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Ministries to work with Treaty #3 on economies PAGE 3

No career out of reach for dedicated students SECTION B

Snack program succeeds in Fort Albany PAGE 14

April 30, 2009

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Beardy applauds support of Jordan’s Principle

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Rick Garrick

Wawatay News

Grand Chief Stan Beardy applauds the province for formally pledging its support for Jordan’s Principle. “Jordan’s Principle will ensure that the health and well-being of First Nation children takes priority over bureaucratic bickering over who should pay the bills,� Beardy said. “This will ensure that First Nations children have access to the same level of care and services as all children in Canada without undue delay.� Aboriginal Affairs Minister Brad Duguid pledged the Ontario government’s support for Jordan’s Principle during an April 22 legislative session at Queen’s Park. “By giving our support to Jordan’s Principle today, this government promises to work with First Nation families, communities and the federal government to make certain that jurisdictional disputes do not interfere in the timely provision of urgent health care services for First Nation children in Ontario,� Duguid said. “We’re committed to improving services for all Aboriginal children and youth, both on and off reserve, to help them reach their full potential,� said Deb Matthews, minister of Children and Youth Services. “I’m proud to demonstrate our continued support for Jordan’s Principle today and re-state our commitment to ensuring that the health, safety and well-being of First Nation’s children are put first, ahead of any jurisdictional issues.� Jordan’s Principle is named after Jordan River Anderson, an Anishnabe child from northern Manitoba who was born with complex medical needs and placed in foster care so he could access the services he required. Despite being medically fit to be transferred to a foster home closer to his First Nation, Anderson spent his entire four-year life away from family and his community while the Manitoba and federal governments argued about who should pay for his care. See CARE page 16

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A group of Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School students carve decoys during DFC’s April 27 Spring Cultural Event, which also featured a bannock making workshop, a drumming workshop, a traditional games workshop, a photo voice display of photos taken by DFC students, a traditional sewing workshop, and a career booth fair in the gymnasium. For more, please see pages 8-9.

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The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society is looking to research and document Norval Morrisseau’s artwork in a catalogue raisonnĂŠ. “We are trying to produce a catalogue raisonnĂŠ, a document or book that has everything he has produced,â€? said Dr. Elizabeth McLuhan, one of the directors with the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society and an independent writer/curator who worked with Morrisseau in the 1970s and 1980s when she was curator of the Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art (Thunder Bay Art Gallery). “The ultimate catalogue – this is a huge job.â€? McLuhan spoke about Morrissaeu’s work during her presentation, The Shaman’s Garden: Anishnaabe Traditions and the Roots of Morrisseau’s Global Vision, which she delivered at Lakehead University on the evening of April 17. “He (Morrisseau) believed the Anishinabe culture had a great deal to say to the world,â€? McLuhan said. “From the beginning, he worked in both worlds.â€? McLuhan said Morrisseau had a “landmark exhibitâ€? at the Pollock Gallery in Toronto in 1962. “It was an overnight success,â€? McLuhan said. “He was declared a genius by the local papers in Toronto.â€? “Five years later, he had a solo exhibition in France. There were 12,000 people who attended, including Picasso and Chagall.â€?

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Teresa Magiskan and Dr. Elizabeth McLuhan reacquaint themselves during McLuhan’s April 17 presentation on Norval Morrisseau, entitled The Shaman’s Garden: Anishnaabe Traditions and the Roots of Morrisseau’s Global Vision. The two women worked together at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in the early 1980s. McLuhan said Governor General MichaĂŤlle Jean was so taken by Morrisseau’s painting Androgyny that she currently has it hanging in her residence in Ottawa. “Androgyny is Norval’s masterpiece,â€? McLuhan said. “It represents his understanding of Ojibwe cosmology. The title represents the Anishinabe world view that we are all male and female.â€? McLuhan said there were virtually no other Aboriginal artists in Canada when Morrisseau began his career; contemporary native artists were expected to meet western expectations. Morrisseau used his art to record the oral traditions of the Anishinabe at a time when those traditions seemed to be disappearing, bridging the gap between ancient tradition and contemporary art and Aborigi-

nal and non-aboriginal cultures. “It was an urgent task to undertake,� McLuhan said. “Norval was an active student – he would go and find the pictograph sites.� McLuhan described Morrisseau’s images, from figures contained by solid lines and even sometimes secondary lines to connecting lifelines to ovoids. “The divided ovoids are in fact life sources,� McLuhan said. “Before Norval, we had these nineteenth century representations.� Teresa Magiskan, Anishinawbe Mushkiki’s traditional co-ordinator who worked with McLuhan 27 years ago at the Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre, said Morrisseau’s focus on the oral traditions brought about a renewal of Anishinabe heritage. “Norval captured the tradi-

tions of our people,â€? Magiskan said. “That is how our culture was renewed. You can still see the renaissance of our culture in our communities.â€? The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society began preparation for the catalogue raisonnĂŠ in 2006 by compiling a comprehensive registry of all the known works attributed to Morrisseau. Over 1,960 works have been registered to date, from over 70 museums and galleries and over 1,600 private collectors in Canada, the United States and around the world. Catalogue raisonnĂŠs are usually completed for artists of exceptional calibre and significance, such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and David Milne; the Norval Morrisseau catalogue raisonnĂŠ will be the first completed for an Aboriginal artist in Canada.

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MNR, MNDM to work with Treaty #3 on economics Rick Garrick

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Grand Council Treaty #3 has partnered with two Ontario government ministries to promote greater economic activities for its communities. “Our Chiefs will now be better engaged in our relationship with these key ministries and receive much welcome support through our impact/benefit coordinators,” said Ogichidaakwe Diane Kelly of Grand Council Treaty #3. “It is a start that I am hopeful will be the foundation of all activity and development in our territory, to see our communities as viable economic partners and that the Anishinaabe will truly benefit from our shared resources into the future.” The ministries of Natural Resources and Northern Development and Mines and Treaty #3 signed a letter of intent with April 16 to work together in promoting greater economic opportunities for First Nation communities in Treaty 3 territory. “Today’s signing will help contribute to developing a closer working relationship with Grand Council Treaty #3 as we seek to ensure benefits for Anishinaabe people,” said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield. “We’re doing what we can to ensure an improved quality of life and expanded economic opportunities for all Aboriginal peoples.” The MNR is already involved in a number of partnerships with Treaty #3 communities which focus on building relationships, pursuing economic

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Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield, Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle and Ogichidaakwe Diane Kelly, Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty #3 exchnages gifts. Agnes Kabatay, right, made the gifts of moccasins and ribbon shirt presented to them. The ministries of Natural Resources and Northern Development and Mines and Grand Council Treaty #3 signed a letter of intent to improve and enhance their working relationship at Stanjikoming First Nation on April 16. development opportunities such as green energy and forestry, and youth employment. One project involves Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Eagle Lake First Nation, Pikangikum – a non-Treaty 3 First Nation – and Finland’s Wood Tech Group in a proposed wood products mill partnership. The

Two Feathers Forest Products Limited Partnership, which involves the harvest and production of value-added forest products using state-of-the-art Scandinavian technology, a biomass cogeneration plant and a wood pellet facility, is proposed to employ about 130 Aboriginal people directly in its operations

once the project is completed in 2011. The MNR and Lac Seul First Nation are also working together to implement an Engagement Protocol to ensure the community’s continued participation in processes related to the planning and management of lands and resources in its

area, including the identification of potential resource-based economic development opportunities for the community, participation on the 2011-2021 Lac Seul Forest Management Planning Team and the harvest of allocations adjacent to the reserve. In addition, the MNR is sup-

porting the construction of an all-weather causeway and bridge to connect Kejick Bay to the mainland, slated to be completed this summer. The MNR has also helped fund the Lac La Croix First Nation Community Economic Development Plan, which is scheduled to be completed in May to provide economic development opportunities for the community in the forestry, waterpower and tourism sectors. Other initiatives include: a Fire Response Agreement with Naicatchwenin First Nation to implement fire response capabilities in the community and adjacent land; partnerships with Stanjikoming and Rainy River First Nations to gather information on species at risk; initial planning for a number of renewable energy proposals by First Nations communities for private sector hydropower; a number of forest harvesting, silvicultural and road maintenance agreements; improved communication on resource management issues; and halfday employment education sessions for high school students to raise awareness of career opportunities in natural resources. “Signing a Letter of Intent is more than a symbolic gesture,” said Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle. “It clearly demonstrates that our government is fully engaged in efforts to work with chiefs, territorial leaders and other First Nation officials from across Ontario to effect change for the better.”

Detachment lacked infrastructure: Luloff Pamela Matthews Wawatay News

The final weeks of the Coroner’s inquest into the fire at the Kashechewan Nishnawbe Aski Police Service detachment that killed two young men, Ricardo Wesley, 22, and Jamie Goodwin, 20, are underway in Toronto. The fourth week of the inquest began with the presentation of an investigative report from the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM). The Fire Investigation Services section of the OFM has the primary responsibility of investigating any fire that falls under the criteria of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA). The OFM then determines the urgency of response that is required, and the level to which the investigation is to be conducted, either Phase 1, 2 or 3, the inquest jury heard. An investigation conducted at a Phase 2 or 3 level involves a more wide-ranging evaluation of factors beyond origin and cause than an investigation conducted at a Phase 1 level. It was reported that during the 2005/06 fiscal year, investigators probed a total of 517 fires, 12 at a Phase 2 level and two at a Phase 3 level. One of the Phase 3 investigations was conducted on the fatal fire in Kashechewan. The jury was first shown video footage of the fire site followed by several videos of a variety of tests done by the Fire Marshal’s office. The tests were reconstructions of the conditions which they believe were in place when the fire broke out, although, “One can never replicate exactly what happened,” the fire marshal said. It has been reported there was a foam mattress (sponge) in Wesley’s cell that has been

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As a coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Ricardo Wesley, 22, and Jamie Goodwin, 20, in Kashechewan comes to an end soon, emotions still run high because of the sometimes graphic tesimony. cited as a contributing factor to the fire. The OFM conducted several tests, all shown on DVD to the jury, some with no sprinkler system involved (like Kashechewan) and others with a working sprinkler system. In one of the OFM’s controlled demonstrations, a polyurethane mattress, similar to the one in Wesley’s cell, is set ablaze. The investigators used strategically placed thermal coupled devices to measure the temperature. As the jury watched, fire started to consume the mattress at an alarming rate. Smoke quickly rose to the ceiling, turning very black with toxic deadly gases. Within a minute, the whole mattress was up in flames as the toxic black smoke filled the cell and spread out into the hallway. It is at this point, the Fire Marshall pointed out, that a fire alarm and sprinklers, if installed, would have started. In less than two minutes, the fire had completely consumed the sponge mattress, flames shooting high into the ceiling. And, in less than three minutes (two minutes, 46 seconds in this demonstration) everything from floor to ceiling had been completely consumed. At this

point, on the video, there was zero visibility, due to the thick black smoke. The polyurethane mattress, which was bought at the Northern Store for this demonstration (and also thought to be of the same type in Wesley’s cell), would have emitted a deadly combination of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and hydrocyanide, the toxic by-products of the combustion of the foam material. The jury was shown temperature graphs from the investigation that depicted temperatures exceeding 100 degrees celsius 70 to 80 seconds after the start of the fire, at which point one would be suffering the effects of the toxic gases. At those temperatures, it would be impossible for someone to handle the cell locking mechanism with bare hands, the inquest heard. After approximately two and a half minutes, it was reported temperatures would increase dramatically and the cell would be uninhabitable. The fire marshal also pointed out that, at this time, the smaller type of fire extinguishers (less than 10 pounds) would have trouble putting out this type of fire. Nishnawbe Aski Nation

(NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler also testified. Fiddler participated as a contextual witness and provided testimony on policing services, funding, political structure and governance as well as social, cultural and economic conditions faced by the First Nation communities of NAN. In questioning, Fiddler spoke of the high costs of food and the lack of fresh produce, all of which contribute to the high incidence of diabetes in their young people. When asked for recommendations to the jury, Fiddler said requests have been made by the chiefs to have better policing in their territories, whose communities continue to grow, and there has to be some infrastructure to ensure standards and codes are met and addressed. “Given their conditions (NAPS officers) have done their best in everything to meet the needs of our community with their limited resources,” Fiddler said. Fiddler also expressed, on behalf of NAN, his condolences and support to the families, and their commitment to ensure everything will be done so that this tragedy does not happen again. Next on the stand was Wesley

Luloff, a 22-year veteran with the RCMP, who joined NAPS in 1994, starting in Kashechewan. When asked what he observed in terms of infrastructure at that time, he replied, “There was no infrastructure.” He added there was “no detachment, there was no set up of any middle management, NCO’s, no policy, and logistically we had to start figuring out how to do things.” Luloff went on to describe the conditions in Kashechewan at the time, stating the original plan was to have NAPS Headquarters in Kashechewan but “it never took off.” He said the detachment was very inadequate and officers had to detain prisoners in the cells in the basement of the band office. Luloff became chief of NAPS in 1998 and reported improvements had not been made. “(I) inherited the same conditions that existed in 1994,” he said. Some detachments did not have telephone service and often one detachment could not contact another. Luloff further explained by 2002, NAPS was running into “some serious problems” administrational, operational and legally. “We were on life support systems,” and were in need of immediate help, he told the jury. “We had some people out there that needed to be mentored (but they had no one to train them). He added that some of the officers were working by themselves for months. In 2004, he made a presentation to Ottawa and produced photographs of some of the detachments. One photo was of the bandowned Wunnumin Lake detachment (taken in 2000), which depicted a two-room building

with no running water and no toilet and which was heated with baseboard electric heaters. It contained two plywood detention cells with no bars. A photo of the Wapekeka detachment, which was converted from a residential building owned by the band, showed that the police officer’s office was in one of the cells. Other photos of detachments in Wahgoshig, Kingfisher Lake and Neskantaga showed rundown buildings, one-room trailers, no proper detention cells, boarded-up windows and no running water. Luloff also added the lack of housing was always an issue with current and potential NAPS officers since, unless you lived in the community, there was no place to live. Officers could not bring their families and would have to live in teacher’s residences (in the summer), hotels or bunkhouses for construction companies. In terms of new police recruits, Luloff said, “Basically, a good quality of life could (not) be offered to them.” Luloff, who retired as NAPS chief at the end of December 2005, just days before the deaths, choked back tears as he recalled for years, he had alerted authorities to problems caused by the lack of adequate funding. “It would take a death for them to finally wake up,” he said. When asked for recommendations for the jury, Luloff said policing is a provincial responsibility and that they have to have a legislative framework (to meet adequacy standards) for investigations, training, buildings and health and safety that is the same as other police forces. “First Nations people must have the same level as anybody else in the province of Ontario,” Luloff said.


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Who makes the grade James Thom To THE POINT

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t was with mixed emotions I read two northern Ontario First Nations will soon receive new schools. Wabaseemoong and North Spirit Lake First Nation will each receive a new school under the federal government’s Economic Action Plan, which included a $1.4 billlion investment for Aboriginal peoples. Everyone deserves a good school which will give students a healthy learning environment and staff a place to be proud to work at. These communities should be no different. But on the other hard, there may be other communities in a greater need. Attawapiskat has been fighting for a new school for decades. For nearly my lifetime, the community has been fighting for a new school after a diesel fuel spill contaminated land around the community. Since then, students have been schooled in portables in the community. In recent weeks, the contaminated school was demolished. Instead of improving the situation, it was actually exasperated because the contamination rose to the surface and became airborne. A sickening stench engulfed part of the First Nation making many community members ill. A state of emergency was declared by community leadership. The timing of the announcement of the new schools wreaks of political opportunism. Last spring, North Spirit Lake First Nation was told it was a victim of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s “funding pressures” and wouldn’t be getting a new school for five years. At that time, the federal Kenora riding was Liberal, with Roger Valley serving as member of Parliament. When Valley was ousted from office in the election last fall, Conservative Greg Rickford was elected. Seven months later, the school in North Spirit Lake is going ahead again. Is it a coincidence that a school is being built in Conservative riding? The community had been told previously, in a letter dated Jan. 21, 2008, funds for their school would be scheduled to flow beyond 2012 or 2013. In announcing the funding on behalf of INAC Minister Chuck Strahl, Rickford said a priority list of the schools needing replacement was used to identify which would be done first. According to INAC, Victoria Linklater School is undersized

and overcrowded with a remaining lifespan of two to three years. The school – with students from kindergarten to Grade 8 – cannot adequately accommodate the 75 or more students who attend it, Wawatay was told last spring. At that time supplies were scattered around the school to make use of all of its space. The school does not have a gym so any physical activities took place in the hallways or outside. In Attawapiskat, New Democrat Charlie Angus, alongside students and community leaders, has been fighting on behalf of the school since he was elected. About 400 students have been affected by the school issues in Attawapiskat. For nearly a decade, students have been taught in portables. The community was promised a new school in 2005. But in December of 2007, after three consecutive INAC ministers approved the $30-million school, the project hit a wall. The community was told the funds wouldn’t flow any time soon, again because of funding pressures including a skilled labour shortage, high fuel and steel prices and the need to provide funds for emergency situations, such as evacuations. In the past four years, since I’ve started working at Wawatay, I’ve heard about and seen the state of some of the schools in Nishnawbe Aski Nation. On the front page of the INAC website, it says “The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Aboriginal peoples enjoy the same education opportunities as other Canadians. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) has primary responsibility for education for First Nations people on reserve.” I take that to mean INAC understands its role in education. It’s just not very good at it. It’s obvious when you compare the state of schools in the rest of the province and those on First Nations. Maybe INAC is the problem. It’s a catch-all for everything related to First Nations. In the rest of the province, you have school boards spending tax dollars on education. I’m not suggesting school boards are perfect, but in an emergency like mould being found in a school, they don’t study the problem to death before reacting to it. It’s a process that takes days, not weeks, months or years to rectify. Maybe that’s why Charlie Angus speaks so passionately on behalf of students throughout his riding. I remember when he was on the Northeastern Catholic District School Board. He was passionate then too.

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A community meeting is held in Pikangikum in 1981.

Circle of life continues to spin Xavier Kataquapit Under the Northern Sky

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ecently, some loved ones close to me passed on. This end of life experience makes so many people sad but strangely enough it is also balanced by the arrival of new life. Happily, my family has a new baby girl to celebrate. Nevaeh, April, Claudia Koostachin was delivered to my niece, Rita Shisheesh and her boyfriend, Trevor Koostachin on April 13, Easter Monday. This nine pound, six ounce little girl comes into my world to join a very big family and I know my sister Jackie, who is the granny will do whatever she can to spoil her newly arrived baby girl. The birth of Nevaeh got me thinking. It occurs to me that this little girl is very lucky to be joining a large and caring family. Her dad, Trevor is studying at university and her mom Rita is also busy getting a college education. Little Nevaeh will want for nothing. She will be surrounded by family and everything she needs will be provided. Her well being will be guaranteed with access to medical care, proper nutrition, clean water to drink and a safe and warm environment. I am reminded how lucky we are to be born in this part of the world. More

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so I realize how fortunate little Nevaeh is to be born in Canada where life is very, very good. My travels have taken me to many countries and I have seen what life is like in the third world. Things are not perfect in my hometown of Attawapiskat right now with a toxic fuel leak problem that is making life miserable for my people. Many First Nation communities do not have the advantages of non-Native towns and cities but still life is good in this country compared to others. By the sheer fact that little Nevaeh was born in Canada she immediately joins a privileged class of the world population in the top 10 percent of people on this planet who have a good life. In contrast millions of babies are born into third world conditions where there is no clean water, not enough food to eat, little sanitation, many terrible diseases and little medical or health care available and destitute conditions. It is hard to believe, but true, that most people on this planet go to bed hungry every night and they do not even have the luxury of clean, safe and affordable drinking water. Thousands of babies die every day in poor parts of the world because of all of these combined threats to life. Still, although we are in such a privileged position and so lucky to have all that we benefit from and even in excess, we do not think much about the plight of most people who are starving to death. Why is it that although we have this knowledge we do not

respond in a more vigorous way? You would think that we lucky ones in the developed world would be scrambling to help our brothers and sisters who are not as fortunate as us. It seems like we only get involved with the very poor in the third world when it is for our own interests. The only time I really hear that we show an interest in the third world is when we in the developed countries want some of the natural resources that are available in another country.

Tonight I am thinking about how happy I am for Rita and Trevor and our entire family on the arrival of little Nevaeh. We seem more than willing to topple governments we don’t like and go to war to make sure we have enough oil, precious metals and large tracts of forest. We are ready to send troops into countries and fight wars that kill thousands of people. Yet, we know that every day there are countless numbers of people dying of all sorts of neglect and we are not really committed to assisting them. What if we knew that after our life is over we would have the opportunity after death to be reborn and come back to earth as a fresh new baby? What if we have no control on who we are born to and

where we are born on this planet? Would something like this encourage us to be more helpful to those that are less fortunate than us in other parts of this world? Who knows…. maybe that is how things work? Well, wouldn’t that be a surprise if we were born to a family in the jungles of Africa or South America and when we arrived we had no clean water to drink, no food to eat, no health assistance to battle disease and not much of a future to look forward to? If this was the case and we knew it and we had that kind of knowledge, things would be very different on the planet earth. Maybe we would be ready to donate to helpers like www.stephenlewisfoundation. org or plancanada.ca So, tonight I am thinking about how happy I am for Rita and Trevor and our entire family on the arrival of little Nevaeh and with her birth I am conscious of just how lucky she is and we are to be born and living this life of luxury and abundance in mainly a safe place with a world of opportunity. I am also reminded that our brothers and sister human beings on this planet for the most part are in terrible situations and dying in the thousands every day because of who they are and where they are. In Heaven’s name it is time we start thinking about sharing what we have to make things better for those who have not. By the way, Nevaeh is Heaven spelled in reverse. What a coincidence….or is it?

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Recovery gives second chance at life Good Day All! For those of you reading this article, it is not my intent to offend or cause any bias towards anyone. This is my recovery story. I am proud to have regained my status in the human race and society. For many moons, I have always thought that I was different from everyone else because I was born Anishnawbe on this Turtle Island now known as Canada. In the early years of my life my parents lived a nomadic life. This lifestyle appeared to be very peaceful, wonderful and close to Mother Nature or Earth. My parents taught me basic survival skills, but this lifestyle was disrupted from an intrusive culture that demanded my family to live to others’ norms, values, beliefs, and sentiments. The approach and process used to make these changes were through the church and school systems. The learning systems from these two institutions were very tactful and out right defiant towards the Anishnawbe way of life. At the age of seven I started to attend school. If I did not attend school on a regular basis, my parents would lose the family allowance-welfare and any other form of government assistance that they may have been entitled to. I was coerced into getting a formal education. I did not fully understand the meaning of attending school but I did learn many different things. From this schooling I adopted these new ideals into negative behavior and attitude. As time went on I made a 180-degree turn away from my culture. From both the school and church, I learned that my culture and traditions were adversary and the work of the devil. The Anishnawbe culture and customs were frowned upon, as they were considered to be backwards and non-progressive. Also, I learned I was an Indian with a Treaty number tacked onto my name to prove

of my existence in society. Later, I learned I lived in a reserved land with the status of a Treaty Indian. My parents were forced to live on reserved land. There, we were confined in this reserved land and given the right to continue to practice the vocations of my ancestors. This all sounded good and comforting; of course, there was something else that came with this deal. This was an annual Treaty payment of $4 for ceasing from living a nomadic life or traditional life style. As time went by I came to learn that as an Indian the government made a law known as the Indian Act which governed my life. In addition to the government, the church had a role in my life in attempting to change me into an ideal image of another man’s culture, norm, beliefs etc. The Indian Act and Church Canon Laws were meant to reshape my identity and assimilate me into the mainstream society. Often times, I asked myself, “Did God make a mistake making me as Anishnawbe?� At the time I did not realize I had a false belief, values, and sentiments. Then one day, I discovered something magical with power; they called it fire water in my native dialect. This firewater, once I consumed it, gave me power, pomp, courage, and took away all shyness and fear I may have had. From this experience I began to accept the effect it had on me. Although, I did not like the taste of it but the affects were what attracted me. Because of loving the affects of the firewater, I continued to drink. My drinking progressed and escalated into an oblivion state. For sometime, this became a pattern in my life or daily activity. The more I consumed alcohol, it consumed me into anoblivious state in which I never understood and knew why. Although I made countless visits to counselling agencies and sought out counsel from

counsellors or elders alike no recovery prevailed. I certainly received a lot of knowledge and know how. I use that lore to manipulate my addiction to alcohol. Any suggestions or plans that were set out for me to follow; I would turn around and reverse them to satisfy my drinking needs. I wanted to get that instant healing or removal of my problem(s). This is because I was not ready to face the fact that I was an alcoholic or have trouble in living my life or purpose. There I would be smarting out with defiance and exhibit of know it all and play a big shot. One day, I decided to seek out an elder whom I thought would help me with my dilemma. Yes, he did help; but I was not ready to accept it. I chose to ignore or disobey his teachings. I passed this information to the Elder whom I consulted. I said, “I have been receiving subliminal messages which I can not understand. I need someone to interpret these messages for me.� I passed on the information I needed interpreting. The Elder said, “These subliminal messages are warnings and teachings for you to learn, listen and follow them. It has to do with the lifestyle you lead.� From what he had to say, I did not understand and was certainly uncomfortable about it. I chose to ignore it and shrugged it off, as it’s only a dream. In April 1976, I had an awakening experience. One morning, as I looked out from my hotel room window, I saw a couple walking on the street with a happy smile, full of loving and peaceful. I noticed a fresh snow had fallen on the street. I had never seen fresh snow so white, fluffy and clean. As I watched the couple, for a moment I moved away from the window only to learn that the couple disappeared. I wondered where they had gone. I sat down on my bed wondering where they could have gone.

The phenomenon of this experience probed me to want to quit drinking. There was a pull out directory attached to the phone. On the directory there were three phone numbers: Alcoholics Anonymous, Catholic Family Development Centre and Salvation Army. Since, I am a member of a Catholic Church I selected to call Catholic Family Development Center. I made a couple of phone calls to Catholic Family Development Center. At each time before they answered my call I would hung up. I made a third attempt; they answered my call at which time, fear and apprehension took over me before I could say anything, I hung up the phone. This was my first attempt ever to take the steps to quit alcohol. After this incident, I just carried on drinking that day. I just wanted to forget what I did, what I saw and what happened. For another several years of sporadic drinking, I April 09, continued only2009 to get worse. Each drinking bout was to drink to get drunk. 2This COL x 28 AGATES became a pattern of my drinking behavior and attitude, Completed by: Javier Espinoza which continued until such time that I hit rock bottom. It was in November 1979, another revelation happened in my life. This time a street person walked in to the booze camp all cleaned, shaved, well dressed and groomed with a smile from ear to ear. I wondered about the guy. I asked him, “What ever happened to you?� He began to tell us about his newly found sobriety. He had attended an alcohol treatment program, got counseling and self-help recovery programs. I loved and liked what he had to say. So, I decided to seek out the same treatment. I ran home to call Lewkin Detox centre in Thunder Bay. The person who answered the phone wanted me to come right away.

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base of identical investments. Easier estate settlement process. Having investment and bank accounts spread among many different financial institutions will make your estate settlement process administratively more difficult for your executor/liquidator and potentially more costly. By consolidating assets, you have peace of mind knowing that after you pass away, your surviving spouse or other beneficiaries will have one point of contact that you trust who will manage their overall assets to ensure they have adequate income. More efficient retirement income planning. Consolidation also enables you to manage your investments more effectively, helping you structure your investments to generate the retirement income you need. In retirement, you will have many different income sources, such as government pensions, employer pensions, Locked-in Retirement Savings Plans, Registered Retirement Income Funds, non-registered income and part-time employment income. If you have one advisor managing your investments, it’s easier for that advisor to determine how and in what order you should be withdrawing from all the different income sources to maximize your after-tax retirement income.

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Diversifying by advisor. Sometimes, investors decide against consolidating their assets with one advisor, thinking that they can “diversify by advisor.� This is particularly true of investors with portfolios of $1 million or more. The idea is that if one advisor doesn’t do well, the other might. Unfortunately, this is a myth. By dividing your investments among multiple advisors, you actually make it more difficult to properly manage your investments. Since each of the advisors doesn’t know what the others are doing, it often results in over-diversification, conflicting advice and needless duplication of your investments. Furthermore, it’s difficult to know how your investments are performing overall by having your assets spread among more than one advisor. A better option is to consider consolidating your assets with one knowledgeable advisor who can provide you with a properly coordinated financial strategy. Gord Keesic is a Lac Seul band member and an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc in Thunder Bay. Member CIPF. This article is for information purposes only. Please consult with a professional advisor before taking any action based on information in this article.

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Recovery has not been easy, but sobriety brings peace from page 5 I answered him that I cannot come right away because I was calling from out of town. He encouraged me to come anyway so he said that they would keep a bed for me. I told him my situation that I have to let my employer know what I am going to do. The next day I went to see my employer and requested for a leave of absence from work. I explained to my employer that I was planning to go to an alcohol treatment program. My request was granted and that they would hold my job until I return. On November 27, 1979, I was admitted to LPH Alcohol Treatment Program for 28 days. There I received alcohol treatment and completed it. Upon

discharge from completing the treatment, I absorbed feelings of confusion, fear, anxiety and apprehension. Since then I had several relapses, which I believe were premeditated. That November day, when I first made that step to quit drinking, I made a reservation that someday, one day I will be able to drink normally. I also attended the alcohol treatment program to learn how to control, moderate and mange my drinking socialably, which never prevailed. After several experiences of relapse drinking, treatments and counselling, I have come to terms that I was/am powerless over alcohol and that my life was and is unmanageable by me. For many moons, I did not fully comprehend the game of

sobriety. I had to learn the root causes of the devastating phenomenon of my powerlessness and helplessness. I had to make an admission and surrender to this phenomenon of craving to drink, which gave me the right to run and hide from the reality of life. The reality of life comprised the roles and responsibilities of my dignity with honour and love. The four elements of life that sustain life are the spirit, emotions, mental, and physical whelm of a human specimen. An alcoholic of my type and addiction to alcohol was a mental obsession. Therefore, resulting that no amount of will power or human aid would help and resist its demands. Only an act of a higher power, if He

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This was because I did not have any spiritual defense at all. The egotistical attitude or behavior I exhibited created the chaos the life I led. It appeared that I came to believe that was a way of life. It was all in competition, education and achievement of personal goals which I also did not fully understood and why. Once I firmly believed, accepted my devastating weakness and powerlessness over alcohol and all its consequences and that my life was/is unmanageable by me, turned out to be a foundation of my recovery to sobriety. Today, sobriety means a lot more than just being sober or dry. Sobriety, to me means a way of life, peaceful and serene; with clean living of contention or contentment.

I had to find a Higher Power whom I chose to call God. Since I came to terms with this newfound providence and life, I have found and lead a happy purposeful life with understanding and caring. In closing, I would like to say thank you all for taking the time to read my article. Also I would like to encourage those of you who may be stuck or having problems with alcohol, drugs and any other mood altering substances to take the chance on recovery or sobriety from this devastation of addiction. Anyone who may wish or have a desire to free themselved from any addiction can do it. Try it, you might like it. It is fun. Luke Sagutch Sturgeon Clan

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This morning (April 22) hundreds of children in Grades 4 – 8 joined city councilors, COL 110guests AGATES MPPs 3 and otherxspecial in loading up the QUICK X tractor trailer at the of the Espinoza Completed by:end Javier parking lot at Louis-Honore Frenchett P.S. in Thornhill, Ont. for another Between Friends Aboriginal Clothing and Book Drive day. From here the Quick X truck will meet up with several Guardwine trucks who will continue the journey northward submitted photos until Wasaya Airlines takes over ABOVE: Vaughan Coun. Sandra Yeung Racco spoke to the children of to take the boxes to their final Louis–Honore Frenchette P.S. about the importance of giving and how destination. vital it was that they remember what it was they were about to do and Each drive sees more than exactly who it was they were doing it for. 400 boxes of clothing, books, BELOW: School principal Gary Farrell lent a hand a loaded some of toys and other household items the more than 400 boxes. carefully checked and packed and sent on their way to Sandy Lake, Big Trout Lake, Muskrat Dam and Pikangikum. Between Friends grew out of a phone call that happened 10 years ago. The director of Kids Come First Child Care Centre, Maxine Roness got a call from her daughter Lori Ann who was working for Nishnawbe Aski Nation in Thunder Bay. She wanted to know if there was ANYTHING that could be sent up to the Aboriginal famiHe impressed many of the resources we do not have… lies of Ontario’s North. From volunteers with his knowledge and given some of these other that phone call, the organizaof the conditions in many of resources this is not limit to tion was born. And, 10 years the communities served by what we could do. later it is still sending truckBetween Friends. That is what my mandate is loads of goods up north. Between Friends has been all about. In fact, now that we “Getting a truck or a plane is almost exclusively volunhave a website, we welcome nothing……everyone wants to teer driven for 10 years. The input as to what other kinds of lend a hand” says director Maxdemand for an organization like things you would like to see in ine Roness. Between Friends is getting bigyour boxes. If you live in one of The packing all began two ger and bigger all the time. these communities, just know weeks ago when Between “The need is there, we now your boxes are on their way! Friends took over the stage serve at least 14 communities in in the Gymnasium at Louis Ontario,” Roness said. Andrea Lucas –Honore Frenchette P.S. Those communities with drive director MPP Jeff Leal, the Parliamenroad access drive down to us www.between-friends.org try assistant to the Minister of to pick up goods. Trucks, we Aboriginal Affairs came by to alucas@between-friends.org have, planes we have… other help seal up some of the boxes.

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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug’s concerns about a mining company developing a huge open pit mine near a stream that runs into Big Trout Lake have now been reinforced. A lawsuit filed against the federal Minister of the Environment for failing to ensure that Canada’s mining industry publicly reports the hundreds of millions of kilograms of toxic pollution it generates each year was recently heard in Canada’s Federal Court. The Application for Judicial Review, which was filed in late 2007 by Ecojustice, formerly Sierra Legal Defence Fund, on behalf of MiningWatch Canada and Great Lakes United, alleges that the Minister broke the law when he directed mining companies to not report huge amounts of pollution sent to tailings ponds and waste rock piles to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). “We are arguing that the Minister has ignored his legal duties under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to provide the public with the full extent of pollutants released by mining companies in Canada,” said Justin Duncan, staff lawyer with Ecojustice. “The Canadian public – and especially residents living downstream from mining operations – have the right to scrutinize the environmental and health hazards these mining companies continue to create.” KI Chief Donny Morris said the possibility of toxic pollutants flowing down the stream from a proposed open pit mine and into the lake which the community derives many of their traditional and day-to-day

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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Chief Donny Morris feels so strongly about protecting his community from possible damage from resource development he went to jail to keep a mining firm out of KI. activities was a major concern in the community. It’s one of reasons why community leaders fought so hard to keep mining companies – including junior exploration firm Platinex Inc. – out of their community. “That was one of the issues when they first proposed an open pit mine,” Morris said. “You can not identify the impact it will have if it (toxic pollutants) flows into our lake.” Morris said the community already has an outstanding issue with mining residues being left on the land in their traditional

territory without any government or industry action to clean it up after many years. “Do an investigation into that,” Morris said. “Clean it up.” John Jackson, director of Clean Production and Toxics for Great Lakes United, said at least 80 facilities across the country, including 33 in Ontario, have not reported their tailings and waste rock pollution to the NPRI. Grand Chief Stan Beardy said that Nishnawbe Aski Nation is pushing for consultation on resource development in their territory, which accounts for

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Northern Nishnawbe Education Council sponsored the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program by launching the campaign in all of their schools in February 3 COL x Yellow 110 AGATES 2006. The Ribbon campaign uses cards to spread the message that it is okay to ask for help. On one side of the card are instructions to hand the card to a trusted person teacher etc) if you are feeling troubled. On the other side Completed by:(parent, Javier Espinoza are instructions to stay with the person who handed you the card, until the person is safe. The campaign is designed to show youth that it’s OK to ask for help.

The walk will begin at 10:30 am at the parking lot across from the Royal Canadian Legion with participants carrying Yellow (environmentally friendly) balloons in memory of those we have lost to suicide. The walk will commence down Front Street to Queen Elizabeth District High School where the yellow balloons will be released. Everyone is invited to attend.

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There will be a light lunched served at the high school while a number of guest speakers and survivors of suicide speak to the audience. Guests will include Elder Josias Fiddler, Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Chief Clifford Bull, and Keynote Speaker, Arnold Thomas. Arnold Thomas is a member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation of Idaho and Nevada. Since 1991, he has been speaking to communities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He combines his own personal experience and research data to convey his message. In high school he was recognized as one of Nevada’s elite football and basketball players. He dreamed of becoming a professional athlete. That did not come to be. On a warm summer night after turning 18, Arnold stuck a hunting rifle under his chin and pulled the trigger. The gunshot wound severely damaged his face and left him completely blind. He was unable to speak for several years. With the support of his community, his family, and his friends along with his own renewed will to live, he survived this challenging period of his life and slowly began to put the shattered pieces back together. For more information please contact: Norma Kejick, Principal Wahsa Distance Education Centre 807-737-1488 nkejick@nnec.on.ca

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NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT FOR THE PROPOSED LITTLE JACKFISH RIVER HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT under the Class Environmental Assessment for Waterpower Projects Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) is proposing to develop approximately 100 megawatts of renewable hydroelectric power through the construction of two generating stations on the Little Jackfish River (Proposed Undertaking). The location of the Proposed Undertaking is shown on the map and the anticipated zone of influence is within the Little Jackfish River watershed. Each generating station will include a dam with a water intake and by-pass structures, powerhouse and tailrace channel. Associated facilities include access roads and a large temporary construction camp.

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It was all fun and play at Dennis Franklin Cromarty as Ballena Anderson taught youth how to play traditional Anishinabe games April 27 during a cultural day at the school.

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Ballena Anderson showed students how to play Ishpiwepinikewin and other traditional Anishinabe games during Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School’s Spring Cultural Event. “We used stones instead of marbles,” Anderson said about the Ishpiwepinikewin traditional marble game. “It was a favourite pastime game for children before television and video games after all the chores were done. Even the children had to work.” The Kwayciiwin Education Resource Centre resource teacher, who grew up and taught school in Kasabonika for 23 years, also showed the students how to play Nabwahon, a stick in the hole of a caribou bone game, and a string game similar Cats in the Cradle, during the April 27 morning session at DFC, which was attended by about 40 resource people from across northwestern Ontario as well as Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute students. Anderson said she loves teaching the language and traditional teachings and creating books, poems, curriculum and songs in the language. “I love my job,” Anderson

said. “I am very creative in what I do, incorporating the traditional knowledge for the education materials.” Anderson, who attended university in Sudbury, North Bay and Thunder Bay and graduated as a Native language specialist, worked as a teacher in her home community of Kasabonika for about 23 years before taking on her role with Kwayciiwin three years ago. “I’ve written 10 children’s story books so far,” Anderson said, explaining the books are used as part of Kwaycisswin’s curriculum materials in many communities across northwestern Ontario. “We have about 24 communities up north that we visit.” Anderson said she learned the traditional games and activities when she was growing up; she had spent the first five years of her life in hospital and didn’t know the language when she came back to the community so she spent as much time as possible with the Elders to learn what she had missed while out of the community. “I had two Elders, one who taught me out on the land and the other who taught spirituality,” Anderson said. A wide variety of events were held during the Spring Culture

Event, including a decoy carving workshop, a bannock making workshop, a drumming workshop, a traditional games workshop, a photo voice display of photos taken by DFC students, a traditional sewing workshop, and a career booth fair in the gymnasium. The career booth fair featured about 16 organizations, including Oshki-Pimache-OWin Education and Training Institute, Anishnawbe Muskiki, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, NAN Decade for Youth, Confederation College, Job Connect for Northern Communities, United Way, and YES Employment Services. Shane Turtle, a Grade 12 student from Deer Lake, said he is planning to study culinary management at Confederation College this fall. “I’ve always been fascinated in the culinary profession,” Turtle said. “In Ear Falls (Northern Eagle High School), I used to make breakfast for 15 to 20 people. I always enjoyed doing it. I make a wicked omelet.” Turtle said his eventual plan is to work in the Banff area or to start up his own business. “I say Banff because I like the mountains,” Turtle said. “I’ve been out there with my family. We try to go out there every year.”

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Students learned how to use a hand drum during the daylong sessions at DFC.

Under the provincial Environmental Assessment Act, the Proposed Undertaking is subject to the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Waterpower Projects as a new project on a managed waterway. The Class EA planning process requires OPG to evaluate the positive and negative environmental effects of the Proposed Undertaking and prepare an Environmental Report. The Proposed Undertaking is expected to require changes to the Nipigon River System Water Management Plan which will be pursued in accordance with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’ planning requirements. OPG also expects that the Proposed Undertaking will be screened under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Over the next three years, OPG will use the Class EA process as a basis for coordinating all future consultation required for the planning stage of the Proposed Undertaking. Throughout the Class EA process, OPG is committed to consulting with First Nations around Lake Nipigon, other Aboriginal people (Indians/First Nations, Métis and Inuit people), agencies and interested stakeholders. Notices announcing public open houses will be published at a later date. OPG will follow a separate process for notification and consultation with Aboriginal people. Input received during all consultation processes will be considered and included in the Environmental Report. OPG has retained SENES Consultants Limited to undertake the EA. For more information or to be put on our mailing list, please contact Heather Brown, Senior Environmental Advisor, OPG, 700 University Avenue, H18, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X6, phone: (416) 592-6818, e-mail: heather.brown@opg.com; or Phil Shantz, Manager – Aboriginal, Land, Resource and Northern Projects, SENES Consultants Limited, 121 Granton Drive, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3N4, phone: (905) 764-9380, e-mail: pshantz@senes.ca. Please visit us at: www.littlejackfish.com. Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (1987) and the Environmental Assessment Act, unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location included in a submission will become part of the public record files for this Proposed Undertaking and will be released if requested, to any person.

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“Many of our students would come to school without having a healthy breakfast and as a ONEXONE is helping bring result their energy level is often four Nishnawbe Aski Nation low, which lead to poor perforcommunities healthy breakfast mance in the classroom,” said programs. Poplar Hill School vice-principal NAN announced the partner- Kirsten Ryan. “We all know that ship with the ONEXONE Foun- we cannot perform to our fulldation, a charitable organiza- est potential when we are huntion committed to fighting pov- gry; therefore, a program like erty and preserving the lives of this allows our students to aim children in Canada and around higher and achieve more in the the world, April 23. classroom environment.” “I am delighted that this proThe program at Peetabeck gram has been made available Academy provides students to NAN First Nations and I hope with nutritional, appealing food it can be expanded to more of each day, said Fort Albany food our communities because every co-ordinator Joan Metatawabin. child deserves a proper, nutri- “Students who previously partious breakfast before heading ticipated in our snack program off to school,” said Nishnawbe regularly exhibited higher levAski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief els of concentration, motivation Stan Beardy. “NAN First Nations and energy as well as decreased understand the importance of levels of disruptive behaviour. proper nutrition, but quality “This breakfast program foodApril is very22, expensive 2009in many was needed due to the change of our communities. By provid- in eating habits away from traing healthy breakfasts we hope ditional foods and the isolated this 3 program will lead to better location of Fort Albany, as comCOL x 90 AGATES health and a better quality of munity members have a diffilife for our young people.” cult time accessing affordable, School nutrition programs healthy food for their children.” Completed by: Javier Espinoza have been established in Poplar ONEXONE is proud to be a Hill First Nation, Deer Lake First part of the students perspective Nation and Fort Albany First future success, said foundation Nation as well as Mine Centre founder Joelle Adler. Ontario, which is attended by “ONEXONE is honoured to children from Chapleau Ojib- dedicate funds we raise to supway First Nation. porting and working in partner-

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ship with First Nations communities to deliver school-based breakfast programs,” she said. “A nutritious and healthy school breakfast helps students succeed academically each day.” These are not the first communities to benefit from the ONEXONE Foundation. In 2007, 10 First Nations in Canada were identified in a partnership with the Assembly of First Nations as a national outreach initiative designed to provide First Nations children who live in poverty with a school nutrition program. Quaker and Dole brand name food supplies for the program are donated by Pepsi Beverages Canada. “As a breakfast leader with trusted brands like Quaker and Dole, we are proud to partner with ONEXONE to support the National First Nations School Breakfast Program,” said Pepsi Beverages Canada President Stacy Reichert. “This partnership underlines our fundamental belief that everyone, especially children, should start the day with a nutritious breakfast.” The program is designed to teach students the importance of healthy lifestyles and the value of nutritious food, and to promote education in nutrition and healthy living.

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LHINs invest $2.9M in local hospitals North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announced $2.9 million in funding for hospitals in northwestern Ontario April 17. The funds will ensure 13 hospitals can offer high quality care to local residents, according to a release from the North West Local Health Integration Network. “We’re strengthening the hospitals in our area so that they can better serve patients,” said

Andy Gallardi, senior director of performance, contract and allocation with LHIN. “We’re continuously working to ensure the long term viability of the hospital infrastructure in the North West LHIN.” Added Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle: “Investments in our local hospitals are crucial to ensure that high quality health services are delivered close to home,” he said. “I am extremely pleased

with the positive partnership our government has with the North West LHIN.” The funds include $181,427 to Atikokan General Hospital, $185,956 to Dryden Regional Health Centre, $176,371 to Geraldton District Hospital, $191,438 to Lake of the Woods District Hospital (Kenora), $173,978 to Manitouwadge General Hospital, $174,258 to McCausland Hospital (Terrace Bay), $175,431 to Nipigon

District Memorial Hospital, $174,790 to Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital, $545,578 to Riverside Health Care Facilities (three sites), $189,861 to St. Joseph’s Care Group (Thunder Bay), $353,458 to Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya Win Health Centre (two sites), $255,790 to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and $174,780 to Wilson Memorial General Hospital (Marathon). –JT

Filmmaker Archibald, youth council win award James Thom

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The Four Directions Project has garnered an award on the west coast of Canada. The youth-empowering initiative project saw Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief RoseAnne Archibald mentor four youth directors Catherine Cheechoo, Brent Wesley, Serene Spence and Jocelyn Formsma.

Archibald accepted the award at the 2009 Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival Youth FX Awards Ceremony. The short film co-production was a collaboration with the NAN Decade for Youth. “I am honoured to be recognized together with these four youth filmmakers who codirected the Four Directions Project,” said Archibald. “Story-telling through this film has provided a new medium

through which our young people can share their stories and heal through that process. This is empowering, and this was the goal of the project.” The film explores cultural rebirth, healing and hope against the backdrop of the four sacred directions and themes of song, dance, prayer, and dreams. Each of the youth directors is also featured in the film’s stories and poetry while Wesley

and Formsma are shown in the six-minute film. “Working through film provided an opportunity for our young people to express themselves in new and exciting ways,” said Archibald. “I am sure the experiences portrayed in this project will resonate with young people not only in Nishnawbe Aski, but right across the country.”

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Notice 2009 Insect Pest Management Plan Notice of Aerial Spraying Red Lake District As part of the 2009 Insect Pest Management Plan, the Ministry of Natural Resources will be conducting a large scale aerial spray operation. This project is scheduled to commence on or about May 28, 2009. The project will include an aerial application of the insecticide Foray 76B PCP #24976 with the active ingredient Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (Btk) to trees on Crown land to prevent mortality caused by the jack pine budworm. The approved plan and description for this project, including specific locations and maps are available for viewing at the Ministry of Natural Resources offices in Red Lake and Sioux Lookout from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Copies will also be available at the Red Lake Forest Management Co. Ltd.; Domtar Inc. – Ear Falls, and Whitefeather Forest Management Corp. offices. Please call ahead to ensure someone is available to assist you with the review.

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Ontario has reaffirmed its commitment to explore the possibility of resource benefit sharing with Aboriginal communities by setting aside $30 million for the initiative. “This investment underlines Ontario’s commitment to successfully conclude a plan for resource benefits sharing and foster a positive climate for partnerships in economic development, leading to prosperity for Aboriginal communities and Ontario as a whole,� said Brad Duguid, minister of Aboriginal Affairs in an announcement April 27. The Ontario government and Aboriginal communities across the province will continue to discuss what a comprehensive resource benefits sharing package should look like, but Duguid said how the money can be used and divided has yet to be worked out. However, he said the announcement shows the government is serious about moving forward with resource benefit sharing. “With the weaker economy,

send out a signal to First Nation leaders that we are serious about this and despite the economy, we’re still willing to put forward funding commitments to make sure that this happens,� Duguid said.

“More than 100 years later we still do not have a mechanism by which NAN First Nations will see these benefits.� – Stan Beardy

Stan Beardy, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) grand chief, said he is encouraged the Government of Ontario will be honouring their commitment. He said NAN chiefs are anxious to finding out more details on how this will impact First Nations. “Our hope is that we can finally develop a framework for resource benefit sharing that creates and strengthens economic opportunities for First Nations while ensuring that our

homelands, our communities, and our Aboriginal and treaty rights are respected,� said Beardy. “When our First Nations signed Treaty 5 and Treaty 9 there was an understanding they would share in the wealth that came from the development of our lands. More than 100 years later we still do not have a mechanism by which NAN First Nations will see these benefits.� Resource benefit sharing would include Aboriginal communities province-wide in the socio-economic benefits of natural resource development, encourage economic development opportunities, skills training and job creation for Aboriginal communities and promote economic spin-offs that will improve regional economies in Ontario. “For many First Nations peoples in Ontario, sharing the wealth generated from the land and natural resources is a fundamental treaty right that forms part of the treaty relationship with the Crown,� said Angus Toulouse, Ontario regional chief.

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Off-reserve Aboriginals to get new housing Girls rescued from fire Rick Garrick

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Off-reserve Aboriginals will be receiving new housing through a new Ontario housing program. “It is our hope that this is a first step in a renewed commitment by the provincial government to partner with Aboriginal communities in addressing the shortage of affordable housing and the disproportionately grave effects it has had on Aboriginal women and their

families,” said Dawn Harvard, of the Ontario Native Women’s Association. “Partnerships and investments like the one announced today will significantly contribute to increased access to safe, quality, culturally appropriate and affordable housing for Aboriginal women and their families, and will help enable them to fulfill their basic needs and achieve their full potential.” Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, the Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat

and the Ontario Native Women’s Association signed a memorandum of agreement with the province April 16, which confirmed the Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Services Corporation (OAHSSC) will administer a $60-million housing program for over 500 lowincome Aboriginal households living off-reserve and outside of the Greater Toronto Area. Capital funding will be provided through new affordable rental units and homeownership loans.

“The announcement today will have a great impact on those families in Thunder Bay,” said Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “By supporting new housing, we are creating a stronger, more prosperous Ontario.” The province also confirmed the transfer of assets for the Rural and Native Housing program to the OAHSSC. In 2006, the province turned over administration of the program to the OAHSSC.

Federal funding available for housing projects Rick Garrick

Wawatay News

First Nations with ready-togo social housing construction or renovation projects can now apply for funding through Canada’s Economic Action Plan. “As of today, First Nations can start applying for the on-reserve housing funding that was committed through Canada’s Economic Action Plan,” said Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Chuck Strahl. “Investments like these help enable our

government to work with First Nations to create new options that will provide a means to build equity and generate wealth in their communities.” Canada’s Economic Action Plan provides $400 million over the next two years to support on-reserve housing, including new social housing projects, the remediation of existing social housing, and complementary housing activities through programming from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and INAC.

“While we know First Nations continue to face serious housing challenges, we welcome this necessary and wise new investment and we encourage all First Nations to improve their existing homes, build new homes and thereby create thousands of new jobs and skills in our communities,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine. “We encourage the Government of Canada to quickly make these resources available to First Nations and we will monitor and assist this

process as needed.” CMHC will deliver over the next two years $125 million for the creation of new on-reserve housing and $125 million for the repair and renovation of existing federally-assisted onreserve social housing while the remaining $150 million will be delivered by INAC for lot servicing, renovations, new construction of high-density multi-unit dwellings, and renovations to support the conversion of bandowned housing to private ownership.

Walk held to raise awareness of alcohol, drug abuse Steve Feeney

Wawatay News

It was April 13, 2001 that Sandy Lake First Nation member Mervin Meekis was beaten to death. Alcohol was the main cause as to why this incident happened. In memory of Meekis and to raise awareness to alcohol and drug abuse, about 30 people

walked from the Sandy Lake sandpit to Meekis’ mother’s house April 13. Christine Fiddler, walk organizer and Meekis’ sister, said they’ve held a walk every year since 2003. “It’s a cry to God. A prayer, a cry for less drugs and alcohol in the community and that the safe thing won’t happen again to other people what happened to our brother,” Fiddler said.

Fiddler said the major significance of the walk is to promote alcohol and drug awareness. “There’s a lot of alcohol and drug abuse in Sandy Lake. A lot of families are affected, children are hurt through alcohol and drug abuse,” Fiddler said. “There are some other people who have joined our walks that have lost their loved ones through alcohol or drugs.” The family still struggles with

the death of Meekis. “It’s still very painful but it helps. Each walk is a step towards healing. That’s a way of healing for us,” Fiddler said. Fiddler said people talk, pray and laugh with each other during the walk. Fiddler, her mom Jessie Meekis, and her children organize the walk every year. “It’s a way of healing and just invite people to do this too,” Fiddler said.

Rick Garrick

Wawatay News

A North Caribou Lake woman single-handedly rescued her daughters from their burning home early on the morning of April 9. Darlene Kanakakeesic rescued her older daughters first and then went back into her burning house to rescue her younger daughter at about 4:15 a.m. after they had been awaken by a smoke alarm. Her husband had been away working at the time. Kanakakeesic said in a press release from Windigo First Nations Council the house was full of smoke and fire was burning around the kitchen counter

near the kitchen stove. All the family members made it out safely and were transported to the local nursing station for smoke inhalation treatment. Kanakakeesic was also in shock from the loss of her home. “The smoke alarm is what saved them,” said North Caribou Lake fire chief Margaret Benson. “I recommend (everybody) should have a working smoke alarm. It saves lives.” WFNC fire safety officer Larry Laviolette stresses homeowners should ensure their smoke alarms are working, with monthly tests. He also recommended smoke alarms older than 10 years should be replaced.

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Snack program delivers the goods Kelly Skinner

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What pops up from a two slice toaster? Two pieces of toast and a program which has blossomed into a federally funded, student centered nutritional food provision at the Peetabeck Academy in Fort Albany. The initial support funding was for a toaster and a box of apples for St. Anne’s school. A teacher at the school, Joan Metatawabin, noticed the students at the school were tired and unfocused; unable to concentrate in their classrooms. She suspected that their dietary requirements were not being met and this was having a great effect on their overall student performance. Faced with this situation Joan applied for help with the purchase of a two slice toaster and began the school snack program which now can provide not only a “snack” but also breakfast, lunch, after school activity and field trip food supplies. The program has been going strong for over a decade. The key to the success of the program is Joan Metatawabin. Metatawabin, the champion of the program, mother of four children, grandmother of seven, wife of former chief Edmund Metatawabin is the school nutritionalist and oversees all aspects of the program. Beginning with the assessment of dietary needs she plans the meals, orders and prices the food maximizing resources, co-ordinates and expedites the transportation to the community via the airport or the winter road. Finally the snacks are delivered to the school kitchen and prepared for the students. “Prepared for the students,” as simply as that sounds, it is far from easy. How would you create a meal for upwards of 200 hungry youth, five days a week, for every single week of the school year? Here’s how she does it. First, all classrooms have sinks, spoons and cereal bowls at the ready to receive Joan’s breakfast menu which can include hot or cold cereal, milk, cut-up fruit, juice and toast. Secondly, the food is then placed on carts and delivered to each classroom according to numbers, needs, and because of Metatawabin’s personal touch, individual wants. She knows that students don’t like mushrooms on their

pizza, the younger children love applesauce, and who has food allergies. Leftovers are returned to the cafeteria by the students to be utilized for the following days breakfast and dishes are done in the classroom by the students and teachers emphasizing the educational value of food preparation, conservation and clean-up. That’s breakfast – now let’s cover snacks. The snack program is offered in two locations; in the classroom and delivered in the same fashion as breakfast and in the school cafeteria. Here the food fare is arranged on the counters ready for student selection and pick-up. Healthy afternoon tidbits may include, pieces of fruit, biscuits, whole grain crackers, cheese, boiled eggs, juice and milk. If time and extra hands permit, fancier fare could include, grilled cheese, muffins, pancakes and jam sandwiches. Unsweetened cereal and whole wheat bread are among Metawabin’s personal healthy preferences for the student body. No one goes hungry as food is always available. During the day, students, teachers and staff often stop by the cafeteria for a snack. Students and teachers are involved and help to make the program run smoothly. Students often transport the food carts between the kitchen and the classrooms. During recess, some students offer to help in the kitchen with dishes and some food preparation. This provides an opportunity for students to learn about kitchen and food safety. Conservation is another valuable lesson taught in the kitchen as many items are reused for other purposes and food is purchased in bulk sizes to make funds stretch further. For example, large cans are washed and used for storing cutlery and pancake syrup bottles are cleaned to hold squirtable dish soap. Occasionally the teachers do home-economics with the elementary classes where teachers and students spend time baking in the kitchen. The teachers often use this as an incentive, so if the kids are good then they can have a home economics class. The students can take some of the food home and they get a copy of the recipe so they can make it at home with their family. The

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ABOVE: Student Drew Metatawabin cleans romaine lettuce to make a salad for other youth at Peetabeck Academy in Fort Albany. RIGHT: Joan Metatawabin prepares the snacks and then placing them on carts to be delivered to the classrooms. kitchen provides the students with an alternate learning atmosphere while still covering subjects from the curriculum, such as measuring, counting, and reading. Special occasion foods are also provided from the kitchen such as a monthly award party for all the students who receive an attendance award, improvement award, or student of the month award. Birthday cakes are also baked and decorated to celebrate student birthdays. What other great things does the snack program do? Well, students who eat breakfast and snacks at school seem to concentrate better, appear more motivated and energetic and cause less disruptive behaviour. The program is valued by everyone in the community: the school board, teachers, parents, and students. All this grand success started out small with just one box of apples, a toaster, and a teacher who wanted to make a difference.

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Thank You The 2009 Vezina Secondary School potential graduates of Attawapiskat and their chaperones would like to thank the Dreamcatcher Fund for their generous donation to their 2008 grad trip. The trip was a success and that would not have been possible without DreamCatcher’s support. The donation was used for air travel from Attawapiskat to Timmins to visit colleges and universities in North Bay, Sudbury and Toronto. The Dreamcatcher fund has truly made a difference in our students’ lives. Thank you on behalf of Vezina Secondary School, and thank you from our 2009 potential graduates. Mary Anne Davis Guidance Counsellor/Teacher Reg Hookimaw Teacher

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Weekend Warriors goalie Tyler Gordon makes a save during the 21st All Native Goodwill Hockey Tournament in Thunder Bay April 19.

Fort Severn too much for Weekend Warriors Patrick Cheechoo

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The 21st All Native Goodwill Hockey Tournament lived up to its name this year. The weekend of exciting, hard-fought hockey ended with Fort Severn overwhelming the Weekend Warriors in the championship game April 19 at the Fort William First Nation Arena. Fort Severn won the game 8-2. The Men’s consolation final saw the Gull Bay Canadians defeat the Northwest Timberwolves in a lopsided victory. The youth results were as follows: Bantam – Pic River defeated Fort Hope (7-3), Peewee – Fort William defeated the

Ojibway Eagles (8-0) and Atom – Fort William II defeated Fort William I (9-1). In the Goodwill championship game, Fort Severn, featuring such talent as Ivan and Allan Roulette alongside Waylon Linklater proved to be too much for the Weekend Warriors. The Warriors countered the likes of Greg Quachegan, Lance Bergman along with John and Norm Bouchard. The Championship was a thrilling endto-end game, and in the end, it came down to the goaltending. Fort Severn’s goaltender stood on his head for the Warriors’ fair share of chances. The Consolation game saw the Gull Bay Canadians defeat the young Northwest Timber-

wolves. The speedy youth fell to the Canadians balanced attack of veterans and youth. This game was even into the second period until the Gull Bay team broke it wide open and the Timberwolves could not recover. The third year of youth hockey at Goodwill brought out teams from Eabametoong, Fort William, Constance Lake, Ginoogaming and Pic River. There were a number of players from Thunder Bay in the event as well. Fans were able to enjoy watching players of wide-ranging skill levels work together as a team. Many teams featured youth that have taken up the game in recent years on the same line as ‘A’ and ‘AA’ and calibre players.

Fort Albany band member runs Boston Marathon Steve Feeney

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David Sutherland can add another feather in his cap – Boston Marathon competitor. Sutherland, of Fort Albany, has previously competed in marathons all over Ontario, is a member of the Ontario Track and Field Association and won two medals at last year’s Canadian Masters Outdoors Championships. The 58-year-old finished in the top 20 per cent in the 23,000 person field. Sutherland traveled to Boston to compete in the marathon April 20. He was nervous before the big race and had to keep up a good pace with a bunch of runners. “Where we were all supposed to be was packed so I had to go way in the back and do my best and try to run it out,” Sutherland said. Sutherland’s time in the marathon was three hours, 18 minutes and 29 seconds. He finished 4,315th place. One of the challenges for Sutherland was trying to break from the pack. “We were stutter stepping trying to pass people but every-

body was so close. I think we wasted 15 minutes trying to get to the proper timing,” Sutherland said. “I didn’t get comfortable until the sixth or seventh mile.” Sutherland has been wanting to compete in the 26.2-mile marathon since he was in St. Anne’s Residential School. He was only nine-years-old when a teacher showed him a picture of famous Mohawk runner Tom Longboat. He’s been running ever since. Sutherland’s moment in the marathon almost didn’t happen as he was under the weather before the big day. “I had an ear infection and puss (coming) out of my right eye,” Sutherland said. “I saw the doctor and he said I was good to go.” Training for Sutherland has been consistent for many years. This past winter to get ready for the marathon, Sutherland would run in cold temperatures after he was done work for the day. “I was just running on winter roads, through snow, it’s like Rocky style, facing the elements,” Sutherland said. During the weekday Sutherland would run four to six miles. On his days off Suther-

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Fort Albany’s David Sutherland trains for the Boston Marathon. He finished 4,315th overal in the April 20 race.

land would run up to 20 miles per practice. Up next for Sutherland includes the 2009 Canadian Masters Outdoors Championships. Sutherland went to the schools in Fort Albany to tell his story and encourage the students. Sutherland said running requires a lot of work and if people are serious about it, they have to have self-motivation and a good diet.

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Power company creates Aboriginal relations department Brian Hay was named director of First Nations and Métis Relations at Ontario Power Authority April 27. The move was announced alongside the creation of a new department within the Legal, Aboriginal and Regulatory Affairs division of the OPA. John Jeza was appointed manager of First Nations and Métis Community Relations. Both Hay and Jeza have worked extensively with First Nations and Métis Communi-

ties throughout their careers, according to OPA. “The formation of this new department is in response to the recommendations of First Nations’ and Métis’ organizations and recognizes the important role that the First Nations and Métis peoples have in the planning and development of renewable generation, transmission and conservation within Ontario’s electricity system,” said Colin Andersen, CEO of the Ontario Power Authority. –JT

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Sam Damm’s concern for the environment led to his development of CLAW Environmental Inc. “I started the company in 2004,” Damm said. “I actually was involved in an IT business, but I wanted to get involved in the environment because it was always part of out culture.” The Chippewas of Nawash (Cape Croker) band member, whose grandparents operated a gas station/store on the reserve for many years, said he thought the best way for him to get involved in the environment was through a small business. “We want to provide quality environmental services,” Damm said. “We want to provide a high level of performance. We want to be innovative, to add value to the communities we work with.” Damm said there are plenty of opportunities in the environmental field, not only in First Nations but also in competition with non-aboriginal companies across the country. “I’m pretty happy with where we are right now,” Damm said. “We’ve delivered some interesting projects. But the best is yet to come – we hope to experience some growth over the next year and a half.” While Damm’s office in

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Sam Damm speaks about his environmental concerns and the development of his company, CLAW Environmental Inc., during the SLAAMB Contaminated Sites Cleanup workshop held April 15 and 16 in Thunder Bay. Ottawa currently has 10 staff, he is interested in developing partnerships with other Aboriginal businesses across the country to work on environmental projects. “I’d like to set up CLAW

offices in First Nations across the country,” Damm said, “to develop business, to spark some Aboriginal spirit amongst First Nations.” Damm graduated from marketing at Algonquin College and

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While trying to earn her honours in psychology, Jacky Craig came across the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) while living in Moose Factory. Deciding to join the program led her to a career that she loves. Craig has been teaching at Queen Elizabeth District High School in Sioux Lookout for about 12 years. Craig currently teaches Grace 9 Native Studies, Grade 11 Native Literature and a Native Values/Aspirations Course. “I teach approximately 60 students a day and the curriculum directly focuses on First Nations history,” Craig said. Completing ATEP took about three years for Craig. Afterwards, she completed distance education courses through Lakehead University to earn her honours in history, which took about six years. Some of the challenges Craig faced were balancing schoolwork and raising her two children along with her husband Dave. “When I was doing ATEP, my children were very young when I started out. It was a long process to get to where I am so my children grew as I pursued my schooling and my career,” Craig said. Craig said her family was very supportive and helping throughout the way.

Another challenge Craig had to overcome was balancing her distance education courses while teaching at QEDHS. Despite her challenges, Craig said her career is very rewarding. “What is most rewarding is working with young people, I absolutely love working with young people,” Craig said. “Guiding them, helping them grow, helping them find the answers that they seek.” Craig said the most exciting part of her job is being immersed in the classroom with the students. “There’s quite a bit of laughter in my classroom,” Craig said. Craig loves to see her students succeed and take risks to ensure success for the future. During her spare time, Craig likes to read, do beadwork and complete jigsaw puzzles. One of the main events Craig helps co-ordinate each year at QEDHS is Native Celebrations Week. She’s also hosted a lunch chess club and edited the school yearbook for a few years. Craig said the purpose of Native Celebrations Week is to empower people, honour different cultures, promote school spirit and build bridges between cultures. Craig is proud to be teaching the history of First Nations at QEDHS and loves to see her students succeed. “I believe that the Creator chose my career for me,” Craig said.

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Queen Elizabeth District High School teacher Jacku Craig loves sharing First Nations history and knowledge with her students.

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Eric Kamenawatamin is balancing his options now that he is close to completing his masters in social work. “I have so many options now,” said the Bearskin Lake band member who has been studying at Lakehead University for the past six years. “I have to balance all these options. I would like to go back to Tikinagan (Child and Family Services) – I think it’s a good place to work. At the same time, I would like to start my own practice doing consulting and counselling.” Kamenawatamin has followed a varied path to where he is now: he attended bible school and Confederation College during his early 20s, worked at the community water treatment plant, was elected as band councillor, worked in social work in both his community and at Tikinagan, and worked in the education field in his community. During his second stint at Tikinagan, Kamenawatamin realized he needed more education to help his clients, which led to his decision to study social work at Lakehead University in 2003. “I think I learned more about myself as a native person,” Kamenawatamin said. “I’ve become more aware of who I am as an Anishinabe. I’ve developed more pride in myself as an Anishinabe.” Kamenawatamin said his masters program has had a profound effect upon himself.

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Eric Kamenawatamin recently completed a placement at Confederation College’s Negahneewin College of Indigenous Studies and is now weighing his options as he nears completion of a masters in social work at Lakehead University. “My thought patterns have changed,” Kamenawatamin said, explaining he now wants to analyse things to a greater degree than before he began studying for his masters. “When I listened to CBC Radio, I wondered why people would want to figure things out to the minutest detail. But now I’m interested. I got hooked on research.” Kamenawatamin said his longer term goal is to provide services to youth between the ages of 16 and 18. “And I would like to use horses as a form of therapy,” Kamenawatamin said. “Animals have an effect on people. With horses you have to give them

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Tina Sainnawap remembers dreaming that education would be essential for her future when she was a child growing up on the trapline. “I did dream about that,” said the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug band member who now works with the Ontario Native Women’s Association in Thunder Bay. “I wanted to live in the city and get an education.” Sainnawap has since obtained her Social Services Worker Diploma from Confederation College and is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts at Lakehead University. “I’ve been through a lot of hardships in the past,” Sainnawap said. “My future is with my children.” Although Sainnawap lost one of her siblings to suicide, she has focused on her own healing process and is not letting the suicide deter her from continuing on with her life. “I want what’s best for my kids,” she said. “Bringing them into a healthy environment. There is no dysfunction in my home.” Sainnawap enjoys her work at the Aboriginal Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program at ONWA, where she has been working since July 2008. “I enjoy working with the families,” Sainnawap said. “We go into their homes and meet the families. We provide educa-

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Tina Sainnawap is working on her Bachelor of Arts at Lakehead University after obtaining a Social Services Worker Diploma from Confederation College a few years ago; she currently works at the Ontario Native Women’s Association in Thunder Bay. tion and support in breast feeding, growth and development, parenting, cultural teachings and health and safety.” Sainnawap said she had first enrolled in an Honours Bachelor of Social Work, but after the first year she switched to a general BA program because it allows her to study topics she is interested in. “I wanted a variety in the courses I wanted to take,” Sainnawap said, noting Dementia Studies as one of the courses she recently took. “It opened my eyes to healthy living – taking care of myself.” Sainnawap said she has been taking care of her own and her family’s health over the past

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OSHKI-PIMACHE-O-WIN EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE OUR GRADUATES FROM THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS: • Aboriginal Community Service Worker Program • Aboriginal Financial & Economic Planning

OSHKI-PIMACHE-O-WIN EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2009 At Oshki-Pimache-O-Win we recognize that our students are often employed full-time or reside in Northern communities. Our special delivery methods allow students to remain employed and reside in their home community for the duration of their program. The following programs are delivered through a combination of:

• Indigenous Wellness & Addictions Program

• Native Early Childhood Education 2.5 years Diploma Program (Cambrian College)

• General Education Development (GED)

• First Nation Business Administration 1-Year Certificate Program (Cambrian College)

FROM THE GOVERNING COUNCIL & STAFF. WISHING OUR GRADUATES ALL THE BEST IN THE FUTURE.

• Social Worker Program (Native Specialized) 2.5 years Diploma Program (Sault College) • Pre-Health Sciences 1-Year Certificate Program (Confederation College) • Other Programs include Academic Upgrading (GED Preparation) 12 weeks. September 2009 and introduction to Microsoft Office 6weeks, June 2009 These programs are delivered in partnership with Confederation/ Sault/Cambrian Colleges. That means you will receive a level of education that is equivalent to, and even exceeds that found in mainstream schools and you will graduate with a college diploma or certificate, all without moving away from home! Our staff and instructors have a passion for working with First Nations students. You will not get lost in the crowd! + Apply now to increase your chances of obtaining post-secondary funding +

To learn more about our programs and/or to apply contact our Student Recruitment Officer, Lorrie Deschamps, toll free at 1-866-636-7454 or by email at ldeschamps@oshki.ca CONTACT INFORMATION: Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education Training Institute, 106 Centennial Square, 3rd Floor Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1H3

Toll Free: 1-866-636-7454 Phone: (807) 626-1880 Fax: (807) 622-1818 Email: info@oshki.ca www.oshki.ca


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Semple and Nyman pursuing AME Rick Garrick Wawatay News John Semple and Travis Nyman are pursuing Aircraft Maintenance Engineer careers through a Wasaya Airways initiative. “The program here is great,” said Semple, a 23-year-old former assistant welfare administrator from Kasabonika Lake. “It gives you the opportunity to find out what kind of (aircraft) work you want to do.” Semple has tried different programs before, but the Confederation College Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance two-year diploma program is the first he has found that is more suited to his character. “I find I do like doing the actual work on the planes,” he said. “I wanted to something more hands on. I don’t want to do paperwork and sit behind a desk.” Semple said although he had a difficult time adjusting to the pace of work in the first semester, he is now comfortable with the program during the second semester. “I know the components, the actual names of the parts of the airplane,” Semple said. “I’m starting to understand the theory of how the engine works.” Semple said the Aviation Technician program provides him with theoretical knowledge, including theory about the aircraft’s electrical circuits, engine and the airframe, and some hands-on skills while his shift work at the Wasaya hangar provide him with a wider range

of hands-on skills. Wasaya developed the initiative to encourage Aboriginal people to become more involved in the maintenance side of the business because there are not very many Aboriginal Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. The initiative provides the students with the opportunity to learn hands-on skills at the Wasaya Airways hangar in

Thunder Bay while studying full-time in the Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program. In exchange for their participation in the initiative, during which they are paid a minimum wage salary, the students are required to work one shift per week at the Wasaya hangar as well as a regular work week throughout the summer. Once

they complete their studies, they are required to complete their apprenticeship and work for three years with Wasaya before pursuing their career in whichever way they choose, whether with Wasaya or elsewhere. Nyman, a 19-year-old Thunder Bay resident, said he had always known about the initiative and applied after graduat-

ing from high school. “I wanted a job in the air field,” Nyman said. “I thought it was a good opportunity. I see a full-time job for many years to come.” Although Nyman had difficulties in his first semester, he is planning to continue on and graduate in three years instead of two. “I can relate to what the

teachers are saying,” he said. “They will help me out if I have a question.” Nyman, who always enjoyed fixing things when he was young, said he enjoys the handson aspect of the initiative, in particular the shift work at the Wasaya hangar. “When there is a plane that needs work, that the chance I have to watch or help out.”

photo by Rick Garrick/Wawatay News

John Semple is working towards an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer career through a Wasaya Airways initiative which involves two years of study at Confederation College.

EQUAY-WUK (WOMEN’S GROUP)

Domestic Violence Training

for Professionals and Service Providers

Early Childhood Education Diploma Program by Distance Education

• Students earn their diploma while staying in their The training session will create awareness for professionals community and service providers on: • Program is ve semesters in length - 2 years • The role of domestic violence as an isolated individual occurrence and a symptom of a larger societal • Graduates work with children from birth to age 12 problem and their families in a variety of early childhood • How the cycle of abuse impacts on the whole settings such as licensed child care centres, family and community at large family resource centres, school-age child care programs, or as an educational assistant in a • Early warning signs of family violence classroom • Exploring avenues for culturally sensitive • Equay-wuk manages the program which prevention before and after is jointly funded by SLAAMB and NNEC • Helping to eliminate ostracism of victims and is delivered by distance education by St. who are forced to leave in crisis www.equaywuk.ca Lawrence College Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) • Promoting understanding of service 16 Fourth Avenue P.O. Box 1781 provider contributions to the holistic Sioux Lookout ON P8T 1C4 prevention model Fax: (807) 737-2699 ~ To increase and promote understanding Phone: (807) 737-2214 Phone: 1-800-261-8294 Toll Free of occupational roles, responsibilities as Computer Skills / Personal Development / well as on-the-job policies, procedures Employment Skills and practices for responding to situations involving domestic violence Participant Eligibility: • Aboriginal with Status (Sioux Lookout ~ To generate discussion on improving organizational practices District Zone) • Collecting E.I. • Identifying services available on individual First Nation community basis • Unemployed • 19 years or older • Fostering and supporting interagency networking within • Have received EI in the past three years the area First Nation communities and organizations or EI Maternity in the past ve years Space is limited. If you are interested in attending one of The Training Program begins August 24, 2009 for 23 three training sessions or require more information please weeks, 30 hours per week, ending January 29, 2010 contact Equay-wuk Applications are now being accepted

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Negahneewin introduces new Aboriginal program Rick Garrick

Wawatay News

Negahneewin College of Indigenous Studies is introducing the Aboriginal Community Advocacy Program to replace the Aboriginal Law and Advocacy Program. “We found our graduates are going much broader than law,” said Barb Walberg, co-ordinator of the Aboriginal Community Advocacy Program. “We wanted to expand into a larger market than law.”

Walberg said Negahneewin College developed the program after doing research which indicated there was a market for a program aimed at both Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in the north. “A lot of businesses are realizing they need to know more about Aboriginals to do business,” Walberg said. “A lot of people are finding out this is a knowledge and skill set to compliment their skill base.” The program has three pri-

mary focuses: the historic legal political background of Aboriginal people in Canada, indigenous knowledge and worldview, and advocacy. Students will discuss the traditions and perspectives of Aboriginal people, describe ways that Aboriginal communities and Canadian society might address issues of self determination based on best practices in governance, land and social policy, and identify and critique the key legal and political principles, policies and legislation

of Aboriginal-Canadian relations, in addition to other areas of study. Negahneewin College has also developed the Aboriginal Community Advocacy – Accelerated Program for people with a university degree or a community college diploma in a related field with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Walberg said the accelerated program would be a good addon for students in Police Foundations, Social Services, Developmental Services, Native Family Worker, Human Resource

Management or any similar programs as it allows enough flexibility in course choices to allow students to tailor their learning towards their particular career. “This last year we ran an (Aboriginal Canadian Relations Certificate) pilot program with the Human Resource Management students,” Walberg said, explaining the students earned an Aboriginal Canadian Relations Certificate after completing five core Aboriginal Community Advocacy Program courses related to their program, such

as Restorative Justice. “We see a great need for that (certificate program).” Walberg said the certificate program would also fill a need in the community for those who are looking for knowledge about Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and their indigenous world view. “We are putting five of these courses on Ontario Learn so they will be available around the province,” Walberg said. “This program starts in September.”

Charles Williams helping people improve their lives Steve Feeney

Wawatay News

Often people face challenges when trying to complete a goal they have. But what if the goal requires you to speak a different language? That’s the obstacle Charles Williams had to face when trying to achieve his goals. “That was the most difficult part I had,” Williams said about learning English. On his home reserve of Weagamow Lake, Williams often spent time with missionaries who were living there at the moment. Williams was fascinated by some of the books he saw at their house and was motivated to read after that. Having completed his Grade 9 and 10 credits, Williams applied to Fleming College and was rejected. Deciding not to give up, Williams applied as a mature student to the Belleville Loyalist College under their First Nations Technology Institute of Tyendinaga. After being accepted, Wil-

liams did not give up and finished up the program in four years. “I had to work extra hard to get to where I wanted to work,” Williams said. To further his education, Williams went to Lakehead University and received his honours in social work and Native Studies. Williams’ resume of jobs began up north where he did social work for nine years before settling in Sioux Lookout. Williams’ jobs in Sioux Lookout included working in different departments at Nodin Counseling, working at the Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee (SLARC) as their coordinator and working at the Windigo Tribal Council where he helped develop the Residential School Legacy Program. Williams currently works at the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre as the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Coordinator. “Our mandate is about foster and healing, reducing family violence and improving Aboriginal health,” Williams said.

Steve Feeney/Wawatay News

Charles Williams’ career path has focused on social work. The Sioux Lookout resident is also active with the anti-racism.

Thunder Bay Police Services is looking for members of First Nations to join our team Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Police Constable:

To be considered for a career in policing, you must meet certain minimum requirements as outlined in the Police Services Act. Specically, you must: • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; • Be a least 18 years of age; • Be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position, having regard to your own safety and the safety of members of the public; • Have successfully completed at least 4 years of secondary school education or its equivalent. (Note: ofcial transcripts and diplomas will be required). Where education has been completed outside Ontario, ofcial proof of equivalency must be obtained by contacting the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training. • Be of good moral character and habits, meaning that you are an individual other people would look upon as being trustworthy and having integrity. • Go to website, apply for & successfully complete all 4 tests and receive a “Certicate of Results (COR)” Hugh Ingram - HR Manager (807) 684-1296 Thunder Bay Police Service Human Resources 1200 Balmoral Street Thunder Bay ON P7B 5Z5 www.thunderbaypolice.ca

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

TECHNICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Position: Technical Services Advisor Location of Work: Kenora, ON / Treaty Three Area

Responsible to: Executive Director

Summary of Main Duties: Plans and directs the Tribal Council Technical Services and the Community Planning and Development Advisory Unit; coordinates and manages the activities of the Housing and Inspection Services, Operation and Maintenance, Infrastructure services and the Fire Safety Prevention and Training Dept.

Qualiď&#x192;&#x17E;cations: Graduation with an acceptable Degree from a recognized University with specialization in engineering and certiď&#x192;&#x17E;cation as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. Signiď&#x192;&#x17E;cant experience in managing and advising on construction, operation and maintenance of facilities, knowledge of communal water and sewage systems, landď&#x192;&#x17E;ll refuse sites, roads and other community based infrastructure systems is required. â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to operate computers with a wide variety of software applications. â&#x20AC;˘ Valid Ontario Drivers License. â&#x20AC;˘ Competitive Salary with excellent beneď&#x192;&#x17E;ts First Nations Awareness: The position requires knowledge of First Nations culture and government organizations; an understanding of the client groups aspirations, socio-economic needs, social environment, history, values, attitudes and expectations. Please submit your applications by fax: 807-468-3908; email: vhenry@bimose.ca or Canada Post with 3 work related references and covering letter to: Personnel Committee Bimose Tribal Council, 598 Lakeview Drive, Kenora, ON P9N 3P7 Deadline for applications is May 5, 2009 by 4:00 pm. Current criminal reference check is required. Bimose Tribal Council thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Elementary Teaching Positions Keewatin School - Kenora â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Heather Mutch, Principal, 330 Mill Street, Kenora, ON P0X 1C0 Tel: 807-547-2292 Fax: 807-547-3202 0.50 Primary/Junior/Intermediate Native As A Second Language Teacher. Native As A Second Language qualifications preferred. Ontario Teacher Qualifications required. Effective immediately. File # T-0809-60 Sioux Mountain Public School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sioux Lookout â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Michael Boos, Principal, Box 969, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B5 Tel: 807-737-3480 Fax: 807-737-3486 1.0 Primary/Junior/Intermediate Teacher â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Native As A Second Language and Prep Coverage Teacher. Native As A Second Language qualifications preferred. Ontario Teacher Qualifications required. Effective immediately. File #T-0809-18 Ontario Teacher Certification with qualifications in the appropriate divisions and special qualifications where the position warrants are required. Please send your resume, cover letter referencing the file number, a copy of your Ontario College of Teachers Certificate, and the names of three professional references (one of whom must be a recent/ current immediate supervisor with authorization to be contacted under the terms of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act), (recent graduates should include university transcripts and practicum teaching reports) by 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 1st, 2009, to the principal. Confidential information provided by applicants will be used for the purposes of this competition only and will be protected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We thank all applicants; however, only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

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Employment opportunities in contaminated site cleanups April 15, 2009

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Peawanuck is looking for career opportunities during an upcoming contaminated site remediation project on their territory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our project will probably take about three to four years,â&#x20AC;? said Clinton Patrick, Peawanuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development officer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peawanuck will play a role.â&#x20AC;? Patrick said the remediation project will likely begin this summer with environmental studies, including soil testing and sampling of birds, fish and animals, at Site 500, an abandoned Mid-Canada Radar Line site located about 18 miles down river from the community Rick Garrick/Wawatay News of about 300. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still have existing build- Bob Bruyere spoke about the need for education about contaminated sites cleanup and possible employing from the 1950s,â&#x20AC;? Patrick ment and commercial activities during the SLAAMB Contaminated Sites Cleanup workshop held April 15 said, describing the site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The and 16 in Thunder Bay. buildings have asbestos inside. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a health hazard.â&#x20AC;? commercial activities,â&#x20AC;? said Bob â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearly there are many vices, were on hand to describe Patrick said the community Bruyere, SLAAMB coordinator. opportunities to become the the remediation process and the will likely hire professionals â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t under- legs and hands of the reme- way petroleum hydrocarbons, to deal with the asbestos, but stand the potential employment diation and mitigation in our solvents and materials spread much of the remaining work opportunities in the projects.â&#x20AC;? territory,â&#x20AC;? Beardy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it above and below the surface. should be suitable for commuBruyere said the workshop is equally important that we â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ninety-eight per cent of nity members. was a good first step in educat- become the heart and brains of what you will be dealing with is The community has heavy ing community members, but a the operation also.â&#x20AC;? petroleum hydrocarbons,â&#x20AC;? said equipment operators on hand second workshop is needed to Beardy said acquiring skills Anebeaaki Environmental Inc.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as well as heavy equipment explore other aspects of con- to remediate and mitigate past Randy Edwards, who described mechanics who have been taminated site remediation at damage will give community how different petroleum prodeducated but have not had an some point this fall. members the ability to deal with ucts spread through different opportunity to complete an He also said both levels of environmental issues that arise soil types but usually accumuapprenticeship. government need to understand in future development. late above groundwater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You â&#x20AC;&#x153;All they need is their that community members need â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our greatest resource in could have liquid fuel floating apprenticeship,â&#x20AC;? Patrick said, to have their education levels that regard is the potential of on top of the groundwater. Fuel explaining the mechanics could brought up to Grade 10 or 12 our people,â&#x20AC;? Beardy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mix with water. It mixes complete their apprenticeship levels to qualify for most trades. are looking to new appropri- with soil.â&#x20AC;? during the project and be fully â&#x20AC;&#x153;If First Nation people are to ate development as our mainSam Damm, president of qualified to work anywhere. have a fair opportunity to get stay for the future. But there CLAW Environmental Services, Patrick was one of about 60 certified, they need to work is a need to come to grips with said the opportunities for First people who took part in the with First Nation communities the effects of past develop- Nations employment is â&#x20AC;&#x153;quite Contaminated Sites Cleanup or organizations to assist them ment and inappropriate outside incredible.â&#x20AC;? workshop put2009 on by the Sioux to get their Grade 12,â&#x20AC;? Bruyere management of our resources, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is so much opportuApril 20, Lookout Area Aboriginal Man- said. infrastructure and services that nity to work together.â&#x20AC;? agement Board at the TraveloNishnawbe Aski Nation has left us with environmental Damm is also interested in dge Airlane Hotel in Thunder Grand Chief Stan Beardy threats to our people and to the attending the next workshop. 2 COL x 105 AGATES Bay April 15 and 16. stressed that First Nations peo- lands we rely upon for our way â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think there is an opportuâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of the workshop ple need to be involved in all of life.â&#x20AC;? nity for vendors like me to pay a was to educate people Espinoza about aspects of the contaminated site Two remediation companies, fee,â&#x20AC;? 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The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOFHC) provided $1 million to Muskrat Dam First Nation to construct a multi-functional community centre. This community centre will help the residents of Muskrat Dam host community gatherings and sports activities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our investment in this centre will help the community enhance the quality of life of its members and serve the needs of the First Nation well into the future,â&#x20AC;? said Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development and Mines and chairman of the NOFHC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will support community development in all aspects,â&#x20AC;? said Vernon Morris, Muskrat Dam chief. The main level of the 27,825 square-foot building will include space for badminton and basketball, a community gathering area, an exercise centre and two change rooms. The second floor will feature a kitchen, cafeteria

and rest rooms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our community looks forward to it and it will certainly help us interact at a level with other communities who have similar facilities,â&#x20AC;? said Morris. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having a place to hold gatherings and activities for young people is vital to building a strong and vibrant community,â&#x20AC;? said Brad Duguid, minister of Aboriginal Affairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This centre will help the Muskrat Dam First Nation lay the foundation for future success.â&#x20AC;? The beginning stages of construction began earlier this year. Morris said the community would be releasing more information later on in the year as to when the building will be finished. The centre is expected to create two full-time and three parttime jobs, while up to seven jobs will be created during construction of the facility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like to thank everyone who was involved, both at the community level and within government for having made this initiative possible,â&#x20AC;? said Morris.


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RECEPTIONIST / CIRCULATION CLERK Wawatay Native Communications Society serves the communications needs of the people and communities in Northern Ontario. The Society does this through the provision of a variety of multimedia services, including but not limited to: a biweekly newspaper, daily native language radio programs, weekly television programming, audio streaming and regularly updated website. These services help to preserve and enhance the languages and culture of the Aboriginal people in Northern Ontario. DUTIES: The Receptionist / Circulation Clerk’s function is: to operate the switchboard/telephone system, to answer, screen and forward all telephone calls, taking messages and providing basic information as required; greet visitors and guests at the reception area in a courteous and helpful manner; to gather and distribute mail, faxes and other material; and provide clerical assistance to the Management Team as requested. The Receptionist / Circulation Clerk is also expected to perform newspaper circulation tasks to ensure the timely distribution and circulation of the newspaper, maintenance of information relating to transactions for subscriptions, supervise contract distribution staff and associated transactions, compliance with circulation audit requirements, and achieve revenue targets. QUALIFICATIONS: • Ability to work unsupervised. • Previous reception experience an asset. • The ability to communicate in Ojibway, Oji-Cree or Cree considered an asset. • A high degree of initiative, motivation and the ability to observe strict confidentiality is essential. • Excellent time management skills, including multitasking. • The candidate must be willing to work overtime as required. • A valid Ontario driver’s license preferred Location: Sioux Lookout, ON Closing date: May 15, 2009 To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Pierre Parsons, Business Development Director Wawatay Native Communications Society

P.O. Box 1180 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7 Fax: (807) 737-3224

By email: pierrep@wawatay.on.ca

Employment Opportunity

NURSING DIRECTOR

External/Internal FULL TIME CONTRACT (May 18, 2009 – March 31, 2010) Shibogama First Nations Council is a progressive First Nations Council consisting of three First Nations communities(Kingfisher Lake, Wapekeka and Wunnumin Lake) which have transferred to a community-based health care system. The incumbent to this position must be committed to a community development philosophy, embrace the primary health care model and demonstrate the ability to be a team player. Qualifications: • Baccalaureate in Nursing from an accredited university • Scope of practice trained • Hold a certification from the College of Nurses, a member of the RNAO • Minimum of two years of management experience in a First Nations northern clinical setting • Minimum of two years experience in managing a human resource system in a health care facility • Availability to travel • Ability to communicate in Oji-Cree an asset Under the general direction of the Shibogama Health Authority Health Director and the community-based Health Councils, the Nursing Director will be required to have: • Knowledge of health transfer • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written • Conflict resolution skills • Sensitivity to cross cultural issues and demonstrated ability to incorporate this ideology in practice • Ability to monitor the community-based mandatory nursing program and other nursing-based initiatives • Computer literacy Shibogama Health Authority wishes to thank all those individuals who have taken time to apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Start Date:

May 18, 2009

Salary:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Closing Date: May 4, 2009 Please submit three references, one of which should be the current supervisor, and your resume to:

Personnel Committee Shibogama Health Authority PO Box 449, 81 King Street Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1A5, Fax: (807) 737-4099 OR solm@shibogama.on.ca

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News Online Online Editor / Multimedia Coordinator

Completed by: Javier Espinoza Wawatay Native Communications Society requires an

Online Editor for its award winning website, Wawatay News Online. The Online Editor will be responsible for adding and developing content for the website. DUTIES: • Monitor quality of content on Wawatay News Online (and affiliate sites) on a daily basis; ensure the functionality and accessibility of the content, in consultation with the Web Developer; • Be responsible for researching and posting content to Wawatay News Online to include, but not limited to, daily news briefs, news links, newspaper stories, photos, video, audio; • Work with Web Developer and Newspaper Editor to post online edition of newspaper on issue date; • Work with Senior Radio Producer, Newspaper Editor, and Senior TV Producer to assign and select content for the website. Gather and edit content to post on a daily basis; • Work as part of team responsible for creating and posting at least two multimedia slideshows and one video online once a week. QUALIFICATIONS: • Education and/or experience in media; • Excellent computer skills and knowledge and/or experience with content management systems for the web; • Knowledge of Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree culture and communities in the Wawatay service area; • Ability to work in a PC and Macintosh computer environment and knowledge of technology and software used in media industry; • A valid Ontario driver’s license; and • The ability to speak and write in Ojibway, Oji-Cree or Cree would be an asset.

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Television Video Editor

Completed by: Javier Espinoza Wawatay TV requires a video editor to assist producers

DUTIES • Edit programs and segments and assist TV Producers to finalize master tapes • Log footage from cameras onto computer to make ready for editing • Assist TV producers with scripting/storyboarding programs and segments • Act as a crewmember when required; duties such as but not limited to: setting up lights, operating cameras, switch editing, etc. • Produce, shoot, edit and package videos requested by outside clients • Produce videos for Wawatay News Online as assigned Qualifications: • Broadcast Television Diploma or experience in related field • Experience working with Final Cut Pro or other editing software • Knowledge of Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop an asset • Fluent in an Aboriginal language of Northern Ontario an asset • Ability to work well unsupervised • Strong problem solving skills, as well as good communication and interpersonal skills • Driver’s license preferred Location: Sioux Lookout, ON Closing date: May 29, 2009

Closing date: May 29, 2009

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to:

Brent Wesley, Media Director Wawatay Native Communications Society P.O. Box 1180 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7 Fax: (807) 737-3224 By email: brentw@wawatay.on.ca

Brent Wesley, Media Director Wawatay Native Communications Society P.O. Box 1180 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7 Fax: (807) 737-3224 By email: brentw@wawatay.on.ca

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities April 17, 2009

Principal & Teachers

On2behalf Lake First Nation, Shibogama Education COLofxKingfisher 110 AGATES invites applications for the 2009-10 School Year for: Principal, Kingfisher Lake First Nation Completed by: Javier Espinoza

Anihshininiimowin Kindergarten Teacher, Kingfisher Lake First Nation Anihshininiimowin Grade One/Two Teacher, Kingfisher Lake First Nation Special Education Teacher, Kingfisher Lake First Nation Grade Three/Four Teacher, Wunnumin Lake First Nation Grade Seven Teacher, Wunnumin Lake First Nation Grade Eight Teacher, Wunnumin Lake First Nation Grade Nine and Ten Teacher, Wunnumin Lake First Nation

Both schools are implementing the Languages Together Program designed to promote bilingual and bicultural skills. It is based on Community Outcomes related to the culture and language of the people as well as the expectations from the Ontario Curriculum. The emphasis in the primary program is on developing fluency in the first language being Anihshininiimowin (Oji-Cree). English is introduced as a second language in Grade One. Successful candidates must be a member and in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers or eligible for membership. Recent Criminal Convictions and Child Abuse Registry Checks must be provided. Fluency in the Oji-Cree dialect, experience teaching in a remote First Nation and bilingual/ bicultural setting are definite assets. Applications must include a covering letter, resume, supporting documents such as copy of Certificate of Qualification, letters of reference, performance appraisals, recent copy of both a Child Abuse and Criminal Conviction Clearance Checks and the names of three references including most recent employer who may be contacted. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, applicants must provide a signed and dated statement authorizing Shibogama Education personnel to contact references prior to the interview date.

Application deadline: May 24, 2009 Applications may be directed to: Shibogama Education Attention: Maureen MacKenna, Education Advisor P.O. Box 449 Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1A5 PH: (807) 737-2662 FAX: (807) 737-1583 EMAIL: shibedu@shibogama.on.ca Thank you for your application. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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with two programs, Wawatay Kids TV and Cry of the Loon Fishing Adventures. Both programs are aired nationally on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Location: Sioux Lookout, ON To apply, send a cover letter and resume to:

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April 24, 2009

for Carpenters

Location: 40 Miles South of Moosenee 2 COL x 110 AGATES SEMA Railway Structures has been awarded the contract by Ontario Northland Railway to Completed by:the Javier Espinoza repair and rehabilitate the existing concrete piers that support the railway bridge that crosses the Moose River on ONR’s Island Falls Subdivision at Mile 142.50.

SEMA is currently seeking skilled car penters with a minimum of 5+ years of practical carpentry experience to join our construction crew starting in May 2009 until approximately October 2009. The person or persons we seek should have a solid construction background with experience in building formwork, and concrete demolition. This job will involve both concrete demolition and the forming and pouring of new concrete. This project will require you to live on site during your shift. We will provide all necessary housing, sanitary facilities, and food as part of your package. Living Quarters are shared with a private sleeping room. Shifts are typically 12 hours per day based on 15 days on and 15 days off. You will be required to provide your own safety boots, hardhat, and work clothes and maintain your living area yourself. Lastly, this is a dry camp. There will be no alcohol consumption of any kind at anytime or any place by any member of the workforce while on site – 24/7. Consumption of alcohol, (even on your own time) will result in immediate dismissal. Salary will be based on your experience and demonstrated ability. Benefits (health, medical, etc.) will apply after you successfully complete a 3 month probation period. Interested individuals should email (preferred) their resumes to: semastructures@live.ca Alternatively, you may fax your resume to 1-877-775-7184. Please include at least three (3) references with all necessary contact information – name, dates worked for, telephone and email.

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Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority Health Care in Partnership with First Nations Working for the Health Authority provides a unique opportunity to assist in the delivery of Health Services in 31 communities spread across a large geographical area

Our Mission

Our Vision

Our mission is to: Help our people to better health through health promotion and disease prevention; Support communities to deliver quality, community-based primary health care with qualified First Nations staff; and

We look forward, in the next five years to healthier people in our communities. People will live healthy lifestyles and will be spiritually whole. We will receive health services in our own language.

Provide specialized services, and regional services not provided by communities and tribal councils.

Community health workers will have the training they need to do their jobs and adequate facilities from which to do their work. Young people will go into health careers and return to their communities to work and live. Elders will bring their wisdom and skills to our health programs.

Health Services and Programs Sioux Lookout Anishinabe Health Plan Tuberculosis Control & Survelliance Program Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Transitional Youth Initiatives Program Telehealth\Services Migration Co-ordinator First Nations and Inuit Health Information System Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services Client Services Department Community Based Non-Residential Mental Health and Healing Services Short Term Assessment Treatment Unit No matter what area of health you are interested in, we have a job for you! Medical Drivers Nursing Client Advocacy Client Advocacy Driver/Interpreter Health Educators Airport Interpreter Trainer Intake Workers Traditional Healing Transitional Youth Initiatives Data Clerks Secretarial Arts Mental Health Counsellors Psychologist Crisis Co-ordinator Child and Youth Workers Telehealth Case Managers Accommodations Clerk

Clinicians Hospital Administrators Human Resources Quality Assurance Information Technologist Communications Housekeeping Laundry Aid Cooks Dietician

Why work for the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority? • Competitive Salary • Excellent Benefit Package • Commitment to on-going training • New Hostel Facility

• Opportunities to work in a First Nations Community • Unique opportunity to work in a multi-cultural setting • Implementation of staff recognition program

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Health Authority or Health Sciences in general, we are an organization to help you get there. Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority Human Resources Department Mailing Address: Box 1300 - 61 Queen Street, Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1B8 Tel: (807)-737-1802 • Fax: (807)-737-2969 • e-mail us: human.resources@slfnha.on.ca


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Moses leads residents to mineral knowledge James Thom

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Armed with a lifetime of mineral claim staking knowledge, Peter Moses has been sharing his expertise with First Nations members and leadership for the past several years. In his capacity as First Nation minerals information officer in the mines and mineral division of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Moses provides educational information, advice and expertise in the field of geology to First Nations people as he travels throughout the province holding workshops and information sessions. “This has been a great opportunity for me,” Moses, a Pic River band member said in his Thunder Bay office. “There have been several people I’ve met and mentored in claims staking that are working in the field in right now.” From the art of discovering valuable minerals to staking and filing a claim, Moses covers everything necessary to complete a claim in his sessions. Also included are explanations of what some of the minerals are used for. “The battery in here, it runs on lithium,” Moses said, pointing to his laptop computer, adding copper, nickel and zinc are also used in computers. “I want people to know what these rocks on the ground are because a rock isn’t just a rock. It could contain many different subjects. “So much of what we use today comes from the ground. People need to recognize that.” Because so many minerals are used in our everyday lives,

Moses said there are many opportunities for careers in fields related to minerals. From the sciences, to technical fields, geologists and engineers, miners and prospectors and even fields people don’t often think about, opportunities abound, he said. “It’s not just pick and shovel jobs that First Nations people can qualify for,” Moses said. “There’s hardly any limit.” There are jobs that fit every person, regardless of their education level, provided people are motivated to work, Moses said. One of the biggest thrills in Moses’ position is being able to work with community members. “I really enjoy being in the communities talking to people,” he said. “There are always people interested in what I’m talking about. Often, women elders who have no interest in actually prospecting will come in for sessions just to see what I’m teaching. It’s nice to see them so interested.” At those sessions, community leaders often participate as well. “Being able to give First Nations a stepping stone about what the industry is all about, it’s very gratifying to be able to help them out and give back,” Moses said. Moses began his position in 2003 after a month of retirement from a pulp mill where he worked as an instrument technician in a supervision capacity. “My prospecting activities led me to this office,” Moses said. “From there, I was prompted by the resident geologist about this position becoming available.”

Careers in minerals Occupation in mineral exploration and mining

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Peter Moses, First Nation minerals information officer in the mines and mineral division of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, points out possible minerals on a map to a group taking part in a information session about mineral claim staking.

accountant administrative assistance computer programmer engineer exploration manager metallurgist mine planner nurse personnel officer statistician supervisor labour kitchen hand line cutter prospector apprentice diamond drill helper lab technician secretary

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10-4 DRIVING & CAREER ACADEMY is offering courses in HEAVY EQUIPMENT with GRADER Fort Frances - April 27 HEAVY EQUIPMENT with EXCAVATOR Long Lac - April 27 DZ, AZ, SCHOOL BUS & HEAVY EQUIPMENT Thunder Bay - courses start every monday For more information, contact us:

10-4 Driving and Career Academy 399 Mooney Street, Thunder Bay, ON Call (807)-345-0990 Toll Free 1-888-831-0990 or visit www.10-4truckdriving.com

WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CAREER COLLEGE

Supporting the Success of Aboriginal Business ENTREPRENEURSHIP-AN ALTERNATE CAREER CHOICE? Are you over 18 years of age? Do you have a business idea, but don’t know where to start? Do you have several ideas and can’t choose one? NADF’s team of dedicated staff are available to provide you with the financial advice and business solutions to help you achieve your goals. We offer a range of financial and business support services to First Nation members, Métis, Inuit and majority-owned and operated Aboriginal businesses and organizations. Call today to find out if you qualify.

Thunder Bay 106 Centennial Square - 2nd Floor Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1H3 Toll Free: 800.465.6821 Phone: 807.623.5397 Fax: 807.622.8271

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Community Futures Development Corporation

NADF cordially invites you to the 3rd ANNUAL NADF CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC WHERE:

Fort William Country Club Thunder Bay, ON

WHEN:

Friday July 3,2009

TIME:

12:OO PM Registration 1:00 PM Shotgun Start 6:30 PM Dinner and Awards

Maximum of 144 players or 36 teams REGISTRATION DEADLINE MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2009 $150/person or $500/team of four (4) Registration fee includes: Green Fees, Golf Cart, Steak Dinner and Prizes

Timmins 251 Third Avenue - Suite 9 Timmins, ON P4N 1E2 Toll Free: 800.461.9858 Phone: 705.268.3940 Fax: 705.268.4034

Call Kristina at (807) 767-4443 to register or email Kristina@firedogpr.com FOREwarning REGISTER EARLY! This event sold out last year. First Come - First Serve

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Wawatay News April 30, 2009  

Volume 35 #09

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