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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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Wawatay News OCTOBER 28, 2010
Tough election night for First Nation candidates James Thom Wawatay News Wawatay file photo
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.
118 winners and counting James Thom Wawatay News
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
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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
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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Remembering Gaston Lascelle Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY
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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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
Monday November 15, 2010
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 Creatorâ€™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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