of things,” said Nolan of his boss, Amerks owner Curt Styres. “He told me he didn’t care if I was away four or five days that I had to continue doing that.” “It makes you want to work for him even more.” Nolan spends a few days working in Rochester, N.Y. and then heads home to Garden River First Nation, just outside Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He says a blackberry and a laptop with internet connection allows him to do his job anywhere. “It’s a big advantage. My phone is ringing right now with calls from agents,” laughed Nolan. “For now this works but I’m going to be getting an apartment in Rochester soon.”
My phone is ringing right now with calls from agents.” – Ted Nolan
Nolan says he’s still interested in coaching but wants to help build Rochester into the best AHL franchise, period. “You need good people to run an organization. We’re trying to unite a group of people. I’m coaching employees rather than players,” said Nolan. “Our goal is simple. We want to be the best AHL franchise.” Most people aren’t aware that Nolan has been in management before, serving as the assistant GM with the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds and also with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats, taking them to a Memorial Cup final. In Moncton, Nolan told his players about commitment and then showed them what it meant, turning down an offer from the NHL’s New York Islanders to become their Head Coach halfway through the year. “I wasn’t going to leave my players,” said Nolan. “My Mother taught me what that meant (commitment) at an early age and there wasn’t a question in my mind about my decision to stay.” But for now he’s having fun being back in the game. “I’ve learned to live in the now,” said Nolan.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Air Creebec head dies James Thom Wawatay News
Albert Diamond, the president of Air Creebec, died Sept. 9. The airline announced his sudden passing Sept. 10. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy, on behalf of the NAN executive council, offered these words: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Albert Diamond and we offer heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, the Board of Directors of Air Creebec and the members of the various boards on which
he served for their great loss.” Beardy said running Air Creebec was Diamond’s passion, but as much as he was respected for his skills as a businessman he earned great respect among the Cree people as a leader who worked tirelessly for the betterment of First Nations. “Albert’s life of leadership, wisdom, and compassion was an inspiration not only to First Nation people but also to business leaders across Ontario,” Beardy said. “We pray that his spirit lives on through his family, business associates, and the many lives he has touched.”
Cheechoo Sens-bound Jonathan Cheechoo has been traded to the Ottawa Senators for Dany Heatley. The 2006 Maurice “Rocket’ Richard Award winner as the National Hockey League’s top goal scorer was traded Sept. 12 along with San Jose Sharks left-winger Milan Michalek and a second round selection
in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the Senators for Heatley and a fifth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Cheechoo, a Moose Cree band member, was originally selected in the second round (29th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. –RG
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Ojibway and Oji-Cree Contract Translators Wawatay Native Communications Society serves the communications needs of the people and communities in Northern Ontario. The Society does this through the provision of a variety of multimedia services, including but not limited to: a biweekly newspaper, daily native language radio programs, weekly television programming, audio streaming and regularly updated website. These services help to preserve and enhance the languages and culture of the Aboriginal people in Northern Ontario. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Translate Wawatay News editorial content and advertisements from English to Ojibway or Oji-Cree syllabics, and from these Aboriginal languages to English. • Provide translation services to Wawatay clients. Ensure that completed translations can be delivered in a format compatible with clients computer/printing systems. • Work with Wawatay Radio Network staff to produce translated voice overs for public service announcements, news reports, audio files and other related activities. • Work with Wawatay Multimedia staff to translate and transcribe audio and video files for on-line production. Transcribe interviews and other related activities. • Proofread translations to ensure accuracy, Meet newspaper and contract deadlines. QUALIFICATIONS: • The ability to communicate (verbal and written) in Oiibway or Oji-Cree is required. • Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills in Ojibway or Oji-Cree and also English. • Familiarity with In-Design, Photoshop, Mac and Windows based computers are an asset. • A high degree of initiative, motivation and the ability to observe strict confidentiality is essential. • Ability to work with little or no supervision an asset. • Applicants must have a minimum of two years experience in translating documents from either Oji-Cree or Ojibway to English. Location: Sioux Lookout, ON
The On Call Weekend Counsellor will provide mental health services from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and during Statutory holidays. EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS • Certificate, diploma or degree in the mental health or social work field is preferred; • Minimum two years experience in the mental health field; • Must have experience and understanding of Native culture, and of the geographic realities and social conditions within remote First Nation Communities; • A valid Ontario Driver’s License will be an asset; • Possess a valid First Aid & CPR Certificate – Adult and Child will be an asset. KNOWLEDGE & ABILITY • A thorough understanding of the Child & Family Services Act and Mental Health Act; • Good time management and organizational skills; • Ability to communicate in one or more of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout District will be an asset; • Must work independently and with limited supervision. Please send cover letter, resume, three most recent employment references and an up-to-date Criminal Reference Check with a Search of the Pardoned Sexual Offender Registry to: Charlene Samuel, Human Resources Manager Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority P.O. Box 1300, 61 Queen Street Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8 Phone: 807-737-1802 Fax: 807-737-2969 Email: Human.Resources@slfnha.com
Closing date: Friday September 25, 2009, 4:30 PM CST
NAPS officers to police Olympics James Thom Wawatay News
A pair of Nishnawbe Aski Police Services officers will be providing security at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Sr. Const Margaret Coulter, of the Chapleau Ojibwe detachment, and Const. Mitch Fawn, of the Fort Albany detachment, will represent the service while providing service to Canada. The officers will be performing general law enforcement duties. While in attendance they will wear the NAPS duty uniform. Depending on the duty assignment, deployments will vary in duration, with the average deployment under RCMP-
lead lasting 32 days. To date, more than 1,800 municipal, regional and provincial police officers from 118 outside agencies have now been included in our overall deployment strategy. “Canada’s games will be policed by Canada’s law enforcement community,” said assistant commissioner Bud Mercer, chief operations officer for the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit. “It is a Canadian first when you look at the number of policing services joining us from across the country in 2010. The majority of Canada’s law enforcement community will be part of one of the largest integrated security workforces ever.”
Closing Date: September 30, 2009
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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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Preparing for flu season, being ready for H1N1 Rick Garrick Wawatay News
“Stay home if you are ill.” That was one of the recommendations given by Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health, protection and prevention during a Sept. 11 H1N1 Flu Season press conference at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Washing hands, using hand
wipes, sneezing or coughing into a tissue or sleeve, disinfecting commonly used surfaces, avoiding touching of eyes, nose or mouth, practicing social distancing when necessary, and calling Telehealth are other suggested recommendations. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will be distributing a flu brochure to every home in the province in midSeptember.
Proper hand washing technique • Remove hand and arm jewelry as it is very hard to clean, and hides bacteria and viruses from the mechanical action of washing. • Wet hands with warm (not hot) water and apply soap. Do not use bar soap in public settings because bacteria on the soap surface can then be spread to others. • Vigorously lather all surfaces of hands for a minimum of 15 seconds or the amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Pay close attention to commonly missed areas such as: finger tips, between fingers, backs of hands and base of the thumbs. • Using a rubbing motion, thoroughly rinse soap from hands and don’t forget to dry hands by blotting them gently with a paper towel or with hand air dryers. Use the paper towel to turn off the tap. • If your hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will rapidly eliminate any germs or viruses. Ontario Press Service
“I want to make sure all Ontarians have the information they need to fight the flu,” said David Caplan, minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “I would encourage everyone to practise the precautions outlined in the flu brochure. If we do our part, we can keep Ontario healthy.” While two different flu vaccines will be offered this fall, one for the seasonal flu earlier this fall and another for the H1N1 flu in late October or early November, Williams emphasized the seasonal flu vaccine will not work for the H1N1 flu and encouraged people to get both vaccines. “The vaccine is free,” Williams said, noting Ontario will have enough to cover 75 per cent of the population with two vaccinations of the H1N1 vaccine, 21 days apart, if necessary. “The system is ramped up and ready to go. So far it (H1N1) is staying the course.” Williams said First Nations people who live in isolated communities will be prioritized for vaccinations, but those who live in urban settings will receive the same priority as other people in their community. Williams said if an H1N1 outbreak occurs in one community, other non-affected communities may want to hold off on sending
patients to medical centres for non-emergency healthcare to prevent further spreading of the H1N1 flu virus as happened this past spring/early summer in a number of NAN communities. Williams said the ministry has been monitoring the H1N1 flu situation in the southern hemisphere, where H1N1 accounts for 89 per cent of the flu viruses versus the northern hemisphere where H1N1 accounts for 66 per cent according to a World Health Organization report dated Aug. 4. While Australia and South America experienced rapid increases in H1N1 cases early in their winter season, WHO reported the region is now starting to report decreases in numbers of cases. WHO has also reported the flu season in the southern hemisphere as slightly worse than a regular flu season. Typical symptoms of the H1N1 flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. While most cases of H1N1 have been relatively mild, there are some symptoms which signal a need for urgent care: difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe or persistent vomiting, high fever in adults that lasts more than two days, severe tiredness in
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What to do if you get the flu Ontarians also need to know how to care for themselves at home if they become sick with influenza. Influenza viruses result in similar symptoms, regardless of whether they’re caused by the seasonal influenza virus or H1N1. Symptoms include sudden fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and muscle aches. Vomiting and diarrhea are more common in children. While many people could get sick during an influenza season, about half of these people will not require medical care. For this reason, it is very important to be prepared to take care of yourself and others at home. • Wash your hands often using soap and warm, running water for at least 15 seconds or more each time or use a hand sanitizer with 60 to 90 per cent alcohol, particularly after coughing or blowing your nose. • Cover your sneeze and cough with your sleeve or a tissue, dispose of tissues immediately, then clean your hands. • Stay home if you are sick so that you don’t spread the virus to others. • Avoid sharing anything that may carry germs, such as towels, lipstick, drinks or toys. • Clean hard surfaces such as door handles and kitchen countertops more frequently. • Get plenty of rest. • Drink lots of fluids, including water or ice chips, fruit juice (not fruit drinks), milk, and herbal teas. • Ask your pharmacist for advice if you buy over-the-counter medicine. For a full list of tips, please visit: www.ontario.ca/flu Ontario Press Service
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SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Rangers a popular attraction at CNE Peter Moon Special to Wawatay News
Six Canadian Rangers from across northern Ontario were a popular part of the Canadian Forces exhibit at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. “I like having the Rangers around at an event like this,” said Capt. Saj Rahman, on-site co-ordinator for the military exhibit, which featured a range of military equipment, including armoured vehicles, naval craft and aircraft cockpits. The Ranger exhibit, consisting of a teepee, snowmobile, allterrain vehicle, a sled and other Ranger equipment, stood out amongst the military hardware. “Their red T-shirts and red sweatshirts also stand out a lot,” Rahman said. “This exhibit at the CNE is about educating the public about the Canadian Forces. We want them to know that we have the Canadian Rangers and that they are doing some excellent work, not only in Northern Ontario, but across the country.” More than one million people visited the CNE over 18 days and about one out of every three took a look at the Cana-
Sgt. Peter Moon, Canadian Rangers
Master Cpl. Kim Cheena of Moose Factory tells CNE visitors about life in northern Ontario. dian Forces exhibit. “It’s the first time I’ve been at the CNE,” said Master Cpl. Redfern Wesley of Kashechewan. “It’s something new for me, talking to all these people
from all over the world. This has been a big experience. People come into the teepee, shake our hand and thank us for being the military in Northern Ontario. It makes you feel good
to be a member of the Canadian Forces.” Most people, he found, knew little about life in Ontario’s Far North. “Some of the people are
amazed that we exist up there,” he said. “Some people say it’s gross to kill and eat animals. I explain hunting and fishing is part of our life. “They say they couldn’t live
in the north because of the cold. I tell them about the search and rescue we do and how we evacuate people in emergencies. I tell them how we teach cold weather skills to soldiers from the south, how to adapt to the cold and survive. That’s when they thank us for being part of the military. They appreciate what we do.” Wesley didn’t spend all of his time in Toronto at the CNE. “We have time off to see Toronto. I never thought I’d be doing this as a Ranger. This has been fun. I went to the top of the CN Tower. It was my first time and it was scary but I was glad I went up it.” The other Canadian Rangers participating in the Canadian Forces exhibit were Master Cpls. Kim Cheena of Moose Factory and Ryan Kaminawash of Sachigo Lake, Cpl. Rodney Rae of Sandy Lake, and Rangers John Meeseetawageesic of Eabametoong and Savannah Neotapin of Constance Lake. (Sergeant Peter Moon is the public affairs ranger for 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Canadian Forces Base Borden. See www.canadianrangers. ca.)
Matawa chiefs call for residential school memorial day James Thom Wawatay News
Chiefs from the Matawa tribal council communities marked Sept. 1 Residential School Memorial Day. The day was chosen to coincide with students returning to school. The decision to mark the day was made following a May resolution by the Matawa
First Nations chiefs designed to honour and acknowledge those impacted during the residential school era, said Matawa First Nations chief executive officer David Paul Achneepineskum. He explained the significance of choosing Sept. 1. September was when children were taken from their parents, families, communities, culture and language and taken to
the church-run and government funded schools which were designed to assimilate Aboriginal youth, AchAchneepineskum neepineskum said. “It is important to move forward from this terrible experi-
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to mark the day nationally, Achneepineskum said. “Although we remember those who didn’t make it back home, and honour those who were involved, the residential school era has made our people stronger and more determined to protect and exercise our rights to our lands, resources and water,” he said. Students were enrolled at res-
idential schools across Canada between the 1880s and 1980s. In his apology, Harper referred to the residential school era as a sad chapter in Canadian history. “The affects of Residential Schools have caused untold damage to First Nations people; we must help them move on, and live a happier life,” Towegishig said.
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