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Aboriginal Partnership Research Award


he Office of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University celebrates growing partnerships between Lakehead University researchers and Aboriginal communities and organizations by offering an annual award for Aboriginal Partnership Research. Nominations may be submitted by members of the University and the broader communities. The Lakehead University Aboriginal Partnership Research Award will be jointly awarded to a Lakehead University researcher or research team and a representative from their Aboriginal partner, be it an individual, community, or organization. The inaugural award was presented during Research and Innovation Week 2010 to Drs. Harvey Lemelin and Rhonda Koster, as well as their Aboriginal partners, Chief Pierre Pelletier and Kristine Metansinine, both from the Red Rock Indian Band. Nomination forms and additional details regarding award criteria are available on the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives website. If you would like information about the award itself, please contact Beverly Sabourin, Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at 807-766-7177, or

Past Recipients of Aboriginal Partnership Research Award L to R: Tim Pile and Beverly Sabourin, present award to Dr. Rhonda Koster, Kristine Metansinine; and Omer Belisle (accepting award on behalf of Chief Pierre

Nomination forms, letters, and supporting letters must be submitted by January 21, 2011 to: Office of Aboriginal Initiatives Ashley Dokuchie email: 807-766-7219 web:


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Noah Meekis weighed a healthy nine pounds, nine ounces when he was born Jan. 1 at the Meno Ya Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout. He’s the first New Year’s delivery for the new hospital. Mom Megan Meekis is from Deer Lake First Nation.

Economic summit will bring NAN together Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Mineral resource developments across Nishnawbe Aski Nation will be discussed a NAN Economic Summit to be held Feb. 22-24 in Thunder Bay. “How are we part of the economy?” said Deputy Grand Chief Les Louttit, describing one of the topics to be discussed during the Economic Summit. “How did we evolve to where we are now since signing the treaty? And how are we going to fit into the overall provincial and national economy as we go forward into the future?” Louttit said 11 other topics have also been selected for discussion over the three-day conference, including developing capacity for First Nation economic development, negotiating fair and equitable economic resource development and business deals, how does the global economy affect the economy in the NAN territory, legal aspects that will maximize the best deals for NAN First Nations and youth engagement in developing the NAN economy. “We are going to have presenters from our NAN territories, we’re going to have

facilitators from our NAN territories,” Louttit said. “We’re trying to limit the involvement of external consultants or advisors that have previously provided presentations that have not gone forward.” Louttit said NAN is trying to involve people from the NAN communities to give them direction on economic concerns. He said some of the impending developments that are being planned on NAN territory are “major, major developments worth billions and billions of dollars.” The Economic Summit is designed to focus on engaging participants rather than providing lectures, with a final report to be developed along with a regional strategic plan that includes objectives, resource persons, deliverables, timelines and implementation to be presented at the 2011 NAN Winter Chiefs Meeting for ratification. . Louttit said the youth engagement discussion is an important topic. “The youth are the future of our nation,” Louttit said. “We need to start engaging them in the things we do here at the NAN level.”

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Diabetics get reminders via cell phone Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Don’t 4get 2 inject! Keewaytinook OkimakanakK-Net’s DiabeTEXTS project has been sending diabetes education messages reminding diabetes patients to inject their insulin since beginning operations last month in five KO communities. The pilot project is working in Fort Severn, Deer Lake, Keewaywin, North Spirit Lake and Poplar Hill. “We’re trying to give all the diabetes workers in the KO communities cell phones so they can send educational texts to their patients,” said Michael Mak, the McMaster University global health student who developed the DiabeTEXTS project during his recent threemonth placement at KO-K-Net. “So, for example, (we’re sending) information about what kind of food or the amount of exercise they should have per day. They (community diabetes workers) can also answer patient questions through texting.” Mak said the specific messages being sent out depend on the community diabetes worker and the needs of the community. “They are the ones who know their community best,” Mak said. “For example, if you need to take insulin for type 1 diabe-

tes or later stages of type 2 diabetes, you can get text messages reminding them to inject at a certain particular time of day.” The community diabetes workers can also text messages about community events that would be beneficial for their patients, such as events that focus on exercise or walking around the community. “Hopefully more people will come out to the events to learn,” Mak said. Eventually, as more community members become involved in the project, Mak expects them to begin sending DiabeTEXTS to the community diabetes worker as well. “Other people are involved, like the health directors in each of the communities,” Mak said. “Eventually it’s all the community members because if they are the ones sending texts to the community diabetes worker, then more information hopefully can get circulated around.” Brian Beaton, K-Net’s coordinator, said the DiabeTEXTS mobile health initiative is a great opportunity to demonstrate the effective use of the new cellular phone service. “With the tools being used in this project, other applications can be developed and supported by community members,” Beaton said. The DiabeTEXTS project involves the use of a computer program that distributes cellu-

lar SMS text messages through the community diabetes worker’s cell phone to many patients at once rather than just one at a time. Messages are sent according to a schedule, including a weekly reminder of the goal set in clinic and a daily message providing tips, information or reminders to reinforce the goal. “If they have a question, they can just text their community diabetes worker or call them,” Mak said. Mak is looking for the project to increase the patient’s awareness of their condition as well as promoting a greater involvement in their treatment activities. “I’m hoping this (project) can get the word out about diabetes because it’s really hard to prevent complications later unless you do have a healthy lifestyle such as eating the right amounts of food,” Mak said. “Hopefully we will be able to see more awareness around that.” Mak is also interested in extending the project to other communities once they have cell phone service installed. “Hopefully we will be able to continue expanding this to other communities,” Mak said, noting there other communities that also use cell phones besides the KO communities. “We are trying to get them involved as well, but again, the project is relatively new.”

Free educational software inspires youth Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Free open-source educational resources and educational software are now being used in Sandy Lake, Pikangikum, Kingfisher Lake, Fort Severn and Poplar Hill. “There are a lot of positive responses, not just from the teachers who are pretty surprised there is this amount of software available for free, but also from the kids,” said Michael Mak, the McMaster University global health student who installed the resources and software in the five communities as part of the ELDERS project he developed with Keewaytinook Okimakanak, K-Net and Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre over the past three months. “The kids are really engaged in using the computers for learning instead of just going onto Facebook or going onto other sites on the Internet. Now they have actual games they can play, not only as fun but it can also help to pro-

mote learning in a particular way.” Mak said the resources and software are all designed to operate on a Linux operating system and available for free on the Internet. “Hopefully this educational software will be used in the classroom for teachers,” Mak said. But there are also fun activities, he added, such as Tux Math, a math arcade game, Tux Paint, a children-oriented paint game, and Tux Typing, a typing arcade game. “Hopefully this software will promote literacy, numeracy and IT education,” he said. Mak and members of the ELDERS team installed a Linux operating system called Ubuntu on computers at schools in the five communities while also updating and repairing some of the One Laptop Per Child computers in the communities. They also repaired some old school computers to operate on the Linux platform to give the schools more equipment to use

the software on. “A lot of the teachers find it very useful to have this kind of software,” Mak said. “So we’re trying to get the kids to play the activities and learn to use the software and develop computer skills, not necessarily just going onto the Internet.”

“The kids are really engaged in using the computers for learning instead of just going onto Facebook or going onto other sites on the Internet.” – Michael Mak

Mak said the ELDER project will run for as long as people are willing to install the Linux operating system and opensource resources and software onto computers. “In January, we will be training the youth workers on how

to install the software in the computers,” Mak said. “You don’t need to pay for this software so it builds the type of capacity where there is no dependency on corporations or corporate software.” Brain Beaton, K-Net’s coordinator, said the ELDER project provides community members with new choices and strategies for delivering different programs and teaching options. “Michael’s work in developing the www.ELDERproject. site supported the development of a great online sharing resource for using these tools in the classroom as well as supporting the use of these tools in several First Nations,” Beaton said. The ELDER project is just one of the six new web-based initiatives Mak developed while on his three-month placement at KO-K-Net. The other projects were DiabeTEXTS (see related story), One Laptop Per Child Little Green Machines, Here for You, KO Health Careers and the KNET Videoconferencing Site.

The OLPC Little Green Machines project assists educators and students to maximize the learning potential of the XO laptop, which was designed and built especially for children in developing countries, in their classrooms as well as promoting the five principles of the One Laptop Per Child organization: child ownership, low age range from six to 12, digital saturation in a given population, connection with other nearby computers and free and open source tools. The Here for You project is a sexual health and wellness circle which contains: workshop materials for educators; sexual health information for First Nations teens and parents; HIV and Me, a First Nations guide to HIV and AIDs for youth; a collection of useful print outs for health professionals as well as educators; an anonymous question form that goes directly to a nurse at Northwestern health clinic; and links to important organizations and other websites for more extensive info.

University professor examines century-old treaty James Thom Wawatay News

Treaty No. 9 explores the signing of the 1905 treaty.

Treaty No. 9: Making the Agreement to Share the Land in Far Northern Ontario in 1905 is a new book by Nipissing University professor John C. Long. Published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, the book examines the history of the treaty. It includes the neglected account of a third commissioner and tracing the treaty’s origins, negotiation, explanation, interpretation, signing, implementation and recent commemoration. For more than a century, the vast lands of northern Ontario have been shared among the governments of Canada, Ontario and the First Nations

who signed Treaty 9 in 1905. For just as long, details about the signing of the constitutionally recognized agreement have been known only through the accounts of two of the commissioners appointed by the Government of Canada, according to the author. Long sets out to restore nearly forgotten perspectives to the historical record. He outlines how many crucial details about the treaty’s contents were omitted in the transmission of writing to speech, while other promises were made orally but not included in the written treaty. The book also reveals contradictions that suggest the treaty parchment was never fully explained to the First Nations who signed it by reproducing

the three treaty commissioners’ personal journals in their entirety. “This is a definitive work that makes a groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of Canadian Aboriginal Treaties and sheds enormous light on the circumstances of the Indigenous communities presently living in northern Ontario,” David T. McNab, professor of Native Studies at York University said in a review quote. “John Long’s understanding of both Western-based knowledge and Indigenous knowledge, as well as the written and the oral traditions have enabled him to write a piece that will forever change our understanding of Treaty 9. “This book is a labour of love which succeeds brilliantly.”

OPP helps patrol Aroland NAPS juggles ‘shortfalls’ James Thom Wawatay News

Ontario Provincial Police from the Greenstone detachment spent several weeks in December policing Aroland First Nation. That didn’t sit well with at least one community member. Mark Bell, the community’s economic development officer, said in published reports he’s felt like a “drug courier going on a run,” when he’s been driving in or out of the First Nation. Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service Sgt. Jackie George confirmed the OPP were in the community from Dec. 8-19 and NAPS resumed its service in Aroland Dec. 20 but only until Jan. 8. “The OPP had been covering day-to-day policing in Aroland,” George said. “This was something they were doing in assistance to NAPS.” With its transport officers – the NAPS staff who transport accused people to their court hearings – laid off due to funding issues, NAPS redeployed its Aroland First Nation officers to help the situation. The Aroland officers have also been covering shortfalls in other NAPS communities. “There’s not one specific place they’ve gone,” George said. “They have provided coverage where needed.” George said the reason Aroland’s officers were selected was because of the community’s close proximity to Greenstone. It was a convenient location for the OPP to cover with its officers. While Bell has been vocal in his disapproval of the OPP, neither George nor OPP Greenstone Sgt. Thomas Hunt have received complaints from Aroland band members. “There’s been a constant police presence in Aroland, just the same as if NAPS was providing the service,” Hunt said, adding the only difference community members would notice is the difference in uniforms. Hunt said anyone taken into custody was taken to the cells in Greenstone, just as they would have been if NAPS were policing the community. George said if community members are upset or would like to provide feedback about the service from the OPP, they are more than welcome to do so. Neither NAPS representatives or the OPP could confirm who will be policing Aroland after Jan. 8.

Sgt. Jackie George


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Time to wind down ‘Let’s try to live a simple and meaningful life in 2011’ Wawatay News file photo



his year just before Christmas, while I was travelling in some bigger city centres in southern Ontario, I noticed just how crazy this holiday season has become. There were long streams of traffic going from mall to mall and every store I visited had lineups of people at the cash. A normal part of this shopping frenzy seemed to be made up of screaming moms and dads and crying kids. I could feel the stress on people everywhere I went. Everybody was preparing for the Christmas event and spending money had a lot to do with it. It didn’t look to me that many of these people were happy and most looked like they would need a vacation after this holiday. Every time I turned the TV on, I saw multi advertisements on gift ideas and most of them were aimed at children. I guess the idea is if you can get the children to ask for the gift then guilt becomes a big factor in purchasing the right products. There was an obvious difference in the types of people that were shopping at lower end dollar stores as compared to medium or high end malls. Although we Canadians like to pride ourselves as a classless society, it becomes evident at the retail shopping level that there really is a situation of haves and havenots. I saw many sad scenes where down trodden parents were doing their best to find something for their children at the dollar stores. Most of these people I saw seemed to be new arrivals from other countries. On the other hand, a more middle class or affluent class of people were shopping at the brand stores in the big malls. They were dressed well and their children seemed to be very demanding. It occurred to me, while shopping during the Christmas rush, that people weren’t really participating in this because they wanted to. Millions of dollars is spent on advertising leading up to this time of year to convince people that buying the right gift for

their loved one at Christmas will make somebody happy. The problem is I have never really seen any long-term happiness come out of that Christmas gift giving. Over the decades, billions of dollars have been spent to develop a buying public. The only gift that I remember receiving when I was young was a handmade pair of moose hide gloves from my mom. All the electronics and toys are forgotten. None of them meant much to me. Before the coming of the Europeans and their religion, Native people didn’t have these types of focused events where we felt obliged to give anyone else a gift. Life was hard and we lived off the land. We shared what we had to survive. There was no alcohol or drugs. Our stress came from dealing with our daily life in cold temperatures on the land. I have this recurring dream where I am on a river in a canoe. The water is shimmering like diamonds under the summer sun. I am headed to the shore where there is a community of wigwams and shelters. There is smoke rising from the fires. Children are running and playing in the tall green grass. There is a smell of sage and sweet grass in the air. Nothing seems complicated here in my dream and I am calm and grounded. I don’t know why I have had this dream all my life. Perhaps it is part of my DNA and it just keeps popping up in the back of my mind from time to time. Maybe it is just wishful thinking on my part to return to a more simple and meaningful time. Then again it might just be a recurring dream. With New Years right around the corner, my wish for everyone I know is that in some way, they can simplify their lives and be more conscious of the industries at work in the background driving us to be mad consumers. I am going to try and do my best to live a more simple life in 2011. I will try to spend less time at the computer and the television. I will do my best to live my life with some meaning, purpose and less duty. I hope to cut back on a rich and dangerous diet. Maybe some of these changes could make me happier. Happy New Year and I hope you find some serenity in 2011.

Children in Pikangikum First Nation.

Looking ahead to 2011 Richard Wagamese ONE NATIVE LIFE


ell, another year has come and gone and we step into the year 2011 with the usual expectations, optimism and a handful of resolutions to be better, more focused, deliberate, healthy and considerate. That actually sounds a lot like last year to me but you get used to that after a while. I turned 55 in 2010. I celebrated my thirty-first year as a person who gets paid for writing and my seventeenth as a working author. I haven’t smoked in 28 years. I’ve been a Boston Red Sox fan for 45 years now, a Chicago Blackhawks fan for 46 and aware of how much I love the land for 53. Time passing has an elastic quality eventually and you give up really noticing by my age. If you count decades I’ve been alive and conscious of it through six of them. I arrived in the mid 1950s, started school in the 1960s, left school in the 1970s, started my career in the 1980s, branched out into being a novelist in the 1990s and continued that through

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this past decade. The students I workshop with these days only get to read about those decades as history now. But I’ve lived through incredible history. I’ve been around for the birth of rock’n roll, can actually recall watching the label spin on 45 records of Roy Orbison, Del Shannon and The Coasters. I lived through the break-up of the Beatles and watched a kid named Hendrix change the face of music yet again. Somehow I survived disco, punk, metal, and new-country, rediscovered jazz in my 40s and saw digital downloads replace store bought CDs and albums. I watched on TV as a president was assassinated, a boxing champ was dethroned for choosing peace, and a man walked on the moon. I saw the end of the mini-skirt, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of Apartheid and the Soviet Union. I saw a cartoon become the most watched TV show in history and the television set itself become color, then a flat screen, then high definition and now 3D. I’ve been around for the evolution of the Telex machine to a fax machine to an email and now a mobile linkup. I’ve watched computers move from two story giants to half inch lap tops. I’ve moved from posting

letters to posting tweets and gone from being eyeballed to being Googled. I was taught from the Good Book and ended up on Facebook. I watched technology become the linchpin of the world. Here at home I watched Canada turn a hundred. I watched her become a world leader in human rights despite the struggles of First Nations people to question that by virtue of their ongoing struggles. I watched an apology in the House of Commons for residential school abuses and a huge payout to survivors of that abuse. I also watched as thousands of our young people graduated from universities and became doctors, lawyers and yes, Indian chiefs. The Grateful Dead once sang, ‘what a long, strange trip it’s been.’ It has. But it’s also been a wonderful experience. Because these last 55 years have been so rich and full of invention and tremendous human experience that time has been reduced to its common denominator; wonder. You can’t look at our journey without being overwhelmed by our potential as a species. Looking ahead at 2011 gives me hope for an even better future. Sure there are a lot of naysayers who grouse and

complain and worry that we’ve gone too far in the wrong direction to ever straighten our course. There are those who say we’ll never find true justice, equality or community. They say that we’ve ruined the planet and soiled our home forever. They say the way ahead is marred by the trail behind us. I choose to believe otherwise. For me 2011 represents an opportunity to do something really simple to change the planet. It’s an opportunity to reach out and share more stories with more people. That might sound juvenile and not well thought out but when we do that, when each of us risks being known and allows ourselves to embrace another person or another culture, our whole community becomes bigger and better. We increase ourselves exponentially. All that we have and all that we are is the story of our time here. Our goal as individuals, communities and nations should be to work together to create the greatest collective story that we can. I believe we can do that. I believe the desire resides in each of us, in each cultural community and now we have a whole new year to practice in. So Happy New Year to everyone, I hope it turns out to be a great story; yours, mine and ours.






Agnes Shakakeesic



CONTRIBUTORS Xavier Kataquapit Richard Wagamese Gord Keesic Guest editorials, columnists and letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the views of Wawatay News.

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Risk: avoiding permanent loss Gord Keesic YOUR MONEY MATTERS


ne very important concept in the field of finance is the relationship between risk and return. Generally speaking, the higher the return you want, the more risk you must take because there is a higher probability of loss. There are mathematical and statistical methods for calculating the risk of a specific investment and an investment portfolio, but we do not wish to describe those methods in detail. Rather, we want to describe risks people should consider when evaluating their investment strategies and investment portfolios. The most obvious investment risk is the risk of permanent loss – loss of principal. Loss of principal occurs when you buy an investment and sell it for less than you bought it for. If you do not sell that investment and it is lower than what you bought it for, it is a paper loss and that loss is not realized (does not become permanent) until you actually sell it. Ever since the unusually large market crash took place in 2008, many people want to talk about how they have losses in their portfolio and one of the first things I will ask them is if they have sold those investments and turned those paper losses into real losses. This is an important principle because if the whole idea of investing is to make money, then losing money is what we want to avoid. We only want to realize those paper losses in specific situations. Practically, this means avoiding certain types of investments. For example, we all know that certain penny stocks can double or triple in value within a very short period. However, many of those investments will drop to zero in value. Investors who wish to avoid permanent loss will stay clear of investments that have a high likelihood of becoming worthless. The difference between a paper and an actual loss requires me to describe another element of risk that needs to be considered – volatility. When investment professionals speak of volatility, they are referring the range that an investment or an investment portfolio will fluctuate within, from the highest value to the lowest value without necessarily being sold. Even though there is no

actual loss in the investment, the fact that it can drop so much in value can cause you to feel very nervous and uneasy. For example, you may buy an investment for $10, but if it declines to $5 this paper loss can cause you to feel very uncomfortable and even scared. Now you face a decision. Should you sell the investment and permanently realize this loss which would be a loss of 50 per cent or should you continue to hold this investment and not sell it because you believe the investment will eventually be worth more than the price you initially paid for it? This question is useful because it allows us to consider a number of key points. First of all, not all investments go up in value. Poor investments can not only drop significantly in value, they can become worthless. Secondly, since one investment can become worthless, you can reduce the possibility of your total investment portfolio becoming worthless by having a number of investments within your portfolio. This practice is commonly referred to as the concept of diversification and it is intended to reduce investment specific risk. If, by chance, the investment does become worthless or goes down significantly in price, it will not affect your investment portfolio to the same degree since you also have other investment holdings in your account. Thirdly, you should have a certain amount of investments within your portfolio that are less risky than others. The process of holding different types of investments within your investment account is referred to as asset allocation. For example, investments such as government bonds which are issued by the government of Canada are considered among the safest investments because the chance that the government will default is very low. If they are in danger of defaulting, they can raise taxes to meet their obligations. While the methods listed above can lessen the risk of

permanent loss, careful study and analysis of the investment opportunity before you make the investment is also required. To be able to successfully evaluate a potential investment requires certain skills which can be learned or as most people prefer to do, left in the hands of a capable professional. These skills can be defined as ‘financial literacy’ and require an understanding of how capital markets work, the ability to analyze financial statements and also the technology to act upon the results of the analysis. I wish there would be a magic formula to direct you to so that you will never experience a permanent, investment loss, but this is not the reality. Even the most successful investors in history like Warren Buffett or Peter Lynch lost money on certain investments. Since we know that every investor will experience loss at some point what is the point of this article? The point of this article is that various investment risks, including the risk of permanent loss, can be managed by using some of the concepts and habits listed above. In the same way that you drive on the right side of the road and buckle your seatbelt to reduce the risk of a serious accident on the road, you can also reduce the risk of irrecoverable loss in your investment account by avoiding opportunities that have a high probability of becoming worthless, proper diversification, appropriate asset allocation and careful study. In life as in investing, risk cannot be completely eliminated – risk must be managed and reduced by following certain principles, actions and habits. This article is supplied by Gordon Keesic, a Lac Seul band member and an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member CIPF. This article is for information purposes only. Please consult with a professional advisor before taking any action based on information in this article.


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Your views from Re: NAPS officers let down by lack of standards: NDP It just goes to show you that equality is just a pretty word that exists in Canada’s legislation. - Anonymous Re: ‘Take a break from the insanity’ Merry Christmas but I wanted to respond to my friend’s column and most of it is true but what he forgot to point out in his column is the real meaning behind Christmas. Meeg wetch. - Jonathon Solomon, Kashechewan First Nation Re: First Nation salaries defended Sounds like a bunch of hooliganism to me! The only reason why First Nation politicians are supposedly paid more than the MP’s is because of unproper “bookkeeping.” That’s why ‘maybe’ reserves are going down that broke path because each and every reserve hires regular joes and janes (with no experience) to carry on a role meant for sum1 who has the proper education and years experience in finance. So now, maybe down the road, FN’s politicians will save the MP’s from this boohoo game. And give them the satisfaction they so very deserve. Maybe that’s why they’re paid more. - Anonymous

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TOP NEWS STORIES OF THE YEAR Prescription drug abuse continues to devastate communities Brent Wesley Wawatay News

For the second straight year, prescription drug abuse is Wawatay’s top news item of the year. Prescription drug abuse continues to be the most consistent item covered by Wawatay just as it consistently continues to plague First Nation communities in the region. Early in the year, a rise in suicide stats in the James Bay area prompted Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy to speculate prescription drug abuse is a possible cause for the

increase in suicides. “Prescription drugs are creating chaos,” Beardy said, explaining some communities are facing prescription drug abuse rates as high as 70 per cent of the population. “The chiefs are telling me there just isn’t enough food (in some homes). Their next meal is a challenge for some of the children.” Beardy said some prescription drug abusers are selling most of their possessions and not buying food in order to buy more prescription drugs to feed their addiction. The situation prompted a

Sandy Lake youth to speak out. Jonathan McKay, who now lives in Thunder Bay, said it’s time to take action against prescription drug abuse. “It’s really hard to do something but you’ve got to make an effort to do something,” McKay said explaining that young and old are abusing prescription drugs. “It affects all ages.” Prescription drug abuse continued to be front and centre during NAN’s annual chiefs meeting in June. NAN also focused on the issue at its Day of Prayer event in November. Other organizations have been working to tackle the

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Sandy Lake youth Jonathan McKay says one-80 milligram OxyContin tablet can cost users about $320.


problem as well. Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s health department was in Muskrat Dam in late April to deliver a workshop. KO also held their second Chiefs Forum in November to discuss prescription drug abuse. At that forum, two youth came forward to talk about their addictions. “I am a Grade 11 student at DFC and I use Oxycontins,” said Anita Meekis, a student from Sandy Lake who started using codeine and Percocets three years ago when she was 16. “I’m just a teenager and I have (had) a lot of issues for the last few years.” Meekis, who attends school at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay, said she didn’t seek help for her addiction because she was ashamed. But during her presentation at the Chiefs Forum, she said she’s now seeking help to overcome the problem. Wasaya Airways has also taken steps to curb the flow of prescription drugs into First Nation communities the company flies to. Wasaya has developed a framework to improve security and cut down on contraband. Steps include: • purchasing, installing, manning and maintaining baggage screening in Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Pickle Lake pending partnerships; • adding a $2.50 fee for each

flight booking and $0.25 per shipment to offset the security measures; • requiring recognizable photo ID for all passengers, shippers and consignees; • specialized training for airline staff on contraband detection, complete with reporting policies and procedures; • airline staff will be required to acquire Transport Canada security passes where necessary; and • establishing or participating in a community security authority group with all stakeholders to exchange ideas, information and updates and security measure progress. Wasaya Airways’ John Beardy said they plan to install baggage and cargo screening machines to screen baggage and shipments at the Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout, Pickle Lake and Red Lake airports. “The plan here will affect all the communities we service,” Beardy said. “We plan to screen every bag and every shipment that goes through the airline.” Shibogama First Nations Council is financially supporting the scanners, donating $16,000 to fast track the initiative. Windigo First Nations Council also supports the idea. Over the summer, the Ontario government announced an initiative to track prescription drug abuse. The strategy will see tracking

of prescriptions through a database that would flag unusual patterns of prescribing and dispensing. In instances of inappropriate activity, responses could include educational support and resources, reporting to the appropriate regulatory college and in extreme circumstances, law enforcement. The strategy also includes more education to patients about the appropriate use of prescription narcotics. “We know that there is a serious narcotics abuse issue facing many Ontarians and their families throughout our province,” said Health and Long-Term Care Minister Deb Matthews. “We are taking a range of steps that reflect the severity of the issue.” However, Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse criticized the plan. He said a one-size-fitsall approach would not address the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in First Nations. “First Nation communities have to be involved in determining what approaches will work for them,” Toulouse said. “Their readiness to support change will help them advise funding agencies as to what resources and supports will be required to address the programming needs for a First Nations strategy.” With files from James Thom and Rick Garrick







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Contentious bill passed into law Brent Wesley Wawatay News

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Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse, Marten Falls Chief Eli Moonias and a group of Webequie and Marten Falls protesters man the landing strip blockade Jan. 20 on Koper Lake in the Ring of Fire. With so much going on in the area, the Ring of Fire has been one of Wawatay’s top news stories of the year.

Ring of Fire a hotbed of activity and controversy Brent Wesley Wawatay News

Ongoing mineral exploration activity in an area known as the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario came under public scrutiny after Webequie and Marten Falls First Nations staged a protest Jan. 18. The Ring of Fire is considered one of the largest potential mineral reserves in Ontario, by some estimates covering more than 1.5 million hectares in the James Bay Lowlands. It’s at the centre of a hotbed of activity in recent years because of the potential for huge deposits of chromite, a mineral used to create stainless steel. The Ontario government is encouraging development in the area because of the potential for jobs and

enhanced economic development. Michael Gravelle, minister of northern development, mines and forestry, said a mine could potentially open in five years. “It would take everything to move forward perfectly (to meet the fiveyear timeframe),” Gravelle said in August. More than 35 mining and exploration companies are active in the area. With all the activity, First Nations in the area started to express apprehension over environmental concerns. It prompted the blockade at Koper Lake near Marten Falls, the site of an airstrip being used by companies exploring the area. “The purpose of this action is to draw attention to our concerns of what is happening here in our territory,” said Marten Falls Chief Eli Moo-

nias during the protest. Moonias also said he wanted to ensure his community benefited from the potential explosion of activity that could happen. He and other Nishnawbe Aski Nation leaders have said they wanted to make sure any development or activity that occurs in the area must be with the consent of First Nations. When it was announced early in the year that a railroad feasibility study into the area would be taking place, NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy said First Nations should provide consent before any work is done in the region. “It’s exciting,” Beardy said, “but we have to take measures to make sure that we benefit but also protect the environment as much as possible. The most important thing is that this


time around First Nation people must benefit.” After the blockade ended in March, companies once again started drilling in the area. Discussions between Marten Falls, Webequie and the province continued over the summer and in September, an agreement was signed to resolve issues around the Ring of Fire. In October, Ontario also announced the hiring of Christine Kaszycki as coordinator for the Ring of Fire region. It was a decision that disappointed Beardy. He said the province failed to consult NAN First Nations despite continuous talk of a new relationship with First Nations. With files from Rick Garrick and James Thom

When Bill 191, the Far North Act, passed in the Ontario legislature Sept. 23, First Nation leaders in northern Ontario said they would refuse to recognize the legislation. With such widespread opposition to the contentious bill, the Far North Act is among Wawatay’s top news stories of the year. The Ministry of Natural Resources touted the bill as a means to initiate progress and positive change in Ontario’s Far North. The legislation is supposed to protect up to 225,000 square kilometres of Ontario’s Far North, an area made up of mostly Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) communities. The MNR said it would work with First Nations in the Far North to determine which areas will be protected under the act and which areas will be open to development. But it will be up to First Nations to initiate the land use plans. “Bill 191 provides the foundation for First Nations and Ontario to work together to develop new approaches to protected areas in the Far North,” a ministry spokesman said after the bill was passed. Despite being passed, chiefs from the area said they would issue their own autonomy over the land. Shibogama First Nations Council said its concerns were not addressed or reflected in Bill 191 and that they never gave their free, prior and informed consent to Bill 191. “The people of Shibogama will continue to exercise our Aboriginal and treaty rights using the inherent right principles given to us by the Creator,” said Wawakepewin Chief Joshua Frogg. “Any and all land and resources planning will be based on our inherent jurisdiction, our principles and our responsibilities.” Leading up to the act being passed, NAN had staged an anti-Bill 191 campaign. A protest was held outside the Ontario legislature Sept. 15. Opposition to the bill had even come from the Assembly of First Nations, the Ontario New Democratic Party, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. Despite the opposition, Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey said the Far North Act is ambitious and exceptional. “Together we are entering a new era of social prosperity, economic certainty and environmental protection in the Far North,” she said. “It is our responsibility as global citizens to make wise land use decisions for this vast and unique part of the province and the world.” The government said land use plans are key to developing the Far North, including the region known as the Ring of Fire, which contains one of the world’s largest deposits of chromite, a key ingredient in stainless steel. With files from Rick Garrick

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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.

Contact Evange Kanakakeesic at our Sioux Lookout Bureau or e-mail her at We are seeking volunteer hosts, musical talent, storytellers, comedians, etc.

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 receipts. Unless requested, a receipt will not be issued for donations of less than $20.00.

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FNEI is a nonprofit corporation jointly owned by the Attawapiskat Power Corporation, Fort Albany Power Corporation and the Kashechewan Power Corporation. The President carries out his/her duties on behalf of the Board of Directors. Qualifications: • Experience with the electricity industry • Experience in public relations • Leadership qualities • Knowledge of the Mushkegowuk Communities • Ability to speak Cree an asset If interested, please forward your resume with cover letter by January 28, 2011, by 4:00 pm, outlining your qualifications and experience to: Mr. Derek Stephen Interim Chief Executive Officer Fax: (795) 268-0071 or Five Nations Energy Inc. 70-C Mountjoy Street, Suite 421, Timmins, Ontario P4N 4V7 For more information, please call: (705) 365-0992

Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation Position: Director of Health Location: Morson, Ontario The Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing is seeking a Director of Health. The successful candidate reports directly to the Director Administration and is responsible for all staff and program functions within the organization; prepares and/or reviews all budget and ¿nancial reports; manages and oversees the community health services function to ensure effective and ef¿cient delivery of services and will also be responsible to address the broader issues of health policy and identify, determine existing and emerging health and wellness concerns in the First Nation. QualiÀcations: 1. A university degree or college diploma in a Health related ¿eld with a minimum of 3 years work experience as a policy analyst; And: 2. Proven track record in the preparation of brie¿ng notes, position papers, project proposals, workplans, reports in involvement of government policy analysis and health policy planning; 3. Demonstrated ability to approve, review, evaluate program workplans; program activity reporting and program ¿nancial reporting; 4. Ability to advocate on behalf of the First Nation; 5. Strong organizational skills; Demonstrated self-con¿dence and ability to complete tasks/lead projects independently; ability to work within tight deadlines; 6. Knowledge of policy analysis, family healing, health care development including legislative changes; 7. Ability to monitor and supervise the Health Team; 8. Excellent community relations, networking and communication skills; 9. Solid working knowledge of various computers and computer applications; 10. Thorough understanding and knowledge of the Aboriginal culture, customs, language and beliefs is considered an asset; 11. Access to a vehicle and ability to travel as required; 12. Must possess a valid drivers license.


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Major Duties and Responsibilities 1. Responsible for implementation of policies, procedures and program criteria/systems for efficient and effective delivery of SLAAMS programs and services including overall responsibility for all staff. 2. Directly supervises the project officers and the finance clerks (for project allocations and disbursements. 3. Acts on behalf of the Executive Coordinator in his/her absence. 4. Responsible for the proper administration and disbursement of allocations for all SLAAMB projects and proposals with the assistance of the executive coordinator. 5. Responsible for development and implementation of internal and external communications strategies including reports, updates, schedules and presentations. 6. Can be assigned the duties of the project officer for Native Organizations/First Nations as needed. 7. Performs any other related duties as required to ensure the efficient operation of SLAAMB as requested by the executive coordinator.

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Ensure efficient and effective delivery of all SLAAMB programs and services. Ensures effective administration of projects and allocations. Supervises staff appropriately and consistently. In all contacts, treats clients and the public in a professional and courteous manner. Treats confidential information appropriately. Works effectively with a minimum of supervision and is proactive in identifying and solving problems on his/her own. Works productively and professionally as a member of the SLAAMB team, actively participating in meetings as requested and maintaining co-operative working relationships with all SLAAMB staff and clients. 8. Is willing to acquire new skills and knowledge required to fulfill the position’s roles and responsibility also sees learning and development as a part of his/her job. 9. Manages time effectively (manages workload efficiently, punctual, reliable attendance). 10. Travels when required and must be available to work in the Sioux Lookout office.

Qualifications 1. Grade 12 education or equivalent is required. A university degree or post secondary certificate in Business or Public Administration is an asset. 2. Must have experience and/or knowledge of the federal and/or provincial governments’ programs and services along with the necessary protocols. 3. Must be assertive and willing to take risks. 4. Minimum of one year experience in program administration/management with supervisory responsibilities is required. 5. Must have knowledge of employment/training programs and funding agencies and proposal preparation skills. 6. Must have proven skills in financial management, personnel supervision, office management, program/service delivery management and policy development. 7. Must be computer literate with proven working experience in word processing, spreadsheets and database programs. 8. Must have strong communication skills, both written and oral. 9. Must have knowledge of and commitment to the services and programs provided by SLAAMB. 10. Must have in-depth knowledge of the changing labour market conditions and the socio-economic profile of the First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout Area. 11. Must have knowledge of the people, culture and geographic area of SLAAMB area. 12. Ability to speak Oji-Cree, Ojibway or Cree is an asset. 13. Must live within commuting distance of Sioux Lookout. Salary: up to $53,045/year D.O.E Closing Date: Friday, January 21, 2011

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Year in Review: 2010 in pictures

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ABOVE: From left, Jorge Hookimaw’llillerre, Christopher Paulmartin and Patrick Etherington Jr. were part of a group the Truth and Reconciliation Walkers who walked from Cochrane, Ont. to the TRC’s national event in Winnipeg, Man. in June. LEFT: Members of Couchiching First Nation roll out a toll booth on Highway 11, which runs through the community, and charged vehicles passing through. The First Nation was raising awareness about issues of contaminated soil that forced residents to relocate housing. Joe Beardy/Special to Wawatay News

BOTTOM LEFT: Students from the Michikan Lake school Walk for Sobriety. The event took place during the community’s Health Week in November. Tina Kakepetum-Schultz/Special to Wawatay News

BELOW: Deer Lake Chief Roy Dale Meekis, left, with Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy open Deer Lake’s new health centre June 9. The new centre combines all health services in Deer Lake under one roof.

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Students from KiHS (Keewaytinook Internet High School) were guided by Elders during a science field trip near Fort Severn First Nation Oct. 2-8.

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Lac Seul celebrated the opening of a new elementary school in Frenchman’s Head Nov. 20. From left, Elijah Harper, Kenora MP Greg Rickford, Grand Council Treaty 3 Ogichidaakwe Diane Kelly, Lac Seul Chief Clifford Bull, Janelle Manitowabi and Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan. Chris Kornacki/Wawatay News

Lac Seul’s Chris Southwind gets stopped on a breakaway by Sandy Lake’s goaltender Tre Fiddler during the 2010 Little Bands hockey tournament midget A-side championship game. Lac Seul defeated Sandy Lake 11-1.

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Community in crisis: Eabametoong faces harsh reality Brent Wesley Wawatay News

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Violence, death, drug abuse and arson. All these things overwhelmed Eabametoong (Fort Hope) First Nation culminating in Chief Lewis Nate declaring a state of emergency, Oct. 22, making it one of Wawatay’s top news stories of the year. In the past year, Eabametoong has faced the murders of three community members, numerous cases of arson and several incidents of animal mutilation. “The people of Eabametoong are committed to working together to do whatever is needed to bring safety and order back to our community,” Nate said. “But we can’t do it alone. We are desperate for outside help.” He said at the root of all the problems is prescription drug

abuse, affecting the community in all areas of life. The plea for help prompted support and visits from area chiefs and leaders, government officials, and the head of Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service. The community also received funding to increase security and to repair the community’s school, which was damaged by a fire. “This is short-term assistance to help us restore order in the community, but we also need necessary resources to provide long-term solutions to the larger issues, such as the drug epidemic that triggers much of the crime occurring in the First Nation,” Nate said. Despite the overwhelming situation, the community has developed a seven-point action plan to follow in addressing the problems plaguing the First Nation of about 1,200 people. The plan started with the

declaration of a state of emergency. The rest of the plan includes developing an emergency response plan, political advocacy and lobbying, long-term planning, improved communication between community leaders and members, ongoing monitoring and evaluation, and community development of strategies to build a brighter future for the community. “We are not going to just sit back and wait for help. We need to get our community organized,” Nate said. “We know what the problems are, but what I am telling the people of Eabametoong First Nation today, is that we have to stop blaming each other and move forward. We need to be willing to work together and it has to come from the heart.” With files from James Thom and Rick Garrick

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Mamakwa female newsmaker of the year Brent Wesley Wawatay News

For being chosen by her own peers to lead the northern Ontario region of the Anglican Church, Lydia Mamakwa of Kingfisher Lake is Wawatay’s female newsmaker of the year for 2010. In May, in her own community, Mamakwa was consecrated a bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada. The northern Ontario region is part of the Keewatin Diocese, which is headed by Archbishop David Ashdown. By amending its laws, it’s the first time the church has allowed a region within a diocese to choose its own bishop. It’s a role Mamakwa wasn’t she sure she wanted at first. When originally asked to run for bishop, she declined. But a conversation with her husband, Chief James Mamakwa, changed her mind. He said it was too important not to consider the nomination. Her consecration is the fulfillment of a long-term vision of Elders in the area. As bishop,

Mamakwa says she wants to continue carrying this vision forward. The goal is that some day the northern Ontario region will be its own diocese – a First Nation ministry. Mamakwa says Aboriginal people want to adapt church laws, or canons, to suit the needs of Aboriginal people and their communities, or as she describes, “make it our own.” She’s quick to add the Aboriginal delegates do not want to leave the church, but rather create their own place within the church as servants of God. “Our people treasure the gospel,” she said. And the Anglican Church welcomes her leadership. “We see in you what it means to be a faithful servant of Jesus,” said Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, during Mamakwa’s consecration. Mamakwa will have a seat alongside other bishops from across the country. “I believe the national House of Bishops will be blessed by your quiet spirit … your gentle ways,” Hiltz said of Mamakwa.

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Kingfisher Lake’s Lydia Mamakwa is the first area bishop of the northern Ontario region of the Keewatin Diocese. It’s the first time the Anglican Church has allowed a region in a diocese to choose its own bishop. The northern Ontario region consists mostly of First Nation communities.








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Lewis Nate male newsmaker of the year James Thom Wawatay News

For leading a proactive battle against the ills of prescription drug abuse, Eabametoong Chief Lewis Nate is Wawatay’s male newsmaker of the year for 2010. Nate made headlines throughout the year, first speaking up about the steps necessary to curb the prescription drug problem and later in declaring a state of emergency in his community because of violence and other issues stemming from the same problem. “We still have a lot of (prescription drugs) coming into our community,” Nate said in January, explaining the community has tried to stop the flow of prescription drugs by increasing searches at the airport. “They find ways to get the drugs through.” He said the police do a good job of slowing the flow of drugs but more steps were necessary. He said traffickers are clever in finding ways to bypass searches. Nate said the drug traffickers would pass their drug packages

over the airport fence to accomplices whenever they knew there was a search in progress. “We need money to put more people at the fence,” Nate said, especially when it’s “really hectic” when two aircraft arrive at the same time. Nate estimated that about half of his community of 1,200 to 1,300 is currently abusing prescription drugs. Things came to a head in October when Nate made the bold move to declare a state of emergency related to the rampant prescription drug abuse problem which prompted violence, a rash of arson and two cases of murder this year. The state of emergency was declared Oct. 22. Two weeks later, Nate opened the community up to visitors including Sharon Johnston, wife of Gov. Gen. of Canada David Johnston, and Ruth Ann Onley, wife of the Lt.-Gov. of Ontario David Onley, along with national media representatives to see first-hand the issues Eabametoong was facing. Rather than hide the problems, Nate tackled them in

plain view. Even at the risk of having the community’s story played in a negative light, Nate has steadfastly said it is important for the rest of Ontario and Canada to see the dangers of prescription drug abuse and the other ills of his community. Nate was appreciative of the support his community received including funding for private security and necessary equipment since the state of emergency was declared. The community has hosted its Matawa Tribal Council counterparts, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Chris Bentley and nowformer NAPS Chief Robin Jones several times. “Other Matawa First Nations leaders have immediately come to our community and have helped us create a larger voice,” Nate said. “This crisis is not exclusive to Eabametoong First Nation, it is a situation that many First Nations can face or have dealt with in the past.” While Eabametoong was not alone in its crisis, Nate stood out as the man doing whatever it took to right the community.

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Eabametoong First Nation Chief Lewis Nate earned male newsmaker of the year honours for taking a stand against prescription drug abuse in his community.

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Sandy Lake youth raises funds for homeless Brent Wesley Wawatay News

A Sandy Lake member’s ambition to help the homeless in Winnipeg is one of Wawatay’s youth stories of the year. Sheena Rae helped raise over $1,800 in her community to donate to the Siloam Mission in Winnipeg to assist the city’s homeless. The community matched her donation. Rae was inspired to do something for the homeless after she saw a news story about a homeless woman who froze to death

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Shannen’s Dream honours Koostachin Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Shannen Koostachin’s campaign for a new school in Attawapiskat, her accidental death in May and the Shannen’s Dream Campaign is among Wawatay’s youth stories of the year. “Shannen was tireless in her fight for equitable school rights for First Nation children,” said Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus during the Nov. 17 launch of the Shannen’s Dream campaign. “She became the face of a generation of forgotten First Nation school children. We are carrying on the work she started so that other children will not be left behind.” Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-inchut Atleo emphasized this past June that First Nations students receive on average $2,000 less in educational support than other students in Canada. A young First Nation activist from Attawapiskat who was nominated for an International Children’s Peace Prize, Koostachin passed away May 31 in a car crash. Shortly after she died, a Facebook page was created called Become a Fan If you think the New School should be named after Shannen. “Shannen did so much during her young life, her strength and belief in the children of Attawapiskat will always be remembered,” wrote one user on the Facebook page. “Naming the school after Shannen honours what she believed in, the children.” Koostachin opened the

eyes of many Canadians to the inequality faced by First Nation students during her fight with the federal government to build an elementary school for 400 students who had to attend school in drafty portables in her community. “Shannen’s advocacy helped us see very clearly the impact of underfunding by the federal government on schools in First Nations communities,” said Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. “We’re challenging teachers and students in elementary schools to support the Shannen’s Dream campaign to ensure that every young Canadian – no matter where they live – realizes the same fundamental right to decent schools and education in order to reach their full potential.” Angus introduced Motion 571 – Shannen’s Dream – this past fall in the House of Commons calling for the right of First Nations children to highquality, culturally-relevant education, transparency in school construction, maintenance and replacement, and funding that will put reserve schools on par with non-reserve provincial schools. “Shannen was an inspiring young woman who has been recognized nationally and internationally for her human rights work for education,” Angus said. “I am amazed at how many people are coming forward to make her legacy a reality.” In 2009, the federal government announced a new school would be built in Attawapiskat.

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy helps a group of youth unveil the new logo and name of NAN’s youth council during the Seven Sacred Teachings Youth Gathering. The council’s new name is Oshkaatisak – Nishnawbe Aski Nation Young Peoples Council.

Oshkaatisak Young Peoples Council leads the way Rick Garrick Wawatay News

The unveiling of the Oshkaatisak – Nishnawbe Aski Nation Young Peoples Council new name and logo at the Seven Sacred Teachings Youth Gathering has earned a spot as one of Wawatay’s youth stories of the year. “The crane represents leadership,” said youth council spokesman Jason Smallboy, explaining the logo features a large crane designed by Matawa First Nations’ Patrick

Cheechoo. “That is what the youth council is about – young leaders leading the way and paving the way for the future of the youth.” Smallboy said the Youth Council realized they needed a new name and logo as the past decade was coming to a close. “We talked about some of the different goals and did a planning session on things we wanted to do for the future,” Smallboy said. Grand Chief Stan Beardy helped a group of youth unveil the new logo during the begin-

ning of the Seven Sacred Teachings Youth Gathering held Jan. 25-29 in Thunder Bay. “The youth council is important, not only for professional and personal development, but it is something for our youth to feel a sense of belonging,” Beardy said. “It’s a chance for the youth to be themselves, to network and to support each other. The new symbol and name gives a sense of identity to youth in their own society.” The Seven Sacred Teachings Youth Gathering featured workshops on bullying and

self esteem, building a positive self image after residential school, lands and resources, fur and licensing, fish and lakes, forestry, Elder teachings on tobacco and medicines, in-depth Seven Grandfather teachings, Elder teachings on tobacco and medicines, a roots and shoots program, regalia making, a pipe ceremony and discussion, a keynote speech on respect/wisdom/truth, speeches on the Seven Sacred Teachings and romantic notions on love and respect, a sacred fire and a sunrise ceremony.

of the situation of youth and increased recognition of the rights and aspirations of youth and helped get the youth more involved in the decision-making processes at all levels. Since its inception, NAN Decade for Youth has travelled to most, if not all, the NAN communities to connect with youth, organized annual or special youth gatherings and increased awareness of youth rights and aspirations. Seeing the importance of the council, NAN chiefs voted to permanently extend the council’s mandate during the winter chief’s assembly March 12, 2009. As the decade drew to a close, the council was rebranded at the 2009 Keewaywin Conference. - JT

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Mystic Passage, an acrylic on canvas painting by Cal Kenny of Sioux Lookout, was one of many pieces from Aboriginal artists at the Celebrating the Creators exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Celebrating the Creators ‘amazing, overwhelming’ Rick Garrick Wawatay News

The Celebrating the Creators exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is among Wawatay’s arts and culture stories of the year. Lakehead University art student Candace Twance exhibited an acrylic on canvas piece called Surrender, which speaks about her struggles with anxiety, during the April 3-May 23 exhibition of 53 Aboriginal artists and craftspeople. “It’s kind of like an overbearing figure which came to represent what I was struggling with in my life at that time,” Twance said. “I think you just have to accept your life the way it is and work with what you have.” The exhibition was a snapshot of the art production of Aboriginal artists over the past year and the culmination of a

yearlong project lead by Jean Marshall. Marshall is a Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug band member who was arts outreach liaison at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“I’m just overwhelmed to see such wonderful work, to see what our artists are painting.” – Louise Thomas

Musician-actor Ira Johnson exhibited three acrylic on paper pieces. “Two of them are about the vision quests we go on to clear our minds and to get on a clear path,” Johnson said. “The idea of the starry sky and the night sky and the mountain tops,

those are very harsh elements. When you look at them you don’t know what it is, but when you go on a vision quest and you clear your mind you actually see the harshness of those elements.” Wawatay Native Communication Society’s Adrienne Fox and Brent Wesley screened their portrait series I am Indigenous during the opening reception, which was attended by about 400 people. Ahnisnabae Art Gallery owner Louise Thomas was overwhelmed with the work. “It’s amazing to see this many artists together in one place,” Thomas said. “I’m just overwhelmed to see such wonderful work, to see what our artists are painting. It’s good to see what they see.” The exhibition also featured an April 10 Celebrating the Creators Arts and Crafts Sale.

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Elliot Doxtater-Wynn jams out during the Celebrating the Creators Arts and Crafts Sale April 10 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Doxtater-Wynn had a piece in the showcase of Aboriginal artists and crafters.

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Thunder Mountain Singers won best traditional powwow CD at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards Nov. 5 in Winnipeg, Man. Pictured are, clockwise from centre, Clement Gustafson, guest drummer Elliott Doxtater-Wynn, Dave Simard, Owen Gustafson and Ryan Gustafson.

Thunder Mountain Singers enjoys successful year Rick Garrick Wawatay News

The Thunder Mountain Singers’ win at the 2010 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards, new album release and City of Thunder Bay award is among Wawatay’s arts and culture stories of the year. The Thunder Mountain Singers won the best powwow CD – traditional for their latest album One Voice One Nation at the 2010 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards Nov. 5 in Winnipeg. “We were really amazed and shocked,” said David WilkinsonSimard, a member of the Thunder Bay-based drum group. “We were really surprised that we won.” Simard said the reaction from fans and friends has been great.

“We were just swamped on Facebook,” Wilkinson-Simard said. “It’s been non-stop with congratulations from people right across the world, in fact. It’s not just people in Ontario and Canada, it’s been into different countries.” The group had also been nominated for best duo or group at the awards ceremony. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be nominated,” said Longlac’s Clement Gustafson, who has been with the group since its inception in 1988. “It’s good for the community, good for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Robinson Superior treaty area, Treaty 3,” said Ryan Gustafson. The Thunder Mountain Singers celebrated their album One Voice One Nation Oct. 15 and 16 during A Celebration of One Voice One Nation at Magnus

Theatre in Thunder Bay. “It features songs and dances from our album and from past work we have done,” Simard said. “We have friends and family who have come out to showcase the dancing and we have a narrator, Nathan Moses, who is providing story lines with the songs and dances and explaining the history of the drum group.” The group, which performs an average of one show per week, won a Thunder Bay Arts and Heritage Award in June. “We try to be very involved in the community,” Simard said. The Thunder Mountain Singers performed Jan. 3 during the ceremonial arrival of the Olympic Torch at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. With files from James Thom

Shy-Anne wins female entertainer of the year Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Shy-Anne Hovorka’s win at the 2010 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards, PSEUDO album release and tour of the James Bay coast is one of Wawatay’s top arts and culture stories of the year. Hovorka was surprised to win Aboriginal female entertainer of the year at the 2010 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards Nov. 5 in Winnipeg. “Unreal, literally unreal,” said the Aboriginal Thunder Bay-based singer-songwriter who also won best producer/ engineer at the awards. “I was just happy to be up in the top three but when they called my name, when I stood up, my legs went weak and I almost fell down out of shock.” Hovorka “spoke from the heart” during her acceptance

speech, where she described her upbringing as a foster child adopted at the age of six. “I spoke a lot about kids who were in care and being told that you were nothing and to be able to fulfill your dreams and have faith in yourself,” Hovorka said. “I think that hit a lot of people. There’s been a lot of talk about the speech itself.” Hovorka released PSEUDO at the Paramount Theatre May 29 in Thunder Bay and has since released a music video for the song Can’t Change the World. The album, her second, is a mix of musical genres from pop to blues and jazz and the themes of the songs focus largely around issues surrounding today’s Aboriginal youth. Hovorka and musicians Don Amero and Rob Benvegnu brought their music and positive messages of healthy living and following your dreams at all costs to Moosonee, Moose

Factory, Attawapiskat and Kashechewan during the Jan. 27 to Feb. 8 James Bay coast tour. “We want to expose these youth to a positive message,” Hovorka said. “We all want to show the youth you can be successful with clean music.” The tour also included a talent search in each community. “The students will be judged on talent but also the message their music has,” Hovorka said. “It must have a positive message.” Hovorka is currently planning to travel to Brazil in April, where she will lead a group of Aboriginal singers at the 2011 Earth Day celebrations in Rio de Janiero and to do a winter road tour to remote fly-in communities across northern Ontario this winter. With files from James Thom

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The 2010 Northern First Nations hockey tournament champions, the Pikangikum Screaming Otters celebrate. The Otters defeated the Lac Seul Eagles 7-1 in the A-side championship game March 21 at the Memorial Arena in Sioux Lookout.

Otters overcome Eagles in tourney final James Thom Wawatay News

The Pikangikum Screaming Otters pounded the Lac Seul Eagles 7-1 in the final of the 2010 Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament in what was widely called a huge upset. But those close to the Otters hardly thought so. Screaming Otters head coach Alex Peters was confident in his team’s chances before the team even left Pikangikum for the March 15-20 tournament in Sioux Lookout. “We played our very first game of the tournament Monday morning at 7 a.m. and my boys wanted to close it off by

playing in the last game of the tournament,” Peters said. “We were ready to win right from day one.” The tournament took on a special tone for the Otters who were playing for Peters’ mother, who died just days before they hit the ice. “Our family told us to go ahead and keep playing because she always came to support the team and to support the youth of Pikangikum,” Peters said. “She was a great supporter of our young people so we wore black and white ribbons on our red jerseys for her.” Otters captain Kyle Peters, said the death of his grandmother during the tournament


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made the week a very emotional ride. “But it feels great to win, because we did it all for her,” he said. The Otters opened the final with three quick goals to chase the Lac Seul netminder. The change hardly affected the outcome. After the first period, the Otters were up 4-0 and the crowd, mostly comprised of Lac Seul band members at the Memorial Arena, were silenced. Other tournament action saw the Bushtown Jets and Hudson Bay Cree from Fort Severn play a spirited contest for the B-side crown. The Hudson Bay Cree took an early 4-0 lead, but the Jets

quickly tied it up in the second period with four unanswered goals. The third period saw the scoring go back and forth between the two teams, but Fort Hope edged an 8-6 victory for the B-side championship title. In the C-side championship game, the Obesahdekong Ice Dogs (Poplar Hill) defeated the Kasabonika Islanders 6-3 for the title. The game was tied 3-3 until the last four minutes of the third, when the Ice Dogs netted three quick goals to secure a victory over the Islanders. With files from Chris Kornacki

From National Hockey League sniper and scoring champ to minor leaguer, life has changed for Moose Cree band member Jonathan Cheechoo. The past year was a tumultuous one for the one-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner, several seasons removed from posting goal totals of 56, 37 and 23. He played in 61 games for the Ottawa Senators in the 20092010 season and notched 14 points. The final year of Cheechoo’s contract was bought out by the team June 29. Cheechoo was set to make $3.5 million in the 2010-2011 season. Buyouts are typically worth two-thirds of the contract value. “Jonathan is a quality person and hockey player,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray said to in June. “We hoped that things would have worked out with the Senators. In the best interest of us both, we have decided to move on. We wish him all the best.” The buyout made Cheechoo a free agent but he failed to catch on with an NHL team this fall. He is still looking for a shot in the NHL. He signed a tryout contract with the Dallas Stars Sept. 4 but was cut Sept. 26 before the end of training camp. “He’s a good player, he’s

played well but you’ve got to be better than the people that we’ve got in the top positions,” Stars coach Marc Crawford told ESPN. “No disrespect, but our guys in the top positions said to us that no one is taking our spot. You really have to outplay somebody. It’s unfortunate, but that’s where it is.” Cheechoo is currently playing with the San Jose Sharks American Hockey League affiliate in Providence, R.I. He said he still loves the game and wants to go back to the NHL. “I feel I can still play at a high level. As long as that desire is there for me I’ll play. For sure I’ll know when I’m done. You sense it anyways and my biggest supporters will let me know. I want to have the passion to contribute at the level I expect of me.” Cheechoo said he is working harder than ever to earn that chance. “I think you got to look at it like there’s only 700 or so spots open in the NHL. How am I going to set myself apart from others? The same way I did when I was breaking in. Physical fitness, extra drills, shoot some more pucks, work on my release. It’s those little extras you can do will help you where you want to go and that’s not just in hockey, but in life.” With files from Philip Paul-Martin, Native Hockey News



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Inspection FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN INSPECTION LAC SEUL FOREST, 2011-2021 FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), McKenzie Forest Products Inc. and the Sioux Lookout Local Citizen Committees (LCC) would like to advise you that the 2011-2021 Forest Management Plan (FMP) for the Lac Seul Forest has been approved by the MNR Regional Director and is available for inspection. The Planning Process The FMP takes approximately 2 years to complete. During this time, ¿ve formal opportunities for public and Aboriginal involvement are provided. The fourth opportunity (Stage 4) for this FMP occurred on August 5, 2010 to October 4, 2010 when the public was invited to review and comment on the draft forest management plan. This “Stage 5” notice is to advise you that the MNR-approved forest management plan will be available for inspection for 30 days. FMP Inspection - Final Opportunity During the 30-day inspection period, you may make a written request to the Director, Environmental Assessment Approvals Branch, Ministry of the Environment for an individual environmental assessment of speci¿c forest management activities in the FMP. A response to a request will normally be provided by the Director, Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch, Ministry of the Environment after the completion of the 30-day inspection period.

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Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School student Randall Barkman throws a stone during a teachers versus students curling game Jan. 28.

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The 2009-10 school year featured several changes at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School. None were greater than added student participation in more sports, joining other district high schools in curling, indoor soccer, volleyball and hockey. After a seven-year hiatus, curling was reintroduced as a varsity sport at DFC last winter. About two dozen students committed to the sport with a handful of others joining the team as necessary. Sachigo Lake’s Nancy Barkman, who usually plays third for the girls team, was one of the first to sign up. “It seemed like an interesting

sport to try,” she said. “I’d never curled before but it looked fun so I wanted to join.” Others were quick to join her. Stanley Barkman, also of Sachigo Lake, also signed up. “I wanted to try it since I’d never played before this year,” Stanley, who also plays volleyball and hockey at the school, said. “I like that you can yell in this game. It’s a good sport if you can yell.” DFC principal Jonathon Kakegamic credited teachers Alyssa Saj, Katie Adams, Aaron Guthrie and Ken Liddicoat for bringing curling back to the school. “It’s easier to provide a sport when teachers are interested in coaching,” he said. “We try to provide whatever the students want. As long as there are

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The Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre held grand opening celebrations Oct. 15 and 16. The state of the art 140,00 square feet facility features 60 beds and combines services provided in seven locations in Sioux Lookout. The facility officially opened Nov. 7.

The Municipality of Sioux Lookout and First Nations in the area had much to celebrate Nov. 7 when the doors to the new Meno Ya Win Health Centre officially opened. It was a day decades in the making. The state-of-the art facility, with a price tag of $106 million, is a blend of old and new, a merging of modern technology with traditional First Nation principles. It’s a concept Frank Beardy, co-chair of the Meno Ya Win board, said was needed to make patients feel as comfortable as possible when seeking treatment. Because 80 per cent of patients served by Meno Ya Win are Aboriginal, it was important to include First Nation concepts of health, healing and wellness to provide culturally-sensitive health care. “The holistic nature of how we look at our health has to be a part of the healing process,� Beardy said. The new hospital will serve traditional foods such as moose, thanks to a change in legislation, and will also have a space set aside for ceremonial healing practices and medicine. The completed hospital is the result of four levels of government coming together to make it happen, Beardy said. It was a long process and one First Nations resisted at first. During the 1980s and 1990s, when the idea of amalgamat-

ing the federal Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital with the provincial Sioux Lookout General Hospital was being discussed, First Nations weren’t keen on the concept. Beardy said First Nations wanted to maintain its relationship with the federal government. First Nation jurisdiction falls into the hands of the federal government and includes such responsibilities as housing, education and health. He said by entering into an agreement with the province, First Nations felt it would water down their relationship with the federal government. But, it was the vision of the Elders and First Nation leaders to have quality health care for First Nation people in the area. After much debate, First Nations agreed to amalgamate and proceed with one new hospital. In 1997, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Sioux Lookout, the Ontario government and the federal government signed the Four Party Agreement. That agreement set the stage for amalgamation in 2002 and for securing funds to build the new hospital. Both the federal and provincial governments committed funds for construction, which was completed in October. “The hopes and dreams of many years have finally become a reality,� said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy in a press release announcing the opening. “All people of Sioux Lookout, and our northern communities, will benefit from this new centre.�

In 2009, when chiefs from James Bay coastal First Nations suspended involvement to integrate health services in the area, it looked like it would not happen. Peawanuck, Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Moosonee, MoCreebec, the Town of Moosonee, and provincial and federal health ministries signed a framework agreement in 2007 to establish an integrated health care system. Two years later, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat and Fort Albany suspended involvement in the integration process because little progress had been made. But by the fall of 2010, the federal Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory was integrated with the provincial James Bay General Hospital in Moosonee. The integration saw the formation of the Weeneebayko Area Heath Authority (WAHA). It means that health services provided by two separate hospitals now comes under one administration. Lawrence Martin, director of communications and community relations for WAHA, said patients and users could expect more efficient and culturally appropriate health care services. He said a community-based regional board would govern WAHA. With files from James Thom and Debbie Mishibinijima

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Radiothon and Youth Platform

January 14 – 17, 2011 Tune-in for 72-hours, starting at 6PM CST January 14th, of guest speakers, music, live entertainment and topical discussion! Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) and Wawatay Native Communications Society are partnering to present a platform for youth to discuss issues close to the heart. Through this Radiothon, we are holding a fundraiser to support two causes: Mikinakoos - the short-term assessment and treatment unit run by SLFNHA, and Seven Youth Media run by Wawatay. Both of these worthy causes are in need of funds to keep running. We are asking for pledges throughout the radiothon to support our youth and this can only happen if YOU take part. During the 72-hour Juvenescence Radiothon, Wawatay and SLFNHA will be hosting guests, comments, ideas, music requests, live entertainment, poems, short-stories and other creative additions. If you have a point you want to make or to comment on some of the content you hear airing, we invite your thoughts and opinions! Stay tuned for more coverage and information leading up to this event at www.sevenyouthmedia/radiothon and at Or visit

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