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May 24, 2012

Vol. 39 No. 13

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Neskantaga chief demands consultation on Ring of Fire

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Moonias says he’s willing to die defending lands from Cliffs mine Rick Garrick

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Natasha Quill of Deer Lake accepts her high school diploma from vice-principal Solomon Kakagamic. Quill was one of 20 who graduated from Pelican Falls First Nation High School, May 17. See more photos on page 8, and Dennis Franklin Cromarty grads on page 9.

Neskantaga Chief Peter Moonias has raised further issues over the Cliffs Natural Resources chromite mine project in the Ring of Fire. Moonias sent a letter to Michael Gravelle, minister of Natural Resources, on May 17 stating he has learned that Cliffs and/or its wholly owned subsidiary Cliffs Chromite Ontario Inc. has applied for land use and other permits on provincial crown land to begin mobilizing for infrastructure development and commencement of construction, including the north-south access corridor to the Ring of Fire. Moonias stated in the letter

that Ontario cannot lawfully consider these applications without fulfilling its constitutional duty of consultation. The chief said that the granting of an easement, issuance of any kind of land use or other permits to Cliffs in support of its proposed developments would be a further breach of Ontario’s duty to consult. Moonias had earlier stated in a May 11 letter to Rick Bartolucci, minister of Northern Development and Mines, that Ontario is in breach of its constitutional duty to consult with Neskantaga and other Aboriginal peoples regarding the Cliffs mine and infrastructure development in and to the Ring of Fire. See Neskantaga on page 3

ᔕᐳᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ ᑕᐱᒥᐃᐧᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᔑᐸᑯᓭᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᐊᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐳᓂᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒐᐧᔾᐢ ᐦᐊᐣᑐᕑ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌ

ᐊᔾᑕ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᐅᑭᐃᓀᐣᑕᐣ ᓂᔓᐱᓯᑦ ᒋᐱᒥᔭᐨ ᐸᐣᑯᐳᕑ ᓀᐣᑲᐱᐦᐊᓄᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᒪᒋᐱᓱᐊᐧᑫᐨ ᑎᑎᐱᐁᐧᐱᐡᑭᑲᓇᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᑐᐊᐧ, ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᒋᐃᔑᑕᑯᔑᐠ. ᓀᐣᑲᐃᐧᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᐅᒋᐨ ᐃᑫᐧ 38 ᑕᓱᔭᑭᐃᐧᓀ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᔑᐨ ᐅᑕᓂᓴᐣ 20 ᑕᓱᔭᑭᐃᐧᓀᐊᐧᐣ ᒣᔾᑭᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᒪᒋᑐᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᐃᐧᑲᑫᐧ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑯᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᓂᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐊᔭᒪᑲᐠ ᓇᐱᐨ ᑲᐸᐸᔐᑌᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒋᔭᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ. “ᐣ ᑕ ᓂ ᔑ ᓂ ᓂ ᒥ ᓇ ᓂ ᐠ ᐅᑲᑲᐧᑕᑭᐦᐃᑯᓇᐊᐧ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᓂ, ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᐅᑎ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐠᓯᑯᑎᐣ,” ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᑭᐱᐃᔑᐱᐦᐃᑫ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᐱ ᑲᒪᑌ ᐃᐡᑲᐧᑕᑯᔑᐠ ᐸᐣᑯᐳᓫ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᐠᓯᑯᑎᐣ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ, ᒥᔑᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐅᑐᐣᒋ ᑭᒋᐊᓂᒥᓭᐦᐃᑯᓇᐊᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑌᑎᐸᐦᐃ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ. “ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐅᐊᐧᓂᑐᓇᐊᐧ

ᐁᑲ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᐁᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ, ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᐣᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ, ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑲᑭᑭᐡᑲᐃᐧᐣᑕᐧ ᐅᒪᑭᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐣ ᐅᒪᒪᒥᐊᐧᐣ, ᐅᐡᑭᓂᑭᑫᐧᐠ ᐊᑕᐊᐧᓂᑎᓱᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐃᐧᐅᐣᒋᐊᑕᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑭᑭᐱᐊᐧᓂᐦᐊᒥᓇᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᓴᑭᐦᐊᑲᐧ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐅᐣᒋ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᑭᐃᐧᐣᑕᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐁᑭᒋᐊᓂᒥᓭᓂᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. “ᒥᑕᐡ ᐁᔑᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒪᐠ ᐁᐸᑯᓭᓂᒧᑕᒪᐊᐧᑭᑕᐧ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᒥᓄᔭᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐁᑲ ᑲᑕᐨ ᒋᑭ ᑭᑭᔭᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᐅᐠᓯᑯᑎᐣ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᓂ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᓂᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᒥᐣ ᐃᒪ ᓂᔭᐃᐧᓇᐠ, ᓂᒪᒥᑐᓀᒋᑲᓂᓇᐠ ᒥᓇ ᓂᒧᔑᐦᐅᐃᐧᓂᓇᐠ ᒋᐃᔑᑲᑲᐧᑕᑭᑐᔭᐣᐠ ᐁᐃᐧᐅᐣᒋ ᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐦᐊᑭᑕᐧ ᑌᐯᐧ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᓂᒪᑭᑕᐧ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᓇᓂᐠ.” ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᓂᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᔕᐸᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐱᐸᑫᐧᐸᐦᐅᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐸᑯᓭᓂᒥᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ 211 (211 ᐃᔑ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᑕᑭᑕᓱᓀᔭ ᐃᐁᐧ ᓀᐣᑲᐃᐧᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᐣ), ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑕᓂᓴᐣ

ᐅᐃᐧᑐᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᐃᐧᑭᑫᐣᑕᒧᓂᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᐅᐣᒋ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐊᓂᒥᓭᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐱᒥ ᔕᐸᐧᑲᒥᑭᐡᑲᐊᐧᐨ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐯᑭᐡ ᐅᐃᐧᑐᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᐅᐣᑎᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑫᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ. “ᐣᑭᑫᐣᑕᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒋᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒪᐠ ᑫᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᔕᐳᐡᑲᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᒥᐣᒋᒥᓂᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑲᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᐁᑭᐊᓂᒧᑕᐠ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᐣ 3,000 ᐃᒪ ᐁᑲᔑᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᓇᐃᐧᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓂᑲᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐊᔭᓯᓂ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂ ᑫᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᓇᑲᓇᑲᓱᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᓂ ᐊᓂᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐱᑯ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑐᐣᒋᐸᑭᑌᐡᑲᑯᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑭᒋᐊᓂᒥᓭᐃᐧᓂ. ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᐃᑫᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑕᓂᓴᐣ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᓂᐦᓯᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐣ ᐅᑲᐃᐧᒋᐃᐧᑯᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔑᒋᑫᐊᐧᐨ:

Photo courtesy CTV

Ida Fiddler and Meagan Anishinabie. See English story on page 3.

ᓫᐃᐊᐣ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᓀᐣᑲᐃᐧᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᐣᒋ ᒥᓇ ᐠᕑᐁᐠ ᒥᑭᐢ ᒥᓇ ᒐᐧᕑᑎ ᒥᑭᐢ ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᐣᒋᐊᐧᐠ. “ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐱᓇᒪ ᒋᐅᒋᑕᔑ ᒪᒥᑐᓀᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ, ᐊᒥᐱᑯ ᔐᒪᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᔭᐣᐠ ᒋᐱᒥᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒥᑯᔭᐣᐠ ᐅᑐᑕᐸᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᒋᔭᐸᓂᐦᐊᐊᐧᐨ, ᒋᐱᒥᐊᓴᐧᐸᒥᑯᔭᐣᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐱᒥᔑᐣᑭᐡᑲᑯᔭᐣᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐱᒪᑫᐧᐸᐦᐅᑎᓱᔭᐣᐠ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᔦ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐸᐣᑭ ᐁᑭᒥᓂᑕᐧ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ

ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᑐᐊᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᓀᐣᑲᐃᐧᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᓀᐣᑲᐃᐧᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫᐊᐧᐠ ᑫᐅᐣᒋ ᐱᒥᔭᐸᒋᐦᐊᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᐃᐧᓯᓂᐊᐧᑫᐊᐧᐨ, ᐅᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐢ. ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᑕᓀᐣᑕᐠ 4,483 ᑭᓫᐊᒥᑐᕑᐢ ᑎᐸᐦᐊᑲᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᓇᑫᐧᐸᐦᐅᑎᓱᐨ ᐁᑲ ᒋᐁᐧᐣᑕᓂᐠ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐧᑲ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ

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ᐅᐁᐧ ᐸᑭᓇᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᓱᔭᑭ ᒥᑭᐁᐧᓇᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐁᒥᓂᑕᐧ ᑲᓇᐦᐃᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃ ᐅᒪ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐃᑯ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᒪᒋᑕᒪᓱᐨ ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ. ᒪᕑᔑ ᐃᔑᒪᒋ ᐁᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᔑᐨ ᐁᒥᑭᓯᑲᐧᓱᐨ ᐃᐧᓂᑯ ᑲᐃᓀᐣᑕᐠ ᐁᐃᔑᓇᑯᑐᐨ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ. ᓂᔕᐧ ᑕᐡ ᑕᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐦᐃᐁᐧ ᐅᑎᔑᒪᒋᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑕᐣᑐᕑ ᐯ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᑕᐧᑌᑭᐣ ᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐃᒪ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᒪᓯᓂᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᓇᐁᐧᐣᑕᑲᐧᑭᐣ.

ᓀᐡᑲᐣᑕᑲ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐱᑕᐣ ᒧᓂᔭᐢ ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᑭᐃᔑᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑫ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐁᑭᑲᓄᓇᐨ ᐁᑲ ᓂᑲᐣ ᐁᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᐊᔭᑭᓀ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᒪᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐅᐣᒋ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᓂ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑯᐃᐧᓯᐨ ᒋᑭᑐᑕᑭᐸᐣ. ᒧᓂᔭᐢ ᐅᑭᐅᔑᐱᐦᐊᒪᐊᐧᐸᓂᐣ ᑭᒋᐊᒥᑯᑭᒪᐣ ᒪᐃᑯ ᑯᕑᐊᐳ, ᐯᔑᑯᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᑲᑭᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᐅᔑᐱᐦᐊᒪᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑫᑲᐟ ᐃᑯ ᐯᔑᑲᐧᐣ ᐁᐃᑭᑐᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᑐᔑᐱᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᕑᐃᐠ ᐸᕑᑐᓫᐅᒋ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐡᑲᒥᓂᐨ. ᒧᓂᔭᐢ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᐸᑭᑎᓇᐠ ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑲᑫᐧ ᑭᐱᑎᓇᐨ ᐠᓫᐃᑊᐢ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᑲᑦᐸᓂ ᑲᐱᑲᑫᐧ ᐅᔑᑐᐨ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᓂ ᐅᑕᑭᒥᐠ. ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐅᑭᑭᔓᐊᐧᐦᐃᑯᐣ ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᑦᐸᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᐅᓀᐣᑕᒥᓂᐨ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᐱᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᐃᐧᑐᓂᐨ ᐊᓯᓂᐠ ᑲᑕᔑᐅᔑᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᓴᐟᐯᕑᐃ ᔕᐊᐧᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ, ᐁᔭᓇᑭ ᑲᓄᓂᑯᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑲᐊᔭᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᐁᐧᒥᑎᑯᔑᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᒋᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐠᕑᐃᐣᐢᑐᐣ.

KI artist wins provincial award Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug’s Jean Marshall was shocked when she found out she had won the 2012 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for visual arts. Marshall had recently started working as an artist full time. She said the award helped her realize that she was doing the right thing. “I couldn’t believe it — I was on cloud nine for a while,” she said. The award is presented annually to a professional artist in Ontario who has made an impact in their chosen field. Marshall combines print making and beadwork in an original art form. She has two upcoming shows at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the Ontario Crafts Council.

Neskantaga Chief pledges to die defending land Neskantaga Chief Peter Moonias has issued another letter to the Ontario government, accusing it of failing to consult First Nations on the Ring of Fire as it is legally required to do. Moonias’ letter was sent to Minister of Natural Resources’ minister Michael Gravelle, one week after a similar letter was sent to mining minister Rick Bartolucci. Moonias has pledged to die trying to stop the Cliffs mine from being built in his nation’s traditional lands. The chief’s anger was sparked by Cliffs’ decision to locate the mine’s processing plant in Sudbury, against the wishes of First Nations and northwestern Ontario municipalities who wanted it in Greenstone.

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ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓄᒋᐊᑯᓯᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᔭᓂᐊᔭᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᐣᒋᑫᐠ ᐃᒪ ᓫᐁᐟᐦᐁᐟ ᔪᓂᐯᕑᓯᑎ ᐅᑕᓄᑲᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᑲᑫᐧᐅᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᑫᐃᐧᒪᐡᑭᑭ ᒋᐅᒋ ᓇᑕᐃᐧᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐃᓇᐱᓀᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐅᐡᑭᒧᑭᒪᑲᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᓴᑦ ᐃᑯ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᑲᒋᑎᓂᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᓇᐱᓀᐃᐧᓂ ᐊᐱᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐠ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᑕᑲᓀᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐅᐁᐧᑎ ᐃᓀᑫ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑲᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ. ᐃᐁᐧ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᓇᐱᓀᐡᑲᑫ ᐸᑲᐣ ᐁᔑᓇᑯᓯᐨ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᒪᓂᒍᐡ ᑐᑲᐣ ᒥᐡᑯᐸᑭᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐧᐣᑎᐱᑲᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᑲᑯᑕᑎᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᐃᓇᐱᓀᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐃᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᑭᐱᐃᓇᐱᓀᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑫᑲᐟ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑭᑲᐡᑭᒋᑲᑌ ᒋᑭᐱᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᑫᐃᐧᒪᐡᑭᑭ ᑲᔭᐸᑕᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐁᐧ ᓄᑯᑦ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᐅᔑᐦᐅᒪᑲᐠ ᐊᓂᒪᐣ ᒋᑭᑭᑫᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᑫᑯᓀᐣ ᒪᐡᑭᑭ ᑫᔭᐸᑕᐠ. ᐅᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᐣᒋᑫᐠ ᐅᐸᑯᓭᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑭᑫᐃᐧᒪᐡᑭᑭᓂ ᒋᑭᔭᓂ ᐊᔭᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᒋᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᓂᓂᑲᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᓄᑯᑦ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐃᐧᒋᑕᐧᐊᐨ ᑲᐱᒥ ᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑭᑫᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᐣ, ᒥᓇ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᑎᐟ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐁᑲ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑲᑐᑕᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ.

Rare bacteria affecting First Nations in northern Ontario Researchers at Lakehead University are working on creating a vaccine for a rare bacteria that is affecting First Nations people in northern Ontario more than any other group. The bacteria is a different strain of a bacteria that causes meningitis and other deadly illnesses. The original strain of the bacteria

Filmmaker Michelle Derosier, top left, addressed a gatherin of artists. Neskantaga Chief Peter Moonias, top right, wants consulation on Ring of Fire. And KI artist Jean Marshall, bottom, won a provincial award. has been nearly wiped out by a vaccine, but this new strain seems to be growing in its place. The researchers hope to have a vaccine for the bacteria created in the near future. In the meantime they are looking for First Nations people to volunteer to join a study on the bacteria, and natural immunities that some people hold. Page 7

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ᑭᒋᓇᒣᑯᓯᐱᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᑎᐯᐣᑕᑯᓯᐨ ᒋᐣ ᒪᕑᔓ ᑭᑯᐡᑫᐧᐣᑕᑦ ᐊᐱ ᐁᐃᐧᐣᑕᒪᐊᐧᑲᓄᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐨ 2012 ᑫᐁᑦ ᐦᐊᐣᑐᕑ ᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᐊᐧᒋᐦ���ᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐅᑕᐱᓂᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᒪᕑᔓ ᓄᑯᒥᑫ ᑲᐯᐦᐃ ᐅᑭᒪᑕᓄᑲᑕᐣ ᐁᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐨ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᔦ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐨ ᐅᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐣ ᑌᐯᐧ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᐁᑭᑐᑕᐠ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒪᒋᑕᐦᐃᑎᓱᐨ. “ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐅᒋᑌᐯᐧᑕᒪᐣ, ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐣᑭᒥᓀᐧᑕᐣ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ.

ᐃᒪ ᐱᑯ ᓇᐣᑕ ᓂᔭᓄᒥᑕᓇ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐠ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑌᑎᐸᐦᐃ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑭᐱᒪᒪᐃᐧᐡᑲᐊᐧᐠ ᑕᐣᑐᕑ ᐯ ᑲᑭᒪᒪᐃᐧᐡᑲᐃᑕᐧ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᒪᑯᐱᓯᑦ 11 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ. ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐠ, ᑭᔭᓂᒧᑕᒪᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ, ᑭᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐦᐃᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᑎᐸᒋᒧᑕᑐᐊᐧᐠ. ᒥᔑᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᔭᓂᒧᒋᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᓄᑌᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᔕᐳᐡᑲᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᔕᑫᐧᓂᒧᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᔭᓂ ᐊᐧᐸᑕᐦᐃᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᒪᒋᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᒥᓯᐁᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᒥᔐᓫ ᑎᕑᐅᔐ ᒥᑭᓯᐃᐧᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᐅᒋᐨ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᔑᐣ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐠ ᐅᑕᓂᒥᐦᐃᑯᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᑯᑕᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐸᑭᑎᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐱᑯ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐣ ᒋᐊᐧᐸᑕᒥᓂᐨ. “ᑌᐯᐧ ᐱᑯ ᓭᑫᐣᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑭᓇᑭᐡᑲᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐁᑲ ᑫᓇᐦᐁᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᐃᓇᑕᐧ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ. “ᑲᐯᐦᐃ ᐱᑯ ᑭᐃᐧᒋᐃᐧᑯᐣ ᑯᑕᒋᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐃᓯᓭᐸᐣ ᐃᑯ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᔕᑯᒋᑐᔭᐣ ᒋᓇᑯᐦᐃᑎᓱᔭᐣ.”

Flowering Moon gathering inspires artists Approximately 50 artists from northwestern Ontario converged on Thunder Bay for the Flowering Moon gathering on May 11. The artists, from various disciplines, took part in panel discussions, performances and presentations. Many of the discussions ranged around the need for Aboriginal artists to overcome their self-doubt when putting their work out to the world. Michelle Derosier of Eagle Lake First Nation said many artists struggle with the vulnerability that putting a piece of art out to the public brings. “It’s a little bit scary and sometimes you’ll meet people who won’t like what you had to say,” she said. “There’s always that fear and it takes courage to put yourself out there.”

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4,483 kms in the fight against oxy addiction Joyce Hunter

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Ida Fiddler figures it will take about two months to bicycle from Vancouver to Ottawa. The 38-year-old Sandy Lake member and her 20-year-old daughter Meagan Anishinabie are leading the charge to bring attention to a community-wide problem they urgently want to address. “Our people have been suffering from prescription drug abuse, mainly Oxycontin,” Fiddler wrote in an e-mail to Wawatay News after making her way to Vancouver to begin the first leg of her journey. Oxycontin, Fiddler pointed out, has affected many communities across the country. “People are being deprived of a safe home, children neglected of their basic needs, unborn children are affected, young women are selling their bodies for drugs, and we have lost precious lives due to drug use,” she said of how the problem has affected her First Nation in particular. “We wanted to give

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Ida Fiddler, back, and her daughter Meagan Anishinabie, front, have just started a cross-country bicycle tour that will take them from Vancouver to Ottawa over the next two months. The women from Sandy Lake are riding to raise awareness and funds for the epidemic of oxycontin addiction that has devastated First Nation communities across the country, and especially in northern Ontario including Sandy Lake. the people hope for a better life without Oxycontin, and we are willing to put ourselves through physical, mental, spiritual and emotional suffering to show them we care.” Titled Ride for Hope 211 (211 is Sandy Lake First Nation’s band membership registry number), Fiddler and her daughter are looking to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse as they move across the country. They are also using this trips as an opportunity to raise as much funds as possible to found a proposed aftercare program for their First Nation.

“We know an aftercare program is greatly needed for our people if they are to succeed in overcoming their addictions,” Fiddler said pointing out that the community of about 3,000 is isolated and does not have ready access to preventative or intervention services. She also said 100 per cent of the community’s total population is affected by prescription drug abuse in some way. Anishinabie and Fiddler are being joined by three other individuals: Lee Ann Fiddler from Sandy Lake and Craig Meekis and Geor-

die Meekis from Deer Lake. “Without giving a second thought, they offered to help by following along in a support van to monitor, support and encourage us as we push forward,” Fiddler said, adding that a small pool of funding has been donated by the Aboriginal community in Ottawa, Sandy Lake Health Authority and the people of Sandy Lake to power their small team to help pay for food, shelter and gas. Fiddler fully expects the 4,483 kilometre trip to be gruelling. Neither she nor members

of her team have ever done it before. If they’re to make the two-month journey as scheduled it means they’ll have to log 75 kilometres per day through rain, wind or shine. “The pain and suffering that we will be going through is nothing compared to the everyday struggle that people who are on Oxycontin go through,” Fiddler said, adding she and her daughter came up with the idea to go on the awareness fundraising campaign while driving home from a powwow last summer. “We heard of people biking

Ontario failing in its duty to consult, says Neskantaga chief Continued from page 1 Moonias said his community would use every lawful means to oppose the north-south access corridor project, noting it would go through the heart of his community’s traditional territory. “We are going to police the (Attawapiskat) river system,” Moonias said. “They are going to have to cross the Attawapiskat River, but they’re not crossing — that’s what we’re saying. We’ll use every means, if we have any legal rights in the legal system that I can use, I will do that, at the First Nation’s cost.” Moonias said the province made their decision without adequate consultation with the community. “There is no such thing as after the fact in consultation,” Moonias said. “Consultation happens before you go into somebody’s back yard. It wouldn’t be lawful for me to go and start digging in your back yard without letting you know first, and tell you, ‘I’ll talk to you after.’” Bartolucci said the provincial government is committed to ensuring their duty to consult is met throughout the Ring of Fire development, noting they have had several discussions with First Nations communities and are committed to ongoing dialogue. Meanwhile, during the May 15-17 NAN Spring Chiefs Assembly in Cochrane, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation chiefs invited Premier Dalton McGuinty and the provincial cabinet to the upcoming Keewaywin Conference to begin real engagement on lands and resources, resource revenue sharing, and free, prior and informed consent. The May 17 invitation was issued after the chiefs refused to participate in McGuinty’s 7th annual First Nations meeting with First Nation groups from across the province. “We will not meet with the premier and talk about our issues in the allotted time frame,” said Grand Chief Stan Beardy.

The upcoming Keewaywin Conference is scheduled for Aug. 14-16 in Kashechewan. In response to questions from NDP leader Andrea Horvath in the Ontario legislature, McGuinty said the provincial government takes its responsibilities very seriously when it

“Consultation happens before you go into somebody’s back yard. It wouldn’t be lawful for me to go and start digging in your back yard without letting you know first, and tell you, ‘I’ll talk to you after.’”

-Neskangtaga Chief Peter Moonias

comes to consulting with First Nations partners. “We understand there is legal obligation there, but we also feel a sense of responsibility, on behalf of all Ontarians, to make sure that we are working with our First Nations partners, especially when it comes to exciting new opportunities to be found in the Ring of Fire,” McGuinty said. “I know that specific efforts were made to reach out to those communities in the past. We will continue to find ways to move forward.” Kathleen Wynne, minister of Aboriginal Affairs, said the provincial government is determined to work in partnership with First Nations, companies and the federal government to make sure First Nations people benefit from the development of the Ring of Fire. “We want to make sure all the voices are at the table, because from my perspective, this really is about (how) the First Nation children, the next generation and the generation

after that can reap the benefits of this development,” Wynne said. “So whether that means the specific jobs that come from the mine, or whether that means the training and skills development, or whether it’s the environmental monitoring that will take place, all of that is part of the conversation.” Wynne said the provincial government wants to work with First Nation communities, in conjunction with the federal government, to make sure First Nation students both on and offreserve have an equal opportunity for their education and postsecondary opportunities. Wynne said the provincial government is now looking to engage First Nations in a formal process to discuss environmental monitoring, resource revenue sharing, training and skills development and social supports. “There are lots of infrastructure conversations that are going to have to happen,” Wynne said, noting roads and electricity transmission lines. “But we can’t have those conversations unless we have everyone at the table.” An Ontario environmental group also condemned the decision to build the north-south access road through a largely intact area in the James Bay Lowlands, which includes crossings of at least three major rivers and multiple streams. “It is the epitome of bad development,” said Anna Baggio, conservation director with CPAWS Wildlands League. “It’s like we’ve stepped back in time and ignored everything that we’ve learned over the last 40 years.” Moonias said he is willing to give up his life to defend his community’s interests on the land, both environmentally and for their livelihood. “That’s all I got left to do,” Moonias said. “I’m willing to lose my life over it. I’m going to defend it (the land) as far as I can.”

across Canada and we said ‘lets do it,’” Fiddler said. She also noted there are quite a few Canadian capitals as well as municipalities along the way that her team can stop in to make their appeal. She and her daughter decided to end their trip in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, because it also happens to be their hometown. “We consider it our second home,” Fiddler said. “Sandy Lake First Nation will always be our true home. That is where our roots are.” You can follow Fiddler, Anishinabe and their team’s progress on Facebook by searching for Ride for Hope 211. If you would like to donate, the group has set up a nonprofit account at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce called Ride for Hope 211 where proceeds will go to the Sandy Lake First Nation people in the hopes of founding an aftercare program. Ride for Hope 211 Institution number 010 Transit number 00206 Account number 5445019

Bending Lake mine named after Elder Rick Garrick

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Neskantaga Chief Peter Moonias has criticized Ontario’s handling of the Ring of Fire in two letters to cabinet ministers. He says his community will do everything it can to stop Cliffs’ chromite mine from going ahead.

The Bending Lake Iron Group’s mine has been named after Josephine Cone, grandmother of CEO Henry Wetelainen Jr. and an investor in the company. “She and my grandfather basically spent their life prospecting out there,” Wetelainen said. “And had me out there when I was very young prospecting with them.” Both of Wetelainen’s grandparents were prospectors, but his grandfather passed away from silicosis of the lungs when he was 37. Within a few months of his grandfather’s death, Cone went to work in the prospecting business to provide a living for her four children. “My grandmother was probably the first Aboriginal women in Canada to do a mining deal,” Wetelainen said. “She was nonstatus and continued to provide a living for the whole family that way.” Cone worked as a lead guide to mining parties, geologists and doctors during the summer, and during the winter she would be out on her snowshoes, trudging through the wilderness in –40 Celsius weather. In 2010, at the age of 97, Cone could still recall the days when she worked in the mining camps, prospecting all day, setting up camps at night and keeping the fires going for baked beans and bannock. Bending Lake’s current plans are to initially produce 4 million tonnes of iron ore pellets per year beginning in 2016, at a production cost of about $50 per tonne. Future plans to produce merchant pig iron are in the works. Cone’s life story was originally published by Wawatay News in 1983 and is available on the Bending Lake website.


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Generations lost Richard Wagamese ONE NATIVE LIFE

I’ve been reconnected with my people for over thirty years now. I made it home when I was twentyfour. From the time I was a toddler until I was a grown man, I was removed from anything Ojibwa in my foster homes and adopted home. Coming back to my people and our cultural and traditional way was hard. There’s a lot of shame involved in not knowing anything about who you are and it was a tough struggle to overcome that. Still, the journey has been a great adventure. I’ve traveled most of this country and been privileged to sit with teachers from a lot of First Nations cultures. My life since 1979 has been centered around writing and storytelling and learning the ways of my people. I’ve been to ceremonies and celebrations, traditional camps and teaching lodges, powwows, feasts and Sun Dances. Everything felt like a reconnection experience and it still does. But one of the great conceits we carry as human beings is that once we’re exposed to something we start to think we know it all. We believe that things are inherently simple and that we’re savvy enough to get things automatically. We believe that our minds allow us to turn a little into a lot in a hurry. While that may be true for some people, it wasn’t true for me. When I confronted the issue of residential schools for the first time I was shocked. I’d grown up in white Canada and the history I’d been fed was a white interpretation. The schools were never mentioned in history books and the pitiable amount regarding First Nations people in curriculum at that time gave me no sense of my own people or their struggles. I never knew the legacy of pain and abuse those schools left on the generations of our people who attended them. When I learned it I felt as though I suffered too. My first introduction came in the early 1980s as a radio broadcaster in Saskatchewan. I did a profile piece on a traditional healer who spoke of his journey and what residential schools had nearly cost him. It was a powerful and wrenching story and I began to look at my own people in a different

light. But it wasn’t their pain that stunned me. I started to see a people who had within them a great dignity, strength and humanity that the entire country could benefit from if they knew it. I saw a people who struggled with their pain – and for some it was enormous – and who managed to rise above that and create vibrant communities and retain their cultural and spiritual ways. I saw a people bent and bruised but not broken. I saw nations of warriors who fought with their hearts and I was honoured to be one of them. I saw young adults embrace the traditional teaching of their Elders and begin to revitalize the old ways and I saw their children and the tremendous impact that reclamation made on their young lives. But as much as I want I can’t bring back generations lost to us even though I ache to. I can’t return loved ones to anybody’s arms and I can’t reduce the impact of the horror of those schools. But what I can do is continue the spiritual line – I can dance and sing and drum and pray and do ceremony in honour to all those lost ones. I can do my part in the reinvigoration of communities by embracing the teachings and living my life as an example of their spiritual power. I can stand proud and be an example of a people’s resilience and fortitude. See, if I become as strong in my cultural and spiritual and ceremonial way as possible, all that suffering will not have been in vain. If I encourage someone I meet on my path to do the same, I double the impact. If we all do that the residual effect will speak for itself. Everywhere another heart will have risen above the effects of history and we as a whole will have reclaimed more of ourselves. That’s what my own people have shown me and taught me by their examples. An old adage says that ‘you can’t give away what you don’t have.’ In these days of truth and reconciliation that’s very true. When we can face the true nature of our hurts and find reconciliation within our own hearts and heal and walk again we have something powerful to say to one another, and to a country. If you’re going to break, break going forward not away. That’s what residential school survivors have to teach us. The reward at the end is the journey itself. I’m made more from learning our history and working to create a new one.

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For the children Stephanie Wesley GUEST COLUMNIST

My son looks so happy when he is running through the apartment from room to room, some random toy in hand, with a huge smile on his face. He is just a little guy and he is a very happy one. He lives in a home where pictures of him adorn the walls – his possessions have taken over the place and the TV is always tuned in to Treehouse. He is the center of this little universe. He is the sun – to his father and me, anyway. He is our only one. Our son is one of the few whose parents are still together, it seems. A lot of people just don’t stay with the person they reproduce with, and for a lot of reasons. Let’s face it: love is harder than Taylor Swift’s sappy music

makes it sound like. When I found out that I was pregnant, I wondered what would happen to my boyfriend and me. I wondered if we would break up, since most of the females I knew who had children were no longer with the person they had gotten pregnant by. I wondered if I would be a single mother. I don’t mean to stereotype, but so many of my fellow-Anishinabe friends, peers, and family members are single parents. I couldn’t help but wonder if I would wind up the same. Would I find someone else to be with if we broke up? And how would that go if I did find someone else? Would I simply allow someone new into my life, and most importantly my child’s life? Sometimes single parents invite people into their children’s lives without really thinking about it – loneliness and heartache are hard to cure so it’s easier to let someone into your heart and home when you are hurt. Sometimes those people who

are let in don’t deserve to be there. I often hear of children being abused by their step-parents, it is such a sad and scary reality. When I first got pregnant, I wondered what would happen to me and to my unborn child. How could I trust anyone in this world with my child if his father and I broke up? As of today, it turns out that I didn’t have to worry about things like that. My boyfriend and I are still together. We have worked hard on our relationship and sorted out our issues. We changed certain aspects about our lives for our son when he was born. We are on a better, less-selfish path now to give our child the life he deserves because he is our responsibility. He was a gift from above. That’s what children really are – gifts from the Creator. They are the closest things to Heaven. As a mother, it is my duty and privilege to protect and nurture my child. It is my job to keep all the bad things away, to hold him when he is scared and to make

him laugh when he is sad. It’s my job to change his diaper when he, well everyone knows what’s done in diapers. And my son’s father has all the same responsibilities and privileges - only with seeminglyless diaper duty. Our small family works because there is an unlimited amount of love. My boyfriend and I come from broken-homes, and though that sometimes seems like a reason to “stay together for the kid” it wouldn’t work because families do not work for long without love. When love is lost between two people, they will part ways. They will find love elsewhere. My boyfriend and I are lucky to still have love together, to still have our son together. It’s like the lyrics in a certain Barry Louis Polisar song; “if you were a castle, I’d be your moat. And if you were an ocean, I’d learn to float.” Our son is the “castle” that we have to protect, and he is the “ocean” that we have to learn to swim in as parents. Keep your castles safe.

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Dishonest portrayal of First Nations reigns Joyce Atcheson

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We are to blame for all that happens to us, according to mainstream press. From Confederation to today, mainstream media has continued to portray First Peoples as inherently lazy, stupid, childlike, and inferior. However we are not the only people being misrepresented; Canadians as a whole fail to see themselves as imperialists despite the usurpation of First Peoples’ lands, and their lethal attempts to subjugate the rightful owners. According to the authors of a new book, this happens because mainstream media takes a slant that perpetuates racist and dishonest views. Mark Cronlund Anderson and Carmen L. Robertson, two Native Americans, reviewed mainstream media sources from Confederation to today to reveal the persistent negative image created by the press. Their book is called ‘Seeing Red’. Citing a Calgary Herald’s business column of 2 July 2005 the author presented “Natives

as diseased, lazy, suicidal, uneducated, and poorly governed”; reasons for why taxpayers (read non-Aboriginals) should not be required to pay for on-reserve housing. Repeatedly, as Anderson and Robertson found in multiples sources, Natives are being blamed for government policies that restrict Native lives. The Indian Act denies First Peoples the right to do many things yet the press see First Peoples as being to blame for the policy’s existence and the inability to live differently. No where did they find that treaties were accurately depicted. They also do not find reporting depicting that the government is negligent in fulfilling its duty to meet its treaty obligations; instead First Peoples are repeatedly portrayed as needy, greedy, and inept. The authors examined the coverage of such important issues as the White Paper of 1969 which sparked a unity of First Peoples that had previously been missing. When the Paper was rejected more rhetoric erupted about the Native princess and the Native militant.

Another example of not bargaining in good faith and not being open and honest with those that have walked these lands that we call the Far North for generations and who have remained hopeful that our turn to opportunity will one day be realized. The decision to establish the smelter to the Ring of Fire raw materials in Capreol is another blow to our hopes and dreams and an indication that we are not much of a consideration to being a valued partner in this

Province. Granted the smelter decision is a difficult one that crosses over many complicated lines and boundaries, but simply sitting back on our front porches and watching the riches flow elsewhere for processing and better jobs is a difficult one to swallow. In addition, likely a precedent that for future mining opportunities and finds in the North a similar approach will be followed. It is also not a good thing that Minister Bartolucci will see a major employer set up shop in his riding. Folks at this end are upset and rightfully so, and today, the Federal Finance

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Minister (Flaherty) announced severe changes to the UIC Benefits Program....how do we break the cycle of such independence if seasonal employment is about all many can find. It is time to stand up and defend the North and what is harvested here should be processed here. To the many First Nation Chiefs locked in this struggle of negotiation and what should be good faith bargaining I, as should all Northerners, am prepared to support and fight for our natural resources and a better tomorrow. Al Jansenn, submitted online at www.wawataynews.ca

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Providing more options for dying at home is part of a Lakehead University Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) project. “It’s not about the quantity of life, but it’s improving the quality of what you have and respecting the people’s end of life care wishes,” said Holly Prince, project manager for the five-year, WAWATAY NEWS $1.825 million palliative care Date Completed: research project. “If their wish 2012 is toMay go 14, home, how can we all Size:together as a community to work 3 COL 108 AGATES make thatxhappen — even if it’s notCompleted right up until by: the end.” Prince said dying at home Matthew Bradley could be a milestone forCampaign some 20120524 Rain43 OPG OPGWaterSafety ID: May 14, 2012 PM palliative care3:04 patients. “Maybe they just want to be To: ________________________ able to make it home to see the birth ________________________ of their granddaughter,” From: said. _____________________ Prince “Or maybe they Wawatay News just want@to make it home to be home forproof Christmas.” Please your ad and return it today by fax, otherwise your ad While First Nation commuwill run as it is on this fax. nities currently have federallyChoosehome 1 of theand following: funded community

care programs which provide eight essential services, Prince said palliative care is not considered an essential service so it is not funded. “Within the provinciallyfunded health care system, there is funding for palliative care,” Prince said. “So once you step off the First Nation community and into a provincially-funded service, you have access to a lot more services.” Luanne Maki, Fort William’s community health representative, said community members usually end up going across the bridge into Thunder Bay for palliative care. “I don’t know if it’s family comfort or a fear of not being able to provide what’s necessary, personally, or not having the education to provide the services that are required, (but) our people end up going across the bridge into palliative care services,” Maki said. “The nurses are there; the doctors are there. The support is available, whereas at home it is very limited.”

Prince said infrastructure barriers in many communities also affect palliative care. “We had an issue in our community over the weekend a couple of weeks ago,” Maki said. “An ambulance was called in, but they couldn’t get into the room with the stretcher. The doorframes were just not big enough. We had a community member in agony who had to walk to the stretcher.” Funding for the palliative care research project was provided through an Aboriginal health intervention grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Addressing the unmet need for accessible, culturally appropriate palliative care services for Aboriginal people in First Nations communities is a growing social obligation and an emerging Canadian policy priority, said Mary Lou Kelley, a CERAH research affiliate and a principal investigator in the project along with Kevin Brazil, director of St. Joseph’s Health System’s Research Network.

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Vaccine coming for rare bacteria affecting Ontario First Nations Researchers looking for First Nation partners on study Shawn Bell

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Medical researchers in Thunder Bay are leading a national push to create a vaccine for a rare bacterial infection that seems to affect First Nations people more than non-Aboriginal Canadians. The urgent work on a vaccine comes as the number of people admitted to hospitals with severe diseases related to Type A Haemophilus influenzae continues to include a large percentage of First Nations people from northwestern Ontario. Meanwhile, as work on the vaccine goes on, researchers at Lakehead University’s Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) are also racing to discover more information about

setting off a scramble of government action and additional research. In that report Ulanova did not find any cases of infection caused by Type A in persons of non-Aboriginal ethnicity: They were either Aboriginal or unknown ethnicity. Other studies done in Canada’s arctic regions and in Alaska have also found a high prevalence of invasive infections caused by Type A Haemophilus influenzae in Aboriginal populations, leading to speculation that First Nations people may not have enough natural immunity against the bacteria to prevent illness. But Nix said those theories have yet to be proven. That is why he and other researchers in Ulanova’s lab are hard at work

“If we don’t move to take action now, it could become a very significant health issue, especially for Aboriginal people in northwestern Ontario.”

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the invasive infections caused by the rarely studied bacteria. “If we don’t move to take action now, it could become a very significant health issue, especially for Aboriginal people in northwestern Ontario,” said Eli Nix, a PhD researcher at the school. Type A Haemophilus influenzae is similar to Type B Haemophilus influenzae, a bacterial infection that caused a large number of potentially fatal diseases such as meningitis, pneumonia and bacteremia over most of the last century. Type B was essentially wiped out by a vaccine, which was first given to people in the early 1990s. Over the past decade researchers across North America have noticed a number of cases of severe bacterial infections caused by Type A Haemophilus influenzae. Type A was previously unknown to the medical world. Researchers now believe that as the vaccine wiped out Type B, it opened up a niche where other strains of the bacteria were able to flourish. “Type B has been drastically reduced,” Nix said. “And since now we’ve basically eliminated it, we’re starting to see a shift. It may be that knocking out Type B opened up room for other strains, such as Type A, to move into.” Nix’s supervisor, Dr. Marina Ulanova, was one of the first people in North America to notice the prevalence of diseases related to Type A Haemophilus influenzae. Through medical records of patients coming into regional hospitals, Ulanova stumbled upon a disturbing trend – a large percentage of patients suffering from diseases related to the rare bacteria were First Nations people from northwestern Ontario. In a 2009 paper Ulanova documented the prevalence of the bacteria in First Nations people,

trying to determine what makes some people susceptible to Type A invasive bacterial infections, while other people are not. The research will complement the ongoing work to create a vaccine, conducted at Ulanova’s lab at NOSM in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada and the National Microbiology Laboratory. Nix said it is important to get more information on why certain people are susceptible to the bacteria, in order to determine how the vaccine should be administered and what populations would benefit. He also said it is an interesting question for the medical community as a whole, as the assessment of immune status related to Type A Haemophilus influenzae has never before been studied. The NOSM lab is now in the process of building partnerships with First Nations and Metis communities across Northwestern Ontario. Nix said it is crucial for the researchers to have both remote communities and urban Aboriginal populations involved in the study, in case geography plays a role in why some people have a lack of natural immunity. “We can’t address the problem on our own,” Nix said. “We’re trying to build partnerships, relationships with Aboriginal communities to try and address this emerging threat to the health of Aboriginal people in northwestern Ontario.” The study involves taking a small blood sample from participants, and then studying the antibodies found in the blood. By measuring both the quantity and quality of the antibodies that react to tests using the Type A bacteria, researchers can determine what, if any, natural antibodies exist. Nix said his lab requires only a small amount of blood, equiv-

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First Nations Spring Ceremony On May 3, 2012, Osisko Hammond Reef Gold (OHRG) hosted a gathering of Elders and invited representatives from 9 First Nations communities to conduct a Spring Ceremony at the OHRG site. Representatives from Seine River First Nation, Couchiching First Nation, Naicatchewenin First Nation, Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation, Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, Lac La Croix First Nation, and Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation were in attendance. Osisko was honoured by the attendance of the Ogichidaakwe / Grand Chief of Treaty #3, Diane Kelly, at the ceremony. Grand Chief Kelly spoke to the gathering, saying “It is important that we (First Nations) keep our traditions and remember our treaty rights”. For Osisko, the event came as the result of listening to the Elders explain that if we must make changes to the environment through our operations, they should be carried out in accordance with traditional ways. According to Anishinaabe tradition, everything has a spirit and must be treated with respect. If we disturb the rocks, the water, the trees, we should ask the spirits for forgiveness. Osisko relies upon the expertise of our Aboriginal partners to help us make amends with Mother Earth in their traditional way. The ceremony involved gathering Elders at the OHRG site to join in singing, drumming, praying, and sharing traditional foods in a spirit of forgiveness. Osisko is grateful to our Aboriginal partners for participating and providing insight into their traditions, so that the design of our project can respect and honour Aboriginal values.

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Back row, from left: Benjamin Brown and William McKay both of Bearskin Lake and Asley McKay of Big Trout Lake. Front row, from left: Cory Sainnawap of Kingfisher of Lake, Autumn Neekan of Mishkeegogamang, Cherilee Keesic of North Spirit Lake, Phil Strang and Phil Howie Strang both of Poplar Hill and Casey Aysanabee of Sandy Lake.

‘Monkey see, monkey do’ 20 Pelican Falls First Nation High School graduates to continue setting good example Adrienne Fox

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“This school has been a great place to experience many successes, filled with tons of opportunities to do amazing things. We travelled, played sports, joined in various school clubs. We met many new friends, from different circles, representing various reserves and cities. We travelled from B.C. to Edmonton, into the states, all because of this school. This was not only fun, but also created the best memories we have ever had in our lives to date. These memories will be in our hearts as we grow into men and women. I encourage the students to keep pushing forward and keep pushing through the barriers that life brings, because there will be more challenges ahead. Future hurdles we may have to overcome might be through work situations, or going to college or university, or even perhaps people trying to put us down. I personally look forward to seeing each and every one of you in the future doing something great, to make it better for the next generation to come. Eventually, some of us will even begin our own families. Graduates, as we are all seated here, remember we are all setting a great example for our youth back home. Let’s continue to set a good example as we leave PFFNHS. Remember, monkey see, monkey do.” That was an excerpt from the valedictorian speech given to the 2012 graduating class at Pelican Falls First Nation High School (PFFNHS) on May 17. Casey Aysanabee of Sandy Lake From left: Matthias Brown of Wapekeka First Nation and vice-principal Solomon Kakagamic. First Nation and Elijah Martin of Wunnimun Lake First gave the speech. It was a joint effort that considered two languages with Aysanabee delivering in English and Martin delivering the speech in Ojicree. Twenty students graduated from Pelican Falls this year. And family and friends helped them celebrate their success during a formal ceremony that took place at the high school located about 15 minutes west of Sioux Lookout, Ont. Students were also treated to a lively address from Thunder Bay-based comedian Moccasin Joe. Top graduates earned awards, such as the Marcel James Angeconeb Memorial earned by Ashley McKay of Big Trout Lake and Cory Sainnawap of Kingfisher Lake. The award recognizes students who learn and promote First Nation culture, language and traditional lifestyles. Phil A. Strang, a member of Poplar Hill earned the Principal’s Award for consistent academic excellence.

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Above: From left: Valedictorians Casey Aysanabee of Sandy Lake and Elijah Martin of Wunnimun Lake First Nation. Left: Charmaine Meekis of Deer Lake accepts her graduation diploma. Bottom: From left: Pelican Falls High School principal Darryl Tinney, William McKay of Bearskin Lake First Nation and vice-principal Solomon Kakagamic. Graduates of Pelican Falls First Nation High School do a traditional hat toss following a formal ceremony, May 17.

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DFC students overcome numerous obstacles to graduate Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

It was a day of celebrating the overcoming of adversity when 15 Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School students graduated on May 16. Janice Kakegamic of Sandy Lake First Nation moved to Thunder Bay to attend DFC when she was in Grade 10. “Being away from my family was challenging,” the 20-yearold said. “It was weird being in a new environment.” Janice said she also had to endure peer pressure to drink alcohol, but she did not succumb to it. Now she has a high school diploma with plans to attend Confederation College in the fall. Nineteen-year-old Duane Matthews of Kasabonika Lake First Nation also faced personal challenges when he began attending DFC three years ago. He said he had to adapt to the big city and learn how to get around, but there were also residents in Thunder Bay who made him feel unwelcome. “There were some people who said stuff, like when I was walking by,” the 19-year-old said. But he said the encouragement of family and friends helped him push forward. With his diploma in hand, Duane plans on taking electrical engineering at Confederation College and Lakehead University. Class valedictorian Claudia

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Above: Kirk Meekis of Sandy Lake makes his way to the stage for the graduation ceremony. Above left: The grads pose with principal Jonathan Kakegamic. Left: Curtis Winter of Big Trout Lake laughs with his fellow grads before they take the stage.

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Claudia Linklater of Sandy Lake First Nation overcame several challenges, including the loss of her mother, before graduating with 14 of her classmates from Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School on May 16. Linklater of Sandy Lake First Nation had to overcome her own challenges to get where she ended up. “Many times, I was told I would not make it, that I would be burnout, but here I am,” she said during her valedictorian speech. Claudia faced an even greater personal challenge when her mother passed away less than two months before the graduation ceremony. “March 24 was the hardest day in my life in my 21 years

of living,” she said. “I lost my mother and I nearly gave up.” But remembering some inspirational words in Oji-Cree from her mother and support from her friends, Claudia was able to continue her studies. “If it wasn’t for her voice, I wouldn’t be here,” she said. “If it wasn’t for my friends, I would not even be standing here. I would be shattered to a million pieces.” Claudia also credited the principal and staff for their never-ending encouragement

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and support during the graduates’ time at DFC. To the amusement of the audience, Claudia quoted Sylvester Stallone as the famous underdog Rocky Balboa in the Rocky film series. “It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit you as hard as life but it ain’t about how hard to hit. It is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” The 15 students were the

12th class to graduate from DFC, and principal Jon Kakegamic said he is amazed every year of the obstacles the students are able to overcome. “There’s so many times that they want to quit,” he said. “But with support and talk with their parents, they made it through every difficult time to get here.” Just before the graduates took the stage, Kakegamic assembled them in a room for one final speech. “Some of you really struggled to be here,” he told them.

“When you’re done today, there’s going to be more struggles. You need to remind yourselves that you can do it. We are very proud of you.” He noted the students who had personal losses in the past month, but were able to overcome it to graduate. “You could say that your mom and your dad are looking down on you today – with a smile,” he said. He concluded: “So be proud, be strong – and be brown, because that is what DFC is about.”

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Weenusk member to canoe from Pickle Lake to Hudson Bay 1,500-kilometre journey to include stops in Webequie, Wunnumin Lake, Nibinamik, and Peawanuck Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

Sam Hunter of Weenusk First Nation is taking the trip he has wanted to do all his life. On May 21, Hunter and his friend Kevin Vallieres of Hearst, Ont., embarked on an estimated 1,500-kilometre canoe trip on the Pipestone and Winisk River systems, beginning near Pickle Lake and ending among the ice floes of Hudson Bay. “I’ve done a lot of long trips in my life and a lot of them were solo,” Hunter said a few days before the trip. In the past, the 46-year-old traveled from Moosonee to Peawanuck both by canoe and ski-doo. Hunter has always enjoyed going out on adventures to break away from everyday life. “I’ve always wanted to do this trip,” he said. “Sometimes you get stuck in a rut, working 9 to 5, and you forget your history… but trips like this, you come back just like that, you can recite it, tell a story, remember every detail.” Hunter estimates it will take 30-40 days to complete the trip, which will include stops in the First Nations of Webequie, Wunnumin Lake, Nibinamik, and Peawanuck. Being a northern Ontario boy, Vallieres said the trip is a way for him to reconnect with the north. He said many Canadians see the country as being bordered by two oceans, the Atlantic and Pacific but forget about the border north of Ontario.

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Above: A rough outline of the canoe route drawn by Kevin Vallieres that begins in Pickle Lake and ends at Hudson Bay. Circle in lower right is Hearst, Ont., Valliere’s hometown. Lenny Carpenter/Wawatay News

Left: Sam Hunter (left) of Weenusk First Nation and Kevin Vallieres of Hearst, Ont., left Pickle Lake on May 21 to embark on a 1,500-kilometre canoe trip on the Pipestone and Winisk River systems. Hunter did not pack any food and plans on living off the land on the trip. Both plan on taking photos and video during the trip and posting it online. “Our entire northern border, Hudson Bay, touches the Artic Ocean and that’s incredible,” he said. “People discount that.” He said he is looking forward to touching the water once they are out in Hudson Bay. The canoe trip will be a physically daunting task for both travellers, Hunter said. Along with navigating several rapids, they will have to take 9-12 portages. But Hunter said they hope their bodies will adapt to the physical elements and the weather.

“We’re basically just gonna rough it and hopefully we’ll be in good shape by the time we get to Peawanuck,” he said. Hunter did not pack any food for the journey while Vallieres only brought minimal amounts of basic foods like rice. “Basically, we’re just gonna live off the land as much as we can,” Hunter said. They packed a 12-gauge shotgun, .22 rifle, fishing tackle, and a bow and arrows. For shelter, they packed a tarp and will combine it with tradi-

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an intensive 18-month program, and hopes to produce footage to make three episodes for a show he is planning with APTN. “I talked to APTN and hopefully we’ll get a good response and we’ll have some shows in English and Cree,” he said. Hunter and Vallieres created a Facebook page called “Hudson’s Bay trip 2012” to document their journey. They hope to upload photos during their layover in each community. Hunter said the page has created a small following and they have been contacted by youth in Webequie.

“They will be joining us for the rest of the trip from Webequie,” he said. “It will add more adventure for the trip.” Hunter is encouraged by the youth joining the trip, adding he hopes many others will follow suit in their own adventures. “I’m hoping other people will start going out,” Hunter said. Most youth in northern communities are lost and have no identity, Hunter said. “When kids start going out, they start enjoying canoeing, taking pictures, archery, shooting a gun. All of a sudden they have something to look forward to.”

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ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐁᐦᐊ ᐃᑭᑐᔭᐣ, ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑲᑎᐯᐣᑕᑭᐣ ᑎᐸᐦᐊᑲᓇᐣ (ᐊᒥᑯᑭᒪ - MNR), ᐅᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᐣ ᒪᒋᐨ ᐁᑕᐃᐧᓇᒪᑫᐨ ᑫᑭᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᒋᑭᐃᔑᓇᑲᑕᒪᐸᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐊᐣᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᑎᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔑᒪᓇᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᐃᐧᔭᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐊᐦᑭᑲᐠ ᑲᐊᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᑫᐃᔑ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ. ᒋᐅᒋ ᒪᓇᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒪᓄᒥᐣ ᑲᑕᔑᓂᑕᐃᐧᑭᐊᐧᐨ, ᒋᑭᐁᐧᑭᑎᑲᓂᑕᐧ ᔑᑯᐱᐠ, ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᑎᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᑎᑯᐣ ᑲᐳᑕᐊᐧᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐱᒥ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᐃᒪ ᓄᐱᒥᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᑎᓂᓴᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑫᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᓴᑭᑌᐠ. ᓴᑭᑌᐃᐧ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐯᐦᐃ ᒋᐊᔓᓱᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᒋᐱᒥ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᑌᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐱᒥᐊᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌ ᐊᐣᑎ ᐸᐯᑲᐧᐨ ᑫᑭᐃᔑ ᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᑕᐡ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑭᓇᑐᒥᑯ ᒋᒪᒣᒋᑲᑐᔭᐣ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐧᐣᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᐅᓇᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᑐᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐊᑎᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔑᒪᓇᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ.

If the answer is yes, Ontario Parks, Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is providing an opportunity for you to comment on the proposed amendment to the Woodland Caribou Signature Site Management Plan to address vegetation management. This would include wild rice management, vegetation restoration, traditional burning by First Nations and vegetation management through fire use and fire response. Fire management activities including full response, modified response, monitored response, prescribed fire and prescribed burning are being proposed. At this time, you are being invited to review the Background Information and Options document for the Woodland Caribou Signature Site Vegetation Management Plan.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᓄᑯᑦ, ᑭᐱᓇᑐᒥᑯᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᐱᓇᓇᑲᒋᑐᔦᐠ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᑭᐅᔑᐱᐃᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐧᐣᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑫᔭᓂᔑᒪᑕᓄᑲᑌᐠ.

The Woodland Caribou Signature Site is located in northwestern Ontario, approximately 30 kilometres west of the town of Red Lake and 90 kilometres north of the city of Kenora. The Signature Site is 544,160 hectares in size and includes one wilderness class Provincial Park, five wilderness class park additions, one conservation reserve, one enhanced management area.

ᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᑎᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᑲᑭ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᑲᐧᑕᑲᒥᑲᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐃᔑᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᓀᐣᑲᐱᐦᐊᓄᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ, ᓇᐣᑕ ᐱᑯ 30 ᑭᓫᐊᒥᑐᕑᐢ ᓀᐣᑲᐱᐦᐊᓄᐠ ᐊᐱᓯᓇᑲᐧᐣ ᒥᐢᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ 90 ᑭᓫᐊᒥᑐᕑᐢ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐊᐱᓯᓇᑲᐧᐣ ᑭᓇᐧᕑᐊ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐊᑎᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᐃᓂᑯᑯᑎᐸᐦᐊᑲᑌ 544,160 ᐦᐁᐟᑐᕑᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐯᔑᐠ ᐊᔭᒪᑲᐣ ᐊᐦᑭ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑎᐯᐣᑕᐠ, ᓂᔭᓇᐣ ᑭᓇᐣᑭ ᑎᐸᐦᐊᑲᑌᐊᐧᐣ ᒋᑎᐯᐣᑕᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ, ᐯᔑᐠ ᒋᒪᓇᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᐯᔑᐠ ᒋᑕᔑ ᑭᐁᐧᑭᑎᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᑭᑕᔑ ᒪᓇᑎᑲᐧᑌᑭᐸᐣ.

How to Get Involved

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Comments on the proposed amendment will be accepted until July 9, 2012.

ᑕᐅᑕᐱᓂᑲᑌᐊᐧᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭ ᐃᐧᐱᒋᓂᔕᐦᐊᐠ ᐅᑎᑭᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐃᔑᑭᐸᑯᓭ ᐅᐸᐡᑯᐧᐃᐱᓯᑦ 9, 2012. ᐅᐁᐧ ᑕᐡ ᑲᑭᐅᓀᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᒪᒥᓇᐧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐃᔑᐊᒋᑲᑌ ᐊᐦᑭᐃᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᐦᑭᐃᐧ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒪᒪᑕᐃᐧᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᐠ ᐅᒪ: ontario.ca/ebr ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐃᒪ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑲᑎᐯᐣᑕᑭᐣ ᑎᐸᐦᐊᑲᓇᐣ ᒪᒪᑕᐃᐧᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᐠ ᐅᒪ:www.OntarioParks.com/planning. ᐊᔭᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᔦ ᑲᑭᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐃᐧᑲᓄᓇᐨ ᒋᓇᓇᑐᐡᑲᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᒐᐸᔑᐡ ᑲᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓱᐨ.

The proposed amendment will be posted on the Environmental Registry of the Environmental Bill of Rights website at: ontario.ca/ebr and on the Ontario Parks website at: www.OntarioParks.com/planning. Copies are also available from the contact listed below: Doug Gilmore Woodland Caribou Provincial Park Box 5003, Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0 tel: 807-727-1336 e-mail: doug.gilmore@ontario.ca

Doug Gilmore Woodland Caribou Provincial Park Box 5003, Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0 tel: 807-727-1336 e-mail: doug.gilmore@ontario.ca

The Ministry of Natural Resources is collecting your personal information and comments under the authority of the Ontario’s Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006. Any personal information you provide (address, name, telephone, etc.) will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; however, your comments will become part of the record of consultation and may be shared with the general public. Your personal information may be used by the Ministry of Natural Resources to send you information about future ministry planning initiatives in the park area. If you have questions about the use of your personal information you provide, please contact Pat Walsh, Strategic Planning Officer, Ontario Parks, at 705-755-1773.

ᐊᒥᑯᑭᒪ ᐅᒪᐊᐧᑐᓇᓇᐣ ᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧ ᑭᑎᐸᒋᒥᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑭᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑐᒋᐱᒥᓂᔕᐦᐊᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᔓᐊᐧᑌᓂᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑲᑎᐯᐣᑕᑭᐣ ᑎᐸᐦᐊᑲᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᔑᔑ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ, 2006. ᐱᑯ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑲᐱᐸᑭᑎᓇᒪᐣ ᑭᑎᐸᑭᑎᓇᒪᐣ ( ᑲᐃᓇᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐯᔑᔭᐣ, ᑭᐃᐧᓱᐃᐧᐣ, ᑭᒪᒋᑭᑐᐃᐧᐣ, ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᐠ ᑫᑯᐣ) ᑕᐊᔭᑲᐧᒥ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᒋᑲᑌᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᔓᐊᐧᑌᐠ ᑲᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐃᐧᐣᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑲᓇᐁᐧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐁᑲ ᑲᑭᑫᑕᑯᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒥᑯᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᔕᑯᐨ ᑲᐱᐸᑭᑎᓇᒪᐣ ᑭᑎᑭᑐᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑕᐃᔑᔭᐸᒋᒋᑲᑌ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᑕᒪᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᐧᐣ ᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧ ᑭᑎᐸᒋᒥᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑲᐃᓇᐸᒋᑐᐣ ᐊᒥᑯᑭᒪ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐊᐃᔑᓂᔕᐦᐊᒪᐃᐧᐠ ᐃᐧᐣᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᓂᓂᑲᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᔭᓂᔑ ᐅᓇᒋᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑎᐸᐦᐊᒪᑲᓂᐠ. ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐃᐧᑲᑫᐧᑌᐧᔭᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᒋ ᑲᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌ ᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒥᑯᓯᐃᐧᐣ, ᑲᓄᐡ ᑲᓂᑲᓂ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᐠ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ, ᐸᐟ ᐊᐧᓫᐡ ᐁᐃᓇᑭᑕᓱᓀᐨ (705-755-1773).

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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug’s Jean Marshall was shocked when she found out she had won the 2012 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for visual arts. “I feel the award came at a really pivotal point because I was like, ‘what am I doing?” Marshall said. “Right now, for the first time ever, I am actually just focusing on my art. I’ve never really done that because I’ve always had other things on the go, projects with other artists or work in itself, like getting by with working nine to five.” Marshall is currently working on two upcoming shows at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the Ontario Crafts Council. “So what I’m thinking is what do I want to do, what is my message, what do I want to convey through my work?” Marshall said. “That’s what is new for me, is actually having the time to think about it.” Marshall is looking to incorporate beadwork with print making, similar to the artwork she did this past winter during a residency at the Banff Arts Centre. “I’ve dabbled in print making over the years and I absolutely love it,” Marshall said. “And I love beadwork as well, so I wanted to somehow meld the two mediums together with different textiles.” Although Marshall and her partner Christian Chapman were up for the same award, she said they were “really supportive” of each other. “I couldn’t believe it — I was on cloud nine for a while,” Marshall said about the receiving the $8,000 award. “For me,

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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug’s Jean Marshall was presented with the 2012 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for visual arts during a May 14 award ceremony at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. it makes me realize that what I am doing is a good thing and I should really value what I do a lot more because a whole other world sure does.” Marshall said the venue for the award ceremony at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto was “kind of cool” because artists decorated the rooms in the hotel. “It was packed in there, maybe about 150 people,” Marshall said, “It was like a small intimate party, like a small celebration.” Marshall said the award came

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It takes a lot of courage for artists to put their work out to the world, says Winnipegbased filmmaker Kevin Burton. “There’s always going to be somebody who doesn’t like what you’re saying, no matter what,” said Burton, a Swampy Cree from God’s Lake Narrows First Nation in Manitoba. When looking at a piece of work, Burton said one group of people might say, “you’re being too negative, try to focus on the positive,” while if the work is positive, some will say “you’re not fighting hard enough.” “You can never win,” Burton said to the Aboriginal artists gathered at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. “The only way to win is to honour your voice and put out to the world what your intentions are.” Burton was speaking during a discussion panel at the Flowering Moon: Aboriginal Artists Gathering on May 11. About 50 Aboriginal artists of various disciplines from northwestern Ontario showed up at the gathering organized by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). The gathering featured panel discussion, performances and presentations from various Aboriginal artists. Burton spoke during a Telling Stories on Our Own Terms discussion panel. As part of the discussion, Burton showed a portion of his 2007 experimental film Nikamowin (Song), which had the audio of spoken Cree re-edited to create unique soundscapes. Burton said artists need to put out their work using their own unique voice and words. I think that’s what adds to the complexity of who we are as Indigenous people,” he said. “That way, in the mind of the populace, we are complicated people and not just ‘Indians.’” Thunder Bay filmmaker Michelle Derosier of Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake First Nation) echoed Burton’s sentiments, saying that Aboriginal artists need to overcome any reservations about displaying their work. “I think whenever you do something and put it out there, there’s instant vulnerability,” said Derosier, who co-owns Thunderstone Pictures. During the gathering, she showed a portion of “Return to Manomin,” a documentary about her family’s attempt to reconnect with their rice harvesting tradition. “It’s a little bit scary and sometimes you’ll meet people who won’t like what you had to say,” she said. “There’s always that fear and it takes courage to put yourself out there. Usually it’s worth it.” Derosier sat with the audience to listen to other presenters during the gathering and she noticed similar themes among Aboriginal artists. “I think that’s what kind of unique about Indigenous art, whether you’re a painter, beader or filmmaker,” she said. “Everything is always sort of interconnected and you can always find that and it doesn’t matter where you go or what artist you’re talking to. “You find something in common and you find there’s sort of a common vision,” she said. “It’s not intentional.” Mark Beachey of Seine River First Nation also took in a lot of what he learned during the gathering. He is an employment counselor in his community and also a bassist in a band called Distant Legacy. “It was great meeting dif-

ferent artists and looking at different programs that can be implemented into the community,” he said. “I hope they have more and that more First Nations communities take part.” OAC Aboriginal Arts officer Sara Roque said the gathering is a way for artists to gather, dialogue, inspire and network with each other. “A lot of times, artists are always working hard and we don’t get a chance to renew and rejuvenate and connect with other artists,” she said. A filmmaker herself, Roque said the day was positive and felt that artists took in a lot. “The arts can offer a place where we can transform a negative thing around us and turn it around to put it in different perspective and interpret something and put it out in the world,” she said.

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Singer/songwriter Cheryl L’Hirondelle from Vancouver leads a closing song and is accompanied by Michelle Derosier (second from left) of Eagle Lake First Nation and two other backup vocalists. The performance was part of the Flowering Moon Gathering, which gathered Aboriginal artists from across northwestern Ontario on May 11 to gather, dialogue and inspire each other, said OAC Aboriginal Arts officer Sara Roque.

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Capreol Citizen Service Ministry of the Environment Centre & Library Thunder Bay District Office 1-9 Morin Street, Suite 331, 435 James Street South, Capreol, P0M 1H0 Thunder Bay, P7E 6S7 Brodie Resource Library Ministry of the Environment 216 South Brodie Street, Sudbury District Office Thunder Bay, P7E 1C2 Suite 1201, 199 Larch Street, Waverley Resource Library Sudbury, P3E 5P9 285 Red River Road, Ministry of the Environment Thunder Bay, P7B 1A9 Timmins District Office Elsie Dugard Centennial Ontario Govt. Complex Library Hwy 101 East, 405 Second Street West, South Porcupine, P0N 1H0 Geraldton, P0T 1M0 Greenstone Municipal Office Greenstone Public Library 1800 Main Street, Longlac Branch Geraldton, P0T 1M0 110 Kenogami, Thunder Bay Municipal Office 3rd Floor, 500 Donald Street East, Thunder Bay, P7C 5K4 City of Greater Sudbury Municipal Office 200 Brady Street, Sudbury, P3A 5P3 Timmins City Hall 220 Algonquin Blvd. East, Timmins, P4N 1B3

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Garden River’s Jordan Nolan closing in on Stanley Cup Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

Jordan Nolan of Garden River First Nation was playing hockey in the minors when he got the call to join the big club in February. Now the 22-year-old is part of the underrated Los Angeles Kings team that is closing in on its first trip to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals in 19 years. After playing several seasons for the Erie Otters, Windsor Spitfires and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League, Nolan was drafted by the Kings in the seventh round in 2009. The centre spent two seasons playing for the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate the Manchester Mon-

first period against a tight-checking Blues team. In the same period, he fought Blues forward Chris Stewart to energize the team and crowd. Nolan’s goal proved to be crucial as the Kings held on to a 2-1 lead in the third before netting an empty-net goal with a minute left. The win was the fourth needed to eliminate the Blues and advance to the next round. When the final buzzer sounded, Nolan was the first player Kings head coach Darryl Sutter congratulated, patting him on the back. So far, Nolan’s first NHL playoff goal is the only point he has in the playoffs, but has 21 PIM and 22 hits to go with it. Meanwhile, Nolan’s father Ted spent his spring coaching Latvia’s men’s

archs until he got the call on the morning of Feb. 10 to join the Kings in their run to the playoffs. He played his first NHL game the following night against the New York Islanders and scored his first NHL goal the next day against the Dallas Stars. Standing at 6’3” and weighing 227 pounds, Nolan brought a strong physical presence to the club, playing on the fourth line as a winger. He finished the regular season with 28 PIM and 59 hits in 26 games to go along with his two goals and four points. Nolan brought his fast and physical game to the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs where he was a factor in eliminating the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference semi-final on May 6. He scored the Kings’ first goal in the

Jordan Nolan is having a tremendous run in the Stanley Cup playoff.

national team in the IIHF World Championship. The former NHLer played three seasons for the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins in the early80s before embarking on a coaching career. In 1995, he became head coach of the Buffalo Sabres and won the Jack Adams Award for the NHL’s top coach in his second season. Nolan later coached the New York Islanders for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. The senior Nolan was not able to match of the success of his son this spring however, coaching the Latvia team to a 2-5 record in the international tournament. The team finished tied for fifth in Group S, just one spot out of advancing to the quarterfinals to play for the gold medal.

Indigenous Games medal winner brings track and field North “He let the students know there are games going on that they can try out and are eligible for,” Derouin said. “I think it would be a very good experience for the students; they get to travel, they get to meet other young athletes like themselves and to compete.” Derouin and Haines began the project in 2009 in a number of Treaty #3 and Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities and finished it this spring in two Robinson Superior Treaty communities, Pic River and Gull Bay. “We would set up about five or six different stations,” Derouin said, “and we would rotate all the students through them.” The students were scored on their results in the balance beam, standing long jump, speed bounce, a target throw with bean bags, high stepper and indoor javelin, with the total results being tabulated at the end of the day.

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Multiple North American Indigenous Games-medal winner Elsie Derouin has been busy over the past three years introducing track and field to thousands of students in 55 northwestern Ontario First Nation communities. The winner of silver medals in shot put and the 4x100 relay and a bronze medal in discus at NAIG 2008 visited the students along with partner Scott Haines as part of a threeyear Sport for More project - Keeping First Nations First, which was funded by Ministry of Health Promotion through Athletics Ontario. “It was very different, challenging at times,” said Derouin, a Lac Seul band member from Hudson. “We usually worked into the classes’ gym schedules so we wouldn’t disrupt any of their other classes.”

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Lac Seul’s Elsie Derouin clocks a student’s performance during a three-year Sport for More project — Keeping First Nations First — she delivered to 55 First Nation communities. When they arrived at the schools, Haines would usually speak to the students about potential opportunities to participate in upcoming NAIGs.

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“There were some very good students in almost every community that we visited,” Derouin said. “There were a lot of students who would say they couldn’t do it, but after one or two tries they were able to get it.” One of the long-term goals of the project is to discover high-level athletes in the communities who could eventually go on to represent Canada in international competitions, whether those are in track and field or other sports. “There were many students that were very good and if they pursued

track and field or another sport they would be very good,” Derouin said. Any youth interested in taking part in future NAIGs can find more information at the Facebook page of the Aboriginal Sports Wellness Council of Ontario. Derouin said she had always been interested in sports but never pursued it until later in life. “I guess I didn’t know what kind of sport I really liked,” Derouin said. “When the opportunity came to try out, I tried it out and enjoyed the throwing events.” Derouin also won the 4x100 relay silver medal after joining the 4x100 relay team, which was short one runner. “I did the running race, which was not my best event, but…” Derouin said. Derouin plans to go back to college this fall and to get more coaching certificates.

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Why “community well-being”? Ensuring safety is always the number one priority. Any community and site that is selected to host this facility must be demonstrated to be able to safely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel for a very long period of time. Beyond ensuring safety, Canada’s plan will be implemented in a way that contributes to the long-term well-being or quality of life of the community and region. How is “community well-being” defined? Only the community can decide what is in its long-term interest and whether this project will help the community both protect what is important and help achieve the community’s long-term goals and objectives. Each community may define “well-being” differently. A broad approach will help highlight the resources (social, economic, environmental) of the community and pave the way for thinking about how the project may affect the community in a variety of ways. Depending on the community’s vision for itself, this may include a broad range of elements, such as:

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Safety and security Economic health The environment Cultural dimensions Spiritual dimensions Social conditions Enhancing opportunities for people and communities.

Health and safety of residents and the community Sustainable built and natural environments Local and regional economy and employment Community administration and decision-making processes Balanced growth and a healthy, livable community Ability to avoid ecologically sensitive areas and locally significant features Availability of physical infrastructure required to implement the project Ability of the community, and the social infrastructure it has in place, to adapt to changes resulting from the project Availability of routes and associated infrastructure to transport used fuel from existing storage facilities to the repository site, or the potential to put these routes in place The NWMO resources required to put in place physical and social infrastructure needed to support the project Other factors identified by the community.

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How is the NWMO supporting communities? The NWMO encourages communities, early in the site selection process, to consider this project in the context of their long-term interests. The NWMO provides resources to communities in the site selection process to develop a community sustainability vision or plan. This is designed to help the community in thinking about whether or not this project does or does not align with the long-term objectives, goals and interests of the community.

Jo-Ann Facella is the Director of Social Research and Dialogue at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. She has worked for prominent public opinion firms (Gallup Canada and Goldfarb Consultants) and as Senior Advisor at Ontario Power Generation before joining the NWMO in 2002. Over the past 20 years, her work has focused on public involvement in policy making, and in particular, societal needs and expectations concerning the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. Ms. Facella has a master’s degree in Political Science.

“Ask the NWMO” is an advertising feature published regularly in this and other community newspapers to respond to readers’ questions about Canada’s plan for managing used nuclear fuel over the long term and its implementation. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization welcomes your questions. Please forward your questions to askthenwmo@nwmo.ca. For more on community well-being, please visit:

Pour en savoir plus sur le bien-être de la collectivité, veuillez visiter :

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Comment définit-on le « bien-être de la collectivité »? Seule la collectivité peut déterminer ce qui est dans son intérêt à long terme et si ce projet l’aidera à préserver ce qui est important pour elle ainsi qu’à atteindre ses buts et objectifs à long terme. Chaque collectivité peut définir son « bien-être » différemment. En utilisant une approche globale, la collectivité pourra plus facilement cerner les ressources (sociales, économiques, environnementales) dont elle dispose et amorcer une réflexion sur les diverses manières dont le projet pourrait influer sur son mode de vie. Selon la vision que la collectivité a définie pour elle-même, cette approche pourrait inclure un large éventail d’éléments importants, par exemple :

Quels facteurs seront entre autres pris en considération? La SGDN travaillera avec la collectivité pour tenter de déterminer les incidences potentielles du projet sur des facteurs tels que : La santé et la sécurité des résidents et de la collectivité Le développement durable et l’environnement L’économie et l’emploi à l’échelle locale et régionale L’administration et les processus décisionnels de la collectivité L’équilibre entre la croissance et un milieu de vie sain et agréable La possibilité d’éviter les zones écologiquement vulnérables et les sites importants pour la collectivité L’existence d’infrastructures matérielles permettant de mettre en œuvre le projet La capacité de la collectivité et de l’infrastructure sociale dont elle dispose de s’adapter aux changements occasionnés par le projet L’existence de voies de transport et d’infrastructures associées permettant le transport du combustible irradié depuis les installations provisoires d’entreposage jusqu’au site du dépôt, ou la possibilité de les mettre en place Les ressources que la SGDN devra offrir pour mettre en place les infrastructures matérielles et sociales requises pour soutenir la mise en œuvre du projet Autres facteurs relevés par la collectivité.

The ability of the community to benefit from the project, and the resources that would be required from the NWMO to support the community in achieving this benefit, would be a consideration in the selection of a site after all safety considerations have been satisfied.

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La sûreté est notre plus grande priorité. La collectivité et le site qui seront choisis pour accueillir cette installation devront avoir fait l’objet d’une démonstration de leur aptitude à confiner et à isoler à très long terme et de manière sûre le combustible nucléaire irradié. Au-delà de la sûreté, le plan canadien sera mis en œuvre de manière à contribuer au bien-être à long terme ou qualité de vie de la collectivité et de la région.

Le projet constituera une source importante d’emplois et de revenus pour la collectivité hôte, la région et la province. Toutefois, un projet de cette envergure et de cette nature peut également contribuer à accroître les pressions sociales et économiques, lesquelles devront être gérées avec soin. La SGDN travaillera avec la collectivité à identifier les processus et le soutien que la SGDN devra mettre en place afin que le projet favorise le bien-être de la collectivité.

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The project offers significant employment and income to the host community, region and province. However, with a project of this size and nature, there is the potential to contribute to social and economic pressures that must be carefully managed. The NWMO will work with the community to identify the processes and supports the NWMO will need to put in place to ensure the project helps foster well-being.

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Comment la SGDN soutient-elle les collectivités? La SGDN encourage les collectivités dès le début du processus de sélection d’un site à considérer ce projet dans le contexte de ses intérêts à long terme. Dans le cadre du processus de sélection d’un site, la SGDN donne aux collectivités accès à des ressources pour se définir une vision ou un plan de viabilité à long terme. Le but de cet exercice est d’aider la collectivité à déterminer si ce projet favorise l’atteinte de ses objectifs, buts et intérêts à long terme.

Jo-Ann Facella est directrice de la recherche sociale et du dialogue à la Société de gestion des déchets nucléaires. Elle a travaillé pour les sociétés renommées de recherche sur l’opinion publique (Gallup Canada et Goldfarb Consultants) ainsi qu’à titre de conseillère principale pour Ontario Power Generation avant de se joindre à l’équipe de la SGDN en 2002. Au cours des 20 dernières années, ses travaux ont porté sur la participation publique aux décisions politiques et, en particulier, sur les besoins et les attentes de la société concernant la gestion à long terme du combustible nucléaire irradié. Mme Facella détient une maîtrise en sciences politiques.

« Demandez-le à la SGDN » est un encadré publicitaire qui paraîtra régulièrement dans ce journal et dans d’autres journaux de la collectivité pour répondre aux questions que se posent les lecteurs sur le plan canadien de gestion à long terme du combustible nucléaire irradié et de sa mise en oeuvre. La Société de gestion des déchets nucléaires attend vos questions. Veuillez envoyer vos questions à demandez@nwmo.ca.

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