Bringing books for NAN youth PAGE 13 Vol. 39 No. 20
Melvin & Tyler film hits streets of Sioux Lookout PAGE 12
Neskantaga takes on ‘mining bully’ PAGE 3
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July 12, 2012 Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974
Reliving Treaty Day
Christian Quequish/Wawatay News
Lac Seul chief and council re-enact a famous photograph of a Treaty signing (inset). Parodying the photograph was just one element of Lac Seul’s Treaty Day celebrations, where canoe races, friendship agreements, residential school healing events and other activities brought history to life. See more photos on page 9.
ᐱᑕᒪᑲᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᓂᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᓫᐁᓂ ᑲᕑᐱᐣᑐᕑ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ
ᓂᐦᓱᔕᑊ ᐅᒪᒥᓄᒥᐁᐧᐊᓄᑭᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᑕᓇᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᑭᔑᑐᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓄᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᐅᑕᐱᓇᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑎᐯᓂᒥᐁᐧᒪᑲᐠ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒥᓂᑫᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᑫᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᒋ ᑎᐯᐣᑕᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ. ᑲᑭ ᑭᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑭᐅᐣᒋᒥᓇᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂ ᑲᓀᑎᔭᐣ ᑲᐧᐣᓱᓫ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑲᑭᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᒪᒪᐃᐧᐡᑲᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐃᐧᓂᐯᐠ ᒍᓫᐊᔾ ᐱᓯᑦ 6 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ. ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐅᐣᒋᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ, ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ, ᐊᐧᐸᓴᑎᑲᐣᐠ, ᒣᒣᑫᐧᔑᐃᐧᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ, ᒥᐦᔑᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᑲᑭᑭᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐧᔕᐦᐅᐠ ᐊᐃᓇᓀᐅᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᑲᑭᐱᒥ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐦᐃᑕᐧ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᑕᔑ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐦᐊᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑭᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒥᐢᑯᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐃᒪ
ᒪᒪᐣᑕᐃᐧᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᐊᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᐯᑭᐡ ᑲᔦ ᑲᒪᓯᓇᑌᓭᓂᐠ ᔐᒪᐠ ᑲᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᑭᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᑌ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑭᐃᔕᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑲᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᑎᕑᐊᔾᑎᐣ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ, ᐁᑭᑕᑭᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᐱᒥᔭᓄᑲᓂᑕᐧ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐊᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ. ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᓇᐧᐸᐟ ᑕᐧᒪᐢ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᐊᐱ ᑲᑭᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᐊᔭᑭᓀ ᐸᑭᑎᓇᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᐁᐧᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑭᐃᔑᒥᑲᓇᐊᐧ 70 ᐊᑯᓇᐠ 80 ᐳᕑᓭᐣᐟ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᒥᓂᑫᐧᐊᐧᐱᓀᐊᐧᐨ ᓇᐣᑕ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑎᐯᓂᒥᑯᐊᐧᐨ. “ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐅᑭᒪᑲᓂᐃᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᑲᓄᓇᐊᐧᐣ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᓇᓇᑐᓇᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑭᑐᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᐊᒋᐃᐧᓭᐠ (ᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ) ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᒥᓂᑫᐧᐊᐧᐱᓀᐃᐧᐣ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᓇᑫ ᐱᑯ ᐊᒋᓇ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᐅᓀᐣᑕᒪᐠ ᒋᑯᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑕᐧᒪᐢ. ᑕᐧᒪᐢ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐊᔭᒪᑲᐠ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓱᐡᑲᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᔭᑭᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ
Lenny Carpenter/Wawatay News
Addiction workers from five KO communities are now prepared to help community members get off drugs and alcolohol. See story in English on page 8.
ᑫᓂᐃᔑᐃᒋᐦᐊᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᒥᓂᑫᐧᐊᐧᐱᓀᓂᐨ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑲᑲᐧᒋᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐦᐃᑎᓱᓂᐨ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᒧᔕᐠ ᐃᓯᓭ ᐁᐃᔑᓂᔕᐦᐅᐣᑕᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᐊᐧᓴ ᐁᐱᐅᐣᑐᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᒋᐊᓄᑭᓇᑲᓇᐠ
ᑲᐱᑲᑫᐧᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭ ᑲᐸᑯᓭᑕᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᑲᓄᐨ, ᐁᐡᑲᑦ ᐯᔑᑯᔭᑭ ᐱᐦᐅ ᒋᐱᐣᑎᑫᐨ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱ
Summer Fair Special
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ᑲᐅᒋᒋᓭᓂᐠ ᒋᐱᐣᑎᑫᐨ, ᐸᑲᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᔑᐃᐧᓇᑲᓄ ᒋᔭᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᑲᓄᐨ. “ᐣᑭᐃᔑᒥᑲᒥᐣ ᑕᐡ, ᐁᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᐯᔓᐨ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᑭᑕᑲᐧᑭᐸᐣ ᐊᐱᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐧᓴ ᐃᔑᐃᐧᓂᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᕑᐃᐠ ᔓᕑᐟ, ᐯᔑᐠ ᑲᑭᐊᓄᑲᑕᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᓂ. ᑭᑭᑫᐣᑕᒥᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐁᐊᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᐱᒥᐊᓴᐧᐸᒪᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᑲᑫᐧᐱᒥ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓱᓂᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᐊᐱ ᑲᐱᑭᐁᐧᐡᑲᐊᐧᐨ, ᐊᒥ ᐱᑯ ᑫᑲᐟ ᑕᐧᓴ ᐁᑭᐁᐧᐸᐣᑭᔑᓄᐊᐧᐨ.” ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐊᔭᐊᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᐡᑯᓄᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐅᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐸᐯᔑᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᑕᐧᒪᐢ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑲᑫᐧᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᐊᓱᐡᑲᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐱᒥ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᐦᐊᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᐃᔑ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓱᓂᐨ ᐅᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᐊᐧ. “ᐣᑎᓀᐣᑕᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑲᓇᑫ ᐯᔑᐠ ᐅᐣᒋᒪᑕᓄᑲᐊᐧᑭᑕᐧ ᐯᔑᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᑭᑕᑭᒪᑕᓄᑭᐦᐊᒥᐣ ᓂᔑᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᓇᑲᓇᐠ ᑫᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᑲᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ. “ᐊᔭᒪᑲᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᓂᒧᐃᐧᐣ.” ᐃᓇᐱᐣ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 8 See KO Grads on page 8
JULY 12, 2012
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ᐊᒋᑯᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᑭ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᑫᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᑯᐡᑯᐸᐸᓯᓭᐠ
ᓴᑭᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 12 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ ᑭᐅᑯᐡᑲᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑭ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒧᓇᐦᐃᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔑᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒣᐡᑭᑲᐧᑲᒪᐣᐠ. ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᐊᓂᓂᐱᓂᐠ ᒍᓫᐊᔾ ᐱᓯᑦ 2013 ᐊᒥᐊᐱ ᑫᔑᑭᒋᑌᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᔭᓂᒪᒋᔭᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ. ᒣᐡᑭᑲᐧᑲᒪᐣᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᒪᐣ ᑲᐧᓂ ᑯᕑᐁ ᒪᑫ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐅᑲᑭᑕᐸᑐᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐅᐡᑭ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ, ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑎ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᒪ ᑫᐊᔭᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ, ᑲᑫᐧᒋᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ, ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ, ᒋᐸᑫᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ.
ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᑲᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐊᒋᑯᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᑭ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᑫᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᒋ ᑯᐡᑯᐸᐸᓯᓭᐠ ᐊᐧᑭᑕᑲᒥᑲᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᐸᐸᓯᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᑫᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᑕᓱ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᒋᑭᑫᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑐᑲᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐱᑲᐧᑕᑲᒥᑲᐠ ᐊᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐣᒋᐱᐦᒋᔑᐣᐠ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ, ᑫᑕᑕᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᑭᐱᒋᑌᐦᐁᓭᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭ ᑫᑐᑕᐠ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᐱᒪᒋᐦᐊᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑫᑕᑕᐃᐧᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᐃᔑᔭᐨ ᐅᒪᒥᑐᓀᐣᒋᑲᓂᐠ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᑕᐱᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᐁᑌᐱᓇᐁᐧᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐡ ᐁᑲ ᐁᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᔦ ᓂᔑᐣ ᐅᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᐣᒋᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑭᐱᑕᑭᐧᐊᐧᐠ, ᐁᑭᓇᓇᑲᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᓄᑫᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᒋᔭᓂᔑ ᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐅᓄᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ.
Mishkeegogamang starts community center construction A sod turning ceremony on June 12 kicked off construction of Mishkeegogamang’s new community center. The community centre is scheduled to open in July 2013. Mishkeegogamang Chief Connie Gray-McKay said the centre will be good for the community, especially for the young people. It will feature a gymnasium, fitness room, meeting rooms, a kitchen and offices.
Sachigo learns emergency response
ᓀᐡᑲᐣᑕᑲ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓯᓂᑫᐃᐧᑭᒪᐣ
ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᑲᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲᐠ ᑭᑭᐱᒋᓭ ᑲᐱᒥᐊᔑᑌᒥᑎᓇᓂᐊᐧᑭᐸᐣ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐅᐣᒋ ᑲᐃᐧᑲᑫᐧᐃᓇᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᑕᐸᓂᒥᑲᓇ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔑᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᓀᐡᑲᐣᑕᑲ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧᐃᐧᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐦᑭᓂ ᐃᒪ ᐯᔓᐨ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃ ᐱᓇᒪ ᑕᐡ ᓂᑲᐣ ᒋᑭᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᑕᐧᐸᐣ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑭᐃᐧᐣᑕᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᒋ ᐱᒥ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᒍᓫᐊᔾ 5 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᓂᐨ. ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᒋᐊᓂᓯᑫᐃᐧᔭᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑭᓫᐃᑊᐢ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᑲᑭᔭᓂᔑ ᐅᓀᐣᑕᓯᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᐊᑕᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐊᑕᐊᐧᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᐱᐣᑎᑫ ᑎᐸᐦᐊᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᓀᐡᑲᐣᑕᑲ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑕᑭᒥᐊᐧ ᐁᑲ ᑲᓇᑫ ᐱᓇᒪ ᓂᑲᐣ ᑲᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᑕᐧ. ᐸᓂᒪ ᐊᐱ ᐯᔑᑯᐱᓯᑦ ᑭᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᑕᑭᑫᐣᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᐅᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌᑫᐧᐣ ᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ.
Neskantaga takes case to mining court A dispute over land for a Ring of Fire access road was put on hold last week as Neskantaga First Nation argued it is the primary landholder in the region and needs to be consulted. The First Nation’s argument is that companies such as Cliffs and KWG Resources have no right to buy and sell leases to land in Neskantaga’s traditional territory without First Nation consulation. The court is expected to make a decision in the case within a month.
Sachigo Lake learns emergency aid (top left). A feature length film starts filming in Sioux Lookout (top right). And Mishkeegogamang starts construction on a community centre (bottom).
ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᐸᑭᓂᑲᑌ ᑎᕑᐊᔾᑎᐣ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ ᑎᕑᐊᔾᑎᐣ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᐸᑯᓭᐣᒋᑲᑌ ᒋᐃᓇᐸᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᒪ ᒋᑕᔑᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑭᐸᑭᓂᑲᑌ ᐁᐧᓴ ᐁᑭᔭᓂ ᓄᓇᐡᑭᓇᐦᐃᑎᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑫᑌ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑕᓇᓄᑭᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᐃᓇᓄᑭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑲᐧᓄᐣ ᒋᔭᓂᓇᑭᓭᑭᐣ ᒋᑭᔭᓂ ᑌᐱᓭᑭᐣ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᑕᒪᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᔭᓂᐱᒥ ᓇᐣᑭᒥᔑᓄᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ ᑲᐱᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᐃᔑᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᐅᐱᒣᐦᐃ ᑲᐃᔑᐸᑕᑭᑌᐠ ᑎᕑᐊᔾᑎᐣ ᒥᒋᑦ ᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᑕᓇᓄᑲᑌᐠ, ᒋᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑎᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᒧᒋᑫᒪᑲᑭᐣ.
New Dryden native friendship centre opens Dryden’s new native friendship centre’s hopes to become a gathering place for events in the community. The new centre opened due to a need to expand the old friendship centre. Staff at the friendship centre said infrastructure and social services in Dryden have to increase to meet a growing First Nations population in the community. The new centre is right beside the Dryden Food Bank, so the two organizations are able to network and share resources.
Community members in Sachigo Lake have been trained to deal with emergencies on the land and in town. An emergency response education initiative taught 10 members from the community the basics in how to respond in situations such as wilderness first aid, cardiac arrests and mental health emergencies. The course’s participants were glad to have learned the skills, considering emergency services are often not available in the remote community. Page 10
ᒣᓫᐱᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑕᔾᓫᐅᕑ ᐃᔕᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐧᐊᑲᐠ ᐊᔕ ᐅᑭᒪᑕᓄᑲᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᐃᐧᐅᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᑌᓯᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᓂᐱᓂᐠ ᐅᒪ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐧᐊᑲᐠ. ᒣᓫᐱᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑕᔾᓫᐅᕑ ᑕᐃᔑᓂᑲᑌ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒪᓯᓇᑌᓯᒋᑲᐣ, ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᐱᒥᐅᔑᑐᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᑌᓯᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᔾᓫᐅᕑ ᐊᐣᒋᑯᓀᑊ, ᐅᑲᒪᑕᓄᑲᑕᐣ ᒍᓫᐊᔾ ᐱᓯᑦ 12 ᐃᓇᑭᓱᓂᐨ. ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᐊᐣᒋᑯᓀᑊ, ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑕᐊᔑᑕᑌᔑᒥᑎᓱ ᑲᐃᐧᐅᔑᑐᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᑌᓯᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐅᑭᒪᐊᐧᐣᑐᓇᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑭᔐᒋᐊᐧᓄᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑫᓇᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᓯᓇᑌᓯᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᐃᑭᑐᐨ ᑲᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ ᒋᐅᐣᒋ ᐊᔓᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑫᐸᐸᒥ ᒪᓯᓇᓯᓇᑌᓯᒋᑫᐊᐧᐨ, ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᐅᒪ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ ᑕᐊᔭᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑫᓂᐱᓂᐠ.
Melvin and Tyler take on Sioux Lookout A feature-length film being shot in Sioux Lookout this summer has started production. Melvin & Tyler, the latest film from independent filmmaker Tyler Angeconeb, started filming on July 12. Angeconeb, who also acts in the movie, has recruited First Nations actors from Kashechewan and Sioux Lookout to appear in the film. He said residents in Sioux Lookout should keep an eye out for production crews, as they will be all over town during the summer.
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JULY 12, 2012
Neskantaga takes ‘American mining bully’ to court Shawn Bell Wawatay News
Neskantaga’s fight to slow down the Ring of Fire and get First Nation consultation over mining was brought to a Toronto mining court on July 5. In a case with serious implications for the speed at which Ring of Fire development occurs, Neskantaga argued to the Ontario Mining Commissioner that First Nation consultation has to occur before industry can buy and sell land on Neskantaga traditional territory. While there may not be a decision on the case for over a month, sources close to Neskantaga were claiming an early victory over an admission in court from both Cliffs and the Ontario government that the First Nation was not consulted on the Ring of Fire access road. “This is about a small First Nation in northern Ontario standing up against an American mining bully hell bent on making a road and a mine no matter what First Nations say,” said Chief Peter Moonias of Neskantaga in a press release. “The McGuinty government continues to ignore First Nations and is desperate to see this northern Ontario mega project go ahead. We have Constitutional and Aboriginal and treaty rights on our side and we hope the Mining Court can help us put this project on hold so a proper consultation process can begin.” The specific case revolves around a mining claim dispute between Cliffs Resources and KWG
Neskantaga Chief Peter Moonias has pledged to stop a bridge being built over the Attawapiskat River. His First Nation took its first legal legal step to slow down the Ring of Fire mining development by asking the Ontario Mining Commissioner to consider Neskantaga’s land rights in a dispute over a mining access road. Resources. Cliffs wants to buy land claims from KWG on which to build its proposed Ring of Fire transportation corridor, but Neskantaga argues that First Nations hold rights to the land superseding those of industry. Matthew Kirchner, Nes-
kantaga legal counsel, said that the question before the court is whether a decision on a Ring of Fire road can proceed before First Nation consultation takes place. “This is a massive project that will open up the Neskantaga homeland for the first
time, threatening the Neskantaga’s rivers, fish, wildlife and their very way of life,” Kirchner said. “Ontario and Cliffs have gone a long way down the path towards building this project without Neskantaga input and that is a problem that must be addressed.”
Moonias has come out strongly against Cliffs’ plan to build a $3.2 billion chromite mine, a north-south transportation route and a processing plant in Sudbury since the company and Ontario made the announcement on May 9.
He has stated that he will die before allowing a bridge to be built over the Attawapiskat River. Moonias’ position has been echoed by a number of other Matawa First Nations, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council. In June, six Matawa First Nations issued a moratorium on development in the Ring of Fire region and stated that they will issue eviction notices to industry working in the region. And Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Stan Louttit has said that Mushkegowuk chiefs are willing to engage in direct action at the Ring of Fire mine sites in support of the Matawa First Nations. Neskantaga’s press release noted that the July 5 court action is “only the first in many legal and other hurdles facing Cliffs and Ontario.” The Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner is a special section of the legal system set up to deal with mining and lands disputes. If Neskantaga’s appeal on July 5 is successful, the First Nation will become a party to the case before the court that will decide whether Cliffs can access the land claims it needs to build its road, and what the compensation should be for that access. A source close to Neskantaga told Wawatay News that even if the First Nation is not successful in its case to the Ontario Mining Commissioner, it is setting up for a showdown in the normal court system.
JULY 12, 2012
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 Waiting for a story Stephanie Wesley COLUMNIST
Back in 2008, I was up one night searching the term “Aboriginal authors” online. As a would-be author, I wanted to get a better sense of the kinds of Anishinaabe writers out there that I would hopefully one day be writing alongside. A few familiar names came up like Tomson Highway, Joseph Boyden, and Drew Hayden Taylor, but another result that stood out to me was the Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge, which is now known as The Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge. The website urged Aboriginal Canadians between the ages of 14-29 to submit a short story. Well-known Aboriginal storytellers would review the entries, and there were cash prizes available as well as the chance to be published in a national magazine – not to mention an all expense-paid trip to a Canadian city to accept the award. The guidelines for the challenge explained that the entries “somehow be tied to a moment or theme in Aboriginal history.” Several moments and themes in Aboriginal history came to mind and I started notes on possible subjects: residential school, the Highway of Tears in BC, all of the missing Aboriginal women, the 60’s scoop. I forced myself to come up with so many possible stories that I didn’t start on a single one. Great young writers had already written about the same subjects I came up with in this challenge. I also didn’t want to enter a story for the sake of entering. I wanted to tell a different story, something special that came naturally from the heart. I wanted to wait for my story, and wait I did. I waited four years until this year, 2012, which coincidentally is the last year I would be eligible to enter the challenge due to the age criteria. I am happy that I chose to wait to enter the challenge because this year I actually came out on top. Out of roughly 300 entries, the fictional short story I wrote entitled “Jonas” was picked as the winner. It’s a little mind-blowing too that the Aboriginal authors whom I was originally searching wound up being the same ones who helped choose my submission as the winner.
The story itself means so much to me. “Jonas” was inspired by real-life events involving students who have passed away while attending high school in Thunder Bay. The majority of the students who passed on were attending the same high school I graduated from in 2004, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School. I went to Winnipeg with my family to accept the national award at a June 21 reception held in the Manitoba Museum. The walls of the reception hall were lined with the winning submissions of the arts categories, which is a relatively new category added for those Aboriginal youth who are not writers but visual-artists. It was such a surreal experience to see the giant board that had an excerpt of my story on it alongside my photo, and it made me feel good to see so many people taking time to read it. When writing “Jonas” I made a point to include various afflictions that Anishinaabe youth deal with in 2012 as fourth-generation residential school survivors. In “Jonas”, there are signs of a loss of culture and language; there are prejudices in the city from both Anishinaabe and non-Anishinaabe people. I wanted to hint at the different ways that youth deal with their problems through things like eating disorders, bullying, inhalant abuse, underage drinking and physical violence. I also wanted to leave readers with a message that life will go on no matter what and that new paths sometimes need to be created in order to get to your destination. I strongly encourage Anishinaabe writers and artists aged 14-29 to enter this challenge each year because you just never know what could happen. Your skills and talents will only become better with age. I feel it is important to share your story because nobody else will ever wear the kind of shoes that you do, therefore nobody else can tell your story. Know that as an Anishinaabe person, you have an innate ability for storytelling through words and depicting tales and legends through art. I look forward to one-day seeing winners of future Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenges who are from familiar northern communities.
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A marriage made in Attawapiskat Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY
was happy to hear recently that my little niece Rita Shisheesh married her childhood sweetheart, Trevor Koostachin. Rita was always an angel and the first grandchild in our family. She had these big friendly almond eyes and her smile was infectious. She was fussed over for at least two years before the next baby in the family arrived. Rita’s mom (my sister Jackie) and her dad Clarence always made sure education was at the forefront of her life. She was bright, eager to learn and she also picked up a lot of knowledge from my mom, her grandmother Susan. When I think of Trevor, I think of Rita because they always seemed to be together from an early age. They make a good couple because Trevor is a very bright and hard working young man. Thinking about weddings in my family reminds me of the story related to my grandmother Louise
Paulmartin. Life was not so easy way back then. She was born in 1916 on the shores of Hawley Lake in what is now Polar Bear Provincial Park. Her father John Chookomolin had been taken by the Canadian Armed Forces in 1917 to take part in the First World War in Europe. He was one of many from that area of James Bay that the army swept up for the war. Her father never returned and there was no news of him for many decades. It ended up that he had died soon after arriving in England and was buried there near the city of London. My grandmother’s mother Maggie ended up marrying Jacob Edwards. A couple of years later, Maggie passed away and my grandmother Louise was left with only her stepfather. Tragically, he passed away shortly after his wife in an accident on Akamiski Island. My grandmother became an orphan and she was passed around with family before ending up in the Catholic run orphanage in Fort Albany. She spent her childhood and early teen years there. You must remember that life for an orphan in the far north during that time in history was
incredibly difficult. These were hard times and few wanted the burden of an extra mouth to feed. When my grandmother Louise was only 16 years old, she was paired by the church with a young Cree man by the name of Xavier Paulmartin. This was done because the church run orphanage had a policy that they had to release a child at 16 years of age. Can you imagine what my 16 year old grandmother must have gone through? At 16 she was being married off to a total stranger. I recall her telling me that she had nothing but the clothes on her back and a few sewing supplies from the nuns who ran the orphanage. Then she left with her new husband and headed far out into the wilderness to live on the land on the Nawashi River, on the southern end of Polar Bear Provincial Park. Thankfully my Mooshoom (my grandfather) Xavier and his family were good hard working people who took care of my Kookoom Louise. I am not sure what the ceremonies were in bringing two people together in our Cree culture before the coming of the missionaries. That history was more or less removed by the European
influence. When foreign religions came onto our lands they began to exert control through their beliefs and culture. Marriage was one of the principal factors in these new religions. The Catholics had control over the northern part of the James Bay coast while the Anglicans were predominate in the southern part of the bay. People were encouraged to get married in a church as part of being good Christians. Although my Kookoom endured such a hard childhood and had such an unusual marriage arrangement, she had a good life with her husband. They produced a wonderful family. In a way, my little niece Rita owes everything to the strength and determination of my Kookoom and her Chaban (great-grandmother) Louise. Through her will to survive and a lucky set of circumstances, Rita exists today. So I am feeling strong and proud of the fact that a little orphan struggling in the wilderness has left a very good trail for Rita to follow. Congratulations to Rita and Trevor for their dedication to love and may their lives be full of joy and harmony.
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Overcoming grief and hardship At times I felt like giving up with all the things that are going on in my life. But then I would feel him kicking inside of me and I knew I had something to live for. In October 22, 2010 my son was born. We were so happy to meet our son. But then on April 7, 2011 (the day after my late sister’s birthday), my mother died of a broken heart. She couldn’t
y name is Samantha Sturgeon and I would like to share my story. I have suffered so much loss in such little time. No one should go through what I have lost. On September 3, 2010, my sister’s life was cut short. She was found murdered in Thunder Bay and shortly after my cousin Nate Quequish took his own life. At the time I was eight months pregnant with my son Ashton Henry Nate Turtle Jr. I was in Thunder Bay with my boyfriend who was in the hospital and was receiving treatment for cancer.
In these past two years we lost nine family members altogether. bear to live without my sister. I mean she loved all of us, but losing my sister was too much. When we lost her I felt like that was it. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t even take care of my son. All I did
LETTERS Editor, Re: Long lost boys finally found (Wawatay, July 5) I am quite positive that there are many instances of children that have disappeared during those horrible years of residential schools. It is sad to read of such happenings, but even sadder is the fact that no one is brought to justice for such wrong doings. It would seem to me that the churches committed the perfect crimes and
was cry. I felt so weak I had to get away from everyone. So I went for a walk, and I found myself talking to her. Even though I couldn’t see her I knew she was listening. Suddenly I felt this warm feeling inside of me, something I never felt before. It was then I knew she was no longer in pain and that she was happy. But then suddenly my whole world came crashing down again. On December 14, 2011, my son had to say good-bye to his father as we took him off life support. Till this day my son remembers his “Dada”, as he called him. There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing your child looking down at his father’s casket and saying, “Dada”. On December 25, 2011 (Christmas Day), my cousin Ruby Gliddy suddenly passed away. I kept thinking to myself
“What did I do that was so wrong? But there was one person that was always there for me through all of this. I am so blessed to have someone like her in my life. She is my sister. She is my dearest friend. Her name is Jessie Penner. In these past two years we lost nine family members altogether. With all the losses that my family has been through we still put a smile on our faces because in the end all we will have is each other. I hope my story helps those of you who have suffered the same feelings of loss by letting you know you are not alone. Samantha Sturgeon is from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.
Word on the street... in Lac Seul What does Treaty Day mean to you? Rachel Garrick “Not only that there was an agreement made between First Nations and Canada, it also provided us with some rights.”
Don Ningewance “It’s kind of a tradition that every year people come together, collect their money and have a traditional feast.”
If you have a story you want to share, email Wawatay at email@example.com Mary Ningewance
TO THE EDITOR the Canadian government has swept it all under the proverbial rug. I truly believe that these children cry for justice from the spirit world and no one says or does nothing about it. Submitted online Re: NAN bills province $127 million (Wawatay, June 28) I’d love to se their faces! May NAN should consider
drafting an Impact Benefit Agreement as well, with the foot note saying that it’s time to pay the rent. Submitted online This is just silly. Will NAN do nothing till paid in full. Looks like another excuse to do nothing, no wonder communities have to work on thing for themselves, these collectives prefer to play games. Submitted online
“A time for gathering of family and activities.” Re: Cutting Bread out of my diet, (Wawatay, June 28) Long ago the cat tail roots were ground up and wild turnips and onions, garlic. we lost lots of the good food. Submitted online Re: Planning the Garden River Stanley Cup parade, (Wawatay July 5)
Junior Bearman “Treaty Day for me is a gathering of people, seeing other family members, and it’s a grand feast.”
We love you Jordan! submitted online
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NOTICE OF AERIAL HERBICIDE SPRAYING WABIGOON FOREST The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invites you to inspect the MNR approved aerial herbicide spray project(s). As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands on the Wabigoon Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about August 15, 2012. The herbicide VISION MAX registration # 27736 Pest Control Products (PCP) number, will be used. The approved project description and project plan for the aerial herbicide project is available for public inspection at the Domtar Inc. Dryden Office and on the MNR public website at ontario.ca/forestplans beginning July 15, 2012 until March 31st, 2013 when the annual work schedule expires and throughout the one year duration of the annual work schedule. Ontario Government Information Centres at 479 Government St, Dryden Ontario, provide access to the internet.
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Pic Mobert developing hydro project Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Pic Mobert is looking forward to construction of the Gitchi Animki (Big Thunder) Hydroelectric Project in the community’s traditional territory on the White River. “It’s going to be a big boost to a lot of things that we lack in our
community,” said Wayne Sabourin, Pic Mobert’s lead band councillor for energy projects. “It took a long time to get to where we are today, but I think the rewards are going to be very beneficial towards our First Nation.” The Robinson Superior community is looking for construction of the project to begin this fall with completion after
18-24 months of construction. The project is a joint venture with White River Hydro Limited Partnership, a wholly owned subsidiary of Regional Power Inc. “It’s a long process,” Sabourin said, noting that community members are waiting for construction to begin. “The majority of the population can’t wait to
see this (project) happen.” Up to 150 construction jobs are expected at peak times during the construction of the project, but there will likely be only one or two operator jobs at the hydroelectric generation facility. “There is employment directly with contractors and through our development corporation, we have a num-
ber of joint ventures that have secured subcontract opportunities, everything from clearing trees to running the construction camp,” said Norman Jaehrling, joint venture liaison with Pic Mobert Hydro Power Joint Venture. “We’re probably going to be in a situation where there’s more jobs than people. Whoever wants to work, and is able to, will work.” The project involves two developments: a new dam to replace the existing old dam on White Lake and a hydroelectric generation facility. Once completed, the project will produce about 95 GWh of electricity annually, enough to power about 12,000 homes. The project already has 40-year power purchase agreements with the Ontario Power Authority under its Feed In Tariff Program. Pic Mobert received a $500,000 investment from FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program on July 9 to support the next phase of the detailed engineering design for the project.
“With this FedNor support, we will have an unprecedented opportunity to develop a facility whose dividends will help support our members for the next 100 years or more,” Sabourin said. “This is a great day for our community.” Once the hydroelectric generation facility is operational, revenue will offset the facility’s operating costs and provide funds to the community. “Today’s announcement will enable Pic Mobert First Nation to tap into resource sector opportunities, helping to diversify the regional economy and enabling the First Nation community to become more self sustaining,” said Tony Clement, minister for FedNor. “This project is an example of how our government is helping Aboriginal communities grow and prosper.” The project has also received up to $1 million in funding by the Ontario Power Authority Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund and $200,000 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.
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Chief Lorraine Crane of Slate Falls First Nation joined Chief Clifford Bull of Lac Seul and the Mayor of Sioux Lookout to sign the Friendship accord between the three communities. The signing took place in Lac Seul, after a similar signing in Sioux Lookout in June. The three leaders will be in Slate Falls later this summer to put the finishing stamps on the agreement.
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Mishkeegogamang building community centre Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Square dances and feasts are among the events planned for Mishkeegogamang’s new community centre. “We do a lot of square dancing in the community,” said Mishkeegogamang Chief Connie Gray-McKay. “The community centre will be able to host a lot of events, like community meetings, gatherings and feasts.”
“It’s going to be really good, especially for the young people.” -Chief Connie Gray-McKay
Tristan Loon, a youth in the community of about 1,000 onreserve band members, broke the ground during the June 12 sod turning ceremony for the new community centre, which is scheduled to be completed by July 2013. “It’s going to be really good, especially for the young people,” Gray-McKay said. “They don’t really have access to a facility to do their recreational
activities, like floor hockey, volleyball, and basketball.” The 1,450 sq. metre community centre will feature a gymnasium/assembly hall, fitness room, meeting rooms, kitchen and offices. It is being built across from the community garage just off Hwy. 599. “It has a big kitchen — the kitchen is right off the gym,” Gray-McKay said. “The gymnasium has an indoor stage, but on the other side of that wall is an exterior stage.” Gray-McKay said the community centre is the first phase of larger project, which includes an arena in phase two. “Once that’s paid off, we can start the arena as phase two,” Gray-McKay said. “We couldn’t afford to finance both. The mechanical and the septic system is built up to include phase two.” The community is funding most of the $6.2 million project with a loan with the Royal Bank of Canada, while the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation provided $1 million and the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs provided $500,000. In addition, the community is planning to approach
Mishkeegogamang’s Tristan Loon breaks ground during the June 12 sod turning ceremony for the community’s new 1,450 sq. metre community centre, which is scheduled to be built by July 2013. resource development companies in the area for sponsorship funding related to equipment needs in different rooms in the community centre. “Each company could pick
the room they want to sponsor,” Gray-McKay said. “The kitchen would probably be the most expensive because there is a lot of specialized equipment.”
The community is also planning to have a large mural on the exterior wall of the community centre through a possible grant in partnership with the ArtsCan Circle.
The community centre was designed by Habib Architects Inc., with project management by Feherty and Associates Ltd. and construction by Finn Way General Contractor Inc.
Wabigoon Lake applies for casino with OLG Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation is looking to build a casino, conference centre and hotel in Dryden. “It’s at the request for information stage,” said Wabigoon Lake Chief Ruben Cantin. “So it’s going to take a while, maybe even this fall and even later on until they formalize a decision on who’s going to get licenses and who isn’t.” Cantin said the community first became interested in developing a casino project in the mid-2000s but put it on hold after a moratorium on casinos was put in place in 2005. “In January (2012), when they lifted the moratorium, it gave us an opportunity to put our feasibility (study) forward and our application
because it was done,” Cantin said. “We’re just in the process of updating it, because things change over a period of six years.” Cantin said Dryden was a part of the original feasibility study completed in the mid2000s.
“We would like to promote tourism around here. Dryden and the surrounding area needs it right now.” -Wabigoon Lake Chief Ruben Canin
“(Wabigoon Lake) community members were excited when we first did the feasibility study,” Cantin said. The Ontario Lottery and
Gaming Corporation issued a request for information process for the expansion of private sector gaming on May 17. “This is the start of a process to engage private-sector companies which have the expertise of operating worldclass gaming facilities,” said Rod Phillips, president and CEO of OLG. OLG also engaged an independent fairness monitor to ensure the overall procurement process is carried out fairly and transparently. “OLG is continuing conversations with municipalities across the province to gauge interest in participating in our modernization initiative and we will focus only on communities which are interested in having a facility,” Phillips said. The request for information process will determine
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the range of options available in the market and outline 29 potential gaming zones across the province where privatesector providers will operate a single gaming facility. The OLG recommended reforms to Ontario’s gaming industry in a March 12 report to Ontario’s finance minister, including three key recommendations: become more c u s to m e r- fo c u s e d , e x p a n d regulated private sector delivery of lottery and gaming and renew OLG’s role in oversight of lottery and gaming. OLG estimates the expansion will contribute an addi-
tional $1.3 billion annually to key public priorities, launch $3 billion in new private sector capital investment in the province and help create about 2,300 new jobs across Ontario and about 4,000 service sector jobs in the hospitality, hotel, restaurant, entertainment and retail sectors. “Governments want the casinos to go into centres where there is a populated area,” Cantin said. “I think the idea is for municipalities to partner with First Nations, especially in industry (and) economic development ven-
tures in forestry, mining and even casinos.” Cantin said there will likely be opposition to the proposed casino project, but there will also be support from businesses. “We’re trying to minimize the social impact through our application,” Cantin said. Cantin said the proposed casino’s market would mainly be tourists to the region, not community members. “We would like to promote tourism around here,” Cantin said. “Dryden and the surrounding area needs it right now.”
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Fourteen members from five Keewaytinook Okimakanak communities graduated from an eight-week addictions training program on July 6 in Winnipeg. Front row: Sally Bunting (North Spirit Lake), Christine Kakegumick (Keewaywin), Penina Massan (North Spirit Lake), Anna Owen (Poplar Hill), Rita Meekis (Keewaywin), Maybelline Linklater (Keewaywin), and Verna Meekis (Deer Lake). Back row: Collin Meekis (Deer Lake), Robert Thomas (Fort Severn), Randall Crowe (Deer Lake), Moses Kakekaspan (Fort Severn), Keith Meekis (Deer Lake) and Pardemus Owen (Poplar Hill). Not present: Martina Strang (Poplar Hill).
Bringing hope to KO communities Graduates to work on frontlines to combat drug and alcohol addictions Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News
To aid in the battle against prescription drug and alcohol abuse, 14 health and social workers from Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) communities have graduated from an addictions training program to work on the frontlines. The graduates received their certificates from the Canadian Council of Professional Certification in a ceremony
in Winnipeg on July 6. Members of Keewaywin, Deer Lake, Poplar Hill, North Spirit Lake, and Fort Severn completed the eight-week training program. The program included onsite training in Keewaywin and Red Lake and online training from their communities, complemented by video conferencing. The trainees also spent time in the Pritchard House treatment centre in Dryden, where they took part in actual healing sessions to experience
the treatment process firsthand. KO Health Director Robert Thomas said the program arose out of a survey conducted by the organization, which found that 70 to 80 per cent of KO members are experiencing some form of alcohol or prescription drug addiction. “The KO chiefs directed the KO health department to look into how to alleviate the (prescription drug abuse) and alcohol issues, and in the short
term, this is what we came up with,” Thomas said. Thomas said there is a lack of training and support in the communities to deal with addictions, and often psychologists and workers from outside the communities have to be brought in. When community members wish to receive treatment, they can wait at least a year to get into a treatment centre. When they do finally get in, they have to leave the community for
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ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑲᑫᐧᐳᓂᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒥᓂᑫᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 1 ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐁᐅᐣᒋ ᐅᐡᑭᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ ᐱᓂᐡ ᒋᔭᓂ ᓇᐣᑭᐦᐅᒪᑲᐠ ᒋᐊᔭᑭᓀᐡᑲᒪᐠ ᑲᑕᓱᐊᔭᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᐣᑯᑕᐧᓱᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᒋᐃᔑᐊᔭᑲᐃᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᑲᑭᐳᓂᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒥᓂᑫᐧᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑲᑭᐳᓂᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐅᒋ ᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐊᐧᐨ. “ᐯ ᔑ ᐠ ᐃ ᐁ ᐧ ᑲ ᑭ ᒥ ᑲ ᒪ ᐣ ᐠ ᐁ ᓇ ᑕ ᐁ ᐧ ᓂ ᒪ ᑭ ᑕ ᐧ ᑫ ᒪ ᐡ ᑲ ᐃ ᐧ ᑲ ᐸ ᐃ ᐧ ᐊ ᐧ ᐨ ᑫᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᑫᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑕᐧᒪᐢ. ᑕᐧᒪᐢ ᒥᓇ ᔓᕑᐟ ᐅᑭᐅᔑᑐᓇᐊᐧ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᐁᑭᐅᑐᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᑎᑯᓴᐣ, ᐊᑎᑲ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐯᔑᐠ ᒥᑎᑯᐢ (ᐱᒋᓇᐠ ᑲᔭᓂᑲᑫᐧᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓱᐨ ᑲᑲᑫᐧᐳᓂᑐᐨ ᐅᒥᓂᑫᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᐅᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ) ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐧᐣᑕᐣ ᐁᐳᑲᐧᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ (ᑭᐁᐧᐸᐣᑭᔑᐣ) ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐧᐣ ᓂᔑᑕᓇ ᒥᑎᑯᓴᐣ ᑲᒪᒪᐃᐧᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᒪᐣ ᒋᑭᐳᑲᐧᑎᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ. “ᐅ ᒪ ᑌ ᑎ ᐸ ᐦ ᐃ ᑭ ᐁ ᐧ ᑎ ᓄ ᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐊᔭᑭᐣ, ᐣᑕᔭᐊᐧᒥᐣ ᓂᐦᓱᔕᑊ ᐊᔕ ᑲᑭ ᑭᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐊᔕ ᐊᓂᒪᐡᑲᐃᐧᑲᐸᐃᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᔭᓂᒥᔑᓄᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑕᑲᐧᐣ
ᐊᓱᐡᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑕᐧᒪᐢ. ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ ᒪ ᐡ ᑭ ᑭ ᐃ ᐧ ᑭ ᒪ ᐃ ᐧ ᓂ ᐠ ᒋᐸᑭᑎᓇᐨ ᐁᑭᑲᑫᐧᒋᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ ᐅᒪ ᒋᐅᒋ ᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᑕᑭᒥᓇᐧᔑᓄᐸᐣ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑕᐧᒪᐢ, ᒋᑭᐃᔑᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᐸᑭᑎᓇᐸᐣ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑲᐧᐸᐣ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐸᐯᔑᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᑕᑭᐅᓀᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᐅᐣᒋᐸᑯᓭᓂᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᑭᐸᐣ. “ᑭ ᐡ ᐱ ᐣ ᐊᔭᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᐊᔭᑭᓀᐃᔑᐃᐧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᔐᒪᐠ ᑕᑭᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᓄᐸᐣ,” ᑭ ᐃ ᑭ ᑐ ᑕ ᐧ ᒪ ᐢ . “ᑭ ᐡ ᐱ ᐣ ᑲ ᔦ ᓇᑯᑐᔭᐠ ᐁᐅᐣᒋᑲᐡᑭᑐᔭᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒪᒋᑐᔭᐠ, ᐣᐸᑯᓭᐣᑕᒥᐣ ᑕᓱᔭᑭ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒋᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ.” ᒥᑕᐡ ᐃᐧᓂᑯ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑕᐧᒪᐢ ᐁᔑᑭᒋᓀᐣᑕᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᓇᐦᐃᓭᓂᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᓂ, ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᑕᐱᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᔭᓂᑭᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ. “ᓂ ᐦ ᓱ ᔕ ᑊ ᑲ ᑭ ᑭ ᔑ ᑐ ᐊ ᐧ ᐨ ᐅᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑌᐯᐧ ᐱᑯ ᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᐣ ᐁᑭᒥᔑᓄᐊᐧᐨ,” ᑭ ᐃ ᑭ ᑐ . “ᑭ ᒥ ᓄ ᓭ ᐣ ᑎ ᓀ ᐣ ᑕ ᐣ ᑲᑭᒥᓄᑭᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ.”
treatment. “In the survey, there’s a preference to have that treatment closer to community rather than sending people away,” said Eric Shirt, one of the program facilitators. And because there is a lack of support workers in the communities, when they return, “the relapse rate is almost 100 per cent.” By having well-trained frontline workers in each community, Thomas said the goal is that they will provide support and be a positive influence on the community members. “I think if we can start off with one person per community, we can escalate to two workers per community to help the addicts,” he said. “There’s hope.” The training program is the first part of a larger plan to have a mobile treatment program travelling to each KO community for six weeks at a time to provide treatment for recovering addicts so that they can sober up together. “One of the things we discovered is that we need really strong frontline workers for the program to be a success,”
Thomas said. Thomas and Shirt made an analogy to sticks, where one stick (a recovering addict) is easy to break (relapse) but 20 sticks will be much more difficult to break. “In the KO region, we have 14 graduates, and now that team is much stronger and the support will be there,” Thomas said. KO has submitted a proposal to Health Canada to fund the mobile treatment program. Ideally, Thomas said, they would like capital funding to construct treatment centres in each community, but this program is an alternative that they hope will prove to be effective. “With the mobile treatment, it’ll provide services right now,” Thomas said. “If we can demonstrate it to be successful, we hope it will be an annual thing.” For now, Thomas is pleased with the turnout of the addictions training program, as all who started the program went on to complete it. “For one program to have 14 graduates is a very high number,” he said. “I think it’s pretty good for a first round.”
JULY 12, 2012
Photos by Christian Quequish/Wawatay News
Re-enacting treaty signing in Lac Seul “Treaty day is a day of gathering, sharing, laughter, and fun,” said Chief Clifford Bull of Lac Seul First Nation. Community members of LSFN and visitors from far and wide came together at Archie’s Landing near Kejick Bay on Treaty Day (July 6). The ceremony began with an Indian agent, RCMP officer and others coming into the community in canoes and trading traditional goods with the chief and council. Canoe races, a healing ceremony for residential school survivors, various games, and a grand feast were among the events that took place during Lac Seul’s treaty day.
Drummers play a song for the residential school survivors during Garnet Angeconeb’s returning the children ceremony. See page 16 for story on returning the children.
Left: Lac Seul re-enacted the treaty party consisting of five canoes carrying the Aboriginal agent, RCMP officer, and offering of goods. Above: A Lac Seul welcoming party greets the plane holding the government officials – the plane holding the children would land on the other side of the causeway between Archie’s Landing and Kejick Bay. Upper right: Minnie Garrick makes her way to the drummer’s circle with the assistance of her grandson during Garnet Angeconeb’s returning the children ceremony on treaty day July 6.
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Right: Chief Clifford Bull of Lac Seul First Nation and Sioux Lookout mayor Dennis Leney dressed in the traditional wear of the 1920’s for Lac Seul’s treaty day July 6.
JULY 12, 2012
Preparing for emergencies in Sachigo Lake Shawn Bell Wawatay News
Submitted photos by Jackson Beardy
The participants in the Sachigo Lake emergency operations course came from all over the community, ensuring that people needing support can access it no matter where they live.
Members from across Sachigo Lake First Nation are now capable of responding to emergencies in the community thanks to a pilot program aiming to build emergency response capacity in remote communities. Ten participants from organizations in Sachigo Lake participated in the emergency response education intiative from May 7 – 11, learning how to deal with a variety of situations including heart attacks, hypothermia and broken limbs while in the bush. As Sachigo Lake’s health director Jackson Beardy explained, paramedical services are not available when a crisis arises in the community. “Who is to respond when
INSPECTION Inspection of Approved Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Nipigon District The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invites you to inspect MNR-approved aerial herbicide spray projects. As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands on the Lake Nipigon, Kenogami, Ogoki and Pic River Ojibway Forests (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about August 7, 2012. The herbicide VisionMax, registration #27736 will be used.
someone is ill and to get them safely to the nursing station for care, whether it be within the community or out on the land kilometres away,” Beardy said. “This training program has helped to create skills in community members who can unite to take on such a task.” The course was the second of its type to be held in the community, following the initial Sachigo Lake Wilderness Emergency Response Education Initiative (SLWEREI) in November 2010. Robert Barkman, one of the participants of the first SLWEREI course, said the trained community members are spread out around Sachigo Lake to help ensure timely responses to emergencies. “There are people selected to take part in the course that live in various parts of the community,” Barkman said. “If there was an emergency on the Westside, there would be trained people there that would be at the scene almost immediately.” While this version of the course taught many of the same skills as the first course, such as wilderness first aid, making stretchers out of tarps and trees and using Automated External Defibrillators to help with cardiac arrests, it also offered something new to the community: teachings in how to deal with mental health emergencies. Dr. Aaron Orkin of Thunder Bay, one of the course’s instructors, said the Sachigo Lake course is one of the only emergency response classes that includes mental health as part of the curriculum. “Fitting mental health into the
course was not easy and is not an easy topic to teach,” Orkin said. Both Orkin and participants said that the mental health element is crucial when it comes to dealing with emergencies in communities. “We all need to understand the person on what the situation might be,” said Virginia Beardy, one of the course participants. “It is good to know and it needs to be in other training courses.” Participants also emphasized that the course’s hands on approach to training helped them feel confident that they can deal with emergencies on their own. “Having to go outside to actually do what I was learning is a great learning experience,” said Laureen Kaminawaish, one of the participants. “I feel more confident that what I just had learned will stay with me, by doing what I was instructed in class.” Meanwhile, two researchers were studying the course and its impact on the community. The research will be used to help improve training programs in the future. Jackson Beardy said the course is part of the solution in addressing the health needs of remote communities and First Nations people. “We know our communities are close knit, but we still need medical care when someone is hurt,” Beardy said. “It would be great to see this program across our First Nations.” The program in Sachigo Lake was funded by a grant from the Northern Ontario Academic Medical Association.
Dealing with hypothermia while out on the land was one of the lessons taught during the course. The approved project description and project plan for the individual aerial herbicide projects are available for public inspection at; Lake Nipigon Forest: office of Lake Nipigon Forest Management Inc. in Red Rock (address below), Kenogami, Ogoki and Pic River Ojibway Forests: office of GreenForest Management Inc. in Thunder Bay (addresses below) and on the MNR public website at ontario.ca/forestplans, beginning July 7, 2012 until March 31, 2013 when the annual work schedule expires. Ontario Government Information Centres in Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Geraldton, Terrace Bay, Marathon and Manitouwadge provide access to the Internet. For the Kenogami Forest, please note that commencement of the approved aerial herbicide project plan is contingent upon the approval of the 2012-2013 Annual Work Schedule. Interested and affected persons and organizations can arrange an appointment with MNR staff at the MNR District or Area office to discuss the aerial herbicide project. For more information, please contact: Lake Nipigon Forest Chris Leale, RPF Management Forester Ministry of Natural Resources P.O. Box 970 5 Wadsworth Drive Nipigon, ON P0T 2P0 tel: 807-887-5042 fax: 807-887-2993
Kenogami and Ogoki Forests Charlotte Bourdignon, RPF Management Forester Ministry of Natural Resources P.O. Box 640 208 Beamish Avenue North Geraldton, ON P0T 1M0 tel: 807-854-1826 fax: 807-854-0335
Pic River Ojibway Forest Raymond Weldon, RPF Management Forester Ministry of Natural Resources P.O. Box 970 5 Wadsworth Drive Nipigon, ON P0T 2P0 tel: 807-887-5058 fax: 807-887-2993
Lake Nipigon Forest Paul Poschmann, RPF General Manager Lake Nipigon Forest Management Inc. 78 Salls Street P.O. Box 449 Red Rock, ON P0T 2P0 tel: 807-886-3024 ext. 1 fax: 807-886-2641
Kenogami and Ogoki Forests Ryan Murphy, RPF Forest Renewal Manager GreenForest Management Inc. 470 Hodder Avenue P.O. Box 22004 Thunder Bay, ON P7A 8A8 tel: 807-343-6476 fax: 807-343-6424
Pic River Ojibway Forest Ryan Murphy, RPF Forest Renewal Manager GreenForest Management Inc. 470 Hodder Avenue P.O. Box 22004 Thunder Bay, ON P7A 8A8 tel: 807-343-6476 fax: 807-343-6424
Or, call toll-free: 1-800-667-1940 and ask to be forwarded to one of the contacts above. Renseignements en français : 1-807-887-5000.
Bearskin Lake First Nation Presents:
Michikan Lake Homecoming! 75th year Celebrations! August 17 to August 27, 2012 All Bearskin Lake First Nation Members and former residents living off reserve are invited to come home and celebrate! For more information please Contact any member of the Council or Anita Nothing, Recreation & Special Events Planner @ 807 363 2518 Please check out our website: michikanlakehomecoming.myknet.org Or find us on Facebook Michikan Lake Homecoming 2012
JULY 12, 2012
Whitesand receives land transfers Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Whitesand First Nation recently celebrated the transfer of lands in their traditional territory along the northwestern shore of Lake Nipigon. “All together, we have five additional parcels of land to be added to our reserve, but these are spread out throughout our territory,” said Clifford Tibishkogijig, a Whitesand band councillor. “It allows us to have, what I call, small footprints throughout our territory. It signifies that we are not only living and occupying the land, but we are also continuing to utilize the land that we call our traditional territory.” The land transfer celebration was held at the Old Whitesand community site on Lake Nipigon on May 25. The Whitesand reserve was set up in its present location next to Armstrong, along the CN rail line, in the 1980s. The old community on the northwest shore of Lake Nipigon was flooded in 1942 by rising water, forcing community members to move to locations along the CN rail line. “It was beautiful,” Tibishkogijig said about the old community site on Lake Nipigon. “The way it was described in the archives that we researched, was it was beautiful, it was beautiful, lowlaying terrain where children were playing and people were pitching up tents. But right now we’re sitting against a big cliff.” Tibishkogijig said some graves were exposed over the years due to erosion and some graves were moved a few years ago, also due to erosion.
“I think it was a youth that was exposed through the eroding,” Tibishkogijig said. “That’s one thing about our First Nations people a long time ago; they buried their relatives or family right beside where they lived and they didn’t really mark it.” The water levels on Lake Nip-
“It allows us to have small footprints throughout our territory.” – Clifford Tibishkogijig
igon rose after two water diversions into Lake Nipigon were created, including the Ogoki River diversion in 1940, to provide more hydropower generation capacity for World War II production efforts. Tibishkogijig said community members are already making plans to move back or have already moved back to their old community sites for the summer months. “A lot of people have developed that old Whitesand reserve as their place of residence,” Tibishkogijig said. “So that’s the same thing that’s going to happen with Ferland and Mud River (along the CN rail line).” The community of about 1,100 band members, of which about 50 per cent currently live on reserve, also settled a flood claim agreement with Ontario Power Generation about two years ago. “As part of our settlement with OPG, they are going to do a shoreline restoration project,” Tibishkogijig said. “They’re going to try to put it back the way it was.”
Christian Quequish/Wawatay News
The new Dryden Friendship Centre is located on the corner of Colonization Ave and King Street.
New friendship centre for Dryden’s growing First Nation community Christian Quequish Wawatay News
Dryden Native Friendship Centre (DNFC) hopes to become the gathering place for events in the community with its new facility. Shelly Ledger, executive director for DNFC, said that the new centre resulted in a need to expand the old friendship centre. When the costs of expanding matched the cost of moving and renovating an old motel, Ledger said knew what she had to do. “Our other facility was a very small building, and
though it was very useful at the time, it wasn’t accessible,” said Ledger. She added that the old friendship centre didn’t have enough land for expansion, and the roads to it had suffered from disrepair. Ledger said the infrastructure and social services available have to match a growing community. The centre currently offers emergency food services, employment training and healthcare services amongst other services. The building itself was a prime choice for the centre
because of the condition of the building and its location, according to Ledger. “The location actually works quite well for us because now we’re centrally located in north Dryden,” said Ledger. “We’re also actually right at the end of the overpass you have to cross to get downtown, so it’s perfect. She added that they’re right beside the food bank, so they are able to network and share resources. “We’ve been trying to get mainstream service providers to offer their services at the friendship centre,” said Ledger. The renovations are cur-
rently still in progress for the second floor of the facility which will serve as a hall for gatherings. Lucy Korobanik, a client of the facility, said that there are pros and cons to the new facility. “Those people I hang around, they don’t like coming around here, but it’s nice, safe, and modern over here.” She said they had a problem with people coming in intoxicated at the old friendship centre. The new facility is on the intersection of Colonization Ave and King Street.
INSPECTION Inspection of Approved Aerial Herbicide Spraying Abitibi River Forest The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invites you to inspect the MNR-approved Aerial Herbicide Spray project. As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands on the Abitibi River Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about July 15, 2012. The herbicide Vision/Vision Max, registration #19899/#27736 will be used. The approved project description and plan for the aerial herbicide project is available for public inspection at the office of First Resource Management Group Inc. (address below) and on the MNR public website at ontario.ca/forestplans beginning July 1, 2012 until March 31, 2013 when the annual work schedule expires. Ontario Government Information Centres at Cochrane, Timmins, and Kirkland Lake provide access to the Internet. Interested and affected persons and organizations can arrange an appointment with MNR staff at the MNR District or Area office to discuss the aerial herbicide project. For more information or to arrange an appointment with MNR staff, please contact: First Resource Management Group Inc. P.O. Box 920 Englehart, ON P0J 1H0 Wayne Pawson tel: 705-544-2828 ext. 224 fax: 705-544-2921 Ministry of Natural Resources
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Cochrane District Office P.O. Box 730, 2-4 Highway 11 South Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Kirkland Lake District Office P.O. Box 910, 10 Government Road Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3K4
Timmins District Office 5520 Highway 101 East South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0
Stephen Foley, RPF tel: 705-272-7129 fax: 705-272-7183
Bill Vanschip, RPF tel: 705-568-3243 fax: 705-568-3200
Nikki Wood, RPF tel: 705-235-1339 fax: 705-235-1377
or call toll-free at 1-800-667-1940 and ask to be forwarded to one of the contacts above. Renseignements en français : 705-272-7158 Cochrane, 705-568-3222 Kirkland Lake, 705-235-1314 Timmins
JULY 12, 2012
Melvin and Tyler take on Sioux Lookout Independent filmmaker ready to start feature film Christian Quequish Wawatay News
Independent filmmaker and Confederation College graduate Tyler Angeconeb is making a feature-length film this summer, with production planned to start in Sioux Lookout on July 12. “Melvin & Tyler is an ambitious project for a small town on a modest budget. What I’d like to do is bring feature filmmaking to Sioux Lookout,” said Angeconeb. Angeconeb said his fascination with movies and acting began when he was a kid when his aunt showed him the Indiana Jones series. “The first film I ever made was called Don Juan Debradley, and it’s just this ridiculous film that makes no sense,” said Angeconeb, chuckling. He said that although the premise of the movie was silly, the filming process was something he enjoyed, and that it was a great learning experience.
“From there and throughout the duration of my high school years, I just made little short films,” he said. Angeconeb began taking the art of film making more seriously in 2008 when he shot a 30 minute movie called ‘Melvin & Tyler: Journey to Subway’, a parody movie of the Harold & Kumar series. His 2009 summer saw him shoot the sequel, ‘Melvin & Tyler: Escape from Kejick Bay’, which was based on the Harold and Kumar sequel, ‘Escape From Guantanamo Bay’. Following that summer, Angeconeb went on to study film production at Confederation College. “College was a great learning experience. What I learned there was structure, organization, and more importantly, adding production value,” said Angeconeb. He said that part of his experience was dealing with stressful deadlines, having a crew working on lighting, doing camera work, or dealing with
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audio. “That was definitely nice, but I think what was missing was the heart – something I felt with ‘Melvin & Tyler’, working with friends and just having a good time.” Angeconeb made a film – Charlie’s Perfect Break-Up Song – for the inaugural Hub of the North Film Festival in Sioux Lookout in the summer of 2011 following his graduation. “The only thing that stood out was that I used professional film equipment,” remarked Angeconeb. “Other than that, it had heart to it.” Angeconeb has been working on his next film since he completed his last film over a year ago. Angeconeb said he wants to make all his story ideas into productions and have them seen at festivals. “What I want to do is acting, so once I get all these films made, I really want to start pursuing acting to see if I can get into the industry that way.” He moved to Vancouver for a year to take a shot at the film industry there, but also to check out the acting agencies. He said that one of the things that really struck him was how many casting agencies there are in Vancouver. “It’s just a matter of picking one, there are literally dozens,” said Angeconeb. “That’s where actors get discovered, in Vancouver,” said Angeconeb, who admitted to slacking off while he was there. “I just wrote my movie script, took in the city, and kind of just lived there.” He said he doesn’t mind working behind the scenes, but that he is most comfortable in front of the camera. Angeconeb said that he received a lot of criticism from his friends and family for his Melvin & Tyler movies. “Everyone kept asking me, ‘Tyler, when are you going to do something original?’ So this time with Melvin & Tyler, I am doing something original,” said Angeconeb. The new movie is about Melvin and Tyler - Melvin, a laidback slacker, is friends with Tyler, a straight-laced and uptight individual. The two go to a private resort to resolve Tyler’s troubles. Angeconeb added that it felt nice to bring the story arc back in a different way. Angeconeb said the troubles of a filmmaker are many: he has to worry about finances, marketing, public relations and transportation amongst a host of other concerns. “One of the biggest challenges has been funding, I’ve tried doing Internet campaigns, and those were less than successful,” said Angeconeb. Angeconeb said that getting people excited about the film has been difficult. “I’ve been met with some resistance to my ideas,” said Angeconeb, who added that people have refused to let him use their equipment or services. “It’s not the greatest feeling, but you just keep going with it. I have a love for this film, and I will make this movie,” said Angeconeb. Angeconeb allocated $5,000 in funding to act as the budget for the film from an investor in B.C. named Sam Hill. Hill is serving as the executive director for the movie. His parents helped him out
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Top: Tyler Angeconeb of Sioux Lookout is directing a feature film this summer in the community. Above: Promotional poster for the film, Melvin & Tyler. as well, putting $3,500 into the movie, which Angeconeb used to buy a professional grade video camera. The rest of the funds for the movie come out of his pocket. One of his actors is from from Kashechwan First Nation. Melvin Anderson, travelled over 1,000 km to be in the movie. In terms of actors, Angeconeb said he has a full deck at over 10 actors, both main cast and smaller characters in the film. Natasha Quequish, from Sioux Lookout, plays the role of
Jessica in the film. Quequish said she chose to be a part of the movie because it is fun being part of an independent movie. “It’s a great experience, and I would like to go further into that area, acting and maybe some singing,” said Quequish. “If people see it and like it, maybe they’ll ask me to do other films – I wouldn’t mind doing that, it’s a fun experience.” Angeconeb said that Sioux Lookout residents should keep an eye out for the production,
as he will “be all over the place.” “I’m certainly looking for help, and anyone who would be willing to help out with production would be great,” said Angeconeb. Angeconeb releases his films under his personal production title, Infinitum Picture. People interested in following the film’s progress can search “Melvin & Tyler” on Facebook, or reach Angeconeb at MT3production@hotmail.com.
JULY 12, 2012
No bounds in collecting books for NAN youth Lenny Carpenter
Literacy facts -87 per cent of Indigenous children in regional and remote areas struggle to read and write and fall well below the national literacy benchmarks (Aboriginal Literacy Foundation).
Two sisters from Oakville, Ont., have been collecting books for more than a year. After amassing more than 400 books bought out of their own pockets from secondhand stores and garage sales, Emma and Julia Mogus plan on sending the books up to communities in the NAN region. “We fostered a love of learning and reading,” Emma said, noting that they grew up with cable TV. “We heard there are less fortunate families that don’t have the books like we do. We thought, let’s collect books and give it to a group that really needs those books.”
“A lot of people care about what happens in other places like Africa, but maybe there’s something in our own country that can be done in our own backyard.” -Julia Mogus
It was while Emma, 13, was working as a government page that she heard about the book drive started by former Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman, which led to the sisters’ idea to send their books up north. “A lot of people care about what happens in other places like Africa, but maybe there’s something in our own country that can be done in our own backyard,” Julia, 14, said. “We just came up on some scary facts and that’s how we started.” After researching, the sisters
-Non- indigenous students far out-perform Indigenous students in benchmark tests for reading, writing and numeracy in Year 3 and Year 5. By year 7, the gap has widened, particularly for numeracy (Aboriginal Literacy Foundation). -Research shows children have a better chance of becoming fully literate adults if reading is encouraged in the home (Literacy BC). -Many studies have shown that improving parents’ skills directly and positively affects the language development of children (Literacy Skills for the Knowledge Society, IALS 1997, page 62). -Studies show beyond dispute that children’s achievements in school improves with increased parent involvement in education (Henderson, 1998). -Simple things like reading and telling stories to a child at 18 months are powerful stimuli for brain development in the early years (Early Years Study Final Report: Reversing the Real Brain Drain, Government of Ontario, 1999). Courtesty of Books with No Bounds
Emma and Julia Mogus of Oakville, Ont. have been collecting books for the past year and after amassing 400 books which they value at $4,000, they are donating them to NAN youth. found out that literacy rates in First Nations communities are as much as four years behind the rest of Canada and that the suicide rates are high. “We just want to expand to give opportunity for First Nations people that we take for granted,” Julia said. The sisters call their drive Books with No Bounds, which according their Facebook page is “because every child deserves access to an enormous supply of books, and if they don’t have access, then it is our responsibility to do everything we can to provide the tools necessary to promote literacy.” Inspired by a Bartleman quote that his “ticket out of poverty was reading,” Emma and
Julia understand the importance of literacy. “It really taught me to dream about goals and it opens doors for imagination,” Julia said.
“We see this as being bigger – something to go on and on throughout the years.” -Emma Mogus
“They create opportunities for kids: dreams and imaginations,” Emma said. “And they help children to strive to learn. They give you a world out of your own world.”
The sisters held book drives at their schools last weekend and have received an outpouring of support from members of the public to provide drop off points and pick ups to go with book donations. The Mogus sisters are working on contacting transportation companies and airlines to send the books to the NAN communities. “No matter what, we know we are getting those books there,” Emma said. But it won’t be over once this batch of books is sent up north. “We see this as being bigger – something to go on and on throughout the years,” Emma said. “We definitely want to keep going as long as we can.”
-For a child, the more time spent with a parent reading aloud increases his or her level of attachment, enhances a sense of security, and imparts the knowledge that their parent feels they are worthwhile people with whom to spend time (How to Raise a Reader, 1987). -Reading to children more than once a day has a substantial positive impact on their future academic skills. In addition, research indicates children with early exposure to books and reading are better at performing mathematical tasks (National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, Statistics Canada, 1996-1997). -Some experts say that for 80 per cent of children, simple immersion in reading and books will lead to independent reading by school age (How to Make Your Child a Reader for Life, Paul Kropp, Random House Canada, 2000). - “…it is convinced that literacy is crucial to the acquisition, by every child, youth and adult of essential life skills that enable them to address the challenges they can face in life and represents an essential step in basic education, which is an indispensable means for effective participation in the societies and economies of the twenty-first century…” -United Nations statement in declaring International Decade of Literacy in 2003.
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Sandy Lake’s Jeffrey Kakegamic finished first among a group of Sandy Lake running club runners at the Canada Day Kakabeka 5K. “It’s actually trail blazing — it goes on the road and then you’re going through the bushes,” said Racheal Anishinabie, a Thunder Baybased runner originally from Sandy Lake who finished in 33:50:43. “It’s one of my favourite races because it goes through the bushes. It reminds me of home.” Anishinabie said the four Sandy Lake running group runners did “really good” during the 5K, which was held July 1 at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park. Kakegamic finished the 5K in 22:35:38; Chad Linklater finished in 22:38:89; Larissa Fiddler finished in 30:43:43 and Claudette Linklater finished in 30:45:40. “It’s a really good race to get into if you’re training for anything because the first thing you hit is a big hill,” Anishinabie said. “And then you run through the bush and a lot of muskeg area. So you’re just trail blazing through the bush and it’s a really good race.” Anishinabie’s parents, Ralph and Areta Bekintis, also entered their three foster children, Rosie Quill, Janna Quill and Skye Fiddler, into the 1K Kids Race, which didn’t supply finishing times. While the three children
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A group of Sandy Lake runners took part in the Canada Day Kakabeka 5K run at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park near Thunder Bay. Jeffery Kakegamic, fourth from left, finished first among the Sandy Lake runners. were already in Thunder Bay, Ralph, coach of the Sandy Lake running club, and Areta drove to Red Lake to pick up the four running group runners from the airport on June 30 so they could compete in the 5K. “They ran the race and then they went to the (Mount McKay) Powwow,” Anishinabie said. “My parents didn’t sleep all night — they left at 11 o’clock that night, drove them to catch their flight in the morning (at Red Lake) and then my parents drove right back.” Anishinabie said her father is a big advocate for providing
youth an opportunity to participate in positive activities, such as the 5K. “He knew about the 5K because I’ve been running it and he’s always driven me to Kakabeka Falls,” Anishinabie said. Ralph’s efforts this past May resulted in five Sandy Lake running group longdistance runners competing in the Thunder Bay Ten Mile Road Race, where Kakegamic finished in seventh place among the under 20 runners with a time of one hour and 18 minutes. Anishinabie began running
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Returning the children ‘powerful’ ceremony Lac Seul reflects on history with emotional residential school healing event Christian Quequish Wawatay News
The returning of the children ceremony on Treaty Day (July 6) was a very powerful and emotional ceremony for Lac Seul First Nation. A group of drummers waited with their sticks at the ready, the sun was just coming out, and the Returning the Children ceremony was about to begin. Chief Clifford Bull of Lac Seul First Nation and an RCMP officer began the walk towards the drummers, followed by about 100 residential school survivors. The survivors formed a circle around the drummers, and the ceremony began. Community members watched quietly as the ceremony continued with songs of healing, comments and testimonials from visitors and community members. Organizer Garnet Angeconeb said the event was quite emotional, and that it brought back a lot of memories. There was a sudden roar of a floatplane’s engine overhead. Two planes flew over Archie’s Landing and landed on the right and left docks beside the causeway leading to Kejick Bay – one plane holding officials, the other held children from Lac Seul. Angeconeb said the ceremony came as a vision to him years ago. He pictured a gathering at Archie’s Landing in LSFN, and a plane landed at the edge of the water. Out of the plane stepped an Indian agent, a government representative and a member of
Children getting off the plane as a symbolic act of ‘returning the children’ in Garnet Angeconeb’s ceremony. the church. The chief and council greeted them, and the chief announced: “They are bringing our children home!” “Today we acted out that dream, it was very emotional
and brought back some memories,” said Angeconeb. “When the children were reunited with their families, it was very symbolic of Lac Seul bringing its children home.” Angeconeb said the cer-
emony was a way of teaching their youth the history of their people, about their resilience, and their victory. “We want to start talking about our communities and the need to heal,” said Angeconeb.
“In many ways acknowledging the past and having the people become well is a positive way to address the effects of residential school.” “Garnet’s returning the children was a very moving and very
powerful ceremony,” said Bull. He said it brought back memories of him coming back on the plane with his brown bag. He recalled a feeling of exhilaration when he returned to his community. Nadia McLaren, an artist and filmmaker, said that Angeconeb is a powerful, visionary man for arranging the ceremony. “He’s a man who literally moves mountains with his kindness, a trailblazer,” said McLaren. Terry Lynne Jewell, a member of the Sioux Lookout Coalition for Reconciliation and Healing, said it was a joy to be a part of the ceremony on treaty day. “I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like having children being away from your community and what it must’ve been like when they were returned home on the planes,” said Jewell in a short speech addressing the community. She said that it was important that all people in Canada understand the residential school story because it is “part of our Canadian story.” “We all need to understand and be a part of the healing,” said Jewell. Rotary exchange students from Europe were in attendance at the event, as well as a visitor from Australia. Angeconeb saw this as a great opportunity for people to tell the story of his people. “The message is loud and clear, and this ceremony was witnessed by so many that will spread the word that as a people we are coming back,” said Angeconeb.
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