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September 29, 2011

Vol. 38 #20

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Fall harvest

Rick Garrick

Wawatay News

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Métis Senator Bob McKay demonstrates how to make a net for fishing during Lakehead University’s annual Fall Harvest held Sept. 17. The event also included talks on herbal medicines, wild rice husking and a feast that included wild rice, traditional teas and bannock.

ᑯᒋᒋᐣᐠ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᐢ ᑭᐅᑕᐱᓇ ᒋᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᑯᓯᐨ ᐸᐡᑲᐧᐣᐠ ᑐᐦᐁᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑕᔑ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᕑᐃᐠ ᑲᕑᐃᐠ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ

Completed by: Javier Espinoza

6 COL x 21 AGATES

July 30, 2009

ᑯᒋᒋᐣᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᐨ ᑕᔾᓴᐣ ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐸᐱᐦᐅ ᒋᒪᒋ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑯᐨ ᑕᔾᑯᕑ ᐅᐟᐢ ᑲᑭᐱ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑯᐸᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑲᑭᐅᑕᐱᓇᑲᓄᐨ ᐦᐊᐣᐠ ᐦᐁᓂ ᒍᓂᔪᕑ ᐸᐡᑲᐧᐣᐠ ᑐᐦᐁᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑐᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ. “ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐣᑭᑭᒋ ᒥᓀᐣᑕᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᒋᐅᐣᒋ ᑌᐯᐧᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᑭᐅᑕᐱᓂᑯᔭᐣ,” ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᐃᑭᑐ. “ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐁᐅᐣᒋ ᑕᐃᐧᓭᐠ ᒋᑯᒋᑐᔭᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᒥᓀᐧᐣᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᑐᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐅᐣᒋ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᐸᐣᑕᐦᐊᑲᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋᒧᑯᒪᐣᐊᐦᑭᐠ ᑲᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ.” ᐊᐃᓇᓀᐤ ᐊᐱᒋᑭᑫᐣᑕᓱ ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓂ ᐃᐧᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᐁᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᐅᑕᐱᓇᑲᓄᐨ ᒋᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᑭᒋᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐃᔑᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᔕᐊᐧᓄᐠ ᑫᕑᐅᓫᐊᔾᓇ ᔕᐊᐧᓄᐠ ᑭᒋᒧᑯᒪᐣᐊᐦᑭᐠ. ᑭᐱᐃᐧᐣ ᑕ ᒪᐊᐧ ᑲ ᓄ ᑲ ᔭᓂ ᐳ ᓇ ᑭ ᓱ ᓂ ᐨ ᐅᐸᐅ ᐃᐧᐱ ᓯᒧᐣ ᐁ ᑭ ᐅ ᑕᐱ ᓇ ᑲ ᓄ ᐨ 2012/2 0 1 3 ᐃᐡᑯ ᓄ ᐃ ᐧ ᐊ ᐦ ᑭ ᐃ ᐧ ᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑭ ᒧᐡ ᑭ ᓀ ᐱ ᐦᐃᑫ ᐸ ᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᓴᑭᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᒧᐣ. “ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᓇᑲᒋᑐᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑐᑕᒪᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᔦ ᐸᔭᑕᑫᐣᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ,” ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᐃᑭᑐ, ᐅᑭᐊᔭᑭᓀᐃᐧᐣᑕᐣ ᐊᐣᑎ ᐁᔑᓇᐦᐃᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑐᑲᐣ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑕᓱᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ.

“ᒪᔭᑦ ᐣᑎᓇᓇᐦᐁ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᑲᐧ ᒧᔕᐠ ᒋᐊᐧᓇᓇᐦᐁᔭᐣ.” ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᐊᔕ ᓂᓱᔭᑭ ᐅᑐᐣᒋᐱᒥᑐᑕᐣ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑐᐦᐁᐃᐧ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂ. “ᐃᒪ ᐱᑯ ᓇᐣᑕ 50 ᑕᓱᒥᓯᐟ ᐃᓂᑯᐠ ᑲᑐᑕᐣᐠ, ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᓇᑲᒋᑐᐨ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᐅᑕᑕᒪᐣ, ᑲᓫᐱᐣ ᒪᐧᕑᓱ. “ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᓂᑯ ᓄᑯᑦ ᐅᐱᒥᓄᒋᑐᐣ ᑐᐦᐊᐣ ᑲᑲᑫᐧ ᑭᓂᑲᐧᓀᐧᐸᐊᐧᑲᓄᐨ ᑫᐃᔑᑭᐁᐧᑯᒋᐣᐠ ᑲᐃᔑ ᑲᑫᐧᐱᐣᒋᐁᐧᐸᐦᐅᐣᐨ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑲᐸᔑᑕᑯᒋᓂᐨ” ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᐊᑯ ᓂᑕ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᐊᐧᑫ ᑲᑲᑫᐧᒋᐸᑭᑌᐦᐃᑫᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐁᐅᐣᑎᓇᐠ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒪᒪᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᐟ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᔑᒪᓯᓇᑌᓭᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ. ᑲᓫᐱᐣ ᑲᔦ ᐅᑭᐅᔑᑐᓇᐸᐣ ᐊᑲᐧᒋᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ ᑫᑕᔑᑲᑫᐧᒋᓂᐨ ᐅᑯᓯᓴᐣ. “ᐊᒥ ᐁᑐᑕᐠ ᐁᓇᒋᐱᑐᐨ ᑲᐃᔑ ᐊᐧᐃᐣᑕᒪᑫᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᑫᐊᐃᐣᑐᑕᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑭᑐᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᒧᒋᐸᐸᒧᐃᐧᒋᑲᑌᐠ,” ᑲᓫᐱᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ. “ᑲᐯᐦᐃ ᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᑲᑫᐧᒋ ᑲᒪᒪᒋᔭᑫᐧᐸᐊᐧᐨ ᑐᐦᐊᓀᓴᐣ. ᑲᐯᐦᐃ ᑲᔦ ᐅᐸᐸᒥᑕᑯᓇᐣ ᐅᒥᑎᑯᑦ.” ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᐊᔕ ᒥᑕᓱᔭᑭ ᐅᐣᒋᒣᑕᐁᐧ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑐᑲᓂ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂ ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᓂᓱᔭᑭᐃᐧᓀᐨ. “ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᐅᐡᑭᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᒣᑕᐊᐧᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᒪ ᑯᒋᒋᐣᐠ, ᐣᑭᐱᐃᐧᒋᐃᐧᑯᐸᐣ,” ᑲᓫᐱᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ. “ᐃᒪ ᐱᑯ ᓇᐣᑕ 8 ᐊᑯᓇᐠ 10 ᐅᑕᑯ ᑲᐡᑭᑐᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐡᑲᑦ 82 ᐊᑯᓇᐠ

84 ᐃᑲᐧᓇᐦᐁ ᑲᒪᒪᒋᔭᑫᐧᐸᐦᐃᑫ, ᐊᓂᓂᑯ ᑲᐃᓇᒪᐣᒋᐦᐅᐨ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᑲᑭᔑᑲᓂᐠ.” ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᒣᑕᐁᐧ ᓂᐊᐧ ᓇᐣᑕ ᓂᔭᓇᐧ ᐯᔑᑲᐧ ᐯᔑᑯᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐦᐁᕑᐊᐣ ᓇᓯᐱᐣᐠ ᑐᐦᐁᐃᐧ ᒪᐡᑯᔑᑲᐣᐠ, ᓇᐣᑕ ᐱᑯ ᓂᔭᓄᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᓀᐢ ᐊᐱᓯᓇᑲᐧᓂ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᐯᔑᐨ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ. “ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᔦ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᓂᑲᑫᐧᒋ ᒋᔐᔕᐃᐧᒪᐣᒋᐦᔭᐣ,” ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᐃᑭᑐ. “ᑲᓂᐊᐧᐅᑦᐱᓂᑎᐢ, ᓂᒐᒋᐸᑕᐱᐱᓂᑎᐢ ᒥᓇ ᓂᔓᑎᐸᐦᐊᑲᐣ ᓂᐱᒥᐸᑐ ᑕᓱᑭᔑ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᓂᐣᑐᐱᓇᓇᐣ ᑲᑯᓯᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᐅᑦᐱᓂᑲᓇᐣ.” ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᑭᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᓂ ᓂᔓᐱᒪᑯᓇᑲ ᒋᐃᔕᐨ ᐊᔕ ᑲᑭᑲᐧᔭᐣᐅᓇᑌᓂᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐦᐊᐣᐠ ᐦᐁᓂ ᒍᓂᔪᕑ ᐸᐡᑲᐧᐣᐠ ᑐᐦᐁᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑐᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᒣᑲᐧ ᐊᐱ ᒥᑭᓯᐃᐧᐱᓯᒧᐣ. “ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᐊᐧᑌᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ ᑕᑭᐁᐧᐃᔕ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐯᐱᐳᐣ ᑲᐱᒥᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧ ᐃᐁᐧᑎ,” ᑲᓫᐱᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ. “ᐃᐁᐧ ᑕᐡ ᑲᐃᔑᒥᓀᐧᐣᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᐅᑕᐱᓇᑲᓄᐨ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᐁᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐃᐧᐣᐧᑕ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐃᐡᑯᓄᐦᐃᐣᑕᐧ. ᑲᑭᓇ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐃᔕᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᔭᐧᐠ ᐅᐣᒋ ᐱᒋᓂᑭᑫᐣᑕᓱᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑲᔭᓂ ᑭᔑᐃᐡᑯᓄᐊᐧᐨ.” ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᑲᔦ ᑕᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑯᓯ ᒋᐊᐃᔕᐨ ᑕᓯᐣ ᑲᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᓂᑭᐣ ᐃᔑᐯᔑᑯᔭᑭ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᐃᓇᐣ ᑲᑲᑫᐧᒋ ᐸᑭᓇᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐱᒥᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐦᐊᐣᐠ ᐦᐁᓂ ᒍᓂᔪᕑ ᐸᐡᑲᐧᐣᐠ ᑐᐦᐁᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑐᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ

ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐃᒪ ᑕᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᐡᐸᑭᒪᑲᓄ ᒥᓇ ᒥᓇᑲᓄ ᒋᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᒋᐃᐡᑯᓄᐦᐊᑲᓄᐨ ᑭᒋᐃᐡᑯᓄᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑲᐧᓫᐃᐨ ᓇᐣᑕ ᔪᓂᐯᕑᓯᑎ ᐱᑯ ᐊᐣᑎ ᑭᒋᒧᑯᒪᐣᐊᐦᑭᐠ. “ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᑫᑭᔭᓄᒋ ᑌᐱᓇᐠ ᒋᑕᑭᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᒥᓯᐁᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᒣᑕᐁᐧᒥᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐸᐡᑲᐧᐣᐠ ᑲᑐᐦᐁᐊᐧᐨ,” ᑲᓫᐱᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ. ᐊᓇᐃᐧᐣ ᒪᐧᕑᓱ ᐅᑎᐯᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑫᐊᐧᐠ $65,690 ᐯᔑᑯᔭᑭ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᐣᑌᐠ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᐅᐣᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᑕᔾᓴᐣ ᐦᐊᔾ ᐢᑯᓫ ᑲᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᒥᐡᑲᐧᐨ ᐃᒪ ᒋᐃᔑᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᓄᑯᑦ ᑲᐃᐧᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐨ. ᑭᐅᓇᒋᑫᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᔦ ᐁᐃᐧᑭᒋ ᐱᐣᑯᑫᐃᐧᓂᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐅᐣᒋ ᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ. “ᐦᐊᐣᐠ ᐦᐁᓂ ᒍᓂᔪᕑ ᐸᐡᑲᐧᐣᐠ ᑐᐦᐁᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑐᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑭᐅᐣᒋᒥᓇᑲᓄ $5,000 ᒋᐅᐣᒋ ᑎᐸᐦᐃᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᐃᐧᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᐨ ᐅᒪ ᑲᐱᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐨ,” ᑲᓫᐱᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ. “ᐁᐧᑎ ᑲᔦ ᐣᑭᐃᔑ ᒧᐡᑭᓀᐱᐦᐃᑫᒥᐣ ᐠᕑᐃᑦᑲᒍᕑ ᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧ ᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ.” ᑲᓫᐱᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᑎᐯᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᔦ ᐅᑲᒥᓂᑯᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᒪᓯᓇᐦᐅᑎᓱᓂᐨ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᑭᓱᐃᐧᐣ ᑫᕑᐃ ᑊᕑᐊᔾᐢ ᐃᒪ ᒪᐧᐣᐟᕑᐃᐊᓫ ᑲᓀᑎᔭᐣᐢ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᒪᑕᐦᐁᐨ ᒋᐊᑕᐊᐧᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐅᐣᒋ ᔓᓂᔭᑲᑫᐊᐧᐨ.

Couchiching First Nation’s Tyson Morrisseau is looking forward to training with Tiger Woods’ former swing coach after being accepted into the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy. “I was really excited and I really didn’t believe I got in,” Morrisseau said. “I have a chance to do something that I love and being a role model for First Nations people in Canada and America.” The Grade 8 student is the first Native American student to be accepted into the academy, located in South Carolina in the southern United States. He received confirmation in late August that he was accepted for the 2012/2013 school year after filling out an application in June. “I’m really good at it – it’s a very peaceful game,” Morrisseau said, noting his strengths are chipping, driving and his iron game. “I’m very accurate, very consistent with them.” Morrisseau has been concentrating on his short game over the past three years. “Anywhere from 50 yards in, he is pretty good,” said Morriseau’s father, Calvin Morrisseau. “Right now he’s working on trying to put spin on the ball so he can bring it back towards the hole if he goes past.” Morrisseau usually practices his swing using lessons from the Internet and the Golf Channel. Calvin even set up a mini golf course in the back yard for him to practice on. “He actually downloads these tips and these lessons on his cell phone,” Calvin said. “So he’s out there practicing those swings all the time. He’s always got a golf club in his hand.” Morrisseau has been playing golf for 10 years since he was three years old. “When they started the golf course (here in) Couchiching, he came out with me,” Calvin said. “He’s probably about an eight to 10 handicap. He usually shoots around 82 to 84, depending on how he’s feeling that day.” Morrisseau usually plays golf about four to five times a week at the Heron Landing Golf Course, located about five minutes from his home on the reserve. see PATH page 7

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Trapped overnight by a forest fire Rick Garrick

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Five crews of fire fighters were surrounded by flames while battling forest fires near Sandy Lake this summer. “It was pretty scary,” said Perry Perrault, an SP-100 forest fire fighter who was trapped by the forest fire. “We watched a large wall of flames, 80-foot trees, 120-foot flames. You could hear it from two kilometres across the lake. It was loud – it sounded like a freight train.” Perrault said there wasn’t any chance for a helicopter to rescue the five crews from the shore of the small lake they were stranded on as it was approaching 10 p.m., so they had to stay there overnight and wait for rescue in the morning. “The next morning they picked us up,” said the Nigigoonsiminikaaning (Red Gut) band member who now lives in Thunder Bay. “The fire had subsided, but as soon as 10 a.m. hit those flames started again, this time in two areas and it jumped both river systems on that small lake. We returned to that same area four days later and the whole area was burned.” Perrault said he was ready to blow his air mattress up and paddle out into the middle of the lake. “My crew boss said he’d seen this before,” Perrault said. “He was trying to settle me down.” Perrault said the forest fire had been out when they landed

to clean up any remaining hot spots. “We were not allowed to walk in the centre of the burn because all the roots systems were gone,” Perrault said, explaining the roots had been burned by an underground fire. “The trees looked healthy, 12 inches in diameter, but they have no root system and they just fall in the slightest wind.” Perrault said they would receive radio calls to get out of the burn area whenever the slightest wind blew. “It was the first time I’ve ever been to a really live, big fire,” Perrault said. “Flying in we saw several fires and we flew over a dozen fires that were active.” Perrault worked with fire fighting crews from Newfoundland, B.C. and the Northwest Territories. “We were not the initial attack (fire fighters)” Perrault said about his fire fighting crew. “We pretty much mop up, clean up, roll up hoses.” Perrault said there was a shortage of fire fighting equipment throughout the north due to the large number of forest fires. “As soon as one fire was out ... they do a heat scan over the burned areas, and if there is no (fire) we go in there and clean it up,” Perrault said. “And then they transport all the hoses to another fire. We were doing that constantly (with) helicopter rides every day. I can’t get used to that – ears popping.”

Perrault said a number of forest fire specialists were brought back from retirement to help out with the Sandy Lake forest fire. “These guys were in their 70s, a couple of guys in their 80s,” Perrault said. “They were fire behavioral scientists. They go in there and inspect the type of fuel being burned. They can ascertain how fast this fire is going to expand or which way it’s going to branch out.” After three weeks fighting the Sandy Lake fire, Perrault and his fire fighting crew were given a week off before they were flown up to the North Spirit Lake area to battle another forest fire for three weeks.

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Forest fire fighter Perry Perrault was surrounded by flames late one evening during the battle against forest fires threatening Sandy Lake this summer. He and the members of five fire crews were airlifted out of the location the next morning shortly before the forest fire jumped two river systems and burnt the area over the next four days.

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NAN calls for women’s addiction treatment facility Rick Garrick

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Deputy Grand Chief Mike Metatawabin of Nishnawbe Aski Nation said a women’s addiction treatment facility is badly needed. He made the comments during Ka-Na-Chi-Hih’s 11th annual SAAFE (solvent abuse awareness for everyone) walk. “We need facilities like this (for women) – this is only for men,” Metatawabin said Sept. 15 after completing the SAAFE Walk at the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Specialized Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre in Thunder Bay. “We don’t have a facility for our sisters, and I think that is a shame that we haven’t done anything for our sisters,” he said. “They need help as well.” Metatawabin was impressed with Ka-Na-Chi-Hih’s achievements, noting the treatment centre has a waiting list of people who want to enter treatment. “And that is only taking into consideration the men – not even our women’s population,” Metatawabin said. “So that is something we need to look at.” Metatawabin was pleased to see the large turnout at the SAAFE Walk, noting that most people are affected by solvent, drug or alcohol abuse in some way.

“I’m sure we’re all touched by this, every community, probably every family,” he said. “It impacts all of us.” Metatawabin had earlier called for the governments of Canada and Ontario to recognize and take action on the rapidly increasing rates of prescription drug abuse in NAN communities at the Sept. 1 conclusion of Lyle Fox’s Penasi Walk to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse. Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug’s Laura Calmwind and Aroland’s John Gagnon were among those who participated in the SAAFE Walk. “Hopefully with this walk we can generate awareness of how devastating solvent abuse is on our young people,” said Calmwind, who was previously a board member with Ka-NaChi-Hih. “The more we create awareness, the more we can deal with the problem and root out the causes that’s (impacting) our young people now.” Calmwind said her own family has been affected by prescription drug abuse. “Hopefully, when we work together and address the problems and issues, we can get our young people healthy again,” she said. Gagnon took part in the SAAFE Walk to remember a family who was affected by

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Ka-Na-Chi-Hih held its 11th annual SAAFE (solvent abuse awareness for everyone) walk Sept. 15 in Thunder Bay. The event featured a play, workshop and comedy show presented by Aboriginal comedian Don Burnstick. alcohol abuse when the parents died from drinking antifreeze. “That’s why I’m here today, to walk for that tragedy,” Gagnon said. “And to raise awareness for the solvent abuse. It’s real and it’s very

scary.” This year’s SAAFE Walk featured an afternoon play and workshop and an evening comedy show by Aboriginal comedian Don Burnstick. Ka-NaChi-Hih has been holding the

SAAFE Walk since 1999. “The play talks about addictions for our people,” Burnstick said. “The addiction is not just about the person; it’s also about the family and the community. When one person is sick, it

affects everybody.” Burnstick developed and performed the play from his own life experiences as a youth many years ago, before he established the comedy shows he is known for today.

Fort Severn featured during telecommunications conference Chris Kornacki

Wawatay News

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Eabametoong resident Doris Slipperjack’s struggle with prescription drug abuse and her journey through treatment is showcased in the film The Life You Want, which was screened at the Biindigaate Film Festival Sept. 24 in Thunder Bay.

Battling for life against addictions Rick Garrick

Wawatay News

Doris Slipperjack’s battle against prescription drug abuse was featured at the Biindigate Film Festival in Thunder Bay in the world premiere of The Life You Want. “This was my third time watching this video and it still makes me cry,” said the 22-year-old mother of three after the Sept. 24 screening. “It’s been really rough, actually. But even though I’ve relapsed, I don’t let that stop me from getting back on.” The 34-minute documentary film was produced by Thunderstone Pictures, the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and the Sioux Lookout Zone Chief’s Committee on Health to bring attention to the situation facing many families and communities in northern

Ontario. “I feel like I’m fighting a battle within myself,” Slipperjack said in the film. “And that’s a never-ending battle. I thought being high was everything; being high was my world. But it’s not because when I was high I couldn’t even think, I couldn’t even feel.”

“I feel like I’m fighting a battle within myself. And that’s a neverending battle.” – Doris Slipperjack

The film follows Slipperjack from her home in Eabametoong to a treatment centre near Kenora, where she gets off the prescription drugs for a time but eventually relapses after her

mother-in-law passes away. Slipperjack eventually signed up for a treatment program using Suboxone, a combination medication program that treats adults dependent on opiates such as oxycodone or morphine. “It’s like a substitute, you know how your mind is always thinking of opiates,” Slipperjack said. “It’s like a blocker; it prevents you from doing. It helped me with the withdrawals at the beginning, but now I’m feeling good.” Slipperjack has now started up Eabametoong’s first youth council and is doing presentations on addiction in her community and on local radio. She has also been campaigning for a youth centre and a treatment centre in her community. “I’m finally on my path to what I want to do – help people.”

Fort Severn First Nation was featured Sept. 22 at the International Telecommunications Policy Research Conference in Washington, DC. A paper co-authored by Fort Severn Chief Matthew Kakekaspan was presented at the conference by Brian Walmark, research director of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute (KORI) in Thunder Bay. Kakekaspan’s paper, How the Washaho Cree Nation at Fort Severn is using a First Mile Approach to Deliver Community Services, describes how the community has taken a leadership role by developing broadband networks and information and communication technologies (ICT). “Working with our team from Keewaytinook Okimakanak, we were able to construct and begin using a satellite connection service in (the year) 2000

to do video conference meetings, access high speed Internet services and begin developing other online services such as telemedicine and our Internet high school,” Kakekaspan said. Since 2000 Fort Severn has continued to expand the use of technologies and is now a recognized leader in ICT. “Fort Severn is an excellent example of a remote First Nation community using advanced technology in innovative ways. I think many people attending the event will be surprised to learn how a small community, with limited resources, has been able to work with strategic partners to develop and manage technology to meet its needs,” Dr. Susan O’Donnell said. O’Donnell is an adjunct professor at the University of New Brunswick and a co-author with Kakekaspan on the conference paper. Fort Severn recently published a technology showcase on the community’s website,

which traces the history of technology in the community and documents its highlights and achievements. “Sharing information and having good communication links has always been important for Fort Severn First Nation because it is a close-knit and remote community,” the introduction to the showcase said. “Over the years, Fort Severn has demonstrated its leadership with broadband and information and communication technologies by developing and implementing a community radio station, a community cable TV service, a community Internet service, a community mobile phone service, and community-led and supported services including telehealth, telemedicine, distance education and videoconferencing. “These community services were set up by community members, working collaboratively and cooperatively to decide what was best for the community.”

NAN rejects alternatives to Commission of Inquiry request Chris Kornacki

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) has rejected an offer by Ontario to hold meetings instead of a Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of seven NAN youth who died since the year 2000 while attending school in Thunder Bay. In a Sept. 15 letter to the Government of Ontario, NAN Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose said: “This call for an inquiry is out of recognition for the disturbingly similar circumstances of the seven deaths since year 2000 and out of respect for the needs of the families and communities who

mourn their losses. It is clear that the Coroner’s Inquest process cannot accomplish what needs to be done. While NAN has often addressed issues through multi-lateral meetings, no amount of meetings will accomplish the goal of full and credible scrutiny of all seven deaths.” NAN’s call for a Commission of Inquiry follows a Sept. 9 ruling by the coroner in the inquest into the death of Reggie Bushie. The coroner ruled that the inquest could not proceed because the 2011 jury roll is legally invalid. Reggie Bushie, 15, died in 2007 while attending school at Dennis Franklin Cromarty

High School in Thunder Bay. An inquest into his death was scheduled to begin in January 2009. The inquest was delayed after NAN and legal counsel for the Bushie family questioned the validity of the selection process for the five-member jury. While the death of Reggie Bushie was to be the focus of the inquest, the deaths of four other NAN youth who died in Thunder Bay under similar circumstances were to be considered as part of the investigation. NAN said they would continue to repeat their expectation that the premier of Ontario will provide a clear and forthright answer to the call for a Commission of Inquiry.


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Commentary Walking the territory Richard Wagamese One Native Life

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hese are the days of summer’s end. Above the mountains clouds become a heavier gray, ominous with snow that’s a mere month or so away. There’s a washed out feeling to the blue sky now and the jays and other winter birds have begun to peck about the yard. Even loon call in the thick purple night is urgent now. Autumn moons. Time to fly. Morning air bears a nip and the dog trots back from her foray in the trees heaving fogs of breath. Mist shrouds the lake. It moves across the surface and there’s a blackness to the water that speaks of ice and the deep glacial dark of winter. Geese flap down the cleft of lake angling south and beavers fatten up on saplings near the shore. These are the days of melancholy, the subdued light of it all, the air of departure all chilled and bruised and final feeling. Even the leaves in their pastel spiral to the ground leave gaps. So you walk the territory of your living saddened some by the dimming of the light but thrilled at the power of change everywhere around you. Once in the autumn of 1986, I walked the northern territory where I was born. My uncle had told me where our camps used to be and I rented a boat and motor and headed down the Winnipeg River. It was an important trip for me. I’d been reconnected with my native family for eight years then but I had no sense of my beginnings and something in me needed to see where it had started. All I knew was that there was something in those territories that I needed. Exactly what that was I didn’t know, only that I needed to walk there. The summer boaters had all disappeared. There was only me on the water. Powering down the length of the river that had framed my family’s experience I was awed by the incredible contrast of fullness and emptiness all at the same time. The land had a haunting quality. There was within it the feeling of great mystery, of secrets lurking behind the tree and rock and bog of it. The water was dark, a bottomless feel to it and I sensed the presence of great muskies and sturgeons and pike the length of an oar. It was over-

cast with breaks in the cover where the sun poked through illuminating rapids and swells and eddies so that the spume of them glistened like frost or ice against the hard black of the river’s muscle. When I found the cove across the bay from Minaki, I nosed the boat into it. Everything was hushed. There was only the ripple of the water and the wind in the trees. Everything else was silent. I cut the engine and allowed the boat to drift in to the thin graveled stretch of beach. The land seemed to slip by and there was the sense of time bending in upon itself and the world closed off behind it. No one had been there for some time. That was obvious by the overgrowth on the thin trail that wound up from the beach. It was barely discernible and I had to search to find the head of it. Everywhere there were windfall trees, exuberant bursts of bracken and bramble and moss and lichen covering everything. I had never felt such stillness. I didn’t know where to look for the campsite. I settled for a steady prowling. The ground was uneven, rocky by turn and hard to navigate. But I managed to cover a lot of it. The deeper I walked into the bush the more the feeling of time suspended fell over me. Only the sound of my footfalls on the rock and twigs permeated that thick unmoving air. I felt the land around me. There were no edges to it, no limits, no borders, only a relentless unfurling of itself and me, standing there in the middle of that vastness, alone, vulnerable, humbled by magnitude. I walked for hours. Now and then I’d stop somewhere, sit against a tree and look around. Or I’d merely stand there in the push of forest and feel its quiet power, its timelessness, its pervasive upward and outward thrust. I never did find the old campsite but I found something a lot more valuable. As I stood there in that chill autumnal light, seeing the breath of me exhaled into the dim bush around me, I found the essence of my Ojibway self. In the shadow and break of the land I could imagine my people living. I could sense the discipline they needed to live with to survive out here. I could sense the fortitude, the strength of will, the grit and determination the land asked of them. And I could sense the deep spirituality it engendered, feel it like an ember from those tribal fires glowing at my core. see HISTORY page 5

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Sioux Lookout, Aug. 1990. Philip John, front, Leona Kakepetum, middle, and Dina Trout, back.

We have the tools to fight diabetes Xavier Kataquapit Under the northern sky

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just experienced something that opened my eyes. I read stories now and then about how serious the situation is for Canadians and in particular for Native People’s when it comes to diabetes. However, I am shocked after attending the Timmins Diabetes Expo (see related story on page 10). A guest speaker from the United States said 360 million people will get diabetes this year. Ginger Kanzer-Lewis also said someone dies of complications from diabetes every seven seconds. How crazy is that? In this country, Aboriginals are experiencing a diabetes epidemic. There are all kinds of

reasons why. One can be found in our genes. We lived for hundreds, if not thousands of years where we ate as much as we could when food was plentiful and starved when it wasn’t. We don’t experience famine anymore. We feast mostly. And our bodies are suffering the effects. The worst part is many people live in remote communities where the cost of transporting healthy food is very high. Generally, people don’t have large disposable incomes and have many mouths to feed. As a result, we end up eating a lot of unhealthy food like hot dogs, frozen packaged foods and junk like pop, chips and candy. Another eye opener came from presenter Marilyn Smith, a motivational speaker, author and comedian. She said studies show people who live over 100 years eat healthy and exercise. These champions of life eat lots of fruit and vegetables. They also eat a lot of fish or

seafood and not much meat. In particular, they don’t eat much fatty food. Their diets are high in fibre and low in fat. And many of them eat specific foods that help them live longer, such as extra virgin olive oil in the Mediterranean, turmeric in Southeast Asia and berries and fruits in southern California.

We can prevent or at the very least treat diabetes by copying the lifestyles of centenarians. This all points to a very important discovery for me: We can prevent or at the very least treat diabetes by copying the lifestyles of centenarians. And we can do this by making little changes. For instance it is very easy to eat one or two

apples a day, a banana or some other fruit. These fruits are accessible and inexpensive. And buy a bag of carrots to munch on raw throughout the day. Steaming broccoli or peppers is also quick and easy. Probably one of the best things we can do for ourselves is eat less, particularly fast foods high in saturated fats. Cutting out soda pop is also a great idea and having tea and coffee without sugar and cream also helps. Stay away from frozen packaged foods and cook at home rather than eating out. I could die young if I don’t figure out how to eat properly and get plenty of exercise. There are many developments in the medical world that are helping diabetics but the best medicine is to change our lifestyles. So get up off the couch, grab an apple and go for a long walk.

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Circulation Evange Kanakakeesic evangelinek@wawatay.on.ca Translators Vicky Angees vickya@wawatay.on.ca Agnes Shakakeesic agness@wawatay.on.ca

Contributors Xavier Kataquapit Chris Kornacki Peter Moon Richard Wagamese

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Letters Chance encounter during travels leads to promise to share story with others Only God knows how hard addictions are to fight. I was asked to share this story of a young man. I met him during my travels along and he wishes to remain anonymous. “I was a good guy. I loved hunting with my mooshoom before he died. It makes me sad knowing he is looking down at me. I was a nice kid you know. I always did things when people asked me to. I hunted and chopped wood. I was always helping around the house. “I’m 24 now and I can’t stand my life. “The last two years have been crazy. “I started off smoking weed like everyone else. Small time

guys sold weed, trying to be gangster. I think they copied what they saw on TV. Life went on like this until a new drug came and everyone started doing it. They said it’s the best high ever. So I tried it and they were right! It felt so good, better than any drug on the land. We called it Oxy. I became obsessed with it. I knew how to spell it but knew nothing about it. I even smoked anything that started with Oxy. “Anyways, I know my mooshoom knows what I’ve been doing. He knows why I changed. I’d spend my whole welfare money on it then ask for more money. And if I couldn’t get it, I’d steal from my parents and grandparents. I was the perfect liar too. I sold things

that were either mine or someone else’s. My friends broke into other people’s homes a lot to sell things to get drugs. “After I got my drugs, I’d smoke it all. Sometimes the drugs would last me a whole day. “I’d hide from my friends because I knew they were looking for a fix too. “It was hard to quit. I’d get very sick, my back would hurt and I’d want to puke. I got the shakes. I’d sweat and get diarrhoea and I was always tired. “I wasn’t me anymore. “You know I’m on my way to detox. I’m glad you’re here to talk with me. It feels better sharing my story with someone who cares to listen. It’s been a rough year for me. I wish I

never touched the O it made me change into someone I don’t like. “You know I am not that young man anymore who my mooshoom really loved. My family doesn’t trust me anymore. I’m skinny. My teeth are rotten. Some people say I look older now. “You want to know what else is dumb? I got all this information about my drug addiction. Did you know that OxyContin is used for very sick people who are in extreme pain and is often used for people who have cancer? And it’s almost like heroin – a cheap form of it. It can also kill me or put me in a coma. It can depress my central nervous system. And an overdose can give me respiratory failure.

“I don’t think a lot of addicts know what the drug is. A lot of guys taking it do not know what they are doing to themselves. “I am lucky because I don’t want to live like this anymore. Everything I had is gone. “The doctor said I have to go get special help too – detox in a safe place at a special clinic down South. I can barely speak English. “I am scared you know, but I don’t want to die. The last thing my mooshoom said to me was ‘let go of the drugs now and live as God planned.’ “I hope to make him smile again.” I felt badly for this young man and all the crap he must’ve gone through. We spoke some more and

talked about his grandfather. I mentioned to him that his grandfather is smiling already. And that up in paradise we learn to forgive in an instant. I told him ‘he is always with you’ and that his grandpa would always be at his side helping every step of the way. The Creator is on the other side. As he boarded the bus that would take him to the clinic, he waved and gave me a peace sign. Well brother I hope you’re reading this. I told you I’d share your story while you were getting help! I admire your bravery!

‘History is a feeling’ from page 4 I boated to other places my uncle had suggested and in each place where my history began I gleaned more from the land. I never ever found a physical clue of my beginnings but I uncovered a fundamental psychic connection that has never left me. I am and will always be Ojibway. Anishinabeg. It is the identity Creator graced me with. What I become in this world is framed forever by that definition just as it is rooted in the land from which I sprang. As long as there is the land there will always be a home for me, a place my soul can wrap about itself, rest, rejuvenate and carry on. When we speak of land claims and treaty rights, this is what we mean. This place of returning where history is a feeling, a spiritual thing that empowers, enables and sustains us. A point of contact with Creator. A prayer and a realization all at the same time. When you walk the territory of your being, as an individual or a country, the truth is always spiritual. Yes, these are the days of summer’s end. In the half light of autumn, always the promise of its returning.

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stance Lake saying good-bye to my aunt. And what was supposed to be an opportunity for me to spend quality time with family I rarely see, instead saw me scrambling to make sure the trip happened. At one point, I threw my hands up in the air but my brother reminded me that we were too committed to back out now. To this day, I still think the kids would have understood if we had cancelled. Kenneth Sackaney ensured the trip happened even sacrificing his attendance at his late aunt’s funeral. I started doing the basketball thing with the kids ranging in ages from 12-19 back in November 2006. And up until this past summer they had made strides in improving themselves as basketball players. However, they still couldn’t shake some bad habits and Ken and I began to get frustrated with them. There were days our frustration annoyed the kids too. I recognized the only way to erase the negative attitudes building up was to send them to basketball camps. There was a desire from them to improve as basketball players. They enjoyed representing their community at various tournaments and they enjoyed coming to the gym to play ball. So it was the next logical step in their development as basketball players. Three teenage boys and three teenage girls flew to Timmins on Canada Day. My parents (Ed and Helen) and I then drove them to Toronto. They spent two weeks at camp. I also ensured the girls made it to two consecutive basketball camps in Thunder Bay in

August. So after chaperoning 14 kids and driving almost 5,000 kilometres to get them to their respective basketball camps, I was able to see the youth in a different light. Usually I’m giving them orders and ensuring drills are done with intensity. I noticed how nice and sincere they were. You have to understand I tend to see them when they are unhappy or angry, since I am a school counsellor. There have also been many times I’ve lost patience with them during practice and they still came back. There have been many times I showed up to practice not in the best mood but they snapped me out of it by giving it their all. They have become my inspiration. I hope my story propels others to do something for youth in their own. And I must thank the following people and organziations: The Dreamcatcher Fund, Mushkegowuk Council, Fort Albany First Nation, Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corp., Alanna Downey-Baxter, Peetabeck Health Services, Mundo Peetabeck Education Authority, Five Nations Energy, Fort Albany Social Services , DeBeers Canada Inc., Northern Store and of course the people of Fort Albany for participating in fundraising events. One other thing that is worth mentioning, I must thank the parents of the kids who allowed their kids to go away from home for such a long time. I do not take your trust and respect for granted. And now I can relax and feel the tears in my eyes as I think about my Aunt Mary. Justin Sackaney Fort Albany First Nation

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Fort Albany works on food security program Rick Garrick

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Fort Albany has been working on promoting food security in their community since establishing a food security committee in January. “We established it because we were concerned about the availability of affordable food,” said Gigi Veeraraghavan, a member of the food security committee and coordinator of the community’s Healthy Babies Healthy Children program. “It’s just impossible to feed a family, especially a large family.” Veeraraghavan said traditional foods such as moose, caribou, fish and geese are an important part of the community’s diet, but there are concerns about whether future generations will be able to continue harvesting traditional foods. “Another (concern) is the food that does come in, the quality isn’t great (and) the cost is way too high,” Veeraraghavan said. Grand Chief Stan Beardy attended Fort Albany’s farmer market Sept. 7 with a group of partners involved with Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s (NAN) initiative to provide communities with food orders under a Nutrition North Canada program. “We’re trying to provide organic vegetables and organic grown beef as well,” Beardy said. “We’re trying to introduce healthy eating. We introduced the food boxes, a government subsidy program, to try to assist communities to access affordable, healthy foods.” Fort Albany is one of the seven NAN communities

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A Fort Albany community member shows some of the different foods available in one of the food boxes shipped to six Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities. The food boxes contain a variety of healthy foods, from fresh fruit and meat to milk and bread. involved in the initiative, which NAN developed in collaboration with Quality Market and the True North Community Cooperative. Another NAN initiative involves the shipping of nutritious food boxes to six NAN communities under full subsidy from Nutrition North Canada from July 2011 to Oct. 2011. The cost of living in NAN’s remote fly-in communities is extremely high due to transportation costs, with essential foods such as milk and bread costing up to three to four times more than in municipal settings. Beardy is encouraged to see people beginning to take

greater responsibility for their well being by eating a healthy diet. “I know a lot of leaders are talking about exercise programs, but you can’t forget about healthy eating,” Beardy said. “What you eat determines what kind of health you will have.” Fort Albany developed the farmer’s market over the last few years using food supplier contacts from the school’s food nutrition program. “It’s almost like a bulk buying club,” Veeraraghavan said. “We’ve been ordering a load of food in as often as we can. Originally we did it maybe four

times a year but now we’re aiming for every month.” Most of the food is bought from wholesalers or stores in Cochrane or Timmins. “So I’ll just order a whole bunch of food from them and they put it on the train and we’ll ask a small plane to fly it up,” Veeraraghavan said. “We’re paying the price (people) pay in the city and we pay our own transportation.” Veeraraghavan said the community gets lucky from time to time when planes fly into the community without a load. “They let us fill the plane up with food and we didn’t have to pay the freight, we just paid the

straight cost,” she said. “For us they were amazing prices; they were the prices offered at the stores down south.” Beardy said a healthy diet is important when dealing with a variety of health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. “It all boils down to what you eat as a person,” Beardy said. “Part of the long-term solution is to ensure people are taught what a balanced diet is, what healthy eating is, and what you can harvest and utilize from your surroundings up north to do that.” The food security committee was also concerned about

people with diabetes as well as those who are living from dayto-day and cheque-to-cheque while still trying to feed their children. Veeraraghavan said a number of programs have been developed to deal with the situation, including a food nutrition program at the school that was started about 20 years ago. “All of our students get a healthy breakfast at school and an afternoon snack so they can concentrate on their school work rather than their empty stomachs,” Veeraraghavan said. The food security committee has been encouraging community members to grow their own vegetables during the summer so they don’t have to rely on the vegetables from the local grocery store. “We’re not telling people they have to grow enough food to last the whole year, that’s not very realistic but it’s a great supplement,” she said. “And it’s a healthy hobby.” Veeraraghavan said there are a wide variety of berries growing in the Fort Albany area, such as raspberries, choke cherries, high bush cranberries, which are known locally as moose berries, and ground berries. “People really like (ground berries) for jams because there is no stone in it,” she said. “It’s a low growing berry and it grows on the moss on the muskeg and it’s red.” Veeraraghavan’s husband, a Fort Albany band member, told her about a kind of lettuce that grows in the area. “Some people know about it and that’s something we’d like to explore more,” she said.

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required to attend a certain number of tournaments each year while attending Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, so he’ll be ranked nationally and be eligible for scholarships at colleges and universities in the United States. “It’s the path that is going to give him the best opportunity to be a PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association of America) golfer,” Calvin said. Although the Morrisseau family has a $65,690 bill for the first year’s tuition, they are receiving help from the community through a redirection of Tyson’s high school tuition towards the academy’s fee. They are also planning a mon-

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Workshop aims to increase Aboriginal business in Timmins Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

A 12-week workshop initiative aimed at training aspiring youth entrepreneurs is set to begin Sept. 28 in Timmins. Rise to Your Potential is a business education program offering hands-on training and mentorship to Aboriginal youth aged 18-30 who are considering starting their own business. Each week, the program looks at several aspects of business ownership, including creating a business plan, exploring different types of businesses, bookkeeping and accounting, effective communication skills and marketing. Participants will also receive ongoing support from an experienced business development mentor who will assist with writing a business plan, looking for funding sources, as well as providing any other support participants may require to

ensure success in their business venture. “It’s important because there’s high rates of unemployment, and there’s a trend of more Aboriginal people moving to urban centres,” said Kim Bird, who is organizing the applications with the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF). “It’ll provide them with the tools to use in the future if they actually do decide to run their own business,” she said. Rise to Your Potential officially launched Sept. 21 with at least 55 people attending. Bird said there are 35 applicants with 70 per cent being from Timmins and the remainder from nearby First Nation communities such as Brunswick House, Taykwa Tagamou, Wahgoshig and Mattagami. While they are looking for registrants for administrative purposes, Bird said anyone is welcome to attend.

“We won’t turn away anyone who wants to learn,” Bird said. “And you don’t have to attend all the workshops.” The initiative began when NADF performed a study comparing Aboriginal-owned businesses between Timmins and Sudbury. “It showed that there are more Aboriginal businesses in Sudbury compared to Timmins,” said Bird. “So we thought about what we could do to improve those numbers. “In the end, hopefully, we get business plans that everybody completed and that it gives them an idea what kind of financing organizations are looking for when people submit business plans.” Workshops will take place every Wednesday starting Sept. 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Timmins Native Friendship Centre. Meals, transportation and child minding can be provided.

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Mairlyn Smith, right, was a featured guest speaker at the Timmins Diabetes Expo Sept. 17. She got her message across with humour as she shares a laugh with Elizabeth Etherington from the Timmins Native Friendship Centre.

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How to Live to be 100 and Still Remember Your Name. She highlighted information from her latest book, Healthy Starts Here!, including tips on healthy food choices, exercise and mental well being. “We need more events such as this to help others learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle, Smith said. “Education is a powerful tool in promoting this message. I was thrilled to see the turnout here because that means that many people will be walking away with some new information that will help them in dealing with diabetes.” Kanzer-Lewis flew in from New York City to attend this year’s event. She explained that diabetes is a growing epidemic that will affect huge global populations in the years to come. She highlighted that the European Association for the Study of Diabetes recently announced over 360 million people will be diagnosed with diabetes this year and at this rate, one person dies of complications from diabetes every seven seconds. “We have to deal with diabetes as much as possible now because at the present rate of people developing this disease, we will not be able to cope with this situation in the future,” Kanzer-Lewis said. “It is important to have events such as this as it helps to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes in highrisk groups. We need to take charge now because if we don’t, our medical services will not be

able to manage in the future.” Plenty of volunteers took part in setting up and managing the one-day event including Timmins High & Vocational School student Brett Nicholson of Matheson. “It feels good to be here today and to help out in an important event like this. I think we should all learn as much as we can about diabetes,” Nicholson said. The third annual Timmins Diabetes Expo also brought together area social and health care organizations to foster and develop new and existing relationships in the fight against diabetes. “It’s good to see the teamwork and sharing of resources to create awareness on the issue of diabetes,” said Christine Devaney, Timmins Diabetes Expo committee member. “This cooperation of services and support is making a difference in our community.” The event was a one-stop information source featuring displays by area organizations complete with blood glucose testing. Sponsors included Northern Diabetes Health Network, Canadian Diabetes Association, Wabun Health Services, Timmins Native Friendship Centre, Misiway Milopemahtesewin, Métis Nation of Ontario, Porcupine Health Unit, VON Diabetes Education Centre, Timmins Family Health Team and the Aboriginal People’s Alliance of Northern Ontario.

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Canadian Ranger shooters win trophies and medals Peter Moon

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A 16-member Canadian Ranger marksmanship team, competing with their traditional .303 calibre, bolt-action Lee-Enfield rifles, has won top individual and team prizes in national and provincial shooting contests. “They did well,” said Warrant Officer Gary DesRoches, an instructor with 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group and the team captain. “They’re going home with a lot of medals.” The team came first in the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association’s bolt-action rifle team contest in Ottawa. Ranger Simon Shewaybick of Webequie won the individual top shot award in the contest and Cpl. Derreck Hookimaw of Attawapiskat won the top shot medal for a competitor shooting in it for the first time. The team took first place in the Ontario Rifle Association’s bolt-action rifle team competition at Canadian Forces Base Borden. Ranger Shewaybick won the top shot award and Master Cpl. Daniel Wesley of Constance Lake took the first place medal for first time contestants. At the Canadian Forces Small Arms Competition in Ottawa, Ranger Shewaybick came ninth in the Canadian Ranger boltaction contest, making him one of the top shots out of 4,700 Rangers across Canada’s North. “The Rangers from northern Ontario did well,” Warrant Officer DesRoches said. “We held our own against the best shooters from among the Canadian Rangers from across Canada.” Ranger Shewaybick took two trophies and four medals home with him.

“I enjoyed myself,” he said. “It’s a good experience. It’s my second year doing this. The army has made me a better shot.” A total of 22 Rangers tried out for the team during 10 days of training at Borden and 16 won a place. They did a further 10 days training in Ottawa and competed over four days. They shot at still, moving and briefly visible targets at distances ranging from 600 metres to 10 metres. They shot while standing, kneeling and lying prone on the ground. They frequently had to run 100 metres between shots. In one rapidfire contest they had to fire 10 rounds in 10 seconds. They were among 294 contestants in the Canadian Forces competition, where they shot against Ranger teams from across Canada, other teams from the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as marksmen from the armed forces of the United States, Britain and the Netherlands. In between contests they all fired a range of military firearms, including pistols, submachine guns, and special weapons equipped with silencers and thermal imaging devices. “When we started out we had a hard time to get their hunter instinct out of them and turn them into target shooters,” DesRoches said. “Most of them would just pull their trigger and most of them at some time have missed a moose at only 20 metres away. The moose population of northern Ontario should look out now. The moose don’t have a chance, even if they are 500 metres away. Every one of these Rangers can now hit a moose that far away with every shot.”

Master Cpl. Joe Lazarus of Kashechewan is a respected hunter in his community. “Everything the army taught me was new to me,” he said. “This has been a very good experience for me. I found it very challenging but I picked up a lot of new things I didn’t know about before. I learned about breathing, finger control, the affect of the weather and the light, stuff like that. I’m a much better shot now. And I loved shooting those machine guns, putting them on automatic and shooting away. That was fun.” “All the members of the team,” DesRoches said, “are now qualified range safety officers, so they can run a safe shooting range. They are also qualified shooting coaches now. They can go back home and pass on to other Rangers what we’ve taught them. I’m proud of them.” Team members were: Sergeants Roy Cutfeet of Kitchenuhmaykoosib and Victor Richard of Moose Factory; Master Corporals Leslie Anderson of Kasabonika, Joe Lazarus of Kashechewan, and Roland Shewaybick of Webequie; Corporals Derreck Hookimaw and Jonathan Hookimaw, both of Attawapiskat; and Rangers Edmus Anderson and Leroy Anderson, both of Kasabonika, Leroy Ineese of Moose Factory, Gerry Nakogee of Attawapiskat, Paul Sagutch of Eabametoong, Aaron Shewaybick and Simon Shewaybick, both of Webequie, Daniel Wesley of Constance Lake, and Jimmy Wynne of Kashechewan. Sgt. Peter Moon is the public affairs ranger for 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Canadian Forces Base Borden. See www.canadianrangers.ca.

Chapleau area First Nations sign MOU Probe Mines Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding with Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe over the company’s Borden Lake Gold Project. “The signing of the MOU is an important first step in building a relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation with the First Nations communities,” said David Palmer, president of Probe Mines Limited. “We are looking forward to working with the communities and receiving their input as we explore the Borden Lake area. Their contribution of local knowledge will be invaluable in helping us create a socially responsible exploration program to the benefit of all

Master Cpl. Leslie Anderson of Kashechewan takes aim with an MP5 submachine gun.

Rangers instruct Rangers on basic training Peter Moon

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Twenty new Canadian Rangers have successfully completed a weeklong basic training course. “They’ve learned everything from basic survival skills to communications, navigation and weapons safety, to standard first aid,” said Warrant Officer Carl Wolfe, an instructor with 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. “This has been one of the best motivated groups we’ve had. When they get home they will be well prepared to do a great job for their communities, the Canadian Forces and

Canada.” The course was held in Ojibway Provincial Park, 25 kilometres southwest of Sioux Lookout. The camp staff included eight members of the Canadian Forces. The Rangers came from Kasabonika Lake, Neskantaga, Sandy Lake, Wapekeka and Wunnumin Lake. Three Canadian Rangers were among the instructional staff. “They did a good job,” Wolfe said. “Their level of instructional ability has been high. And the Rangers, of course, responded well to the concept of Rangers teaching Rangers.” Master Cpl. Bill Morris of

Kingfisher Lake was the camp sergeant major. He conducted morning inspections, taught military drills and ran the shooting range. Master Cpl. Jason Mawakeesick of Sandy Lake taught radio use, navigation, safe weapon handling and how to use GPS devices. Master Cpl. Savannah Neotapin of Constance Lake assisted in the teaching of basic first aid. “We have an increasing number of Canadian Rangers who have the skills and abilities to train other Rangers,” Wolfe said. “Over time they are going to take on a bigger role in training Rangers. They are getting better and better at instructing.”

involved.” Probe Mines has agreed to develop an ongoing relationship with the three communities under the MOU, while the three communities will have an opportunity to participate in the benefits of the project through training, ongoing communication and business development. An Elders Committee will also be created to provide advice to the company on traditional values and local cultural and environmental matters during the exploration phase. Probe Mines has agreed to negotiate an impact benefit agreement with the communities should the project proceed to production. “An agreement in writing with our First Nations is essen-

tial to doing business in this territory,” said Chapleau Cree Chief Keith Corston. “That’s why we’re so pleased with this agreement with Probe, it’s a good start to the relationship. It’s nice to see Probe recognize and acknowledge First Nations constitutionally protected rights and work together with us to ensure our First Nations have an element of control over, and participation in this project.” Probe Mines, a Canadian metal exploration company, also owns 875 claims covering about 14,000 hectares in the McFauld’s Lake area in the Ring of Fire mineral exploration area in the James Bay Lowlands, including a 100 per cent interest in the Black Creek chromite deposit. -RG

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Ontario Votes 2011 A General Election will be held Oct. 6 to choose representatives for the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario. Below is a list of candidates by riding in the Wawatay News coverage area.

Kenora-Rainy River

Timmins-James Bay

Green Party of Ontario

JoJo Holiday

Green Party of Ontario

Angela Plant

Ontario Liberal Party

Anthony Leek

Ontario Liberal Party

Leonard Rickard

Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

Rod McKay

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Al Spacek

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Sarah Campbell

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Gilles Bisson*

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Thunder Bay-Superior North

Green Party of Ontario

Russ Aegard (withdrew)

Green Party of Ontario

Scot Kyle

Ontario Liberal Party

Bill Mauro*

Ontario Liberal Party

Michael Gravelle*

Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

Fred Gilbert

Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

Anthony Leblanc

New Democratic Party

Mary Kozorys

New Democratic Party

Steve Mantis

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Ontario Votes 2011 Wawatay News asked representatives from each provincial party its thoughts on issues regarding northern Ontario. Those answers can be found below and continued on page 12. Q1. What is your party’s position on the Ring of Fire mineral exploration area in the James Bay lowlands?

Q3. What is your party’s position on the Far North Act?

Q4. The NDP has released a northern plan. Do any of the other parties have a specific plan for the North?

We will champion the Ring of Fire, representing the voice of northern Ontario throughout the entire province. We will convince people in southern Ontario that the Ring of Fire matters to them and remove all barriers to make development more effective and efficient.

We will remove barriers by cutting red tape, getting energy costs under control, ensuring fair and strong land tenure, and developing partnerships to bring the investments in infrastructure that a strong mining industry requires.

We will repeal Bill 191, the Far North Act, that effectively bans new development in much of the north.

The Ontario PCs have Changebook North, which was released before the NDP northern platform, on July 14 at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Thunder Bay.

We will ensure that barriers to developing the Ring of Fire are removed so that badly needed jobs are created in the North. We will draft new land use planning rules that protect the interests of First Nations, provide clarity for development and are based on good stewardship principles of the land. We will assist in the development of infrastructure such as roads, rail and electrical transmission lines to the Ring of Fire. We will provide the local workforce with training and education opportunities so as to qualify for jobs at the Ring of Fire.

As full partners with a New Democrat government, First Nations will have a real say about how development should proceed on their traditional territory. We will respect traditional values. We will ensure decisions are based on sound environmental principles and provide industry with the certainty it needs to move projects forward.

The Far North Act was passed at Queen’s Park over the objections of First Nations and northern communities. This legislation failed to give First Nations the tools to benefit from resources development on their lands. We will repeal the Far North Act, and replace it with a new Act that is developed through consultation with First Nations, northerners, industry and environmentalists.

Ontario’s New Democrats are the only party that has committed to a Northern Ontario Legislative Committee comprised solely of northern MPPs.

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Answers provided by: Becky Smit, provincial campaign manager, Green Party of Ontario

Answers provided by: Joanne Ghiz, media relations, Ontario Liberal Party

Q1. What is your party’s position on the Ring of Fire mineral exploration area in the James Bay lowlands?

Q2. What is your party’s position on development in the North?

Q3. What is your party’s position on the Far North Act?

Q4. The NDP has released a northern plan. Do any of the other parties have a specific plan for the North?

The Green Party wants to make sure that proper studies and land use plans are in place. One of our key platform principles is community consultation, and we are committed to ensuring the land use planning process starts with engagement with local communities and First Nations.

The Green Party of Ontario commits to working with local northern communities to ensure that future development is done in a sustainable manner that respects local communities, First Nations and the environment. The Green Party also commits to policies that ensure future developments in the North keep local processing plants, associated jobs and revenue in northern communities.

The Green Party is calling for revisions to the Far North Act that ensure there is a sustainable resource industry, which respects northern communities and creates local jobs by keeping the economic benefits in the North.

The Green Party will support plans that promote sustainable economic growth and long term jobs for northern Ontario. Projects that promote economic development and create jobs, while respecting local communities and the environment will ensure that northern Ontario will have vibrant local economies for generations to come.

We need to work together to seize the Ring of Fire’s benefits just as we always have when supporting Ontario’s mining sector. With our leadership, the entire province will be able to benefit economically from the Ring of Fire. That is why we’ve made sure that the Ring of Fire is an important piece of our economic plan for Ontario. We’ll continue to work with First Nations, companies, and communities, coordinating infrastructure and planning to ensure world-leading environmental standards and a streamlined approach to approvals.

We’ll work with companies, communities and First Nations to finalize the infrastructure needs for roads, rail lines and hydro corridors to open up the Ring of Fire for development. We’ll also work to ensure the federal government is at the table for northern communities and First Nations in planning for smart development of the Ring of Fire.

Through the Far North Act, we’ll work closely with communities, First Nations, and Industry to ensure sustainable development of the North, including Ring of Fire. The Far North Act provides for community based land use planning in the Far North. It sets out a joint planning process between First Nations and Ontario, and supports the environmental, social and economic objectives for land use planning for the peoples of Ontario. It also ensures development is done in a manner consistent with the recognition and affirmation of existing Aboriginal and treaty rights.

Ontario Liberals’ northern election platform will mean real, measurable progress for northern Ontario families. Some of the key elements of the plan for northern Ontario include: making the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program permanent; increasing the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to $110 million and increasing the number of jobs created to 4,000 a year; opening at least eight new mines in the next 10 years; driving the development in the Ring of Fire to support the creation of jobs; providing more family health care for underserviced areas; and streamlining administration of the Northern Health Travel Grant to improve response times and let northerners apply online.

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Six walkers from Nishnawbe Aski Nation have almost completed their three-month journey to an upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada national event on the east coast. “We’ve been busy in this walk from Restigouche, on the New Brunswick-Quebec border,” said Patrick Etherington Sr., one of seven walkers who set out July 29 from Cochrane to walk 2,200 kilometres to the Oct. 26-29 TRC national event in Halifax, N.S. “We’ve been busy doing presentations to the communities, talking to people and accessing radio time. We’ve been able to talk to young kids, youth and survivors.” Etherington had a difficult time when he and the other walkers passed by the Shrine of Cap de la Madeleine in Trois-Rivieres, Que. The shrine is operated by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who also operated the residential school Etherington attended in Fort Albany. “That was overwhelming,” he said. “It was hard for me, but I was glad to be with these young men and with my son. That was a healing experience for me to go through it because it brought back all kinds of memories.” Etherington and the other walkers, Patrick Etherington Jr., Frances Whiskeychan, Robert Hunter, Sam Koosees and James Kioke, also stayed at the Anglican Church Bishop’s house

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Morley Ledger, a 12-year-old Grade 8 student, said he was happy about receiving his uniform. “I’m excited,” he said. “I think it’s going to be fun.” Ningewance said the Junior Rangers will be meeting regularly and is busy planning events for them. “I expect we will be doing a lot of traditional stuff,” she said. “We’re going to get some Rangers and community members to help us with that. They’ll be doing things like how to set a fishing net, smoke fish and stuff like that. They’ll be doing shooting with an air rifle and archery. We’re going to get them out on the land, learning how to use maps and compasses. “I think they are going to have a great time and learn a lot of useful things.”

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fter a day of showing and teaching his niece Michelle Derosier some of the old ways of wild rice harvesting at what the family calls Rice Lake, Uncle Simon sits with the filmmaker in their rustic, old family cabin. “You guys got to do something,” the 75-year-old says of the rice harvesting. “Revive the whole thing.” “That’s what I want do, uncle,” Michelle replies. “That’s exactly what I want to do.” And it’s these attempts to revive that family tradition that are portrayed in Michelle’s 71-minute documentary, Return to Manomin, which premiered Sept. 23 at the Biindigaate Film Festival. The scene sets up the premise of the film. Realizing they are only a few years away from the complete loss of an ancient tradition, Michelle and four generations of her family struggle to return to their traditional wild rice lake. Guided by the spirits of her Grandmothers and the wisdom of her aging uncle, Michelle attempts to revive her family’s annual manomin (Anishinaabe for wild rice) harvest with hopes of passing on the teachings of her ancestors to her children and grandchildren. The film opens with some beautiful scenic shots – the

work of cinematographer Dave Clement – of Rice Lake with a narrator speaking in Anishinaabe, introducing herself as a “grandmother who has left this world and become a spirit.” She indicates the lack of visits to the lake. Then we are introduced to Michelle, who is driving on her journey to revisit her family history. The film is divided into three years, and in year one we are introduced to Uncle Simon, who shares his wisdom of the tradition. “You don’t pick steady everyday,” he says as one of the first tidbits he shares. “You pick for a couple days then let it rest. Ripen, eh.” As they visit the lake, Uncle Simon says there isn’t as much rice as there used to be. The audience at the screening let out a collective gasp as a shot of the present-day lake cuts to an archival photo of the lake full of wild rice. The film’s description in the festival program describes the documentary as being of a cinéma-verité style, in which the presence of the filmmaker or camera is made aware – even acknowledged – by the participants and viewers. This is made apparent in a few scenes. In one instance, we hear Michelle asking, “OK, are we rolling?” before she updates the viewers of her journey. In another scene, Uncle Simon says a prayer, offers tobacco then, as part of the ceremony, passes around a bottle of whiskey to everyone present, including the cameraman, who takes it. The camera

Documentary highlights tradition and family in 71-minute feature aired at the Biindigaate Film Festival Sept. 23.

even engages the participants at times. There are no formal interviews either, save for a couple of Michelle updates. Instead, everyone’s statements or interactions are captured candidly, adding that sense of realism and truthfulness to the film. The film also documents some setbacks in trying to revisit the tradition, be it due to mechanical or environmental factors. “I’m not sure whether or not it’s going to work,” Michelle tearfully laments to the camera. “Whether or not it’s the right thing to do or whether it’s wishful thinking – to think you can go back.” And while the film is about reviving a tradition, at the heart

of it is family. “Here, uncle,” says Michelle’s sister Neechi, offering a walking stick to the Elder. It’s subtle moments like this that help make the film a heart-warming story. While the trip to Rice Lake is a remembrance for the uncle, it’s a discovery for the younger generation. At the advice of the uncle, Michelle brings her daughter MorningStar to the dam up the river leading to the lake. “We’re not sure what we’re doing,” Michelle says to the camera, “but we’re going to check it out.” After the harvest, a teenaged cousin admits to almost making up an excuse not to take part. “But I’m glad I came out,”

she says. The film is also imbued with humour. I won’t spoil anything, but these moments come unexpectedly and perhaps unintentionally by the family members. The film is underscored by the music composed by Jason Burnstick of Winnipeg and Faye Blais of Sudbury. Burnstick’s folk-blues acoustic work and lap-slide guitar adds a downto-earth feel to the film, while Blais’ dynamic vocals and jazz-blues music heightens or underscores the drama in certain scenes. Return to Manomin is a documentary three years in the making, with the past 10 months spent in post-production. While the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council For

the Arts and Eagle Lake First Nation initially funded the project, the budget ran out and the film became a labour of love for the filmmakers. Michelle, who directed the film, was overwhelmed by the response she received. She was moved when a friend said her nine-year-old daughter saw the screening and later asked, “What traditions do we have, mom?” “Everybody has traditions, and we live in an ever-changing world where it’s easy for the traditions to get lost,” Michelle says. “This was about a lot more than making a film, it was about starting an active process of remembering not only who we are as a family but who we are as a people.”

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SIOUX LOOKOUT FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AUTHORITY Primary Health Care Unit MEDICAL SECRETARY Internal/External Posting Permanent Full Time Location: Sioux Lookout, Ontario Reporting to the Operations Supervisor, the Medical Secretary is responsible for performing a variety of medical secretarial duties to Physicians and the Primary Health Care Unit staff. QUALIFICATIONS • Diploma or certificate in Medical Office Assistant or equivalent; • Previous experience (minimum 1- 2 years) in a Medical Office; • Previous experience in medical terminology and medical transcription an asset; • Possess excellent dicta-typing skills; • Proficient keyboarding skills (50 wpm) is required; • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written); KNOWLEDGE & ABILITY • Working knowledge of medical office procedures; • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical and clinic staff and the general public; • Must have experience and understanding of Native culture, and the geographic realities and social conditions within remote First Nation communities; • Superior time management and organizational skills; • Ability to work independently in a high paced work environment. Please send cover letter, resume, three most recent employment references and an up-to-date Criminal Reference Check to: Charlene Samuel, Human Resources Manager Human Resources Department Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority 61 Queen Street, P.O. Box 1300 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8 Phone: (807) 737-1802 Fax: (807) 737-1076 Email: Human.Resources@slfnha.com Closing Date: October 7, 2011

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Employment Opportunity Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation (NALSC) is a unique legal services office that provides legal, paralegal and law-related services to the members of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN). The Restorative Justice Program is an initiative being undertaken by NALSC to provide an alternative to the mainstream justice system which incorporates traditional Aboriginal cultural components. NALSC is seeking a Community Youth Justice Worker for the communities of: Moose Cree, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat and other communities as required. COMMUNITY YOUTH JUSTICE WORKER Working under the direction of the Restorative Justice Manager, the Community Youth Justice Worker will receive diversion referrals, organize and facilitate restorative justice circles, submit reports on a timely basis and assist First Nations in the development of alternative justice systems. Qualifications: y Education and/or equivalent experience in social, justice or law related field; y Experience with the Euro-Canadian Legal system and knowledge of Aboriginal Legal systems; y Experience in organizing and delivering training programs; y Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment; y Computer skills required for word processing, email and internet; y Public speaking skills and excellent oral and written communication skills; y Willingness to communicate with others about law related and traditional issues; y Demonstrated ability to work independently; y Must be willing and able to travel extensively; y Valid Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle; y Ability to speak Cree would be a definite asset. Location: Moose Factory, Ontario Salary: Based upon experience with benefits Closing Date: October 7, 2011 at 5:00pm EST. Please send a resume including three (3) references to: Bob Albany, Restorative Justice Manager By Mail: Attention: Restorative Justice Manager Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation 86 South Cumberland Street, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2V3 By Fax: 807-622-3024 By Email: cjohnson@nanlegal.on.ca

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richness of their culture. The film moved at least one viewer to tears, who said St. Amant’s story is also the story of his own mother. “It’s moments like this – having a member of the community come up to you and you see how it impacted them – that makes this festival special,” Derosier said. For Clement, one of the highlights is the Q&A session that followed The Life You Want, a film produced by the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, which follows a Fort Hope young woman and her journey to overcome her prescription drug addiction. He said he was deeply impacted by the discussion, which included the film’s subject, Doris Slipperjack, talking about her addiction and updates about how she’s doing. Q&A’s are something the committee tried to incorporate more into the program. “It’s a way of creating dia-

logue,” he said. “You actually get to hear from the filmmakers themselves and take part in the discussions.” The festival included films from afar. El Perro del Hortelano (Dog in the Manger) is a Peruvian film about a youth who must navigate the world between an oil company that wants to develop on his ancestral lands and his people who want them out. Another international film, BOY, made its Canadian premier at the festival. The New Zealand coming-ofage comedy film set box office records in its home country and follows Boy, a youth obsessed with Michael Jackson and who tries to reconnect with his returning father. Derosier said these are themes and struggles similar to the Indigenous people of Canada. “It goes back to who is telling the story,” she said. “In the past, First Nations people have not been able to control the image of themselves. With the emerging technology in media arts and the number of Native filmmakers growing, they can now tell their stories and show them to the world.” For the students of Dryden High School, filming allowed them to grow as people. “(The students) would show up even before we got there,” Clement said. “There was one student who was so shy, he didn’t say a word, but at the end, he went up and spoke in front of the students.”

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Artist Elliot DoxtaterWynn stands in front of a new mural he painted with the help of youth from Thunder Bay at Lakehead University’s sweat lodge site. The mural was unveiled at the university’s Fall Harvest Sept. 17.

Film fest launches in Kenora The Sweetgrass Film Festival, a new Indigenous-based film festival, launches in Kenora Sept. 30. The festival features 10 films and videos by Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada and the United States. Hosted by Roots & Rights Media’s Harmony Rice in partnership with Women’s Place Kenora for their 30th anniversary celebration, the festival includes screenings, discussions, a youth video-making workshop and performances by Sarah DeCarlo and Michelle St.John. “It is so great to have an opportunity to promote the arts, present contemporary film and video and to discuss environmental, women’s and Native issues in a venue that will be safe, respectful and positive,” Rice said in a press release. “It’s an honour to be presenting the important and beautiful works created by some of the most amazing Native talents out there today.” Featured films include: Jules Koostachin’s Remembering Inninimowin; Sarah Decarlo’s Land of the Silver Birch, Home of the Beaver; Michelle St. John’s The Road Forward; Michelle Desrosiers’ Return to Manomin; Tannis Nielsen’s Not Forgotten; Xstine Cook’s Spirit of the Bluebird; and Ryan Red Corn’s Bad Indian. For more information about show times and venues call 807-468-9095 or email rootsandrights@gmail.com. -CK

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Scratching the creative itch First-time film project leads to Goose Call Productions Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

Jon Kapashesit of Moose Factory had been working at a local broadcasting company for about a year when he caught a “creative itch” he could not scratch at work. “I work at MRBA (Moose River Broadcasting Association) and we mostly do news stories and broadcasting type of stuff, nothing really film-related,” he said. “ So one day I contacted Phoebe (Sutherland) and I said ‘I want to do something, I want to shoot a film, I want to make something.’” This urge to create led to the filming of Eulogy From the White House, a 16-minute film that screened at the Biindigaate Film Festival in Thunder Bay Sept. 23. The film follows Maggie, a journalist in Europe, who discovers her birth father passed away and returns to her community. Having been taken away from her family when she was very young, she tries to reconnect with her father through what he left behind. Jon had access to a certain location in the community, which he said, “helped spark the creative mode.” “My parents had just bought a house and it’s an old, old house straight out of the ‘70s,” Jon said. “So I had a cool location and wanted to visit that.” Jon told Phoebe about the location and that perhaps the

story could involve “somebody who has trouble sleeping.” “So (the story) just kind of came to me,” Phoebe said, “because I’ve had trouble with insomnia, writer’s block and grief, as well.” Given these parameters, Phoebe churned out a 15-page script overnight. The main character didn’t have a name early on, but the 38-year-old said the inspiration came from listening to the Rod Stewart song Maggie May. In the midst of writing, Phoebe’s friend Jocelyn Cheechoo asked what she was working on. “I said ‘I’m working on this short film with only one person,’” Phoebe recalls. “And I put the idea to her (to act) and she said ‘OK, I’ll read it first.’” Jocelyn, who works in the environmental field, had no acting experience other than her Grade 10 drama class. After reading the script, she liked it and decided she wanted to give the lead role a try. “It was something I wanted to do,” the 31-year-old said, “but it was also a favour because Phoebe and I are really good friends and I wanted to help her out.” While Eulogy From the White House would be Jocelyn’s first acting role, it is also the “maiden voyage” for what would be Phoebe and Jon’s production company, Goose Call Productions. The name for the company stems from a talent that Phoebe

developed growing up when hunting with her father, and it’s a skill that she uses for another purpose. “I coach basketball and I’d encourage my players to play harder and play their best, so I always get loud and call geese,” she said.

new to her. “I’ve always been story writing, and I’ve always kept journals,” she said. She learned to write scripts from a screenwriting book she bought in January. Having graduated from the two-year film production pro-

“When there’s a flock of geese it’s the ones in the back that are encouraging and that’s what I see my role as: getting kids to tell their story.” – Phoebe Sutherland

The name also took on another meaning when she asked her father the Cree word for goose call. He told her it was ‘ket-te hes-kwen,’ for which the literal translation is “using your own voice.” “And that’s something I want to do,” Phoebe said of the translation. “Not just my voice, but, to me, when there’s a flock of geese it’s the ones in the back that are encouraging and that’s what I see my role as: getting kids to tell their story.” Phoebe has little training or experience in film or video production. Her only experience was 20 years ago when she hosted a youth show for Wawatay TV when it had a studio in the community. Otherwise, she edited basketball videos for her team using basic editing software after buying a laptop a few years ago. But writing is not something

gram at Confederation College in 2010, Jon is the “technical go-to guy” of the pair. While Phoebe wrote the story, Jon shot, edited and directed the film. He showed her how to breakdown the script for shooting. And while they followed the script, Jon made suggestions on what to show and what not to for certain scenes. “So it was a bit of a collaboration,” Phoebe said. Using a camera borrowed from MRBA, production took place over the May long weekend at the house. It involved a minimalist crew of Jon, Phoebe and the talent, Jocelyn. While the film only shows the main character, Maggie, she is seen speaking with other characters off-screen, usually on the phone. For the shoot, Phoebe read the lines for Jocelyn to react to on-camera, but family or community members

voiced them later in post-production. To show Maggie traveling to the community, they obtained permission to use a plane at the Moosonee airport. One of the more emotional scenes in Eulogy is when Maggie breaks down. Jocelyn said this was the most challenging aspect of her role. “Maggie didn’t know her father, so it was difficult for me to relate to because I get along very well with my father,” she said. “The whole shoot was very relaxed with a lot of joking and laughing,” Jon said, adding that he never directed anyone in a crying scene before. “But when it came to that scene, we got more serious and Jocelyn went into a certain mode.” Jocelyn said she was given several options in how to shoot the scene, including acting it out to the camera with no crew present. “But I preferred them to be there because what if I did it but I wasn’t in shot,” she said with a laugh. “ I wouldn’t want to have to do it again.” The scene was shot late at night and to help work up to it, “Jon, Phoebe and I had a long and good talk about the idea of family.” Then they rolled the camera. As Jocelyn played out the scene, Phoebe was so moved that “I was on the verge of crying and almost dropped the boom mic,” she said, laughing about it now. “And after Jon said ‘cut,’ Jocelyn and I hugged, and it

was just, wow, a really great moment for us.” After production wrapped, Jon edited the film in the evenings or weekends at work until they acquired their own editing computer. Jon, a musician, also composed the score. While the title Eulogy From the White House might suggest a U.S. political drama, Phoebe said it’s based on the grieving theme in the story and the colour of the house. In describing the film’s theme, Phoebe said: “At the heart of it, everyone has a father and at some point in our life, we’re all going to lose our dads.” She lauded Jocelyn’s performance, saying, “Her as Maggie, she just totally connected with that and I was very impressed.” Meanwhile, Jocelyn said she felt very comfortable working with Phoebe and Jon. “I’m very impressed and am proud to be a part of the project,” she said. Goose Call Productions is in the midst of growing. They recently acquired some equipment and plan to set up a base of operations in Moose Factory in the near future. Meanwhile, Phoebe is working on a feature-length script and is attending Docs North, a five-day film workshop initiative in Thunder Bay Oct. 3-7. Jon plans on shooting more narrative films. “I always have a bunch of scripts laying around,” he said.

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Michael Archibald battled alcohol for more than 10 years after having his first child. After seeking treatment, the Taykaw Tagamou First Nation member has not had a drink since and recently released the album Change Our Ways, which deals with themes related to alcohol abuse and rehabilitation.

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Songwriting didn’t always come easy for Michael Archibald. “I didn’t have the patience and probably didn’t have the confidence,” the 35-year-old said. “I’d think, ‘That’s not good enough’ and wouldn’t play it again.” After overcoming self-esteem issues tied to alcohol abuse, Change Our Ways is the debut album for the Taykwa Tagamou First Nation member, which he independently produced while living in Timmins. Michael’s music career began when he was 12 and his stepmother showed him some chords on her acoustic guitar. “I learned from there and I started reading guitar magazines,” he said. The guitar riff in Dire Straits’ 1985 single, Money For Nothing, inspired him. “I used to always play air guitar to that,” he said. “Then I got into Guns ‘N Roses and Jimi Hendrix, and my sisters would listen to a lot of 70s music like Led Zeppelin.” At 14, Michael bought his first guitar – B.C. Rich Ironbird – after saving up from a summer job. He then joined his cousins Conrad and Stewart Sutherland in jam sessions in the Sutherlands’ home. Looking back, Michael has an appreciation for their mother. “She always put up with us, always jamming in her house,” he said. “We probably wouldn’t be musicians if it wasn’t for her.” At 16, Archibald and the Sutherland brothers played their first live gig at the Jammin’ On The Bay music festival in Moosonee. “We were doing a Metallica cover, I think, and Conrad was

singing. Halfway through, he said into the mic, ‘F--- this’ and stopped singing,” Archibald recalled with a laugh. “So I started singing. And I’ve been singing ever since.” Stewart recalled Conrad and Michael would try recording music in a homemade studio using a tape recorder. “It looked like a disaster with wires all over the place,” Stewart said. The trio continued to play together for a number of years. Though they went through several band names, most people referred to them as “the New Post guys,” reflecting the former name of their community. In 2000, one of the Sutherland brothers wanted to rename the band “just to change the name,” Michael said. Their community, New Post, changed its name to Taykwa Tagamou, Cree for “water on top of a hill” in reference to a lake on high ground near the community. So the trio named their band Highwaters. But they would not be a steady musical group for a number of reasons. “We all kind of moved on and moved or had kids,” Stewart said. For Archibald, one lifechanging event affected him the most in a negative way. “I was 18 and had my first child and I knew I had to be responsible,” he said. “Instead I started to drink heavily because it scared me. Booze took over and I was out of control.” It wasn’t uncommon to see Michael at the local club or bar or at house parties in Timmins or Cochrane. One of his low points was waking up one morning in someone’s home in Timmins and realizing it was Christmas and he didn’t know where he was.

“I was thinking ‘Where am I? How come I’m not at home with my kids?’” A turning point came to him when he was drinking in a bar by himself. “I looked around and I saw other people drinking and laughing and having a good time, and I thought ‘How come I can’t do this when I’m sober?’” Then he began to think about the ones he loved. “I felt guilty for not being a father to my children. I was always getting a babysitter on the weekends so I could go party. I thought it was normal, especially growing up when my parents did the same to me.” It was after this realization that Michael sought treatment. He went to detox and attended a treatment centre near Six Nations in southern Ontario for four weeks. It was there that he had an educational experience. “You learn about yourself,” he said. “What makes you tick, and you remember past traumas.” It’s after his rehabilitation that Michael began to write music during his time off work in construction. For this record, his newfound confidence allowed him to channel his creative energy and write songs about his past experiences. The first song he wrote, Change Our Ways, is about “the pain and alcohol in our communities.” Another song, Slide, is “about my time in treatment. Although the words aren’t specific, that’s what I was thinking (when I wrote it).” The songs were recorded with the assistance of George Witham, who, along with mixing and playing bass and drums, also acted as a producer. “I’d come to him with the ideas, lyrics and arrangement, and he would say ‘work on the

lyrics’ or ‘try singing the melody a little different,’” Archibald said. While the album was recorded without the assistance of his old jamming buddies, they were quick to congratulate him on his accomplishment. “I feel really proud of Mike for recording his album,” Stewart said. “That was always one of his life goals – to record an album – and he did it. That’s awesome.” Archibald is working independently to promote his album. He has a Facebook page for his music and has submitted his album for the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Recently, his single, Together We Stand, entered the National Aboriginal Music Countdown Top 40. Given the album’s theme, Archibald wants his next album to have a different feel. “Now that they’re out, I don’t want to write songs like that again,” he said. “The next one will be more upbeat.” Archibald said he doesn’t like to preach to people about how people should live their lives. “I’d rather let people live their own life,” he said. “I’m sure they already have people telling them how to live their life.” But he does offer some advice. “There’s a lot of low points you can come to in your life, but drugs and alcohol aren’t the answer. There’s a lot of help out there.” Archibald has not smoked, consumed alcohol or done drugs for more than four years. “Life is good being sober,” he said. “I’m enjoying life right now.” Anyone looking to hear his music can find it on his Facebook fan page or by going to his Myspace at myspace.com/ Mikearchibald.

Thunder Bay is looking for communication coordinator for the recently announced Animkii the Animkii Festival, is expectFestival to be a major attraction ing people to come from all over for people from across North North America to participate in America. the arts and cultural activities. “The Animkii Festival will “It’s an opportunity for our bring people from all over traditional crafters to showNorth America to celebrate case what they have to offer,” Aboriginal arts, culture and Wilkinson-Simard said. “Our multi-media,” said Anna Gib- competition powwow (will) bon, Aboriginal liaison for the showcase what First Nations City of Thunder Bay. “It’s a tre- singers and dancers have to mendous opportunity for the offer to the area and to highcity. Not only has this event light their accomplishments.” been expanded to four days, but Wilkinson-Simard said singthe community is now taking it ers and dancers from across the over and will be organizing the region and as far away as Sasevent completely.” katchewan and Minnesota are Now organized by the Thun- looking forward to the opporder Bay Aboriginal Arts and tunity to share their singing and Heritage Group, the event dancing skills at the competiwill be held Oct. 13-16 at the tion powwow. Coliseum Building on Thunder The Animkii Festival will Bay’s CLE grounds. The group include an arts and crafts marhas a vision to expand the event ket, workshops for crafters and Lookout intoThe a majorSioux cultural event for artists,Bulletin fashion arts workshops, 737-3209 Fax: (807)and 737-3084 Email: advertisi the Tel: City (807) of Thunder Bay. fashion stage photogra“This is truly a success story,” phy workshops, multi-arts Project: BH Client: said. Shibogama Gibbon “The Aboriginal workshops, entertainment community always contrib- workshops, Design Version: 1 a fashion models, 10 2011 Pub. Date:has08 uted to the economic, social, designers and musicians meet Homes.ai Filename: C Ads/08well-being 10 2011/ Shibogama spiritual and cultural and greet,Boarding an evening fashion material designed The Sioux LookoutaBulletin is strictly for us of Advertising our community. The Anim- by show and concert, community and their property until a copyright purchase kiiBulletin Festival is will justremain another way feast, a community traditionalfee has bee in which the Aboriginal com- gathering, a festival of commumunity is helping Thunder Bay nity services and an informato grow while showcasing our tion market, cultural workshops community to the world.” and a powwow dance contest David Wilkinson-Simard, and singing contest. -RG

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