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March 31, 2011

Land helping to heal

Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974

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Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Joseph Remi Nakogee and his siblings are on a healing journey after their late sister Dakota passed away last year. She was 16. “Over the summer, (the family) decided to build a modern teepee for our late sister with a bonfire inside,” said the 33-year-old Attawapiskat band member. “We all pitched in – even my little daughter Shawnessy pitched in sometimes.” Nakogee was impressed with the turnout from the community when they held the bonfire in memory of Dakota, who left behind a young daughter. “Everybody showed up and were impressed at how the teepee looked like,” Nakogee said. “After we were done with the teepee, we decided to go back to our late grandparents’ campsite to fix up the house and try to make a few cabins for extended family members.” The family wants to complete their healing journey by rebuilding the cabin their late grandparents Emile and Sabeth Nakogee built at Ekwan Point, located about 25 kilometres northeast of Attawapiskat along the James Bay coast. “I spent a lot of time with my grandparents there,” Nakogee said. “Every time they had a chance to take me out I always went with them.” Although Nakogee and his siblings have not been out to their grandparent’s campsite for about 10 years, they want to use the cabin to rediscover the traditional teachings passed on by their grandparents. Emile Nakogee is still recognized across Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory and an annual Keewaywin Award is named after him: the Emile Nakogee Award for Outstanding Leadership. “I’m trying to instill those values on my siblings,” Nakogee said, noting he is the oldest of six brothers and five sisters and his youngest sibling is 10 years old. Nakogee would usually help his grandfather build a blind in the spring for hunting geese and ducks along the James Bay coast. During the summer he would help his grandfather set up gillnets to catch fish from the bay. Two of his sisters were old enough to help their grandmother. “Every day was an adventure,” Nakogee said. In January, Nakogee and two of his siblings travelled to the campsite to check out the condition of the cabin. see FAMILY page 3

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The Obesahdekong Ice Dogs were crowned C-side champions of the Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament in Sioux Lookout March 14-20. The Ice Dogs ousted the Mishkeegogamang Falcons 8-3 in the final. “Throughout the week our goal was to get better and better and that’s exactly what the boys did,” Rodney Howe, coach for the Ice Dogs, said. For more on the tournament see page 16.

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MARCH 31, 2011

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Universal vote up for decision Rick Garrick Wawatay News

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The search headquarters for missing Webequie teen Jordan has moved to the Western Grain By-Products Storage Ltd. building in Thunder Bay. Wabasse has been missing since Feb. 7.

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The search efforts for Jordan Wabasse will continue with a new home thanks to a Thunder Bay business. Western Grain By-Products Storage Ltd. has offered its lunchroom and office to the search group for Wabasse, a Webequie teen missing in Thunder Bay since Feb. 7. The searchers have access to the Internet, phone and kitchen facilities at the building. They will be able to stay at the loca-

tion for at least three weeks and until the shipping season begins, according to the owners. “We were so happy to hear the offer from the owners of the building,” said search coordinator Lillian Suganaqueb. “Their compassion towards our situation – trying to find Jordan – is incredible. “It was very important for us to be able to stay close to the (Kaministiqua) River.” The river bank has been the site of several promising leads, Suganaqueb said.

A hat believed to belong to the teen was found shortly after Wabasse disappeared. It was sent away for DNA testing. Those results could be back in a few weeks. An Adidas running shoe was also found on the river bank March 21 near the shipping pier. It was the same brand and model of shoe Wabasse was wearing went he went missing, according to police. With the search nearing two months, Suganaqueb said resources are running low. She said cash donations


would be most beneficial to allow searchers to stay mobile; driving to more search locations and to help cover the cost of meals and food for the searchers. Donations can be dropped off at Western Grain’s office at 102 Kingston St. Wabasse, 15, was last seen Feb. 7 and was reported missing by a guardian the next day. Fifty to 100 volunteers have been conducting a ground search of the Westfort area of Thunder Bay since Wabasse went missing.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation chiefs are looking to hold a dedicated conference on the universal vote before this summer’s Keewaywin Conference. “We have to organize something as soon as possible because the chiefs are saying they hope to have more information before August so they are in a position to make an informed decision on how to proceed,” said Grand Chief Stan Beardy after the March 22-24 NAN Winter Chiefs meeting in Timmins. Beardy also suggested using a survey or canvassing community members to gather more input on the universal vote issue. “We need to reach as many people as possible to get some feedback on the issue of universal vote,” Beardy said. Shawn Batisse, executive director of Wabun Tribal Council, brought up his communities’ concerns about a loss of influence related to their population sizes, ranging from about 49 to 800 band members, if the universal vote goes ahead. “The fear is their ability to have an effect on the selection of the leader goes the way of the dodo,” Batisse said. “That ability to influence the leadership is gone. The larger communities, because they are larger and the votes are there, will get all the attention from the leadership.” Beardy said the chiefs are

always considerate of each other under the current NAN governance model, so the smaller communities are always part of the circle at NAN. “Equal attention and voice is given to all the chiefs around the table,” Beardy said. “If (the vote) goes to the constituents, those people may not necessarily understand how do you give voice to small communities as compared to communities that have a population up to 3,000.” Jackie Fletcher, a NAN Women’s Council member, brought up concerns about how NAN members across the country would vote and how the master voting list could be compiled in time for the next NAN leadership election in 2012. “You’ve got people who want to vote and they live in B.C. – how are they going to do that,” Fletcher said. “There will be master list and voting list challenges. Who’s going to perfect master lists, what about confidentialities.” Beardy said gaining access to band membership lists to build a master list may raise legal questions. He says membership lists may contain personal information. “You have to keep in mind the privacy of those individuals,” Beardy said. “If you are going to have a universal vote, that implies that you are trying to reach everybody that is a member of Nishnawbe Aski Nation regardless of where they might live.”

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Child care summit gives voice to grandmothers Rick Garrick Wawatay News

The Robinson Superior Treaty Women’s Council is looking for absolute care and control of their children. “We want to have a mechanism such as customary care to be implemented as part of the changes to improve Part 10 of the Child and Family Services Act and support the idea that there should be a separate act designed by our people in the province of Ontario and enacted by the government,” said Marlene Pierre, a member of the Robinson Superior Treaty Women’s Council. “We’ve got lots of work. It will take time but we want that control.” Pierre said the council is looking for childcare services to be provided in their communities to keep families together rather than having the children sent away to other communities. “That’s the short term and getting Part 10 reworked is the long term,” Pierre said. Pierre added there is a need for programs for aftercare for young people coming out of jails as well as child care environments. “We need those resources for prevention; we need to save our future desperately,” Pierre said. “Prevention is key to the future development of our children.” The Robinson Superior Treaty Women’s Council also met with John Beaucage, Aboriginal advisor to the minister of Children and Youth Services, during its March 18-20

Leadership Forum at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites in Thunder Bay. “The aspect of prevention, when it comes to our children, is really important,” Beaucage said, noting the Child and Family Services Act is focused on the care of the child and preventing injury to the child. “But it does nothing for the family, so when we begin talking about prevention, we’re starting to talk more about a holistic way of looking after the family and thereby looking after the child.” Beaucage said there is a need to look at the issue in a broader context, so the child, family and community can heal and grow so eventually there is no need for children to be taken away. “When one child is taken away, that means there has been a failure somewhere,” Beaucage said. “And I just don’t want to blame the family — I think it is also a community responsibility.” Norma Fawcett, headwoman of the Robinson Superior Treaty Women’s Council is calling for First Nations children to be placed for care with their own people. “They need to be in homes that are our people, not just dropping them off at (nonnative) people’s houses even though they are foster parents,” Fawcett said. “We need them to be in the care of our people.” Beaucage invited Fawcett and Pierre to attend and talk about their issues at an upcoming Aboriginal Child and Youth Summit that the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

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Robinson Superior Treaty Women’s Council headwoman Norma Fawcett and member Marlene Pierre presented John Beaucage, Aboriginal advisor to the minister of Children and Youth Services, with a gift during the Robinson Superior Treaty Women’s Council Leadership Forum, held March 18-20 at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites in Thunder Bay. will be holding April 18-19 at Fort William First Nation for front-line workers from the mandated and non-mandated Aboriginal children’s aid soci-

eties across Ontario as well as some community members. “The minister has committed to being there during the whole time to listen,” Beaucage said.

Beaucage said the invitation to Fawcett and Pierre includes an opportunity to present during a Listening to Our Grandmothers session he is hosting on

Noront sets out Ring of Fire plans

Family looks to honour fallen sister

Rick Garrick Wawatay News

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Joshua, left, and Joseph Remi Nakogee check out the condition of the cabin their grandparents Emile and Sabeth Nakogee once lived in at Ekwan Point along the James Bay coast during a January visit. from page 1 “We were awed at the sight that greeted us, how so much of the area has changed in our absence,” Nakogee said in an e-mail message. “Our Mooshum/ Gookums house was in bad shape.” Nakogee said the family

made the decision to burn down the cabin before the trip, but once they were at the campsite they couldn’t do it – they felt all their siblings should be there. “It’s pretty peaceful, tranquil,” Nakogee said about the campsite. “You don’t overanalyze anything that needs to be done. It’s just

simple.” Nakogee said the landscape has changed significantly since a forest fire burned through the area about 10 years ago. “There is plenty of dry wood now for the stove,” Nakogee said. “My brothers were all in shock when they saw the campsite. You could

the second day of the summit. “You do have a part in this summit,” Beaucage said. “The minister will be there to listen to you.”

just see their jaws drop when we got there.” Nakogee and his brothers had originally planned to rebuild the campsite with frame buildings, but after receiving little response to a request for donations of building supplies, they are now thinking about building log houses.

Nibinamik’s Don Sofea is concerned about the impact Noront Resources Ltd.’s proposal to transport mineral concentrate to Savant Lake could have on his traditions. “If I fast right in the centre of where the development is going to be, that is a spiritual abuse,” said the Nibinamik health director. “That means I’m being disturbed from my own wilderness for healing. That is why they need to consult everyone, because everybody has a different way of surviving. Some may be fishermen, some may be hunters, some may be in the line of healing and wellness.” Noront delivered a presentation March 24 in Nibinamik on its plans for the Eagle’s Nest deposit in the Ring of Fire, which were filed March 23 with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, and Forestry. The plan calls for the mineral concentrate to be transported along an existing winter-road corridor to a railhead at Savant Lake. Sofea also raised concerns about economic benefits for community members and community consultation requirements. “In our community, most of our youth are not employed,” Sofea said. Sofea said the whole community needs to be consulted, including the youth. “I have to be told this is the plan, this is what is going to happen and all the whole nine yards,” Sofea said. “With a membership of 500, everyone has to be notified.” Noront plans to pump concentrate in a slurry mixture with water along a proposed 100-kilometre buried pipe-

line to a site about 20 kilometres south of Webequie, which would be called Webequie Junction. The concentrate would be filtered and dried in a proposed plant at Webequie Junction before being shipped out on trucks along a proposed allseason road built on an existing Ministry of Natural Resources winter-road corridor to an existing railhead at Savant Lake. Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse said his community does not have any comments on Noront’s proposed plans at the present time. The chiefs of Neskantaga, Nibinamik and Marten Falls could not be reached before the paper went to press. Noront president and CEO Wes Hanson was unavailable for comment. Noront’s plans also call for construction of a diesel generating station at Webequie Junction as well as a power line and winter road from the generating station to the Eagle’s Nest deposit. The company’s project description is posted online at Hanson said the project description launches the permitting process for development of the Eagle’s Nest deposit. “This is the first step of the permitting process and establishes a starting point for future consultation regarding infrastructure and mine development of the Eagle’s Nest deposit with the local First Nation communities as well as local, provincial and federal government agencies,” he said. The project description proposes an underground mine and mill complex capable of processing one million tonnes of ore per year. High-grade nickel, copper, platinum and palladium ore were discovered in the Eagle’s Nest deposit.


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Charlie is coming home Joyce Hunter GUEST COLUMNIST


his summer is going to be a big deal for mom and dad. You see they are preparing to welcome their second oldest son home after he spent almost 37 years away. It won’t exactly be a triumphant return as Charlie will be returning to his parents in a casket having died at St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany on Oct. 22, 1974 as a 13-year-old. He drowned in the process of saving the life of another boy. While I know Charlie’s return is something my parents have ached years for, I also know it will be bittersweet and filled with an incredible range of emotions that I can only guess at. And making it possible to bring Charlie home was no easy task by any stretch of the imagination. The struggle began when my parents found themselves having to charter a flight to meet my brother’s body in Moosonee for internment after his remains were autopsied in Timmins. Mom and dad were overcome by intense grief, they went to church and watched the service and internment proceedings unfold. Not once were they approached about where they wanted their beloved son laid to rest. He was buried 515 kilometres from home. After a time, when my parents had a chance to absorb the magnitude of the injustice in being separated from their son, my father began to question those who legislated residential schools into existence. He wanted to know why his son’s remains where not returned to them so they could bury him on their own terms amongst friends and family. And even now, they have so many burning unanswered questions for Charlie’s caregivers, for the investigating officers, for the coroner as well as the government. They want to know why my brother’s life mattered so little to them. Why wasn’t my brother given proper care? Why didn’t his death warrant a thorough investigation? How come there wasn’t an inquest? But most of all, why didn’t the government return their child’s body to mom and dad? Last year my dad turned 75, that’s when he told my older sister Christine and I that he was getting old. He said he was also tired and frustrated. Dad told us he had been stonewalled at every effort during the previous 35 years in his quest to

find answers and bid to have Charlie returned home to him. So he asked us to take over from him – to find those answers and bring Charlie home. Because of mom and dad’s advancing age and deteriorating health, we felt a strong sense of urgency to fulfill his request as soon as humanly possible. We spent a year working on this and there were many times we became frustrated and angry in reaction to all the “no’s” or “we can’ts’” we kept hearing. That’s when I’d remind myself that dad struggled through this for 35 years. It was that bit of knowledge that would help stiffen my resolve – ‘For Dad,’ I’d always remind myself. Our most immediate concern has always been to bring Charlie home. Originally we were told it would cost about $22,000 to have Charlie’s remains moved. Christine and I reached out to anyone and everyone we thought might listen. And someone did hear us and passed our story onto one of Canada’s largest newspapers. That’s when the National Residential School Survivors Society learned about our family’s fight and stepped in to lend a hand. They opened up a trust fund to help raise the money needed and called upon Canadians to dig deep and help out. In less than two weeks, the Canadian public responded, donating more than $10,000. That amount became enough to bring Charlie home thanks to sympathetic corporate citizens who offered their expertise and services at a substantially reduced rate. One airline offered to charge only the cost of the fuel needed, while another offered to donate both a casket and headstone for Charlie. The people of Canada were able to do in two weeks what the federal government would not do in 36 years. Our whole family is overjoyed and simply blown away by the huge wave of compassion and generosity shown to my parents. The truth is I don’t think it will quite sink in until the day Charlie’s plane lands on the tarmac at Peawanuck and mom and dad can finally welcome him home. I think I will be watching mom and dad’s expressions that day rather than watching the plane. And the reason I say that is because I was denied the opportunity of ever knowing Charlie. I only know him from a handful of pictures and stories my parents and older siblings have told me about him. They say he was uncommonly kind and precocious. I believe that because he gave his life to save another.

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A woman works on tanning hide in Deer Lake, March 1992.

Nomadic blood feeds travel bug Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY


have been travelling overseas and across Canada now for several years. I enjoy moving from place to place. I think the need to see new places comes from my people's nomadic tradition of moving over the land regularly as a matter of survival. For the past 10 years or so, I have regularly travelled to places in Europe, Asia, parts of the United States and Canada. As a Cree with nomadic blood, I am capable of adapting to just about any location. However in this modern world, moving from one place to another is very different than travelling in traditional Cree ways up the James Bay coast. There are a whole new set of skills I had to learn to deal with global travel in order to move about in an organized and safe way. One of the first places to start if you want to take an international vacation is to get a passport. A passport is necessary to allow a traveller to visit a foreign country, leave that country and re-enter Canada again.

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Most post offices in Canada provide the forms and information necessary to request a passport. The cost is $87 and the process can be done by mail and completed within a month. The next step in getting ready for an international trip is to organize the actual travel. The most important part of any trip is to ensure you have enough funds to ensure a safe and pleasant holiday. Budgeting money is an important skill for any traveller. When you are on the road in a new country, it is always good to know how much you will have to spend a day for accommodation, food and transportation. I have found that a good rule of thumb when I am on the move from place to place is a daily cost of about $150 for comfortable accommodations, reasonable transportation cost and economical meals. If you really want to travel on a small budget it is possible to stay away from regular hotels and use hostels or dorm type accommodations. Rather than rent a car to get around you can go by bus or train and save money. If saving time is important, you have to budget more money to fly. In Europe you can fly with low cost airlines like Ryanair or Easyjet for a fraction of what it normally would cost. MEDIA DIRECTOR Adrienne Fox MULTIMEDIA/NEWS COORDINATOR Brent Wesley EDITOR James Thom WRITER/PHOTOGRAPHER Rick Garrick ART DIRECTOR Roxann Shapwaykeesic GRAPHIC DESIGNER Matthew Bradley

If you are young and in great shape then you don't mind budget accommodations and low cost transportation. However, if you travel too cheaply it could mean giving up a sense of safety. One of my favourite options is to stick to one location and operate from it as a base. The longer-term stay in an apartment, hotel or hostel is much cheaper. Long-term apartment living allows a traveller to make meals at home rather than eat out every day. Do your research before making any travel arrangements, especially when planning on visiting Third World countries. The government of Canada has a link at: www. that provides detailed information on every country. Packing for a trip is also a skill in itself. Everyone has a preference on what to bring on a trip. This depends mostly on where you plan to go. If you are heading to a warm country, don't bring many heavy clothes. If going to colder climates, bring your long johns and more items of warm clothing. Remember to pack such basics as necessary medication, toiletries, identifying documentation, banking/credit cards and a good camera. Beyond this, it becomes a matter of preference as to what electronics, clothing or ACTING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Meghan Kendall ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Steve Elliott CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Mark Kakekagumick TRANSLATORS Vicky Angees Agnes Shakakeesic

footwear to bring. I always travel with a backpack, a basic laptop, writing material and a good book. I include a small first aid kit, electronic translator and a list of family and friend contact numbers. It is a good idea to buy medical insurance for every trip you take as a visit to a hospital in another country can become very expensive. Whatever you pack, pack light. There is nothing more bothersome than moving a hundred pounds of luggage around huge, busy airports and gigantic cities. Also remember that if you really need something on the road you can buy it. The new item can double as a souvenir. Another good rule is to travel with a friend. Two is always safer than one. This is a basic rule of travelling even when venturing into the wilderness of the James Bay coast. I grew up in a world of travel that was done in the warmer months by freighter canoe on northern rivers and the great James Bay. In the winter we moved about on the frozen land with snowmobiles, snow shoes and sleighs. Most of my moving around these days is done at 30,000 feet above land and that has given me another view of Mother Earth. With the way things are going these days on our planet, time is of the essence. CONTRIBUTORS Joyce Hunter Xavier Kataquapit Peter Moon Russ Thom Guest editorials, columnists and letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the views of Wawatay News.

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Whitefeather Forest Dedicated Protected Areas Cheemuhnuhcheecheekuhtaykeehn

Taking care of all Canadians To the Editor: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had many thoughts and ideas lingering in my head for quite some time now and thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d share one of them. I know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all heard about it and wanted the same view for this one and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the health and safety of the water within many communities. We all ask many questions about it, such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we have clean water?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we drink it?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we receive much help as we should?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The questions keep coming and many of them get left unanswered. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m aware of the crisis that goes on across the world; the epidemics and most recently the tsunami and the earthquake that has happened to Japan. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong on this one, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting all the help they can get from other countries. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horrifying and sad what the entire country went through in a matter of minutes. But to move onto my topic, why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many First Nation communities receive help that many others seem to be getting? The reserves are in Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard. We rarely get looked at. We often get pushed aside. Arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we just as important as everyone else across the world? It may be selfish of me to be using such words, but I need to in order to bring this to attention â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not just locally, but nationally and hopefully


globally. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the United Nation Human Rights Declaration that everyone should have clean and drinkable water? If that is so, then why is not it happening? It may come down to financial support, but Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government brings in large amounts of income annually and not many communities get to see it. I do think that every community should at least invest in a water plant to filter the water and produce clean and drinkable water. Each and every community would benefit so much from one. Yes, it can be costly, but think of how much everyone would save from not having to buy bottled water every week. Which brings me to another concern. I saw a documentary a few weeks ago titled Tapped. It explains everything you want and need to know about water and how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a viable source to life. It also mentions the dangers of bottled water including the toxic chemicals in the plastics that contain the water and how they can leach into the water. These have been known to cause nausea, dizziness, depression and can also be fatal. Some bottles have also contained chemicals that have been linked to cancer. So I hope many others take action and to bring this matter to attention.

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Marten Falls ends Ring of Fire blockade Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Citing a lack of support from other First Nations, Marten Falls called off its Ring of Fire blockade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It closed Friday (March 11),â&#x20AC;? said Marten Falls Chief Eli Moonias. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any support from the communities. Nobody showed up there.â&#x20AC;? Moonias said his community was expecting other Matawa First Nations communities to help with the blockade, noting it cost his community about $90,000 for the two-month 2010 Ring of Fire blockade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surely if you have a territory there you should stand up for it,â&#x20AC;? Moonias said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we did.â&#x20AC;? Marten Falls set up the blockade March 3 at Koper Lake to protest the construction of a 40-man camp on muskeg as well as inadequate involvement for the community in mineral resource developments taking place within the Ring of Fire mineral resource area. Koper Lake is located in the James Bay lowlands about 128 kilometres north of Marten Falls. Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse, who took part in the 2010 Ring of Fire blockade along with Moonias, said his community has a neutral position where it is not opposed to development but also requests the government work with the First Nation communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though Webequie says we are not opposed to development, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that we fully support what the government is doing,â&#x20AC;? Wabasse said. He is concerned about how First Nations are not included in the Ring of Fire planning, noting that his community is looking for employment, training and community development

opportunities in the Ring of Fire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to be able to have our people working and at the same time I want to be able to develop my community,â&#x20AC;? Wabasse said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our community is suffering from financial debt. The funding we get from INAC (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) is not sufficient enough for us so we have to look into other resources. This mining activity is the other resource.â&#x20AC;?

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Wabasse said his community wants to work with the surrounding First Nations that are mostly impacted by the Ring of Fire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the past two years I have been meeting with the government,â&#x20AC;? Wabasse said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been talking about the Ring of Fire; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still talking about the Ring of Fire.â&#x20AC;? He said his community wants to see benefits flowing in now, not 10 years into the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Webequie has been without housing for the past 10 years,â&#x20AC;? Wabasse said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no money. We are in deficit.â&#x20AC;? Moonias said his community is now focused on long-term issues to achieve a good deal for the future. He is looking for community members to gain employment in a variety of positions at the mines, including mining equipment operators, cooks and camp maintenance.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I want is for (our) people to have real work, good jobs they are proud to have,â&#x20AC;? Moonias said. Since the blockade went

down, Moonias said the blasting and advanced stage of development have begun on the Ring of Fire after Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. received a permit from the provincial government allowing them to further investigate the potential of its Black Thor chromite deposit at McFaulds Lake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This rock (being blasted out of the Ring of Fire) is going to tell them if they are going to go ahead with the mine,â&#x20AC;? Moonias said. Moonias said the community was supposed to have an advanced exploration study in place before the company could move on to the advanced stage of development, but that was ignored. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just went ahead with that permit,â&#x20AC;? Moonias said. Joanne Ghiz, a Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry spokewoman said one of the conditions of the permit is that Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. works closely with Marten Falls First Nation to ensure potential impacts are addressed and minimized accordingly. Constance Lake Chief Arthur Moore said the Matawa communities need to look at employment opportunities and procurement of contracts with the Ring of Fire mineral resource companies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing too is creating partnerships with major mining companies so First Nations will participate and have an equal opportunity,â&#x20AC;? Moore said, noting the success achieved by CREECO in Quebec. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They own their own company for catering these big major mining companies. That is the direction we are going to ensure that we take ownership as well to control our destiny down the road so we have sustainable communities.â&#x20AC;?

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Jury roll issues could cripple justice system James Thom Wawatay News

If the issue of First Nation representation in jury pools isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t addressed in a timely fashion, accused criminals could walk free, says a Thunder Bay lawyer. Rene Larson said under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, accused people have the right to a timely trial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If that is not met, the charges could be dismissed,â&#x20AC;? Larson said. His comments came on the heels of Superior Court Justice Helen Pierce postponing a second-degree murder trial because there were not enough Aboriginals among the pool of prospective jurors. Pierce made her decision to delay the trial until late fall after a ruling by Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court of Appeals which ordered an inquest into whether Aboriginals are properly represented on the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jury roll. However, Brendan Crawley, spokesman for the communication branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General, said the case before Pierce was an isolated one and other trials should not be delayed by the jury roll issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ruling of Madam Justice Pierce applied only to the specific case before her,â&#x20AC;? Crawley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We plan to proceed with trials that are scheduled in courthouses across the province, including Thunder Bay.â&#x20AC;? Crawley said the ministry is working collaboratively with First Nations to ensure representation of members who live on reserve appear on the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jury rolls. Larson said the list of prospective jurors must include Aboriginals, including those living on reserve throughout the district before the issue can be truly rectified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there are no Aboriginal people in the (prospective jury pool), a part of society is missing,â&#x20AC;? Larson said. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose said when the jury issues came to light, no one realized there had been an issue. That information came to light at the coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inquest

into the death of two Kashechewan men in a Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service holding cell in the community. The men died in early 2006 and the inquest was held in Toronto in 2009. Crawley said the ministry has been working on the jury representation issue for some time and explained the current system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Names of potential jurors are taken from the most recent (voters) lists that the ministry obtains from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC),â&#x20AC;? Crawley said. However, First Nations arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t included on the MPAC lists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2000, the federal government stopped providing us with the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) list that would have information about First Nations members and that was used to identify prospective jurors living on First Nations reserves,â&#x20AC;? Crawley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have urged the federal government to reconsider its approach with respect to the INAC lists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And while we wait for action from the federal government, we are pursuing ways to increase the inclusion of First Nations persons living on reserve in Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jury rolls through education and outreach.â&#x20AC;? Crawley said the ministry actively requests updated band lists â&#x20AC;&#x153;at several points each year with the goal of increasing the number of First Nations persons living on reserve on potential jury selection lists.â&#x20AC;? This is done through letters in syllabics, by phone and during in-person visits, he said. However, Waboose said the ministry should have acknowledged there was an issue when it was pointed out at the inquest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The truth came out because an affidavit surfaced at an inquest and not because the Attorney Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office was upfront about the problem,â&#x20AC;? Waboose said. NAN and the families of Reggie Bushie and Jacy Pierre won a landmark Court of Appeals case March 10 recognizing their right to conduct inquiries into the validity of the juries formed in coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inquests into the deaths of their loved ones.

Pierre was 27 when he died of a drug overdose in the Thunder Bay District Jail in 2007. The Court of Appeals ordered a new coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inquest into his death as part of the March 10 ruling. Bushie, from Poplar Hill, was 15 when he drowned in the McIntyre River in Thunder Bay. An inquest into his death has yet to proceed. The Court of Appeal found â&#x20AC;&#x153;compelling affidavit evidence showing that in the neighbouring District of Kenora the jury roll had excluded nearly all First Nations persons living on a reserve.â&#x20AC;? It also found â&#x20AC;&#x153;there is no reason to think that the unrepresentativeness of the jury roll in the District of Kenora is unique. After 2000, the Provincial Jury Centre no longer received band electoral lists for the reserves in the District of Thunder Bay. No evidence was produced in connection with either inquest that court officials in the District of Thunder Bay had made any greater efforts than their counterparts in the District of Kenora to obtain up-to-date band lists.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This judgment has really turned up the volume to NANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims that the Attorney Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office is hiding the truth about the systematic exclusion of First Nations from jury rolls,â&#x20AC;? said lawyer Julian Falconer, who acted on behalf of NAN. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we asked simple questions as to whether the law was followed, we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get answers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we asked the Attorney General to conduct an inquiry and issue a report, he refused. It required this provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest court to order the attendance of the Attorney General official in charge to answer NANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s questions.â&#x20AC;? Waboose said NAN and the families shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have had to use the courts to overcome â&#x20AC;&#x153;stonewalling.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now the Attorney General will have to provide answers under oath and the truth will be known about whether the problem that was so serious two and a half years ago is now fixed,â&#x20AC;? Waboose said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finally, NAN and the affected families will have answers.â&#x20AC;?

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Kasabonika Chief Simeon McKay Education Centre Kasabonika First Nation Band Office Kashechewan Francine J. Wesley Secondary School Kashechewan First Nation Band Office Kashechewan Northern Store Keewaywin First Nation Band Office Keewaywin Northern Store Kenora Bimose Tribal Council 598 Lakeview Dr. Kenora Chefield Gourmet, Kenora Shoppers 534 Park St. - ON SALE Kenora Chiefs Advisory Kenora Migisi Treatment Centre Kenora Ne-Chee Friendship Centre Kenora Sunset Strip Husky - ON SALE Kingfisher Lake Omahamo Hotel Complex Kingfisher Lake Omahamo Store Kocheching First Nation Band Office Lac La Croix First Nation Band Office Lac Seul, Kejick Bay Lakeside Cash & Carry Lake Nipigon Ojibway First Nation Band Office Lansdowne House Co-op Store Lansdowne House Northern Store Long Lake #58 General Store Mattagammi Confectionary Michipicoten First Nation Band Office Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation Band Office Missanabie Cree First Nation Band Office Mobert Band Office Moose Factory Echo Lodge Restaurant Moose Factory GG’s Corner & Gift Store Moose Factory Northern Stores Moose Factory Weeneebayko General Hospital Moosonee Air Creebec Moosonee Airport Moosonee Native Friendship Centre Moosonee Northern Store Moosonee Ontario Northland Railway Moosonee Polar Bear Lodge Moosonee Tasha’s Variety Moosonee Tempo Variety Moosonee Two Bay Enterprises Muskrat Dam Lisa Beardy Muskrat Dam Muskrat Dam Community Store Musselwhite Mine Naicatchewenin First Nation Band Office Naotikamegwanning First Nation Band Office Nestor Falls C & C Motel Nestor Falls Onegaming Gas & Convenience Nicikousemenecaning First Nation Band Office North Spirit Lake Band Office North Spirit Lake Cameron Store Northwest Angle #33 Band Office Northwest Angle #37 Band Office Ochiichagwe’Babigo’ Ining First Nation Band Office Ogoki Trappers Store Ojibways of Pic River Nation Band Office Osnaburgh Band Office Osnaburgh Laureen’s Grocery & Gas

Pawitik Pawitik Store Pays Plat First Nation Band Office Peawanuck General Store Pickle Lake Frontier Foods Pickle Lake Winston Motor Hotel Pikangikum Band Office Band Office Pikangikum Education Authority Pikangikum Northern Store Poplar Hill Northern Store Poplar Hill Poplar Hill Band Office Rainy River First Nation Band Office Red Lake Couchenour Airport Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre Red Lake Video Plus Red Rock First Nation Band Office Rocky Bay First Nation Lar’s Place Sachigo Lake Brian Barkman Sachigo Lake Sachigo Co-op Store Sandy Lake A-Dow-Gamick Sandy Lake David B. Fiddler, Band Office Sandy Lake Northern Store Sandy Lake Education Authority Sandy Lake Special Education Class Saugeen First Nation Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre 122 East St. Savant Lake Ennis Grocery Store Seine River First Nation Band Office Shoal Lake #40 First Nation Band Office Sioux Narrows Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawang Slate Falls Band Office Stanjikoming First Nation Band Office Stratton Kay-nah-chi-wah-nung Historica Summer Beaver Nibinamik Community Store Taykwa Tagamou Nation, New Post First Nation Band Office Timmins Air Creebec Timmins Timmins Indian Friendship Centre 316 Spruce St. S. Timmins Wawatay N.C.S 135 Pine St. S. Wabaskang First Nation Band Office Wabigoon First Nation Community Store Wabigoon Green Achers of Wabigoon 10695 Hwy 17 Wahgoshing First Nation Wapekeka Wapekeka Community Store Washaganish Band Office Wauzhusk Onigum First Nation Band Office Wawakapewin Band Office Weagamow Lake Northern Store Weagamow Lake Onatamakay Community Store Webequie Northern Store Whitedog Kent Store Whitesand First Nation Band Office Wunnimun Lake General Store Wunnimun Lake Ken-Na-Wach Radio Wunnimun Lake Northern Store

Wawatay News Sub Office 2nd floor Royal Bank Building, Suite 202 Victoriaville Centre, 620 Victoria Ave. East Wequedong Lodge Lodge 1. 228 S. Archibald St. Lodge 2. 189 N. Court St. Lodge 3. 750 MacDonnell St. Fort William First Nation: Bannon’s Gas Bar / R.R #4 City Rd. Fort William First Nation / Band Office K & A Variety THP Variety and Gas Bar/606 City Rd. Hulls Family Bookstore 127 Brodie Street South Quality Market 146 Cenntennial Square

Quality Market 1020 Dawson Rd. Mark Sault 409 George St. Metis Nation of Ontario 226 S. May St. John Howard Society Of Thunder Bay & District/132 N. Archibald St. The UPS Store/1020 Dawson Rd. Redwood Park /2609 Redwood Ave. Confederation College: 510 Victoria Ave. East 778 Grand Point Rd. 1500 S James St. 111 Frederica St.

Mascotto Marine Meno-ya-win Health Centre, Activity Centre Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre Northern Store Pelican Falls First Nation High School Rexall Drug Stores Queen Elizabeth D.H.S. Darren Lentz Queen Elizabeth D.H.S. Native Studies Robin’s Donuts Shibogama Tribal Council 81 King St. Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre, Nursing Flr. Sioux Lookout Public Library Sioux Lotto Sioux Pharmacy

Sioux Travel Slate Falls Airways Sunset Inn Sunset Suites Travel Information Centre Wasaya Airways Wellington Inn William A. Bill George Extended Care Unit 75 - 5th Ave N Wilson’s Business Solutions Windigo Tribal Council Sacred Heart School Sioux Mountain Public School

5IVOEFS#BZ0VUMFUT An Eagles Cry Ministry 100 Simpson St. Central News 626 Waterloo St. - ON SALE Dennis F. Cromarty High School 315 N. Edward St. Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Treatment Centre 1700 Dease Street Lakehead University Aboriginal Awareness Centre / 955 Oliver Road, Room SC0019 Native People of Thunder Bay Development Corp. / 230 Van Norman St. Negahneewin College of Indigenous Studies C 106. 1450 Nakina Drive Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre 401 N. Cumberland St.

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The Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee celebrated Race Relations Week March 21-27. Events such as the blessing for the new Cultural Centre for Youth and the Arts were held throughout the week. Other events included a blessing and naming ceremony for the traditional healing room at the Meno Ya Win Health Centre, a national book launch of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s publication, Cultivating Canada, and the multicultural potluck feast.

INSPECTION Public Notice Approved 2011–2012 Annual Work Schedule Martel Forest Public Inspection of Annual Work Schedule The Chapleau District Office of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has reviewed and approved Tembec Inc.’s April 11, 2011–March 31, 2012 Annual Work Schedule (AWS) for the Martel Forest. Availability The AWS will be available for public inspection at the Tembec Inc. Office (address below) and on the MNR public website at beginning March 26, 2011 and throughout the one-year duration. The Ontario Government Information Centre at the Chapleau District Office provide access to the internet. Scheduled Forest Management Operations The AWS describes forest management activities such as road construction, maintenance and decommissioning, forestry aggregate pits, harvesting, site preparation, tree planting and tending that are scheduled to occur during the year. Tree Planting and Fuelwood Tembec Inc. is responsible for tree planting on the Martel Forest. Please contact Tembec Inc. for information regarding tree planting job opportunities. For information on the locations and licence requirements for obtaining fuelwood for personal use, please contact the Chapleau District Office. For commercial fuelwood opportunities, please contact Tembec Inc. More Information For more information on the AWS or to arrange an appointment with MNR staff to discuss the AWS or to request an AWS operations summary map, please contact: Denis Ayotte, RPF A/Management Forester Ministry of Natural Resources Chapleau District Office 190 Cherry Street Chapleau, ON P0M 1K0 tel: 705-864-3176

Sarah Sullivan, RPF Planning Superintendent Tembec Inc. 175 Planer Road Chapleau, ON P0M 1K0 tel: 705-864-3021

Please note: The above forest management activities and scheduled dates for implementation are pending any request for an Individual Environmental Assessment and associated decisions related to such a request.

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KIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chloe Matthews died of exposure James Thom Wawatay News

A Toronto coroner has identified the cause of death of a Kitchenuhmaykoosib youth who died in Sioux Lookout March 19. Chloe Matthews, 11, died of environmental hypothermia, according to the OPP. Matthews was first reported missing March 18 and was later located on the property of Sacred Heart School in Sioux Lookout early in the morning of March 19. She was transported to Meno Ya Win Health Centre by ambulance for treatment. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. OPP spokeswoman Sgt. Shelly Garr said the youthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death was an isolated incident and there is no risk to public safety. The OPP Criminal Investigation Branch and North West Region Crime Unit are continuing to investigate the death, Garr said. Matthewsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death was one of two deaths in Sioux Lookout during the annual Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament March 14-20.

The Sioux Lookout detachment of the OPP received a total of 316 calls for service and made 244 arrests during the nine-day period. During the same period in 2010, 346 calls for service were received and 205 persons were arrested. Among those was the case of Summer Beaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Albert Moonias, who died while in custody March 15. According to the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special Investigations Unit, which is mandated to investigate cases where people died in custody and those involving police, Moonias was arrested and lodged in Sioux Lookout by the local OPP at 10 a.m. At 2:30 p.m., he was found to be in medical distress and transported to Meno Ya Win Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A post mortem revealed Moonias died of a heart attack. There was no evidence of trauma to the body to suggest that he was involved in a fight or restrained, according to the SIU. The director of the SIU concluded Moonias died as a result of a condition unrelated to any actions by the police.

Timmins seeks input about Aboriginal services James Thom Wawatay News

The Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) is seeking input about programs and services available to Aboriginals in the city. The survey, now available at, will help determine service gaps, as well as possible ways to address them, according to the economic development firm. According to Statistics Canada, the Aboriginal community represents the fastest growing segment of the population in both Timmins and northeastern Ontario. Cathy Ellis, director of Community Economic Development with TEDC, said the agency recognizes not all the service needs of the diverse Aboriginal com-

munity may be met. In clearly identifying service gaps and priorities, as recognized by both Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people, the project will assist in a community and regional needs assessment that will guide future development and program initiatives, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This gap analysis project will help us better address the needs of our Aboriginal community, making Timmins a regional centre for Aboriginal programs and services,â&#x20AC;? said Timmins Police Chief Richard Laperriere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I encourage you to take time to complete the survey.â&#x20AC;? The TEDC also plans to host several focus groups with local Aboriginal service providers to more fully round out data gained from the survey.

REVIEW Information Centre: Review of Proposed Operations Kenora Forest 2012â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2022 Forest Management Plan (FMP) The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Miitigoog Limited Partnership, and the Kenora Local Citizens Committee (LCC) invite you to an Information Centre. This Information Centre is being held as part of the detailed planning of operations for the first five-year term of the 2012â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2022 Forest Management Plan (FMP) for the Kenora Forest. The Planning Process The FMP takes approximately two years to complete. During this time, five formal opportunities for public and Aboriginal involvement are provided. The second opportunity (Stage 2) for this FMP occurred on January 19, 2011, when the public was invited to review and comment on the long-term management direction. This â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stage 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice is to invite you to review and comment on: - the details of access, harvesting, renewal, and tending operations for the first five-year term - the proposed primary and branch road corridors and the proposed harvest areas for the second five-year term of the plan t UPSFRVFTUDPOUSJCVUJPOTUPUIFCBDLHSPVOEJOGPSNBUJPOUP be used in planning How to Get Involved To facilitate your review, Information Centres will be held at the following locations on the following days: April 26, 2011 April 27, 2011

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Greater Bandwidth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Higher Speeds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; More Reliable Network Fibre optic networks provide bandwidth greater than 1.5 Megabits per second (Mbps), making High Speed Internet available and the ability to download movies and music in record time, in fact, less than ten seconds to download a standard length song! The fibre optic solution will also provide more reliable service, with 90% of the fibre optic network being buried, and fibre being less sensitive to the elements, weather and forest fires no longer impose the threat that they did on pole lines or satellite and microwave installations. Health, Education and Economic Benefits E-Health opportunities are endless for such applications as Telemedicine, health education, emergency health and remote check-ups. Self-paced online learning, classroom video conferencing, remote high school and access to obtaining an Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma are all possible with E-Learning. With access to the global market, First Nations businesses will be able to buy and sell products and services and increase their tourism opportunities. Individuals will have access to the world employment market and to online trades training. Environmentally-Friendly Network Replacing the older satellite and microwave systems currently in place provides for a more environmentally-friendly solution. Carbon emissions will be reduced where the existing radio system is powered by standalone diesel generators which will no longer be required once the new fibre is placed. The armoured fibre optic cable, which is less than ½ inch in diameter consists of environmentally-neutral inert materials and reduces diesel generator carbon emissions because it does not require electricity. With minimal pole lines, line clearing is also minimized and once the fibre optic line is in place, the right of way will be left to grow over. More information If you would like more detailed information about the project please contact: Chris Bell, Northern Ontario General Manager, Bell Aliant at (807) 475-6041 or visit

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500 Bill C-3 grandchildren gain Indian status Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Gender equality is now making its way back to First Nations, says Nishnawbe Aski Nation Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council member Jackie Fletcher. Speaking during the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Winter Chiefs Meeting in Timmins March 22-24, Fletcher provided an update to the status of Bill C-3, the Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The way it sits right now, INAC (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) is open for business and the grandchildren of women who lost their status from marrying non-Indian men can now go to INAC to apply to become a registered Indian,â&#x20AC;? Fletcher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The band offices are set up now to (process) the applications.â&#x20AC;? Fletcher said NAN communities are notifying people through their band newsletters and other methods about the applications process. Bill C-3 received Royal Assent Dec. 15 and came into effect Jan. 31. INAC estimates about 45,000 people will be entitled to register under Bill C-3. An INAC spokeswoman said 5,823 applications have been received as of March 24. Of those, 500 individuals have been registered as status First Nation members. Key criteria for entitlement are: your grandmother lost her Indian status as a result of marrying a non-Indian; one of your parents is registered, or entitled to be registered, under subsection 6(2) of the Indian Act; and you, or one of your siblings,

were born on or after Sept. 4, 1951. Fletcher questioned how INAC will handle funding for the increased band membership. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure if INAC is going to be committed to provide funding to First Nation communities with this new influx of people coming back,â&#x20AC;? Fletcher said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are people just waiting for this opportunity.â&#x20AC;? The federal government established an Internal Financial Impacts Working Group in March 2010 to determine the cost implications of adding about 45,000 individuals to the Indian Register. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Departmental officials are currently reviewing that (Internal Financial Impacts Working Group) report and they are going to use that information for the development of recommendations on program costs,â&#x20AC;? said Margot Geguld, INAC media relations. Application forms are available online at the Bill C-3 application forms section of INACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, by phoning 1-800-5679604 to request an application package, at any INAC Regional office or any Service Canada Centre. Applications require an original birth certificate (listing parents names), two passport style photographs, copies of valid identification such as driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licence, passport, government issued ID â&#x20AC;&#x201C; copies signed by guarantor, a Guarantor Declaration for SCIS, and if applicable: legal change of name document or marriage certificate, custody court order, or statutory declaration form(s).

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PUBLIC NOTICE Marathon Platinum Group Metals and Copper Mine Project Comments Invited on the Proposed Environmental Assessment Process On March 25, 2011 the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) released for public comment two documents related to the environmental assessment of the proposed Marathon Platinum Group Metals and Copper Mine Project in Ontario. The documents are the draft Agreement to establish a joint review panel with Ontario and the draft Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has also released for public comment the draft Ontario Harmonization Order. These documents set-out the parameters of the environmental assessment, including details on the process, public participation opportunities, timeframes, and guidance to the proponent on the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement. These documents, as well as a backgrounder, are available at (Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry number 07-05-25738), at (Environmental Bill of Rights Registry number 011-2773) or from the contact information below. Written comments on the draft documents, in either English or French, must be received no later than May 9, 2011, and sent to: Marathon Platinum Group Metals and Copper Mine Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 160 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0H3 Tel.: 1-866-582-1884 / Fax: 613-954-0941 To be kept informed of activities relating to the proposed panel process, provide a mailing address, an e-mail address or a fax number to the above-mentioned contact information. Stillwater Canada Inc. proposes to develop and operate the Marathon Platinum Group Metals and Copper Mine Project approximately 10 kilometres north of the Town of Marathon. This Project involves the establishment and operation of an open pit mine and mill for the purpose of extracting and processing ore containing copper and platinum group metals and including, but not limited to, any ancillary activities and the activities outlined below: â&#x20AC;˘

the construction and/or use of equipment, buildings and structures;


the establishment, construction and operation of tailing impoundment areas, explosives factory and magazine facilities, waste rock storage areas, water management facilities, transmission lines, temporary and emergency generation facilities, and activities to mitigate environmental impacts;


the decommissioning, closure and abandonment of the mine and mine-related infrastructure;


the establishment, construction and/or modification and use of transportation infrastructure including access roads, highways and/or rail lines to support the above-mentioned activities and the transport of final mine concentrate(s).

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After a failed budget and non-confidence vote in Parliament, Canadians head to the polls May 2. The Conservatives fell by a 156-145 vote March 25, prompting the election. Because the government fell, everything contained in the 2011 fiscal year budget, tabled March 22, is irrelevant, explained Kenora MP Greg Rickford. Rickford said a new budget will be tabled by whichever party forms the next government following the election. However, funding will continue to flow to groups and agencies beyond the March 31 fiscal year year end. But rather than any additional funds committed in the budget, it will flow at the rate committed to in the 2010 budget, he said. The 2011 budget did little to please First Nations leaders. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy was disappointed the budget included a commitment for an all-season road in the Northwest Territories but not northern Ontario. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been lobbying for all-weather roads to connect our remote NAN communities and have not seen anything from the federal government,â&#x20AC;? Beardy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We once again see no real commitment to strengthen and improve NAN First Nations. As the gap continues to widen between First Nations and the larger society it will create noticeable and costly social burden.â&#x20AC;?

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo said a new funding approach is needed to better ensure equitable opportunity, stability and safety for First Nation citizens and communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Nations continue our calls for a new approach that will transform the funding relationship between First Nation and Canada in a way that will support progress and productivity for our citizens and communities,â&#x20AC;? Atleo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The current funding relationship undermines our abilities to plan, predict and effectively oversee critical service areas that provide safety and security in our communities.â&#x20AC;? He said First Nation citizens do not enjoy the same level of service provided to Canadians by their governments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do not have the same guarantee of stable funding transfers,â&#x20AC;? Atleo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead, we are subject to arbitrary allocations that are not guided by any overall plan and that do not match our urgent, pressing needs.â&#x20AC;? However, Rickford said it was a good budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No payments were cut,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stable, core funding remains the same.â&#x20AC;? He was pleased an additional $30 million over two years was announced for the First Nation Policing Program. Those funds, he said, would allow for construction of new infrastructure like police detachments for agencies like the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, though a breakdown of what agencies would receive the funds was not available.

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Ontario Energy Board


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Commission de l’énergie de l’Ontario



Application by Hydro One Remote Communities Inc. for a Licence Amendment to Reflect an Exemption from Sections, 2.7.2, 2.8.1, 2.8.2,,,, and 7.10 of the Distribution System Code The Application Hydro One Remote Communities Inc. (“Remotes”) filed an application dated March 1, 2011 with the Ontario Energy Board under section 74 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 (the “Act”) for an order of the Board granting Remotes a licence amendment to reflect an exemption from sections; 2.7.2; 2.8.1;;;; and 7.10 of the Board’s Distribution System Code (the “DSC”). The application will be decided by the Counsel, Special Projects who has been delegated this authority pursuant to section 6 of the Act. The Counsel, Special Projects does not intend to provide for an award of costs when deciding this application. Arrears Payment Arrangements: Sections and 2.7.2 of the DSC Sections and 2.7.2 of the DSC were developed in part to facilitate the arrears management programs – i.e., payment agreements that allow low-income energy consumers to pay arrears over an extended period. Section requires that the customer pays a down payment of up to 15% of the electricity charge arrears accumulated when entering into the arrears management program. Section 2.7.2 specifies the periods over which the distributor shall allow the residential electricity customer to pay all remaining electricity charges, being: (a) at least 5 months, where the total amount of the electricity charges remaining overdue for payment is less than twice the customer’s average monthly billing amount; or (b) at least 10 months, where the total amount of the electricity charges remaining overdue for payment is equal to or exceeds twice the customer’s average monthly billing amount. Remotes requests an exemption from these sections of the DSC, stating that its collections practices have been refined through many years of discussions with local band councils and social service offices in the communities it serves. Since 2007 Remotes has limited the length of customer payment arrangements to four months combined with a 50% payment due up front. Remotes wishes to continue this payment arrangement. Remotes states that as compared to the provisions in the DSC, its unique payment arrangements reduce customer disconnection and unmanageable arrears. Additionally, Remotes requests that the Board considers through this proceeding additional exemptions from the proposed sections 2.71.3 and 2.7.2 of the DSC regarding payment arrangements as they apply to low-income customers. Opening and Closing of Accounts: Sections 2.8.1, 2.8.2, and of the DSC Sections 2.8.1, 2.8.2, and of the DSC set out requirements regarding opening and closing of accounts at the request of a third party, receiving confirmation from the intended customer within prescribed timelines and recovery of charges for a service provided. Remotes states that due to unique nature of the housing arrangements where houses are community assets, high frequency of customers’ moves with as little as 24 hours’ notice and lack of telephone service and electronic communication within its service territory, it will be impossible to adhere to the requirements of the DSC without incurring significant costs. Disconnection Notice and Reconnection Timelines: Sections, and 7.10 of the DSC Sections, of the DSC set out the disconnection notice expiry date and the date that notice is deemed to have been received by the customer if sent by mail. Section 7.10 requires distributors to reconnect the property that has been disconnected for nonpayment within two business days of the date on which the customer makes payment in full of the amount overdue for payment or enters into an arrears payment agreement with the distributor. Remotes states that due to the inaccessibility of the communities it serves, it bundles trips related to collections, disconnections and reconnections with other work related trips, to reduce costs. Remotes states that it performs disconnections in each community only twice a year and cannot meet the timelines for the disconnection notices and distribution standards of reconnecting customers without incurring substantial additional cost. How to see Hydro One Remote Communities Inc.’s Application Copies of the application are available for inspection at the Board’s office in Toronto and on its website, www.ontarioenergyboard/OEB/ , and at Remotes’ office and may be on its website. Written Hearing The Board intends to proceed with this matter by way of a written hearing unless a party satisfies the Board that there is a good reason for not holding a written hearing. If you object to the Board holding a written hearing in this matter, you must provide written reasons why an oral hearing is necessary. Any submissions objecting to a written hearing must be received by the Board and copied to the applicant within 10 days of the issuance of this notice. How to Participate You may participate in this proceeding in one of three ways: 1. Become an Intervenor Intervenors participate actively in the proceeding (i.e., submit written questions, evidence, and arguments, and cross-examine witnesses at an oral hearing). A request for intervenor status must be made by letter of intervention and be received by the Board no later than 12 days from the issuance of this notice. A letter of intervention must include: (a) a description of how you are, or may be, affected by the outcome of this proceeding; (b) if you represent a group, a description of the group and its membership; and (c) whether you intend to seek an award of costs and the grounds for your cost award eligibility. You must provide a copy of your letter of intervention to the applicant. Everything an intervenor files with the Board, including the intervenor’s name and contact information, will be placed on the public record, which means that all filings will be available for viewing at the Board’s offices and will be placed on the Board’s website. If you already have a user ID, please submit your intervention request through the Board’s web portal at Additionally, two paper copies must be submitted to the address set out below. If you do not have a user ID, visit the Board’s website under e-Filing Services and complete a user ID/password request form. For instructions on how to submit documents and naming

conventions please refer to the RESS Document Guidelines found at www.ontarioenergyboard/OEB/, e-Filing Services. The Board also accepts interventions by e-mail, at the address below, and again, two additional paper copies are required. Those who do not have internet access are required to submit their intervention request on a CD in PDF format, along with two paper copies. 2.

Send a Letter with your Comments to the Board

If you wish to comment on the proceeding without becoming an intervenor, you may submit a letter of comment to the Board Secretary. All letters of comment sent to the Board will be placed on the public record, which means that the letters will be available for viewing at the Board’s offices and will be placed on the Board’s website. Before placing the letter of comment on the public record, the Board will remove any personal (i.e., not business) contact information from the letter of comment (i.e., the address, fax number, phone number, and e-mail address of the individual). However, the name of the individual and the content of the letter of comment will become part of the public record. A complete copy of your letter of comment, including your name, contact information, and the content of the letter, will be provided to the applicant and the Hearing Panel. Your letter of comment must be received by the Board no later than 30 days from the issuance of this notice. The Board accepts letters of comment by either post or e-mail at the addresses below. 3.

Become an Observer

Observers do not participate actively in the proceeding but receive documents issued by the Board in the proceeding. There is no fee for observers to receive documents issued by the Board. A request for observer status must be made in writing and be received by the Board no later than 12 days from the issuance of this notice. The Board accepts observer request letters by either post or e-mail at the addresses below. All letters requesting observer status will become part of the public record, which means that the letters will be available for viewing at the Board’s offices and will be placed on the Board’s website. Before placing the request for observer status on the public record, the Board will remove any personal (i.e., not business) contact information from the request (i.e., the address, fax number, phone number, and e-mail address of the individual). However, the name of the individual and the content of the request for observer status will become part of the public record. Observers may also request documents filed by the applicant and other parties to the proceeding but must request these documents directly from the relevant party. Observers may be required to pay for the costs of reproducing and delivering the material. If you already have a user ID, please submit your intervention request through the Board’s web portal at Additionally, two paper copies are required. If you do not have a user ID, please visit the Board’s website under e-filings and fill out a user ID password request. For instructions on how to submit and naming conventions please refer to the RESS Document Guidelines found at, e-Filing Services. The Board also accepts interventions by e-mail, at the address below, and again, two additional paper copies are required. Those who do not have internet access are required to submit their intervention request on a CD or diskette in PDF format, along with two paper copies. How to Contact Us In responding to this notice, please reference Board file number EB-2011-0021 in the subject line of your e-mail or at the top of your letter. It is also important that you provide your name, postal address and telephone number and, if available, an e-mail address and fax number. All communications should be directed to the attention of the Board Secretary at the address below, and be received no later than 4:45 p.m. on the required date. Need More Information? Further information on how to participate may be obtained by visiting the Board’s website at or by calling our Consumer Relations Centre at 1-877-632-2727. IMPORTANT IF YOU DO NOT FILE A WRITTEN SUBMISSION OBJECTING TO A WRITTEN HEARING OR DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE HEARING BY FILING WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS NOTICE, THE BOARD MAY PROCEED WITHOUT YOUR PARTICIPATION AND YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO FURTHER NOTICE IN THIS PROCEEDING. Addresses The Board:

The Applicant:

Ontario Energy Board P.O. Box 2319 27th Floor 2300 Yonge Street Toronto ON M4P 1E4 Attention: Board Secretary Filings:

Hydro One Remote Communities Inc. 483 Bay St. 8th Floor, South Tower Toronto ON M5G 2P5 Attention: Ms. Anne-Marie Reilly

E-mail: Tel: 1-888-632-6273 (Toll free) Fax: 416-440-7656

DATED at Toronto, March 21, 2011 ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD Original signed by Kirsten Walli Board Secretary

E-Mail: Tel: +1 (416) 345-6482 Fax: +1 (416) 345-5866

NAN Governance and Education Jurisdiction Negotiations Update The last report stated that negotiators for Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and Canada had initialled the Agreements-In-Principle (AIP) for both the Governance and Education Jurisdiction negotiations. Since the date of that event in July 2009, the Regional Governance co-ordinators have been busy conducting information sessions across NAN territory on these negotiations, and on the information contained in the actual AIP documents. The purpose of this activity is to facilitate the submission of individual First Nation Band Council Resolutions (BCRs) of authority for the process to continue into the Final Agreement negotiations. To date, 26 of the 37 NAN First Nations who are eligible to participate in the Final Agreement negotiations have submitted their BCRs. Given this number of BCRs, Canada is making preparations to engage NAN in the Final Agreement negotiations. Because of process issues, in particular Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, it is not yet known when the actual signing of the AIPs will take place. Once the mandate for signing authorities is in place, the documents will be signed by the NAN Grand Chief on behalf of the NAN First Nations and the Minister of Indian and Northern AďŹ&#x20AC;airs Canada. However, it has been made known by Canada that those First Nations leaders who wish to sign the AIP along with the NAN Grand Chief can also do so. Once this has been achieved, the process will then enter into a phase of actual negotiations culminating in Final Agreements on both Governance and Education Jurisdiction. A caveat to this report is that AIPs themselves are not legally binding documents. They are the stepping stone to arriving at Final Agreements

which are going to be legal documents. In essence, the AIPs are agendas for the Final Agreement negotiations. They lay out the issues and the items which will guide the discussions leading to the development of Agreements on Governance and Education Jurisdiction for the First Nations in NAN. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pace of these negotiations and discussions that have led to the AIPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have been interminably slow,â&#x20AC;? says Douglas Semple, Chief Negotiator for the Governance Negotiations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I believe, once they are signed, the pace of the process will pick up. I look forward to our First Nations developing and codifying a form of Governance that will replace the oppressive and patronizing one now operating under the Indian Act.â&#x20AC;? Chief Negotiator for Education Jurisdiction, Dr. Emily Faries, reiterated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Education is the key to our self-suďŹ&#x192;ciency and governance. It is of paramount importance that we implement quality education systems that meet both the academic and cultural needs of our children.â&#x20AC;?

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Wawatay News

MARCH 31, 2011

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Eagles soar at Northern Bands Tournament Brent Wesley Wawatay News

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The Lac Seul Eagles celebrate after defeating the Bushtown Jets of Eabametoong 3-1 in the A-side final of the Northern First Nation Hockey Tournament March 20. It was the Eagles first championship since 2006.

The Eagles have landed back on top of the Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament in Sioux Lookout. Lac Seul was the A-side champion at this year’s tournament, held March 14-20, defeating the Bushtown Jets of Eabametoong 3-1 in the final. It’s the Eagles first tournament title since 2006 when they won the last of three straight championships. Heading into the final matchup, both teams were leading the tournament in goals with 40 apiece. But solid goaltending and defence held off the Jets who struggled to generate scoring chances in the final game. The Eagles only allowed six goals in the seven games they played, posting three shutouts along the way. “The Lac Seul team did a tremendous job, they put on a great performance,” Clifford Bull, chief of Lac Seul, said after the game. “I feel very elated and feel very proud of the Lac Seul team.” While not tested much in the final, Eagles goalie Ryan Crane was solid when needed, shutting down the Jets top three scorers of Clint, Walter and Kurt Atlookan. Combined, the three players accounted for more than half of the Jets goals

throughout the tournament. But in the final, none of them found the back of the net. For the first two periods of the game, the score was close as the Eagles led 1-0 on a first period goal from team captain Clinton Kejick. Early in the third, Lac Seul added another goal from Gordon Keesic, putting the team up 2-0. From that point on, the pace of the game picked up as Lac Seul continued to pour on the pressure. However, Jets goalie Colin Shawinimash was able to keep his team in the game making key saves when needed. It wasn’t until halfway through the period when the Jets were able to generate scoring chances only to be stonewalled by Crane. But a couple of Jets penalties seemed to take the wind out of the Bushtown’s sails as Lac Seul took control once again. “They’re all over the ice,” a Wawatay Radio broadcaster commented of the Eagles. With time winding down, the situation turned dire for the Jets, who were still killing off the second of two penalties. But with a little over four minutes to go, Jets player John George Wapoose took matters into his own hands. After one Lac Seul defenceman stumbled, Wapoose had a one-on-one situation, firing

a shot on goal using the lone defenceman as a screen. The rebound popped up into the air as Wapoose continued to drive toward the net. Seeing the puck in the air, Wapoose knocked it down and shoveled the puck into the goal past Crane. The goal gave some life to the Jets and its fans, who began chanting “Go Jets Go!” But with 1:45 left in the game, Lac Seul’s Derek Jones put the final nail in the coffin by scoring a dramatic late goal. Despite a time out and pulling the goalie to give the Jets an extra man, the Eagles would hold on to win the game. NOTES: Clinton Kejick of the Eagles and Derek Atlookan of the Jets were both ejected from the game after a third period fight. Lac Seul’s Derek Jones was named the tournament’s most sportsmanlike player, Mike Auksi was named best defence and Jeff Schenderling was named best forward. Jet’s forward Clint Atlookan was also named best forward. Five of the tournament’s top 10 scorers played in the final game, but Lac Seul’s Derek Jones was the only player to get a point. The Eagles took home $18,000 in prize money as A-side champions. The Jets claimed $12,000 in prize money as the A-side finalist.

Tournament All-Stars Best Forwards Jeff Schenderling, Lac Seul Eagles (11 G, 5 A) Clint Atlookan, Bushtown Jets (9 G, 11 A) Mike Howe, Obesahdekong Ice Dogs (3 G, 3 A) Best Defence Richard Solomon, Hudson Bay Cree (2 G, 14 A) Mike Auksi, Lac Seul Eagles (1 G, 1 A) Best Goalie & Tournament MVP Ryan Crane, Lac Seul Eagles Most Sportsmanlike Player Derek Jones, Lac Seul Eagles (5 G, 8 A, 0 PIM) High Scorer Sheldon Sackaney, Hudson Bay Cree (16 G, 7 A) Best Coach Steve Chapman, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Native Wings Daniel Beardy Memorial Trophy Gordon Wesley, Hudson Bay Cree G – Goals A – Assists PIM – Penalties in Minutes

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David Matthews (white jersey) of the Hudson Bay Cree tangles with a Sandy Lake Chiefs forward in B-side final action. The Cree won 8-3.

Tournament Results Jeff Schenderling of the Lac Seul Eagles

A-side: Lac Seul Eagles defeat Bushtown Jets 3-1 B-side: Hudson Bay Cree defeat Sandy Lake Chiefs 8-3 C-side: Obesahdekong Ice Dogs defeat Mishkeegogamang Falcons 8-3

Wawatay News MARCH 31, 2011

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In the boy’s atom championship game at the Little NHL tournament in Sudbury March 13-17, Moose Factory Thunder Chiefs Gabriel John-George leads a rush on the Batchewana Attack’s net. Despite the effort, the Thunder Chiefs lost to the Attack 6-5 in overtime.

Nothing little about NHL tourney Russ Thom Special to Wawatay News

All that stood between Moose Factory and the midget championship was one of its own band members. In the end, the Moose Factory Midgets got the better of Wasauksing Stars goalie Valley Quachegan to claim the Little NHL midget boys A-side championship March 17. It was a battle of undefeated teams with the Midgets winning 3-1 at the Sudbury Arena. Ginoogaming defeated Birch Island to win the D-side championship at the 40th anniversary of the tournament. In bantam boys action, the Moose Factory Rage blasted the Mattagami Eagles 8-0 to win the A-side crown. The Rage only gave up five goals in the entire tournament in going undefeated. In boys atom action, Moose

Factory Thunder Chiefs lost a heartbreaker 6-5 in overtime to the Batchewana Attack. The tournament began March 14 with action in seven arenas across the city. All in all, the players, coaches and spectators seemed to have a great time. Paul Linklator attended as a proud parent and spectator this year after coming previous years as a coach. “I am down to watch my daughter Shania play for Wasausking,” Linklator said. Leaving her family behind in Moose Factory to go to high school in Sudbury was difficult on Shania, he said, but she’s adjusting to life in the city. “She has more friends now,” he said. Joining the LaSalle Secondary School girls hockey team helped, he said. “She played for the LaSalle Lancers and had 13 points in 16

games,” said the proud father. Attawapiskat’s Sandi Onolack was grateful for the chance to get picked up through the player pool and join a team for the 2011 tournament. “This year I’m playing for a team called the Alderville Lightning,” she said. The tournament gave her a goal to focus towards while competing at a high level in other hockey action as well. “My winter has been great,” she said. “I’m currently playing for a travelling hockey team in Timmins.” Onolack had so much fun last year, she wanted to return. “My two most memorable memories from last year were bonding with the team at the Cineplex and I’d have to say when we won the game and placed third,” she said. “It was an amazing time for me and I’m sure a great time for the other girls as well.”

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The action got rougher in midget boys division as the Kashechewan 67s (white) battled against the Oneida Redman.

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In midget girls action, Kashechewan Stars Raylene Hughie, right, battles for the puck against an Atikamekesheng player.


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Ningewance’s art describes her life: moving in two directions Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Patricia Ningewance’s language work is not her only specialty – she is also a fabric artist. Well-known for her Anishinabemowin books, such as Talking Gookom’s Language and Pocket Ojibwe, the Lac Seul band member has a fabric art piece on display in Laura’s Choice, an Invitational Quilt Show being held March 12 to April 15 at the A-Frame Gallery in Sioux Lookout. “It’s two very distinctly different fish swimming in opposite directions – make of that what you will,” Ningewance said of her four foot by six foot appliqué-work wall hanging. “It could mean anything. For me personally at the time, maybe I was dealing with a difficult relationship. “Maybe it was different forces in my life that were going in opposite directions. Any kind of conflict or an inability to con-

nect.” Ningewance usually doesn’t begin working with a specific issue in mind to express in her art. “You just go to work,” Ningewance said. “You work with colours, you work with textures, any different media.” Ningewance enjoys working with fabric because she can add beads, buttons, ribbons or other types of materials. “Sometimes they’re actual pieces of clothing that we don’t use anymore,” Ningewance said. “Or sometimes I get it specifically for the piece.” Ningewance first began working on fabric art when she moved to Winnipeg in 1985. “Since then I’ve been working on it whenever I have a chance to,” Ningewance said. “I moved (back) to Thunder Bay last summer with the sole purpose of doing art here.” But her language work takes up most of her time, including teaching a course at Lakehead

Contest seeks writing talent Justina Carpenter Wawatay News

Aboriginal youth writers are invited to share their talents by submitting creative writing pieces to an annual contest. The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards is now accepting submissions in two categories: youth under 12 years old and youth 13 to 18 years old. The award is an ongoing effort to continue the vision of James Bartleman and his goal to promote literacy among Aboriginal youth. Bartleman served as Ontario’s 27th lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2007. He was also the first Aboriginal to hold the post.

Participants are asked to submit by May 31 a creative writing piece that has not been copied from another source and to self identify being Aboriginal. They must also be a student and permanent resident of Ontario. Any form of creative writing piece will be accepted such as songs, short stories, poems, plays and mangas, but the maximum length is 2,500 words. The winning submissions will receive $2,500, and will be brought to Toronto to attend a ceremony in honour of the recipients. Last year two participants from Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities were awarded – Vanessa Trimble, 11, from Bearskin Lake and Erik Fiddler, 18, from Sandy Lake.

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University, translation and the development of her latest book: Talking Ojibwe for Kids and Parents. “My son and another writer co-wrote the book and I translated it,” Ningewance said. “It’s for kids and their parents to use together when they are on car trips or even at home. There will be lists of things to identify as you are driving along.” Laura Kurytnik, the curator of the Invitational Quilt Show, selected Ningewance’s wall hanging out of a number of pieces of work she had. “She saw that one and wanted to put it in the show,” Ningewance said. Presented by the Sioux Lookout Creative Arts Circle, the quilt show also features the work of Hana Beitl, Donna Giles, Claudia Loon, Judy Martin, Nancy Pope, Karlee Roy, Kanina Terry, Aileen Urquhart, Lorraine Vella, Laurel Wood and Kurytnik.

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A four foot by six appliqué quilt created by Patricia Ningewance. The quilt is part of an invitational quilt show at the A-Frame Gallery in Sioux Lookout. The show runs until April 15.


To be held by Ontario Solar PV Fields 7 Limited Partnership regarding a Proposal to Engage in a Renewable Energy Project Project Name: Kap Solar Park Project Location: 241 Stevens Rd., Kapuskasing ON Dated at Durham Region this the 14th of March, 2011 Ontario Solar PV Fields 7 Limited Partnership is planning to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of which the issuance of a renewable energy approval is required. The proposal to engage in the project and the project itself is subject to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (Act) Part V.0.1 and Ontario Regulation 359/09 (Regulation). This notice must be distributed in accordance with section 15 of the Regulation prior to an application being submitted and assessed for completeness by the Ministry of the Environment. Meeting Location: DATE: June 8, 2011 TIME: 6:00 – 9:00pm PLACE: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, 88 Riverside Drive, Kapuskasing ON. The meeting will be an open house format allowing attendees to visit any time during the event Project Description: Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the facility, in respect of which this project is to be engaged in, is a Class 3 Solar Facility. If approved, this facility would have a total maximum name plate capacity of 6 MW AC. The project location is described in the map below. Documents for Public Inspection: The Draft Project Description Report titled “Kap Solar Park - Draft Project Description Report” describes the project as photovoltaic solar farm which will collect energy from the sun using thin photovoltaic modules and convert it to electrical energy for distribution to the local electricity distribution system. A written copy of the Draft Project Description Report was made available for public inspection on August 17, 2010 at Further, the applicant has obtained or prepared, as the case may be, the following supporting documents in order to comply with the requirements of the Act and Regulation. Construction Plan Report; Design and Operations Report; Decommissioning Report; finalized Project Description Report and all attached appendixes. Written copies of the draft supporting documents will be made available for public inspection on March 30, 2011 at: The Council Chamber, Civic Centre 88 Riverside Drive, Kapuskasing, ON


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Most winter roads supplies in The winter roads are still open and in good shape. “I came home this past Sunday – the road was good,” said Bearskin Lake Deputy Chief Wes Nothing March 25. “We’re still hauling. There are no problems. Another semi-truck came in today.” Nothing said his community has brought in just about everything they had planned to acquire this winter road season, including 14 double-walled 10,000-gallon fuel tanks for a new fuel farm. Nothing said community members are still using the winter road, noting that “lots of people” travelled down to Sioux Lookout for the Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament March 14-20. “I remember on my way out last week, there was a bit of blowing snow,” Nothing said of his March 17 trip. “They closed the winter road down for about half a day overnight.” Nothing said this year’s winter road season has been much better than last year. “Right now we don’t have any concerns,” Nothing said. The community of Webequie is pleased about the recent arrival of its new police station but are still waiting word on six housing units. Webequie had been expecting housing supplies to be delivered for six new houses this winter.

“We’ve been getting fuel for our new generator,” Webequie Coun. Randy Jacob said. He said that while the community has been receiving fuel for its buildings and school, it is still expecting more fuel and gasoline this winter. Jacob said three hockey teams headed out on the winter road March 24 to Nibinamik for a hockey tournament. “We’ve been getting nice beautiful weather,” Jacob said. Jacob reports temperatures are still dropping to -20 C at night. Deer Lake’s winter road is mainly open for night hauling. “In the evening it is still cold, there is still frost in the evenings,” said Deer Lake Coun. Saulas Meekis. “They’re only trying to do night travels, but the road is still good.” Meekis said the North Spirit Lake section of their winter road was closed down on March 15 due to the end of its winter road funding, but it is still good for travelling. “Right now they are hauling some stuff, but we have to travel at our own risk,” Meekis said. Meekis said his community has received all of the housing materials, gas, diesel, and trailers they had been expecting. “People are still travelling in and out,” Meekis said. “It was a pretty good year. We got everything done this time.” - RG

Aboriginal Healing Foundation launches final book The final volume of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s book series dedicated to reconciliation was launched March 21 during Sioux Lookout’s Race Relations Week. Titled Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation through the Lens of Cultural Diversity, the book includes essays by Canadians outside the traditional settler communities of English and French. “This broad, inclusive approach will draw Canadians of many backgrounds and circumstance into the current reconciliation discussion – on the understanding that all Canadians are treaty people, with an important place in this dialogue,” said Aboriginal Healing Foundation president, Georges Erasmus.

While the book was launched in Sioux Lookout with guests Ashok Mathur, the lead editor of Cultivating Canada, Mike DeGagne, executive director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and Jonathan Dewar, director of research of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation in attendance – beginning April 5, there will be a series of local book launches throughout Canada. Two previous volumes on reconciliation – From Truth to Reconciliation: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools (in 2008) and Response, Responsibility and Renewal: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Journey (in 2009) have already been released. - JT

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Qui sera tenue par Ontario Solar PV Fields 7 Limited Partnership concernant une proposition pour participer à un projet d’énergie renouvelable Nom du projet : Parc Solaire Kap Emplacement du projet : 241 Stevens Rd., Kapuskasing ON Fait à Durham Region ce 14ieme jour de mars, 2011 Ontario Solar PV Fields 7 Limited Partnership prévoit participer à un projet d’énergie renouvelable pour lequel il est nécessaire d’obtenir une autorisation. La proposition de participer au présent projet d’énergie renouvelable et le projet lui-même sont assujettis aux dispositions de la partie V.0.1 de la Loi sur la protection de l’environnement (la Loi) et du Règlement de l’Ontario 359/09 (le Règlement). Cet avis doit être distribué conformément à l’article 15 du règlement avant qu’une demande ne soit présentée et que son exhaustivité ne soit évaluée par le ministère de l’Environnement. Lieu de l’assemblée : DATE : Juin 8, 2011 HEURE :18h – 21h LIEU : Council Chamber, Civic Centre, 88 Riverside Drive, Kapuskasing ON La rencontre sera d’un format ouvert, qui permettra les gens de visiter n’importe quand durant l’assemblée Description du projet : Conformément à la Loi et au Règlement, l’installation pour laquelle la participation au projet est prévue est une installation de ferme solaire, Classe 3. Si le projet est autorisé, cette installation aurait une puissance installée totale maximale de 6 MW AC. L’emplacement du projet est décrit dans la carte ci-dessous. Documents disponibles pour l’examen par le public : L’ébauche du rapport descriptif du projet intitulé Parc Solaire Kap décrit le projet étant une ferme solaire qui permettra la conversion de l’énergie solaire en électricité utilisant des modules photovoltaïques minces, pour être re-dirigé au réseau de distribution d’électricité local. Un exemplaire écrit de l’ébauche du rapport descriptif du projet peut être examiné par le public depuis l’août 17, 2010 au De plus, le demandeur a obtenu ou a préparé, selon le cas, les documents à l’appui suivants afin de se conformer aux exigences de la Loi et du règlement. Des exemplaires de l’ébauche des documents à Rapport du plan de construction; rapport de conception et d’exploitation ; Rapport de déclassement ; rapport de la description du projet finalisé avec appendices ci-joint. Les copies écrites des pièces justificatives du projet seront mises à la disposition du public pour consultation le 30 mars, 2011 à :, 88 Riverside Drive Kapuskasing ON. Coordonnées des personnes-ressources du projet : Pour de plus amples renseignements concernant la proposition de projet ou les assemblées publiques, ou pour faire état de vos préoccupations, veuillez communiquer avec: Joanne Borris REFERGY Canada Inc. 5979 Baldwin Street S. PO Box 30030 Whitby ON L1M 0B5 Telephone: (905) 425-0583

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Rangers train troops in winter survival Peter Moon Special to Wawatay News

Canadian Rangers from four First Nations in northern Ontario provided winter survival training for more than 700 troops in a two-month period this year. “That’s a remarkable achievement,” said master warrant officer Robert Patterson, the Canadian Ranger sergeant major for northern Ontario. “Every time the troops train with the Rangers they are just in awe of the whole Ranger mystique and background. They are very enthusiastic about working with them and they pay close attention to what the Rangers are trying to pass on to them.” The Ranger instructors came from Constance Lake, Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Moose Factory. They taught traditional winter survival skills at three major winter warfare exercises for members of the Royal Canadian Regiment, 32 Canadian Brigade Group and most recently for 33 Canadian Brigade Group. Troops taking part have been members of the regular and reserve forces, cadets from Royal Military College, mem-

bers of the New York National Guard and an officer of the Australian army. Training included ice water rescue, building improvised shelters, fire starting (including emergency signal fires), snaring, wild food preparation, axe and knife sharpening, safe use of chain saws, snowmobile maintenance and other useful survival skills. Pte. 1st Class Joey Delancey of the New York National Guard was in awe of the Rangers after he snared his first rabbit during training with 33 Canadian Brigade Group in the bush near Gogama, Ont. “I’m from New York City,” he said. “I’ve only ever seen a rabbit inside a pet store. I’ve never seen a wild rabbit before. I think the Rangers are great. They have a lot of knowledge.” Ranger Amos Ferris of Constance Lake was one of 17 Rangers taking part in the Gogama exercise. He was proud to be able to pass on some of the knowledge he learned from his grandfather. He snares to put food on his family’s table and was surprised by the resistance of some of the female soldiers to learning how to snare.

NAN calls for termination of forest agreement Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is calling for termination of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), which was unveiled by 21 forest companies and nine environmental organizations last May. “The CBFA violates the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the people of NAN, as well as their long-term social and economic interests,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy. “The agreement was negotiated in secret, without any form of involvement or even notice for First Nations. This is not acceptable.” Beardy sent an open letter Feb. 16 to the signatories of the CBFA calling for its termination by March 18. The CBFA applies to 72 million hectares of public forests across Canada, including about 11.8 million in Ontario. The CBFA would conserve significant areas of Canada’s boreal

forest, protect woodland caribou and provide a competitive financial edge for participating companies. The CBFA also calls for the suspension of new logging on nearly 29 million hectares of boreal forest to develop conservation plans for endangered caribou, while maintaining essential fiber supplies for uninterrupted mill operations. “NAN communities are the number one victims in Canada of the radical boreal forest agenda by the CBFA signatories,” Beardy said. “It is essential that the signatories go back to the drawing board and engage First Nations in a respectful dialogue consistent with the domestic and international obligations ... .” Article 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states First Nations are entitled to free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories or resources.

“Most of the ladies said they were against animal cruelty, that they didn’t want to eat an animal, but I don’t consider it animal cruelty at all,” he said. “It’s a way of survival and it’s necessary if you’re ever caught in the bush and need to eat to survive. I told these ladies they should learn because they might need these skills one day.” “The value the Rangers bring to these exercises is their traditional knowledge in how to survive in the bush in the extreme cold of the Canadian winter,” Patterson said. “By and large, that ability has been lost in the Canadian Forces over the last decade or so and we are regaining it with the help of the Rangers.” He said the Rangers have become excellent instructors. “They always had the skill set. It was just a matter of them being able to transmit that knowledge. They’ve got the confidence to do it now. They are in great demand and they do a great job.” Sgt. Peter Moon is the public affairs ranger for 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Canadian Forces Base Borden. See

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Ranger Amos Ferris of Constance Lake, left, taught Pte. 1st Class Joey Delancey of the New York National Guard how to snare a rabbit during winter survival training near Gogama, Ont.


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MARCH 31, 2011

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Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School students, staff and their friends complete the stretching of a moose hide for scraping March 26 under the direction of school Elder Bella Potayash. The team started before sun-up and worked until noon so the leather would be at its best. The leather still must be softened, dried and tanned before it will be put to use for crafts in the Elders program at the school.


Qui sera tenue par Ontario Solar PV Fields 11 Limited Partnership concernant une proposition pour participer à un projet d’énergie renouvelable Nom du projet : Parc Solaire Ramore Emplacement du projet : 1370 Highway 572, Ramore ON Fait à Durham Region ce 14ieme jour de mars, 2011 Ontario Solar PV Fields11 Limited Partnership prévoit participer à un projet d’énergie renouvelable pour lequel il est nécessaire d’obtenir une autorisation. La proposition de participer au présent projet d’énergie renouvelable et le projet lui-même sont assujettis aux dispositions de la partie V.0.1 de la Loi sur la protection de l’environnement (la Loi) et du Règlement de l’Ontario 359/09 (le Règlement). Cet avis doit être distribué conformément à l’article 15 du règlement avant qu’une demande ne soit présentée et que son exhaustivité ne soit évaluée par le ministère de l’Environnement. Lieu de l’assemblée : DATE : Juin 7, 2011 HEURE : 18h – 21h LIEU : Pioneer Hall 835 Ferguson Avenue, Ramore ON La rencontre sera d’un format ouvert, qui permettra les gens de visiter n’importe quand durant l’assemblée Description du projet : Conformément à la Loi et au règlement, l’installation pour laquelle la participation au projet est prévue est une installation de ferme solaire, Classe 3. Si le projet est autorisé, cette installation aurait une puissance installée totale maximale de 8 MW AC. L’emplacement du projet est décrit dans la carte ci-dessous. Documents disponibles pour l’examen par le public : L’ébauche du rapport descriptif du projet intitulé Parc Solaire Ramore décrit le projet étant une ferme solaire qui permettra la conversion de l’énergie solaire en électricité utilisant des modules photovoltaïques minces, pour être re-dirigé au réseau de distribution d’électricité local. Un exemplaire écrit de l’ébauche du rapport descriptif du projet peut être examiné par le public depuis l’août 17, 2010 au www. De plus, le demandeur a obtenu ou a préparé, selon le cas, les documents à l’appui suivants afin de se conformer aux exigences de la Loi et du règlement. Des exemplaires de l’ébauche des documents à Rapport du plan de construction; rapport de conception et d’exploitation ; Rapport de déclassement ; rapport de la description du projet finalisé avec appendices ci-joint. Les copies écrites des pièces justificatives du projet seront mises à la disposition du public pour consultation le 30 Mars, 2011 à : Township of Black-River Matheson, 429 Park Lane P.O. Box 601 Matheson, Ontario P0K 1N0 , Ramore ON Coordonnées des personnes-ressources du projet : Pour de plus amples renseignements concernant la proposition de projet ou les assemblées publiques, ou pour faire état de vos préoccupations, veuillez communiquer avec : Joanne Borris REFERGY Canada Inc. 5979 Baldwin Street S. PO Box 30030 Whitby, ON L1M 0B5 Telephone: (905) 425-0583

Concerns raised over unequal funding ruling The Assembly of First Nations is concerned about the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s recent dismissal of a 2007 complaint about unequal funding for First Nation children in the child welfare system. “We are very disappointed with this ruling by the Tribunal which seems to suggest it is acceptable for the federal government to treat our children unequally and unfairly,” said National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. Filed by the AFN and the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, the complaint alleged the federal government racially discriminates against First Nations children by providing less child welfare benefit on reserves. The Caring Society also expressed concerns about Canadian Human Rights Tribunal chairwoman Shirish Chotalia’s March 14 ruling to dismiss the case on a legal technicality suggesting the federal govern-

ment can provide a different and inequitable level of service to First Nations children so long as the provinces and territories provide the service to all other children. “The government of Canada should not be immune from human rights laws and obligations to First Nations children because of a legal technicality and we will take all necessary measures to ensure that this case is decided in a public forum on the full set of facts - the children deserve nothing less,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the Caring Society. Irwin Elman, Ontario’s provincial advocate for children and youth was saddened by the decision. “The human rights of First Nations children were made secondary in the findings of the tribunal and that is a loss for all of us involved in the work of child advocacy and children’s rights,” Elman said. - RG

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Author feels Native humour in Pikogan, Que. for 11 years, is an associate professor in the Native Studies department of the University of Sudbury. During his years on reserve he gained insight into life on the land and learned Algonquin. His book, Anishnaabe World: a Survival Guide for Building Bridges between Canada and First Nations, is superficial. He reaches far with his chapter titles and definitely falls short in the content such as with Chapter 12 ‘Everything You Wanted To Know About Treaties (But Were Afraid To Ask…)’. He addresses Treaty 9 only and with very little detail so it leaves the reader wondering what all the hoopla is. Perhaps the best part of

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esting the safety of ice takes on all the elements of Native humour at its finest. Non-Native author, Roger Spielman, does a fine job telling the story of how he learned to find the depth of ice. His disclosure of his naïveté allows the readers to feel the humour of the act. Speilman, who is married to an Algonquin woman and lived

his book is that he introduces briefly and broadly some nonNative people’s views that have plagued Native Peoples: no taxes, free medical care, free education, all Indians are the same, differing ways of seeing the world, oral traditions and Native humour. His telling as a non-Native may cause readers to check facts instead of just accepting, chewing and regurgitating myths as facts. The book may help to remove the ring and gloves allowing people to shake hands and learn, to begin the inter-racial talking that needs to happen so the divide can be crossed. Art work and illustrations are handled by a couple of

great artists: Perry McLeodShabogesic, who does Baloney & Bannock cartoons, while Tim Steven’s comic depiction of Spielman provide welcome laughs as their pictures paint a thousand words in the portrayal of cross-cultural challenges. This book is not meant for those who have already ‘walked a mile in moccasins’; but it will perhaps be a beginning for dialogue by those who have been afraid to ask. Anishnaabe World: a Survival Guide for Building Bridges between Canada and First Nations – Roger Spielman (Your Scrivener Press, Sudbury, ON, 2009, ISBN 978-1-896350-37-0, 205 pages, $18.95)

Youth recognizes importance of CT scanner James Thom Wawatay News

A youth from Sachigo Lake is hoping to raise the remaining funds to bring a CT scanner to Meno Ya Win Hospital in Sioux Lookout. Riley Barkman, 20, began a walk from his community toward Sioux Lookout March 28. His 700 kilometre journey will take him through the traditional territories of Muskrat Dam and North Caribou Lake, as well as Mishkeegogamang and Saugeen Nation. Meno Ya Win Health Centre Foundation board member Stanley Sainnawap was thrilled to hear of Barkman’s plans. “It is very fitting that a youth from Sachigo is doing this,” he said. “We haven’t spoken about this a lot but one of

Grace Teskey’s wishes was that the community of Sachigo Lake be involved in bringing the CT scanner to the Sioux Lookout hospital. We must support (Riley) in his efforts. He is a great example of someone doing something instead of just talking about doing something.” The campaign to bring computed tomography (CT) scanning – non-invasive medical testing that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions through special x-ray equipment and sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body – was done in Teskey’s memory. Teskey, Sainnawap’s niece, died of cancer. She was a Kitchenuhmaykoosib band member who was heavily involved in the health care field.

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On her deathbed in 2006, she spoke to Sainnawap about how plans for the now newly constructed hospital did not include a CT scanner. Teskey wanted Sainnawap and Wasaya Group president and CEO Tom Kamenawatawin – who was also visiting her at the time – to start a fundraising campaign to secure a CT scanner for the hospital to help the people in its catchment area, especially First Nations people who have to travel south to receive medical care. Sainnawap said it isn’t right that First Nations people have to travel to Thunder Bay, Winnipeg or Kenora for a CT scan. It adds more stress for them, he said. With a projected estimated use of 2,500 per year, Sainnawap said the CT scanner will

be a valuable asset for Meno Ya Win. The fundraising campaign began late in 2006. As of March 15, $1,404,859.21 of the $1.45 million goal has been raised. The most recent donations to the campaign include $20,000 from Fort Severn and $50,000 from Sachigo Lake. Several other communities have recently spoken to Sainnawap about donations, he said. In an effort to bring the campaign to a successful close, he has also sent letters to businesses, groups and organizations seeking support. Sainnawap said there is optimism the campaign could be successfully completed by summer. To make a pledge, contact the Sachigo Lake band office at 807-595-2527.

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Just desserts Brent Wesley/Wawatay News

The Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik officially opened its doors Feb. 14 to clients in the Sioux Lookout area traveling for healthcare. During the week of March 14-18, an open house was held at the hostel. From left, Jim Morris, executive director of Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authoriry, Mike Lovett, Sioux Lookout Zone Director for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada, Roger Valley, Kenora riding Liberal candidate, and Coun. Calvin Southall with the Municipality of Sioux Lookout celebrate the open house week with a cake cutting March 18.



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Powwow season kicks off

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TOP LEFT: Thunder Mountain Singers were host drum at the Lakehead University Powwow held March 19-20 by the Lakehead University Native Student Association and Confederation College’s Oshki Anishnawbeg Student Association in Thunder Bay. BOTTOM LEFT: Jim Chicago takes a break during his co-emceeing duties. BOTTOM RIGHT: Traditional dancer Mitchell Shaganequeb dances his style. ABOVE: A traditional dancer.



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TOMORROW’S GENERATION. It’s pretty clear that in the not-so-distant future when you say ‘fill ‘er up’ you won’t be talking about high octane. You’ll be talking about electricity. That science fiction quickly becomes science fact is a constant in our accelerating world. Another constant is that many of those wondrous new inventions are going to run on clean electricity.

And we’re investing in renewable technologies like biomass generation that can deliver the power we need while treading a little more lightly on the planet. Nobody can anticipate exactly what the new ‘new things’ are going to be. What we do know is that we’ll be supplying a lot of Ontario’s clean power. We’ll be ready.

And Ontario needs to be ready for that. That’s why Ontario Power Generation, your power company, is making the changes necessary for that future. We’re upgrading our nearly emissions-free nuclear generating stations. We’re expanding our renewable hydro capacity to meet new demand.

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March 31, 2011