Tourney raises funds for treatment program PAGES 10 & 11
Textbook highlights Aboriginal strength and struggle PAGE 12
Vol. 38 #14
National Aboriginal Day in photos PAGE 19 9,300 copies d distributed istributed $1.50
July 7, 2011
Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974
Ambitious timeline for Ring of Fire
Blazing out of control
Stakeholders meet at infrastructure conference Rick Garrick Wawatay News
photo courtesy of Mitch Miller/Ministry of Natural Resources
A forest fire which forced the evacuation of residents from Mishkeegogamang June 22 is pictured 20 kilometres from the Pickle Lake airport where the Ministry of Natural Resources set up their base of operations to combat the blaze. The fire was still classified as out of control as of July 5 and about 78,000 hectares in size. Mishkeegogamang residents were allowed to return home July 1. At its closest point, the fire was nine kilometres from the community. See story page 2.
ᑲᐸᐸᒥᓯᑲᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᑲᐧᓯᑲᒪᐣᐠ ᑲᐊᔭᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᐣ ᑭᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᕑᐃᐠ ᑲᕑᐃᐠ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ
ᐃᐧᑲᓯᑲᒪᐣᐠ ᑲᐊᔭᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᐣ ᐃᓇᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑲᑭᐊᓂᒧᑕᒪᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᓴᑭᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 22-23 ᑕᐣᑐᕑ ᐯ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ. ᑭᐱᔕᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐠᓫᐃᑊᐢ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᐣ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᑲᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᓇᐧᕑᐊᐣᐟ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ KWG ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᐁᑭᐃᔑᓂᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᒥᓴᐁᐧᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔑᒪᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᓇᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᔾᑯ ᐠᕑᐊᐳ, ᐅᑭᒪᐅᐣ ᑭᐁᑎᓄᐠ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ, ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒪᓇᑎᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᑲᔭᐠ ᑭᐃᓯᓭ, ᒥᓇ ᒥᓄᐃᐧᒋᐃᐧᑎᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑭᐃᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᐱᒥ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ, ᐊᓇᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᑭᐃᓯᓭᐊᐧᐣ ᐃᓀᐣᑕᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᔕᑯᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐅᑭᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᐣᒋᑕᐱ ᐱᑯ ᐁᑭᐃᓯᓭᓂᐠ ᒋᒪᒪᐃᐧᐡᑲᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᔭᓂᒧᑕᒪᑎᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐅᒋ. ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᑫᑭᑕᐸᑕᐠ ᐊᐱ ᐊᐱᐣ ᑭᑭᔑ ᐅᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ. ᐃᒪ ᑕᐡ ᓄᑯᒥᑫ ᑲᑭᐱᑕᔑ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᓇᓇᑕᐊᐧᓯᓂᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ, ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᑭᑭᓇᐊᐧᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐧᑲᓯᑲᒪᐣᐠ ᑕᓀᐣᑕᑯᓯ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐃᒪ ᐁᐱᒪᐱᑭᔑᐣᐠ ᐊᓯᐣ ᐠᕑᐅᒪᔾᐟ ᑲᐊᐧᔐᔭᐱᑭᓯᐨ ᐊᓯᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᒪᐡᑲᐊᐧᐱᑲᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᐠ. ᐃᒪ ᐃᔑᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᑲᑕᓀᐣᑕᑯᓯᐨ ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᐊᓯᐣ
ᒉᒥᐢ ᐯ ᐃᓀᑫ ᐯᔓᐣᐨ ᐁᐧᐱᑫᐧᐣᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐃᐧᑲᐧᒋᐊᐧᓇᐣᐠ. ᐠᕑᐊᐳ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐯᔑᐠ ᐁᑕ ᑕᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌ ᒋᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᓇᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᒪ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔑ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᑭᓂᓯᑕᐃᐧᓇᑲᐧᐣ ᐁᓂᓯᑐᑕᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑯᐁᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᓂᐦᓯᐣ ᑲᑦᐸᓂᐠ ᐊᓇᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᐁᐃᔑᐸᑯᓭᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᐃᔑᓇᑯᑐᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐃᓇᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᐁᐃᔑᐸᑯᓭᐣᑕᒪᐣ ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᒋᔭᓂᐃᓯᓭᐠ ᒋᑭᔑᐅᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ, ᐠᕑᐊᐳ ᐃᑭᑐ. ᓇᐣᑕ ᐱᑯ ᓂᔓᔭᑭ ᐅᑲᐱᒥᑲᓇᐊᐧ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᐱᒥᔭᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐊᐦᑭᐃᐧ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑫᐊᐧᐨ. ᑫᑭᔐᑊ ᐣᑭᓄᑕᐊᐧᒥᐣ ᐅᑯᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᑲᑦᐸᓂᐠ ᑲᑭᔭᓂᒧᑕᐊᐧᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᑲᑭᓇ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᐃᔑᐱᒥ ᒥᓄᓭᑭᐣ ᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᒥᐱᑯ ᐊᔕ ᒋᔭᓂᒪᑕᓄᑲᑌᐠ 2013 ᐊᐦᑭᐊᐧᐠ, ᐠᕑᐊᐳ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ. ᐊᒥᐃᐧᓂᑯ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐁᔑᓇᑲᐧᓂᐠ, ᐃᐧᐸᐨ ᐃᐧᑲᑫᐧ ᒪᑕᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ. ᐠᕑᐊᐳ ᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᑫᔭᓂᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᐅᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐣᑎ ᑫᑭᐃᔑᒥᓇᐧᔑᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐱᒪᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ. ᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᐅᓀᐣᑕᒪᐠ ᐯᑭᐡ ᒋᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᐯᔓᓇᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐃᓂᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐅᑎ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐠᕑᐊᐳ ᐃᑭᑐ. ᐃᐡᑯᑌᐃᐧᑕᐸᐣ ᓇᐦ, ᓇᐣᑕ ᐅᑕᐸᓂᒥᑲᓇ? ᐊᐣᑎ ᐃᓀᑫ ᑫᐅᐣᒋᒪᑕᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ? ᐊᐧᐸᓄᐠ ᓀᐣᑲᐱᐦᐊᓄᐠ ᓇᐦ ᓇᐣᑕ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ -
ᔕᐊᐧᓄᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ? ᒪᔾᑯ ᐸᐧᐠᐢ, ᑲᐅᑭᒪᐅᐨ ᐃᒪ ᐦᐊᔾ ᐃᑦᐸᐠᐟ ᐊᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᑭᓇᑐᑕᒪᑫ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐊᔑᑕᑭᒪᑲᓄᐸᐣ ᐃᒪ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᐯᔓᓇᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᓂᐠ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᓴᑭᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 23 ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᐣᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᑕᔭᒥᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᓂᐠ. ᓂᐣ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᐃᓀᐣᑕᒪᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᑕᑭᒥᓇᐧᔑᓄᐸᐣ ᑲᑭᓇ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᒋ ᐯᔓᓇᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᓂᑲᐠ ᒋᑭᐅᓀᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᓇᑯᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑐᓀᐣᑕᒧᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᐧᐊᐸᑕᓂᐠ ᐅᑕᑭᒥᐊᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑕᑭᒥᐊᐧ ᑲᐃᐧᒪᓂᔓᓂᔭᐊᐧᑌᓂᐠ ᓇᐣᑕ ᓂᔭᑲᓇ ᑭᑫᐣᑕᒧᓂᑯᐃᐧ ᐱᒥᓂᔕᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑫᐃᔑ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᐣᑕᐧ ᐃᒪ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐸᐧᐠᐢ ᐃᑭᑐ. ᒥᐦᐃᒪ ᑲᔦ ᑫᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᒋᔭᓂᒥᑲᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑌᐯᐧ ᐱᑯ ᒋᔭᓂᐱᒥᓂᔕᐦᐊᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐯᑭᐡ ᒋᐅᐣᒋ ᐱᒥᓂᔕᐦᐊᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᐃᓇᑯᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐧᓴ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐸᐧᐠᐢ ᐃᑭᑐ. ᐸᐧᐠᐢ ᑲᔦ ᐅᑭᔭᓂᒧᑕᐣ ᐊᐧᐢᑌᓂᑲᓂ ᐱᒪᐱᑫᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐅᓀᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᑫᐃᓇᐱᑫᒧᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐃᐡᑯᑌ ᑲᐅᐣᒋᐊᓄᑭᒪᑲᐠ ᑲᓇᓇᑐᓂᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑫᐅᐣᒋᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑌᑎᐸᐦᐃ ᐊᐧᓴ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ; ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᐦᑭ ᑫᐃᓇᐸᑕᐠ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐱᒥᔭᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᒋ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐧᓴ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ
ᐅᓇᑯᓂᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ; ᒥᓇ ᐱᑯ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᓇᓇᑐᐠ ᐊᓂᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐠᕑᐊᐳ ᐅᑭᒥᓄᑕᐊᐧᐣ ᐸᐧᐠᐢ ᑲᑭᐊᐃᑭᑐᓂᐨ. ᑲᑭᓇ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐅᒪ ᑲᑭᐅᑲᐧᐱᐦᑎᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐃᐧᐣᑕᒪᑫᓂᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐁᐱᒋᑭᒋᓀᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒋᑲᑫᐧ ᓂᓯᑕᐃᐧᓇᒪᐠ ᓇᐱᐨ ᐁᒥᔑᓀᐧᑭᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᑲᐊᔭᑭᑕᐃᐧᑭᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᒋᔭᓂᔑ ᐱᒥᔭᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑲᑲᑫᐧ ᑌᐱᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ, ᐠᕑᐊᐳ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ. ᑲᐃᐧᓂᐣ ᐃᑯ ᑌᐱᓇᐠ ᒋᒧᒋ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᒥᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᐃᔑ ᐅᓀᒋᑌᐠ ᑫᐃᔑᓇᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᓇᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐁᐧᐣᑕᐠ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑲᑲᑫᐧ ᐅᓀᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᐣᑎ ᑫᔭᓂᔑ ᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑫᐅᐣᒋ ᐱᒪᒧᒋᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ. ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᐊᓂᒥᓇᑲᐧᓄᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᐱᓇᒪ ᓂᑲᐣ ᒋᐱᒥᐊᓂᒧᑕᒪᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ, ᐊᓂᐡ ᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᐣ ᐅᑭᒋᓀᐣᑕᓇᐣ ᐁᑲ ᑲᐧᐣᑕ ᒋᑐᒋᑲᑌᓂᑭᐣ. ᐠᕑᐊᐳ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᑭᓇ ᐃᒪ ᑲᐸᐸᒥᓯᐨ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑫᐃᐧ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᔭᓄᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᔭᓂᔑᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ. ᒪᒪᐤ ᒋᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑎᓇᓄᐊᐧᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᒋᑲᑫᐧ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᐣᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᒪ ᐁᑕ ᑫᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᑭᔭᓂ ᒥᓄᓭᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒪᒋᑕᐃᐧᐣ, ᐅᐣᒋᑕ ᐱᑯ ᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᑭᒪᑲᐠ, ᐠᕑᐊᐳ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ.
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Ring of Fire transportation corridors were a hot topic during the Ring of Fire Infrastructure Conference June 22-23 in Thunder Bay. “We had the head of Cliffs Natural Resources, the head of Noront Resources and the head of KWG Resources sitting together talking about their separate visions for the transportation corridor,” said Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. “It was a very positive, amicable session, but they do have some differences. What came out of that was they recognize they have to come together on this as well. Certainly they will be crucial on making that decision.” A hotbed of mineral exploration activity in recent years, the Ring of Fire contains a potentially large deposit of chromite, a mineral used to make stainless steel. The area is located in the James Bay lowlands near the traditional territories of Webequie and Marten Falls. Gravelle indicated there would only be one transportation corridor to the Ring of Fire. “There clearly is an understanding by all three companies despite their different visions that there needs to be one vision for the transportation corridor, so I am optimistic that we will be coming to a decision on that as soon as we can,” Gravelle said. He believes the environmental assessment process will likely take about two years. “We heard the companies this morning talk about potentially if all things move forward in a positive way to begin construction of some sort by 2013,” Gravelle said. “Again, that is their ambitious timeline.” Gravelle said the next job is to make some decisions on the best route for the transportation corridor. see DEVELOPMENT page 3
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Man charged with murder in Lac Seul stabbing James Thom Wawatay News
A Constance Lake man is dead following a stabbing in Lac Seul First Nation over the weekend. Lac Seul Police responded to reports of a stabbing at a Frenchman’s Head residence July 2. Officers found Simon Bunting, 34, in serious condition.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Charged is Felix Wesley, 26, of Lac Seul. He faces a single count of second degree murder. He appeared in court July 5 and is remanded in custody until July 27. Lac Seul Police and the OPP Northwest Regional Crime Unit are continuing the investigation.
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Mishkeegogamang residents return home, forest fire rages on Tim Quequish Wawatay News
Mishkeegogamang residents were able to return home July 1 after being evacuated due to a forest fire just outside the community. The Ministry of Natural Resources said ongoing fire suppression efforts and cooperating weather were a factor in allowing residents to go home. Since June 22, Mishkeegogamang residents were staying in Sioux Lookout, Greenstone and Ignace while MNR worked to keep the fire away from the community. Karen Passmore, spokeswoman for MNR, said a contingency plan is in the works to minimize community disruptions, should the community need to evacuate due to smoke. This contingency plan will identify a host community and work with various agencies to ensure resources and services are available if required. As of July 4, the fire is still listed as out of control and is now over 78,000 hectares in size, according to MNR. That’s more than double the size of the city of Thunder Bay. Firefighters are fighting the northwest, west and southwest flanks of the fire. The eastern section of the fire is still active. An emergency area order is
photo courtesy of Mitch Miller/Ministry of Natural Resources
Flames leap hundreds of feet in the air June 22 from a forest fire burning out of control near Mishkeegogamang First Nation. The fire caused a full scale evacuation of the community as Ministry of Natural Resources poured in hundreds of personnel to combat the blaze. Residents returned home July 1 after successful efforts to protect the community. The fire was nine kilometres from the community. still in effect, limiting travel to Pickle Lake and Mishkeegogamang and areas of the Albany River. Passmore said everyone involved is working very hard to control the fire. Mishkeegogamang band
member Laureen Wassaykeesic said it was a stressful situation for the community. But she praised the efforts of volunteers in Sioux Lookout who helped out during the crisis. She said Sioux Lookout
proved to be an excellent host. She said the environment where residents were staying was generally calm and that no big problems arose throughout her stay. The fire hazard was still high as of July 4 due to hot weather.
Notice of Aerial Herbicide Spraying Wawa District 2011
Notice of Aerial Herbicide Spraying Abitibi River Forest
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invites you to inspect the MNR-approved aerial herbicide spray projects. As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands on the Big Pic Forest, Black River Forest and the Nagagami Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation starting on or about August 1, 2011. The herbicides Vision and Vision Max, registration #PCP19899, PCP27736 will be used. The approved description and plan for the aerial herbicide project is available for public inspection at the offices of GreenForest Management Big Pic Forest Inc., Jackfish River Forest Management Ltd., and on the MNR public website at ontario.ca/forestplans Nagagami Forest beginning July 1, 2011 until March 31, 2012 when the annual work schedule expires. Ontario Black River Forest Government Information Centres in Wawa, Manitouwadge, Marathon Lake Superior and Terrace Bay provide = Spray Areas access to the Internet. Interested and affected persons and organizations can arrange an appointment with MNR staff at the Wawa MNR District or Manitouwadge Area Office to discuss the aerial herbicide project. For more information or to arrange an appointment with MNR staff, please contact:
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 Abitibi River Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about August 1, 2011. The herbicide Vision, registration #19899 will be used.
Ministry of Natural Resources contacts:
First Resource Management Group Inc. P.O. Box 550 Englehart, ON P0J 1H0 Wayne Pawson tel: 705-544-2828 ext. 224 fax: 705-544-2921
Big Pic and Black River Forests Derrick Tirschmann, RPF Area Forester Manitouwadge Area Office 40 Manitou Road, Postal Bag Service Manitouwadge, ON P0T 2C0 tel: 807-826-3225 ext. 236
Nagagami Forest Zachary White, RPF Area Forester Wawa District Office 48 Mission Road, Box 1160 Wawa, ON P0S 1K0 tel: 705-856-4715
Forest Company contacts: Big Pic & Black River Forests Nagagami Forest Tracey Bradley, RPF Jerry Smith Silviculture Forester Senior Operations Supervisor GreenForest Management Inc. Jackfish River Forest Management Ltd. P.O. Box 22004 P.O. Box 780 470 Hodder Avenue Hornepayne, ON P0M 1Z0 Thunder Bay, ON P7A 8A8 tel: 807-868-2370 ext. 223 tel: 807-343-6459 cell: 807-228-1360 or call toll free: 1-800-667-1940 and ask to be forwarded to one of the contacts above. Renseignements en français : Zachary White au (705) 856-4715
The approved project description and plan for the aerial herbicide project is available for public inspection at the First Resource Management Group Inc. office and on the MNR public website at ontario.ca/forestplans, beginning July 1, 2011 until March 31, 2012, when the annual work schedule expires. Ontario Government Information Centres at Cochrane, Timmins, and Kirkland Lake provide access to the internet. Interested and affected persons and organizations can arrange an appointment with MNR staff at the MNR District or Area office to discuss the aerial herbicide project. For more information or to arrange an appointment with MNR staff, please contact:
Ministry of Natural Resources Cochrane District Office P.O. Box 730 2-4 Hwy 11 South Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0 Stephen Foley, RPF tel: 705-272-7129 fax: 705-272-7183
Kirkland Lake District Office P.O. Box 910 10 Government Road Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3K4 Bill Vanschip, RPF tel: 705-568-3243 fax: 705-568-3200
Timmins District Office 5520 Hwy. 101 East South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0 Nikki Wood, RPF tel: 705-235-1339 fax: 705-235-1377
Or, call toll free: 1-800-667-1940 and ask to be forwarded to one of the contacts above. Renseignements en français : 705-272-7155 Cochrane, 705-568–3222 Kirkland Lake, 705-235-1314 Timmins
Wawatay News JULY 7, 2011
Cliffs workers still off job
Guided by the beat of the drum
Rick Garrick Wawatay News
Cliffs Natural Resources workers from the Ring of Fire mineral exploration area were still off the job as of June 30 but plans are being made to meet with company representatives. “On June 16, representatives from Cliffs management visited the camp and offered us a package that would effectively make us all seasonal workers on the organizational chart, in exchange for EI (Employment Insurance) benefits,” said Ralph Baxter, a Çliffs worker. “This means we will become Cliffs employees with no benefits and we will make a mere $140 per day for a 14-hour day. This is less than a McDonald’s wage and is a complete insult to us and our families who are working under these extreme conditions.” The group of about two dozen First Nation and nonNative workers walked off the job-site over the June 18-19 weekend as a protest over poor wages, deteriorating working conditions and inadequate health and safety infrastructure, according to a release they issued. Cliffs is one of the three main companies working in the Ring of Fire mineral exploration area, which has been a hotbed of mineral exploration activity in recent years and is home to a potentially large deposit of chromite, a mineral used to make stainless steel. The area is located in the James Bay lowlands near the traditional territories of Webequie and Marten Falls. The workers said health and safety issues were a serious concern due to an absence of infrastructure for helicopters to land at the camp in the evenings in case of accident or illness. “We are literally putting our lives in their hands every time we board a plane to go to work and they will not respond to any requests for support or offer us better pay,” said Jesse Nadon, another Cliffs worker. A Cliffs media spokeswoman said the company would respond to questions on the issue but had not done so by press time. Workers described an average week’s work as moving out bulk samples of chromite, weighing up to 200 tons or 400,000 pounds. The work involves manually loading rocks into 15-gallon pails and onto airplanes. Workers leave their families and live in the isolated camp for up to four weeks at a time. “We understand that the conditions in mining camps will be basic but there is a common industry expectation that workers are compensated and paid accordingly based on the employment conditions,” said Ralph Baxter. “This is not the case here. Cliffs offers no isolation pay, inadequate travel pay, no employment benefits and offers poor bonus incentives. We are without question the poorest paid workers in the mining industry.” The Cliffs workers had asked all First Nation communities and municipalities in northwestern Ontario to support their protest.
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Dancers show off their different dancing styles July 3 at the Mount McKay Powwow in Fort William First Nation near Thunder Bay.
Gospel concert alternative to powwows Rick Garrick Wawatay News
It was standing room only at this year’s First Nations Day Gospel Concert in Thunder Bay. “We had a very good response,” said Harvey Yesno, one of the organizers of the June 21 concert, which began at 7 p.m. at the CLE (Canadian Lakehead Exhibition) Heritage Building. “We are just trying to figure out how we can expand this concert for next year. We still need to refine our program a little bit so it is more fluid.” The concert featured Jimmy Barkman, from Sachigo Lake, Edward Boyce, from Eabametoong, the Bernard Mekanak Band, from Bearskin Lake, and Elijah Begg, from Kingfisher Lake. Patsy Cline and Elvis from Thunder Bay Legends also made special appearances. “People have been saying we should do something like that so we finally did last year,” Yesno said. Sponsored by Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Bearskin Airlines and Wasaya Airways, the concert was organized to give people another way to celebrate National Aboriginal Day other than attending a powwow. For next year’s event, Yesno said the organizers are considering adding a daytime event
Brothers Max and Abe Kakepetum sing a gospel tune to a standing-room-only crowd at the First Nations Day Gospel Concert June 21 in Thunder Bay. before the usual evening event. “We are thinking that during the day we could showcase other artists or upcoming artists ... so there is a whole variety,” Yesno said. “That takes a little bit more organizing and arranging at the facility, but the evening (concert) will remain.” Yesno is also considering a live broadcast of the concert
over WRN (Wawatay Radio Network) for next year. “There is interest picking up,” Yesno said, noting that he and Max Kakepetum are the main organizers but other people have helped out with various aspects of the concert. “We were there last year, but we didn’t have as much of a turnout last year,” he said.
NAN also took part in National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay. “Today we celebrate our culture, tradition, beliefs and ongoing efforts to ensure a better world for our people and future generations,” said Grand Chief Stan Beardy. “Despite much adversity faced by Nish-
nawbe Aski people, today we recognize and bring attention to the tremendous determination by our young people in reaching their goals and aspirations.” National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in June 1996 by the Governor General of Canada to celebrate Aboriginal culture and diversity while recognizing the contributions Aboriginal peoples have made towards shaping Canada. NAN recognized the contributions made by community members over the past year, including the fundraising walk completed by Sachigo Lake’s Riley Barkman this past March and the ongoing efforts by youth from Attawapiskat and beyond to keep the dream of the late Shannen Koostachin alive. Barkman raised more than $205,000 for the Wasaya Group Inc. CT Scanner fund for the Meno Ya Win Health Centre during his 16-day 700-kilometre walk along the winter road from his community to Sioux Lookout. Youth and leaders continue to advocate for equal education opportunities in First Nation communities through the Shannen’s Dream campaign, which included the Shannen’s Dream Day of Action this past April on Parliament Hill.
Development requires consultation: Michael Fox from page 1 “We need to make the decisions that are going to work certainly for the communities most affected, the First Nation communities in particular,” Gravelle said. “Will it be rail, will it be road? Which route is it going? Will it be east-west or northsouth?” Michael Fox, president of Fox High Impact Consulting, called for a First Nations position paper from the Ring of Fire communities during his June 23 presentation at the conference. “The best thing I think is to
actually have all the communities here affected by the Ring of Fire come up with their own community position paper and share their lands and resource policies or their consultation protocols so we can find that common denominator so we can actually do planning with the communities as required under the Far North Act,” Fox said He also discussed power line right of ways and power development opportunities across the Far North; First Nation community land use planning processes under the Far North Act; and a handful of other topics. Gravelle was impressed with
Fox’s presentation. “It helped educate everyone in the room about how important it is that we recognize there are very many layers to the process we’re moving forward on in the Ring of Fire,” Gravelle said. “It isn’t simply a question of making decisions on the transportation corridor, it isn’t as simple as deciding on where the processing facility is going to be. “There are obviously crucial elements related to the duty to consult, which the province of Ontario takes very seriously.” He said everyone involved in the Ring of Fire needs to work together to bring about devel-
opment. “We need to roll up our sleeves together, understanding that in order for this project to be successful, that kind of cooperation is absolutely necessary,” Gravelle said. “It is becoming more and more clear to me that certainly the First Nation communities want to embrace the mineral development opportunities but they are also very clear about the fact they want to be sure it is done right and that they see benefits to their communities.” Gravelle said long-term planning is needed to get the Ring of Fire development right. “Unquestionably, this is just
an extraordinarily big opportunity for the next 100 years, for generations to come,” Gravelle said. “We need to get it right, that is why we have set up a Ring of Fire coordinator, why we are setting up a Ring of Fire Secretariat, and why we are working so hard with all the partners, the First Nations and the companies, to make sure we move forward together. That is crucially important.” Gravelle envisions the Ring of Fire mineral development area evolving on the same regional scale as some of Ontario’s other historic mineral deposits in Red Lake, Kirkland Lake, Timmins and Sudbury.
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Commentary The woods are alive with sounds Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY
woke up one morning in a half-dazed fog. I was at a cottage where normally the forest was quiet and still. There was no wind this night to rustle the leaves in a nearby stand of poplar trees or to blow through the tall pines surrounding the building. It was the early morning, in those dark hours just before the sun rises. My friend Mike had woken me up and I popped up in bed with a focus on the window. He was wondering about a sound. Then it broke the silence. It was a hard knocking sound deep in the woods. It sounded like a two by four against the trunk of a large tree. I acknowledged that it was probably a moose and went back to sleep. In the morning Mike was still excited about the noisy night. He described the sound he had been hearing and I of course recalled the few bangs I noticed before falling back into my dreams. We theorized amongst each other as to what might have caused the sound. I thought as before that perhaps it was a moose brushing its antlers up against a tree. I recall stories from hunters about moose shedding the soft velvet skin covering the antlers by rubbing them against trees and brush. It also could have been woodpeckers or peepeeshche-oo as we had heard these birds during the day making unusual chipping or knocking sounds in the surrounding trees. However, on more reflection I recalled Elders saying that most birds keep silent in the dark. It occurred to me that perhaps it might have been a distant cottage neighbour splitting a few logs for an earlier morning fire as it was a cool night. When you spend a good amount of time in the woods, you begin to realize just how much life there is in the wilderness. After spending a few days in what seemed like a quiet uninhabited stretch of woods, we began to notice the many residents that make up the surrounding forest. Several animals and birds made themselves known through various sounds. Loons or makwa regularly landed in the lake nearby to swim and fish. They sang in a series of calls that ranged from long mournful notes to high
pitched whistles and cries. They fluttered their wings and stood on the water in a show of either agitation, excitement or the sheer enjoyment of being on a beautiful lake full of small perch. A hawk or mikisheesh flew overhead on a regular basis and its distinct scream was a sign that he was not happy with our noisy human presence. Whiskey Jays or weesakeechak darted in and out of the trees looking for morsels of food and when they weren't singing, they were fluttering nearby and very curious. Woodpeckers or peepeeshche-oo drilled away on nearby trees but we rarely saw them in action. On a few occasions, when bold beavers or amisk came close, they nosily lumbered over the ground, thrashed their way through bushes and splashed into the water. Sometimes they slapped their flat tails with a crack on the water. A rabbit or wabush magically appeared on the property without making a sound but once discovered, it lightly thumped the ground in a few quick bounds before diving noisily into a thicket. Squirrels or aneekoochash regularly complained about our presence by chirping, squealing and clicking in our general direction. Chipmunks or aneekoochashish kept an eye on us while chewing on pine cones. In their more adventurous moments, they ventured closer in scurrying, scratching sounds on tree trunks to check us out. Sometimes squirrels or chipmunks would find each other and a full blown war for territory would break out with these tiny animals leaping from branch to branch, bark scratching, chirping and squealing. A family of eagles or mikisoo screamed from their high perches in the tall pine and we watched them circle overhead from time to time at distant heights. That visit into the far north wilderness reminded me that we are never alone even in the middle of nowhere. When people claim there is nothing but trees in the forest they are very wrong. Still, my last visit was a surprise in that I heard a sound that I had never known before. I have not managed to explain that wooden banging sound as I was reminded by friends that moose normally rub their antlers on trees in the fall not summer. It remains a mystery. Perhaps you have an answer. If so send me your thoughts by email. www.underthenorthernsky.com
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Wendel Sakakeesic and Brian, Slate Falls, May 1993.
Email allows connection with readers Richard Wagamese ONE NATIVE LIFE
ne of the things about the writer’s life that I love the most is the seclusion. I’ve always been a loner at heart and maybe it’s fitting that I found my way to this work. There’s something about the private confines of the imagination and the intellect that fulfills me and I love nothing better than to sit at my writing space and create. We’re conjurers, we writers. We create whole worlds out of thin air or fashion messages that touch, enlighten and empower people. But sometimes I get to actually step out into the world with my work or as a result of my work and meet the people who read me. It’s always fascinating. I never consciously consider who I’m writing for. I write each story for the story’s sake. But when I go out into the real world I meet people of every stripe and background and I come away empowered to carry on.
In the last year or so I’ve allowed my email address to be attached to my newspaper columns and on my personal website. The result of that is that I get emails from people all the time; strangers and friends I’ve never met. Maybe they’ve read a newspaper column, heard me on the radio, saw me on television, attended one of my workshops, heard a speech or a lecture or read one of my books. Most of the time it’s really good to hear from them and some of their comments really make my day. I got one from a woman in southern Ontario who wrote about rediscovering her Native family after almost 30 years. She wrote about the fascination of seeing her features on the faces of people she’d never met before. She wrote about the feeling of seeing people she’d only ever fantasized about, touching them, feeling them as real and vibrant. She thanked me for my first novel Keeper’n Me which speaks about the same experience. For her that story validated a lot of what she experienced. Then there are the youth who write to ask about the craft of writing or else to ask me to do an interview with them for a book assignment. I get a lot of those. I always take
the time to respond to those because it’s our responsibility as the older generation to be available and because it’s fun. Our youth are smart and savvy and hip and they have a lot of really good questions like “If you weren’t a writer what would you be?” I don’t know if I’d ever considered that before. Along with them are emails from elders who thank me for carrying on our storytelling tradition in different media over the years. Those mean a lot to me. To have your Elders tell you that the work that you do is important to the well being of the people is as high a praise as I’ve ever gotten. I received an honourary doctor of letters degree recently and that honour pales in comparison to the praise of those who taught me how to tell stories in the first place. There are sad messages too – a brother who committed suicide, a young man off to prison for 20 years, a woman lost to the streets and drugs and prostitution, children disappeared into foster care, an alcoholic death in a snowbank and Elders who die alone in terrible conditions. There seem to be a lot of those kinds of messages and they all touch me and make me wonder how we can help each
other cope better than we do right now. People want to share their stories. It’s why they write to a stranger and tell him what’s going on in their lives. Everyone has things they want to share, get off their chest or just let go of for awhile so they can carry on. Everyone has the desire to be heard, to be known, to matter even if it’s only for the amount of time it takes to read a few dozen paragraphs. I recognize that and I enjoy the human contact even if it’s desperate or sad. Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone deserves to be. There are millions of stories out there in the big wide world and that’s what makes it such an amazing planet. All those voices, all those possibilities, all those spirits engaged in the task of living. Even a lifelong loner like me has the inherent ability to recognize the need for folks to reach out and each of those stories make me more and less of a loner. I think we become better people by our ability to hear each other’s stories. I don’t answer all the emails I get. I couldn’t but I’m touched by the humanity in each and every one – they make me bigger inside.
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Wawatay News JULY 7, 2011
OPINION 60s Scoop era youth victims as well To the Editor: Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a public apology to the residential school survivors who lived there when it closed. In his apology he basically caught the churches involved who also contributed money for the abuse residential school children experienced. We must keep in mind many children died in residential school and some lay in unmarked graves and their death records are not recorded properly. This apology in my opinion did not have much truth to it because residential school in my opinion did not close. For something to close it would mean they waited for the last child affected to grow up there. This is not what happened. Residential school children and residential school policies were transferred to the Childrenâ€™s Aid Society. I lived this time period and knew kids who were in residential school and were transferred to the CAS. If these children were in residential school for one day and then were transferred to the CAS and spent five years there, they are entitled to the compensation under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for all the years including time spent under CAS care. This compensation closed the door for the survivors of residential school only. Residential schools also had non-Native children who lived there. The reason these children were there was because they lived in outlying farm communities where rural schools only went so far. Their parents paid the residential school for their children to live their to further their education. When these children completed their education they
came out to the community with it, where they became social workers, nurses and teachers. Some of these people became foster parents. I lived with two such people. Of course, these foster parents treated us just as they were taught at residential school. I remember the treatment I received and it is confirmed in my CAS records. At one time all who lived this experience in the 1960s identified ourselves as the 60s Scoop. However with the buyout under Truth and Reconciliation there is a division among us placed there by the churches involved and the government. Our CAS records that did not begin in residential school were not included in Truth and Reconciliation therefore, we must call ourselves second generation residential school, private institution Childrenâ€™s Aid Society, 60s Scoop. The transfer of policies and kids are hidden in the words of Truth and Reconciliation and ideas that every one received money. This is not true. I have spoken to ministers, the front line workers of churches and found they did not know of the Truth and Reconciliation buyout that their church paid out. For this reason I see no reconciliation in it. The money came from the top and some congregations and ministers do not know the truth under Truth and Reconciliation. Now that our era has to be defined as 60s Scoop, second generation residential school, private institution Childrenâ€™s Aid, we must look also at the third and fourth generations. When children grow up in a private institution such as the CAS and are abused, it is difficult for them to function in a normal family once they are married and have children. Many lose their children to the
system and another generation begins there. Today children in the system are being diagnosed with attention-issues and hyperactivity and are being medicated by doctors. These kids themselves call the medication â€œcocktailsâ€? because their drugs are increased and changed through time. Some of these children are so affected by this medication when they are too old for CAS they then are transferred to half way houses where they are being supposedly taught to manage their money and are supposed to learn the skills to function in society. These children do not have a choice in these addictions. It is forced upon them by system. The horror in this cannot be overlooked. These children are our future generations and we need them to have healthy minds so they can function normally in society. In our day we were not medicated in this way. Our generation of 60s Scoop received diagnoses as adults and many of us are diagnosed with some form of mental illness. To my knowledge many organizations were involved in the Truth and Reconcilition process. However, I donâ€™t believe psychiatry is part of it. With the diagnoses most 60s Scoop members feel some of us are misdiagnosed because by the time we meet with psychiatrists, we are unable to explain all the abuses we have been through. Many times we are left with an inability to respond to questions and an inability to respond to life. Our voice is no longer with us. Many of us revert back to the days when we could not speak.
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Psychiatrists then believe we need medication and begin forcing it upon us. Sometimes this forced medication is for a life time and there is no way a person can get off of it. If only psychiatrists would understand that most adult children of the CAS are suffering long-term effects of child abuse. Rather than prescribing medication, what is needed is help in creating healthy support systems. This situation in my opinion is further abuse caused by lack of understanding and not enough public awareness of the sexual, physical, religious and emotional abuse that we have endured in the CAS system. Many times educated people in these professions believe we are making up outrageous stories. They think we are delusional and medicate us. Psychiatrists hold a lot of power and many of us have witnessed our 60s Scoop friends disappear in medication. They become victims of pills and then needles when their medication is increased. We have seen our friends stumble in the streets and barely remember their own name because of medication. At the end of this they end up in hospitals. When we lose one of our friends this way we wonder, was it what they did, what they said or was the power of psychiatry “teams” used in the wrong way against one adult child who has already suffered a lifetime of abuse? Psychiatry must accept and understand that our life experiences are real although our life experiences seem bizzare compared to people who come from the so-called dysfunctional home. Each of us came from many dysfunctional homes not just one and each of us lived through many more abuses than the average person. We have to find a way to reach education in proper ways
to explain this so they can help us as opposed to harm us with medication. Each of us were abandoned and separated from parents and siblings; this in itself is lifelong pain, not to mention the majority of 60s Scoop children were brought from outlying areas to the city. Many adult children who were removed from home in this way never fit back into their original families. Many of us did not have an opportunity to meet one or more of our parents because they passed away before we could meet them. Our families were further torn apart by adoptions and the CAS did not allow us to see our siblings until we were older and no one could stop us then. In foster homes we lived in high movement environments. In my case it took 25 people to raise me and I left the system at 16. I lived all over the city and in surrounding towns while I was in care. I was raised under different names and did not know my original surname until I was 14. I am not alone in this. Many have suffered this exact identity crisis. Once leaving the system the majority of us did not gain much education and lost many concepts educationally because of the moves. Yet, we now must support ourselves. Because of our backgrounds and lost identity this is not an easy task. Many of us live on the streets, are sent to jail, are supported by the welfare system and many die from our own hands. Many 60s Scoop kids were sent to reform schools in southern Ontario for doing some petty crime. CAS did not defend us in court systems in the way they could have. We do not have the comforts of moving back home with parents. Previous foster parents cannot be bothered with us because there is no money com-
ing their way. These are some of the realities of 60s Scoop second, third and fourth generations. There are white children in the CAS also but the difference is the white children are not removed from their community like we are. Their families generally live in the community and they are allowed to visit their families. With us we were punished and moved out of the area if we tried to associate with our siblings until we got to an age where we could not be stopped. Our parents lived far from us so we would not have had any association with them. The associations we wanted were only with some of our siblings who were in the system at the time we were. I believe we all should take a stand and start a registry to prove the abuse in the CAS just as Anishinabe did to prove the abuse in residential school. There is no registry for this to date. Most people are aware of this situation and talk about the wrong doings of children being hurt in the system, but rather than acknowledge it among ourselves. Isn’t it better to truly seek change and do something about it? In this I honour all residential schools for telling the truth of the abuse each one of you received and for forcing accountability because without you, I could not begin to write this. Without you, my 60s scoop abuse would be hidden in my own mind and in documents and I would not be allowed a voice because no one would believe this or understand this. Because of you, I along with many others am able to shed light on the 60s scoop second, third and fourth generations. Ruth Robbins Brantford, Ont. Formerly of Thunder Bay
your views from wawataynews.ca Other school systems also destroyed language, culture Re: Indian day school lawsuit numbers swell First of all, what is the true definition of an Indian Day School? I went to a Roman Catholic School in Moosonee in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Many of my friends and myself were prevented from speaking our Cree language by the nuns. As a matter of fact, we were even threatened and some were abused right in front of our eyes. I’m very sure some kids got traumatized because of that. The only difference was, we went home every evening. So, do I also fit into this category of an Indian Day school? Anonymous Garnet’s friends salute event organizers Re: Garnet Angeconeb’s legacy recognized Sorry to have missed this event! We met Garnet when he was studying in London - we were neighbours in ‘married student residence’ - Margaret was our daughter’s first childcare provider! We have followed Garnet’s career from a distance, and we will certainly get a message off to him in the mail (now that the strike is over!) Great of the folks up there to organize this event! Mike and Fran Couchie, Nipissing First Nation
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Boyce urges residential school survivors to open up
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James Thom Wawatay News
Returning to the site where atrocities were done to him while at residential school has proved to be therapeutic for a Thunder Bay resident. Charles Boyce, an Eabametoong band member, has returned to the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ont., on seven occasions. His most recent visit two years ago included his grandchildren to show them his past and the place which led him to drugs, alcohol and years on the streets. Boyce still wonders why he was taken so far away from home to go to residential school. He and his brother were taken from Central Pat, near Pickle Lake, Ont. by the local Indian agent. They went to Sioux Lookout and on to Toronto before arriving in Brantford. “It was more than five months before my parents learned where I was,” Boyce said. His time at the school in the late 1960s was riddled with abuse: physical, sexual and cultural. But returning to the school, which is now a cultural centre, to confront his past has proven cathartic. Talking about his past and sharing it with listeners on Wawatay Radio Network and in Wawatay News a decade ago has helped Boyce along his healing journey. It helped him decide to return to Brantford as part of his healing process. His return trips have spanned the last decade. “I felt the school was a dark place. I couldn’t keep it bottled up any more,” he said. “But when I arrived, I really just wanted to drive my car through
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Eabametoong’s Charles Boyce looks through a scrapbook he created of photos from his trips back to the residential school he spent several years at in the late 1960s in Brantford, Ont. He called his time there the darkest of his life. But returning to the site has helped his healing process. the building.” After his anger subsided, Boyce toured the building remembering the sites where his abuse took place in 1968 and 1969. “I never thought I’d have to strength to go back. But through a lot of prayer and support, I was able to.” His life fell apart because of addictions with drugs and alcohol. He even attempted suicide. He spent eight months in a psychiatric hospital. It was all in an effort to ease the pain he carried. Nothing helped. “In the late 1980s and early 90s, I was very successful,” Boyce said. He was working in television and sat on the Wawatay board of directors. “But all of that went down the drain,” he said, when the pain became too much for him. “I tried to hide the pain but I couldn’t do it anymore.” When his first wife died, he hit rock bottom. “I just couldn’t live anymore,” he said. “I didn’t know where life was heading.”
But on Jan. 10, 1996, he walked off the streets and began his recovery. Boyce had found faith in God. He realized God would help take the hurt away. At that moment he was ready to change for the better. “It was a long struggle, especially dealing with the prescription drugs,” he said. He attended a handful of treatment centres and has now been clean and sober for more than a decade. “I was determined to get better,” he said. “Recovery is a commitment one person decides. Only you can make it work through determination.” Now clean, sober and healthy, Boyce works at the Muskrat Dam Treatment Centre as a family counsellor. He and his second wife are both working to become accredited treatment counsellors as well. “I travel a lot as well, doing community visits and sharing my story,” he said. “As hard as it was to open up about my past, sharing the story has helped me get to a better place in my life.”
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Business services discussed Tania Cameron: new voice for northern Ontario
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Wasaya Group Inc.â€™s Gordon Wabasse recently picked up some information on business development at the June 29 Aboriginal Business Workshop in Thunder Bay. â€œIâ€™m here to collect some information about business development, especially with the opportunities that are forthcoming from the Ring of Fire,â€? Wabasse said. â€œThereâ€™s an immense amount of opportunities that the First Nations people should capture.â€? The Aboriginal business workshop was hosted by the Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneurship Centre at the Victoria Inn. â€œThis is the sixth edition of this workshop,â€? said Cheryl Watson, E-Spirit project manager with Business Development Bank of Canada. The goal of the workshops is to inform Aboriginal entrepreneurs, leaders and youth about
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Wasaya Group Inc.â€™s Gordon Wabasse, left, networks during a break at the Aboriginal Business Workshop June 29 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay. the services available to them in order to become business owners. Roundtable discussions were held during the workshop, as were presentations by a vari-
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Ochiichagweâ€™Babigoâ€™Iningâ€™s Tania Cameron is honoured by her selection to the New Democratic Party of Canadaâ€™s national council. â€œMy ears are open, my e-mail is open for people who just wish to share with me their concerns,â€? said the NDP candidate for the Kenora riding during the recent federal election. â€œIâ€™ll be sure to relay that at the federal council table.â€? The NDP elects provincial councillors from across the country to the national council as part of its constitution. â€œThey are the driving force behind making sure policy is developed, enforced, (and) policy changes are in place as legislation changes,â€? Cameron said. â€œItâ€™s a lot of the hard work and I come from a background in policy so I think this is right in my alley.â€? As the only provincial councillor from northern Ontario, Cameron is looking to stand up as a voice for the region. â€œI certainly want to ensure our policies reflect the needs of families right across the north, whether you are living in the municipalities or the First Nation communities,â€? Cameron said. Cameron said the provincial councillors are elected to twoyear terms, with face-to-face meetings a couple of times a year and conference call meetings throughout the year. â€œIn our new role as official opposition we need to be on the ball and weâ€™re committed to meeting as often as possible,â€? Cameron said. Cameron said the NDP
recently held a celebration in Vancouver of its 50th anniversary as a political party. â€œIt was a party that I will never forget because it took us 50 years to get from always being the third party to being the official opposition,â€? Cameron said. â€œWeâ€™ve met from farmerâ€™s fields to big convention centres, from being the third party to official opposition. Itâ€™s been hard work over the years.â€? Cameron said the NDP is focusing on pension plans and pay rates for new younger workers.
â€œI certainly want to ensure our policies reflect the needs of families right across the north.â€? â€“ Tania Cameron
â€œA lot of our seniors are living in poverty and that is why we need to address pensions today,â€? Cameron said. â€œI think right across Canada pensions are under attack.â€? Cameron looks forward to the next federal election in four years time. â€œWe beat out the Liberal (candidate) and I think weâ€™ve certainly made strides as a party in this riding,â€? Cameron said. â€œWeâ€™ve reached to a new sector of voters, people who were non-voters actually. We also had people telling me on the doorstep, â€˜You know Iâ€™m a Liberal but this time Iâ€™m going to vote NDP,â€™ so we are going to build on that momentum locally.â€?
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Raymond Weldon Management Forester Ministry of Natural Resources 5 Wadsworth Drive Nipigon, ON P0T 2J0 tel: 807-887-5058 fax: 807-887-2993
Charlotte Bourdignon Management Forester Ministry of Natural Resources 208 Beamish Avenue West Geraldton, ON P0T 1M0 tel: 807-854-1833 fax: 807-854-0335
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Notice of Muskrat Dam First Nation General Election for members living off-reserve Call for nominations for Deputy Chief and three (3) Councillors will be held July 22, 2011 9:00 am. â€“ 5:00 pm. CST Elections will be held on July 28, 2009 9:00 am. â€“ 6:00 pm. CST Nomination and election polling station will be at the Kenina Beardy Memorial Band Hall. Phone in nominations and voting will be available for members living off reserve. Phone Number: (807) 471-2691 For more information, please call Charlie Morris or Joy Barkman Monday to Friday - 9:00 am. â€“ 5:00 pm. CST (807) 471-2573/2574
Wawatay News JULY 7, 2011
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Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy addresses the counsellors for the Lieutenant Governorâ€™s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps program. About 90 counsellors will run the program in 30 NAN First Nations this summer.
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It is more than just reading. Itâ€™s about fostering interest, showing attainable goals and helping youth achieve them. When youth across 30 Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities participate in the Lieutenant Governorâ€™s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps program, it can start a magical transformation, said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy. Beardy spoke to 90 youth counsellors June 24 as they completed their orientation and training in Thunder Bay. The counsellors administer the summer-long program. â€œYou will provide the magic for the youth,â€? he said. Speaking about animated movie Shrek, Beardy said: â€œYou will provide (the youth) with their Far Far Away, the attainable fairy tale goal.â€? Beardy was thrilled the program is continuing for a seventh
year and into the future. â€œWe are very pleased once again to be part of this incredible program and look forward to seeing the positive impacts it will have on the youth in our communities,â€? Beardy said. â€œInvestments in education and literacy are key components in the early stages of a childâ€™s development.â€? Said Lt.-Gov. David Onley: â€œSince my installation in 2007, I have supported this program that has made reading and learning in a fun, activity-based environment an annual rite of passage in the summer months. Over the past year, I have worked with the grand chief to raise funds and grow the program so that it can continue for another five years.â€? Several thousand youth participate in the program annually, a number not lost on counsellor Pria Patroni, who will be working in White Dog. â€œThe opportunity to help youth enjoy literacy is a gift,â€?
said Patrino, who is participating for a second year. â€œItâ€™s a great program. We helped bring literacy into many different activities. Rob Fowler, who like Patroni hails from Toronto, is a firstyear counsellor. After hearing about the program though a friend, he decided he had to take part. â€œIt was life changing for her,â€? he said, so he applied for a position. He was selected to work in Eabametoong. â€œIâ€™ve taken some time to learn about the community and a lot about First Nations issues before coming up here,â€? he said. The program is managed by Frontier College. â€œThese camps work to keep kids motivated and improve literacy skills by preventing reading loss that often occurs over the summer months,â€? said Sherry Campbell, president of Frontier College. â€œWe are proud to be part of that success.â€?
Inquest into Reggie Bushie death to proceed A pre-inquest hearing into the death of Poplar Hill teen Reggie Bushie is scheduled for July 21-22 in Thunder Bay. The province announced the dates July 5. The date for the actual inquest â€“ which will examine the circumstances of the teenâ€™s death â€“ will be set at the preinquest hearing. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths of First Nations high school students who attend school in Thunder
Bay at a considerable distance away from their home communities and, in many cases, families. Bushie was 15 and a Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School student when he died. He had been last seen alive at the riverside of the McIntyre River in Thunder Bay Oct 26, 2007. Police divers recovered his body Nov. 1, 2007. The hearing will be held at the Superior Court of Justice in Thunder Bay. The hearing was originally
scheduled for 2009 but legal issues including First Nation jury representation arose, causing it to be postponed. A rally was held earlier this spring to raise attention to the number of First Nation students who come to Thunder Bay for school and die in the city. Since 2000, seven youth from Nishnawbe Aski Nation have died, including six who attended DFC. All but one of students drowned in water bodies around the city. -JT
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ATTENTION MEMBERS OF THE TAYKWA TAGAMOU NATION (TTN) Information about the Nomination A bi election is being held to nominate a Youth Councillor (eligibility 18-29 years of age and a TTN member). Nomination packages will be mailed out June 30, 2011. The Electoral Officer must receive the completed TTN nomination form before July 14, 2011, 4:00 pm, in order for the nomination to be valid.
Information about the Bi Election The bi election will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the band office on TTN, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. The ballot packages and voting information will be mailed to off reserve voters whose name and addresses are registered with the band office on July 18, 2011. If you are an eligible voter not residing on the reserve and wish to receive a ballot package, ensure your address is registered with the band office, or call the Electoral Officer to ensure she has your address for election packages. An elector residing on the reserve who is unable to attend the polling station may also vote by mail in ballot. To do so, please contact the Electoral Officer as soon as possible. If you require further information, please contact the Electoral Officer; Gail Brubacher at 705-676-6267.
Tee off for a worthy cause Brent Wesley/Wawatay News
ABOVE: A player lines up his putt during the Raising Awareness Golf Tournament June 17 in Thunder Bay. The tournament was organized to raise funds to donate to prescription drug abuse treatment programs in northern Ontario. This year, $3,600 was donated to the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School drug treatment program for students in Thunder Bay. RIGHT: Mike Mckay, a Bearskin Lake band member living in Thunder Bay, was a co-organizer of the tournament. He said support was overwhelming. “Certain individuals donated money from their own pocket and it demonstrated the care and concern for the drug epidemic which is plaguing our communities,” he said.
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Golf tourney ‘exceeds expectations’ Brent Wesley Wawatay News
The drug treatment program at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay has only operated for one year, but its impacts are already being felt. Students around 16 or 17 years of age, and as young as 14, have used the program to overcome the use of prescription drug abuse. Two intakes, averaging eight students each time, have gone through the program. DFC principal Jonathan Kakegamic said they started the program to help students kick the habit, but to also make them feel good about themselves. “They’re grieving,” he said of DFC students who attend the school. Students come from remote First Nations in northern Ontario. Kakegamic said those students have often faced a lot of trauma in their young lives. That could be abuse or losing friends to suicide. More often than not, those youth don’t have positive means to cope with the trauma they endure. As a result, some turn to drugs. The 14-day program is housed at an off-site physician’s office and is overseen by a pair of volunteer doctors and four nurse practitioners. Kakegamic said the goal of the treatment program, aside from detoxification, is to provide counselling. Once an optional part of the program, counselling is now mandatory. They want to get to the root of the problems and help students stay off the drugs. Kakegamic said they realize the students need the support.
“To expect them to quit on their own is unrealistic,” he said. Knowing how powerful and addicting Oxycontin can be, Kakegamic wasn’t surprised when some students re-entered the program for the second intake. Through the counselling, they allow the students to feel, to be mad, to be sad. But they find ways to help students in the program to overcome their problems and to make them feel good. It’s all about acknowledging the little successes, Kakegamic said. And improvements are being made. “We notice they are doing better in school,” he said. But after two intakes, the program was discontinued. And with the school year ending, they decided to hold off. Now there is uncertainty about keeping the program going long term. But thanks to the efforts of Mike Mckay and Travis Boissoneau, there is some short-term relief. The longtime friends decided to help in any way they could to curb the problem of prescription drug abuse. So they took their passion for golf and decided to hold a fundraiser tournament. The June 17 Raising Awareness Together Golf Tournament raised $3,600. Around 100 players took part. Mckay said the tournament exceeded their expectations. “Given the importance of the cause we figured there was going to be a good response,” he said. Based on that success, the organizing committee has agreed to host another event next year. “Although the tournament
NOTICE Aerial Herbicide Spraying Lac seul 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 Lac Seul Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about: August 4, 2011. The herbicides Vision: registration number 19899, VisionMax: registration number 27736 and 2,4D: registration number 23508 will be used. The approved project description and project plan for the aerial herbicide project is available for public inspection at the McKenzie Forest Products Office in Sioux Lookout and on the MNR public website at ontario.ca/ Approximate Location(s) of Treatment forestplans beginning July 6, 2011 until March 31st, 2012 when the annual work schedule expires. The Ontario Government Information Centre at 62 Queen Street in Sioux Lookout provides access to the internet. Interested and affected persons and organizations can arrange an appointment with MNR staff at the MNR District or Area office to discuss the aerial herbicide project.
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Jonathan Kakegamic, principal of Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay, left, watches his brother Kevin tee off at the Raising Awareness Golf Tournament June 17. Around $3,600 will be donated to DFC’s drug treatment program for students. was a success, the drug addictions in our communities continues and the fight against this is far from over and there is a lot more to be done,” Mckay added. Kakegamic was grateful for the money. He said it will help keep the treatment program running in the short term.
However, for the program to continue, Kakegamic said the federal and provincial governments have to step up and provide funding. Not only that, he said First Nations need to get involved. He said it will take the efforts of many to keep the program going.
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21st Annual NOMINATE AN EXCEPTIONAL BUSINESS Nominate an exceptional Aboriginal Business Man, Woman or Organization for the 21st Annual NADF Business Awards. Our award categories include: · Business Man of the Year · Business Woman of the Year · Youth Entrepreneur of the Year · Executive of the Year
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Rachel Mishenene speaks about Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada, the 149-page, soft-cover textbook she co-edited for McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s iLit Collection of supplementary student resources for high school English courses during the June 22 book launch at the Northern Woman’s Bookstore in Thunder Bay.
Book reflects Aboriginal presence Rick Garrick Wawatay News
A Grade 10-11 textbook featuring First Nation, Inuit and Métis short stories, poetry, music lyrics, graphic art, articles and essays was launched June 22 at the Northern Woman’s Bookstore in Thunder Bay. “These are stories that were either told to them or stories that come from the heart,” said Rachel Mishenene, who coedited the McGraw-Hill Ryerson textbook along with Pamela Rose Toulouse. “These are their personal stories that reflect that Aboriginal presence.” Mishenene and Toulouse selected and created lessons from the 31 pieces of creative work, of which about one third are from northwestern Ontario. “We followed the Ontario curriculum and looked at the literacy component of that and how teachers could use that piece, whether it be an art piece, a song, a poem or whatever,” Mishenene said. “We developed lessons that reflected Ontario curriculum using the before, during, after and beyond method.” The 149-page, soft-cover textbook, Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis
Peoples in Canada, is part of McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s iLit Collection of supplementary student resources for high school English courses. The book features a speech by novelist Joseph Boyden, a graphic journal by filmmaker Nadia McLaren, a poem by former Rainy River chief Al Hunter, personal accounts by Darryl Sainnawap and Forrest Rain Shapwaykeesic, and artwork by Elliot Doxtater-Wynn. It also includes biographies and photographs of the 30 authors, reading activities, summaries of the authors’ intentions in writing their selections, visual elements, and a glossary of literary terms. Doxtater-Wynn’s artwork featured Indigenous innovations from across North America. “People don’t realize how ingrained some of (these Indigenous innovations) are,” Doxtater-Wynn said, noting his section ties into a project he was doing in schools about the appropriation of Indigenous subject matter, ideas and themes. “When you have something like hockey or bunk beds, people don’t realize how closely related they are to traditional culture of North America.” A form of hockey was played by Mi’kmaqs in Nova Scotia
long before Europeans came to North America. CBC Thunder Bay reporter Jody Porter helped select the stories used in the textbook. “I had some general ideas from the educators, from Pam Toulouse and from Rachel (Mishenene), about what would work in the classroom,” Porter said. “But mostly I was just looking for stories that would connect to people, you know, the good people stories, the stories with good characters and emotion and passion and people who could tell those stories well.” Some of the stories in the texbook were previously published in SEVEN youth magazine, including the story by Shapwaykeesic. “He wrote a piece about his experience finishing high school,” Porter said. “We are hoping that really appeals to other kids who are struggling in high school and they see it can be done.” Porter said McLaren’s graphic journal provided the textbook with a good combination of words and pictures. “We were looking for visual pieces for things that would really appeal when you flip through the book and say ‘Wow, look at that.’”
Wawatay News JULY 7, 2011
Book contrasts differing views of Treaty 9 commissioners Joyce Atcheson BOOK REVIEW
vasion, deceit, hidden agendas and white supremacy are the foundation of Treaty 9. The parchment, brought to the communities for signatures, was written in Ottawa for signing July 3, 1905. The only negotiation identified is that which occurred between Ontario and Canada prior to the excursion. Almost every community was suspicious; why were the treaty commissioners giving them
something for nothing? Repeatedly the people were assured they would continue to have unfettered access to the land to hunt, trap, fish and to live. Reserve lands, where they were not required to live, were lands set aside onto which no white man could come without their permission. Missabay of Osnaburgh and Moonias of Fort Hope discussed this proposal with the people present for the signing; they had no authority to make a decision unilaterally. The treaty party failed to provide translation for the people to understand or give informed consent. Instead interpretation was done by Hudson Bay Company employees, Indian agents, priests or traders.
The language abyss was compounded by different worldviews, ethnocentric ignorance about survival on the land, racism and the governments’ unstated need to open the land to development. Now in his well-researched text, Treaty No. 9, John S. Long, who worked with and is a friend of Muskegowuk Ininew, reveals details of the three commissioners’ diaries, including the entire documents, photos of people and the parchments, schedules, payments and his findings. Long’s approach contrasts the differences between the diaries of the Dominion’s commissioners and Ontario’s as they visited each community. Duncan Campbell Scott’s and Samuel Stewart’s diaries
include such statements as “suitable responses were made by the commissioners.” Meanwhile experienced miner and patronage-appointed Ontario commissioner, D. George MacMartin, has a different diary. Details of reserve allotment, requirement for the people to elect a chief and advisors to receive the flag and have authority to sign are included. For example, “it was then explained to them that the King has sent his representatives to them to make a treaty, that he wished them to be happy and prosperous and that, if they entered into treaty they would be protected; also the King had sent them a present this year of $8 and would grant them an annuity per capita of $4 per
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ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᑕᐡ ᒋᑲᑫᑐᑕᐠ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᔭᐠ, ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᑭᐧᐅᐣᒋ ᐅᓇᓴᑭᐣᑕᐧ ᑫᐅᐣᒋ ᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᒪᑫᐨ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᓂ ᐊᓄᑭᐧᐃᓂ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐊᐧᐁᐧ ᑯᑕᐠ ᑫᔭᓂ ᐊᓂᑯ ᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᒪᑫᐨ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᓂ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂ, ᑫᑯᓀᐣ ᑲᐅᐣᒋ ᑭᒋᐊᓄᑭᔭᐣᐠ ᑲᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒪᐣᑭᑕᐧ, ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑦᐸᓂᐠ, ᒋᐅᐣᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᔭᐠ ᒪᒪᐤ ᑫᒋᓇᐨ ᒋᔭᓂ ᒪᒋᓂᐡᑲᔭᐠ. ᐊᓂᐡ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑭᒋᓀᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ. ᐠᕑᐊᐳ ᐃᔑᐸᑯᓭᓂᒧ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᓂ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂ ᐸᐸᑲᐣ ᒋᐊᓂᔑᐊᓄᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐯᔑᑲᐧᐣ ᐃᓀᑫ ᒋᐃᔑᐱᒥᐡᑲᒪᑲᓂᐠ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᑎᐟ ᑲᐊᔭᑭᐣ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐁᐧᐡᑲᐨ ᑲᐱᐅᐣᒋ ᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐱᐊᐧᐱᑯᑲᓇᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᒥᐢᑯᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ, ᑭᕑᐠᓫᐊᐣᐟ ᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ, ᑎᒥᐣᐢ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐧᑎ ᓴᐟᐯᕑᐃ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ.
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Lac Seul artist featured at business of art conference Rick Garrick Wawatay News
The business of making art was the focus June 17-18 during the Creating A Living: Your Art, Your Business conference. “It’s about making income,” said Michael Belmore, an internationally-exhibited sculptor and Lac Seul band member who lives in southern Ontario. He said art is about figuring out how to make a living from it and enduring the hardships. But ultimately, art is about choosing your own way. His most most recent exhibitions include Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, an international exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art in Winnipeg, and HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor, at the National Museum of the American
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Photography: telling a story More than 50 students from First Nation communities in Ontario participated in the In My Own Eyes program which taught the art of photography and storytelling. Planet IndigenUs set up the workshop designed for youth from Grades 6-8 with support from the province, according to a June 21 press release. Communities like Six Nations of the Grand River, Moose Cree and M’Chigeeng had youth participate along with Aboriginal youth from Fort Frances, Toronto and North Bay. Participants learned how to tell a story – their story – using photography. To help celebrate Aboriginal culture, the gallery for the event was launched on Aboriginal Day. The gallery can be seen at http://www.inmyowneyes.ca Planet IndigenUs is an international multi-disciplinary arts festival produced by Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with Brantford’s Woodland Cultural Centre since 2004. -TQ
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Wahsa grad yields largest class since 2004 Tim Quequish Wawatay News
It takes a special type of student to graduate from Wahsa – they usually have to balance family, jobs and life. That’s what made the 2011 Wahsa Distance Education Centre graduation even more special for principal Norma Kejick. With 30 grads, Kejick said this is the largest class of graduates since 2004. During her remarks June 23, Kejick said it moved her heart to see all the people at the grad and that she was proud of all of them. “As you sit here today, you are starting something honorable. Acknowledge the coming failures and obstacles and realize that they will only make you stronger,” said Kejick at the ceremony which was held at Pelican Falls First Nations High School. She is also proud of the success of the Wahsa program, which was designed for the area First Nations. Kejick said Wahsa helps students by allowing them to study in their home communities so that they don’t have leave to attend school in urban centres. “Initially, Wahsa was set up to help students who had fallen through the cracks,” she said. “A lot of the students were adults with families, so Wahsa was set up for those students.”
Lewis Yesno briefly addressed the students, passing on encouraging words. He said when he was young, his teacher said he would never be a pilot. He did eventually become a pilot, adding one should never give up on their dreams because someone tells them to. Stanley Gliddy, from Wunnumin Lake, stood at the podium as the valedictorian. He expressed much gratitude towards his family, the teachers at Wahsa and wished the 2011 graduates success for the future in his valedictorian address. Gliddy has lived in Wunnumin all his life, and has been going to Wahsa on and off for more than 10 years. He is a carpenter and had done a little mining when he was younger. Gliddy lived across the street from the Wahsa centre in Wunnumin Lake. He went there over the years because he didn’t want to leave the comfort of his home community. He plans on getting a certificate in carpentry and eventually going to college. “My long-term goal is to go to college, probably to study geology,” Gliddy said. He said the best part of his education was the teachers and he was thankful for their patience. Graduate Vanessa Moonias is from Marten Falls and works at
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Wahsa graduates wait patiently for their long-sought diplomas June 23 at Pelican Falls First Nations High School. Thirty students and their families came to celebrate from 14 northern communities. the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre in Sioux Lookout. She is a mother of twin daughters and a son. She said that she went to university for nursing as a mature student, but had to leave early due to pregnancy. But she plans to continue her education in nursing. Moonias said she didn’t need her high school diploma, but that it was something she just
First Nation people benefit from northern mining boom Xavier Kataquapit Special to Wawatay News
There is a mining boom in northern Ontario and Native people are reaping some of the benefits of this development. Eight area First Nation people celebrated their graduation from mining training at a ceremony held at the Timmins Inns and Suites June 23. These graduates completed four months of training by Dumas Mining in a partnership program with Wabun Tribal Council, the Matachewan Aboriginal Access to mining jobs Training Strategy (MAATS) and Goldcorp Inc. All of the graduates have been guaranteed positions with either Dumas Mining or Goldcorp Inc. “On behalf of the graduates, we want to thank Wabun and our respective communities for the support and encouragement you have provided over the course of this training. We were also privileged to have the opportunity to work at Goldcorp for our training and we are thankful for the valuable instruction we received from Dumas Mining,” said graduate Paul Minarik, of Mattagami. The graduates completed training in their respective fields to prepare them for a career in the mining industry. Six of the graduates completed training in basic underground mine training. They are: Courtney Batisse and Paul Denomme of Matachewan First Nation, Steve Denomme, Matachewan affiliate; Jean Loiselle, Mattagami; Minarik and David Tookate, Attawapiskat. Steve LaRocque, of Matachewan, received training in heavy duty mechanic apprentice taining and Natasha Lefebvre, of Metis affiliation, completed
training in human resources assistant training. The graduation event was opened and closed with a prayer by Elder Marie Boucher, of Matachewan, along with ceremonial drumming by the Matachewan Women’s Drum Group composed of Boucher and Elders Vina Hendrix and Laura Flood.
“This training opens up all sorts of opportunities for long term career options in the mining industry. – Jean Lemieux
The training program was initiated by Dumas Mining as part of the Ontario government’s Northern Partnership Training Fund. This graduation of eight trainees is the first in a series of training programs under the fund that Dumas is planning in conjunction with Goldcorp Inc and Northgate Minerals Corp. These upcoming training programs will focus on providing basic underground mining, heavy duty mechanics and office administrative training. As part of the program, Dumas Mining partnered with Wabun Tribal Council to provide training for Aboriginal individuals. “Dumas has always had a good relationship with Wabun Tribal Council and the partnership has had positive results. We are very happy with the results of this training today and we are grateful for the support and assistance we received from both Wabun Tribal Council and the MAATS team in making this possible,” said
Stephen D. McGinn, director of human resources for Dumas Mining. Wabun leadership was able to share its experience in mining training opportunities through the MAATS program in Matachewan, one of the tribal council’s member First Nations. “Partnerships such as this establish a way forward for First Nations to have their members gain access to the experience and job skills that they need to take on high paying and secure employment. Dumas has opened up a lot of doors for our people in the mining field and we appreciate that,” said Shawn Batise, executive director of Wabun Tribal Council. On behalf of the chief and council of Matachewan First Nation, Coun. Jean Lemieux congratulated the graduates on their successful training. “This training opens up all sorts of opportunities not just for immediate employment but for the long term career options in the mining industry. I see the look of hope on their faces today,” Lemieux said. Theresa Hall, of Mushkegowuk Council and former chief of Attawapiskat, explained this training has provided First Nation individuals with more than just practical information. “I have always advocated for education and training for our people. Any valuable skills or training our people can acquire provides them and their families with a sense of self esteem and pride,” said Hall. Goldcorp Inc. provided equipment and onsite job opportunities for the trainees at its Timmins mining operations. “It was a privilege to help bring together these graduates and work with all our partners to give them a start in the mining world,” said Paul Miller of Goldcorp Inc.
had to do. “I only needed two and a half credits, so it was just something I had to do, it was personal,” said Moonias. “Everybody was like ‘You don’t need it, you already went to university.’” Moonias said she discovered Wahsa through a flyer at the local Friendship Centre before she started working there. She figured she could finish high school from there, while raising
her kids and working. “It feels great to finally graduate. I love it,” Moonias said. Rita Brisket is another member of the Class of 2011. She is a mother and has been working for Lac Seul First Nation for nine years. Brisket said she heard about Wahsa when it was first created. “I only needed one Grade 12 English credit, from 1994, seventeen years ago,” said Brisket.
She said she was supposed to graduate from Pelican Falls First Nation High School in 1994, but she didn’t make it. Brisket said she plans on going to college for police training after doing some academic upgrading. She said she’s always wanted to be a police officer. “It feels good to finally graduate and I am proud of myself,” said Brisket.
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Location: The Obishikokaang Elementary School in Frenchmans Head, Lac Seul, FMH is part of the Lac Seul First Nation. The community of FMH is situated 40 km from Sioux Lookout, Ontario. The community is road accessible. Accommodations are not available. Qualifications: Minimum Requirements, Bachelor of Education with five years of teaching experience in a First Nations community. Principal qualifications are preferred. The candidate must be a member and in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers and provide a Criminal Reference Check. Sensitivity to, knowledge and understanding of First Nation education issues are essential. The candidate must be familiar with the Ontario provincial curriculum and be able to adapt it to local needs. This position will require the successful candidate to be flexible and able to meet new challenges. Aboriginal candidates are encouraged to apply. Duties: The Principal will provide curriculum and administrative leadership in a school team environment by setting high and achievable standards. The Principal will oversee the daily operations of the school and the supervision of the school staff and students. The Principal will also be required to work closely with the Education Officer and report monthly to the LSEA. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2011 Resumes with cover letter and three references may be forwarded to: Mr. Ronald Angeconeb, Education Director Lac Seul Education Authority P.O. Box 319 Hudson, ON P0V 1X0 Phone: 807-582-3499 or 1-888-862-6652 (ON, MB) Fax: 807-582-3431 Email: email@example.com
Wasaho Education Authority Fort Severn, Ontario Applications are invited for the following: ELEMENTARY TEACHING POSITIONS Wasaho First Nations School requires a 4/5 Kindergarten teacher, grade 3/5 teacher, grade 5/6 teacher and a grade 7/8 teacher, in a split classroom arrangement. Sensitivity to and knowledge of First Nation Culture and history and, special education background would be an asset! Ontario Teacher Qualification is required. Effective immediately. Ontario Teacher Certifications in the appropriate divisions and special qualifications where the position warrants are required. Recent criminal convictions and child abuse registry check must be provided. Please, send resumes, cover letter referencing to the desired position, a copy of your Ontario College of Teaching Certification or eligibility for membership and the names of three (3) references. (One of whom must be a recent/current immediate supervisor with authorization to be contacted). We recommend that recent graduates include university transcripts and practicum teaching reports. Resumes will be received until jobs are filled. Please, send resume to the Director of Education. Wasaho Education Authority Attention: Mr. Ken Thomas Director of Education P.O. Box 165 Fort Severn, Ontario P0V 1W0 Tel: 807-478-9548 Ext. 25 Fax: 807-478-9452 or 478- 9546 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org We thank all applicants however, only those to be interviewed will be contacted.
The Kenora-Rainy Riv River ver Districts Services Child and Family Serv vices is a future-focussed dynamic future-focuss sed organization that was created through throu ugh the amalgamation of the Kenora-Patricia K Services Child and Family Serv vices with Children’ss Services of the Family and Children Children’ River. r. District of Rainy River Child KRRDCFS provides C hild Protection Children’ss Services and Children’ Service es throughout the Kenora and Rainy y River Districts. services As well, it provides se ervices such Children’ss Mental Health, as Children’ H Developmental and Community C Services in the Rainy River District. KRRDCFS is seeking individuals i for nomination to its inaugural i 14 Directors. ectors. Board member Board of Dire members must be at least 18 years of member Society.. age, and be a membe er of the Society
F o r more For m o r e iinformation n f o r m a t i o n contact c o n t a c t tthe he Executive Assistant KRRDCFS E xecutive A s s i s t a n t ffor or K RRDCFS att 1-800-465-1100 orr (807) a 1-800-465-1100 o (807) 467-5437 467-5437 or visit www.kenorarainyrivercfs.ca www.kenoraraainyrivercfs.ca
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Wawatay News JULY 7, 2011 Northern Nishnawbe Education Council
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY NNEC is a not for profit educational organization. Under the direction of the Sioux Lookout Area Chiefs, NNEC delivers secondary and post secondary education programs and services for First Nations people. NNEC operates Pelican Falls First Nations High School and Centre, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, Wahsa Distance Education Centre and has offices in Lac Seul (head office), Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay. NNEC welcomes applications for the following position:
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NNEC seeks an Executive Director to provide leadership in the management and operation of its First Nation education programs. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is accountable to the Chiefs of the Sioux Lookout Area First Nation Communities. QUALIFICATIONS A minimum of Fifteen (15) years experience in the education field. Knowledge of INAC funding policies and procedures. Strong communications (written and verbal), public relations and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of relevant legislation pertaining to First Nations education. Knowledge of First Nations education issues. English is essential and fluency in Cree, Ojibway or Oji-Cree is preferred. Willing and available to travel.
CONSTANCE LAKE FIRST NATION JOB POSTING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER OVERVIEW: Constance Lake Development LP is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the newly created position of Business Development Officer to actively seek out, manage and followup on business, employment and natural resource opportunities which will bring added capacity, social and economic benefits for Constance Lake First Nation, its Members and Businesses. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Grade 12 diploma • Economic Development and/or Business Administration Diploma, Degree, or Certificate • Extensive knowledge in business planning and market analysis • Previous experience working with First Nation business • Demonstrable proficiency in negotiations, strategic planning, project management, proposal and business plan writing and policy development. • Excellent oral and written communications skills • Experience in political and business matters • Public relations skills, tact and diplomacy • Ability to organize meetings both private and public • Excellent typing and letter writing • Skilled in the use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint computer office software • Experience in maintaining filing systems, records and documents • Able to understand and interpret financial statements and business plans
NNEC requires a Vulnerable Persons Check to be completed for all staff at time of hiring.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES: • Maintain regular open communications with the Board on all economic development matters. • Maintain communications with businesses, organizations and government agencies. • Research, document and file all documents, digital and hardcopy, for future reference and reporting. • Arrange and coordinate meetings and presentations. • Record, type and keep file of all economic development communications and documents. • Make presentations to the Board, Community and/or Chief and Council on a regular basis and to industry and partners. • Prepare and submit monthly written reports to the Board on all matters. • Prepare, submit and continually update a community economic development place and strategy and action plan.
Only those persons selected for an interview will be contacted
Please submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references either by mail, fax, in-person at the Band Office or by email to:
LOCATION: Sioux Lookout, ON TERM: Annual Contract SALARY: Negotiable - commensurate with related education and experience. CLOSING: July 29, 2011. 4:00 pm CST
Please submit a covering letter, curriculum vitae, one page statement of your leadership philosophy and a list of three recent employment references to email@example.com or by mail to Director of Finance & Human Resources, PO Box 1419, 21 King Street, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B9, or email RFuerst@nnec.on.ca.
Hiring Committee Constance Lake Development LP Constance Lake, ON P0L 1B0 Fax: 705-463-2222 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Newspaper Editor/Senior Reporter Wawatay News requires a Newspaper Editor/Senior Reporter for its award- winning, bi-weekly newspaper. The Newspaper Editor/Senior Reporter is responsible for the editorial aspects of Wawatay News and will contribute to Sagatay magazine and Wawatay News Online. As part of the Wawatay Native Communications Society, Wawatay News has been publishing for more than 30 years. The newspaper serves more than 90 First Nations and municipalities. Location: Sioux Lookout, Ontario Duties: Hold regular story meetings with editorial staff Assign stories to editorial staff for print and online Generate story ideas for Wawatay News, Sagatay and related publications, and ideas for special editorial features, such as special reports, photo essays, etc Write stories and take photos that require in-depth research and interviews on topics/issues that are important to the Wawatay coverage area Ensure editorial excellence by editing editorial content for grammar, clarity, fairness, media law compliance, CP and Wawatay style, and the Wawatay editorial policy Travel to remote and road access First Nations Slot stories and photos bi-weekly for newspaper layout using Indesign Evening and weekend work required. Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have: Education and/or experience in media Knowledge of current media laws and regulations, and standard journalism principles, codes and ethics Excellent interpersonal and communication skills Knowledge of Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree culture and communities in the Wawatay service area Ability to work with Macintosh computers and a working knowledge of programs used for word processing, design and layout (InDesign), and photo editing (Photoshop). Valid Ontario driver’s licence Ability to communicate in Ojibway, Oji-Cree or Cree would be an asset. Closing Date: Friday, July 15, 2011, 4:30 PM CST Send resumé, cover letter, three writing samples, and contact information for three references to: Brent Wesley, News Director Wawatay News Box 1180 Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1B7 fax 807.737.2263 or e-mail email@example.com
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. May be extended until a suitable applicant is chosen.
Note: Only applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.
SIOUX LOOKOUT FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AUTHORITY Nodin Child & Family Intervention Services (NCFI)
SIOUX LOOKOUT FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AUTHORITY (SLFNHA)
Nord-Aski Family Health Team
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLOR ACUTE CARE TEAM Internal/External Posting Permanent Full Time Position Location: Sioux Lookout, ON
RECRUITER INTERNAL/ EXTERNAL POSTING One (1) Full Time Position Location: Sioux Lookout
This full time position reports to the Clinical Supervisor. The Mental Health Counsellor will be responsible for providing direct clinical intervention and crisis counseling services to clients referred to our Acute Care Team in Sioux Lookout.
The SLFNHA is an organization which has a mandate to co-ordinate the delivery of health services to the First Nations communities in the Sioux Lookout Zone. SLFNHA is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to be to responsible for all the recruitment needs of its health services programs, with half the time being concentrated on physician services through Sioux Lookout Regional Physician Services Incorporated.
QUALIFICATIONS • Degree in Social Work/Psychology with relevant clinical/counselling experience is preferred; • Minimum two years experience in the health services environment; • Specialized courses in specific areas of mental health; • A thorough understanding of the Mental Health Act, Child & Family Services Act and awareness of current issues within Northern and remote Native communities an asset; • Proficiency in clinical assessment skills and client needs; • Experience with video counselling technology an asset; • Travel is a requirement of the position. KNOWLEDGE & ABILITY • Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout Zone is an asset; • Ability to manage a daily client list; • Familiarity with working in acute care situations; • Knowledge of community resources with respect to developing community safety plans; • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007. Experience with a Client Database (e.g. CIMS), Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) & Brief Child and Family Phone Interview (BCFPI) an asset; • Ability to provide short term interventions with the goal of client stabilization; • Excellent time management and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work independently. • Must be willing to relocate. • Education assistance and training available dependent upon applicant’s qualifications and in accordance with SLFNHA Policies and Procedures. Please send cover letter, resume, three most recent employment references and an up-to-date Criminal Reference Check with a Search of the Pardoned Sexual Offender Registry to: Charlene Samuel, Human Resources Manager Human Resources Department Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority P.O. Box 1300, 61 Queen Street Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8 Tel: (807) 737-1802 Fax: (807) 737-1076 Email: Human.Resources@slfnha.com Closing Date: July 15, 2011
The recruiter plays a critical role in ensuring we are hiring the best possible talent by developing and executing recruitment plans, networking through agency contacts, association memberships, employees, coordinating/implementing college/university initiatives, administrative duties and record keeping. QUALIFICATIONS • Diploma/Degree in Business, with areas of concentration in Marketing, Industrial Relations and/or Human Resource Management; • Minimum 2yrs experience in recruiting. KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY • Outstanding interviews skills – using various techniques; • Innovative thinker, able to use and develop new sources for recruitment; • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines; • Ability to develop and maintain lasting working relationships with business partners, educational institutions and employees; • Ability to work with sensitive and confidential information; • Must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; • Knowledge and experience in employment negotiations; • Highly flexible, with solid interpersonal skills that allow for one to work effectively with different managers, candidate personalities; • Ability to attend and conduct job fairs; • Ability to work with all MS office products. OTHER • Travel is a requirement of the position; • Required to works days and sometimes evening and weekends, if necessary; • Must be willing to relocate to Sioux Lookout. Please send cover letter, resume, three most recent employment references and an up to date Criminal Reference Check: Human Resource Department P.O. Box 1300, 61 Queen Street SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON P8T 1B8 Tel: 807-737-1802 Fax: 807-737-2969 Email: Human.Resources@slfnha.com Closing Date: July 22, 2011
The Health Authority wishes to thank all applicants in advance. However, only those granted an interview will be contacted.
The Health Authority wishes to thank all applicants in advance. However, only those granted an interview will be contacted.
For additional information on the Health Authority, please visit our website at www.slfnha.com
For additional information regarding the Health Authority, please visit our website at www.slfnha.com
Job Posting: Aboriginal Navigator – Full Time The Nord-Aski Family Health Team (FHT) is seeking a dynamic individual for their Aboriginal Navigator position. This person will provide referral, advocacy and support our patients to ensure access to appropriate health care and community services. The role is to improve access and ensure the Aboriginal patients’ health care experience is culturally safe and inclusive. Navigators often meet face-to-face with their patients and families, while other times they will provide translation services at the doctors’ office, connect with elders for spiritual guidance, or refer to a traditional healer if needed. This person will facilitates communication between health providers and patients. The Aboriginal Navigator plays a key role in improving our health practices and approaches. This person will be asked to work from both Jane Mattinas Center in Constance Lake at times and from the Nord-Aski Family Health Team location in Hearst. A reliable vehicle for travelling weekly is necessary for this job. QUALIFICATIONS: • Successful completion of a college or undergraduate degree program in health care or social services or any relevant discipline; • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, ability to speak other languages an asset; • Relevant experience in Community and Primary Care Setting an asset; • Experience working with Aboriginal populations and good knowledge about Aboriginal cultures and history. SKILLS / ABILITIES: • Good knowledge about the health care system & health care providers; • Capacity to offer practical support through liaison and referral processes; • Ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team; • Possess strong team building and excellent interpersonal skills; • Capacity to form and maintain helping relationships with patients and family members; • Excellent organization skills and good time management; • Proficiency in basic computer software, particularly with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to the attention of Tammy Coulombe by August 15th 2011, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at the following address: Nord-Aski Family Health Team P.O. Box 2260, Hearst, ON P0L 1N0 Tel.: (705)362-5544 Fax: (705) 362-5799
JULY 7, 2011
Canada Day concert James Thom/Wawatay News
Morningstar Derosier, 14, an Eagle Lake band member, performs during an Empowering Young People Concert July 1 at Mount McKay. Fort William First Nation hosted the concert. Thunder Bay resident Sara Kanutski also performed. Headlining was Indigenous hiphop performer Quese IMC of Los Angeles, Calif.
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Wawatay News JULY 7, 2011
National Aboriginal Day 2011
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TOP: Break dancing was featured during a break in the powwow at National Aboriginal Day June 21 at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay. RIGHT: Fried bannock was on the menu during the Aboriginal Day festivities at Fort William Historical Park. submitted photo
BOTTOM RIGHT: Drum teachings were shared by Jerry Dampier during a June 20 celebration of Aboriginal culture at Algonquin Avenue Public School in Thunder Bay. An afternoon powwow and workshops on technologies, games, Métis fiddling, dancing and art were also held at the school. Tim Quequish/Wawatay News
BOTTOM LEFT: Students from Sioux Mountain Public School in Sioux Lookout participated in activities on National Aboriginal Day June 21 that taught the culture and values of First Nations people. Students made crafts, learned the history of Native people and experienced a powwow.
Earn Your Degree in a Supportive Specialization & Access Programs Department of Indigenous Learning Environment Native Nurses Entry Program Dryden Aboriginal Housing Opportunities Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS) is now accepting applicant names for self-identifying Aboriginal people interested in renting Single Room Occupancy (SRO), 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom homes. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact OAHS using our toll-free number to be placed on our waiting list. Alternatively, applicants may also visit our website for the preliminary application that can be printed out, completed and mailed or faxed. Interested persons should contact OAHS. Please ask for the “Central Applicant Registry” line. Toll free: 866-391-1061 ext. 216 or 206 www.OntarioAboriginalHousing.ca
Lakehead University is committed to helping Aboriginal people further their educational aspirations. Aboriginal programs at Lakehead offer academic, research, and cultural support services tailored to Aboriginal needs. Office of Aboriginal Initiatives aboriginalinitiatives.lakeheadu.ca 1-807-766-7219 or toll free 1-888-558-3388
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JULY 7, 2011
DRIVE UP, DROP OFF, DO GOOD! The
tour is coming to you. Dryden
Public Works Building 159 King Street Saturday, July 9th 9:30 ’til 2:00
Public Works Yard 60 14th Street North Wednesday, July 13th 10:00 ’til 4:30
Canadian Legion Parking Lot 319 Fourth Street Saturday, July 16th 2:00 ’til 8:00
Municipal Ofﬁce Parking Lot 25 Fifth Avenue Saturday, July 30th 10:00 ’til 5:00
Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship Memorial Sports Centre, 740 Scott Street Monday and Tuesday – July 18th and 19th 2:00 ’til 8:00 The tour is also coming to Kapuskasing, Red Rock and Thunder Bay. Find out when and where on our tour website.
Drop off your unwanted electronics for free. We’ll take it from there. We welcome area First Nations communities
A LITTLE PUSH IS ALL IT TAKES! For a complete list of where and what we’ll take back, visit recycleyourelectronics.ca Tour brought to you by Ontario’s end-of-life electronics program, Ontario Electronic Stewardship.
Published on Jul 7, 2011