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Is it time for the Indian Act to go? National chief suggests outdated legislation could be gone in 5 years Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo made headline news when he suggested it was time to get rid of the Indian Act. During the AFN assembly July 2022 in Winnipeg, Man., Atleo posed the question “Is it time to boldly suggest within two to five years, the Indian Act will no longer be part of our lives?” Atleo spoke of what the Indian Act system does provide. It provides the highest suicide rates, the highest incarceration rates in the country, the lowest education rates and the lowest income rates, he said. So rather than have a department that governs First Nation lives, Atleo suggested the federal government could set up a ministry of First NationsCrown relations, as well as a treaty rights tribunal. In this manner, items promised in centuries old treaties would be delivered such as health care and land, he said. The Indian Act, created in 1876, deals with Indian status, local government, management of reserve land and funding. Prior to the Indian Act, there were colonial laws and Royal Proclamations in place that governed Aboriginal people. Leaders in northern Ontario are quite ready to implement change. “When I travel to communities and listen to the Elders talk, even though

they don’t understand (the Indian Act), they understand it is a connection to the government,” Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Stan Louttit said. “They understand there is a specific act or law that recognizes Indian people, even though it is paternalistic. They (the Elders) look at it as a relationship with the government.” Louttit is supportive of a change to the existing governance structure. “If it’s a plan of AFN representing 633 First Nations, (including the Mushkegowuk communities), to get rid of the Indian Act, we have to be part of that and drive it. We have to come up with alternatives. If he works by himself with the government, it’s not going to work.” Louttit is keen on implementing the proposed changes. “Let’s pull a team together. Let’s get a national body together so we can drive this process, but it has to be grassroots driven with Elders and leaders,” Louttit said. see INDIAN ACT page 23

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Margaret Kenequanash led her team, Shibogama’s Loonie Bannock Bakers, to victory at the 2010 Bannock Bake Off in Sioux Lookout, July 30. The Bannock Bakers beat out four other teams, including two-time champions the Extended Care Kookums. The annual event kicks off Sioux Lookout’s Blueberry Festival, which runs from July 30 to Aug. 8.

ᑲᓇᑕ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᔕᐧᐣ ᐊᐟᓫᐃᔪ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑭᐃᐧᒋᑲᑌᓂ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᑭᑐᐨ ᐊᔕ ᐅᒋᒋᓭ ᑭᒋᐁᐧᐱᓂᑲᑌᓂᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᐣ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒪᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᒥᓯᐁᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᑲᑭᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐅᐸᐡᑯᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 20 ᐱᓂᐡ 22 ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᐨ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐃᐧᓂᐯᐠ ᒪᓂᑐᐸ, ᐊᐟᓫᐃᔪ ᑭᐃᔑᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᐁᐧ, ᐊᔕ ᓇᐦ ᐃᓯᓭᐸᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᓀᐣᑕᐸᑭᐸᐣ ᓂᔓᔭᑭ ᐊᑯᓇᐠ ᓂᔭᓄᔭᑭ ᐁᑲ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᒋᑭᐱᒧᓂᑯᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᐅᑭᐊᓂᒧᑕᐣ ᑲᔦ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᐱᒥᑐᒋᑫᒪᑲᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐧᐃᐣ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓂᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐱᒥᐅᓇᔓᐊᐧᑌ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᐅᓄᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᐱᒥᑐᒋᑫᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᔑᐣ ᐁᐅᒋᓂᓯᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑭᐸᐦᐅᐣᑕᐧ

ᐅᒪ ᑲᐊᐱᑕᑲᒥᑲᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ, ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᓇᐊᐧᒋᓄᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᔑᐃᐡᑯᓄᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐸᐣᑭ ᐁᔓᓂᔭᑫᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᐊᐧᐨ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐊᐱᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᓂᐠ ᐅᒋᐱᐃᐧᓂᑯᔭᐠ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᔭᐠ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᑲᑫᐧᑐᑕᑭᐸᐣ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪ ᒋᑭᐅᓇᓴᐸᐣ ᒋᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᐅᑭᒪᐠ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒪᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᐊᓄᑭᓇᑲᓇᐠ, ᐊᔑᐨ ᑲᔦ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐊᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑭᒋᐊᔓᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒪᒥᓄ ᑲᓄᒋᑫᑕᒪᓱᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐅᒋᐊᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐊᔕ ᑭᒋᐁᐧᐡᑲᐨ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᑭᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐊᔓᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᓇᐧᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᒥᓄᐡᑲᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᐊᑯᓯᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᐊᐦᑭ ᑫᐃᔑᑲᐯᔑᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ. ᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐃᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑭᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᐸᐣ 1876 ᑲᔭᑭᐊᐧᐠ, ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐁᐅᒋᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐃᓇᐱᐣ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 23


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Dog days of summer at Sioux Mountain Festival

The 2010 Sioux Mountain Festival July 31 and Aug. 1 in Sioux Lookout, Ont., featured a day of music and a day of culture and workshops at the town beach. Matthew Bradley/Wawatay News

TOP: Paddy Kenny of Lac Seul demonstrates the craft of making snow shoes. Brent Wesley/Wawatay News

LEFT: Cole Meikle,3, was one of many children at the face painting booth. RIGHT: Youth escape the heat by making use of the town dock.

Leaders question MNR minister’s Far North tour Rick Garrick Wawatay News

First Nation leaders are concerned Ministry of Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey’s listening tour across NAN territory will be considered as consultation. “Every time the minister says hello to somebody,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy, that could be consultation to her. Beardy continues to express concerns about the Far North Act, Bill 191, which was first introduced in the provincial legislature in June 2009 to move towards permanent protection of at least half of Ontario’s Far North. “The community people, the rights holders are very concerned with the impact it could have because the protected area means it will restrict potential resource development the communities might want to be engaged in,” Beardy said.

Beardy said the protected area under Bill 191 could potentially cover up to half of NAN territory in the Far North. “We know how these ministry levels deal,” said Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief Donny Morris, referring to three meetings former Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant held in KI. “We had to find out in the Legislative Assembly he was documenting it as consultation. Two of those meetings didn’t even involve mining.” After the Ontario Legislature proposed hearings in NAN communities for the week of June 14, the NAN chiefs passed a resolution during the June 810 Keewaywin Conference asking the Standing Committee on General Government to meet in a number of NAN communities to hear community concerns and input on the Far North Act during July or August. The Standing Committee had scheduled public hearings in Toronto,

Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Chapleau and Timmins in 2009, but the Far North communities which will be most affected by the bill were not provided with a single hearing.

“We are not using the word consultation. These are more listening tours.” – Emily Kirk

“The concepts provided under Bill 191 are foreign to my people, so they need time to understand the concepts and understand the terminology in the English language so we can have meaningful input,” Beardy said, explaining the one-week notice given for the June 14 hearings was unacceptable. “Community people are still hoping they can speak directly

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to the standing committee.” Emily Kirk, a representative from the MNR minister’s office, said the standing committee only had a limited period of time to meet with community members due to a legislative decision. “But unfortunately, it is a legislative decision and they are only given a certain window of time,” Kirk said. “We weren’t given another time to do it. It is a legislative decision, it is a legislative process.” Jeffrey’s tour included April 12 and 13 visits to Marten Falls, Neskantaga, Mishkeegogamang and Eabametoong; July 5 and 6 visits to Moosonee and Moose Factory; and July 12 and 13 visits to Sandy Lake, Cat Lake and Slate Falls. The chiefs of Sachigo Lake, North Caribou Lake and Bearskin Lake also took part in the Slate Falls visit. Kirk said Jeffrey is traveling to First Nation communities in the Far North to listen to com-

munity member’s insights on Bill 191. “We are not using the word consultation,” Kirk said. “These are more listening tours.” Bill 191 is scheduled to appear at the standing committee Sept. 13 and 15 for clauseby-clause consideration of proposed amendments. The bill will then be called back to the Legislative Assembly for third reading this fall, after which it will be put to a vote. If passed, it will be given Royal Assent. Morris said his community is inviting representatives from Aboriginal Affairs, MNR and Ministry of Northern Development Mines and Forestry to provide presentations at a KI community meeting Aug. 17 and 18 where the community will decide whether they want to establish a working relationship with the Ontario government. Other agenda items include the possibility of commencing the land-use planning initiative


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with the MNR and working with the MNDMF on mining and mineral exploration under the new Mining Act or to continue exercising its own sovereignty and jurisdiction. Morris said KI members may want their own Majeewin Aaki recognized or to have their own Aboriginal and treaty rights recognized. “The meeting we are having will determine the future with my own community,” Morris said, adding it will be up the community to decide if it has a working relationship, co-governance structure in place or goes to a its own sovereignty.” Morris said the community would have a say in how they want to carve out their land and development and which companies they would work with if they decided to exercise their own sovereignty. “We don’t have to get government protocols to block us or interfere or dictate,” Morris said.

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Airport funding announced for Neskantaga and Webequie

Something to be proud of

Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Webequie and Neskantaga are set to receive about $3.2 million for airport upgrades. “I’m pleased to announce funding for the Lansdowne House (Neskantaga) and Webequie airports that will allow them to make important safety and infrastructure upgrades, and sustain service to passengers throughout the community,” said Kenora MP Greg Rickford, on behalf of Canada’s Transport Minister John Baird. Webequie will receive $1,914,000 during 2010/2011 under the Airport Capital Assistance Program, while Neskantaga will receive $1,298,000. Neskantaga Chief Roy Moonias was pleased with the fund-

ing, which will enable the two communities to maintain the certification standards of their airport runway surfaces with a supply of crushed gravel. “We appreciate what has been done for our community and look forward to working with Greg (Rickford) in the future,” Moonias said. The federal government will be investing more than $42 million in safety-related improvements at airports across Canada during 2010/2011. “Having spent time nursing in several remote First Nations within the Kenora riding, I personally understand the importance of this,” Rickford said. “Smaller airports are vital to many communities across the country, but especially to those in remote northern areas.”

Lac Seul enters forestry partnership with Domtar Brent Wesley submitted photo

Neskantaga First Nation celebrated the grand opening of its new community complex July 26. The 7,154-foot complex was completed in February and features a hall and stage, boardrooms for rent and a fitness room. It replaces the former recreation centre which was destroyed by a fire. Taking part in the ribbon-cutting for the complex are Chief Roy Moonias, a young community member and Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry’s Guylene Levesque cutting the ribbon.

Water concerns force state of emergency in Constance Lake James Thom Wawatay News

For nearly two weeks, residents of Constance Lake have been without clean water flowing from their taps. A thick layer of algae has formed on the lake the community draws its drinking water from. The algae is preventing access to the water supply. Chief Arthur Moore declared a state of emergency in the community July 28 because of the situation facing his 900 onreserve members. “Think about trying to survive with only litres of bottled water a day for all of your drinking, bathing, washing and cooking needs,” Moore said. “This water system shutdown will cause economic, social and major health concerns for the community of Constance Lake.” Aaron Wesley, operations and maintenance technician with Matawa First Nations said the algae in the lake is the source of the problem. “The treatment plant is incapable of filtering the algae bloom,” said “The filters have plugged up ... and will need to be replaced.”

He explained when an algae bloom occurs on a lake, it makes the water thick so it can no longer pass through filters in the 35-year-old treatment plant where it is treated and purified before the water is ready for use in homes.

“Access to safe and useable water supply is a right of every person living in this country.” – Arthur Moore

“Access to a safe and useable water supply is a right of every person living in this country,” Moore said. “My community is suffering and I fear the lack of clean water will lead to despair and ill health. No one should have to live in these kind of conditions.” Moore said the community had been anticipating issues with its drinking water for more than a month. “In June, the algae started forming on the water,” he said. “This is our drinking water

source. We started back-washing the lake ... and trying to rinse away the algae.” It didn’t help, he said. Early on in the crisis, the community had arranged for a limited supply of potable water from the nearby town of Hearst. However it was not enough to provide necessary amounts for the First Nation’s homes and facilities including the senior’s home and high school, Moore said. Since then, Constance Lake has secured a sanitary truck to bring clean water into the community from the nearby power generating station. Moore said the truck is making 10 trips a day. In the meantime, the community began exploratory drilling to see if well-water would be a solution to its issue. Drilling was performed July 29. Moore is calling for swift action from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to address the water issues. “The health and safety of the residents of the Constance Lake First Nation is a priority for the Government of Canada,” Susan Bertrand, manager of communications north for INAC, wrote

in an email response. INAC has been in touch with the community since the crisis began, Bertrand said. “INAC immediately responded by committing funds for the provision of bottled water to all residents of the First Nation,” she said. “This includes funding for hauling water by truck.” Moore said the community has requested resources from INAC to improve the water treatment facility, which it says fails to meet provincial regulations. The community is seeking emergency funding from INAC to retain engineering services to find possible solutions to the water issue immediately and to assist in determining the best course of action to address the water issue, Moore explained. Bertrand said INAC Ontario Region is also continuing to work with the First Nation and the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) to ensure an adequate supply of water for the community. INAC received official notification by mail Aug. 3 of the state of emergency declared by Constance Lake.

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Lac Seul First Nation continues to develop partnerships in resource development with the recent signing of a co-operation agreement with Domtar Corporation, North America’s largest producer of paper and paper products. “We’re looking forward to a prosperous relationship,” Chief Clifford Bull said July 29 at the signing with Domtar officials in the community. Both parties have agreed to work towards a long-term forestry agreement as they examine ways of pursuing areas of mutual economic interest. “This is an important milestone,” said Rob Booth, northwest Ontario forestlands manager for Domtar. Chris Angeconeb, lands and resources co-ordinator for Lac Seul, said it’s important for the community to ensure preservation of its traditional territory, but also to explore economic growth. The working agreement will allow the community to have input on Domtar’s forestry interests in the Wabigoon and Trout Forest. The areas are not exclusive to Lac Seul’s traditional territory as Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation and Wabauskang First Nation are also close by. Angeconeb said the agreement between Domtar and Lac Seul does not exclude other First Nations from negotiating their

own agreements. “We encourage other communities to enter into agreements,” Angeconeb said. But for Lac Seul, Angeconeb said they want to ensure the community’s best interests are kept in mind while developing the working relationship with Domtar.

“I’ve always had faith the economy would rebound.” – Clifford Bull

Among the community’s priorites, Angeconeb said is the continued maintenance of roads leading to Kejick Bay and Whitefish Bay, two communities on the First Nation. The roads provide easy access to urban centres in the area. While the forestry industry has been on hard times, especially during the recent economic downturn, Bull is optimistic positive changes are ahead. “I’ve always had faith the economy would rebound,” he said. The community is also looking to develop it’s own manufacturing facility that would employ about 40 band members. Bull said they are looking at getting their own wood supply to use at the factory, which would develop value-added wood products.

First Nations will cash in after Casino Rama court decision James Thom Wawatay News

Chippewas of Rama First Nation ‘crapped out’ in their Supreme Court of Canada appeal of the 35 per cent Casino Rama revenue case, rolling snake eyes instead of lucky seven. The court ruled against Rama July 8, exhausting the final appeals of the community which hosts Casino Rama on its land. The case stemmed from Rama’s belief it had a deal with the province of Ontario to receive 35 per cent of casino

revenues in perpetuity after establishing the casino in 1996. Afterwards, all funds were to be distributed under the 50-4010 formula established in 1998. The breakdown includes 50 per cent distributed according to the population of the community; 40 per cent distributed equally among all communities; and 10 per cent set aside for distribution to listed remote communities. Representing Ontario’s remaining 133 First Nations, Chiefs of Ontario argued Rama was only entitled to that percentage from 1996 to 2001 then all the funds should be

divided among all the communities. Millions of dollars were at stake for the non-host communities, explained Constance Lake Chief Arthur Moore, who attended the Supreme Court sessions. Those funds have been held in an escrow account since 2001. At the time of Rama’s 2008 appeal, the account held more than $130 million. Ontario’s chiefs and proxies gathered in Winnipeg July 21 to discuss the case. They needed a resolution in order to begin the process

of having the funds released, Moore said. The Ontario Lottery Gaming Corp. has 60 days to release the funds though Moore expects it will happen sooner. He expects Constance Lake to receive about $1 million from the escrow funds. While he’s unsure how it will be used, it will be welcome in the community. Options include using it for capital projects or financing for joint ventures. A third option would be to serve as collateral for financing a larger project, Moore explained.

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Chief Clifford Bull, left, of Lac Seul First Nation, and Rob Booth, northwest Ontario forestlands manager for Domtar, sign a co-operation agreement July 29. The groups have agreed to pursue areas of mutual economic interest in Lac Seul’s traditional territory.


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ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᑭᒪᑕᓄᑲᑌᐠ 1974 ᐁᐅᒋᐊᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑭᐧᐁᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑕᐃᑦᔑᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ. ᑕᓱᓂᔓᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐧᐃ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐧᐃᐣ ᐅᓇᔓᐧᐁᐧᐃ ᑲᓇᐧᐊᐸᒋᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᒋᐃᔑ ᐸᐸᒥᓯᒪᑲᐠ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓂᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ. MEDIA DIRECTOR Bryan Phelan MULTIMEDIA/NEWS COORDINATOR Brent Wesley


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could not imagine a world without Wawatay. I am sure many of you who grew up with Wawatay TV, WRN or Wawatay News were happy in the knowledge there was a form of media reporting on people like us, First Nations, or hearing the beauty of our languages spoken over the airwaves. For me personally, this made me proud of being First Nation. As the interim chief executive officer of Wawatay for more than the past year, I have enjoyed the challenge of running a well-known Aboriginal media organization tasked with the ever important mandate of preserving, maintaining and enhancing Indigenous languages and culture of northern Ontario.

In a world of ever dwindling resources, it is certainly difficult to operate an organization without the support of its members or the people whom it was created for. A huge mandate for sure, but most importantly, very much needed. In a world of ever dwindling resources, it is certainly difficult to operate an organization without the support of its members or the people whom it was created for. Wawatay Native Communications Society is a self-governing, independent communitydriven entrepreneurial Native organization dedicated to using appropriate technologies to meet the communication needs of people of Aboriginal ancestry in northern Ontario, wherever they live. In doing so, its founders intended that Wawatay would serve their communities by preserving, maintaining and enhancing Indigenous languages and culture.

Wawatay has delivered newspaper, television and radio programming services for 36 years to the First Nations people of northern Ontario. We are beginning to implement the “Save Our Languages” Campaign. The campaign helps support the continued delivery of the many valuable Aboriginal language services and programs Wawatay continues to provide including bi-weekly newspaper production and distribution, daily radio programming, television production services, a regularly-updated website, print services, translation services, and SEVEN Youth Media Network. You can help. Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Treaty 3 First Nation communities are members of Wawatay Native Communications Society and are urged to send in their annual membership fees of $500 to our Sioux Lookout bureau to the attention of Grant Chisel and note the payment is for ‘membership fee.’ We are looking for volunteers for our radio-a-thon which we are hoping will garner support in the following ways: • Membership drive (encourage member First Nations to pay their annual membership fee); • Generate donations from individuals, businesses and organizations; and • Create awareness of our products and services and generate support. Contact Evange Kanakakeesic at our Sioux Lookout Bureau or e-mail her at evangelinek@ We are seeking volunteer hosts, musical talent, storytellers, comedians and others. If you would like to make a donation, please send it to our Sioux Lookout bureau to the attention of Grant Chisel or check out our ‘donate’ button on Please make any cheque or money orders payable to “Wawatay” and note it is a donation for the Save Our Languages campaign or for SEVEN Youth Media Network if you would like to support our youth initiatives. Wawatay is a charitable organization and can provide tax receipts. Unless requested, a receipt will not be issued for donations of less than $20.



tories come in the refraction of light through the trees. They are born in the interplay of shadow and light, given percussive counterpoint by the call of loons and the skronk of Canada Geese. Walking the land as the sun rises gives birth to recollections, musings and the arc of tales yet untold. My stories come from there. There’s always something new to see. That’s the remarkable thing about being out beyond walls and buildings. In my time here I have come to learn that nothing is ever the same way twice. It makes walking the gravel road and lakefront in the hushed air of morning compelling each time. Nature reveals herself shyly sometimes. If you approach her gently, openly, she allows you her provocative allure, the sensual, languid, eye opening feminine stretch of her. It lies in the details, the minutiae you have to breathe and lean and squint to learn to see. It lies within the halt of life and time. It resides in the timelessness of an intimate looking, a yearning for more to be revealed. My people gave rise to an incredible literature built on that ceaseless desire to know. The stories and legends that were the foundation of the oral tradition were born in the refraction of light through the trees. Walking the world and striving to live in harmony with her gave my people the ability

to construe a universe in the fetching angularity of story. For instance, the dog and I stopped to inspect the heavily laden branches of a mountain ash tree. The red berries were swollen and plump. The lean branches were bowed by their weight and we could see where the bears would come to feed very shortly. The splotches of color were magnificent against the green. The berries were not uniform. Some were elongated, stretched into funnels, while others were oblong, elliptical or round as balls. Some were clumped together in dollops of color while others strayed along the branches hanging there alone like commas, punctuation in the story of that tree. There was no discernible pattern and I remembered the tale of the mountain ash. In the Long Ago Time a winter descended that was like no other. The cold was like fingers that crept under the robes of the people and gripped the walls of their wigwams in a fierce grip. The snow piled higher and deeper than ever before. In the darkness as their fires ebbed they could hear the frozen popping of the trees and the stillness that followed was haunting and eerie. Nothing moved in that great petrified world. Hunting became difficult. Everywhere creatures sought deep shelter from the cold and hunters returned from their journeys ice-covered, shivering and empty handed. The people made do with their stores from the summer before but there was worry in the camps as the cold seemed to settle staunchly upon the land. They needed fresh meat to supplement their

dwindling supplies. But the cold deepened. Soon it was impossible to walk more than a few minutes without freezing and everyone kept to their wigwams hoping and praying for a break in the glacial freeze. The wind howled mightily through those long, terrible nights and there was talk of Windigos and supernatural monsters eager to feast on the shriveled corpses of the people.

My life changed by knowing that story. Then, one morning, the people emerged to a morning bright and calm. It was still horribly cold but the artic wind had ceased. All around them lay the bodies of animals frozen in the night. There were rabbits, foxes, marten, skunks and birds. Frozen. The people wept at this sudden calamity and they asked their Wise Ones what they should do. The teachers told them to take the bodies of the fallen animals to the tree that served them best. Back then the people fashioned their bows and arrows from the wood of the mountain ash. Their survival depended on the hunting tools provided by that tree. The Elders then told them to take a drop of blood from each of the animals and drop it on the branches of that tree. They prayed over that ritual. They beseeched Great Spirit for a teaching, for a way of knowing that would guide them. They made offerings of tobacco. They sang songs in honour of the great cold.



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The next day the cold abated and when the hunters went out to scout food they saw the blood of the animals had turned into bright red berries on the mountain ash and birds and other creatures were feeding on them. From then on, whenever a hard winter was coming the mountain ash bore more berries than usual and the people could prepare. The berries were plentiful on the ash tree the dog and I stopped beside. According to the old story it would mean I’d have to ensure a good supply of firewood and make sure the cabin was prepared for a long chill. When the Storytelling Moons of winter come we’ll need full cupboards and a good supply of books and music, the things we require for our survival. My life changed by knowing that story. My idea of myself was profoundly altered. Oh, sure, there’s a charming, folksy exuberance to it that makes for engaging telling but when I take my morning walks out on the land it teaches me to see in an entirely different way. My people say that there is a story hidden in every leaf and rock. The Great Mystery offers clues to itself in all things. If you walk too fast you miss it. If you think you’ve seen it all before you bypass new teachings and new insights. If you think you’re above it all somehow, that the land is merely there for your convenience, you become stunted, shriveled, smaller. But if you open yourself to it, allow yourself to feel it, allow it to inhabit you, you become able to construe a universe in the stories it tells you. In that, we are all Indians.

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Wawatay News AUGUST 5, 2010

LETTERS Racism in all forms must stop Dear Editor: There are many unique things about Sioux Lookout, some positive and some not. As the former co-chairwoman of the Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee, I believed in what SLARC stands for. It is dedicated to helping all residents and visitors to our community to work and live together while respecting and celebrating our difference. The goal is to develop a just community where the future will be better for us all. Our world is changing and our young people have to bear the burden of past mistakes. We bring children into this world to protect and teach them about our world. Teaching our children to respect one another and others should come naturally but it doesn’t. We can all agree our teenage years are the most difficult because we strive to show our independence and yet we still need so much guidance. How many of us as adults actually say to ourselves, what was I thinking of? The teachings in the classroom do not cover what is taught on the streets or at home. We have no control of what is taught behind closed doors. I have always provided warnings to my children about putting themselves at risk when using alcohol. A social event can turn tragic and the environment can become unpredictable and can only lead to more problems. Go to our local courthouse during the week or read crimes in brief in our paper and you will see more than 90 percent of First Nations people are in court due to alcohol-related offenses. Organizations such as Nishnawbe Aski Police Service and Tikinagan Child and Family Services were all formed to have more First Nations control. NAPS was formed to have more First Nations police working in the communities and once again employ many nonNative people in this organization. They now belong to the working class and contribute to society. These organizations that employ non-Native people

should show a bit more tolerance of our social ills. If your child knows you work for a First Nation organization then teach your children to be more culturally sensitive and have tolerance. Racial slurs and violent acts are not acceptable because it is wrong, painful and creates bad feelings and so much animosity. It is not a “drunk” on the street but rather a First Nations person who was affected by historical events and his/her alcoholism is an illness. By working at a place that helps First Nation people, you can then explain to your children we can pay our mortgages, buy a car or two and take a family vacation. The term dirty Indian is a racial slur and is offensive. How does one react to this statement? When I hear those words I do get angry, defensive and I start to look at our world differently. As the former co-chairwoman, I have tried to foster community relations, with my friends, co-workers, other organizations and my church members. Now all that work seems to be for nothing and I am left to feel angry and resentful. I realize we don’t live in a perfect society and racism will continue to roam in this town. On a personal experience, my daughter has experienced first-hand how a racial slur can affect you. She was kicked in the face and called a “dirty Indian” by some non-Native girls. When she was on the ground, a male remarked to her Native friends, “Is this one of yours?” Did they feel powerful when they did this? Was it worth it? In a few years from now, these teenagers will be making career choices in their lives. And what if their career choice leads them to working in our First Nations communities? Do they really want to help the “dirty Indians?” But do we as a society mislead our young people to think negatively about our First Nations people. Why were the park benches removed from Centennial park or why is the bank (and only in Sioux) closed at 11 pm? Why is the hairspray and hand sanitizer not on the shelf. Why

does the liquor store not sell Mickeys? The incident in Fort Frances where a group of teenage girls, all non-Native, videotaped themselves dancing to powwow music with bottles of alcohol was so despicable and brought out so much anger and racial tensions within their community. These young girls did not think about the repercussions and how it would affect them. And what happens after they graduate and decide to teach or enter the medical field in our First Nations communities. Were they sincere when they apologized or was it a token apology. I spoke recently to an Elder about how I justify my beliefs by comparing my family to what a mother bear does for her cubs, which is to protect them. If they are in trouble we protect them. The majority of our children are non-judgmental and see the world as one big playground. However, when they enter high school, things start to change and they can see a whole different world of what their community is, the organizations, the people on the streets, the news, the rumours etc. There have been many unreported incidents in Sioux Lookout. A young Native girl jumps into a cab only to be punched by a non-Native male because it was his cab. Some Native women are reacting to a racial slur and are spit on by a white male. We should never forget what Levius Wesley died from, a senseless beating by two teenage youth. Could this happen again? Dennis Hill, one of our famous residents in Sioux Lookout, is passed out at an apartment building and some youths start to kick Dennis in the head with their boots. A young Native girl is given a choice by our local police, either go to jail or end up black and blue. A young Native boy is revived after being held down in the water and the incident is kept quiet. Have we lost faith in the justice system which has never really worked for us? see PARENTS page 7

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I am writing on behalf of my people, the Mushkegowuk Cree Indians, to express our sadness and deep concern about the recent oil spill and environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and about how it will affect the First Peoples of this continent. As the Grand Chief of Mushkegowuk Council, I am speaking for the Mushkegowuk First Nations, whose traditional territories and homeland encompass the western coast of James Bay in northern Ontario, Canada. Our people have lived off the land, hunting and fishing as a means of life. Hunting and fishing continue to be a central part of our modern lives and culture and of who we are. We have a deep foreboding that the recent disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, although thousands of miles away, will bring great harm to our beloved and sacred homeland, some of the wildlife with whom we share it and the hunting and fishing that helps define us. We fear and dread the likelihood the oil catastrophe will harm many different types of migratory birds which either nest near to or pass through the Gulf of Mexico during their yearly migration. Although the oil spill will be extremely lethal in the shortrun, it will also have serious sub-lethal effects for many years, when, for example, fish and birds eat contaminated food in the Gulf. The people in our communities believe that many of our migratory birds will not return from the Gulf of Mexico this year, or will return contaminated, causing disease and birth defects amongst them, and perhaps us. We especially fear that the

oil spill will sicken and kill the native migrating goose population of our homelands. The yearly goose hunt is one of the essential features of our culture, lives, communities and spirituality. Like many of our people, I myself go onto the land every year to hunt geese. I eat the geese I catch throughout the year, and share it with my family and Elders and other people in the community. Will there be fewer geese this year because of the oil spill in the Gulf? Will it be safe for my family and I to eat what we catch? After seeing images of oil-soaked birds and fish in newspapers and on the television, these are the kinds of questions our people are asking, with dread in our hearts. When our First Nations agreed to share our land with the newcomers from abroad, the Canadian government promised our ancestors we could continue to hunt and fish where we pleased, as we pleased as we always had done. Our right to hunt and fish has now been recognised and affirmed by Canada’s constitution. These fundamental rights are being stolen from us as the migratory birds which are our life and spirit are killed or contaminated by the Gulf oil spill. I have addressed this letter to yourselves, the President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of Canada, because both countries are signatories to the international and legally binding Convention for the protection of migratory birds in Canada and the United States. According to the Convention, each party is required to take appropriate measures to preserve and enhance the environment of migratory birds and to prevent damage to such birds and their environments, including damage resulting from pollution. President Obama, we respectfully urge your government to live up to this commitment by doing everything in its

power to reduce the harm to migratory birds caused by the Gulf oil spill and by ensuring a disaster such as this never occurs again. Prime Minister Harper, we ask that your government use all its powers under the Convention to take specific steps to the greatest extent possible to protect Canada’s migratory birds and our treaty and inherent Aboriginal rights, in these difficult circumstances. We are the First Peoples of this land, and it saddens us that those who have joined us here have allowed such a disaster in the waters and on the land, which we should all be able to share with each other and with our children. Your laws now require your governments to act. We respectfully ask you do so. Grand Chief Stan Louttit Mushkegowuk Council CC: Felipe Calderon Hinojosa President United Mexican States Tony Hayward Chief Executive Officer BP PLC Jim Prentice Environment Minister Rowan Gould Acting Director U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada Secretario de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales Council of Chiefs Linda Jeffrey Ministry of Natural Resources Dalton McGuinty Ontario Premier Shawn Atleo AFN National Chief Stan Beardy NAN Grand Chief

North East LHIN Health & Wellness for All Through an Innovative, Sustainable & Accountable System Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are a key component of Ontario’s plan to make the healthcare system more patient-centred and responsive to local health-care needs. The Ontario government’s vision is that LHINs will respond to local population health needs by planning, coordinating, integrating and funding the delivery of health care. The North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) is one of 14 in Ontario and the second largest in the province, covering an area of 400,000 square kilometres. It is responsible for the funding of 239 Health Service Providers (HSPs) that include community health centres, community mental health and addiction services, community support services, hospitals, long-term care homes, and the North East Community Care Access Centre.

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Wawatay News AUGUST 5, 2010

Atleo hears concerns from Shoal Lake #39


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Parents must ‘guide and protect children’ from page 5 I brought my daughter to a mediation process as an observer to teach her racism does not have to be tolerated and services such as the Human Rights office can be accessed to ensure there is equality and justice for all. I accepted their apology and continue to live my life. The only unfortunate part of the process is that it was a long process and it took finally one person to speak up and how many did not or could not. I wrote this letter as a form of healing and I hope to educate our parents and young people. We have lessons to continue learning throughout our short time on this earth. I am a firm believer in what goes around will eventually come around.

Racism is like a moray eel, it hides in its cave and then comes out and bites you and returns to its cave. We have chosen not to take it any further because the bruise will heal and eventually our negative feelings will subside. These girls will continue to whisper and point and giggle yet you can’t take away a person’s dignity and self respect. The story has probably changed about a hundred times and when it is five against one, there is no reason to take it any further. We all make mistakes we live to regret. It is our job as parents to guide and protect our children. Your child could one day be a contractor, a teacher, or doctor that has to work with our First Nations people up north. I was hoping my children would not experience the harsh

reality that racism does exist and the colour of your skin and who you are will affect you one day. I continue to teach my daughter to be proud of who she is, a First Nations woman and to be proud of her heritage. Her grandparents may not have worked for the CN or been a manager but she comes from a long line of trappers and hunters. They were natural ecologists, healers and teachers. They were good people and well respected. I hope the word “respect” will be understood and continue to be taught in your home and behind your closed doors. And by the way, I do shower every day and I use Dove so I really can’t be a “dirty Indian.” Barb Carpenter Sioux Lookout



The Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo visited Iskatewizaagegan Independent First Nation (Shoal Lake #39) Aug. 2 to hear concerns from community members about the twinning and expansion of Highway 17 through their traditional lands. Shoal Lake Chief Eli Mandamin said the federal government has been ignoring the community’s concerns about the twinning of the highway and hopes Atleo’s visit will help the federal government begin discussions with Shoal Lake through the involvement of the AFN. From left, Coun. Phyllis Pinesse, Elizabeth Redsky, Elder Ella Don Greene, Atleo, Mandamin and Coun. Fawn Wapioke.

Inspection Notice of Aerial Herbicide Spraying Sapawe Forest

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invites you to inspect the MNR approved aerial herbicide spray project. As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands on the Caribou Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about: August 6, 2010. The herbicide VisionMax PCP (Trade Mark Name) Reg. No. 27736 will be used. The approved project description and project plan for the aerial herbicide project is available for public inspection at the RW Forestry Ofce (Agent of AbitibiBowater) and on the MNR public website at throughout the one year duration of the annual work schedule. The Ontario Government Information Centre at 62 Queen Street, Sioux Lookout provides access to the internet.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invites you to inspect the Ministry of Natural Resources approved aerial herbicide spray project. As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands on the Sapawe Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about: August 15, 2010. The herbicide VisionMax, registration #27736, will be used.

The approved project description and project plan for the aerial herbicide project is available for public inspection at the GreenForest Management Inc. office, Atikokan Ministry of Natural Resources office and on the Ministry of Natural Resources public website at beginning July 15th until March 31st when the annual work schedule expires and throughout the one-year duration of the annual work schedule. The Ontario Government Information Centres at 108 Saturn Ave., Atikokan, provides access to the internet. Interested and affected persons and organizations can arrange an appointment with Ministry of Natural Resources staff at the Ministry of Natural Resources District or Area office to discuss the aerial herbicide project. For more information or to arrange an appointment with Ministry of Natural Resources staff please contact: Ryan Murphy, R.P.F. Silviculture Manager GreenForest Management Inc. 965 Strathcona Ave. Thunder Bay, ON Tel.: 807-343-6471

Ildiko Apavaloae, R.P.F. Area Forester Ministry of Natural Resources 108 Saturn Ave. Atikokan, ON Tel.: 807-597-5010

or call toll-free: 1-800-667-1940 and ask to be forwarded to one of the contacts above. Renseignements en français : Sylvie Gilbart à (807) 934-2233.

Interested and affected persons and organizations can arrange an appointment with MNR staff at the MNR District or Area ofce to discuss the aerial herbicide project. For More information or to arrange an appointment with MNR or AbitibiBowater staff please contact: Tara Pettit, R.P.F. Ministry of Natural Resources Sioux Lookout District Ofce 49 Prince Street, PO Box 309 Sioux Lookout, ON, P8T 1A6 Phone: (807) 737-5040 Fax: (807) 737-1813

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Wawatay News

Agreement means more community doctor visits

Where mud and music meet

AUGUST 5, 2010

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Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News

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First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout area can expect to receive more doctor visits. A four-year agreement between the Sioux Lookout Regional Physician Services Inc. (SLRPSI) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care includes a provision that will see an increase in communitybased physician services. John Cutfeet, board chairman of SLRPSI, said the new agreement, effective in October, strikes a balance in providing care to First Nation communities and the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre. “Having the physicians in the community more often is a priority for us but we had to make sure those visits would not come at the expense of

the physicians taking care of patients in the hospital,” Cutfeet said. At present, 23 physicians are working in Sioux Lookout and the surrounding First Nations. Sixteen of those physicians are responsible for working in First Nations and also to provide emergency and hospitalized care for northern patients in Sioux Lookout. SLRPSI has even recruited two more physicians to work in the area. Established in January after replacing the Sioux Lookout Zone Family Physicians Association Corporation, SLRPSI consists of representatives from the Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority, Meno Ya Win and physicians. The Health Authority provides management support and is working to oversee implementation of the new agreement.

Soon it will be time to rock and roll at the annual Muddy Waters Music Festival in Sandy Lake. The four-day music extravaganza will be held August 18– 22 at the Ghost Point Cultural/ Education Park to celebrate their 28th year of showcasing Aboriginal talent. Although the festival was originally scheduled for July 1418, according to festival co-ordinator Roy Kakegamic, chief and council postponed the event due to three deaths in the community. “We have managed to secure the same bands we (originally) contacted – with the change of dates. However there is a change in schedule,” Kakegamic said. Wednesday will be a preview night where local musicians from Sandy Lake can compete in a Battle of the Bands competition. First and second place winners will be opening acts, on either Friday or Saturday night for the Manitoba band, Yoza. The musicians will be styling on a new solidly built stage this year, Kakegamic said. “We have got a brand new stage. It’s huge and it’s properly done. We broke it in during our 100th year anniversary. The first band that broke it in was the C-Weed Band.” Instead of using tarps in the event of rain, the stage is complete with a roof built in, so the music show is good to go, he explained. Other performers set to hit the stage are Billy Joe Green and Aaron Peters, who are both from Winnipeg. Billy Joe Green plays Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Peters will play for the crowds on Friday and Saturday evenings. New to the lineup this year is all-female band Drink Me Pretty which will make its Ontario debut. The quartet of young female musicians come from Norway House First Nation, Man. The band plays an infusion of country-rock music.

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Children got up close to the stage to watch some early evening acts at last year’s Muddy Waters Music Festival in Sandy Lake First Nation. This year the community has built a new stage for the festival, which runs from Aug. 18 to 22. “It’s really exciting,” said lead guitarist Sharnett Henry. “They told us there was never a female band there before. This is the biggest gig for us. We have never been outside of Manitoba. “We’re going to go for full potential and hope to give a great show. We hope you like having us at the Muddy Water

Music Festival.” DMP will take to the stage on both Friday and Saturday evenings. The headliner for the festival this year is the band Yoza. They will jam out Friday and Saturday nights. Native Praise, a Sioux Lookout band, will entertain the

guests Sunday with some gospel music. The final day of the Muddy Water Festival will end with Elders from the community being picked up from their homes to attend as guests of honour at a community fish fry prepared and served by chief and council.

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“Save Our Languages” Fundraising Campaign Wawatay Native Communications Society is a self-governing, independent community-driven entrepreneurial Native organization dedicated to using appropriate technologies to meet the communication needs of people of Aboriginal ancestry in Northern Ontario, wherever they live. In doing so, its founders intended that Wawatay would serve their communities by preserving, maintaining and enhancing Indigenous languages and culture.

THE CAMPAIGN: The Campaign helps support the continued delivery of the many valuable Aboriginal language services and programs that Wawatay continues to provide including bi-weekly newspaper production and distribution, daily radio programming, television production services, regularly updated website, print services, translation services, and SEVEN Youth Media Network.

How You Can Help: Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Treaty #3 First Nation communities are members of Wawatay Native Communications Society and are urged to send in their Annual Membership Fees of $500.00 to our Sioux Lookout Bureau to the attention of Grant Chisel and note the payment is for “Membership Fee”. We are looking for volunteers for our radio-a-thon which we are hoping will garner support in the following ways: a) b) c)

membership drive (member First Nations to pay their annual membership fee) generate donations from individuals, businesses and organizations create awareness of our products and services and generate support.

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Ring of Fire mine could open in 5 years The Ring of Fire mineral deposits are one of the most prolific finds of the last century, said Michael Gravelle, minister of northern development, mines and forestry. Gravelle made the comment while helping launch the Northern Training Partnership Fund. While speaking to delegates at the announcement, Gravelle went on to say: “A mine could be

in production in five years. This is vital to the communit(ies) and the north as a whole.” Following the funding announcement, Gravelle backpedalled slightly. “It would take everything to move forward perfectly (to meet the five-year timeframe),” Gravelle said, when pushed further on the issue. He said agreements need

to be put in the place with the communities, including Marten Falls First Nation, which could be affected by any development in the area. Environmental assessments and permitting are required, Gravelle continued, and the issue of a rail line to access the land and control over the assets must be addressed as they are “integral to development.” - JT





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Red Rock Chief Pierre Pelletier is interviewed by members of the media following a provincial announcement of $45 million for a job creation fund.


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With plenty of employment opportunities available in Ontario’s north, one of the only burdens to getting jobs is being properly trained for them. To help address this issue, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs launched the Northern Training Partnership Fund in Thunder Bay – a three-year $45 million initiative – July 22. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Chris Bentley explained the program provides northern communities with better access to skills training opportunities, leading to jobs in resourcerelated sectors, including energy, mining, and forestry. “The announcement of the Northern Training Partnership Fund is something the Red Rock Indian Band is very excited about,” said Red Rock Chief Pierre Pelletier. “The fund will provide opportunities for our band citizens and is essential for our citizens to have an equal chance at meaningful jobs in the future.” According to the ministry, eligible projects must involve a collaboration between industry and Aboriginal or northern communities or organizations. This will ensure northerners benefit from the opportunities provided by projects such as the Ring of Fire and other innovative technologies. “Far North First Nations have a clear desire to benefit from future opportunities in resource-based industries,” said Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey. “This program will lead to increased employment as well as addressing skill

training needs related to community based land use planning.” Added Aboriginal Affairs Minister Chris Bentley: “We are providing project-based skills training for First Nation and Métis peoples and northern Ontarians so they can acquire workplace skills for existing or emerging jobs. This is an excellent opportunity for all in the North to benefit from resourcerelated activities.” Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy said it is essential for NAN community members to take advantage of the skills development opportunities so they are part of the development and economic growth opportunities such as mining. “NAN territory is home to new and exciting prospects such as the activity taking place in the Ring of Fire – it’s important

that we play a role in that development,” Beardy said. Also included in the funding announcement was $2 million annually over three years for training for land-use planning. However, Beardy said funding is not enough. “Land-use planning is essential to determine what areas need to be protected and what areas could be developed,” he said. “Proper resourcing on a timely basis for communitydriven land-use planning is a priority for NAN communities in order to create opportunities for all future economic activity. A more significant amount of funding is required to ensure proper-planning for an area that spans 55 million hectares, twothirds of Ontario.” Anyone interested must apply for training dollars. The first application-funding deadline is Sept. 10.

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Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry Michael Gravelle speaks July 22 in Thunder Bay during the announcement.


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Dancers out in droves Clean water, proper sanitation for Eagle Lake powwow human rights: United Nations James Thom

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Canada and the United States were among 41 countries to abstain from supporting a United Nations resolution declaring access to clean water and proper sanitation be recognized as a human right. The resolution was supported by 124 countries in a July 28 vote. “Every three seconds, a child dies from drinking water – one, two, three – now I am on to the fourth,” said Pablo Salon, Bolivia’s climate change representative to the UN. The last time the resolution came before the UN in 2008, both Canada and the U.S. voted against it. Worldwide, one billion people lack access to safe drinking water and double that amount have no sanitation.

In Canada, First Nations have been battling poor water conditions for years. There are currently 114 First Nations in Canada with drinking water advisories and 49 have water systems classified as high risk leaving tens of thousands of people in possible danger.

“This is about nothing less than the health and safety of First Nations children.” – Shawn Atleo

The Assembly of First Nations welcomed the UN’s resolution. “This is welcome news for First Nations people and communities who are struggling to access safe drinking water and sanitation,” said National Chief Shawn Atleo. “This resolution

establishes new international standards and, in affirming that clean water and sanitation are a basic human right, compels Canada to work with First Nations to ensure our people enjoy the same quality of water and sanitation as the rest of Canada.” If the issues facing First Nations were being felt by other communities, it wouldn’t be tolerated, Atleo said. “This is about nothing less than the health and safety of First Nations children,” the national chief said. “It is time to act to address longstanding inequity in infrastructure and training to enhance and support safe drinking water systems. The current approach of Canada to focus on regulation will not address these inequities and this is why we calling for a joint effort to address underlying problems as the real solution.”

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TOP: A young grass dancer demonstrates his moves at the Eagle Lake Traditional Powwow July 30 - Aug. 1, a popular gathering in the Treaty 3 region. BELOW: Fancy shawl dancer Natasha Quequish of Sioux Lookout, right, and Tatianna Quequish, left. BOTTOM: A young chicken dancer was among the many dancers and participants during the powwow.

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Walk raises funds for youth foundation

The 2nd Annual Walk for Good Life July 24 - 31 raised $7,500 for the Good Life for Young People Foundation, a charitable organization to assist youth in the Treaty 3 area. This year, the walkers took a circular route, starting and ending in Eagle Lake First Nation.

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TOP: Larissa Desrosier of Couchiching First Nation during the 350 kilometre walk. Brent Wesley/Wawatay News

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BOTTOM LEFT: From left, Brett Singleton from Eabametoong, Justin Morrison from Couchiching, and Elijah Indian from Onigaming with the rest of the group approach the Eagle Lake powwow grounds. BOTTOM RIGHT: Ivory Tuesday and the rest of the walkers were given an honour song at the powwow.

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MISIWE MINOYAWIN PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR Term Contract in Sioux Lookout September 7, 2010 – March 31, 2012

Description: Wawatay Native Communications Society serves the communications needs of the people and communities in Northern Ontario through the provision of a variety of multi-media services (radio, TV, newspaper, online) These services help to preserve and enhance the languages and culture of the aboriginal people in Northern Ontario. The Misiwe Minoyawin (Health for Everyone) project is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion. The overall goal of the project is to demonstrate to Aboriginal people in Northern Ontario, specically youth, how healthy lifestyle choices can boost well-being through a recipe book, contests, role models and videos.






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Function and Duties: 1. Adhere to the project work plan and achieve the deliverables. 2. Draft, distribute and nalize correspondence, reports, press releases, proposals and recommendations, etc. 3. Must be able to research, compile and analyze data from a variety of sources on various issues as per the project goals and work plan. 4. Prepare and write funding proposals and reports as required. 5. Establish and ensure the maintenance of a ling system. 6. Conrm dates and ensure arrangements for all Committees’ (Project, Selection, Contest etc,) meetings as per the work plan, including the preparation and distribution of participant packages in advance of the proposed meeting. 7. Schedule all Committee meetings complete with notices and agendas for each meeting. 8. Record, prepare and distribute all Committee meeting minutes. 9. Coordinate publicity events, develop partnerships and ad campaigns, and solicit sponsorships for the project as required. 10. Other duties as may be assigned from time to time. Deadline Friday, August 13, 2010 - 4:00 PM

Enter online at or download a translated version and fax to 807-344-3182 Or drop off forms at either the Sioux Lookout, Timmins or Thunder Bay offices

Qualications: 1. The candidate will have grade 12 and post-secondary education in a business and/or administration program or previous experience in an administrative and/or project management capacity. 2. The candidate must have excellent verbal and written communications skills. The ability to communicate in Cree, Ojibway or Oji-Cree is an asset. 3. The candidate must be sensitive of First Nations culture and willing to work with and maintain positive working relationships with the First Nations people of Northern Ontario. 4. A high degree of initiative, motivation and the ability to observe strict condentiality is essential. 5. Excellent time management skills, including co-ordination of multiple tasks that will include project meetings, adhering to a work plan and meeting funding deliverables. 6. Previous experience with proposal and report writing and project management considered an asset. 7. The candidate must be willing to work overtime and to travel as required.


Send Your Resume and 3 References To: Rachel Garrick Interim Chief Executive Ofcer Box 1180, 16 Fifth Avenue, Sioux Lookout, ON, P8T 1B7 1.800.243.9059 toll free (807).737.2951 phone (807).737.3224 fax This position is made possible through the funding support of the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.


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AUGUST 5, 2010

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Bones dating back 4,600 years found in KI James Thom Wawatay News

Out for a fishing trip last fall, a few anglers from Kitchenuhmaykoosib hooked into something even better than a trophy fish. At the mouth of Bug River, the men discovered human remains that date back about 4,600 years. Since the bones were discovered in September and recovered for study at the end of that month, Lakehead University professor Scott Hamilton has been studying the skeletal remains. “A huge amount of information can come from the study of these human remains,” Hamilton said. “I’m quite happy Chief (Donny) Morris called me to get involved.” Community members are quite excited to find out what Hamilton has found out, said Coun. Jack McKay. “We are very supportive of the research he is doing,” McKay said. “We want to find out information about the remains. We were surprised at the age of the bones.” Hamilton said the discovery by community members, some of which was buried up to 30 centimetres under the surface, was a wonderful fluke, the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. “There seemed to a lot of factors that came together to make this happen,” Hamilton said, including having observant anglers spotting the bones and being willing to notify chief and council instead of just ignoring the find. McKay said the water level

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Bones dating back 4,600 years were found in Kitchenuhmaykoosib last September. During the excavation process, Lakehead University anthropology professor Scott Hamilton built a wall of rocks to protect the site from waves crashing and eroding the area. The bones were found by chance after two community members on a fishing trip discovered the remains. played a huge factor in the find. “The lake was really high,” he said. “It washed out the banks of the lake.” The effect of the waves continually striking the banks caused the soil and gravel to wear away and the bones to

protrude, McKay said. This is the second major discovery of ancient bones in the community. In 2004, during a heat wave, the banks of Big Trout Lake receded and a pair of residents noticed a bone sticking out

of the ground. After careful searching, more of the skeleton was unearthed. After community consultation was performed, Hamilton was invited to unearth the remains and removed them for scientific study.

They were eventually reburied, as will the more recently discovered bones. Hamilton expects this to happen in the coming months. But before that happens, there’s more research to conduct, Hamilton said in his base-

ment office at the Thunder Bay university. He and colleagues are attempting to extract DNA from a bone and a tooth. “If we can acquire viable DNA, it opens a whole new door to study,” Hamilton said. “It could be a revolutionary opportunity for study. The real question is what if. What could this lead to?” Should the DNA tests prove successful, there is a real possibility he could trace the DNA and find out the two skeletons were in some way related, separated by several generations. Hamilton has already made several preliminary discoveries. He has found the skeleton belonged to a man in his late30s or 40s. He was about 165 centimetres (five foot six inches) tall with a “very, very robust muscular build,” from canoeing and other activities reliant on strong upper bodies. Testing has also found the man enjoyed a fish-based diet along with traditional fare like caribou. “The teeth give us a lot of information,” Hamilton said. “There are no cavities. That typically means there was little or no starch in their diet, little vegetables and a lot more meat.” The teeth also show signs of wear. “This is mechanical damage,” Hamilton said. “Chips in the teeth show a lot of use.” Hamilton explained much like people do today, this man likely used his teeth for constructive purposes like biting, stripping and grinding materials which would also account for more wear.

A Big Thank You from Thank You To All Our Sponsors! Oshtugon Computers and First Nations Restoration Center would like to thank the following sponsors for their support and generous donations towards the Second Annual Golf Tournament being held at the Sioux Lookout Golf & Curling Club on Friday, July 23, 2010.

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Major Sponsor: Frank Head, Owner/President of Oshtugon Computers. Co-sponsors: TBaytel and Lac Seul First Nations Council. Hole Sponsors: Shibogama First Nations Council, Bamaji Air, Chicken Chef, DJ’s Gas Bar LTD, Bumper to Bumper/Sioux-Per Auto Parts, Custom Collision, Nissley Construction, TBaytel, Lamplighter Motel, McAuley & Partners Solicitor & Barrister, The Sioux Lookout Funeral Home, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, The Sioux Lookout Bulletin, Mckinstry Chrysler, Madigal’s Golf Kingdom, Tikinagan Child & Family Services and Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund. Hole Signs and Posters: Link Signs - Alex Wilson’s Coldstreams from Dryden for printing the signs and golf posters; Pastor Phil Smith for working on the golf poster at the beginning stage and completed by Cody Whiskeychan. Trophy donated by: Murphy’s Trophy from Dryden. Hole in One sponsors: Madsen Motors and Gillon’s Insurance. Prizes/Contests/Donations: Oshtugon Computers, Madigal’s Golf Kingdom, Tikinagan Child & Family Services, Appliance Expert, Moosehorn Lodge, Bearskin Airlines, Wasaya Airways Inc, McDiarmid, Johnny’s Food Market, Al’s Sports Excellence, Morgan Esso, Pelican Falls High School, Artist - Glen Keesic, Wilson’s Business Solutions, Sioux Travel, Sioux Lottery, Cheers, Molstad Realty Ltd, Sioux Mountain Realty Inc, Forest Inn Hotel, Northern Store, Knobby’s Restaurant, Bloomin Wild Flowers, Robin’s Donuts, Roy Lane, Best Western, Bank of Montreal, Northern Lights Credit Union, Patricia Mann – Reg’d Massage Therapist, Petro Canada, Bob Norman, Municipality of Sioux Lookout – Mayor’s Ofce, Standard Insurance, Vermillion Guide Services, Faith Head, Dryden, Canadian Tire, The Flower Forest in Dryden, Time Out Sports in Dryden, Dingwall Ford, Wellington Inn, Northumbrian Resort/Patricia Fly-in Camps, NAN Legal Services Inc, Bootleggers, Buck Buster Video, TBaytel, Hulls Books Store, Play It Again Sports, Alex Coldstream, Dryden IGA, Wawatay News, New Life Assembly, Johnson Cafe & Catering and Sioux Lookout Golf & Curling Club. Thank You to all Participating Teams: Oshtugon Computers, Appliance Expert, Bearskin Airlines, Pelican Falls Center, Lac Seul First Nations, Shibogama First Nations Council, Windigo First Nations Council, Windigo Ventures, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, Springhill Gofers, Sioux Lotto, Disc World Debutantes, No Idea, Sandbaggers, Rookies, Giblets, The Fore Guys, Randy Thompson, Muskrat Dam First Nations, Believers Fellowship and Tikinagan. We also want to give a Special Thank You to our Volunteers: Louise Chisel, Edith Whiskeychan, Terry & Betsy McNear, Desta Buswa, Dallas Oombash, Faith Head, Miigwan Buswa, and Live Auctioneer, Merle Burkholder and his helpers, Edith Burkholder and Nathan Burkholder. Big THANK YOU to our Local Golf Course: Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club, the Greens Keepers and Staff for their support, assistance and accommodating this great event. We also want to thank the Club Restaurant - Johnson Café & Catering for providing a good meal to all our participants. Again, Thank You to all our Sponsors and Participants for your generous donations and support in making our “Second Annual Golf Tournament” a Success and we look forward to seeing you again in 2011 event. Meegwetch!

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Mushkegowuk strengthen Rupert’s Land case claim Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News

New evidence has been found to strengthen the Rupert’s Land case that was initiated by the Mushkegowuk Council on Nov. 18, 2003 against Canada and Ontario. “This is really, really exciting new evidence we came across to revamp our claim and make it stronger and make it better,” Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Stan Louttit said. “Our legal team is looking at it in the months and years to

come to take that and rebuild it with this new-found information,” Mushkegowuk Council launched the lawsuit on behalf of the Mushkegowuk Cree of the James Bay region comprised of the communities of Attawapiskat, Chapleau Cree, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Missanabie, Moose Cree and New Post. The basis of the lawsuit lies with a protection pledge requested by Queen Victoria of England before she would execute her signature to the

Rupert’s Land Act in 1868. After there was assurance by representatives of Canada to protect Aboriginal interests in the region, a land order transferred Rupert’s Land – which includes parts of Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec, Minnesota and North Dakota – to the control of Canada under agreed terms. “We feel that they did not live up to that promise back in 1869,” Louttit said. A number of federal and provincial laws have violated the constitutional commitment

made by Canada, Louttit said. “When the treaty commissioner (of Ontario) travelled to make James Bay Treaty 9, they told our people certain things – that things would be OK. That is what we see in black and white.” The personal diaries belonging to Ontario treaty commissioner George McMartin were found in the archives that shed new light on the negotiations that took place when the treaty was signed. “These hand-written diaries were totally contradictory

to the written legal text of the Treaty to hunt, fish and trap. You can only do that if the government does not want the land for mining or forestry,” Louttit said. The diaries detail the words the commissioner had said to the respective leaders of the time and how those leaders responded. “We ask, ‘What do you think? Is this a good treaty? Do you think it’s good that you can now hunt, fish and trap as in the days of yore? So you agree with what I am telling you, you

can do what you have always did?” McMartin wrote. Elders Agnes Winisk of New Post and Mark of Moose Factory were noted in the diaries as saying: ‘We agree with you, with what you said.’ Louttit is optimistic of Mushkegowuk’s legal challenge of the Rupert’s Land case. “These new found diaries will help us in our court case (with) our understanding of the spirit and intent of the treaty,” Louttit said. “We are rethinking the plan in a stronger more united way.”

Sandy Lake election policies questioned by band members James Thom Wawatay News

While contemplating a run at public office in his community, Sandy Lake’s Ringo Fiddler was told he wasn’t eligible. It had nothing to do with his skills, abilities or knowledge. Fiddler said the reason he was not able to run in the March 26 election is because he was in a common-law relationship. “I feel I was discriminated against,” Fiddler said. “In the past, there have been no problems with single, married or common-law people leading the community. Why is it a problem now? We have rights too.” During the lead up to the election – the nomination meeting was March 2 – announcements about the policy were made. This included information broadcast over the radio and a presentation made during a general community meeting, Fiddler said. Because of the change in policy, Fiddler said he’s not sure he’ll ever seek election in the community. Community member Thomas Dixon was equally upset common-law members were not allowed to run in the election. “A lot of good people could run (for council) but they are not allowed to,” Dixon said. “We have no freedom of speech. During the election, we couldn’t talk about any of the candidates. We couldn’t say anything at all.” Chief Adam Fiddler and community election officer Moonias Fiddler did not return messages seeking comment about the issues described by Ringo Fiddler and Dixon.

When reached at home, a second election officer, Zack Kakegamic, declined to answer any questions about the election saying he was no longer employed by Sandy Lake First Nation. Dixon is concerned with Sandy Lake’s election process – so much so he’s contacted Indian and Northern Affairs Canada about the matter.

“A lot of good people could run for council but they are not allowed to.” – Thomas Dixon

The community used a band custom election code, Dixon explained, though he claims a written code is not in place. The lack of a written election custom code has been an issue in the past with Sandy Lake as well, Dixon said. In 1999, when the community was seeking the resignation of then-Chief Eli Sawanas, the lack of an election code became an issue. As a result, then INAC Minister Jane Stewart wrote a letter to the community offering funding to develop a written electoral process. “I also understand Sandy Lake First Nation does not have a written election code specifying what redress mechanisms are available under custom to cover situations like this,” Stewart wrote in a letter to the community. “In the absence of a written code, band members may wish to work through the

elected councillors to try to resolve their concerns.” The letter continued to say INAC would be willing to provide $10,000 to assist the community develop a written electoral process. Dixon said someone was hired to start the process of preparing the policy but it only amounted to a draft which was never implemented by the First Nation. INAC does not have a copy of the Sandy Lake election code on file. “Since the First Nation has always been under the custom process, the department (INAC) does not have a copy of the code and the First Nation is not compelled to provide the code as it is outside the Indian Act jurisdiction,” said Linda Britt, a communications officer with INAC. She said when there are governance disputes in communities which use the band custom code, INAC can only encourage all the parties to work together to address their concerns. Fiddler said it is not only the common-law election issue that upsets him, but also the way it came to be. “I’ve been told it’s the law but I’ve never heard of such a law,” Fiddler said. “I’ve heard people say this came from the Elders but I’ve never heard of such a thing ever from the Elder’s Council.” Fiddler has grown frustrated at the process. “I can’t even get an answer to my questions,” he said. “I’ve written letters to chief and council, called them and I get no reply.” Dixon said he’s also received no reply to a letter to council.

Thank You Vezina Secondary School of Attawapiskat would like to thank the DreamCatcher Fund for their 2010 generous donation to the 2010 Vezina grad trip. The donation was used for bus travel from Timmins to Sudbury to join other First Nation students from Ontario and Quebec at Cambrian College to explore college life, as well as look into further choices in careers. The trip was an excellent experience for our graduates that participated. DreamCatcher Fund greatly assisted in this success. A special thank to them from Vezina Secondary School. Mary Anne Davis Teacher/Counsellor Robbie Koostachin Parent Chaperone







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AUGUST 5, 2010

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Graffiti targets ‘Indians’

Getting ready for school

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Lac Seul First Nation anxiouxly anticipates the opening of its new school. Construction is expected to be completed Aug. 30, just in time for the new school year. A grand opening ceremony will take place in early September.

RLISS du Nord-Est

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy targeted public school textbooks portraying First Nations people as savages after racist graffiti was spray-painted in downtown Thunder Bay. “There has to be more effort made to make sure that there is an accurate historic reflection of First Nation contributions to the well-being of Canada in the school curriculum,” Beardy said. “If I recall correctly, most of the textbooks currently used in the public school, the elementary school, portray Native people as savages and I think that has to change if we are to continue to enjoy prosperity for all.” The racist graffiti – Kill Indians – was discovered July 18 at the corner of Fort William Road and Main Street below a BMO Bank of Montreal sign and has since been removed. Three other incidents of anti-religious graffiti were also

Les réseaux locaux d’intégration des services de santé (RLISS) constituent un élément clé du plan de l’Ontario visant à centrer le système de santé sur le patient et à le rendre plus sensible aux besoins de santé locaux. Conformément à la vision de l’Ontario, les RLISS répondront aux besoins de santé des populations locales et, pour ce, ils assumeront la planification, la coordination, l’intégration et le financement des services de soins de santé. Le Réseau local d’intégration des services de santé du Nord-Est (RLISS du Nord-Est) est l’un des 14 RLISS de l’Ontario et le deuxième plus vaste de la province puisqu’il couvre un territoire d’une superficie de 400 000 kilomètres carrés. Il est responsable du financement de 239 fournisseurs de services de santé dont des centres de santé communautaire, des services communautaires de santé mentale et de toxicomanie, des services de soutien communautaire, des hôpitaux, des maisons de soins de longue durée et le Centre d’accès aux soins communautaires du Nord-Est.

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the Aboriginal community and we’ve got a way to go,” Peterson said. “We are working.” Beardy said when there is a downturn in the economy and people go hungry, lose their houses or lose their jobs, they blame whoever is most visible. “In this case it is Native people in our region,” Beardy said. “There has to be a greater push made by city institutions, the schools, the churches and other institutions, to try to have an accurate reflection of First Nations people in their discussions.” The Regional Multicultural Youth Council holds a Paint-theTown event every year where they paint over graffiti across the city. “We just recently got together and did a big event,” said Shane Turtle, a RMYC member from Deer Lake. “Personally, I just don’t think it is right for anybody to say (racist comments) about another race.” As of July 28, police were still investigating the graffiti incidents.

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reported over the July 17-18 weekend in the Current River area of the city. “Offensive and intolerable,” said Thunder Bay Mayor Lynn Peterson as she described the graffiti. “This is breaking the law and when we find out who did it, they will be fully prosecuted.” Peterson said people are concerned about the graffiti and the Thunder Bay Police Service is investigating the incidents. “We need to make this community safe for everyone, welcoming for everyone,” Peterson said. “Value our diversity and celebrate it.” Peterson said racist incidents such as the Kill Indians graffiti and the throwing of objects at Aboriginal people on city streets can’t be tolerated. “It’s unacceptable and people need to be charged,” Peterson said. The Aboriginal population of Thunder Bay continues to grow at a faster rate than other segments, Peterson said. “We are working hard with

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As community members raise concerns about growing prescription drug abuse problems, police continue to charge drug dealers. “In the past year the Combined Forces Organized Crime Unit (has) investigated 149 drug investigations netting over $4 million worth of drugs and money and have laid over 150 charges,” said NishnawbeAski Police Service Sgt. Jackie George. “That’s more than 6,300 Oxy pills, along with approximately 240 grams of cocaine and approximately 120 pounds of marijuana.” The Combined Forces Organized Crime Unit, which consists of NAPS, Thunder Bay Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Anishinabek Police, and the Toronto OPP Drug Enforcement Section recently laid charges after close to a two-year investigation into the importation of Oxycodone

to NAN communities. Jabir Khan, a 37-year-old resident of North York, was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of proceeds of crime. A search warrant executed at his residence at the time of his arrest resulted in the seizure of $13,000 in currency. Khan was flown to Thunder Bay for custody, where he is awaiting a bail hearing. Two males and one female were also charged in connection with the investigation: 20year-old Clinton Netemegesic of Thunder Bay was charged with proceeds of crime exceeding $5,000 while 36-year-old Bazil McIntosh and 32-yearold Brandie Mosher, both of Toronto, were charged with proceeds of crime exceeding $5,000 and trafficking a controlled substance. The investigation, which is still on-going at this time, has resulted in the seizure of about $360,000 of Oxycodone tablets and about $60,000 in currency. “This is a problem that does not only exist in NAN,” George

said. “It exists everywhere. You can go anywhere and everybody is talking about the drug problem.” George encourages anyone who has information about drug offences to call the NAPS confidential tip line at 1-888737-3442, e-mail the NAPS Drug Enforcement Unit at, or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222TIPS (8477). “They don’t have call display,” George said. “They take the information down and if it’s something in our jurisdiction Crimestoppers will contact our drug officers.” George said police work requires information from the public. “The public is the key,” George said. “A lot of our work in drug enforcement is due to the information that we get from the public. We need to take extra steps to follow up on the information. It is nothing we can react on immediately, so we need the public to continue to provide us with information.”

Police probe youth death in Eabametoong A youth from Eabametoong First Nation is facing seconddegree murder charges relating to the death of a teen in the community. Nishnawbe-Aski Police responded to a report of a stabbing in the community July 23. The Ontario Provincial Police’s

North West Region Crime Unit, under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Branch, was called in to assist the investigation of the death. Police have not revealed the identity of the deceased. He is described as a 17-year-old male. A post-mortem was done in

Kenora July 25, but results have not been released. A 16-year-old male, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was arrested July 24. The youth was scheduled to attend court in Thunder Bay Aug. 3. - JT

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Young leaders paving the way Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News

Joshua Gottfriedson, 25, has been elected as the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Youth Council co-chairman to represent male youth nationally. Gottfriedson is also a provincial representative of British Columbia male youth. The female National Youth co-chairwoman is Ashley Julian. She is a Dalhousie University student. Gottfriedson became involved in politics when he was 18 years old. At that time, he was encouraged to put his name forward to advance youth causes at the provincial level. From there, his political climb rose to the regional level and then up to the national level which is the AFN youth council.

He began his term June 25. To become involved with the AFN youth council, Gottfriedsont had to receive support from a local chief to elect him to the council position.

“The objective of the youth council is to promote unity ... to move forward in a good direction.” – Joshua August

Council members must also be between the ages of 19-29. One of the first programs the current youth council is promoting is IndigenACTION. “We are starting the national youth IndigenACTION to promote healthy living in Canada,”

Gottfriedson said. The national strategy seeks to promote opportunities for young Aboriginal athletes and to increase fitness and wellbeing in First Nation communities. Another initiative identified by the AFN youth council in 2008 is to reduce youth participation in gang activities. “That comes up in any region,” Gottfriedson said. “A lot of people feel they don’t belong in their families.” He said the return of language, culture and traditions and the return of land would have positive impacts on the youth. Gottfriedson feels his voice is important for the youth he represents from the 633 First Nation communities across Canada. “We directly affect what kind of programs that are put into

the communities,” Gottfriedson said. To advance the youth itinerary, there is leadership support as well. “We advocate provincial and regional leaders to push for youth participation (at political tables) at those levels,” Gottfriedson said. As for the future of the AFN youth council Gottfriedson would like to see unity. “The objective of the youth council is to promote unity, to really work together and to move forward in a good direction,” he said. The AFN youth council is comprised of two representatives from each of the ten provinces and two territories. However, there are some vacant seats on the council as not all the provinces or territories have full representation.

Mike Holmes partners with AFN on housing project Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has partnered up with Canada’s most trusted contractor Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes and the Holmes Foundation to improve housing conditions within First Nations’ communities. The parties signed a statement of partnership July 21 during the AFN 31st annual general assembly in Winnipeg. “We are very excited to partner with Mike Holmes and the Holmes Group on this new initiative that will help to build

homes, develop new skills and capacity, protect the environment and engineer better communities for First Nations people,” AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo said. “Too many of our communities are struggling with rundown and substandard housing and community infrastructure.” Under the new pilot project, one Ontario First Nation community will be chosen to build and retrofit existing homes using green technology and clean energy sources. Additionally, a First Nation Centre of Excellence on green and sustainable community

design will also be established under the direction of the AFN.

“We need to build real communities that not only serve the residents, but also give back what they take from the land.” – Mike Holmes

The centre will provide guides to planning tools, models, best practices and design

practices to any interested First Nation community. “The neglect and poor conditions for housing found in many First Nations communities must be addressed immediately,” Holmes said. “We need to build real communities that not only serve the residents but also give back what they take from the land. Our development must take the example from the original stewards of this land whose culture is intimately connected to our natural environment and resources.” The First Nation to be selected for the pilot project will be announced next month.

History through art, TRC wants your work Debbie Mishibinijima Wawatay News

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is reaching out to Aboriginal artists to submit works relating to the legacy and impact Indian Residential Schools have had on

former students, parents, future generations and communities. The call for submissions can also relate to the relationships within families and between communities. The objective of the TRC is to collect works that express trust, impact and legacy of the Resi-

dential School experience and to assist with reconciliation. According to the TRC, artists should feel free to express themselves in any way they choose, including decorative and traditional arts, sculptures and carvings, drawings and paintings. The submissions must relate

to apology, truth, cultural oppression, cultural genocide, resistance, resilience, spirituality, remembrance, reconciliation, rejuvenation or restoration of Aboriginal culture and pride. For further details of what must be submitted and how to submit, visit the TRC website.

BOARD VACANCY Nishnawabe Aski Development Fund (NADF) is a non-prot Aboriginal owned and operated nancial institution, providing business and nancial services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs and businesses in northern Ontario, including Treaty #9, Treaty #5 (Ontario portion), Treaty #3 and Robinson-Superior 1850. NADF’s Board of Directors is representative of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and NADF is seeking representation from the Mushkegowuk area to ll a vacancy on its membership. NADF is inviting interested candidates to submit their resume highlighting education, work history and experience related to business and economic development. A strong nancial background is an asset. Nominations for membership are also accepted. Candidates holding a political leadership position are not eligible for membership. DEADLINE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010 Please mark all submissions ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ Submit nominations and/or resumes to:

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Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Attn: Harvey Yesno 106 Centennial Square, 2nd Floor Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1H3


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Administrative & Support Services Office of Aboriginal Initiatives (AI) Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services (ACSS) Lakehead University Native Student Assoc. (LUNSA) Nanabijou Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (NAGE) Lakehead University Aboriginal Alumni Chapter (LUAAC) Elders Program

WRN is broadcast on 89.9 FM in Sioux Lookout and 106.7 FM in Timmins to 38 communitybased affiliated radio stations. WRN is also distributed nationally on Bell TV Channel 962.


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BUUIFTFMPDBUJPOT Aroland First Nation Band Office Atikokan Atikokan Native Friendship Centre Attawapiskat Northern Store Balmertown Diane’s Gas Bar 41 Dickenson Balmertown Keewaytinook Okimakanak 127 Mine Road Batchewana First Nation Band Office Bearskin Lake Co-op Store Bearskin Lake Northern Store Beaverhouse First Nation Band Office Big Grassy First Nation Band Office Big Island First Nation Band Office Big Trout Lake Education Authority Big Trout Lake Sam’s Store Big Trout Lake Tasona Store Brunswick House First Nation Band Office Calstock A & J General Store Calstock Band Office Cat Lake Band Office Cat Lake Northern Store Chapleau Cree First Nation Band Office Chapleau Value Mart Cochrane Ininew Friendship Centre Collins Namaygoosisagon Band office Collins Post Office Couchiching First Nation Band Office Couchiching First Nation Gas Bar Deer Lake Northern Store Dinorwic Naumans General Store Dryden A & W Dryden Beaver Lake Camp Dryden Greyhound Bus Depot Dryden McDonalds’ Restaurant Dryden Northwest Metis 34A King St. Dryden Robin’s Donuts Dryden Tim Hortons Ear Falls The Pit Stop Emo J & D Junction Flying Post First Nation Band Office Fort Albany Band Office Fort Albany Northern Store Fort Frances Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre 1460 Idylwild Drive Fort Frances Sunset Country Metis Fort Frances United Native Friendship Centre Fort Hope Band Office Fort Hope Corny’s Variety Store Fort Hope John C. Yesno Education Centre Fort Severn Northern Store Geraldton Thunder Bird Friendship Centre Ginoogaming First Nation Band Office Grassy Narrows J.B. Store Gull Bay Band Office Hornepayne First Nation Band Office Hornepayne G & L Variety Store Hudson Grant’s Store Iskatewizaagegan 39 Independent First Nation Band Office Kapuskasing Indian Friendship Centre 41 Murdock St.

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

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.

4JPVY-PPLPVU0VUMFUT Sioux Lookout Airport Interpreter’s Desk Al’s Sports Excellence Best Western Chicken Chef D.J’s Gas Bar Drayton Cash & Carry Fifth Avenue Club First Step Women’s Shelter Forest Inn Fred & Dee’s IFNA 98 King St. Johnny’s Food Market L.A. Meats Linda DeRose Lamplighter Motel

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

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

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

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 Dawaon Rd. Redwood Park/2609 Redwood Ave. Confederation College: 510 Victoria Ave. East 778 Grand Point Rd. 1500 S James St. 111 Frederica St.

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Peter Moon/Canadian Rangers

Junior Canadian Ranger Spencer Mack, 12, of Peawanuck, left, receives the award for the top Junior Ranger at Camp Loon, an annual training camp, from Maj. Guy Ingram, commanding officer of the Canadian Rangers in Ontario. The award is given for best all-round performance by a Junior Ranger at the camp, which is held near Geraldton, Ont.

KI Junior Rangers are tops Peter Moon Special to Wawatay News

The Junior Canadian Rangers of Kitchenuhmaykoosib are winners of this year’s award for the best Junior Ranger patrol in Ontario. “They really deserve it, they certainly are the number one patrol,” said Lt. Caryl Fletcher, the officer commanding Junior Canadian Rangers in Ontario. The award goes to the Junior Ranger patrol with the best participation record and total membership in relation to the size of its community. Kitchenuhmaykoosib has 52 Junior Canadian Rangers who participate on a regular basis in a busy program of training, events and activities. The presentation was made

at Camp Loon, an annual wilderness training camp for Junior Rangers near Geraldton, Ont. The award is unusual because a number of problems have prevented the patrol from having a regular Canadian Ranger master corporal to run it. Instead, Sgt. Spencer Anderson, the community’s Canadian Ranger patrol leader, has also run the Junior Ranger patrol for the past two years. “He’s committed to the program,” Fletcher said. “He’s been doing double duty, running both patrols. He’s well liked and very competent and he’s done a great job.” Chief Donny Morris said he was delighted to hear his community’s Junior Rangers were the best in Ontario.

“The program tries to bring the best out of every individual,” he said. “Until we got the Junior Ranger program nothing was motivating our young people. The Junior Ranger program does that.” Anderson said the community was impressed by the award. “Chief and council were pretty amazed and pleased when they heard we had won it,” he said. “When the Junior Rangers brought the award back from Camp Loon chief and council had a group photograph taken with the award and all the Junior Rangers in uniform. We are going to have a special community event to celebrate. “It’s been a lot of hard work but with this award it’s worth it.”

Thinking of applying to medical school? Learn about the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s admission requirements and application procedures at our information session. Aboriginal Applicants Monday, August 17, 2009 7:00 p.m.

To register, contact:

General Applicants Tuesday, August 18, 2009 7:00 p.m.

Cortney St.Jean

The sessions will be held at both the East and West campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine: Room MSE 107 Laurentian University 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ON Room MSW 1011 Lakehead University 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON

Julie Pacifico 1-807-766-7317 1-705-662-7198

Toll Free Number 1-800-461-8777

Email: For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be webcast. To participate in this interactive webcast go to:

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Keewaytinook Okimakanak

The Public Works Manager duties are to act as a Bamaji Lake EDC Ofcer, and on doing so he\she is: This position will be located in Slate Falls Nation. The Successful applicant must be available to relocate to Slate Falls Nation.

• Responsible for human, technical and nancial resources from Bamaji Lake EDC ensuring that the projects are designed to foster the social and economic development of the people of Slate Falls Nation. • Responsible to Bamaji Lake Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and in that capacity initiate, support and manage projects which improve the social, cultural, educational, recreational, or religious life of Slate Falls Nation membership. • Report regularly to Bamaji Lake EDC and ensure that the projects promote economic self-sufciency though economic independence within the Slate Falls Nation and the region while respecting the traditions and values of the people. • Attend relevant training workshops and meetings. • Maintain good relations and communications with relevant government and private agencies. • Prepare annual report regarding economic development area, activities and any recommendations for the coming year. • Report to Chief and Council, funding agencies and community members as required • Supervise Staff to ensure daily activities and duties are completed • Purchase materials and equipment for departments such as housing, water and sewage, roads and bridges, re and fuel and have updated ling system. • Ensure Human Resource Policy is applied and ahered to by staff • Ensure that staff keeps safety in mind at all times in terms of equipment and practices • Liaison between Chief and Council, Finance, Health, and Slate Falls afliates • Set up training for staff as required • Manage projects in each departments • Shall report to the Band Administrator Qualications: • Bachelor’s degree in economics, commerce, business administration or public administration or Business administrationAccounting Program diploma from community college in addition with a minimum of 4 years of experience in Economic Development. • Computer skills\Literacy required; • A minimum of 4 to 6 years related experience in the Public Works sector and/ or C.E.T. Certication from OACETT, along with supervisory experience is required. • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of government submissions; • Familiarity and sensitivity with First Nation issues and structures; • Proven experience working for First Nation organizations would be an asset; • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills both written and verbal; • Ability to communicate uently in Ojibwe or Oji-Cree an asset; • Valid Driver’s license required • Ability to handle and operate Heavy Equipment an asset Location: Start Date: Closing Date: Salary:

Slate Falls Nation, Ontario September 7, 2010 August 13, 2010 @ 3:00 pm To commensurate with experience\qualications

Applicants can send a Resume, Cover letter, and Contact information for three references to: Robin Roundhead, Admin Assistant\Human Resource 48 Lakeview Road Slate Falls, Ontario P0V 3C0 807-737-5700 ext 119 Or email: Note: Only applicants considered for an interview will be contacted


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KOSSS Student Support Worker Required Keewaytinook Okimakanak Secondary Student Services is looking to fill one position. KOSSS Student Support Worker will work out of Sioux Lookout Ontario, and will commence August 2010 to June 2011. The students will be coming from our First Nation communities of Fort Severn, Keewaywin, Deer Lake, North Spirit Lake, Poplar Hill, and McDowell Lake. KOSSS Student Support Worker should possess: Qualifications • Grade 12 preferably (Will be an asset) • Familiarity with First Nation Culture • Ability to speak one of the local dialects is an asset • Valid Driver’s Licence (Mandatory) • Must be willing to provide a police criminal background Desired Experience • Knowledge of child development—specifically of physical, emotional, and developmental patterns • A team player with experience working in a collaborative environment • Professional manner and appearance • Ability to listen to and communicate with parents and see parents as a resource • Possesses conflict resolution skills • Is patient and caring • Demonstrate effectiveness in personal and office management skills • Uses good organizational skills to meet the needs of the clients • Believes successful learning comes from a collaboration between all student service providers • Is capable of working with small and large groups of students • Experience in school and counselling environments • Flexible working hours • Ability to utilize computer programs and compile reports

Lac Seul members to decide fate of government offer Brent Wesley Wawatay News

The Government of Canada has offered Lac Seul First Nation $25 million for a century-old claim regarding illegal harvesting of timber from the community. The offer came after a May 2009 court ruling in favour of Lac Seul. The First Nation claims burnt and dead timber was illegally harvested in the community in 1907 and the reserve’s timber was surrendered to Canada in 1919 through illegal transactions. After two months of trial, a judge ruled in favour of the community but rather than make a decision on the settlement, the judge asked both parties to negotiate an agreement. Canada made its offer in early July after a year of negotiations. “It’s been a long time com-

ing,” Lac Seul Chief Clifford Bull said of the offer. However, it’s not the amount he originally wanted as the community sought $29 million. The agreement comes with a condition that 25 per cent of eligible voters must approve the offer. That referendum will happen Sept. 9. In the meantime Bull said his staff will begin informing community members of the offer by doing outreach in the community and to off-reserve members. Similar to the 2006 settlement from Ontario Power Generation regarding flooding claims, chief and council will allocate a portion of the money for band membership. Bull said the offer does not apply to the ongoing flood claim with the federal government, which the community has been seeking for more than 20 years.

Duties will include, but may not be limited to: • Transporting students to their appointments, school, court, airport, and other; • Providing support and implementing extra-curricular activities; • Supervision of Student attendance, progress and behaviour; • Implementing and planning Student Case Conferences; • Encourage and support Student academic tutoring sessions; • Recruit, Screen, and Support Boarding Homes/Parents. • Providing emergency assistance and support for Students, Parents, and Boarding Homes. Salary will be based on a combination of qualifications and experience. Deadline for the above Position is: August 13, 2010 by 1:00 P.M. CST Please FAX or E-Mail Resumes to: KOSSS (Keewaytinook Okimakanak Student Support Services) Keewaytinook Okimakanak Education Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 3C2 FAX: (807) 346-4330 PHONE: (807) 346-4204 Ext:1709 E-MAIL: Toll Free: 1-888-893-4111 Ext: 1709

Apply Today!

Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) Employment Opportunity

Job Readiness Skills Training Program

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT/ EMPLOYMENT SKILLS INSTRUCTOR Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) Job Readiness Skills Training Program is seeking a Personal Development/Employment Skills Instructor. The Personal Development/Employment Skills Instructor provides instruction and training in personal life management skills and employment skills to the participants enrolled in the program. Qualifications: * Ontario Teaching Certificate preferred and/or background in Adult Education or University Degree • Knowledge of curriculum development and gathering of resource material • Flexible and supportive to provide for individual needs • Ability to motivate and mobilize participants *Knowledge of group dynamics and ability to facilitate groups • Excellent oral and written communication skills Part-Time: 20 hours per week (mornings) 15 weeks

sponsored by Equay-wuk (Women’s Group)

Equay-wuk is offering a Job Readiness Skills Training Program starting September 2010 to January 2011. Course Outline:

Participant Eligibility:

• Employment Skills

*Aboriginal with Status (SLKT District)

• Personal Life Management Skills

*Collecting EI

• Computer Skills

*19 years or older

• Electronic Communication *Unemployed • Of

Mail, fax or drop off you resume or letter of interest to:

Deadline: August 20, 2010 3:00pm Apply to:

Equay-wuk (Women’s Group) 6 Fourth Avenue, P.O. Box 1781 Sioux Lookout ON P8T 1C4

Phone: (807) 737-2214 Fax: (807) 737-2699 Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 3:00pm August 20, 2010


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Once in a lifetime chance for an aspiring Northern Ontario First Nation writer! If you love writing and are hoping to be published one day, please read on for your chance to participate in a 6 day writing workshop with acclaimed Cree author/playwright/composer Tomson Highway.

Tomson Highway is the son of legendary caribou hunter and world championship dogsled racer, Joe Highway. Born in a tent pitched in a snow bank -- in December! – just south of the Manitoba/Nunavut border (near Saskatchewan), he now, for a living, writes novels, plays, and music. Of the many works he has written to date, his best known are the plays, “THE REZ SISTERS,” “DRY LIPS OUGHTA MOVE TO KAPUSKASING,” “ROSE,” “ERNESTINE SHUSWAP GETS HER TROUT,” and the best-selling novel, “KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN.” For many years, he ran Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts (out of Toronto), out of which has emerged an entire generation of professional Native theatre artists (actors, playwrights, etc.). He has, as well, three children’s books to his credit, all written bilingually in Cree (his mother tongue) and English. He divides his year equally between a cottage in northern Ontario (near Sudbury) and an apartment in the south of France, at both of which locales he is currently at work on his second novel.

The Opportunity:

One person will be selected to work with Tomson and 5 other writers to develop a play within 6 days. Accommodations, travel and expenses will be paid. Participants are responsible for any time required off work or school to participate. Any work time lost will not be compensated by Wawatay.

Postponed to October 2010

Still accepting applications until August 2010

List Of Published Works THE REZ SISTERS (drama)* Fifth House, Saskatoon, 1988 DRY LIPS OUGHTA MOVE TO KAPUSKASING (drama)* Fifth House, Saskatoon, 1989 KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN (novel)* Doubleday Canada, Toronto, 1998 CARIBOU SONG (children’s book) HarperCollins Canada, Toronto, 2001 DRAGON FLY KITES (children’s book) HarperCollins Canada, Toronto, 2002 COMPARING MYTHOLOGIES (non-ction) (An essay comparing, in brief, Greek, Christian, and North American Aboriginal mythologies, University of Ottawa Press, Ottawa, 2002) FOX ON THE ICE (children’s book) HarperCollins Canada, Toronto, 2003 ROSE (musical drama) Talonbooks, Vancouver, 2003 ARIA (drama) (as part of an anthology of Native-Canadian plays entitled STAGING COYOTE’S DREAM) Playwrights Canada Press, Toronto, 2003 ERNESTINE SHUSWAP GETS HER TROUT (drama) Talonbooks, Vancouver, 2005 NOTE: those works marked with an asterisk (*) are those that have been published in several foreign editions, e.g. U.S.A., Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, etc.

The objective of this workshop is to encourage the artistic development of northern Ontario First Nation writers in a supportive, professional artistic and cultural environment. The outcome of this workshop will be a completed written play. To be eligible you must be band member from a northern Ontario First Nation community including NAN, Treaty 3 and 5 members, and Fort William First Nation. You must be 18 years or older. Applicants must demonstrate a dedication to writing by including a minimum of two pages and maximum of ten pages of written works. Applicants must complete the application form and complete a 500 words or less essay stating why they should be selected for this opportunity. To apply and for more information, check out the Wawatay website at and click on the Tomson Highway Writers Workshop button ad on the right hand side or call Grant Chisel at 1-800-243- 9059 or (807) 737-2951 ext.256

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Angeconeb has insatiable itch to shoot films Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Lac Seul’s Tyler Angeconeb is itching to shoot a romantic drama next year in Sioux Lookout. “Right now I am still in the early stages so I am keeping the story and the name of it under wraps,” said the Confederation College film production student who began shooting his own films in 2004 while still in high school. “I’m just working on the script now. It is still very early on but I do have the whole story all rounded out. I just have to put it on paper now.”

“This is what I want to do. I want to tell stories like this.” – Tyler Angeconeb

Angeconeb has produced three films over the past year while studying at Confederation College. “I’ve made movies before but not in the way that I will be making this one,” Angeconeb said. “Over at the college you learn a more professional way of making movies, lighting, directing actors.” Although Angeconeb had produced a number of films in the Sioux Lookout-area before he enrolled in the film production program last fall, he said they were point and shoot movies where “you just make the thing.” “I was making short little

(movies) and as each year went by I kept making more and more. My longest video is about one hour and nine minutes,” Angeconeb said. “Now with this film there is a lot more pre-production and more of a process to go with this film to make it more organized and more filmlike.” Angeconeb is pleased with the knowledge he has gained during his first year of study. “In school you learn how to work with the actors,” Angeconeb said. “I now have more of a professional outlook on it.” Angeconeb first became interested in directing films when he watched Steven Spielberg’s 1981 film, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. “I was a little kid when I was introduced to it but when I was watching it, I thought to myself, ‘This is what I want to do. I want to tell stories like this,’” Angeconeb said. “I started watching more movies and I was like ‘Maybe directing could be the thing,’ and it just went from there.” Angeconeb’s goal is to return to Sioux Lookout and shoot films utilizing local landmarks, events, actors and musicians. “I know Thunder Bay is a real hot spot for making movies but I want to focus it away from Thunder Bay and try and make my movies in Sioux Lookout and make that the new local hot spot,” Angeconeb said. “You can’t do a movie without Sioux Mountain.” Angeconeb is looking to incorporate the wide variety of outdoor activities in the Sioux Lookout area into his films.

Rick Garrick/Wawatay News

Confederation College film production student Tyler Angeconeb is planning to shoot a romantic drama film next summer in Sioux Lookout. The Lac Seul band member is looking forward to attending his second year of studies this fall. “Sioux Lookout has a lot of potential,” Angeconeb said, explaining he has received a good response from the community about his plans. “I think it is a good place to start making a movie. It is a nice small town so you get a lot of access.” Although Angeconeb has a long-term goal to eventually study acting and work as an actor, he is currently focusing

on producing his films. “The beginning process, the early stages of pre-production is where all your hard work goes into,” Angeconeb said. “The production – when you are shooting and on location – can give you gray hairs for sure.” Angeconeb said the pre-production and production stages are fun, but he enjoys the postproduction stage the most.

“I enjoy the post-production side of it more because when you are all done shooting and you are editing and putting it together, that is when it really starts to come together,” Angeconeb said. “So that has to be my favourite part of the whole movie-making process, watching the final piece and presenting it to the people.” Angeconeb has an insatiable

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During the arrest Morrisseau drew a knife and when demands from the police officers to drop the knife were not met an energy weapon was deployed in order to detain Morrisseau, according to police. Morrisseau of Couchiching First Nation has been charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; overcoming resistance to commit an indictable offence; sexual assault; aggravated assault; assaulting police with a weapon; and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. He is scheduled to appear in the Fort Frances court Tuesday Aug. 3.

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The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has cleared the Ontario Provincial Police officer who shot Grassy Narrows band member Helen Proulx in Kenora. Ian Scott, director of the SIU, concluded there were no reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence in the June 7 incident which saw Proulx, 39, shot twice. Neither Proulx nor the officer provided statements to the SIU. Based on the evidence of four civilian witnesses, who provided largely consistent statements, Scott concluded the evening of the shooting unfolded as follows. Proulx was in downtown Kenora in the evening. She was in a despondent emotional state, appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and was attempting to cut her wrists with a knife. She yelled out at one point she was going to kill herself, according to a press release from the SIU. An officer arrived at the scene, parked her cruiser and approached Proulx as she attempted to stab herself in the stomach. The officer unsuccessfully attempted to take the knife away from Proulx. Walking toward the officer, Proulx pointed the blade in the direction of the officer, who then drew her handgun and began walking backward, shouting repeatedly at Proulx to drop the weapon. Proulx did not comply with the commands and continued to walk in the direction of the officer with the knife in the same position. At one point, the officer stumbled as she was backing up. When Proulx was three to four feet away from the officer, the officer discharged two rounds of her handgun into Proulx’s torso causing the woman to fall to the ground. “I am of the view that the subject officer was acting lawfully in approaching the complainant and attempting to disarm her,” Scott said. “Once Proulx began approaching the officer in a menacing manner with the knife at close quarters and refusing to comply with the officer’s demand to drop the weapon, the officer was justified in using potentially lethal force … because she believed on reasonable grounds that she could not otherwise preserve herself from grievous bodily harm. The subject officer’s vulnerability was exacerbated by the fact that she lost her balance at a critical moment as she was backing up.”

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ᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᒋᐊᐣᒋᓭᑭᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑫᑭᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᓂᑎᓱᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑭᓂᑲᓂᐠ 1

ᐊᐁᐧᓀᐣ ᑫᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᑭᒪᑲᓂᐃᐧᐨ, ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᐣᒋᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᐣ ᒥᓇ ᔓᓂᔭ ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒥ ᐸᐸᑭᑎᓂᐨ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᒪᐧᔦ ᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑎᐸᐣ ᐅᑭᐊᔭᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᑐᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑭᐱᒥᐃᐧᓂᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᔭᐡ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᑲᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐊᔕ ᑲᐧᔭᐣᒋᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᐊᐣᑕᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᐊᑯ ᑲᐊᔭᑭᓀ ᑭᐅᑫᔭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᓄᑕᐊᐧᑲᐧ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᐠ ᑲᓇᓄᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ, ᑭᔭᑦ ᐁᑲ ᐁᐊᓇᑭ ᓂᓯᑐᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᑲᐃᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐅᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᓇᐧᐊ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐁᐅᐣᒋᓭᓂᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᐡᑭᑯᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐢᑕᐣ ᓫᐅᑎᐟ. ᐅᓂᓯᑐᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐸᑲᐣ ᐁᐃᓇᑌᓂᐠ ᓇᐣᑕ ᒥᓇ ᐁᓂᓯᑕᐃᐧᓂᑫᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᓇᐠ ᐁᑕ ᐁᐃᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᐣᒋᑫᒪᑲᐠ, ᐊᓇᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐠ ᐃᑯ ᐁᒧᒋᐸᒥᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᐠ. ᑭᒋᐦᐊᐠ ᐅᑎᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᑭᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒪᑲᓂᐃᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ. ᓫᐅᑎᐟ ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐃᐧᒋᑲᐸᐃᐧᑕᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᑲᑫᐧ ᐊᐣᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑲᓇ ᑌᐯᐧ ᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᐅᒪ ᐅᒋᐃᐧᒋᑲᐸᐃᐧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ 633 ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐊᔭᑭᐣ (ᐊᔑᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑯ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ), ᐅᐁᐧ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᐁᐧᐱᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᑫᑭᐃᔑᐃᐧᒋᑕᐧᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᒥᐃᐧᑐᔭᐸᑭᐸᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᓇᓇᑕᐊᐧᐸᑕᒪᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᒪᒥᓇᐧᑐᔭᐠ. ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐧᓀᑕ ᐱᒪᓄᑲᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐊᓄᑭᓭᓯᐣ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᓇᐱᐨ ᐁᔑᑭᒋᓀᑕᐠ ᓫᐅᑎᐟ ᒋᐊᐣᒋᒋᑲᓂᐊᐧᓂᐠ. ᒪᑎ ᑲᐅᐣᑎᓇᒥᐣ ᑫᐅᒋ ᒪᒪᐃᐧᔭᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ. ᒪᒪᐤ ᒥᓯᐁᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒋᐅᐣᑎᓇᑭᑕᐧ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐱᒪᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᒪ ᑫᒋᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑎᓀᐣᑕᒧᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᒋᑭᐅᒋᒪᑲᓂᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑲᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᓫᐅᑎᐟ. ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐢᑕᐣ ᐯᕑᑎ ᐅᑭᔭᓂᒧᑕᐣ ᐸᑫᐱᐦᐃᑲᐣ 35 ᑭᒋᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᐱᐦᐃᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᓂᓯᑕᐃᐧᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐃᑭᑐᒪᑲᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᒥᓇ ᓇᑯᒥᑐᐃᐧ ᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧᐃᐧᓯᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐊᔕ ᑲᑭᐃᑭᑐᐨ ᐊᐟᓫᐃᔪ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᐊᐱ ᑲᑭᒪᓯᓇᐦᐅᑎᓱᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᕑᐃᑎ ᓇᑯᒥᑐᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐊᒥ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐊᐧᐸᑕᒧᐊᐸᐧᐣ ᑭᒥᔓᒥᓇᐸᓂᐠ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᑭᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑯᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ, ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᑕᒥᑎᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐯᕑᑎ. ᑲᑭᓇ ᐊᐃᐧᔭ ᐃᒪ ᒋᐅᒋ ᒥᓄᓭᐊᐧᑫᐨ ᐊᐦᑭᑲᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐁᐧᓄᒋᓭᐊᐧᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐡ

ᒋᑭᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᐊᓂᐡ ᑭᓇᑲᐡᑲᑯᒥᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᑭᐊᐧᐸᑕᒥᐣ ᓇᐱᐨ ᑭᒋᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐁᐧᓄᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᐅᒋᒪᑲᐠ ᐊᐦᑭᑲᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᑎᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ, ᑭᒋᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐅᐣᑎᓇᑲᓂᐃᐧ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᐁᑲ ᑲᐃᐧᐅᒋ ᐱᓯᐢᑫᐣᑕ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪ ᐃᐁᐧᓂ ᐸᑫᐱᐦᐃᑲᐣ 35. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᐁᐧᓄᒋᓭᓯᐣ ᐅᒪ ᑲᐅᒋᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᐁᐧᓄᒋᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᒥᐱᑯ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᐁᔑᐱᒥ ᑭᑎᒪᑭᓇᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ. ᐃᐁᐧ ᐅᑐᑕᐣ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐁᐧᓴ ᒋᐅᓴᒥᐸᐊᐧᓂᐦᐃᑯᔭᐠ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᔭᐠ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᒥᐱᑯ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᐁᔑᑲᑫᐧᐱᒪᑎᓯᔭᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᐯᕑᑎ. ᑫᑭᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᐃᑕᐡ ᒋᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᑫᐅᒋᐱᒪᒋᐦᐃᑎᓱᔭᐠ. ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᑕᐡ ᑫᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᓂᓯᑕᐃᐧᓇᑭᐸᐣ ᓄᑯᑦ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᑫᑭᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᐁᐊᔭᔭᐠ ᑲᐡᑭᐦᐅᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒋᑭᑐᒋᑫᑕᒪᓱᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᐱᒥᐃᐧᓂᑎᓱᔭᐠ. ᐊᓂᐡ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐧᑲ ᑭᑭᐅᒋ ᐸᑭᑎᓇᒥᐣ ᑭᑐᓀᓂᒥᑎᓱᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᑭᐊᔭᔭᑭᐸᐣ ᑫᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᐃᐧᓂᑎᓱᔭᐠ. ᐊᑎᐟ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐅᑭᐃᐧᒋᐃᓀᑕᒧᒪᐊᐧᐣ ᐊᐟᓫᐃᔪ ᑲᑭᐃᑭᑐᓂᐨ. ᐁᐦᐊ, ᐣᑌᐯᐧᑕᐊᐧ ᔕᐧᐣ ᐊᐟᓫᐃᔪ, ᐃᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᑭᑐᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᑕᑲᒥ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐊᐧᓫᑐᕑ ᓀᐳ. ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑲᐯᐦᐃ ᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧᑭᒪᑲᐠ ᐅᒋᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑯᔭᐠ, ᒥᐱᑯ ᒧᔕᐠ ᑫᐱᒥᐃᓯᓭᔭᐠ ᐁᑲ ᐃᐧᑲ ᒋᑌᐱᓭᔭᐠ ᔓᓂᔭ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧᔭᐠ. ᓀᐳ ᐅᑭᐃᐧᐣᑕᐣ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᐣ ᐁᑭᓄᐣᑕᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐁᓂᑲᓇᒋᒧᓂᐨ. ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐸᐣ ᑭᒋᐦᐊ: ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧᑭᒪ ᐸᐸᑭ ᒋᔭᓂᐱᒥ ᐊᔭᒋᐃᐧᓇᐠ ᑭᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᐱᓂᐡ ᐁᑲ ᑫᑯᐣ ᒋᓇᑲᐧᐠ, ᐸᓂᒪ ᐱᑯ ᐁᑕ ᒥᑐᓂ ᑭᐁᐧᒥᑎᑯᔑᐊᐧᑭᓱᔭᐣ. ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᓀᐳ ᑲᑲᓄᑫᐨ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᐣ ᑲᑭᐃᑭᑐᓂᐨ. ᒥᑐᓂ ᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᓀᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᐱᒥᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᑐᑲᐣ ᒋᕑᐃᑎ ᑲᔭᓂᐊᐣᑯᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᑌᐯᐧ ᒋᔭᓂᐃᓯᓭᐠ. ᐊᓂᐅᑕᐱᓇᒪᑫᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᔓᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᒪᓇᒋᑕᒪᑫᐊᐧᐸᐣ. ᒥᔑᓇᐧ ᑲᔦ ᐃᓯᓭ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐃᓀᓂᒥᑕᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐁᐧᓄᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᓀᐳ. ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐅᑎᓀᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐁᐁᐧᓄᑎᓯᔭᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᔕᑯᐨ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᑌᐱᓭᒥᐣ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑲᓇᓇᐱᐊᐸᒋᑐᔭᐠ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑭᑎᔑᓇᑯᒋᑫᒥᐣ. ᑲᐃᐧᓂᐣ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑭᑭᐅᐣᑎᓇᒪᓱᓯᒥᐣ. ᐊᓂᐡ ᐃᐧᐣ ᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧᑭᒪ ᐅᐣᑕᒥ ᔓᓂᔭᑫᑕᒪᓱ ᐁᒪᓂᔓᓂᔭᐊᐧᓇᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᓀᐳ. ᓀᐳ ᐅᐸᑯᓭᐣᑕᐣ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᑲᐸᐃᐧᑕᑎᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐅᒋ ᒥᓄᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᐣᒋᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐁᐧᑎ

ᐊᓂᓂᑲᐣ ᒋᒥᓄᓭᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ. ᒋᔭᓂ ᓇᑲᑕᒪᐊᐧᔭᐠ ᑭᑲᐧᔭᐣᑕᒋᑫᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ. ᐁᐃᔑᓂᑲᑕᒪᐣ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᐅᑦᐱᑲᐸᐃᐧᐃᐧᐣ, ᐊᐧᐸᓄᐠ, ᔕᐊᐧᓄᐠ, ᓀᐣᑲᐱᐦᐊᓄᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ. ᐅᐣᒋᑕᐱᑯ ᒋᐱᒥᐃᐧᑐᔭᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᑲᐸᐃᐧᑕᑎᐃᐧᐣ. ᐁᐧᓴ ᐊᔕ ᑭᓇᐧᑲᐡ ᑭᐱᒥᑲᑲᐧᑕᑭᐦᐃᑯᒥᐣ. ᑲᐃᐧᓂᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑲᐃᓯᓭᑭᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧᑭᒪ ᑲᐅᒋᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑭᐣ, ᐯᔑᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᐣ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᐅᐣᒋᐊᓂᒥᓭ ᐊᓂᐡ ᐁᑲ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᐁᑲ ᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧᑭᒪᑲᐠ ᐁᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ. ᐊᐧᔾᐟᐊᐧᑐᕑ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐊᕑᓫᐃᐣ ᓯᐳᒐᐠ ᐅᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᐊᐧᐣ 110 ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐃᒪ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ 60 ᑭᓫᐊᒥᑐᕑᐢ ᐊᐱᓯᓇᑲᐧᓂ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ ᐊᕑᒥᐢᑕᕑᐊᐣᐠ ᒋᕑᐃᑎ 9 ᑎᐯᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑌᑎᐸᐦᐃ ᐊᐧᐸᑲᒥ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᓂ ᐊᐦᑭ ᐅᒋᐯᔓᓇᑲᐧᓂ. ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᐁᑲᐯᔑᔭᐠ ᐣᑕᑭᒥᓇᓂᐠ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᔓᓂᔭᐃᐧᑭᒪ ᐅᐱᓯᐢᑫᐣᑕᓯᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᓯᐳᒐᐠ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᓇᑫ ᓂᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᓯᒥᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᐃᐁᐧ ᐱᑯ ᑕᑲᐧᐨ ᐃᓯᓭ, ᐊᐣᒋᑯ ᓂᑭᐱᑎᓂᑯᒥᐣ ᐁᑲ ᑫᑯᐣ ᒋᑭᐃᔑᒪᒋᓂᐡᑲᔭᐠ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐡ ᒋᒥᓄᑐᑕᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ. ᑲᓇᑕ ᑭᒋᐅᑭᒪ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑐᓀᑕᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒥᐃᐧᓇᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐣ. ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᐧᐱᓂᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐡᑭᓇᑲᓂᐃᐧᐸᐣ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐅᒋᐸᑭᑎᓇᑲᓂᐃᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᐧᓂᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑕᐃᔑᐊᓂᒥᓭᓯᐣ ᐅᒪ ᐣᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐊᐧᔾᐟᐊᐧᑐᕑ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᒋᐸᑫᐧᓇᒪᐊᐧᐠ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ ᑲᓯᓄ ᕑᐊᒪ ᐸᑫᐧᓇᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᓇᑯᒥᑐᐃᐧᐣ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑯᑕᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑕᔭᓯᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᒥᓂᑕᐧ ᑲᐅᒋ ᑎᐯᐣᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐧᑲᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᓯᐳᒐᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᓄᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐸᕑᐠ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᓀᓴᐣ ᑕᑭᑲᑫᐧ ᓂᑲᑌᓂᑲᑌᐸᓂᐣ. ᐅᑭᐱᐡᑲᑯᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᑭᑲᐯᔑᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑕᑭᒥᐊᐧᐠ ᓇᐣᑕ ᒋᑭᐸᑫᐡᑲᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ. ᒣᑎᓂᑫᐊᐧᐠ ᔓᓂᔭᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑲᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᒋᐅᒋ ᑎᐯᐣᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ. ᓯᐳᒐᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧ ᐱᒥᐃᐧᓂᑎᓱᐃᐧᐣ ᓇᐊᐧᐨ ᑕᑭᒥᓄᓭᐸᐣ ᒋᐱᒥᐃᐧᓂᑯᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᐊᐱᐨ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᐣᐸᑯᓭᑕᐣ ᑎᐱᓇᐁᐧ ᐱᒥᐃᐧᓂᑎᓱᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐃᔑᐅᓇᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᑭᓇᐃᐧᐟ ᒋᐅᓇᓀᑕᐠ ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒥᐃᐧᓂᑎᓱᔭᐠ. ᑭᑭᐱ ᐊᔭᓂᑫ ᐱᒥᐃᐧᓂᑯᒥᐣ ᑭᑐᓇᔓᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐱᑯ ᑲᔭᐡ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᑲᑭᐱ ᐊᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ. ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐧᑲ ᒋᑭᐱᐅᒋ ᐊᓂᒥᓴᐦᐃᑯᔭᐠ.


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Indian Act holding back First Nations: Beardy from page 1 Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy spoke of how Section 35 of the Constitution recognizes and affirms Aboriginal and treaty rights in relation to Atleo’s suggestion. “When we signed the treaties, it was the vision of our ancestors 100 years ago for a positive relationship – one about coexistence,” Beardy said. “We are supposed to prosper with the natural resources but the Indian Act is holding us back. “When you look at how much wealth is generated from natural resources, it is in the billions and billions of dollars, that is why the government refuses to recognize Section 35.” Since the wealth from natural resources is not getting to First Nation communities, a cycle of poverty exists, he said. “They make it in such a way we are not too hungry, but we keep hanging on,” Beardy said. “We have to go for self sufficiency. The colonial government must acknowledge and recognize we have the ability to govern ourselves. We never gave up that right and there must be political will.” Several local chiefs agree with Atleo’s suggestion. “Yes, I agree with Shawn Atleo; with what he said,” Mattagami First Nation Chief Walter Naveau said. “As long as we are under the umbrella

of Indian Affairs, there would always be a situation where there is not enough money for Indian people.” Naveau shares the prophecy he once heard from an Elder. “The Elder had said: ‘People called Indian Affairs will cut your treaty card a little at a time until you have nothing left, then they have full assimilation.’” Naveau reflected on that Elder’s teaching. “It is so mind baffling at this time and age something (like treaty erosion) can happen. They take away rights rather than uphold the treaties.” All too often, mainstream society has a false impression of the wealth of Aboriginals, Naveau said. “The public gets a concept that we are rich people, yet we have a lack of housing and a lack of infrastructure. We are like a generic brand. We don’t get the real deal. They (INAC) are too busy making money off of First Nations,” Naveau said. Naveau would like to see the chiefs stand united to bring positive change for future generations. “We have a legacy to leave behind. I call it nationhood building – to the east, to the south, west and north. We need to sustain that spirit of unity. Enough is enough.” Unlike reserves acknowledged by Indian Affairs, one First Nation community faces

greater challenges since their community has not been recognized and acknowledged by Indian Affairs. Whitewater Lake First Nation hereditary chief Arlene Slipperjack represents 110 community members. The reserve is located 60 kilometers north of Armstrong within the Treaty 9 boundary and is surrounded by the Wabakimi Provincial Park. “We live on our land, but it’s not recognized by Indian Affairs,” Slipperjack said. “The Indian Act does not help us at all. In fact, it prevents us from getting ahead. It’s not good for our Native people. The federal government sets these rules down to control people.” If the Indian Act were to become obsolete, the elimination of core funding for her community would not have any affect. Whitewater Lake receives its funding from the Casino Rama Revenue Agreement. As such, there are no benefits for the membership in terms of education funding or resource development. Slipperjack said self-government is the alternative to the Indian Act. “I would like to see self-government based on our own laws. We have our own laws that people lived by for generations and generations. We never had any problems before.”

The North Caribou Lake First Nation wishes to thank the following contributors, for making the 80th Anniversary Commemoration a successful event on July 14th to July 18th, 2010. Nishnawbe – Aski Development Fund Windigo First Nations Council McDiarmid Lumber Ltd. Springhill Lumber Wholesale Ltd. Beamish & MacKinnon Voitec Architects Inc. Wasaya Airways Ltd. North Star Air Ltd. Musselwhite Mine – GoldCorp Asham Stompers Street Heart Ontario Provincial Police NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy Indian & Northern Affairs Canada Staff WFNC Frank McKay & Staff

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AUGUST 5, 2010

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SPORTS Golfing for cancer research

Fundamentals focus at youth baseball clinic Rick Garrick Wawatay News

The Aboriginal Youth Baseball Clinic was a hit with participants. The Aboriginal Team Ontario organized clinic drew 35 Aboriginal youth who were given the opportunity to train with 30 of the top junior baseball players from around the world. “It was actually pretty cool meeting them and having them teach us because they are professionals,” said Sabrina Angeconeb, a youth from Bearskin Lake who lives in Thunder Bay. “We learned new skills for baseball and softball.” Angeconeb learned a variety of skills from the baseball players, including how to field grounders, hit the ball and pitch, during the first day of the three-day clinic, which was held July 26-28 by Aboriginal

Team Ontario at the Lakehead University Hangar building in Thunder Bay. “I think it’s actually really special,” Angeconeb said, noting she picked up tips from the baseball players on “how to hold the baseball and where to aim (when pitching) and how to line up for grounders, to line up your glove with the ball and your nose.” The Chinese Taipei, Venezuela and the United States teams from the 2010 IBAF World Junior Baseball Championships helped the youth on the morning of July 26 before heading back for practice in the afternoon. “The teams made the kids feel really comfortable and at ease and were very good with them,” said Gloria HendrickLaliberte, ATO team leader for track and field athletics. “It was almost a one-to-one situation, and the youth got to speak with

the players individually.” Hendrick-Laliberte said basic fundamentals were emphasized during the clinic, which was aimed at youth from 11-17. “Even if you are a very skilled player and you are in a league, you are still participating at the same level as everyone else,” Hendrick-Laliberte said. “Language was a little bit of a barrier but once they (baseball players) jumped in and took charge it was just amazing.” Jasmine Sutherland, ATO co-ordinator assistant, said the clinic was a good opportunity and experience for the youth. “It was so good to see all the kids smile,” Sutherland said. AJ Wesley, a youth from Thunder Bay, enjoyed meeting the baseball players. “The Venezuelan people are lots of fun,” Wesley said. “They taught me how to pick off people on first base, second base and third base.”

Rick Garrick/Wawatay News

TOP: Glen Whiskeychan tees off during the Third Annual Darryl Penasi Fox Memorial Golf Tournament July 29 at the Whitewater Golf Club near Thunder Bay. The tournament is a fundraiser for cancer research. BOTTOM: Corinne Fox attempts a long birdie putt on the par 5 ninth hole.

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TOP: A group of Chinese Taipei baseball team members share some hitting techniques with youth during a three-day Aboriginal Youth Baseball Clinic July 26-28 at the Lakehead University Hangar in Thunder Bay. BOTTOM: Canaan Wesley, tries out his hitting skills while mom, Carla Chisel pitches.

INVITATION TO ALL LAC SEUL FIRST NATION BAND MEMBERSHIP Lac Seul First Nation will be hosting regional Information Sessions to update the Membership on, and to discuss, the recent Offer of Settlement received from Canada with respect to historic Timber Trespasses on the Lac Seul Indian Reserve (I.R. No. 28). The following sessions will be held: th

Lac Seul First Nation: August 16 @ 7:00 pm (Brian Brisket Memorial Complex) th Sioux Lookout: August 17 @ 7:00 pm (Sunset Suites) th Red Lake: August 18 @ 7:00 pm (Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre) th Thunder Bay: August 19 @ 7:00 pm (Travelodge Airlane) st Winnipeg: August 21 @ 1:00 pm (To Be Announced) All Lac Seul First Nation Band Members are encouraged to attend. th

A Referendum Vote will be held on September 9 , 2010.

Augsut 5, 2010  

Volume 37 Number 16 of Wawatay News

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