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Darcy Kejick earns 4th business award Rick Garrick Wawatay News

North Spirit Lake’s Darcy Kejick picked up his fourth business award at the 19th Annual Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Business Awards. “It was a surprise to find out I won Businessman of the Year,” said Kejick, who owns two businesses with partner Susan Rae and is currently building a two-unit motel in the community. “We hope it will address the need for places to stay in North Spirit Lake as we only have one scheduled flight into North Spirit Lake every day.” Kejick and Rae first went into business with Darcy and Susan’s Gas and expanded into the grocery business with North Spirit Foods in 2007 after Kejick won the 2006 Project Beyshick business plan competition. He used the $15,000 award and an NADF loan to start up the grocery store. He was also awarded the NADF Youth Entrepreneur of the Year and Partnership of the Year awards in 2005. Seven other winners from across northern Ontario were announced during the Business Awards Dinner, which was held Oct. 21 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay. Nadya Kwandibens of Northwest Angle #37 was awarded the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award. see KEVIN page 8

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Mechanical services construction began Oct. 21 for the new Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre. The air-handling units that will provide ventilation, heating and cooling for the hospital are installed on the roof using a 500-ton crane. The 60,000 lbs. air-handling units were constructed in Kingston, Ont. and brought up by truck. It will take about a week and a half to install the units. Construction of the hospital is set to be completed by Nov. 30, 2010.

ᑭᒋᐠ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᐱᑭᒪᑲᓂ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᓇᐣᑭᐦᐅᒪᑲᓂ ᕑᐃᐠ ᑲᕑᐃᐠ

ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ

ᒣᒣᑫᐧᔑᐃᐧᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᐅᒋᐨ ᑕᕑᓯ ᑭᒋᐠ ᐊᒥ ᐊᔕ ᓂᐊᐧ ᐁᐸᑭᓇᑫᐨ ᓴᑲᓱᔕᐸᐧ ᑕᓱᔭᑭ ᑲᐃᔑᒋᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᔓᓂᔭ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐊᐃᐧᐦᐊᓱᒥᑕᐧ ᑲᐃᐧᔭᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᒪᒋᑕᒪᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐸᑭᓇᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐣᑭᑯᐡᑫᐧᑕᐣ ᐁᐃᐧᑕᒪᑯᔭᐣ ᓂᐣ ᐁᐸᑭᓇᑫᔭᐣ ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑭᒋᐠ, ᓂᔑᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐅᑕᔭᓇᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑐᒋᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑯᐣ ᓱᓴᐣ ᕑᐁ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐅᐱᒪᓄᑲᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᐅᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᓴᑫᐣ ᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᓭ ᑲᑫᐧᓇᐃᐧᐃᔑᐧᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᑯ ᑲᐱᔕᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐊᓂᐡ ᐁᑕ ᐯᔑᑲᐧ ᐁᐱᔕᒪᑲᐠ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᓱᑭᔑᑲ. ᑭᒋᐠ ᒥᓇ ᕑᐁ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᐅᑭᒪᒋᑐᓇᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑕᕑᓯ ᒥᓇ ᓱᓴᐣ ᐅᒧᐡᑲᐦᐅᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐊᐧ ᐁᑲᐧ ᓇᑫ ᐅᑭᔭᓂ ᓇᐣᑭᑐᓇᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᒥᒋᒥᐊᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ ᐁᑭᐊᔑᑎᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 2007 ᑲᔭᑭᐊᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᐱ ᑭᒋᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᐡᑲᐧ ᐸᑭᓇᑫᐸᐣ 2006 ᐯᔑᐠ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᒪᒋᑕᐃᐧ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑫᐧᐸᑭᓇᑐᐃᐧᐣ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᑭᐃᓇᐸᒋᐦᐊᐸᐣ $15,000 ᐅᐸᑭᓇᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᔑᐨ ᐅᑕᐃᐧᐦᐊᓱᒥᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᒪᒋᑐᐨ ᒥᒋᒥᐊᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᔦ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐸᐣ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᐢ

ᒥᓇ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᒪᒋᑕᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐃᐧ ᐸᑭᓇᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 2005 ᑲᔭᑭᐊᐧᓂᐠ. ᓂᓴᐧᓱ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐠ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑌᑎᐸᐦᐃ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑭᐃᐧᒋᑲᑌ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᑭ ᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᓯᓂᐃᐧᓂᑫᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐱᒪᐊᒧᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 21 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐸᓫᐦᐊᓫᐊ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑕᐣᑐᕑ ᐯ. ᓀᐟᔭ ᑲᐧᐣᑎᐯᐣᐢ ᓇᐧᕑᐟᐁᐧᐣᐟ ᐊᐣᑭᓫ #37 ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᐢ ᐅᑕᓄᑭ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᒥᓄᑲᐡᑭᑐᐨ ᐁᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᑭᓯᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᑌᐯᐧ ᐱᑯ ᐣᑭᑯᐡᑫᐧᑕᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐧᐣᑎᐯᐣᐢ, ᐅᑭᒪᒋᑐᓇᐸᐣ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐯᔑᑯᔭᑭ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᐊᑯᓇᐠ 2006 ᑲᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᓀᑕᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᒪᓯᓇᑭᓱᐁᐧᐨ. ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑭᒋᔭᓄᑲᑕᒪᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑌᐯᐧᑕᒪᐣ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑲᑐᑕᒪᐣ, ᐊᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᑫᐅᒋ ᐊᐧᐸᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐠ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ. ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᑭᐱᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᒪᓯᓇᑌᓯᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᑲᐧᐣᑎᐯᐣᐢ ᑲᔦ ᑭᐱᐊᐧᐸᑕᐦᐃᐁᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑ ᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᐊᐧᐸᑕᐦᐃᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐃᐧᓀᑕ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑲᓇᑕ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋᒧᑯᒪᐣᐊᑭᐠ. ᑌᐱᐟ ᐸᐧᓫ ᐊᒋᓂᐱᓀᐢᑲᑦ ᒪᕑᑎᐣ ᐸᐧᓫᐢ ᐁᐅᒋᐨ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑲᐅᒋ ᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᒪᑫᐨ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᐱᒪᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐨ ᐃᒪ ᒪᑕᐊᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᓂᐃᐧ ᒪᑎᓇᐁᐧ ᓂᐸᑭᓇᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᒪ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒪᑲᐧ ᒪᑕᐊᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᒋᓂᐱᓀᐢᑲᑦ,

ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᒪᑕᐊᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ. ᒥᓇᐧᔑᐣ ᑲᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑭᐁᐧᓇᑯᑕᒪᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒥᓇᓂᐠ. 1971 ᑲᔭᑭᐊᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᒥ ᐊᐱ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᑭᒪᑕᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᔭᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᐊᒋᓂᐱᓀᐢᑲᑦ, ᐸᐣᐟ ᐊᐸᐢ ᑭᐱᐅᒋ ᒪᑕᓄᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐱᓂᐡ ᑭᔭᓂᔑ ᐊᐣᑕᓄᑭᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ, ᕑᐁᓂ ᕑᐃᐸᕑ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐧᐣᐢᑕᐣᐢ ᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑫᐱᐣ ᑲᐧᓄᕑ, ᑲᑎᐯᑕᐠ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᐸᒋᑕᑲᓇᐣ, ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫ ᑲᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐸᑭᓇᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᑲᑕᐠ ᒋᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑫᑕᒪᑫᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐸᑭᑎᓇᐠ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑫ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᔭᑭᐣ. ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᓂᐅᔭᑭ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐣᑭᐱᓇᑭᑐᒥᐣ ᐣᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐧᓄᓫ. ᐣᐸᑯᓭᑕᒥᐣ ᑕᐡ ᒋᐃᐧᐃᔑ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᓇᐣᑭᒥᔕᑐᔭᐠ ᐣᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᓂᓂᑲᐣ. ᐊᒥ ᑲᐱᐃᓇᓄᑭᐨ ᑲᐧᓄᕑ ᓂᔑᑕᓇ ᑕᓱᔭᑭ ᐱᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᐁᑭᐱᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐨ ᐊᔑᐨ ᑲᔦ 80 ᑲᑕᓱᐱᑭᓯᔭᑭᐣ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐁᕑᐅᓫᐊᐣᐟ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 1992 ᑲᔭᑭᐊᐧᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᕑᐊᑭ ᐧᔕᕑ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐣ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫ ᐊᓄᑭᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ, ᑐᑲᐣ

ᑲᐅᓇᑐᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐱᒥᐸᓂᑕᐧᐨ ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᐃᓇᓄᑭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑭᓄᑲᒥᐠ. ᓂᐃᐧᑲᑫᐧᑐᑕᒥᐣ ᑭᓄᑲᒥᐠ ᒋᐊᔭᒪᑲᐠ ᑕᐡᑭᐳᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᑕᐧᓫᑊ ᕑᐊᐢᐱᐨ, ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐅᐨ ᕑᐊᑭ ᐧᔕᕑ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᓂ. ᑕᐊᔭᒪᑲᓄᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᑕᐊᔭᒪᑲᐣ ᑕᐡᑭᐳᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᐱᓂᐡ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᐁᐧᑎ ᓂᓱᒥᑕᓇ ᑕᓱᔭᑭ ᐊᓂᓂᑲᐣ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᕑᐊᑭ ᐧᔕᕑ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐣ ᐊᒥ ᑲᔦ ᐃᒪ ᐁᔑᐸᐸᒥᓯᒪᑲᐠ ᑊᕑᐁᓂᔦ ᐅᓴᐃᐧᔓᓂᔭ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᑲᓇᓇᑐᓇᐊᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᓴᐃᐧᔓᓂᔭᐊᐧᓯᓂᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑕᑭᒥᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑭᓄᑲᒥᐠ ᓄᑎᓄᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐅᔑᒋᑫᒪᑲᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᑲᐊᓄᑲᑌᐠ. ᒪᑎᓫ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐃᓫᐁᐣ ᕑᐁ ᐊᑎᑯᓴᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐧᓯᑲᐣ ᒧᐡᑲᐦᐅᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ. ᕑᐁ ᐅᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐱᑯ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᐧᑯᒥᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐅᒋ ᑭᑫᑕᒥᓂᐨ ᐅᑕᐊᐧᔑᔑᒥᐊᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑕᓱᑭᔑᑲ ᑲᐱᒥᐸᓂᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᓄᑭᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᑫᐱᐣ ᐯᓫᒪᐧᕑ ᑲᓫ ᐯ ᑲᐅᒋᐨ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫ ᓂᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᐦᐅᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᓂᑲᓂᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐊᔑᐨ ᓄᑯᒥᑫ ᑲᑭ ᑭᔑᑐᐸᐣ ᑕᐣᑐᕑ ᐯ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒋᑲᐣ. ᐃᐧᓂᑯ ᐯᓫᒪᐧᕑ ᐅᑭᐅᓀᑕᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᓂᑲᓇᐣ

ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᔕᐸᐣ ᕑᐊᔾ ᑕᐧᒪᐢᐅᐸᐣ ᑲᑭ ᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐸᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑎᔑᓂᑲᑕᐣ ᐅᒪᓯᓂᐱᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓄᐁᐧᐁᐧᑲᐳ. ᓫᐊᕑᐃᐣ ᐊᐧᓭᑭᓯᐠ ᒣᐡᑭᑲᐧᑲᒪᐠ ᑭᐸᑭᓇᑫ ᐃᑫᐧ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᔕ ᐁᐧᐡᑲᐨ ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᑲᐢ ᒥᓇ ᒥᒋᒥ ᐊᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ. ᐊᐧᓭᑭᓯᐠ ᒥᔑᓇᐧᔦᐠ ᐃᔑᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐅᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐅᒋ ᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒥᔑᓄᔭᑭ ᑭᐅᑭᒪᑲᓂᐃᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐸᑭᓇᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ: ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐊᓂᒥᑭᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐱᒧᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐃᐧᐣ, ᐯᕑᐢᑭᐣ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫ ᑲᐅᒋ ᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᒪᑫᐨ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐊᐧᓭᔭ ᐱᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫ ᓇᐯ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᐅᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐊᒥᓂᑭ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐱᒥᓇᐣᑭᐦᐅᒪᑲᐠ, ᕑᐊᔭᓫ ᐸᐣᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫ ᑲᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐅᑭᒪᐅᐣ ᑲᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᐠ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒪᓇᑎᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫ ᓂᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᐦᐅᐃᐧᐣ, ᑲᓇᑕ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐱᒥᑎᐸᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᐢ ᐅᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐦᐊᔾᐟᕑᐅ ᐊᐧᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫ ᐃᑫᐧ ᑲᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ.


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Mining Act needs more work: Beardy “Free, prior and informed consent means that no prospecting, staking, exploration or mine development can proceed without a written agreement in place with the First Nation.”

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Even the new Mining Act leaves something to be desired said Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy, reacting to the Oct. 21 passing of Bill 173 through Queen’s Park. While the province described Ontario’s mining sector as becoming “more competitive and responsive with the passage of ground-breaking legislation” to the benefit of mining companies, First Nations, local communities and Ontario’s economy, Beardy said NAN First Nations must have the right to

–Stan Beardy

decide on mining activity in the NAN territory. “We recognize Ontario’s effort to make the revised Mining Act the first legislation to recognize Aboriginal and treaty rights,” Beardy said. “Our primary concern remains that NAN First Nations must have free, prior and informed consent before any activity can take place in their homelands.” Changes to the nearly 140year-old legislation include: • Incorporating Aboriginal consultation in mining legislation and regulations; • Introducing a dispute-resolution process for Aboriginal-

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climate for the minerals sector,” said Northern Development, Mines and Forestry Minister Michael Gravelle. While there are aspects of the legislation which will benefit First Nations, Beardy said more work needs to be done to address concerns raised in April when the Mining Act amendment bill was launched. “We are pleased that Ontario has incorporated a dispute resolution process but we need to ensure that it works for First Nations,” said Beardy, who is concerned the legislation does not fully recognize the rights of First Nations to decide on mining in NAN territory.

“Free, prior and informed consent means that no prospecting, staking, exploration or mine development can proceed without a written agreement in place with the First Nation. That is the standard expressed in Article 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. That is the standard we expect Ontario to meet.” In 2008, Ontario’s mineral production was valued at more than $9.6 billion. Ontario’s 27 metal mines — all located in northern Ontario — accounted for $6.6 billion of that total. For more coverage about mining, please see page 20.

Influenza A confirmed at Pelican Falls high school the doctor is treating the student for the H1N1 virus,” said Manitowabi.

Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News

The interim chairwoman of Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, Jennifer Manitowabi, has stated that a Pelican Falls First Nation High School student is being treated for the H1N1 virus. In a briefing note, Manitowabi stated, “There is a confirmed case of Influenza A that was confirmed by a doctor in the emergency department on Oct. 22 at 10:30 p.m. at the Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Hospital.” “The test are being sent out, but results will not be available for at least seven to 10 days, but

All students that have any symptoms of the virus, along with a fever of 104 degrees are being treated for the H1N1 virus. “We are following doctor’s orders to have the students quarantined and have the house cleaned and thoroughly wiped down.” Because Pelican Falls has a

unique residential school program, all students that have any symptoms of the influenza virus, along with a fever of 104 degrees are being treated for the H1N1 virus. Manitowabi said, “We are following the NNEC protocol that was developed by our nursing administration team at Pelican Falls and Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School at the beginning of the school year.” The staff will also follow recommendations made by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to isolate any students with symptoms in a separate residence. Students’ parets have been notified.

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OCTOBER 29, 2009

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NNEC elects new board members Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News

Joshua Frogg is out as chairman of the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council. This move was one of several made during the NNEC Annual Chiefs Assembly held on Oct. 21st and 22nd at Lac Seul First Nation as part of restructuring at NNEC. Frogg stepped down from the post he held since 2007. He had led the Chiefs Steering Committee which was disbanded. A new board of directors was elected with less representatives. The new board of directors has six members, with a representative from each educational authority and one representative for the independent bands not affiliated with any Tribal Council. For the time being, Jennifer Manitowabi is acting as interim chairwoman. Executive director William Dumas said the new board has reaffirmed its vision and mandate for the organization. Improving student success is a huge priority for NNEC. “Students are falling behind in terms of numeracy and literacy,” Dumas said. “We want to create (educational) units to bring them up to a provincial level.” Researching and documenting what is causing First Nations to lag behind in educational outcomes is a goal of the NNEC. “We are affirming this is what the problem is. We have no choice, it’s the life of our children,” Dumas said. NNEC will be developing transitional models to help First Nations’ students’ transition from elementary schools to secondary schools.

NNEC will also work on the transitions students face from secondary schools to post secondary institutions. NNEC strives to give top priority to the holistic development of the students. Language and culture is an important component, Dumas said. “We know as educators we have to develop that. Western provinces are ahead of the game. That is a good thing. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” said Dumas. NNEC is looking at integrating units, such as the International Protocol on Language devised in Manitoba. “It’s a good thing we maintain the quality of education the best that we can,” said Dumas. “We had graduates from Dennis Franklin Cromarty, Pelican Falls and post-secondary. Altogether, there have been 54 post secondary graduates.” “We now have Aboriginal lawyers, nurses, teachers and social workers. We have to measure the successes. Let’s not forget the successes, like we did today.” In his final words as chairman Frogg said, “I am confident the board will do what we have started. There is momentum and improved quality of education at all levels.” A formal election to appoint a new chairperson will take place at a NNEC board meeting Dec. 4 in Thunder Bay. The new board members for Northern Nishnawbe Education Council are: Jennifer Manitowabi, Josie Semple, Vince Ostberg, Jenoas Sainnawap, Ida Muckuck, and Russell Kakepetum. The Board Elder is Tommy Fiddler. There is no representative for Keewatinook Okimakanak.

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People gathered at the Friendship Centre in Sioux Lookout Oct. 15 to watch the live web-cast of the TRC’s ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Angeconeb presents gift to TRC Chris Kornacki Wawatay News

Governor General Michaelle Jean led a “Witnessing the Future” ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Oct. 15 to jumpstart the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which will look into the dark legacy of Indian residential schools in Canada. At the request of the TRC, Jean was the TRC’s Honourary Witness for the ceremony. She urged Canadians to participate

in the work of the TRC and said they have a collective responsibility to confront the country’s history with Aboriginal people and now have the opportunity to right a historical wrong. Rideau Hall was at full capacity for the ceremony with over 150 people present. There was even an overflow of people that were watching the ceremony live on video from another room. The TRC also broadcast the event live on its website. Former Indian residential

school survivors and young children from their families were the guests of honour at the ceremony. Aboriginal leaders, church and government officials were also present. Garnet Angeconeb, an Indian residential school survivor living in Sioux Lookout, was invited by the TRC to witness the ceremony and also to present a gift. Angeconeb brought some soil from the former Pelican Residential school site, which was bundled in tobacco ties and put inside a birch bark basket. The

gifts that the survivors brought will be kept in an ash basket at the office of the TRC. “It was a real honour to be invited by the commission,” said Angeconeb. “The ceremony was very powerful, you had to have been there to witness it. You really got a sense that this commission is really serious about getting on with its work. That’s really important, and I’m really looking forward to working with the commission.”

Payukotayno facing 30 per cent funding shortfall James Thom Wawatay News

Payukotayno James and Hudson Bay Family Services is expecting to operate under a $3.6 million shortfall this year. This, said Payukotayno executive director Ernest Beck, is the direct result of funding shortfalls from the province of Ontario. The 49 Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario have had $67 million cut from their budgets. “When the minister made the announcement in June, it caught the whole (industry) off guard,” Beck said. “This is a time when the need for our ser-

vices is increasing and our funding is not. The timing could not be any worse.” Payukotayno – which serves communities including Peawanuck, Fort Albany, Moose Factory, Attawapiskat and Kashechewan – has been the worse hit, with more than a 30 per cent shortfall. Other agencies face lower shortfalls including, according to the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), Tikinagan Children & Family Services ($3.9 million or 9.2 per cent) Dilico Anishinabek Family Care ($2.7 million or 10 per cent) and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

($1.5 million or 9.5 per cent). Under the Child and Family Services Act, Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies have a unique mandate to protect children; investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect; provide guidance, care, prevention and adoption services. The organizations have to work on behalf of the people, regardless of budgets, Beck said. “The children being brought into care are not going to evaporate,” Beck said. “How do we meet these objectives without the sufficient funds. Bills will not get paid unless more funding is received.”

“The government has said there is no more money for child welfare but services to protect children from abuse are not optional or subject to arbitrary reductions,” said Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS). “According to the Child and Family Services Act, CASs must deliver child protection services, on behalf of the Government of Ontario, to vulnerable children and their families. :Many agencies have gone into debt to pay for investigations, residential care, support and counselling for children. Boards should not have to use

credit to deliver the government’s services.” For the past several years, Payukotayno has been left in a shortfall, starting each fiscal year in the hole by that amount. “We’re very concerned by this,” he said. The Payukotayno board is looking at its options, Beck said. “The future is not looking very optimistic,” he said. “Closure of the agency is possible.” Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose finds the cuts unacceptable. “Cutting an approximate $23 million from Ontario’s already underfunded child welfare agencies puts this and other

already vulnerable First Nation child welfare agencies in an even tougher position to serve our people,” Waboose said. “We are especially outraged that the cuts to First Nation child welfare agencies appear to be disproportionately higher than nonAboriginal agencies, as nearly $4.25 million of the approximate $23 million in cuts was to four First Nation child welfare agencies, “First Nation children are some of the most vulnerable members in our communities. Leaving them without adequate support services will only contribute to the challenges they currently face.”

Rickford delivers funding for new park for future KI Homecomings Bryan Phelan Wawatay News

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) will host their next Homecoming in a new park big enough for the event’s hundreds of participants. Greg Rickford, member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, announced funding for development of the park during an Oct. 16 visit to Kitchenuhmaykoosib. The federal and provincial governments will each provide $200,000, Rickford said, on behalf of federal Industry Minister Tony Clement, and Michael Gravelle, Ontario minister of northern development and mines. KI will contribute another $200,000, for a total investment of $600,000.

The park will be located at the site of an existing baseball diamond, Chiefs Field. “I just want to see a park in the community,” Chief Donny Morris said. “We need a place to get away from all the dust.” Green space used for past summer gatherings, includRickford ing KI Homecomings, is adjacent to the local Anglican Church grounds and the First Nation’s busy commercial centre on Post Island. When summer weather is dry, dust from heavy traffic on gravel roads envelops the area. Introduced about 20 years

ago for several communities that traditionally used Kitchenuhmaykoosib as a summer gathering place, the KI Homecoming has become a major cultural event for the region. As a result, the event has outgrown the old field, Morris said. “We’ve got crowds of up to 1,200 coming in and that’s just too small to accommodate a large crowd.” Located off the main road, the new park will have more room for people and vehicles. It will also feature an outdoor stage, dance floor and bleachers. Earlier this year, KI summer student employees cleared trees and burned brush around Chiefs Field for the future park. After formal agreements are in place for the funding announced by

Rickford, work will resume “full swing” next summer and the park should be ready for the next Homecoming, in 2011, said Morris. (KI Homecomings are normally held every second year but organizers cancelled this year’s edition of the event due to H1N1 flu virus concerns.) Rickford also committed $150,000 for a walking trail in Kitchenuhmaykoosib. Dozens of students and other community members gathered at a local restaurant to hear the MP responded with enthusiastic clapping. As with the park, federal funds for the trail will be provided under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program and matched by the province and the First Nation. The Conservative govern-

ment established RInC in its 2009 budget “to help reduce the impacts of the global recession while renewing, upgrading and expanding recreational infrastructure” over a two-year period.

“We’ve got crowds of up to 1,200 coming in and that’s just too small to accommodate a large crowd.” – Donny Morris

Earlier in the day, Rickford flew into Bearskin Lake to announce the federal government will provide under RInC about $330,000 to help the

First Nation complete work on its arena. Bearskin Lake will also receive $195,000 from the federal government to upgrade a community-owned tourist camp, he said. These funds will come from the national Community Adjustment Fund, another temporary economic stimulus program. “This government and I as your MP are committed to making sure First Nation communities are included in every new program that the federal government delivers,” Rickford said in Kitchenuhmaykoosib. “In the past … most of the funding for major projects has had to go through Indian Affairs, and that’s changing.”


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Commentary

What are the consequences? James Thom TO THE POINT

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ith the H1N1 virus vaccine now available, it is up to individuals to decide if they want it. I’ve thought long and hard about what I plan to do. I’ve spoken to my family, both at home and here in Thunder Bay seeking their thoughts on the matter. The general consensus among my family is there could be a risk in getting the vaccine. It is unproven and there has been no long-term testing done on this vaccine in its current form. I realize the federal government has said all the parts of the vaccine have been used in the past. What they have not said is if they have been used in combination in the past. How will they react together? Will there be any long-term ramifications? I don’t know. No one can know at this point since it is so new. It feels like this vaccine has been rushed into production. When things are rushed, problems can ensue. When it comes to my health, I don’t like snap decisions. The worst feeling I get is visitting a walk-in medical clinic and feeling rushed – getting diagnosed before I can even describe my first symptom to the doctor. That’s happened to me more than once. It’s also led to repeat visits to the same or other doctors before I received proper treatment for my condition. I can’t help wonder, what if there are long-term side-effects or worse that are only discovered years or decades from now. History has shown not every medication that hits the open market has been fully tested and been proven safe in the long-term. In one of the most famous cases, Thalidomide was sold in a number of countries across the world from 1957 until 1961 when it was withdrawn from the market after being found to be a cause of birth defects. It was being given to people as a sedative-hypnotic and multiple myeloma medication. Between 10,000-20,000 children were born with severe birth defects as a result of this medication. It was famously sung about

in Billy Joel’s song We Didn’t Start the Fire with the lyric ‘Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California Baseball, Starkweather Homicide, Children of Thalidomide.’ In discovering the cause of the birth defects, more information was found about how medication is passed between a pregnant mother and her fetus. Prior to this time, doctors thought if a mother ingested medication, it stayed within her system and would not be shared with her fetus. Through this tragedy, the medical community found out anything a mother consumes is shared with the fetus. This led to other discoveries involving smoking and consuming alcohol while pregnant, bring more awareness to conditions including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Another medication Vioxx, a widely prescribed arthritis drug, was taken off the market following the results of a three-year study linking use of the drug to higher incidence of heart attack and stroke. This is a medication my mother was taking before it was removed from the market as class-action lawsuits were filed. In a similar case, Prepulsid – a heart-burn medication, was removed from the market after complaints surfaced involving heart issues. A lawsuit has also been filed in this matter.

“..Just because something is approved for human consumption early, it doesn’t make it safe.” My point is simple: just because something is approved for human consumption early, it doesn’t make it safe. At the time when Thalidomide was first released, testing medications was not done as thoroughly as it is now. The other two drugs went through much higher scrutiny before they were released and likely even afterwards. There have allegedly been issues with them. With my health on the line, I think I’ll take my chances and skip the vaccination. I’ve heard from multiple sources in the last few days last year’s regular flu shot left you more susceptible to get the H1N1 flu. At that rate, I have no idea what the H1N1 vaccine may make me more susceptible to. Nor do I want to.

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Accountant Barney Turtle checks numbers in Fort Severn in June, 1980.

Moan that particular blues Richard Wagamese ONE NATIVE LIFE

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obert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. At the crossroads one night he bartered eternity for adulation and walked away with twentynine songs on a six string guitar. He became the master of the blues and in the spill of years since you can still hear the rattle, hiss and spit, the yowling tom cat strut of it. If you believe the legend, you believe in turn, that Johnson’s gift was a dark one, that the blues haunts us with the spectral backdrop of pain and suffering and forces beyond our control. If however, you simply believe in the music, you believe in turn that Johnson was the everyman, dipping into his soul for the expression of his world. There’s darkness there to be sure. But it can be plumbed and known. The blues slinks out of the alley, all whiskey throated and rumpled and wants to be taken home. Within it are the voices of everyone who ever cried, hurt, moaned the loss of love, became displaced and wanted nothing less that to be borne away on wings of glory. Redemption always just a seventh chord away, riding on a blue note just slightly off the melody line of life. I discovered Robert Johnson in the mid 70s. There was a

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song on late night radio and I heard it in the darkness. It was called Hellhound on My Trail and it seemed that Johnson’s voice, all mottled by the antique recording device of 1936, rasped with knowing, surrender to a hard, dark fate and it resonated with me. I remember clutching my pillow to my face and feeling the blues inhabit me. I don’t know where I’d be sometimes without Terraplane Blues, Love in Vain or If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day. Those great Robert Johnson songs pushed me forward into the sweat and ache of the blues and within it I found the wail and howl I’d sought expression for all my life. The blues is big with Native people. There are a lot of talented Native musicians playing forms of it and it’s spectacular to watch. Perhaps it’s the free form of the music itself, the inherent permission to break the strict rules of music theory and just holler, belt it out, whack that sucker and make it hum. There’s a wildness there that’s all warrior spirit and healing all at the same time. But I think it’s more about lineage. The blues was born of a displaced people crashed on the coast of a foreign shore and made to feel unwelcome. It was born of loneliness, of desperation, of hard scrabble fields and little to eat, and of needs and wants and dreams unfulfilled and shriveled like a raisin in the sun. It was a crying for what was taken away and a moaning for the pittance

that was offered in return. When I heard it I wanted to cry. It reminded me of my isolation, of my lack of a cultural linchpin, of a people disappeared, a history ruptured and a family fractured, split apart and never reassembled. The blues contained all of that and I embraced it. Within it I found the purple world of a small boy confounded by forces beyond his control and puzzled by the way ‘home’ was never about belonging. In the blues I returned to the beatings meant to engender discipline, the banishment meant to create cohesion and the jarring differences never addressed, never mentioned and never healed. The blues let me see that I was not alone in all of that and that was healing in itself. It’s the same with a lot of Native people. The blues gives you permission to shout. It gives you permission to vent everything that life has stoked in you, return it to the air all ragged, rough and rude, to proclaim the fact that you’re righteously pissed and you won’t be slave to it anymore. There’s a lot to sing about. That’s the sad thing. I heard an Ojibway artist called Shingoose sing a song called Reservation Blues back in the 80s and within it was the sum breadth of our experience. He sang of trading in his moccasins for whiteman’s shoes and in that small metaphor was the unspoken hurt of Canada, the swapping of culture, history and tradition for someone

else’s sense of the order of things. Not that the blues is all encompassing. One blue howl won’t assuage everything. No, the language of the blues is the lexicon of experience and the thing with native blues is that we’ve barely touched on it. The difference between blues and gospel, its jubilant cousin, is salvation, justice, mercy and grace. Right now, as a country, we’re working hard toward that but we’re still largely doing the holler and response routine in the fields of aggravation. Someone said that W.C Handy took the notes of the blues and committed them to paper for the first time. When I heard that I wondered how that was possible, how you could transfer what born in the guts and granted to the air, charged with emotion and grit and drama, and expect the ink to bear it. Well, it translates fine if there’s a commitment to learning the soul of it. Marks on paper can only become music when you immerse yourself in the intent of the message within the notes themselves. For native people communication is the great key signature. It’s what will ultimately define the tempo of our times, the harmony we’ve sought to build into every bridge and chorus of our time here. Like Robert Johnson, you take experience, inhabit it, sing the truth of it and when you moan that particular blues, someone always feels that truth.

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LETTERS Views of colonialism differ to that of Stephen Harper On Sept. 25, Prime Minister Stephen Harper proclaimed an astonishing statement at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, USA. He said colonialism never existed in the history of Canada. This is an erroneous portrayal of Canadian history because Canada was created on a foundation of colonialism. As Indigenous peoples, we should be concerned of this statement made by the highest official of this country and what its consequences are. Colonialism is an act of domination involving the subjugation of a sovereign people by another sovereign power. There is historical documentation recording events where sovereign nations began extending their powers onto foreign lands. Some examples include the British occupation of India, and the colonization of other countries such as Africa and so on. The occupying nations often were in search of new lands and wealth to support their metropolitan states. Imperialistic expansion led to colonial rule over Indigenous nations, deprivation of lands and natural resources, cultural transformation, and other aspects of exploitation, and suppression of political and human rights.

In Canada, early European explorers and missionaries began arriving and settling on Indigenous peoples’ territories. During this period, Canada became a colony of Great Britain and all authority originated from there. The British North America Act governed the affairs of the colony. Soon the settlers came to distinguish themselves as a separate identity from their Mother Land. Canada’s constitution was repatriated in 1982 and is now considered a decolonized country. Is it really a decolonized country? In the first place, Canada never possessed the necessary international prerequisites to be recognized as a nation state. Decolonization involves the occupiers leaving the country and returning to their home countries. This happened in India where the British left the country, and the real “Indians” of India took over their nation once again. In Canada, the occupiers are still here. Indigenous nations are still under colonial rule. Colonialism is alive and well in Canada today. The settler governments’ premise for subjugation is that the natives were savages and inferior, and perceived them as incapable of governing them-

selves. The occupiers felt it was their divine right and duty to fend for the natives. Instead, the effects of colonialism have been very devastating on the cultural identity, political and territorial integrity of the Indigenous peoples. Treaties paved the way for European settlement and economic expansion. The BNA Act relegated Indigenous nations as perpetual “wards of the state”. They were then relocated onto “Indian Reserves”. Jurisdiction of natural resources were delegated to the provincial governments. Indigenous territories were demarcated into municipal, provincial, national and international boundaries. A federal parliament and provincial legislatures were instituted to reinforce colonial laws enforcing every aspect of how the people will live in their communities. The colonial Indian Act governs the affairs of the reserves and dictates how the Chief and band council will be elected and how they will govern. There was the “ Child Scoop” era, and the infamous Residential School period. Roads, railways, and other infrastructure were constructed towards the interior of Canada displacing Indigenous populations along

the way. Billions of dollars of natural resources have been exported to international destinations. History and retrospect verifies the disintegration of Indigenous societies as borne by current statistics of poverty, disease, homelessness. The settlers have thrived with the bountiful homelands of the Indigenous nations. The Government of Canada has apologized for the residential schools. But, the residential schools policy is only one instrument of colonialism and oppression. Perhaps, the Prime Minister can now apologize for the impacts colonization has had on the Indigenous Peoples along with the appropriate means of recompense for all the loss we have suffered under colonial rule. We need our freedom and resources so we can rebuild our communities for a better future. Dean Cromarty, Wunnumin Lake First Nation (Backgound: 2008 Lakehead University graduate with a degree in Political Science and Indigenous Learning, former Chief of Wunnumin Lake, and executive director of Shibogama, chairman of Wasaya Group Inc.)

Missing 40-year-old woman found safely in Thunder Bay Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Eileen Lewis has been found safe and sound. The 40-year-old Native woman had been missing since she left The Office Bar in Thunder Bay with two other women Oct. 10 at 2 a.m.

Thunder Bay Police announced the request for public assistance in locating Lewis on the morning of Oct. 14; by mid-afternoon police announced she had been located. No information about her whereabouts was released by police.

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John C. Yesno Education Centre, in Eabametoong First Nation, took part in the Terry Fox National School Run Day Sept. 25. This special event allows millions of students from across Canada to join together in an inspirational nationwide day of fundraising for cancer research. At the school, a challenge was issued to the staff and students to raise more money than they did last year. As an added incentive, a promise was made to students three teachers and one community NAPS officer would shave their heads in front of the entire school at our Terry Fox Run assembly. Thanks to an offer by Eabametoong First Nations Education Authority to match the funds raised, $1,366 was donated to the Terry Fox Foundation. The students were thrilled to be part of a great fundraiser.

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Tomson Highway performs at Kisaageetin: A Cabaret Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Tomson Highway tickled the ivories Oct. 23 and 24 at Kisaageetin: A Cabaret. “Tomson is a very renowned and talented musician as well as a playwright,” said Dr. Ethel Gardner, chair of Lakehead University’s Department of Aboriginal Education, as she introduced Highway Oct. 19 to three classes of Aboriginal education students at the Bora Laskin amphitheatre. “I had the great privilege of growing up in two Aboriginal languages – Cree and Dene,” Highway said to begin his talk with the first two classes of about 50 students. “My father was a fur trapper and a caribou hunter. The place where I come from is further north than Churchill.” Even though Highway spoke about traveling to most parts of the world during his talk, including Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he will be buying his third home, – “I live all over the world, really” – he still remembers the beauty of the northern lands where he came from. “It is very inaccessible,” Highway said. “There you will see the most beautiful land you have ever seen in your life.” Highway said his parents brought him and his siblings up as royalty. “I grew up in this garden,” Highway said. “My father had 50 lakes to ourselves. There are hundreds of lakes up there. My father was king of this enormous estate. We were raised like princes.” Highway said this upbringing enabled him to succeed in the three different creative fields he has followed: playwriting, music and writing. Highway’s play The Rez Sisters was performed at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay in

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Tomson Highway accepts a Christian Chapman original at the conclusion of the Oct. 24 Kisaageetin: A Cabaret performance at Lakehead University. 2008. “Cree is a funny language,” Highway said. “When you speak Cree you laugh. In English, you think all the time. French, Italian, Spanish, they are very emotional languages.” Highway said he is currently studying Spanish; he already speaks French fluently. “If I was speaking Cree for the next half hour, you would be laughing hysterically,” Highway said. “All languages come from their separate mythologies.”

Highway said the Aboriginal mythologies were censored and destroyed by the missionaries. “Aboriginal mythologies have been burnt to the ground,” Highway said. “We are now trying to build that from the ground up.” Highway said his first children’s book was an accident that happened at a book fair, where he was reading a chapter of his novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen, to children and was overheard by a children’s book publisher who

offered him a contract to write a children’s book. “They (Caribou Song, Dragonfly Kites and Fox on the Ice) will be available on the market in the spring.” Highway said he and his siblings made their own toys out of sticks and created dialogue for them when they were young, and adopted animals as pets. “We had the most extraordinary toys,” Highway said. “We had a pet arctic tern. One summer my sister had a pet eagle.”

Highway said he plans to do a Samba with Cree lyrics during Kisaageetin: A Cabaret. “Portuguese and Cree, they sound so similar,” he said. Highway played the piano accompanied by Patricia Cano on vocals and Dino Pepe on saxophone at Confederation College Oct. 23 and Lakehead University Oct. 24. Proceeds went towards Lakehead University’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives and Aboriginal literacy through Lit-

eracy Northwest. Highway is currently working on The Written Tradition – Literature, Literacy and Aboriginal Identity, a literacy initiative undertaken and sponsored by Negahneewin College, which he described as “fascinating.” Highway said there have been about 500 books written by Aboriginal writers in Canada. “Native people are exposing themselves in a way they have never before,” Highway said.

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Shibogama communities take control of education Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Four Shibogama communities are seeing positive results after taking control of their offreserve secondary education services Sept. 1. “We are starting to see positives already,” said Matthew Angees, Shibogama’s transition co-ordinator/education advisor. “The communications have improved.” Angees said the decisionmaking process and the students’ choice of schools have also improved since the changeover from Northern Nishnawbe Education Council. “Parents and students can choose where he or she wants to go to school,” Angees said. “I know the priority is always the safety issue.” Angees said the five Shibogama communities have 65 secondary school students this year compared to 44 last year; 30 of the students are currently attending Pelican Falls First Nation High School, 10 are attending Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay and the remaining 25 are attending provincial secondary schools. “The majority of students go to Sioux Lookout, to Pelican Falls (First Nation High School) and Queen Elizabeth (District High School). The rest are in Thunder Bay.” Wunnumin Lake, Kingfisher Lake, Wapekeka and Kasabonika Lake are the four Shibogama communities which decided to assume control of their own secondary education services, while Wawakapewin decided to

stay with NNEC. “We could not guarantee we could provide them with the same transportation services for their students,” Angees said. “It would be very costly to bring a student out of Wawakapewin.” Angees said the new secondary education services are available only to students who have no other option within their own community: Kasabonika already provides secondary school for students up to Grade 12 while Wunnumin Lake provides Grade 9 and 10 in its community. “Indian and Northern Affairs Canada will only fund a program you cannot offer in the community,” Angees said. “In Wunnumin, Grade 10 students cannot come out unless there are extenuating circumstances, (such as) a lack of space.” Angees said the four Shibogama communities decided to assume control of their own secondary school services due to poor graduation rates. “When we looked at our graduation numbers, it was very pitiful,” Angees said, explaining Shibogama conducted a study of secondary school results from the previous five years over the past year. “The graduation rates were two per year.” “The chiefs want more high school graduates, so it is now our task to find ways to better support and better educate our students when they go out.” Angees said the new secondary education services provide students with a better opportunity to take academic courses to be better prepared for post-secondary education. “We’re providing them with

more options,” Angees said. “We’re giving our students an opportunity to go to provincial schools with more support to help them.” Angees stressed the improved communications between students and communities will result in better support and tutoring for students when needed. “We can track how he or she is doing,” Angees said. Angees said one of the major challenges to date is funding. “The formulas are capped for the past 20 years,” Angees said. “The other challenge we have is the lack of resources in terms of setting up, getting vehicles and office space.” Shibogama hired K-Net to develop an online data base to collect data on the actual expenses for students attending off-reserve secondary schools as well as the students’ academic progress. “We want to track how much it costs to educate a student,” Angees said. “We want to be able to use that information that there is a lack of funding. There is a need to get increased funding.” Angees said the mandate for new secondary education services came from a chiefs resolution which was passed in 2007. “We had to get the endorsement of the NNEC chiefs and INAC,” Angees said, stressing that while four of the Shibogama communities are now operating their own secondary school services, they are still on board with the other NNEC programs. “We are still part of the corporation.”

With proper diet, exercise healthy results will follow Rachel Garrick Interim CEO Decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore. That was the launch of a Wawatay Weight Loss competition last year that included my own personal progress as the front person for the competition. I had lost 39 pounds during the competition. Currently, I have maintained most of my weight loss. Although I fluctuate between 195 - 205 pounds, I haven’t gained back all of my weight. I still hope to achieve my goal weight of 180 pounds. I am still working on getting there. One of my biggest goals for this competition was to inspire at least one person to make a positive change in their life. I am glad to report that I accomplished this. I am so happy that this person and others were so inspired by me. I wanted to prove that we, as indigenous people, are strong and can achieve anything we set our minds to. We are still warriors. We come from a long line of survivors, and we did it together. I sometimes feel that we have lost that “togetherness” that made us strong as an Indigenous nation. Unfortunately, we’ve become an “I” society mostly because of colonialism, instead of the “we” society we mostly once were. If we thought

more of others again, our world would be a much better place. I was asked to write this column as it is Diabetes Awareness Month and I am diabetic. There are many people out there like me, Aboriginal and diabetic. Poor eating habits and lack of physical activity were the factors in the onset of diabetes for me. Since I have lost weight and adopted a healthier and active lifestyle, I feel so much healthier. I don’t feel sluggish, lazy or tired throughout the day. I am not always feeling stressed and awful. I am not getting sick all of the time. No fear of carnival rides anymore. I am also proud to share that I was able to go on a bumper car ride, this summer, and have fun with my son. We laughed so hard, it was such a terrific experience and feeling. When I was overweight, I could not even imagine going on a ride with my children for fear of embarrassment by being too big to fit into the seatbelt or on the ride. I am glad that I lost weight because I wouldn’t have been able to have fun with my son while he is still young. As a result of a healthier lifestyle, I am able to handle stress better, have an abundance of energy and am much more productive at work. I am continuing with eating whole grain foods, lots of fruits and vegetables, and lean

proteins. I still drink 2 cups of coffee per day, usually without the sweetner and cream, lots of water and green tea. I will indulge in a diet pop once in awhile. Currently, the biggest challenge for me now is to ensure that I stay away from sweets and stay active. I have the biggest sweet tooth. I am constantly craving chocolate, cakes, breads, pies and cookies. I have actually created some healthier recipes for cakes, breads and cookies that assist me with satisfying my cravings, yet are low in fat and sugar. The lack of activity on some days does affect, not only my weight, but also it really impacts me physiologically and psychologically. I will be working on getting more active again by planning and adhering to a daily activity log and wearing a pedometer. My eating and activity plans are still available on the www. wawataynews.ca website under Rachel Garrick blogs. I will be going back and using my eating and activity plans again. If you would like to make a positive change in your life and feel that you can’t, start by making at least one positive change and then keep adding. I had that very same attitude, now look at where I am. You can do it, but it is only up to YOU. I thank you for taking the time to read my column and hope that it inspires someone to make a positive change. Meegwetch!

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Thunder Bay Police Service Const. Barry Ritch (left) was recently appointed to join Const. Larry Baxter (centre) on the force’s Aboriginal Liaison Unit. Matawa First Nations Patrick Cheechoo (right) designed the new Thunder Bay Police Service Aboriginal Liaison Unit logo.

Thunder Bay Police announce second Aboriginal liaison officer Rick Garrick Wawatay News

The Thunder Bay Police announced a second Aboriginal liaison officer during the Oct. 16 celebration of the Aboriginal Liaison Unit’s 12th anniversary. “We will have two full-time officers dedicated to the Aboriginal Liaison Unit,” said Thunder Bay Police Services Chief of Police Bob Herman during the Aboriginal Liaison Unit Appreciation Event at the Matawa First Nations office building in Thunder Bay. Const. Barry Ritch, who has been a police officer for the past 14 years and is originally from Nakina, said he is looking forward to his new position with the Aboriginal Liaison Unit. “I’m really looking forward

to my new position,” Ritch said. “I’ve been working the front lines as a police officer. I’m looking to bring my experience (and) maybe introduce some of my own ideas at the Aboriginal Liaison Unit.”

“I’ve always dreamed of being a police officer since I was 14 years old.” – Barry Ritch

Ritch worked with Nishnawbe Aski Police Services for four years in Eabametoong, Rocky Bay and Aroland before joining the Thunder Bay Police in 2000.

“I’ve always dreamed of being a police officer since I was 14 years old,” Ritch said. The three former Aboriginal liaison officers, Const. Sharlene Bourdeau, Const. Bob Woods and Const. Linda Ewing, were honoured during the celebration, as was the current Aboriginal liaison officer, Const. Larry Baxter. A new Aboriginal Liaison Unit logo, designed by Matawa’s Patrick Cheechoo, was also unveiled during the celebration. “Our relationship has really grown,” said Anne Lesage, chair of the Aboriginal Liaison Unit Advisory Committee. “We had a rocky road, but the slow steady work of the committee … has certainly shown results. We will continue to see the product of this work in the coming years.”

Gestational Diabetes Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy, while the baby is growing and developing. The extra demands of the pregnancy on the body make it hard to control blood sugar levels. Who is likely to develop gestational diabetes? Women who... are overweight or obese before getting pregnant have gained too much weight during pregnancy have other family members with diabetes or gestational diabetes have had gestational diabetes before, in an earlier pregnancy have had a baby before that weighed more than 9 lbs (4kg) at birth are 35 years of age or older First Nations women are more likely to develop gestational diabetes than the general population What effects can gestational diabetes have? The mother may be extra tired during pregnancy, because she is not able to use her food properly for energy The mother has a higher risk of developing high blood pressure during pregnancy The baby may be heavy, weighing more than 9 lbs (4kg). This may make the delivery more difficult for both mother and baby For example: • The baby may have damage to his shoulders during birth • There may be a higher chance of having a caesarean section birth • There is a higher risk of stillbirth At birth, the baby will have high levels of insulin in his blood. Once the baby’s supply of glucose from his/her mother is cut off, he/she could have low blood sugar. This could be harmful. How is gestational diabetes managed? It is important for women with gestational diabetes to keep their blood sugar in the target range. This can be managed by: regular visits with the doctor, nurse, midwife or dietician proper nutrition by following a healthy eating pattern active living, exercising aim for a healthy weight gain taking insulin to lower blood sugar level For more information about gestational diabetes and prenatal health, visit www.slfnha.com/prenatal.htm or call the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority Prenatal Program at 1-800-842-0681 or (807) 737-1802 ext 6113 or 6115


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Rasevych, president of Rocky Shore Development Corporation. “The jobs will be there, the mill will be there for the next 30 years.” Rocky Shore Development Corporation is also involved in an exploration project with Premier Gold Mines Limited, a gold/mineral search on its traditional territory and the Ginoogaming wind turbine project. Madil and Elaine Rae of Deer Lake were awarded the Partnership of the Year award for their gas station business, Dustrollane Gas Bar. The Rae’s business is a family-run business which encourages their children to learn how to operate a successful business by assisting in its day-to-day operations. Kevin Belmore of Gull Bay was awarded the NeeChee Achievement award for his artwork, including his recently completed City of Thunder Bay Aboriginal Liaison logo. Belmore has developed his style of art since participating in a workshop with the

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Kwandibens earns entrepreneur award Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Photographer Nadya Kwandibens’ journey into the business world was rewarded with NADF’s Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award. “I was actually a bit surprised,” said the owner of Red Works Studio and band member of Northwest Angle #37. “To receive an award like this in just one year is very rewarding and humbling. If you work hard and believe in what you are doing, people will see it.” Kwandibens said her main focus is to uplift and empower Indigenous people all around the country. “To get images of where we are today,” Kwandibens said. “To get (these images) out there as much as possible.” Kwandibens established Red Works Studio in Toronto in Oct. 2008 after she began focusing on portraiture work in 2006. She had been exploring photography since 2000 while working in radio and video production. “For me, it’s all about the people,” Kwandibens said. “What we are doing now on this land. I’m very focused on the present and the future.” Kwandibens said her business has had its ups and downs since she opened her doors last fall. “You just have to stay focused and know the framework that keeps your business running,” Kwandibens said, explaining that she finds many of her customers through word of mouth. “People know the work I do.”

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Northwest Angle #37’s Nadya Kwandibens accepted the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award Oct. 21 at the 19th Annual Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Business Awards. Kwandibens has been an artist in residence at the Native American Indigenous Cinema and Arts and has exhibited her work in several group and solo shows throughout Canada and the United States. “I’ve been asked to speak at Columbia University about Red Works Studio,” Kwandibens said. “I do a lot of Intro to Photography for Native youth. I have a request from a community way up north. I also do a lot

of presentations.” Kwandibens said her photography work includes a lot of portrait sessions, photography for events, product and architectural photography and documentary photography. Her immediate goals are a photography series called Concrete Indians, an Elders series involving interviews and photographs of Elders across Canada, and the development of a photography and poetry book.

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Darcy Kejick’s plans to build a motel in his community contributed to his fourth business award, NADF’s Businessman of the Year. “I thought it would be a good idea to start up a motel,” said the North Spirit Lake businessman who owns North Spirit Foods and Darcy and Susan’s Gas with his partner Susan Rae. “We hope it will address the need for a place to stay in North Spirit Lake as we only have one scheduled flight into North Spirit Lake every day.” Kejick, who has already won Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s Youth Entrepreneur of the Year and Partnership of the Year awards in 2005 and the 2006 Project Beyshick business plan competition, said the twounit motel should be completed by the end of November. “We will offer guided fishing trips in the evening,” Kejick said, explaining the motel will feature bathrooms in each unit, a shared kitchen and laundry facility, and wireless Internet. Kejick said his successes have helped him increase his selfconfidence over the years, from when he was a Grade 10 dropout to being a role model for youth in the community. “Being a role model for youth, I’m showing them that there is a possibility of their dreams becoming a reality,” Kejick said. “I’m showing them the way.” Kejick and Rae first started up Darcy and Susan’s Gas in 2001 as a family business, and expanded into the grocery business with North Spirit Foods in 2007 after Kejick won the 2006 Project Beyshick business plan competition award of $15,000

A team of representatives from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) traveled to Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Red Lake and Kenora area high schools as part of the Northern Exposure program. The goal of the program is to give students the chance to experience film in a way that is not available to them. The Northern Exposure workshops were held in two separate visits. The first visit was a screening of a film that appeared in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and the students had a chance to meet the filmmaker and ask questions. The second visit was a workshop on filmmaking, where the students got to write their own script, act, shoot and edit their own short film. A team of filmmakers from Northern Exposure visited Queen Elizabeth High School in Sioux Lookout Oct. 21 to host an all-day film-making workshop. Kim Hodgson, Media Arts and Communications teacher at Queen Elizabeth High School Rick Garrick/Wawatay News

North Spirit Lake’s Darcy Kejick took home his fourth business award from the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s 19th Annual Business Awards. Kejick and partner Susan Rae are looking forward to the completion of their latest endeavour, a two-unit motel. and received a business loan through NADF. “We’re doing everything right,” Kejick said. “We are keeping our financial records up to date, we are putting in the work to keep the businesses in shape – we put in a lot of commitment and time.”

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Kejick said he tries to help other community members by encouraging financial responsibility in regards to bill payments; he also tries to keep costs to a minimum. When Kejick first started out in business with Darcy and Susan’s Gas, he never thought

he would go so far in business. “I’ve had pitfalls, but I had to pick myself up and try to find a way to get around the obstacles,” Kejick said. Kejick encourages youth to find the support they need to succeed.

in Sioux Lookout said: “This is the second year that Northern Exposure has come to do a filmmaking workshop here…a couple (students) from last year have gone on to do filmmaking in school.” Emily Scheer, manager of special projects with TIFF said: “Our biggest goal is to provide them (students) with the exposure and experience to demystify film and movies. The youth consume a lot of media but there’s not always a lot of understanding of how it’s put together and how it’s produced. We hope we can help illuminate that a little bit and present them with the possibility of pursuing film as a career…to show them it’s not a career possibility that is out of their reach.” “It’s an opportunity for the kids to do something that normally wouldn’t have a chance to do and also for the kids who have an interest in it (filmmaking) and also for the kids who want to try something that they haven’t tried before,” Hodgson added. Fifteen students participated in the TIFF workshops at Queen Elizabeth.

Missing Mishkeegogamang man found safely Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Robert Jimmy Bottle has been located in his home community of Mishkeegogamang. The 42-year-old man had

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returned to the community on his own after being listed as missing Oct. 19 by NishnawbeAski Police Service. Police thank the members of the public who called in with information.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Wawatay Native Communications Society Board of Directors cordially invite all members to attend the WNCS Annual General Meeting

Friday, December 11, 2009, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM EDT Locations: Timmins - McIntyre Centre

Sioux Lookout - The Den at Pelican Falls First Nations High School Please be advised that the membership fee of $500 MUST be paid in advance in order to vote during the meeting (Membership packages were mailed to all Northern Ontario First Nation communities in August 2009 or you can pay using the Registration Form available at www.fngettingconnected.ca). Please contact Rachel Garrick, Interim Chief Executive Officer, at the Sioux Lookout Bureau if you have any questions.

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Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund would like to thank the following sponsors whose generosity helped make our 19th Annual Business Awards Dinner a tremendous success:

Major Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

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Bronze Sponsors Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Carfagnini Law Office Cheadles LLP Fitzpatrick and Partners Halfway Motors Nissan

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McLeod-Wood Associates Scotiabank, Balmoral Business Banking Centre TD Private Investment Council TD Commercial Banking The Shop Industrial

Thanks for helping us to honor the successful achievements of Aboriginal business this year. We look forward to having you all onboard for our 20th Business Awards next year as we carry on the tradition of being Canada’s longest-running Aboriginal Business Awards. Meegwetch!

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Sioux Lookout - The Den, Pelican Falls First Nations High School Timmins - McIntyre Centre - 220 Boulevard Algonquin East Thunder Bay - KNet Boardroom - 216 South Algoma

“Getting Connected: Strengthening the Connections Between Northern Ontario First Nations and the World” Please complete this Conference registration form and submit it to Wawatay by E-mail: rachelg@wawatay.on.ca, by Fax: 807-737-3224, by Mail: Box 1180, Sioux Lookout, ON, P8T 1B7 or visit www.fngettingconnected.ca to register online.

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GENERAL INFORMATION Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________ Title: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Organization/Community: _________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ________________________________________________________________________________ City: _____________________________ Prov: ________________ Postal Code: ___________________________ Telephone: ( ) ____________________________ Fax: ( ) ___________________________________________ E-mail: ________________________________ Web Site Address: _____________________________________

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WAWATAY NATIVE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING I WILL BE ATTENDING WAWATAY’S AGM Friday, December 11, 2009 WAWATAY NATIVE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP My community wishes to pay the annual Wawatay Membership Fee $500.00 in order to participate in the Wawatay Annual General Membership Meeting on Friday, December 11, 2009. WAWATAY MEMBERSHIP FEES PAYMENT OPTIONS PAYMENT OPTIONS (Check one):

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Signature: ______________________________________________ Printed Name: _______________________________________________ Make your cheque payable to Wawatay and mail it to: Wawatay Box 1180, Sioux Lookout, ON, P8T 1B7 Credit card payments only may be sent via fax. TERMS: Cancellation and Refund Policy Wawatay membership fees are not refundable. Spaces are limited. Please register by November 20, 2009

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WAWATAY NATIVE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY invites all Northern Ontario First Nation Communities to the “First Nations Getting Connected” Communications Conference - December 9-11, 2009 This unique First Nations Communications Conference will be the first of its kind to address First Nations communication modes, issues, infrastructure, best practices, trends and opportunities in northern Ontario. Conference objectives include but not limited to the following: • Identification of the state of northern Ontario Aboriginal languages; • Development of a strategy to preserve, maintain and enhance Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree languages; • Increased knowledge of existing and upcoming communications infrastructure in northern Ontario that will impact First Nations; • Identification of ways communications tools can be used effectively; • How to manage communications in a crisis; • Awareness of careers in media programs and communications; • Awareness of modes of communications including how to set up a community radio station and radio broadcasting online; and • Development of an understanding of what public relations is.

REGISTRATION FOR CONFERENCE IS FREE! For sponsorship opportunities go to www.fngettingconnected.ca and download a sponsorship kit. The kit includes: Draft Agenda, Sponsorship Benefits & Registration Form.

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WNCS Annual General Meeting. We are currently looking for more board members. For more information please visit www.wawataynews.ca. Wasaya is an official sponsor of the “First Nations Getting Connected” Communications Conference. If you are travelling to the conference, for convention rates please contact your Wasaya agent and let them know you are part of the conference.

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A New Beginning

OSHKI-PIMACHE-O-WIN EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE A Oshki-Pimache-O-Win we recognize that our students are employed full time or reside in their communities. Our special methods allow students to remain employed and reside in their community for the duration of their program. The following programs are delivered through a combination of on-campus sessions, classrooms, online learning, audio conferencing and independent/ distance education: Partnership agreements with colleges and universities provide accreditation of the post-secondary education programs we deliver at Oshki-Pimache-OWin Education & Training Institute which means the certificates and diplomas granted to OSHKI graduates are recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. • First Nation Business Administration (Cambrian College) - begins January 2010 • Aboriginal Financial & Economic Planning Diploma (Confederation College) • Indigenous Wellness & Addictions Prevention Diploma (Confederation College) • Pre-Health Sciences & Bridging Program (Confederation College) • Native Early Childhood Education (Cambrian College) - begins May 2010 • Social Services Worker-Native Specialization (Sault College) To learn more about our programs and/or apply contact our Student Recruitment Officer, Lorrie Deschamps, toll free at 1-866-636-7454 or by email at ldeschamps@oshki.ca CONTACT INFORMATION: Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education Toll Free: 1-866-636-7454 and Training Institute, Phone: (807) 626-1880 106 Centennial Square, 3rd Floor Fax: (807) 622-1818 Thunder Bay, ON Email: info@oshki.ca P7E 1H3 www.oshki.ca


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Christian Chapman, an artist from Fort William First Nation, had a showing of his work open at the A Frame Gallery in Sioux Lookout Oct. 17. The work is a series of large paintings based around stories Chapman heard while growing up. It will be on display at the A Frame Gallery for the month of October.

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Christian Chapman, an artist from Fort William First Nation, had a showing of his work at the A Frame Gallery in Sioux Lookout Oct. 17. The work presented at A Frame is a series of large paintings based around stories Chapman heard while growing up. The project was completed last year and was funded by the Ontario Arts Council. The series is called The Lion and the Pigs of Loch Lomond.

“There’s a lake on Mount McKay on Fort William First Nation and there’s stories about a lion and pigs that would sometimes come out of the water. My grandmother would tell the story about the lion that would come out of the water and the way she told it made the image always stick with me,� Chapman said. The opening night featured live music and Chapman explained the stories behind the dozens of paintings on display for the crowd that gathered at A Frame.

“When I hear a story I just get images in my head and somehow try to capture those images.� Chapman uses mixed media in his work including photographs that are screen printed onto the canvas. “I use everything. I use acrylics, oil, the screen prints, paint sticks, I use everything I can,� Chapman said about the materials used for his paintings. Chapman’s work will be on display at the A Frame Gallery in Sioux Lookout for the month of October.

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WEENEEBAYKO AREA HEALTH AUTHORITY (WAHA) BOARD LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, STRATEGIC PLANNING AND TRADITIONAL GOVERNANCE Request for Proposals

October 26, 2009

PURPOSE

KEY DELIVERABLES

The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) Board is requesting proposals for a hospital leadership and development training plan and training, indigenous governance and health system, model identiďŹ cation and the formulation of a three to ďŹ ve year strategic plan.

The successful proponent is responsible for the following key deliverables: • Prepare a Training Needs Assessment. • Prepare a comprehensive Training Plan. • Conduct Board Training to meet the immediate leadership development, skill development and knowledge transfer needs of the Board. • Conduct a Board Strategic Planning session. • Prepare a comprehensive Three to Five year Strategic Plan including vision, mission, strategic directions, goals, objectives and work plans. Budget Proposals must reect the projects total budget, including applicable taxes, travel, professional fees and/or wages, materials and so forth. Time Frame WAHA expects the Contract period to begin on November 30 2009 with a completion date of March 31 2010.

In a bold effort to increase the health status of the predominantly Cree communities of the western James and Hudson Bay Coastal region and reduce jurisdictional barriers to comprehensive health care, First Nations, municipal, provincial, and federal government signatories, in August 2007, ratiďŹ ed the Weeneebayko Area Health Integration Framework Agreement (WAHIFA). Under WAHIFA, the signatories incorporated the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority in October 2008 to oversee the health services integration and govern the new emerging regional health system to six communities: Peawanuck, Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Moosonee, and MoCreebec. Please see www.wha.on.ca/integration for a copy of the signed integration agreement. A key ďŹ rst step is the merger of the two regional hospitals; the James Bay General Hospital (JBGH) in Moosonee is a provincial hospital and Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory is one of the last remaining federally funded hospitals in Ontario. The goal is to wind down both existing hospitals and for WAHA to assume the assets and liabilities of both organizations onto its own operations. WAHA is part of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and is responsible to the Ontario Public Hospital Act. However, when it is operational, WAHA is a regional health authority and not just a hospital. It is a unique organization in Ontario in both geography and culture. Therefore, in its initial development, the WAHA Board is interested to ensure this uniqueness is paramount and reected in its governance structure and decision-making approaches.

CRITERIA Consultants and consulting ďŹ rms with senior level experience in hospital leadership, health governance, health programs and services delivery, leadership training and First Nation health and cultural expertise should apply. Responses to this RFP will be concise, accurate and presented in a professional manner. It shall include detailed resumes of all team members. It shall include company proďŹ le and summary of relevant project experience and references from past projects and clients. WAHA will give preference to proposals that incorporate innovative approaches to training of the new board, preparation of the Strategic Plan and ensuring indigenous systems, models and methods are fully incorporated. WAHA also encourages the collaborating between diverse consultants and consulting ďŹ rms to ensure the project addresses the complexities of the RFP. Therefore, WAHA welcomes joint submissions.

WAHA is developing an innovative and creative approach to health delivery and proponent’s proposals must reect this.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION The proponent must develop a proposal outlining the approach, work plan, process and cost the various stages/ activities of the project.

Questions about the RFP Present any questions regarding the RFP in writing via email to Lawrence Martin at the address below. He will respond to all questions within 24 hours during the business week.

Client and Consultant Agreement The successful consultant will enter into an agreement for services with WAHA. The CLOSING DATE for this Request for Proposals is November 13, 2009 at 4 pm EST.; WAHA will not accept proposals received after that time or not provided in the proper formats. There are no payments for the preparation and submission of proposals or attendance at an interview if required. Please send three hard copies and one electronic version (Microsoft Word (MS) or Portable Document Format (PDF)) of the consultant’s proposal to: Lawrence Martin Director Community Relations and Communications Weeneebayko Area Health Authority Weeneebayko Health Ahtuskaywin Box 34 Moose Factory, ON P0L1W0 Email: lawrence.martin@wha.on.ca Phone: 705 658 4544 ext 2222 Cell: 705 365 0721 The Selection Committee will not necessarily accept the lowest rate or any proposal. The decision of the Selection Committee is ďŹ nal.

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Protect yourself from

the H1N1 flu virus Protect yourself, your family and your community This flu season we face the added risk of the H1N1 flu virus (swine flu). For most people, the symptoms will be mild — but for others, it could be serious. By taking steps to prevent infection you can help protect yourself, your family and others in your community.

Stopping the H1N1 flu virus — you can make a difference The H1N1 flu virus causes symptoms similar to those of the seasonal flu — fever and coughs, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and lack of appetite. It is important that you know about good infection prevention practices that can help stop the transfer of the H1N1 flu virus. u u u u u u u

Cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if hand washing is not possible, use hand sanitizer. Keep common surfaces like doorknobs and TV remotes clean. If you are sick stay home and try to limit contact with others. Get your H1N1 flu shot. Call your community health care provider right away if: u Your symptoms get worse u You are pregnant and have flu symptoms u You have a chronic illness and have flu symptoms u You are caring for a sick child under 5 years of age.

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le virus de la grippe H1N1 Protégez-vous, votre famille et votre communauté Cette année, la saison de la grippe apporte avec elle un risque supplémentaire — le virus de la grippe H1N1 (la grippe porcine). Dans la plupart des cas, les symptômes sont légers, mais ils peuvent parfois être plus sérieux. Vous, votre famille et votre communauté, pouvez prendre certaines mesures afin de vous protéger de l’infection.

Combattre le virus de la grippe H1N1 — vous pouvez faire la différence Les symptômes du virus de la grippe H1N1 ressemblent à ceux de la grippe saisonnière — fièvre et toux, écoulement nasal, mal de gorge, douleurs musculaires, fatigue et manque d’appétit. Il est important que vous sachiez comment vous protéger contre l’infection afin de combattre la transmission du virus.

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Shoal Lake and Winnipeg sign agreement Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Shoal Lake #40 and the City of Winnipeg are looking at a new spirit of partnership for exploring economic opportunities. “We the Shoal Lake Band #40 First Nation in partnership with the City of Winnipeg will have the opportunity to create and make change, change

worthy for our children and their children’s future,” said Chief Kelvin Redsky. “Our goal will be to create long term and meaningful employment as well as establish sound investment opportunities for our First Nation and our members.” Redsky and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz signed a letter of intent Oct. 2 that would see a new spirit of partnership to explore economic opportunities

under the new proposed management model for Winnipeg’s Water and Waste utility that was endorsed by City Council July 22. “This is just one example of how in implementing a strengthened public utility and new management model we can find potential opportunities to benefit the taxpayer and share expertise with other Manitobans while helping preserve our envi-

“Protecting our water is a top priority, and by working together with our partners at Shoal Lake #40, we will continue to encourage clean economic development.” – Sam Katz

ronment,” Katz said. “Protecting our water is a top priority, and by working together with our partners at Shoal Lake #40, we will continue to encourage clean economic development.” Potential opportunities stemming from the agreement include the construction of a water treatment plant for the community of Shoal Lake #40; the provision of training for Shoal Lake band members

as certified operators for their water treatment plant; and the development of a business model, based on mutual learning, to offer other remote Aboriginal and First Nation communities the opportunity to construct and operate their own water and sewage treatments plants. Winnipeg accesses its drinking water from Shoal Lake via a 135 kilometre-long aqueduct.

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Terrilynn Capay Memorial created by NNEC Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News

Terrilynn Ida Capay was remembered fondly as being compassionate, gentle and genuine. Sadly, Capay made her journey to the spirit world on December 27, 2008. Her family, her friends and co-workers were stunned at their sudden loss. For over two decades, Capay worked in various capacities at the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC). During the NNEC annual general meeting, a memorial service was held Oct. 21 to honour Capay. At the time of her death, she had worked as the executive

assistant. Norma Kejick was a long time friend of Capay. Kejick showed a befitting slide show profiling Capay’s love for her family, friends and community. An open mic was part of the memorial for guests to share fond memories. Outgoing chairman Joshua Frogg; executive director William Dumas; Norma Kejick and other staff and board members of NNEC expressed their thoughtful reflections. William Dumas said, “We will move on today, right here. This is where it is going to begin because we have the strength to come here and stand here for our friend, and to make that commitment to move on

with her strengths and our strengths.� Capay had always wanted children to be the best that they could be. That is what she wanted for post-secondary students as well. Every year, Capay would present an Executive Assistant Award to a student that demonstrated perseverance. Accordingly, the staff of NNEC created a memorial award to be presented annually to a student who best demonstrates perseverance. The Terrilynn Ida Capay Memorial Award was created, and presented for the first time at the memorial.

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NNEC staff gathered to honour the memory of Terrilynn Ida Capay during its annual general meeting Oct. 21. Capay had worked at NNEC for 22 years.

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Leona Scanlon, right, NNEC head post-secondary counsellor, presents Thomas Peter Cromarty, Osgoode Hall graduate, with the inaugural Terrilynn Ida Capay Memorial Scholarship Award.

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Thomas Peter Cromarty is the first recipient of the Terrilynn Ida Capay Memorial Scholarship Award. Cromarty was presented the award during the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) annual general meeting Oct. 21. The requirement to receive this award is a demonstration of perseverance. Staff at NNEC chose Cromarty as being the best that he can be, a quality Capay looked for in the students.

Cromarty, 28, graduated in June with a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. His mother is from Sachigo, and his father was from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. “(My) vision for the future is a repatriation of the Constitution that pays attention to First Nation, Metis, Inuit and urban Aboriginals,� he said. Cromarty works at the law firm Beamish, MacKinnon in Sioux Lookout where he specializes in Aboriginal Law and Constitutional Law. The memorial plaque will be posted at NNEC’s Thunder Bay office.

Jobs training announced On-the-job training and real work experience for northern Ontario’s youth were given an $8.1 million boost by the provincial government. “Our investments are helping employers provide hundreds of interesting and exciting job opportunities for young northerners and are ensuring the future growth and prosperity of our region,� said Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. Gravelle announced the additional investment of nearly $8.1 million for 490 internship and co-op placements at the Lakehead University campus. “Through the NOHFC, our government is working closely

with northern employers to develop job training opportunities that will help young people build careers in the North,� said Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro. Beverly Sabourin, vice-provost of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University, welcomed the additional funding, explaining her department has received some of the internship funding to hire a graduate student as an Aboriginal community information liaison officer. “To help with promoting our programs at Lakehead University,� Sabourin said, “not only the Aboriginal programs, but to reach out to young Aboriginal students to expose them to a wider spectrum (of) programs.� –RG

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Eight new deacons were welcomed into the diocese of Keewatin Oct. 18 at St. Alban’s Anglican Cathedral in Kenora. Among the new deacons are Rev. Deacon Ophelia Kamenawatamin, Rev. Deacon Bill Morris, Rev. Deacon Jacqueline Rundle, Rev. DeaconPenelope Cummine, Rev. Deacon Ernest McPherson, Rev. Deacon Norman Meade, Rev. Deacon Lynn MacDonald and Rev. Deacon Ivan Moose.

We welcome applications for the following position(s):

SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS TO TEACH NATIVE LANGUAGES: OJIBWE/OJIBWAY TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CONTINUING EDUCATION TEACHERS TO TEACH NATIVE LANGUAGES: OJIBWE/OJIBWAY TO ADULTS Complete requirements, application procedures and deadlines are available on our website or from the main reception desk at the Jim McCuaig Education Centre located at 2135 Sills Street, Thunder Bay, during regular business hours.

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Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association to meet Nov. 1-3 Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Consultation issues will be up for discussion during the 17th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association conference, to be held in Toronto Nov. 1-3. “Too many Aboriginal communities are still being left out in the cold when it comes to mineral exploration and development,” said Hans Matthews, president of the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association. “It is time to get meaningful consultations right.” “Meaningful consultation can and should lead to an Aboriginal community having the right to accept or reject a development proposal, based on sound information about the antici-

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“Time and again, token gestures are met with opposition and conflict.” – Hans Matthews

WANTED IMMEDIATELY Console Operator Casual Wawatay Radio Network requires a console operator for live broadcasts during evening and weekend hours and for regular daytime programming as needed. Must ensure commercial advertising, public service announcements and station ID breaks occur during the scheduled times, fill out/sign broadcast reports and logs. DUTIES: • Operate the QuickPix automation computer broadcast system. • Operate the On-Air console and switch between music and live remote broadcast via telephone remote (training will be provided). • Must monitor and ensure proper audio levels and clean sound are on the air waves at all times, and inform remote site of any problems to be corrected. • Must notify supervisor of any technical problems as they occur. • File live broadcast reports and help maintain flow of commercial advertising and public service announcement affidavits for each broadcast. • Provide technical support for live broadcasts as needed (depending on experience). • Must be at the station 30 minutes before live broadcasts. • Ensure all programs are logged (via computer logger). • Operate for producer/broadcasters when on-air. • Follow scripts and formats of producer/broadcasters. • Assist producer/broadcasters as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: The Console Operator should be knowledgeable about radio, audio, music and DJing (D-Jaying) in general and have a strong interest in broadcasting. Understanding of the practices and technologies associated with the Canadian Broadcasting Industry would be considered an asset. The ability to work with little or no supervision within a wide range of environmental conditions, meet deadlines and be punctual. Understanding of the Aboriginal language and culture within Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Treaty 3 area would also be considered an asset. Must be highly self-motivated, trustworthy and willing to learn, and follow guidelines and broadcast standards.

Highschool Teacher to teach at Wabaseemoong School. Please call, 1-807-927-2062 or fax: 1-807-927-2167. Furnished apartments. Applicant should be registered under the Ontario College of Teacher’s certificate. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications.

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Location: Sioux Lookout, ON Closing date: November 09, 2009 - 4:00PM CST To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Attn: George Witham Director Of Technical Services Wawatay Native Communications Society Fax: (705) 360-1601 By email: georgew@wawatay.on.ca For additional information please call (705) 360-4556 Ext. 32

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pated project. “In Canada, this agreement to consent to a project is commonly called an impact and benefit agreement or participation agreement.” Matthews said meaningful consultation means more than just hosting information sessions and handing out reports. “It means recognizing that Aboriginal people have a preexisting stake in the land,” Matthews said, explaining Aboriginal communities are often portrayed in the media as being anti-development when all they really want is to have their interests in their traditional territories recognized and respected. Matthews added that many mining companies and governments offer token gestures to Aboriginal leaders as a means to satisfy the requirement to consult. “Time and again, token gestures are met with opposition and conflict,” Matthews said. The Communities, Commodities, Certainty - Aboriginal Community and Resource Development in a Changing Economy conference will be held at the Delta Chelsea in downtown Toronto with Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse and Métis National Council President Clement Chartier as co-chairs. Northern Development, Mines and Forestry Minister Michael Gravelle and Nunavut’s Mining and Economic Development Minister Peter Taptuna will also participate in a panel discussion about consultation and involvement as well as Aboriginal resource revenue sharing. Kingfisher Lake’s Micah Winter is interested in attending the Nov. 1 panel discussion on Consultation and Accommodation which will involve Nishnawbe

Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy and Mushkeegowuk Council Grand Chief Stan Louttit. “It helps First Nations to understand the business of mining,” Winter said. “It helps industry understand how First Nations business is conducted. There has to be a very clear consultation process with the community before they (mining companies) can go ahead.” Matthews said many Aboriginal communities are looking for more benefits from mining projects in their traditional territories. “It doesn’t mean just working, training or employment,” Matthews said. “How do you get the Elders involved, the youth involved. How do you get the whole community involved.” Matthews said some communities are beginning to take a bigger stake in the mining industry, including owning and control of the project. Bending Lake Iron Group, an Aboriginal-controlled mining company from the Atikokan area, and Mohawk Garnet representatives are scheduled to speak during the conference. Henry Wetelainen, president and chief executive officer of Bending Lake Iron Group, said he will be emphasizing the importance of Aboriginal participation in the mining industry during his presentation, including the creation of Aboriginalled opportunities. “Always hire the best experts you can get, and make sure their hearts are in it,” Wetelainen said.

“You can’t kill the golden goose before it begins to lay the golden egg.” – Henry Wetelainen

Wetelainen stressed the need for Aboriginal communities to know more about the role of junior mining companies and the prospector’s role. “That is not an easy process to understand,” Wetelainen said. “You can’t kill the golden goose before it begins to lay the golden egg.” Wetelainen said not to be afraid of dreaming big. “Don’t be scared to make a mistake,” Wetelainen said. “You learn more by making a mistake.” “You have to get back up and brush yourself off and learn from your mistakes.”

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Residential school film plays Bay Street Film Festival Rick Garrick Wawatay News

A film about a young girl’s final four days at home before going off to residential school aired Oct. 2 at the Bay Street Film Festival. “Shi Shi Etko is a Thompson word – it means she who likes to play in the water,” said director Kate Kroll, who shot the film because she wanted to spread awareness of the residential school issue among the general population. “It’s something I was always interested in. Before the big apology, we didn’t really hear much about it.” When Kroll first saw the children’s book Shi Shi Etko, which was written by Nicola Campbell, she realized she wanted to film the story. “I came across the book by Nicola Campbell and could just visualize it in my head,”

Kroll said, explaining she shot the film entirely in the Halq’eméylem language of the Sto:lo First Nation. “We got language coaches in, the actors were really dedicated.”

“We got language coaches in, the actors were really dedicated.” – Kate Kroll

Kroll said the actor who played the Elder remembers being yelled at for speaking her own language while at residential school; only a few of the Elders now speak their language in the Chilliwack area of B.C., where the film was shot about a year ago. “Only a handful of Elders speak the language anymore,” Kroll said. “I got to know about

the language and the traditions of the people of that area. We wanted to keep the film as traditional as possible.” Kroll said she decided to shoot the film in the Chilliwack area because Campbell had lived there for quite some time. “Nicola spent a lot of time in Chilliwack,” Kroll said. “That place was close to her.” The film, which will also be shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the 10th Annual ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto and the 34th American Indian Film Festival in the San Francisco, was produced in association with Bravo!FACT, the B.C. Arts Council and Kickstart, a program funded by the Director’s Guild of Canada, B.C. District Council and British Columbia Film. “I just found out it got into the American Indian Film Festival,” Kroll said.

“Next week its being shown at ImagineNative.” Starring Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Lee Provost, Inez Jasper and Rita Pete and written by Marilyn Thomas and Kroll, the film received three LEO Award nominations including Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score and Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama. Kroll said the film will also be included in language kits as a teaching aid in elementary schools to increase knowledge about residential schools. The Bay Street Film Festival also featured Michelle Derosier’s 42-minute documentary The Healing Lens and a 93-minute documentary called The Last Days of Shishmaref, which tells the story of about 600 Inupiaq Eskimos who need to leave their home on an island off the west coast of Alaska within 10 years due to the effects of global warming.

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Kate Kroll, director of Shi Shi Etko, screened her film at the Bay Street Film Festival in Thunder Bay.

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Bravery, lifesaving honoured by OPP

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LEFT: Lana Angeconeb, right, and Lac Seul Police Service Aux. Const. Billy Kejick display the Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner’s Commendation and St. John Ambulance Awards they received Oct. 22 during the OPP’s 2009 Award Ceremony Oct. 22 in Thunder Bay. The duo was instrumental in saving Angeconeb’s husband after he broke his leg in a boating accident May 28, 2008 in Archie’s Landing. They splinted his leg while waiting for land and air ambulance to arrive.

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ABOVE: OPP Const. Donald Tellier received an OPP Commissioner’s Commendation for heroically tackling a man who was trying to commit suicide. On Jan. 22, Tellier, who works in Pikangikum, found himself searching for a man who had been reported to have left his residence with a rifle. When Tellier and a supervising officer located the man, he was pointing the firearm at his abdomen. When the man pulled the trigger, a cartridge failed to discharge. Tellier rushed the man before he could reload. The man was taken into custody and subsequently assessed under the Mental Health Act. BELOW: Lac Seul Police Service Constables Keenon Henry, left, and Matthew Kejick, were honoured with Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner’s Commendation and St. John Ambulance Awards for their roles in preventing a suicide in their community Nov. 8, 2008. Responding to a call of an unresponsive woman in a residence, the officers revived her with CPR and monitored her condition until paramedics could arrive.


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NOTIFICATION A Hydro One Project Connecting Ontario’s Green Energy Future

Commencement of the Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the Northwest Transmission Expansion Project R E L I A B I L I T Y

C A P A C I T Y

E C O N O M I C

D E V E L O P M E N T

• Grid Reinforcement – Building the line would lay the groundwork for a future 230 kV connection between Dryden Transformer Station and the new station in the Pickle Lake area, creating a 230 kV ring and strengthening the grid’s capacity in the northwest. • Economic Development – The project has the potential to create direct and indirect construction jobs, green jobs and related economic benefits for northwestern Ontario communities and businesses. ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (EA) PROCESS The Northwest Transmission Expansion Project is being undertaken in accordance with the EA Act. The first step in the process is the preparation of a Terms of Reference ("ToR") to provide the framework for the preparation of the environmental assessment. The ToR will define Hydro One’s work plan for addressing the requirements of the EA Act when completing the environmental assessment. The ToR is subject to approval by the Minister of the Environment. ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD (OEB) APPROVAL The project also requires Leave to Construct approval pursuant to section 92 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998. The OEB, as regulator of Ontario’s electricity industry, will determine whether the construction and operation of the proposed facilities are in the public interest. CONSULTATION Hydro One is committed to developing this important project in full consultation with affected parties. First Nations and Métis communities, members of the public, government ministries and agencies and interested stakeholders are encouraged to actively participate in the environmental assessment process, including the development of the ToR. Consultation opportunities are planned throughout the region to support the EA and OEB processes. Public Information Centres (PICs) will be one of the main tools used for consultation. We encourage you to attend one of the PICs, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and reference corridor, provide input, and discuss any issues or concerns with our project team. Hydro One Networks Inc. ("Hydro One") has initiated a project under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act (the "EA Act") to build an approximately 430kilometre, single-circuit 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line on a new corridor from near the Township of Nipigon to near the Township of Pickle Lake in northwestern Ontario. The project would also include building new stations near Nipigon and Pickle Lake and is estimated to be in-service in late 2013. A reference corridor, as shown above, will be studied by Hydro One to identify potential route alternatives and assess their potential environmental effects. If approved, the Northwest Transmission Expansion Project would improve reliability and increase transmission capacity to meet existing and future electricity demand in northwestern Ontario. This project also supports the Province of Ontario’s vision under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act by providing the infrastructure needed to connect renewable generation to the provincial transmission system in the future. The project would address a number of needs and provide critical benefits to the northwestern electricity system and communities: • Reliability – The existing 115 kV transmission line between Ear Falls and Pickle Lake (E1C) is aging and has a poor performance record. The new line would provide an alternate source of supply resulting in improved reliability. • Capacity – Electricity growth is expected to increase beyond the capacity of E1C, and the new line would provide the opportunity for existing customers to grow and for future customers to be connected to the provincial electricity system. • Renewables – Northwestern Ontario has significant renewable generation potential, including approximately 100 megawatts (MW) at Ontario Power Generation’s proposed Little Jackfish Hydroelectric Development and up to 280 MW of wind potential on the east side of Lake Nipigon. The line would provide the transmission capacity to develop this renewable generation. • Remote Communities – The proposed line offers the opportunity for First Nations and other remote communities to connect to the grid in the future, reducing their dependency on diesel generation.

In addition, Hydro One is undertaking a consultation process with potentially affected First Nations and Métis communities. PICs will be conducted in these communities as requested. PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRES #1 Tuesday, October 27 Community Hall

Pickle Lake

4 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 28 Valhalla Inn – Ballroom 3

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If you wish to be added to the project mailing list or would like further information about the project and future consultation opportunities, contact: Enza Cancilla, Manager, Public Affairs Corporate Communications Hydro One Networks Inc. Tel: 1-877-345-6799 Fax: (416) 345-6984 Email: community.relations@HydroOne.com Website: www.HydroOne.com/Northwest Unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will, pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, become part of the public record files for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.


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Grade 4, 7 and 8 students at Titotay Memorial School in Cat Lake First Nation participated in Thrill the World 2009 Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m CST. Thrill the World is a worldwide event where the participants dress up like zombies and all dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at the same time. It began in 2006 as a fun way to try and set the record for most

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people dancing to the same song at the same time. There were more than 23,000 people dancing in over 32 countries for this year’s Thrill the World day. The worldwide event also raised $85,000 USD for over 80 different charities. “What’s more fun than dressing up as a zombie and pulling off some cool MJ moves?” said Titotay Memorial School Grade 7/8 teacher Heather Leard, who organized the event in Cat Lake. “I decided to have my class

participate in Thrill the World because we have a dance curriculum to cover and I thought it would be fun for the kids,” said Leard. “Turns out, they love it!” Twenty students in Cat Lake participated in Thrill the World day. “I’ve been having a great time learning the dance with them,” Leard said. “Many thanks to the parents who came out and watched…a great time was had by all.”

Mamow Obiki-Ahwahsoowin “Help care for our children, Help care for our future.” ᒪᒪᐤ ᐅᐱᑭᐦᐊᐊᐧᓱᐃᐧᐣ

“ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᓇᑦ ᑲᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᔭᑲᐧ ᑭᑕᐊᐧᔑᔑᒥᓇᓂᐠ, ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᓇᑦ ᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᒪᐠ ᑭᓂᑲᓂᒥᓇᐣ” Tikinagan Child & Family Services has a great need for foster homes. We are looking for dedicated people who are able to provide a home and meet the needs of a child in care. There are a number of different types of Foster Homes, which can be specic to meet a child’s needs.

ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᓂᓇᑕᐁᐧᓂᒪᒥᐣ ᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᓱᑕᒪᑯᔭᐠ ᐅᒪ ᑎᑭᓇᑲᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᓂᓇᓇᑐᓇᐊᐧᒥᐣ ᑲᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᑫᑲᐡᑭᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑲᑭᑎᒪᑭᓭᓂᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐣ. ᒥᔑᓇᐧᔦᐠ ᐃᔑᐸᐸᑲᓂᓭᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᓱᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᓄᑌᓭᐊᐧᐨ.

Specialized Foster Homes: For children that would require more care and attention.

ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᑲᑕᔑᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ: ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐁᔑᔭᓯᑕᐧ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑲᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐱᒥ ᐊᔭᑲᐧᒥ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ.

Regular Foster Homes: Short or Long term placements for children.

ᑲᐃᔑᑕᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᑲᑕᔑᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᐊᐧᓱᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ: ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐁᔑᔭᓯᑕᐧ ᐊᒋᓇ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑭᓇᐧᑲᐡ ᑲᐱᒥ ᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ.

Emergency Foster Homes: For children on an emergency basis.

ᑲᑲᐧᔭᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᐱᔑᐱᑎᑲᓂᑕᐧ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ: ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᐁᔑᔭᓯᑕᐧ ᑲᑫᐧᓇᐃᐧᐃᓯᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐸᐸᔑᓭᐊᐧᐨ.

Tikinagan Child & Family Services is committed to keeping our Children within our Communities, but we need your help in order to make this happen.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᒪ ᑎᑭᓇᑲᐣ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑭᐃᔑᐸᑭᑎᓂᑎᓱᒪᑲᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᐱᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ ᐃᑯ ᒋᑕᔑᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᑭᑕᐊᐧᔑᔑᒥᓇᓂᐠ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᑕᐡ ᑭᐸᑯᓭᓂᒥᑯ ᑫᑭᐣ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔑᔭᐠ ᒋᑭᑲᐡᑭᑐᔭᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ.

Please contact us today if you are interested or need more information regarding how you can be a part of helping a child.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᑭᔑᑲᐠ ᐱᑲᓄᓂᔑᓇᑦ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᒪᒥᑐᓀᑕᒪᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᐃᐧᑭᑫᑕᒪᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑭᑐᑕᒪᐸᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᐨ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᐡ.

VALUES: Respect Trust Honesty Language Elders

ᑲᑭᒋᓀᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ: ᑭᑌᓂᒥᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐯᓂᒧᐣᑕᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᑌᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᔑᑭᔐᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᒋᔭᐦᐊᐠ

Culture Customary Care Accountability Spirituality

“It is a shared responsibility of a community to raise a child”

ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᑲᐠ ᐅᐱᑭᐦᐊᐊᐧᓱᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑯᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᒐᑯᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ

“ᑲᑭᓇ ᑭᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑯᐣ ᑭᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ ᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᓂᒪᔭᐠ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᐡ” Tikinagan Child and Family Services ᑎᑭᓇᑲᐣ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᐡ ᒥᓇ ᑎᐯᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᓇᐣ Residential Services P.O. Box 627 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B1

Telephone: Toll Free: Fax:

(807) 737-3466 1-800-465-3624 (807) 737-1532

:ᒪᒋᑭᑐᐃᐧᐣ :ᐁᑲ ᑲᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᑌᐠ :ᐸᐠᐢ ᐊᑭᑕᓱᐣ

October 29, 2009  

Volume 36 number 22 of Wawatay News

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