Kasabonika opens new Northern Store PAGE 7
Lac Seul artist wins Governor General’s award PAGE 13
Vol. 40 No. 11
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March 21, 2013 Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974
Still number one
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Not only did Lac Seul win its third straight Northern First Nations tournament in Sioux Lookout, but another team from the community captured the top prize in the reborn Northern Bands tournament in Dryden during the same week, cementing Lac Seul’s reputation as the hockey hotbed of the north. See coverage of both tournaments on pages 9-12.
ᒪᑕᐗ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᑾᔭᒋᐗᐠ ᒋᐎᑕᓄᑭᒪᐗᐨ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑲᐗᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ
ᔖᐣ ᐯᓬ ᐗᐗᑌ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐎᐣ
ᒪᑕᐗ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᑭᒪᐗᒋᐦᐃᑎᐗᐠ ᐁᑭᐎᑕᐱᒪᐗᐨ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐣ ᒣᑾᐨ ᒫᕒᐨ 6, ᒋᑭᒪᒋᑕᐗᐸᐣ ᑕᔑᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᒋᑭᐎᑕᓄᑭᒥᑎᓇᓂᐗᐠ ᒋᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐗᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ᙮ ᑲᐃᐡᑾ ᒪᐗᒋᐦᐃᑎᓇᓂᐗᐠ, ᒪᑕᐗ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐅᑭᐎᑕᓇᐗ “ᐁᑾᔭᒋᐗᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐎᑐᑕᒧᐗᐨ” ᒋᑭᒪᒋᑕᓂᐗᐠ ᑕᔑᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᓇᐣ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᐃᐌ ᒋᔑᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᒥᓇ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᑲᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑕᔑᒋᑫᐎᐣ᙮ “ᑲᐎᐣ ᓂᓇᑲᐡᑲᓯᒥᐣ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᓇᐣ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᑲᓂᓇᐎᐟ ᑲᑕᑯᓂᑯᒥᐣ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᓀᐡᑲᑕᑲ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐱᑐᕒ ᒧᓂᔭᐢ᙮ “ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᒥᓂᑯᐎᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒪᐣᑐ ᒥᓄᑯᐎᓇᐣ ᒋᑲᓇᐌᑕᒪᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᐅᐣᒋᓯᓭ ᒋᑭᑕᑯᓂᑯᔭᐠ
ᒪᒋ ᑕᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑫᐎᓇᐣ, ᑎᐯᒋᑫᐎᓇᐣ, ᒋᑕᑯᓂᑯᔭᐠ ᒪᒋᐅᑕᐱᓇᑲᓀᐨ ᐊᓯᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᓈᑲᐡ ᒋᔑᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᐁᑲ ᒋᓂᔑᐗᓇᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᑎᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᓂᓂᑲᓂᒥᓇᐣ᙮” ᑲᑭᒪᐗᒋᐦᐃᑎᓇᓂᐗᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐅᑭᒪᑴ ᐗᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑐᕒᐅᐣᑐ ᑭᑐᒋᑲᑌ ᐁᑲ ᒪᔑ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᐯᔑᑯ ᐱᓯᒼ ᑲᑭᐅᓇᐱᐦᐊᑲᓀᐨ ᑲᐟᓬᐃᐣ ᐎᐣ ᐁᑭᓇᑭᒪᑲᓀᐨ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪ᙮ ᐎᐣ, ᐁᑭᐱᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ, ᑭᐊᔓᑕᒪ ᒋᐊᓄᑲᑕᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᒋᓂᑲᓂᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐃᔑ ᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐨ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ᙮ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐎᐣ, ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ ᐃᑭᑐᐗᐠ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᑕᑯᐠ ᒋᐎᑕᓄᑭᒪᑲᓀᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᒋᒪᑕᓄᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐗᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ “ᐃᐃᒪ ᐱᑯ ᓂᑲᐣ ᒋᐅᒋᒪᒋᑕᓂᐗᐠ᙮” “ᑭᑭᒋᓀᑕᐣ ᑲᑭᐗᐸᒪᑾ ᒪᑕᐗ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ
ᒥᓇ ᐁᑭᓄᑕᐗᑾ ᑲᓂᑲᓇᑐᐗᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᔑ ᐸᑯᓭᑕᒧᐗᐨ᙮ ᓂᑲᐣ ᑎᔑᐸᑯᓭᑕᐣ ᒋᐎᑕᓄᑭᒪᑾ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑲᐃᔑ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᔭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐗ ᒋᒥᓈᔑᐠ ᑭᓂᑲᓂᒥᓇᐣ,” ᐎᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ ᐊᑯᑭ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐃᓬᐊᔾ ᒧᓂᔭᐢ ᐅᑭᐎᑕᐣ ᐃᐃᐌ ᒪᐗᒋᐦᐃᑎᐎᐣ ᒥᐌ ᓂᑕᒼ ᐁᑭᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᒪᑕᐗ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᒋᐗᐸᒪᐗᐨ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐣ ᐃᐃᐌ ᐊᑯᓇᐠ 1975᙮ “ᒋᑕᐎᓇᐠ ᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᒋᒪᐗᒋᐦᐃᑎᔭᐠ ᑲᐃᐡᑾ ᐅᓇᑭᒪᑲᓀᐨ ᒥᓈᔑᐣ ᑲᑭᑐᑕᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪ ᐁᐗᐸᑕᐦᐃᑯᔭᐠ ᐁᐎᐎᑕᓄᑭᒥᑯᔭᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒋᑭᒥᓄᓭᐠ ᐎᑕᓄᑭᒥᑎᐎᐣ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᑳᓬᐢᑖᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᕒᐋᒍᕒ ᐌᓯᓬᐃ᙮ ᐅᐅᐌ ᑲᑭᒪᐗᒋᐦᐃᑎᐗᐨ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐁᑭᒥᓉᑕᒧᐗᐨ, ᐅᑭᐱᑐᓇᐗ ᐁᓂᐱᑌᐱᐦᐃᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ ᐃᐃᐌ ᑲᐎᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐦᑭᐤ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᓇᐣ ᐁᑭᒥᓇᐗᐨ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐣ᙮
ᒪᐗᐨ ᑲᓂᑲᓇᑌᐠ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᐣ ᑲᑭᐎᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐃᐃᐌ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᓯᓭᐦᐃᐌᒪᑲᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᓂᔑᐗᓇᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒣᑾᐨ ᓄᑕᓯᓂᑫᓇᓂᐗᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑲᐗᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᒥᓇ ᑫᐃᔑ ᐱᒪᐦᐅᑕᓱᓇᓂᐗᐠ ᑲᑲᑴᐃᓇᒋᑲᓂᐗᐠ ᒣᑾᐨ ᒋᓴᑭᓯᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᓄᑕᓯᓂᑫᐎᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᒋᓇᒧᑭᐣ ᒥᑲᓇᐣ ᐅᐅᐌᑎ ᔕᐗᓄᐠ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑭᒋᒥᑲᓇᐗᐠ᙮ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᐦᐃᑲᑌᐠ ᒪᑕᐗ ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐎᓂᐗ, ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐅᑭᐃᓇᐗᐣ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐣ ᐃᑭᐌᓂᐗᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᐁᓇᑕᐌᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᑾᔭᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐎᓇᐣ ᐃᐃᐌ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑭᔗᐗᐨ ᒋᓂᓯᑐᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᒪᒋᓭᐠ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᒋᑫᒪᑲᐠ ᑐᑕᒧᐎᓇᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐊᐦᑭᑲᐠ ᑫᓇᑭᐡᑲᒧᐗᐨ ᐅᑕᐦᑭᐎ ᑐᑕᒧᐎᓂᐗ ᒥᓇ ᑎᕒᐃᑎ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᒥᓂᑯᐎᓇᐣ᙮ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᐎᑕᒪᐗᐗᐣ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐣ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ ᑎᓄᑲᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐯᔑᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᒥᓇ
ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᒪᒋᐱᓂᑯᐗᐨ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᒋᑭᑕᑯᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᓇᑯᒥᑎᐎᓇᐣ᙮ ᑲᑭᓂᐱᑌᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ ᑭᑕᑯᓂᑲᑌ ᑲᐃᔑᓄᑌᓭᑭᐣ ᐗᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ, ᐁᑲᑌᐱᓭᐨ ᔓᓂᔭ ᒋᐱᒥᐎᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᐎᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐊᑯᓯᐎᐣ ᒥᓇ ᔓᓂᔭᐎᒪᒋᑕᐎᓇᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᒥᓄᓭᑭᐣ ᒪᑕᐗ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ᙮ “ᑭᐢᐱᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐊᐣᒋᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᓄᑯᒼ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑲᓇᐗᐸᑕᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑎᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᓇᐣ, ᑲᐎᐣ ᑕᑭᔭᔭᓯᐣ ᑲᐗᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᒧᓂᔭᐢ᙮ ᐎᐣ ᐅᑭᓇᑴᑕᐣ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ ᐁᑭᐊᔓᑕᒪᐨ ᒋᐎᑕᓄᑭᒪᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᔑ ᐯᐯᔑᑯᑭᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᒋᐊᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒪᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᒋᓇᑲᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᐁᑲ ᒋᓂᔑᐗᓇᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᒋᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᓇᓂᐗᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓄᑭᐎᓇᐣ ᒋᑌᐱᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐎᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑭᒋᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ᙮
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Wawatay News MARCH 21, 2013
Man honoured for saving life
Lac Seul wins both hockey tournaments
Barry Waboose, a security guard at Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik in Sioux Lookout, was honoured last week for saving the life of a client at the hostel. Waboose received a plaque of recognition from Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority executive director James Morris. Waboose was also honoured for helping deliver a baby in the hostel last summer.
The defending champions Lac Seul Eagles made it three in a row in Sioux Lookout’s Northern First Nations hockey tournament, beating the Bushtown Jets of Eabametoong in the A-side finals. Down the road in the Dryden at the inaugural Northern Bands hockey tournament, Lac Seul also took home the prize money as the Lac Seul Obish defeated Sandy Lake Chiefs in the A-side final. Both Lac Seul teams wore black arm bands during the playoffs to honour Elder Leo Binguis Senior, a longtime hockey fan and tournament supporter who passed away on the Friday of the tournaments. In Sioux Lookout, the B-side final was won by the Hudson Bay Cree, and Kasabonika Islanders took home the C-side championship. In Dryden, Keewaywin Hawks won the B-side and the Neskantaga Wolf Pack won the C-side.
ᓇᐯ ᑭᓇᓇᑯᒪᑲᓀ ᐁᑭᐱᒪᒋᐦᐊᐨ ᔭᐎᔭᐣ ᐯᕒᐃ ᐗᐳᐢ, ᑲᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑫᐨ ᐃᐃᒪ ᒉᕒᐃᒥᔭ ᒪᑫ ᑲᐯᔑᐎᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐠ, ᑭᓇᓇᑯᒪᑲᓀ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲᐠ ᐁᑭᐱᒪᒋᐦᐊᐨ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑲᐯᔑᐎᑲᒥᑯᐠ᙮ ᐗᐳᐢ ᐅᑭᑌᐱᓇᐣ ᐊᓴᒪᑯᒋᑲᓂᓂ ᐁᑭᓂᓯᑕᐎᓇᐗᑲᓀ ᐁᑭᒥᓂᑯᐨ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᐊᑯᓯ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᒉᒼᐢ ᒫᕒᐃᐢ᙮ ᐗᐳᐢ ᑭᓇᓇᑯᒪᑲᓀ ᑲᔦ ᐁᑭᐎᒋᑐᐨ ᒋᐅᑕᐱᓇᐗᓱᐨ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᐗᔑᔕᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑲᐯᔑᐎᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᑲᑭᓂᐱᐠ᙮
ᐅᐱᔑᑯᑲᐠ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐗᐠ ᑲᑭᓇ ᑲᐱᒪᑴᐸᐦᐃᑲᓂᐗᐠ ᐅᑕᒥᓄᐎᓇᐣ
ᐁᑭᑭᒋᐎᓇᒧᐗᐨ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐗᐨ ᐅᐱᔑᑯᑲᐠ ᒥᑭᓯᐗᐠ ᐁᑭᐃᓇᒋᑫᐗᐨ ᓂᔀ ᐁᐸᑭᓇᑫᐗᐨ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐠ ᑭᐌᑎᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᐱᒪᑴᐸᐦᐃᑫᐎᐣ ᐅᑕᒥᓄᐎᐣ, ᐁᑭᐸᑭᓇᐗᐗᐨ ᐳᐢᑖᐤᐣ ᒉᐟᐢ ᐁᑭᐅᒋᐗᐨ ᐁᐊᐸᒪᑐᐠ ᐃᐃᐌ ᒪᒋᐨ A ᑲᑲᑴᐸᑭᓇᑎᓇᓂᐗᐠ᙮ ᑲᓂᔑᒥᑲᓇᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑎᕒᔾᑌᐣ ᓂᑕᒼ ᑲᑭᐱᒪᑴᐸᐦᐃᑲᓂᐗᐠ ᑭᐌᑎᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᐱᒪᑴᐸᐦᐃᑫᐎᐣ, ᐅᐱᔑᑯᑲᐠ ᐅᑭᑭᐌᓇᐗᐣ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐗᐨ ᔓᓂᔭᓇᐣ ᐁᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐗᐨ ᐅᐱᔑᑯᑲᐠ ᐅᐱᐡ ᐁᑭᐸᑭᓇᐗᐗᐨ ᓀᑲᐎᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᒪᒋᐨ A ᑲᑲᑴᐸᑭᓇᑫᓇᓂᐗᐠ᙮ ᑲᑭᓇ ᐅᐱᔑᑯᑲᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᒪᑴᐸᐦᐃᑫᐗᐨ ᐅᑭᓇᐱᐡᑲᓇᐗ ᑲᒪᑲᑌᐗᓂᐠ ᓯᓂᐸᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐅᓂᑭᐗ ᒣᑾᐨ ᑲᑭᐊᓂᓴᓴᑭᒋᐌᐸᐦᐅᑎᓇᓂᐗᐠ ᐁᑭᑭᒋᓇᑭᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐅᑭᒋᐦᐊᒥᐗᐣ ᓬᐃᔪ ᐱᐠᑴᐢ ᓯᓂᔪᕒ ᐁᑭ ᐃᐡᑾᐱᒪᑎᓯᐨ ᐃᐃᐌ ᑲᐸᑴᔑᑲᓂᑭᔑᑲᐠ ᒣᑾᐨ ᑲᐱᒪᑴᐸᐦᐃᑲᓂᐗᐠ᙮ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐠ, B ᑲᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐗᐨ ᐃᑭᐌᓂᐗᐠ ᐗᔕᐦᐅᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᑲᓴᐸᓇᑲ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐗᐠ C ᑲᑭᑲᑴᐸᑭᓇᑫᓇᓂᐗᐠ᙮ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑎᕒᔾᑌᐣ, ᑭᐌᐎᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐗᐠ B ᐸᑭᓇᑫᐎᐣ ᒥᓇ ᓀᐡᑲᐣᑕᑲ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐗᐠ C ᐸᑭᓇᑫᐎᐣ᙮
Lac Seul artist wins Governor General award Rebecca Belmore of Lac Seul First Nation was honoured with a Governor General’s award in visual and media arts. Belmore was one of seven winners from across the country. Two of the pieces recognized by the committee focused on the power and importance of water, which Belmore said comes from her respect for water that was taught to her while growing up in northwestern Ontario. Page 13
ᐅᐱᔑᑯᑲᐠ ᑲᒪᓯᓇᐱᐦᐃᑫᐨ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫ ᐅᑭᒪᑴᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᒪᑲᓀᐨ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ ᒥᑭᐌᐎᐣ
ᕒᐃᐯᑲ ᐯᓬᒧᕒ ᑲᐅᒋᐨ ᐅᐱᔑᑯᑲᐠ ᑭᑭᑕᑭᒪᑲᓀ ᐁᑭᒥᓇᑲᓀᐨ ᐅᑭᒪᑫᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᒪᑲᓀ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ ᒥᑭᐌᐎᐣ ᐁᑭᑐᑕᐠ ᒪᓯᓇᑌᓯᒋᑫᐎᓇᐣ᙮ ᐯᓬᒧᕒ ᑭᑕᑯᓇᑲᓀ ᐁᑭᓂᓵᓯᐗᐨ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐗᐨ ᒥᓯᐌ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ᙮ ᓂᔑᐣ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᓂᓯᑕᐎᓂᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᓇᐸᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐅᑕᐱᑕᒪᑫᐠ ᐃᐃᐌ ᑲᑭᐃᓇᑌᓭᐠ ᐁᒪᐡᑲᐎᓯᒪᑲᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᑕᑯᐠ ᓂᐱ, ᐁᑭᑭᑐᐨ ᐯᓬᒧᕒ ᒪᐗᐨ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᑕᐠ ᓂᐱᓂ ᐁᑭᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓀᐨ ᒣᑾᐨ ᑲᐱᐅᒼᐱᑭᐨ ᐅᐌᑎ ᑭᐌᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ᙮
LU Powwow celebrates 25 years
ᑲᓴᐸᓇᑲ ᐅᑭᐸᑭᓇᓇᐗ ᑭᐌᑎᐣ ᐊᑕᐌᑲᒥᐠ
Kasabonika opens Northern Store Kasabonika Lake First Nation held a grand opening of its new Northern Store on March 18. The community built a new 10,000 square foot building, which it owns through the Kasabonika development corporation and leases to Northern. A ribbon cutting and celebration on the day of the grand opening brought the community together.
The Lakehead University Native Student Association’s annual powwow celebrated 25 years last week. Hundreds of students and community members gathered for the powwow, which ran March 16-17.
ᐎᑴᑐᐠ ᑭᒋᑭᑭᓄᒪᑎᐎᑲᒥᐠ ᑭᒥᓄᐗᑕᒧᐗᐠ 25 ᑕᓱᐊᐦᑭ
ᑲᓴᐸᓇᑲ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᓂᑫᐗᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑭᐌᑎᐣ ᐊᑕᐌᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᒫᕒᐨ 18᙮ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᐣ ᐅᑭᐅᔑᑐᓇᐗ 10,000 ᑲᑲᑭ ᑕᓱᒥᓯᐟ ᐁᐃᓂᑯᑳᐠ ᐗᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, ᐁᑎᐯᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᑲᓴᐸᓇᑲ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐱᒥᑎᐸᐦᐃᑫᐨ ᑭᐌᑎᐣ ᐊᑕᐌᑲᒥᐠ᙮ ᐁᑭᐸᑭᔑᑫᐗᐨ ᓯᓂᐸᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐁᑭᒥᓄᐗᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐃᐃᐌ ᑲᑭᔑᑲᐠ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᓂᑫᐗᐨ ᐁᑭᒪᐗᑐᐡᑲᐗᐨ ᒪᒪᐤ᙮
ᐎᑴᑐᐠ ᑭᒋᑭᑭᓄᒪᑎᐎᑲᒥᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓇᐠ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᐁᑕᓱ ᐯᔑᑯᐊᐦᑭ ᑲ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤᓂᒥᓇᓂᐗᐠ ᑭᒥᓄᐗᑕᒧᐗᐠ 25 ᑕᓱᐊᐦᑭ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲᐠ᙮ ᒥᔑᐣ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓇᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᑭᒪᐗᑐᐡᑲᐗᐠ ᒣᑾᐨ ᑲᑭᓂᒥᓇᓂᐗᐠ, ᐁᑭᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒫᕒᐨ 16-17᙮
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Wawatay Wawatay News News MARCH MARCH 21, 21, 2013 2013
ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ
Starlight Broadband cable rerouted around Big Trout Lake tour claims untrue Rick Garrick
Shawn Bell Wawatay News
Allegations of a starlight tour made by a First Nations youth against members of the Thunder Bay police have turned out to be untrue. The 19-year-old male had alleged that on the night of Dec. 2, 2012, he was dropped off on the outskirts of Thunder Bay and left to walk back to his residence in the city. After an investigation, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have determined that the allegations were unfounded. OPP reported that the 19 year old admitted to investigators that he had fabricated the story of having contact with Thunder Bay police officers and being given a ride out of town. According the Thunder Bay police service, the male has provided the Thunder Bay Police Service with a written apology. “In that apology, the complainant stated the he was “most sincerely sorry for the accusation made against a police officer”. He also apologized to the families and children of our officers for having made this accusation.” The OPP investigation included interviews with potential witnesses, examination of Thunder Bay police vehicle GPS records, commercial surveillance videos and other relative evidence. While the Thunder Bay Police stated that it will not be pursuing charges of public mischief against the man, it noted that in cases leading to a false investigation a charge of mischief can apply.
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation broadband fibre optic cable network has been rerouted around Big Trout Lake after Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) raised concerns about an underwater route across the lake. “We told them, no, it’s not going underneath the water,” said KI Chief Donny Morris. “I told them no, this is the alternate route I am proposing on the KI Harvesters Route.” The underwater route was part of the broadband line extending between KI and Bearskin Lake. The rerouted route goes around the north side of Big Trout Lake. “We’re going off the reserve,” Morris said. “I’m exercising my authority that this is my territory. We’ve already picked the line cut where we want to go — it’s off reserve.” Morris said the rerouted line has been approved by the Ontario government and work to clearcut the route began on March 19. “With the line, I’m optimistic we can probably get some work out of there through the summer time,” Morris said. “I hear they’re in Wunnumin, so they’ve got to go from Wunnumin to Kasabonika, Kasabonika to Long Dog, Long Dog to Wapekeka, then that (Wapekeka to KI) line is already here.” KI posted a Youtube video online in mid-March explaining the community’s decision to not allow an underwater route due to the KI Watershed Declaration, which protects all the waters that f low into
Northwestern Ontario Broadband Expansion Project map
More than half of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation broadband fibre optic cable network has been completed as of November 2012. Construction continues to bring high speed Internet service to 26 northwestern Ontario First Nation communities, who now rely on outdated satellite and microwave technology. and out of Big Trout Lake as well as the surrounding lands.
“With the line, I’m optimistic we can probably get some work out of there through the summer time...” – Donny Morris
“Now, as of today, I don’t know how many semi’s are rolling in with those rolls (of broadband cable),” Morris said on March 19.
Morris looks forward to better medical services once the broadband cable is connected. “I’m excited about it in the medical field,” Morris said. “I assume we will be able to utilize it through medical areas rather than sending people out. That’s why I’m so keen on it — I know it will save my community some monies. We spend a lot on paying people to go out with their family or friends: hotel, f lights, meals.”
Morris also believes the broadband cable will improve education services for community members, noting that some community members who dropped out of school in the past are now looking at resuming their educational journey. The 2,300 kilometre broadband cable will eventually provide high speed Internet services to 26 First Nation communities that currently rely on outdated satellite and microwave technol-
ogy. Although Fort Severn and Weenusk are not being connected, those two communities will still receive higher speed Internet service because the satellite service they receive will no longer be spread across many communities. Benefits expected from the broadband cable include: the creation of network service jobs, the opening of new economic opportunities and an enhancement of life for the First Nation communities.
INSPECTION Inspection of Approved 2013–2014 Annual Work Schedule Whiskey Jack Forest The Kenora District Office of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has reviewed and approved the April 1, 2013–March 31, 2014 Annual Work Schedule (AWS) for the Whiskey Jack Forest. Availability The AWS will be available for public inspection at the Kenora District Office of the MNR and the MNR public website at ontario.ca/forestplans beginning March 14, 2013 and throughout the one-year duration. The Ontario Government Information Centres in Kenora at 220 Main Street South, in Dryden at 479 Government Road and in Red Lake at 227 Howey Street provide access to the Internet. Scheduled Forest Management Operations The AWS describes forest management activities such as road construction, maintenance and decommissioning, forestry aggregate pits, harvest, site preparation, tree planting and tending that are scheduled to occur during the year. Tree Planting and Fuelwood
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The Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for tree planting on the Whiskey Jack Forest. Please contact Kurt Pochailo at the Kenora District Office of the MNR for information regarding tree planting job opportunities. For information on the locations and licence requirements for obtaining fuelwood for personal use, and for commercial fuelwood opportunities, please contact Kurt Pochailo at the Kenora District Office of the MNR. More Information For more information on the AWS or to arrange an appointment with MNR staff to discuss the AWS or to request an AWS operations summary map, please contact: Kurt Pochailo, RPF Plan Author Ministry of Natural Resources 808 Robertson Street P.O. Box 5080 Kenora, ON P9N 3X9 tel: 807-468-2597 e-mail: email@example.com
Wawatay News MARCH 21, 2013
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
In the spirit of respect and fairness Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY
There are many success stories across Canada when it comes to resource development agreements and partnerships between First Nations, companies and government. Most non-Native people don’t realize this. Even in my home community of Attawapiskat negotiations in general between my people and Debeers has benefited many. The process is obviously not perfect but at the very least, the company, First Nation leadership and governments have bargained in good faith to make a very large project happen in the middle of pristine wilderness. This is a big change for my people considering that we were largely forgotten and through a process of assimilation and marginalization, my grandfathers and great grandfathers had little choice but to live off a limited amount of land and survive through hunting and gathering. Even though resource development companies and non-Native people were reaping the benefits of huge projects happening on traditional territories we saw very little coming to us. These days people think that First Nations in southern areas such as Timmins, North Bay and Sudbury were the recipients in one way or another of the many huge mining, forestry and hydro projects that occurred over the past 100 years. If you check with First Nation leaders and Elders in these areas, you will quickly find out that Native people were very much left out of the loop when it came to all this development. Only a few decades ago, in general, First Nation people were not very welcome in many Canadian cities and towns. Of course, we have to remember that this was another time in the evolution of our society when racism and bigotry was more or less normal. Thanks to the survival skills and sheer will of First Nation people we have managed to live long enough where our newer generations have access to education and today we see many bright young Native lawyers, executives, educators and politicians who are seeking to make life better for their people. In the past few decades, I have seen many First Nation organizations and tribal councils move ahead with negotiating expertise that has allowed Native people on traditional lands to reap some of the benefits of huge resource development projects. In my own area known as the NishnawbeAski Nation (NAN), which comprises most of northern Ontario, I have watched Wabun Tribal Council in the northeastern part of the province develop with the vision and guidance of its
six chiefs to negotiate all types of resource development agreements. These have led to training, employment and business opportunities for their First Nation members. None of this came about easily. I can recall that when Shawn Batise, executive director for Wabun Tribal Council and his chiefs began communicating with large corporations coming on to their traditional lands, there was some confusion, resistance and confrontation. However, once Shawn and his leadership communicated with resource developers in a positive and beneficial way, the result was a meeting of minds. The companies involved in the development were assisted by Wabun Tribal Council in terms of better access and improved time lines regarding the process of producing such large projects. I have seen many Exploration Agreements (EA), Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Impact and Benefits Agreements (IBA) signings involving corporations, government and Wabun First Nations. These have been mutually beneficial situations for everyone and as time has progressed, resource developers are now familiar with the process that Wabun Tribal Council has developed and that has resulted in positive working partnerships. I know how proud the Elders are in the Wabun First Nations of Beaverhouse, Brunswick House, Chapleau Ojibwe, Flying Post, Matachewan and Mattagami. They are happy to see their grandchildren given opportunities to go to work through training programs and education initiatives that have resulted from the process of mutually beneficial agreements. Although this is a new process for First Nation people who have been ignored for so many years a new day has dawned for many Wabun members who have become professionals working in forestry, mining and hydro development. Young men like Chris McKay of Mattagami First Nation has made us all proud with the good work he has been doing in consulting and new business development for his community. In the far north, in communities like Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Kashechewan, my people are still in the early stages of coming to terms with so much rapid development happening in the last pristine northern areas of Ontario. I am happy that they can look to organizations like NAN, Mushkegowuk Council, Chiefs of Ontario and many tribal councils for support in how to successfully move ahead with resource development in a good way. Thanks to a lot of hard work by people like Shawn Batise and his Wabun leadership, people are realizing that First Nations are ready and willing to work with government and resource developers in the spirit of respect and fairness.
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Commentary Kwayciiwin Education Resource Centre recommends developing process to form District School Board Matthew Angees, Kwayciiwin Interim Executive Director This is my first official message as the interim executive director, and I want to express my appreciation to the Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre Board (KERC) for their confidence in giving me an opportunity to work with the communities. I am fully committed to the advancement of our First Nations education and language preservation. I want to acknowledge all the KERC staff and the local educators such as: school staff, principals, education directors and local education authorities for their continued dedication and commitment in advancing First Nations
education in the Sioux Lookout District. As educators, I know we are doing the best that we can to teach our precious students in our schools, with limited funds, resources and support from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. I am fully aware of the on-going challenges that negatively affect your respective governance and administration responsibilities as local education authorities and community leaders. Since 1988 when we assumed local control of our schools and to the present, how are we doing in educating our children? Are the students learning and improving as to be expected? As local education authorities, are you satisfied with the status
of your First Nations education? Are you satisfied with your standard of education and achievements? Is local control of education and having the full authority to serve as a school board working in your respective community? If your response is “NO” or “I DON’T KNOW”, what are you prepared to do to make necessary changes? As we move forward to seek solutions to the crisis state of the education system in our band operated schools, it is even more imperative and necessary to understand the urgency to initiate serious discussions among all stakeholders and partners on “how can we improve our education system in the future.” Based on education studies,
school reviews and student assessments, it is evident that the students are struggling for various reasons and factors. Our Grade 9 students continue to struggle because they are not properly prepared academically, socially and spiritually. The student retention is also a major concern in the communities and high schools. Our band operated schools continue to be funded under the same 30 year old funding formula with minimal increases while the provincial public schools enjoy funding increases based on needs. That is the “reality of our school system” and it should not be acceptable to our leadership and parents.
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Kwayciiwin Education Resource Centre recommends developing process to form District School Board Continued from page 4 I believe that all parents and guardians expect the children to learn and succeed in school. I believe that all community leadership and local education authorities expect all children to learn based on each child’s ability. I believe that the past and present teaching staff and administration personnel have performed to the best of their abilities and knowledge and based on resources available to them. I also believe that the Federal Government (Indian Northern Affairs Canada) has not up-held its legal obligation and fiduciary responsibility to support our First Nations children in education. Unfortunately, our band operated schools are severely underfunded and under-resourced, and it is challenging for the schools to mobilize and implement improvements. So, what can the local education authorities and Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre do or change to mobilize and attain improvements for success in our schools as partners? Let us review the history of Sioux Lookout district education movements as it pertains to the band operated schools together as follows: Prior to 1988, all the community schools were federal schools and managed by INAC. In 1988, all communities assumed local control of their schools and established local education authorities to manage the education programs through a delegated authority from the Chief and Council. Many of the communities established second level education services through their affiliated tribal councils (education boards) to provide administration, supervisory, evaluation and consultation services because they were not ready to assume full responsibility to manage a school program. Supervisory and inspection authority role was given to these tribal councils (boards) to ensure principals were doing their administrative duties and responsibilities. In late 1990’s based on INAC’s school review recommendations from the consultants, the majority of the communities transferred the critical second level education services to the local education authorities thus removing supervisory authority role from the tribal councils education boards. The larger communities and independent First Nations con-
tinued to manage on their own with limited support. From 1997 to the present (2013), majority of the local education authorities assumed full responsibilities as a regular school board with limited financial and human resources. LEAs are on their own to provide all the critical education and support services such as “supervisory and evaluation” at the local level. Tribal councils provide only advisory services with limited education support services with “no authority”. And INAC will decrease the tribal councils’ education advisory funding by certain percentages in 2013-14. In 2002-03, Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre (KERC) was established by Sioux Lookout District Chiefs to address the “academic readiness gaps” in our schools. KERC is your education organization and it is accountable to your chiefs. KERC Board and organization does not have any “AUTHORITY” to supervise, evaluate and direct the community schools, only to provide support and services. Kwayaciiwin developed and provided training to teachers, principals, education directors and local education authorities, and developed new KERC curriculum guidelines that are culturally relevant. In 2010, Sioux Lookout District Chiefs approved a resolution to implement the new KERC curriculum guidelines in all the band operated schools. In 2005, the local education directors created the KERC’s vision “Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre fosters excellence and success by providing comprehensive education support services to the communities.” The long term plan is to house all academic related specialists under Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre, and they will provide the much needed school support services to all the school teachers, principals, support staff, education directors and local education authorities. We are moving slowly towards the vision. Currently, KERC has a number of specialists (literacy, numeracy, school success planning, assessment, language and immersion and student retention) under two programs, and we hope to continue to grow with additional specialists. In order to achieve our vision and make improvements, Kwayaciiwin Board and Sioux Lookout Dis-
trict Chiefs must secure “core funding for administrative and operational purposes” and explore the concept of “granting certain authorities” to the Kwayaciiwin board to properly
Unfortunately, our band operated schools are severely under-funded and under-resourced, and it is challenging for the schools to mobilize and implement improvements. So, what can the local education authorities and Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre do or change to mobilize and attain improvements for success in our schools as partners? implement, inspect and supervise your school programs on your behalf. We work together as full partners and as a team because Kwayaciiwin is your organization. The other major issue that we all need to address is the capacity building and development for the Local Education Authorities (LEAs). As we are aware, the majority of the LEA members are local people who want to make a difference in their community. I admire their compassion and commitment but they need our help and understanding. The majority of LEAs need to be properly trained and educated to be effective governance leaders in their respective communities. They need to be trained in effective governance and leadership so that they can lead and guide the school staff. I see that LEAs are not properly utilized and I feel we need to change it. As partners, we need to empower and respect our Local Education Authorities and provide them the knowledge, skills and capacity to be effective governance bodies in your communities. As the interim Kwayaciiwin executive director, I believe it is my role to advise the KERC Board, Local Education Authorities and Sioux Lookout District Chiefs on how Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre can assist and assume additional roles to address the educational gaps and challenges that we face in the band operated schools. I want to make it clear that it is not my intention to disrespect each chiefs’ and LEAs authority but to provide advice and recommendations as following: 1. I want to encourage all the Chiefs and Councils and Local Education Authorities to seriously consider the idea
LETTERS Re: Wasaya among companies examining airships for transportation (Wawatay News, March 14 2013) This is great for the people up north, have relatives in Weagamow Lake. Hope it works so at least freight and fuel will not depend on a couple weeks a year. Submitted online This is great news for the isolated communities & future mining development in the north. I only hope this project is supported and continues on
to bigger payloads. It’s time for CHANGE and innovative, and safe means of transportation to these remote areas. Submitted online Re: First Nation prison rates mount, blame pointed at feds (Wawatay News, March 14 2013) Without dealing with addictions, lateral violence etc. you may not succeed with just education. The national chief missed an opportunity to showcase and advocate for some very successful Aboriginal jus-
of initiating an “exploratory process to formulate a District School Board Model” for Sioux Lookout band operated schools”. We can explore the idea of sharing or co-sharing
tice programs that use traditional methods and some do get to the root causes of crime. Submitted online Re: Aboriginal media company building hip-hop scene in Thunder Bay (Wawatay News, March 14 2013) Umm... I think its great what he’s doing, but the Hip Hop scene here was thriving long before They Media showed up, so I find the title of the article a bit misleading.
the roles and responsibilities and authorities to ensure that the critical effective school elements are properly adhered to, such as: supervisory responsibilities, inspection, assessments, professional development/training, curriculum implementation /development and evaluation of staff. 2. I want to encourage the need to clarify and develop interdependent roles and responsibilities for Kwayaciiwin, LEAs, communities and schools. Unfortunately, we do not have a system in place yet that would enforce the academic accountability of our band operated schools. 3. I want to encourage all the Chiefs & Councils and Local Education Authorities to seriously consider taking grass-
roots action on the “preservation and rejuvenation of our Anshiniimowin language and culture in the schools and communities.” We need to reaffirm our immersion and language programs in our schools before it is too late. We are losing our Anshiniimowin language at an alarming rate. As you are aware, the Federal Government (Prime Minister Harper) is planning to pass the new education legislation by 2014 that will impose all band operated schools to adhere to the proposed First Nations Education Act that is being developed and drafted now. As you know, the NAN Chiefs have rejected the proposed education legislation by resolution and supported by the Chiefs of Ontario Chiefs, but I do not think that will stop our Prime Minister. One of the recommendations that will be implemented is the need to establish regional and district education organizations that will serve as school board type of services. I believe in being “proactive,” and I think it would be advisable for Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre to be one of those anticipated district education organizations for the Sioux Lookout District in the near future. In order to be considered for such a challenging task, Kwayaciiwin needs to prepare, plan and develop all the control systems if that is going to be the
direction of the Board and Sioux Lookout District Chiefs. In conclusion, as noted above, it is not my intent to question each local education authority’s autonomy but to generate ideas for school improvement and success and to be proactive in the proposed changes. It is important that we continue to move forward as equal partners to seek solutions and opportunities to address the common education issues. Some of the education commonalities we need to achieve and agree to: standards of education, standardize our curriculum, standardize assessments, standardize the school support services (second and third level services), standardize policies et cetera. I believe if we move forward as partners in the spirit of intent to enhance and improve our education system together, we can be strong, confident and successful for the betterment and empowerment of our children and parents and community people. The direction and guidance must be grassroots driven and implemented with full support from Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre. Meegetch, Thank You and May the Great Spirit Bless You and your Families Matthew Angees KERC executive director
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Barry Waboose saves lives, delivers baby SLFNHA honours efforts of going beyond the duties of employment Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Barry Wabooseâ€™s efforts to save two lives and deliver a baby were recognized on March 14 by the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. â€œIâ€™m just glad that everybody was OK and everything worked out right,â€? said the Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik (Hostel) security guard who helped a woman in delivery, saved a woman who was choking and revived a young man who had attempted suicide. â€œItâ€™s just nice knowing you can help people. Iâ€™ve got a good rapport with a lot of the clients here â€” they know they can trust me and they know if they need help, I will be there for them.â€? Waboose, originally from Eabametoong, credited his parents for raising him with respect and concern for others. â€œYou treat people how you want to be treated,â€? Waboose said. â€œAlways try to be respectful to your Elders, to women and children. Thatâ€™s what I try to carry on to my kids â€” what my parents taught me.â€? Waboose revived the young man in his room with the help of the manâ€™s roommate just after the hostel opened in Sioux Lookout in August 2011. â€œI revived him and waited with him until the ambulance and the police came,â€? Waboose said. â€œHe was almost gone by the time I got to him. We got him down and I was almost
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Barry Waboose, a security guard at the Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik (Hostel) in Sioux Lookout,, celebrates with supervisor Lorna Fiddler after receiving a plaque and certificate from James Morris, executive director of the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. about to do mouth-to-mouth (resuscitation), when I was rubbing his back and I was about to turn him, but he started breathing on his own.â€? Waboose helped the woman to deliver her baby boy last summer in a washroom at the hostel. â€œI was the first one to attend
the scene and I helped her,â€? Waboose said. â€œIt just happened to be right time, right place. Somebody needed help and I was just there â€” you just do it instinctively. I didnâ€™t freak out until after it was all said and done.â€? Waboose said he focused on the mother, trying to keep her
calm because the umbilical cord was still attached between the baby and mother. â€œI was just trying to keep her mind off things, asking her questions, telling her my name,â€? Waboose said. â€œI was just trying to keep her mind occupied on me so she wouldnâ€™t think about other things.â€?
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job. Thatâ€™s why I started working there. I wanted to help people.â€? Waboose received a plaque and certificate from James Morris, executive director of the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, for his efforts. The certificate stated: On this occasion for going above and beyond his duties as an employee in order to save the life of a client at the Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik and for delivering the baby of another client. We recognize and honour your efforts and offer our sincere thanks. â€œIt was touching that my peers recognized me,â€? Waboose said. â€œIâ€™ve got a good support crew. Thatâ€™s what gives me the confidence to do what I do. I know if something goes down, they got my back.â€? Waboose first started working in security with Health Canada in the early 1990s, then at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre for 10 years before coming over to the hostel when it opened.
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Kasabonika celebrates opening of new Northern Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News
Terry Stoney of Kasabonika Lake was on his third visit to the Northern Store on the evening of March 18. “I’m still in awe,” he remarked with a laugh. Earlier that day, many community members f locked to the store to celebrate its grand opening, which had been anticipated for months. For two years, the Northern Store had been set up in the community centre after the original store burned down in April 2011.
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Many residents of Kasabonika Lake First Nation flocked to the grand opening of the new Northern Store on March 18. The store replaces the one that burned down in April 2011. For the past two years the store had moved temporarily into the First Nation’s community centre, which made for cramped spaces and little opportunity to offer a broader variety of products. The new store is three times bigger at 12,000 square feet, and offers products like fresh meat and services like hot deli that were available even at the old location that burned down.
“It’s something we really needed for a long time now.” -Terry Stoney
Abraham Simon, district manager for northern Ontario with Northwest Company Northern stores, said the community centre offered only half the space the original store had, which meant cramped spaces and long lines that extended down the aisles during peak business times of the month. But the new store is 12,000 square feet, three times bigger than the community centre, and offers more space for more product brands and displays.
“When I walked in, I thought it was something we really needed for our community,” Stoney said. “It’s much bigger and better.” Simon said the new store and the chance to design for more efficient space allowed the company to offer a variety of products and services that were never in Kasabonika. “We never had fresh meat before,” he said, noting that previously frozen meat was
sold. “Now we offer chicken, pork, and beef.” There is also a hot deli service along with a section where customers can serve themselves coffee, cappuccino and slush. Additional space allowed for displays of the store’s furniture, appliances and electronics. “And at the last location, we only had two tills to service customers,” Simon said.
“Now we have four, that means less lineup.” The new store also allowed the company to hire two fulltime employees. Eighteen of the 20 employees are local. The building is owned by the First Nation’s development corporation and is leased to the Northwest Company. To help celebrate the grand opening, the company offered a sale on selected items. It
also is having a daily draw for two weeks, with products such as a couch section, tent, dresser and BBQ up for grabs. March 23 will offer the biggest prize only available to Kasabonika Lake members: an ATV valued at $8,500. Simon said most of the products in the store had to be f lown in for the grand opening since the winter road had only opened a few days before. He said shipments of
dry goods are on the way to the community. “We are still crossing our fingers the winter road will still be open in two days,” he said. Stoney is grateful to have a new store. “I’m very thankful for new store and whoever made this possible,” he said. “It’s something we really needed for a long time now.”
UN indigenous rapporteur unable to enter Canada Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News
A United Nations (UN) rapporteur on indigenous rights is still waiting for permission to enter Canada more than a year after sending the federal government a formal request. James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, originally sent a request make an official
visit to Canada in February 2012 and, despite sending two more requests, has yet to get a response from the federal government. In a letter sent to the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) obtained by APTN National News, Anaya wrote that the Canadian government has continued to ignore his year-old request to visit Canada to investigate the “human rights situa-
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response to an invitation from Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the UBCIC. Anaya had previously met with Canadian officials last summer where they discussed some issues related to his mandate. If the federal government does not respond, Anaya wrote that he may have to meet with chiefs through unofficial channels. “If I do not receive a posi-
tive response from the government in the coming months, I can explore ways of meeting with First Nations leaders from Canada outside the context of an official visit,” Anaya wrote. The prime minister’s office has yet to reply to a Wawatay interview request. However, APTN reported that a Foreign Affairs spokesperson said in an e-mail that Anaya’s request is “under active consideration.” Indigenous rights has been
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Understanding the past and present key to better future for NAN women Stephanie Wesley Wawatay News
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Womenâ€™s Council hosted a three-day conference called â€œExploring our Past, Present & Future: Supporting the Women of the Nationâ€? on the weekend of March 15. The conference was aimed at strengthening and empowering women and explored the past, present, and future roles of women. NAN Deputy Grand Chief Les Loutitt gave opening remarks for the conference on Friday and said that women embody the strength and integrity of NAN communities. â€œIâ€™m encouraged to see that positive change is happening and that NAN women are sharing their gifts with our communities both as caregivers and as leaders,â€? Loutitt said. The first day of the conference focused on the past,
which included European contact experience and residential schools. Several different cultural activities were also put on at Fort William Historical Park. NAN Womenâ€™s Council spokeswomen Jackie Fletcher said that a lot of the speakers were â€œour own people. There were no consultants, or nonNatives. It was our own people telling our history as we experienced it and how we have been affected by it.â€? Fletcher explained that the conference had over one hundred participants registered and that NAN has 49 communities. One woman from each community was sponsored to attend, although some communities did not show up. â€œOne community, Fort Albany, had eleven women at the conference,â€? said Fletcher. The second day explored the present roles of NAN women, which included the post-
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Jackie Fletcher, spokeswoman for NAN Womenâ€™s Council, at the threeday conference which brought together women from across NAN. â€œWe have to start looking at the person holistically, to see what else they can bring to the community,â€? Fletcher said. She added that there were a lot of young woman in attendance at the conference. â€œIt was good to see,â€? Fletcher said. Fletcher said that First
Nation women have played a very important role in the growth of their families and communities. â€œIt is critical that there is support for the current and future generations of women as they work to carry on that proud tradition,â€? said Fletcher. â€œBy
working, healing and growing together the women of Nishnawbe Aski are rebuilding our confidence, pride and selfesteem.â€? Fletcher explained that the participants were given feedback forms, which will be reviewed at an upcoming NAN Womenâ€™s Council meeting in Sault Ste. Marie. â€œFrom what we heard from the participants, it was a really empowering conference,â€? Fletcher said. â€œThey learned about the past and that we have to learn where we came from in order to move forward.â€? The NAN Womenâ€™s Council supports women and families as they work toward healthy and fulfilling lives. The Womenâ€™s Council advocates for muchneeded programs, activities and services to support and empower women in NAN First Nations. Fletcher said that the council was short two people for the last year, and has now filled the empty chairs with Abigail Wesley and Chief Theresa Spence. â€œWe havenâ€™t developed an agenda yet for the Womanâ€™s Council, but we will be doing many things,â€? Fletcher said.
Matawa chiefs ready to work with Ontario government on Ring of Fire Shawn Bell Wawatay News
Matawa First Nations chiefs met with Ontarioâ€™s premier on March 6, in an effort to begin negotiations on working together to develop the Ring of Fire. Following the meeting, Matawa Chiefs Council announced that it is â€œready and willingâ€? to enter into bilateral negotiations with Ontario, so long as the negotiations have a regional focus and are community-driven. â€œWe are not opposed to development, but we must be involved,â€? said Neskantaga Chief Peter Moonias. â€œFirst Nation rights and inherent responsibilities to the land demand that we are full part-
ners in discussions about exploration, ownership, participation in production and long-term sustainability of our environment, our communities and our futures.â€? The meeting at Queenâ€™s Park in Toronto took place less than one month since Kathleen Wynne was sworn in as Ontarioâ€™s new premier. Wynne, the former minister of Aboriginal Affairs, has pledged to give the relationship with First Nations in Ontario improved prominence under her government. In a press release, Ontario said it recognizes the importance of collaborating with First Nations to get the Ring of Fire â€œright from the beginning.â€? â€œI was honoured to meet with the Matawa chiefs and hear about their priorities and hopes. I look forward to ongoing work between my government and the chiefs and their communities to build a brighter future,â€? Wynne said. Marten Falls Chief Eli Moo-
nias noted that the meeting was the first time Matawa chiefs had met directly with the premier since 1975. â€œTo take time to meet with us right after being sworn in is a good indication of the premierâ€™s intentions to work with us and build a positive relationship,â€? said Constance Lake Chief Roger Wesley. Despite the chiefsâ€™ positive response to the meeting, they did bring a list of concerns regarding the development to the premier. Paramount were concerns about the potential for environmental damage related to mining activity in the Ring of Fire and the transportation corridors proposed to connect the mines to the southern highway system. According to a Matawa press release, the chiefs told the premier that the people need appropriate information in their native languages to understand the potential risks and significant environmental
impacts that could change their way of life and affect treaty and Aboriginal rights. The chiefs also told the premier that a number of issues related to living conditions and social problems in the communities also have to be addressed as part of the agreements. The list of issues included housing shortages, insufficient resources for education and health services and the economic well-being of Matawa communities. â€œIf the status quo doesnâ€™t change between government and our First Nations, there will be no Ring of Fire,â€? said Peter Moonias. Wynne responded that the province is committed to working with the communities on both a regional framework and with individual communities to deal with those socio-economic issues, as well as longterm environmental monitoring, training and employment opportunities and infrastructure development.
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Championship blowouts Eagles overpower Jets for third straight title, while Cree take B-side Bryan Phelan Wawatay News
The Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament ended early last weekend but not just because it featured fewer teams than usual. Seventeen teams entered the Sioux Lookout tournament this year, down from the normal 32 because of a competing Northern Bands tournament in Dryden. Still, matchups for the Sioux tournamentâ€™s grand finale â€“ Saturday instead of Sunday, with the lower number of teams â€“ had fans as excited as ever. After all, both the A- and B-side championship games featured rematches of two of the best preliminary games played earlier in the March break week. Hudson Bay Cree, representing Fort Severn, had outgunned Kingfisher Lake 8-6 on Tuesday and would now meet them again in the B-final. The Lac Seul Eagles, meanwhile, had edged the Bushtown Jets from Eabametoong 3-1 in the feature game Wednesday night. Now they would faceoff to decide the A-championship, just as Jets forward Kurt Atlookan had predicted, or at least hoped for. â€œThis was just a preview,â€? he said as he left the ice after the first encounter, which had been deadlocked at one goal apiece most of the way. Lac Seulâ€™s Ryan Crane and Colin Shawinimash of the Jets offset that gameâ€™s frantic tempo and
Kevin Mamakwa of Kingfisher Lake ties up Hudson Bay Cree forward Preston Proulx in front of the Flyers net during preliminary round action. Proulx had the last laugh, however, when he scored an emptynet goal to secure an 8-6 Cree win. The close game had fans excited about a rematch for the B-side championship. frequent scoring chances with spectacular goaltending. Sackaney hat tricks First up Saturday morning, though, were the Cree and Fly-
ers. Right from start, the Flyers played like theyâ€™d stayed up too late the night before, always a step slow and often leaving Hudson Bay shooters open in the slot. Defenceman Jarrid Sackaney, Cree captain, found
the net twice with rocketing slapshots, leading his team to a 4-1 first period lead. Back in his hometown in Moosonee, â€œEverybody is scared of his shot,â€? Jarridâ€™s dad Leon said after the game. â€œHim
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Annual ritual: Jonathan Kejick, Eagles captain, holds the championship trophy for the third year in a row.
and his brother (teammate Sheldon Sackaney) always rent the ice for themselves and Sheldon passes him the puck so he can one-time it.â€? Kingfisher was even slow returning from the dressing
room after the first intermission. When play resumed, Jarrid Sackaney quickly scored his hat-trick goal, this time on a solo rush. See Lac Seul on page 10
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Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament 2013 All-Stars
Jeff and Jeremy Schenderling of Lac Seul took home hardware, with Jeremy being named Most Valuable Player and Jeff top scorer.
Lac Seul wins third straight title Richard Soloman of Hudson Bay Cree was named a top forward.
Jarrid Sackaney of Hudson Bay Cree was one of the top two defenceman of the tournament.
Colin Shawinimash of the Bushtown Jes was named tournament top goalie. Most Valuable Player Jeremy Schenderling, Lac Seul Eagles Top Scorer *Jeff Schenderling, Lac Seul Eagles (26 points) Best Forwards Jeff Schenderling, Lac Seul Eagles Richard Solomon, Hudson Bay Cree Michael Sugarhead, Bushtown Jets Best Defencemen Darryl Anderson, Lac Seul Eagles Jarrid Sackaney, Hudson Bay Cree Best Goalie (Daniel Beardy Memorial Award) Colin Shawinimash, Bushtown Jets Most Sportsmanlike Player Clinton Atlookan, Bushtown Jets Best Coach Barry Waboose & Sid Okeese (player-coach), Bushtown Jets *note: Top Scorer before championship games. Including finals, Sheldon Sackaney of Hudson Bay Cree led tournament scoring with 27 points.
Continued from page 9 As was the case throughout the tournament, Hudson Bay’s key offensive players – the Sackaneys, along with Richard Solomon and Waylon Linklater – rarely left the ice. They turned the second period into a clinic of puck handling, passing and shooting, while running the score up to 9-1. That ended the game early, as the tournament’s eight-goal mercy rule took effect. Sheldon Sackaney scored the game’s last three goals and recorded seven points; Solomon picked up five assists; and Linklater added two goals and an assist. Ronnie Sainnawap scored Kingfisher’s lone goal. The Cree were gracious in victory, inviting the Flyers to join them for a group photo of both teams. Turning point The A-side final began with another gracious gesture. Bushtown players crossed to the Eagles blue line to shake rival hands after a moment of silence for long-time Lac Seul hockey fan Leo Binguis Sr., who passed away Friday night. “He was always here during our tournaments watching hockey,” noted Margaret Kenequanash, co-ordinator of the annual event. The Eagles, two-time defending tournament champions, wore black ribbon on their jersey sleeves in memory of Binguis. After a cautious start, Clint Atlookan scored two Jet goals, sandwiching a shorthanded Eagles marker by Jeff Schenderling. A turning point came, however, with Bushtown up 3-2 early in the second
period and a Lac Seul player going hard to the Jets net. The collision that resulted left Shawinimash with an apparent back injury, stopping play. “I don’t know what it was, an elbow or a knee (that hit me),” he explained later. “The shock went right down my back.” Shawinimash stayed in the game but momentum shifted when Eagles forward Kyler Ackewance fired a loose puck behind him to even the score. Soon after, the Bushtown goaltender went down again. When the whistle blew, he removed his mask and clenched his teeth while lying on his back. Teammates eventually helped him from the ice. His backup, Elmer Slipperjack, came cold off the bench into the heated contest, and was beaten by the first shot he faced, a high glove-side slapper by Jeremy Schenderling. Things got even worse for the Jets when captain Leo Atlookan slowly collapsed to the ice away from the play. The big defenceman laid face down, motionless, and was covered with a blanket before teammates also helped him off the ice. Atlookan was taken to hospital, with some on the Bushtown bench speculating he had a broken rib. When play resumed, Ackewance struck again, putting the Eagles up 5-3 with a shorthanded goal when Slipperjack couldn’t control a rebound. By the time Slipperjack had played long enough to find his form, the game was far out of reach for the Jets. Remarkably, the second championship game of the day ended the same way as the first, by mercy rule, with the Eagles up 11-3. Jeremy Schenderling collected a game-high six points for Lac Seul – three goals and the same number of assists.
Derek Atlookan, left, and Ronnie Atlookan, right, help Bushtown captain Leo Atlookan to the bench after he collapsed and laid prone on the ice for several minutes.
Photos by Bryan Phelan/Wawatay News Eagles winger Clinton Kejick runs into a pair of Jet defenders. Clinton Kejick matched linemate Ackewance’s two goals and added two assists. Bushtown’s injuries aside, “I think them running two lines as opposed to us running four lines, and keeping all our lines rolling, really tired them out,”
Kejick said of Lac Seul’s success. “You need more than just two lines to compete in this tournament.” This third straight Eagles championship matches their run of consecutive titles from 2004 to 2006.
Islanders outlast Hawks in C-side thriller Bryan Phelan Wawatay News
Halfway through the game it looked like the Kasabonika Islanders would cruise to an easy victory over the Weagamow Hawks. Turns out it wasn’t so easy. Centreman Billy Tait opened the scoring for Kasabonika and by the end of the first period the Islanders were up 3-0 in the C-side final of the Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament. When Kasabonika’s Elijah Begg scored his second goal of the game to make it 4-0, it seemed the game would be a rout. The Islanders pressed for more, but Weagamow goalie Harry Kenequanash made two point-blank saves to keep his team in the game. A few minutes later, Shane Sakchekapo opened the scoring for Weagamow, the Islanders took a penalty and suddenly it was the Hawks who applied steady offensive pressure. Sakchekapo then turned from goal-
Hawks winger Trevor Chikane crowds the crease of Islanders goalie Terrance Semple, while Kas winger Jordan Cheechoo covers Chikane.
scorer to precision passer, assisting on three more Weagamow goals to tie the score 4-4. Hawks winger Trevor Chikane attributed the mid-game momentum change in part to encouragement shouted from the bench by teammate Joe Quequish. Chikane added that the presence of someone in the stands also inspired his team – Elder Rhoda Tait, who had fundraised for Weagamow’s jerseys through bake sales. “They were playing hard, especially in the third period,” agreed Islanders centre Charles Stoney. “It was a good hockey game.” The score evened again when the teams traded goals less than two minutes apart. But the Isles finished the way they started, scoring three unanswered goals. Final score: 8-5, Kasabonika. Jordan Cheechoo set up the last two goals for a game total of five assists. Billy Tait also had five points for the C-side champs.
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From right, Sandy Lake Chiefs Osborn Kakepetum and goaltender Brad Fiddler couldn’t block a Lac Seul Obish shot from the right boards by Jason Bull. The goal tied the game 1-1 after Kakepetum opened the scoring for Sandy Lake.
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Pikangikum players celebrate after their captain, no. 8 Jermaine Peters, scored on a pass from Lac Seul Obish made it a clean sweep for the hockey-mad community with a win over Sandy Lake Chiefs in the A-side finals. Kerwin Keeper, left.
The Keewaywin Hawks took the B-side championship over the Pikangikum Moose.
Neskantaga’s Wolf Pack captured the C-side final over Muskrat Dam Raiders.
Lac Seul Obish wins reborn Northern Bands in Dryden Bryan Phelan Wawatay News
Different Lac Seul team, different town and tournament, same result. A day after Lac Seul Eagles won the Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament in Sioux Lookout for the third time in a row, another Lac Seul team played for a tournament title down the highway in Dryden. Lac Seul Obish and the Sandy Lake Chiefs were the last two of 23 teams standing Sunday at the revived, weeklong Northern Bands Hockey Tournament, which hadn’t been played for several years. Unlike the Eagles, not all uniforms worn by Obish players matched and the team didn’t have the star offensive power their flashier hockey cousin was blessed with. Instead, Obish relied on team defence and determination to reach the A-side final. And once they got there, defence ruled the first period of the big game against the Chiefs, with each team held to a single goal. Tight checking and big saves by goalies Eugene Southwind and Sandy
Lake’s Brad Fiddler also dominated most of the second period. At one point, Obish forward Mason Trout charged the net, knocking it sideways, and bowled Fiddler over. The play resulted in a major penalty and a game misconduct for Trout. Still, the period remained scoreless until the last two minutes, when Obish centre Chris Lawson won an offensive zone faceoff back to Roy Strang and his shot from the point beat Fiddler. Elton Meekis, Sandy Lake’s captain, replied with a goal just two seconds before the buzzer, making it 2-2. As the ice was flooded for the third period, Obish stressed sticking to their game plan: clogging up the middle of the ice by keeping four players back in the neutral zone rather than forechecking aggressively. “If we played that way, we knew they (the Chiefs) would get frustrated,” Lawson said. It’s a strategy Lac Seul arrived at for its first knockout round game on Friday, against the high-scoring Kasabonika Flames, noted Lawson. It worked that game, a 2-1 shootout victory for Obish, and again in a 4-3 semifinal win over the Sandy Lake Riverhawks. Sure enough, sticking to the plan,
Obish held the Chiefs to just one goal in the third period of the championship game, while scoring three times themselves. Lawson capped the 6-3 win by scoring the final goal on a breakaway deke. He was one of three Obish players to also play for the Eagles in their victory on Saturday. Experiencing the doublechampionship weekend along with him were Jonathon Carpenter and Patrick Strang, who each had a goal against the Chiefs. Jason Bull led Obish scorers in the game, with a goal and two assists. But it was a balanced Lac Seul attack, as nine different players recorded a point. “It was all a team game,” Lawson said. “Everybody supported each other. We played with heart and determination.” Osborn Kakepetum of the Chiefs scored twice in the losing cause, and added an assist on the goal by Meekis. Lawson guessed he played 11 games between the two tournaments during the March break week. “I’m just dead tired,” he said. “My body is aching, I’m worn, emotionally and physically.” In addition to all the hockey, Lawson’s father-in-law, Leo
Binguis Sr., passed away the Friday night before the championship games. Just as the Eagles did Saturday, Obish players wore black armbands for Binguis on Sunday. “He loved hockey and he loved our Lac Seul teams,” Lawson said. “He just loved watching, loved being at the arena, the atmosphere, and he loved cheering. He also loved the Leafs. “I know he’d want us to play. If he was here today, he would be so happy for both (Lac Seul) teams.” Keewaywin’s father-son combo The B- and C-side Northern Bands championship games followed the same pattern as the A-final: close for two periods before one team dominated the third. Keewaywin Hawks jumped out to a 2-1 first period lead over the Pikangikum Moose in the B-final, but both teams went scoreless in the middle frame. In the opening minute of the third period, however, Keewaywin forward Jordan Kakegamic scored his second goal of the game. His dad, Robbie Kakegamic, followed that up by fir-
ing a low slapshot for another Hawks goal. Jordan had the last say on the scoresheet, though, assisting on a final insurance goal by Elon Kakepetum, Keewaywin’s captain. Goal-hungry Wolf Pack Earlier, in the C-side final, Neskantaga Wolf Pack had youth and an extra line on their side when they faced Muskrat Dam Raiders. After being tied 5-5 at one point in the third period, Neskantaga pulled away for a 9-6 win. Most Wolf Pack players are 20 years old or younger, noted coach Danny Quisses. “We’ve got three veterans who are teaching the younger teammates.” One of those veterans, captain Joey Yellowhead, showed them how to score against the Raiders, posting two goals and two assists. Jordon Sugarhead also had four points for the C-champs. “It gives them a lot of confidence,” Quisses said of the win. “It’s been a while since we’ve won something, so this is good for them.”
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Clockwise from top left: Lac Seul Eagles centre Kyler Ackewance and goalie Ryan Crane savour their championship win in Sioux Lookout. Osborn Kakepetum of Sandy Lake Chiefs and Roy Strang of Lac Seul Obish share a moment after the A-side final. Standing shoulder to shoulder for a post-game photo are Kingfisher Lake brothers Eli and Jarred Sugarhead, with Hudson Bay Cree brothers Jarrid, no. 91, and Sheldon Sackaney. Charlotte Baxter (with sign) and the rest of the Eabametoong faithful held high hopes for their Bushtown Jets before the A-final of the Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament. By the time Northern First Nations B-side final had ended with a Hudson Bay Cree win, forward Sheldon Sackaney had racked up a tournament-high 27 points. Sharing the B-side glory with Sackaney were his sons Tarael, left, and Thaden. Kyle Peters of Pikangikum was one of eight people whose names were drawn for a chance to win a Nissan Titan 4 x 4 truck at the Northern Bands tournament Sunday. Contestants each had one chance to shoot a puck from the blue line through a small opening in the far net. None were successful, although Peters was close. “I started shaking 15 minutes before I had to shoot,” he said.
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Rebecca Belmoreâ€™s visual art recognized by Governor General she is enjoying the sunlight on the prairie. â€œLast weekend I drove from Winnipeg to Saskatoon, and I was really amazed by the beauty of the landscape, when the snow-covered prairie meets a pale gray sky â€” itâ€™s almost like being inside a minimalist painting,â€? Belmore said. â€œI anticipate a whole new body of work.â€?
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The Lac Seul visual artist who represented Canada at the 2005 Venice Biennale has been honoured with a 2013 Governor Generalâ€™s Award in Visual and Media Arts. â€œThrowing blood at the screen,â€? said Rebecca Belmore, describing her visual art piece at the Venice Biennale. â€œIt shows me flailing around in the ocean and coming towards the camera lens with a bucket â€” one would assume itâ€™s water but as I fling it at the lens it becomes blood. And the looping of the video was just basically this idea of turning blood into water and water into blood.â€? Belmore said the video was shot on the shore between the Vancouver International Airport and Musqueam First Nation. â€œBasically I was thinking about the violence of the history on these lands and our relationship with the people who came to these lands,â€? Belmore said. â€œAlso (I was) thinking about the future of water and how water is essential to our bodies. We need water; all life needs water. Water is becoming an increasing problem for people who donâ€™t have fresh water. Potentially, water will become something that could possibly cause a lot of problems between nations in the future.â€? Belmore also created an art piece featuring a canoe overturning, The Great Water, which shows her respect for water. â€œIt was really about the power of water and I think as an Anishinabe growing up around the lakes in northwestern Ontario, I was taught to have great respect for water because of its power,â€? Belmore said. â€œI think an overturning canoe represents that we as human
Belmore encouraged other artists to remain committed to their practice. â€œBeing an artist is a very difficult choice in terms of financial security,â€? Belmore said. â€œBut if you persevere and keep working, you never know. I think it is about really committing to making art. As an artist, you have a lot of freedom â€” thatâ€™s what I like about it.â€?
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Visual artist Rebecca Belmore speaks through a wooden megaphone during an Ayumee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to Their Mother performance piece, which ran from 1991-1996, including a preformance/protest at the Assembly of First Nations in 1996. beings have to remember that weâ€™re not as powerful as mother nature.â€? The 2013 Governor Generalâ€™s Awards in Visual and Media Arts were announced on March 12 at the CinĂŠmathĂ¨que quĂŠbĂŠcoise in Montreal. Belmore and the other six award winners were selected by an independent peer assessment committee. â€œIt was great to be with my peers and the other artists who were receiving awards,â€? Belmore said. â€œWhat Iâ€™m happy about with this award is itâ€™s a peer recognition, which means a lot to an artist.â€? A short video profile of Belmore is featured on the http:// ggavma.canadacouncil.ca/ website along with profiles of the other award winners. â€œThe 2013 laureates embody Canadian art at its best,â€? said
Robert Sirman, director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. â€œNot only are they expanding the boundaries of their art forms and addressing the big questions of our time, their work creates new shapes, sounds and perspectives that change the way we perceive the world around us.â€? Funded and administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, the awards recognize distinguished career achievements in visual and media arts by Canadian artists, as well as outstanding contributions through voluntarism, philanthropy, board governance, community outreach or professional activities. Belmore and the other award winners received a $25,000 prize from the Canada Council and a special issue medallion produced in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mint.
â€œHopefully, with my Governor Generalâ€™s award, I will be able to rent a studio,â€? Belmore said, noting that she has not had a studio since moving to Winnipeg last August. â€œWhat I like about being in Winnipeg is that Iâ€™m around my own people once again. Itâ€™s interesting to hear the language being spoken on the street.â€? Although Belmore found this winter to be â€œreally cold,â€?
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Keewaytinook Okimakanak has partnered with a group of researchers to get more youth involved in information and communication technologies. “The lead researcher, Susan O’Donnell, went and lived up in North Spirit Lake for two months,” said Franz Seibel, research director at Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute. “She found out that North Spirit wanted to set up this new e-community, where all of the services that are Internet based can have a place where they share, learn and innovate together and get the new generation of youth involved.” Seibel said the last e-community was the SMART community, which was established in 2001 by Industry Canada with K-Net as the Aboriginal SMART community project. “This is like a renewal of the SMART communities,” Seibel said. “K-Net branded the e-community to get people to come together and the First Nations Innovation project is going to help by publishing the journey, the good news stories.” Seibel said the First Nations Innovation project researchers are academics who publish and learn from other organizations’ best practices. “For example, there is a lady going up there next week who is going to bring some audio recorders and teach (the e-community members) how to share their stories through audio,” Seibel said. “They’ll be going on an audio walk and interviewing Elders and then they are going to have a radio show.” Seibel said the e-community has been using a Facebook page to discuss what is important to them in terms of technology and services in North Spirit Lake, which allows for more efficient communications. “No longer are we sending faxes, posters and trying to call people to get them to come out,” Seibel said. “We’re going to generate that discussion on Facebook.” The First Nations ICT Innovations project was launched on Feb. 21 by a team of First
Nation groups and researchers — KO, the First Nations Education Council in Quebec, Atlantic Canada’s First Nation Help Desk/Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and the University of New Brunswick — to study and celebrate achievements with ICTs in First Nations in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. The project is aiming to share and document First Nation innovative success stories and best practices; support First Nation ownership, control, access and possession of ICT tools, infrastructure and capacity; develop an understanding of how First Nations are using technologies for community, social and economic development; and emphasize the links between broadband networks in First Nations and self-determination, treaties, and national and international policies such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“K-Net branded the e-community to get people to come together and the First Nations Innovation project is going to help by publishing the journey, the good news stories...” – Franz Seibel
The researchers have completed studies in four First Nation communities since 2010, including three research studies in Fort Albany and two in Mishkeegogamang. The First Nations Innovation project is funded through a five-year Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. First Nation community members who wish to become involved in the project are encouraged contact one of the four partner organizations. Information on the project is available at http://fn-innovation-pn.com.
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The James Bay coast communities of Kashechewan, Fort Albany and Moosonee are planning to document the spring breakup in a photovoice project with its roots in the issue of homelessness and migration. Mandy Scott, the First Nations coordinator with Laurentian University’s Poverty, Homelessness and Migration project, said the spring break up photovoice project will add to the individual projects already taking place in the communities. “We want to bring attention to the spring breakup, an awareness of what it is all about,” Scott said. “It’s a really intense time for people on James Bay, but most people in the south don’t have any idea what its all about.” The idea behind the project is to catalogue not only this year’s breakup in photos, but also historical breakup events. Scott is asking for community members to take photos and videos of this year’s spring breakup, as well as submit photos from breakups of years past. “I think what we’ll be able to show is that whether it’s a picture from the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1980s or 2013, not a lot
“We want to bring attention to the spring breakup, an awareness of what it is all about. It’s a really intense time for people on James Bay, but most people in the south don’t have any idea what its all about...”
has changed in terms of helping communities deal with this risk in a sustainable way,” Scott said. The spring break up photovoice idea stemmed from ongoing homelessness projects in Kashechewan and Fort Albany. In Kashechewan, a research project has been examining the effects of flooding on the community and how other communities across Canada have dealt with flood risks. In Fort Albany, a photovoice project was conducted to examine living conditions in the community and start a conversation about the effects of homelessness and poverty in Fort Albany. Both of those projects were presented to the communities during public meetings held March 5-7. Scott said that in both communities the turnout and feedback was very positive. The Laurentian University project team also met with community members in Moosonee during the trip, to present the results of a community poverty and homelessness study and get feedback on the recommendations. A door-to-door survey done in Moosonee identified four key priorities for the community to address, including a lack of housing, lack of employment opportunities and a lack of support from service providers for people living in poverty. The community meeting in Moosonee enabled community members to reflect on the recommendations and provide feedback as to which elements should be considered main priorities for the community to deal with. The study and the recommendations have been given to the mayor and community workers in Moosonee for follow up. Now the Laurentian team is planning how else to follow up
with the communities to work on poverty and homelessness issues. The spring break up photovoice project is just one of many initiatives the team has planned. Scott said they will make another trip to the communities in July 2013, to follow up on the initial projects and also to scan photos from historical break ups. Scott added that anyone who wants to participate in the spring break up photovoice project can contact her via email at mx_scott@laurentian.
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Joshua Bigblood and Dylan Fobister were enjoying the Lakehead University powwow on March 16 when they were approached by filmmakers to audition for a feature-length film. The next day, having little acting experience, they found themselves reading and improvising scenes in front of Adam Garnet Jones of Toronto and Michelle Derosier and Dave Clement of Thunderstone Pictures. â€œI was surprised when they came and asked us, and I said yeah and wanted to try something new,â€? said Bigblood, a 22-year-old of Whitedog First Nation. â€œWhen we were in there, I was nervous for sure.â€? Fobister, an 18-year-old Grassy Narrows member, called the experience â€œnerve wracking.â€? â€œIâ€™m still shaking,â€? he laughed following the audition. The friends from Kenora auditioned along with more than 30 people for Wild Medicine, the tentative title of the film written by Jones that he plans to shoot over the summer in two First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario. About three years in the
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From left, Dave Clement, Michelle Derosier and Adam Garnet Jones. works, â€œWild Medicineâ€? follows Shane, an academically successful youth from a northern Ontario reserve who is conflicted on whether to pursue his post-secondary education or stay behind and support his family which had been recently impacted by suicide. Jones said the story was inspired by his own experiences as well as what he learned from
working with many Native youth living in urban areas. â€œI felt like I was hearing the same stories all the time, about suicide,â€? said Jones, a Cree and Metis who was born in Calgary and attended college in Vancouver before moving to Toronto. See AUDITIONS page 17
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Auditions for Wild Medicine film Conâ€™t from page 16 â€œThe whole time theyâ€™re in the city, theyâ€™re not sure if they should be there or at home. Thereâ€™s all this complicated stuff with home and country. And thatâ€™s the story I wanted to tell.â€? Jones began making films when he was 14 and graduated from the film program at Ryerson University in 2006. He directed several short films that were screened at numerous festivals. Wild Medicine will be his first feature film. After first meeting Derosier and Clement during the Bâ€™iindigaate Indigenous Film Festival in Thunder Bay, Jones met with Derosier during the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts festival last fall to discuss the possibility of Thunderstone Pictureâ€™s involvement in the project. Derosier, who is from Eagle Lake First Nation, said she was drawn by the script. â€œThe story just felt authentic and real and, having worked with a lot of youth, it just resonated with me,â€? said Derosier, who was a social worker before co-founding Thunderstone with Clement. Derosier worked with Jones to rewrite aspects of the script to better reflect the northwestern Ontario region and to enhance its authenticity. And while Jones will direct the film, Clement said Thunderstone is acting as a producer in addition to helping with casting. â€œWeâ€™re producers in the sense weâ€™re bringing resources of the local film community and the home communities and all the great people and places that weâ€™re familiar with,â€? he said.
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Dylan Fobister of Grassy Narrows and Joshua Bigblood of Whitedog audition for roles in â€œWild Medicine,â€? a feature length film that will be shot this summer in two First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario. Thunderstone Pictures has previously produced awardwinning films in the region. And while they produced feature-length documentaries, it will be their first feature drama film. But it will not be their first time finding and casting local Aboriginal youth. They previously held city-wide auditions for â€œSeeking Bimaadiziwinâ€? (2007), a 32-minute drama featuring four Aboriginal youth as the main characters. â€œI know what happens when you give kids a chance to step out of their comfort zone,â€? Derosier said. â€œI know thereâ€™s a ton of talented youth here and talented people that would embrace and be part of the film.â€? Jones is also excited about
finding local talent. He said a short-term film program he joined as a youth was â€œthe best thing that happened to meâ€? and set the course for his filmmaking career. â€œI remember getting that opportunity when I was 14 and itâ€™s changed my whole life,â€? Jones said. â€œI definitely would not be here today. The opportunity to have that impact on people is exciting.â€? Jones said casting actors is one of the most crucial aspects of filmmaking. â€œIt really hangs on the character and caring about the young people in the film and making (the audience) feel invested in them,â€? he said. â€œIf you have a script and have actors halfway involved, it doesnâ€™t matter. You need to
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have good people.â€? The filmmakers were pleased with the turnout for auditions during the powwow. There was so much demand that they added an extra day. And it will not be the only time they will be holding a casting call. More are planned for the future. Anyone interested in auditioning can e-mail: casting@thunderstonepictures. com. More information on the film can be found on their Facebook page, Wild Medicine. Bigblood and Fobister felt their auditions went well and hope they get a part. â€œIâ€™d be excited and just extremely happy,â€? Bigblood said.
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An Aboriginal sports organization is hoping the sporting background of Ontario’s new Aboriginal Affairs minister will result in an increased focus on the benefits of sport for First Nations and Metis youth. The Aboriginal Sports and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) says that new minister David Zimmer’s background in swimming, hiking and weightlifting should help him to “personally understand the benefits of physical activity.” “Our hope is that Mr. Zimmer’s experience as a parliamentary assistant and personal understanding of physical fitness will help contribute to greater opportunities and success for Aboriginal peoples in sport and recreation,” said ASWCO chair Marc Laliberte. Laliberte said there needs to be strong partnerships between various Aboriginal sport organizations as well as Ontario’s ministry of health and ministry of Aboriginal Affairs to ensure that youth have the best chance to succeed in sport. “In the past, Aboriginal sport and recreation was an array of multitude of initiatives and pilot projects,” Laliberte said.
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Elder Agnes Hardy, who passed away on March 9, was always known for attending events around the community in Thunder Bay. Here she completes a dream catcher along with other participants in 2010. “A lot of people cook her recipes still,” Michael said. “She loved to sew, she loved to speak the language and loved traditions. She had all these different gifts that we still carry as we leave the service. Her spirit lives on; her spirit still lives on well although she is gone.” Hardy worked as a lecturer in Lakehead University’s Native Language Instructors Program from 2001-2006 after receiving her Native Language Teaching Certificate in 1994 and her Native as a Second Language Diploma in 1998. She was a member of LU’s Aboriginal Education Advisory Council and Ogimaawin Elders Council and also volunteered for LU’s Native Language
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Lakehead University’s Native Students Association held its 25th annual powwow to kick off the spring powwow season. Hundreds of people came out to watch and participate, along with 23 drum groups and dancers from as far away as Saskatchewan, Minnesota and across northern Ontario. The powwow even featured Inuit throatsingers (bottom left), to the delight of the crowd.
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Nathaniel Moses of Pic River can remember the first powwow organized at Lakehead University in 1988. “It was a small section,” he said, referring a small number of drummers and dancers that took part when it was held in the university’s Agora, which had limited space for the event. In 25 years, the event has grown from its humble beginnings. Since the powwow moved to the Thunder Dome in the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse, it
has grown into a major cultural event every March, signifying the start of the powwow season in the region. The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) celebrated its 25th anniversary powwow from March 17-19. Where the first powwow feature two drum groups and a small number of dancers, this year featured 23 drum groups and dancers from Saskatchewan, Minnesota, and across the region. “It’s good to see different faces year to year as we grew,”
said Moses, who emceed this year’s event. “People have been following our culture and traditions.” LUNSA president Sarah Nelson said this year the organizers branched out to include a Metis presence as well as invite Inuit throat singers to perform. Becky Qilavvaq and Romani Makkik of Nunavut performed a series of throat songs and a drum song, each of which were preceded by an explanation of the history behind these cultural practices as curious and fascinated spectators looked on. Moses said the singers
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tion to her role as president of LUNSA. In a personal capacity, she also supported the sit-in protest of a group of students who are protesting changes to a Native worldview course in Lakehead’s new law school curriculum. “It’s a lot of work,” said Nelson, who was born two months after the first annual powwow. “But it’s a learning experience to prepare for me things later in life.” Nelson said the powwow was a success and attributed it to the organizers as well as Moses and arena director Todd
Genno for making the event flow smoothly. Moses said the drum groups at the first powwow were composed of mostly Elders and he was pleased to see all the youth drum groups taking part this year. “The old guys are slowly going into spirit world but groups like Little Bear, Battle Nation, their ages are young and they’ll become wise someday,” he said. This year, he said “much love was shown, more respect, what an awesome feeling it is to be a part of.”
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