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Hospital offers holistic healing Brent Wesley Wawatay News

When Frank Beardy entered the new Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre for the grand opening Oct. 15, he was “dumbfounded.” In various roles, Beardy was part of a process decades in the making, waiting for the opportunity he now had as he strolled into the 140,000 square foot building. As he reveled in the moment, many people came to speak to him, often offering congratulations for the occasion. All he could do was nod. Now serving as co-chairman on the Meno Ya Win board, Beardy was seeing the near final state of the health centre. With construction complete, the next step is to start the move from two aging sites. Doors expect to open Nov. 7. One thing is clear when walking through the halls of the patient care wing – there’s always a view of the outdoors. The setting is intentional. Designers wanted to create a village-like atmosphere. The idea was to create a home away from home, to create a holistic environment conducive to healing. The state-of-the art facility, with a price tag of $106 million, is a blend of the old and the new, a merging of modern technology with traditional First Nation principles. It’s a concept Beardy said was needed to make patients feel as comfortable as possible when seeking treatment. Because 80 per cent of patients served by Meno Ya Win are Aboriginal, it was important to include First Nation concepts of health, healing and wellness to provide culturally-sensitive health care. “The holistic nature of how we look at our health has to be a part of the healing process,” Beardy said. Many of the First Nation concepts, which now make up the hospital, were guided by the vision of area Elders. Beardy said the Elders wanted holistic healing to be incorporated in the new health centre. “As Native people we’ve been removed from that for a number of generations and the Elders are now saying we need to go back to those concepts of healing,” Beardy said. First Nation patients will continue to receive translation services currently provided at the old sites, but the new health centre will now also offer a food program. See SIOUX page 12

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The Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre held grand opening celebrations Oct. 15 and 16 of its new 140,000 square foot facility. With about 60 beds for patients, the new hospital will provide services under one roof that are currently offered at seven different locations in Sioux Lookout.

ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᒧᒋᑫᐣᑕᒧᐠ ᑲᑭ ᑭᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑊᕑᐁᐣᐟ ᐁᐧᐢᓫᐃ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ

ᐊᐱ ᑊᕑᐊᐣᐠ ᐯᕑᑎ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᐁᐱᐣᑎᑫᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐅᐡᑭ ᒥᓄᔭᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᐸᐦᑭᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐱᒪᐦᐊᒧᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 15 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ, ᒥᐱᑯ ᐁᑭᒧᒋᑭᐯᐣᑕᐠ. ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᐃᓇᓄᑭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑭᐱᐃᔑᐊᐧᐃᐧᒋᑕᐧ ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᐯᕑᑎ ᒥᔑᓄᔭᑭ ᑲᑭᐱᔑᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ, ᐁᑭᐸᐱᐦᐅᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐊᐱᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐠ ᒥᑕᐡ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑫᑲᐱ ᐁᑭᐃᓯᓭᓂᐠ ᒋᐅᑎᓴᐸᐣᑕᐠ ᐁᑭᔭᓂ ᐸᐸᒥᐊᐃᓇᐱᐠ 140,000 ᑕᓱᑲᑲᑫᒥᓯᐟ ᑲᔭᐱᒐᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐁᐸᐸᒥᐊᐃᓇᐱᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐱᐣᑎᑲᒥᐠ, ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐣ ᐅᑭᐱᓇᓇᓯᑲᑯᐣ, ᒥᓇ ᑕᓴᐧ ᐱᑯ ᑫᑲᐟ ᐁᐊᐧᒋᔦᒪᑲᓄᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᐃᔑᒋᑲᓂᐊᐧᓂᐠ. ᒥᐱᑯ ᐁᑕ ᐁᑭᒧᒋᓇᓇᒥᑫᓂᐨ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᓄᑯᑦ ᐊᓂᑫᐊᐱᑕᒪᑫ ᐃᒪ ᒥᓄᔭᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐱᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐃᐧᒋᑕᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑫᑲᐟ ᑲᔭᓂ ᑭᔑᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᐊᔕ ᐁᑭ ᑭᔕᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᒋᐊᐣᒋᑯᓯᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᓂᔑᐣ ᑫᑌ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ. ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᐡᑲᑎᓄᐱᓯᑦ 7 ᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ ᐊᒥ ᐊᔕ ᒋᐸᑭᓯᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᐃᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌ. ᐯᔑᐠ ᑫᑯᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐃᔑᐸᔭᑌᓇᑲᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐃᓀᑫ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒥᔑᒥᐣᑕᐧ, ᒥᑐᓂ ᐱᑯ ᐁᐸᔭᑌᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᐊᑲᐧᒋᐠ.

ᐅᐣᒋᑕ ᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑭᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌ. ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒪᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᐃᔑᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᐃᔑᓇᑯᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᐃᑯ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓀᓯᐠ ᑲᐊᔭᔭᐣ ᒋᐃᓀᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ. ᑭᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌ ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᐃᑯ ᑲᐃᔑᑕᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᐃᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᐯᑭᐡ ᑲᔦ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐱᒥ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᐣᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᔭᓂᒥᓄᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᒋᒥᓇᐧᔑᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ $106 ᒥᓫᐃᔭᐣ ᑭᐃᓇᑭᐣᑌ, ᑭᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌ ᐁᑫᑌᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐅᐡᑭᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᐁᑭᐃᔑᒪᒪᐃᐧᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᓄᑯᑦ ᐅᐡᑭᔭᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᐊᔑᐨ ᑲᔭᐡ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐯᕑᑎ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᓇᑯᑕᒪᐃᐧᐣᑕᐧ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ ᒋᐃᔑᓇᐦᐃᐡᑲᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐱ ᑲᐱᓇᒋᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᓂᓂᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ. ᐊᓂᐡ 80 ᐱᕑᓭᐣᐟ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ ᐅᒪ ᑲᐅᒋᐊᓄᑲᓂᑕᐧ ᒥᓄᔭᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᐊᐧᐠ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᑭᒋᓀᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒋᑭᑭᓂᑲᑌᓂᑭᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐱᐃᔑ ᓂᓯᑕᐃᐧᓇᐠ ᒥᓄᔭᐃᐧᐣ, ᓇᑕᐃᐧᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒥᓄᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᒪᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐃᔑᑎᐸᐸᒥᑕᐧ ᑲᐱᒥᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ. ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᒪᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐃᓀᑫ ᑲᐅᒋᒥᓄᔭᔭᐠ ᐃᓯᓭᐸᐣ ᐃᑯ ᒋᑭᐃᔑ ᑭᑭᓂᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᓇᑕᐃᐧᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐯᕑᑎ.

ᒥᔑᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐃᓀᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᐃᓀᐣᑕᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐊᔑᑎᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒋᑭᑭᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᑭᑭᓄᐡᑲᒪᑫᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᒪ ᑌᑎᐸᐦᐃ ᑲᐊᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᐠ. ᐯᕑᑎ ᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᐦᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑭᒋᐦᐊ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᐱᑯ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᐊᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᓇᑕᐃᐧᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᒪ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᑭᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐊᔕ ᒥᔑᓄᔭᑭ ᑲᐅᒋᐊᔭᓂᑫ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᔭᐠ ᑭᑭᐱᐅᒋ ᐊᐧᓂᑐᒥᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑲᑭᐱᐃᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᓄᑯᑦ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᐠ ᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᔕ ᐃᓯᓭᐸᐣ ᒋᑭᑭᐁᐧᓇᓯᑲᒪᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᓄᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑲᑭᐱᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᑭᐸᐣ ᓇᑕᐃᐧᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐯᕑᑎ. ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ ᒥᐱᑯ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᒋᐱᒥᐃᓀᐧᑕᒪᐃᐧᑕᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᑫᑌᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑲᑕᓇᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᔕᑯᐨ ᑲᔦ ᐃᒪ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑕᐅᐡᑭᓭ ᒥᒋᑦ ᑫᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ. ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᓄᒪᑫ ᑫᑲᓇᐁᐧᐣᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑕᐸᑭᑎᓇᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᐊᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᒥᒋᒪᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᒧᓱᐣ. ᑭᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᑭᓯᓯᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᒥᒋᒪᐣ ᐱᐣᒋ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ. ᑭᐱᑭᓯᒋᑲᑌ ᑕᐡ ᒋᐸᑫᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑫᑕᔑᑲᓯᑲᑌᑭᐣ. ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᔦ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᐠ ᑫᐅᒋᒥᓄᔭᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭ ᑲᐱᒥᓇᑕᐃᐧᐦᐃᐨ. ᐣᑭᒋᐦᐊᒥᓇᓂᐠ ᒧᔕᐠ ᐣᑭᐱᐃᐧᑕᒪᑯᒥᐣ

ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᑲᔦ ᑫᐅᐣᒋᒥᓄᔭᔭᐠ, ᑲᒥᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᒥᒋᒪᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐯᕑᑎ. ᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌ ᑲᔦ ᑫᑕᔑ ᓇᑕᐃᐧᐦᐃᐁᐧ ᐃᔑᒋᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑐᑲᐣ ᒥᑎᑯᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧ ᓇᑕᐃᐧᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ. ᒥᑐᓂ ᑭᐊᔭᑲᐧᒥᓯᓇᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᓇᑯᑕᒪᐃᐧᐣᑕᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᒪ ᑲᐅᒋᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᐃᐧᐣᑕᐧ, ᒪᒪᐤ 28 ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᐅᐣᒋᐊᐧᐠ ᑫᐱᒋᐅᒋᐊᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᐧᓂᐣ ᐃᑯ ᐁᑕ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᒪ ᑕᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᑲᓄᓯᐊᐧᐠ. ᑭᐊᐸᑕᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᓂᑲᐧᓂᔭᐠ ᑫᐅᒋ ᑭᑭᓄᐡᑭᑫᒪᑲᐠ, ᓂᐊᐧᔦᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᑕᑫᔭᓂᒪᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒋᑫᒪᑲᐠ ᐁᐃᔑᐊᐧᐸᐣᑎᓂᐁᐧᒪᑲᐠ ᑲᑭᓇ ᑲᑕᓱ ᐅᐣᑕᑲᓀᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐊᐁᐧᓀᓇᐠ ᐅᒪ ᒋᐱᐣᑎᑲᓂᑕᐧ. ᑭᐃᔑᒋᑲᑌ ᑕᐡ ᒋᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐸᑲᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᑕᑲᓀᓯᐊᐧᐨ. ᐃᓇᐱᐣ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 13

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Eabametoong First Nation’s school was temporarily closed after a fire caused smoke damage. Numerous cases of arson and violent crimes have hit the community hard this year raising fears of personal safety among residents. Chief Lewis Nate is calling for outside help to assist the community deal with the crisis.

Eabametoong declares state of emergency over murders, arson Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Eabametoong First Nation is pleading for help after three murders, numerous cases of arson and a number of animal mutilations have occurred since January. “The situation in our community has escalated out of control and is now so serious that many people sleep with a fire extinguisher beside them, fearful that their home could be set on fire next,” said Eabametoong Chief Lewis Nate. “No one should have to live like this, it’s devastating.” The community of about 1,200 on-reserve band members declared a state of emergency Oct. 22 following a series of violent crimes that have residents fearing for their safety. “There is a lot of uncertainty about what is happening and it is really gripping the community in that sense,” Nate said. The four dozen cases of arson included homes where families were sleeping. One fire temporarily closed the community school due to smoke damage. The fires, combined with several cases of animals being mutilated, have left the community wondering what will happen next. “The people of Eabametoong are committed to working together to do whatever is needed to bring safety and order back to our community,” Nate said. “But we can’t do it alone. We are desperate for outside help.” The community was also recently left without water for five days following a break-in at the water treatment facility

that led to concerns whther the drinking water had been contaminated. Nate said water was flown in for community members after the water system was shut down. “We had to make sure nothing was put into the system,” he said.

munity today,” Nate said. “We need intervention workers to come to the aid of our troubled youth.” Nate believes prescription drug abuse is affecting the community in all areas of life, including work, spirituality and finances.

Eabametoong is about 350 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. Matawa regional chiefs – Eabametoong is a Matawa community – are calling on all levels of government and any other service agencies or individuals to come to the aid of the community. “We need short-term support and resources to help us restore safety and address the violent element in our com-

Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) front-line officers have met frequently with the chief and council since the situation began deteriorating. “We support the chief and council in their request for additional resources that they are requesting from the provincial and territorial bodies,” said NAPS Sgt. Jackie George.

She said NAPS is doing everything it can to help the community battle the epidemic, which includes a future meeting with acting police chief Robin Jones. “We have five front-line officers posted in that community, one of whom is trained as a drug resource officer to assist with drug investigations that come directly from within the community,” George said. “We also have our drug unit, which will assist officers with those investigations.” Nate said the community has exhausted all of its resources trying to deal with the abuse of prescription drugs. “The health department has been bringing in people for debriefings, counselling, but you know that costs money,” Nate said. “We’ve been spending a lot of money on security at the airport and the community.” Nate said people are now afraid to leave their homes due to arson and the theft of personal items to support prescription drug addictions. “I lost my (boat) motor,” Nate said. “Even my laptop, somebody stole it and sold it.” Kenora MP Greg Rickford plans to visit Nov. 8. An INAC spokeswoman said the health and safety of the community members is of primary concern to the Government of Canada. Susan Bertrand is INAC’s northern region manager of communications. She said in an Oct. 22 e-mail, the ministry has not received an official declaration from the community. Bertrand said INAC has been in contact with the community and planned an Oct. 26

visit along with Health Canada officials. INAC is also providing $200,000 to help repair the school, which has re-opened. While INAC does not have direct authority for mental health issues, Bertrand said the department provides support where it can. Bertrand said INAC is providing $25,000 for emergency equipment and $50,000 to support the security activities of the First Nation. However, Nishawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy believes both levels of government are failing to address the real issues. “The federal and provincial governments continue to neglect the real social issues which plague isolated northern First Nations,” Beardy said. “This has resulted in some situations, such as the violent crimespree in Eabametoong, to escalate out of control.” Nate wants help to develop a long-term plan to address the root issues causing the violence. “Ultimately, it’s going to have to come from the people,” he said. Nate believes the underlying cause of the prescription drug abuse epidemic is a loss of traditional values among the people. He has faith, however, his community will improve. “Everything goes hand-inhand,” he said. “You can work on your healing, but if you don’t have anything for these people to look forward to, they’ll just relapse. We need to rebuild our spirituality, we need to rebuild our churches, we need to go back to God, to go back to depending on God to get where we need to go.”

When the votes were tallied Oct. 25, the First Nation candidates seeking municipal election seats were on the outside looking in. In Thunder Bay, Cindy Crowe received 3,706 votes in her bid for one of the five councillor-at-large seats. The winners received between 13,39622,516 votes. Crowe, a Lake Helen band member, had hoped to bring a new perspective to council and serve as a link between the area First Nation population and the city. “I see myself as the connector, as the bridge,” Crowe said, prior to the election. “(First Nation people) need to feel like they can trust the city council and have faith in what they are doing.” She said the diversity of the city should be represented in its workforce, noting the Aboriginal population continues to grow rapidly in Thunder Bay. Sharon Ostgberg, a former Pic River band councillor, also sought a councillor-at-large seat in Thunder Bay. She received 3,631 votes. Ostberg wanted to give First Nation people a voice on council. “This is your home, this is your city,” she said, prior to the election. “You need to have a say in what is going on.” In Sioux Lookout, incumbent councillor David Gordon failed to retain his seat. He received 691 votes but needed 106 more votes to earn the fourth and final position on council. Gordon had hoped his experience in municipal government would earn him a re-election. “Now I feel really comfortable in that environment so I think I can work towards making changes a lot more effectively,” Gordon, the former Lac Seul chief, said prior to the election. In Kenora, both Adolphus Cameron and Waylon Scott fell short in their councillor election bids. Cameron garnered 1,811 votes but needed more than 2,744 to gain a seat. Scott received 1,146 votes.

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Pierre Pelletier, left, and Louise Dupuis, right, 2010 Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund partnership of the year winners.

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Gabrielle Cross, owner of Gabby’s Spudz and More, won new business of the year at Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s 20th Business Award’s banquet in Thunder Bay Oct. 20.

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With each name called out, one by one, another piece of history was made. By the time Gabby Cross’ name was called out, to receive the last of eight awards to be presented that night, a feeling of unimaginable pride hit the owner of Gabby’s Spudz and More. “Being the new business of the year, I am honoured to be the first ever recipient,” Cross said, during the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Business Awards Oct. 20 in Thunder Bay. “I am also so blessed to be among such elite company as the previous award winners in the past 20 years. “From scrubbing potatoes to receiving an award, I am so joyful to be here tonight,” Cross whose family is originally from the Treaty 3 community of Sagkeeng First Nation, said. Other award winners for 2010 include Janet Furoy, of Spa Euphoria and Wellness Retreat, as the youth entrepreneur, Dorcas Barnes, of Dorcas Therapeutic Massage, as businesswoman of the year, Clayton Clace, of Tibricor Ltd., as businessman of the year, Betrand Neilsen, of Pro Pipe Construction, the building communities award, Anemki Mountain Corporation as corporation of the year, David Fletcher, Nishnawbe Aski Nation executive director, as executive of the year, and Louise Dupuis and Pierre Pelletier, of Pelletier’s Gas Bar and Native Art Gallery, as partner-

ship of the year. They are the most recent entries on the list of more than 100 NADF Business Award winners, joining the likes of now-Wasaya Airways president and CEO Tom Morris, who was named businessman of the year in 1992, multiple-time winners Laureen Wasaykeesic of Mishkeegogamang and Darcy Kejick of North Spirit Lake, and lawyer Patricia Faries, the 2002 businesswoman of the year. Since it was launched in 1991, the NADF business awards have changed and grown. Wally Bannon, now the senior business development officer with Aboriginal Business Canada (under NADF), was a loans officer for NADF at the time of the first business awards. “We started out with two awards – businessman and businesswoman of the year,” he said. “There was a small room at the Victoria Inn reserved for the ceremony. The audience sat at one table.” Harvey Yesno, president and CEO of NADF, said it’s gratifying to see what the awards have become over the years. The 2010 awards saw about 400 people attend. The event has grown from just honouring the winners into something more, he said. “This is a chance to bring people together,” Yesno said. “A lot of networking goes on here. People have planned and scheduled meetings in Thunder Bay this week, just to be able to be here for the awards.” While the number of awards and audience size have grown

over the years, what hasn’t changed is the reason for the annual ceremony. The value of promoting the success of Aboriginal small businesses in the region can’t be overstated, Bannon, who is from Fort William First Nation, said. “Aboriginal people don’t tend to celebrate their successes,” Bannon said. “It is important to recognize these business leaders and hail them as role models and success stories. “Small successes can lead to large successes. It is always our hope that the winners will ignite the business spirit in their communities.” Yesno said over the years, NADF has reacted to the needs of the communities it serves and added new awards to honour different business sectors. “We thought it was important to recognize the development corporations as they became more important in bringing businesses to our communities,” Yesno said. “The youth award came about because the (Aboriginal) population is so young. Our youth were getting better educations and getting more involved with business.” The awards grew steadily in the mid-1990s. In 1994, the first development corporation was honoured. The Kingfisher Lake Socio-Economic Development Corporation was the recipient. In 1995, more awards were added. Peckenan Maintenance was the first partnership of the year. Emmanuel Jacob was the inaugural executive of the year.

“We continued to look at major client sectors,” Bannon said. In 1996, a sixth award was added with Wade Cachagee earning the first youth entrepreneur award. The inaugural building communities award was presented in 2001 with David Winters getting the nod. Despite the growth, the awards have faced some obstacles. “People tend to back down,” Bannon said. “They don’t want to be seen as further ahead of anything else. One gentleman in Fort Hope has been nominated several times and he won’t accept the nomination.” But as the awards have grown, so have the number of nominations from the region. Bannon said the awards are open to all Aboriginal businesses in northern Ontario. “When we were concentrating on just the NAN area, our nominations were down,” he said. Bannon said the diversity of businesses being honoured is a testament to good ideas being pursued. While gas bars and grocery stores are important businesses to pursue, so are massage salons, hairdressers, restaurants, hotels and computer technicians. “What I always try and tell people is go with your passion,” Bannon said. “It’s not a bad thing to do what you love to do. You spend 86,000 hours working in your career, do what you like.”

Past winners 2006 Businesswoman Diane Lacouciere Businessman Dan Villars Development corporation Bamaji Lake Development Corp. Partnership Stan Kapashesit and Jay Monture Executive Eno H. Anderson Youth entrepreneur Paul Kataquapit Building communities Kasabonika Lake NeeChee Achievement Award WLON Distribution Ltd.

2008 Businesswoman Edna Beardy Businessman Bill Lacroix Development corporation Pic River Development Corp. Partnership Merv McLeod and Nancy Wood Executive Margaret Kenequanash Youth entrepreneur Chris McKay Building communities Cree Aski Services Ltd. NeeChee Achievement Award Louise Thomas

2007 Businesswoman Janie Wesley Businessman Terry Aggamaway Development corporation Azaadi Wag Development Corp. Partnership NACair LP Executive Greg Okimaw Youth entrepreneur Joseph Kataquapit Building communities Kevin Connor NeeChee Achievement Award Theresa Nelson

2009 Businesswoman Laureen Wassaykeesic Businessman Darcy Kejick Development corporation Rocky Shore Development Corp. Partnership Madil and Elaine Rae Executive David Paul Achneepineskum Youth entrepreneur Nadya Kwandibens Building communities Kevin Connor NeeChee Achievement Award Kevin Belmore

To view a complete list of winners from past 20 years, visit wawataynews.ca

More than four years ago, Louise Dupuis and Pierre Pelletier were presented with an opportunity to take over a business in their community. In the time that has passed, the siblings have turned a modest gas bar on the Lake Helen Reserve near Nipigon, Ont., into a thriving business with eight employees. Now dubbed Pelletier’s Gas Bar and Native Art Gallery, the business earned its owners a Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Business Award Oct. 20. The pair was presented with partnership of the year. “We did a lot of work to the gas bar,” said Pelletier, who is also chief of the community. “We totally updated the business ... and cleaned it up,” Dupuis said. While business is good – sales are up 80 per cent from 2005 to 2009 – neither owner wants to take much of the credit.

“We have the best staff,” Dupuis said. “There is barely any turnover. People enjoy working for us.” Having such a quality staff – six full-time and two part-time – has allowed Dupuis and Pelletier to maintain employment outside the business. “We still have full lives outside (of the gas bar and gallery),” Dupuis said. When they first took over the gas bar, they didn’t change much. But two years ago, they added the art gallery, which draws its own clients. “People definitely come in and love what we have to offer,” Dupuis said. “But there are also a lot of people who stop for gas and then look around at the fantastic local art and have to buy something. “People come back because there is always something new.” -JT

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Dorcas Barnes, businesswoman of the year, with Madeline Commanda, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund chairwoman.

Massage business a handful Dorcas Barnes loves working with her hands. After working for 15 years in a children centre in the social services sector, she began researching and planning a business idea. That plan, for Dorcas Therapeutic Massage, came to fruition when she opened her Timmins, Ont. business in January 2009. “I want to help people,” Barnes, a Moose Cree band member, said in revealing her motivation for starting her own business. “I have a love for humanity. With therapeutic massage, I know I can make a difference in people’s lives.” Barnes was recognized with a Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund award for businesswoman of the year during a ceremony in Thunder Bay Oct. 20. Barnes takes tremendous pride in helping people. Whether it is relief from the pain of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle collision, chronic

issues related to sports or just the desire for relaxation, Barnes can work on whatever ails her clients. She offers massage therapy and other services which complement the field. These include hydrotherapy (the use of water for pain-relief and treating illness), steam inhalation, salt glow (and exfoliating treatment which leaves the skin feeling silky soft and renewed), paraffin wax (to moisturize and soften the skin), and body wraps to relieve stress. Barnes said business is steady. She sees an average of five to six people a day. The longer she’s been in business, the more it has grown. “I do work with other community agencies,” she said. “I get referrals from doctors and refer my clients to other people in the field I think they would benefit from.” Barnes works on her own and has no immediate plans to add a second massage therapist. - JT


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Livin’ a rez life Debbie Mishibinijima GUEST COLUMNIST

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ife on the rez has kept me busy this past month. I grew up in Toronto, so I never realized what people in First Nations do to prepare for a cold winter. But now I understand. First, we had to ensure we have enough firewood. So we have cut, loaded, hauled, unloaded, chopped and stacked cedar, birch and pine. Any chance we could, my partner and I would head to the bush to find ‘chicos’ where forest fires had swept through. My daughter accompanied us evenings and weekends. Normally, my partner would have had this task crossed off the to-do list by spring. As a reporter, I had clean, soft hands, but now my hands are callused and ragged from being exposed to the outside elements. And my jeans have become baggy. Soon I’ll be able to buy a new pair of smaller jeans or at least dig out my skinny jeans. My arms are more toned from chopping wood every day. Who needs a gym membership when I can get a free workout thanks to Mother Nature. There are some essentials we take whenever we head to the bush: food, water, a couple of thermoses of tea, an axe and a rifle on the off chance we happen across a moose. Of course, we don’t forget the toilet paper either. Every two weeks, my partner comes home from his job. And as a member of Treaty 9, he can hunt for moose in our neck of the woods. This is the other activity that has been a priority for us. On his most recent visit home, he got a moose within a couple of days. His son joined him along with another young hunter. It was a relief knowing we had moose meat to sustain our families for a while. We shared the moose with three other families. I joined my partner during one such hunting trip. I was hoping my keen eyes would help keep him well fed. In hindsight, maybe he’s been too well fed. We borrowed a truck and arranged for childcare. We ventured out on a Friday evening around dusk and since it was mid-October, the nights were quite chilly. I was used to the warmth of our log home with its wood stove heating. We arrived at our destination and the homemade chicken soup that I brought in a thermos never tasted so good.

The stars shone brightly and the stillness of the forest was peaceful. We slept in the truck that night. We shared a down-filled blanket, which we seemed to have a tug of war with throughout the night. The night seemed remarkably long, but maybe that’s because I had cold feet. At the daybreak, my partner went out moose hunting while I enjoyed the luxury of lying down in the cab of the truck with the down-filled blanket all to myself. Sometime later, my partner checked in and told me he was going to another location. I mumbled a few words and went back to sleep. I slept soundly. Eventually, when I’d had enough sleep, I got up. Off in the distance, I could hear the sound of an all-terrain-vehicle approaching. It was my partner. I asked him for the time and he told me it was 10:30 a.m. I couldn’t believe my ears. He laughed and called me his “sleeping hunter.” I also learned to make a new special tea out in the bush. It was dark by then, so when I used my woolly mitt to grab the pot lid, my mitt ended going for a swim in the tea. And since we had limited butane, water and tea bags, I served the tea anyway thinking my partner wouldn’t mind. Little did I know that we would have a visitor. My partner offered our visitor some tea, but I didn’t say anything about the added ingredient. The next day, I confessed to my partner. He was amused and we had a good chuckle. After three days of scouting for moose, we still hadn’t had any luck. And as the time to head home got closer, I sat there on the quad-vehicle reflecting on what I had learned. I learned that hunting moose requires either a lot of patience to sit in a blind and great timing. I watched my partner track a moose, do moose calls, visit moose habitats and live life according to the daily patterns of the moose. And then there was the silence. For those that know me, I am quite chatty. So as soon as I could get a mobile phone signal, I called my girl to tell her I was coming home. I arrived home a bit tired, hungry and in need of a good hot shower. The time went fast. My partner had to go back to work and we still had a moose to butcher. Initially, I thought I would be squeamish, instead I found I was a natural guided by the expertise of my partner. Christmas came early this year for our families. I will make my way through northern Ontario sharing the bounty of one Cree man’s successful moose hunt.

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A dog sled team hauls firewood on Big Trout Lake. This image was photographed in January 1956. If you can identify the person in this picture, email editor@wawatay.on.ca

Remembering Gaston Lascelle Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY

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lot of good things have happened to me over the past 14 years. When I first met my best friend Mike, he introduced me to a life of sobriety. My time before this was difficult. Now that I think back on it, I was numb all the time and I felt disconnected. I had always promised myself that I would not fall into a life of addictions but I just didn’t know how to do it. I have a lot of great family and friends and I had a good life as a child. However, most of my memories have to do with alcohol and drugs. Many people have been helpful on my road to recovery from addictions. This week, I lost one of them. When I first came to live in Iroquois Falls with Mike and his mom Emily, I was

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introduced to Gaston and Viv Lascelle, who lived next door. Mike wanted me to meet his old neighbour right away and for good reason. Gaston or ‘Tots’ as everyone called him was one of those amazing people that did not judge and he lived every day with a lot of humour. He was larger than life. He grew up in the ‘40s and ‘50s. He was often politically incorrect but he was kind and good-natured, so none of that mattered. If I needed to know something about my motorcycle or a job I was doing around the house, I could always go to Gaston. He seemed to know a lot about so many things and he was always quick to share his knowledge. He loved to ride his motorcycle and according to my friend Mike, in the ‘50s, he was the spitting image of Marlon Brando on his Electra Glide Harley Davidson replete with leather jacket and captain’s hat. Gaston seemed like an ordinary person in town but he was far from it. He was an

adventurer and he had been to many places in Canada and the United States. I met him after he had raised all his kids and had gone back to motorcycling. He was still hanging out with a lot of his old bike buddies and a whole new generation of motorcycle riders. He must have been a rebel when he was a kid. He was also one of the first certified divers in the North and he helped the Ontario Provincial Police train and form their diving teams. Police often called upon him to assist in searches. And he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He often mused that he might have some Apache blood, but I was sure it had to be Cree or Ojibway blood. He loved western and war movies and he was as good as an encyclopedia when it came to knowing the history of the Second World War. He was also one of the best gunsmiths in the North. He had a collection of guns that was incredible and even featured a Colt 45, made famous by the old west.

Gaston loved to decorate his vehicles. His bike looked like a Christmas tree lit with all kinds of lights and adorned with bumper stickers. He also had pictures of his entire family on the bike’s instrument console. His good humour carried over to his trucks. When I first met him he had an old Dodge that he had hand painted to resemble Garfield the cat. He rode that old jalopy everywhere. I could find him most of the time in his garage with his radio blaring country hits like Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire. He worked for the Abitibi paper company most of his life. He was also the perfect example of francophone culture in northern Ontario. He spoke English and French. He loved Halloween. One year he even dressed up to like an Apache. So many good people have done a lot of wonderful things that have contributed to making my struggle with addictions easier to overcome. Gaston Lascelle was one of those people. Meegwetch Gaston.

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CONTRIBUTORS Xavier Kataquapit Cal Kenny Chris Kornacki Debbie Mishibinijima Peter Moon Guest editorials, columnists and letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the views of Wawatay News.


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Hostel name a fitting tribute to Elder Re: wawataynews.ca/node/20348 A beautiful tribute to Chief Jeremiah McKay. I had the good fortune to work with talented colleagues and for two year taught wonderful young learners of Sineonokway Native School. It was a great privilege to meet Chief McKay, a wise dedicated leader who was committed to his people, especially the youth. He was all about helping families and young people, and the children adored him. He would have been very very proud to have seen this memorial in his name. This hostel will be a place where his legacy of helping people will continue. submitted by Gail Matthews

Education about all diabetes types important Re: wawataynews.ca/node/1245 Good initiative if they are educating children. I hope they explain the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Preventing Type 2 is very important but people should also know about Type 1 diabetes, an auto immune condition which people (mostly those under 30) get through no fault of their own, and can not be prevent by diet and exercise. submitted by Anonymous

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This annual event recognizes and reafď€ rms the special relationship the people of Nishnawbe Aski Nation have to the Creator and to the land. We spend this day acknowledging the strength, resiliency and gifts of our people while asking for the Creator’s guidance to help us overcome the challenges we face every day. NAN leadership encourage all First Nations to organize a Community event to recognize the NAN Day of Prayer.

First Nations will be exploited under Bill 191 Re: www.wawataynews.ca/discussion-forum/ring-of-fire Bill 191 is designed to become and now is the birthing right to mining on Indian Land and legalized from the Crown perspective. That is the Ring of Fire will now rule out treaty and Aboriginal rights. The Crown will seek this opportunity under the right of governments both federal and provincial. The question is, what will the First Nations leaders do now in Ontario? From the community forums, to regional and the national community? Yes, the issue at hand is a harsh legal reality, in the mean time the mining companies will continue their path despite First Nations political talks and the bill has been passed into law in the Ring of Fire! I think the FN leadership realize that Bill 191 is a sanctuary to the mining industry and other future economic interests of the governments to exploit avenues in pushing economic growth and development in the north. We now must move fast and develop the concepts of growth and occupation on the land. This might be the only tool we can use to sustain our way of life. We still have the values and traditional concepts and these tools can be modernized to pave the way into the future. The First Nations do not need to consent to governments or approval in planning their future? That would be wrong and that is what the governments expect to see, so they can control the lives of the First Peoples. submitted by Anonymous Reader disappointed in Bearskin Lake fall funt Re: http://wawataynews.ca/node/20531 It is a very sad and disturbing story to hear of these Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities are taking part in big game trophy hunting. A very sorry state of affairs! And to use the excuse they are helping feed their community. submitted by Anonymous

Correction A woman was incorrectly identified in a photo on page 14 of the Sept. 30 edition of Wawatay News. Pictured was Ida Moskotaywenene of Bearskin Lake. Wawatay apologizes for the error.

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Grassy Narrows renewed its boycott of Weyerhaeuser Corporation products Oct. 6. This comes less than five months after some logging companies and large environmental groups declared a truce to the “war in the woods” between the First Nation and Weyerhaeuser. “We continue to call for the boycott and divestment of Weyerhaeuser Corporation due to their violation of our human rights as Indigenous people,” said Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister. “We will work with our supporters to promote, monitor and enforce this position.” The community is upset that after eight years of protests – the longest running logging blockade in Canada – logging continues on its lands and licenses continue to be granted by the province. “We have never given our consent to any logging on our territory and we have repeatedly said ‘no,’” Fobister said. “Unwanted logging has a severe impact on our community’s ability to sustain our health, culture and livelihood.” Fobister said logging had been suspended on Grassy Narrows territory as of July 2008, but under pressure from Wey-

erhaeuser, the province has produced a three-year contingency logging plan for the Whiskey Jack Forest allowing more than 27 clearcuts, including 17 that will be more than 260 hectares in size (500 football fields). Michelle Nowak, regional communication and marketing specialist with the Ministry of Natural Resources confirmed licences have been granted for the Whiskey Jack Forest. “Licenses have been issued on an ongoing basis since the approval of the 2009-2012 contingency plan for the Whiskey Jack Forest but efforts have been made to avoid the areas that are most contentious with Grassy Narrows First Nation,” Nowak said. Weyerhaeuser manager of public affairs Wayne Roznowsky said the company believes Ontario should continue to engage Aboriginal communities including Grassy Narrows in making choices about the importance of economic, cultural and environmental values of forests. “Canada’s forests can be landscapes of reconciliation,” Anne Giardini, president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, said in a message made available through Roznowsky. “Reconciliation requires that we balance the values of the forests to Aboriginal people and their

importance for maintaining cultural identity, with empathy for the many forest-dependent communities in Canada who rely on a vibrant and sustainable forest industry.” Roznowsky said Weyerhaeuser has successfully worked with other First Nations in this region to establish a co-operative forest licence on the Kenora Forest, including First Nations as shareholders. “Grassy Narrows First Nation is among hundreds of Aboriginal communities across Canada that stand to benefit from programs for employment and business development linked to broader social goals of health, education, empowerment and self-determination,” Giardini said. “Weyerhaeuser supports enhancing the environmental and community benefits associated with active sustainable forest management. This is best achieved by open and transparent dialogue.” Fobister said Weyerhaeuser is the only major logging company still working in Grassy Narrows’ land. Three major firms have stopped logging the area since 2006 when Grassy Narrows members and supporters blocked the highway near Kenora and the Ontario government entered into negotiations with the community.


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Northern Superior regional chiefs visited an excavation site where artifacts dating back 9,000 years were found during construction of the new four-lane Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon. Project archaeologist David Norris, of Western Heritage, was on hand Oct. 14 to explain the work.

Anishinabek Nation leaders working on consultation protocol James Thom Wawatay News

Area First Nation leaders had no idea thousands of ancient artifacts were excavated from the new Highway 11/17 site near the McKenzie Inn outside of Thunder Bay. The artifacts were shipped to Lakehead University. To prevent such an incident from happening again, Anishinabek Nation leaders in the Northern Superior Region are developing a consultation and accommodation protocol. Regional chiefs met with David Norris of Saskatchewan-based Western Heritage, the archaeological firm doing the work, Oct. 14. During the meeting, Norris told the regional chiefs his firm was told consultation had already been performed, adding had it known, it would have done its own consultation with First Nations in the area. “We are proposing in-depth consultation and accommodation in any future endeavours,” said Regional Grand Chief Peter Collins. “The Northern Superior Chiefs, with support from the Union of Ontario Indians, will create a regionally-based consultation protocol to include all traditional territories. This protocol will be presented to both

federal and provincial government offices.” Consultation must be more than just the delivery of a piece of paper to regional First Nations letting them know what is happening, Collins said. “That’s disrespectful to our communities,” he said. A proper protocol would allow proper consultation on the project and involvement with decision-making, planning and involvement with the recovery of artifacts. None of that happened at the current site, Collins said. “Any significant archaeological discovery within the traditional territories requires immediate and meaningful consultation by all parties involved,” he said. “While the Northern Superior Chiefs recognize the impact that finds may have on development in the area, it is important to know that the artifacts are tied to our history and people. Government has a responsibility of consultation.” Collins said it is First Nations history which was unearthed in the past 18 months during the construction. “We want this history of where our path has been,” Collins said. Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee sat in on the meetings.

“First Nations all over this region shouldn’t have to wait a year and a half to find out (about the discovery),” Madahbee said. Lakehead University professor Scott Hamilton, an archaeologist who has worked with Kitchenuhmaykoosib, said consultation and accommodation are issues he and his colleagues have struggled with. “Archaeologists are getting mixed signals (about) what we are supposed to be doing,” Hamilton said in an email, referring to the entire industry and not specifically the McKenzie site. “When does this consultation have to occur: at the very earliest of planning stages for projects that might not go anywhere or at the time when they have been developed sufficiently to actually have some concrete plans to discuss?” Hamilton said archaeologists all know that “a new way of doing business” is coming. At the present time, there are a lot of questions and few answers. “But we don’t have a good sense how to proceed as these complex issues are worked out,” he said. “This will be a particularly important issue for people addressing the archaeology, culture and history of northern Ontario where Aboriginal people form the vast majority.”

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Aboriginal youth asked to leave Intercity Shopping Centre James Thom Wawatay News

Unwanted and unwelcome. That’s how Eddie Meekis, a 20-year-old Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School student, felt after he and some friends were kicked out of the Intercity Shopping Centre in Thunder Bay by mall security in mid-September. Meekis, who is from Keewaywin but living in the city while attending school, said he felt targeted because of the colour of his skin. “We weren’t doing anything wrong. We were just hanging out,” Meekis said of the Sept. 16 incident. He said three security guards told them they would have to leave if they weren’t going to buy anything. “My friends had already bought things,” Meekis said. “They had shopping bags.” In order to appease the security guards, the group bought coffee and sat down in the food court. Again, security approached them and told them they were loitering and would have to leave, Meekis said. “I think they were being really rude to us,” he said. “I think they just wanted us out.” The incident left Meekis frustrated. “I was supposed to meet my aunt (at Intercity) that night,” he said. “She told me later that she was waiting for me and couldn’t find me. She couldn’t find me because I got kicked out.” Meekis’ story is one of several DFC principal Jonathan Kakegamic heard of during the week of Sept. 13-17. These include security

approaching his students in stores and telling them they had five minutes to complete their transaction and leave, students being told they had a few minutes to finish eating in the food court before they would be asked to leave and a group of students being escorted off Intercity’s property. The students weren’t allowed to catch the city bus on Intercity’s property, Kakegamic said. Intercity Shopping Centre general manager Tony Stapley and security supervisor Damien Julier said between Sept. 15 and 16, security did ask many youth to leave the mall, for a variety of reasons. Based on reports he received from security, Stapley said there was a large congregation of youth around the customer service area of the mall Sept. 15 in the early evening. It is a place youth tend to gather. “We try to be proactive and talk to them,” Stapley said. “We remind them this is private property ... but they are welcome as long as they are compliant with our code of conduct.” Mall patrons are not allowed to loiter, spit or be profane inside and outside as well as only smoke in designated areas, according to a code of conduct handout. “We approached a large group of youth early in the evening,” Julier said, noting it was not only Aboriginal youth who were in the group. He said none of the patrons were shopping so they were asked to leave. “I found a large group of them in the loading dock by Zellers just hanging out (later in the evening),” Julier said. “There’s no entrance near there, just recycling and garbage.”

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Over the course of a week in mid-September, several incidents occurred at Intercity Shopping Centre where security guards asked Aboriginal youth to leave their property. Intercity officials said youth – both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – were asked to leave because they were loitering and not following mall rules. Julier said when the group saw him, they scattered and ran away over the McIntyre River bridge toward the movie theatre. Stapley said loitering has been a common problem in past, involving both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth. When there are large groups congregating and not shopping, it can lead to a poor shopping experience for other patrons. In this case, Intercity had “concerns over the other customers,” Stapley said so security started removing people. Neither Stapley or Julier knew of any of the other specific incidents raised. “If (patrons) are misbehaving, they may be asked to leave,” Stapley said. Julier said a protocol exists for escorting people off the property. He said a person may be escorted if security feels the mall, its property or tenant merchandise may be damaged, or if a further incident may occur if the person is not removed.

But there is no record of youth being escorted off the property that evening, Julier said. Keewaytinook Okimakanak student counsellor Robbie Kakegamic’s daughter, who attends Churchill High School, was among a group of youth asked to leave Intercity Sept. 15. “My daughter brought it to my attention,” he said. “She was out with her cousins. She told me they were sending the students out.” This upset Robbie Kakegamic. “The only time we take (her) to the mall is to shop,” he said. “We only go if we’re going to buy something. We don’t want her just hanging out there.” The following night, his daughter had more shopping to do. Robbie Kakegamic decided to go to the mall and pick up his daughter. As he arrived, he watched from his truck in the parking lot as many Aboriginal people were all leaving the

mall around 8 p.m. “My daughter and her friends came out,” he said. “I asked them if something had happened again with security.” His daughter told him that after they had made their purchases, they stopped in the food court for drinks. “At that point, they were told they had five minutes to finish their drinks and vacate the mall,” Robbie Kakegamic said. “They hadn’t done anything wrong. They weren’t loitering, they were shopping. I know they were really bothered by that.” He said his daughter and her friends had a card explaining mall rules. Robbie Kakegamic decided to get out of his vehicle and enter the mall, in part to see if security would give him any problems. “There were three staff standing right in front of the main entrance,” he said. “It looked like they were guarding a prison.” As he entered the mall, without a fuss, he saw an Aboriginal couple sitting on the benches in front of the customer service booth with a full cart of purchases. “I watched as security approached them and pointed toward the corner,” Robbie Kakegamic said. “I don’t know what security said to them ... but this was an adult couple that had just done a lot of shopping. They were made to go stand in the corner. I always assumed the benches were there for sitting.” The following day, he approached DFC school officials about what he’d seen after recognizing some of his

students being removed from the mall. Jonathan Kakegamic and others from the school and KO, met with Intercity officials including the operations manager Sept. 17. Stapley and Jonathan Kakegamic met Sept. 20. “We’re trying to develop a relationship with the school,” Stapley said. Jonathan Kakegamic said some good can come from these incidents, though they shouldn’t have happened in the first place. “I went (to the meetings) because my students came to me and they were really upset about what happened,” Jonathan Kakegamic said. He said there have been ongoing issues with students at Intercity long before these incidents came to light. He said the school has never gotten a call about students being in trouble at Intercity though there are oncall workers equipped to deal with it so police don’t always need to be involved. “I know these kids,” Jonathan Kakegamic said. “They don’t have their mom and dad here to help them with their problems. I need to take that role.” He said Aboriginals, especially the youth, need to start speaking up, but in a positive way. Jonathan Kakegamic said the matter will be resolved through the meetings he’s been having. He said it would be more productive to work towards a resolution together than take a hard stand. “If I had gone the political way, this could have been ugly,” Jonathan Kakegamic said. “We need to teach patience, teamwork, accountability and cooperation.”

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Aboriginals have same hopes as everyone else James Thom Wawatay News

Culture is at the forefront of many First Nation teen’s thoughts, according to the recently released Project Teen Canada survey. The survey saw more than 5,500 youth between 15-19 surveyed including about 1,000 First Nation youth Canada-wide who shed light on what is going on in their lives and minds, said survey conductor Reginald Bibby. “Part of the idea of the study was to help people move past negative stereotypes of Aboriginals,” said Terri-Lynn Fox, a member of the Blood reserve in Alberta who worked as an associate on the survey. Fox is living proof stereotypes shouldn’t be followed. “There are many things I never should have accomplished in my life according to society’s stereotypes,” she said, listing successful parent and doctorate student among her top qualities. Fox was surprised to learn 40 per cent of the youth surveyed had already received their traditional name. “It was a very valuable question to ask,” she said. “Now we need to follow up and find out specifically why they have done so, why it was important to them. “I’ve always felt the traditional name helps form the

identity of the person as they grow.” The survey also found Aboriginal youth are embracing technology. “There is a major influence by TV, radio, music and the Internet,” she said. While using and understanding technology can be good, it can also take away personal connections. “It’s not a good way to connect,” she said. “People want to share their feelings face to face.” Other findings Bibby, a sociology professor at the University of Lethbridge, noted are First Nation youth share values and aspirations similar to everyone else’s. The majority also exhibit tremendous resilience and hope as they look to the future. They also share many of the same fears and concerns including money, rapid change, lack of social support, discrimination and fear for one’s safety. But the survey wasn’t all bad news. Their top values are family life, friendship, freedom and being loved. The most important thing to most respondents: getting a good education and being successful. The samples were weighted to be “highly representative” of the Canadian population. Results are considered accurate within about three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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Canadian international healing Evangelist Gloria Joy Johnson will be conducting a 3 day Power For Miracles Crusade in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Evangelist Gloria Joy Johnson began preaching at the age of 6, entered the full time ministry at the age of 17 and for over 20 years she has been crisscrossing the United States and Canada with healing and miracle crusades, preaching conventions and camp meetings as a special guest. She has preached in some of the most famous churches in North America including Toronto’s Prayer Palace and Family Worship Centre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Gloria Joy Johnson is seen weekly across Canada on her Power For Miracles television program aired on Vision TV and has been a guest on major Christian radio and television stations across North America. Some of her crusades have lasted 14, 16, 18 weeks in endurance. This will be her first visit to Sioux Lookout. All people of all faiths are invited to these non-denominational and Spirit filled meetings. Prayer for the sick will be offered nightly. Sioux Lookout, ON. Sunset Inn & Suites 10 – 1st Ave. South 1-800-465-3844 Fri. Oct. 29, Sat. Oct. 30 @ 7 pm nightly & Sun. Oct. 31 @ 1 pm Winnipeg, MB. Place Louis Riel 190 Smith St. 204-947-6961 Tues. Nov. 2, Wed. Nov. 3 & Thurs. Nov. 4 @ 7 pm nightly Kenora, ON. Best Western Lakeside Inn 470 – 1st Ave. South 1-800-465-1120 Fri. Nov. 5, Sat. Nov. 6 @ 7:30 pm nightly & Sun. Nov. 7 @ 1 pm

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Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board is working to deliver skills training to regional Aboriginal people. SLAAMB received $22.8 million in funding to help people get the skills they need to find and keep jobs, explained Kenora MP Greg Rickford, who announced the funding. Rickford said he expects many Aboriginal people will find jobs over the duration of the project. Aboriginal youth will also get help to return to school or to find full-time jobs in industries where there are skills shortages. He said the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strat-

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egy (ASETS) program could foster relationships between stakeholders including educational partners, government and the private sector. “We invite all employers and both levels of government to work with us to ensure that our community members are given the same opportunity as other Canadians to fill the potential labour shortages,” said SLAAMB coordinator Bob Bruyere. SLAAMB was founded in 1991 to address employment and training needs in the geographical area. It is now responsible for the delivery of the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy (AHRDS). ASETS was launched in July and will continue for the next five years.

End-of-life care to be monitored in Fort William Rick Garrick Wawatay News

End-of-life care is being studied in two northwestern Ontario First Nation communities. “We’re looking at planning and hoping that all of our Elders will be comfortable and have what they need,” said Karen Bannon, Fort William First Nation’s health care centre manager. “(We’re looking) to make it (end-of-life-care) more convenient and more culturally sensitive.” Fort William and Naotkamegwanning First Nation were chosen as partners and study sites for the study, as were Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario and Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. The $1.825 million five-year study is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Mary Lou Kelley, research affiliate with the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health, and Kevin Brazil, director of St. Joseph’s Health System’s Research Network and professor in the department of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University, will lead the research. “Addressing the unmet need for accessible, culturally appropriate palliative care services for Aboriginal people in First Nations communities is a growing social obligation and an emerging Canadian policy priority,” Kelley, who is also a professor of social work at Lakehead University said. “Participants in First Nations communities have much to teach all of us about the process of supporting local capacity building.” The research will be looking into a model and guidelines for developing palliative care, including the identification of critical components of success for developing palliative care services in local communities. Kelley said one of the barriers at the current time for First Nations people is lack of access to end-of-life care in their home communities. “We’re trying to work with the communities to facilitate better linkages and to create ways to bring more expertise into the communities themselves to assist the locals,” Kelley said. Bannon said resources should be put in place so the Elders can have their pain management looked after through the community’s own services.


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Students from KiHS were guided by Elders during a science field trip near Fort Severn First Nation Oct. 2-8.

KiHS brings science, tradition together Chris Kornacki Wawatay News

Students from KiHS (Keewaytinook Internet High School) recently took a break from computer-based learning to get an education on the land. Seven students – from Fort Severn, Michikan Lake, Saugeen and Fort William First Nations – travelled to Fort Severn Oct. 2-8 to participate in the first ever KiHS Science Field Trip. Kathleen Koostachin, classroom mentor for KiHS in Fort Severn, said the goal of the field trip was to bring traditional teachings together with modern science. The students travelled 20 kilometres into the bush accompanied by a guide, an Elder and two KiHS mentors to learn traditional hands-on skills like fishing, caribou tracking and snaring rabbits. They also learned modern science knowledge by identifying plants and dissecting animals to see what they were eating and to study their internal organ systems. The students dissected a moose, goose, rabbit, various fish and a seal. “We taught the students to

important thing he learned when out on the land was how to survive and how to find your way in the bush without getting lost. “We learned where the trails were and where to go fishing,” he said. “If there was another trip like this I would like to go.” The planning process for the inaugural field trip started in May and the dates were set by September. Koostachin said she hopes another field trip will be available for the students next year, but the high costs of travel and fuel might be an issue. “It gave the kids an opportunity to go out on the land and we would like to see more of that,” Koostachin said. Koostachin added it’s important for students in KiHS to connect in person to the students in other communities and the field trip gave them this opportunity. “It gave the students a chance to physically connect and to compare the similarities and differences between their own communities and cultures and how each community does things differently. It was awesome,” she said. “The students didn’t want to leave when the week was over.”

respect the land and respect the wildlife,” Koostachin said. “Each animal carcass was put away properly and respectively.” After students identified plants for the science component of the trip, the Elder would show the students how that plant was used for traditional medicine as opposed to Western medicines. Koostachin said a point was made to intertwine traditions with modern science. Holding the field trip in Fort Severn also gave the students an opportunity to learn the difference between the tundra plant life and the boreal forest. “The trip was awesome, everything went as planned. There was a moose and a goose for us to examine,” said participant Chad Bluecoat. “My favorite part of the trip was going fishing and examining the fish.” Jacob Bluecoat, a KiHS student in Fort Severn, said his favorite part of the trip was sightseeing the land and identifying the plants. “We kept seeing polar bears across the river when sightseeing the land, which was awesome,” he said. Chad Bluecoat said the most

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Healing room central part of new health centre

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Representatives of the 1997 Four Party Agreement take part in grand opening celebrations of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Oct. 15. The agreement was signed by Ontario, Canada, Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Sioux Lookout. It amalgamated two hospitals in Sioux Lookout into one. From left, Kenora MP Greg Rickford, Sioux Lookout Mayor Kathy Poling, Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care Deb Matthews and Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy. Brent Wesley/Wawatay News

Treydon Munro, 2, stands near one of the four grandfathers rocks at the entrance of the new Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Oct. 16. A community parade made its way to the new facility with about 100 people taking part.

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Josias Fiddler, right, board member of Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, was one of five Sandy Lake members who held a hunger strike in 1988. The group wanted to raise awareness about deteriorating conditions of the federally-run Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital and inadequate health care for First Nations. The group’s efforts resulted in an extensive review of health care in the Sioux Lookout zone.

Settled off to the side of the main entrance in the new Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre is a circular room lined with cedar wood. The Chief Sakatcheway Aandaaw’iwewgamik Healing Room is another component of integrating First Nation traditional concepts at the new hospital. Josias Fiddler, board member of Meno Ya Win, said if First Nations were to be part of the newly constructed health centre, they had to include traditional healing and medicinal practices. The healing room offers just that. It’s a room for ceremonial practices that First Nation people can use as they wish. “We will not be questioned,” Fiddler said. “We will not be told what kind of healing practices that we will be doing.” Outfitted with an air handling system, the room will properly ventilate the burning of medicines such as sage or sweet grass. The room takes the name of the Lac Seul chief who signed Treaty 3 over 130 years ago. The ceiling is divided into the four colours of the medicine wheel – red, yellow, white and blue. In the centre of the room is an earth pit. During grand opening celebrations Oct. 15, an Earth Gathering Ceremony was held. Leaders from several First Nations in the Sioux Lookout district placed soil from their respective communities into the pit. – BW

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TOP: Sitting in the Chief Sakatcheway Aandaaw’iwewgamik Healing Room, the Lac Seul drum group open a community celebration of the new Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Oct. 16. ABOVE: Chiefs and representatives from several First Nations in the Sioux Lookout district place soil from their respective communities into an earth pit located in a traditional healing room. LEFT: From left, Chief Adam Fiddler of Sandy Lake, Chief Donny Morris of Kitchenuhmaykoosib, Chief William Harper of Koocheching and Chief Titus Tait of Sachigo Lake with soil from their communities.

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Sioux Lookout, First Nations celebrate new health centre from page 1 First Nation people spending time at the hospital will be able to dine on traditional foods such as moose. It took a change in legislation to allow preparation of traditional game in the health centre. A separate kitchen is reserved for this use. It’s just another component of holistic healing. “Our Elders have always told us that’s part of the healing process, to eat traditional foods,” Beardy said. A space has also been set aside for ceremonial healing practices and medicine (See related story on opposite page). While great care has been taken to be mindful of the First Nation people served by the hospital – 28 First Nations communities access the health centre – the concept is not just focused on First Nation people. With the

medicine wheel as a guide, the four directions are represented in the design as a symbol that all cultures and peoples are welcome. The goal in building and designing the health centre was to meet the needs of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. That means services provided at seven sites throughout Sioux Lookout will now be in one building – community counseling, mental health and addiction services, ambulatory care, long-term care, a pharmacy and more. A CT scanner and mammography unit are also expected in the near future. The completed hospital is the result of four levels of government coming together to make it happen, Beardy said. It was a long process and one First Nations resisted at first. During the 1980s and 1990s, when the idea of amalgamat-

ing the federal Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital with the provincial Sioux Lookout General Hospital was being discussed, First Nations weren’t keen on the concept. Beardy said First Nations wanted to maintain its relationship with the federal government. First Nation jurisdiction falls into the hands of the federal government and includes such responsibilities as housing, education and health. He said by entering into an agreement with the province, First Nations felt it would water down their relationship with the federal government. Originally built in the 1950s by the federal government, the Zone Hospital was called the Sioux Lookout Indian Hospital and was used as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients from First Nations in the Far North. By the 1970s, it was renamed to the Zone and was opened to both

Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal patients. But by the 1980s, concerns were mounting over the quality of health care for First Nation people. Josias Fiddler, board member for Meno Ya Win, was chief of Sandy Lake in the early 1980s. As chief, he said he faced a lot of questions regarding the quality of health care not only for his community, but also in surrounding First Nations. He said there were often issues of inadequate translation when care was provided, of airplanes not arriving on time in emergency situations, questions of commitment from nurses in the communities and how First Nation peoples were treated at the Zone Hospital in Sioux Lookout. “There were a lot of frustrations,” he said. In 1988, Fiddler and four others from Sandy Lake held a hun-

ger strike. They wanted to raise awareness over the deteriorating conditions of the Zone Hospital and the lack of proper health care in the communities. That resulted in an extensive review of the health care system in the Sioux Lookout zone. One of the recommendations from the review was to negotiate a plan for one new regional hospital. It took awhile to get area First Nations on board, not wanting the federal government to release its responsibility for First Nation health. After much debate, First Nations agreed to amalgamate and proceed with one new hospital. In 1997, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Sioux Lookout, the Ontario government and the federal government signed the Four Party Agreement. Fiddler said many people came together for a common goal and worked hard to make that hap-

pen. The Four Party Agreement set the stage for amalgamation in 2002 and for securing funds to build the new hospital. Both the federal and provincial governments committed funds for construction. Fiddler believes the vision of the Elders and First Nation leaders has been achieved with the new facility. That vision was to have quality health care for the First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout district. The work doesn’t stop here, he said, as the health centre, the town, area First Nations and governments need to continue to work together to make the hospital a good place to be. With construction of the hospital complete, Fiddler said work has now shifted to the future and to the youth. “The vision has been achieved, but we have to continue working,” Fiddler said.

ᐃᒪ ᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 1

ᒥᑕᐡ ᐅᓄᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᓂᓴᐧᓱ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᑕᓇᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ ᐊᒥ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒋᒪᒪᐃᐧᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐯᔑᐠ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ, ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒪᒥᓄᒥᐁᐧᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᒪᒥᑐᓀᒋᑲᓂ ᒥᓄᔭᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐧᑲᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᐅᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ, ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᑲᐅᒋᓇᒋᐸᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ, ᑭᓀᐧᐡ ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐠ, ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᐊᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ. ᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᔦ ᔕᐧᐸᑌᓯᒋᑲᐣ ᓯᑎ ᑲᐃᒋᑲᑌ ᒥᓇ ᒍᒍᔑᒥ ᔕᐸᐧᑌᓯᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᐊᓂᓂᑲᐣ ᑕᐊᓂᐊᔭᐊᐧᐣ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᔕ ᑲᑭ ᑭᔕᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᒥ ᐅᑯ ᑲᐃᔑᓂᐊᐧᓀᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐅᒋᐱᑭᓯ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐱᒥᐃᐧᓂᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑭᐱᒥ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᒋᓇᐨ ᑌᐯᐧ ᒋᐊᓂᑌᐱᓂᑲᑌᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐯᕑᑎ. ᓇᐱᐨ ᑭᓀᐧᐡ ᑭᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᐅᑭᐊᓀᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ.

ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 1980 ᐱᓂᐡ 1990 ᑲᐱᒥᔭᑭᐊᐧᐠ, ᒥᐦᐃᐁᐧ ᐊᐱ ᑲᑭᐃᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᒪᒪᐃᐧᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐅ���ᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐣ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᑭᔭᓂ ᒪᐦᒋᐊᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐧᐃᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᓇᑌᐦᐁᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ, ᐯᕑᑎ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑭᐸᑯᓭᓂᒪᐊᐧᐸᓂᐣ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓇᐣ ᒋᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑕᐧ ᐃᒪ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓂᐠ ᐅᐣᒋᒪᑲᓂ ᐅᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ, ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐸᒥᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᐣ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᑭᐃᓀᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐃᔑᓇᑯᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓂᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᑲᐸᐃᐧᑕᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᐊᐱᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐊᒋᐃᐧᓭᓂᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓂᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧᐸᐣ. ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᑭᐅᔑᑐᐸᐣ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 1950 ᑲᐱᒥᔭᑭᐊᐧᓂᐠ,

ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐁᐧ ᓱᐣ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑭᐃᔑᓂᑲᑌᐸᐣ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐃᓇᐧᑌᐸᐣ ᐁᑭᑕᔑᑲᓇᐁᐧᐣᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᑎᐱᐊᐧᐱᓀᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᓄᐱᒪᑲᒥᐠ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐱᓂᐡ 1970 ᑲᔭᓂᐱᒥᓭᐠ, ᑭᑭᐁᐧ ᐊᐣᒋᓂᑲᒋᑲᑌᐸᐣ ᓱᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐧᒥᑎᑯᔑᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐱᐣᑎᑲᓇᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᒋᑕᔑᓇᑕᐃᐧᐦᐃᑕᐧ. ᔕᑯᐨ ᐱᓂᐡ 1980 ᑲᔭᓂᔭᑭᐊᐧᐠ, ᑭᔭᓂᒥᔑᓇᑐᐣ ᐁᑲᔭᓂ ᑕᓀᐣᑕᒥᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ. ᒍᓴᔭᐢ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ, ᑲᐊᐱᑕᒪᑫᐨ ᐅᒪ ᒥᓄᔭᐃᐧᐣ, ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓂᐃᐧᐸᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᓀᑲᐃᐧᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐊᐱ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᐊᓂᐅᐡᑭᓭᐠ 1980. ᒥᔑᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᓇᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑭᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᐱᒧᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ, ᑲᐃᐧᓂᐣ ᐃᑯ ᐁᑕ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᑌᑎᐸᐦᐃ ᐱᑯ ᑲᔦ ᑲᐊᔭᓂᑭᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᔑᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐅᒋᓇᐦᐃᓇᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐁᑲ

ᐁᐅᒋᑕᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᐃᓀᐧᓀᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᒥᓇ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᐁᑕᑯᔑᓄᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐅᑕᑯᓯ ᑲᐸᐸᔑ ᒪᒋᓂᔕᐊᐧᑲᓄᐨ, ᐁᑲ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐅᒋ ᑫᒋᓇᐁᐧᐣᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᑫᐧᐠ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑫᐱᔭᓄᑭᐊᐧᐨ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑕᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ ᑲᓇᑕᐃᐧ ᓇᒋᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᓂᓂᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ. ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᓀᐣᑕᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐣᑭᓇᑭᐡᑲᒥᐣ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ. ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 1988 ᑲᔭᑭᐊᐧᓂᐠ, ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐠ ᓂᐃᐧᐣ ᓀᑲᐃᐧᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐃᐧᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᒥ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᑭᐸᐊᐧᓂᐦᐃᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ. ᐃᐁᐧ ᑕᐡ ᑲᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐃᐧ ᑭᑫᐣᑕᑯᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᓱᐣ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑲᐃᔑᑭᑎᒪᑭᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐸᒥᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᒪᑕᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᑭᐁᐧ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐸᒥᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑕᓇᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ. ᐯᔑᑲᐧᔦᐠ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐁᐧ

ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒥᑭᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᓇᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᐡᑭᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᓇᓄᒪᑫ ᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᑭᐱᒥᓭ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᑭᐊᔑᑎᓂᑕᐧ ᐃᒪ ᐊᐱᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐊᓂᐡ ᐁᑲ ᐁᑭᐅᒋ ᓇᑕᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓇᐣ ᒋᐸᑭᑎᓇᒥᓂᐨ ᑲᐃᓇᔓᐊᐧᓯᓂᐨ ᒋᐅᒋ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐃᐧᐸᒥᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐸᓂᒪ ᐊᐱ ᑲᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᑭᒋᐱᒥ ᐊᓂᒧᑕᒪᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ, ᐊᒥ ᑫᑲᐱ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᓀᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐯᔑᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 1997, ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ, ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ, ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᒥᓇ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓇᐣ ᑭᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐅᑎᓱᐊᐧᐠ ᓂᐊᐧᔦᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐱᑭᓯ ᐊᓄᑭᐊᐧᐨ ᓇᑯᒥᑐᐃᐧᓂ. ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐅᑭᐃᐧᒋᑲᐸᐃᐧᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐯᔑᑲᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒥᑐᓂ ᐱᑯ ᐅᑭ ᑭᒋᐊᓄᑲᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᔭᓂ ᑲᑫᐧᑌᐱᓂᑲᑌᐠ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᓂᐊᐧᔦᐠ ᓇᑯᒥᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐅᒋᒪᒋᑕᒪᑲᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ

ᒪᒪᐃᐧᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 2002 ᑲᔭᑭᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐅᐣᑎᓇᑲᓄ ᔓᓂᔭ ᒋᔭᓂ ᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᑲᓇᑕ ᒥᓇ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓇᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᒪᑲᓄᐣ ᒋᐅᐣᑎᓂᑫᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᐊᐸᑎᓯᐨ ᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᐅᑌᐯᐧᑕᐣ ᓂᑲᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐅᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐠ ᐊᔕ ᑭᑲᒋᑎᓂᑲᑌ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑭ ᑭᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐸᑯᓭᓂᒪᓇᓂᐊᐧᑭᐸᐣ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐸᒥᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐧ ᐅᒪ ᑕᐃᔑᐳᓂᓭᓯᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ, ᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᐱᒥᓭᐠ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ, ᐅᑌᓇᐠ, ᑌᐱᐸᐦᐃ ᑲᐊᔭᑭᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓇᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᒥᓄᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒋᑕᔑᐊᔭᓂᐊᐧᐠ.

1921

1949

1950

1971

Late 70’s & 80’s

1988

1997

2002

2007

2008

2009

2010

Flu epidemic and train wreck prompt first hospital in Sioux Lookout

A TB sanatorium for northern First Nations is built. Later converted to the Sioux Lookout Indian Hospital

A new Sioux Lookout General Hospital is built

Sioux Lookout Indian Hospital renamed to Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital

Discussions on amalgamating the two hospitals in Sioux Lookout begins

Five Sandy Lake members fast over need for better health care for First Nation people

The Sioux Lookout Four Party Hospital Services Agreement is signed

Two hospitals amalgamate into Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre

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20th Annual

Congratulations to the Winners of the 20th Annual NADF Business Awards NADF would like to congratulate the following winners of the 20th Annual NADF Business Awards for demonstrating excellence and successful Aboriginal business leadership:

YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

BUILDING COMMUNITIES OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by GoldCorp Canada Janet Furoy – Spa Euphoria & Wellness Centre

Sponsored by Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. Bertrand Neilsen - Pro Pipe Construction

BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

CORPORATION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Hydro One Dorcas Barnes - Dorcas Therapeutic Massage

Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation Anemki Mountain Corporation Fort William First Nation

BUSINESS MAN OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Wasaya Airways LP Clayton Clace - Tibricor Ltd.

PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank Louise Dupuis and Pierre Pelletier Pelletier’s Gas Bar & Native Art Gallery

Sponsored by Bearskin Airlines David Fletcher - Nishnawbe Aski Nation

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Casino Rama Gabrielle Cross - Gabby’s Spudz and More

Thank You!

Meegwetch!

NADF would also like to thank all our generous sponsors for a very successful 20th Annual Business Awards. Your contributions have allowed Canada’s longest running Aboriginal Business Awards to flourish.

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Donations by: Wasaya Airways LP Westmont Hospitality Group Air Creebec Cycle Path Days Inn Timmins

Delta Chelsea Downtown Toronto Casino Rama Fort William Country Club Buzzy’s Jerzee City


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Northern Ontario Rangers tops in national shoot Peter Moon Special to Wawatay News

Eleven Canadian Rangers from northern Ontario have won Canada’s top award for competitive rifle shooting by Rangers at the annual Canadian Forces Small Arms Competition in Ottawa Sept. 5-18. “Everyone was a medal winner and we came back with trophies,” said Warrant Officer Gary DesRoches, a Ranger instructor and the team captain. “Their morale was super high. They were very proud when they left Ottawa to go home. They were the top Ranger team in Canada.” Ranger Simon Shewaybick, of Webequie, who only became a Ranger in February, placed

third out of 4,200 in the individual competition. He had the highest score of any Ranger shooting in the competition for the first time. “That was a real achievement,” DesRoches said. In addition to Shewaybick, the winning shooters from northern Ontario were: Sgt. Spencer Anderson of Kitchenuhmaykoosib; Master Corporals Victor Rickard and Redfern Wesley of Moose Factory, and Roy Cutfeet from Kitchenuhmaykoosib; and Rangers Toby Hunter of Peawanuck, Leroy Ineese Jr. of Constance Lake, Jonathon Knapaysweet of Fort Albany, Roland Shewaybick of Webequie, and Alex Wesley and Jimmy Wynne of Kashechewan. The Rangers spent three

weeks training at Canadian Forces Base Borden, learning a range of marksmanship skills, including how to gauge wind speeds and to control their breathing and trigger finger pressures. While training they competed in the Ontario Rifle Association annual competition and took first place in the bolt action rifle category, using the standard .303-calibre, Lee-Enfield rifle issued to Rangers. They spent another 16 days in Ottawa doing further training before competing against Rangers from across Canada and against other members of the Canadian Forces. Shooting as an 11-member team, the Rangers won the overall Ranger team shooting

trophy. In the four-member team competition, one team from northern Ontario took second place and the second team took fourth. The Rangers shot at distances from 25-400 metres, while standing, kneeling and laying prone. They frequently had to run 100 metres before shooting within a limited time. They shot at paper targets, moving targets and metal “plates” that fell when they were hit. “The falling plates were the most fun,” Shewaybick said. “You had to shoot fast to knock them down in the time they gave you.” Each Ranger fired about 4,000 rounds during training

and in competition. “The target at 400 metres is the size of a man,” DesRoches said. “By the time they went home they were capable of hitting and killing a moose or a caribou 400 metres away with no trouble at all.” It was the third time Canadian Rangers from northern Ontario have competed in the national competition but the first time they won medals and trophies. “The guys should be very proud of what they accomplished, because they worked very hard over the work-up period and during the national competition,” said Maj. Guy Ingram, commanding officer of the Canadian Rangers in northern Ontario.

“You could see they were excited with their success. It was nice to see. They had a phenomenal team spirit.” Having such skilled shooters will only benefit the Rangers program. “My intent has always been to improve the shooting skills in northern Ontario by giving the Rangers better marksmanship skills,” Ingram said. “I now have 11 excellent shooters who can pass their skills on to other Canadian Rangers, the Junior Canadian Rangers, and to members of their communities.” Sgt. Peter Moon is the public affairs ranger for 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Canadian Forces Base Borden. See www.canadianrangers.ca.

Students to receive laptops Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Students in Eabametoong and Attawapiskat will soon have brand-new One-LaptopPer-Child computers. “I know they will benefit our students because the computers come fully loaded with an encyclopedia,” said Denise Fontaine, principal at John C. Yesno Education Centre in Eabametoong. “The student will be able to type what they are writing into the computer and the computer will speak back to them. It will help them with the oral component of what they are writing.” The computers have about eight customized programs, including literacy, mental health, physical fitness, financial literacy, food and nutrition, science of sound, virtual library and water safety programs. The science of sound program features Cree singer Buffy Sainte-Marie walking the children through the nature of sound and Native American/ Aboriginal instruments. The mental health program will help youth deal with issues such as bullying and the pressure to use drugs or alcohol. The program was announced Sept. 29 by the Belinda Stronach Foundation, with about 5,000 laptops to be distributed to children aged six to 12 in Aboriginal communities across Canada. Support from Vale, BMO Financial Group and the government of Ontario made the program possible. “I believe strongly in combining the power of technology and education and investing in our young people,” said Stronach, the former federal cabinet minister and Magna International executive. “One Laptop Per Child Canada is about just that. Aboriginal kids should have the same opportunities as every other child in Canada – and we’re delighted to launch OLPC with our partners and welcome others to the table.” Fontaine said the teachers in her school are being trained so they can show the students how to use the computers in the classroom as well as at home. “This is important for First Nation schools where there are multi-levels within the classroom,” Fontaine said. “The teacher will be able to assign specific levels based on the student’s ability levels.” The One Laptop Per Child program was developed to create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.

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Healthy Lifestyles Book Submissions welcome to promote culturally appropriate nutrition and life choices! Send us your teachings, legends, stories, artwork, traditional lifestyles and healthy recipes!

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Video Promotions Campaign will address Misiwe Minoyawin’s 5 target issues through awareness videos that will be available online and distributed across northwestern Ontario.

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he Misiwe Minoyawin project is holistic approach to healthy living aimed at demonstrating to Aboriginal people--especially youth--how healthy lifestyle choices can boost well-being. The project will focus on 5 target issues: substance/alcohol abuse, tobacco use, healthy eating, active lifestyle and mental health.

Submissions welcome! For more info or to submit to the Healthy Lifestyles Book contact: Chris Kornacki, Project Co-ordinator chrisk@wawatay.on.ca 807-344-3022 (phone) 1-888-575-2349 (toll free) 807-344-3182 (fax) Funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion through the Healthy Communities Fund

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Campaign will select one representative for each of Misiwe’s 5 target issues. The 5 Ambassadors will be available online in videos and forums to offer guidance to the youth and to promote a holistic healthy lifestyle.

Community driven healthy lifestyles awareness ads developed around Misiwe’s 5 target issues. Ads will be judged and winners will be awarded prizes and used in Wawatay’s communication services!


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NOTICE OF RATIFICATION VOTE To: Members of Wahgoshig First Nation The Ratication Vote for the Impact & Benet Agreement between Wahgoshig First Nation and Detour Gold Corporation will take place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the following location Rick Garrick/Wawatay News

Rainy River Elder Annie Wilson spoke about the birth of her only child during her keynote presentation on Aboriginal traditional teachings in prenatal and postpartum care at the Best Start Resource Centre 2010 Northern Conference Oct. 18-19 in Thunder Bay.

Best starts for babies featured during conference Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Sandy Lake’s Leslie Crow is looking for more baby-friendly work environments after attending a recent conference in Thunder Bay about the subject. “It’s normal to bring your child to work,” said Crow, who participated in the Oct. 18-19 Best Start Resource Centre 2010 Northern Conference in Thunder Bay. “If your baby needs breastfeeding while you are at work, I think that is something that needs to be put into place especially in our community because we don’t have a daycare.” Crow said most of the young mothers in Sandy Lake do not work because they don’t have anywhere to keep their baby. “Just like me, I have an eightmonth-old (daughter) and she goes to a babysitter and I breastfeed her,” Crow said. “That would be very great if I could bring her to work.” Crow said many mothers in her community use storebought formula to feed their babies because it is more convenient. “For me, I had my first baby when I was 18,” Crow said, explaining she was still in high school at the time about 11 years ago. “I went to school half a day because I still needed two credits. I was breastfeeding only, so I would run home during break time to go breastfeed my baby.” Crow said her mother told

her it was very important to breastfeed. “Eleven years later, I only breastfeed my kids,” Crow said, explaining she believes breastfeeding has helped her babies, including her oldest. “I think my relationship with him is better because we had that time. He is never sick (and) he hasn’t had a serious illness ever in his life.”

“We had to have rabbit meat and fish and that’s the way he had to grow up.” – Annie Wilson

About 150 people attended the conference, about 100 in person and about 50 over a videoconference and a webstream set up through K-Net. The conference featured two presentations Oct. 18; First Nation perspectives on child development by Jaynane Burning-Fields from Six Nations and the breastfeeding update and BFI (Baby Friendly Initiative) new indicators by Hiltrud Dawson and Hannele Dionisi. Rainy River’s Annie Wilson described the birth of her only child during her keynote presentation on Aboriginal traditional teachings in prenatal and postpartum care to begin the second day of the conference, which featured five additional presentations. “I started walking, four

times I had to walk around that cabin,” Wilson said, explaining an Elder had told her to walk while the Elder gathered grass for her to lay on during the birth. When she laid down on the grass, the birthing process started almost immediately. “I could feel the water coming real fast and in that fast water I could feel something coming out. And then she yelled, ‘There he comes.’” Wilson said the Elder told her afterwards that walking helps during the birth process, especially for those women who are having a difficult time. “He is pretty strong right now,” Wilson said about her son. “He is a carpenter.” Wilson said her son ate the food that was provided by the Creator for Native people after he finished breastfeeding. “We had to feed him wild food when he was growing up and we didn’t feed him anything like we eat today,” Wilson said. “We couldn’t buy anything, we had to have rabbit meat and fish and that’s the way he had to grow up.” Wilson said First Nations people should try to go back to the traditional diet because many people are not healthy these days. Other presentations during the conference covered such topics as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, support for children, environmental health, prenatal nutrition and food insecurity.

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Matawa launches new employment and training program James Thom Wawatay News

Matawa First Nations launched Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen (Kiiki) Oct. 19 to replace Matawa Employment and Training (MET). Kiiki is specifically geared toward assisting individuals in education and training within Matawa First Nations communities. Kiiki manager Morris Wapoose said the new program

is a major step up from MET. “We have much more control over the program now,” Wapoose said, explaining the agreement that governed MET left it serving as a local delivery mechanism instead of a decision-maker. “That impacted people’s ability to get training.” Under the former agreement, MET wasn’t a recognized organization able to apply for funding on its own. Kiiki will allow more control, Wapoose said.

“The people who use our services will see a huge difference,” Wapoose said. “We can identify and accommodate our own needs. We can get into more specialty training. What I see in the long-run is accommodating the employer labour force and get into customized training.” That could be especially important as Matawa is working toward getting members ready for a potential job boom coming with the Ring of Fire development. The area is home to a

large chromite deposit, used to make stainless steel. It also sits within the traditional lands of Marten Falls and Webequie. “With construction and employment still a few years away there is an opportunity for our people to prepare themselves,” Matawa First Nations CEO David Paul Achneepineskum said. “Workforce development has been identified as a high priority among Matawa communities.” He said very few Matawa

Participate Information Centre to Review Draft Forest Management Plan Nagagami (2011-2021) Forest Management Plan We Need Your Input Do you … • Have an interest in natural resource management in the Nagagami Forest? • Want to know more about the proposed long-term management direction for the Nagagami Forest? • Want to take an active role in the planning process and development of the Nagagami Forest Management Plan (FMP)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Jackfish River Management (JRM) and the Local Citizen Committees (LCC) at a public information centre to review the draft FMP for the Nagagami Forest. You will have an opportunity to review and provide comments on the draft FMP which includes details on: • • • • •

The long-term management direction of the forest; The planned harvest, renewal and tending operations and access roads for the first five-year term 2011-2016; The preferred areas of operations for the second five-year term 2016-2021; The planned corridors for primary and branch roads for the ten-year term; Ministry of Natural Resources’ list of preliminary changes.

How to Get Involved Information Centre(s) will be held at the following location from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on the following day: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Royal Canadian Legion Br. 194 Office 48 Sixth Avenue Hornepayne, ON P0M 1Z0 Tel.: 807-868-2083 Copies of the draft FMP summary and values maps may be obtained at the Information Centre(s), or by contacting the Ministry of Natural Resources Wawa District Office or the Jackfish River Management office in Hornepayne. Can’t Make It? The draft Nagagami FMP will also be available for public review and comment for 60 days, November 24, 2010 – January 24, 2011 at: • The Ministry of Natural Resources public website at ontario.ca/forestplans; • ServiceOntario Centre in Toronto (777 Bay St., Suite M212, Market Level: call toll-free: 1-800-268-8758) which provides computer access to the Ministry of Natural Resources website at ontario.ca/forestplans; • Jackfish River Management Limited, P.O. Box 780, 10 Becker Road, Hornepayne, ON P0M 1Z0; • Ministry of Natural Resources Wawa District office, Wawa, ON P0S 1K0, P.O. Box 1160, 48 Mission Road, Ministry of Natural Resources, Wawa District; • Ministry of Natural Resources Regional office, Nikki Wood, A/FMP Specialist, Ontario Government Complex, 5520 Hwy. 101 East, P.O. Bag 3020, South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0.

members have the skills and training needed to participate in the growing mineral exploration and development sector. Literacy and numeracy is also a challenge where the academic level of most young people is below the high school level. But Achneepineskum wants people to be ready as new estimates show the potential workforce in the Ring of Fire development could top 3,000 ongoing operations jobs and 3,600 construction jobs.

Mishkeegogamang signs exploration MOU Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation has signed an exploration memorandum of understanding with Manicouagan Minerals Inc. over the company’s exploration activities near Pickle Lake, Ont. “This agreement is another significant step in our efforts to participate in the economy of our traditional lands,” said Chief Connie Gray-McKay. “By entering this agreement, Manicouagan has demonstrated the level of respect for our people and our lands that we expect from all resource companies operating on our traditional lands.” Manicouagan acquired the right to earn up to 70 per cent interest in three claim groups known as the Dorothy-Dobie Lake, Kasagiminnis and Pickle Lake East properties in April 2009.

Comments must be received by Zachary White, R.P.F. of the planning team at the ministry’s Wawa District by January 24, 2011. The plan is being prepared by the following planning team members: Marie Ditner, Chair and Project Manager, MNR Boris Michelussi, R.P.F., Jackfish River Management Limited, Plan Author Zachary White, R.P.F., MNR Area Forester Tom Newport, Columbia Forest Products Limited David Haavaldsrud, Haavaldsrud Timber Steve Lebel, MNR A/Nagagami Area Biologist Paul Gamble, MNR Resource Planner/Aboriginal Liaison Margaret Zajac, Nagagami Forest Local Citizens Committee Vacant, First Nation Representative(s)

The companty has since acquired interest in 132 square kilometres in the Pickle Lake area in its search for gold. The MOU sets the foundation for a positive and beneficial relationship between Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation and Manicouagan, including training and employment, and ongoing communication. Manicouagan has agreed to retain a Mishkeegogamang business to provide community relations services and the First Nation and the company have agreed to negotiate an impact benefit agreement should an exploration project advance to the operational stage. “We look at this exploration agreement as a first important step in what we hope will be a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation,” said Joseph Baylis, president and CEO of Manicouagan Minerals Inc.

Sayeau giving back to her culture A Fanshawe College graduate will receive a provincial award for her work in helping Aboriginal students get a post-secondary education. “I feel it’s my place to work toward bringing the Aboriginal and non-Native communities at Fanshawe together,” said Belinda Sayeau, who was adopted outside of her Aboriginal culture and grew up in Red Lake. “I’m the perfect person to do it because I’ve always walked both paths,” she added. She credits her parents for their role in her achievements. “They provided me with a stable home life, a loving supportive family and instilled in me a strong sense of service and an entrepreneurial spirit,” she said. Sayeau will receive the 2010 Colleges Ontario Award for student achievement Nov. 22

As well, an appointment with the Ministry of Natural Resources District Manager or with a planning team member during nonbusiness hours may be made by calling 705-856-2396.

Wapoose said getting youth prepared for these jobs is key. “Our new organization will place a major emphasis on encouraging our young people,” he said. “Kiiki will assist our young people to better understand industry, will provide motivation to complete education and create employment community coordinators who will provide programming in each First Nation addressing employment and training issues.”

at a luncheon ceremony at the Higher Education Summit, an annual conference organized by Colleges Ontario. Sayeau studied business at Fanshawe while raising her daughter and working part time in the college’s purchasing and accounts payable department. She was active in the college’s First Nations Student Association. She now works as a customer service representative at Fanshawe’s First Nations Centre, where she continues her work with Indigenous students. “Students like Belinda Sayeau make a real difference,” said Howard Rundle, president of Fanshawe College. “Belinda’s warm and open personality, clear principles and strong voice had an impact on the lives of many First Nations and non-Native people at the college and beyond.” - JT

The planning team members, the Ministry of Natural Resources District Manager and the LCC are available at any time during the planning process to meet with you and discuss your interests, issues or concerns. A formal issue resolution process, as described in the Forest Management Planning Manual (2004), can be initiated upon request. Still Can’t Make It? A final opportunity for public involvement will be available during the public inspection of the Ministry of Natural Resourcesapproved FMP which is tentatively scheduled for February 24 – March 23, 2011. The approval date of the FMP is tentatively scheduled for: April 1, 2011. For further Information, please contact: Zachary White, R.P.F. MNR, Wawa District P.O. Box 1160, 48 Mission Road Wawa, ON P0S 1K0 Tel.: 705-856-4715

Boris Michelussi, R.P.F. Jackfish River Management Limited P.O. Box 780, 10 Becker Road Hornepayne, ON P0M 1Z0 Tel.: 807-868-2370, ext. 222

Margaret Zajac Nagagami Forest LCC Tel.: 807-868-2832

The Ministry of Natural Resources is collecting your personal information and comments under the authority of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. Any personal information you provide (address, name, telephone, etc.) will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, however, your comments will become part of the public consultation process and may be shared with the general public. Your personal information may be used by the Ministry of Natural Resources to send you further information related to this forest management planning exercise. If you have questions about the use of your personal information, please contact Paul Gamble, Resource Planner at 705-856-4701. Renseignements en français : Faye Pelletier au (705) 856-4748.

Thank You! A public contest for naming the street at the location of the new Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre was held earlier in the summer with thirtynine suggestions being received. Meno Ya Win Way is name the board unanimously accepted. On behalf of Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre board and senior management, we thank everyone who participated in the contest. SLMHC wishes everyone health, wellness and well-being! ~ Doug Moynihan, Vice-President of Corporate Services, SLMHC


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Opening the doors to same-sex marriage Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Wabigoon Lake’s Donna Chief is proud of her community’s response to her same-sex marriage. “They are very progressive,� said Chief, vice principal with Seven Generations Education Institute and a champion softball pitcher who attended Mayville State University in North Dakota on a softball scholarship. “With same-sex marriage, they welcome that as something new for the area and they’ve totally embraced it. “It’s funny, now that they know my lifestyle, they’re finally feeling comfortable enough to tease me about it.� First Nations people are pretty humorous for the most part, Chief said, noting her community is no different. “They haven’t held back and it’s been lots of fun,� Chief said. “It’s nice to have a real comfortable atmosphere and a good place to live.� Chief married her partner Ursula Braun in August 2009 after meeting her in 2008 through the Internet, where they chatted with each other for about a year before meeting face-to-face in Toronto. “We decided to meet in Toronto at the (Rogers Centre) powwow, a nice neutral ground,� Chief said, explaining Braun flew in from Germany for the meeting. “I had a group of friends of mine kind of check her out and my cousin Jeffrey

lives in Toronto.� Chief came out to her family once she returned home to Wabigoon Lake after the powwow. “That was the scariest part of everything,� Chief said. Afterwards, she found a freedom in sharing her life with everyone. Chief said she was fortunate because her family has always focused on family talks and meetings. “When I came back from Toronto, I did like I always do, run to my mom and dad and tell them about my trip,� Chief said. “I told them I went to Toronto to meet someone and she’s a girl. Mom was a little taken aback and she said she needed a little time to get used to the facts. My dad is pretty cool about the whole thing and said ‘We kind of knew. No matter what happens, we love you and you are still our daughter and you will always be our daughter.’� Chief said once her mom met Braun in January 2009 and realized how well suited the two women were for each other, she gave her blessing. Chief met Braun’s family in Germany during the 2009 March break. “Once she saw how incredibly happy I was, she was soon won over,� Chief said. “Once my mom and dad were accepting of her, we didn’t feel any reason not to move forward and get married that following summer.� Chief said her family commended her for coming out. “You have to take chances

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From left, Ursula Braun and Wabigoon Lake’s Donna Chief. The pair married in August 2009 near the community’s powwow grounds. in life,� Chief said, quoting the advice of a cousin who lost her family in a car accident. “Don’t wait around because life can sometimes sell you short.� Chief first realized she was gay when she was about seven or eight years old. “I was pretty young when I knew,� Chief said. “Not knowing what to do and who to visit with about all those things, I ran away at age 19 and went to play some softball in Manitoba.� Chief said her softball skills — as a pitcher she can throw a wicked riseball — lead to her opportunity to earn a four-year education degree at Mayville State University. Chief is a member of the

Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame due to her seven provincial championships with the Smitty’s Terminators, a bronze medal at the 1991 Canadian Championships and a bronze and gold at the Western Canadian Championships. She also pitched a nohitter against an Iowa team in 2003. Chief married Braun along the shoreline near the community’s powwow grounds. “She has a Moto Guzzi sideby-side (motorcycle) and we rode in on it on the wedding day and we left in a canoe,� Chief said. “It kind of bridged both cultures.� Chief said there is a real appreciation of First Nation cul-

ture in Germany. “When I saw her online, I noticed she had little eagle feathers on her earrings,� Chief said. “This summer, we got Ursula an Indian name meaning Woman From Across The Ocean.� Chief said immigration is a long process. “The German standard of life is to work, work, work, and she hasn’t been allowed to, so that is why she has kind of taken the bull by the horns when you think of all the volunteer work she has done,� Chief said. “Work is definitely in her nature and she has been held back (from) that until her paperwork is done.�

Chief said Braun is anxious to partake in the community’s hunting culture once she clears all her immigration paperwork. “She is a great (angler) already,� Chief said. “When you think of training your wife to be a good boat person, somebody who is going to grab the minnows and take off the fish, she came fully trained. She wasn’t squeamish about anything, you didn’t have to put a minnow on or anything.� The couple even won a fishing derby and Braun is now planning to trade her Moto Guzzi in for an all-terrain vehicle. “I’m glad I found my soul mate to share my life with,� Chief said.

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Information Technology Technician First Nation Student Success Project Summary: Under the supervision of the Education Coordinator FNSSP or designate, this position provides the successful applicant with an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that delivers the Bimose Tribal Council First Nation Student Success Program project. This individual is responsible for providing the technical and organizational knowledge needed to understand how to use technology in achieving our educational goals and strategies, software use & development, and computer systems management. This individual is responsible for the purchasing and installation of all required technology, hardware and software to successfully implement and maintain a successful program. This individual is also responsible for the technical training, advice and assistance for the member First Nations, their schools and affiliated staff. Qualifications: This successful individual requires a minimum of a Diploma in Computer Systems Technology, or similar qualifications. A minimum of 5 years experience with advanced skills and knowledge in the design, installation and maintenance of local and wide area networks, client-server software, network administration, industrial control and computer hardware. Experience working in schools and knowledge of Anishinaabe culture and issues is essential. Skills: • Extensive computer skills and knowledge • Ability to work with spreadsheets and data-bases • Experience using web design software • Extensive experience using word processing and desktop publishing software • Proven written and oral communication skills • Proven organization and planning skills • Proven background in proposal writing and reporting • Excellent teamwork skills • Essential knowledge of the local cultural would be an asset • Ability to speak and/or understand the Ojibway language would be an asset • Should be proficient in Microsoft Office and/or related software • Experience using educational student data-bases would be an asset Other Requirements: • Candidates that have experience working with Anishinaabe students through a First Nation school, a Provincial board or school will be preferred • Driver’s license and vehicle, and ability to travel • Along with their resume and cover letter applicants must submit a current criminal record check and three letters of reference with at least one from their last place of employment Please submit your resume by November 5, 2010 at 12:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST). This is a contract position until March 31, 2011, with potential of extension dependent upon the funding agreement with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. This position runs from April 1st to March 31st and the successful candidate is expected to work during the summer. Late applications will be returned. Address all applications to: Hiring Committee - Bimose Tribal Council Inc. 598 Lakeview Drive Kenora, On P9N 3P7 (P) 807-468-5551 (F) 807-468-3908 If you have further questions about the positions, please feel free to contact Andy Graham, Education Coordinator FNSSP at 468-5551 Ex. 242. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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From left, Brittany Bouchard of Gull Bay, Lyndahl McGinnis of Rainy River and Agnes Towedo, all Hammarskjold High School students, complete a survey at the Anishnawbe Mushkiki booth during the Fall Feast and Gathering of Services in Thunder Bay Oct. 14. Several schools sent students to the event and most gave them questionnaires to help make it more interactive and get the students to ask questions of the presenters.

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Don’t be nervous. Don’t pollute the water. Don’t marry white girls. These were some of the warnings Christian Chapman received when he was growing up in Fort William First Nation. He related those warning in his latest set of work Don’t Eat the Fish, which will be exhibited at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery from Nov. 5 to Dec. 12 “I just put some imagery to these don’ts,” Chapman said. Chapman has been working on the images the past six

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The Thunder Mountain Singers pounded out a different drumbeat during a two-day concert at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay. “It was a great way to showcase the Aboriginal culture, the traditions — the content was awesome,” said Gary Gustafson during a break in the Oct. 16 performance of A Celebration of One Voice One Nation at the Thunder Bay theatre. He said the more the group performs, the more it can bring awareness to the general public about who Aboriginal people really are. The Thunder Mountain Singers held the Oct. 15 and 16 performances to celebrate their latest album, One Voice, One Nation, by featuring traditional drumming, hand drumming, fluting and dancing by members of the drum group and family and friends. “It features songs and dances from our album and from past work we have done,” said David Simard, a founding member of the Thunder Mountain Singers and one of the organizers of the

performance. “We have friends and family who have come out to showcase the dancing and we have a narrator, Nathan Moses, who is providing story lines with the songs and dances and explaining the history of the drum group.” The drum group received their drum from the late Margaret Pierre as part of her vision that First Nations youth would return to their traditional culture through the drum. The drummers, who originate from Ojibwe, SaulteauxOjibwe, Oji-Cree and Northern Cree communities in the Treaty 9, Treaty 3 and 1850 Robinson Superior Treaty areas, have performed across North America over the past 20 years and have recorded numerous albums. Simard said the performance was a learning experience for both the audience and the performers. “There is still a large cultural gap, even within our own society,” Simard said. The performance featured eight drummers and 10-12 dancers, including jingle dress dancers, women’s traditional dancers, original style fancy dancers, fancy shawl dancers,

chicken dancers, woodland style dancers, grass dancers and men’s traditional dancers. “In the first set the songs and dances are to honour the women, so we’re doing all the songs associated with the different styles of dancing and songs that are to pay tribute to the women,” Simard said. “The second set is about the men and it showcases the original style of dance, the woodland style dance, the grass dance, the chicken dance, as well as the northern traditional style dance and at the end we have all the dancers coming in for one of the closing songs.” Simard developed the idea for the performance along with Mario Crudo, Magnus Theatre’s artistic director, as a means to bring family and friends together to celebrate with the theatre. Simard said the Thunder Mountain Singers have been nominated for the 2010 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Award, the Native American Music Awards and the Aboriginal Music Awards. “The album has done really well. It’s nice to be recognized by our peers,” he said.

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The jingle dress dance style was one of the traditional dance styles featured during the Thunder Mountain Singers’ special presentation: A Celebration of One Voice One Nation, held Oct. 15-16 at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay.

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Jonathan Crane (centre) sprints the field looking to make a tackle while on kickoff team duty during Churchill High School’s 24-18 win over St. Patrick in senior high school football action Oct. 15. Crane, a Weagamow Lake band member, is a student at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School allowed to play for Churchill thanks to an agreement between the neighbour schools. A rival coach who has watched Crane play said he has natural talent and a knack for putting himself in a position to make plays for his team.

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Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School’s senior boys volleyball team lost a three-set game at the hands of the Sir Winston Churchill High School Trojans Oct. 25. Despite the effort of Jared Sugerhead (14) putting up nice sets, DFC was overmatched in losing 25-12, 25-11 and 25-12.

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Sandy Lake has recently started a traditional food bank with game such as fish. From left are Sandy Lake students Jared Day, Tino Noon, Kendra Meekis, Delaynie Meekis, Alfred Meekis, Sandy Owen and teacher Johnson Meekis.

Sandy Lake pleased with traditional foods bank Rick Garrick Wawatay News

A smile and thanks is all the reason Ken Goodwin Jr. needs to support the Sandy Lake traditional foods bank. “After you give an Elder the finished product, to see the smile on their face, that’s the only kick I get out of it, just seeing them smile like that,” said Goodwin, a fishing volunteer with the traditional foods bank and communications officer with the band. “It’s like their face just lights up.” Goodwin said people in need are thankful for the assistance they receive from the traditional foods bank. “They are just pleased, they are happy,” Goodwin said. “They just smile mostly and thank me. ‘How did you know I wanted this? How do you know I like this kind of thing.’” Goodwin loves checking his gillnet, just as he did with his grandfather, former chief Jacob Fiddler, when he was growing up. And he still uses the same whitefish set his grandfather used many years ago, which is located about 45 minutes from the community by motor boat out on Big Sandy. “It’s peaceful, you feel so calm and relaxed,” Goodwin said. “Once you have it done you have this big sigh of relief, like ah yes. And then you see your buckets all full of fish and you are thinking who are you going to give it to.” Goodwin said he and his wife learned how to set and lift the net and how to prepare and smoke the whitefish from their parents and grandparents. “It’s like a delicacy,” Goodwin said, describing smoked whitefish. He said he doesn’t always smoke the whitefish; he often just gives the whitefish uncooked to those in need. Goodwin and his grandfather would stay at the fishing site to prepare the fish before returning back to the community. “I still remember going out there early in the morning and coming home in the evening after everything was done,” Goodwin said. “But nowadays, we just bring everything home and do it (there).” Glen Fiddler first came up

with the traditional foods bank many years ago, when he was still a child. “We were pretty poor in our own home and sometimes we’d run out of food,” Fiddler said. “I got to thinking, I said to myself if I ever get on my own two feet, I want to start something in my own community to help others in my situation.” Fiddler thought it would be a good idea to start either a soup kitchen or a community food bank, so when he was working in the band office about nine years ago he approached council about the idea and received the go-ahead to proceed. “I felt there was need for this kind of service in our community due to fact of the high unemployment rates and seeing kids myself going hungry,” Fiddler said. “We do have certain programs in place at the schools right now, like snack programs and hopefully lunch programs later on, but I’ve seen the need for it.” Fiddler even approached the Ontario Association of Food Banks with a positive result. “I’ve been working on it here and there and a few years back I contacted the food bank in Dryden, (where) they directed me to the Ontario Association of Food Banks,” Fiddler said. “I asked them for their assistance and they were quite interested in helping me.” Fiddler said Adam Spence, the executive director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, travelled to Sandy Lake along with London North Central MP Glen Pearson to check out the conditions and food prices in the community and Spence eventually completed a feasibility study about four years ago. “You should have seen them the first time I took them into the store on the reserve,” Fiddler said. “They couldn’t believe the prices that we were paying and most of these were welfare, lowincome families.” Prices in Sandy Lake are currently about $8 for a 2-litre carton of two-per cent milk, $3.50 for a loaf of regular bread, 75 cents for an apple or a banana, $3.50 for a 500 gram package of spaghetti, $4.50 for a 700 milli-

gram jar of spaghetti sauce and $12 for a 1.2 kilogram package of cereal. Fiddler said one of the problems is many people can no longer afford to travel on the land due to high equipment and fuel costs to harvest traditional foods for themselves, so the traditional food preparation skills are slowly disappearing. Gasoline is currently selling at about $1.95 per litre in Sandy Lake. Fiddler said harvesting traditional foods can be a learning experience for community youth. “The kids would learn from there how to skin, for instance, a beaver and how to smoke it and how to prepare it for eating,” he said. “Or how to catch fish, how to fillet it and how to cook it.” Although people usually share their traditional harvests with others in the community, Fiddler said some of the needy are being left out at times. Fiddler eventually received enough funding with the help of Spence to build a community smoke house. Community members are able to gather and prepare traditional foods in the smoke house throughout the entire year as opposed to the open-air smokers used in the summer and fall. “We had to blend technology with the old ways,” Fiddler said. The community also received some gillnets from the Ontario Association of Food Banks, the London Food Bank and Pearson, which has allowed volunteers such as Goodwin to provide fish for the needy over the past three years. “There are major costs in fuel,” Fiddler said. “Most volunteers don’t have the time or money to do it fulltime.” Fiddler is hoping to build the smokehouse this fall if he can get the concrete foundation in before winter, noting there are “quite a bit people” who are currently benefiting from the traditional foods bank. “A good number of people have called us to say thank you,” Fiddler said. Fiddler especially praised the volunteers who helped set nets and harvest fish during the winter, when it is very difficult to set nets under three feet of ice.


October 28, 2010