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Ontario’s new Aboriginal Affairs minister talks treaties, education and resources PAGE 13 Vol. 40 No. 8

Attawapiskat blockade ends PAGE 3

Eabametoong students celebrate 100 days PAGE 19 9,300 copies distributed $1.50

February 28, 2013 Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974

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Struggling to serve and protect As Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service prepares for a second inquest, the issue of funding and legislation for First Nations policing returns to the spotlight

Chris Kataquapit/Special to Wawatay News

The struggles faced by NAPS officers on the ground in communities largely relate to funding and the lack of legislation governing the force. Those issues are being highlighted by NAPS Acting Police Chief Bob Herman as well as leaders in Nishnawbe Aski Nation, as First Nations struggle to make the provincial and federal governments step up when it comes to First Nations policing. See stories on pages 10, 11 and 12. (Pictured is a NAPS officer patrolling the streets in Kashechewan with a K9 police dog).

’ᑲᐯᐦᐃ ᑲᓄᑌᓭᐨ ᔓᓂᔭ’ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᑭᑫᐎᐣ ᑕᐅᒋᒪᒋᓭᐗᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᔖᐣ ᐯᓬ ᐗᐗᑌ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐎᐣ ᑲᑭ ᐃᐡᑾᐱᒪᑎᓯᐨ ᓂᔑᑕᓇᓂᓯᐣ ᑲᑕᓱᐊᐦᑭᐎᓀᐨ ᑲᓴᐸᓇᑲ ᐃᑴ ᒣᑾᐨ ᐁᑲᓇᐌᓂᒪᑲᓀᐨ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔕᐣ ᓄᑯᒼ ᐅᐅᐌ ᑲᐱᓯᒥᐗᐠ ᐊᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ ᒋᑭᐊᑾᒥᒋᑲᓂᐗᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᑲᑲᐯᔑᐗᐨ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐁᑲ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔕᐠ ᑾᔭᐠ ᒋᑭᑐᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐎᓂᐗ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ᙮ ᐁᑲᓄᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᑲᓄᑌᓭᐨ ᔓᓂᔭ ᒋᑭᐱᒥᐎᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᑫᐎᐣ, ᐊᓂᑭᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᐅᒪᐡᑲᐎᑕᓇᐗ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᒥᓇ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᓇᐣ ᒋᔑᑲᓇᐗᐸᒥᑯᐗᐨ “ᒋᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐗᑭᑌᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒋᒥᑐᓀᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐃᔑ ᐸᐸᒥᓯᐗᐨ” ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᓂᑲᐣ ᐅᒋᐡᑾᐱᒪᑎᓯᐗᐨ ᔭᐎᔭᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐊᓇᒣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐃᔑ ᓄᑌᓭᐨ ᔓᓂᔭ

ᒋᐸᒥᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᑫᐎᐣ᙮ ᑲᑲᐎᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᐁᑭᑌᐱᓇᒧᐗᐨ APTN, ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐦᐊᕒᐱ ᔦᓯᓄ ᐅᐎᑕᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ “ᐁᒪᒋᐱᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ” ᑲᐃᔑ ᑲᐯ ᓄᑌᓭᐨ ᔓᓂᔭ ᑲᐱᒥᐎᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᑫᐎᐣ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ (NAPS)᙮ “ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐎᓂᐗ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑲᑲᐯᔑᐗᐨ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᐊᒋᑲᑌᓂᐁᑲ ᒋᑭᒥᓄᓭᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᐡ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᐎᐣ ᒋᐎᑐᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᒋᑌᐱᓭᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᑭᐌᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᒋᑌᐱᓇᒧᐗᐨ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᐡ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᓇᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᒥᒋᑯᔑᐎ ᑕᐎᓂᐠ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ,” ᐃᑭᑐᒪᑲᐣ ᐅᔑᐱᐦᐃᑲᐣ᙮ “ᐁᐌᒋᐎᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᔓᓂᔭᐎ ᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᐁᓂᑲᓇᑌᐠ ᐊᐱᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐎ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᐎᓇᐣ᙮”

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ᑲᓇᑕ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑭᔑᐱᓭ ᐅᐅᐌ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᐗᐨ ᑲᓄᑌᓭᐗᐨ ᔓᓂᔭᓇᐣ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᑫᐎᐣ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᐊᐗᔑᒣ ᑭᐊᓂᒪᓯᓭ ᓄᑯᒼ ᑫᓂᓯᑾᐠ, ᐃᐃᐌ ᔓᓂᔭᐎ ᓇᑯᒥᑎᐎᐣ ᑲᑭᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒧᐗᐨ ᑲᓇᑕ ᒥᓇ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᒥᓇ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᒋᑭᔑᐱᓭᐠ ᒫᕒᐨ 31᙮ ᒪᒋᐨ ᔓᓂᔭᐎ ᓇᑯᒥᑎᐎᐣ ᑲᑭᑐᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ, ᑲᓇᑕ ᒥᓇ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐁᑭᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒧᐗᐸᐣ ᐁᐱᕒᐅᓬ 1, 2009 ᒥᓇ ᐁᑭᑭᔑᐱᓭᐠ ᒣᑾᐨ 2012᙮ ᐃᐃᐌ ᓇᑯᒥᑎᐎᐣ ᑭᓇᑭᒋᑲᑌ ᐯᔑᑯᐊᐦᑭ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ, ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᒫᕒᐨ 31, 2013, ᔕᑯᐨ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᐅᐎᑕᓇᐗ ᐁᑲᒪᔑ ᐁᐱᐎᑕᒪᐗᑲᓀᐗᐨ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᓇᐣ ᒋᑭᒪᒋ ᐊᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᐡᑭ ᔓᓂᔭᐎ ᓇᑯᒥᑎᐎᐣ᙮ Continued on page 10

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Attawapiskat road blockade ends ᐊᑕᐗᐱᐢᑲᐟ ᒥᑲᓇᓂ ᑲᑭᑭᐱᐡᑲᒧᐗᐨ ᑭᐃᐡᑾᑐᒋᑲᑌ ᑭᐸᑯᐡᑭᑫᐎᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐊᑕᐗᐱᐢᑲᐟ ᐱᐳᓂᒥᑲᓇ ᑲᐃᓇᒧᐠ ᑎᐱᕒᐢ ᓄᑕᓯᓂᑫᐎᑲᒥᐠ ᑭᐃᐡᑾᑐᒋᑲᑌ ᐯᐱᐌᕒᐃ 22 ᑲᑭ ᐃᐡᑾ ᐃᑭᑐᐨ ᑎᒥᐣᐢ ᐅᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫ ᐁᑲ ᒋᑭᑐᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ, ᓂᔓ ᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᑭᐱᒥᑐᒋᑲᑌ ᑲᑭᑭᐱᐡᑲᒧᐗᐨ ᒥᑲᓇᓂ ᑲᑭᐅᓇᑌᑭᐸᐣ᙮ ᑲᑭᑭᐸᑯᐡᑲᒧᐗᐨ ᐅᑭᐊᔭᒥᐦᐊᐗᐣ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔕᐣ ᑲᐊᔭᒥᐦᐃᐌᓂᐨ, ᐁᑭᐃᔑᐸᑭᒋᐗᐨ ᑎᐱᕒᐢ ᓄᑕᓯᓂᑫᐎᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐁᑭᐱᐅᒋᑕᑯᔑᓄᐗᐨ ᐱᐳᓂᒥᑲᓇᐠ ᒋᓇᑭᐡᑲᑯᐗᐨ, ᐊᐸᐣ ᑲᑭᐊᓂᑕᐎᐡᑲᒧᐗᐨ ᑲᑭᑭᐸᑯᐡᑲᒧᐗᐨ᙮

Students protest changes to LU Law School ᑲᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓀᐗᐨ ᐅᑭᑲᓄᑕᓇᐗ ᑲᑭᔑᐊᒋᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐎᑴᑐᐣᐠ ᑭᒋᑭᑭᓄᒪᑎᐎᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐎ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᐎᐣ ᐊᓂᐣᑕ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐎ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓀᐗᐨ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓇᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐎᑴᑐᐣᐠ ᑭᒋᑭᑭᓄᒪᑎᐎᑲᒥᐠ ᐅᑭᒥᑯᐡᑲᑌᑕᓇᐗ ᐁᑭᐊᒋᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᑫᐃᔑ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᓇᓂᐗᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐎᐣ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᐎᐣ᙮ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓇᐠ ᐃᑭᑐᐗᐠ ᑲᑭᔑᐊᒋᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᐎᓂᓂ ᐁᑲ ᒋᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒋᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᓇᓂᐗᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐎ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ᙮ ᐎᑴᑐᐣᐠ ᑭᒋᑭᑭᓄᒪᑎᐎᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐎ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᐎᐣ, ᔕᑯᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᑭᔑᐊᐣᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᐎᐣ ᐁᑲ ᑭᒋᑭᑭᓄᒪᑎᐎᑲᒥᐠ ᐁᑲ ᒋᐸᓇᐸᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐌᑎᓄᐠ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ᙮ Page 8

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Eabametoong celebrates 100 days of school ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐎ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ ᐅᑭᒪ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᓄᑭᐎᓇᐣ ᑕᑐᒋᑲᑌᐗᐣ ᑌᐱᐟ ᓯᒧᕒ, ᑲᑭᐅᐡᑭᓇᑭᒪᑲᓀᐨ ᒋᐅᑭᒪᑲᑕᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐎ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ ᓇᑲᒋᒋᑫᐎᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᑲᑭᐅᐡᑭᐅᑭᒪᐎᐨ ᐁᑭᐎᑕᐠ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᑕᑯᐠ ᒋᐊᓄᑭᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ᙮ ᓯᒧᕒ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ ᒋᑭᒋᓀᑕᑭᐣ ᑐᕒᐃᑎᐢ ᐃᐃᐌ “ᑲᐃᔑᐱᐦᐃᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᔑᑭᒋᓀᑕᑯᑭᐣ” ᐃᐃᒪ ᐃᓇᑯᓂᑫᐎᓂᐠ, ᒋᑐᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᒋᑲᑴᒋᒪᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐣ ᑲᐎᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᒋᑲᒋᓂᔕᐦᐊᐗᐨ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᓇᐣ ᒋᐅᑕᒋᑫᐗᐨ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᐎᐣ ᔓᓂᔭᓇᐣ ᒋᑕᐱᐡᑯᒋᓭᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᑯᒋᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᑲᔭᔭᐗᐨ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓇᐠ᙮ Page 19

NAPS chief says program status hurting force ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᒋᒪᒋᓭ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᒪᑲᓀᐨ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᐡ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᐅᑭᒪ ᐹᑊ ᐦᐅᕒᒪᐣ ᑲᑴᑌ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᐊᔓᑕᒪᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐡ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᑫᐎᐣ, ᐁᐃᑭᑐᐨ ᐃᐃᐌ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᒋᑭᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐎᐊᑭᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᐎᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑲᓇᑕ᙮ ᐦᐅᕒᒪᐣ, ᐁᑭᐱᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᑕᐣᑐᕒ ᐯ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᐎ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᔓᓂᔭ ᑲᐸᑭᑎᓇᑲᓀᐨ ᑲᓄᑌᓭᐨ ᑲᐎᐣ ᒋᑭᑐᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔕᐠ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐎᓂᐗ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᐁᓴᓇᑭᓭᐗᐨ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔕᐠ ᑲᐊᓄᑭᐗᐨ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᑫᐎᓂᐠ᙮ ᐅᑕᓇᒣᑕᐣ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᐗᐨ ᐃᐃᐌ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᑫᐎᐣ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᐁᑲ ᐁᐃᓇᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐎᓂᐠ ᒋᑭᐅᒋᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐅᐌ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᐎ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑎᓄᑲᐣ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔕᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᐎ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ᙮

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Aboriginal Affairs minister says work will get done ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᒋᒪᒋᓭ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ

For more information contact your local health unit.

ᑲᐃᓇᑭᒪᑲᓀᐨ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᐡ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᐅᑭᒪ ᐹᑊ ᐦᐅᕒᒪᐣ ᑲᑴᑌ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᐊᔓᑕᒪᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐡ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᑫᐎᐣ, ᐁᐃᑭᑐᐨ ᐃᐃᐌ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᒋᑭᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐎᐊᑭᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᐎᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑲᓇᑕ᙮ ᐦᐅᕒᒪᐣ, ᐁᑭᐱᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᑕᐣᑐᕒ ᐯ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᐎ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᔓᓂᔭ ᑲᐸᑭᑎᓇᑲᓀᐨ ᑲᓄᑌᓭᐨ ᑲᐎᐣ ᒋᑭᑐᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔕᐠ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐎᓂᐗ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᐁᓴᓇᑭᓭᐗᐨ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔕᐠ ᑲᐊᓄᑭᐗᐨ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᑫᐎᓂᐠ᙮ ᐅᑕᓇᒣᑕᐣ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᐗᐨ ᐃᐃᐌ ᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᑫᐎᐣ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᐁᑲ ᐁᐃᓇᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐎᓂᐠ ᒋᑭᐅᒋᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐅᐌ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᐎ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑎᓄᑲᐣ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔕᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ ᔑᒪᑲᓂᔑᐎ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ᙮

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Attawapiskat blockade ends peacefully De Beers weighing financial impact; legal ‘repercussions’ possible Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

A blockade of the 90-kilometre winter road leading to De Beers’ Victor diamond mine site near Attawapiskat ended on Feb. 22 after a Timmins judge ruled that it was illegal. The group of community members who put up the blockade dismantled it after speaking with Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) liaison officers, who said they must enforce the court injunction filed by De Beers Canada and extended indefinitely by Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Riopelle. A large force of OPP officers was ready to move in to remove the blockade. Attawapiskat Acting Chief Christine Kataquapit said the blockade ended peacefully and no one was arrested. The blockade lasted for more than two weeks after a group of community members cited issues with employment at the Victor Mine and the use of their traditional territory. It was the second blockade after another small group blocked the road Feb. 4-6. The first blockade ended peacefully after the members reached an agreement with De Beers officials and community leaders. The winter road, which runs from the Victor site to Attawapiskat, is a critical line for De Beers to ship in fuel, equipment and supplies from Moosonee that would be otherwise be more costly or impractical to bring in by air.

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Rebecca Iahtail reacts to seeing the injunction posted by a sheriff on Feb. 15 along the winter road between Attawapiskat and the De Beers Victor Mine, where Iahtail and several other community members had been blockading the road. The injunction was extended by a Timmins judge on Feb. 22 and ordered Ontario Provincial Police officers to make arrests if it was not followed. The blockade peacefully ended that night. Tom Ormsby, De Beers Canada’s director of external and corporate affairs, said the blockades have severely impacted the diamond mining company’s winter road program to bring in the supplies and threatened future operations of the mine. “At this point, we know there are financial costs that have been piling up daily because we have local crews and contractor crews who have been on standby trying to execute the

program,� he said. “The final total we won’t be able to determine until the end of the winter road season because we’re not sure if we’re able to complete the program.� Ormsby said De Beers saw the blockade as being illegal since the agreement it signed with the community gave it full access to the winter road. After De Beers saw no resolution in sight despite many meetings with the community and blockaders, Ormsby said it was

left with “no other option� and filed a court injunction, which was granted on Feb. 15. That night, a sheriff flew into the community to serve the blockaders the injunction, but Chief Theresa Spence met him at the airport to serve a letter that forbade him from entering the community. While the First Nation does not officially support the blockade, Spence said, “I must protect my people in times of crisis.�

The sheriff re-boarded the plane, flew to the Victor Mine’s airstrip and proceeded to the blockade, where he served the injunction. Since the local Nishnawbe Aski Police Service detachment had no jurisdiction outside the reserve, OPP officers arrived in from Moosonee. However they took no direct action against the blockaders. Since the original court injunction would last 10 days, on Feb. 22, a court hearing was

held where De Beers sought to extend it and the OPP would gain more direction on how to enforce the injunction. Spence and seven community members named in the injunction were present to make their case, but Justice Riopelle ruled that the injunction would be extended indefinitely and directed the OPP to lay charges if the blockade was not taken down. Ormsby said transport trucks began mobilizing on Feb. 23 and that the company hopes the cold weather holds up long enough to complete its program, which had already been planned to run 24 hours a day before the initial blockade took place. By the time the last blockade ended, De Beers had lost 16 of the 20 days the road was open. “If we cannot complete program, it’s possible there can be some other repercussions through the legal process,� Ormsby said. “We’ll have to see what happens with the program first. That is the next step.� Meanwhile, De Beers will continue to work with the community to address members’ issues with the Impact Benefit Agreement, Ormsby said. He said the company and First Nation established a working group last July to address some of those concerns. OPP officers continue to patrol the road along with the James Bay winter road located between Attawapiskat and Moosonee.

Solid results expected from jury rolls report Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is looking for concrete results after the First Nations Representations on Ontario Juries report was released on Feb. 26 in Thunder Bay. “We want to see some solid markers,� said Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, noting the implementation committee established after the 2007 Ipperwash Inquiry is “only halfway there� to implementing recommendations. “We want the implementation committee to be formed fairly quickly in consultation with our communities and to

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be properly resourced with a clear mandate to move forward.� Former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci, independent reviewer of the Ontario Juries report, found that the justice system and the juries process is in a state of crisis for Ontario’s First Nations people, particularly those living in the north. The report identified 17 recommendations to improve the representation of First Nations individuals on juries and to enhance their perception of the jury system, including establishing an implementation committee and establishing an First Nation advisory

group to the Attorney General. Attorney General John Gerretsen agreed to immediately work to address those two recommendations. “Since no solution to increasing First Nation representation on jury rolls can occur without working directly with First Nation partners, we will form an implementation committee that includes representatives from the First Nations community and from various government ministries,� Gerretsen said. “The committee will consider the report’s recommendations, and how they might be implemented. A provincial advisory group will also be set up to

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

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

Editorial

Policing is a self government essential Shawn Bell EDITOR

The tragic death of a young woman in Kasabonika Lake First Nation has reignited debate over the state of policing in Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities, once again calling into question the idea of First Nations policing in Canada. The fact that a woman died while being detained in the back of a police cruiser, since the community lacked an operational holding cell, has rightfully raised concerns and anger about the adequacy of the police services for First Nations people living on reserve. Frankly, if a prisoner in Toronto or Thunder Bay died while being detained in the back of a police cruiser because there was nowhere else to hold him or her, there would be a national outcry. So far in this case the outcry has largely been within the First Nations community and Aboriginal media. But the situation raises important national questions that need to be addressed. These concerns are not new. Think back to the calls for action that came from the inquest into the deaths of Ricardo Wesley and Jamie Goodwin of Kashechewan in 2006. The discussion was essentially the same. First Nations police services are underfunded, and they face barriers to services that provincial or municipal police forces would never stand for. Out of the Kashechewan inquest came 86 recommendations. Some have been dealt with; many more have not. Of note, the big picture items highlighted by the coroner – including the fact that First Nation police forces are considered programs instead of legislated like provincial and municipal police forces – has been virtually ignored. Now another inquest into another tragic death is in the works. The big picture recommendations determined during the Kashechewan inquest will be rehashed and republished. Whether they will be acted on is another story entirely. But the high profile cases and the inquests into First Nations policing are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to problems with services and the debate over policing in communities. It has only been a few months since Eabametoong threatened to replace Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the community. In the end Eabametoong stuck with NAPS, but the discussion was just the latest case of a First Nations community considering going back to the provincial police force. Who can blame a community for exploring that option? By NAPS’ own admission, the force struggles to fill all the positions

needed in communities. NAPS officers are generally working alone, while the OPP requires that two officers attend every call. NAPS is prevented from buying or constructing buildings, and so have to rely on modular units, while the OPP faces no such restriction. Those are just a few examples. The differences between the forces are vast. The president of the Association of the Ontario Chiefs of Police, Stephen Tanner, summed up those differences in a newspaper article last week. Tanner was expressing his frustration with cuts to a federal program that paid for 11 NAPS officers. The cuts, Tanner said, may result in NAPS pulling out of one or two communities, forcing the OPP to move in. And that would mean a huge increase in costs since, as Tanner explained, for every $1 million NAPS spends on policing, the OPP would spend $2 to $3 million to do the same job. Tanner’s comments show just how unfair the system is. The fact that NAPS spends way less than the OPP policing the same community is not due to efficiency within NAPS. It is, plain and simple, due to the fact that NAPS has less stringent requirements in terms of officers, buildings, and other operational items. Policing is a thankless job. When things go right, no one notices the police. But when things go wrong the police are often the first to be blamed. Given the challenges that NAPS faces, it is no surprise that communities debate whether to return to the OPP. But the issue of policing in First Nations communities has to be considered with a broad lens. The kneejerk reaction of getting rid of NAPS when something bad happens may end up hurting the Nishnawbe Aski Nation self-government push in the long run. It has been argued that the federal and provincial governments set NAPS up to fail. Perhaps, given that, the question should be asked: why do governments want First Nations policing to fail? The leaders who helped establish NAPS in the early 1990s understood that having a First Nations police force serving the people, instead of a provincial or federal police force, is crucial for self-government. Granted, the vision has not yet come to fruition. NAPS still faces too many challenges in terms of funding, staffing and governance. The force desperately needs to become a legislated police service, just like the provincial and municipal police, in order to not only get the proper funding that the people of NAN deserve, but also in order to have the accountability and independent oversights other police forces across the country are subject to. But those challenges will not be resolved without backing from the communities, and the realization that a strong NAPS benefits all NAN members. It is only by strengthening the individual pieces of self-government that true nation building can succeed.

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Reading the scrolls Richard Wagamese ONE NATIVE LIFE

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hen I think back to the number of books that have affected my life, I’m incredulous. The line snakes back through 55 years and touches on virtually everything. Sometimes I feel as though the doorway to a library was where I was always supposed to go. In fact, the absence of effective and immediate teachers from my family and culture was removed from me as a toddler and the world of books offered me guidance and wisdom. When I visited the Kenora Public Library way back in 1960 when I first learned to read, I was amazed. Through the back door where the kids section was, existed a world of color, dream and image that captivated me. When they told me I could take as many home as I could carry, I did. Lugging them back past the mill into Rideout where my foster home sat was thrilling. I couldn’t wait to get to my room. Not much has changed since

then. A library card is still my most prized possession. The stacks of the library are where I feel challenged, engaged, motivated and curious. There are always more worlds to explore and inhabit than I have time for. But I’m still on the lookout for something new to fire my imagination or simply aid me in understanding more of what I do know. As a writer I live in the culture of books. I have for most of my life. When I open another book there is a whole new world for me to enter and inhabit. I’ve traipsed through a lot of worlds in my time and my real world has been increased by every journey. I never tire of making those journeys. Maybe it’s the kid in me that still hungers for the lure of a real good yarn, an adventure, a fantastic experience where all I know of this world is forgotten in the spell of a created one. But I come from a people whose world was ordered without the need of books. The Ojibway, like all native peoples in Canada, had a literature that was oral. We spoke our books. We talked our teachings. Our storytellers framed the universe for us and we had no need of printed language. Within our stories was all the

stuff of great literature; pathos, tragedy, journeys, romance, great battles, heroes, villains, mystery and spiritual secrets. They say that at one time in our history we set our stories on the skin of birch trees. We etched them there on the bark with the blunt edge of a burnt stick or pigments formed of earth and rock and plant material that has never faded over time. Sacred scrolls holding stories meant to last forever. Books. Unbound but for the leather thong that held them, unprinted but for the hand that shaped the images, unedited but for the protocol of storytelling that guided them. I only ever saw a birch bark scroll once. The old man laid it out for me on a plank table top in a cabin tucked far away in the bush and traced the line of history with one arthritic finger, telling it in the Old Talk that I didn’t understand. But I could translate his eyes. In those ancient symbols was a world where legends were alive, where an entire belief system was represented in teachings built of principles that were built themselves of rock and leaf and tree, of bird and moose and sky, and Trickster spirits nimble as dreams cajoling my people onto the land,

toward themselves, toward him, toward me. Here was an entire world, a cosmology, an enduring set of principles laid down in a time long passed that promised a learning unsurpassed in my experience. Here was the magic that sustained a people. This is what I understood from the wet glimmer of his eyes. When he looked up at me with one palm laid gently on the skin of that living scroll, there was pride there, honour, respect and understanding of what I came for, what I needed. He was telling me that words cannot exist without feeling. That a text is only as useful as the truth its holds. That dreams and reality are the same world. That what I know is less important than what I desire to know. So inhabit what you read. Allow it to fill you. Let the intent of the spirit of the story take you where it will. Stories and books are tools of understanding on the journey of coming to know. Pick them up. Carry them. This is what I carried away. This is the message I brought to my own storytelling to here, to this page, stark in its blankness, waiting like me to be imagined, to be filled.

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Our Helping Hands

Re: Attawapiskat blockades Debeers road Wawatay News (Feb. 14, 2013)

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Help is inclusive of all or exclusive of manyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Jack Haight is working on a community-based program educating people about HIV/AIDS and addictions. Jack Haight Special to Wawatay News

Please let me introduce myself. My name is Jack Haight, I have been living with HIV/ HEPC for the last 19 years. I am a Metis father of two grown sons, and I identify as a twospirited person. My journey of acceptance of myself and this virus has me using all of my past life struggles as a way to help others who are coming along behind me in the movement as well as living with HIV. My goal in Peer to Peer helping is to build a safe welcoming space for people to come a do a scary and difficult task: have their HIV status checked. You can imagine that the riskier the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life style, the scarier the whole experience will be. I understand that fear of going into an agency when you may or may not know your HIV status - Will people know or think I have this? I know only too well the pain and confusion that is running through a person once they are diagnosed with any illness. Once the person has had a chance to accept it and start to normalize it only then does it start to subside and the client begins to feel more whole. All of this stuff is really up for me right now I judge, because

I am sitting on a provincial Aboriginal HIV Health Summit Planning committee. I am doing some national work that feeds my soul and I want to be able to do some great work in my own backyard. We are clearly defining what GIPA (Greater Involvement of People living with HIV) is and what it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I have uncovered what I am now choosing to call: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The language of my heart in explaining my human experience as it pertains to living successfully while dealing with addictions and a chronic illness.â&#x20AC;? We have also been consciously creating ceremony in our minds and in the framework we are using to move forward. We are acknowledging Creator and I can see now that whenever I am in my higher self and temporarily free of my ego and talk from my wise old one, I can explain myself without ever offending anyone, usually. My language is soft and loving and respectful and mindful of the power of the spoken word. All of this has led to us being able to create a response from within a First Nation and we are calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Helping Hands.â&#x20AC;? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working by engaging a Native Alcohol & Drug Assistance Program worker (Brennen Ireland), a concerned community member (Lana Parenteau) who had chosen to go back to school for Alcohol and Drug dependency and has an aspiration to help her com-

munity, and myself, an APHA (Aboriginal Person Living with HIV). We shared our strengths and weakness and fashioned a series of solutions for the issues the community was facing. We started a once a week outreach and provided people with a sandwich and soup and support and education around HIV/HEPC/ADDICTION, and a culturally safe and relevant access to outside community services where applicable. We held a monthly education session for the grandmothers, parents and children. We also started a Harm Reduction Opiate Sharing circle for people at any stage of their addiction. Our goal is to meet people where they are at so they can come for information and support to start addressing what is not working for them in their personal lives. Brennan and Lana and I were able to start to normalize living with HIV and show how to successfully engage with clinical care, treatment and support. This was achieved by simply having me and others come in and share our experience of living openly with a HIV diagnosis. So it was a natural progression to start working with the nurse who was doing anonymous testing off reservation in our area so that First Nations, Inuit and Metis people know we are with them through the whole testing experience, sup-

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porting and educating them in a style that will stick with them. The lived experiences of us three amigoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, as well as being part of a National Aboriginal Working Group on HIV/ AIDS/HEPC, had all three of us grounded in all of our knowledge and gifts and armed us with what the Industry standard should be and looks like. That was our guiding principle. Learning to engage with a community and create responses that meet its needs, requires it to be built on commonalties: empathy, non-judgement, and actually looking for the similarities in the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Stop using the glaringly different coping mechanisms the client is currently employing as a wall to separate off from. The moment a person engages in that energy in a interpersonal exchange the other person feels that. Help is either inclusive of all or exclusive of many.

There are no watch dogs for the Impact Benefit Agreement. Shame. A committee should had been established after the IBA was approved. They should have continued review the Agreement to improve it as it needs. Nobody is doing that. We continue to see this Blockade cause there is no watchdog. Submitted online Re: Constance Lake students earn credits while learning trapping (Wawatay News, Feb. 14, 2013) I applaud this approach coinciding with education. Just like the language, if you do not use it you will forget it. It would be a shame if this tradition (trapping) also fell by the wayside. I am from that generation where during the spring, Christmas holidays etc, we went out trapping, in my case, with my Grandfather. I now appreciate what the Elders taught me. Submitted online Re: Colonial ideas behind racism (Wawatay News, Feb. 14, 2013) I am encouraged by Lennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope of seeing less racism in our future as I am 70 years old and have had many negative experiences of such actions/words. Sometimes I look back and I am amazed at how much we have gone through, and we still continue to move forward despite the efforts of these hurtful people. I pray for the future of our youth who are so dear to me. Keep going in the right direction and remain strong and united. Submitted online

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Joan Jack speaking at the WahkaWiiwin Conference in Sioux Lookout on Feb. 21. The gathering provided discussions on international law, treaties, legislation and Aboriginal law. Videos of the presentations can be found on Wawatay TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s YouTube channel.

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Elijah Sugarhead of Nibinamik First Nation was following the advice of his Elders when he went to Toronto to join Ryerson Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Idle No More rally. Sugarhead delivered a speech on Feb. 4 in Toronto, talking about the various ways the omnibus bill that was passed in December through parliament would affect the environment, land and people of northern Ontario. Sugarhead said he was contacted by Ryerson University to be a speaker at the rally. He said he agreed because he was informed by Elders to be aware that something like the INM movement would happen and he should take part. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Elders were told, by the Elders before them, that this sort of stuff would happen with the government,â&#x20AC;? Sugarhead explained, Sugarhead said he was told that it was important to work together and pass the information on to the next generation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Elders told us to be aware,â&#x20AC;? Sugarhead said. Sugarhead has been working with the NorthSouth Partnership of Canada, and is involved with many multicultural conferences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I facilitated some of them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe in working together as one no matter who we are and what colour our skin is.â&#x20AC;? To him, INM is a chance to change how Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people work together. The rally itself felt a little overwhelming, he said. He is glad to be a part of the movement and hopes to make a

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Bedbugs growing concern across north Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Mishkeegogamangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s William Sabko plans to use a heating machine to control bedbugs after a bed bug presentation at the 11th Annual First Nations Northern Housing Conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here and know about that heating machine, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way we are going to go with it,â&#x20AC;? said the technical services manager for Mishkeegogamang. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be very cost effective because it will be our machine and we can do it ourselves. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to get a company to come up and do it for us.â&#x20AC;? Sabko said bedbugs have been discovered in three houses as well as the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The safe house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we just found out about it,â&#x20AC;? Sabko said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had them (pest control experts) come up and get rid of everything out of there.â&#x20AC;? Health Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amy Montgomery said one First Nation community in the Sioux Lookout area has already bought a heating machine to kill bedbugs during her Feb. 14 bed bug presentation at the Feb. 12-14 housing conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they looked at bringing in a licensed person versus the cost of the (heating machine) equipment, it turned out that (with the cost of) a couple of visits from the pest control guy, they could purchase the equipment with it,â&#x20AC;? Montgomery said. Montgomery said the heating machine is used to heat the house to a 50 degree Celcius temperature for eight continuous hours to kill bedbugs and bedbug eggs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to take everything out of the affected area of the home, usually itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pull everything out, anything that can melt,â&#x20AC;? Montgomery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll plug it in and let it blow for eight to 10 hours to try to get to 50 degrees Celsius, which can be a struggle when you have the temperatures that we do and air can escape out of the windows.â&#x20AC;? Montgomery said it is a difficult situation for people to clear their home for bedbug treatments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooperation is huge,â&#x20AC;?

Montgomery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a person living in a home doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do all the things that are going to be necessary to get rid of the bugs, you will have challenges. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get that all done. You might have to leave your home for a day or (a couple of days) for the treatments.â&#x20AC;? Montgomery said treatments will not work unless the bedbugs are vacuumed up and hiding places are removed from the house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to pull things off the walls, plugin covers, whatever it takes to find and get rid of them,â&#x20AC;? Montgomery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In most cases weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always recommending going with someone who is licensed because if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing any chemical applications you want to make sure they are trained.â&#x20AC;? Although cold temperatures can also be effective for killing bedbugs, Montgomery said the temperature has to be consistently below -30 degrees Celsius for a number of days to kill the bedbugs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would have to be very consistently cold with no fluctuations in temperatures,â&#x20AC;? Montgomery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something they use.â&#x20AC;? Fort Williamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beverly Bannon said her parents recently had their home completely renovated to get rid of bedbugs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to clean out the whole house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they were doing renovations anyway,â&#x20AC;? Bannon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were in a motel for about a month.â&#x20AC;? Health Canada posted a pest note on bedbugs on their website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ cps-spc/pubs/pest/_pnotes/ bedbugs-punaises-lits/indexeng.php. The note said bedbugs are making a comeback and can now be found everywhere from homeless shelters to five-star hotels to public transportation. The note also emphasized that early detection of a bedbug infestation is very important, as the larger the infestation, the more difficult it is to get rid of the bedbugs. Because bedbugs travel easily, nearby rooms may also need to be treated. The note suggests the removal or reduction of any clutter where bedbugs can hide.

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Students protest changes to Lakehead Faculty of Law indigenous course Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Lakehead University students have raised concerns about changes to the Faculty of Law’s indigenous course, saying the changes will reduce the new program’s focus on indigenous issues. “The course before this change would have been taught by Indigenous Learning faculty and now it’s taught by law faculty,” said Sebastian MurdochGibson, an Indigenous Learn-

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Lakehead University students march in protest to changes to a Faculty of Law indigenous course.

ing student. “Before they made this change, it would have been a full credit — now it’s a half credit. It would have focused on the law and other institutions of western civilization through the perspective of First Nations, whereas now it focuses on First Nations through the perspective of the law, which is a major distinction.” Murdoch-Gibson said the students are planning to hold a meeting on the morning of Feb. 25 at the University Centre Agora, including a visit to

REVIEW Romeo Malette Forest 2009–2019 Forest Management Plan Review of Proposed Operations for Phase II (2014–2019) Information Centre The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Tembec Inc. and the Timmins Local Citizens Committee (LCC) invite you to an information centre to help us develop the second five-year term (2014–2019) of the (2009–2019) Forest Management Plan (FMP) for the Romeo Malette Forest. You will have the opportunity to review and comment on: t 5  IFQSPQPTFEBSFBTJEFOUJGJFEGPSIBSWFTU SFOFXBM and tending operations; and t 5IFQSPQPTFESPBEMPDBUJPOTBOEDPOEJUJPOTGPSUIF second five-year term. You will also have an opportunity to contribute to the background information to be used in planning. How to Get Involved To facilitate your review, an information centre will be held at the following location from 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. on the following day: Timmins MNR District Office Ontario Government Complex South Porcupine, Ontario Date: March 28, 2013

The information and maps available at the information centre will also be available for review and comment at the Tembec Inc. office (address below) and at the MNR South Porcupine office, by appointment during normal office hours for a period of 30 days from March 28, 2013–April 27, 2013. Comments must be received by Nikki Wood at the MNR Timmins District Office, by April 27, 2013.

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Meetings with representatives of the planning team and the LCC can be requested at any time during the planning process. Reasonable opportunities to meet planning team members during non-business hours will be provided upon request. If you require more information or wish to discuss your interests and concerns with a planning team member, please contact one of the individuals listed below: Sarah Sullivan Tembec Industries Inc. P.O. Box 1100 Timmins, ON P4N 7H9 tel: 705-864-3021 fax: 705-864-0928 e-mail: sarah.sullivan@tembec.com

Rusty Fink Local Citizens Committee c/o MNR Timmins Ontario Government Complex P.O. Bag 3090 South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0

During the planning process there is an opportunity to make a written request to seek resolution of issues with the plan author, the MNR District Manager or the Regional Director using a process described in the Forest Management Planning Manual (2009). The operations for the first five-year term (Phase I) of the 10-year FMP (2009–2014) are nearing completion and detailed planning for the second five-year term (Phase II) operations are commencing. This first stage (Stage 1) notice is to invite you to review and comment on proposed operations and to contribute to the background information to be used in planning. Stay Involved There will be two more formal opportunities for you to be involved. These stages are tentatively scheduled as follows: Stage 2 – Review of Draft Planned Operations Stage 3 – Inspection of MNR-Approved Planned Operations

July 11, 2013–August 10, 2013 October 24, 2013–November 23, 2013

The tentative scheduled date for submission of the draft planned operations is June 11, 2013. If you would like to be added to a mailing list to be notified of public involvement opportunities, please contact Nikki Wood at 705-235-1339. The Ministry of Natural Resources is collecting your personal information and comments under the authority of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. Any personal information you provide (address, name, telephone, etc.) will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; however, your comments will become part of the public consultation process and may be shared with the general public. Your personal information may be used by the Ministry of Natural Resources to send you further information related to this forest management planning exercise. If you have questions about the use of your personal information, please contact Doug MacMillan at 705-235-1316. Renseignements en français : (705) 235-1300

Law is the only law school in Canada that has a standalone, mandatory Aboriginal course in first year. “Not only that, it has the same standalone mandatory course in second year,” Stuesser said. “And we’re very proud of that. There’s no attempt here at watering down. In fact, it’s the reverse: we want to enhance the presence of Aboriginal law within the program.” Stuesser said the program was changed to a half credit to accommodate the inclusion of a criminal law component that had not been in the law school’s proposed curriculum that was originally accepted by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in 2011. “We had to make some changes and property law was one course that I felt we could cut from six credits to three,” Stuesser said. “And then we took a good look at the Native Canadian World View course and I thought it could run very well as a half course, complementing at the same time, a course called Foundations of Canadian Law, which is the western perspective. We’ll see the Aboriginal perspective in the one and the western perspective in the other.” Stuesser said the Faculty of Law also integrates Aboriginal issues into all of its courses. The inaugural class at LU’s law school starts in September 2013. The school is the first new law school in Canada in 42 years.

New Aboriginal Affairs minister named

A summary map showing proposed areas for harvest, renewal and tending operations as well as the proposed road corridors will be available at the information centre or upon request.

Nikki Wood Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Government Complex P.O. Bag 3090 South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0 tel: 705-235-1339 fax: 705-235-1377 e-mail: nikki.wood@ontario.ca

LU President Brian Stevenson’s office. The dean of the faculty of law, however, argued that the changes would make the course better suited for law students. “My understanding is that the students, mostly from the Indigenous Learning program, wish to have it as an Indigenous Learning course taught in the law school,” said Lee Stuesser, founding dean of LU’s Faculty of Law. “It’s our view from the Faculty of Law that it’s better to be taught as a law course — that it gives the course a larger measure of credence and it stamps our position that we think this is so important in terms of being in the law program that we want it as a law course.” Stuesser added that having the course taught by full-time members of the law faculty helps to develop the faculty’s “Aboriginal base.” The Indigenous Learning course was called Native Canadian World Views while the Faculty of Law course is called Native Canadian World Views and Law. Stuesser said the Indigenous Learning course is a secondyear undergraduate university course while the new course is a law course. “We’re talking about students that are on average 24 years of age — all have a degree, most have an honours degree, many have masters degrees, so you can see there is a different audience here that we are dealing with,” Stuesser said. Stuesser said the Faculty of

Bernard Valcourt, a New Brunswick MP, has been named Canada’s new minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC). Valcourt, who served the Conservatives during Brian Mulroney’s time at the helm before returning to politics in 2011, was sworn in at a private ceremony at Rideau Hall on Feb. 22. Valcourt replaces John Duncan, who stepped down on Feb. 15 after writing an inappropriate letter to Canada Revenue Agency on behalf of a constituent. In a press release, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Valcourt will continue to work to advance dialogue on Aboriginal issues and “take achievable steps that will provide better education and economic outcomes for Aboriginal peoples across Canada.” Valcourt was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984

as a Progressive Conservative. He served as Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister of Employment and Immigration before losing his seat in 1993. He then served as the leader of the Progressive Conservatives in New Brunswick before returning to federal politics in 2011 as MP for MadawaskaRestigouche. In his first statement as AANDC minister, Valcourt praised the government’s actions on indigenous issues. “Our government has made significant progress in improving outcomes for Aboriginal peoples across Canada,” Valcourt said in a statement. “We have built new schools, invested in clean drinking water systems, built thousands of new homes, increased funding for services for the most vulnerable members of First Nations communities, and invested in hundreds of projects to link Aboriginals with job training services.”

! n o o s g n i m Co The Embrace Life Forum March 6-8, 2013

Contact: Charles Wilson, (807) 623-8228 cwilson@nan.on.ca Nishnawbe Aski Nation/Embrace Life


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FEBRUARY 28, 2013

ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ Proposed New Assess Road: Springpole Lake Area

Notice of Completion, Opportunity to Inspect the Final Environmental Study Report Class Environmental Assessment for MNR Resource Stewardship and Facility Development Projects The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invites public inspection of the Final Environmental Study Report (ESR) for Gold Canyon Resources Inc.’s proposal to develop a new access road in the Springpole Lake area of the MNR Red Lake District. The proposed corridor extends from the end of the Wenasaga Road to Gold Canyon’s Springpole Exploration project, located, at the northern extent of Springpole Lake. Gold Canyon is proposing construction of an access road, built to forestry winter operational road standards, which will include a crossing of the Birch River system. All proposed water crossings on the route will be built to primary road standards. A Final ESR for the proposed road has now been completed, as required for a Category C project under the Class Environmental Assessment for MNR Resource Stewardship and Facility Development Projects. It describes the process for the selection of a preferred location, the development of a site plan and an evaluation of environmental effects. To obtain a copy of the Final ESR, to discuss the project, to provide comments, or to inspect the project during normal office hours, please contact: Denise Saunders Manager of Community Relations and Lands Gold Canyon Resources Inc. P.O. Box 10356, Pacific Centre Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V7Y 1G5 Phone/fax: 807-735-1050 Mobile: 807-728-0272 E-mail: denise@goldcanyon.ca

A map shows the proposed railway line between the Ring of Fire and Nakina. A new study funded by KWG Resources determined the railway would be cost-effective in the long term than building an all-season road. However, the initial costs of constructing the railway is high.

David New Red Lake South Area Supervisor Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources P.O. Box 5003 Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0 Phone: 807-727-1383 Fax: 807-727-2861 Email: dave.new@ontario.ca

A copy of the Final ESR may also be obtained on Gold Canyon’s corporate website at: www.goldcanyon.ca;

Railway cheaper option for Ring of Fire: study Shawn Bell Wawatay News

A new study of transportation options for the Ring of Fire has determined that building a railway would be a cheaper option over the long term than shipping ore on an all-weather road. KWG Resources, a mining company that has long promoted the railway option for the region, commissioned the study. According to the study, the cost of building a rail line over the 330 kilometers between the Ring of Fire and Nakina is nearly $1.5 billion, while the cost of building a highway comes to just over $1 billion. However the operating costs of a railway line were significantly lower than those of highway shipping, due to the high cost of equipment, maintenance and labour associated with shipping ore by road. The study estimated that the extra cost of building a railway

line would be covered by the savings in operating costs in six years, at the base case for mining production. “This analysis brings out the features that the rail option is more robust, low maintenance, cost-reflective and demandresponsive to operational and market conditions than the road option,” the study stated. It also noted that the cost of the rail option goes down compared to the road as more ore is mined in the region. “The lower medium and long term cost for rail provides an opportunity to develop a more stable and consistent transportation corridor in the region, which can respond well to development,” it reads. The study also noted that due to a scarcity of gravel in the region, building both a railway and a road may not be possible. Whichever option gets built first may limit the cost-effectiveness of the second option, the report stated. Cliffs Resources has proposed building an all-weather

road from the Ring of Fire to Nakina. A spokesman for Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) told Wawatay that the province is considering funding a portion of the road and recouping the money through tolls or fee for use plans. The MNDM spokesperson also said the road would be for industrial users only, and not connect to local communities. Cliffs VP Richard Fink acknowledged that a railway would be the preferred option, but as he told Canadian Mining Journal, the initial costs of building it are prohibitive. “Everybody would love a railway,” he said on Feb. 1, 2012. “The concept is wonderful, but we don’t see anybody who would finance it.” The new Ontario cabinet has also announced it will hold a cabinet meeting in Sault Ste. Marie on Mar. 1 focused on addressing northern Ontario’s “complex transportation needs, including vital access to the Ring of Fire.”

If at the end of this notice period MNR considers that there are no significant outstanding concerns, the MNR may permit the implementation of the undertaking without further public notice. Where there are outstanding concerns about this project that cannot be resolved in discussion with the MNR, concerned parties have an opportunity to formally request the Minister of the Environment issue a Part II Order requiring the project be subjected to an individual environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act. As this decision rests with the Minister of the Environment, please direct your inquiries in this regard to the Minister, 135 St. Clair Ave. W., 12th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1P5. Requests must be received by the Minister within the 30-day comment period, which expires on April 2, 2013 , and copied at the same time to the MNR at the address below. The Ministry of Natural Resources is collecting comments and personal information under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act to assist in making decisions and determining any further consultation needs. All comments and opinions will be kept on file and may be available in study documentation that is made available for public review. All comments and contact (name and address) information received may be forwarded to the project applicant unless specifically requested otherwise. For more information on the collection and use of the personal information, contact Trevor Park, Planning and Information Management Supervisor, Ministry of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 5003, Red Lake Ontario, P0V 2M0. Phone: 807-727-1344.

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The death of a 23-year-old Kasabonika woman while in police custody earlier this month has reignited concerns over the safety of First Nations residents on reserve and the adequacy of policing being provided in communities. In a shot directed at limited funding for First Nations policing, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) has warned that both Ontario and Canada will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;legally and morally responsibleâ&#x20AC;? for future deaths caused by inadequate police resources. In a confidential letter obtained by APTN, NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno notes that NAN communities have been put â&#x20AC;&#x153;in grave jeopardyâ&#x20AC;? because of chronic underfunding of Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS). â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lives of First Nations people living in these communities are being put at severe risk because both levels of government refuse to ensure that First Nations people in northern Ontario receive the same level of service as their non-native counterparts,â&#x20AC;? the letter states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simply put, accounting has put First Nation lives at risk.â&#x20AC;? The letter, which was also signed by NAPS board chair Frank McKay, was sent to Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chief Coroner Dan Cass along with federal and provincial ministers responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and

public safety. Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chief Coroner will conduct an inquest into the death of a woman in Kasabonika Lake, who died on Feb. 1 while being detained in the back of a NAPS cruiser. Kasabonika Chief Gordon Anderson told Wawatay News

funding agreement between the federal and provincial governments and NAN expires March 31. The last tripartite agreement between NAN, Canada and Ontario was signed on Apr. 1, 2009, and expired in 2012. That agreement was extended for

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The safety of NAN communities has been put at risk for far too long. Canada and Ontario have long been put on notice that these issues create real jeopardy to the safety of NAN communities. How many deaths must occur before both levels of government realize that NAPS cannot operate as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;straw manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? that the cruiser was being used as a holding cell since the community has not had a holding cell for over two years. Kasabonika is not alone in needing new or upgraded NAPS detachments. NAN noted that out of seven communities designated to receive new modular NAPS units following the Kashechewan inquest of 2009, only one has received and installed the unit. The Kashechewan inquest also found that 19 NAPS detachments did not meet national building codes. Federal program expires The issue of inadequate funding for NAPS could be exacerbated this spring, as the

one year, until March 31, 2013, but NAN noted in its letter that it has received no notice from either level of government on negotiating a new agreement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tripartite Agreement has no provision for a binding arbitration process,â&#x20AC;? the letter states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a result, there is no real form of negotiations. NAPS is forced to accept whatever funds are provided by the federal and provincial governments.â&#x20AC;? Adding to NAPS struggles, the federal government announced last week it will not renew a police officer recruiting fund that, among other things, funded 11 NAPS officers working in northern First Nations through a $1 million agreement.

The president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Stephen Tanner, told the National Post that the cuts to NAPS could result in additional strains on the Ontario Provincial Police. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(NAPS) may have to withdraw their services from one or two small communities,â&#x20AC;? Tanner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they have to do that, the OPP may be forced to go in to police those communities.â&#x20AC;? Tanner said taking $1 million in funding from NAPS could actually cost over $2 million if the OPP has to take over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiscally, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense,â&#x20AC;? he said. NAN noted that the loss of 11 NAPS officers will â&#x20AC;&#x153;significantly jeopardize the safety of NANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communities.â&#x20AC;? The letter also pointed out that 18 percent of NAPS officers are off-duty at any one time due to vacation, stress-leave or other personal matters related to the challenges of policing in the north under strained resources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The safety of NAN communities has been put at risk for far too long,â&#x20AC;? the letter states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canada and Ontario have long been put on notice that these issues create real jeopardy to the safety of NAN communities. How many deaths must occur before both levels of government realize that NAPS cannot operate as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;straw manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As things currently stand, NAPS has been setup to fail.â&#x20AC;?

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NAPS needs same standards as other police Acting chief says its time for governments to get serious about First Nations policing Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service Acting Chief of Police Bob Herman is calling for the same policing standards as other police forces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still a program, and that is one of the problems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a program,â&#x20AC;? Herman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should be legislated, we should be afforded the same opportunities as the national police force, the provincial police force and the municipal police forces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If government is serious about having First Nations policing First Nations communities, then they need to take the positive step such as a legislative framework that treats us the same as any other police service in Canada,â&#x20AC;? Herman added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, that is not the case.â&#x20AC;? Herman, a former chief of police with the Thunder Bay Police Service, was surprised with the situation when he began serving with NAPS about 11 months ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I came to NAPS, it was kind of an eye opener because there is no legislation or framework that actually governs how we police,â&#x20AC;? Herman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can tell you that if this was a municipal police force, a lot of the infrastructure and things like radio communications would not meet provincial standards. Hermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments echo those made by Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chief

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Acting NAPS Police Chief Bob Herman says NAPS needs a legislative framework similar to other policing services if it is going to provide the services that people in communities deserve. Coroner David Eden during the inquest into the deaths of two Kashechewan men during a fire in the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because it is a funding program without a legislative mandate, it can be discontinued at any time, which negatively affects both staff retention and long-term contracts such as rental agreements,â&#x20AC;? Eden wrote in the inquest. Herman said the funding shortfalls limit the forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to staff police in communities, and puts additional challenges on officers working for NAPS.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really inequitable, when you look at it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not afforded the same opportunities as a police service to have the proper infrastructure, to have proper housing for officers, to have the ability to staff the communities on a basis where we can provide good police service. Quite frankly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally unacceptable.â&#x20AC;? Herman said some of the NAPS communities currently have good police facilities while others do not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Often time, officers are working alone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they have no

backup,â&#x20AC;? Herman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes the backup has to come out of the community. So it does have a really hard effect on the officers from a moral standpoint and a retention standpoint. A lot of the officers have to pay for their own flights into the communities to do their shift schedule, which is unacceptable when you look at the provincial police.â&#x20AC;? Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus recently raised concerns about â&#x20AC;&#x153;third world policing conditionsâ&#x20AC;? faced by northern First Nations after

a young woman died in NAPS custody in the back seat of a police car in Kasabonika. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have police officers working with no back-up and sleeping in places where you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let a dog sleep,â&#x20AC;? Angus said in a Feb. 20 statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have prisoners being held in the back seats of cars or in makeshift jails where they face risk of either fire or freezing. The NAPS officers are being forced to work in conditions that no other police unit in Canada would accept. Why the double standard?â&#x20AC;? Angus wrote to Justice Minister Vic Toews in October 2012 asking for a plan to address the chronic under-funding, but he said Toews had not yet answered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Conservatives talk loudly about being tough on crime and providing safe communities,â&#x20AC;? Angus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yet they are leaving northern citizens and First Nation police to put up with third world conditions. This situation is unacceptable.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, NAPS has restructured to improve service to the communities by creating three regions instead of two, increasing the number of supervisors and adding an additional regional commander. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want our regional commanders, who are inspectors, to actually go out in the field and meet with chief and council,â&#x20AC;? Herman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also want our supervisors to have more presence in the communities so that we can

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are at a juncture where the government has to get serious about whether they want First Nations policing to grow and actually be the model for First Nations communities.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bob Herman

focus on community problems and community policing. It is a new way of doing business. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take a few months to roll it out but at the end of the day, we expect our service to be a lot better than it is right now.â&#x20AC;? Herman said NAPS has been adopting the standards of other police services as best as possible even though it is not legislated to do so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we have come a long way but there is certainly a lot of room for improvement,â&#x20AC;? Herman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are at a juncture where the government has to get serious about whether they want First Nations policing to grow and actually be the model for First Nations communities. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a program any longer; we need to be legislated and we need to be treated the same.â&#x20AC;? The federal government currently provides 52 per cent of the funding for NAPS while the provincial government provides 48 per cent.

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Policing services not up to par, says deputy grand chief Rick Garrick Wawatay News

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NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler at the Sandy Lake NAPS detachment.

In light of the death of a Kasabonika woman that is once again raising issues with policing in First Nations communities, a Nishnawbe Aski Nation deputy grand chief says NAN still lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to policing services. Alvin Fiddler said equivalent policing standards and services are still not being provided seven years after two men died in the Kashechewan police jail fire and almost four years after the Coroner’s Inquest called for adequacy of policing resources in NAN communities. “One of the recommendations that came out of the Kashechewan Inquest was that Nishnawbe-Aski

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Police Service be considered a mandated service,” said Fiddler. “As such, it would be legislated and there would be standards for NAPS to follow. But the way it is now, it is not considered a mandated service; it’s considered a program by both levels of government and because it is a program, we are not obligated nor are we funded to meet those (equivalent policing) standards.” The inquest into the deaths of Ricardo Wesley and Jamie Goodwin of Kashechewan, released on May 21, 2009, called for Canada and Ontario to develop a method for establishing equivalence in policing standards and services between First Nations and non-First Nations communities. The verdict also said Canada and Ontario should provide NAPS with the funding required to ensure that the communities it serves receive the same level and quality of policing services and infrastructure that non-First Nations communities receive, noting that funding levels should be sufficient to allow NAPS to comply with adequacy standards set out in the Ontario Police Services Act and the Policing Standards Manual of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Royal Canadian Mounted Police guidelines. “Dating back to the Kashechewan Inquest ... and the Ipperwash Inquiry, there have been repeated recommendations that First Nations policing be the subject of a regulatory framework, in other words, be governed by standards and laws like other forms of policing in this country,” said Julian Falconer, legal counsel for NAN. “That just hasn’t happened, and certainly, NAN advocated strongly for those recommendations in Kashechewan and supported them.” Falconer noted that since NAPS is considered a program, it does not fall under laws, standards and criteria set up to protect the public that apply to other police forces such as the Ontario Provincial Police.

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But since the community is served by NAPS, an SIU investigation was not required and the OPP instead took on the investigation. Fiddler said NAN is looking for NAPS to be operated as a legislated police service instead of a program, as it has been for the past 18 years since being founded. “Our communities deserve a police force that has (equivalent policing) standards and is funded to meet those standards,” Fiddler said. “In a normal police service, if they receive a call, they need to have two officers to respond to that call. But in our reality, with NAPS and the communities that it polices, when there is a call usually it is just the one officer responding to our call. And that is not the police service that our communities deserve.” The Kashechewan inquest also called for the standard for NAPS detachments to be brick and mortar buildings, noting that permanent purpose-built detachments speak to equality of service, pride of policing and professionalism. The verdict noted that as many as 19 of the NAPS detachments did not meet the National Building Code standards and did not have sprinkler systems installed.

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Although some of the Kashechewan Inquest recommendations relating to Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) have been completed, others have yet to be acted on. The 2009 inquest into the deaths of two men while in custody in Kashechewan came up with 86 recommendations, which included a number targeted at NAPS. Acting police chief Bob Herman said that a number of detachments still need work. “The provincial and federal governments have injected capital funding into building new detachments, however we still have five more detachments that need to be replaced,” said Herman. “We (also) have detachments that really don’t meet standards if you look at provincial legislation, which doesn’t apply to us but it should.” The former Thunder Bay Police Service chief of police said a number of other issues from the Kashechewan Inquest have yet to be addressed. “The recommendations talk about a legislative framework, that basically allows the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service to be held to the same standards as other police services in Ontario

when it comes to adequacy standards,” Herman said. “That would be buildings, that would be cell blocks, that would be radio communications and the governments haven’t moved on those recommendations.” Herman said NAPS has seen some progress from the provincial government on the recommendations, but the federal government continues to stall. NAPS has not had an increase in funding for about five years, since the last tripartite agreement was signed in 2009. “Other police services are properly funded and each year can actually get their funding increased to meet their needs,” Herman said. “For almost five years we haven’t had that opportunity.” The Kashechewan Inquest was held from March to May 2009, after James Goodwin and Ricardo Wesley died in a January 2006 jail fire at the Kashechewan NAPS detachment. The inquest resulte in 86 recommendations related to NAPS and its policing delivery area, including that First Nations, Canada and Ontario should work together to ensure that policing standards and service levels in First Nation communities are equivalent to those in non-First Nation communities.


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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll live up to the treatiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Zimmer David Zimmer was named Aboriginal Affairs minister in Ontario Premier Kathlene Wynneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new cabinet. The former parliamentary secretary, a lawyer by trade, is MPP for a Toronto riding. Zimmer said he is planning a trip to northern Ontario sometime over the next month to meet with leaders and get of sense of the issues on the ground. The new minister spoke to Wawatay about some of the issues facing First Nations people in the province, including education, treaties and resource development. The following is an excerpt from that interview. Shawn Bell Wawatay News

Wawatay (WWT): Aboriginal Affairs is now back to its own ministry. Two things â&#x20AC;&#x201C; what does that signify from this government, and what does that mean for people living in communities across the province? David Zimmer (DZ): The fact that Aboriginal Affairs has its own minister, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a clear signal from the premierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office that she expects a lot more time to be dedicated to the Aboriginal file. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty strong signal from the premier that she expects serious work to be done. What does that mean for the Aboriginal community? Well, it means the issues are going to get a whole lot more face time with the minister and the staff here, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing for Aboriginal people. WWT: In terms of the issue of education funding, and the gap between federal funding on reserve and provincial funding off reserve, where do you see Ontario getting involved in that discussion? DZ: As you and I know, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably $2,000-

$3,000 or maybe more difference between what the feds spend for on-reserve students

work with First Nations, and we are going to push the federal government to live up to its obligations.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we are going to do is work with First Nations, and we are going to push the federal government to live up to its obligations.â&#x20AC;?

WWT: Idle No More has brought the issues of the Treaties back to the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention. For you, what does it mean that Ontario has treaties with First Nations across the province, and what should Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role be when it comes to treaty discussions?

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and what the province spends for off-reserve students. That is simply not fair. The cumulative effect of that shortfall, the student ends up wearing that. We are going to push the feds to live up to their responsibilities. What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to do, somewhere soon, is stand at a lectern along with my federal counterpart and say down the road, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reserve and an Aboriginal student there whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting $3,000 less per year for his education. And down the street thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another student getting $3,000 more. I want to look my federal counterpart in the eye and ask â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;why is that?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; How in the devil is that person going to answer that question in any way that sounds fair or makes sense? And I will ask that question, I will put it to him or her. What we are going to do is

DZ: First of all, any and all treaties that the province of Ontario has with Aboriginal communities, whether its First Nations, Metis or Inuit, this province will respect those treaties in the spirit of the treaty and the letter of the treaty. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to continue as the minister to make sure that all of the responsibilities in the treaties are lived up to, both in the letter of the law and in the spirit of the law. WWT: Resource development, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of issues to deal with. In your view, how much say should First

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David Zimmer was named Aboriginal Affairs minister in new Ontario Premier Kathlene Wynneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cabinet. Nations governments have when it comes to resource development on traditional territory? DZ: Well itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very clear in law that we have the duty to consult and so forth. We are going to do that. But it seems to me that if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a resource to be developed, and it happens to be on traditional territory, or even affecting their traditional treaty areas and traditional land, that the province has both a legal obligation and a moral obligation to consult with interested parties, and of course the Aboriginal community is an interested party. The way to do this is that everybody should have some skin in the game here, and be respectful partners of each other.

WWT: When you say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;skin in the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, are you talking resource revenue sharing? DZ: There are resource benefits, there are revenue sharing issues; the important thing is that the parties sit down and talk about benefit sharing, revenue sharing, environmental issues, educational issues. When thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a piece of economic development, there are so many spin-off effects of it. You have to get everybody together at the table and develop the resource in a collective way and make sure that everybody shares fairly in the rewards of the activity, and that might be benefits, a host of things. WWT: What role do you see Aboriginal Affairs playing when it comes to

these kind of decisions on resource development, on the Ring of Fire, on these big picture developments? DZ: The ministry, what its really equipped to do, is to facilitate a whole lot of conversations and meetings, and to help the people get together and work through their issues. In some ways the ministry is a facilitator. Sometimes industry may come to us and say we have an idea for development, can you tell us who we should talk to and how we should get started. Maybe the Aboriginal community calls us with an idea for development and says can you help us connect with finance people, or technical people. So we bring the folks together and have a talk about it.

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Powwow honours the winter months Sioux Mountain students play big role in successful powwow celebration Geoff Shields Special to Wawatay News

Over 150 people attended the last day of the annual winter Sioux Mountain Powwow in Sioux Lookout, which commenced on Feb. 22 and ran for three days. Organizers Ralph Johnson and Jenny Burns Wesley said they were overwhelmed by the number of people who attended. “This is our second annual winter powwow and the amount of support we have had from numerous organizations and private individuals in Sioux Lookout to help us cover the costs of putting this on has been fantastic,” Burns Wesley said. “Powwows are to celebrate everything that is good in our lives and to be grateful for the things we have. It’s also a great opportunity to see family and friends we may not have seen in a long time.” When asked about what the powwow represented, Johnson replied, “we want to make sure we honour the customs of our people, not just storytelling but also some of the ceremonies.” “Powwow is very crucial part to giving thanks for the

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Over 150 people turned up for the final day of the Sioux Mountain powwow, a great turnout for the powwow which is in its second year. winter months as we go into another season, it’s a gathering and time for sharing with all clans,” he said. Both organizers agreed that the response from people this

year was very positive. “Last year, we had a lot of adults who were involved in the planning,” Johnson said. “This year we had a lot of students that took it upon

themselves to be involved in planning the event and also in the work that needed to be done, like getting the supplies, getting the wood and other activities associated with put-

ting this together.” Traditional drummers are an essential part of what makes a powwow what it is. Alan Walski, one of the traditional drummers at the pow-

wow, explained that dancers offer tobacco to the drummers as a way of expressing thanks to the Creator. “When you see dancers come to the drums, they put tobacco into the tobacco pouches we carry with the drums, they are saying prayers and when we sing the songs,” Walski explained. “Those prayers are carried to the Creator and once the tobacco pouch is full at the drum, we then have the Sacred Fire which is lit outside the powwow perimeter and we put tobacco down into the fire to send the prayers of the dancers to the spirits as well.” Walski added that it was wonderful to see the number of youth involved in the powwow this year. “What we need to pass on is our traditional teaching because when we are gone, we will need people to carry on our traditions and for youth to be able to do this we need to pass our teachings so that they can understand our ways,” Walski said. “So there are teachings that go along with what we do when we are at the powwow.”

Education a priority for NAN youth, says deputy grand chief Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Education is the basis of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s survival. That was the message from Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic during the opening of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) Conference 2013, held Feb. 21-22 at Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School in Thunder Bay. “Education is getting to be a priority to our First Nations people,” Kakegamic said to an audience of educators from across northern Ontario on the first day of the conference. “We know that it is the basis of our survival as First Nations, our culture and our language.” Kakegamic said the environment has been changing across the north, leading to less opportunities to make a living off the land. “Due to the depletion of

the natural resources that we used to live off the land, hunting and fishing, we cannot live like that no more,” Kakegamic said. “Even if we want to, we can’t. It’s only classified now as supplementing your income. Our ancestors survived these harsh environments and they succeeded, but today we need to come up with a new livelihood and education is one of the means that we can do that.” Kakegamic said there have been many success stories over the years where First Nations people from NAN territory have succeeded in a variety of careers. “Looking in the room here, you have educators, you have administrators, we have principals,” Kakegamic said. “Outside the room we have doctors, we have lawyers now and all kinds of professionals in social services.” Kakegamic said First

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drug abuse and suicide issues that are affecting youth in order to turn the educational gap around. “It all stems from the home,” Kakegamic said. “We have to have a hard look

ourselves. The answer does not come from the halls of Ottawa; it comes from the halls of our own four walls, which we call home.” The conference featured FNSSP presentations by nine

different First Nation education groups, including Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and Keewaytinook Internet High School. Kakegamic said the FNSSP is working for First Nation communities. “It’s beginning to touch some of the key points that we need to address, such as numeracy, literacy and retention,” he said. Kakegamic said NAN wants to move towards taking control of their children’s education, in part by changing the curriculum to include NAN culture and language. “We want our children to do well in school,” Kakegamic said. “It is our focus to make a difference in the lives of our children and daughters and sons.” The conference also featured a DFC student panel presentation and question and answer session; a keynote presentation by Lakehead University professor Dennis McPherson and an effective governance presentation by Kwayaciiwin’s Matthew Angees.


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Fort Albany’s photovoice participants were given cameras and tasked with photographing their homes and community, and then put a caption to the photo. For the left photo, the caption reads: “Oh this is where our stove used to be connected; our wood stove. So it kind of, you know... there’s an empty hole up there which we did kind of patch up but now this is how we know what the weather is like outside cause it rains or snows inside”. For the right photo, the caption is: “... I have a little niece that stays with us, she’s like two... she might get like shocked or something... it’s dangerous...” All the photos from the project, including these two photos, will be displayed during the Fort Albany community meeting on March 6.

James Bay homelessness project on display Commmunity forums in Kash, Fort Albany and Moosonee next week Shawn Bell Wawatay News

Ongoing research projects on homelessness in James Bay coast communities are being brought back to the communities for input next week. Community forums in Moosonee, Kashechewan and Fort Albany will provide researchers from Laurentian University the chance to present their findings and recommendations and get feedback from the communities. “The projects are really focused on the goals of each community, and the needs they have decided are most pressing,” said Mandy Scott of Fort Albany, the project’s First Nations communications coordinator. While each community’s project is different, all tie into the issue of poverty, homelessness and migration. In Moosonee, a door-to-door poverty survey was conducted to determine the extent of poverty and homelessness in the community and possible solutions. Scott noted the survey confirmed how widespread the issue of poverty is in the community. “Seventy-one per cent of people said poverty is a problem in Moosonee, and 90 per cent of people said homelessness is a problem,” Scott said, adding that over 50 per cent of respondents said they know a family member

“The projects are really focused on the goals of each community, and the needs they have decided are most pressing...” – Mandy Scott

or friend experiencing homelessness. In Fort Albany, a photovoice project was conducted where participants from the community were given cameras to document their community and lives. The photos were then used to spark discussions on the effect of poverty and homelessness in the community. Scott said the photos provide a form of storytelling, giving participants the chance to share their voice on the issues they face and raise awareness of the challenges in the community. In Kashechewan, a study of the effects of flooding on the community was done. The study looked at responses to flooding from other places in Canada, to put Kashechewan’s options for what to do about flooding, and the homelessness it causes, into a national context. “The project looked at the research done and the techniques applied in other places, and why they were or were not applied in Kash,” Scott said. “It is exploring the policies and proce-

dures used in other flood prone communities.” All three projects started with the community identifying a problem to be examined. Now the researchers want to take the findings back to the communities to determine next steps. In Kashechewan on March 5 and Fort Albany on March 6, community members will be presented with the outcomes of the projects and asked for feedback. In Moosonee on March 7, a

list of recommendations that came out of the survey will be presented to community members. The public will be asked to rank the recommendations in terms of their priorities, and from the rankings a list of next steps will be created. The work on the James Bay coast is part of Laurentian University’s Poverty, Homelessness and Migration project. In total, 11 community-based projects are underway, including projects on homelessness in Sudbury and North Bay.

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Aboriginal leadership program launched for youth in Thunder Bay Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

A program aimed at developing leadership skills within Aboriginal youth has officially launched in Thunder Bay. Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy (TBUAS) and Leadership Thunder Bay announced they have received $43,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to fund a leadership program for Aboriginal youth living within the city. During the Feb. 23-24 weekend, Matthew Thompson of Pic River First Nation joined 14 other youth in a retreat in the outskirts of Thunder Bay as part of the program. “We talked about personality types, public speaking, and we were introduced to Native language and traditional activities,” the 20-year-old said. “We also did bonding activities like ice fishing and cooking meals as a group.” Thompson said he had been involved with Leadership Thunder Bay in the past, but jumped at the chance when he heard a program dedicated to Aboriginal youth was available. “This program is a good way to embrace our heritage and traditional values and spirituality,” he said. Thompson is taking political science at Lakehead University

Thunder Bay hired two facilitators to run the program and draft the curriculum, which revolves around the seven grandfather teachings. Wesley said the program will hold seven learning days, where speakers will be brought in to talk about First Nations political and urban issues, as well as teach them how to engage other youth be help and be involved in the community. The overall goal of the program, Wesley said, is allow youth to be participants in their community, build their confidence, and become aware of the issues around them and how to resolve them. “This initiative will open a lot of doors (for the youth),” she said. Thompson said with the activism and protests occurring over the past few months, it is important for youth such as himself to gain those leadership skills. “With the last few months of Idle No More in the media, it’s important to train the next generation of Aboriginal leaders to successfully lobby the Canadian government against those laws passing,” he said. “I find that meeting people and encouraging towards their goals is a great way to kick-start change amongst other youth,” he added. “As Ghandi said, be the change you want to see in the world.”

and wants a career in politics or business. He feels the program will help him develop skills to be successful in whatever dream he pursues.

“This initiative will open a lot of doors (for the youth)...” – Frances Wesley

“This helps me become a better public speaker. I like talking in front of crowds,” he said. “I think it’s important to give role models to not only Aboriginal youth, but youth in general, in order to give a positive outlet. It’s important to be involved in your community.” TBUAS planner Frances Wesley said the program has been in development for the past year after she and colleagues came up with the idea and approached Leadership Thunder Bay to help run the program. They met with community members, Elders and youth to ask what should be in the program. “Everybody got excited about it and it has to be culturally appropriate, and we set up a framework for how we will deliver that program,” she said. TBUAS and Leadership

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Brandon Rae, right, won a financial management award for an essay he submitted to a national contest.

North Spirit Lake youth honoured Patrick Cheechoo Special to Wawatay News

Brandon Rae of North Spirit Lake First Nation, a student of Keewaytinook Internet High School, was honoured at this year’s Aboriginal Finance Officers Association (AFOA) annual national conference. Rae received the 2013 AFOA/Potash Corporation Youth Financial Management Award for an essay he submitted to a contest open to youth from across Canada. Rae was one of three

Aboriginal youth honoured at the conference on Feb. 13 in Toronto. Emily Martell of Saskatchewan and Tanesha Gult of British Columbia were also awarded for their essays. Each award recipient spoke to an audience of nearly 1,000 delegates. Rae’s dynamic speech moved his audience, evoking tears. Many of the audience members rushed to Rae’s side after the luncheon, congratulating him on his speech. Representatives from post-secondary institutions offered Rae busi-

ness cards and encouraged him to apply. Rae’s week included highlights such as meeting former Prime Ministers Brian Mulroney and Paul Martin, along with other dignitaries from corporate Canada. National Chief Shawn A-inchut Atleo referenced the three youth in his conference address by saying, “they are not only leaders of tomorrow, they are our leaders today.” Rae merits praise; he is a leader with infinite prospects ahead of him.

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The love of hockey in KI More than 70 youth in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug took part in a hockey development camp organized by Right to Play in early February. Toronto photographer Jamie MacDonald was on hand to capture some moments and was moved by the community’s love of the game. “In Kitchenuhmaykoosib, the hockey rink serves as a central focus of community, with hockey playing a dominant role in the day to day lives of children and adults alike, with tournaments, outside programs and interreserve play,” Thompson wrote. “Watching them play, it is difficult not to see the love of the game and skill that they play it at.”

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Fort Hope celebrates 100 days of school Shawn Bell Wawatay News

Students, teachers and parents in Eabametoong celebrated a milestone in education earlier this month – the 100th day of school. Melanie Bykkonen’s grade one class reached the milestone on Feb. 13 and celebrated with a big party in the class. “Every single day we were

counting down,” said Bykkonen. “It is a huge accomplishment and they were getting pretty excited.” The 100th day of school is literally the 100th day of classes in the year. It is celebrated in schools all across the country as a way of rewarding students for their attendance and also to help students learn math skills around the number 100. Bykkonen said she still

remembers her own 100th day celebrations from being in elementary school. “The students do remember the big events, and the parents too remember the big things that the students do,” she said. As homework for the big day, students in the class collected 100 items and arranged them in groups. The homework projects were displayed to parents during the celebration.

NEWS THAT NOT ONLY INFORMS, BUT INSPIRES. Trust Delaney Windigo, Nigel Newlove and Annette Francis, your Ottawa and Toronto correspondents, to gather stories from an Aboriginal perspective. APTN National News reports each weeknight from 11 bureaus across Canada, hosted by Cheryl McKenzie and Michael Hutchinson, delivering the national stories that affect us all. Visit www.aptn.ca/news


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