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Weagamow Lake members fight large forest fire Band councillor frustrated with MNR’s lack of fire fighting response Christian Quequish Wawatay News

Weagamow Lake First Nation members have taken fire fighting into their own hands after a fire near Windigo Lake destroyed a number of cabins and other band members’ property. The fire, which started in mid-July, had burned over 6,000 hectares when the community sent its members out to fight the blaze. Paul Johnup, band councilor for Weagamow, said he kept in contact with MNR officials about the fire as it got bigger and bigger, but with little response from the province, the band was forced to send its members to fight the fire themselves. “Yesterday we mobilized our own people to go there and fight the fire,” said Johnup on Aug 1. Band councilors flew by plane to check on the fire, as property such as vehicles, trap line cabins and a fish plant building were in the vicinity of the fire. “They (MNR) said there were other fires that were a priority,” said Johnup. “But last week they put sprinklers at the fish plant.” Johnup said the sprinklers that Weagamow fire fighters saw by the trailer that had burned down did not seem to do much to prevent the fire

from destroying the building. Jake Williams, band councilor for Weagamow, said he was very frustrated that the MNR did not react to the fire as well as they could have. “Their use of sprinklers didn’t really help at all,” said Williams. He said the heat at the base of the fire was very intense. Ryan Fawcett, fire operations supervisor for Sioux Lookout fire management headquarters, said that the fire burning in Windigo Lake (Sioux Lookout fire #74) was classified as ‘being observed’ by MNR. “We did a values-assessment. We knew that Windigo had a fish plant that obviously was high value,” said Fawcett. Fawcett said they decided to try and implement some values protection in the form of sprinklers. “We did that on the fish plant and some other identified values, and after our third assessment we found that the fire was 370 hectares,” said Fawcett. According to Fawcett, due to a change in weather the fire grew overnight and overtook some property of Weagamow residents. “The fire at present is just over 12,000 hectares,” said Fawcett on Aug. 2.

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Eagle Lake First Nation held their 30th annual traditional powwow August 3, 4 and 5th at Eagle Lake First Nation in Migisi Sahgaigan, ON. The annual powwow is one of the largest in Ontario and hundreds of people camped at the First Nation over the weekend to watch and participate in the powwow. Above: Roger Fobister Sr. dancing during an inter-tribal song.

ᐊᐧᐃᐧᔦᑲᒪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐱᑯ ᐅᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐦᐊᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᓴᑭᑌᓂᐠ ᑯᕑᐃᐢᑎᔭᐣ ᑭᐧᑭᐧᐡ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ

Submitted photo by Jake Williams

Weagamow Lake First Nation had to take fire fighting into its own hands after a fire burned down trappers’ cabins near the community.

ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐱᑯ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᔦᑲᒪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐦᐊᒪᓱᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᓴᑭᑌᓂᐠ ᐯᔓᐨ ᐃᐧᐣᑎᑯ ᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᒥᔑᐣ ᑲᑭᔭᓂᒐᑭᑌᓂᑭᐣ ᐅᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐊᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑕᐸᒋᒋᑲᓂᐊᐧ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᓴᑭᑌᓂᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᔭᓂᐊᐱᑕᐊᐧᑭᓱᐨ ᐅᐸᐡᑯᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ ᒥᐊᐱ ᑲᑭᔭᓂ ᒪᒋᓴᑭᑌᑭᐸᐣ, ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ 6,000 ᐦᐁᐠᑐᕑᐢ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑭᔭᓂᐊᐱᑕᑭᑌ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐅᐣᒋᒪᒋᓴᑭᑌᐠ ᒥᑕᐡ ᑫᑲᐱ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᓂᔕᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᐊᐧ ᒋᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᑲᑫᐧ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐦᐃᑫᐊᐧᐨ. ᐸᐧᓫ ᒐᐧᐣᐊᑊ, ᐯᔑᐠ ᐅᓇᔓᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂᓂ ᐃᒪ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᔦᑲᒪᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᔭᓇᑭ ᑲᑲᓄᓇᐨ ᐊᒥᑯᑭᒪᐣ ᐁᔭᓂᐱᒥᑭᒋᓴᑭᑌᓂᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ

ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᐸᐸᒥᑕᐊᐧᑲᓂᐃᐧᐨ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᑕᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᓂᐠ ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐱᑯ ᒋᑲᑫᐧ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐦᐃᑫᐊᐧᐨ. “ᐅᓇᑯ ᐣᑭᒪᐊᐧᐣᑐᓇᒥᐣ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᓇᓂᐠ ᒋᐃᔕᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᔑᓴᑭᑌᓂᐠ ᒋᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐦᐃᑫᐊᐧᐨ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒐᐧᐣᐊᑊ ᒣᐧᑲᐨ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐅᐸᐅᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ ᑲᐅᐡᑲᑭᓱᓂᐨ. ᐅᓇᔓᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐅᐣᒋᐃᔕᐊᐧᐠ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐁᑭᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᔑᓴᑭᑌᓂᐠ, ᑲᐃᔑᐊᐱᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᐸᓇᐠ, ᑲᐃᔑᐸᑕᑭᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᐧᓂᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑭᓄᔐᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ ᐃᒪ ᐯᔓᐨ ᑲᑭᐸᑕᑭᑌᐠ ᑲᑭᔭᓂᔑᐯᔓᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᑲᓴᑭᑌᐠ. “ᓂᐣᑭᐃᑯᒥᐣ ᐊᒥᑯᑭᒪ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᓂᑲᑌᐦᐃ ᑲᐃᔑᓴᓴᑭᑌᑭᐣ ᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐸᐸᔐᐣᑕᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᒋᑲᑫᐧ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐦᐃᑲᑌᑭᐣ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒐᐧᐣᐊᑊ. “ᐁᑲᐧ ᔕᑯᐨ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ

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ᑲᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲᐠ ᐅᑭᐊᑐᓇᐊᐧ ᓯᓱᐸᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑭᓄᔐᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ.” ᒐᐧᐣᐊᑊ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᔦᑲᒪᐃᐧᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐦᐃᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᓯᓱᐸᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᐊᒋᑲᑌᓂᑭᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᓇᐣᑕ ᐃᓇᐸᑕᑭᐣ ᒥᐱᑯ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᒐᑭᑌᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑭᓄᔐᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᒉᐠ ᐃᐧᓫᐃᔭᑦᐢ, ᑯᑕᐠ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᔦᑲᒪ ᐅᓇᔓᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂᓂ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᑐᓂ ᐱᑯ ᐅᑭᔑᐊᐧᐦᐃᑯᐣ ᐊᒥᑯᑭᒪᐣ ᐁᑲ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᐊᓄᑲᑕᒥᓂᐨ ᑲᑭᓴᑭᑌᓂᐠ. “ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᔦ ᑲᑭᐊᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᓯᓱᐸᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᐅᐣᒋᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᑭᐣ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᐃᐧᓫᐃᔭᑦᐢ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᓇ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᑕᔑᓴᑭᑌᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐁᑭ ᑭᒋᐊᐦᑯᑭᔑᑌᐠ. ᐃᓇᐱᐣ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 7


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THIS WEEK Participants said the walk was a great opportunity to meet people and work together as a family.

ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᒪᑌᐣᑕᑯᓯ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᐊᑕᐊᐧᐱᐢᑲᐟ

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ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᑭᒪ ᑲᑭ ᑭᔕᑯᓂᑫᐨ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐣ ᐁᑭ ᑲᑭᐸᒋᐃᔑᒋᑫᐨ ᑲᑭᐅᓇᓴᐸᐣ ᐸᑲᐣ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐱᒧᑕᒪᑫᓂᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐊᑕᐊᐧᐱᐢᑲᐟ. ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᑭᑭᔑᑲᓄᓇᑲᓄ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑭᑐᑕᐣᐠ ᒋᒪᒥᓇᐧᑐᐨ ᐃᒪ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᓇᓄᑌᓭᑭᐣ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐊᐱᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᐡᑲᐧᐨ ᐁᑭᑲᑫᐧᐃᑭᑐᐨ ᐁᑲ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᐁᐃᓇᐸᒋᐦᐊᐊᐧᐊᐨ ᐅᔓᓂᔭᒥᐊᐧ. ᐊᑕᐊᐧᐱᐢᑲᐟ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᐃᓇᑯᓂᑫᐨ ᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᑭᒪ ᐅᑭᑯᐡᑫᐧᐣᑕᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᐅᐣᒋᓇᐦᐁᐣᑕᐣ. ᐊᔕ ᑲᔦ ᑭᓂᑲᑌᓇᑲᓄ ᑲᑭᐅᓇᓴᑲᓄᐸᐣ ᐸᑲᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᒪᑫᐨ ᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᐃᒪ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ.

ᒧᐢ ᑯᕑᐃ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᒪᒥᓇᐧᔑᓄᐣ ᑲᑭᐅᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᑫᐧᐸᑭᓇᑐᐊᐧᐨ

ᐅᑭᑭᐡᑭᑲᓂᐊᐧ

ᓂᐅᔕᑊ ᑭᑕᓯᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᑲᑫᐧᐸᑭᓇᑐᐊᐧᐨ, ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐅᐡᑲᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ 16 ᑭᑕᓱᔭᑭᐃᐧᓀᐊᐧᐠ, ᑭᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐦᐃᐁᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑭᒪᒥᓇᐧᔑᓂᑭᐣ ᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧ ᒧᐢ ᑯᕑᐃ ᐁᑭᐅᐣᑕᑲᓀᓇᑯᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒪᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᑭᐡᑭᑲᓂᐊᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᒣᑕᐁᐧᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑯᕑᐃᐯᐢᐟ. ᐟᕑᐁᔾᓯ ᑐᓫᐅᐢ ᒥᓇ ᑊᕑᐅᓄ ᕑᐁᐣᕑᐃ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒪᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐊᒋᑲᑌᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᒋᐊᐧᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ, ᑲᑭᑕᔑ ᐃᔑᒋᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᒧᐢ ᐸᐠᑐᕑᐃ ᐅᐸᐡᑯᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 26. ᒥᔑᐣ ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᒪᑯᑎᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐧᑲ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒋᑭᐱᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᔑᒋᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑭᒥᓀᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ.

Feds blamed for handling of Attawapiskat A federal judge has ruled that the government’s appointment of a third-party manager to Attawapiskat was “unreasonable”. The ruling chastised the federal government for not acting to deal with the community’s housing shortage crisis, instead choosing to make the issue about financial management. Attawapiskat’s chief said the decision was surprising and a big relief. The third-party manager has already been removed from the community.

Fashion show highlights Moose Cree beauty Fourteen models, some as young as 16 years old, helped display some incredible Moose Cree-designed fashion during CreeFest. The work of Tracey Toulouse and Bruno Henry was on display at the show, held in Moose Factory on July 26. Many of the models had no previous runway experience, but all agreed it was a great experience.

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ᐱᑲᐧᑕᑭ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌ ᓂᐱᓇᒥᐠ ᑭᓯᐠ ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᐃᐧᑯᒋᑐᐣ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᐊᐧᓂᑎᐃᐧᐣ

ᓂᐅᔕᐳᐊᐦᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐱᐣ ᓂᑕᑦ ᓂᔑᐣ ᑭᒋᔭᐦᐊᐠ ᑲᑭᒪᒋᑐᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓯᐃᐧ ᐱᑲᐧᑕᑭᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐁᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐃᐧᐣᑕᐧ ᑲᔭᓂᐊᐧᓂᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᐅᐡᑲᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐃᔑᐃᐧᓇᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑭᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧᑲᐯᔑᐦᐃᑕᐧ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᑕᔑ ᑲᐯᔑᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑭᐃᔑᒋᑫᐦᐊᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᐃᔑᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑕᐡ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᒋᓀᐣᑕᑲᐧᓂᐠ, ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᐅᑭᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐣ ᑭᒋᔭᐦᐊᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᑐᑲᐣ ᒧᓱ ᓇᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐸᑭᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐱᑲᐧᑕᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒪᒋᐦᐃᑎᓱᐃᐧᓇᐣ.

Wilderness retreat for Nibinamik youth Fourteen years after Nibinamik’s youth wilderness retreat was started by two Elders trying to stem the loss of culture and traditional skills, the latest group of youth have experienced the camp. The camp featured entertainment events such as a hypnotist. Most importantly, however, it allowed youth to learn their traditional skills from Elders such as moose hunting, fish netting and preparation of traditional skills.

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ᒥᓄᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐱᒧᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᒪᐡᑲᐃᐧᓯᒪᑲᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭ ᑭᒋᒪᒋᑭᔑᑲᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᑭᐱᑎᓂᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᕑᐃᑎ #3 ᒥᓄᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐱᒧᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒋᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᔕᑯᐨ ᑭᐱᑯᐁᐧᐸᓯᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐅᒪᑐᑲᓂᐊᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑭᔕᐸᐧᐸᐁᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᒧᓭᐊᐧᐨ.

Wawatay was reporting on news across the North, from youth gatherings in Nibinamik (top left), to fighter Joe Keesick (top right), to models in Moose Factory (above).

ᒪᒪᐤ 500 ᑭᓫᐊᒥᑐᕑᐢ, ᓂᓴᐧᓱᑭᔑᑲ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑭᐱᒧᓭᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐁᐧᑎ ᒥᑭᓯᐃᐧᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᑭᐅᐣᒋᒪᒐᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑭᔭᓂᔕᐊᐧᐠ ᑯᒋᒋᐣᐠ, ᕑᐁᔾᓂ ᕑᐃᐳᕑ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐅᓂᑲᒥᐣᐠ ᑲᒪᐧᔦ ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᐱᑭᐁᐧᐡᑲᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᑭᓯᐃᐧᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ. ᑕᓯᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᑕᑭᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐱᒧᓭᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐅᐣᒋᐃᓯᓭᓂ ᒋᐊᐧᐸᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐠ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᔑᐃᐧᑕᑲᓀᓯᒥᑐᐊᐧᐨ.

Walk for Good Life perseveres A major storm could not stop the Treaty #3 Walk for Good Life – although it did destroy tents and soak the participants. The 500 kilometre, seven-day walk went from Eagle Lake to Couchiching, on to Rainy River and Onigaming before heading back to Eagle Lake.

ᒣᒣᑫᐧᔑᐃᐧᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᐅᐣᒋᐨ ᒍ ᑭᓯᐠ ᐅᑭ ᑭᑫᐣᑕᐣ ᓇᐱᐨ ᐁᑯᑕᑎᑲᐧᐠ ᒋᐅᑕᐱᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑲᒥᓀᐧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐱ ᑲᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᐊᐧᓂᑎᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐸᐸᑭᓇᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᑭᓯᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐃᔕ ᐯᕑᓫᐃᐣᑎᐣ, ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ, ᐁᐃᐧᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᐨ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᐃᐧᑭᐁᐧ ᑯᒋᑐᐨ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᑭᐱᑐᑕᑭᐸᐣ ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᐊᐱᐣ ᓂᐦᓴᐧ ᑲᑭᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᐸᑭᓇᐊᐧᑲᓄᐸᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑭᓴᓇᑭᓯᐸᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᐊᐧᓂᑎᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᑭᓯᐠ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᐯᐦᐃ ᑲᑭᒪᒥᓂᑫᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᐊᐃᔑᒋᑫᐨ ᒥᓄᐅ ᑲᑭᔭᓂᐊᐧᓂᐦᐃᑯᐨ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᐦᐃᐨ ᐁᑐᑕᐠ, ᒋᑭᒋᓇᑲᒋᐨ ᐅᒥᑲᓱᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐊᔕ ᑕᐡ ᐅᑭᐅᓀᐣᑕᐣ ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᑭᐁᐧ ᐅᑕᐱᓇᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᐦᐃᐨ, ᒋᑭᒋᐊᓄᑲᑕᐠ ᐅᑲᑫᐧᒋᐃᐧᐣ.

Keesick refocusing MMA career North Spirit Lake’s Joe Keesick knows how dangerous it can be to embrace the adoration that comes from being a successful mixed martial arts fighter. Keesick is on his way to Burlington, Ontario, where he plans to train in a new gym and refocus his career after three tough losses marred his previously perfect MMA record. Keesick says the non-stop party invites and other signs of success took him away from his true focus – to be the best fighter he can be. Now he plans to get that focus back, starting in the gym with hard work.

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Judge blames feds on Attawapiskat crisis Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence was surprised by an Aug. 1 Federal Court decision that it was “unreasonable in all the circumstances� for the federal government to appoint a third-party manager to her community this past winter. “I was really amazed and shocked at the same time,� Spence said. “It was a good judgement from the courts for them to see that the government did wrongful things when we declared an emergency.� Spence said it was unfortunate that her community had to go to court over the issue, which was raised early last winter when images of community members living in tents and shacks with-

out proper sewage disposal, including 80-year-old Elders and children, were posted on the Internet by TimminsJames Bay MP Charlie Angus. “But as First Nations we need to stand on our ground some times especially when someone does wrong to us,� Spence said. “I’m really shocked and overwhelmed and hoping that the government will realize that (they have) to work with us and not against us when we declare an emergency.� Federal Court Justice Michael L. Phelan adjudged and declared in his ruling that the appointment of the third party manager on Nov. 30, 2011 was contrary to law. The judicial review is granted with costs. “While there was a ‘default’ under the Comprehensive

Kashechewan elects new chief Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

Kashechewan First Nation has elected Derek Stephen as their new chief on Aug. 2. Stephen beat out incumbent Jonathan Solomon to be the new leader of the community of about 1,700 members. Since 1996, Stephen has worked on various small community projects. He has also

I want to get (the community) involved in decision making, and I think if we do that, we’ll stand together as one. -Chief Derek Stephen

served as deputy chief of the community for two terms and was CEO of Five Nations Energy Inc. for a year. Stephen said he had been approached by community members on running for chief. “I had given it some thought,� the 41-year-old said. “And I was given a vision that one day I would be leading the people and that’s how I decided to run.� In his three-year term, Stephen plans on urging the federal government to uphold

the MOU signed with the First Nation to rebuild the community. He said housing would be a priority. Stephen also plans on finding the dollars to develop programs for youth to help address the issue of suicide. “It’s one of my biggest concerns,� he said. “I’ve always been an advocate in dealing with that because I lost a niece to suicide.� Stephen wanted to thank the people in the community giving him the opportunity to be their leader. “I want to get together and work with the community, get them involved in decision making, and I think if we do that, we’ll stand together as one,� he said. Amos Wesley is the new deputy chief of Kashechewan with Sophia Lazarus as the head councillor. David Lazarus, Sammi Lazarus, Wayne Lazarus, Jenesse Martin, George Reuben, Peter Spence, Kim Stephen, Eddy Sutherland, Hosea Wesley and Matthias Wesley Sr. were also elected to the band council. Mary Rose Hughie is the Elder representative, Phillip Good Sr. represents the men, Brenda Wynne represents the women, David Wesley Jr. represents the male youth and Janell Carpenter represents the female youth.

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Funding Agreement, the remedy selected â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the appointment of a third party manager â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was unreasonable,â&#x20AC;? Phelan stated in his ruling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The decision to appoint did not respond in a reasonable way to the root of the problems at Attawapiskat nor to the remedies available upon default under the Comprehensive Funding Agreement. The respondent invoked a financial management remedy without considering more reasonable, more responsive or less invasive remedies available.â&#x20AC;? The New Democratic Party called the ruling â&#x20AC;&#x153;an indictment of the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mishandling of the humanitarian crisis in Attawapiskat and vindication for the community.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The prime minister and

his cabinet tried to blame the community for this crisis,â&#x20AC;?

As First Nations we need to stand on our ground some times especially when someone does wrong to us. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chief Teresa Spence

said New Democrat Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling vindicates the people of Attawapiskat and shows that the Conservativesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; conduct was unacceptable. Conservatives should now accept the ruling and apologize to the people of

Attawapiskat.â&#x20AC;? A spokesperson for John Duncan, minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, said the federal government is disappointed with the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision and will review it to determine the appropriate next steps. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since 2006 our government has spent over $90 million on the Attawapiskat First Nation,â&#x20AC;? said Jason MacDonald, director of communications for minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada will continue to work with the First Nation to develop long-term solutions to broader challenges, including the development of a housing strategy and updating its emergency plan.â&#x20AC;?

Angus said he privately raised the issue with the minister after the emergency was declared in November 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I privately raised this with the minister and urged him to act before it became a full blown humanitarian crisis,â&#x20AC;? Angus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sadly, the minister did nothing until the Red Cross arrived. And then Conservatives tried to claim the community was at fault.â&#x20AC;? Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Carolyn Bennett said the ruling exposes a broader issue of the current government treating Aboriginal people as â&#x20AC;&#x153;adversariesâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The government) chose to smear the reputation of the band instead of owning up to its responsibility to respond to the housing emergency in Attawapiskat,â&#x20AC;? Bennett said.

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From the Wawatay archives 16-5th Avenue North P.O. Box 1180 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7 Serving the First Nations in Northern Ontario since 1974. Wawatay News is a politically independent weekly newspaper published by Wawatay Native Communications Society.

ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᑭᒪᑕᓄᑲᑌᐠ 1974 ᐁᐅᒋᐊᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑭᐧᐁᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑕᐃᑦᔑᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ. ᑕᓱᓂᔓᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐧᐃ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐧᐃᐣ ᐅᓇᔓᐧᐁᐧᐃ ᑲᓇᐧᐊᐸᒋᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᒋᐃᔑ ᐸᐸᒥᓯᒪᑲᐠ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓂᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER David Neegan

Commentary

Sympathy in a troubled world Stephanie Wesley COLUMNIST

“A troubled young person may bring negative impact to the society later on when they grow up. If we can show our care for them and offer them help when it’s needed, I think we will be able to sustain a better society with love and harmony.” – from Zhigui Du’s eulogy for her son, Jun Lin. Du and her husband recently laid the ashes of their son to rest in the city of Montreal. Lin was a Chinese student who was attending Montreal’s Concordia University when he was brutally murdered in May of this year. His untimely death made headlines around the world. Du used to think of her son’s murderer, Luka Magnotta, as the “devil” but has since developed sympathy for Magnotta upon hearing of his troubled childhood. Du now wants to start up a charity that helps young people in distress. After following the horrific story of what happened to Jun Lin, and seeing how his mother still has hope in humanity – I started to think about our own Anishinaabe youth. What Du said about mentoring young people and helping them with their issues to attain a “better society with love and harmony” has never made more sense to me than now – especially after reading about the atrocities certain young First Nations youth have committed recently. Taking somebody’s life in a violent and pointless way is not what Anishinaabe people traditionally do – there is nothing in the Seven Grandfather teachings (courage, love, humility, respect, honesty, truth, and wisdom) that promotes killing. Yet, I hear of a young girl’s life being taken by other girls who were under the influence of alcohol. I hear of an old man’s light being snuffed out before its time in a senseless robbery perpetrated by two young people. I hear of a man meeting his end thanks to a youth who decided it was okay to drink and drive on his reservation. I hear of a teen dying alone in the cold, underground, while three youths go home to brag about what they’ve done. I start to wonder what’s next. I start to wonder who’s next.

The need for youth mentoring has never been greater than it is now. That saying, “our children are our future” needs to be reconsidered. It needs to be taken seriously. If our youth grow up with unresolved issues and pain in their hearts, what kind of people will they be when they are older? What kinds of things will they do? What kind of community will they run? What will they contribute? Everyone has a past. Everyone has been hurt at one point. Not everyone seeks help, though. Not everyone is heard. Not everyone recognizes the signs of a young person in need. There’s a website that popped up recently, a few years in the making, by the Thunder Bay Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force. It began when, in 2007, two Thunder Bay youths committed suicide within a week of each other. I am not implying that those numbers are low, and yes those deaths were very tragic and could have been prevented, but in comparison to all the young Anishinaabe lives lost every day not only to suicide but also by murder and accidental/preventable death? It makes me wonder… When say, Pikangikum’s first two youth suicide’s took their lives, and the next two took theirs, and the next four took theirs, and etc.… you’d think that by now, a decade or two later since teen suicide started to run rampant across the north, there would be permanent teenage counseling centers set up in the communities. A person I interviewed recently for work told me “you can’t change the past, so you have to move forward. You have to make yourself better than it.” I think that sentiment holds true for our youth, for what has been done or hasn’t been done. Whether they want to admit it now, their teenage years are fleeting and they too will become adults. They don’t know everything. In fact people at my age (a young 29) are still learning about life, but we know enough to help them reach where we are now. There’s still time to help them. Now, if our youth grow up with resolved issues and healed hearts, what kind of people will they be when they are older? What kinds of things will they do? What kind of community will they run? What will they contribute?

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Baseball tournament in Sachigo Lake, 1993.

More storms on the horizon Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY

I

noticed in the news recently that there seems to be a move from denial of climate change or global warming. It looks like people are finally waking up to the fact that we humans are contributing to a situation that is causing change in the climate and weather patterns. Sadly, we have wasted a lot of time and missed a lot of opportunities to do our part to fight global warming. People seem to be coming out of denial now because the changes in weather patterns are just too obvious to ignore. For example, consider the wide spread drought of the United States and large parts of Canada. I notice myself in my immediate environment the changes that are happening. There has been much rain and terrible storms in the northern wilderness where I am spending the summer. A few days ago, I experienced the most intense thunder and lightning storm

ever in my life. There were a series of storms in my area and the worst awoke me at about three in the morning. This storm was terrifying as the lightning and thunder flashed repeatedly like a strobe light for over an hour. I felt as though I were in the heart of this great storm. Native people have always been in awe of the force of thunder and lightning. I was raised to respect these powerful forces on the land. My Elders told me of a Cree mythology of the origins of thunder and lightning. Even though we lived in the flat lands of the western James Bay mushkeg, there were stories and legends of high mountains in the west that rose up and met the sky. My people believed that these high places was where lightning and thunder originated and these phenomenon were thought of as living entities that travelled with the storms and clouds. They came in different sizes, shapes and intensities so people pointed out the small young ones that briefly flashed or the great old ones that came down as powerful lightning bolts. In our language lightning is

known as Ominiskoo. It is the origin of more modern words we use to describe anything having to do with electricity. Batteries of any sort are referred to as Ominiskoo and electrical wires are known as Ominiskoo-Api. Scientifically, lightning is actually a very powerful force. A lightning bolt has an average peak power output of about one trillion watts, or one terawatt and the strike lasting only 30 millionths of a second or 30 microseconds. At this energy output, the lightning heats the surrounding air in its immediate vicinity to about 20,000 degrees Celsius or 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about three times the temperature of the surface of the sun. The sudden heating from a lightning bolt super heats the surrounding air and creates a supersonic shock wave. This shock wave is what we hear as thunder. Tall trees are conductors of lightning because they are often the highest point in the landscape. However, the sap inside trees is a poor conductor of electricity so when lightning strikes a tall pine, the sap is instantly superheated into steam and explodes.

Lightning striking trees is often the source of forest fires in many remote forested areas. You can judge the distance of a lightning strike by counting how many seconds it takes for the sound of thunder to follow a flash of light. It is estimated that a flash preceding thunder for three seconds is about one kilometre or a five seconds for a mile. There isn’t much you can do to avoid the power of these huge thunder storms that are becoming more regular in parts of the country. Scientists tell us that as weather patterns change due to global warming we can expect more volatile and violent weather. Don’t ever take shelter under a tree during a thunder storm and try not to get caught out in the open on a lake, river or flat area. The safest places are inside a vehicle or a building. The fact is that the recent thunder storm I experienced really scared me. After all, I was surrounded by tall pine and poplar trees in the wilderness. I guess I am just going to have to get accustomed to bigger and more violent thunder storms and that is not going to be easy.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER David Neegan davidn@wawatay.on.ca EDITOR Shawn Bell shawnb@wawatay.on.ca WRITER/PHOTOGRAPHER Rick Garrick rickg@wawatay.on.ca WRITER/PHOTOGRAPHER Lenny Carpenter lennyc@wawatay.on.ca INTERIM REPORTERS Christian Quequish Stephanie Wesley

ART DIRECTOR Roxann Shapwaykeesic, RGD roxys@wawatay.on.ca GRAPHIC DESIGNER Matthew Bradley matthewb@wawatay.on.ca SALES MANAGER James Brohm jamesb@wawatay.on.ca CIRCULATION Adelaide Anderson reception@wawatay.on.ca

TRANSLATORS Vicky Angees vickya@wawatay.on.ca Agnes Shakakeesic agness@wawatay.on.ca CONTRIBUTORS Xavier Kataquapit Chris Kornacki John Ferris Guest editorials, columnists and letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the views of Wawatay News.


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AUGUST 9, 2012

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What’s your favourite thing about Creefest? Melba Rickard, Moose Cree “Music. Just the variety of it especially the gospel and the ‘moldy-oldies,’ as my kids call it (laughs).”

George Small Jr., MoCreebec Council “Showcasing the music, whether it’s the fiddles, guitar, blues, gospel , country, and rappers for the young people. And it’s nice having visitors from James Bay and other provinces.”

Peggy Formsma, Moose Cree “The variety of activities, whether it’s cultural, music, powwow. And the Elders. It’s nice to spend time with time and hear the language.”

Ava Gustafson, 9, Thunder Bay “You get to square dance almost every day.”

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Province looking for First Nation input on Ring of Fire infrastructure Regional infrastructure, environmental monitoring planning sessions coming soon: Kaszycki Shawn Bell Wawatay News

The coordinator of Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ring of Fire Secretariat insists the province is committed to working with First Nations on establishing how the north will develop alongside the massive mining projects proposed for the Ring of Fire. In an interview with Wawatay News, Christine Kaszycki emphasized that the provincial government is thinking of long-term infrastructure needs as it analyzes how best to develop the Ring of Fire. Kaszycki said discussions between the province and First Nations on regional infrastructure planning will begin sometime in the next few months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a number of initiatives Ontario has put on the table, including regional infrastructure planning and regional environmental monitoring, where the discussions need to include groups of communities,â&#x20AC;? Kaszycki said.

The province is interested in ensuring longer term opportunities for First Nation communities in terms of local access. -Christine Kasycki

She said that in her view infrastructure needs includes roads as well as transmission lines to connect communities to southern electricity grids. Kasyckiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pledge to involve First Nations in determining infrastructure needs for the region comes as conflict over the process of developing the Ring of Fire continues to grow. First Nations in the region have escalated rhetoric against the Ring of Fire since Cliffs and Ontario announced plans for a $3.2 billion project that includes a mine in the Ring of Fire, a north-south transportation corridor and a smelter in Sudbury. Neskantaga First Nation has pledged to block a road from running across the Attawapiskat River. The Attawapiskat River crossing is an essential part of Cliffs north-south transportation corridor that would see an all-weather road built from Nakina to the Ring of Fire mine sites. Meanwhile the other transportation options â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including an east-west road that would run from the Ring of Fire to Pickle Lake â&#x20AC;&#x201C; remain on the table, according to Kasycki, despite the June announcement from Noront Resources that it is reassessing its plan for an east-west transportation corridor given the fact that Ontario is supporting Cliffsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Christine Kasycki, Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ring of Fire Secretariat coordinator north-south road. Kasycki said the third remaining transportation option is a rail corridor that would run north-south, basically along the same route proposed by Cliffs for its road. The rail corridor is being promoted by KWG Resources. The transportation corridors have all been proposed by the private sector. When asked what role the province plays in determining the transportation routes associated with the mining development, Kasycki said the province relies on the private sector to put forward its proposals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The province typically expects the private sector to look at alternatives,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The province of course is interested in ensuring longer term opportunities for First Nation communities in terms of local access, and also interested in (electricity) transmission.â&#x20AC;? Kasycki said the ongoing environmental assessments (EA) happening for both the Cliffs and Noront Ring of Fire projects will examine the transportation options included in the project descriptions. The EAs will take into account impact on the environment and on First Nations. However, Matawa has filed a judicial review of the EA process for the Ring of Fire. The Tribal Council wants the EA process upgraded to the strictest possible assessment, in part because the assessment Matawa is calling for would take into account environmental affects of a number of projects on the region. Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional infrastructure planning with First Nations will happen as a parallel process with the ongoing EAs, Kasycki said. She said the discussions between Ontario and northern First Nations need to happen on a regional level, so that regional infrastructure planning and plans for regional environmental monitoring can happen. Alongside that process, the province will work with individual communities on skills training and other initiatives to help First Nations maximize their benefits of the mining projects.


Wawatay News

AUGUST 9, 2012

ᐅᓇᔓᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂᓂ ᐅᑭᔑᐊᐧᐦᐃᑯᐣ ᐊᒥᑯᑭᒪᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᑲᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᐊᓄᑲᑕᐠ ᒋᐊᑕᐁᐧᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᐠ

Come see the historical artifacts of Fort William First Nation during...

Mount McKay 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The late Thomas Adam’s trailer.

Submitted photos by Jake Williams

Do you have a piece of First Nations History? Community members examine the remnants of the fire, which burned over 12,000 hectares as of August 2.

Walk for Good Life completes fourth journey Rick Garrick Wawatay News

A huge storm may have dampened this year’s Walk for Good Life, but it could not stop the walkers from completing the 500-kilometre, seven-day journey. “We got rained out on Sunday by that big storm that came through the Dryden area,” said Larissa Desrosiers, the youth coordinator for Oshki Aayaa’aag Mino Bimaadiziiwin Good Life for Young Peoples, who has been involved with all four Walk for Good Life walks. “All of our stuff was everywhere — it was all wet. Our tents were upside down ... but we pulled through it together. We were all supportive of one another.” Couchiching’s Jackson Morrison said the storm was “pretty intense.” “I wasn’t there to go through the storm, but some of the walkers made it through hail, tornado warnings, lightning and rain,” said Morrison, who has also been involved with all four Walk for Good Life walks. “They made it; they went far.” Although Desrosiers originally thought the walkers would be set back by the storm, they soon caught up to schedule. “We stayed in a hotel Sunday night and then we went back in the morning to pick up all our stuff,” Desrosiers said. “That day, in total, we walked

Respecting the Past

Embr acing the Future

ᐃᒪ ᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 1 ᕑᐊᔭᐣ ᐸᐧᓯᐟ, ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐨ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᑭᓴᑭᑌᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐃᐧᐣᑎᓴ ᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ (ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᓴᑭᑌᐠ #74) ᑭᐃᔑ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒋᑲᑌ ᒋᐅᒋ ᒧᒋᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᒥ ᑲᐃᓇᒋᑫᐨ ᐊᒥᑯᑭᒪ. “ᐣᑭᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᑕᒥᓇᐸᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᑕᐸᑕᑭᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑕᓇᑌᑭᐣ. ᐣᑭ ᑭᑫᐣᑕᒥᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐃᐧᐣᑎᑯ ᐁᑭᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᑭᓄᔐᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑌᐯᐧ ᐁᑭᒋᓇᐸᑕᐠ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐧᐸᓯᐟ. ᐸᐧᓯᐟ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᔭᓇᑭ ᑲᑫᐧᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᐊᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᓯᓱᐸᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᐁᑲ ᒋᒐᑭᑌᑭᐣ ᑲᑭᑕᐸᑕᑭᐣ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐊᑕᑫᐣ. “ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒋᑫᔭᐣᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑭᓄᔐᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᑲᑭ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑲᑭᑕᐸᑕᑭᐣ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᐁᑭᐃᓇᐱᑫᓯᑐᔭᐣᐠ ᓯᓱᐸᒋᑲᓇᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐊᐱ ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᓂᐦᓴᐧ ᑲᑭᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑲᓂᐊᐧᑭᐸᐣ ᐊᒥ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᒪᐣᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᓴᑭᑌᐠ 370 ᐦᐁᐠᑐᕑᐢ ᐁᑭᐃᓂᑯᑲᐧᐠ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᐸᐧᓯᐟ. ᑭᐃᓇᒋᒧ ᐸᐧᓯᐟ, ᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᑐᒋᑫᒪᑲᐠ ᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᑫᐧᑭᓄᐁᐧᓭ ᑲᑎᐱᑲᐠ ᒥᑕᐡ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᒐᑭᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᑎᐟ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᔦᑲᒪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑕᐸᒋᒋᑲᓂᐊᐧ. “ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᓴᑭᑌᐠ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ 12,000 ᐦᐁᐠᑐᕑᐢ ᐃᓂᑯᑲᐧ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐸᐧᓯᐟ ᐅᐸᐅᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 2 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᓂᐨ.

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64 miles between 10 or 11 walkers.” Desrosiers said everyone helps each other during the walk, which began at Eagle Lake on July 29 and circled through Couchiching, Rainy River and Onigaming before returning back to Eagle Lake on Aug. 4. “It’s been great,” Morrison said. “We just stopped in Sabaskong (Onigaming) and I did a couple of speeches for the kids. They liked it and they are going to be walking with us today.” Morrison enjoyed the sharing circles the walkers held every morning during the walk. “We’ll have a ceremony and sometimes we will share stuff that needed to be shared,” Morrison said. “What we feel like needs to be said, we’ll share it in sharing circles. I think that is the highlight of everything.” Desrosiers said one of the walkers had a close call when a vehicle went out of control along the highway. “I just think it was amazing he had the instincts, just like a deer, because he had to dodge it,” Desrosiers said. “It was pretty scary but that is just one of the things that made us more stronger as basically a family.” Desrosiers said the walkers held workshops this year on hand drumming and stories for campers at the Rushing River and Blue Lake provincial parks. “You get to meet so many people,” Desrosiers said.

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Wawatay News

AUGUST 9, 2012

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NAN Grand Chief candidates on p Brian Davey WWT: What are the biggest issues facing NAN communities? BD: We have many issues but some of the largest issues are related to prescription drug abuse, drug and alcohol addictions, lack of housing and infrastructure, unemployment, the need for youth empowerment, insufficient funding for education, policing, different health standards being applied due to jurisdictional issues, jurisdiction over traditional lands, revenue sharing, ceasing economic opportunity, lack of equity to start businesses, and implementation of treaty and inherent rights.

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WWT: What is the first thing you would do to begin addressing those issues? BD: Review the decisions the Chiefs have made and see if there are areas, that we, as a newly elected executive council, can add value to by recommending new or revised approaches. My preference as Grand Chief is to seize the economic and infrastructure development opportunities - not by getting in the way of local or regional initiatives that have already been started, but by helping where we can. For example, I believe we should develop an equity fund for our entrepreneurs and business corporations to grow or start their businesses. WWT: If you were elected Grand Chief, what legacy would you hope to leave behind after your term was over? BD: I would like to be a part of a legacy where we collectively as First Nations are unified and to act in unity in taking control of our economic destiny and creating prosperous and healthy communities. This is collective legacy I wish for. Our role as the newly elected executive council is to bring that unity to reality by exposing the clear benefits of acting as «one» while respecting our diversity.

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WWT: What is the first thing you DS: I want to begin by bringing to r were never meant to live as oppressed choose what we will be. It is contrary since the advent of the Government’s So I would want to bring an organ enabled to begin dealing with this ge dent IN OUR THINKING as our grand There is evidence amongst the you organize has to be part of the solutio issues that face us today.

WWT: What are the biggest issues facing NAN communities? MM: The biggest issues facing our communities today would include: Severe prescription drug abuse, Housing shortages, High costs of food, fuel, transportation, lack of access to quality medical care, cutbacks to transportation for medical care, lack of mental health care and services, ongoing suicide amongst our people, intergenerational impacts from residential school, ongoing inequality of education funding. Also without getting into detail, these issues continue to be raised from the communities and many remain to be ongoing, like family violence, sexual abuse, child apprehensions and a lack of a First Nations controlled child welfare system. WWT: What would be the first thing you would do to begin addressing those issues? MM: We need to continue working within our communities to begin addressing many of the social issues we continue to hear about. We cannot only address these matters during a chief’s conference. They need to be followed up at the community level. Our people also require healing from the residential school era. We need to protect our families and instill upon our youth the importance of family. On the issues of health and education, we need to be stronger in our messages about the treaty we have with Canada and why we need to maintain that relationship.

WWT: If you were elected Grand over? DS: I would be happy to leave the o comes, one that really helps our peop to come up with one.

WWT: What legacy would you hope to leave behind after your tenure is over? MM: Our elders who had a vision to unite to create strength for success still resonates in my memory of them when they spoke loudly in past chiefs conferences. We need to instill upon our youth today of our rich history as one people with the same vision. Our elders understood that we as a nation of people are all in the same boat and we all need each other to succeed for the future of our people. Our history needs to be taught in our schools. As grand chief, this is the legacy I would wish to leave behind.

Lawrence David Neegan WWT: What are the biggest issues facing NAN communities? DN: There are so many issues we are facing but if I was to sum it up in one statement, we have a lower standard of living. We have limited success when we go to government for assistance, or launch a legal court case. If I was to use a metaphor, it would be like we’re playing in a hockey game where the rules are set by people who don’t want us to win yet we play each night. WWT: What is the first thing you would do to begin addressing these issues? DN: If you look at tribes that unite, they form nations and those nations are still in existence today. We won’t find unity in urban areas but in the communities. The first thing we need is a common election code in each First Nation. We can gain leverage because it is people who make change. I’ve witnessed the strength of what we can do when we work together. For example I think of Railey Barkman, Wasaya, Keewaytinook Okimikanak’s Broadband and Mushkeegowuk, I know what we can accomplish. No where else are we stronger than in our communities. I will ask the Chiefs to support a motion to move NAN to a NAN First Nation. Many of our youth are losing their language and culture. This trend will continue as long as our youth are educated from outside of the community. We need to utilize broadband in the community to deliver services on reserve. WWT: If you were elected Grand Chief, what legacy would you hope to leave behind after your term was over? DN: Legacy is a wrong word to use because it implies that the Grand Chief will accomplish this but one man cannot do this alone, we need everyone united. We already have vast resources within our area that can provide a higher standard of living. I would like to see our own children educated, work and living life as God has intended where our ancestors lived from time immemorial.

WWT: What are the biggest issues facing NAN co LM: Lack of financial resources to meet the approp social assistance, economic development (jobs), high into compounded problems in all the sectors of the c cides, overcrowding, displacement, drop outs in scho loss of language, culture and traditions.

WWT: What is the first thing you would do to beg LM: I would recommend to the Chiefs, with the i develop local, and regional strategic plans in all sect of moving our communities from a Third world cond to develop protocols, agreements with each other on Boundaries - Once it is written It shall be done - thus Ontario, Canada and the Resource Companies. Three

WWT: If you were elected Grand Chief, what lega LM: I have six children and 15 grandchildren. I ha three times as the Mayor of two non-native towns - Si Hospital as VP and Director of Communications and C Center. I worked with Nishnawbe Aski Police. I was the I would like the opportunity to utilize my experiences


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candidate for Grand tions. Each candidate estions, and given 100 eir answers are here, em.

Doug Semple WWT: What are the biggest issues facing NAN communities? DS: When I look at the social landscape of our First Nation communities there are a litany of issues that face them. It overwhelms me to the point of despair at times but I truly believe we each have a spirit within us that will not give in to this despair. The following are some of the issues I think we need focus on:

- Major health issues such as prescription drug abuse, youth suicides, complications from diabetes - High unemployment rates and poverty - Inadequate housing hrough mining and resource development which do not respect us

u would do to begin addressing those issues? remembrance that we, us as members of the Nishnawbe Aski Nations combined, d people. The Great Spirit, Our God, gave us an independent spirit with a will to y to live our lives in such a state that we have been in the last fifty years basically active legislative agenda with respect to our lands and us. nization and a process whereby our people, especially our young people, are eneral state of oppression we are in and find a way where we can be as independfathers and grandmothers were in their day. ung people of our lands that this spirit and thought is within them. The way we on in encouraging them to use their energy and strength find solutions to the

Terry Waboose WWT: What are the biggest issues facing NAN communities? TW: The most significant issue we face is the lack of control and the resources we need to meet the needs of our communities and our people. The external governments of Ontario and Canada hold us back by controlling our lives and our lands. Industry wants to take the riches from our lands, making billions of dollars for their companies while our people continue to live in poverty. Others have prospered while our needs are ignored. Many of our people, especially our youth, have lost hope for the future and are turning to drugs and alcohol. WWT: What is the first thing you would do to begin addressing those issues? TW: We cannot continue to be silent. The first thing we must do is set out clear paths for action – then take that action. We cannot allow Ontario and Canada to set the rules and expect us to follow them. We have a sacred responsibility to protect our lands for future generations. We must ensure that industry and government respect our Aboriginal and Treaty rights. We must give permission before any development occurs in our traditional lands. We can work in partnership with industry and government, but only as equal partners, and only for the benefit of our people and communities. WWT: If you were elected Grand Chief, what legacy would you hope to leave behind after your term was over? TW: I would like my legacy to be the Grand Chief who united our leadership, strengthened our communities, protected our culture, and helped build a better future for our people. I will do this by working with First Nation leadership to make decisions and take action to address the challenges our communities face. I will strengthen our unity by focusing on what we have in common, not on our differences – that is how outside governments divide us. Our strength comes from Treaty No. 9 and Treaty No. 5 which unite us as the Cree, Ojibway, OjiCree and Algonquin peoples of NAN.

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office with an improved governance process that provides effective decision outple address the issues that now threaten us as a people. I think we owe it to them

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ommunities? priate needs in housing, education, health, h price of goods and supplies - these result communities - social issues, drug use, suiool, violence in the home, family breakups,

gin addressing those issues? involvement of the communities, that we tors with short, mid and long term plans. As an overall strategy, I would bring forth a vision dition to First. Each step of the planning process would be mapped out - communities NEED n how to conduct business among themselves including the question of Traditional Lands and formalizing our relationships, and our collective approach, NAN wide, to face and work with Nations working together - Cree, Ojibway, and Oji-Cree.

acy would you hope to leave behind after your term was over? ave spent time as the first People-Elected Grand Chief of Mushkegowuk Council; been elected ioux Lookout and Cochrane - I was Executive Director for Wawatay, I worked at Weeneebayko Community Relations, I managed the Friendship Center in Cochrane, and ran Misiway Health e first native person in Canada to win a Juno Award. I’m not worried about leaving a legacy, but I have gained throughout my life and various careers for the benefit of all our people.

Harvey Yesno WWT: What are the biggest issues facing NAN communities? HY: Poverty and hopelessness are most challenging due to inadequate community infrastructure, high unemployment, low education levels, unhealthy lifestyles and loss of our languages and culture. Today there is no economy to sustain our communities, however, with a clear vision, our hopes and dreams lie within our lands and our people that can be developed in an environmentally sustainable manner. We need to strengthen our families to have strong communities, strong leaders so that our Nation will be strong. Women will need to play a key role in unifying our people. A cord of three strands cannot easily be broken is Unity! WWT: What is the first thing you would do to begin addressing those issues? HY: Review what has already been established through declarations and resolutions; engage our membership both on and off reserve through the First Nations, Tribal Councils and NANwide and affiliated organizations; develop a strategy and design an action plan to be endorsed by the leaders. Re-prioritize our resources; seek domestic and foreign partners and government for resourcing to begin to implement the action plan towards a hope and a future for our youth. Build more capacity for our communities through education and training. Empower Youth by electing a Youth Grand Chief. Inclusion is very important and we will have Strength! WWT: If you were elected Grand Chief, what legacy would you hope to leave behind after your term was over? HY: My vision is for a Healthy and Prosperous Nation! We will achieve that through healing and restoration, strong families, vibrant languages and culture. Our decision making will be inclusive involving our past leadership. Honoring, respecting and supporting one another. Re-vitalize and restore the understanding of our forefathers with the governments that ‘as they prepared to sign (Treaty), believed that nothing but good was intended.’ Proclaim our Declaration of 1977 to the world! My hope is that as I served the people, I fought the good fight, walked the talk and added one more rung in the ladder of Success!


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Youth learn traditions in Nibinamik Stephanie Wesley Wawatay News

Submitted photo by Michael Ritchie/Matawa First Nations

Youth in Nibinamik spent a week learning traditional skills, on-theland activities and just hanging out on the beach during the 14th annual Youth Wilderness Retreat.

The community of Nibinamik First Nation held their 14th Annual Youth Wilderness Retreat Program (YWRP) from July 23-28. The YWRP consisted of various activities such as fish netting, boat and motor safety, moose hunting skills and preparation of traditional food. The event was coordinated by Jolene Anishinapaise with help from Nibinamik Health Director Don Sofea. It was Anishinapaise’s first time as the coordinator of the youth retreat. “I really wanted to do something positive for the youth,” Anishinapaise said. “I learned a lot of new things, like how to be a leader.” Anishinapaise said directing the retreat was easy and hard at the same time.

Two Nibinamik Elders started the YWRP 14 years ago, as a way to deal with the loss of culture and the loss of survival tools. “They saw how the people were starting to eat processed foods, manufactured foods, and they had seen how it was minimizing the way people eat, pick and harvest their wildlife,” Sofea said, adding that diabetes and hypertension were also on the rise due to the processed foods the community started to eat. The community has a YWRP-committee comprised of two elders, two frontline staff members and a council member. When planning for each YWRP, the committee takes into consideration the evaluation of recommendations from the previous year’s YWRP. “We could use more funding,” Sofea said. “The program

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important for the younger generations to know, like learning about the land, water, and environment as well as using a General Positioning System (GPS). An important activity to Sofea was boat and motor repair. He explained that when the youth go out hunting and fishing on their own, it is essential that they know how to fix a problem with the boat’s motor if ever it should break down. “It’s like in high school when you learn how to fix a car in auto shop,” he said. “The kids enjoyed the Medicine Walk with Grandma,” Sofea said, “they learned of plants they could use as cures.” Jasmine Beaver, a 13 year old YWRP participant, said that she will go into the YWRP again next year if she is in the community when the program is running. “All of my friends said it was fun last year,” Beaver said about why she decided to attend this year. One of her favourite activities was the medicine walk where she learned of different kinds of medicines in the trees and plants. “My other favourite activities were playing volleyball and Capture the Flag.” Anishinapaise said her favourite part was the end of the week’s celebration – which included prizes, a dance, and a community feast as well as fireworks. “It was good to see the expressions on the youth’s faces. They were excited, they completed the whole week of the program and it was good to celebrate with them,” Anishinapaise said.

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Walking in two worlds Alice Sabourin embraces education and her roots Stephanie Wesley Wawatay News

When Alice Sabourin, an Ojibwe woman of Pic River First Nation, first set off at the age of 22 to attend university in 1984, she had a vague idea of who she wanted to be like. “Bev Sabourin – my cousin. She’s a very professional, educated, well-established and reputable person,” Sabourin said of her mentor. She knew that if she followed in her cousin Bev’s footsteps, she would someday reach the same caliber. Sabourin did not originally plan on enrolling into university. “Nobody in my childhood, not even my parents or anyone in high school said ‘go to university!’” she recalled. Sabourin explained that when she was younger, university wasn’t part of what was encouraged or discussed in her family. “It took only a couple of people, these older women who said ‘you are very smart. Go to university.” Sabourin tried to brush off the older women’s goading by saying she would go next year, but they wouldn’t have that. “No, go now!” the ladies told her. Sabourin laughed as she explained that she sheepishly agreed to. “And that’s all it took, was someone to say ‘you’re smart,’” Sabourin said. She completed four years of university and now holds a position at Lakehead University teaching Aboriginal Education to fourth-year classes. Sabourin is a survivor. Her life wasn’t always easy; parts of her childhood were marred by experiences with family violence and she dealt with her fair share of racism. Racism often came from both sides of the fence she was seemingly sat on – Sabourin is a “half-breed.” It was a term she used to feel anxious about being called, especially when she returned to the Thunder Bay area. “But the elders just embraced me,” Sabourin said. “They kept saying ‘you’re Alice Sabourin,” she explained, which was her mother’s maiden name. Her last name was Rives. “That’s why I have that name now, because it made me feel so proud,” Sabourin said of her family’s name. Besides teaching at the university, Sabourin is a designer and an artist, and has held many events in relation to both positions. Her most recent program was in 2010 called the Remember Me Project, in honour of the missing and murdered Aboriginal Women. In August, Sabourin will be putting on a poetryperformance at St.Paul’s United Church in commemoration of the residential school survivors, and is also preparing for a fashion show. “What Am I Made Of” will showcase dresses made out of organic material and recycled leather. Sabourin likes to include young Aboriginal women in her fashion shows. “They love it!” Sabourin said of the girls about the fashion shows. “Our Aboriginal women don’t often get to be on front and center stage. It always gives me the biggest joy when we get to say ‘these are our women, our beautiful girls.’”

Sabourin also works with young Aboriginal women in correctional settings. She believes that the connections she makes with the youth go beyond the confines of the correctional facility’s walls. Sabourin will encounter young people who still remember her from years ago in either said correctional facilities or in education.

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Brian Davey for Grand Chief

“Means ” Voting for : Ex Results perience, Vision, Strength and

Political and Professional Profile Brief Background: Brian’s greatest strength is his ability to see the big picture and to strategically plan and achieve successful outcomes. He has a strong background in economic and business development and a proven ability to negotiate agreements. He is not afraid to walk away if the proposed agreement is not in the best interest of the people. He has worked on First Nations issues for over 30 years and was elected 2 terms (6 years) as Deputy Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Ask Nation. He has worked in the private and public sectors as an independent business person and in senior management positions in First Nation organizations. His Vision is to create wealth and prosperity for all the NAN First Nations and its people by using the treaty, our relationship and jurisdiction to the land. His Vision also includes creating healthy communities so we are able to take advantage of the opportunities and live our lives to the fullest, as intended by the Creator.

Work History Alice Sabourin

His career path is as follows: 1981 to 1990 ...... Director, Rights and Treaty Research, Grand Council Treaty #9

Family is the other important factor to Sabourin when it comes to being successful in education. “They always ask me, ‘do you remember me?’ and I say, ‘yes I remember you,’” Sabourin said. She is proud of the Aboriginal youth she has met and worked with, and can see similarities in all of them. Sabourin voiced the two factors she feels are important when it comes to Aboriginal student’s success in education. “Mentors – when you have really strong role models, people you can look up to who are ahead of you then it is easier,” Sabourin said. Family is the other important factor to Sabourin when it comes to being successful in education. She has seen families migrate to the city together. “So that’s a way of ensuring success in education. You don’t go alone, it’s too stressful. You bring people with you.” Sabourin praises the work that is done at the local allnative school Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFC). Sabourin refers to the principal and vice-principal of the school, Jonathan Kakegamic and Sharon Angeconeb as “the dynamic duo.” “They’re just there (available), they created a community with the staff and the students,” Sabourin said. She explained that the job the staff does doesn’t stop once the school day is over. “The doors are always open.” Sabourin knows there are worries in educated Aboriginal people about how they are supposed to function as professionals in the outside world and as Anishinaabe people in their own world. “It takes a really strong person to walk in two worlds,” she said, which is a statement that really stands out in regards to Sabourin and her life.

1990 to 1991 ...... Six Bands Negotiator, the creation of six new reserves and communities 1991 to 1997 ...... Deputy Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, economic development portfolio 1997 to 1998 ...... Land and Resource Advisor to the Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation 1998 to 2000 ...... Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Aboriginal Economic Renewal Initiative 2000 to 2006 ...... Managing Partner, First Nations Equity Inc. (management/financial advisory firm) 2006 to 2010 ...... Manager, Economic Development, Matawa First Nations 2011 to now ....... Special Initiatives Advisor, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

Notable Strengths: • Acquired a vast knowledge on treaty rights in the early part of his career including inherent rights through his experience and participation in the Constitutional conferences in the 1980s. • Strong background in economic and business development. • Knowledgeable on resource revenue sharing. Did major research studies on revenue sharing for the Sioux Lookout area and in the province as a whole. • Participated in complex land base and resource sector negotiations from the creation of reserves to impact and benefit agreements to early mineral exploration agreements. • Provided the initial political leadership for the coastal transmission line. Brian is a citizen of the Moose Cree Nation, a graduate of Trent University and currently resides in Thunder Bay with his spouse, Leesa Wabasse and his two daughters, Courtney and Breanne and two grandsons, Cohen and Phoenix, all of whom are Neskantaga First Nation citizens. Brian’s nomination for Grand Chief is moved by Chief Norm Hardisty, Moose Cree First Nation and seconded by Chief Peter Moonias, Neskantaga First Nation.

If you have any questions, Brian Davey may be contacted at: Mobile: 807-708-2882 or Email: b.davey@shaw.ca


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Employment Opportunity NISHNAWBE-ASKI LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

Telemedicine Informatics Educator – Job Posting SUMMARY Reporting to the Clinical Services Coordinator (CSC), the Telemedicine Informatics Educator coordinates telemedicine training for Community Telemedicine Coordinators (CTCs) and for KO eHealth Services staff and other KO health staff. The Informatics Educator assesses CTC training needs, provides training, supports the acquisition of specific telemedicine skills and knowledge, develops continuous learning plans, and monitors learner success and performance. S/he takes the lead role to ensure CTC certification. The Informatics Educator prepares practical learning materials, documents standard telemedicine procedures, and prepares and updates training procedure manuals. The Informatics Educator provides technical assistance in his/ her work with the CTCs and the telemedicine team to ensure high quality telemedicine delivery. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES a) Diploma or degree in Nursing or other health field preferred b) Experience working with First Nations communities in health or education c) Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and values, and of the geographical and health care challenges of First Nations in the Sioux Lookout district d) Familiarity with health system in the district e) Experience with adult learning and training strategies f) Ability to learn, adopt and teach new technical and clinical skills and practice g) Understanding of and interest in the use of communications and learning technologies in health care delivery h) Excellent interpersonal skills i) Strong computer skills (M/S Office Suite, E-mail, Internet) j) Good oral and written communications skills k) Able to work independently or as part of a team l) Ability to speak Cree, Oji-Cree or Ojibway an asset m) Some travel to remote communities required

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation (NALSC) is a unique legal services office that provides legal, paralegal and law-related services to the members of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN). The Restorative Justice Program is an initiative being undertaken by NALSC to provide an alternative to the mainstream justice system which incorporates traditional Aboriginal cultural components. NALSC is seeking a Community Youth Justice Worker for the communities of: Moose Cree, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat and other communities as required. COMMUNITY YOUTH JUSTICE WORKER Working under the direction of the Restorative Justice Manager, the Community Youth Justice Worker will receive diversion referrals, organize and facilitate restorative justice circles, submit reports on a timely basis and assist First Nations in the development of alternative justice systems. Qualifications: • Education and/or equivalent experience in social, justice or law related field; • Experience with the Euro-Canadian Legal system and knowledge of Aboriginal Legal systems; • Experience in organizing and delivering training programs; • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment; • Computer skills required for word processing, email and internet; • Public speaking skills and excellent oral and written communication skills; • Willingness to communicate with others about law related and traditional issues; • Demonstrated ability to work independently; • Must be willing and able to travel extensively; • Valid Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle; • Ability to speak Cree would be a definite asset. Location: James Bay Coast Salary: Based upon experience with benefits Closing Date: Until Filled Please send a resume including three (3) references to: Joyce Crawford, Restorative Justice Manager By Mail: Attention: Restorative Justice Manager Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation 86 South Cumberland Street Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2V3 Fax: 807-622-3024 Email: cjohnson@nanlegal.on.ca

Location: Balmertown, Ontario Deadline for applications: Friday, August 24, 2012 Please send cover letter, resume and three written references to: Hiring Committee Keewaytinook Okimakanak P.O. Box 340 Balmertown, ON P0V 1C0

For more information and a complete job description please contact: Chantelle Johnson at 1-800-465-5581 or 807-622-1413. Please note: Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS TECHNICAL SERVICES CORPORATION EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Infrastructure Specialist Thunder Bay Service Centre Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) requires an Infrastructure Specialist for the Thunder Bay Service Centre. The mandate of OFNTSC is to provide technical and enhanced advisory services to the Unaffiliated First Nations in Ontario. The primary role of the Infrastructure Specialist will be to conduct new and renovated housing inspections, provide advisory services regarding residential construction including building science and energy efficiency, O & M, Minor Capital, some aspects on Major Capital, training, housing policy and related government programs. The Infrastructure Specialist will report directly to the Operations Manager. SUMMARY OF DUTIES: • Conduct plans examinations and inspections on new housing at the required stages of construction as well as advise and inspect on renovations. • Assist and advise on residential construction projects including building techniques, energy efficiency, contract administration and funding. • Assist and advise Unaffiliated First Nations in understanding the level of information required in inventory collection and verification of AANDC’s Integrated Capital Management system (ICMS) and the Capital Asset Management System (CAMS) including asset condition reporting system (ACRS) as well as maintenance management; • Assist and advise on government program funding and reporting. SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS: • Must have a College Diploma in Civil Engineering or Architectural Technology/Technician or other related specialty. • At least 5-7 years experience in similar field/areas of expertise. • Must have experience working with First Nation communities and have a good understanding of First Nation culture. • Knowledge of government programs available to First Nation communities. • Knowledge of residential construction techniques and building science. • Experience in theory and practices in operation and maintenance of community building, water and sewer systems, landfills/refuse sites, roads/bridges and other community services. • Certification as a building inspector, R-2000 Professional, Energy Advisor and/or Energy Star Advisor is an asset. • Must be self motivated with excellent oral/written communication skills. • Ability to operate computers and a variety of software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and AutoCad (asset). • Valid Ontario Drivers License AND ability and availability to travel extensively throughout Ontario. CLOSING DATE: Friday August 24, 2012, 4:30 p.m. (EST) Please mark very clearly on the envelope “INFRASTRUCTURE SPECIALIST” and Email, Mail/Fax your resume/Curriculum Vitae to: Brian Staats, CRSP, Operations Manager bstaats@ofntsc.org Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation 111 Peter Street, Suite 606, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1

A model poses for the audience during the Unity Through Fashion show at Creefest and the Gathering of Our People festivals on July 26. The fashion show, which displayed the designs of Bruno Henry and Tracey Toulouse, featured mainly Moose Cree members as the models.

Beauty of Moose Cree Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

The beauty of Moose Cree was featured in a fashion show during the Creefest and Gathering of Our People (GOOP) festivals. On July 26, 14 models consisting mostly of Moose Cree ladies walked down the runway during Unity Through Fashion, a fashion show that displayed the work of First Nation designers Tracey Toulouse of Swirling Wind Designs and Bruno Henry. Thalissa Linklater said she heard about the fashion show through her aunt and uncle, who knew Toulouse and Henry. “I’m so outgoing and I like doing things so once I heard that

SIOUX LOOKOUT FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AUTHORITY RESIDENTIAL COUNSELLOR Internal/External Posting Permanent Full Time Location: Sioux Lookout, Ontario Residential Counsellor is required for full time position. Team members will be responsible for carrying out daily programming, facilitating groups, case conferencing and supervision of clients. QUALIFICATIONS • Child and Youth Worker diploma and/or related discipline; • Experience working with youth in a residential treatment setting; • Must have experience and understanding of Native culture, and of the geographic realities and social conditions within remote First Nation Communities; • Work experience in Residential Services with children, adolescents, and families. KNOWLEDGE & ABILITY • A thorough understanding of the Child & Family Services Act and Mental Health Act a definite asset; • Ability to communicate in one or more of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout District will be an asset; • Ability to take direction and facilitate individualized treatment plans; • Knowledge of child development and therapeutic modalities in working with youth. • Excellent time management and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work independently; • Must be willing to relocate Please send cover letter, resume, three most recent employment references and an up-to-date criminal reference check with a Search of the Pardoned Sexual Offender Registry to: Human Resources Department Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority 61 Queen Street, P.O. Box 1300 Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1B8 Phone: (807) 737-1802 Fax: (807) 737-2969 Email: Human.Resources@slfnha.com Closing Date: August 16, 2012 The Health Authority wishes to thank all applicants in advance. However, only those granted an interview will be contacted.

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there was a fashion show, I gave them my name and they called me up,” the 22-year-old said. Heather Hardisty was recruited to model after her family heard about it. A member of the Ontario Rangers for the summer, Hardisty, like Linklater, had no prior modeling experience. “I was shy in front of people,” the 16-year-old said, “but you get over it when you’re with people doing the same thing.” Katelyn Job had no problems with walking down the runaway. The 20-year-old had previously entered a modeling competition and earned a contract with a talent and modeling agency, where she worked for two years. Though she has not modeled in a while, Job felt the need to do so at Creefest and GOOP. “I wanted to do it for the community,” she said, “to show them that everybody’s design is beautiful and everybody has their own creations in their own way and can make something pretty.” Before a crowd on the arena pad in the Thomas Cheechoo Jr. Memorial Complex, the models walked down the runway, first wearing the designs of Henry. Linklater and Hardisty had similar thoughts during their time in front of the crowd. “I was just afraid of fumbling and falling,” Linklater said. “I was like, don’t fall. Please don’t fall,” Hardisty recalled, but for both ladies, the fashionshow went without incident. Fear of falling aside, Linklater said she wanted to adequately present the art of the designers. “I didn’t want to screw it up and I just wanted to present the clothes and get (Henry’s) name out there because I really like his designs, they were so different and out there. So I really want to showcase his art.” It is a similar mindset for Job when she walks down the runway. “I have to think about my clothes and not my body,” she said. “I think of the clothes and how I can present them to people and how they like it. If it was the back that had the design, I would try to present it to them.” After the show ended, the girls said they had a good time. “It was very fun and I guess when you’re with a bunch of people, it’s a group effort,” Hardisty said. “And I really liked it. What girl doesn’t like to get dressed up?” Job believes the fashion show was great for the community. “It shows you can get noticed in good way by doing something good,” she said. Job plans to get back in to modeling and eventually would like to become a designer herself. “I like other people’s clothes and do touchups of my own,” she said.


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Joe Keesick of North Spirit Lake First Nation just turned 25 years old in July. He celebrated his birthday in Lethbridge, Alberta, then packed up his car and made the drive back to Ontario. He is headed to Burlington, Ontario to scope out a training center. “There is a Tapout gym there,” Keesick explained. “My last fight in June, I met a coach and he invited me to come down to Burlington.” Keesick has been a mixedmartial arts (MMA) fighter since he was 19 years old. Prior to his decision to pursue MMA, Keesick played a lot of hockey. “I played hockey for ten years, I thought I would make it to the NHL but it never happened,” Keesick said. Keesick has resided in different towns and cities. He was born in Winnipeg, lived in Ear Falls, stayed in North Spirit Lake for some summers, and spent a few years in Thunder Bay. He graduated from high school in Thunder Bay and eventually found himself in Lethbridge, Alberta not too long after graduation. It was around this time that Keesick first took notice of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – one fighter in particular stood out to him. “Tito Ortiz, he was the champ when I first started

watching,” Keesick said. “He was just destroying guys left and right with his wrestling, he was the scariest looking guy in the whole world.” Keesick soon learned that a lot of people were making a living off of fighting, and he felt he was automatically drawn to MMA. “I knew right away, that’s me! I knew as soon as I saw it,” Keesick explained. “I never became a fighter, I was born one.” Keesick figures that he gets his fighting-nature from “a rough life” but credits it for making him stronger. Growing up, he also watched a lot of action movies starring JeanClaude Van Damme, Steven Seagull and Bruce Lee. After making his decision to pursue MMA as a career, he learned he did not have as much support as he thought he would. “I wanted to be a MMA fighter and no one thought it was a good idea, they weren’t too supportive of it,” Keesick expressed. He felt he was alone in his decision but he had faith in himself that he could become successful in MMA. Keesick was quick to become one of the toughest amateur MMA fighters out of Lethbridge, Alberta. When he went professional in 2011, his fight record was four wins, zero losses. “I couldn’t believe it, with every fight I was reaching a new level. I could see punches

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are praised. When you lose fights, it’s like they treat you as if you aren’t good enough anymore,” Keesick said. So Keesick is on his way to find a new place to train, having accepted the June invite of a coach from Burlington who was at his last fight in Edmonton. “Something is just telling me that I have to go down there. It’s an opportunity,” Keesick said about the gym in Burlington. “The coach saw something in me, and invited me to come check out the gym. UFC fighters train there, and people will want to pay me to train them as well. I can make a decent living off of it.” Keesick had a fight scheduled for September 7 in Calgary but he received a call from the promoter who said his opponent had backed out of the fight. “I have a lot of guys who back out of fights against me,” Keesick said, but he isn’t worried about his next fight. “I usually fight like five or six times a year. There’s always another fight.” Keesick plans on training and hopes to find a new home in Burlington. He feels he needs to get away from the life in Lethbridge and focus on his career. “My (fight) record should be 7-0, not 4-3 – but I didn’t try. I am going to try. I am going to do things differently now.” “I watch my fights and I see what I am able to do. I need to train again.”

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About eight members of the Ontario Ranger Program arrived in Moose Factory to help set up for the Creefest and Gather of Our People (GOOP) festivities from July 25-28. Consisting of youth from across Ontario, the Rangers (formerly Junior Rangers) assisted in an array of activities, from setting up the tipis, tents, and shaptwon and cutting firewood, to helping prepare traditional foods. Yassine Boutaya of Hamilton said he decided to come

to northern Ontario when a signup sheet appeared at his school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a random draw and whoever got picked got to come up here to help out,â&#x20AC;? he said. The 17-year-old said that while learning about the history of Canada in school, First Nations history was not given much focus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I met a lady here, and she offered deep information about it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She talked about the inside stories about when the Natives lost their land. And how the Creefest is about communities coming together and being one and

having fun.â&#x20AC;? Since arriving to the Mushkegowuk territory, Matt Gravelle of Sudbury said the highlight has been helping prepare the traditional foods. Working the traditional cooks, he helped prepare a variety of wild meat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting to learn how to they clean all the animals,â&#x20AC;? the 16-year-old said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The Elders) treated me great and showed me the ropes. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very nice.â&#x20AC;? The Rangers were able to taste meat they have never tried before. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was different and it was really good,â&#x20AC;? Gravelle said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like the beaver tail, it tasted great.â&#x20AC;? While Boutaya previously tried more commercial fish like salmon, he was able to try sturgeon while in Moose Factory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I never had moose meat before and that tasted great. And later, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to taste moose nose and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready for it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Boutaya was impressed by

the skill of the cooks in plucking geese. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was weird and I saw the Elders doing it and they were plucking it like it was nothing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when I did it, it was pretty hard. You have to get in it and use your strength.â&#x20AC;? Gravelle was impressed with the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception of the Rangers.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re great. They treat us well and they welcomed us,â&#x20AC;? he said. Boutaya said they mostly worked out of Cochrane prior to coming to Creefest and GOOP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did canoeing and stuff like that, but coming here, it brought it up,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody is nice, like they want us to be here,â&#x20AC;? he added.

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A member of the Ontario Rangers scrapes a beaver tail while another plucks a goose during the 10th Annual Creefest and 2012 Gathering of Our People. Along with helping to set up tents, tipis and chopping wood, the Rangers were also able to learn about Mushkegowuk culture.

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Interested and affected persons and organizations can arrange an appointment with MNR staff at the MNR Dryden District or Area office to discuss the aerial herbicide project. For More information or to arrange an appointment with MNR staff please contact: Erin Woodland 1 Duke Street PO Box 4004 Dryden, ON P8N 3J7 807-223-9790

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Derek Johnston R.P.F. 479 Government Street PO Box 730 Dryden, ON P8N 2Z4 807-223-7556

or call toll free: 1-800-667-1940 and ask to be forwarded to one of the contacts above. Renseignements en français : Sylvie Gilbart (807-934-2262)

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to discuss any concerns they may have with the MNR before requesting an individual environmental assessment. If no request is received within the 30-day period, or if a request is successfully resolved, MNR will proceed to implement the project without further public notice. This information is being collected for the purpose of planning and implementing a Class EA project within a provincial park in accordance with the Environmental Assessment Act and the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act. All input and contact information such as names and addresses will become part of the public record for this project and administration of the Class EA, unless privacy is requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For more information on the collection and use of personal information, please contact Rick Calhoun at the address previously provided. Any comments about the Final ESR should be e-mailed to: mcl.info@ontario.ca Comments can also be mailed to: Park EA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Final ESR Comments, Mid-Canada Line Radar Sites Project Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Government Complex (A-Wing) 5520 Highway 101 East, P.O. Bag 3020 South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0


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Wawatay News

AUGUST 9, 2012

ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ

David Neegan for Grand Chief www.neegan.net David Neegan for Grand Chief As Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) celebrates their 35 anniversary, self government still remains to be a distant dream. When the founding father’s decreed the words of “Unity, Strength, Success”, our Elders and Chiefs instinctively knew in order to achieve self determination, we must be united, then we as First Nations people will have Strength and through Strength, Success. In order to attain Unity, we need the people of NAN.

Focus on Unity as Grand Chief If elected as Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, it would be my intent to fulfill the vision and the original mandate set out by the founding fathers of NAN. Through Unity, we can achieve Strength and Success. Unity will not be found in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Timmins or the town of Sioux Lookout but in the First Nations of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation.

Unified Election Code Through discussion with the community membership in the communities, we need to develop a unified election code that will allow the membership of NAN to have a say on issues that are important to our community members, woman,elders and youth. This election code must reflect the values we hold true as Cree, Oji-Cree and Ojibway people of NAN while respecting the autonomy of each community. Now is the time to take control of our destiny.

Growing up on the river banks of the Missinabie River, his grandparents played an inÅuential role in his upbringing. Many of the teachings, legends and stories were taught to David as a young boy. At the age of six, David started accompanied his father to the family’s traditional territory. There he learned the skills necessary to hunt, trap and survive off the land. In his early teens David utilized these skills to survive off the land in -40 C weather with the nearest person being three hours away. Traveling alone, he would leave late Friday evening by snowmobile, break the trail to the camp, trap and hunt then return Sunday evening with various furs and wild meats ready for school Monday morning.

The Vision “Through Unity, Strength and Success we can fulfill our elders’ legacy”.

Invest in the Communities We as First Nations people are strong and compassionate people therefore we should work from a position of strength. No where else are we stronger than in our communities. During the good and bad times we manage to work together to solve common issues whether it is a tragic event or organizing a community celebration. Nishnawbe-Aski Nation must work from a position of strength. I will ask the Chiefs to support a motion to move NAN administrative office to a NAN First Nation. This move will require the creation of a selection process to identify and locate potential ideal locations, and the submission of expression of interest and proposals by all interested communities. Terms will be defined by the Chiefs and the people of NAN.

Protecting Our Language and Culture

The Canadian government legislate the laws, determines how these laws will be enforced; selects the judges to enforce the laws that enables them to control the legal system. Whether it is comprehensive / specific land claim or treaty rights, we have limited success. Even if we are successful, the government has the right to change any laws to protect their interests. When NAN negotiates with the government on issues such as land claims, economic development, resource sharing, infrastructure and health, they have little success in protecting our own interests. We are at a poker game where the government consistently calls our hand.

Many of our youth are losing their language and culture. This trend will continue as long as our youth are educated from outside of the community and locate employment off reserve. As Grand Chief, priority will be given for those programs delivering support to the community at the community level. This will enable our youth to stay in the community rather than accessing education and/or resources from outside the community. Services, organizations and programs will be encourage to utilize broadband in the community to deliver services to other First Nation communities. .

We as Cree, Oji-Cree and Ojibway people can gain that leverage by focusing on unity because it is people who make change, not governments. By mobilizing the people by beginning to advocating and integrating what is important to the people of NAN, we will be united. We need to work from within the communities and reach outward.

Through Unity We Can Overcome

About David

Strength in our Communities - Broadband

While working as the Chief Executive Officer for Wawatay Native Communications Society, his focus was on fulfilling the original mandate which was given by the Chiefs and Elders of Nishnawbe Aski Nation. As with his own grandparents, David sees the knowledge and wisdom the elders exhibit and incorporates their knowledge into his work and personal life.

As we migrate into the future, we must build on the success of projects still unfolding. Through the efforts of Keewaytinook Okimakanak and the support of the past and present Chiefs from Fort Severn, Deer Lake, North Spirit Lake, McDowell Lake, Poplar Hill and Keewaywin; our communities have one of the best broadband infrastructures in the world. It was through their vision that we can move forward. NAN must continue support the efforts of the communities’ initiatives. In Unity ty and Friendship,,

David Neegan

David’s biggest role models were his parents and grandparents which included Peter Bird’s vision of an unified Aboriginal people. As the Chief of Constance Lake First Nation, Peter Bird with a couple of other chiefs traveled to various First Nations across Ontario. The result of their efforts was the creation of the Union of Ontario Indians which later became Chief of Ontario. Peter Bird was also one of the founding chiefs of Nishnawbe- Aski Nation. Their vision of NAN is ingrained in David’s blueprint for the new direction of NAN servicing the communities of Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

David Neegan

Candidate for Grand Chief Telephone: (807) 737-4780 Cell: (807) 738-1588 E-mail: dneegan@hotmail.com

www.neegan.net

August 9, 2012  

August 9, 2012 Volume 39 Number 24 of Wawatay News