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Tribute for Air Creebec’s Albert Diamond PAGE B1 9,300 copies distributed $1.50
October 1, 2009 www.wawataynews.ca
Wasaya Group to help tourist camps
Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974
Buffy rocks LU
Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Wasaya Group Inc. is looking to step in and provide services to First Nationowned tourist camps after the Northern Ontario Native Tourism Association folded. “Since NONTA went under, Wasaya has been approached by different camp operators,” said Tom Kamenawatamin, president and CEO of Wasaya Group Inc. “How can we assist them?” Kamenawatamin said Wasaya is currently working on a business plan and expects to be ready to provide services for the 2010 tourist season. “We are looking at cutting back on the costs NONTA was charging to the camp owners,” Kamenawatamin said. “That was the big cost for the owners.” Kamenawatamin said Wasaya would be able to provide a number of different options for the camp owners in the communities they serve through the new business plan, such as the ability to fly tourists in from anywhere in North America, the availability of float planes for flying tourists to and from outpost camps, the capacity to supply fuel and gasoline through Wasaya Petroleum LP, and the potential of providing groceries and other supplies through Wasaya’s Buying Group Partnership. Kamenawatamin said Wasaya would also be able to assist the camp operators to access financing for camp upgrades. “Wasaya is in a position to provide all these services to help the camp operators,” Kamenawatamin said. “But the camps have to operate as a business.” Kamenawatamin said 20 camp operators are currently participating in the planning process. see WASAYA page 16
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Buffy Sainte-Marie rocked Lakehead University’s Hangar Sept. 16 with a selection of her classic and newest songs, including Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Universal Soldier, Starwalker, Cod’ine, Cripple Creek and No No Keshagesh, during a celebration in honour of Lakehead’s Friends in Support of Scholarships. Proceeds from the event go towards scholarships for students attending Lakehead University. Please see page 15 for more on the concert.
ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᒪᒪᐃᐧᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐃᐧᒋᑐᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᕑᐃᐠ ᑲᕑᐃᐠ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ
ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᒪᒪᐃᐧᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᓇᓇᑲᒋᑐᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᐃᐧᐅᑕᐱᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐃᐧᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᑲᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᐡᑲᐧᑕᒪᑲᑭᐸᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧ ᒪᒪᐊᐧᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ. ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᐡᑲᐧᑕᒪᑲᑭᐸᐣ, ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᐊᐧᓭᔭᑲᐠ ᑭᐱᐃᔑ ᑲᑲᑫᐧᑌᐧᓇᓄᐊᐧᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑕᐧᑦ ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐅᐨ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐱᒥ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᑐᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑎᓀᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᔭᓂ ᑭᔑᐅᓇᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᒪᑕᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ 2010 ᐊᐦᑭᐊᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᒪᐦᒋᓭᓂᐠ. ᓂᐃᐧᑲᑫᐧᑐᑕᒥᐣ ᑲᔦ ᒋᓂᓯᓇᒪᐠ ᐃᓇᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐱᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐡᑲᐧᑕᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᓇᑭᑕᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑲᑎᐯᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ. ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐅᑕᑲᐡᑭᑐᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᑎᓇᒪᑫᐸᐣ ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᒋᑭᐃᓇᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐸᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑲᐊᔭᒪᑲᑭᐣ
ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐅᐡᑭᓭᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᒪᐦᒋᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᑐᑲᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᒪᒪᒋᓴᐦᐅᓂᑕᐧ ᐅᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐨ ᐱᑯ ᐊᐣᑎ ᑌᑎᐸᐦᐃ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ, ᒋᑲᐧᔭᑎᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒧᑎᐱᐠ ᑲᐳᓂᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐊᐃᔑᐃᐧᓂᑕᐧ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔕᐊᐧᐨ, ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑫᐊᔭᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐱᒥᑌᓂ ᐃᒪ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐱᒥᑌ ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᑭᐃᓯᓭᑫᐧᐣ ᒋᑲᐧᔭᑎᓇᒪᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᒋᒪᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧ ᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᑲᔦ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐊᓱᐡᑲᒪᑫᐸᐣ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᔓᓂᔭᓂᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐊᐧᐁᐧᔑᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐊᐧ. ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐅᓄᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑐᑲᓂ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ. ᔕᑯᐨ ᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᒋᑭᐱᒧᑕᒪᓱᒪᑲᑲᐧᐸᐣ ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ. ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ 20 ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐅᒪ ᑕᑭᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᔑᐨ 90% ᐃᔑᐊᔭᒪᑲᓄᐣ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐅᑐᑕᐣ ᐁᐱᒥᐊᔭᒥᐦᐊ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐠ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ.
ᐣᐱᒥ ᒪᒣᒋᑲᑐᒥᐣ ᑲᔦ ᐊᑎᐟ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ. ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᐣᑲᒪᒣᒋᑲᑐᒥᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᑭᐣ ᐅᑕᐸᒋᒋᑲᓄᐊᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐅᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓄᐊᐧ. ᐊᑎᐟ ᒪᐡᑯᐨ ᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᓄᑐᐠ ᒋᒥᓇᐧᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐊᐧᐁᐧᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ. ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᑲᔦ ᐁᐅᒋ ᓇᓇᑕᐅᑭᑫᑕᒪᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑫᐃᔑᒣᑎᓂᑫᓭᑫᐧᐣ.
ᑲᑭᓇ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐣᑲᐧᔭᒋ ᐊᔭᒥᐣ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᑐᔭᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔑᒪᐦᒋᑕᔭᐠ – ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ
ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐅᓇᓇᑕᐊᐧᐸᑕᐣ ᑕᓱᔭᑭ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᐁᐃᐧᓇᐣᑭ ᐅᑎᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐠ ᐊᐱᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᐊᑯ ᑕᓯᐣ ᑲᐊᔭᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᑭᐅᒋᐃᐡᑲᐧᑕᐊᐧᐨ. ᓂᐃᐧ ᑐᑕᒥᐣ ᑕᐡ 1,000 ᐅᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᓀᐠ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᑌᐱᓇᔭᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ. ᐣᑎᓀᑕᒥᐣ ᑕᐡ ᒋᑭᑲᐡᑭᑐᔭᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ. ᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂ ᑲᔦ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᒋᑭᑲᐡᑭᑐᐸᐣ ᒋᐅᒋᒪᐦᒋᑕᐨ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐡᑲᐧᑕᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᒋᑭᒥᓄᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ. ᐯᔑᐠ
ᑕᐡ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐃᓀᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᐃᔑᑌᐸᑫᑕᒪᐣ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐅᑕᔭᓇᐣ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑐᑲᓂ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ. ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐯᔑᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐅᓇᐸᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑲᑫᐧ ᓇᐣᑭᓭᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐅᔓᓂᔭᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ. ᐅᒥᓀᐧᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᔦ ᑲᑭᓇ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᐅᒪ ᐁᐊᔭᒪᑲᑭᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ. ᑲᑭᓇ ᐣᑕᔭᒥᐣ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐊᓄᑭᓭᐠ. ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐊᑯ ᐅᐱᒥᓭᑕᒪᐊᐧᐸᓂᐣ ᐊᑎᐟ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐡᑲᐧᑕᒪᑲᒪᐠ ᐅᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᓂᒥᐊᐧ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᔭᒪᑲᓂᑭᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑲᒪᐧᔦ ᐃᐡᑲᐧᑕᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ. ᐊᑎᐟ ᐊᑯ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑭᐱᐅᒋ ᑕᑯᐱᓱᐊᐧᐠ ᑕᐣᑐᕑ ᐯ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐁᔭᓂ ᒪᐦᒋᓴᐦᐅᓇᑭᑕᐧ ᑲᓂᔭᓄᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᓀᔭᓂᐠ ᑲᑭᔐᐸᔭᓂᐠ ᐁᐃᔑᐃᐧᓇᑭᑕᐧ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᔕ ᑲᔭᓂ ᓴᑲᓱᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᓀᔭᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᓀᐊᐧᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒥᐣ. ᑲᐯᑎᐱᐠ ᐁᐱᒥᐱᓱᐊᐧᐨ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ 5 ᑲᐃᓯᓭᓂᐠ ᑲᑭᔐᐸᔭᓂᐠ ᐁᔭᓂᒪᐦᒋᓴᐦᐅᓇᑭᑕᐧ, ᐊᔕ ᑭᑲᐧᔭᑕᑌᓂ ᒧᑎᐱᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐳᓂᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓂ ᑫᐅᒋ ᒪᒋᐃᐧᓂᑕᐧ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔕᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐧᐡᑫᐧᐱᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ.
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Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
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An aerial view of Kejick Bay’s new bridge. Lac Seul’s Kejick Bay community held a series of events and activities Sept. 23-25 to celebrate the grand opening of the Kejick Bay bridge which will connect the community to the mainland.
Lac Seul opens bridge in Kejick Bay Chris Kornacki Wawatay News
Lac Seul First Nation celebrated the opening of a new bridge that connects the Kejick Bay community with the mainland Sept. 25. The 600-meter causeway was constructed from quarried rock fill that was gathered from a quarry right in the Lac Seul community. The bridge includes a pedestrian walkway and the capacity for boat passage underneath it. The bridge cost $4.5
million; Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) provided $3 million towards the bridge’s construction. “Today is a very special day for our community,” said Lac Seul Chief Clifford Bull. “It was in the 1930s that the lake flooded and the land of Kejick Bay was isolated because of the rise of the water and since then the people of Kejick Bay have become isolated and it’s become very treacherous and time consuming to get across to the mainland…it was connected to
the mainland pre-flood so today we are re-establishing that access to the mainland.”
“Today is a very special day for our community.” – Clifford Bull
“This project is a good example of how our Government is working with First Nations to
improve access to goods and services,” said Kenora MP Greg Rickford who was at the grand opening of the bridge Sept. 25. “We are working every day to build stronger, safer and healthier First Nation communities. Construction of the bridge started in January 2009. It took four blasts in the quarry to loosen the rock used for the bridge and more than 11,000 truckloads of rock went into the lake to fill in the 600-meter passageway. “This causeway is going to
make us stronger,” said Chief Bull. “We’ll be able to associate more with each other. The communities can visit with each other and we can do activities together…we can have our youth engage in other youth in other communities like Dryden and Sioux Lookout so they can experience more. There are endless things we can do now.” The bridge also addresses various safety issues in Kejick Bay especially quicker access to hospitals. “We can get patients that are sick in and out faster,”
said Bull. Bridge construction in the Lac Seul community has been ongoing since the early 1990s. “It’s always been the dream of previous chiefs and councils to reconnect all three communities in Lac Seul with bridges,” said Chief Bull. “And today we have accomplished that. The people of Kejick Bay have been very patient, waiting and waiting and waiting and now we’re able to have fulfilled their wishes and we’re happy we’ve done that.”
Mamow Obiki-Ahwahsoowin “Help care for our children, Help care for our future.” ᒪᒪᐤ ᐅᐱᑭᐦᐊᐊᐧᓱᐃᐧᐣ
“ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᓇᑦ ᑲᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᔭᑲᐧ ᑭᑕᐊᐧᔑᔑᒥᓇᓂᐠ, ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᓇᑦ ᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᒪᐠ ᑭᓂᑲᓂᒥᓇᐣ” Tikinagan Child & Family Services has a great need for foster homes. We are looking for dedicated people who are able to provide a home and meet the needs of a child in care. There are a number of different types of Foster Homes, which can be 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.
ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᑲᑕᔑᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ: ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐁᔑᔭᓯᑕᐧ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑲᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐱᒥ ᐊᔭᑲᐧᒥ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ.
Regular Foster Homes: Short or Long term placements for children.
ᑲᐃᔑᑕᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑕᔑᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᓱᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ: ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐁᔑᔭᓯᑕᐧ ᐊᒋᓇ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑭᓇᐧᑲᐡ ᑲᐱᒥ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ.
Emergency Foster Homes: For children on an emergency basis.
ᑲᑲᐧᔭᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᐱᔑᐱᑎᑲᓂᑕᐧ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ: ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᐁᔑᔭᓯᑕᐧ ᑲᑫᐧᓇᐃᐧᐃᓯᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐸᐸᔑᓭᐊᐧᐨ.
Tikinagan Child & Family Services is committed to keeping our Children within our Communities, but we need your help in order to make this happen.
ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᒪ ᑎᑭᓇᑲᐣ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑭᐃᔑᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᒪᑲᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᐱᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ ᐃᑯ ᒋᑕᔑᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᑭᑕᐊᐧᔑᔑᒥᓇᓂᐠ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᑕᐡ ᑭᐸᑯᓭᓂᒥᑯ ᑫᑭᐣ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᔭᐠ ᒋᑭᑲᐡᑭᑐᔭᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ.
Please contact us today if you are interested or need more information regarding how you can be a part of helping a child.
ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᑭᔑᑲᐠ ᐱᑲᓄᓂᔑᓇᑦ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᒪᒥᑐᓀᑕᒪᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᐃᐧᑭᑫᑕᒪᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑭᑐᑕᒪᐸᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᐡ.
VALUES: Respect Trust Honesty Language Elders
ᑲᑭᒋᓀᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ: ᑭᑌᓂᒥ���ᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐯᓂᒧᐣᑕᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᑌᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᔑᑭᔐᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᒋᔭᐦᐊᐠ
Culture Customary Care Accountability Spirituality
“It is a shared responsibility of a community to raise a child”
ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᑲᐠ ᐅᐱᑭᐦᐊᐊᐧᓱᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑯᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᒐᑯᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ
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Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Wasaya hosts U.S. consul general Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Wasaya Group Inc.’s Tom Kamenawatamin described the recent visit of newly appointed United States Consul General Kevin Johnson as an “inestimable experience.” “This is the kind of attention we need,” Kamenawatamin said during Johnson’s Sept. 15 visit to Wasaya’s Thunder Bay hangar. “We are starting to look at international partnerships.” Kamenawatamin said Wasaya will be meeting with business people from the U.S. and the United Kingdom in the near future, and they have already met with a group from Beijing. “We believe for us to succeed, we have to expand,” Kamenawatamin said. “We cannot restrict ourselves to northern Ontario.” Kamenawatamin said Wasaya is currently seven months into the development of a four-year planning strategy. “When do we expand and how do we expand,” Kamenawatamin said. “Our board has been telling us if we
want to make a good healthy profit, we need to go where the population is and where the business is.” Johnson also met with business leaders at the Port Arthur Rotary Club and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce while in Thunder Bay. “This is the first place outside of Toronto I visited,” Johnson said. “It’s a very beautiful place. I’m very impressed.”
“This is the first place outside of Toronto I visited.” – Kevin Johnson
Johnson, who has been representing his country at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto since August, said he would like to visit one of Wasaya’s fly-in communities in the future. “I hope to travel in the north in the future,” Johnson said. Johnson recently served as deputy chief of mission in Norway from 2006-09 and Paraguay from 2003-06.
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Wasaya Group Inc.’s John Beardy took United States Consul General Kevin Johnson on a tour of the Wasaya Airways hangar in Thunder Bay during his Sept. 15 visit to Thunder Bay.
Bending Lake Iron Group offering training Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Tom Palosaari and Jeff King are learning about prospecting on-site at Bending Lake Iron Group’s mining claims near Ignace. “We have another 40 days in the bush,” Palosaari said. “We’ve been learning how to use geological equipment and GPS units. At the end of the course, we will be geologist
assistants.” Palosaari said the Mineral Prospecting Program, which is being delivered by the Bending Lake Iron Group through Confederation College in response to a skill shortage in the mineral exploration industry, will give him the knowledge to pursue a career in the mineral industry. “I thought it would be a good opportunity to make some good money,” Palosaari said, explaining the the program also offered
him an opportunity to return to his family roots in northern Ontario.
“We’ve been learning how to use geological equipment and GPS units.” – Tom Palosaari
“The mining industry will be booming soon.” Palosaari, King and six other First Nation students began the 15-week program in late August and will finish Nov. 28. “The students get GPS systems,” said Dawn McKay, vice president of operations at Bending Lake Iron Group, explaining the students also received a number of prospecting tools, including geologic hammer and chisels, hand lens, axe and a
compass in addition to the GPS units, through the program. “They are getting very good instruction for the cost.” The program, which cost each student about $5,000 after Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry funding covered $10,000 of the $15,000 total cost per student, consisted of 10 modules: Safety Certification training, Introduction to Mineral Exploration, The Basics of Geology, Effective GPS
Applications, Prospecting and Claim Staking, Components of Exploration, The Business Aspect of Mineral Exploration, Geophysics, Geology Fieldwork and Map Interpretation, and Sampling Techniques. “It’s a good course,” King said. “I learned a lot of information. “They have some good instructors.”
Mining firm holds open house, discusses past, present Rick Garrick Wawatay News
The Bending Lake Iron Group is looking to develop an open pit iron-ore mine and a merchant pig iron facility at Bending Lake and Atikokan. “During construction we will employ 700 to 800 people,” said Henry Wetelainen, president and chief executive officer of Bending Lake Iron Group Limited, during a Sept. 18 open house at the company’s Thunder Bay office. “Plus 300-plus jobs for the life of the mine, in excess of 70 years.” Wetelainen said the company is looking at a newly-developed technology – Iron Making Technology Mark Three – to produce merchant pig iron for sale in North America; the technology produces low-toxic emissions and was developed by Kobe Steel in Japan. “We will produce 1.2 million tonnes per year (for) export to the U. S.,” Wetelainen said, explaining Bending Lake Iron Group’s processing facility will be located in Atikokan with direct access to CN’s rail network into the United States and across Canada. “We can take our product and ship it directly to the industrial sites.” The facility will produce nug-
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Henry Wetelainen, president and CEO of Bending Lake Iron Group, right, shows a 50 per cent magnetite ore sample to MPPs Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle and Fort William Chief Peter Collins during the Sept. 18 grand opening of Bending Lake Iron Group’s Thunder Bay office. gets which are essentially pure iron and carbon; the only other Iron Making Technology Mark Three facility in North America,
located at Silver Bay, Minn., is scheduled to begin production in Sept. 2009. Wetelainen’s family has been
involved in prospecting, laying claims and mining in the Bending Lake/Gold Rock area since mining activities began in the
area in the 1930s. “We’ve been on the land for over seven generations in that area,” Wetelainen said. “When
(J.E.) Thompson was doing the original surveys in the 1930s, my grandparents were guiding him.” Wetelainen bought a number of the Bending Lake Iron Group mining claims in 2003; the mining claims are located about 22 kilometres from the Gold Rock mining claims which his grandmother originally traded for a home in Wabigoon after his grandfather passed away in the 1930s. “They put it up for sale in 2003 and I bought it back,” Wetelainen said. Bending Lake Iron Group has since acquired 49 mining patents, optioned 11 patents with the associated 1584859 Ontario Inc. and 32 mining claims with Windigo Ridge Resources Inc. covering a 50 square kilometre area. The Bending Lake area has been surveyed, mapped, drilled, tested and sampled by a number of companies over the years, including the Jalore Mining Company in 1953-55 and 1963-65, Algoma Steel in 1967 and Steep Rock Iron Ore Mines in 1975-77. Steep Rock Iron Ore Mines released a historical resource of 249 million tonnes of 28.19% Fe. Wetelainen estimated the mine’s iron ore production will be worth about “16 billion dollars at today’s prices.”
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James Thom TO THE POINT
oftball season just ended a few weeks ago. The banquet to wrap up the season was held last Friday and most of the team showed up to celebrate. It was a chance to relive the glory of the season and plan for next year. It really was just an excuse to get everyone together at least one last time. I joined a new team, the Cubs, this season and made some new friends. It was an interesting experience, joining a team and being a player instead of a coach and guy who has to argue calls with the other team’s coach. It was a lot more fun to get to show up and play instead of having to worry about the lineup and calling friends to come by and sub in when we were short players. This season, I also discovered more trust in my teammates. In previous years, rightly or wrongly, I always felt like I had to play a perfect game every time we hit the field or we likely wouldn’t win. There’s a certain pressure to those feelings and it takes the fun away. This year, I got to pitch, play second and third base, shortstop and all the outfield positions. It was great to know our coaches trusted me to play anywhere. The Cubs always felt like a team, not a group of individuals. I would like to think that played a part in our success. No one played great every game but overall, we had a good season. When the men weren’t hitting well, the women always seemed to get a timely hit. When our power hitters lost their stroke, others stepped up cleared the bases. We won six regular season games this season. That’s also five more regular season wins than last season with my old team. We also won our final tournament of the season, finishing atop the ‘C’-side division. We powered through five pressurefilled games and several injuries to win. Overcoming adversity was our theme for the season. We had players come and go. But whenever someone lost interest, we always found a capable, or better, replacement. The season started off slow. It
took eight or nine games for us to win our first. But afterwards, we won six out of 14, or nearly half our remaining games. It gives me hope for the summer of 2010. I feel like there are lessons to be learned in softball. Some are simple like the more you practice, the better you will perform. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about sports, driving or school, practice tends to make perfect.
Rather than dwell on the loses, we realized how close we were to wins. My team showed that this season. Another lesson I learned this season is about perseverance. Even when we were losing all our games to start the year, we didn’t give up. We lost several games by one run. Rather than dwell on the loses, we realized how close we were to wins. When the first one came, it was fantastic. We kept up the positive attitude and winning our final tournament was a great reward for the players who stuck it out. There’s a message there. No matter what your circumstances, you can find a positive. A failure is just a success that didn’t fit your ideal circumstances. In life, that means being turned down for a job and then getting a better one. In school, that means failing an assignment but acing the exam. In softball, that means learning from the strikeout and getting a hit in the next at-bat. As a pitcher, I learned another lesson this year. You have to trust your teammates. As the pitcher, it was fruitless to try and strike out every batter. It’s a hitter’s league. I had to trust my teammates would catch the balls and make outs when I gave the batters pitches to hit. It’s a universally truth: no man is an island. In the real world, by that I mean off the field, you rely on coworkers to help with projects and assignments. Realizing that could make you more productive. Realizing that made me a better pitcher. When I stopped stressing out about the fielders making plays, I pitched better, making their jobs easier.
A junior class and teacher sit outside a classroom in Ogoki of April 1982.
We can deal with diabetes Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY
veryone is worried about the latest influenza pandemic known as H1N1. As a matter of fact, many of us, when it comes to thinking about our general health, are more preoccupied with diseases and events that can come on suddenly. We are worried about flus, colds and pandemics because they come on with little warning and can be deadly. There is not much we can do about circulating flus and this pandemic we are living in currently. Sure, we can wash our hands, stay home if we get the flu and get help if it gets out of hand but generally if you are involved with the public as most people are then you are probably going to get the flu. There are other diseases that are doing us more damage than the average flu. Probably, the single largest epidemic facing First Nations at this point is type two diabetes, a disease that affects Aboriginal people three to five times more than the rest of Canadians. To make things worse, medical professionals have recently documented that Aboriginal children are now being diagnosed with type two diabetes a medical condition that usually occurs in older adults.
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It is imperative my people put more attention on the diabetes epidemic in our communities. The root causes of this disease are not fully understood but one of the risk factors includes simply having an Aboriginal background. Studies of Aboriginal populations by medical researchers have suggested that First Nation people are able to store energy from their diet more efficiently due to genetic adaptations resulting from a nomadic lifestyle that featured regular intervals of feast and famine. This adaptation gave Aboriginal people a way to deal with hardships in the past but with the introduction of a modern lifestyle, this ability has proven to be disastrous to my people. There are no more famines and mostly only feast and the intake of food for the most part is through inexpensive products with high sugar and enormous fat content. Due to our evolved metabolism we store too much of this stuff and that affects our health. Forty to 50 years ago, my people followed a very traditional lifestyle that more closely resembled life thousands of years ago. Our daily life was full of activity and a diet of wild foods, fruits and root vegetables. Today, we live in a world where we have easy access to processed foods with plenty of saturated fats and simple sugars. In addition we are now living a sedentary lifestyle at work in offices, seated for
hours in front of video screens and choosing a drive around town rather than a walk. These factors have resulted in the Aboriginal population having a rising rate of obesity and subsequently type two diabetes. There is hope for this situation. Many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations have worked independently for years to help people confront this disease. The individual efforts of these organizations have proven their worth to many people. Researchers have established much knowledge about diabetes and they have discovered that dealing with the disease is a community effort that requires the dedication and support of many. Recently, here in northern Ontario, several health related organizations came together with the idea of working in unison to confront the issue of diabetes. A friend of mine, Peggy Claveau, who is part of Wabun Health Services, a department of the Wabun Tribal Council recently informed me of an event dedicated to diabetes awareness that will take place in Timmins this coming October. Twelve local health and community organizations are producing the first ever Aboriginal Diabetes Expo to take place in Timmins on October 6 and 7 at the legendary McIntyre Arena. The expo is designed to provide an all encompassing event dedicated to diabetes and fea-
turing information on healthy eating, active living, education and awareness. The event will also feature a special key note address by international expert on diabetes, Dr. Michael Riddell from York University’s Muscle Health Research Centre. Dr. Riddell will share his knowledge on the role of stress and physical activity in diabetes prevention and control. Inspirational addresses will also be provided by guests such as Chloe Steepe, who was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 18 and went on to lead a full life of outdoor adventure and founded Connected In Motion, a diabetes education program. The Aboriginal Diabetes Expo is a free event that is open to the general public. It is a great way to share important information about a disease that is affecting all of us through family, friends and neighbours. I encourage other communities and regions to follow this example and provide similar expos right across the country. We might not be able to do much about the current influenza pandemic and so many other diseases but to a great degree diabetes can be controlled in our population. So if you don’t want to get diabetes find out as much as you can to prevent the onset of this debilitating disease and if you already have it in any form don’t lose hope as there is much you can do to manage the disease and live a long and full life.
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Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Ontario must stop breaching James Bay Treaty, problems started with Doctrine of Discovery With recent events at Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, we must challenge the legal authority of Ontario in their continual breaching of the James Bay Treaty – Treaty 9. The first step is education – for our own people plus our non-Indigenous brothers and sisters. Both parties inherited treaty rights plus treaty obligations and it is in our common interest to understand what is at stake. If the continued statement that our Aboriginal rights
emanate from God is to have value, we must protect Treaty 9 by ensuring its rightful and legal enforcement. There are fundamental flaws within the Canada Act because of its application of the Doctrine of Discovery. The Doctrine of Discovery was used by European nations to legalize and legitimate the colonization of occupied territories. This is not one specific doctrine, but rather a collection of rulings of religious and politi-
cal leaders from the time of the Romans onwards. Prior to the 1500s, there was no concept of “international law.” Rather, states worked with each other through treaties and agreements. In the 1500s, Francisco de Vitoria and Hugo Grotius developed the theoretical framework for international law. This was based on natural law, which had been described, in detail, by Aristotle. As they developed, the doctrines came to assert that the
European, Christian nations had the right to dominate nonChristian peoples. Initially, the doctrines promoted the idea that European conquerors could claim territory that was terra nullius or “empty land.” During the “Age of Discovery,” European states found that there was very little land that was truly “empty.” They developed the concept of terra incognito or “void or unused land.” This concept extended the “rights” that European nations
Breast milk: only food baby needs Laura Prodanyk Special to Wawatay News
Breast milk is the only food babies need for their first six months after birth. The World Health Organization recommends it. Health Canada recommends it. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends it. The Elders recommend it. Exclusive breastfeeding means feeding your baby only breast milk; no formula, water, rice cereal or baby food. Exclusive breastfeeding does allow for you to feed your baby expressed breastmilk, vitamins, minerals or medicine. Babies and moms who breastfeed and give nothing else for the first six months receive additional health benefits. These benefits include protection for the baby against stomach illness and for the mother a longer time before her period returns and help to lose weight after the baby is born. Your breast milk is the natural first food for babies and has everything your baby needs for the first 6 months. Regular use of formula and pacifiers can stop the benefits by breaking the natural cycle of breastfeeding. For generations women trusted breastmilk to provide all the nutrients babies needed. Trust that you can breastfeed too. If you need to be away from your baby, leave bottles of pumped or hand expressed milk. Breastfeeding saves money. The cost of feeding a baby powdered formula for one year in Thunder Bay is $1339.20. Costs are significantly higher in remote First Nation communi-
ties. This does not include the cost of bottles, nipples, and cleaning items needed for feeding infant formula. What could you buy with the money you save? High Chair $80 Car Seat (birth-40lbs) $100 Crib $ 200 Baby swing $ 70 Changing Table $140 Stereo $ 200 Babysitting ($ 5/hr) Exersaucer $60 Groceries for a family of 4 (1 month) $572.60 Mothers often ask when should my baby start eating solid foods? Around six months of age your baby is ready for solid foods. By then, the baby’s stomach is more grown up and can handle more complex food. Start by offering foods that are high in iron, vitamins and minerals while still continuing to breastfeed. Your baby will breastfeed less when it starts solids. Your health care provider may also suggest that your breastfed baby take 400 IU daily of vitamin D until they are one year old or until they are getting enough vitamin D in their diet. Some signs that your baby is ready for something more than breast milk are when he or she: • is six months old and is showing signs he is ready for solids; • can sit up with some support; • can hold his head up without help; • is interested when others are eating; • follows food with his eyes; • opens his mouth wide when he sees food coming, and;
• your breastfed baby is still hungry even with increased nursing over four or five days. Breastfeeding has kept Aboriginal people and traditions strong since the beginning of time. Breastfeeding creates no pollution, no packaging and no waste. It is good for mom. It is good for baby. It is good for Mother Earth. Isn’t it great that breastfeeding is the only food needed for the first six months? If you have questions about breastfeeding contact these community resources. • Aboriginal Healthy Babies/ Healthy Children programs in NAN First Nation communities • Thunder Bay District
Health Unit 625-5972 • Breastfeeding Clinic 6255916 • Maternity Centre Support Services 684-6228 • La Leche League 346-8477 • visit www.tbdhu.com • www.llli.org or www. infactcanada.ca • www.motherrisk.org for questions about taking medications/alcohol/drugs while breastfeeding. Laura Prodanyk, RN, HBScN Public Health Nurse Family Health Thunder Bay District Health Unit
had to claim territory; they could now claim land that was not properly cultivated. The European nations were, of course, charged with determining what proper cultivation meant. These “explorers” applied their standards of living to the “new world,” and in most cases, the manner in which “discovered” peoples lived was found to be lacking. Where inhabitants had no fixed residences, but roamed like “wild beasts in a forest,”
European states could claim territory and sovereignty over all the peoples who lived there. There will be an open forum on Wawatay Radio on Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct 23. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This open forum is provided for the people in our communities and is intended to generate discussions on what Indigenous Sovereignty means. Mike Morris Kitchenumaykoosib Inninuwug
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Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Babies: born to be breastfed Wendy Trylinski
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reastfeeding has kept our people and traditions strong since the beginning of time. Breastfed babies are less likely to have: ear infections, diarrhea, colds and flus. Breastfed babies may be less likely to become obese. Research shows that obesity is part of the reason that many of our people suffer from type 2 diabetes. Is breastfeeding easy? • Once breastfeeding is established, it is easy. Breastfeeding is natural, but you, your body and the baby may need time to get adjusted. • Breastfeeding makes you part of a miracle that you can share with your baby. Breastfeeding is not painful, although your nipples may be sensitive at first. • Since before anyone can remember, women have made enough breast milk for their children, often for more than one child at a time. Villages, communities, and entire nations have thrived and grown strong from mother’s milk. Trust your body, you will have enough.
• You are giving your baby a gift that only you can give. We are here today because our ancestors breastfed. All of our great leaders were breastfed. Our ability to breastfeed has not changed. You can do this. • Being a mother is a new journey with each baby. It is normal to worry a little and wonder. Talking to an Elder, friend, mother, or aunt can help you begin this most sacred passage into motherhood. • Nurture yourself as you would nurture your baby. Be patient with yourself as you and your baby learn together. There are many good reasons to breastfeed your baby. Breast milk is the ideal food for babies. It provides superior nutrition for optimum growth of your baby. Breast milk provides adequate water for hydration. Breast milk is easily digested by babies. Breast milk contains substances that provide your baby with natural protection against infections and allergies. The baby is close to the mother’s body when feeding. This special closeness helps build a secure and loving relationship. Breastfed babies are less
likely to experience ear infections, vomiting and diarrhea. Breastfeeding encourages a normal weight gain for your baby. Breast milk is always available when your baby needs it. It is clean, fresh and at the right temperature. Once breastfeeding is established it takes much less effort than bottle-feeding. You can save hours of formula preparation and lots of money. Breastfeeding uses up some extra fat stores that are gained during pregnancy. Nursing mothers will find it easier to return to their normal weight. Hormones are secreted in the mother’s body during nursing which helps the uterus return to its normal size a lot sooner. The sucking develops and strengthens the muscles of the baby’s cheeks, tongue and throat, which will be used later for speaking. Sucking helps in the proper development of the baby’s jaw and facial structures. Breast-feeding gives you a time to relax. Breast-feeding is an important part of a woman’s reproductive experience. Women who breast-feed are less likely to develop breast and
ovarian cancer. Mothers often ask what foods do they need to eat while they are breastfeeding? The answer is simple: the same kinds of healthy foods you ate during your pregnancy are ideal to eat while breastfeeding. If you notice that your baby is fussy after you eat certain foods, avoid them and then try eating them again several weeks later. There are no foods that need to be avoided, unless it is part of your tradition or customs to do so. If you drink coffee, one or two cups a day is usually OK. If you drink several cans of soda with caffeine or several ounces of chocolate, it will probably not bother the baby, either. But, if you notice your baby is sleeping less and seems fussy, try cutting back on foods and beverages that have caffeine. If you do not eat well, your milk will still be good. Your body will adjust to make sure your baby’s milk supply is protected. But drinking alcohol will affect your child. Alcohol consumed by a mother readily passes into her breastmilk at concentrations
similar to those found in her bloodstream. Adverse effects of alcohol on nursing infants exposed to only moderate levels include: impaired motor development, changes in sleep patterns, decrease in milk intake and risk of hypoglycemia. How long should I breastfeed? The longer a mom and baby breastfeeds, the greater the benefits are for both mom and baby. Exclusive breastfeeding for six months before introducing solid foods gives you and your baby the most benefits. Every time you breastfeed, you give the gift of life. Traditionally, our babies were kept healthy by breastfeeding over a year. Breastfeeding is such an important part of a healthy start that the goal of the World Health Organization is for all babies to receive only breast milk for the first six months. Ideally, babies should receive breast milk through their first year of life. Although our lives are different from our greatgrandparents, our babies can be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months. I have diabetes, can I still breastfeed? Yes! Breastfeeding is espe-
cially important for families with diabetes. If you have diabetes while you are pregnant, your baby may have an even greater risk of developing diabetes early in life. Breastfeeding will help lower your baby’s risk of becoming diabetic. Breastfeeding helps you too. Your blood sugars will be lower and you may lose weight. Your milk will be fine, even if your blood sugars are high. It will be important to let your diabetes health care provider know that you are breastfeeding We can help our families to choose breastfeeding by sharing information about the benefits of mother’s milk and by encouraging new families as they learn about breastfeeding. As our families pass the gift and wisdom of mother’s milk to their children and families; our leaders, communities and futures will be stronger and healthier.
Wendy Trylinski Community Program Manager Nishnawbe Aski Nation 710 Victoria Ave., East Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5M9 Tel: 807-625-4931 Fax: 807-623-7730 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pension plan retirement funds can influence life Gord Keesic YOUR MONEY MATTERS
ost people contribute to a pension plan whether it is through an employer or through the government via the Canada Pension Plan. What many people don’t know is that at retirement, what happens to their money can greatly influence the course of their retirement and
the flexibility they have with their retirement savings. If you contribute to a pension plan, it is very important for you to know what options are available to you from your pension plan provider. It is also important to know what type of pension plan you are a part of because this can directly affect your retirement planning. For the most part, it is almost always advisable for employees to contribute to their company pension plan for the simple reason that most companies will match what the employee contributes, effectively doubling
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the amount contributed. Defined Benefit Plans – This type of plan guarantees that retirement benefits will be paid to the retiree for the remainder of his or her life and most plans will pay the surviving spouse sixty per cent of the retirement benefits. Retirement benefits for DB plans are calculated by a formula. For example, under a final average formula, a retiree may be paid ninety per cent of the last five years of earnings throughout retirement. These types of plans are very popular for workers because of the lifetime guarantee and because benefits can be calculated before retirement, but are becoming increasingly less popular with companies. From their perspective, the pension obligations to the retirees are a long-term expense. As people live longer, the expense becomes an onerous obligation upon the company and minimizes company profits. Defined Contribution Plans – This type of pension plan is also known as a Money Purchase plan. In a DC plan, retirement
benefits are not known, unlike a DB plan. There is no formula to determine what the retirement benefits will be. Rather, the amount that a retiree can expect is very dependent on how much money has been invested and the performance of the investments. In this case, the investment choices figure prominently in the type of retirement the retiree can look for ward to. In this type of plan, there is generally no lifetime guarantee. There are basically three options for people who contribute to a DC plan when they retire. The first option is to take the market value of the investments in their pension account, the value may be in the hundreds of thousands, and purchase an annuity. Annuities are insurance products that provide a guarantee of income for a certain period of time and are available from major insurance companies. As with all financial products, not all annuities are created equally. I prefer annuities that are indexed to inflation and that provide a lifetime
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like a LRIF except that when the retiree turns eighty years of age, the money remaining in the LIF must be used to purchase a life annuity. It is very important to get advice as to which of these retirement options is right for you several months before you retire. Make sure that you understand the pros and cons of each of the retirement options listed above. Only then can you choose the option that is right for you. 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. Insurance products are offered through RBC DS Financial Services Inc., a subsidiary of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. When providing life insurance products, Investment Advisors are acting as Insurance Representatives of RBC DS Financial Services Inc.
Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Sioux hostel will incorporate cultural values in services Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
Cultural values and ideals are being incorporated into the new Sioux Lookout Hostel. Darryl Quedent, director of client services, gave a tour of the hostel currently being constructed. “There are four grandfather rocks that are the focal point of when you first drive into the health village. Those grandfather rocks signify the four directions – east, south, west and north.” There will be a commemorative plaque of the four partners to the hostel. These are the federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as Nishnawbe Aski Nation, representing 34 First Nations who have signed the partnership agreement. Quedent said, “The public is quite impressed with what they’ve seen so far and are very excited about actually using the facility.” One cannot help but notice the large round structure atop the building. It is a hand drum, and eventually, there will be a drumstick constructed upon it. “A drum was one of the details when we looked at the initial design,” said Quedent. From a top aerial view, one will eventually be able to see that the Hostel will look like an eagle. “You will see that once the building is complete, you will get that visual effect,” said Quedent. Within the hostel itself, the elements of the four directions are again present. Each of the four wings within
the hostel re-present an animal totem. There will be the wolf wing, the rabbit wing, the bear wing, and an eagle wing. A large teepee will grace the front entrance that all visitors will walk through. Within the main lobby, there are 13 steel poles that re-represent the 13 moons. The new facility will have 100 beds available.
“We are anticipating we will have 100 clients per night.” – Darryl Quedent
Quedent said, “We got 46 double rooms with queen beds, 10 single rooms that will have queen beds, and we have 2 family suites for allowances of greater than 4…we can fit 6 to 8 in those rooms.” “We are anticipating we will have 100 clients per night. It depends on the combinations we get in.” The hostel will have a domestic kitchen so that individuals can do light cooking, such as when a care package is sent from back home containing moose meat, or other food. The maximum stay for clients will be 90 days, as long as there is pre-approval from Health Canada. After 90 days, the client will have to be integrated into the community. Quedent said, “It will be a home away from home.” June 2010 is the anticipated completion date for the hostel.
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Construction is well under way at the new Sioux Lookout Hostel. Project planners hope to have the new building completed by June 2010.
Notice of Commencement of Environmental Assessment Musselwhite Mine – Main Power Supply Goldcorp Canada Ltd. Goldcorp Canada Ltd. is beginning an environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act to install up to 15 MW of diesel generation at its Musselwhite Mine, located approximately 480 km northwest of Thunder Bay. Recent exploration at the mine has confirmed additional mineral reserves giving reason to extend the current estimated life of the mine from 2017 to 2028. As part of the planned extension of the mine’s operating life, Goldcorp needs to provide an additional power supply to the mine for increasing ventilation requirements in support of advancing underground mining activities in order to maintain the existing mine production rate. Additional power will also be required in the event shaft construction goes ahead. The Process In April 2009, the Minister of the Environment approved the Terms of Reference for the proposed Musselwhite Mine Main Power Supply. A copy of the approved terms of reference is available by visiting our website (http://www.public-participation.ca/MUSSEL002.htm) or physical copies may be viewed at the following review locations during regular business hours: Goldcorp Canada Ltd. Musselwhite Mine Environmental Office Contact: Adele Faubert, Manager of Aboriginal Affairs Phone: (807) 928-2200 ext. 6217
Ministry of the Environment Thunder Bay District Office 3rd Floor, Suite 331 435 James St. S. Thunder Bay, ON Phone: (807) 475-1315 / 1-800-875-7772
Thunder Bay Public Library Waverly Resource Library 285 Red River Road Thunder Bay, ON Phone: (807) 345-8275
Ministry of the Environment Kenora Area Office 808 Robertson Street Kenora, ON Phone: (807) 468-2718 Toll Free within Area Code 807: 1-888-367-2735
Township of Pickle Lake 2 Anne St., Pickle Lake ON P0V 3A0 Phone: (807) 928-2034
Mishkeegogamang First Nation Band Office 1 First Nation Street Mishkeegogamang, Ontario P0V 2H0 Phone: (807) 928-2414 Toll-free: 1-877-528-2414
This study will be carried out according to the approved Terms of Reference and the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. Results from this study will be documented in an environmental assessment, which will be submitted to the ministry for a review. Upon completion of the study the results will be documented in an environmental assessment report, which will available for public review. At that time, the public and other interested persons will be informed when and where the environmental assessment can be reviewed. Consultation Members of the public, agencies and other interested persons are encouraged to actively participate in the planning process of this undertaking by attending consultation opportunities or contacting staff directly with information, comments or questions. Consultation opportunities are planned throughout the planning process and will be advertised within local First Nation communities and can be viewed at http://www.publicparticipation.ca/MUSSEL002.htm If you would like to be added to our project mailing list or have project-related questions, please contact: Adele Faubert Manager of Aboriginal Affairs Musselwhite Mine, Goldcorp Canada Ltd. P.O. Box 7500 STN P Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 6S8 Tel: 807-928-2200 x 6217 Fax: 807-928-2067 E-mail: Adele.Faubert@goldcorp.com Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will become part of the public record files for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.
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Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Education forum held in Nigigoonsiminikaaning Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
When it comes to the education of First Nations’ children, there are many hard issues that are faced by the First Nation community. Sadly, according to participants of a recent education conference, there are only a few solutions to those hardships. Chiefs, councillors, Elders and educational administrators gathered at Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation Sept. 22-23 to explore solutions to increase First Nation students’ success in school. The forum ‘Presenting Options for Treaty #3 Education’ was held in the Round House. Traditional values were
incorporated into the forum; which included a pipe ceremony, smudging, a youth drum group, and an Elder welcoming address. The forum was an opportunity for all participants to freely express the issues each First Nation is experiencing, and remedies to meet students’ educational needs. At the onset, Brian Perrault from Couchiching, an Indian and Northern Affairs Canada employee, said he was asked to attend the forum as a delegate of INAC and to report back. Perrault expressed his disappointment at the lack of proper federal representation. “This is an important issue for Treaty #3. The people of INAC who deal with education ought to be here. I don’t deal with any
education.” Perrault said there was no reason offered by INAC representatives on why they could not attend the forum. Without any federal or provincial representation, the participants continued to provide comments to Marlene Starr, a Researcher hired by Treaty #3. Starr presented a report to the group on the first day of the forum. On day 2, she sought recommendations. “Children and youth in the Treaty #3 area are not learning enough about their culture, their history, their traditions and their language.” (Source: Grand Treaty #3 Bulletin) It was also reported that First Nations’ children are unable to achieve their potential due to systemic and possible geo-
graphic barriers. The barriers expressed during the forum were: a lack of action or movement, a lack of effective leadership, and language and culture loss. Jim Green of Shoal Lake #39 commented, “Twenty years ago, we talked about this. We have missed out on two generations of children.” He posed the question, “What is doable today?” With regard to lack of leadership, some participants felt that moving forward as a grassroots organization would be the way to make progress. “When we talk about education for our nation, we develop a grassroots organization for the grassroots movement. That way, they hear about our group and our accomplishments,” said
REVIEW OF LONG TERM MANAGEMENT DIRECTION LAC SEUL FOREST 2011-2021 FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN
Joanne Moore of Waubaskang First Nation. Jason Jones of Nigigoonsiminikaaning felt that there was too much dependence upon chief and council to get things done. “Let’s take it upon ourselves to move forward.” There was general consensus that First Nations’ children need more language and cultural values, with increased involvement by parents. Bill Fobister of Grassy Narrows said: “I think for this to work, we need to start at home. I seldom hear our grand kids speaking the language. There is one hour, twice a week language instruction in this community. It is a start, but we have to practice within our home.” Starr summarized the recommendations that were brought
Two Feathers environmental assessment approved James Thom Wawatay News
We Need Your Input Do you… x x x
Have an interest in the natural resource management in the Lac Seul Forest? Want to know more about the proposed long-term management direction in the Lac Seul Forest? Want to take an active role in the planning process and development of the Lac Seul Forest Management Plan?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), McKenzie Forest Products Inc.(MFP), and the Sioux Lookout Local Citizens Committee (LCC) invite you to review the proposed long-term management direction for the 2011-2021 forest management plan (FMP) for the Lac Seul Forest. The proposed long-term management direction includes the proposed management strategy, which will provide for sustainability of the Lac Seul Forest by balancing social, economic and environmental considerations, consistent with legislation and policy. You will have the opportunity to review and comment on: x x x
Levels of access, harvest, renewal and tending activities; Preferred harvest areas and areas which could be reasonably harvested during the ten-year term of the plan; The analysis done of alternative corridors for each new primary road for the next twenty years.
Your comments and input will help us develop balanced and well informed decisions as we continue with the planning process. Any additional background information that you can provide us with would be greatly appreciated. How to Get Involved A summary of the long-term management direction, which includes a map summarizing proposed harvest areas and primary road corridors, has been prepared and is available for review on request. As well, “value maps”, which provide information such as fish and wildlife habitat features (e.g., lake trout lakes, heronries), parks and protected areas, tourism facilities as well as many other features on the Lac Seul Forest are available on request. Comments on the proposed long-term management direction for the Lac Seul Forest must be received by Arne Saari of the planning team at the Ministry of Natural Resources Sioux Lookout District Office, by November 02, 2009.
The plan is being prepared by the following planning team members: Alan Brailsford, R.P.F., Author, Green Forest Management Inc. (GFM) Glen Niznowski, R.P.F., Co-Chair, Project Manager (MNR) Ken O’Driscoll, Co-Chair, Buchanan Woodlands Inc (BW) Tim Harapiak, Analyst (GFM) Amy Smart, R.P.F., Analyst (MNR) Michelle Robinson, Biologist (MNR) Danielle Berube, SAR Biologist (MNR) Arne Saari, Forester (MNR) John Carnochan, District Planner (MNR) Michelle Glena, Liaison Specialist (MNR) Bob Starratt, LCC Chris Angeconeb, Lac Seul First Nation Loraine Crane, Slate Falls First Nation
forward: • To have our own resource centre • To have our own educational authority to do student assessments • To develop curriculum that incorporates traditional teachings • To have professional development for educators • To have an accredited program • To have a database for language teachers The education forum participants were in consensus that the time for action is now. The report completed by Marlene Starr will be taken to the Ogitchidaa-Kwe Diane Kelly to present at the Grand Council Treaty #3 Chiefs Assembly in mid-October at Grassy Narrows.
Two Feathers Forest Products has reached a business milestone. The company’s environmental assessment – which was submitted July 14 – was approved by the federal government last week, Two Feathers wrote in a release Sept. 25. “Our partner communities and the TFFP team are very happy to see the EA approved,” said Terry Favelle, president of Two Feather Forest Products. “This approval is yet more evidence of the strength of the project.” Public open houses were held in May and June. Open houses were held in each of the three partner First Nations (Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Pikangikum First Nation and Eagle Lake First Nation) and in adjacent communities including Dryden, Balmertown and Vermilion Bay. The EA report’s authors, Stantec Consulting Ltd., and other project staff attended each session, answering questions and educating the public about both the EA process and specifics of the TFFP project, he said. The project is a partnership involving Wabigoon Lake, Pikangikum, Eagle Lake and Finnish-based Wood Tech
Group Canada. The partnership plans to build a value-added forest product facility in the municipality of Red Lake and Eagle Lake. The Red Lake site will house log sorting, milling, and chipping facilities, as well as a 9.9MW biomass cogeneration facility to generate electricity for sale into the Ontario power grid, Favelle explained.
“This approval is yet more evidence of the strength of the project.” – Terry Favelle
Wood processed at the Red Lake site will be shipped by truck to the Eagle Lake facility. That site will include a planer mill and assembly facilities for the construction of pre-fabricated buildings and other valueadded components for distribution to the Asian and European markets. “On behalf of the TFFP team, I wish to thank the many people who have worked to ensure the successful approval of the EA,” he said. “This approval provides further acknowledgement of the benefits for the First Nations communities and our neighbours.”
The planning team members, the Ministry of Natural Resources District Manager and the LCC are available during the planning process to meet and discuss your interests and concerns. A formal issue resolution process, as described in the Forest Management Planning Manual (2004), can be initiated upon written request. A summary of all comments collected throughout the planning process will be made available to the public in a summary form during the planning process and for the duration of the approved ten-year plan. Stay Involved In addition to this opportunity to review, there are three other formal opportunities for you to be involved, tentatively scheduled as follows: Information Centre: Review of Proposed Operations Information Centre: Review of the Draft Forest Management Plan Inspection of Ministry of Natural Resources-Approved Forest Management Plan
January 13, 2010 June 30, 2010 December 15, 2010
If you would like to be added to a mailing list to be notified of public involvement opportunities, please contact Brad Bowen at 807-737-5055. The general information regarding the FMP process as well as the information described in this notice, will be available at the McKenzie Forest Products office and at the Ministry of Natural Resources office during normal office hours for a period of thirty (30) days (October 02, 2009 to November 01, 2009). As well, an appointment with the ministry’s Sioux Lookout District Manager or with a planning team member during non-business hours may be made by calling 807-737-5053. For more information, please contact:
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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 Glen Niznowski at 807-737-5037.
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Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Pikangikum’s cultural landscape on display Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
Fire, caribou and sturgeon— these were the Elders teachings that governed the paintings of Anishinaabe artist Mario Peters, who hails from Pikangikum. A grand opening of the art exhibit featuring Peters’ work was held Sept. 22 at the Red Lake Heritage Centre in Red Lake, Ont. The exhibit, titled ‘Building Cross-Cultural Understanding of the Pikangikum Cultural Landscape’ was based on Peters’ depiction of teachings he received from Pikangikum Elders. The Elders have been working in a collaborative effort with staff from the White Forest Management Corporation, Ontario Parks branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the University of Manitoba to pass on Anishinaabe Law teachings. Elder Oliver Hill was chosen to represent Pikangikum as the liaison Elder. “We begin to have dialogue with MNR,” Hill said. “We had our knowledge. We had an understanding of the land. We bring these two understandings together. “It was one of the female Elders of Pikangikum who suggested we should bring the two understandings together. If we create balance, for sure, this process is going to work.” The teachings the Elders shared is known as Anishinaabe Law and it has been passed down for many generations. “The knowledge that our fathers gave us, we stored in our hearts as we were growing up,” Elder Gideon Peters said, “None of these teachings were ever on paper in written form. How our
people preserved the Anishinaabe law is in our hearts.” The sharing of the Anishinaabe Law will be beneficial in the land use planning process Pikangikum has with White Forest. Pikangikum’s Paddy Peters is the land-use planning co-ordinator for the partnership initiative. Peters said the land use planning process began in 1996. The name ‘Cheekahnahwaydahmungk Keetahkeemeenaan’ was chosen for the project. The translation means ‘Keeping the Land.’
“If we create balance, for sure, this process is going to work.” – Oliver Hill
“This teaching is passed on from generation to generation to keep preserving the land we are living on,” Peters said. “It’s like a present…this box was given to you. It’s really interesting what you find, what you want to know, what you want to understand. There’s a lot of interesting things the Elders will teach.” Fire is one of the natural elements that researchers were keen on learning about from the Anishinaabe world view. There are three kinds of fires that Pikangikum Elders recognize: • Thunderbird fire (beehnaysee eshkotay) or lightning • Electricity (wayhmeeteegoosheh eshkotay) • Fires lit by people (Anishinaabe eshkotay) Beehnaysee eshkotay is considered a hard fire. This fire can cause electrocution resulting in
death. Wayhmeeteegoosheh eshkotay is also a hard fire. These are the power lines that the Whiteman has created. Electrocution will cause death. Anishinaabe eshkotay is a soft fire. It will go out once water is poured upon it. The Elders teachings of eshkotay have also been shared with staff from the forest firefighting sector. Doug Gilmore is the park superintendent of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. “Through my ears being open, I started to understand what I was missing,” he said. “The cultural management was missing. There wasn’t a balance at the time. With the enhanced cultural understanding between the two nations, Gilmore said, “We are going to have a better managed park.” Andrew Miller, a PhD student at the University of Manitoba, Natural Resources Institute, is one of the researchers. “When we talk to Pikangikum Elders, everything they say is important,” Miller said. “The words really travel. “They are teaching us life lessons, beliefs and skills, and the teachings have focus—be very careful about choosing your actions.” Because they care for the land, their people, and their culture, the Elders are very happy to share their knowledge, their teachings, and their world views to the outside world. Said Gideon Peters: “In our work with the MNR, we never had any major debates. We established a good working relationship.” The exhibit will continue at the Red Lake Heritage Centre until Oct. 30.
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John Paul Kejick of Lac Seul First Nation attended the grand opening of the Pikangikum Cultural Landscape art exhibit at the Red Lake Heritage Centre.
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New bridge connects land and communities
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TOP: Kejick Bay community members gathered at the new bridge Sept. 25. Lac Seul’s Kejick Bay community held a series of events and activities Sept. 23-25 to celebrate the grand opening of the Kejick Bay bridge which will connect the community to the mainland. MIDDLE LEFT: Ida Brisket tries to catch a water balloon during a water balloon tossing contest. Sam Manitowabi and Darlene Binguis participate in the potato dance contest. MIDDLE RIGHT: Ida Brisket gets her face covered in pudding during a blindfolded pudding eating contest, where the person blindfolded had to feed their partner pudding. RIGHT BOTTOM: Sam Manitowabi and Darlene Binguis participate in the potato dance contest.
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Better solutions to housing problem needed: Attawapiskat siblings Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
It’s been more than two months since flooding damaged several homes in Attawapiskat. Since that time, some families have left to live in hotels outside the community. Others have moved into storage sheds or whatever other space they can find. The flood occurred July 17 and saw eight families evacuated from their homes on account of sewer flooding in their basements. Janine Kataquapit, and her sister Rose Koostachin saw their parents’ home damaged by the flood. “Our mom Suzanne Kataquapit is 70 years old. She was in one of the homes that were left
homeless along with our father, Alex Kataquapit, who is 76 years old,” said Kataquapit. “My mom lives two houses away from the sewage pump. “She was sleeping in the basement around 3 p.m. My mom and brother’s bedrooms were in the basement. My dad came downstairs and saw what was happening. “My mom had a heater plugged in when the water was rising fast.” Janine is very thankful her mom was not electrocuted when the flooding happened. Her father was injured when he fell in the basement saving his wife. The water rose nearly three metres because the pump didn’t work. “My brother and his friend
had to put a hole in the wall to drain the house. They didn’t realize it was sewage water,” Janine said. “They stayed two and a half weeks living with the stench. Because of health and safety reasons, my parents and brother moved to a temporary shelter.” They cleared out an old shed. “We asked the band for help. So tent frames were built,” Janine said. “My mom went to the bush to seek solitude. While there, she accidentally shot herself in the arm. She paddled for six hours back.” She was hospitalized for a few days, and then returned to the community. “My mom went back to this tent after her wound. She didn’t have proper running water at
all. It really hurt a lot.” The Kataquapit’s will be eligible for homecare Oct. 5. Rose Koostachin shared similar stories in Attawapiskat of despair, abandonment and pain.
“My mom went to the bush to seek solitude.” – Janine Kataquapit
Numerous other families also live in dire third world conditions. The tent frames constructed are a band-aid solution to major housing problems, she said. The tent frames are 16 feet by 20 feet in size.
Those shelters lack any insulation of the floor, the walls or the roofs, she said. Plastic tarps keep the interior of the tent frames dry. Evacuees now rely on wood stoves for heating and cooking. There are temporary hydro hookups in the tent frames. Outhouses have been constructed. Many of the families that live in these makeshift dwellings have health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure, according to the families. There is a family with a young child living in one of the tent frames. Four families have to live in an isolated healing lodge with no telephone services. There is great concern what would happen if someone there becomes
ill or injured with a lack of vital telecommunication services. The children at the healing lodge have no toys to play with. Water rations must be adhered to. The stress on community members is mounting, which leads to more instances of domestic violence, the women said. With the cold weather approaching, community members are anxious to find suitable housing for the evacuated families. Donations of heave-weight canvas, tarps, blankets, winter clothing and childrens’ toys would be appreciated. Visit website http://www. facebook.com/blueskywoman. cree to make a donation.
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Juno award winning musician Gary Fjellgaard performed with special guests Saskia and Darrel at the Royal Canadian Legion in Sioux Lookout Sept. 25. Garnet Angeconeb, on behalf of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation presented Fjellgarrd with a blanket to thank him for writing and performing his song “I Apologize” which reflects on the residential schools system in Canada.
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Racist graffiti found Sept. 23 on Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School was reported to Thunder Bay Police Services gang unit and will be removed once police have completed their investigation. “It was disheartening, disturbing,” said DFC vice-principal Jonathan Kakegamic. “It just reminds us that racism does exist.”
Notice of Commencement of Terms of Reference Detour Lake Permanent Power Project Detour Gold Canada Corporation The Detour Gold Corporation has initiated a study under the Environmental Assessment Act to install a transmission line to provide power to support the construction and operation of the Detour Lake Project. The Detour Lake Project is a proposed open pit gold mine with related processing facilities and infrastructure, to be developed northeast of Cochrane, Ontario at the location of a previously operating mine. The Project is anticipated to be a signicant contributor to the local economy. Consultation on the Detour Lake Project was initiated in 2007. The Process This study will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. The rst step in the process is the preparation of a Terms of Reference. A draft Terms of Reference has been prepared for public comment and sets out the proponent’s framework and work plan for addressing the Environmental Assessment Act requirements when preparing the environmental assessment, including such things as the public consultation activities that will be carried out. A nal Terms of Reference will also be issued for public comment, taking into account the comments received on the draft. If approved by the Minister, the nal Terms of Reference will provide the framework and requirements for the preparation of the environmental assessment. This Environmental Assessment process for approval of the main power supply is one of several environmental assessment processes required to be completed for the Detour Lake Project to be approved. While these are separate approvals for different components of the mine development, Detour Gold Corporation will coordinate public consultation opportunities wherever possible. Consultation Members of the public, agencies and other interested persons are encouraged to actively participate in the planning process by attending consultation opportunities or contacting staff directly with comments or questions. Consultation opportunities are proposed throughout the planning process, including this opportunity to provide comments on the draft Terms of Reference, and all consultation events will be advertised in Cochrane and the local First Nation Reserves. You may inspect the draft Terms of Reference during normal business hours at the following locations: Ministry of Natural Resources 2 Third Avenue Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0 705-272-4365
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Openness about his past has helped a Whitefish Lake First Nation Elder conquer his demons and lead a straight life for the past 20 years. Brian Nootchtai, an Elder from the small community 15 minutes outside of Sudbury, Ont., was recently named one of five “Faces of Mental Illness” as part of an awareness campaign co-ordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) to be held Oct. 4-10. The goals of Mental Illness Awareness Week are to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada; to reduce negative stigma about mental illness; and to promote best practice in prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment. Despite experiencing the devastating psychological effects of sexual abuse in his youth, Nootchtai is living with a mental illness and maintaining a healthy, happy and fulfilled life. “I self-medicated myself with drugs and alcohol when I was younger to deal with my depression and anxiety,” he said. All that changed when he was named the firekeeper for his community’s inaugural powwow in 1989. “I was always aware of the traditional teachings,” he said. “I’d listen to the elders and learn from them but then I’d always turn around and drink or take drugs.” But that first night, as he was tending to the fire, his life changed. “As I was watching the fire, my compulsion and craving (for drugs and alcohol) was taken away,” Nootchtai, now 57, said. “I’m grateful it was taken away from me. “There are many people who I used to take drugs and drink with who are now dead or in jail.” Nootchtai said he’s living proof that recovery is possible. He’s come a long way from a youth who began drinking when he was three years old. “My perception of life changed when I was (abused),” he said. “I began to have a lack of trust.” That led to suicidal thoughts when he was nine and 10 years old. He struggled through his teens and adulthood but the fire sparked a will for change. “I got clean around the fire and wanted to start helping others do so,” he said. “I carried the flint and began to have sacred fires around the community. It started slowly but others began to join me.” As the crowd built up, people began to tell him he should make helping people his career. In his second year of sobriety, he enrolled in thw National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program in North Bay and has worked in the field since his graduation. He is currently Mental Health Case Worker for the North Shore Tribal Council and is committed to improving the quality of life for all Aboriginal people.
Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Buffy Sainte-Marie rocks Lakehead
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Buffy Sainte-Marie performed at Lakehead University Sept. 16. She played a variety of new and older material.
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“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” Buffy Sainte-Marie’s classic song on the plight of Native Americans was brought up by Rosie Mosquito after SainteMarie rocked Lakehead University with a variety of classic and new songs at a Celebration in Honour of Lakehead’s Friends in Support of Scholarships. “It’s really interesting, all her lyrics,” said the executive director of Oshki-Pimache-O-Win and one of about 400 people who took in Sainte-Marie’s Sept. 16 performance at the Lakehead University hangar. “She talks about the congressmen not fully understanding the issues. You could say that about the provincial and federal governments.” Mosquito said Sainte-Marie’s music is still relevant today, and called her a social justice advocate in her music and an ambassador for Aboriginal relations. “Some of her music is pretty provocative, but I think so necessary,” Mosquito said. “When she got the standing ovation at the end of her show, that said a lot. Even after all the years, she still comes across as pretty grounded. She is still pretty dynamic, she is still full of
energy.” Universal Soldier, Starwalker, Cod’ine and Cripple Creek were among her classic songs she sang during the performance; No No Keshagesh was one of her newly-released songs she sang from her new album, Running for the Drum. Fred Gilbert, president of Lakehead University, was proud to bring Sainte-Marie back to Lakehead for the celebration performance after her last appearance in 2005 to accept an Honourary Doctor of Letters. “She is just a wonderful performer,” Gilbert said. “She is an accomplished psychologist, that was demonstrated by the work she did on Sesame Street. She is also concerned about education and has brought some of her formative ideas to our faculty organization.” Gilbert noted Sainte-Marie’s Cradleboard Teaching Project, which presents curriculum and lesson plans on Native American culture, as an example of the accomplishments she has achieved in education. “It’s nice to be able to celebrate someone who is a star,” Gilbert said, stressing SainteMarie’s presence on the international stage. “And there is no question she has made very significant social
contributions.” Sainte-Marie was born on a Cree reservation in Saskatchewan and adopted and raised in Maine and Massachusetts, where she received a Ph.D. in Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts. She also holds degrees in both Oriental Philosophy and teaching. She began writing protest songs during the 1960s, including many hit songs and classics of the era which have been performed by hundreds of other artists including Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Janis Joplin, Roberta Flack, Neil Diamond, Tracy Chapman and The Boston Pops Orchestra. Until It’s Time for You to Go was recorded by Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and Cher, and Universal Soldier is recognized as the anthem of the peace movement. By the time she was 24 years old, Sainte-Marie had appeared all over Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia and received many honours, medals and awards. Gilbert said he enjoys listening to all of Sainte-Marie’s songs, including her latest songs on the Running for the Drum album as well as her classic songs. “There are so many of them, I don’t like to single them out.”
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Pikangikum building training facility James Thom Wawatay News
Pikangiukum’s population is set for training. The province of Ontario recently announced $691,000 in funding to build a training centre to prepare people for jobs in forestry, tourism and mining at a new education facility. The funding, from Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corpora-
tion, will allow for the construction of the centre which will include three classrooms and a residence for instructors. “By investing in these new training facilities, we are helping prepare young First Nation members for jobs that are expected to be created through the community’s Whitefeather Forest initiatives,” said Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development, Mines and
Forestry and chairman of the NOHFC. About 300 people will be trained under the program. The facility will also create new employment for five people, plus local construction jobs. It will be managed by Pikangikum’s Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation in collaboration with Confederation College.
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REVISION DATE: September 28,2009 JOB SUMMARY The Project Retention Counsellor is responsible for taking appropriate action to ensure participants of the two (2) employment/training projects (Wasaya Air & Health Centre) continue in their program successfully. ACCOUNTABILITY The Project Retention Counsellor is accountable to the Project Coordinator and SLAAMB’s Executive Coordinator for all processes – forecast, budgets, reports and the day to day projects matters. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Will be responsible for taking appropriate action to ensure participants of the two (2) employment/training projects (Wasaya Air & Health Centre) continue in their program successfully. 2. Provides accurate and up-to-date forecasting, recording and reporting of all project participants. 3. Will report weekly on the participants’ progress to the Project Coordinator who together are responsible for taking appropriate action to ensure participants of the two (2) employment/training projects continue in their program successfully. 4. Responsible for conducting participant evaluation activities each month – surveys and focus groups by sector. The results of these formative evaluations will be presented to the Project Coordinator. 5. Will be in regular communication with the projects mentors, training organizations and all participants. 6. Visits the First Nation communities to hold information sessions and takes part in local community radio shows to promote the projects. 7. To reach youth, communicates with First Nation High Schools (Pelican Falls, Dennis Franklin Cromarty, KIHS, Wahsa and community schools to promote the projects.
8. Perform any other related duties, as required, to ensure the efficient operation of SLAAMB or as requested by the SLAAMB Coordinator.
STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE 1. Performs job and reporting functions in an accurate and timely manner. 2. Maintains accurate and up-to-date computerized records of all transactions. 3. Ensures proper filing procedures are in place and kept up-to-date. 4. In all contacts, treats clients and the public in a professional and courteous manner. 5. Treats confidential information appropriately. 6. Works effectively with a minimum of supervision and is proactive in identifying and solving problems on his/her own. 7. Works productively and professionally as a member of
the SLAAMB team, actively participating in meetings as requested and maintaining co-operative working relationships with all SLAAMB staff and clients.
Is willing to acquire new skills and knowledge required to fulfill the position’s roles and responsibilities and sees learning and development as a part of his/her job. 9. Manages time effectively (manages workload efficiently, punctual, reliable attendance). 10. Works effectively with little supervision and makes decisions independently when appropriate. 11. Is able to adapt effectively to changes in workload or work environment. QUALIFICATIONS 1. Grade 12 education or equivalent is required. 2. A minimum of one-year proven experience performing employment and/or training counseling and all other related duties is required. 3. Ability to type 30-40 WPM and proficiency in current versions of WordPerfect and Micro Soft Word is required, as well as working with Excel Spreadsheets. 4. Must have demonstrated self confidence and managerial skills. 5. Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal. 6. Must have knowledge of and commitment to the services and programs provided by SLAAMB. 7. Must have knowledge of the people, culture and
geographic area of the Sioux Lookout Zone First Nations.
8. Ability to speak Oj-Cree, Ojibway or Cree is an asset. 9. Must live within commuting distance of Sioux Lookout. NOTE: THIS IS A CONTRACT POSITION WITH SLAAMB FROM SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 UNTIL MARCH 31, 2011. PAY UP TO $40,000/ANNUAL PLUS BENEFITS FOR EIGHTEEN (18) MONTHS. THIS POSITION WILL BE BASED IN THUNDER BAY WITHIN THE WASAYA AIR OFFICES. Closing Date: Friday, October 23, 2009 Send Resume with three (3) references (marked confidential) to: Bob Bruyere SLAAMB Coordinator Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board P.O. Box 56 Sioux Lookout, ON. P8T 1A1 We want to thank everyone for applying. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
REVISION DATE: September 28,2009 JOB SUMMARY The Project Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the proper handling of all matters of the two (2) employment/training projects (Wasaya Air & Health Centre). The Project Coordinator provides accurate and up-to-date forecasting, recording and reporting of all project participants. ACCOUNTABILITY The Project Coordinator is accountable to the Executive Coordinator for all processes – forecast, budgets, reports and the day to day projects matters. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Supervises the project staff on their duties. Assists with the projects’ quarterly/monthly narrative reports. 2. Responsible for conducting participant evaluation activities each month – surveys and focus groups by sector. The results of these formative evaluations will be presented to the Assessment Committee so they may “tweak” the project as necessary based on participant feedback. 3. Will be in regular communication with the projects mentors, training organizations and all participants. 4. Visits the First Nation communities to hold information sessions and takes part in local community radio shows to promote the projects. 5.To reach youth, communicates with First Nation High Schools (Pelican Falls, Dennis Franklin Cromarty, KIHS, Wahsa and community schools to promote the projects.
6. Ensure proper filing procedures are in place and kept up-to-date and verifies that all contract documents are signed by the proper designated signers. 7. Perform any other related duties, as required, to ensure the efficient operation of SLAAMB or as requested by the SLAAMB Coordinator. STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE 1. Performs job and reporting functions in an accurate and timely manner. 2. Maintains accurate and up-to-date computerized records of all transactions. 3. Ensures proper filing procedures are in place and kept up-to-date. 4. In all contacts, treats clients and the public in a professional and courteous manner. 5. Treats confidential information appropriately. 6. Works effectively with a minimum of supervision and is proactive in identifying and solving problems on his/her own. 7. Works productively and professionally as a member of
the SLAAMB team, actively participating in meetings as requested and maintaining co-operative working relationships with all SLAAMB staff and clients. Is willing to acquire new skills and knowledge required to fulfill the position’s roles and responsibilities and sees learning and development as a part of his/her job.
Manages time effectively (manages workload efficiently, punctual, reliable attendance). 10. Works effectively with little supervision and makes decisions independently when appropriate. 11. Is able to adapt effectively to changes in workload or work environment. QUALIFICATIONS 1. Grade 12 education or equivalent is required. 2. Must have some financial background and experience with government accounting systems. 3. Must have experience doing financial forecasting (preparation of budgets and cashflows). 4. A minimum of one-year proven experience performing project coordination and all other related duties is required. 5. Ability to type 30-40 WPM and proficiency in current 6. 7. 8. 9.
versions of WordPerfect and Micro Soft Word is required, as well as working with Excel Spreadsheets.
Must have demonstrated self confidence, administration and managerial skills. Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Must have knowledge of and commitment to the services and programs provided by SLAAMB. Must have knowledge of the people, culture and geographic area of the Sioux Lookout Zone First Nations.
10. Ability to speak Oj-Cree, Ojibway or Cree is an asset. 11. Must live within commuting distance of Sioux Lookout.
NOTE: THIS IS A CONTRACT POSITION WITH SLAAMB FROM SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 UNTIL MARCH 31, 2011. PAY UP TO $42,000/ANNUAL PLUS BENEFITS FOR EIGHTEEN (18) MONTHS.
Wasaya wants to pick up where NONTA left off from page 1 These include about 90 per cent of the camps in Wasaya communities and Wasaya is also talking with a number of other camp operators.
“We will be assessing more of the camps to look at the shape of their equipment and cabins.” – Tom Kamenawatamin
“We are assessing some of the camps,” Kamenawatamin said. “We will be assessing more of the camps to look at the shape of their equipment and cabins. Some might need to be renovated and upgraded. (We’re) trying to put a cost to that.” Kamenawatamin said Wasaya is looking to substantially increase the annual number of tourists from what NONTA used to bring in.
“The numbers we are aiming for is 1,000 tourists,” Kamenawatamin said. “We feel we can accomplish that. Wasaya is in a good position to pick up from where NONTA left off and improve on that. One of the reasons we feel confident is Wasaya has the right equipment.” Kamenawatamin said one of the goals of the new business plan is to increase profit margins for the camp operators. “They like our one stop shop,” Kamenawatamin said. “We have everything to make it work.” Kamenawatamin said Wasaya used to fly some of NONTA’s tourist customers up to the tourist camps in their service communities before NONTA folded operations. “Some of them would drive to Thunder Bay and we would fly them out at 5 a.m. to the camps so they were fishing by 9 a.m.,” Kamenawatamin said. “They would drive all night. We took off at 5 a.m., and there was a float plane waiting for them to drop them off at their fishing camp.”
Windigo First Nations Council
TECHNICAL UNIT Position: Project Coordinator Location: Sioux Lookout Salary: Based on Qualifications Employment is for a full time 1 year contract position with the potential for renewal.
GENERAL DUTIES: - Reports to the Technical Unit Manager. - Works with and among other Tech Unit staff. - Assists other Tech Unit staff in specified project tasks.
- Provides technical support to Windigo First Nations on projects as assigned. - Prepares reports, applications and correspondence related to assigned projects on behalf of WTU and First Nation. - Assists First Nations in working with consultants and governments on projects as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: - Post-Secondary School graduate from a recognized College or University. - Graduate of a technical discipline considered an asset.
- Excellent English oral, written and communication skills an asset, - Experienced in the use of computer programs (Microsoft Windows, WORD, EXCEL, etc) - Knowledge of office procedures and experienced in the use of office equipment, - Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task is essential and considered an asset, - Ability to travel in small aircraft is a requirement.
Closing Date: Friday, October 23, 2009
Please submit your resume and three references no later than Friday Oct. 30th, 4 PM, to:
Send Resume with three (3) references (marked confidential) to: Bob Bruyere SLAAMB Coordinator Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board P.O. Box 56 Sioux Lookout, ON. P8T 1A1
Richard Habinski, P.Eng. Tech Unit Manager Windigo First Nations Council Box 299 Sioux Lookout, ON Or by e-mail: P8T 1A3 email@example.com
We want to thank everyone for applying. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (FULL TIME)
POSITION SUMMARY: Slate Falls Nation requires a Drug and Alcohol worker to provide counselling, education, promote awareness and recommend treatment options, aftercare for individuals and families struggling with drugs, substance and alcohol abuse. The worker will design community programs to assist individuals in direct intervention with alcohol and drug abuse. This position will be located in Slate Falls Nation. The Successful applicant must be available to relocate to Slate Falls Nation. MAIN DUTIES: • Prepare Annual community education awareness promotion goals and objectives • Develop and design intervention measures to address Drug and alcohol and other substance abuse with individuals and families • Review and recommend a list of treatment centers for clients and families • Design an effective aftercare follow up and support system to individuals and families who have attended a treatment program • Provide one on one counselling to the individuals and families that require help with their drug, substance and alcohol abuse. • Organize and support the intervention programs such as AA and role model programs and healthy lifestyle promotion programs • Hold community workshops, school presentations, home visits and develop newsletters on the programs • Provide annual submission of work plan and maintain reports • NNADAP worker will work under the rules of Client Confidentiality • On-Call 24\7, Whenever in the community • Perform other duties as required QUALIFICATIONS: • Degree or diploma in a related human services field or an equivalent combination of training and experience and at least three (3) years experience working in a similar environment working with individuals with illness/addictions would be an asset; • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills both written and verbal; • Excellent knowledge of Treatment, Recovery and Counselling strategies an asset; • Community-based Mental Health and Case management experience ; • Evidence of good work and attendance record; • Excellent clinical skills engaging with, assessing, and promoting treatment, rehabilitation and recovery; • Ability to communicate fluently in Ojibwe or Oji-cree as an asset; • Previous experience in promoting healthy lifestyles would be an asset; • Proven experience working with First Nation organizations would be an asset; CLOSING DATE: October 15, 2009 START DATE: October 26, 2009
Applicants can send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to: Robin Roundhead, Admin Assistant\Human Resource 48 Lakeview Road Slate Falls, Ontario P0V 3C0 807-737-5700 ext 103 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Note: Only applicants considered for an interview will be contacted
Public Works and Capital Project Manager Degree or Technical Certiﬁcation required to coordinate housing renovations crew, operations and maintenance crew, manage heavy duty equipment ﬂeet, oversee water treatment plant operators, manage housing materials inventory and work order system. Knowledge of INAC reporting requirements, contracts, procurement and safety regulations. Housing Manager Coordinator Maintain and update housing ﬁles for all band housing including CMHC. Knowledge of INAC reporting requirements and development of housing proposals. Maintains and develops Housing budget. Works closely with community in collections and requests for housing renovations. Reports to Public Works manager. Finance Manager Degree or certiﬁcation in CGA etc required. Supervise a staff of three clerical in management of general ledger and subsidiary ledgers (Adagio system) and human resource ﬁles. Prepares annual audit ﬁles, monthly statements for Program Managers and Chief & Council. Coordinates annual budget preparation with Program Managers. Executive Secretary Works for Chief and Council and the Band Manager in coordinating the affairs of Council and programs. Attends all meetings and records minutes, agendas and coordinates meetings, accommodations and travel of Council. Maintains conﬁdential ﬁles and assists in managing incoming and outgoing mail. Finance/Human Resources Clerk Diploma in human resources administration required. Maintains all personnel ﬁles and manages the complete human resource functions in consultation with the Band Manager and Program managers. Beneﬁt registration, INAC reporting requirements necessary. Economic Development Manager Certiﬁcation or diploma required. Oversee all economic development activities including various funding applications for programs. Knowledge of INAC reporting and community development essential. Closing date October 25, 2009 For a detailed job description please contact the Mishkeegogamang First Nation Administration Ofﬁce; forward resume, 3 references and police record check to: Clayton Kennedy, Band Manager General Delivery
COMMUNITY WELLNESS FACILITATOR Contract Position
POSITION SUMMARY The Community Wellness Facilitator is responsible to travel to Northwestern Ontario First Nation Communities to deliver workshops to communities and families. The Community Wellness Facilitator is responsible for developing culturally appropriate resource materials. These materials are designed to provide First Nation communities and families with the skills and tools required to deal with the challenges involved in living in remote communities in Northwestern Ontario. This position will be based in Sioux Lookout ON, serving communities within the Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) catchment area.
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Appropriate educational qualifications and/or equivalent combination of experience and training to manage the tasks and responsibilities of the position. 2. Must be willing and able to travel to Northwestern Ontario First Nation communities. 3. Demonstrated experience and skills in working with First Nation people. 4. Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity to First Nation issues and values. 5. Knowledge of curriculum development and production of culturally based resource material for First Nation families. 6. Experience in planning and facilitating workshops. 7. Must be self motivated and able to work without supervision. 8. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. 9. Must be able to maintain confidentiality. 10. Fluency in Ojibway/Cree is required. 11. Ability to write syllabics would be an asset. 12. Administrative skills such a computer, electronic communication and report writing. 13. Current Criminal Records check with a Vulnerable Persons check. 14. Valid Ontario driver’s licence would be an asset. 15. Minimum Grade 12 required. Send updated resume, covering letter and three (3) most recent references to:
Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) Box 1781 16 Fourth Avenue Sioux Lookout ON P8T 1C4 Fax (807) 737-2699
Closing Date: October 9, 2009 Deadline: 12 noon We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Telephone 1-807-928-2414 Fax 1-807-928-2077
Mishkeegogamang First Nation, ON P0V 2H0
Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) Employment Opportunity
Console Operator Casual Wawatay Radio Network requires a console operator for live broadcasts during evening and weekend hours and for regular daytime programming as needed. Must ensure commercial advertising, public service announcements and station ID breaks occur during the scheduled times, ﬁll out/sign broadcast reports and logs. DUTIES: • Operate the QuickPix automation computer broadcast system. • Operate the On-Air console and switch between music and live remote broadcast via telephone remote (training will be provided). • Must monitor and ensure proper audio levels and clean sound are on the air waves at all times, and inform remote site of any problems to be corrected. • Must notify supervisor of any technical problems as they occur. • File live broadcast reports and help maintain ﬂow of commercial advertising and public service announcement afﬁdavits for each broadcast. • Provide technical support for live broadcasts as needed (depending on experience). • Must be at the station 30 minutes before live broadcasts. • Ensure all programs are logged (via computer logger). • Operate for producer/broadcasters when on-air. • Follow scripts and formats of producer/broadcasters. • Assist producer/broadcasters as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS: The Console Operator should be knowledgeable about radio, audio, music and DJing (D-Jaying) in general and have a strong interest in broadcasting. Understanding of the practices and technologies associated with the Canadian Broadcasting Industry would be considered an asset. The ability to work with little or no supervision within a wide range of environmental conditions, meet deadlines and be punctual. Understanding of the Aboriginal language and culture within Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Treaty 3 area would also be considered an asset. Must be highly self-motivated, trustworthy and willing to learn, and follow guidelines and broadcast standards. Location: Sioux Lookout, ON Closing date: November 09, 2009 - 4:00PM CST To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Attn: George Witham Director Of Technical Services Wawatay Native Communications Society Fax: (705) 360-1601 By email: email@example.com For additional information please call (705) 360-4556 Ext. 32
GICHI OZHIBIIGE OGAAMIC Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Requires a
T.A.R.R. Director Grand Council Treaty# 3 offers an opportunity for a results oriented, highly effective individual with proven expertise in data collection and ﬁle management, administration and budget development. The candidate will manage, direct, coordinate the Grand Council’s treaty and rights research staff and oversee the delivery of research and land claims ﬁles for member communities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Development and Implementation of the T.A.R.R. workplan on an annual basis; • Complete all reporting requirements for the Treaty research workplan; • Communicate, coordinate and maintain relationships with Treaty research funding agencies and with the Speciﬁc Claims Branch of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada with regards to speciﬁc claims on the workplan; • Plan and coordinate research and legal work for all speciﬁc claims on the workplan; • Participate on National Research Director’s Committees where required; • Coordinate, plan and support workshops and meetings where required; • Maintain ﬁling systems, physical and electronic, for resources and information related to the areas of responsibility; • Undertake speciﬁc research requests including transcribing historical documents and retrieving documents at Library and Archives Canada, Ontario Archives, First Nation ofﬁces, MNR Ofﬁces and other Archives; • Acknowledge and prepare responses to routine correspondence; • Supervising the activities of staff within the unit • Other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS: • Post secondary degree/diploma in areas relating to Native Studies, History, Political Science or other related discipline with three to ﬁve years of current work experience;
• • • • • • • • • • •
Knowledge of Aboriginal and Treaty rights, issues and related problems; Knowledge of the Speciﬁc Claims Process; Excellent report writing skills; Ability to develop brieﬁng papers and options, strategy and identify implementation measures; Knowledge and understanding of Anishinaabe culture and Treaty# 3; Ability to travel and work irregular hours; Valid driver’s license; Strong interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals and maintain effective working relationships; Ability to work as a team and independently; Ability to handle multiple tasks and demands; Effective organizational skills essential.
SALARY: Negotiable LOCATION: Kenora, Ontario CLOSING DATE: October 2nd, 2009 All interested individuals apply to: Grand Council Treaty#3 P.O. Box 1720 Kenora, ON P9N 3X7 Fax: 807.548.5054 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Grand Council’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.
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 Closing date: Friday, October 16, 2009 4:30 PM CST To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Vicky Angees Wawatay Native Communications Society P.O. Box 1180 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7 Fax: (807) 737-3224 By email: email@example.com
Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Summer Butterfly makes Lady Wolves team James Thom Wawatay News
Summer Butterfly has got some bite. The 12-year-old Fort Albany band member recently qualified to play for the Sudbury Lady Wolves ‘AA’ Peewee team, a travelling squad which features the highest-calibre opposition in northeastern Ontario. “I’m really excited to be on this team,” Butterfly said in a phone interview from Sudbury. “It’s definitely different than playing with boys.” Butterfly’s father explained the twist of fate which landed his daughter on the team. “We came down from Moosonee for another tryout,” Mark Butterfly said. “Then when we got to Sudbury, we saw there were tryouts for this team too. So we brought Summer, really just to see how she compared to the other girls at the tryout.” There was a scrimmage with the 60 girls who tried out where Summer played a few shifts and stood out. “The coaches asked us if we could bring her for the second day of tryouts but we couldn’t,”
Mark said. “So they invited her to play in a tournament with them.” At the tournament, Summer felt confident despite not being totally in sync with her teammates. “It was a tournament,” she said. “I had to get used to their plays and breakouts. I got used to it quickly.” Prior to the championship game of the Spring Classic in Toronto, the coaches informed Summer of their decision; they wanted Summer, a selfdescribed defensive defencewoman, for the team. Despite her self-description, Summer is also a point-getter. “I try to skate hard, pass the puck and chase it,” she said. “I do get assists ... and a few goals.” While with the Lady Wolves, Summer will play defence. But, when she represents her community at the annual Little Native Hockey League Tournament, she tends to play centre, focussing more on point-production. “It’s nice to represent your community,” said Summer, who cites Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin as her favourite
Summer Butterfly and her dad Mark celebrating after winning the Atom ‘A’ Championship at the Little NHL Tournament in 2008. players. Her teams have walked away from the Little NHL champions for several years running. “We have a lot of fun,” she
said. “It’s nice to play with girls from home.” Between tournaments, regular season league games and practice, Summer is a busy girl.
“It takes up a lot of time,” she admits. “I have to do my homework right after I get home from school. Practices are usually in the evenings then it’s bed. I get
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Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School opened the senior boys volleyball season Sept. 23 against St. Ignatius. Students Jonathan McKay (2) and Todd Meekis attempt a block during first set action. DFC lost in straight sets 25-4, 25-21 and 25-11.
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Group aims to take back the night More than 100 gathered for Sept. 17 walk to raise awareness of violence and hate crimes Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
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The 13th Annual Take Back the Night march in Sioux Lookout was held Sept. 17. More than 100 people attended the walk.
Opportunity Vacant Bear Management Areas Sioux Lookout District The Sioux Lookout District of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) would like to advise the public of vacant Bear Management Areas (BMA) available for allocation. The following BMA’s are currently available: Bear Management Area
Pusher Lake Area-Wind Road Area
Antenna Lake Area, accessible via the Vermilion River Road & Donch Road
North of Wapesi Bay, accessible via Donch Road& Track Road
Lynxpaw Lake Area, accessible by Vermilion River Road
Coones Bay/Maskara River are of Lac Seul, accessible by Spider Road
Dagny Lake & Horse Lake Area, accessible by Vermilion River Road & Idaho Road
North end of Holger Lake, accessible by Vermilion River Road
Haig Lake/Bingo Lake, accessible by Vermilion River Road
South end of Raggedwood Lake, including Attack Lake, not accessible by road
Northwest portion of Carling Lake, not accessible by road
There are also areas within the Sioux Lookout District that have not been previously registered as a BMA and that may be available for disposition. Please be advised that road access to these areas are determined through Forest Management Planning therefore permanent road access cannot be guaranteed. The Ministry of Natural Resources would like to advise that all BMA’s will be required to be a minimum of 100 km2 in size. Through discussions with interested parties the above BMA’s will be adjusted to meet that minimum requirement. BMA application forms and maps for the above areas are available from the Ministry of Natural Resources Sioux Lookout District ofﬁce. Applications (accompanied by detailed business plan summaries) for each area must be submitted no later than November 1, 2009. Applications and inquires should be submitted to: Irene Schneider Lac Seul Resource Management Technician Ministry of Natural Resources Sioux Lookout District 49 Prince St., Box 309 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1A6 Tel.: 807-737-5057 Fax: 807-737-1813 The Ministry of Natural Resources is collecting applications under the authority of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (1997) to assist in making (a) decision(s) on the allocation of these areas. Personal information will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (1987). However, personal information may be used by the Ministry of Natural Resources to seek public input on other resource management surveys and projects. For further information regarding this Act, please contact Glen Niznowski at 807-737-5037. Paid for by the Government of Ontario.
Regardless of sex, everyone attending the 13th Annual Take Back the Night march in Sioux Lookout was interested in making the community safer. Mothers walked with their children and grandchildren; youth came from the local high schools and there was the presence of men during the Sept. 17 walk. The group of about 100 began their march at the Ontario Provincial Police station and finished at the Nishnawbe Gamik Friendship Centre. As a gesture of respect in spirituality, both a traditional and Christian prayer were shared during the opening ceremonies. To begin the presentations, the soothing voices of the Minotougosiwag Equay Deweigunessiwag (Beautiful Sounding Women Handdrums) graced the audience with an opening song. “Tonight is all about the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence, race and hate crimes that affects all genders and sexual orientations,” said Tracy Hoey, First Step Women’s Shelter worker. “Our aim is to empower survivors by publicly speaking up against violence. Violence affects everyone; regardless of ability, race, age, sex, political idealogy, spiritual or religious beliefs. Hoey was the keynote speaker. She shared her experience of going through domestic violence throughout her marriage. “Even when we were dating,
the violence began back then-physical, emotional, and verbal abuse began almost right away in my relationship,” she said. “I remember thinking how can I make myself a better person for him.” She thought that she was the one doing something wrong. “Unfortunately, I thought this way for most of the marriage,” Hoey said. Since Hoey’s divorce in 2005, her life has taken a turn for the better. She is completing her second year in a social work program and she loves her job at the First Step Women’s Shelter.
When this walk first would have started 13 years ago, there would have been 3 or 4 women and people standing on the street, throwing tomatoes and calling them names.” – Joyce Timpsen
Hoey uses her own life experience to help improve the lives of women affected by domestic violence. “I wanted to work with women of the north and empower them to be and do whatever they have their hearts set on,” she said. “We have the right to stand up for ourselves and to succeed in our dreams. Tonight we are here to take back what is rightfully ours… our lives.”
Joyce Timpsen, a councillor for the Town of Sioux Lookout recalled when the first Take Back the Night walk occurred. “When this walk first would have started 13 years ago, there would have been 3 or 4 women and people standing on the street, throwing tomatoes and calling them names.” She also reflected upon when the issue of domestic violence was brought into the House of Commons in the early 1980s. A study done by the federal government was presented to the male dominated House of Commons assembly. That study had reported that one in 10 women had been abused by their husbands. Upon hearing those statistics, Timpsen said, “The House of Commons, if you can imagine broke out in laughter; whether that was seen as a funny thing or because they were very uncomfortable.” Timpsen also said, from another study she’s read she learned a woman is assaulted every 17 minutes in this country. “We have a long way to go, but the fact that you are keeping this alive, is very satisfying to me and gratifying,” said Timpsen. “I encourage the women who are active in this movement, to keep doing it.” Added Carmelia Agustin, shelter services manager at First Step Women’s Shelter: “I believe the more our community stays involved in promoting awareness in this belief, the closer we are in the community to reaching those goals (of ending domestic violence).”
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October 1, 2009 Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974
Albert Diamond’s passion was Air Creebec Cree man ‘worked tirelessly’ for benefit of First Nations Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Albert Diamond was praised for his passion for Air Creebec by many First Nation leaders after his Sept. 9 passing. “Running Air Creebec was Albert’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,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy in a statement. “Albert’s life of leadership, wisdom, and compassion was an inspiration not only to First Nation people but also to business leaders across Ontario. We pray that his spirit lives on through his family, business associates, and the many lives he has touched.” Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come of the James Bay Cree Nation of Iiyuuschee said Diamond’s passing was a great loss for the Cree Nation. “Albert was truly one of the great Cree leaders,” Coon Come said in a statement. “He was respected and admired in the Cree Nation, and throughout Canada, for his numerous skills in finance and economic development.” Coon Come said Diamond was deeply involved in the negotiations of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, where he also acted as a translator and was instrumental in helping the Cree Elders to understand
the purpose and nature of the legal proceedings and negotiations. “Albert’s communication skills in turn helped in explaining the terms of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement to the Cree People, which was an important factor in its acceptance by the people,” Coon Come said. “It is his work at the Grand Council of the Crees that earned him his reputation as one of the Cree leaders and one of the builders of the modern Cree Nation as we know it today.”
“This is a great loss for the Cree Nation. Albert was truly one of the great Cree leaders.” – Matthew Coon Come
Diamond was the first chairman of the Cree Board of Compensation; he helped set up CREECO (Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Company), a Cree holding company of other Cree enterprises; he was president of Cree Construction Company in its early years and helped secure an important role for Crees in the development of the James Bay Territory; and he has been president of Air Creebec for the past 20 years. “He inspired many young Crees to get involved in financial administra-
tion and related fields,” Coon Come said. “Many young Crees admired him and he has become a role model for the coming generations of Crees and indeed all Aboriginal Peoples.”CREECO business development coordinator Rodney Hester said Diamond’s influence and charisma crossed barriers and opened doors. “Albert took pride in ensuring that our people had a promising future filled with hope and opportunity,” Hester said in a statement. “He made it proud to be Cree and a member of the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee. His legacy will live on throughout the ages and his record will go unmatched.” Hester said he had recently asked Diamond for his permission to nominate him for the upcoming National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Business and Commerce. “His response was ‘thanks man – sounds like a great idea – let’s go for it,’” Hester said. Creeco and Air Creebec communication officer Jonathan G. Saganash said Diamond was one of the nicest and gentle men in the Cree world. “For many years now, he was dedicating all of his time to his job and passion: running Air Creebec,” Saganash said in a statement. “But always, in bad times as much as in good times, he would remain calm, thoughtful and organized. He was one of our best business people and the kindest man. We will all miss him sorely.”
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Albert Diamond, the president of Air Creebec, was well-respected by his peers. Diamond, who was from Rupert House First Nation, worked diligently on behalf of First Nations people prior to his Sept. 9 death.
Wawatay Native Communications Society Board and Staﬀ would like to send our condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Albert Diamond.
Albert W. Diamond
On this earth just a while, but his memory and legacy will never leave us.
Wawatay would like to acknowledge the significant contributions of Albert Diamond especially to the Cree people of James Bay.
Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Pikangikum building training facility James Thom Wawatay News
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Pikangiukum’s population is set for training. The province of Ontario recently announced $691,000 in funding to build a training centre to prepare people for jobs in forestry, tourism and mining at a new education facility. The funding, from Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, will allow for the construction of the centre which will include three classrooms and a residence for instructors. “By investing in these new training facilities, we are helping prepare young First Nation members for jobs that are expected to be created through the community’s Whitefeather Forest initiatives,” said Michael
Shoal Lake planning cottage development Rick Garrick Wawatay News
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Gravelle, minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and chairman of the NOHFC. About 300 people will be trained under the program. The facility will also create new employment for five people, plus local construction jobs. It will be managed by Pikangikum’s Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation in collaboration with Confederation College. “Providing access to more education and training opportunities in remote communities will help Aboriginal workers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to find a good job closer to home,” said Brad Duguid, minister of Aboriginal Affairs.
Shoal Lake 39 is making progress with its proposed 40lot cottage development on Shoal Lake. “Right now we are working on the road that comes in from the Shoal Lake road,” said Shoal Lake 39 (Iskatewizaagegan) Councillor Christine Mandamin, explaining the community is putting in hydro and resizing the lots. “We are doing the environmental assessment in the next few days.” Shoal Lake 39 received
$775,100 from the federal government’s Community Adjustment Fund to develop the 40 cottage lots, including land clearing and extension of services to the waterfront properties. Mandamin said the lots are located on the mainland near Dog Island, about 2 to 3 kilometres from the community. Many other cottages have been developed on Shoal Lake over the years, including a community called Clayte Bay. “There are lots of cottages,” Madamin said.
Albert Diamond It was with great regret and sorrow that we learned of the passing of Albert Diamond, a dedicated business man, committed industry partner and friend. Since the early stages of development of the Victor Mine, Albert played a pivotal role in the coordination and development of a valued business partnership between Air Creebec, the communities from the Mushkegowuk territory and De Beers Canada. Albert also nurtured strong relationships with his peers, colleagues and all our partners. We extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Albert, and our thoughts and prayers remain with his family as they forge through this difficult time of loss. Albert will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Your friends at the De Beers Canada Victor Mine
Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Alvin Fiddler joins NADF as advisor Now working on energy, mining projects Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Alvin Fiddler has moved from advocating universally for the people of Nishnawbe Aski Nation to working on their energy and power needs. Fiddler, the former NAN deputy grand chief, recently accepted a position as special initiatives advisor at Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund. “The focus is on mainly two issues, Fiddler said, explaining he will be working on the energy and mining files. “The one on energy is more of a supporting role – there is already a staff member holding the file. The other is on mining; my role is to work with our communities in developing capacity at the community level as communities are effectively engaged in the activities taking place in Fiddler their territory.” Fiddler, who was hired in mid-September through an NADF initiative to help First Nation communities develop and launch local businesses, particularly in forestry, mining and other resource sectors, said the process also includes the development of a mining tool kit for the communities. “We need to work with the communities to determine what their needs are,” Fiddler said.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation provided $147,296 through the Infrastructure and Community Development Program to support the initiative, which is set to run for a three-year period. “By investing in this project, we are providing the services of an expert who will work with member First Nations to help them take advantage of new private sector projects that strive to bring jobs to the area,” said Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro. NADF president and CEO Harvey Yesno said the off-grid strategy to build a transmission line loop to many of NAN’s northwestern Ontario communities will be part of Fiddler’s responsibilities. “It’s a $300 million project,” Yesno said, explaining the project would involve the construction of a 115 kV (kilovolt) line from Red Lake to Pikangikum, Poplar Hill, Deer Lake, Bear Head Lake, Sandy Lake, Keewaywin, Muskrat Dam, Bearskin Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Wapekeka, Kasabonika Lake, Wawakapewin, Wunnumin, Kingfisher Lake, Musselwhite and back down to Pickle Lake, 44 kV side lines to North Spirit Lake, Sachigo Lake, Weagamow, Nibinamik, Webequie, Neskantaga, Eabametoong, Whitesands and Gull Bay, and a 230 kV line from Lake Nipigon to Pickle Lake. The final report for the offgrid strategy estimates savings of about $800 million over 20
years and $5 billion over 50 years compared to the dieselpowered generation stations currently in use in many of the communities. “Our government recognizes the importance of helping small northern communities build the knowledge and experience required to generate new economic development opportunities,” said Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and chair of the NOHFC, about the spec ial initiatives funding.
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“My role is to work with our communities in developing capacity at the community level as communities are effectively engaged in the activities taking place in their territory.”
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A wonderful Breastfeeding Resource binder has been developed by Meno-Ya-Win Health Center and Nishnawbe Aski Nation Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children program. The resources will be sent to all NAN communities this fall.
– Alvin Fiddler
Yesno said benefits of the proposed Off-Grid hydro line include enabling the development of any future First Nation power generation projects in NAN territory, improved communications lines to the communities, and a lower risk of diesel fuel spills once the dieselpowered generation stations are no longer in operation.
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Condolences from: Cree Outfitting & Tourism Association
Albert W. Diamond
Albert W. Diamond, President of Air Creebec Inc, longtime companion, and dear friend to many. He will be missed greatly among Cree people and remembered as an influential leader throughout Canada.
Wawatay News OCTOBER 1, 2009
Rat Portage approves $7-million settlement Pic Mobert ready
Wauzhushk Onigum has approved a more than $7-million settlement for lands surrendered to the Crown in 1886 for a profitable gold mine. “We get the island (Sultana Island) back, we get the gold mine site back in full control of the band,” said Chief Ken Skead. “We still have some islands
out there which were not settled.” Skead said preliminary discussions have been held on what to do with the mine site, which was closed after being flooded, including possibly turning it into a 19th century tourist attraction depicting a mining community similar to the Fort William Historical Park
in Thunder Bay. One hundred and forty of the 154 community members who turned out voted for the land claim settlement, which also included 125 acres of land along the TransCanada Hwy. Skead said the band is looking at using the settlement funds for housing, new businesses and other projects.
The community recently received $2 million from the federal and provincial governments to build a new 7,500 sq. ft. community recreation complex under the federal stimulus package. “The community is really gung-ho,” Skead said. “We’ve never had a facility like this in our community.” –RG
for Green Energy Act programs James Thom Wawatay News
The Executive Council of Nishnawbe Aski Nation celebrates the life of
Albert Diamond as a respected leader and friend.
His strong leadership and business sense are testament to his dedication to the betterment of First Nation people and communities. May his wisdom and compassion inspire us to continue to improve the quality of life for our people. www.nan.on.ca
Pic Mobert is preparing for the possible construction of its long-awaited hydroelectric sites on the White River. It’s been nearly 17 years since the First Nation was first awarded development rights to hydroelectric sites on the river. The community believes with the anticipated provincial Green Energy Act and the related Feed in Tariff (FIT) program, it could soon proceed with the project. “It’s been a very long run, but we can finally see the reality of being able to proceed to construction in the not too distant future,” Pic Mobert Coun. Wayne Sabourin. Sabourin has been overseeing the project since 2000. “The provincial government is really delivering on its commitments to renewable energy and Aboriginal participation in new energy developments,” he said. “Our community has a shovel ready project that can proceed soon after the FIT program is opened for applications.” Chief Johanna Desmoulin is excited about the possibilities. “Our First Nation’s project is very aligned with the policy objectives of the Green Energy Act and after almost two decades of work and investment, we are ready and anxious to proceed,” she said. “Our community desperately needs the
resulting economic benefits and frankly this entire region needs the investment and jobs that will accompany the construction that will take some two years to complete.” The community’s project would see the development of two small hydro sites on the White River with a combined capacity of approximately 18 megawatts representing an investment of over $100 million. One of the development sites would replace an existing Ministry of Natural Resources dam which regulates water levels and provides flood control on White Lake. The First Nation has teamed up with Regional Power Inc., an Ontario-based water power developer and operator, for the project. Regional Power Inc. was also the developer and operator of the Wawatay Generating Station located in northwestern Ontario, which when developed in 1992 was the first hydroelectric development in Canada to include an Aboriginal partner. Sabourin is hopeful construction could begin early next year. “We’ve completed several rounds of public and Aboriginal consultation,” he said. “We are submitting our final draft of our environmental report in just a few weeks; we have a reputable partner and a strong financial backer; and a very impatient community that wants to get on with this.”
“This is a great loss for the Cree
Nation. Albert was truly one of the great Cree leaders. He was respected and admired in the Cree Nation, and throughout Canada, for his
numerous skills in finance and economic development.”
Dr. Matthew Coon Come
Grand Chief of the Grand Council of Crees (Eeyou Istchee) Chairman of the Cree Regional Authority
Albert W. Diamond