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Human rights commish visits DFC PAGE 16
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December 29, 2009
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Hitting their mark
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The Grade 1 students take a bow after performing “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” during Sioux Mountain Public School’s Christmas pageant held on Dec. 16 in Sioux Lookout. For more photos, see page 6.
H1N1 outbreak learning ᑯᑯᔑᐊᑭᑯᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐱᒥᔭᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᑭᐅᒋ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᑕᐣ ᐊᑕᑦ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ experience for Fiddler Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Sandy Lake Chief Adam Fiddler spoke about handling media communications during his community’s H1N1 outbreak at the Northern Ontario First Nations Communications Conference. “Immediately I went on the local radio (station) with the acting nurse in charge at the nursing station at the time,” Fiddler said. “We went on and talked about it (H1N1) because people were getting information from the media, television, radio and newspaper and we wanted to go on and provide the accurate information from what the nurses knew.” Fiddler said there is an expectation from the community that the leadership goes on the community radio station and shares accurate information about people who are ill or have been medivaced to Sioux Lookout or Winnipeg. “The radio is … quite an important tool in our community,” Fiddler said. “The radio is like a public address system. Everybody is listening to the radio, right from the small children to the men and women to the Elders.” Fiddler said there is a big difference between the mainstream media and how the community shares information. “One of the differences is … what makes news is sensational stories, something that grabs your attention,” Fiddler said. “In my community the expectation is there that I go on and
talk about someone who is sick at the hospital. It’s not because we have this morbid curiosity about somebody else’s suffering. That’s not it at all. We have a strong faith in prayers, whether it’s traditional or Christianity, we have a strong belief in a higher power, and if we pray there is strength in prayer, so we go on and we talk about somebody so we can pray for them as a community. We send positive energy to that person that is in hospital.” Fiddler said he is proud of how his community dealt with the H1N1 outbreak this past June. “I was trying not to call it a crisis,” Fiddler said. “In my mind it wasn’t a crisis, it was a fact of life. We were dealing with an issue but if you talk about it as a crisis, it sounds like something major that is happening and that wasn’t the case. We just had a situation we needed to deal with and our staff worked very hard.” Fiddler said as soon as he had information, he went on the community radio with some of the band councillors, health staff and the nurse in charge to explain what was happening. see DON’T page 8
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ᓀᑲᐃᐧᓴᑲᐃᑲᐣ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐊᑕᑦ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᐅᑭᔭᓂᒧᑕᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᐊᔭᑲᐧᒥᓯᑲᑕᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐊᐱ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᑕᑯᔑᓄᒪᑲᓂᑭᐸᐣ ᑯᑯᔑᐊᑭᑯᑲᐃᐧᓂ. ᔐᒪᐠ ᐣᑭᑐᑕᐣ ᐁᑭᐃᔑᐃᐧᒋᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐅᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᑫᐧ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐊᐱ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐣᑭᐊᓂᒧᑕᒥᐣ ᑯᑯᔑᐊᑭᑯᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒪᔭᑦ ᐃᑯ ᐁᑭᐊᐧᐃᐧᑕᒪᐠ ᐊᓂᐡ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐁᑭᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒪᐠ ᐁᑭᓄᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐁᔭᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑎᐱᒪᓯᓇᑌᓯᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐣᑭᑐᑕᒥᐣ ᐁᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᒪᔭᑦ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᑕᒪᐊᐧᑭᑕᐧ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᑫᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᑲᑭᑫᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐸᑯᓭᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒋᓇᓄᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒋᐸᑭᑎᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᔭᑦ ᐃᐧᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐊᐁᐧᓀᓇᐠ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐊᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᓇᐣᑕ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐧᓂᓇᐊᐧᑲᐠ ᓇᐣᑕ ᐃᐧᓂᐯᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᐸᐦᐃᑕᐧ. ᓇᑐᑕᒧᑲᒥᐠ ᓇᐱᐨ ᑭᑕᐸᑕᐣ ᐣᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐁᐃᓇᐧᑌᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐁᐅᒋ ᔕᐯᐧᐁᐧᓯᒋᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᓇ ᐊᐃᐧᔭ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᑭᑫᑕᒧᓂᐨ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑲᔭᓂᐊᐃᓯᓭᐠ. ᑲᑭᓇ ᑲᔦ ᐅᐱᓯᐣᑕᐣ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᓂ, ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔐᓴᐠ, ᓇᐯᐊᐧᐠ, ᐃᑫᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᐠ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᓇ ᒥᑐᓂ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐸᑲᓂᓭ ᐸᑲᐣ ᐊᑲᐧᒋᐠ ᑲᐱᐅᐣᒋᓭᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᐱ ᐱᐣᑎᑫᓭᐠ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐱᐃᐧᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ. ᐃᐁᐧ ᐃᔑᐸᑲᓂᓭ, ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐁᑲᑫᐧ
ᒪᒪᑕᐃᐧᑕᑯᒧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᐃᒪ ᐁᐅᒋ ᑭᐱᑎᐸᓂᐦᐅᔭᐣ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᐁᐃᐧᑲᑫᐧᑭᑫᑕᒪᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᑐᑌᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᐃᒪ ᐣᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐣᐸᑯᓭᑕᑯᐢ ᒋᐃᔓᔭᐣ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᑕᒪᐣ ᐊᐁᐧᓀᐣ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐃᐧᓂᐣᐨ. ᑲᐧᓂᐣ ᐃᑯ ᐊᓂᔕ ᐁᐃᐧᐅᒋ ᑲᑫᐧᑲᑭᑫᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐃᐧᔭ ᐁᓇᓀᑲᒋᐃᐧᑐᐨ. ᑲᐧᓂᐣ ᐃᐁᐧ. ᓂᒪᐡᑲᐃᐧᓯᒥᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐣᑌᐯᐧᑕᒧᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ, ᑭᔭᑦ ᐃᒪ ᐣᑕᔭᒥᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ ᓇᐣᑕ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᐃᔑᑕᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ, ᒥᑐᓂ ᐱᑯ ᒪᐡᑲᐃᐧᓯᒪᑲᐣ ᑲᑌᐯᐧᑕᐊᐧᔭᐠ ᓂᒪᓂᑐᒥᓇᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐃᔑᐊᔭᒥᐦᐊᔭᐠ ᐁᒪᐡᑲᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐊᔭᒥᒋᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ, ᐊᒥ ᑌᐯᐧ ᐁᑐᑕᒪᐠ ᐁᔭᓂᒧᒪᔭᐠ ᐊᐃᐧᔭ ᑲᐊᑯᓯᐨ ᑲᑭᓇ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᐊᔭᒥᒋᑫᑕᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ. ᐊᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᐁᐅᒋ ᑲᑫᐧᓇᑕᒪᐊᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᒪᑌᐊᔭᐨ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ. ᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᓇ ᒥᑐᓂ ᐱᑯ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᑕᐠ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᐱᒪᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧᓂ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᓂᐱᓄᐠ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐣᑐᒋᑲᑫᐧ ᐃᔑᓂᑲᑕᓯᐣ ᑭᒋᒪᒋᓭᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ. ᐃᒪ ᓂᒪᒥᑐᓀᒋᑲᓂᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐣᑭᐅᒋᐃᓀᑕᓯᐣ ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᒋᑭᒋᒪᒋᓭᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᐅᒋᑕ ᐱᑯ ᐁᐡᑲᑦ ᐁᐃᔑᓇᑭᐡᑭᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐱᒪᑎᓯᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ. ᒋᐊᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐃᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᒪᐠ ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᐁᑭᒋᒪᒋᓭᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᐊᒥᐱᑯ ᐁᔑᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᑲᑭᒋᔭᓂᒪᐠ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐁᓇᑭᐡᑲᒪᐠ, ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐁᐧ ᒋᐅᒋᐃᓯᓭᔭᐠ. ᐃᐁᐧ ᐱᑯ ᐁᐡᑲᑦ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑲᐊᐃᓯᓭᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᑭᐃᔑᓇᑭᐡᑲᒥᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐣᑕᓄᑭᓇᑲᓂᒪᐠ ᑌᐯᐧ ᐅᑭᑭᒋᔭᓄᑲᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᑭᒪᒥᓄᓯᑐᐊᐧᐨ. ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᓄᑕᐠ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ, ᔐᒪᐠ ᑭᐃᔕ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐁᑭᐃᐧᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᑎᐟ ᐅᑐᓇᔓᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂᓂᒪᐣ, ᐅᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐅᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᑫᐧ ᒪᔭᑦ ᐁᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᐁᐧᐸᓂᐠ.
Sending you warm and heartfelt wishes for the New Year.
ᐣᑭᐊᐧᐃᐧᑕᒪᑫᒥᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᔑᔭᓂᒥᓭᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐣᑭᐊᐧᐃᐧᑕᒪᑫᒥᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑭᑐᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᔭᓂᒥᓭᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᐣᑭᐃᐧᑕᒪᐊᐧᒥᐣ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᓇᓂᐠ ᐁᐊᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᑎᐟ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐅᒪ ᑭᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᒥ ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᐁᓀᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐁᑯᑯᔑᐊᑭᑯᑲᐊᐧᐨ. ᐱᔾᓫᐊᕑ ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐅᓂᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᑫᐧᐣ ᔐᒪᐠ ᐅᑭᐃᐧᑕᒪᑯᐣ ᐊᐱ ᑲᑭᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᓇᓄᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᐊᐦᔓᓱᐨ ᒋᐱᑲᑲᓄᓂᑯᐨ ᑲᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓀᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐊᔕ ᑲᑭᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᐸᑭᑎᓇᐠ ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᑭᐃᓇᐠ ᐁᑲ ᐃᐧᐣ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐁᐊᔭᔭᐣ ᒋᑭᑲᑕᒪᐊᐧᑲᐧ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒪᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᐃᓯᓭ ᐱᑯ ᒋᐃᔕᔭᐣ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᒋᓇᑕᐃᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᔭᐣ. ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᒥᓇ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᐱ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᑫᑯᓂ ᑲᔭᓂᒧᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ, ᐊᒥᐱᑯ ᐁᓯᓭᐠ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᐁᔭᓂ ᐃᓂᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐱᐣ ᒪᔭᑦ ᒋᐃᓇᒋᒧᒪᑲᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᐠ ᔐᒪᐠ ᐣᑭᑐᑕᒥᐣ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᐣ, ᐁᑭᔭᐸᒋᑐᔭᐠ ᑯᑕᐠ ᐃᐣᑐᕑᓀᐟ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᐊᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐅᑎᓇᒪᐠ ᒪᔭᑦ ᐃᐧᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᑕᒪᑫᔭᐠ. ᐣᑭᐃᓇᐸᒋᑐᒥᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᑭᑫᑕᒧᓂᑕᐧ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᓇᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᔕᑯᐨ ᐣᑭᑭᑫᑕᒥᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐊᑲᐧᒋᐠ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐊᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑲᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓀᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐃᐧᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᑭᑐᑕᒪᐠ ᑕᓱᑭᔑᑲ ᐁᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᒪᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᐃᑭᑐ ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐱᒥᐃᐡᑯᓄᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᓂᓂ ᑭᐃᓀᑕᑦ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᐱᒥ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᑕᒪᐃᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ ᑲᔭᐸᑕᑭᐣ ᐁᑲ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᐊᑯᓯᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᑭᑯᑲᐊᐧᐱᓀᐃᐧᐣ. ᐃᓇᐱᐣ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 8
Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
Meno Ya Win holds Bimaadiziwin workshops Chris Kornacki Wawatay News
As part of Meno Ya Win Health Centreâ€™s training process for new health service and caregiver employees, they offer a workshop called Bimaadiziwin, which means Way of Life. The workshop is aimed at educating people who are new to the north about First Nation traditions, history and culture. Esther Vangennip, honoured fellow at the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, said the workshop is held in partnership with Elders, leaders, healers and survivors of the residential schools as well as Meno Ya Win staff, other members of the community and representatives from the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution. â€œThe purpose of the program is to create a deeper understanding of cultures and traditions so that the service providers and the caregivers offering health care services for Meno Ya Win are able to get a better and deeper understanding and appreciation of the culture and traditions they are serving. â€œThis way they can honour the traditions as well as move towards a place of cultural competence thus improving client safety and client care,â€? Vangennip said. The workshop training that takes place at Bimaadiziwin looks at conflict resolution tools and principles, which emphasize dignity and respect. â€œThrough dignity and respect it establishes a foundation of trust. With that foundation of trust we are able to get to a place of truth. And when you are speaking from a place of truth there is a greater level of commitment and a greater sense of working
together collaboratively,â€? Vangennip also said. Since Meno Ya Win supports community members from remote northern communities there was a need to create a system that supports these community members and supports their health care services and traditions. Bimaadiziwin is an attempt at filling that need. Roger Walker, former CEO of Meno Ya Win, shared his vision and the vision of Meno Ya Win with the participants at the latest Bimaadiziwin workshop held at the Moose Horn Lodge in Sioux Lookout. â€œWeâ€™re trying to move from an area of cultural destructiveness to an area of cultural safety. We can work together with the people that need our help, so all of us can be safe. The best way to do this is to get knowledge and information of people and this will build awareness in us,â€? said Walker. â€œWe try and bridge cultures and traditions in such a way that honours the beliefs and values to move towards a path of healing. This program (Bimaadiziwin) highlights cultural competency in the workplace by honouring diversity. For example you may have an elder come into the hospital from a northern community and he chooses to use a smudge or a feather as part of his healing process. Meno Ya Win wants to have their staff not only accommodate that need, but also respect it too,â€? Vangennip said. â€œThis program is raising cultural awareness to avoid conflict and to respect cultural diversity. Its goal is to give the caregivers and service providers a deeper understanding of their patients needs,â€? said Vangennip.
Chris Kornacki/Wawatay News
Roger Walker, former CEO of the Meno Ya Win Health Centre shared his vision of the hospital at the latest Bimaadiziwin workshop held at the Moose Horn Lodge in Sioux Lookout. Bimaadiziwin means Way of Life, and the workshops are aimed at raising First Nations cultural awareness and understanding with the caregiving staff at Meno Ya Win.
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Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
Cutfeet preparing for medical residency Irene Dube Special to Wawatay News
Danny Cutfeet is finishing his fourth year at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and well on his way to becoming a doctor. His journey wasn’t an easy one, and is far from being over, but this KI band member knows the journey is just as important as the destination. Born in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) this 34-year-old father of two started his journey into medicine with goals of coming back to the north. “I was looking at being a paramedic and then a nurse. I didn’t realize I could get into med school,” Cutfeet said. “My mother was a nurse and a huge influence. I wanted to do something to contribute and be helpful in some way.” He recalls his childhood in KI, Wunnumin Lake and Summer Beaver where he grew up like any other kid and witnessed first-hand what the communities needed, and figured out he wanted to do something to help. “A lot of it really, and I guess everyone has to ask themselves this, was what I wanted to do with my life and what will make me happy.” “I have very fond memories of living up north. It was a good time to be living up there. It was before power, before generators, before running water,” he said. “I still remember going down to see the planes come in and seeing who was coming in.” Cutfeet can identify strongly with the challenges that youth in First Nations communities struggle with every day, and he knows that educational goals can sometimes seem hard to reach.
photo courtesy of James Cutfeet
Danny Cutfeet sits with his son Nodin, in Thunder Bay. Cutfeet, a Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug band member, will soon complete his fourth year of medical school in Thunder Bay. “I think it’s hard for them to think ‘what is my future and what can I accomplish?’ My feelings are to turn that around
and look around your community and see what’s needed,” Cutfeet said. “It requires looking around
you in a different way. No one else is going to do this but you. Don’t wait for other people to do it, no one else can do it quite
right or as good as you. Especially when you’re from that community and you know how things need to get done.” In May 2009, Cutfeet will be finishing his time at the Thunder Bay campus of NOSM and is already applying for residency, which will take two to three more years. He is applying at both NOSM, as well as the University of British Columbia. While he wants to work in northern Ontario, he is excited about the opportunities in BC also. “I just want to work in other First Nations communities and see how they’re managing their selves and see their problems and solutions,” he said Cutfeet is also preparing to study emergency medicine in his third year of residency, as he wants to better prepare himself for working in isolated communities. “Working in isolated communities means I’ll have limited resources and backup. In terms of comfort level, a year in emergency would really help.” Cutfeet also has an interest in international work and thinks of medicine globally. “Canada has one solution to health, and there are other places in the world that have a different mindset. I’m curious about that. What I’d like to do ultimately is to provide a better health strategy for the north and northwestern Ontario. I don’t think what is occurring is adequate. The inadequacies, health or not, are quite apparent.” And it was these apparent inadequacies that inspired Cutfeet to overcome his hurdles and work hard to do something about it. “Becoming a doctor and getting into med school wasn’t easy. My education background
was fine arts. I had to go back to school. I had to re-educate myself. I had to take classes I hadn’t taken in awhile. It was hard and it was a struggle at times,” he said. “I wasn’t necessarily born to be a doctor and actually I hadn’t really thought of it early on. I was a late bloomer so to speak.” His background in fine arts still plays a large role in his life, but comes second to his family and of course his career path. “Art definitely gets sidelined. I’d like to delve into that, and I will. But I’ve got other priorities,” said Cutfeet. Danny treats his education like a job, taking time to go to school and study, and his other part of the day is for his family. “I always try and find some time to spend with family. It’s very important.” “It’s also very helpful and has given me strength through all this. Sometimes I’ll be on call and coming home late at night, but it’s nice to just be home with them.” His advice to youth living in a remote community like the ones he grew up in is to start thinking about what they want to do and not be afraid to ask. “Approach people you know. Approach people you don’t know. Doctors and nurses are always open to answering questions. “ Cutfeet also recommends job shadowing to see what’s really done. “Try to get an idea of what is out there. Maybe you don’t want to be a nurse or doctor, but there’s EMS or a paramedic. There are a lot of different careers in health. Even administration.” Article appears courtesy of Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
Platinex drops lawsuits, surrenders claims in KI lands Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief Donny Morris said Platinex Inc.’s agreement to drop its lawsuits and surrender its mining claims is a “good Christmas present for the community.” “I have to say I’m feeling happy about it,” Morris said, about 10 minutes after reading the Dec. 14 press release issued by the Ontario government stating Ontario had reached an agreement to settle litigation with Platinex that will provide greater certainty to the company and allow the province to continue to build its relationship with KI. “I consider the decision of Platinex to not proceed with mining exploration in our territory as a major victory,” Morris said later in a KI press release, dated Dec. 14. “My community was determined to stop Platinex and the Ontario government from arbitrarily imposing a mine at Nemeigusabins Lake.” Morris said his community had been concerned about possible environmental issues stemming from the development of a mine so near to the lake from which they have always derived their livelihood. “Our concern was the site contaminating the (Big Trout) Lake,” Morris said, noting the community uses the lake for fishing and hunting. “It was too close. It was more of an environmental issue.” KI’s chief and council prevented Platinex from continu-
ing with its mining exploration activities in KI’s traditional territories on two occasions, including an Aug. 26 attempt by Platinex to land a float plane on Nemeigusabins Lake which was disrupted by Morris as he operated a boat on the lake. The first incident eventually led to the March 2008 imposition of six-month jail sentences by Justice Patrick Smith on Morris, Deputy Chief Jack McKay, Head Coun. Cecilia Begg, councillors Sam McKay and Darryl Sainnawap and band employee Bruce Sakakeep for contempt of court for breaking an October 2007 court order which allowed Platinex to begin exploratory drilling at Nemeigusabins Lake.
“My community was determined to stop Platinex and the Ontario government from arbitrarily imposing a mine at Nemeigusabins Lake.” – Donny Morris
The KI 6, as the imprisoned KI leaders became to be known, were released May 28, 2008 after serving more than two months of their six-month sentences. After his release, Sam McKay said he made good use of his time in jail by reading books and documents on his community’s situation and was prepared to serve his whole sentence.
“We believed we had a good chance of getting out,” McKay said at the time. “But we were not ready to change our views and beliefs to do. We were all prepared to serve the entire duration of the sentence.” John Cutfeet, who was also charged with the KI 6 but chose to follow a different path and was never jailed, said in a Feb. 2009 presentation to a class of Exploring Human Diversity students at Confederation College that his community was still in negotiation for lands which they had not received but were entitled to under the 1929 Adhesion to the James Bay Treaty 9, so the community had placed a full moratorium on the lands until the land claim process was settled. “Because our people have not given up their consent to give up all their rights, Aboriginal title still remains in that territory,” Cutfeet said. “In the eye of our community, those lands we talk about, the traditional lands, are not officially Crown lands until the people say they are giving up those lands.” KI is now planning to meet with the Ontario government early in the New Year to work on developing a memorandum of cooperation. “The memorandum of cooperation will become a model of how future problems like this will not happen again,” Morris said in the press release. “The province needs to know that mining is a very serious issue for us. We went to jail to protect our land and we are prepared to go
back to jail if necessary. I think the province needs to recognize that our free prior informed consent is necessary or mining development in the north could become a very expensive failure.” Aboriginal Affairs Minister Brad Duguid said the Ontario government has been entering into a number of bilateral agreements with First Nations to build a new relationship. “We are working with KI to establish a better relationship, a more open and trusting relationship,” Duguid said, explaining he has already had a number of good discussions with KI’s chief and council. “I visited KI over the last number of months. We have a get together planned for January.” Duguid said the province and KI are working towards a more progressive relationship that will lead to improvements in the quality of life for the people of KI. “We’re working towards a brighter future,” Duguid said. Ontario reached the agreement with Platinex to settle on-going litigation over the company’s Big Trout Lake Property in return for $5 million and potential future royalty interest on the property. In addition, the government will withdraw those lands from staking and mineral exploration. “This is a unique situation, and I am pleased that we were able to reach a fair and reasonable negotiated settlement that will provide greater certainty to Platinex while allowing our government to continue working
with KI to strengthen our relationship and to pursue future opportunities,” said Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. The settlement will assist Platinex in moving forward with exploration and development of its other mining properties in Ontario, and responds to KI’s past concerns. “Platinex is pleased to be able to recover value for the Big Trout Lake property,” said Jim Trusler, president and CEO of Platinex. “It became apparent that the company was not going to be able to access the property. We can now focus on our other PGE and Gold properties and the money will enable Platinex to execute its business plan. Should the Ontario gover nment allow future exploration on the former property we Morris would expect to benefit from the future development of the very significant platinum potential. The company is excited to be moving forward with exploration and looks forward to announcing a drill program on its Shining Tree gold property for the winter months.” Should the province, at its discretion, issue new mineral tenure on the lands in the next 25 years and a mine be developed, Platinex would be entitled to receive a royalty of 2.5 per cent of the mine revenues paid
by the mine operator if a mine is developed. This kind of royalty is common industry practice. The Ontario government announced Dec. 16 it would be conducting broad-based consultations with First Nation and Métis communities, mineral industry stakeholders and interested members of the public from January to June 2010 in many northern communities. Letters, emails and phone calls will also be accepted in Januray. “This new phase of consultation is a very important part of the Mining Act modernization process,” Gravelle said. “We are looking to Aboriginal communities, industry stakeholders and interested members of the public to help us develop the best possible regulations, programs, policies, procedures and information technology solutions for our new Mining Act.” A workbook is now available to guide public comments and consultations; it provides a framework on the “ground rules” that will be implemented within Ontario’s new Mining Act, including requirements for exploration plans and permits, Aboriginal consultation, a dispute resolution process for Aboriginal concerns, map staking, protection of sites of Aboriginal cultural significance, details of the awareness program for prospectors, and provisions for the withdrawal of Crown-held mineral rights on private land. Information on the new mining act can be found at http:// www.mndm.gov.on.ca/miningact/miningact_e.asp.
Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
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ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᑭᒪᑕᓄᑲᑌᐠ 1974 ᐁᐅᒋᐊᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑭᐧᐁᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑕᐃᑦᔑᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ. ᑕᓱᓂᔓᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐧᐃ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐧᐃᐣ ᐅᓇᔓᐧᐁᐧᐃ ᑲᓇᐧᐊᐸᒋᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᒋᐃᔑ ᐸᐸᒥᓯᒪᑲᐠ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓂᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ. MEDIA DIRECTOR Brent Wesley EDITOR James Thom
Christmas comes early James Thom TO THE POINT
pair of First Nations received early Christmas presents from different levels of government. The provincial government announced Dec. 14 it had settled an ongoing lawsuit by Platinex Inc. over mining claims and leases in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug’s traditional lands. By the time the lawsuit was settled, nearly four years had passed in the battle which saw millions spent in legal fees, six members of the First Nation jailed over contempt of court, battles over court-sanctioned access to the land and countless baseless allegations about incidents between the people of KI and those people they felt were trespassing on their land. Just three days before KI got its good news, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada announced funding to build a new school in Attawapiskat had been secured. This too has been a long time coming. The community was promised a new school by INAC in 2005, but it was told in December 2007 the project would be shelved for at least five years. In that time, Timming-James Bay MP Charlie Angus, along with students from the community, has spearheaded efforts to bring a new school to Attawapiskat. On Dec. 11, INAC confirmed $200,000 would be provided to assist the First Nation in updating its school capital planning study. “Funding is also planned for the design and construction phases for subsequent years,” said Susan Bertrand, manager of communications for INAC. Bertrand explained the funds were made available due to the effectiveness of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, allowing INAC to commit to new investments. Attawapiskat has been without an elementary school since 2000 when it closed due to diesel fuel contamination. Since then, students have been taught in portables. It is unfathomable that there are students in Attawapiskat who have never set foot in a real school: a school with a gym, library and walls and hallways that connect to one another
instead of running from one portable to another. In both cases, I say it’s about time we saw some resolution on these issues. It was obvious to me the leadership of KI would be much more likely to have themselves jailed again protecting their land than agree to have it drilled and explored any further. In settling the lawsuit, Platinex agreed to drop its lawsuits and surrender its mining claims to the land. In exchange for dropping the lawsuit, Platinex received $5 million and potential future royalty interest on the property. In addition, the government will withdraw those lands from staking and mineral exploration. It appears this is the resolution KI Chief Donny Morris was hoping for.
“...Platinex agreed to drop its lawsuits and surrender its mining claims to the land.” “I have to say I’m feeling happy about it,” Morris told Wawatay News. Morris said his community has always been concerned about possible environmental issues stemming from the development of a mine so near to the lake from which they have always derived their livelihood. “Our concern was the site contaminating the (Big Trout) Lake,” Morris said, noting the community uses the lake for fishing and hunting. “It was too close. It was more of an environmental issue.” For their part, Platinex too will benefit from ending the litigation. Rather than continually be blocked when trying to access the KI property, the company can focus on plans elsewhere with funds in hand to start development. “Platinex is pleased to be able to recover value for the Big Trout Lake property,” said Platinex president and CEO Jim Trusler. “It became apparent that the company was not going to be able to access the property. We can now focus on our other PGE and gold properties and the money will enable Platinex to execute its business plan.” As part of the deal, Platinex would be entitled to receive a royalty of 2.5 per cent of the mine revenues paid by the mine operator if a mine is developed.
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A group of winter ready children huddle for a photo in Pikangikum, early 1980’s.
Happy Birthday Wawatay Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY
awatay Native Communications Society, more popularly known as simply Wawatay by the people from the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) area, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this December 2009. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this Native organization had been around for so long. Wawatay was started in 1972 as a small independent newsletter published by the Sioux Lookout Friendship Centre. The founders incorporated as an organization in 1974 and started its development as a regional organization to service the First Nation communities of the NAN territory. Elder Mason Koostachin of Fort Severn on the Hudson Bay coast suggested the name Wawatay, an Oji-Cree word that means northern lights, because he believed the work the organization would undertake would cover the distances between the communities in the same way as the Aurora Borealis stretches across and fills the night sky. Due to the fact the organization started in the western part of Ontario my people on the James Bay Coast did not hear much about Wawatay until the early 1980s. We received copies of the
newspaper once in a while and I can remember flipping through the pages of Wawatay when I was young. I recall feeling something special when I saw a paper devoted to Native people. At a time when everything that arrived in our community only showcased the non-Native world, I felt a sense of pride in the fact that someone out there was putting out a real newspaper that talked about our people and portions of which were written in familiar syllabics. Previous to the production of Wawatay, the only time we ever saw written syllabics in a printed document was in a translated version of the Catholic bible or hymn books in church. In a way my language in syllabics never really felt like something I could really relate to as it was mostly tied to religion. When Wawatay issued its newspaper that was a huge change and a division of language from religion. Wawatay in a way helped to give us back our language. The organization branched out to a radio program from the start and during the first decade of its growth, Wawatay concentrated on the western portion of the NAN area. I remember the excitement and enthusiasm when it was announced that a Cree version of the Wawatay Radio network was going to be broadcast along the James Bay coast in 1986. Everyone back home in Attawapiskat wanted to tune in to be part of something that was made for us.
This was our radio station and the broadcasts were done by Cree people in our language. Even though we were still physically isolated, when we tuned into the Wawatay Radio program, we felt a sense of real connection to our neighbouring communities. Our world didn’t feel as lonely and remote. Our Elders were happy to listen to our traditional Cree language spoken by old friends and their sons and daughters talking about news, events and happenings along the coast and around the world. Wawatay’s radio waves bounced up and down the James Bay coast like the aurora borealis. We never really listened to the radio before because it was in the English language and the only time anyone mentioned something about our home or our people, it was from a negative perspective of tragedy, crime or death. The advent of Wawatay Cree Radio meant that we could take pride in the content we listened to and we could feel comforted by the fact that our language was being promoted by a regular regional program produced by our own people. We felt good about what we heard and we could laugh at the light hearted jokes and comments, in our own unique form of Cree humour provided by the announcers, the people who were interviewed and the Elders who shared their stories. Most importantly, we were kept informed about the stories affecting our communities and events in the greater world. Our understanding of the world grew substantially.
In the late 1980s, our sense of cultural pride grew due to the fact that the newspaper was being regularly distributed now, the radio program was on air every day and for a short time a Native produced television program was established. I remember while in high school in Timmins being interviewed by one of the hosts on camera for a taped segment to say ‘Wachiyeh’ to my family up north. At the time, there was regular content produced by the Ojibway broadcasters in the west and by the Cree people in the east and it felt good to see our people on air and to hear our languages repeated over the television airwaves. This expansion did not last long due to funding cutbacks by the federal government in 1990 and the televised version of Wawatay was greatly diminished after this but the newspaper and radio portions continued. I don’t think we really understand the impact that the Wawatay Communications Society has had on our people in the NAN area. Thanks to the vision and energy of its founding members, journalists and staff over the years First Nation people in northern Ontario have a better sense of who they are. Our traditions and culture have always been handed down through the ages in stories and Wawatay has served to enhance this process. Meegwetch to Wawatay for fighting to stay alive in the past and I hope our leadership and the government continues to support this essential service for many years to come.
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Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
LETTERS Study into all-season road routes should have been done already
People must protect the land
re: Study to identify possible routes for James Bay area allseason road
re: Kashechewan and Fort Albany sign impact agreement with De Beers
It’s been a long time coming and should have been done years ago as transportation and accessibility is a right of all citizens in Ontario. It would stir the economy and provide spin off job creation resulting in, I believe, a better quality of life. As the costs of goods and transportation continues to be bottle necked for the past few decades, housing costs would have to be re-evaluated for First Nation communities and the list goes on and on. Submitted by: Peter Wynne http://www.wawataynews. ca/node/18790 re: Consultation to begin on Ontario’s new Mining Act I think we need Archeologists to do proper surveying and work along the same route as the surveyor belt handlers
do. You know the ones who go through the sand and dirt. If they ever come up with any artifacts or something important to stop the site for more surveying. I think that’s important. Save our past. Submitted by: Cat Thunder http://www.wawataynews. ca/node/18782 re: IFNA opens trust fund for Pikangikum family I am glad that this has become public knowledge. I was thinking earlier, the reporters apparently tried to get into the hospital where she was. They thought that if the public would see the burns, that people would be moved to help her out. She is going to need all the help in whatever form it comes to her. Her life is altered for life, losing precious life/lives, and the baby that would’ve been born next month too. Victoria has asked me to do the funerals for her, this would
probably be a triple funeral, but she herself was not sure if she is going to be there, due to the burns not healing at the time of the funeral, but the date also has not been set. There is so much lack of housing here in Pikangikum: families have to crowd into the houses and a lot of the houses are too old too, hardly seen any renovations in a long time. Just feel so sorry for my niece Victoria, that is a lot of loss. She told a little bit of what happened to her while trying to rescue her little girls. Hoping that help will come in for her and wish that more publications of what happened would end up in the public. I’m broken hearted for her. Submitted by: Smith Keeper http://www.wawataynews. ca/node/18670 re: Kashechewan and Fort Albany sign impact agreement with De Beers
that most agreements are signed. It is mostly the pressure from lawyers, bureaucrats, businesses, and of course, the chiefs and councils that make agreements go through. Any agreement can be good or bad, give or take from both sides. But in reality, the Nations involved have to pressure the governments into rectifying past injustices related to treaty. You are all Cree, and you have to voice and work for your collectives, so work together so you can see your communities become living again. There is potential in everybody, but the healing has to move forward where lateral violence and other forms of abuse have to be remedied. The Creator gave you the land for you to see to it that it serves you. So take care of it and use it to benefit your Nations, and take it back from those who may pillage it for their own pockets. Submitted by: Anonymous http://www.wawataynews. ca/node/18654
It is not the will of the people
Grinch visits Kashechewan during annual Christmas parade The Grinch shook his fist and thumbed his nose at people watching the Christmas parade in Kashechewan on Dec. 12. Balancing on the cab of a pickup, with a thumbs down and a waggle of his long pointy fingers, the Grinch told everybody what he thought of the Christmas season and especially of people having fun. The parade watchers and participants all laughed at the Grinch and carried on with the festivities. Nine floats altogether were decked out in glittering holiday finery and despite the icy blowing weather everyone was in fine spirits. Claudius Hughie was the Grinch and Annabelle Wesley was his able driver for their float, which took third place in the float decorating contest. The floats were all judged on creativity and originality as well as Christmas spirit. Enthusiasm, effort and even costumes played a big part too. It’s no wonder the float from Francine J. Wesley Secondary School took first place, because nine students pulled an allnighter to get it prepared. Shop teacher Marc Duschene and his wife, arts and media teacher Jackie Duschene had the teenagers working full tilt on their float. They built a wood frame on the back of a pickup truck which was then festooned with
Scott Miller/Special to Wawatay News
The Grinch was among the special guests in Kashechewan Dec. 12 during the community’s annual Christmas parade. ornaments, making it look like the front porch of a house. And sitting on the steps of that house during the parade was
Kiersten Williams, Shelby Wynne, Janelle Carpenter, Carissa Spence and Loonan Wynne. Helping the whole time and driving the float was educational assistant Melanie Duschene. Snagging second place in the float contest was a seven-foot tall teepee-like Christmas tree covered in handcrafted ornaments created by St. Andrews School’s Grade 3V class. With Santa hats and shiny mitts nine students surrounded the tree and threw candy, sang songs, and called out to their friends to keep warm. Nathen Wynne, Storm Sackaney, Natasha Wesley, Brandon Koosees, James Wynne, Lenny Koosees, Jodie Wesley, Shane Wesley and Brixton Lazarus were the nine students who braved the cold to help prepare the float and then ride it through the parade. They were still glowing from the excitement the following Monday at school when they heard about their second place win. Other floats were decorated like giant Christmas presents and Santa’s sleigh. The creators were Samuel Koosees, Valerie Sutherland, Freda Kamalatisit, Selena Wynne and Daisy Anishnapy. Everyone who participated had a great time.
Lorinda Friday, Arlene Wesley, Bertine Wynne and Taryn Williams. The other participants were student Desta Wynne,
ways? We die, we can’t take it to the after life and why would we want to? Ehkwannih Pihtihmah Whatcheeyeh!
I say close the mine; protect the land, wildlife and animals that dwell on it. Why are we suffering for a shiny rock any-
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Participate Review of Planned Operations Dryden Forest 2011-2021 Forest Management Plan CORRECTION – Please note the following amendments to the dates shown in the notice that ran in this publication on the second week of December. • The Information Centre originally scheduled for Jan 13, 2010 has been rescheduled for February 10, 2010. • The general information regarding the FMP process, as well as the information described in this notice, will be available at the Dryden Forest Management Company Ltd. (DFMC) ofﬁce and at the Ministry of Natural Resources Dryden District ofﬁce during normal ofﬁce hours for a period of sixty (60) days from February 10, 2010 to April 10, 2010. • Comments on the Proposed Operations for the Dryden Forest must be received by Don Armit of the planning team at the Ministry of Natural Resources Dryden District Ofﬁce, by April 10, 2010. We regret any inconvenience.
Participate Review of Long Term Management Direction Pic River Forest 2011-2021 Forest Management Plan CORRECTION – Please note the following amendment to the notice that ran in this publication at the beginning of December. • Comments on the proposed long-term management direction for the Pic River Forest were to be received by Aaron Palmer of the planning team at the Ministry of Natural Resources Manitouwadge Area Ofﬁce by January 8, 2010. Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances this thirty (30) day public review period of the long-term management direction has been postponed for an undetermined length of time. • A new notice will be posted in this publication detailing the general information regarding this FMP process when the Stage 2 thirty (30) day public review period has been determined. We regret any inconvenience.
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Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
ArtsCan circle visits QEDHS in Sioux Lookout Jon Armstrong Special to Wawatay News
Students of Queen Elizabeth District High School were treated to intensive arts workshops hosted by professional musicians and a visual artist Dec. 7-10. The group also visited Pelican Falls First Nation High School for the afternoon of Dec. 9. The group of artists was part of ArtsCan (www.artscancircle. ca), an organization who brings professional artists and musicians into smaller, remote communities to promote the arts. The workshops were sponsored in full by the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre. The group consisted of Wendell Ferguson, an award winning guitarist and singer songwriter; Katherine Wheatley, an emotive songwriter; and Suzie Vinnick, a virtuosic guitarist/ bassist/vocalist and songwriter. The trio was in Sioux Lookout in November playing an extremely well-received concert as part of the Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series. The group put on an encore performance Dec. 8 at the Sioux Lookout legion.
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Students at Queen Elizabeth District High School in Sioux Lookout were part of a workshop by ArtsCan Dec. 7-10. The visual artist was Leland Bell, a renowned talent who has had a long history of promoting the arts. The music workshops ran throughout the day and con-
sisted of everything from beginner guitar and singing to advanced guitar, songwriting and playing the blues. On the first day the school was treated to a concert which
included a surprise performance of Bell singing his original songs in Ojibwe. Local musician Tony Kay provided the sound system and worked the sound board.
STRANG-QUILL TRUST FUND Leslie Strang and Victoia Quill of Pikangikum First Nation lost both of their children- a three year old girl and a ve year old – in a tragic house re on the evening of December 4. Victoria was severely burned as she tried to rescue her girls. Their home was completely destroyed.
Bell showed two classes his painting process from beginning to end, as well as sharing stories of his art and his life. Many creative pieces came from students during their brief time
under Bell’s tutelage. School staff said the week was a huge success with more than 100 students participating and learning about music and the arts, as well as life.
Singing from the ‘Mountain’ top
IFNA is establishing a trust fund to help Leslie and Victoria. We are asking for monetary donations to help Leslie and Victoria, in some small way, to rebuild their broken lives and to allow family members to visit Victoria in the hospital. Please make your cheque payable to the Independent First Nations Alliance and note that the cheque is to be deposited into the Stang-Quill Trust Fund. Please mail your cheque to: Independent First Nations Alliance P.O. Box 5010 98 King Street Sioux Lookout, ON, P8T 1K6 Attention: Donna Wesley, Financial Administrator Thank you for your kindness
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ABOVE: The Sioux Mountain Public School Grade 1 and 2 class performed “A Christmas Dance” during Sioux Mountain Public School’s Christmas pageant Dec. 16 in Sioux Lookout. BELOW: A future Sioux Mountain student joins the junior and intermediate Native Language students performing Kanaachi Dibikaa.
Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
Music showcase brings down the house
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Moose River Broadcasting Association – a small locally driven television station in Moose Factory – organized a new musical event for the youth of James Bay Dec. 18-19 in Timmins. The event was called The Oshki Negomowina Showcase 2009 (The ON Showcase) and featured nearly a dozen up and coming and established youth singer/songwriters. The event, at Ecole Secondaire Theriault, featured Adrian Sutherland, Chris ‘Creealias’ Sutherland, Jon Kapashesit, Kris Turner and Andrea Jolly and others. “We’re trying to give a voice and a stage to our youth who do have their own stories to tell through the vehicle of music. This is something that youth always gravitate to – the gift of music, we’re just there to foster this,” said Vic Linklater, executive director of MRBA TV.
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Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
FIRST PUBLIC NOTICE Proposed Transmission Line Class Environmental Assessment for MNR Resource Stewardship and Facility Development Projects
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Fort Frances District, is inviting public comment on an application from the Ojibway Power and Energy Group seeking approval to construct a 44kV transmission line and right-of-way connecting the proposed Generating Station at High Falls on the Namakan River to an existing 25kV line along Flanders Road. This is in conjunction with the Namakan River Hydro Development Project – Class EA for Waterpower Projects. The approximate 2.3km long transmission line would generally follow the alignment of a winter access trail constructed earlier for data collection, extending south approximately 1.1km over Eva Island and a further 1.2km over co-managed Crown Lands. The proposal is being evaluated in accordance with a Category B project under the Class Environmental Assessment for MNR Resource Stewardship and Facility Development Projects. A Notice of Completion will be provided to parties who has provided input or requested further notice. You are invited to direct any inquiries or comments regarding the transmission line proposal to Tim Saville, President, Ojibway Power and Energy Group or Rachel Hill, District Planner, Fort Frances District, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Comments must be received within the 65-day comment period, which expires on February 26, 2010. Comments and personal information regarding this proposal are collected under authority of the Environmental Assessment Act and the Public Lands Act to assist MNR in making decisions. Comments not constituting personal information as defined by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, will be shared among MNR and others as appropriate, and may be included in documentation available for public review. Personal information will remain confidential unless prior consent to disclose is obtained. This information may be used by MNR to seek public input on other projects. For more information on the project, to submit comments, or to request further notice, please contact: Tim Saville, President Ojibway Power and Energy Group P.O. Box 248 Aurora, ON L4G 3H4 Telephone: (905) 726-8321 Fax: (905)726-8331 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Notice of Inspection of the Environmental Report (projects on unmanaged waterways)
Namakan River Hydro Development Project, District of Rainy River near the community of Lac La Croix, Ontario
OPEG is proposing to construct a hydroelectric generating station located at High Falls to be operated as a run-of-river station with an approximate nameplate capacity of 6.4 MW and approximately 31.5 GWh of annual generation. The project is proposed to be located on the Namakan River, in the District of Rainy River near the community of Lac La Croix, Ontario. (See map opposite). The High Falls facility includes an intake-powerhouse located at the edge of Bill Lake, a 1.4 m high rock-faced concrete weir approximately 40 m upstream of High Falls and a similar height concrete weir across the inlet to the Back Channel at Eva Island. Flows will be diverted into the intake and powerhouse and returned through a tailrace downstream, just west of the falls. Selective excavation and rock removal by blasting and/or mechanical fracturing will occur in three locations downstream of High Falls, to attenuate tailrace effects. A bridge at the Back Channel is also proposed. The project is subject to the Class Environmental Assessment for Waterpower Projects and is categorized a project on an unmanaged waterway pursuant to the Class EA. An Environmental Report (“ER”) has been prepared as required under the Class EA. The proposed project has been reviewed in a process consistent with the Class EA for Waterpower Projects, the results of which are described in the Namakan River Hydro Development ER. The results of the ER indicate that the project is not likely to cause any significant net environmental effects providing that mitigation and protection measures are employed. A 30 day inspection period is required under the Class EA, however, OPEG opted to provide a 65 day period for inspection. Thus, this draft ER is being made available for review and comment from December 23, 2009 through to February 26, 2010. Hard copies of the ER may be found during this review period at the following public locations: Atikokan Public Library Civic Centre Atikokan, ON Lac La Croix First Nation Band Office Lac La Croix, ON
Fort Frances Public Library 363 Church Street Fort Frances, ON
The ER may also be viewed electronically at: www.opeg.ca Comments received will be shared with the MNR. OPEG must receive all comments in writing regarding the ER no later than February 26, 2010. All comments and correspondence should be sent to: Proponent: Proponent’s Agent: Tim Saville, President Dale Gilbert, Environmental Coordinator Ojibway Power and Energy Group Chant Construction Limited P.O. Box 248 226 Edward Street Aurora, ON L4G 3H4 Aurora, ON L4G 3S8 Open Houses will be held in February 2010 at the Lac La Croix community, Atikokan and Fort Frances. February 15, 2010 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Zhingwaako Zaaga’iganing School Gymnasium Lac La Croix First Nation
February 16, 2010 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion 113 O’Brien Street Atikokan, ON
February 18, 2010 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Adventure Inn 700 Stewart Street Fort Frances, ON
A copy of the Class EA for Waterpower Projects is posted on the Ontario Waterpower Association website at www.owa.ca. Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will become part of the public record files for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.
‘Don’t get caught in leading questions’ from page 1 “We explained the problem, but we also explained how we could deal with the problem,” Fiddler said. “We told the community we had people who were sick and it was most likely H1N1.” Fiddler said the nurse in charge told him right after the radio broadcast that he better be ready because reporters will be calling now that he had shared the information. “I said I cannot hide anything from my people,” Fiddler said. “I have to go on the local radio and talk about it.” Fiddler said once people begin to talk about something, the information twists and changes. “What we did right away was take advantage of another technology, the Internet,” Fiddler said. “We had the accurate information written up and we issued a public statement. But that public statement was geared initially for our people in the community but we also knew there would be people outside the community and there would be media that would want the information. So we started issuing public statement every day.” Fiddler said he felt like a nursing student going through a learning process about antibiotics and anti-virus medications. “Every evening I went on the radio with the nurse and she would explain her information and I would translate, but I would have to understand what I was talking about,” Fiddler said. “I am a very strong believer that we must keep our language, we must protect our language. When I go on the radio to share information to my community members, I try to explain everything in our lan-
guage.” Fiddler said he was designated as the spokesman for the community. “The first day the media got wind of it I was doing one interview after another with radio, television,” Fiddler said. “The second day I believe we had a television crew come in from CBC The National come into the community. All day I was dealing with mainstream media. What we have to realize is the mainstream media’s focus and our role of sharing information in the traditional way is very different so you have to deal with the two separately.” Fiddler said the media would ask their questions over and over looking for that 15-second clip with the gory details. “As a former (CBC Radio) reporter, I know that is what you have to do to get the gory details,” Fiddler said. “I had to keep saying things over and over that no, we are okay, yes, we have a problem but we are dealing with it.” Fiddler said Aboriginal leaders have to be aware of the different strategies you need to tell your own people and the outside media. “Don’t get caught up in the questions because they will lead you,” Fiddler said. “They know what they want you to say. You have to make sure they hear what you are telling them. If you go on and ramble for 10-15 minutes, they have more selection. They can take any 15 seconds from that 10 minutes. That way you have no control over what is said in the media.” Fiddler said to make your clips short to make the media hear what you are saying. “Say your 15 seconds and that’s it,” Fiddler said. “That way you control what message they get.”
ᐊᔭᑲᐧᒥᓯᐣ ᒋᒪᓇᐊᐧᓂᐃᐧᓂᑯᔭᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᑯᔭᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ: ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᐃᒪ ᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 1
ᑕᓱᓇᑯᐡ ᐣᑭᐃᔑᐃᐧᒋᐊᐧ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧᑫᐧ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑭᔭᓂ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᑕᓇᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᓂᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐣᑭᐃᓀᐧᑕᒪᐊᐧ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᑲᔦ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᓂᓯᑐᑕᒪᐣ ᑫᑯᓀᐣ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᐊᓂᒧᑕᒪᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᓂᒪᐡᑲᐃᐧᑌᐯᐧᑕᐣ ᑲᔦ ᒋᑲᑫᐧ ᒥᒋᒥᓇᒪᐠ ᑭᑎᔑᑭᔐᐧᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ, ᒋᒪᓇᒋᑐᔭᐠ ᑭᑎᔑᑭᔐᐧᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᐊᑯ ᑲᐃᔕᔭᐣ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑲᓇᑕᐃᐧ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᑕᒪᐊᐧᑲᐧ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒪᐠ, ᐣᑲᑫᐧᑐᑕᐣ ᐣᑎᔑᑭᔐᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᔭᐸᒋᑐᔭᐣ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐅᓇᓴᑲᓄᐸᐣ ᒋᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒋᔭᓂ ᐸᐸᑭᑎᓇᑭᐣ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐊᐱ ᑲᓄᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑐᑕᒪᐠ, ᐊᒥᐱᑯ ᑲᑭᐊᔭᑲᐃᐧ ᑲᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᑯᔭᐣ ᒋᑎᐸᒋᒧᑕᐊᐧᑲᐧ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᑭᒪᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑎᐱᐅᑭᒪᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᔭᓂᐊᐧᐸᐠ ᓯᐱᓯ ᑎᐱᐅᑭᒪᐠ ᑭᐱᔕᐊᐧᐠ ᐣᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ. ᐊᒥ ᑲᑐᑕᒪᐣ ᑲᐯᑭᔑᐠ ᐁᑭᓇᓇᑭᐡᑲᐊᐧᑲᐧ ᑲᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑎᐸᒋᒧᓂᑫᐊᐧᐨ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᒋᐃᔑ ᑲᑫᐧ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᑕᒪᑭᐸᐣ ᐁᐸᑲᓂᓭᓂᐠ ᑫᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐸᑲᐣ ᑲᐅᒋ ᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑎᐸᒋᒧᓂᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑫᑭᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᐸᑲᐣ ᑭᑎᔑ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᒥᐣ, ᓂᔕᐧᔦᑭᓭᐊᐧᐣ ᑕᐡ ᑫᐃᓇᓄᑲᑕᒪᐣ. ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓀᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᒥ ᐁᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᓇᓇᐱᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐃᐧᐅᒋ ᑲᑫᐧ ᐅᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᒋᓇ
ᒋᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᑫᐅᒋ ᑲᑫᐧ ᑭᒋᐊᐃᓂᑕᑲᐧᓂᐠ. ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᐣᐱᔭᓄᑭᓇᐸᐣ ᓯᐱᓯ ᓇᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐁᑭᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓀᔭᐣ, ᐣᑭᑫᑕᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐁᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᑲᑫᐧ ᑲᒋᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᑫᐃᔑ ᑲᑫᐧᑭᒋᐊᐃᓂᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᑭᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᑲᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᒋᓇᓇᐱᑲᑫᐧᑌᐧᔭᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ, ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᐣᑎᔑᔭᓯᒥᐣ, ᐁᐦᐊ, ᓂᒪᒋᓭᒥᐣ ᔕᑯᐨ ᑕᐡ ᐣᑲᑫᐧᐊᓄᑲᑕᒥᐣ. ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᑭᑫᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑫᑭᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᒋᐃᔑ ᐃᐧᑕᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐊᑲᐧᒋᐠ ᑲᐱᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓀᐊᐧᐨ. ᐊᔭᑲᐧᒥᓯᐣ ᒋᒪᓇᐊᐧᓂᐃᐧᓂᑯᔭᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᑯᔭᐣ ᐊᓂᐡ ᐃᑯ ᑲᐱᒥᓂᔕᐦᐅᑯᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᐅᑭᑫᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᔭᓂᐃᑭᑐᔭᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᒋᑲᑫᐧ ᑫᒋᓇᐦᐅᔭᐣ ᒋᓄᑕᐃᐧᑲᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᐃᐧᑕᒪᐊᐧᑕᐧ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑕᓀᐧᐁᐧᑐᔭᐣ 10 ᓇᐣᑕ 15 ᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᓀᐢ, ᒥᔑᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑲᐅᑎᓇᓇᐊᐧ. ᓇᐱᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐸᐣᑭ ᐅᑐᑎᓇᓇᐊᐧ ᐃᒪ ᒥᑕᓱᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᓀᐢ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᒥᑕᓀᐧᐁᐧᑐᔭᐣ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐡ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᑭᐱᑎᓇᓯᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑫᐃᓂᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᑭᑐᔭᐣ ᐊᐱ ᐸᑭᑎᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐃᑭᑐ ᒐᑲᐧᑐᐣ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ ᑭᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᓄᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑲᐃᑭᑐᔭᐣ. ᑲᓇᑫ ᐱᑯ 15 ᓭᑲᐣᐠᐢ ᒋᐊᔭᒥᔭᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ. ᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᑫᐅᒋ ᒥᒋᒥᓇᒪᐣ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᑭᑐᔭᐣ.
Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
Funds secured to save Payukotayno Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
Minister Laura Broten wants to take hold of the government’s responsibility toward children protection. Minister Broten holds the portfolio for Ministry of Children and Youth Services, which provides funding to local Children’s Aid Societies. “I have been in the role for three months and one thing that became clear, there are very unique challenges and I really want to take hold of our government’s responsibility (to protect children). “Two children’s agencies came to light – Tikinagan Children and Family Services and Payukotayno James and Hudson Bay Family Services. Both Payukotayno and Tikinagan children’s protection agencies provide culturally appropriate services. At the eleventh hour, after layoff notices were sent to staff at Payukotayno, $4.3 million was allocated by Broten to Tikinagan and Payukotayno. Ernest Beck, executive director of Payukotayno, said the additional funds were welcomed at the agency. “It helped relieve some of the anxiety of families and communities as there is trust in the provision of services in caring for their children. “There was fear that children would be lost into main stream
agencies if our doors were to close.” The staff of Payukotayno were also relieved as lay off notices issued by the board have since been withdrawn. “We do appreciate the effort on the part of the minister making the money available, but I am not sure how much has really changed,” Beck said. “It doesn’t resolve long-term issues. Our expectation is the Northern Remote Proposal is something that she will have to take time to look at. “The document is a strong document and the information included is very accurate. We hope to use this proposal as the foundation to begin discussion to address the shortfalls. “My fear is that come April, we will be in the same crisis.” In October, Tikinagan had $3.9 million cut from its budget. Since then, the minister recognized there has been a volume increase and that more children need help. According to Broten’s assistant Paris Meilleur, the number of children in care has increased and due to the increase in service volume, $2.1 million (has been allocated) that can service kids for the remainder of the year. Broten stated part of the funding was to employ more mental health workers under Tikinagan to combat youth suicides. Payukotayno has unique chal-
lenges much like Tikinagan. The children they serve are along the James Bay coast and are in remote communities as well. In October, Payukotayno had $3.7 million slashed from its funding. Ministry officials are working with them to find the deficit and its particular challenges. Workers from the ministry had determined that there was a very high cost of outside residential purchase placements. Minister Broten affirms recognition of Payukotayno’s challenges. As such, an allocation of $2.3 million was provided to that agency to keep its doors open until March 31. The funding is short term, and the Minister’s staff will work on cost containment strategies for both Tikinagan and Payukotayno. “These two agencies we are going to be there. We will put them on a sustainability path forward because we care about the kids.” Minister Brad Duiguid of Aboriginal Affairs ministry and Broten will be travelling to northern communities in January to see what is working and not working. In addition to the monies allocated to Tikinagan and Payukotayno, $700,000 was provided to Nishnawbe Aski Nation for implementation of strategies to combat youth suicide.
A time for New Years resolutions Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
It’s that time of year again when people make goals of changing an irkesome habit or two. The website Wikepedia notes: “A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous.
The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day and remain until fulfilled or abandoned.” According to the website Toptentopten.com, 75 per cent of resolutions are broken within the first three months. These are the resolutions that people made last year to improve his or her life. 1. Lose Weight 2. Get in shape
3. Quit smoking 4. Pay off debt 5. Quit drinking 6. Get a better career 7. Find true love 8. Enjoy life more 9. Get organized 10. Learn something new How many of these resolutions have you made year after year? But take heed of the old cliché, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.”
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Racheal Anishinabae and her family are enjoying the new home she just bought in Thunder Bay through the FIMUR Assisted Homeownership Program. “We’re still moving in,” said the academic assistant at OshkiPimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute who has lived in Sandy Lake and Sault Sainte Marie as well as Thunder Bay. “It’s a work in progress.” Anishinabae and her family bought their new home and moved in Nov. 27 after looking at eight other homes across Thunder Bay over the summer and fall. “I was already shopping around in June,” Anishinabae said. “My father was going to lend me the down payment for a house. I had some money saved up.” But when Anishinabae heard about the FIMUR (First Nation, Inuit, Métis Urban & Rural Housing) program in August, she checked it out and applied in September. Two weeks later she found out she had been accepted into the program, which is designed to help Aboriginal people living off-reserve in Ontario to move from rental to homeownership. The program provides funding through forgivable loans for the purpose of purchasing primary residences for a limited number of eligible self-identifying Aboriginal individuals and families with low to moderate
income. Eligible homes can be in offreserve urban communities and rural locations across Ontario excluding the Greater Toronto Areas. The value of a home cannot exceed the average market value in the respective area. Priority was given to those who are currently residing in social housing, and families escaping situations of violence. “My 10-year-old (daughter) was the one who was the most excited,” Anishinabae said. “She said ‘can we paint my room.’”
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• Half of those in hospital with
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• Flu season continues
H1N1 have been under 24 years old.
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I was driving around and saw the sign go up.” Anishinabae said she made an offer for the house and the owners counter offered before settling at $85,000 for the twostory duplex house. “I have a garden at the back,” Anishinabae said. “That is my favourite part of the property.” Anishinabae said her children now have a place to play as the backyard is fenced in. “They have a place to play in the yard,” Anishinabae said. “They don’t have to play in the park. My daughter feels a lot safer – we have deadbolts on all the doors.” Anishinabae said the biggest advantage with the new home is they didn’t have to leave the neighbourhood they were comfortable in and her children can still attend the same schools they had been attending. “My two youngest were the ones I was thinking about,” Anishinabae said, explaining they are still in elementary school while her oldest daughter will be going to college in two years. “They have their own bedrooms, they don’t have to share rooms.” Anishinabae only has a couple of small renovation projects in mind at the present time: replacing two older windows with more secure windows. “We’re starting to get more organized,” Anishinabae said. “My friend came over yesterday – she said ‘it’s getting more homey in here. It’s not a house, it’s a home now.’”
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Aboriginal Fine Art and Crafts Christmas Gift Show Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Elliott Doxtater-Wynn’s handpainted Christmas tree bulbs were a hit at Thunder Bay’s Annual Aboriginal Fine Art & Crafts Christmas Gift Show and Sale. “I’m selling them as fast as I can make them,” said the Thunder Bay artist and Six Nations band member whose work will be displayed at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. “It’s in my style. I call them decorative ornaments.” Doxtater-Wynn said the painted bulbs, which sell for
$30 each, have been popular since he came up with the idea last year. “By Christmas time I was all sold out,” Doxtater-Wynn said about his sales last year. “That’s what’s happening now.” In addition to the painted bulbs, Doxtater-Wynn also had birch-veneer containers with paintings on the lid for sale. “It’s just like a mini-painting,” Doxtater-Wynn said. Aboriginal Fine Art & Crafts Christmas Gift Show organizer John Ferris said the four-day event, which took place Dec. 10-13 at the Victoriaville Centre, featured about 130 artisans, compared to about 80 artisans
at last year’s event. “It went really well,” Ferris said. “There was more to choose from. That’s the talent we have in the north.”
Prices ranged from about $10 for smaller crafts all the way up to $4,700.
Ferris said the event, which was sponsored by Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Matawa First Nations, keeps getting larger
each year. “We would like to have two shows,” Ferris said, explaining he is looking into setting up a show in July to take advantage of the summer tourist market and visiting cruise ships. Prices ranged from about $10 for smaller crafts all the way up to $4,700 for a porcupine quill basket available at the Zaawmiknaang booth. “It was made by Myra Toulouse,” said Zaawmiknaang co-owner Martina Osawamick, describing the 11 by five-inch sweetgrass and birchbark basket with a detailed porcupine quill design of an eagle. “She’s a good friend of mine – we went
to residential school together.” Osawamick, who owns an Anishinabe arts and crafts business in Wikwemikong and travels to Aboriginal events across Canada and the U.S. with her partner Ron Yellowman, said the basket probably took about a month to make. Lac Seul artist Ahmoo Angeconeb displayed some of his more recent work during the show. “I’m hoping this exhibition will tour at the Art Gallery of Sudbury,” Angeconeb said, explaining it may also tour at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford.
Among the other artisans were Whitesand’s Marlene Kwandibens with her sewn designs, including two loons, Sachigo Lake’s Richard Barkman with his tamarack geese designs, Lac Seul’s Patricia Ningewance with her pocket phrasebooks, which are currently available in Cree, Ojibwe and Inuktitut and will be available in Lakota soon, Moosonee’s Jon Kapashesit with his tamarack geese, Gull Bay’s Kevin Belmore with his original paintings and prints, Webequie’s Andrew Suganaqueb with his beaded moccasins and mitts, and Lac Seul’s Don Ningewance with his original paintings and prints.
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Above left: Elliot Doxtater-Wynn had a variety of painted Christmas tree ornaments, birchveneer containers and art cards for sale at the Annual Aboriginal Fine Art & Crafts Christmas Gift Show and Sale.
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Youth video conference highlight Rick Garrick Wawatay News
The Choose to Be the Change youth video project highlighted the Northern Ontario First Nations Communications Conference. “We are talking about antiracism,” said St. John Kakegamic, a Seven Youth Media Network participant from Sandy Lake who helped produce the 44-second video. “We are trying to make racism stop.” Kakegamic and three other youth participants shot and edited the video with assistance from Joyce Hunter, Seven Youth Media Network director, and a number of Wawatay Native Communications Society staff on the second day of the Northern Ontario First Nations Communications Conference, which was held Dec. 9-10 via videoconference from Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay and Timmins. “We started around 11 (a.m. Dec. 10),” Kakegamic said, explaining the video took about five hours to complete. “We took different shots and decided which was better. We were concerned about the sound as well.” Once the youth completed the video, they shared it with the other Northern Ontario First Nations Communications Conference participants via videoconference from the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute office in Thunder Bay. A Seven Youth Media training video, which features the youth making the Choose to Be the Change video, is available on the Seven Youth Media Network website at http://www.sevenyouthmedia.com/node/781. “We are the change,” Kakegamic said. “We don’t believe in
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Four youth from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory came to the Northern Ontario First Nations Communications Conference for multi-media training from Seven Youth Media Network director Joyce Hunter and Wawatay News online editor Chris Kornacki. The youth were St. John Kakegamic, James Benson, R.J. Thomas and Elijah Sutherland. They created a video to end racial discrimination. racism – everyone is equal.” Hunter was impressed with the youth’s drive and enthusiasm in developing and completing with the video project. “This session showed me to really appreciate how creative and vibrant our youth can be when you hand over the reigns of creative control to them,” Hunter said in an e-mail reply. “I was impressed by their enthusiasm and their drive to create a finished product that speaks very specifically to who they are and how they want to be viewed by the Canadian public. I want to congratulate the youth who participated on a job very well done.” One of the participating youth will be submitting the video to The Racism. Stop It!
National Video Competition, which is part of Canada’s March 21 campaign against racial discrimination. Ten winning videos from the competition will be broadcast to millions of Canadians over national television. The Northern Ontario First Nations Communications Conference also featured discussions on language, technology impacts, communications tools and infrastructure, communications careers, community radio stations, funding, managing communications in a crisis, celebrating Aboriginal achievements, and using communications tools as an economic development tool. Northern Nishnawbe Education Council’s executive director spoke about the importance
of standardizing syllabic charts and the need for good dictionaries. “We found there are 53 syllabic charts floating around Canada,” Dumas said. “There’s nothing wrong with any of them – there are just too many of them.” Dumas said there is a lot of work ahead to preserve northern Ontario’s First Nation languages. “I notice there is very little Aboriginal perspective in the curriculum,” Dumas said. “If our children don’t know where they are coming from, they will not know where they are at and they will not know where they are going.” Dumas and many other conference participants expressed
an urgent need for a northwestern Ontario language conference. “There was great interest in having a northern Ontario Indigenous language conference,” said Rachel Garrick, Wawatay’s interim CEO. “As you know, we are experiencing language loss at an astronomical rate. In the future, we are hoping that there may be a possibility of having three conferences focusing on each language (Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree) and then have an overall conference to identify commonalities, the states of these languages, and discuss potential projects or initiatives to preserve, maintain and enhance these languages.” KO’s Cal Kenny, Raymond Mason, Lyle Johnson, Brian Bea-
ton and Brian Walmark, NishTV. com’s Lisa Marie Esquega, Grand Chief Stan Beardy, former Wawatay employee Heather Hudson, Wawatay staff Trish Crawford, Brent Wesley, Roxy Shapwaykeesic, Jules Spence, George Witham and Stella Koostachin, Wawatay Board of Directors president Mike Metatawabin, Erickson & Partners staff Etienne Esquega and Ted Scollie, Mocreebec’s Allan Joly and National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation’s director of communications and media Jamie Monastyrski also spoke during the conference. Garrick said the overall goal of the conference was to share best practices so participants could take them back to share with their community or organization. “This could potentially become an annual event,” Garrick said. “We are considering making it virtual (via video conference) thereby decreasing costs. I think we definitely started something positive here.” The conference was sponsored by Wawatay, K-Net, NNEC, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, Wasaya Airways LP, APTN, NAAF, Northern College, Independent First Nations Alliance, Municipality of Sioux Lookout, Erickson & Partners, and Martin R. Nelson Chartered Accountants. “The success of the conference definitely demonstrates the power of partnerships,” Garrick said. “We had a lot of support from our partners and sponsors. Just from the amount of positive feedback that I am getting and some of the possible outcomes that are being discussed, make this conference a success on so many levels.”
Language being lost at ‘very fast rate’: Dumas Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
William Dumas was ready, willing and able at the Northern Ontario First Nations Communications Conference. Dumas, the executive director of Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, facilitated a workshop about sharing best practices for language retention. Before joining as the executive director of Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, he worked as an Aboriginal Education Consultant in Thompson, Manitoba. He believes in promoting and preserving Aboriginal heritage
through curriculum development. “We are experiencing a loss of language at a very fast rate,” Dumas said. “One of the things we quickly found out is we don’t have qualified Native Language Teachers – that is one of the weaknesses right now.” He encourages teachers to take Native language teacher courses during the summer months at university institutions. Lakehead University in Thunder Bay has a four-week Native Language Instructors Program offered during the month of July. “It is very much needed to teach the children about his-
tory,” Dumas said, citing a need to help youth succeed in language retention. “If they don’t know where they are at, they don’t know where they are going. So it’s so important to develop Aboriginal perspective in the curriculum.” In Manitoba, educators have begun to develop Aboriginal perspectives into the curriculum. The Native studies courses will focus on incorporating an Aboriginal perspective into the curriculum. “I hope and pray northwestern Ontario is their (Aboriginal perspectives) because that is surely needed in this area.” He also stressed Elders are
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ing.” Representatives of the organizations KNET Services, Nish TV and Seven Youth Media Network expressed their interest in establishing partnerships. Joyce Hunter of Seven Youth Media Network said she is launching a radio show in the New Year to give youth a place to share. “It’s a way to allow our youth a chance to voice their issues, their concerns,” Hunter said. KNET Services and Nish TV are also accepting video documentaries from youth to express their voices. “This type of info is very crucial to preserving our identity. It’s how we think,” Kenny said.
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‘Mr. Fix It’ planning for business Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School’s Stanley Barkman is planning a Mr. Fix It small engine repair business as part of his Entrepreneurship: The Venture course. “I’m pretty good with small engines,” said the Grade 12 student from Sachigo Lake. “I grew up fixing them – my dad taught me how to fix things.” Barkman, who plans to start up his business in about five years in his home community once he completes his post-secondary education, was one of six Entrepreneurship: The Venture students who shared their business plans Dec. 16 during an open house at DFC. Marella Meekis, a Grade 10 student from Deer Lake, is planning to start up a hair-styling business, Marella’s Hair Salon. “It’s something I enjoy doing,” Meekis said. “I’m thinking of opening it on my reserve, Deer Lake. I won’t have any local competition.” Jordie and Jordan Kakegamick, Grade 12 students from Kingfisher Lake, are planning to start up Kakegamick’s Hot & Ready Café in the New Year at DFC. “We came up with the idea in September,” Jordan said. “We’ll start doing it in February.” The brothers are planning to sell BLTs, baked cookies and banana bread along with their coffee and tea; they are expecting to average about 50 customers per day as the nearest coffee shop is located about two to three blocks away from DFC. “There will be a lot of students, especially in the morning,” Jordie said. Kristen McKay, a Grade 12
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Sachigo Lake’s Stanley Barkman talks with business owner Louise Thomas about his Mr. Fix It small engine repair business during the Entrepreneurship: The Venture open house. student from Sandy Lake, is planning to start up Nishnawbii Crafts as her business. “I just started,” McKay said, showing a pair of beaded moccasins she just completed. “I just made these – it’s my first project ever.” McKay said the beading takes more time to do than putting the moccasins together. “My grandmom used to make two or three a week,” McKay
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ties. “They would have to come out to Sioux Lookout or Thunder Bay to go to a sports store,” McKay said. “This is something I really want to do.” McKay is planning to study business in college and go on to university before he goes into business. “That is the best way to go to get into this business,” McKay said, explaining that he plans to
start up his business in his home community. “I’m going to start with my reserve and surrounding reserves. They are not that far from each other.” The Entrepreneurship: The Venture program has been providing innovative hands-on activities, motivational speakers, business mentors and role models as well as insights into business theory and practice for
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Ginoogaming partners with KII on forestry project Chris Kornacki Wawatay News
Ginoogaming First Nation announced a partnership with Kenogami Industries Incorporated (KII) Dec. 21 on the Longlac Forestry Project. Recently KII purchased the assets of Kruger Industries in the community of Longlac that operated as Longlac Wood Industries. KII is a partnership between
Rocky Shore Development Corporation of Ginoogaming First Nation, Boreal Resource Industries, a group of private interests composed of former Longlac Wood Industries workers and other forest industry representatives, and Greenstone Development Ltd. This is a unique partnership that has the goal of maintaining the former Kruger site and also seeks other interests to create
jobs and economic activity with value-added products and any other forestry related opportunities. “This was an opportunity we could not resist,” said Greenstone Mayor Michael Power. Power is also the President of the Board of KII. Ginoogaming Chief Celia Echum is pleased that the project will allow this economic opportunity needed for the peo-
ple of Ginoogaming. KII Vice-President Adolph Rasevych said, “ The expected provision of jobs for the community will be welcomed and much needed during these hard times of recession.” “We…are excited at the prospects of new jobs being created in the area,” added Andre Blanchard of Boreal Resource Industries.
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Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall speaks to the students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation (WFMC) and the Local Citizens Committee (LCC) need your input to develop the 2012-2022 Forest Management Plan (FMP) for the Whitefeather Forest.
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Following a presentation by Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School student Stanley Barkman is much more cognizant of his rights. “I understand my rights a lot better now,” said Barkman, a Sachigo Lake band member. “I finally know what discrimination really means. I know that if I want to rent an apartment, the landlord can’t just turn me away because of my skin colour.
“I finally know what discrimination really means.” – Stanley Barkman
The planning team members, the Ministry of Natural Resources District Manager, Graeme Swanwick, and the LCC are available during the planning process to meet and discuss your interests and concerns. A formal issue resolution process, as described in the Forest Management Planning Manual (2009), is available on written request. A summary of all comments collected throughout the planning process will be made available for public review during the planning process and for the duration of the approved ten-year plan. Stay Involved
“This knowledge will definitely help me. I feel like I can stand up for myself now.” Hall spoke to the entire DFC student populous Dec. 10, the 61 anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. “Many people don’t get to be all they can be because of the barriers they face,” Hall said, adding attitudes and unfair stereotypes are barriers for First Nations people. She said rules, laws and attitudes must be fair if discrimination will be eliminated. When these things are not fair, that’s when the Ontario Human Rights Commission or Tribunal gets involved.
That was the case recently when Abraham Miles Jr. filed a complaint with the commission over his treatment by a member of the Thunder Bay Police Service. Miles, then a student at DFC, was on a tour of the Thunder Bay Police Service station when he was taken away from the group, photographed, forced to take off his Native Warchief Apparel sweater against his will and interrogated by plainclothes officer Const. Jason Rybak and a uniformed officer during a Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School class trip Nov. 7, 2007. Nearly two years after that incident, in mid-October of this year, the human rights tribunal announced every uniform officer with Thunder Bay Police Service would undergo human rights training as a result of a settlement reached with the Fort Severn teen. At that time, Fort Severn Chief Matthew Kakekaspan expressed pride in the teen to sticking up for himself. “Incidents like this one happen all the time and don’t get reported,” the chief said. “People don’t report them because they are scared.” Hall too is proud of Miles. “Abraham learned about barriers the hard way,” she said. “But because he stood up (and fought back), hopefully other students won’t go through the same (thing). Abraham has helped make big changes in Thunder Bay. “There is no room in our society for racial profiling.”
In addition to this invitation to participate, there are four other formal opportunities for you to be involved, tentatively scheduled as follows: Review of the Long-Term Management Direction Information Centre: Review of Proposed Operations Information Centre: Review of the Draft Forest Management Plan Inspection of Ministry of Natural Resources-Approved Forest Management Plan
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Young NAN writers win Bartleman Creative Writing Award Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
Two young writers from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) territory are this yearâ€™s recipients of the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award. Cote Monias, 11, from Ogoki Post and Mavis Oskineegish, 15, from Wunnumin Lake are the two NAN members who won awards. Honourable James K. Bartleman was Ontarioâ€™s first Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor. During his term in office from 2002 to 2007, he implemented four literacy initiatives to give Aboriginal youth access to reading materials. The creation of the annual award continues Bartlemanâ€™s legacy of literacy for young
Aboriginals. â€œThe written word can allow you to travel to distant places and experience new worlds. I am proud that these recipients are accomplished storytellers and writers at a young age,â€? Bartleman said in a press release. The other award recipients are Christian Scriver, 10, from Toronto, Fawn Thompson, 13, from Tyendinaga, Nancy King, 16, from Rama and Colin Quin, 16, from Toronto. The award recipients each received $2,500 and a trip to attend the award ceremony, which was held Nov. 30 at Queenâ€™s Park in Toronto. Last year there were three young people from the NAN territory who were award recipients.
Say Youâ€™re Sorry That face of an angel comes out Just when you need it to as I paced back and forth all this time cause I honestly believed in you holding on The days drag on I shouldâ€™ve known I shouldâ€™ve known that your not my best friend standing at your back door thinking about the things that you wouldâ€™ve said to me because I was a dreamer before you went and let me down now itâ€™s to late for you and your best friend to get me now cause this ainâ€™t Holly Wood This is a small town I had so many Dreams about you and me
The sun is setting to the horizons of the west It is intricate just like my test of life, I have tried my best even though it has been full of strife, I have cried for many years And I have listened to many voices, Iâ€™m just a teenager with absolute anger issues You should cover your ears and look in the mirror, Or else walk away, as you always do Before we become deeply involved, I have come up with a solution Donâ€™t you dare not listen, You see, I am like a seed I need air to breathe, I can glisten when I am ready, Some day I will shine and outgrow my obstacles and my tears, When I am ready and when I do The horizon will be fine, and this life will be mine.
By Cote Moonias, Ogoki Post Age 11 Cote is recognized in the flyin community junior category for his song Best Friend. In the lyrics of the song, Cote tells us what it is like to be a friend to someone who is selfish, and the consequences of being selfish in a small town.
By Mavis Oskineegish, Wunnumin Lake Age 15 Mavis is recognized in the Flyin community senior category for her poem My Life. As Mavis explains, she wrote My Life to show adults what it is like to be a teenager. She began to write this poem after being inspired by a sunset.
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Two youth from Nishnawbe Aski Nation were among the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award winners. Top row: From left to right, Christian Scriver, 10, from Toronto, Fawn Thompson, 13, from Tyendinaga, Colin Quin, 16, from Toronto, Nancy King, 16, from Rama, Mavis Oskineegish, 15, from Wunnumin Lake, Cote Monias, 11, from Ogoki Post. Bottom Row: James Bartleman, former Lieut.-Gov. of Ontario, David C. Onley, Lieut-Gov. of Ontario and Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
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First Nations can create their own media Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Spirit Magazine’s Jamie Monastyrski cut his teeth at Wawatay Native Communications Society. “I cut my teeth in communications at Wawatay almost 15 years ago, 12 to 13 years ago,” Monastyrski said, explaining it is important to have First Nations communications people trained to talk and speak to the media, to react to the media. “I find it is really vital right now. I know more First Nations and more tribal councils and more Aboriginal organizations nationally, provincially and regionally are hiring communications people, PR people, marketing people to do those jobs. Everyone has a communications officer, a lot of them are Aboriginal, but a majority of them aren’t.” Monastyrski stressed there are not many Aboriginal people currently in the communications business. “I believe we are the first generation of communications professionals to do that and I believe we are realizing the importance of it with our H1N1 going on, with Aboriginal issues being on the front page of the Globe and Mail every day,” Monastyrski said. “We need more and more trained Aboriginal people out there. Monastyrski said the Northern Ontario First Nations Communications Conference is an amazing idea which he wanted to be involved with.
“I think we should have a national Aboriginal communications conference where we can all get together and discuss and train ourselves and share trade secrets and everything else that is going on out there,” Monastyrski said. “I think this is a great beginning and it is great that northwestern Ontario or Wawatay, one of the oldest communications agencies in Canada, to take a lead on.” Monastyrski said Chief Adam Fiddler, as a former CBC journalist, knows how to speak to the media. “They can do a ten-minute interview, but use two minutes of that interview and form it to any story they want to form,” Monastyrski said. Monastyrski believes Aboriginal people need to create their own medium, such as Wawatay, APTN and other Aboriginal publications have already done. “(We need to) either create our own medium and tell our stories our way and distribute it to mainstream and Native communities or have more and more experienced Aboriginal people in these positions, have more reporters working for national newspapers, for CBCs, the Globes, the Posts, have more and more trained Aboriginal people.” Monastyrski said getting young people involved and excited about media and communications through the Northern Ontario First Nations Communications Conference is the way to start. “We are the first generation
of (Aboriginal) communicators that are doing this this way using modern technology,” Monastyrski said. “It is about training our youth.” “There are so many things happening right now in our community where we need trained media and communications people.” Monastyrski said the Aboriginal media is growing and everybody has access to the media now through Internet and Twitter. “I know being a mainstream journalist and an Aboriginal journalist and editor that the mainstream loves to cover Native issues,” Monastyrski said. “The Native issues they cover are road blocks or blockades, are marches on Queens Park, are funding-slashed programs, are angry Indians on the streets. What bleeds ledes is the old media slogan.” Monastyrski said he has been celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal people for the past 10 or 15 years. “It’s kismet that I have come into the position I’m in right now, working for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, where all we do is celebrate the achievements of outstanding Aboriginal Canadians,” Monsatyrski said, noting the upcoming NAAF Awards ceremony which will be held March 26 in Regina. “We have 14 new Aboriginal achievers we are celebrating. see COVER page 19
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from 18 My job from now until March is to get them on the front cover of Chatelaine magazine, the front cover of Maclean’s, the front cover of the Post and the Globe. It’s the hardest job in the world to do because these people are regular Aboriginal people who are doing outstanding things. Not a lot of people want to hear about that or read about that – they like to see the negative aspects of things, they like to see the underbelly of things.” Monastyrski said there is a need for more Aboriginal staff on the national magazines and newspapers who will see the importance of celebrating Aboriginal achievements. “It comes with experience, and it comes with the contacts I have developed over the years that I can do that,” Monastyrski said, explaining how he helped hold back a one-sided story about the Mi’Kmaq while he was working as a story editor at the Globe and Mail. “I went home that night thinking I just held a story off from the Globe and Mail because they didn’t get an Aboriginal side of it. If I wasn’t there, they would have run that story and it would have been leaning towards the side of the feds and the fisheries department. It would have impacted the whole national consciousness on what was going on out east, so I think it is really important to have our people trained and our people in the mainstream media, our reporters interviewing our community chiefs about H1N1 and knowing what to ask and what to expect.” Monastyrski has put his name forward to help plan a larger Aboriginal communications conference that would also involve the Inuit and Metis communities. “We’re telling our own stories, finding our own mediums, and we just need those people trained in our traditional knowledge and our contemporary technology to tell these stories,” Monastyrski said. “It’s inspirational and exciting that we are the first generation to be doing something like this. We are making inroads into communications and media technology.”
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Only one offer may be applied towards the purchase or lease of one eligible vehicle. Only one offer can be redeemed per eligible Costco member. [This offer is transferable to immediate family members living within the same household as an eligible Costco member. This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order (if ordered within the Costco program period – December 21st, 2009 to March 1st, 2010) or delivery, but not both. On applicable vehicles, this offer can also be combined with the Commercial Connection Program incentives and, for eligible customers, the Small Business Incentive Program (SBIP). For small ﬂeets with an eligible FIN, this offer can also be used in conjunction with the Commercial Fleet Incentive (CFIP). This offer is combinable with the RCL program, but not combinable with any CPA/GPC or Daily Rental incentives. Customer may use the $1,000 as a down payment or choose to receive a rebate cheque from Ford Motor Company of Canada, but not both. Applicable taxes calculated before $1,000 offer is deducted. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Visit www.fordcostco.ca <http://www.fordcostco.ca> for details. WIn order to qualify for the Ford Recycle Your Ride incentives, you must qualify for the Government of Canada’s “Retire Your Ride Program” and you must turn in a 1995 model year or older vehicle that is in running condition and has been properly registered and insured for the last 6 months (12 months in B.C.). Upon government conﬁrmation of vehicle eligibility under the “Retire Your Ride Program”, Ford of Canada will provide additional incentives towards the purchase or lease of a new 2009 or 2010 Ford or Lincoln vehicle in the amount of $1,000 (Focus, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Mustang, Taurus, Transit Connect, Ranger), $2,000 (Escape, Escape Hybrid, Edge, Flex, Taurus X, Explorer, Sport Trac), and $3,000 (F150, F250-550, E-Series, Expedition, MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT, Navigator). If you qualify, the Government of Canada will provide you with $300 cash or a rebate on the purchase of a 2004 and newer vehicle as part of their Retire Your Ride program. These Ford Recycle Your Ride incentives are only in effect from September 2nd to January 4th, 2010. Ford Recycle Your Ride incentives will be applied after taxes. Ford Recycle Your Ride incentives can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Ford Recycle Your Ride incentives are raincheckable. Ford Recycle Your Ride incentives are not available on any vehicle receiving Commercial Fleet Incentive Program, Competitive Price Allowance or Government Price Concession, Fleet Delivery Allowance, or Daily Rental Incentives. By participating in this program you will not be eligible for any trade-in value for your old vehicle. The Government of Canada’s “Retire Your Ride Program” is not available to residents of Northwest Territories, Yukon or Nunavut and, therefore, Ford Recycle Your Ride incentives are also not available to residents of North West Territories Yukon or Nunavut. Other provincially speciﬁc rewards may be available in association with the government’s “Retire Your Ride program”, for more information visit retireyourride.ca. Limited time offer, see dealer for details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. ©2009 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved. Ontario FDAA, P.O. 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Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
Overnight accomodation at the Landmark Inn with all out of town purchases
HAPPY NEW YEAR! ᑭᐊᐧᒋᔦᒥᑯ ᑲᐅᐢᑭᐊᑭᐊᐧᐣᐠ
Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
Open for business
ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᔭᓄᑭᐊᐧᐨ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᕑᐃᐠ ᑲᕑᐃᐠ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ
Jackie George/Special to Wawatay News
Wawatay News editor James Thom cuts a cake at the company’s Thunder Bay office during it’s open house Dec. 9.
Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre POSITION TITLE:
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR INTERNAL/EXTERNAL POSTING EXECUTIVE SEARCH
KEY DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS Under the authority of the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre Board of Directors:
• Manages the human, financial, property and material resources of the Friendship Centre and administers the day to day operations (program supervision, financial responsibility, implements techniques for estimating, monitoring expenditures, insures accurate record keeping, control budgets, program and client matters, etc.); • Maintains a high level of knowledge of Aboriginal culture, lifestyles of Aboriginal people, Aboriginal programs and services, and government programs dealing with Aboriginal people; • Ensures that priority issues and concerns for the NGFC Aboriginal Community are designed to improve and enhance the social well-being of Urban Aboriginal people; • Secures funds for the Centre buy fundraising, identifying new program funding, writing proposals, and partnering with other agencies, corporations and organizations.
ᒉᒥ ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ ᐢᐱᕑᐃᐟ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᔭᓄᑭᐨ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑭᐅᒋᒪᑕᓄᑭᐸᐣ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᐣᑭᐅᒋ ᒪᑕᓄᑭᓇᐸᐣ ᑫᑲᐟ ᒪᐃᐧᐣ 15 ᑕᓱᔭᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ, 13 ᓇᐣᑕ 13 ᑕᓱᔭᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ, ᐁᑭᔭᓂᒧᑕᐠ ᓇᐱᐨ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᑭᐃᐡᑯᓄᐦᐃᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᒋᓂᑕᐊᔭᒥᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒋᓂᑕᑎᐸᒋᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ, ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑭᐃᔑ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᑫᑯᓇᐣ. ᐣᑎᔑᐊᐧᐸᑕᐣ ᓇᐱᐨ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᑭᔑᑲᐠ. ᐣᑭᑫᓂᒪᐠ ᑲᔦ ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒥᔑᐣ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐸᐱᑭᓯᔭᓄᑭᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐁᔭᓂ ᐊᓄᑭᐦᐊᐊᐧᐨ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐡᑭᐦᐅᓂᐨ ᒋᔭᓄᑭᑕᒪᑯᐊᐧᐨ. ᑲᑭᓇ ᐅᑕᔭᐊᐧᐊᐧᐣ ᑫᔭᓄᑲᑕᒥᓂᐨ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᑫᑯᓇᐣ, ᒥᔑᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᔭᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᐊᐧᐨ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒥᔑᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑕᔭᐊᐧᐊᐧᓯᐣ. ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᔑᓄᓯᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᔭᓄᑭᐊᐧᐨ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐣᑌᐯᐧᑕᐣ ᑭᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᑲᔭᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᐁᔭᓂ ᐊᓄᑲᑕᒪᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐃᓇᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐊᔕ ᑭᑕᓂ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᑕᒥᐣ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᐊᑎᑲ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑭᒋᐊᑭᑯᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐱᒥᔭᒪᑲᐠ,
ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑎᓯᓭᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᑫᑲᐟ ᑕᓱᑭᔑᑲ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ. ᐃᓯᓭ ᑕᐡ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᒋᔭᓂ ᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑫᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐃᒪ ᒋᔭᓂᔑ ᐊᓄᑭᐊᐧᐨ. ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᓇᐱᐨ ᐃᑯ ᒥᓇᐧᔑᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐁᐃᐧᐃᔑᑕᑭᐧᐨ. ᐊᒥ ᐁᓀᑕᒪᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒥᓯᐁᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᑫᐃᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᒪᒪᐃᐧᐡᑲᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᔭᓂᒧᑕᒪᑎᔭᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒋᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑎᓯᔭᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐃᐧᑕᒪᑎᔭᐠ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑲᑭᑫᑕᒪᐠ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᐊᐃᓯᓭᑭᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ. ᑕᑭᒥᓇᐧᔑᓄᐸᐣ ᐅᒪ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᒪᒋᑐᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᑌᐯᐧ ᒥᓇᐧᔑᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᓇᐣᑕ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᓂᐡ ᐊᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑫᑌᐦᐃᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᔭᒥᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᒪ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ, ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᓂᑲᓂᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ. ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐊᑕᑦ ᐱᐟᓫᐊᕑ, ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᓯᐱᓯ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᐃᔑᔭᓄᑭᐸᐣ, ᐅᑭᑫᑕᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᐊᔭᒥᐨ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᒥᑕᓱᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᓀᐢ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐣ ᐅᒥᓇᐊᐧᐣ ᒋᑎᐸᒋᒧᓂᐨ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᓂᔓᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᓀᐢ ᐁᑕ ᐅᑐᒋᐅᑕᐱᓇᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᓂᓂᑯ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐁᐃᓂᑕᑯᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂ ᑲᐅᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ.
ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ ᑕᐡ ᐅᑌᐯᐧᑕᐣ ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐱᑯ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᑭᔭᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ, ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᑲᑐᑕᐠ, ᐁᐱᑎᐁᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᑭᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᐃᑯ ᒋᑭᐱᒧᑕᒪᓱᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒋᑭᑎᐸᑐᑕᒪᑭᐸᐣ ᑭ ᑎ ᐸ ᒋ ᒧ ᐃ ᐧ ᓂ ᑲ ᓂ ᓇ ᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᒪᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐃᔑᐸᑭᑎᓇᒪᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᓄᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᔭᑭᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᒥᓇ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᓇᑲᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐃᓇᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂ ᒋᑭᐃᔑᔭᓄᑭᐦᐃᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᒥᓯᐁᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᑕᓇᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᑫ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᓯᐱᓯ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ, ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᑲᑫᐧ ᑲᒋᑎᓂᑕᐧ ᑲᑲᐡᑭᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐃᓇᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂ. ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑕᑭᐃᔑ ᒥᓄᓭᐸᐣ ᒋᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐅᐡᑲᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᒋᑫᐣᑕᒥᐦᐃᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐃᓇᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᑭᐊᔑᑎᓂᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᒪ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᐱ ᐊᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ. ᐊᓂᐡ ᑭᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᑲᔭᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐊᒥ ᐸᐢᑲᐣ ᐁᔭᓂᒪᑕᓄᑲᑕᒪᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐃᓇᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᑯ ᑲᔭᐸᒋᑐᔭᐠ ᐅᐡᑭ ᒪᒪᑕᐃᐧ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯ ᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᓇᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᐃᒪ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐦᐃᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ. ᓇᐱᐨ ᒥᔑᓇᑐᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑲᐊᐃᔑᐁᐧᐸᐠ ᑭᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ
ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐁᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑲᐡᑭᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒋᑭᒪᐊᐧᑐᓇᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᔕ ᐊᓂᐱᒋᓂᐡᑲᒪᑲᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᓇ ᐅᑲᐡᑭᑐᐣ ᒋᑌᐱᓇᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐃᒪ ᒪᒪᑕᐃᐧᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᐠ. ᐣᑭᑫᑕᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑫᓂᐣ ᑲᐃᓇᓄᑭᔭᐣ ᑲᐸᐸᒥ ᓇᓇᑕᐃᐧᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓀᔭᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐯᑭᐡ ᑲᔭᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᔭᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᒥᓀᐧᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᑎᐸᑐᑕᒪᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᐃᓯᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ. ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᐃᓯᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑲᑭᐱᐡᑲᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᑲᓇᐊᐧᐣ, ᑲᐱᒪᑲᐧᐦᐃᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ, ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓂᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᓭᐨ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ ᑲᑭᐡᑭᓂᐨ, ᑲᑭᓯᐊᐧᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ. ᑫᑯᓂᑯ ᑲᐃᔑ ᐸᑲᑭᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᐊᒥᐦᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᓇᓇᑐᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᑎᐸᑐᑌᐠ. ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᔕ ᒥᑕᓱ ᓇᐣᑕ ᓂᔭᓄᔕᐳᔭᑭ ᐅᑐᒋᐱᒥ ᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑲᐡᑭᐦᐅᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ. ᐣᑭᐃᓀᑕᑯᐢ ᐃᑯ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒋᐱᓀᑐᔭᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᑐᑕᒪᐣ, ᐃᒪ ᒥᓯᐁᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᐁᔑᔭᓄᑭᔭᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᓂᓯᑕᐃᐧᓇᑯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐃᐁᐧ ᐱᑯ ᐁᑐᑕᒪᐠ ᐁᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒪᐠ ᐊᓂᓂᑯ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ ᑲᑕᔑᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᓇᐱᐣ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 21
QUALIFICATIONS Education • Graduation from a recognized post secondary institution with specialization in business administration, commerce, management or some other specialty relevant to the position or an acceptable combination of training, education and experience. Work Related Experience • Minimum 3 years experience in directing, managing, supervising, evaluating programs, managing property, finance, proposal writing, fundraising, administration, and human resources, preferably in a non-profit organization; • Experience dealing with urban Aboriginal members, volunteers, and various levels of government (in regard to consulting and negotiating); • Experience working in program planning, design, organization, implementation, and evaluation of community based programs for Aboriginal organizations and strategic planning; • Experience and knowledge of the functions of a Board of Directors. Other Working Conditions • Willingness to travel in accordance with operational requirements; • Computer competency is required; • Ability to work flexible hours, overtime, and during weekends; • Knowledge of an Aboriginal language would be an asset. Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application that they meet the above qualifications. A written test may be administered for screening, rating and/or ranking purposes. A job description is available upon request, NishnawbeGamik Friendship Centre is committed to serving Aboriginal people and we encourage Aboriginal candidates to apply.
Deadline for Application: 4:30 p.m. January 11, 2010 Salary: To commensurate with experience APPLICATION PROCEDURE Please forward your resume and covering letter by hand or mail to: Chairperson: Personnel Committee Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre 52 King St. P.O. Box 1299 Sioux Lookout, On P8T 1B3 Phone- 807-737-1903 Fax- 807-737-1805 We wish to thank all those who have applied, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted, Candidates called for an interview will be responsible for their own travel expenses and the successful candidate will be responsible for his/her own relocation expenses.
SHIBOGAMA TECHNICAL SERVICES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
710 Victoria Avenue East Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5P7 Phone (807) 623-8228 Fax (807) 623-7730 Toll Free 1-800-465-9952
Communications Director (Full Time)
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is seeking a Communications Director to lead, manage and implement internal and external communications strategies, policies and procedures, campaigns and products that will: enhance awareness and understanding of; support advocacy efforts through media relations and awareness campaigns; and inform NAN First Nations and NAN employees. As part of the senior management team, the Communications Director will provide strategic communications planning, direction and advice to elected officials, the various departments at NAN, and the organization as a whole. Candidates must possess a post-secondary degree in communications, journalism or related field and should have 5 or more years experience. Interested applicants are encouraged to download the complete job description from the NAN website. The deadline for applications is 4:00pm EST Monday January 4, 2010. Please call Ian Beardy, Human Resources Coordinator, at (807) 625-4941 for more information.
Length: Twelve Month Term
LOCATION: Sioux Lookout TERMS: Full Time Employment for a twelve month term Successful candidate to start 2010 January 18 JOB SUMMARY:
The Project Advisor will be involved in undertakings that promote sustainable social, economic and physical development in the First Nation communities. QUALIFICATIONS: • Good analytical, evaluation and assessment skills • Good computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite Software. • Effective written and oral communication skills • Must be able to communicate over the phone DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: • Write and evaluate reports as required • Record minutes of project meetings • Contact suppliers and contractors associated with projects • Assist with the preparation of funding applications. SALARY:
Commensurate with experience
APPLICATION: A letter of application with an
updated resume, permission to contact three references, and a current criminal reference clearance certificate must be sent to: Keith Mason, Director of Shibogama Technical Services, Box 387, Sioux Lookout ON P8T 1A5 (807) 737-2662 ext 2242 (807) 737-4823 (fax) email: email@example.com CLOSING DATE: 2010 January 7 at 3:00 pm Central
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Wawatay News DECEMBER 29, 2009
New school for Attawapiskat INAC confirms funds will flow Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News
Throughout the community of Attawapiskat, there was great joy and thankfulness when it was announced that the children would be getting a new school. Chief Theresa Hall was attending the Assembly of First Nations meeting on Dec. 8 when she received a call from Indian and Northern Affairs Minister
Chuck Strahl. “His advisor said he would call. It was a first time for me, the minister calling about the capital project. “I was thrilled.” There is great optimism that the school will be built as Strahl had made the announcement in front of the chiefs at the AFN meeting. Hall called her Head Council member Gilbert Spence with the news.
Eager to share the news with children, teachers and parents, an assembly was called at the school. The community centre complex auditorium erupted in cheers from the entire community in attendance. “We are very happy that we are in the capital project,” Hall said. “However there is still a lot of work to be done. “We have to identify a service lot. We need to take a look at the studies done two years ago. We need a project manager and a project team. We need techni-
cal people. “It’s not going to happen next year. We will find a way to fast track it with the project team. “I think the community is really overwhelmed,” said Deputy Chief Theresa Spence. “We went to Ottawa, and I think our voices were heard loud and clear. “The whole community was involved and I just want to say thank you to them. It’s big news. It’s a Christmas gift. “I am just proud for the kids. They went to school without complaint.”
Hall enthusiastically added, “I am just happy for the students. Finally, they will be out of the portables.”
“I think the community is really overwhelmed ... It’s big news. It’s a Christmas gift.” – Theresa Spence
She is happy they will have a school soon that they can call
their own. A vision Hall sees for the new school is an incorporation of some cultural significance built into the design of the school. The community was promised new a school by INAC in 2005, but it was told in December 2007 the project would be shelved for at least five years. Attawapiskat has been without an elementary school since 2000 when it closed due to diesel fuel contamination. Since then, students have been taught in portables.
ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐱᑯ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑕᑭ ᒪᒋᑕᒪᓱᐸᓂᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᐃᒪ ᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 20
ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐁᑭᐅᒋ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᐃᐧᐣᑕᐠ ᑲᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐅᑲᐡᑭᐦᐅᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᒋᑲᓄᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓯᑭᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 26 ᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ ᐁᐧᑎ ᕑᐃᒐᔾᓇ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒪᒪᐤ 14 ᐊᔭᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑫᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᐃᐧᒋᒥᓇᐊᐧᑕᒧᑕᒪᐊᐧᑭᑕᐧ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᒥ ᑫᐃᓇᓄᑭᔭᐣ ᓄᑯᑦ ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᒥᑭᓯᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ ᒋᐊᑐᔭᐣ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᑭᓱᓂᐊᐧ ᔕᑎᓫᐁᐣ ᒪᓯᓇᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒪᐠᓫᐁᐣ
ᒪᓯᓇᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐳᐢᐟ, ᐠᓫᐅᑊ ᐊᒋᒧᒪᓯᓇᐃᑲᓂᐠ. ᐊᓂᒪᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐃᓇᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᐡ ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᒥᓄᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭ ᐅᓴᐯᑕᓯᐣ ᒋᓄᑕᐠ ᓇᐣᑕ ᒋᐊᔭᒥᑐᐨ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑫᑯᓂ, ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᒋᓀᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᑲ ᑲᒥᓇᐧᔑᓂᐠ, ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐁᑲ ᑲᓇᐦᐃᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᐃᐧᓄᑕᓇᐊᐧ. ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ ᐃᑭᑐ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᔭᓄᑭᐊᐧᐨ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐊᐧᐸᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᒋᓀᑕᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᒋᒥᓇᐊᐧᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ
ᐅᑲᐡᑭᐦᐅᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ. ᐃᒪ ᐱᑯ ᑲᑭᐱᐃᓇᓄᑭᔭᐣ ᐅᒋᒪᑲᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᐱᐊᐧᐊᐧᐸᒪᑲᐧ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐱᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᐊᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᔭᓄᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᑐᔭᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒋᐃᓇᓄᑭᔭᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑭᐅᒋᐃᐧᐣᑕᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᐧᒋᑐᐸᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐯᔑᑲᐧᔦᐠ ᐁᑕ ᒋᐅᒋᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂ ᑲᑭᑎᐸᒋᒥᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᒥᐠᒪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐁᔭᓄᑭᐸᐣ ᐠᓫᐅᑊ, ᒣᓫ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᑭᐊᓄᓇᑲᓄᐸᐣ ᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᔭᓄᑲᑕᐠ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂ. ᐣᑭᑭᐁᐧ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᑎᐱᑲᐠ ᐁᑭᒪᒥᑐᓀᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᑭᐃᐧᒋᑕᐧᔭᐣ ᐁᑲ ᒋᐅᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ
ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐅᒪ ᑲᐃᔑᔭᓄᑭᔭᐣ ᐊᓂᐡ ᐁᑲ ᐱᓇᒪ ᐁᑭᐅᒋ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᐠᒪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑫᐃᓇᒋᒧᓂᐨ. ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐃᒪ ᐊᓄᑭᔭᐸᐣ, ᐊᒥᐱᑯ ᒋᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐁᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐃᓀᑕᒧᒥᑕᐧ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐸᑭᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᐠ. ᑕᑭᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑌᐡᑲᑫᒪᑲᓄᐸᐣ ᒥᓯᐁᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐁᐧᐸᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᐧᐸᓄᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᐅᒋᐃᓀᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᑭᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᓇᓂᐠ ᒋᑭ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐦᐃᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᒋᓇᑲᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ
ᒋᔭᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᒋᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᑕᐧ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᒋᑎᐸᒋᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᑭᑯᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒋᑭᑫᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᐃᔑᑲᑫᐧᒋᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑫᔭᓂᔑᐊᔐᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ. ᒪᐧᓇᐢᐟᕑᐃᐢᑭ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐃᐧᒋᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐃᐧᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᒥᔕᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᓇᑐᒥᑕᐧ ᐃᓄᐃᐟ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐃᐧᓴᑯᑌᐃᐧᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᐊᓂᐡ ᑭᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᐃᑯ ᑲᑎᐸᒋᒧᑕᑎᔭᐠ ᑭᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ, ᐁᓇᓇᑐᓇᒪᐠ ᑭᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑭᓇᑕᐧᐁᓂᒪᒥᐣ
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