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Artist profiles in Wawatay’s special Christmas section SECTION B Vol. 39 No. 43

Mercury poisoning still affecting Wabauskang Elders PAGE 3

Idle No More comes to Sioux Lookout PAGE 6 9,300 copies distributed $1.50

December 20, 2012 Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974

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Finding hope in Eabametoong Talent shows, dances giving drugfree options for community members Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

Liana Achneepineskum says there are not many opportunities for her to show off her talents as a singer and songwriter in Eabametoong First Nation. So when the community held a talent showcase on Dec. 14 and 15, the 26-year-old was grateful for the chance to get up on stage and sing. On Dec. 14, she sang an untitled song she had written. “It’s a break-up song kinda thing,” she said with a laugh. “Everyone likes the song I sang and everyone tells me I’m good at what I do.” On the second night, she took the stage again and performed covers of Jimmy Eat World’s “In the Middle” and U2’s “With or Without You.” Achneepineskum joined more than 20 other community members in taking the stage at the talent showcase. The event featured a variety of performances, ranging from flute playing, rap, singing and storytelling to dancing and drumming and, of course, guitar and vocals. There was rarely a lull in the activity onstage, as people of all ages eagerly signed up to show off their talents. “I really enjoyed it,” Achneepines-

kum said of the event. “I’m glad they did this for the youth and everybody.” The event was organized by a group that call themselves Taybinace, Oji-Cree for “whatever.” Taybinace consists of three married couples who saw a need for activities for youth. Mary Okees said the group was formed after the First Nation leadership declared a state of emergency due to the high rate of prescription drug abuse in October 2010. She noticed that on Facebook, youth would post about how bored they were. “We decided to find stuff for the youth to do and our message is say no to drugs and you’re not alone,” Okees said. They organized events such as dances, which started out slowly with few participants, she said. “But now, sometimes we have to turn people away because the hall is so full,” Okees said. They created a Facebook group and would post about upcoming events. To hold such events, the group holds fundraisers such as bingos and flea markets. Lenny Carpenter/Wawatay News

See Eabametoong on page 13

Traditional dancing was one of the many talents the community members in Eabametoong displayed during the Talent Show.

ᐳᑐᑀᐢ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᐅᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᒋᑲᑌ ᒋᐊᔭᒥᐗᐨ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᔕᐣ ᐯᓬ

ᐗᐗᑌ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐎᐣ

ᑯᑕᓯ ᐅᐡᑭᓂᑭᑴᐠ ᐁᐱᐅᑕᓭᐗᐨ ᒥᓯᐌ ᑭᐌᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᑭᐎᑕᒪᑎᐗᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᒥᑲᒧᐗᐨ ᐱᔑᑾᒋᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᐸᑯᓭᑕᒧᐎᓂᐗ ᒋᐊᒋᓭᐠ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐳᑐᑀᐢ ᒪᒋᑕᐗᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐣᐠ᙮ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᑲᐱ ᐱᓯᒧᐗᐠ ᑭᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓀᐗᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒐᑲᑌᓯᒋᑫᐗᐠ, ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᐅᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᓇᐗ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐎᓂᐗ ᑲᑭᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐁᐸᑭᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᒣᑾᐨ ᑎᓭᒼᐳᕒ 11 ᐃᐃᒪ ᐁ ᑊᕒᐊᒼ ᒐᑲᑌᓯᒋᑫᐎᑲᒥᐠ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐣᐠ᙮ ᐊᒪᐣᑕ ᓬᐊᔭᐣ ᐁᐅᒋᐨ ᐎᑴᑐᐠ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᐁᑭᐎᑕᒪᐗᐨ ᐗᐗᑌᐣ ᑲᑭᐅᒋᐎᒋᑐᐨ ᐅᐅᐌᓂ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᓂᓂ ᐁᑭᓇᑭᐡᑲᐠ ᐁᑭ ᐱᔑᑾᒋᑐᑕᐗᑲᓀᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐁᑭᐸᑯᓭᑕᐠ ᒋᑭᐎᑕᑭᐸᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒋᓄᑕᐗᑲᓀᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐅᒋᑭᑫᑕᒧᐗᐨ “ᐁᑲ ᐁᐯᔑᑯᐗᐨ”, ᐁᑭᐃᑭᑐᐨ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐅᐌ ᐊᓄᑭᐎᐣ ᐁᑭᒪᒪᑲᑌᑕᐠ᙮ “ᑭᒪᒪᑲᑌᑕᐣ ᐅᐅᐌ ᑎᓄᑲᐣ ᓂᐣ ᐁᑭᑭᔑᑐᐗᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᐎᐣ ᒋᐅᒋᐎᒋᐦᐊᑲᓀᐨ ᔭᐎᔭ ᒥᓯᑌᑲᒥᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑲᓇᑕ,” ᓬᐊᔭᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ᑭᐅᒋᑭᑫᑕᐣ ᑲᑭᓇ ᔭᐎᔭ ᐁᐅᑕᔭᒥᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐱᔑᑾᒋᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐁᑕ ᐁᔭᔭᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑎᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒥᓯᑌᑲᒥᐠ ᐁᔭᔭᐠ ᐃᐃᐌ ᐃᔑᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᓇ ᔭᐎᔭ

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Katelyn Bunting of Lac Seul, Tamara Keeash of Weagamow, Dorothy Keeper of Pikangikum and Amanda Lyon of Fort William at the gallery opening of the Photovoice project. ᒋᑭᑎᐸᒋᒧᐸᐣ᙮” ᐃᐃᐌ ᐳᑐᑀᐢ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᐅᑭᒪᒋᑐᐣ ᐳᕒᐁᐣᑕ ᑐᐱᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᓂᑭᐨ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ

ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᐃᑴ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ, ᐁᑭᐃᓀᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᐅᒋᑭᑫᑕᑯᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐱᔑᑾᒋᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐁᔑᒋᑫᒪᑲᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐣᐠ᙮

ᐅᐅᐌ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᓂᑲᑌ ᑲᑭᓇ ᐃᑴᐗᐠ ᐁᐣᑕᓱᐊᐦᑭᐗᐨ ᒋᑭᑕᑶᐗᐨ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᐅᐡᑭᓂᑭᑴᐠ ᐅᑭᐅᑕᐱᓇᓇᐗ ᒋᑭᒪᒋᑕᐗᐨ ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐎᓂᐗ᙮ “ᐅᒋᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌ ᐁᑭᑫᑕᑯᐠ (ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ) ᐁᓇᑕᐌᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᒋᑭᐊᒋᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᑫᑯᐣ,” ᑐᐱᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ᑲᑭ ᐎᒋᑲᐸᐎᑕᐗᒥᐣ ᑕᐡ, ᒋᐱᒥᑭᑭᓇᐗᑲᓉᐗᐨ ᒋᐊᓂᐅᑕᐱᓇᒧᐗᐨ ᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐎᓇᐣ᙮ ᒪᐗᐨ ᒥᑕᐦᐃ ᑫᑭ ᐃᑭᑐᐗᐨ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ, ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᒥᓇᑲᓀᐗᐨ ᑫᑭ ᐅᒋᑲᑭᑐᐗᐸᐣ᙮” ᐅᐅᐌ ᐳᑐᑀᐢ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᑭᒪᒋᒋᑲᑌᐸᐣ ᓯᑌᒼᐳᕒ᙮ ᐁᐣᑕᔀ ᑲᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲᐠ ᐅᐠᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᑭᒪᐗᒋᐦᐃᑎᐗᐠ ᐁᐎᑭᑫᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᒐᑲᑌᓯᒋᑫᐎᐣ, ᐁᑭᐊᓂᒧᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐱᔑᑾᒋᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᐁᑭ ᐸᐸᒥᒐᑲᑌᓯᒋᑫᐗᐨ ᒥᓯᐌ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐣᐠ᙮ ᑐᐱᐠ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᓇᐱᐨ ᐎᐸᐨ ᐅᑭᑭᑫᑕᓇᐗ ᐅᐅᐌ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᐊᐗᔑᒣ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐁᑭᑕᑯᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᑲᐎᐣ ᐃᑴᑕ ᒐᑲᑌᓯᒋᑫᐎᐣ᙮ “ᐊᐗᔑᒣ ᐱᑯ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑭᑕᑯᓂᑲᑌ,” ᑐᐱᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ᑭᐗᐸᒪᒥᐣ ᐃᑭᐌᓂᐗᐠ ᐅᐡᑭᓂᑭᑴᐠ ᐊᐗᔑᒣ ᐁᑭᐊᓂᑭᑫᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐁᓂ ᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᐗᐨ, ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᐊᓂ ᐊᐣᒋᑲᓇᐗᐸᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ᙮” ᑕᒣᕒᐊ ᑭᔭᐡ ᐗᐎᐁᑲᒪᐠ ᐁᐅᒋᐨ ᐅᑭᑌᐺᑕᐗᐣ ᑐᐱᐠ ᑲᑭᐃᑭᑐᓂᐨ ᑲᑭᐃᔑᐗᐸᑕᒥᓂᐨ᙮ ᒣᑾᐨ ᐗᐗᑌ ᑲᐊᔭᒥᐦᐃᑯᐨ ᑭᔭᐡ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᑭᑕᑶᐨ ᐅᐅᐌᓂ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᓂᓂ ᒋᑭᐅᒋ ᐎᒋᐦᐊᐸᐣ

ᔭᐎᔭᐣ ᐁᑲ ᐁᐯᔑᑯᓂᐨ᙮ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᐎᐣᑕᐣ ᐁᑭᐸᑯᓭᑕᐠ ᒋᑭᐎᑕᐠ ᑲᐃᔑᐯᔑᑯᐨ ᒋᐊᓂᐅᐱᑭᐨ ᑲᑭ ᐱᐃᓯᓭᐨ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᒋᑭ ᐅᒋᑲᐡᑭᑐᐨ ᒋᐎᒋᐦᐊᐨ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᔭᐎᔭᐣ᙮ “ᑲᑭᐃᓀᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᑭᐊᓂ ᒪᐡᑲᐎᓯᔭᐣ ᑎᓀᑕᒧᐎᓂᐠ,” ᑭᔭᐡ ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ᑭᓄᓱᑫᓂᒼ ᐱᔑᔑᐠ ᐱᒋᐁᐃ ᓂᐎᔭᐎᐠ, ᒥᐌ ᑲᑭᐃᓀᑕᒪᐣ ᐁᑭᓴᑭᑎᓇᒪᐣ ᑲᑭᓇ ᑫᑯᐣ ᑲᑭᐱᐃᓯᓭᔭᐣ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᐁᑭᐱᑎᑫᐎᑐᔭᐣ ᒥᓄ ᑫᑯᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᐎᓂᐠ᙮” ᒥᐌᑕᐡ ᑭᔭᐡ, ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐠ ᐅᐡᑭᓂᑭᑴᐠ ᑲᑭᐎᒋᑐᐗᐨ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᓂᓂ, ᐁᐗᐸᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᒐᑲᑌᓯᒋᑲᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐃᑭᑐᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒧᐗᐨ ᒣᑾᐨ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᐎᓂᐗ ᑭᐅᒋᐃᐡᐯᓂᒧᐗᐠ ᒥᓄᑫᑯᓂᓂ᙮ “ᑭᑭᒋᓀᑕᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑭᑭᒋᓀᓂᒥᑎᐢ ᑲᑭᐱᔕᔭᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ,” ᑭᔭᐡ ᐃᑭᑐ᙮ “ᓂᐗᐸᒥᑎᐢ ᒋᐎᒋᐦᐊᑾ ᔭᐎᔭᐠ ᒋᐅᑎᓇᒧᐗᐨ ᐎᒋᐦᐃᐌᐎᓇᐣ᙮” ᑐᐱᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᐅᐌ ᐳᑐᑀᐢ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᒥᓇᐗ ᑕᐱᒥᐊᓄᑭᒋᑲᑌ ᒋᐱᑭᐌᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐣᐠ᙮ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᐎᑕᐣ ᐅᐅᐌ ᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᒋᑭᑐᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᐊᐣᑎᐱᑯ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᓇᑕᐌᑕᐠ ᐅᑐᐡᑲᑎᓯᒥᐗ ᐎᓄᑕᐗᐨ ᒋᑎᐸᒋᒧᓂᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ᙮ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᐗᐸᑕᓇᐗ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐗᓂᓇᐗᑲᐣᐠ ᐁ-ᑊᕒᐁᒼ ᒐᑲᑌᓯᒋᑫᐎᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᒣᑾᐨ ᑎᓭᒼᐳᕒ᙮


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Wawatay News DECEMBER 20, 2012

ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ

INSIDE WAWATAY NEWS THIS WEEK ᐗᐸᐢᑲᐣᐠ ᐅᓇᑲᐡᑲᐗᐗᐣ ᕒᐅᐱᐠᑲᐣ ᓄᑕᓯᓂᑫᐎᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐎᑲᒥᑯᐠ

Books With No Bounds ᐅᑎᔑᓂᔕᐦᐊᓇᐗ ᐊᐗᔑᒣ ᑭᒋᒥᑕᓱᒥᑕᓇ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᑭᐌᑎᓄᐠ

ᐗᐸᐢᑲᐣᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᑭᐎᑕᒪᑫᐗᐠ ᑎᓭᒼᐳᕒ 17 ᐁᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᒧᐗᐨ ᐅᑎᐸᑯᓂᑫᐎᓂᐗ ᐃᓂᐌᓂᐗᐣ ᕒᐅᐱᑲᐣ ᓄᑕᓯᓂᑫᐎᒪᒋᑕᐎᐣ ᑲᐎᔑᒪᒋᑕᐗᐨ ᐱᓂᐠᐢ ᐅᓴᐗᓯᓂᑫᐎᑲᒥᐠ ᐃᐃᒪ ᒥᐢᑯᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᐠ᙮ ᐗᐸᐢᑲᐣᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᓬᐁᐢᓬᐃ ᑲᒧᕒᐊᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓂᑲᐣ ᑭᑲᑴᒥᓄᒋᑫᐗᐠ ᑲᑭᔑᓇᑕᐌᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐗᐠ ᐅᑎᓀᑕᒧᐎᓂᐗ ᐁᑭᐊᔭᒥᐦᐊᐗᐨ ᑲᒼᐸᓂᐣ ᐅᐅᐌ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᑲᑭᐊᑭᐗᐠ, ᑲᐎᐣᑕᐡ ᒋᐅᒋᒥᓄᓭᐠ᙮ ᐅᑭᐊᓇᒣᓂᒪᐣ ᑲᑭᐅᒋᒪᒋᓭᓂᐠ ᐅᑎᓀᑕᒧᐎᓂᐗ ᐃᓂᐌᓂᐗᐣ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᐣ, ᑲᒧᕒᐊᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᓇᑕ ᑲᑭᒥᓇᐨ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐎᓇᐣ ᒋᐎᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᐊᑭᐠ ᑲᐎᒪᒋᑕᐗᐨ ᑲᓄᑕᓯᓂᑫᐗᐨ᙮

ᒥᐌ ᐊᔕ ᓂᔡ ᐁᔑᓂᔕᐦᐃᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ, ᓂᔑᐣ ᐅᐡᑭᓂᑭᑴᐠ ᑲᐱᒥᐎᑐᐗᐨ Books With No Bounds ᐅᑭᒪᒋᓂᔕᐦᐊᓇᐗ 2008 ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᓂᔑᑕᓇᔑᓂᐎᐣ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᑭᐌᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕒᐃᔪ ᒋᐊᓂᐅ ᒋᒋᓭᐠ ᑲᒪᑯᔐᑭᔑᑲᐠ᙮ ᐅᑯᐌᓂᐗᐠ ᐅᐡᑭᓂᑭᑴᐠ ᐅᑭᑲᐡᑭᑐᓇᐗ ᐯᔑᐠ ᑲᒼᐸᓂᐣ ᒋᑎᐸᐦᐃᑫᓂᐨ ᑲᐱᒥᐎᑌᐠ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᓂᐗ ᐯᔑᑯ ᐊᐦᑭ, ᒥᐌᑕᐡ ᐁᔑ ᐊᔓᑕᒪᑫᐗᐨ ᒋᐊᓄᑭᐗᐨ ᒋᐅᑕᐱᓇᒧᐗᐨ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᓂᔕᐦᐊᒧᐗᐨ ᑭᐌᑎᓄᐠ᙮ ᒧᑲᐢ ᐃᔑ ᐃᐡᑴᓂᑲᓱᐗᐨ ᐅᐡᑭᓂᑭᑴᐠ ᐃᑭᑐᐗᐠ ᐊᔕ 2000 ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ ᐅᑕᔭᓇᐗ ᑫᒪᒋᓂᔕᐦᐊᒧᐗᐨ ᐯᐱᐌᕒᐃ ᐃᓯᓭᐠ᙮

Books With No Bounds sends thousands of books north

Wabauskang opposing Rubicon Minerals in court

In a second major shipment of books, the two teenaged girls behind Books With No Bounds sent 2,008 books to 24 First Nations communities in northern Ontario in time for the Christmas holiday. The girls also managed to get a company to cover the costs of flying books north four times per year, so they are promising to keep working at collecting donations of books to send north. The Mogus sisters said they already have another 2,000 books ready to ship in February.

Wabauskang First Nation announced on Dec. 17 the filing of a lawsuit against Rubicon Mineral’s proposed Phoenix Gold Mine in Red Lake. Wabauskang Chief Leslie Cameron said the First Nation has tried to resolve its concerns with the company over the past year, to no avail. He directed blame for the impasse at the federal government, who Cameron said has delegated its duty to consult with First Nations to the province of Ontario, who further delegates the duty to mining companies. Page 7

ᔑᐳᑲᒪ ᐅᐎᑕᓇᐗ ᒪᐢᑭᑭᑫᐎᐣ ᐎᒋᐦᐃᐌᐎᓇᐣ ᓂᔭᓇᐣ ᔑᐳᑲᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᐅᑭᓇᑭᓇᓇᐗ ᑫᐎᒋᐦᐃᑯᐗᐨ ᒋᒥᑲᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᒪᐢᑭᑭᑫᐎᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ ᐁᑭ ᐃᐡᑾᐎᑕᒧᐗᐨ ᔑᐳᑲᒪ ᑲᑭᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᓂᔑᐣ ᐎᒋᐦᐃᐌᐎᓇᐣ᙮ ᐯᔑᐠ ᐎᒋᐦᐃᐌᐎᐣ ᐅᑲᐎᒋᐦᐊᐗᐣ ᐅᒪᒪᒥᒪᐠ ᑲᓄᒋᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐗᐨ, ᒋᐎᒋᐦᐊᑲᓀᐗᐨ ᑾᔭᐠ ᒋᑲᓇᐌᓂᒪᑲᓀᐗᐨ ᑲᑭᑭᐡᑲᐗᓱᐗᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑎᐯᒋᑫᐎᓂᐗ᙮ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᐠ ᐎᒋᐦᐃᐌᐎᐣ ᑕᑕᑯᓂᑲᑌ ᐊᑭᐤ ᒥᓄᐗᒋᐦᐃᑎᐎᐣ ᒋᐅᒋᐎᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑎᐯᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᐃᓯᓭᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᐅᒋᒪᔑᓭᐠ ᑲᓄᒋᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᓇᓂᐗᐠ᙮

Shibogama announces prescription drug abuse programs The five Shibogama First Nations will have additional tools to battle prescription drug addiction in the communities after Shibogama announced the formation of two new programs. One new program focuses on mothers addicted to prescription drugs, to help provide care for pregnant women and their families. The other program will involve land-based healing in addressing family issues related to impacts from addictions. Page 8

Page 17 Santa (top right) visits children in Kasabonika Lake. Holiday recipes (top left) featured in section B. A talent showcase (bottom left) let Fort Hope community members show off their skills. Sioux Lookout’s Photovoice project (bottom right) had young women sharing photos to help address sexual violence..

ᐊᓂᐎᒋᑲᐸᐎᑕᐗᑲᓀ ᐢᐯᓂᐢ ᐊᐗᔑᒣ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐅᐅᐌᑎ ᒥᓯᐌ ᑭᐌᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐎᑕᓇᐗ ᐁᐎᒋᑲᐸᐎᑕᐗᐗᐨ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐣ ᑐᕒᐃᓴ ᐢᐯᓂᐢ ᑲᐸᐗᓂᐦᐃᑎᓱᐨ ᐊᔕ ᓂᔓ ᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ᙮ ᐢᐯᓂᐢ ᑭᒪᒋᑕᐸᐣ ᑲᐸᐗᓂᐦᐃᑎᓱᐨ ᑎᓭᒼᐳᕒ 11 ᐃᐃᒪ ᐊᑕᐗ ᐅᑌᓇᐠ᙮ ᐅᒪᐡᑲᐎᑕᐣ ᐁᐎ ᐗᐸᒪᐨ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐅᑭᒪᐣ ᐢᑎᐱᐣ ᐦᐊᕒᐳᕒ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᓇᑭᓱᑫᑕᒪᐗᒋᐣ ᑭᒋ ᐅᑭᒪᑴᐣ ᒋᐊᓂᒧᑕᒪᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᑎᕒᐃᑎ ᒥᓂᑯᐎᓇᐣ ᐃᓀᑕᒧᐎᓇᐣ᙮ ᐅᐅᐌ ᐗᐗᑌ ᑲᓂᐅᔑᑐᐨ ᐅᐯᐸᓂᒼ, ᐢᐯᓂᐢ ᐊᔕ ᐁᐃᓇᓀᐤ ᑕᓱᑭᔑᐠ ᐁᑲ ᐁᐎᓯᓂᐨ᙮

Support for Spence growing Chiefs from across the north have expressed support for Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence as her hunger strike moves into its second week. Spence started her hunger strike on Dec. 11 in Ottawa. She is demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a representative of the Queen on First Nations treaty issues. As Wawatay went to print, Spence was into day eight of the hunger strike.

ᐱᐗᓭᔭ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑭᒥᓇᐗᐠ ᔓᓂᔭᓇᐣ ᒥᓇᐗ ᐊᑭᐗᐠ ᑲᒥᓄᓭᐠ ᐱᐗᓭᔭ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᐗᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᐢ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᐎᓇᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑎᐎᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᑕᐣᑐᕒ ᐯ ᑭᒥᓇᐗᐠ ᔓᓂᔭᓇᐣ ᐅᐅᐌ ᑫᐊᑭᐗᐠ 2013-2014 ᐃᐡᑯᓂᐎᐣ ᐊᑭᐎᐣ᙮ ᐅᐅᐌ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᑕᑭᑭᐸᑾᐦᐃᑲᑌᐸᐣ, ᐁᑭᐎᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᐅᐅᐌ 2012 ᑲᓂᒪᒋᐊᑭᐗᐠ ᐅᔓᓂᔭᒥᐗ ᑲᒥᓇᑲᓀᐗᐨ ᒋᑭᐡᑭᓂᒥᐨ᙮ ᐱᐗᓭᔭ ᐱᒥᐎᒋᑫᐎᐣ ᐅᐎᑕᓄᑭᒪᐗᐣ ᓂᓴᓯ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑎᐎᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑕᐣᑐᕒ ᐯ, ᐁᓇᐗᑴᒋᑫ ᐎᓯᓂᐗᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐎᐎᓯᓂᓂᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐎᒋᐦᐊᐗᐨ ᑲᐃᐡᑾᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓀᐗᐨ ᐁᐅᑕᒥᓄᐗᐨ ᑲᓂᐅᓇᑯᔑᓂᓂᐠ᙮ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑫᐗᐠ ᑲᑭᓇ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᐗᑲᓇᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᑭᑭᓄᒪᑎᐎᑲᒥᑯᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᐁᐅᓇᒋᑫᐗᐨ ᐃᔑᒋᑫᐎᓇᐣ ᑎᓄᑲᐣ ᓂᒥᐎᓇᐣ ᑲᔦ ᒪᑯᔐᐎᓇᐣ᙮

Biwaase’aa program gets funding for next year The successful Biwaase’aa program that brings cultural teachings and youth programming to schools in Thunder Bay has received funding for the 2013-2014 school year. The program was facing the possibility of shutting down, after it was announced earlier in 2012 that its funding was being cut. Biwaase’aa operates in seven schools in Thunder Bay, providing lunch to First Nations students in need and after-school programming for all students. It also does cultural teachings with all students in the schools, and holds events such as powwows and feasts. Page 12

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‘They’re waiting for us to die’ Wabauskang Elders continue fight for mercury poisoning compensation Shawn Bell

“An apology is what I want, mostly. We want to be recognized as people.”

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Betty Riffel’s struggle to get recognition and compensation for the mercury poisoning her and her community of Wabauskang First Nation have suffered through is gaining increased urgency. In the summer of 2012, 11 remaining Wabauskang members with diseases caused by mercury poisoning gathered to meet Ontario’s minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Since then, two of them have passed on, leaving only nine Wabauskang members left who lived on the fish and water that a Dryden paper mill contaminated with mercury in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Riffel first promised herself to do something about her people’s mercury poisoning as she watched her baby brother die when she was nine years old. Over 60 years later, her anger at the company that polluted the English and Wabigoon River and the governments that let it happen still burns. “We watched all those people dying left and right,” Riffel told Wawatay News. “What really bothers me is all the babies that died, sick

-Betty Riffel

Photo by Allan Lisner

Betty Riffel of Wabauskang First Nation is continuing her push to get recognition of the mercury poisoning that affected her community the same way it did Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong. with mercury poisoning. They were sent home to die.” In 1970, mercury contamination from a Dryden paper mill was discovered in fish in the English-Wabigoon River system. Since then, long-term health studies have shown clear links between mercury consumed in fish and in the water and symptoms of Minimata Disease, such as difficulty walking a straight line, difficulty seeing, hear-

ing impairment, headaches, insomnia and numbness in the limbs. Those effects are still being seen in people of the region, even those born long after the pulp mill stopped dumping mercury into the river system. In the mid-1980s, both the federal government and the Ontario government awarded compensation to Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong (White Dog) First Nations

for the loss of jobs and loss of life. The Mercury Disability Fund was established to help determine and award compensation to individuals affected by mercury poisoning. Yet despite that acknowledgement of mercury poisoning in the English-Wabigoon River system, the people of Wabauskang have still never been included in the settlements or compensation packages.

The government’s reasons for that omission have not been made public. Riffel, along with others in her community still suffering from the poisoning, cannot comprehend it. “The government knew we were there,” she said. “We’re closer to Dryden than Grassy Narrows and White Dog. So why didn’t they help us?” And now Riffel worries that the governments are purposefully ignoring the community’s calls for acknowledgement, waiting, as she put it, for the remaining Elders to pass away. “The people that are still alive are not in good health,” Riffel said. “It looks like the government is waiting for us to die so they don’t have to pay.” Meanwhile young people in the community are also dealing with the possible effects of mercury poisoning. The latest death that left Wabauskang reeling was the

passing of Delaney Payash, a 23-year-old who died from kidney failure. Payash started dialysis when he was 18, something the people of Wabauskang attribute to mercury. And while others in the community still feel the effects of mercury poisoning, it is the Elders who are still leading the push for an apology and compensation. In July 2012 the last 11 Elders made their most recent appeal for recognition to Ontario’s then-minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Kathleen Wynne, when Wynne visited Grassy Narrows. The Elders provided the government representatives with a letter explaining their situation and a request for action. But like with so many of Wabauskang’s efforts in the past, the government has not yet responded. In the end, while some form of financial compensation would be nice, Riffel and her community are looking for recognition of their suffering. “They could set some kind of a monument for all the people who died,” she said. “An apology is what I want, mostly. We want to be recognized as people.”

Shoal Lake #40 will block Winnipeg’s attempt to sell water Shawn Bell Wawatay News

Shoal Lake #40 is clear on one thing – it is not going to roll over and let the city of Winnipeg have its way with the water of Shoal Lake. The Treaty #3 First Nation announced on Dec. 12 that it plans block Winnipeg at the International Joint Commission (IJC) to prevent the city from selling Shoal Lake water for profit. “We have made every effort to tell the city of Winnipeg that they don’t have the legal authority to proceed on their plans to make money selling water from Shoal Lake,” Shoal Lake #40 Chief Erwin Redsky said. “Now the city has decided to try to do an end-run around us and go to the IJC to get their permission. We’ll be there to block them.” The move to the IJC comes

after more than a year of disputes between Winnipeg and the two First Nations living on Shoal Lake – Shoal Lake #40 and Iskatewizaagegan #39. In October 2011 Iskatewizaagegan #39 held a four-day, 300 km march from their reserve to Winnipeg to protest the city’s plan to sell water from Shoal Lake. Iskatewizaagegan #39 has also launched a court case against Winnipeg over the situation. Shoal Lake #40 has requested to be a party in the case. Ontario granted Winnipeg access to Shoal Lake water for municipal purposes in 1913. The federal government and the IJC also issued water access authorization around the same time. The agreement led to Winnipeg constructing the $13.5 million Shoal Lake Aqueduct, which started providing water

to residents of Winnipeg in 1919. Both Iskatewizaagegan #39 and Shoal Lake #40 gave no consent nor received any compensation for the provision of their traditional land and water to Winnipeg. Now the issue has flared up over Winnipeg’s plan to build water pipes to neighbouring municipalities of Rosser and West St. Paul, so that the city can sell Shoal Lake water to the two towns. Despite the First Nations opposition, Winnipeg is taking their case to build the water pipes to the IJC. Redsky said Shoal Lake #40 will meet the city there. “We warned the city over a year ago that they did not have the right to use our land and water for profit,” Redsky said. “We have been ignored over and over again.” Redsky added that his

Shoal Lake water is under dispute as WInnipeg wants to sell it to surrounding communities. The city’s efforts are being blocked by two Treaty #3 First Nations. said. “That goes against our First Nation is not opposed provision of the water. “There are a lot of understanding of the treaty, to the city’s plan to sell Shoal Lake water to neighbouring opportunities at the city’s end where we will work together municipalities, but that Shoal of the pipe, yet my community and both benefit from the land Lake #40 wants to sit down has been impacted and will and resources.” to discuss the First Nation’s have more impacts at our role and compensation in the end of the pipe,” Redsky


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ᓂᐢᑕᑦ ᑲᑭᒪᑕᓄᑲᑌᐠ 1974 ᐁᐅᒋᐊᓄᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑭᐧᐁᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᑕᐃᑦᔑᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ. ᑕᓱᓂᔓᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐧᐃ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᐧᐃᐣ ᐅᓇᔓᐧᐁᐧᐃ ᑲᓇᐧᐊᐸᒋᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᒋᐃᔑ ᐸᐸᒥᓯᒪᑲᐠ ᐧᐊᐧᐊᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐧᐃᓂᑫᐧᐃᓇᐣ. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER David Neegan

Commentary

Urban Indian 2 Richard Wagamese ONE NATIVE LIFE

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met a man some years ago who was a vaunted Ojibwa teacher. He’d published books, taught at universities and been a high profile ethnological speaker. That means, he was able to talk about the entire gamut of Anishinabeg reality, both the historical and the contemporary. For the most part he was regarded as a learned, wise and pre-eminent expert on our culture. From a podium one day I heard him say that “if you don’t speak the language, you are not Indian.” There were a whole lot of us in the crowd that day who could not speak Ojibwa. The gasp that went through that room was unforgettable. Some of us had been part of the Sixties Scoop, that process where native kids were literally scooped out of their homes and communities and sent thousands of miles away to be raised in nonnative homes. Another large segment had become displaced because of residential schools. Another group had lost contact with their people because of parental alcoholism or addiction. Some were from broken homes or interracial marriages. None of us had any responsibility for the hand of history. Speaking to him later, I identified myself and where I lived at the time. He told me that I was an urban Indian and that I needed to find the language before I could find myself. That hurt. Lots. Circumstance had dictated where I had to live. Circumstance had deprived me of the ability to grow up with my people. Learning to feel Aboriginal had been a painstaking and difficult journey. What he essentially told me was that I did not qualify as Ojibwa until I could speak the language. What he essentially said was that no matter what I did, how much I learned, how much ceremony and ritual I put into practice in my life, I would never really make the grade because of the significant lack of language. All the work of finding a native consciousness, heart and spirituality was nothing. For a time I was ashamed of living where I lived. I was ashamed of my clothes, my haircut, the way I spoke and the way I walked. I was ashamed of my lack of talk. But a lady I met in Vancouver years ago made me proud of

being an urban Indian. She lived in the notorious Downtown East Side. She didn’t drink, she wasn’t a street person. She was just old and poor and the room she lived in was all she could afford. But she would sit at the window that overlooked Pigeon Park. It’s not really a park, it’s just a brick courtyard of sorts with benches where the drunks and junkies, hookers and the lost stop to smoke or beg or both. It’s a dim place. There are no beginnings there, only endings, dwindling, inescapable and sad. I would visit her and I’d watch her ease the silken fringes of a shawl between her arthritic fingers. It was a fancy dancer’s shawl. It was a deep blue with the pattern of an eight pointed star embroidered into it. The fringes were yellow and orange and red and it still looked silky and shimmery in the frail light. Her grandmother had given it to her at the Standing Buffalo powwow the year before she died. It was her most prized possession. She would talk of when she was fancy dancing in that shawl and she would smile shyly at the memory of a young native girl spinning, kicking, pretending that the drum could push her floating across the air, her feet light and nimble and quick, the powwow and all it represented like breath to her. I could feel all that. But life was never predictable. After a range of experiences she touched down on the streets of Vancouver many moons before I met her. She was in her eighties then. When I looked at her it was though I could see the faded outline of low Saskatchewan hills sketched in the wrinkles of her brow She didn’t dance anymore. She could barely walk. But as I watched her staring down at the derelicts and other pavement gypsies, she would sing an honour song, in the phonetics of her Cree language all soft and low and soothing. She no longer remembered the words but she still felt the song in her heart. It was so their ancestors might watch over and protect them she said. It was the same song her grandmother taught her to sing the same year she got the shawl. The powwow, that song and the prayer it represented still the breath of her. Still the only gift she had to give away. I never forgot that woman, never forgot her story or her song. If that’s being an urban Indian, sign me up today.

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An open letter from Chief Teresa Spence to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on day 8 of her hunger strike I am calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Governor General to initiate immediate discussions and the development of action plans to address treaty issues with First Nations across Canada. There has been no progress in alleviating the state of poverty that exists with First Nations across Canada, especially in rural, isolated reserves, contrary to progress reported by the Conservative government. Land and natural resources continue to be reaped by the federal and provincial governments through taxation of corporate resource companies with little compensation to First Nations for use of our traditional territories. Tri-lateral discussions and financial action plans must be committed to in order to alleviate the existing state of poverty. The Government of Canada has not upheld nor fulfilled its responsibilities to First Nations, as committed to by the Crown including at the Crown-First Nations gathering in January 2012. Canada has not upheld the honour of the Crown in its dealings with First Nations, as evidenced in its inadequate

and in inequitable funding relationships with our nations and its ongoing action in bringing forward legislative and policy changes that will directly impact on the inherent and treaty rights of First Nations. Treaties are international in nature and further Indigenous rights are human rights, both collective and individual, and must be honoured and respected. There has been enough talk, enough politics, now is the time to develop action plans. I seek an immediate commitment to a meeting with you as the representative of the Crown, together with Prime Minister of Canada, to demonstrate respect and attention to the priorities set by First Nations. All First Nations across Canada stand united and in solidarity in advancing this urgent call for action and attention. Chief Teresa Spence, Attawapiskat First Nation

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Spence’s resolve still strong in hunger strike

First Nation chiefs from across Canada support hunger strike

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Lenny Carpenter On the eighth day of her hunger strike, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is still committed to her cause of fighting for First Nations rights. “Theresa is feeling tired but her spirit is strong,” said Danny Metatawabin, Spence’s official spokesperson. “She’s thoroughly focused on what she needs to do: her hunger strike. She’s going to stay on Victoria Island for however long it takes to call a meeting with the prime minister and governor general.” Spence began her hunger strike on Dec. 11 and said she would not end it until Stephen Harper and a representative of the Queen meets with her and First Nations leaders to discuss involving the First Nations in legislation affecting the communities. She stated she is willing to die in the process. Chiefs and politicians have expressed concern for Spence’s health in her hunger strike. Metatawabin said other than tiredness, Spence is doing fine so far. She is coherent, mobile and sees a nurse practitioner every two days. “Her mind is still strong” Metatwabin said. “We had a good chat this morning and she has high hopes for the people.” During her hunger strike, Spence is staying in teepee on Victoria Island, just minutes away from Parliament Hill. A spokesperson from the office of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development of Canada Minister John Duncan said the minister has offered to meet with her and has proposed a Jan. 3 meeting but has received no reply. Metatawabin said Spence will only meet with Harper and Governor General David John-

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Theresa Spence, centre, as she prepared for her hunger strike in Ottawa. As Wawatay went to press, Spence was preparing to finish day eight of her strike with no end in sight. ston, both of whom have not yet responded to the request. Spence’s hunger strike coincides with Idle No More, a grassroots movement that has grown internationally. Rallies have been held in cities across Canada, both to inform citizens of the legislation that is being unilaterally passed by the Harper government and to raise awareness of the issues. There are rallies being planned for some U.S. cities and even one in London, England. Many participants of the rallies have expressed support for Spence on her hunger strike, and there are some chiefs and community members who fasted or started a hunger strike of their own in support of Spence. “There’s a lot of prayers com-

ing from across Canada and across the world, and she’s praying for us as well,” Metatawabin said. “That’s what’s keeping her going.” On Dec. 15, a group of jingle dress dancers led by Naotkamegwanning (Whitefish Bay) dancers, including Chief Joyce White, performed a special dance for Spence at Victoria Island. “It was very spiritual and uplifting and we’d like acknowledge the Elder who led the group and the jingle dress dancers,” Metatawabin said. Spence has refused to speak to media during her strike. Metatawabin said he and her supporters are even discouraging visitors to Victoria Island because it uses up her energy.

“They just keep coming so at this point we’re going to put up a poster and designate a person to stand in front of the teepee because she needs to rest,” Metatawabin said. A rally is planned for Parliament Hill on Dec. 21, but Metatawabin said Spence will likely not be there for it. But the Idle No More movement has her support. “Because any change needs to happen at the grassroots level and we’re all asking for support from the chiefs across the nation,” Metatawabin said. “In order to be strong, we need to be unified in what we do for a good cause: to look after one another in the true spiritual intent of the Creator.”

Chiefs across northern Ontario are expressing their support for Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence after she embarked on a hunger strike in Ottawa. Spence said she will not stop her hunger strike until the prime minister and a representative of Queen Elizabeth II agree to meet with First Nations leaders to involve them in the legislative process that affects First Nations across Canada. She said she is “willing to die” unless her demands are met. She began the hunger strike on Dec. 11. Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Stan Louttit said he and the seven other Mushkegowuk First Nations chiefs are united in their support of Spence. Mushkegowuk represents eight Cree communities in northeastern Ontario, including Attawapiskat. Louttit said the communities signed Treaty 9 with the federal government in 1905 and 1906, and the Treaty recognized the continued usage of all Cree lands for hunting, fishing and trapping “as in the days of yore.” Yet the Harper government recently passed Bill C-45, an omnibus bill that includes changes to the Indian Act and legislation affecting water and fisheries, areas which impact First Nations’ ability to exercise treaty rights, Louttit said. “Canada continues to ignore the treaties as well as the provisions of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, both of which have been endorsed by Canada,” Louttit said in a Dec. 13 media release. “Canada’s actions are unfair, paternalistic and extremely disrespectful.”

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and Matawa chiefs have also expressed support for Spence. “NAN acknowledges the efforts and struggles of (Spence)…and others across the country joining in a hunger strike and fasts,” NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno said at a press conference on Dec. 14 in Thunder Bay. “Canada and Ontario, as our treaty partners, must fairly address the need for First Nations to be participants in determining our future.” Chief Celia Echum of Ginoogaming First Nation, a Matawa community, said she was angered to hear of the strike. “I was angry that someone had to go to that level to get attention, to be listened to, and for people to notice what’s going on here,” she said. “She has to suffer for us, so we’re trying to set up to support her movement.” Grand Council Treaty #3, which represents 26 communities in northwestern Ontario and two in Manitoba, also acknowledged and announced support for the efforts of Spence. Grand Chief Warren White said he and several chiefs met with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan and Kenora MP Greg Rickford in August, where they wanted to establish a treaty table in an attempt to “reconcile outstanding treaty relationship issues.” “Since then, there has been no response or willingness to engage on these matters which we consider to be of great importance,” White said in a statement. “It is shameful that in order to get the attention of the federal government to deal honourably with outstanding issues…(Spence) is compelled to go on a hunger strike.”

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Idle No More comes to Sioux Lookout

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Over 40 First Nations people from Sioux Lookout and the surrounding areas braved the elements on a cold Dec. 15 to protest the federal government’s recently passed Bill C-45. The Idle No More rally in Sioux Lookout was one of dozens of similar rallies across the country against the

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bill, which many protesters are calling an infringement of treaty rights. Candace Kitchkeesick and Kelly Anderson organized the Sioux Lookout rally as a way to give the people of Sioux Lookout and surrounding area a chance to voice their opinions and needs. “I think it will give them a strong point and I guess a gratification of unification of everybody coming together and standing for something,” Kitchkeesick said.

“(Spence) is going to continue doing her fast until she has a meeting (with the Prime Minister) or until she passes.” – Candace Kitchkeesick, Sioux Lookout rally organizer

Kichkeesick and Anderson added that they were inspired by Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence’s ongoing hunger strike in Ottawa. “(Spence) is going to continue doing her fast until she has a meeting (with the Prime Minister) or until she passes,” Kitchkeesick said. “Until she’s finished then we will finish what we are doing until our voices are heard.” “I believe in this cause and what Chief Theresa Spence is doing in Ottawa,” Anderson added. “Although I cannot be with her at the Nations’ capital to stand with her, I am supporting her by doing fasting and collecting donations from people here to help her in Ottawa.” The peaceful march started on Front Street with a blessing by traditional teacher Ralph Johnson of Seine River. After marching through Sioux Lookout, the protesters gathered at Centennial Park for blessings and a sharing circle. During the circle, many people spoke of their fears of what will happen and how the government’s actions will effect future generations. Some speakers also expressed indignation that Bill C-45 was passed behind closed doors without consultation with First Nations chiefs. “Canada is going backwards, operating as a dictatorship rather than as a democratic society,” Johnson said. “It’s important to let them know that this shouldn’t go on in this day and age. Not just for us but for future generations who are coming up and should be able to enjoy the same environmental privileges we did when we grew up.” Anderson and Kitchkeesick said they were impressed with the number of people who showed up for the rally. “I didn’t realize it would blow up this much in just a short amount of time,” Kitchkeesick said, adding that a candlelight vigil is being planned for later in the week to continue supporting Spence’s hunger strike.


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Wabauskang taking proposed gold mine to court Shawn Bell Wawatay News

Wabauskang First Nation is preparing to file a lawsuit to oppose Rubicon Minerals’ proposed Phoenix Gold Mine in Red Lake. The Treaty #3 First Nation says it was left with no choice but to go to court after attempts to work with the company over the past year to address Wabauskang’s concerns failed to resolve the differences. Wabauskang Chief Leslie Cameron pointed blame over the dispute directly at the federal government. Cameron said the government has passed its duty to consult First Nations onto Ontario and then onto mining companies. “The government has to deal with us directly,” Cameron said. “They can’t hide behind mining companies.” Cameron said Wabauskang expressed its concerns with Rubicon’s Phoenix Gold Mine project right from the time the project was initiated. Despite those concerns, Ontario approved the mine’s process review in the fall of 2011. “We didn’t want to go to court, so even though we don’t think Ontario had the authority to approve the mine, we tried to work with the company over the last year to resolve our concerns,” Cameron said. “We’ve been unsuccessful, so we’re forced to go to court to ensure that our interests are

protected.” According to Rubicon Minerals’ website, Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development and Mines approved the company’s production closure plan for the Phoenix gold mine on Dec. 2, 2011. The remaining permits for the project were received in March 2012.

“The government has to deal with us directly, they can’t hide behind mining companies.” – Leslie Cameron, Chief of Wabauskang

Rubicon Minerals’ website states that the company is operating in a “low risk” environment due to its safe jurisdiction in Red Lake, Ontario’s tax environment which is the “most favourable” in Canada, and the company’s “good relations with Lac Seul First Nation and good history of consultation with other Aboriginal communities.” In a press release, Rubicon said it started consultations with Wabauskang in January 2009. The company said it has provided funds to Wabauskang for environmental reviews, legal assistance and a traditional use study, among other things. Rubicon also stated that it has been involved in negotiations with Wabauskang over terms of “economic

accommodation” under the terms of a benefit agreement. Cameron, however, said Rubicon’s efforts to consult have not been adequate. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “They don’t have Wabauskang’s support. We’ll oppose them every way possible.” Cameron likened his community’s struggle with that of Wahgoshig First Nation’s legal battle with Solid Gold Resources. Wahgoshig first took Solid Gold to court in the fall of 2011 and earned a successful decision. The case is set to come before an appeals court. But for all Wabauskang’s complaints with Rubicon Minerals, the crux of its case focuses on the government. The First Nation has repeatedly complained to Ontario and the federal government that the duty to consult First Nations has been wrongly delegated to mining companies. Cameron said both governments have ignored Wabauskang’s concerns. “The federal government stands by and lets Ontario delegate consultation to mining companies, such as Rubicon, who then say they aren’t responsible,” Cameron said. “Ontario and Canada have to realize that First Nations aren’t going to take this anymore. Government has to fufill their obligations directly with First Nations.”

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Shibogama addresses prescription drug abuse Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Shibogama First Nations Council has launched two new projects to address prescription drug abuse in Kasabonika, Kingfisher Lake, Wapekeka, Wawakapewin and Wunnumin Lake. “Prescription drug abuse affects us as leaders, our communities, our families, our children, our grandchildren,” said Wawakapewin Chief Joshua Frogg during a Dec. 19 press

conference in Sioux Lookout, where he added that prescription drug addictions do not have any boundaries. “It also affects pregnant women, who continue abusing prescription drugs and pass it on to the unborn.” Shibogama’s Maternal Addictions Continuum of Care project will focus on maternal addictions care for pregnant women and their families while the Family Healing Centre Project and Land Based Healing Programs will address family issues

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related to impacts from addictions and social and mental traumas. “Our people, our communities believe in the solid foundation of family concept and family unit that builds a strong community,” said Margaret Kenequanash, Shibogama’s executive director. “In order to have this, we need healthy families and systems. Through the Maternal Addictions Continuum of Care project, we want to ensure that we protect the unborn. We want our children and grandchildren to be healthy.” Funded by Health Canada’s Health Services Integration Fund, the three-year Maternal Addictions Continuum of Care project is a collaborative effort by Shibogama Health Authority and the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre to develop a framework inclusive of all maternal addictions but with a special focus on withdrawal from prescription drugs. “The Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre is committed to work with Shibogama First Nations to see this project through, as its impacts will be important to support healthy families within the communities we serve,” said Heather Fukushima, Meno Ya Win’s director of Long-Term Care and Service Development. “The current issue of addictions is impacting all levels along the lifecycle of a community and most sadly the youngest community members.” Shibogama’s Family Healing Centre Project is a culturally appropriate land-based healing program designed to help individuals and families to recover

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Shibogama’s five chiefs met on Dec. 19 to discuss prescription drug addiction issues in their communities during a press conference in Sioux Lookout. from the impacts caused to the whole family. “Our Elders have taught us that we as a people have a spiritual connection to the land,” Kenequanash said, noting the Shibogama chiefs called for the development of a Family Healing Centre in 2007. “Our communities want to utilize community land-based healing programs.” Kasabonika Chief Gordon Anderson said the land–based healing program has been a success in his community. “It has helped a lot of our people,” Anderson said. “I am grateful for the assistance that was made possible by the chief and council and by working with the health care workers in our community.”

Anderson said he has witnessed many events in his community that would make anybody cry, such as seeing a child running around early in the morning in the cold or seeing a house that is empty. “Everything is all sold,” Anderson said. “There is no food, the house is cold, there is no wood.” Shibogama is seeking potential partnerships, sponsors and other resources to support the implementation of the projects. Wunnumin Lake Chief Rod Winnipetonga said his community has completed six intakes of clients in its Suboxone prescription drug addiction treatment program to date. “For the young people who attended this program, it

really makes a big difference in our community, especially in their family,” Winnipetonga said. “I see that their children are happy and I see them get together.” Winnipetonga said his community is happy with the results of the program and want to keep it operating. “It is really helping with our young people,” Winnipetonga said. “We want to continue with this until we can succeed in healing the young people who are addicted. The problem we are facing right now is the funding — we have to use our own funding to create this program to help our young people. So I’m seeking for help from the government level.”

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Racism, stereotyping huge barrier to First Nations health care Shawn Bell Wawatay News

Racism and cultural intolerance are keeping Aboriginal people living in urban areas from accessing proper health care, according to a new report by the Health Council of Canada. The report points out that while colonization, residential schools and poverty contribute to the poor health outcomes of Aboriginal people in Canada, in many cases the racism and cultural ignorance shown by health practitioners across the country adds another barrier to the challenges of accessing proper health care. “One barrier to good health lies squarely in the lap of the health care system itself,� the report states. “Many Aboriginal people don’t trust – and therefore don’t use – mainstream health care services because they don’t feel safe from stereotyping and racism.� The study involved interviews with health care providers in seven urban settings across Canada, in an attempt to determine challenges and concerns with how health care is delivered for Aboriginal people living in urban environments. John Abbott, the CEO of Health Council of Canada, told Wawatay that the issues of racism and stereotyping as well as a lack of understanding of Aboriginal cultures among health care providers were common themes in all areas of the country. Abbott said the study clearly showed a divide on how doctors and nurses engage with their patients, especially when the patients are Aboriginal people. “Sometimes (providers) are not understanding where the patient is coming from, and what is driving their needs,� Abbott said. “Patients have to feel that their values are respected, and sometimes we

are not doing that.� Abbott said managers and leaders in health care settings across the country have to start taking a “no-tolerance� approach to dealing with racism in health care. He also noted that education is key when it comes to improving the care Aboriginal people receive in health care settings. As a positive example, he pointed to what the British Columbia government is doing in terms of having mandatory cultural sensitivity training for all health care staff. “It’s an eight-hour program that really helps to lay out the context, and the issues facing Aboriginal people to help build the respect in how providers deal with patients,� Abbott said, adding that regions without cultural sensitivity training for health care workers should immediately work on implementing it. Abbott added that ongoing efforts across the country to incorporate more teachings on First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in all levels of education, from elementary school right up to medical and nursing schools, will help change the culture of racism and stereotyping that exists in health care. Meanwhile he encourages governments continue to work to get more Aboriginal health care providers trained and working in the field. “The engagement is much better and the diagnosis is much better when you share an understanding of culture and of where the patient comes from,� Abbott said. As for patients who experience racism and stereotyping, Abbott suggests they ensure the situation gets documented and followed up with. “It’s important to bring it to the attention of managers and CEO,� he said. “Patients have to hold health authorities accountable.�

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Six young women from communities across northwestern Ontario have shared their experiences with sexual violence and their hopes for change through a Photovoice project in Sioux Lookout. After months of training and photo shoots, the youth presented their work at a grand opening celebration on Dec. 11 at A-Frame Gallery in Sioux Lookout. Amanda Lyon of Fort William First Nation, who told Wawatay that she joined the project because she had experienced

sexual violence and wanted to share her voice with others so “they don’t have to be alone,” said the opening show was astonishing. “It was amazing that a person like me can complete a project to help people in the world and other communities in Canada,” Lyon said. “I learned that everybody has a voice and that sexual violence is not just in my community but all over the world and everyone should speak up about it.” The Photovoice project was started by Brenda Dovick of the Ontario Native Women’s Association, with the intention of bringing community awareness of

sexual violence and its effects in Sioux Lookout. The project was opened to women of all ages, but it was the youth who stepped up to take it on. “It really shows that (the youth) want change to happen,” Dovick said. “We need to be able to support them, to mentor them to step into their leadership roles. There is so much to be said from youth, if we give them the platform.” The project started in September. Each week the group would meet to learn about photography, discuss the issues of sexual violence in the community, and go on photo shoots around Sioux

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School powwow teaches students about culture Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

Students at the Ogden Community School in Thunder Bay experienced their first powwow on Dec. 14. Biwaase’aa program manager Paul Francis said the powwow is part of the program’s mandate to to help address child poverty issues by increasing life skills of children, youth and their families through strategies of cultural awareness, academic improvement, structured activities and health nutritional supplementation.

“I think bringing in the cultural teachings has been a big part of our program and has a big impact on the kids,” he said. “When we first started doing powwows in the schools, the kids who don’t know it are hesitant but now they’re starting to be proud.” The powwow was preceded by workshops on Dec. 10, which taught students of various grades the teachings of the drum, regalia, dancing and powwow protocol. Francis said the powwow had a good turnout and that the students enjoyed the

experience. Earlier this year, Biwaase’aa announced that program funding had been cut by the government, but Francis said a number of funders have pulled through and the program is fully operational again. “I think because of the work, the impact and the success of (the program), we overreached our goal,” Francis said, noting that the program currently has nearly $900,000. “We should be alright for next year (too).”

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Leona Scanlan, centre front, was honoured by past and present NNEC postsecondary students and educators from Lakehead University, Conferation College and Oshki.

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Scanlon honoured for helping students Shawn Bell Wawatay News

Past and present Anishinawbe post secondary students took the opportunity of the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) annual Christmas dinner to honour Leona Scanlon for her work as an education councillor. “I had my ups and downs during the four years I was in university, and through it all my great supporter was Leona and her team of post-secondary councilors,” said Archie Mekanak of Sandy Lake First Nation, who now works as a Regional Aboriginal Community Coordinator at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Scanlon was presented with matching moccasins and gauntlets in recognition of the 14 years she has spent as a postsecondary education councillor with NNEC. Over those years she has supported over 1000 successful students through their postsecondary education paths in Thunder Bay. “Education sparks creativity, it motivates us and teaches us to think for ourselves,” said Harry Kenequanash. “Leona’s encouraging words and the dedication she has shown to students meant a lot. Because of her encouragement I graduated from university in 2010.” The sentiments expressed by Mekanak and Kenequanash were echoed by current post

secondary students at the dinner. Lydia Big George, who is in the final year of a distanceeducation public administration degree from Ryerson University, said the challenges facing students such as her who have families and jobs to take care of on top of school are difficult. Big George said the support of NNEC’s postsecondary councilors is important in giving students the push to continue what they started. “It’s been a really long haul, but throughout my last few years Leona has supported me, and I think that’s what pushed me to keep going, knowing all the support that is behind me,” she said.


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An Eabametoong Elder and Mary Okees share a laugh after a performance of honky-tonk rhythms.

Eabametoong group brings community together Continued from page 1 “Sometimes we pay out of our own pocket,” Okees said, including the cost of the lights they use at dances. The talent showcase was the first time Taybinace put on an event of that kind. The Dec. 15 event was broadcasted on Wawatay Radio Network across northern Ontario. “We said, Let’s fundraise and get the money, and for whoever’s listening to Wawa-

“We decided to find stuff for the youth to do and our message is say no to drugs and you’re not alone.” -Mary Okees

tay, let’s show them what Fort Hope can do,” Okees said. Since Taybinace was formed and started organizing the various events,

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the community is noticing a change among the young people. “Since we started, some of these youth come to us to say ‘thank you. I stopped doing drugs because of you guys and what you guys say and you show us you care,’” Okees said. The weekend concluded with a gospel music night on Dec. 16. Taybinace is currently organizing more festivities for the holidays.

Filling the youth cupboard

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Bonnie Couchie of Pic River First Nation performs at the 4th annual Stocking the Youth Cupboard fundraiser at the Finlandia Club on Dec. 13 in Thunder Bay. Organizer Rachel Mishenene, a member of Mishkeegogamang First Nation, said this year’s fundraiser raised more than $1,000. The funds go towards the Independence Cupboard, housed at the Childrens Aid Society office, which consists primarily of non-perishable food products for youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who are living independently.

Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon is as a non-profit incorporated charity since 1997. Thunder Bay Aboriginal Head Start and Biwaase’aa (formerly known as Neighbourhood Capacity Building Project) are programs that constitute this Aboriginal agency. In 2004, the urban Aboriginal community developed a culturally designed program unlike any other in Canada to serve the needs of urban Aboriginal youth age 7-13 years and their families residing in Thunder Bay experiencing the effects of low socio-economic living conditions. Biwaase’aa consists of in-school, after-school, structured activities, and food security components delivered by culturally adept and reputable Aboriginal Youth Outreach Workers in seven partnering schools in Thunder Bay. Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon is calling for a Scope of Work for a Comprehensive Research Evaluation to be used as an integral tool towards core funding sustainability of Biwaase’aa by demonstrating impacts on student success via program participation. Student success will be measured from multiple qualitative and quantitative indices that will include but will not be limited to cultural awareness, academic achievement, life skills enhancement, and physical health improvement. The successful candidate will report to the Executive Director, and will interact closely with the stakeholder Steering Committee, Cultural Advisors, students and their families, school administration, community representatives, and applicable staff. Research is to be completed by June 30/13; first draft completed by August 31/13; finalized product completed by September 30/13. Interested candidates are to submit CV and supporting material inclusive of a preliminary method design by January 2, 2013 @ 4:00 EST to: Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon, Biwaase’aa Program 1610 John Street Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7G 1J9 Attention: Tammy Bobyk, Executive Director Phone (807)768-2342 ext.23; Fax (807)768-9509; Email tbobyk@shkoday.com Miigwetch for your interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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Youth speak out about racism, suicide Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal strategy forum closes with youth gathering Lenny Carpenter Wawatay News

A youth still in elementary public school asked to speak in front of his youth peers during the Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy (TBUAS) youth forum on Dec. 13. He talked about an altercation he had been involved in that was started by a nonNative classmate, and how rather than hear both sides of the story, the teacher sided with the non-Native student, resulting in discipline for the First Nation youth. “I don’t think there should be racism in schools,� said the youth, who was among the youngest at the gathering. He began to tear up as he continued. “I think teachers shouldn’t be racist. There should be more Native teachers. I never see any.� As he struggled to continue, most of the youth listening got up and joined him at the podium, standing beside him as support.

“I learned a lot from the young people that evening. I think the ones that were there know there is hope.� -Francis Wesley

It was a scene repeated several times throughout the evening as a number of youth asked to speak about matters important to them, be it racism, suicide or the loss of loved ones. “Their stories pulled at my heart in a big way,� said Frances Wesley, the strategy planner for TBUAS. “Us, the adults in the room, were really taken. We felt something.� The forum allowed the youth to voice their concerns and share stories about living as First Nations youth in Thunder Bay. Clyde Moonias, a Grade 12 student from Neskangtaga First Nation, told the gather-

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Aboriginal youth from Thunder Bay gathered to speak and then spent the evening opening up and supporting each other. One participant called the forum a “roller coaster of emotions.� ing about being on his high school’s football team. He was the only Native person on the squad.

“I felt like I didn’t belong,� he said. “I felt I was pushed to be kicked out, to quit the team.�

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felt like crying telling their stories, like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stuck inside and they had to be released.â&#x20AC;? Tallon Bird, a Grade 10 student from Whitefish Bay First Nation, said he went to the forum with low expectations, but after the discussions, he found it very worthwhile, describing the evening as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;rollercoaster of emotions.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;To hear the other stories, it makes me sad to know our population goes through all these problems,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it also makes me feel better to know there are people out there who want to make a change, and who are making a change, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just happy that we got the help from people before any extremes happened because we lost a lot of people.â&#x20AC;? Wesley said what struck her the most was how the youth supported each other. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was so empowering,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned a lot from the young people that evening. I think the ones that were there know there is hope.â&#x20AC;? Wesley plans to meet with the youth again after the holidays to ask: what do you want us to do next? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll roll out a report and start looking at action planning,â&#x20AC;? she said. Moonias offered advice to the youth out there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to let out your emotions,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are health programs, there are people who will hear you.â&#x20AC;?


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Online learning centre with thousands of courses opens in Attawapiskat Shawn Bell Wawatay News

An education centre with access to over 1,000 distance education online courses from Ontario colleges and universities has opened in Attawapiskat. The new Attawapiskat centre becomes one of 112 online learning centres across Ontario operated by Contact North, Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Distance Education and Training Network. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a significant need for training and skills development options for the people of Attawapiskat First Nation to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities,â&#x20AC;? said Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through our partnership with Contact North, our residents can get culturally

appropriate and relevant training and skills they need for current and future jobs right here in Attawapiskat.â&#x20AC;? The centre is located in the Marc Guevremont Training Centre in Attawapiskat. According to a Contact North press release, residents of Attawapiskat can access over 18,000 online and distance education courses at the new cen-

tre. High speed Internet access, computer workstations and other learning technologies are available for community members to use. The online courses include college and university courses as well as literacy, basic skills and other training. A coordinator who provides technical support, information on available courses and pro-

grams and assistance with the registration process staffs the centre. Chris Bentley, Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minister of Aboriginal Affairs, opened the centre on Dec. 13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The opening of the learning centre will bring new training opportunites to the residents of Attawapiskat,â&#x20AC;? Bentley said in a release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so important that people young and old have access

to these tools without having to leave their community.â&#x20AC;? In November 2012 Attawapiskat First Nation signed a memorandum of understanding with Ontario Works, Contact Northâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal distance education, and the Sioux Hudson Literary Council to explore opportunities for online and distance delivery of education and training programs.

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Education Counsellor The Independent First Nations Alliance Secondary Student Services Program (IFNA SSSP) representing the First Nations communities of Kitchenuhmaykoosib, Muskrat Dam and Pikangikum invites applications from qualified candidates for the SSSP Education Counsellor position. Roles and Responsibilities: • to represent an integral component to individual and collective student success in the school education process; • to provide the academic and social counselling; • to ensure the provision of student support services for success as required ex. tutorial, home placement, extra-curricular and other student activities; • to support the students by responding to their questions/concerns and foilowup; • to be the liaison with school administrations, teachers and home placement parents in addressing the students’ needs and progress; • to maintain contact with the parents/guardians, Education Authority or First Nation of the students’ home communities; • to attend the students’ school events; • to maintain records of student information; • to assist the schools in any special activities planned for the students; • to maintain contact withthe social services agencies; • to participate in staff meetings; • to represent the SSSP. Qualifications: • high school graduation and preferably university education; • experience may be considered instead of formal counselling training; • must have counselling experience and rapport with inschool students; • good verbal and written communication skills; • must be self-motivated; • excellent advocacy and conflict resolution skills an asset; • knowledge of the school education system; • knowledge of the learning challenges facing First Nations students; • must be cognizant of First Nations history, culture and tradition; • must be willing to travel as required; • must have a vehicle, proper liability insurance and valid driver’s licence; • provide driver’s abstract; • ability to communicate in Ojibway or Oji-Cree an asset. Salary and Benefits: The IFNA provides health benefits and pension plan. The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications. The job location is in Sioux Lookout. To apply, please email your application and include a cover letter with your resume and three references with permission to contact. The job will require a Criminal Reference Check and Child Abuse Registry Check. For information, please direct them to: Phil Green Transition Co-ordinator Independent First Nations Alliance P.O. Box 5010, 98 King Street Sioux Lookout, ON P8T1K6 Telephone: (204) 489-9284 or (807) 737-1902 Email: philipnormangreen@live.ca or receptionist@ifna.ca Application Deadline:

January 11, 2013

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The IFNA thanks all the applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Former Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) grand chief Frank Beardy (left) shakes hands with current Grand Chief Harvey Yesno.

Frank Beardy honoured with headdress Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Former Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) grand chief Frank Beardy was honoured with a headdress on Dec. 17 by Grand Chief Harvey Yesno and Deputy Grand Chiefs Alvin Fiddler and Goyce Kakegamic. “To us, this is very important — honouring our leaders,” said Grand Chief Harvey Yesno during a presentation ceremony at Beardy’s home in Muskrat Dam. “Frank has been serving our people for a long time. I remember the story he used to tell me about leaving on the last floatplane in the fall just before freeze up and not returning until

close to Christmas. In those days we didn’t have band offices, we didn’t have phones.” Beardy and Grand Council Treaty #9 founding vice-president Chris Cromarty received recognition for their efforts to improve the lives of NAN community members during the Nov. 13-15 Special Chiefs Assembly in Thunder Bay. Cromarty received his headdress at a Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School event at the time, but due to the circumstances with Beardy being in the hospital and conflicting schedules, Dec. 17 was the first opportunity to present Beardy with his headdress. “I’m very happy — back when I was a young man starting off I

was just doing what the people expected me to do working for them, I never expected to get an honour such as this,” Beardy said after receiving the headdress. “I never expected to be honoured because of what was expected of me by the people. And now I look back and think about the people I worked with, a lot of them who have passed on, I think about their memories and I am truly honoured today to have the recognition of the leadership in the past work and the role I played in developing Nishnawbe Aski Nation.” Yesno said that even when Beardy was not serving as grand chief or chief of his own community, he still performed a lead-

ership role with NAN, such as during various negotiations and meetings with government officials. “That mantle of leadership does not change just because a person’s work is done,” Yesno said. “I know Frank has continued to offer encouragement to me and advice, even long before I got this position.” Beardy served as the founding executive director of Wawatay Native Communications Society in the early 1970s, chief of Muskrat Dam in the 1980s and 1990s, deputy grand chief from 198283 and 1985-88 and grand chief from 1983-85.

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Champion of sports and recreation Kashechewan’s Dan Kooses spent decades serving his people Rick Garrick

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Former Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) deputy grand chief Dan Kooses was a champion of sports and recreation for his people. “He used to love taking kids to tournaments out of town in Moosonee and down south to Sudbury, Wiarton and all those towns,” said Kashechewan Deputy Chief Amos Wesley about his former coach, who passed away on Dec. 16 after battling a lengthy illness. “He used to be an active participant in hockey. He was really a funny, outgoing very loud kind of guy. He used to just have fun with lots of people that he was with. He was also a very good speaker.” Wesley said Kooses will be missed in his home community. “It’s a big loss to the community,” Wesley said. “We have lost one of our most outspoken, most talented politicians that the community has seen.” Kooses served his people as deputy grand chief from 20002006, as Kaschechewan chief for five terms in the 1980s and 1990s, as one of the founders of Grand Council Treaty #9 and also during the establishment of Mushkegowuk Council in the late 1980s. “He was very active and very involved in the birth of those organizations,” said Kashechewan Chief Derek Stephan. “I worked with Dan for a long time. I was the deputy chief when he was the chief in our community. He actually paved the way for me to become a leader for my people. Your heart has to be for the people, not for yourself – that’s what he believed in.” A long-time coach with the James Bay Eagles, Wolves and

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Board of Directors of Northern Nishnawbe Education Council is proud to honour the

2011-2012 Post Secondary Graduates from our area First Nations. Your commitment to lifelong learning and the professional development of our community members is celebrated.

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December 20, 2012

Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974

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Happy Holidays INSIDE:

ABORIGINAL ARTISTS COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS LETTERS TO SANTA CHRISTMAS RECIPES


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Santa makes the rounds, and the elves get set for Christmas

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Meanwhile, Santa brought toys to Marten Falls on Dec. 17, left, and the children in the community joined together in the school’s gym for a carolling sing-a-long concert, below. And in Webequie, the K4 clas got in the spirit by decorating the class door, above. Photos by Kaitlyn Ferris/Noront Resources

Submitted photos by Norm Semple and Rose Yesno

Above:Santa’s helpers, the K4 students in Kasabonika Lake, get ready for Christmas. Below: When Santa showed up in Kasabonika, the students lined the school’s gymnasium to welcome him.

Merry Christmas from the Board and Staff of Wawatay Native Communications Society Wawatay News will not be publishing issues on December 27 and January 3. Look for our annual year in review in the January 10 edition.


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DECEMBER 20, 2012

Seasons Greetings Xavier Kataquapit UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY

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t is that time of the year again. With the holiday season and Christmas and New Year celebrations a lot of people will be rejoicing in so many ways. Most of this season should be devoted to children having fun but most of it has ended up being a very stressful time of the year with the main idea having to do with spending money to buy gifts to be happy. It never works. I see so many families running around in the stores trying to find that special gift that will make their Christmas perfect. The holiday music is playing in stores everywhere and has been since early November. The television and other media advertising has been coaxing and manipulating families in regard to what hot products they need this Christmas. Moms and dads are frantically running around trying to make it all work and they feel guilty if their families don’t get what everybody else has on the block. This should be a time when we reflect on our lives and those of all the people close to us and if possible an opportunity to be nice to them all. Instead it is a time where we put so much stress on each other and ourselves for all kinds of artificial reasons. This should be a time where we relax a bit and do some fun things as many of us are on holidays for a few days or possibly even a week or so. Instead we find ourselves racing around in our

cars from store to store and down the concrete floors of a maze of mall superstores. The tragedy is that the children are all watching this happen and in turn they will learn this behaviour and carry it on as they get older. So our quest for that impossible perfect holiday season will forever be sought for generations to come. One of the biggest problems with this holiday season has to do with all of the consumption of alcohol and various drugs that goes on. Many of us automatically equate Christmas and New Year celebrations with getting drunk and high. That makes for some very terrible memories for a lot of children and ruins what good there should be at this time of the year. The combination of alcoholism, addictions and stress turns many family and friend gatherings into tragic, sad and sometimes violent situations. While this is all happening the children watch, learn and endure. Perhaps this so called special time of the year is a good opportunity for so many of us who are alcoholics or addicts to realize that in fact we have a problem and that something must be done about it. Maybe this is the time to really think about our family, friends and the children with a realization that we can break this cycle of alcoholism and addiction by coming out of denial and getting help. The help is available but a person has to want to seek it out. You have to ask for help if you think you might be losing your life to alcoholism or addictions. The problem is that denial is such a thick wall that many people never get to the point that

they actually realize they are alcoholics or drug addicts. Their entire lives can be falling apart and everyone around them knows they are drunks and addicts but the self-realization is just not there. Maybe this is the time of the year to give your family and friends the best Christmas and New Years gift ever. If you think you have a problem with alcohol or drugs this could be the best opportunity to come out of denial, admitting you are an alcoholic or addict and then reaching out for help and doing something about it. You don’t have to wake up everyday feeling terrible and living your life in a fog where you depend on alcohol or drugs just to get by. Life can be much better for you, your family and friends. If you want to do something about your alcoholism or drug addiction, visit www. aa.org online and go to their ‘Is A.A. For You’ link to their questionnaire to find out if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs. If you find that your honest answers to these questions obviously point to the fact that you have a problem with alcohol or drugs then maybe the very best gift you could give yourself and your family and friends is to come out of denial and reach out for help. You can start with your nearest alcoholics anonymous or narcotics anonymous group in your area or contact your local drug and alcohol addiction centre. It is not hard to find as this information is in your local phone book or can be found through a quick search online. Many First Nations have Native drug and alcohol abuse workers that you can talk to. Seasons greetings!

Christmas-que, Part 2 Mario Wassaykeesic GUEST COLUMNIST

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sit on a mall bench (if there is any to avail) along side with a few shoppers, exhausted and burning the candles at both ends. A quick break (or not) and they’re off, into the rapid movement, jumping like a salmon going upstream, succeeding towards their goal. I’ll just sip my eggnog (from Starbucks) and smile for a bit. I do not even have too much time to get into a Gump mode, and talk about how life is like a box of chocolates, or find out how comfortable their shoes are. I know that the shopper doesn’t have a whole lot of time for me to examine their footwear; where they’re going, or where they’ve been. But I’m sure they do wish they had some magic shoes this fine December Holiday season. The continuous droves and the masses, the winterized bundled families that swirl into the muddle mixture of frantic shoppers attempt to make plans on where they will meet. Dad’s eyeing up electronics; mom’s seeing a sale; daughter’s texting an OMG, while son’s got high expectations for a “... Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle.” A plan is made and a plan is settled: dad’s got the winterized belonging duty while the family unit disperses in all different direction.

Santa’s workshop and a displayal of his North Pole home are centered in the centre of a mall, where all magic begins. Painted up is a frosted North Pole sign to the side of an enormous comfortable chair, lined of red velvet (Looks comfortable, from where I can observe, from the comforts of my bench). A sign in the front reads if Santa’s taking on wishes, or is on break; parents stand in line with their children. Eventually Santa does takes on candy-glazed-eyed children, all hoping to be on Santa’s good list, while parents sneak off to make those dreams happen. I don’t think I could take on a Santa position; my eyes would read to sympathize, or I would tell them the truth: you’ll shoot your eye out, kid. Greens of wreath stretch across the hall, connecting one merchant to another. Like a spindled spiderweb that catches the morning dew in its webbing, lights sparkle within the green. Surely, a shopper does take time to marvel; maybe another day. Displays of red and green, and sometimes gold, ornaments hang about around the mall ceiling, walls and sometime the floor. Gigantic glass (or plastic) coloured balls that would take down a Charlie Brown tree, hang way up, and securely. The mall clock chimes out a certain carol from a distance, where I can still hear it hourly and quarterly. However, if I counted correctly, that last chime rung its inevitable timely demise: quarter to the last hour! Panic does begin to dimmer down a little more, and I find the rapid movement of the

mallers has begun to slow down to steady and calmer pace. It’s that time to throw in the towel, as shoppers make their slowly way out. Hopefully, now the Carpenters will lull some children to sleep about being home for Christmas tonight. Gates from the secret wall of a familiar store draws closer to a close, as the last customer makes an indecisive decision on what item to purchase. Tired and often overworked, staff have their own families to get back to, as they smile their wishful goodbyes to an indecisive customer. Just pick the red one; they can return the gift if they don’t like your choice, I think to myself as if I can read the staff gatekeeper’s thought. A lowly janitor sighs at the salted floors as the crowds begin to move from an entourage to a slower last handful. Broom in hand, he leans against the wall, waiting for more patrons to vacate. I am sure his work overwhelmingly (underpaid) vital to this holiday time. Perhaps a little plastic ball should be made for him and his work as well. The King is left to serenade to me about a Blue Christmas; his hunka-hunka voices echoes throughout the mall walls, following his back-up ooh-oohooh female voices. Santa’s sign reads that he’s already left the building, leaving a vacant red velvet seat. I sip the last of my eggnog special, and ho-ho-ho into the city festive lights, ever watchful for a reindeer sleigh not to run me over. Be safe this Holiday Season, my relatives.

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The Grade 1/2/3 class at Bimaychikamah School in Slate Falls shared their letters to Santa with Wawatay. Dear Santa, My name is Brandon and I am 8 years old. I have been a good boy this year! For Christmas I would really like Black Ops 2, and Assassin’s Creed. These are both video games. Say hello to your elves for me! Love your friend, Brandon Dear Santa, My name is Adam and I am 8 years old. I have been good this year! For Christmas I would really like Zombie’s, Toy Story 3 and Black Ops 2. I really like to play video games on my Xbox. Say hello to Rudolph for me! Love your friend, Adam Dear Santa, My name is Jessalyn and I am 8 years old. I have been a good

girl this year! For Christmas I would really like a pet cat and a laptop! Say hello to all of the reindeers for me! Love your friend, Jessalyn Dear Santa, My name is Reidar and I am 6 years old. I have been really good this year! For Christmas I would really enjoy Zombie’s and Black Ops 2, just like my cousin Adam. Say hello to Mrs. Claus for me! Love your friend, Reidar Dear Santa, My name is Angel and I am 6 years old. I have been a good girl this year! For Christmas I would really like a dolly play set with dolls and a little doggy. I can play with

Alena. Say hello to all of your elves for me! Love your friend, Angel Dear Santa, My name is Liam and I am 8 years old. I have been a good boy this year! For Christmas I would like Halo 4, Black Ops 2, and Border Lands. Say hi to your elves for me! Love your friend, Liam Dear Santa, My name is Noah and I am 9 years old. Santa, can you tell your friends I said hi, please? I would like an Xbox 360, and the games Call of Duty – Black Ops, and Halo 4. I also want a skidoo, please! Love your friend, Noah

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ARTISTS MAKING CHRISTMAS Traditional needle cases from the shores of Lake Nipigon Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Eastern Lake Nipigon’s AngeAimee Wawia enjoys creating older style needle cases and other forms of hide work. “I try to promote the older styles,” Wawia said. “As you can see this is a traditional needle case made from hide, but there is also melton wool in it.” Wawia also featured an older style scissors case made from hide and a tobacco pouch for sale during a recent gift show in Thunder Bay. “I also have my candles for sale,” Wawia said, explaining her cedar, sage and sweetgrass candles are designed for people who are sensitive to regular cedar, sage and sweetgrass smudges or for buildings that do not allow smudges due to fire or smoke alarms. “They are designed to have a very gentle aroma in your house because they are cleansing. They are not overpowering.” Wawia began experimenting with candles a few years ago and has now developed them for sale to the public. “They are very well received,” Wawia said. Wawia began making traditional crafts when she was 10 years old, after her mother,

grandmother and other women taught her some of their skills and techniques. She still remembers learning how to sew using a needle and thread and a treadle sewing machine.

Wawia began making traditional crafts when she was 10 years old, after her mother, grandmother and other women taught her some of their skills and techniques. “I’ve always enjoyed making items so it has been a lifelong experience for me,” Wawia said. “You can have 10 different craftspeople, but if you give them the same materials you are going to get 10 different items out of the same materials. Each craftsperson has a unique item, unique style.” Wawia’s display also included a number of hide picture frames with beads and feathers and a variety of handmade blankets. “(The blankets) can be used either as a ceremonial blanket or as an everyday blanket,” Wawia said.

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Metis painter Eugene Lefrancois usually tries to incorporate the colours of the northern lights into his paintings. “You look at night at the northern lights and it has greens, blues, reds, oranges,” Lefrancois said. “I try to incorporate that into each and every painting.” Lefrancois said he never runs out of ideas, pointing out the colours of feathers on a partridge and the colours on a tree, depending on the light, as examples. “There’s art everywhere you look,” Lefrancois said. “If you can’t see, you listen to the wind, you hear the water. If you can’t hear, you can smell the trees, you can smell the earth, you can smell the rocks.” Lefrancois said he often puts the Sleeping Giant into his paintings because he is “such a perfect perspective lens.” “It’s nice to have someone

laying there that you can use at any time you want,” Lefrancois said. “He’s not copyrighted, yet.” Lefrancois included all the colours of mankind into one of his larger paintings, Past Present, which tells “the story of where we were and where we are going to be.” “Our whole world is in there,” Lefrancois said. “All the colours of man and our spirits and the animals and the water are in that painting.” Lefrancois said he has fun while doing his art, noting he paints every day. “It started out as a hobby, then it started out as work, now it’s just a way of life,” Wabegijig said. “I used to work in the bush camps and I would do this after work in the kitchen. And the guys would be taking all of my stuff.” Lefrancois appreciates the opportunities he has had to paint throughout his life. “It is very peaceful, in a word,” Lefrancois said. “I mean it is much more than that.”


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Handmade crafts in the traditional way

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Traditional regalia for the powwow trail Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Couchiching’s Raven Linklater enjoys making traditional regalia items for people on the powwow trail. “I do a lot of sewing and regalia work,” Linklater said. “I like to do the regalia and the moccasins and the beadwork by custom order. That way my customers get exactly what they are looking for. We can work together to create it.”

Linklater began creating the regalia items, a variety of jewelry, including necklaces and beadwork, and a variety of leatherwork about one-anda-half years ago after leaving a career in banking. “I wasn’t really happy with my life — I had money and I had comforts but I wasn’t being fulfilled,” Linklater said. “I started hitting the powwow trail and then I started doing regalia work, and it was more fulfilling than anything I had ever done in

the business world.” Linklater’s first piece of regalia work was a fancy shawl outfit with beaded moccasins and accessories. “Once I took some time for myself, I was able to create things and I was able to see things in my mind how I wanted the outfit and the regalia to look,” Linklater said. “I had a lot of people around me who had always done this type of work, and they were there for me and helped teach me.”

Linklater also passes on the knowledge she learned from others, such as using smaller beads to create finer details in the design, through workshops on beadwork and sewing. “I’ve done a few one-on-one individual teachings and I go into different organizations and do workshops there,” Linklater said. “I really enjoy sharing this work. It’s not quite as much money as when I was in the banking world, but it’s more satisfying in other ways.”

Webequie’s Andrew Suganaqueb makes all of his traditional crafts entirely by hand. “Everything is by hand that we make — no machines,” Suganaqueb said during the 11th Annual Aboriginal Fine Arts and Crafts Christmas Gift Show and Sale, held Dec. 4-8 at Victoriaville Centre in Thunder Bay. “We didn’t use machines, even when we make slippers. Everything is really hard to make when you’re trying to make high quality (products by hand).” Suganaqueb began making traditional crafts about 50 years ago while he was living in Webequie. “My wife, when she was still alive, used to do a lot of beadwork a long time ago,” Suganaqueb

said. Since he moved to Thunder Bay with his wife about 28 years ago, Suganaqueb has kept himself busy by producing a variety of moccasins, slippers, mitts, mukluks, necklaces and earrings for sale in the city. “There’s a difference right now — 50 years ago it was really cheap selling the stuff,” Suganaqueb said. Suganaqueb said the prices for all of his supplies, his expenses and his living accommodations have gone up significantly since he moved to Thunder Bay. “That is why it is (costing more) for native work,” Suganaqueb said. “I have to pay my bills.” Suganaqueb said he has to consider all the costs he had to produce the crafts into his prices, such as the beadwork designs he buys for use on his moccasins.


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Painting traditional legends Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Keewaywin’s Derek Harper has been painting traditional legends since he was introduced to acrylic paints about 20 years ago. “I started off with pencil crayons at first,” Harper said. “Then my father-in-law (Lloyd Kakepetum) introduced me to acrylics.” Harper had been ill at the time and was not able to go outside for the whole winter. “So that’s when I started painting,” Harper said, explaining he likes using acrylics because they are easier to work with than other paints. “It dries up a lot quicker, I can water it down to like ink to make those fine lines.” In 1995, he made his first major sale as an artist during

an art show with Kakepetum in Toronto. “I sold every piece I had,” Harper said. “It felt pretty

“I started off with pencil crayons at first,” Harper said. “Then my father-in-law (Lloyd Kakepetum) introduced me to acrylics.” -Derek Harper

good and I made money, what I thought was a lot of money. I was pretty excited that somebody would buy all my paintings, so that kept me going.” Although Harper has made his living from his art over the past eight years, first in Thunder Bay and currently

in Dryden, he said the market in Dryden is slow so he has to send his art elsewhere or travel to bigger centres to make enough sales. “I usually come here or go to other towns to try to sell my art,” Harper said, noting he has sold paintings to people from California to Sweden to New Zealand. “They like when they see the (fine) lines; they are really surprised about that.” Harper focuses on the traditional teachings his grandfather passed on to him, the events that happened to him or his grandfather during hunting trips, the events that happened to his grandfather while he was watching him or the stories his grandmother told him in his paintings.

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Eabametoong sisters Cecelia Ash and Jane Slipperjack have been creating traditional crafts since they were teenagers. “She (Ash) does all sorts of stuff, like she makes moccasins,” said her translator

during the 11th Annual Aboriginal Fine Arts and Crafts Christmas Gift Show and Sale, held Dec. 4-8 at Victoriaville Centre in Thunder Bay. “Somebody gets her the sizes and she just makes them.” The two sisters began making traditional crafts after watching their grandparents making

crafts in the early 1900s. “She does all the beadwork herself,” said the translator about the beadwork on Ash’s moccasins. “She usually gets the beads from retail stores.” The translator said the sisters usually make a design on paper before making their beadwork for the moccasins.


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Putting a unique twist on traditional crafts Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Thunder Bay’s Ken Wabegijig usually tries to alter his designs every year to attract more interest to his traditional crafts. “I try to be innovative, creative, a little different from everybody else,” Wabegijig said. “I’m always changing a little touch every time, just a little twist on things, whatever, because if someone wants to imitate me, I welcome that. I take that as a compliment, but then I do something a little different the next time.” Wabegijig, whose mother is from Whitefish Lake and father is from Wikwemikong, has been creating a wide variety of traditional crafts, including beadwork, leatherwork and woodwork, for about 20 years. “I do rattles, sometimes I do the odd pipe along the way,” Wabegijig said. “I do all kinds of dreamcatchers. And I’ve done lots of (smudge bowls).” Wabegijig carves his smudge bowls out of hardwood burls that are dropped off at his home by people from around the city. “Just recently, I had a contact with a city person who takes care of the trees,” Wabegijig

said. “He said when they cut down the trees, he is going to try to give me the burls off the trees of the City of Thunder Bay.” Wabegijig often discovers images inside the burls as he carves his smudge bowls. “Eagle heads, wolf heads, people’s faces, profiles, everything,” Wabegijig said. “I never know what is inside there. Each piece is unique.”

“I try to be innovative, creative, a little different from everybody else...” – Ken Wabegijig

Wabegijig usually tries to produce a wide variety of traditional crafts so he doesn’t fall into a rut. “If I get tired of one thing, I go do another thing,” Wabegijig said. “So it takes a while before the cycle repeats itself.” But he still managed to produce and sell about 50 rattles over the past year at $70 per rattle. “That puts a lot of money in my pocket, but then I have

to put it out again to buy the antlers from other people,” Wabegijig said. “I have to order the rawhide and get it shipped to me. But it’s all worth it in the long run.” Wabegijig said the time and effort he puts into his traditional crafts has paid off. “If you do quality work, if you take your time, if you put your enthusiasm into it, it is reflected in your work and the people see that.”

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Learning crafts from his mother Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Wikwemikong’s Paul Francis has been creating traditional crafts since his mother began teaching him at the age of 12. “I’m following my mother,” Francis said. “I do the powwow circuit all summer. It keeps me busy.” Francis usually works four to five hours per day in his shop to produce his traditional crafts, which he also offers for sale on a wholesale basis. His biggest sellers during a recent five-day gift show in Thunder Bay were a variety of dreamcatcher earrings made out of fine wire with a bead in the centre and sweetgrass braids.

“I start with a piece of wire about two-feet long,” Francis said about his dreamcatcher earrings. “I just start in a circle and keep going around webbing it with that piece of wire. (The bead) represents mother earth.” Francis said sweetgrass is not readily available in the Thunder Bay area but it is plentiful on Manitoulin Island. “I’ve sold about 60 braids since I’ve been here,” Francis said on Dec. 6. Francis also creates a variety of crafts out of leather, sweetgrass, birchbark and beadwork, including cedar frames for artwork and hand drums. “I make (the frames) out of cedar and I use leather ties to

tie (the artwork) in,” Francis said. “I sold one big (hand drum) and two small (hand drums) at this show. It’s been a good show.” Francis also sold a selection of rings he had bartered for at a powwow in southern Ontario. “There’s still a bartering system with native people,” he said. In addition to creating traditional crafts, Francis also provides traditional teachings for students in schools and young inmates in correctional facilities. “I teach them the beading work and if they’re old enough, I like doing dreamcatchers with the older kids,” Francis said. “It teaches patience.”

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Sandy Lake and Meno Ya Win celebrate with feasts

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Top photos: Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic’s birthday was celebrated during the Sandy Lake Chief and Council Christmas Feast, top left. Grand Chief Harvey Yesno and Sandy Lake Chief Bart Meekis and a number of community members enjoyed their meals during the annual feast on Dec. 10. Bottom photos: The Thunder Mountain Singers, below centre, performed a number of traditional songs during Meno Ya Win’s First Annual Miichim Hunter’s Feast on Dec. 12. A number of community members enjoyed their meals during the feast, which celebrated the traditional foods served at Meno Ya Win.

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Porcupine quills boxes worth thousands Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Wikwemikong’s Martina Osawamick has sold some porcupine quill boxes from her Zaawmiknaang craft shop for thousands of dollars. “The quill boxes range from $2,400 (up to) $3,000,” Osawamick said. “We sold one about a year ago and it’s worth like $10,000. It’s very intricate work and it’s very time consuming. It doesn’t take three months — it could take longer to make a big box like that. The one I sold (a year ago) was 16 inches across.” Osawamick said every part of the quill boxes she sells is natural except for the synthetic thread. “They have them in museums for $10,000 to $15,000,” Osawamick said. Although Osawamick sells a wide range of intricately designed crafts at her craft shop, which is located in Wikwemikong, she has also been learning how to make a

variety of simpler craftwork, such as keychains and lanyards, since she retired from working at Cambrian College. “It does take a lot of practice,” Osawamick said. “It’s like when you make fry bread, you have to have years and years of practice. But the beadwork — I’m just starting to do that.” Osawamick and her partner, a Navaho craftsman from the United States, usually travel along the powwow trail across North America to sell their wide range of traditional crafts. “We spend our time in Florida and that is when we do the work,” Osawamick said. “My partner does the medicine wheels and the dreamcatchers. But we have other relatives that do a lot of our work as well, so that is why we have quite a few things on our table here.” Osawamick said the silver and turquoise jewelry is from her partner’s home territory in the United States.

Teaching about diabetes through healthy living books Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Wikwemikong’s Mary Pheasant has written, illustrated and published a book featuring the traditional

perspective on Type 2 diabetes. “It’s all about learning about Type 2 diabetes and how to take care of ourselves,” Pheasant said. “It’s working with the wholistic aspect with Anishinabemowin thinking —

the native way of thinking.” Pheasant said the book contains everything she knows from 30 years of experience working in the nutrition and health care fields, written in the way she talks to and mentors

clients. Pheasant has also published another book with her husband on fetal alcohol syndrome and residential school impacts on the second generation. “His parents were very young

when they had him and they had no parenting skills,” Pheasant said. “So he was bounced around from foster home to foster home.” Pheasant said her husband’s happiest memories were the time he stayed with his maternal grandparents. “So that’s what carried him through all the chaos,” Pheasant said. Pheasant began painting at the age of 49 after her son suggested art as therapy for an extreme case of shingles she developed while taking care of her father, uncle and husband, who had hurt his back at the time. “I thought to myself that I

worked too hard to get where I am with all my education and training to throw it all away,” Pheasant said. “So that’s why I tried art and it was my healing.” She has since sold over 10,000 art cards featuring her unique style of painting. “When I was growing up I always did art until I was 19,” Pheasant said. “So it was 30 years before I went back to it, and I said that art took 30 years to develop.” Pheasant and her husband also had a variety of other arts and crafts for sale, including silkscreen images of her paintings and a variety of jewelry created by their daughter.

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Bacon wrapped venison

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Roasted squash and onion toss

Portion size 3-4 2 lbs venison tenderloins (a single deer loin or Moose or Elk or Pork or Beef) 1/2 lb bacon (Plain, thin-sliced Bacon is best) 3 cups dark brown sugar 2 cups soy sauce (Regular NOT low-sodium. You’ll want the saltiness) 1/4 cup white sugar (Optional for added Sweetness)

Portion size: 8 This medley of roasted vegetables is easy to make and packed with flavour. Best of all — It’s a light dish. Ingredients 1 butternut squash, peeled 1 fennel bulb, trimmed ( or 6 tender stalks of celery) 1 red onion 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil 1 tsp (5 mL) herbes de Provence 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

Directions: -Mix brown Sugar and Soy sauce together in a bowl. They should combine nicely into a soupy soy liquid. -Put Deer Loin in a cooking tray and pour Brown Sugar/Soy Sauce mixture over loin. Roll tenderloin over in mixture, completely covering it. -Let meat marinate in mixture at least 3 hours or overnight in fridge. It’s best to marinate for 8 hours if you have the time. -Remove loin from tray, and place on a slotted bake sheet with a drip pan or aluminum foil below to catch dripping. Don’t throw away marinade. -Wrap a piece of bacon around the very end of the tenderloin, securing the bacon strip with a toothpick. -Repeat this process until the entire loin is wrapped in ten or so bacon loops. -Drizzle remaining marinade over deer loin. You can continue to baste the loin with the marinade throughout the cooking process with either a brush or a turkey baster. -Place on center rack in oven and bake at 350°F for 30-40* minutes. *This should cook the meat to about Medium. For those of you who prefer rare meat cut the time to 25-30 minutes and then follow with the “OPTION 2” step below regarding searing. -OPTION 1 - with about 10 minutes of cooking time left, you can lightly dust the top of the loin with white sugar. This creates a sweet crust on top of the bacon. -OPTION 2 - For a crispier crust and crispier bacon, remove Loin from oven and place the Loin(s) directly on a Grill over medium-high heat to sear the bacon and outer loin. -Remove from oven and place on cutting board. Using a knife, cut the loin between each strip of bacon so that you have many pieces of meat, each with their own toothpick.You can eat these pieces directly from the toothpick or remove the toothpick and eat like steak.

Preparation Halve squash and remove seeds. Remove tough outer leaves from fennel; halve lengthwise and remove core. Cut squash and fennel into 1/2-inch (4 cm) chunks; place in large bowl. Cut onion lengthwise into thin wedges; add to bowl. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.) Add oil, herbes de Provence, salt and pepper to bowl; toss to combine. Spread on greased foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in 425°F (220°C) oven for 45 to 60 minutes or until lightly browned and tender. Additional information : Tip: You can substitute thyme, rosemary and/or savory if herbes de Provence is unavailable.

Bacon mashed potatoes Portion size: 4 This ultimate comfort food, flavoured in a myriad of ways, suits just about any meal. Makes a super side dish. Ingredients 2 lb (907 g) potatoes, (about 5) 1/4 cup (60 mL) sour cream 2 tbsp (30 mL) cooked bacon bits 1 green onion, chopped Preparation Peel and cut potatoes into chunks. Cook, covered, in pot of boiling salted water for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender; drain well. With potato masher, mash until smooth. Mix in sour cream and bacon bits. Sprinkle with green onion.

CHRISTMAS SAFETY TIPS from Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service To ensure that our communities experience a Safe Holiday Season, we would like to remind you to keep safety in mind by remembering the following tips.

Personal Safety:

• Do not flash any amount of cash. • When using an ATM cash machine, take someone with you. • Do not buy “discounted” items from other community members, chances are the items may have been stolen. If in doubt, ask to see the receipt or refuse and report to police. • If you plan on taking any skidoo trips, advise someone where you are going, what your route will be and when you are planning to return.

Property Safety:

• When away from home, have a reliable person watch your home. • Make sure your home is properly secured with locks and lighting. • Do not show off the items you purchased. Keep presents stored and out of view. • Record serial numbers of any expensive electronic purchases.

Fire Safety:

• Do not leave Christmas lights on overnight or candles burning unattended. • Keep clutter away from heat registers and woodstoves. • Make a Fire Escape Plan with your family. Practice your escape plan during evenings. • Fire Extinguishers and Smoke Alarms are great investments in your family’s safety.

Best Wishes for a Safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service

We want to hear from you! Send us your Christmas wishes of what you would like to see from NAPS in 2013. Leave a message on our toll free Information line

1-888-847-NAPS Remember to practice patience with Security / Band Constables who have search duties at your airport.

Contact: Cst. Chris Carson Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service 309 Court Street South Thunder Bay, ON (807) 623-2161 ext 6144


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Carrot and Cream Cheese Cupcakes A double dose of ginger (ground and crystallized) brings these moist, carrot-filled cupcakes to life – and a swirl of cream cheese icing takes them over the top! If you like, garnish each cupcake with chopped crystallized ginger.

Ingredients 1-1/3 cups (325 mL) allpurpose flour 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground ginger 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1 pinch cinnamon 2 eggs 2/3 cup (150 mL) packed brown sugar 1/2 cup (125 mL) vegetable oil

1/4 tsp (1 mL) vanilla 1-1/3 cups (325 mL) shredded carrot 1/3 cup (75 mL) finely diced crystallized ginger Cream Cheese Icing: 1/4 cup (60 mL) cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup (60 mL) unsalted butter, softened 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) icing sugar

Preparation In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, salt and cinnamon; set aside. In separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla; stir in carrot and crystallized ginger. Pour over flour mixture; stir to combine. Divide batter among 12 greased

or paper-lined muffin cups. Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool completely. Cream Cheese Icing: In bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth; beat in icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until smooth. Spread or pipe over each cupcake.

Moose meat chili Serves 15 4 lbs ground moose 2 (12 ounce) cans beer 2 medium onions, chopped 2 (24 ounce) cans tomato sauce 1 cup hot pepper, diced 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste 2 tablespoons vinegar 12 tablespoons chili powde 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce 1 lb bacon, chopped 2 tablespoons cumin, ground 1 tablespoon red pepper, crushed 1 tablespoon msg 12 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon oregano 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons bacon drippings 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans Directions: In a large chili pot, combine: tomato sauce, tomato paste, beer, chopped peppers, chili powder, vinegar, Tabasco sauce, cumin, crushed red pepper, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to simmer.

Osisko Hammond Reef Gold would like to wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! Osisko Hammond Reef Gold has taken some significant steps forward during 2012. We were granted the approval of the Terms of Reference from the Minister of the Environment; completed the data collection for the baseline studies; wrapped up an extensive drill program as part of our exploration program; and last but not least, began work for the Environmental Assessment Report. We would like to thank all of you who have helped and supported us through the various processes. It has been both encouraging and enlightening, and all of your feedback and information has been very valuable and appreciated.

In a large frying pan cook bacon until crisp. Add bacon and 2 TB drippings to chili pot. Brown moose meat, onions, garlic and MSG and add to chili pot. Cover pot and simmer for one hour. Add beans to chili pot and simmer 1/2 hour more. If you like your chili thinner add tomato juice.

2013 will bring new milestones, with the submission of the EA Report, and the completion of the Project’s feasability study. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with you into the New Year, and in the meantime, wish all of you a very happy and healthy holiday season!


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The Council & Staff of Sandy Lake First Nation wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Chief Bart Meekis Deputy Chief Robert Kakegamic Councillors Fabian Crow Rusty Fiddler Dennis Kakegamic Harvey Kakegamic Joseph Kakegamic Russell Kakepetum Wayne Kakepetum Allan Rae Elder’s Council Mary Linklater Katie Fiddler Ken M. Meekis John Kelly Fiddler Sanadius Fiddler Damin Crow Executive Director Joseph C. Meekis Finance Delores Kakegamic Marlene Mawakeesic Chastain Fiddler Norma Jean Monias

Lands & Resouces Wally Kakepetum Sidney Fiddler Charles Meekis Justice Program Maurice Fiddler Tammy Fiddler Water Treatment Plant Jackie Rae Joseph J. Kakegamic Adam Fiddler Sandra Meekis Recreation Chris Crow Peter W. Fiddler Norris Meekis Frank Fiddler Crisis Program Eddie Kakepetum Jamie M. Rae Right To Play Chris Kakegamic Health Support Workers Charles Kakegamic Eliat Rae

Human Resources Eli Sawanas

Security Program Delores Fiddler Gwendy Fiddler Laura Mamakeesic Randall Brunton Carleen Keno Ricky Rae Pheonix Fiddler Jamie Mamakeesic Roy Fiddler Lesley Kakegamic Richard Keno Seth Fiddler-Day

Bldg Healthy Comm. Sandra Day

Security Supervisor Charlie Linklater

Support Staff Lisa Meekis Ken Goodwin Jr Joyce Goodman Michelle Goodman

Nightwatchmen Mark Anishinabie Rex K. Kakegamic Angelina Aysanabee Daniel Meekis Oliver Kakegamic Brendan Wesley Jack Stoney Elton Kakekapetum

Housing Administration Sam Fiddler Eddie J. Meekis Charlie Anishinabie Laurent David (Tech) Capital Projects Harry Meekis Karen M. Fiddler

Custodian - Adm. Bldg Kelly Anishinabie Eunice Goodman Fire Prevention Frankie Crow Danny Linklater Broadband Kennedy Fiddler Eugene Morriseau Leon Meekis Radio Station Espit Crow Robert Wood

O & M Janitors Sarah Fiddler Jason Goodman Richard Linklater William Stoney Noah Anishinabie Wilfred Fiddler John Goodman Scott Kakegamic Glen Mamakeesic Marvin Manoakeesic Stewart Mamakeesic

Bindnity Goodman Rocky Meekis Ian Fiddler

NNADAP Clovis Meekis Tina Rae

Hydro Plant Bobby J. Kakegamic Paul Meekis

Dental Assistant Ilean Linklater Brighter Futures Alex Fiddler Brenda Mawakeesick Maternal Child Health Carmel Meekis Raven Fiddler Prenatal Worker Lyndsey Kakepetum

FAE/FAS Irene Goodwin Healthy Babies Chelsey Goodman Welfare Administration David B. Fiddler Gabrielle Kakegamic Lisa Rae Crystal Mandamin Michael Meekis Chantal Crow Rayanne Fiddler Ann Meekis Marlon King Long Term Care Elton Crow Frank Fiddler Danny Harper Lily Jane Kakegamic Mary Kakegamic Ronnie Kakekagumick Elton Meekis Sandra Rae Home Care Workers Debbie Anishinabie Errol Kakegamic Jacqueline Kakekapetum Rita Meekis Roberta Kakekagumick Welfare Trainee Judy Meekis Health Administration Joan Rae Ambrose Fiddler NS Secretary Yvonne Fiddler

Child Wellness Case Mgr Jennifer Meekis Diablete Project Mary Mamakeesic Gary Manoakeesic Starsky Goodman Iona Linklater Bldg Healthy Comm. Jeff Meekis Maudie Meekis Home Care Heather Meekis Donna Fiddler Maria Meekis Greta Meekis Susie J. Crow PDA Coordinator Gail Anishinabie Ben Bear Nishtum Coordinator Caroline Kakepetum Nishtum Educators Margaret Kakepetum Eva Linklater Annie Kakepetum Nishtum Cook Jean Fiddler Nishtum Driver Keith Linklater

NS Clerks Darlene Kakegamic April Kakepetum

Nishtum Janitor John Mawakeesic

NS Janitor Greg Linklater John Loonfoot

Nishtum Security Edward Meekis Frank Kakegamic

NS Housekeepers Pauline Flett Melanie Meekis

Cap Hsng - Construction Jim Kakegamic Wally McDougall Rex Mamakeesic Larry Rae Danny Meekis Bello Kakegamic Jr Gerald Rae Darrell Crowe Eli Wapoos James Fiddler

Lab & Medicine Clerk Danielle Rae Sandra Meekis CHR Edith Kakepetum Connie Kakegamic

Ken Goodwin Sr. Benny Harper David Dixon Jimmy Meekis Dana Keno Harry Rae Lonnie Fiddler David P Rae Jeff Monias Kurri Kakekaspan Harry Kakegamic Carey Fiddler Michael Linklater Russell Fiddler Dean McDougall CH Transportation Crew Scotty Fiddler Lambert Kakegamic Kyle Goodwin Bradley Kakegamic Jerrell Fiddler Lyle Meekis Terrell Goodman Nathaniel Keno Nylan Meekis Milton Mamakeesic Adrian Fiddler Plumbers Lawrence Fiddler Harry Fiddler Sanadius Fiddler Jr Lance Kakegamic Dustin Kakegamic Cap Hsng - Renovation Charlie Kakepetum Jackie Goodman Aaron Meekis David C Fiddler David L Fiddler Salio Mawakeesic Elijah Kakegamic Ronald Kakepetum Peter Mamakeesic Douglas Kakegamic Eric Goodman Electricians Morris Meekis Jamie Meekis Elaine Meekis Leonard Mamakeesic Jackson Goodman Youth Centre Crew Menashi Meekis Vernon Mamakeesic David J Fiddler Bryant Crowe Chris Ballantyne Riley Fiddler Alvin Keno


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