Mattagami youth headed to pageant PAGE 13
Deer Lake celebrates solar PAGE 1 and 6
Cree superhero hits comic book stores PAGE 8
Vol. 41 No. 9
8000 copies distributed
May 1, 2014 Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974
Deer Lake celebrates groundbreaking solar power system
Matawa Celebrates Framework
Rick Garrick Wawatay News
“ᐃᐡᑯᓄᑲᒥᑯ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐅᒋ ᒪᓇᒋᒋᑫᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᑌᐃᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑕᓱᐱᓯᑦ ᐊᑯ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐃᓯᓭᐸᐣ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᔾᓫᐊ ᒪᐊᐧᑭᓯᐠ, ᑲᐃᐡᑯᓄᑭᒪᐃᐧᐨ ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ. “ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᒥᐡᑲᐧᐨ ᐸᑲᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᓂᑲᐅᒋᐊᔭᑕᐁᐧᒥᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ.” ᑲᑭᐱᑕᑦ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᓯᒧᑲᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᐊᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᐁᔑᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᓀᑕᑲᐧᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᒥᔑᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᔭᓂ ᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᑕᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ. “ᓂᐃᐧᑲᑫᐧ ᑐᑕᒥᐣ ᒋᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᔕᐸᐧᑌᐊᐱᑯᐣ ᒋᐅᓇᑭᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑫᐅᒋᒪᐊᒋᑐᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐊᓂᑯᐁᐧᐸᐦᐃᑫᒪᑲᐠ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑲᐅᐣᑕᐱᑫᓂᑫᐊᐧᐨ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᑭᐱᑕᑦ.
Five Deer Lake families will soon have new homes thanks to the installation of a groundbreaking solar power system at the Deer Lake School. “To reduce peak load and connect five more homes, we developed a three-part plan, including conservation, load shifting and installing a PV (photovoltaic) solar system,” said Deer Lake Chief Royle Meekis. “This is important not only for the families who are waiting to move into these new houses, but for all of Deer Lake.” The five homes were built about two years ago but have since been sitting idle due to a lack of hydro power in the community of about 1,100 on-reserve members. “Once the (solar power system) is up and running, hopefully at the end of (April), the community will be able to pursue other community interests like hooking up the confectionary store or restaurants, whatever the community needs,” said Geordi Kakepetum, CEO of NCC Development LP, a First Nations renewable energy management company serving the six Keewaytinook Okimakanak communities. “They can’t do that right now because there is not enough power. So it’s going to open a lot of doors for the community to do what they want to do as a community.” The Deer Lake School solar power system, the largest off-grid solar installation in an Ontario remote access community, is designed to alleviate most of the school’s energy load during daylight hours, which will enable the community to use that power elsewhere. Deer Lake provided $500,000 of the total $600,000 in funding for the project while the federal government provided about $100,000. “Hopefully we can save fuel when the school (day) is over,” Meekis said. “When you’re not using the facility, you can pretty well turn everything off just so it functions.”
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Premier Kathleen Wynne celebrated the recent signing of the Ring of Fire regional framework agreement with the Matawa First Nation chiefs, including Neskantaga Chief Peter Moonias and Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse, on April 24 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay.
ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᒥᓀᐧᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᐅᐡᑭᐅᔑᑕᒪᐃᐧᑕᐧ ᐱᓯᒧᑲᐠ ᒋᐅᒋᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌᓂ ᕑᐃᐠ ᑲᕑᐃᐠ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ
ᐊᔕ ᑫᑲᐟ ᓂᔭᓇᐣ ᑎᐯᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑕᐃᔑᑯᓯᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐡᑭᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐊᓂᔕ ᑕᐡ ᑲᐅᒋᐃᓯᓭᓂᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᐱᓯᒧᑲᐠ ᒋᐅᒋᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᐃᒪ ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᑲᒥᑯᐠ. “ᓂᓴᐧ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐱᑭᓯ ᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᓂᑭᐃᔑᐅᓇᒋᑫᒥᐣ ᐁᑲ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᒋᒣᒋᓭᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐅᒋ ᓴᑲᐱᑫᐦᐃᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᓂᔭᓇᐣ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ, ᐸᑭ ᒣᑎᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᓯᓭᐠ ᒥᓇ ᓂᑭᐅᓇᑐᒥᐣ ᐱᓯᒧᑲᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᕑᐊᔭᓫ ᒥᑭᐢ. “ᑭᒋᓀᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐅᓇᒋᑫᔭᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᑯ ᐁᑕ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᑎᐯᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐱᐦᐅᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐱᑎᑫᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐡᑭᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ, ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᐱᑯ ᐃᒪ ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᑲᔦ ᑕᑭᒋᐊᐸᑕᐣ.” ᐅᓄᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᓂᔭᓇᐣ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐸᓂᐣ ᓂᔓᔭᑭ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᐱᑯ ᑲᐊᐃᓇᑭᑌᑭᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐁᑭᐃᓇᐱᐦᐃᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᐃᐃᒪ
ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᓇᐣᑕ ᐱᑯ 1,100 ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ. “ᐊᐱ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ (ᐱᓯᒧᑲᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᐠ) ᑭᑭᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᔭᓂ ᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᐠ, ᓂᐸᑯᓭᑕᒥᐣ ᐊᓂᐃᐡᑲᐧᐊᑭᓱᐨ ᓂᑭᐱᓯᑦ, ᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᑲᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᔭᓂ ᐅᓇᐱᑫᐦᐊᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᐃᐧᓯᓂᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ, ᐱᑯ ᐊᐣᑎ ᑲᐃᐧᔑᐊᐧᑌᓂᑫᐊᐧᐨ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᒐᐧᑎ ᑲᑭᐱᑕᑦ, ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐡᑲᐠ ᑭᒋᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᒪᒋᑕᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐣᒋ ᐊᓄᑲᑌ ᐃᐡᑯᑌᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ. “ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐡ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐅᑭᐃᔑᑲᐡᑭᑐᓇᐊᐧᓯᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐁᑌᐱᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐡᑯᑌᓂ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᐃᒪ ᑲᔦ ᑫᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐃᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᔑᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑫᐅᒋ ᒪᒋᑕᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ,” ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᓯᒧᑲᐠ ᒋᐅᒋᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ, ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᒥᔕᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᐱᑭᓯᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ
ᐅᒪ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᓄᐱᒪᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᑭᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌ ᒋᐱᒥᐊᐸᑕᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᔑᑲᐠ ᑲᐱᒥᐃᐡᑯᓄᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᒥᐡᑲᐧᐨ ᑯᑕᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒋᔑᐊᐸᑕᐠ. ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᐣ ᐅᑭᐅᐣᑎᓇᐊᐧᐣ $500,000 ᒪᒪᐤ $600,000 ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᐨ ᔓᓂᔭ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᐣ $100,000 ᑲᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᓯᒧ ᐃᐡᑯᑌᑫᐃᐧᐣ. “ᓴᑫᐣ ᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᓂᑲᐅᒋᒪᓇᒋᑐᒥᐣ ᐊᐧᓯᑲᓂᐱᒥᑌ ᐊᐱ ᑲᐊᓂᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ (ᑭᔑᑲ),” ᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᑭᐢ. “ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐁᑲ ᑲᐊᐸᒋᑐᔭᐣ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, ᑲᑭᓇ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑭᑭᐸᑯᓇᐣ ᔕᑯᐨ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᐱᒥᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᓄᐣ.” ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᑭᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᒥᓇᐧᒋᑲᑌ ᑲᑭᑕᐃᐧᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐱᓯᒧᑲᐠ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᒣᑲᐧ ᓂᑭᐱᓯᑦ 15 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐯᑭᐡ ᐅᑭᐊᔭᑭᓀ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᐸᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᑲᒥᑯᓂ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒪᑯᔐᐦᐊᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᓇᑐᒥᑕᐧ ᒋᐱᔕᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐊᐧᐨ, ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᑲᓇᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᑲᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ.
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The Oji-Crees pose with their Atom championship trophy, banner and caps at the 26th annual All-Native Goodwill Hockey Tournament. Coaches of the team were, from back row, left: Mitchell Sutherland (Constance Lake), Alex Archibald (Taykwa Tagamou Nation) and Shawn Innes (Moose Cree). The players came from the same three communities.
Winners of the Peewee division at last weekend’s Goodwill tournament were the Couchiching Leafs. Ben Hackl and Ethan Jourdain each had a pair of goals for the Leafs in their 4-3 championship victory over the OFN Snipers. Brent Perrault assisted on both of Jourdain’s goals. Sniping for OFN were Dixon Maniss, who scored twice, and Jacob Kipling.
All-Native Goodwill tournament grows to record size Two youth championships for Couchiching Leafs; Big Grassy top men’s team Bryan Phelan Wawatay News
A record number of teams participated in the 26th annual All-Native Goodwill Hockey Tournament last weekend in Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation. The tournament attracted 59 teams from across northern Ontario – the most ever for the event. Thirty-nine youth teams competed in four divisions – Novice (for players eight years old and under), Atom, Peewee and Bantam (up to 14 years old). A men’s division featured 21 teams playing for $21,000 in cash prizes. There could have been even more teams but organizers Tony Bouchard and Karen Honan, a Gull Bay First Nation couple, had to turn away some late entries because they had run out of available ice time.
“We didn’t expect this kind of turnout because last year we only had 48 teams,” Honan said Sunday, when championship games were played in the main arena at Fort William First Nation. Preliminary games, which started Thursday, were also played in the second rink at Fort William, and in two arenas operated by the City of Thunder Bay – Port Arthur and Current River. The organizers booked extra ice time at Current River a week before the tournament to accommodate some teams slow to register, but couldn’t make room for all of them. “That’s hard on us too,” Honan said. “I don’t like turning them away, especially kids teams.” Given this year’s turnout, she has already booked extra ice time for the last weekend of April next year.
“People keep telling us to just keep going because it’s getting bigger every year,” she said. And for that reason, the 2015 tournament might even have to start earlier in the week, on a Wednesday, Bouchard added. A lot of participants, the organizers have been told, look forward to the Goodwill as the annual windup to their hockey seasons. For some, it’s also a reunion with people they may not see the rest of the year. Tony’s brothers, Murphy and Patrick, originally came up with the idea of an allNative ‘goodwill’ tournament, which started with a dozen and peaked at 32 men’s teams. Along with the hockey, “It was supposed to be a socializing weekend,” Honan recalled. It still is. When Honan and Tony took over from Patrick as lead orga-
nizers 10 or so years ago, they added the youth divisions to the tournament. “We added the kids part to it because we thought it would be better to have a family event where the guys could play hockey but also coach the kids,” Honan explained. “And then it brings all the families out together.” Alex Archibald of Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN) last weekend coached his son Bryce’s team, the Oji-Crees, to the Goodwill Atom division championship. Last year they won the same division as the TTN Eagles but for 2014 joined with players and coaches from Moose Factory and Constance Lake to form the Oji-Crees. “The communities are small and the hockey base is small, so we wanted to work together, put our teams together,” Alex said of the change. After losing their first game
to the Treaty 3 Selects, the OjiCrees went undefeated. They blanked the Onigaming First Nation (OFN) Snipers 6-0 in the Atom final “because we played hard, and because of our passing and backchecking,” said Bryce. It also helped that the centre and alternate captain scored a hat trick for the champions. Bryce played recreational hockey for a Cochrane team this winter but will extend his season with triple-A summer hockey in Quebec. To get to the Goodwill tournament, his family – including brother Shane, who played in the Bantam division – travelled nine hours by car. “We like the setup, Aboriginals all together,” Alex said of the tournament, which guarantees each participating team a minimum of four games. In the Peewee division, the OFN Snipers again reached the
final, but were edged 4-3 by the Couchiching Leafs. The following game, the Bantam Couchiching Leafs became champions by doubling the Lac Seul Jr. Eagles 4-2. Pic River Sharks lost the Novice final 4-1 to the Ice Hawks but the Pic River men’s team won the B-side championship of their division with a 2-0 shutout of the GB (Gull Bay) IceLords. Men’s A-side champions were the Big Grassy Braves, who defeated the Wolf Clan 11-3 and earned the top cash prize of $7,000. Aside from winning, which in youth play came with a championship trophy, banner and caps, the best part of the Goodwill tournament for Bryce Archibald of the Atom OjiCrees: “That my mom and dad drove all this way for a hockey tournament.”
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The Matawa chiefs show off framed copies of the Ring of Fire regional framework agreement they signed with Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Matawa celebrates framework agreement with Premier Wynne Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Neskantaga Chief Peter Moonias called for more “meat” on the Ring of Fire regional framework agreement during the April 24 celebration with Premier Kathleen Wynne in Thunder Bay. “The framework is only a first step,” Moonias said. “We have to put some meat on it. We are the people in Matawa that need to tell (the federal and provincial governments): ‘this is what we need, this is what we want, this is where we want to go.’ That is what we have to do in the next few months, in the next few years, whatever time it takes.” Moonias said the Matawa chiefs did not sell their traditional lands by signing onto the regional framework agreement on March 26. “Our people think we are selling the land here — we are not selling the land,” Moonias said, noting that the traditional lands are still important to First Nations people. “The land was taken away from us; we are only taking it back.” The Matawa chiefs celebrated the regional framework agreement with Wynne, Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development and Mines, David Zimmer, minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and Bill Mauro, minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and a crowd of community members at the Valhalla Inn. A pipe ceremony and drumming and dancing were held during the celebration. “With this agreement, we
have taken an important step forward together – we have adopted a different kind of negotiating process that is based on respect,” Wynne said. “We now have a framework to guide our discussions as we work toward achieving our common goals, and ensuring that everyone benefits from development in the Ring of Fire.” The regional framework agreement is a first step in the historic, communitybased negotiation process that will bring together the nine First Nations and the province of Ontario to discuss and negotiate an approach for development in the First Nations’ traditional territories. The process will help ensure that First Nations participate in, and benefit from, Ring of Fire developments. “Since the discovery of the deposits at Wawangajing (Ring of Fire), there have been many premature initiatives, from the continuing, and muchmaligned, railroad corridor, to the proposed slurry pipelines through the muskeg sponge,” said Marten Falls Chief Eli K. Moonias. “Our two winter protests, which highlighted the lack of consultation, were designed to slow down the ideas and take stock in reality. The MOU (memorandum of understanding) our First Nation has with Ontario is aimed at achieving involvement with the individual (First Nation), and the regional framework is an extension of that effort to include others in the surrounding proposed development area.” Eli Moonias said many
MOUs, frameworks and other agreements have come and gone since the Ring of Fire mineral deposits were discovered, including the dismantling of the Indian Commission of Ontario in 2005 by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. “Currently there is no instrument to conduct tri-level talks, but there is no question about the need for trilateral discussions for development in the Ring of Fire,” Eli Moonias said. “I believe our local MOU and the regional framework provide the window for that.” The regional framework agreement ensures First Nations and Ontario can work together on resource development opportunities, including long-term, regional environmental monitoring; enhanced participation in environmental assessment processes; resource revenue sharing; social and economic supports; and regional and community infrastructure. “This regional framework agreement is a tremendous achievement that represents a significant step forward in our community-based regional negotiation process,” Gravelle said. “I am incredibly proud that our collaborative work with Matawa-member First Nations continues to progress and we continue to make important advancements on regional, environmental and economic developments.” Although Aroland Chief Sonny Gagnon said the regional framework agreement demonstrates the Matawa communities are open for sustainable development,
he also called for more information about potential impacts from development. “We need to know what are the impacts of this development, today, tomorrow, 100 years down the line,” Gagnon said. “We need to know that and to understand the language that these people bring. I signed it, but then again I’m very cautious. To move forward, we have to understand what we’re getting into, because when the mines are cold and have gone, we will still be here.” Gagnon wants to seek further direction from his community on which path to take in the future. “We need to talk, we need to get direction from our community groups, our pillar groups, the youth and the Elders,” Gagnon said. “The day has just begun; we need to do a lot of work to get what we want. It’s sad to see that we are still on boil water (orders), we still have children that are lacking in education. They’re about two or three grades behind. This can’t go on. Our health and our social problems — this can’t go on. All these need to be studied.” The Ring of Fire, located about 540 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay in the Hudson Bay lowlands, contains about $60 billion in known minerals, including the largest deposit of chromite ever discovered in North America. Chromite is a key ingredient of stainless steel.
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ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᑭᒪᑕᓄᑲᑌᐠ 1974 ᐁᐅᒋᐊᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑭᐧᐁᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑕᐃᑦᔑᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ. ᑕᓱᓂᔓᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐧᐃ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐧᐃᐣ ᐅᓇᔓᐧᐁᐧᐃ ᑲᓇᐧᐊᐸᒋᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᒋᐃᔑ ᐸᐸᒥᓯᒪᑲᐠ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓂᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ. ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER James Brohm
Talking Earth – First Nation Teachings and Science Andy Fyon ONTARIO BENEATH OUR FEET
s director of MNDM’s Ontario Geological Survey, I am fortunate to work with, and learn from, many people who come from different cultures. I am fortunate because an important part of my work includes meeting and working with Aboriginal people across Ontario. I have learned that Aboriginal people across Canada have a spiritual relationship with the Earth, that all things on the Earth are “family,” and that the Creator charged them with a sacred duty. They are “keepers of the Earth.” Aboriginal people and geologists may see the land through different glasses, but we share a common interest in observing the relationships among the rocks, the sands, the water, the plants, and the animals — all aspects of the land. I have a deep respect for the traditional insights of my Aboriginal friends. Often I hear a legend from an Anishinabe friend, describing their understanding of the Earth, which causes me to pause and reflect because it is so parallel to my geological understanding of the Earth. There are different versions of this legend and it is with great reverence that I share one to show that we share common understandings. Grandfather Rock is a legend based on the understanding that the rocks are grandfathers — animate beings with memories and stories to share with those who are able to hear ancestral voices. The legend speaks to the respect held for rocks. One version I heard in northwestern Canada goes something like this: In the beginning, everything existed only in spirit form. These spirits moved around hoping to find a place where they could stay and show themselves. When they reached the sun they knew it was too hot. Finally they came upon Earth, but it was covered with water and there were no life forms. Suddenly, a great burning rock broke the surface of the water and it began to dry out the land. This rock is called Grandfather Rock because it is the oldest of all the rocks. Rocks must be respected because of this.
I am struck by the parallelism of the legend with our geological description of the history of the Earth, which goes something like this: The conditions that led to the formation of the Earth began with the Big Bang some 13 billion years ago. Dust and gases moved around through space — unattached to anything. About 4.5 billion years ago some of those materials came together to form our sun and others to form the Earth. A fiery Earth was born and then cooled to form a solid black surface. Most of that early land was not exposed. It was covered by an ocean that formed from an enormous violent rainstorm which lasted for millions of years. That violent rainstorm was fed by a blanket of cloud, created by gases released into the air from volcanoes. The Earth changed from a fiery body to become a water planet. Small black volcanic islands, born of fire, poked out above ocean — the beginning of dry land. That early Earth did not have life as we know it. After millions of years, something very special happened. Bacteria appeared. These bacteria ate sunlight and created oxygen, and then life on Earth was changed forever. The record of these early bacteria is preserved in rocks as fossils called stromatolites. Younger examples of the bacteria and stromatolites occur in rocks near Thunder Bay. Geologists consider this early life to be the ancestors of every living thing on Earth… our great-great-great-greatgreat-great-great-great grandmothers and grandfathers. While I have described the geological story in more detail, I have always been struck by the similarity with the Aboriginal Grandfather Rock teaching. It is not about which is correct, for both are valid. It is respectful recognition that both views are remarkably similar and are founded on different, but parallel views of the Earth’s history. Robert Maynard Hutchins, educator and philosopher, said: “A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive radio stations scattered about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.” Like Hutchins, I see that we need to have respect for each other and our respective cultural and belief systems. I offer thanks to those Far North friends who supported the choice of this topic.
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Originally published May 6, 2006. Reno Trimble, right, of Vancouver, B.C., leads a group of youth on a cross-Canada walk. Trimble and the others were in Thunder Bay April 28 at the Terry Fox Monument. The youth departed from Sydney, N.S., March 14 and were expected to arrive in Victoria, B.C. in late June. Also pictured are Edward Meldrum, of Williams Lake, B.C., and Chastity Meuse, of Indianbrook First Nation, N.S. The group is trying to raise awareness of youth suicide on Canada’s First Nations.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Isn’t Something to Be Feared Dr. Shannon Wesley GUEST COLUMNIST
hroughout the month of March I helped to promote colorectal cancer screening as March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Most of the messaging we healthcare providers like to promote emphasizes that ‘screening saves lives’, and ‘cancer screening sees what you can’t’. But, after working on a cancer screening education video with Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy, another message that I’d like to promote is that ‘cancer screening is not something to be feared.’ I think that there is a lot of fear around cancer screening because people fear what
1. If you don’t have a family history of colorectal cancer, then you should screen for colorectal cancer every two years, starting at age 50, using a stool test [like a ColonCancerCheck Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)] that you can get from your community health nurse or doctor. Ask your doctor or nurse for a ColonCancerCheck kit.
2. If you do have a family history of colorectal cancer then you should screen for colorectal cancer by a colonoscopy every five years starting at age 50 or 10 years prior to the age of your family member’s diagnosis. For example, if your parent had colorectal cancer and was diagnosed at age 55, then you would go for your first colonoscopy at age 45. A colonoscopy requires a doctor’s referral, so make sure you speak with your healthcare provider. A stool test is done in the comfort of your own home and tests for the tiniest amount of blood in your stool which could indicate a health issue. If you have a positive stool test, then you would be referred for a colonoscopy which allows a doctor to look for signs of cancer inside of the colon with a camera. This test may require you to travel to a hospital, like Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, where they
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have the equipment to do the test. What’s most important for you to know is that these tests are for healthy people, before you have symptoms of colorectal cancer. Don’t wait to do the tests if you are eligible now. They aren’t something to be feared. A resource that I recommend you that you watch is the video that features Chief Stan Beardy’s personal cancer journey with colorectal cancer. You can watch this video by going to this link: www.tbrhsc. net/GoodLife. Not only will you hear how cancer screening saved Chief Beardy’s life but you can also learn more about cancer screening tests, including the stool test and colonoscopy. For more information on colorectal cancer screening, visit www.coloncancercheck.ca.
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MAY 1, 2014
NAN, Canada partner to help women achieve economic goals Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Nishnawbe Aski Nation is aiming to advance the economic security and prosperity of First Nations women and girls through $200,000 in federal government funding. “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the government of Canada to help women in First Nations communities access new economic options,” Fiddler said. “We will work collaboratively with women and other stakeholders at the community level to help more women achieve this important goal.” Fiddler said the 24-month project will be aimed at a “good cross-section” of NAN’s 49 communities. “We want to get a crosssection of fly-in communities, remote communities, road access communities, small communities and larger communities,” Fiddler said. “We need to do everything that we can to ensure that we to help create an economic base in our communities. I think this project will help us get there.” Fiddler noted potential opportunities for women to pursue in small business and the resource development area. “We want to ensure our communities are in a position to benefit from those
opportunities,” Fiddler said. “We want to use this as a building block to begin to create that entrepreneurial spirit in our communities, especially with women in our communities so that they can build on following the conclusion of this project.“
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Kellie Leitch, minister of Labour and minister of Status of Women, announced the funding on April 24 at the NAN Health office in Thunder Bay. “More than 100 women will benefit from this project,” Leitch said, noting the project will help women gain economic independence. “I think it is important for all Canadian women to have economic independence, but in particular, I think when we’re in the circumstances we see here, this rapidly expanding economy where there’s well educated women, this gives them the additional skill sets to be able to start their own business or contribute to the great Ring of Fire experience.” Selected through the federal
government’s call for proposals, Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women, the 24-month project is aimed at developing communitydriven and culturally relevant strategies to address barriers to economic opportunities for women in the community. Leitch said the project, one of 720 funded across the country since 2006-2007, is focused on providing news skills to women so they can either develop and flourish into an entrepreneur or enter into an existing business. “Our government remains focused on its commitment to increase economic opportunities for women across Canada,” Leitch said. “We are proud to be supporting the Nishnawbe Aski Nation to create new economic options for women here in northern Ontario. Through collaborative efforts, we are helping women in these communities achieve their own economic success, while also helping Canada prosper.” The project’s goals are to build partnerships to identify and address the economic needs and unique challenges facing women in their local communities; work to identify effective, community-specific mechanisms and solutions; and test these mechanisms and solutions.
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Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, said the partnership with NCC Development LP began about three years ago. “It underscores our strong commitment to Canada, helping to bring solar power to areas previously unable to get connected to the grid,” Qu said. “Solar is a green, flexible, lowcost and sustainable energy solution for these underserved First Nations and other rural
areas. We are proud of our involvement in this important effort and the direct impact we will have on so many deserving families.” Kakepetum said the diesel fuel power plants that serve most remote First Nation communities are not sustainable as fuel prices continue to increase. “Some of the First Nations we serve spend between one million and two million dollars a year transporting diesel into their communities,” Kakepetum said. “This is not sustainable. There is not enough energy to build houses, public building or to support economic development.” Although Deer Lake already uses power from a 149 kilowatt run-of-river hydro project, built in 1998 on the Severn River, the community still has to rely fully on its diesel fuel power plant whenever there is not enough water flowing to provide hydro power, such as during the winter months. “Together with Canadian Solar, NCC Development has taken the first steps towards reducing diesel consumption and replacing (it) with the power of the sun,” Kakepetum said. “Today, working with our partners, we have designed a solar micro grid that will substantially reduce the use of fossil fuels in the far north.” Meekis said the run-ofriver hydro project has saved the community a significant amount of money and diesel fuel over the years. “We have to think of saving money and energy and fuel,” Meekis said. “The freight (for diesel fuel) is a killer for any First Nation.”
NOTICE OF A PROPOSED CHANGE TO A RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT s. 16.0.1 ONTARIO REGULATION 359/09 by Fiera Axium Northern Solar L.P. Project Name: Kapuskasing (Kap) Solar Park MOE Reference Number: 2004-8T7RKJ OPA Reference Number: FIT-FVUQ800 Project Location: The Kapuskasing Solar Park (the “Project”) is located in Kapuskasing, within Cochrane District, Ontario. Dated At: Cochrane District this the 25th of April 2014. New OSPVF 7 Limited Partnership, by its General Partner Fiera Axium Northern Solar L.P., by its General Partner Fiera Axium Northern Solar GP Inc., is planning to engage in this renewable energy project in respect of which the issuance of a Renewable Energy Approval is required. The project is subject to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (Act) Part V.0.1 and Ontario Regulation 359/09 (Regulation). This notice must be distributed in accordance with section 16.0.1 of the Regulation. This notice is being distributed to make the public aware of a proposed change to the project. Project Description and Proposed Change: Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the facility, in respect of which this project was originally proposed to be engaged in, consisted of a Class 3 Solar Facility. A change is being proposed to the project. The change consists of: 1. The inverter model has changed from SMA Sunny Central to GE 1.0 MW Brilliance Solar to increase operational efficiency. 2. All of the assets owned by Ontario Solar PV Fields 7 Limited Partnership (owner appearing on the original REA permit), were transferred to a new project entity called: New OSPVF 7 Limited Partnership. If approved with this change, this facility would have a total maximum name plate capacity of 6 MW, as planned for in the original proposal. The project location is described in the map to the right.
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Deer Lake celebrated the grand opening of the solar power system on April 15 with a tour of the Deer Lake School and a feast for visiting dignitaries, including company executives, First Nation chiefs and government officials, and community members. “The school will save money because the hydro bill is so much every month,” said Ila Mawakeesic, principal of Deer Lake School. “We can spend that money on other stuff — equipment and school supplies.” Kakepetum said the Deer Lake School solar power system is just the first of many planned for First Nation communities across northern Ontario. “We want to build a solar farm (at Deer Lake) and connect it to the grid,” Kakepetum said. “So whatever excess (power) we generate from the solar farm, the community can sell it to Ontario Hydro or whoever. Once the hydro line comes in, we can tie the (solar farm) into it and whatever we generate, we (can) sell it back to the grid.” Kakepetum said NCC Development LP has a mandate from the six KO communities to look at developing alternative energy projects, including solar, run-of-river and wind power projects. “One of our goals is to make money for the six communities that we represent,” Kakepetum said. “So we began to look at ways and means that we could bring money and how we could be in business like any other corporation in Canada and in the world.”
NCC Development LP has already identified more than 80 First Nation and remote communities for potential renewable energy projects. “NCC is optimistic in moving forward with our partner Canadian Solar, as we continue to build strategic collaborative efforts with leaders in the solar and renewable energy industry to foster sustainable development of Canada’s indigenous communities,” Kakepetum said. “As North America’s largest producer of solar power solutions, Canadian Solar’s industry leading experience and expertise will greatly contribute to our efforts.”
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Public teach-in on racism held in Thunder Bay Stephanie Wesley Wawatay News
A group of concerned citizens and students in Thunder Bay held a public teach-in at the Landmark Inn on April 17 to address the issue of racism in the city in a way that honoured Anishinabe knowledge tradition. “We wanted to address racism in a way that doesn’t fall into the classic old ways of trying to address it, which we have always thought doesn’t get to the root of the problem,” Damien Lee said. Lee, Willow Blasizzo, JanaRae Yerxa, Adam Barker, and Deanna Therriault created the teach-in to discuss colonialism, how to recognize when racism is occurring, and how racism reproduces itself in supposed anti-racism dialogue. Lee and the other creators have not been happy with the way racism is being discussed in Thunder Bay in the mainstream. “I’m not talking about acts of racism; I’m talking about the initiatives that are supposedly set up to address racism. We weren’t really happy with it,” said Lee, who has authored popular blog posts to address the issue of racism in the city and on social-media. The City of Thunder Bay has an Anti-Racism Advisory Committee, as well as a Respect campaign in order to teach youth how to respect each other. Lakehead University also hosted an event entitled Building Bridges in January to discuss the topic of racism, which surfaced again online after the bridge leading into to Fort William First Nation was burned in Oct. 2013.
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Damien Lee, one of the organizers of a recent public teach-in on racism, discusses how check-backs are used to shut down conversation during discussions about racism. Blasizzo, who met Lee after reading one of his blog posts, said that she became involved in forming the group after witnessing the ongoing racism that was taking place on social-media even after antiracism initiatives took place in the city. “It was something that a few of us were monitoring,” Blasizzo said. “Damien reached out to a few people he knew who were concerned about it. Him, Jana-Rae and me decided to meet. We wanted to do something, to put something on that would start to address the racism and just start dialogue on how that can be addressed in Thunder Bay.” Jana-Rae Yerxa said that the event was about expanding the
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way the discussions are framed in Thunder Bay when it comes to addressing the issue of racism. “Basically, how it came about was we were trying to create a space for different dialogue to occur,” Yerxa said. “When you look at the different strategies that have been taking place in the city, those discussions have been limited in terms of how we are going to talk about racism. I.E, let’s educate people about Aboriginal history and residential schools. What happens is that it never gets to the core in terms of talking about settler colonialism, and how we need to deconstruct that and unpack how we’ve been impacted by colonialism processes because
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racism is a manifestation of all of that.” Lee feels that the teach-in was a longtime coming, and that it was a place to address racism in a slightly different way to either add to the existing discussion, or point out ways the existing discussion could change. “That’s kind of the long-term context,” Lee said. “Since October, since the bridge burned down, racist acts have been much more apparent. Since the bridge burned down, it’s like people are feeling a lot safer to be racist right now. That was kind of an instigator we wanted to do something about that right now.” The group made it clear on the Facebook event that the
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teach-in at the Landmark Inn was a non-violent and nonconfrontational event. Lee was pleased with the turn out of the teach-in, including the number of people in attendance and the issues that were discussed. “There were about 32 people who showed up,” Lee said. “The discussion was awesome because it was clear people were sick of the old, tired ways and initiatives in town that aren’t really working.” Lee was glad that participants were able to share their stories and speak on their experiences with racism in a safe place. “The main point was to tease out about five to 10 main narratives that pop up in the Thunder Bay scene every time we try to talk about racism,” Lee said. “Those narratives actually work to shut down the conversation so you never get around to discussing racism. We called those check-backs, those messages people will bring up to try to shut down discussion.” Some check-back messages included things like “Indians need to just get over it,” “we’re all the same,” “I’m not racist but,” “everyone should be equal,” “my best friend is Native,” and “I was born here, I’m not a settler.” Lee said that people felt safe enough to ask questions, like “what do you mean by white supremacy?” “I don’t think that is ever brought up,” Lee said of other initiatives taken to address racism. “The idea of a settler isn’t even on the table, all that’s on the table is respect, and learn more about Natives. That
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doesn’t work. Settler society and colonialism is a cannibal. It wants to eat everything around it that is Indigenous knowledge and ways of being.” Lee said that being able to discuss settlers and colonialism in a safe place was what made the event great because those subjects are what racism in Thunder Bay is tied to. Yerxa said that settler colonialism is “something we live with every day.” “What I find happens is for a lot of us, and myself included, for the longest time we’ve lacked the language to be able to describe our experiences, so we go through language and it’s not to say that this is academic language. This is fact, settler colonialism is a fact.” Blasizzo said that discussing who is a settler and who is an Indigenous person is something that has been avoided for a long time. “These are things that really make up our society, they make up our country. This is what Canada was built on,” Blasizzo said. Lee said that after the teachin, the group was approached by attendees who suggested they hold more teach-ins in their community or at their organization. “There is definitely an interest,” Lee said. “If it (the teach-in) was a failure, and no one showed up, we probably wouldn’t consider doing it again. But since it was so wellattended, and people are asking for it, then there is a need for this kind of anti-racism organization in Thunder Bay and in northern Ontario.”
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Cree superhero hits comic book stores Comic book writer and artist reflects on superhero’s creation, development Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News
When Canadian comics artist and writer Jeff Lemire was commissioned by DC Comics to create a new gang of superheroes, one was inspired after he learned about Attawapiskat’s Shannen Koostachin. He also decided to set much of the storyline along the James Bay coast. A southern Ontario boy with limited experience with First Nations, Lemire ventured up to Moosonee and Moose Factory to spend time with local youth and learn about the culture. “I wanted to create this character as part of the comic, but I wanted to make it as representative of the area and culture as I could, so I needed to spend time there obviously,” Lemire said. “Most of the time was spent in the schools both in Moosonee and Moose Factory, both elementary and high schools.” There, Lemire conducted workshops with the students about creating a comic, and he also learned from the students and gained ideas from them for a Cree superhero. Last month, DC Comics unveiled the Justice League of Canada. Among the new slew of superheroes was Equinox, a 16-year-old Cree teenager from Moose Factory. Lemire spoke to Wawatay News about developing Equinox, her superpowers,
and what he learned about First Nations people along the way. The first issue of the series hit comic book stores on April
23. Wawatay (WWT): So I understand the character of Equinox was based on Shannen Koostachin? Jeff Lemire (JL): It’s a little bit confusing. The character is not so much based on her than as inspired by her. So it’s not like the character looks like her or her life resembles Shannen’s life. But I was inspired by Shannen’s story to create a character who was a teenage girl and who was a Cree character because I found that story so powerful and compelling. I wouldn’t want to glaze everything Shannen did in her life by turning her into a superhero comic book (character), especially since I didn’t know her or her family. But yes, it’s definitely an inspiring story and another reason why I wanted to learn about the James Bay coast and the area and working with the kids. WWT: Prior to being inspired by the James Bay coast and Shannen, how would you describe your experience or
knowledge with First Nations people in Canada? JL: I’ll be honest, I grew up in southern Ontario. I live as south as you get in a town right near Windsor. And down there, there’s no real large First Nations community at all, so it wasn’t something I was exposed to growing up. All the media we got was all from the U.S. In a way I almost grew up in the annex of the United States. I didn’t really have a great awareness of what was going in Canada until I moved to Toronto when I was in my 20s, and I started to travel a bit more and get a better sense of how big the country is and how diverse it is. So doing a project like this really was my way of hopefully learning more about Aboriginal culture and First Nations. I feel like, White Canada, often in pop culture we only hear about hardships First Nations face, and negative stories in the media. But the more I got to know more about the Cree culture specifically in the James Bay coast, and the people living there, the more I realized there’s beauty to that culture as well and a lot of positive stuff that we can share and I wanted to create this character that would exemplify the positive things. WWT: The character herself, Equinox, what are her superpowers?
Equinox, the Cree teenaged superhero, was inspired by Attawapiskat’s Shannen Koostachin (left). Though the superhero herself is not based on Koostachin, the superhero’s creator says he drew her colours the same as Koostachin’s as a tribute. JL: It was tricky. I talked to the kids a lot trying to get idea for how to create a superhero who would not be a cliche of First Nations culture but also still have a connection to it. What I heard a lot was to have a connection to nature. So her powers are basically: they change with the seasons. In the winter, she can control ice and snow. In the spring, her powers are more healing and growing. And so on. No matter where she goes on the adventures with the superheroes, her powers are more connected to the seasons. So she always brings a bit of the land with her. For her secret origin or
background, I kinda based it on the Seven Grandfather Teachings, which was something the kids taught me about. From a writing point of view, it was a perfect basis to build a superhero around. Those traits are so admirable and exemplify a lot of positive things. WWT: Does she have a weakness? Like Superman had Kryptonite? JL: Yeah you know, I haven’t really thought of one yet (laughs). I might have to as I get further into the story, but there’s nothing specific
like Kryptonite that I’ve come up with. But that’s actually a really good question. I haven’t thought too much about it. WWT: So what kind of adventures can we expect from Equinox? JL: It gets pretty crazy. Writing these comics you gotta keep coming up with these ideas to keep the readers entertained. see HONOURING page 9
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Honouring Shannen’s colours from page 8
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The first adventure, when Equinox is introduced to the rest of the superheroes, takes place by the old NATO radar base in Moosonee that’s abandoned now. There’s a secret alien headquarters underneath that they discover. They end up splitting up their time between Moosonee and outer space going back and forth. And Equinox who’s never left her home before, is exploring the cosmos and the world and is exposed to all this other stuff so she kind of ends up being the reader’s point of view.
A member of Bearskin Lake, First Nation, Mr. Fox was born in Sioux Lookout and attended law school at the University of Manitoba, graduating with a juris doctor. He was later called to the bar with the Law Society of Upper Canada in January 2014. Derek’s interests include the practice of Aboriginal Law, Corporate/ Commercial and Civil Litigation.
WWT: There’s a photo circulating online. It’s a comparison of Shannen Koostachin as she’s dancing, and the other photo is Equinox, and the main thing you notice is the colours. Was that intentional? JL: Yea it was. I saw a documentary about Shannen’s story and I remember her parents saying her colours were blue and white, and so I thought it would be a way of honouring her without totally basing the story on her, but still having some pieces of inspiration. WWT: Based on your experiences of researching for this character and going up to Moosonee and Moose Factory, how you describe how this changed your perception of First Nations people? JL: It’s sort of still in the process as an artist. When you’re working on something, you’re not fully understanding
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WWT: Since she’s from Moose Factory, can readers expect some scenes in the town? JL: Absolutely. The first storyline all takes place there. She goes to high school at DDECS (Delores D. Echum Composite School), and the high school itself is drawn in there and there’s actually local landmarks in the comic book.
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COME PREPARED Comic book writer Jeff Lemire said Equinox’s superpowers change with the seasons and she spends time between Moose Factory and outer space. When she’s not a superhero, she’s attending high school at DDECS in her hometown. when you’re doing until a year later when you look back. So I think I’m still in the process of learning a lot. But with the connection to the land, and just getting to see that part of the country was pretty cool having grown up in the south. But also, just kind of realizing how similar - I grew up in a really really small town on a farm and it was pretty isolated like Moosonee and Moose Factory. I kind of felt a kinship there. And the Seven Grandfather teachings and spending time with the kids, it opened my eyes to the positive outlook the Cree communities have in sprite of the hardships. I found that to be inspiration.
- obviously there’s business things to take of, like to see how sales go and what the reaction is, but if all goes well, she’ll be a character that lives on indefinitely. Even after I’m done writing the book, whenever that is, hopefully some other writers pick up on her and learn more about her and do cool stories with her. So the potential is there to keep it ongoing.
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WWT: And how many issues or storylines will Equinox be a part of? Or will it be an ongoing thing? JL: The hope is for it to be ongoing. So you never know
of which there are too many to name and honorary family members such as David Harper of Garden Hill and Sandra Fox of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. Jack, willingly and humbly devoted his life to helping and supporting his family, fellow community members and the community of Sachigo Lake First Nation. He worked passionately to improve the betterment of his community and its members. For close to 16 years, Jack served his community on the Band Council, close to 12 of those years were as a Band Councillor and 4 years as a Deputy Chief. For 17 years he served as a Board Member to the Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board (SLAAMB) representing Windigo First Nations Council. He strongly believed and advocated for the youth of the SLAAMB Area First Nations to gain work experience, skills and knowledge through the training funds SLAAMB receives from Human Resource Skills & Development Canada (HRSDC). During his time on the Band Council, he worked on issues related to health, social, education, economic development, hydro and a training program for the community. Before his untimely death, Jack contributed to the creation and completion of the Sachigo Lake Business Centre as well as the Fibre Optics for the community and was in the process of starting cell service in the community.
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In the early 1980s, Jack worked as a Band Economic +L]LSVWTLU[6ɉJLYMVYOPZJVTT\UP[`HUK^HZ instrumental in the development of Echoing Lake Lodge, Achigo Airways, Sachigo Lake Motel, partnerships with Northwest Company and Hydro One Remotes. Jack acknowledged his Creator and the importance VM[OLSHUKHUKSP]PUNVɈ[OLSHUKHZH^H`VMSPML/L SV]LKILPUNV\[KVVYZO\U[PUNÄZOPUNHUK[YHWWPUN/L encouraged everyone with his passion for traditional activities and was also active in establishing a community sports teams and hosting inter-community tournaments. His love for sports such as hockey, baseball and volleyball encouraged many long-lasting friendships of which his presence will be sadly missed. As a man who said what was on his mind, he was an inspiring presence and will be missed by all who had the privilege to have known him and his ways. One of his “ways” was his meticulous recordkeeping of which there are boxes and boxes that contain notes from pretty much L]LY`JVU]LYZH[PVUOLOHKHUKOLRLW[L]LY`[OPUNVUÄSL so he could refer to it at some point. For those that did know him, knew him to be wise, an inspiration and was a positive role model. On behalf of his family, Sachigo Lake First Nation and SLAAMB we would like to thank everyone that supported us in our time of mourning. Services took place in the community of Sachigo Lake First Nation on November VɉJPH[LKI`9L]LYLUK:VSVTVU)LHYK`HUK Interment at St. Clements Anglican Cemetery.
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Sioux Lookout’s Tyler Angeconeb met his idol Johnny Depp during the recent premiere of Transcendence in Hollywood. Angconeb won the chance to attend the premiere and meet Depp by getting in on an auction on a charity website that included two tickets and two nights of accommodations for two.
Sioux Lookout youth goes to Hollywood Angeconeb attends movie premiere and meets idol Johnny Depp Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News
Tyler Angeconeb inspects himself in the mirror, ensuring his three-piece suit and all its elements are in place as we prepare to see the latest Hollywood flick, Transcendence. But this is no regular screening at your local cinema. It’s April 10 and we are in a fancy hotel in Westwood, Los Angeles and a mere 10-minute walk from the theatre where the film would premiere - eight days before it would be released across the continent. “Man, I can’t believe we’re about to go a Hollywood premiere,” he says as he straightens his vest. Angeconeb is not only excited to be taking part in such an event. The 23-year-old also at ecstatic at the prospect of meeting and taking a photo with the film’s lead, Johnny Depp. For most people who know Angeconeb, to say he is a big fan of Depp would seem an understatement. While studying film in college, we frequently mocked him for his apparent obsession with the
actor known for his numerous and electric roles spanning a 30-year career. From regularly sharing Depp news and photos on Facebook, to imitating his dressing style, to sharing his Captain Jack Sparrow impressions, Angeconeb is unabashed in his admiration for the 50-year-old actor. “I’m pretty cool about it, at least I try to,” he says with a laugh. “But people still make fun of me.” After finding Depp’s characterization of Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series to be “weird,” and being “confused” by Secret Window, Angeconeb’s admiration for Depp sprouted after watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005. “I remember seeing Charlie and Chocolate Factory and thinking it’s soooo different,” he recalls. “It got me into that whole Johnny Depp ride.” Angeconeb, a member of Six Nations and whose father is police chief of Lac Seul’s police service, has since watched every single Depp film he could find. And tonight’s premiere would not be the first time
he has seen Depp in the flesh. In 2007, he was among fans outside that watched Depp walk the red carpet at the premiere of the third Pirates film. The next year, he and his parents drove to Wisconsin while Depp was filming Public Enemies, where Angeconeb first shook hands with the actor. Then in the fall of 2012, he got an autograph during the Toronto International Film Festival. Earlier this week, he waited 10 hours outside the Jimmy Kimmel Live! studio to get another autograph from Depp after his appearance on the show. But Angeconeb is quick to put his fandom into perspective. “When I wait to see Depp, you hang out with all these fans, and you get to gauge your level of fandom compared to other people’s,” he says. “I’ve seen people who quote everything, singing his Sweeney Todd songs. Whereas I am a big Depp fan, I’m just not as outgoing about it as they are.” see ANGECONEB page 11
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Angeconeb meets stars Johnny Depp, Leonard Nimoy from page 10 For this trip, Angeconeb found an auction on a charity website that included two tickets to both the Transcendence premiere and afterparty, along with two nights accommodations for two guests. “I just thought why not give it a shot and see if I win,” he says. “And if I do, I get to go to premiere and afterparty and hopefully get to meet Johnny Depp.” And while he already has met Depp and got two autographed photos - one of himself meeting Depp in line and another of a photo of Depp that Angeconeb took himself - Angeconeb had a specific goal for this potential meeting. “Johnny’s been talking bout retiring a lot lately,” he says. “I figured if he retires soon, this is my only shot to get a photo with him. While he’s gracious and signs autographs, it’s just harder to get a photo.” Satisfied with his attire, we head out for the historic Fox Theater, Westwood Village, which has been the site of numerous other Hollywood premieres. The streets are filled with fans and celebrity seekers as they line the barricades that surround the theatre. Screams fill the air when a celebrity walks the carpet. After getting our tickets, Angeconeb is disappointed to learn that we don’t get to walk the red carpet (which tonight is actually black). Instead, we “peasants” (I joke) take a different route. Security is tight and our tickets are checked three times before enter the theatre. As
we enter the lobby, we’re met with stares followed by glances away. Everyone is waiting for the celebrities to enter and are quickly disappointed when other nobodies appear. We join the celebrity lookout, standing around and looking at people as they walk by. Angeconeb recognizes a few lesser-known stars. He takes a photo with two men from the Young and the Restless, of which his mother is a big fan (so he says). Later, Angeconeb sees rocker Marilyn Manson while in the washroom. The crowd in the lobby grows and finally security ushers everyone to find their seat. While waiting for the film to start, we see the film’s executive producer Christopher Nolan, who also directed the latest Batman films, munching on on popcorn in the aisle. The film starts 20 minutes late, unannounced and rather unceremoniously, and those still chatting are quick to take their seat. Following the film, the lobby gets crowded as people look out again. Angeconeb joins friends he made earlier in the week while waiting outside Jimmy Kimmel. They all talk about their celebrity sightings. “I heard Jerry Bruckheimer was here,” one says. Angeconeb pardons himself no one else in the group has an after party ticket - and we head back to the hotel. Cool people don’t go to the party right away, we reason. Sure enough, when we do arrive an hour later, there is no celebrity to be seen. In the meantime, we take in the aura of a Hollywood after party, which is not as posh as I expect.
Still, very nice: multicoloured lighting, dance music, an open bar, dishes more than finger foods, and everyone is dressed nicely, if not elegantly. After an hour of trying to mingle with these Hollywood industry people, we finally see Depp along with Marilyn Manson and Paul Bettany - the latter of which was also in the film. They are in a section surrounded by security so they are not easily approached. Others also wanting to meet Depp linger by, waiting for the opportunity to meet the actor. When Depp goes the bathroom, Angeconeb see his bodyguard standing outside the door. “This is my chance to give him my letter,” Angeconeb says, taking out an envelope with the fan letter I did not know he had prepared. “I don’t meet him, at least he could give it to him for me.” He approaches the bodyguard calmly, leans in close to tell him his request. The guard nods, places the letter into his jacket and goes into the bathroom. Angeconeb returns, seemingly satisfied. Depp returns to his group for another 20 minutes or so before finally leaving for the night. But not before he is encircled by fans asking for a photo. When he comes my way, a guard holds me back and says Depp must go. I ask Depp for a handshake, to which he graciously obliges. “Nice to meet you,” he says. Angeconeb lingered a distance from the other fans, his strategy to get a one-onone moment with Depp. As he walks by, Angeconeb says, “Johnny, can I get a photo?”
Depp agrees and the two look hastily search for someone to snap the photo before a guard grabs Angeconeb’s phone and takes a few shots. Afterwards, Angeconeb returns to me beaming. “Yes!” he exclaims and, uncharacteristic in our friendship, puts up his hand for me to high-five. I heard the two talking during Angeconeb’s moment with Depp but could not make out what they were saying. “I told him I absolutely loved him in Lone Ranger, because most people didn’t like that movie,” he said with a laugh. He added, still laughing: “I said I was Native American myself. He looked me and was like, ‘really?’ which was pretty cool. I couldn’t say more after that because guards whisked him away.” Angeconeb remained over the moon for the rest of the night, even as we returned to the hotel. The whole evening’s experience left Angeconeb inspired. For the past two years, Ange-
Tyler Angeconeb meets Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy. coneb has been trying to finish a feature-length film featuring himself and his childhood friend Melvin Anderson, a Lac Seul member who currently lives in Kashechewan. Filming the last of the trilogy has been fraught with challenges related to budget, casting and finding crew members. But Angeconeb is nearly done shooting the film. He said going to Los Angeles and the premiere was “what I needed.”
“As a filmmaker, it was inspiring because I thought, I could be here one day with my film,” he said. “It gave me something to look forward to.” It might not be the last time he interacts with Depp. In the fan letter, Angeconeb expressed his admiration, asked some questions he left interviewers never asked Depp, and left his contact info. “Hopefully, he’ll get back to me,” he says, still beaming.
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Mattagami youth to showcase talents at Miss North Ontario Pageant 2014 by Xavier Kataquapit
Special to Wawatay News
Janelle Golinowski, a member of Mattagami First Nation, will be showcasing her talents as a traditional dancer at the Miss North Ontario Regional Canada Pageant 2014. The 18-year-old explained that she is proud yet humble to have been selected to represent her community for the pageant scheduled to be held May 1 to 3 at the Fraser Auditorium, Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. â€œI am really excited to be taking part in this event as an Aboriginal woman. It gives me an opportunity to promote and celebrate our Aboriginal culture and act as a positive role model for other young First Nation women,â€? said Golinowski. The Miss North Ontario Regional Canada Pageant is an annual event featuring young women between the ages of 13 to 24. The event was created to help foster personal development in contestants as well as to promote and support charitable organizations and tourism in northern Ontario. Golinowski, daughter of Patsy McKay and Dana Golinowski experienced her childhood in Mattagami First Nation. She explained that growing up in her community grounded her in Native traditions and culture. She is currently attending her final year of high school at Timmins High and Vocational School with plans of continuing on to post secondary education to pursue a career in either the medical field or in engineering.
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Mattagamiâ€™s Janelle Golinowski is headed to the Miss North Ontario Regional Canada Pageant 2014 in Sudbury. She explained that her older sister Tianna, who has moved on to post secondary education and travelled to Africa, inspired her to set her goals high. Golinowski commented that she has much respect for Mattagami First Nation Elders as she has benefited by their sharing of Native traditions and culture. Golinowski was introduced to traditional dance through the annual Mattagami First Nation Powwow. She started dancing in 2012 through the help and instruction of local traditional teacher and dancer, Dana McKenzie. At the 2013 Mattagami First Nation Powwow, Golinowski was honoured with the title of head youth dancer. â€œI really enjoy dancing as it is an important way for me to assist in keeping our traditions and cultural past alive,â€? said Golinowski. She also takes part in other traditional activities such as
hunting, trapping and fishing. Her boyfriend Devon Naveau is the grandson of Elder Leonard Naveau, a prominent leader and traditional Elder in Mattagami First Nation. â€œElder Leonard Naveau is definitely a great role model in my life and I have enjoyed learning from his patient teachings and words of traditional wisdom,â€? said Golinowski. Since being selected and accepted into the annual Miss North Ontario Regional Canada Pageant, she has been busy with promotional activities, gathering sponsorships and preparing for the event while completing her regular studies and responsibilities at home. â€œWe are all so proud of Janelle in representing Mattagami First Nation at this pageant. She is a great role model and proof that things are changing in a very positive way for our young people.
She has her feet firmly planted on the ground and has a good understanding of her traditions and culture as an Aboriginal woman,â€? said Chief Walter Naveau, Mattagami First Nation. In addition to the crowning of Miss North Ontario Regional Canada, many other award categories are up for grabs for the 46 contestants who will take part. Supporters can vote for Golinowski for the Peopleâ€™s Choice Award through the pageantâ€™s website at: www. missnorthontario.com/MNOpoll2014.html She is grateful for the support of the following sponsors: Mattagami First Nation, Debastos and Sons, Martin Fuels, Mattagami Confectionery and Gas Bar, Kunuwanimano Child and Family Services, Iam Gold, Lakeshore Gold and Wabun Tribal Council. She is also thankful for the assistance of Chantal Rheault, Graphic Design Artist and photographers Claude J Gagnon and Katelyn Malo. Golinowski has also received direct support and sponsorship from family, friends and the public. The annual event is a promotional activity for tourism in northern Ontario as well as an opportunity for fund raising of regional charities. The event is well known for its fund raising efforts for the Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC), an organization that the pageant has supported since 2006. The pageant event is also an official preliminary to Miss Teen Canada World and Miss Universe Canada.
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Deer Lake students featured in Shreddies commercial Stephanie Wesley Wawatay News
Deer Lakeâ€™s Grade 1 class was recently featured in a Shreddies cereal commercial with Books with No Bounds. â€œI felt proud of my daughter and her classmates, they all looked cute sitting at their desks, like it was a normal school day talking to each other,â€? said Kris Meekis, whose daughter Victoria, age 6, was featured in the commercial along with Janessa Quill, age 7. â€œIt was like they didnâ€™t mind being filmed.â€? Meekis was excited that the Oakville sisters Julia and Emma Mogus of Books with No Bounds wanted her daughter, who attends David Meekis Memorial School in Deer Lake, to be featured in the commer-
cial. â€œI didnâ€™t think they would pick her class,â€? Kris Meekis said. Joan Quill, mother of Janessa, was happy and surprised that the Grade 1 class was picked to be in the commercial. â€œThey told us they were going to be filming in the grade one class and the school library,â€? Quill said, noting they were told the film producers wouldnâ€™t know who would actually be in the commercial until it was edited. â€œI didnâ€™t know what Janessa was on there until her teacher showed me the commercial.â€? Meekis said the finished commercial made her cry. â€œI cried, even though itâ€™s just that one second you see her (Victoria), I cried. Tears
of joy,â€? Meekis said. â€œMy baby got a few calls after it aired, and I got some Facebook messages telling me they saw her on TV.â€? Meekis said that Victoria is proud that she and all of her friends are on TV. â€œI think those girls are awesome for doing that,â€? Meekis said of the Mogus sisters. â€œI thank them.â€? Quill said that she loved the commercial, and that Janessaâ€™s dad said it was the best commercial he has ever seen. â€œJanessa said she wouldnâ€™t mind being on TV again,â€? Quill laughed. Karen Meekis, the Grade 1 teacher, said it is â€œsomething really special to meâ€? to see a child start reading. â€œUs being way up north, itâ€™s hard for us to get books,â€?
Karen explained. â€œThey (the kids) were really excited when Julia and Emma went to the boxes. They were really surprised they had all of this attention from these girls.â€? The Mogus sisters flew into Deer Lake in February with a camera crew for the commercial. They had been nominated and voted by people across the country to be featured in the national Shreddies Search for Goodness contest. Emma Mogus said that she and her sister knew when they first started Books with No Bounds that they wanted to change the lives of somebody through literacy. Books with No Bounds has sent thousands of books to children in remote, northern First Nations communities.
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Books with No Boundsâ€™ Julia Mogus reads to a Grade 1 student during her recent trip to Deer Lake.
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NEWS BRIEFS Wasaya Airways aircraft grounded after door opens during April 24 takeoff Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Photo by Alan Hale, Kenora Daily Miner and News
Grassy Narrows arena destroyed in fire Stephanie Wesley Wawatay News
The arena in Grassy Narrows First Nation burnt down in the early hours of April 27. “It’s a big setback for the community,” said Grassy Narrows Councillor Randy Fobister. Treaty-three Police Service (T3PS) were dispatched to a report of a fire in the area of the arena. The Grassy Narrows Fire Team, First Responders, and T3PS responded to the call and found the arena engulfed in flames. “The fire might have started from the south end of the arena. It went pretty quick, it was a wood structure,” said Fobister. Fobister said they do not know who may have started the fire, and that they are awaiting to sit down to discuss the incident with T3PS and with the Ontario Fire Marshall.
Fobister said nobody was hurt in the fire. “I am very glad nobody was hurt, but at the same time it is a big setback for the community,” said Fobister. He explained the community used the arena a lot for hockey, and also during the summer for different events. Fobister said the arena is insured, and the community is waiting to find out if and when they can rebuild. He said the community is already coming together to clean up the burned down arena. “I am glad to hear from the community members when they’re talking about that,” Fobister said. “We will work together to get the new arena.” T3PS issued a media release and stated that they do not have a suspect in custody at this time. At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown and is still under investigation.
A Wasaya Airways Beechcraft 1900 twin-engine turboprop was grounded for five days in Sachigo after a door opened during takeoff on April 24. “About two minutes after takeoff they heard a whistling sound as it was leaving,” said Sachigo Chief Alvin Beardy, describing eyewitness accounts from community members on the ground. “They observed that something was wrong because it was making an unusual highpitched sound. Even from the ground you could hear it.” Beardy said the witnesses soon noticed that the pitch of the sound changed and the aircraft then returned to the airport.
“The way it descended was kind of in a manner that was pretty fast,” Beardy said. “According to the reports from the inside was that the passengers had indicated that the door had opened as they were flying.” A Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesperson said the door warning light did not activate until the door had opened about six inches. “Shortly after takeoff the crew heard a wind noise,” said Chris Krepski, a Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesperson. “There was no warning light at that point but then they went to check the main cabin door to see if it was latched, but it popped open about six inches and that is when the warning light in the cockpit illuminated.”
Krepski said the crew then briefed the nine passengers on board and turned the aircraft around to return to Sachigo. “While the door was open, a restraining cable struck the left propellor as the aircraft slowed on approach,” Krepski said. “The door was open to the point where it was about 90 degrees to the fuselage. The aircraft door opened when the aircraft touched down and contacted the runway surface.” Krepski said there were no injuries to the passengers or crew, but the aircraft sustained damages to the left propellor and main cabin door. “The aircraft has been removed for service and inspection,” Krepski said. A Wasaya Airways statement said the aircraft’s door
lowered as the air speed lowered and fully opened upon landing, but did not hit the ground. The passengers were brought into the airport terminal after the landing, and further accommodations or transportation were provided by the company. Wasaya Airways is in contact with Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada as an investigation into the cause of the door opening is underway. Beardy said it was a close call for the passengers. “I’m sure there was trauma involved,” Beardy said. “When the pressure hit, I heard that one of the young people had their ear (buds) in (and) those things popped out. That was how hard the air pressure hit them.”
Mushkegowuk Council, communities seeking Ring of Fire opportunities Rick Garrick Wawatay News
The Mushkegowuk Council and member communities are calling for a major role in economic opportunities from the Ring of Fire mineral exploration area in the James Bay Lowlands. “Mushkegowuk Council recognizes the significant, long term economic potential associated with development of mineral resources in the Ring of Fire,” said Grand Chief Stan Louttit. “We expect our region and our First Nations to be key participants in the economic
opportunities associated with development of these world class mineral deposits. That includes employment and training for our people, participating in infrastructure development, and building business capacity and partnerships through contracting for mining related supplies and services.” Louttit raised the issue during the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business’s April 10 Hot Topic Series panel discusssion: Recalibrating for the Ring of Fire, held at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay. “Mushkegowuk Council
is interested in continuing to explore and develop relationships and partnerships with the Crown, with proponents and with businesses that will be involved in development of the mineral potential of the Ring of Fire,” Louttit said. Louttit said the Mushkegowuk Council’s stated position is that economic and financial benefits must be shared broadly with all First Nations potentially impacted by development of the Ring of Fire and with community members of all generations. The council represents four James Bay communities, Attawapiskat,
Kashechewan, Fort Albany and Moose Cree, and three inland communities, Taykwa Tagamou, Chapleau Cree and Missanabie Cree. The panel discussion featured Alan Coutts, president and CEO of Noront Resources, Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, Bob Rae, acting advisor to the Matawa Tribal Council, Frank Iacobucci, Ontario’s lead negotiator for Ring of Fire, and Webequie Councillor Elsie MacDonald, with Michael Fox, president of Fox High Impact Consulting as moderator.
Wawatay News MAY 1, 2014
Published on May 2, 2014