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July 09, 2009

Northern Ontario’s First Nation Voice since 1974

Concern grows over drug abuse

Taking a stand

Rick Garrick Wawatay News

Long Lake #58 First Nation is combating a growing problem of drug abuse in which an estimated 60 per cent of the community is abusing prescription medication. “The issue has come to a point that if something isn’t done to resolve this epidemic, the future of my people is in great jeopardy,” said Long Lake #58 Chief Allan Towegishig, who provided the figures. About 400 people live in the community. Towegishig said 32 out of the community’s 119 elementary students are living with their grandparents or aunts and uncles and 90 of the community’s 110 homes are affected in one way or another. “That’s why we called it an epidemic,” Towegishig said, noting prescription drug abuse affects every age group in the community except for children, including some teenagers and Elders but mainly adults ranging from 25 to 45 years of age. Towegishig said many of the community members who are not using the drugs are involved in a number of efforts to help those who are addicted, such as weekly AA meetings and a number of support groups. About a month ago the community took 22 community members to Thunder Bay and Heron Bay for a special addiction withdrawal program, which involved 10 days in a Thunder Bay hotel doing small group sessions and five days at the Heron Bay healing centre doing sweat lodge ceremonies and group work. “We’ve had a local group retreat for our youth and Elders, drumming for our children,” Towegishig said. “We’ve had a food bank and sewing club.” The community is also planning to provide parenting and literacy programs for the adults. see IN THE page 3

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Chris Kornacki/Wawatay News

Demonstrators from Shoal Lake 39 stand at the corner of the TransCanada Highway and Shoal Lake First Nation Highway 673 about half an hour outside of Kenora. June 24 was the National Day of Action and community members from Shoal Lake 39 co-ordinated a peaceful presence demonstration because they say they are not being consulted about the twinning of the TransCanada that passes through their territory and because the City of Winnipeg has failed to give the community compensation for taking water from their lake. See page 10 for more on this issue and www.wawataynews.ca for video from the protest.

ᒪᑕᐊᐧ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐅᑕᓀᑕᒥᐦᐃᑯᓇᐊᐧ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ ᑲᐊᐧᓂᔭᐸᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᕑᐃᐠ ᑲᕑᐃᐠ ᐊᐧᐊᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ

ᒪᑕᐊᐧ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐅᑕᓂᒧᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᔭᓂᐊᐱᒋ ᒥᓯᑌᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ ᑲᔭᓂ ᐊᐧᓂᐊᐸᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᐊᔕ ᑭᑕᓂᐅᑐᑎᑕᒥᐣ ᑭᐡᐱᐣ ᐁᑲ ᑲᑫᐧ ᓇᑲᐡᑭᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᔭᓂ ᒥᓯᑌᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᐊᓂᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ, ᒥᑐᓂ ᐱᑯ ᑕᔭᓂ ᐊᓂᒥᓭᐊᐧᐠ ᐣᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒪᐠ ᐊᓂᓂᑲᐣ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᑭᓄᑲᒥᐠ #58 ᐅᑭᒪᑲᐣ ᐊᓫᐊᐣ ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑎᓀᑕᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐱᑯ ᓇᐣᑕ 60 ᐱᕑᓭᐣᐟ ᐅᑕᓂᔑᓂᓂᒪᐣ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ 400 ᑲᑕᓯᓄᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐊᐧᓂᔭᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ. ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ 119 ᑕᓯᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐅᑎᐡᑯᓂᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ 32 ᐅᐃᐧᒋᔭᒪᐊᐧᐣ ᐅᑯᒥᐊᐧᐣ, ᐅᒧᔓᒥᐊᐧᐣ, ᐅᑐᓯᓯᐊᐧᐣ ᓇᐣᑕ ᐅᑯᒥᓯᐊᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ 110 ᑲᑕᓯᑭᐣ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒪᒪᐤ 90 ᐊᓂᒥᓭᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᐊᐧᓂᔭᐸᑕᑭᐣ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ ᐅᒋ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᑲᐅᒋ ᐃᔑᓂᑲᑕᒪᐠ ᒥᑐᓂ ᐱᑯ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐁᒥᓯᑌᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ, ᐊᓂᓂᑯ ᑲᔭᐱᑕᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐸᑭᑌᐡᑲᑯᓇᐊᐧ ᑲᐊᐧᓂᔭᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑕ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ, ᐊᔑᐨ ᒥᓇ ᐊᑎᐟ ᑲᐅᐡᑲᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋᔭᐦᐊᐠ, ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᐅᓴᑦ ᑲᔭᐱᑕᐊᐧᑎᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᑐᑲᐣ 25 ᐊᑯᓇᐠ 45 ᑲᑕᓱᔭᑭᐃᐧᓀᐊᐧᐨ. ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᔑᐣ ᐁᑲ ᑲᐊᐧᓂᔭᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ ᐅᑕᓇ ᑲᑫᐧ ᐊᐧᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᑲᐧᒋᔭᐸᒋᑐᓂᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᑕᓱᐱᒥᑯᓇᑲ ᑲᐱᒥ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐊᐧᐨ

ᑲᒥᓂᑫᐊᐧᐱᓀᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑲᑫᐳᓂᒥᓂᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᐱᓯᑦ 22 ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᐃᔑᐃᐧᓇᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑕᐣᑐᕑ ᐯ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐦᐁᕑᐊᐣ ᐯ ᐁᑭᐊᐣᑕᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᒋᐳᓂᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐊᐧᓂᔭᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ, ᒥᑕᓱᑭᔑᑲ ᑭᐱᒥ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑕᐣᑐᕑ ᐯ ᑲᐯᔑᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐁᑭᐊᔭᑲᓯ ᐅᑲᐧᐱᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᓂᔭᓄᑭᔑᑲ ᐦᐁᕑᐊᐣ ᐯ ᑭᐃᔕᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑭᐸᐱᑎᑫᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᐯᐧᓱᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᒥᓇ ᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᐅᑲᐧᐱᐦᐃᑎᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐣᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᓂᐠ ᐣᑭᓂᑲᑌᐃᐧᓇᒥᐣ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋᔭᐦᐊᐠ, ᐁᑭᒪᑌᐧᐦᐃᑫᑕᒪᐊᐧᑭᑕᐧ ᐣᑕᐊᐧᔑᔑᒥᓇᓂᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ. ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑫᐊᐧᐠ ᒥᒋᒪᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑲᐡᐧᓱᐊᐧᐨ ᐣᑭᐱᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᒥᐣ. ᑕᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌ ᑲᔦ ᒋᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᐃᐧᑕᐧ ᐅᓂᑭᐦᐃᑯᒪᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑕᑲᐧᑭᐣ. ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᑯ ᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑫᐧᓇᐃᐧ ᐃᔑᒋᑫᐊᐧᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ. ᓄᑭᒥᑫ ᑲᔦ ᑭᐸᑕᑭᒋᑲᑌᐸᓂᐣ ᐊᐧᐢᑌᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᐊᑲᐧᒋᐠ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐁᐧᑲ ᒥᓇ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐊᑲᐢᐟ ᐱᓯᑦ ᑕᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐸᑫᑲᒥᐠ ᒋᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒋᔭᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐡᑲᑎᓴᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋᔭᐦᐊᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑫᐧᒋᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ. ᓂᐃᐧᑲᑫᐧ ᐅᑎᓂᑫᑕᒪᐊᐧᒥᓇᐠ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᒋᑐᒋᑫᐦᐃᑕᐧ. ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐁᒥᓴᐁᐧᑕᐠ ᒋᑭᐅᔑᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᓇᑕᐃᐧᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᒋᐸᐸᒥᐃᐧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᐊᔭᑭᐣ ᑫᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ

ᑲᑲᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᓂ. ᐊᑎᑲ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᐣᑕᔭᒥᐣ ᒪᒥᓄᒥᐁᐧᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ, ᐊᓇᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᓇᐣᑕ 50 ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐱᒥ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᑲᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᑲᑲᑫᐧ ᐳᓂᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᔕᑯᐨ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᐊᐣᑎ ᑫᑭᔭᓄᒋ ᐊᓂᑫ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐊᑲᓄᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᑫᔭᓂᔑ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓱᐊᐧᐨ. ᐃᐁᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᐳᓂᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐃᓇᐧᑌ ᐊᒋᓇ ᐁᑕ ᐅᒪ ᒋᐅᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ (ᐅᐡᑭ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑎᓱᐃᐧᐣ), ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᐡ ᐃᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᐱᓂᐡ ᒋᔭᓂ ᑭᑫᑕᐠ ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑫᐃᔑᒪᐡᑲᐃᐧᑲᐸᐃᐧᐨ, ᒥᐦᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᓄᑌᓭᔭᐠ. ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐊᑎᐟ ᐃᒪ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐊᔕ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᐣᑯᑕᐧᓱᔭᑭ ᐅᑐᒋᐱᒥ ᐊᐸᒋᑐᐊᓇᐊᐧ ᐊᒋᓇ ᐁᑕ ᑲᐃᓇᐧᑌᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᐣ. ᒥᑕᐡ ᐃᑯ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐁᔑᓇᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ ᑯᑕᑭᓂ ᐸᑲᐣ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᓂ ᐁᑲᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᒥᓂᑕᐧᐸᐣ ᒋᐅᒋ ᐧᐃᒋᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᐳᓂᒪᐡᑭᑭᑫᐊᐧᐨ, ᐃᑭᑐ. ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᑭᔭᐱᐨ ᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᑲᐡᑭᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᑭᓇᑲᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᓂᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᐊᔭᒪᑲᐣ ᐊᐯᓂᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᓂᑲᐣ, ᐃᑭᑐ. ᒪᑕᐊᐧ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᐅᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᓴᑭᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ 3 ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᐸᐸᔐᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒋᑲᑫᐧᒥᓇᐧᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᔭᓂ ᒥᓯᑌᐡᑲᒪᑲᐠ ᑲᐊᐧᓂᔭᐸᒋᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒪᐡᑭᑭ ᐁᐧᑎ ᓴᑲᓱ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓇᐣ ᑲᐅᒋ ᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᑕᓀᑕᒥᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᓇᐱᐨ

ᐃᑯ ᐁᑯᐸᒋᓴᐦᐃᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᐊᐧᓂᔭᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ, ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᐠᓯᑲᐧᐣᑎᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᓂᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᒋᒪᐡᑭᑭ. ᑐᐃᐧᑭᔑᐠ ᐃᑭᑐ ᐅᐁᐧ ᐃᓯᓭᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᑲᐣ ᐊᓂᐃᔑᐡᑲᒪᑲᐣ ᐃᑭᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᑭᒋᔭᐦᐊᐠ ᑲᑭᑭᐡᑲᑯᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᓴᑫᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐅᑕᔕᐧᐦᐅᑯᐊᐧᐣ ᑲᑲᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᓂᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ. ᒪᑕᐊᐧ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒋᑭᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᑫᐃᔑ ᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᑭᒋᐅᑌᓇᐠ ᐸᐣᑯᐸᕑ ᓂᐊᔦᐠ ᐃᓀᑫ ᑲᑭᐃᔑ ᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ ᒋᔑᐱᒪᓄᑲᑌᐠ, ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᐣ, ᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒪᐊᐧᑐᓯᓇᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧᐣ. ᑲᑭᓇ ᑲᑕᓱᐯᔑᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐊᔭᒪᑲᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐊᓂᒥᓭᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᑭᐸ ᐸᐧᓫ ᑲᐳᐣ, ᑲᐅᒋ ᐱᒥᐊᔭᒥᑕᒪᑫᐨ ᒪᑕᐊᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ. ᑲᑭᓇ ᑕᐡ ᑭᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ ᒋᑭᑲᓄᑕᒧᐊᐧᐸᐣ ᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑭᐡᑲᒪᐠ ᐃᓯᓭᐃᐧᐣ. ᑲᐳᐣ ᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᑕᐊᐧ ᐅᑲᐃᔑᓂᔕᐦᐊᒪᐊᐧᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᓇᑲᐣ ᐦᐁᓫᐊᐣ ᐢᑎᐱᐣᓴᐣ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐣᑌᕑᐃᔪ ᐅᑭᒪᐅᐣ ᑲᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᑕᐠ ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᐣ ᐊᐧᐃᔑ ᒪᑕᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐁᐧᓂ ᐃᓯᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ. ᐅᑕᔭᓇᐊᐧ ᐊᓱᐡᑲᒪᑯᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓂᑲᓂᐠ, ᐃᑭᑐ ᑲᐳᐣ, ᑭᐅᓀᒋᑲᑌᐊᐧᐣ ᑫᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᐱᒥᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᐳᓂᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᔭᓂ ᒥᓄᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ. ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᐸᒪᑐᐠ ᑭᐃᑭᑐᐊᐧᐠ ᐁᐃᐧᐅᔑᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᓂ.


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Lenny Carpenter I’m a 25-year-old Cree who grew up in Moosonee. I’ve lived in Timmins for 10 years, attended college in Ottawa, and worked as a reporter with Wawatay News. I write, play guitar, photograph, watch movies and play video games.

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Grace Winter I’m 28 years old, Ojicree originally from Big Trout Lake. I was adopted over to Kingfisher Lake, I have lived all over Ontario. I have been working for Wawatay News since 2002, and now full time for SEVEN Youth Media Network.

Jocelyn Formsma I‘m Jocelyn Formsma and a 26 year old University student from Moose Cree First Nation. I grew up in Chapleau and lived in Timmins before moving to Ottawa about 6 years ago. I am the Social Justice Chair on the NAN Decade for Youth Council. I love to sing and someday I will learn to play the guitar ;)

James Benson My name is James Benson I’m 23 years old and I’m a member of North Caribou Lake. I am currently self employed with a small business called JayB Photography and currently living in Edmonton, Alberta.

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In the midst of the drug trade Joe Beardy GUEST COLUMNIST

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t’s difficult stepping into the living room when the pain accompanied by dizziness from a bad drug relapse has taken its hold on your life. “PB the Beepee” staggers into the light of the main family room and struggles with a hot cup of coffee he tries to sip ever so carefully. Forgetting the extreme heat generated from the fresh coffee he neglects to blow the edge of his cup in order to cool it and burns his lips and stains his already dirty T-shirt he has worn for three or maybe five days. His two children flock about his leg playing quietly but he doesn’t seem to notice them. He has no energy to play with them or try to pick them up. PB is hooked on OxyContin (“O”s) and has been snorting the prescription drug for well over a year and a half. He says his addition started innocently enough hanging out with his buddies and “just to pass the time and do something.” “Sometimes I would sell just to get some cash in my pocket and then I was ordering more just for the high and having money. “But that never worked because after a while I was just snorting it all away,” he said. The small community of Bearskin Lake (Michikan) has a major problem with prescription pill addictions, but these users are confined to a small percentage of the population. The people most affected range from the ages of 20 to 40. The problem of addiction doesn’t stop with pill snorting and dealing. The abusers are now targeting their own families and selling off their personal properties to meet their addiction needs. Unsuspecting people are also the prime target for these pill snorting addicts who report lost property like outboard motors, boats, Ski-Doos and Ski-Doo engines to this new crime wave that is sweeping the north. The winter is the best time for these addicts to move about as the winter road provides them the opportunity to sell stolen property to other communities where it can’t be detected. Half these users are addicted while the other half are parttime users. I have found myself stuck in the middle of all these transactions some of my family is involved. I hear each story of who is selling and who is coming in, what they are selling and for how much and who got ripped off or busted the same hour it happens. My brother and sisters try to talk to the younger members of our family about what these

Mobile treatment centre may be viable: Towegishig from page 1

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OxyContin use, as a street drug, is reaching epidemic levels in some First Nations. Please see pages 1 and 5 for more on this subject. drugs are doing to them but never seem to soak in. I’ve had family members try to “dry out” and go “cold turkey” several times but always relapse. Each time the pain of withdrawals accompanied by temptation always wins them over. You see there is no help or any kind of support system in place for people in the north with drug problems. The nursing station tries to help by giving them Anacin 3 which only numbs their urges for a time, diarrhoea pills for their upset stomach and some gravol to help them sleep. The people have to cope with the sickness of addiction on their own. I have felt the pain of a hangover from a few days of drinking which is usually accompanied by a day hang-over but this new crisis is more complex. The need for a “fix” is stronger and lasts for weeks sometimes for months after the person has decided to quit. My nephew was on a “dry out” for a month and a half and would write daily in his dairy the pains he would endure and other ghosts that visited him throughout his ordeal. “You always feel frustrated and easily annoyed by everything and everyone,” he told me. “You have no energy to do anything physical or useful. You walk around as if there’s something you need to do but that thought is directing you right to the fix you didn’t have that day so it is a constant battle and the only thing to do is to get that fix because that is what will get you through the day. Once you’ve had that fix

then you can do anything, haul wood, go hunting, play ball, just the things ordinary people do everyday.” My immediate family has been the target for the addict’s urge. Loss of money and equipment is only part of what happens when you are in the middle of a battle that seems to have no direction or no end. The druggist’s new salvation is what the system calls the “unanimous caller.” Crimestoppers is the new and quickest way that drug dealers and addicts alike have found to try and access easy money. The system is also used by the dealers themselves to “rat out” their opponents and capture the trade for themselves. My research over the last month reveals that most call-ins for reports of people smuggling in prescription pills and alcohol are from these sources. After interviewing various dealers and addicts they will also tell you that cash link cards from the Northern stores are also a threat to their existence. Upon approaching the manager at the Northern store he tells me that a cash link card is like putting money in the bank and that part of the transaction between the store and its customers remains confidential. Because of my family connections and close ties with people associated in the drug trade I too have been targetted. Upon returning from a business trip to Winnipeg I was pulled aside at the Sioux Lookout airport terminal by three detectives who told me they had reason to believe I was smuggling in drugs and booze.

They took me outside to talk to me and to search my person. They also searched my baggage. I told them that I had nothing on me or in my baggage and that my plane was scheduled to leave in a few minutes. They replied by handcuffing me and putting me in the back of their cruiser. The detective in charge was nice enough not to hand cuff me till we got the squad car parked in the parking lot. After 10 minutes of interrogation and searching they let me go and even held the plane for me. We left on good terms, the detectives telling me that they are on constant call regarding smuggling and drug trafficking in the north. “Who hates you that much to phone in an anonymous tip like that that?” one asks me. “Well, I’m single so it has to be a jealous husband,” I replied. The embarrassment of such an ordeal is etched in your mind for days. The consequences are high for someone who relies on good public imagery to support his family. Reports from the Sioux Lookout terminal confirm people are being pulled aside everyday and are being searched and confined. The battle to minimize and stop the trafficking of drugs is taking its course. The majority of those anonymous calls have resulted in the confiscation of illegal drugs going to the north and people being charged with possession and with the intention to deal in the sale of drugs. PB has been dry for two weeks now but the fight is constant. He will get out of bed long enough to sit and eat and go for a cigarette break then back to bed. There is no light in his eyes and no smile for his children. PB recently quit his job to go full time with his addition. His wife is also a user and the two are more concerned about where to get their next “fix” and who to call to make friends with in order to get their high then they do about their family life. “When the pills run out in town the pain starts,” he said. “It’s not only in my stomach but also my muscles and joints are hard to move. You just feel nauseous, dizzy and can’t function and just feel irritable and want to yell at everyone. But the fix always shows up and you go on with your day again.” BP has a half 80 OxyContin addition,

meaning he has to snort a half 80 “O” a day in order for him to function. A full 80 “O” on the rez can cost from $240 to $400. He and his wife rely on their split welfare cheque to meet their needs. “The rest is through friends that we share with and we share with them too when we have it,” he says. He has promised his brother and sisters that he will attend a “rehab” in southern Ontario along with his common-law wife, but the line up is full and wait period is six months away. His family hates to see him and his family suffer and at times will do the improper thing for him just to get him back to their level. It’s a constant battle of nerves and tears for both the addict and the family but the question still remains, “when will help come?” The band council is aware of this crisis but their mandate along with the police is catching and charging these traffickers. When I watch this transaction from the sidelines it’s obvious the battle of the drug trade will never end. There needs to be a better approach to dealing with this crisis, a more commonsense and a direct confrontation to the problem that will see the victims, the addicts, the dealers, the police, the band council and the people all working together to help with this problem that is affecting our community as a whole. The crisis is not limited to one community but has become a wide spread epidemic. Each community in the Nishnabwe Aski Nation is affected by the drug trade and the need to work on this crisis is slow or is being neglected. Like any other crisis the system always relies first on, conducting a survey, which usually takes a year or two before the final report comes out, then a trial run which will take another year. “We can’t wait any longer,” says Pauline Beardy, Community Health Reprehensive (CHR) for the Bearskin lake Health Clinic. “You can’t play with our people’s lives any more, the people in charge have to act to this crisis now before we start losing our children and family members and we shouldn’t have to wait for that to happen.”

“Lots of them complain about nothing to do,” Towegishig said. “We just had street lights put in our community. In August we will build a recreation hall in our community, (with) a room for our young people and Elders and a gymnasium. We are trying to get more activities going.” Towegishig is interested in developing a mobile treatment centre which would travel from community to community to help those in need of treatment for drug addictions. “Right now we have no counselling in our community,” Towegishig said, explaining that although there are about 50 people currently on a methadone treatment program in the community, there are no aftercare programs for them. “Methadone is supposed to be a short-term (solution), until you learn to cope with life and get your life back in order. That’s what we need.”

“Right now we have no counselling in our community.” – Allan Towegishig

Towegishig said some members in his community have been in the methadone program for more than six years. “Now they’re just addicted to a different drug,” he said. Towegishig said there is still hope in the community that a solution will be found. “There is hope in the distance,” he said. The Matawa chiefs declared a Medical State of Emergency June 3 for the epidemic of prescription drugs in their nine communities, explaining they are concerned about the underground economy which has sprung up among community members who are abusing prescription drugs, such as oxycontin. Towegishig said the situation has reached new heights as Elders, who are in legitimate pain, are being targeted by community members who are addicted to the prescription drugs. The Matawa Chiefs are recommending the development of a regional strategy using the four pillar approach concept developed by the City of Vancouver, which focuses on public education, rehabilitation, aftercare, and data collection. “Every community is plagued and affected by this scourge,” said Paul Capon, political advisor with Matawa First Nations. “All our communities have had to confront this issue.” Capon said Matawa is planning to send a report and later a proposal on ways to address the issue to Assistant Deputy Minister Helen Stevenson of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. “Long Lake #58 has a support group,” Capon said, explaining the community has developed ideas on how to nurture people off prescription drugs and to develop healthier lifestyles. “Fort Hope is looking to set up a treatment centre.”


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A Chum to all James Thom WAWATAY NEWS

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t was with great sadness I learned of the boating accident involving Nishnawbe Aski Police Service Sr. Const. Wilfred Chum June 18. Chum was boating on the Winisk River with a member of Peawanuck First Nation when their boat capsized. Chum was off-duty at the time of the accident. While the other boater was able to swim to shore, as of press time, Chum has not been heard from since. Chum has been described to me as “a weak swimmer.” It’s tragic any time someone has an accident such as this one. But, given Chum was months, if not weeks away from retirement at the time of the accident, it hits home a little harder. Just weeks before the boating accident, I was standing shoulder to shoulder with Chum, shooting the breeze about a variety of subjects including his work and my own. He seemed so happy, so at peace like he was ready to retire and start new civilian life after years of public service as a police officer and fire investigator. Some of the younger officers were talking to him, schmoozing if you would. It was like a scene from a movie: the veteran cop passing down time-tested leadership and wisdom.

Sr. Const. Wilfred Chum.

In 1978, Chum began his career in law enforcement in Moose Factory with the First Nations Policing Program. He would later join the OPP where he was stationed with the Northeast Patrol in South Porcupine, serving the communities on the James and Hudson Bay coasts. He also was seconded for two years, where he taught in Moosonee as an instructor with Northern College’s special constable program. He left policing for six years while he joined the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office as a fire investigator. He returned to policing with the Anishnabek Police Service before joining NAPS. At the time of the accident, Chum was working as a relief officer with NAPS’ Northeast Region. Chum was a recipient of the 30 years of service Governor General of Canada Exemplary Service Medal during the third annual Nishnawbe Aski Police Service Honours and Awards Ceremony June 9. The pride on his face that night was evident. The family members who attended the ceremony with him seemed just as proud. He sat with family and they took many photos of him. They were all smiles that night. While I wish searchers the best in their efforts to locate Chum, the photos, with smiles beaming from that ceremony might be the last pictures they had taken with him. There’s a photo in my mom’s house that I can’t help but think of right now. It’s a family group shot with all my aunts and uncles and cousins and my grandparents taken when I was around 14 years old. It was taken during a holiday, I believe it was Christmas. Just weeks later, one of my cousins died under tragic circumstances. A few months later the photos were developed. It was back in the days before digital photos. We were so happy to have a family portrait to cherish. It meant so much to my grandparents and my cousin’s parents. As of press time, Chum has been missing for three weeks. The OPP underwater search and recovery unit’s dive team and emergency response team ended their search on after more than a week. Members of the police service, local residents and many from surrounding communities and the Canadian Rangers have been conducting land, water and aerial searches of the area without any luck thus far. A helicopter was hired to help in the search as well.

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James and Louise Mattews sit on a stairwell in Fort Severn, 1980.

Birth of ‘Super Injun’ Richard Wagamese ONE NATIVE LIFE

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got my first writing job in 1979. It was as a reporter for a now defunct newsmagazine called New Breed in Regina, Saskatchewan. I lied to get it. See, back then I was filled with desperation. I was almost twenty-four and I was directionless. From the time I was sixteen until then my work life had consisted of one low level, mind numbing, unskilled job after another. I craved a sense of permanence, of a skill I could carry throughout the rest of my working life. When I saw the ad on the job board at the Native Employment Center I wanted it right away. I loved words, loved books and stories and I carried a dream of writing although I did not bear knowledge of how to make that happen. This job could mark an entry into becoming a writer. It was also working with my people. So I lied. I told the editor, John Cuthand, I had graduated from a two year journalism program in Ontario and that I was on the road searching for a place to settle. It was Wednesday and he was busy so he told me to return on Monday to do a couple rewrites for him. I was ecstatic and I did what I always did when life confounded me – I went to the

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library. I asked the librarian for all the books she had on journalism and reporting. For five days, I sat there reading and doing writing exercises from the books she found for me. I learned about journalistic style, ethics and what editors looked for in news copy. From opening to closing I sat in the library and wrote and rewrote trying to capture the essence of style and stoking the fire of desire with every scribbled page. When Monday came I appeared on time and was ushered into the back with a handful of newspaper stories from mainstream papers. John sat me at a typewriter and asked me to milk them down to a couple hundred words apiece. I couldn’t type. I’d failed typing in high school and so I sat and pecked out one letter at a time. It took me an hour but I finished the assignment. He hired me on the strength of my writing. Well, that job introduced me to the volatile world of Native politics of the late 1970s. The Constitutional reform that would entrench our rights was still three years off and governments still regarded us as problems to be solved rather than as citizens to address. There was a lot of unnecessary wrangling over the delivery details of rights and programs most Canadians took for granted. I saw dire poverty up close and personal. I saw people damaged by the forward thrust of history and fighting to maintain an identity in the thick

flow of change around them. I saw young people desperate for a cultural linchpin and elders, stately and graceful, reduced suddenly to merely being old and ignored and forgotten. I saw how cruelly a nation could forget one of its founding peoples. The stories I wrote for New Breed awakened me politically. I’d been involved in militant protests and actions before but this was my first hands on introduction to the lives of my people. As I grew and learned I found the flames of identity being fanned to life within me. Not only was I becoming a writer but I was becoming an Indian. But politics does not nurture identity because rhetoric is not teaching. I absorbed all the things I saw and heard around me and because I craved so much to present myself as a Native person I became strident and irritatingly vocal. I was a quick study and I learned well. It wasn’t long before my questioning grew sharper, more pointed and challenging. Especially to native politicians. One day, at a press conference, I was pressing on an issue, pointing and gesturing, moralizing and well, editorializing. One of the leaders I was attacking shook his head at my appearance and said, “It’s like being attacked by Super Injun.” They laughed and I was horribly embarrassed. But there was a man there that day named John Rock Thunder. He was an elder and a teacher

and when he approached me later he did it so quietly and elegantly that I was surprised to find myself alone with him in a small room off to the side of the conference room. I had it all wrong, he said. He pointed to my beaded vest, moccasins, long hair and turquoise rings. Then he pointed to my heart. “You want to be the ultimate Indian,” he said. “But you have to start from the inside.” He went on to tell me that I was created in a specific order. First, I was created to be a human being, then male, then Ojibway, an Indian. In my life I needed to learn the rules that governed how to be a good human being. In the process of that I would learn how to be a good man. And in that process, that journey, I would discover that I had been graced with becoming a good Indian anyway. It can’t work any other way he said. By trying to be the ultimate Indian I was missing the most important part of the journey, the human part. Slow down, he said. Be gentle with yourself. So I gave up trying to be Super Injun. I began to seek out ceremonies and teachings that would nurture my humanity. Every time I stood up and walked forward again I grabbed for more humanity. I’m a good Indian these days. But that’s because I’ve become a good human being and a good man. Politics could never teach me that.

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LETTERS Oxy easy to find in Kasabonika Lake, issue of prescription drug abuse must be addressed I am from an Oji-Cree community, Kasabonika. It is north of Sioux Lookout, Ont. The only access to the community is the Kasabonika airport. This is a problem because we have drug dealers that are not being searched enough to seize the prescription pills known as “oxies” to my community. These pills are destructive in Kasabonika. It is easy to find. We have well known drug dealers that have a bad

reputation for selling. They are destroying their own people. OxyContin was introduced to my community in 2007. It was the new drug that everyone was curious about. They knew nothing about this new drug. They didn’t know this drug is very addicting, which their bodies would be physically dependent on. I have seen people desperately wanting their “fix.” These users crush the tablets and snort it. The unbelievable

is that one 80 mg tablet cost $400. You are probably wondering how these people can afford it. Well, the drug dealers cut one tablet into quarters. They sell these quarters for $100.00! This is what destroys the people of my community. They have become addicted to it and they’ll do anything for the drug. They will sell their own personal belongings, spending their paycheque or their welfare

Pills destroying the lives of young people Drug abuse is a growing concern in the First Nation communities all over Ontario. The names of these abused prescription drugs are called Percocets and OxyContin. The main purpose for these painkillers are for easing the pain for cancer patients and for patients who have obtained serious injuries. You can easily find these drugs. You can buy them off drug dealers or from people who get them by prescription. Drug dealers who live in cities such as Thunder Bay sell Percocets for $7 a pill and OxyContin for $40 a 40 milligram pill. It doubles when you buy an 80 milligram OxyContin pill. In the First Nation communities, drug dealers make more money by selling a percocet for $30 and an OxyContin pill for $140 for a 40 milligram pill. Again, the price doubles for an 80 milligram pill. I heard a very sad and true story from a 22-year-old male who is now suffering and struggling to stay off these pills. He started getting into Percocets at the age of 18 years old. He got them from a friend who had

told him they gave off a “good high.” He was a student at Confederation College in Thunder Bay around the time he started. He had good grades but once he started caring about the drugs more than his education, he eventually dropped out. He snorted about 10 Percocets a day. It was easy to get them and for a cheap price for $7 a pill. After he heard how much these pills were back in his home community, he went home to deal Percocets at $30 a pill. He said that he made $900 out of 30 pills. After his 19th birthday, he discovered that there was another drug that he thought was better. A drug that gave him a high that lasted longer. An 80 milligram OxyContin pill. He thought that this drug was the answer to everything. Whenever he was feeling sad, lonely, and depressed, he would crush a pill to make him feel happy. It was when he thought of quitting, four long years later, he finally realized that he had made the biggest mistake of his life. He considered that “start-

cheque. It is sad to see because these users have families. I have seen some people spend their children’s child tax to purchase the drugs. And in the mean time, the drug dealer(s) are making “fast money.” These prescription pills are supposed to be given to cancer patients or to people who are in extreme pain. OxyContin has its positives and negatives. But the people of my community abuse

it. Usually, the high lasts for half an hour. If the users do not get their “fix,” they will go through the withdrawal phase. Their body will ache in pain, they will sweat vigorously, shake terribly, and they will be running on and off to the bathroom -- really bad diarrhea. In my community, we do not have any programs that are available for these users. I know a couple of people that want to quit. They have hit their rock bottom. Some people

I know have lost their jobs, their families, and their self-esteem. The only thing that is in the way for them is the pressure from their friends and the drug dealers. There is a drug dealer that I know that calls people to let them know he’s selling these “OxyContin” pills. I am angered by this. There are people that want to quit! Chantel Semple Kasabonika Lake

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ing” was the biggest mistake of his life because quitting is the most hardest thing he has ever went through. He is now struggling to stay off but is very glad that he quit before it got much worse. It may be easy to start but it is extremely difficult to get off these highly addictive painkillers. The withdrawal symptoms you get from these pills include: restlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, and leg cramps, just to name a few. Percocets and OxyContin: these pills are destroying the lives of our young people. These pills are also destroying homes. Addicts do just about anything to get these pills. They sell their most valuable possessions. Someone needs to do something about this major issue that is occurring in the First Nation communities. These pills, Percocets and OxyContin are travelling around the communities at a very fast pace. We need to stop it, stop it now before it starts taking the lives of our young people.

Matawa First Nations Management congratulates the 2008-2009 Post Secondary Graduates: The Matawa Post Secondary Program has been in operation since March of 1997, providing a support system in order for students to succeed. For more information visit us on-line. www.matawa.on.ca Damien Bouchard

Nicole Beauvais

Stephanie Ritch

Broadcasting Television Production

Honours Bachelor of Psychology

Honours Bachelor of Social Work

Angela Magiskan

Vanessa Finlayson

Shirley Tyance

Bachelor of Education Degree

Child & Youth Worker

Office Administration

Simon Magiskan

Phyllis Fisher

Rachel Fiddler

Honours Bachelor of Social Work

Aboriginal Counselling Skills

Office Administration

Amy Iserhoff

Beedahbin Dawn Buswa

Joel Jacob

Food & Nutrition Management

Honours Bachelor of Indigenous Learning

BES Forest Conservation

Maryanne Poulin

Tracy Spence

Lorraine Whitehead

Honours Bachelor of Social Work

Developmental Service Worker

Business Accounting

Petrina Waboose

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BEAR WISE

Heather Shewaybick Bearskin Lake

Correction to kettlebell workout leaders A story on page 16 of the June 25 edition of Wawatay News, Patrick Cheechoo was identi-

fied incorrectly. Ryan Adams and Tricia McGuire-Adams of 4-Vitality facilitated the kettle-

bell workout. Cheechoo merely explained the virtues of the workout. –JT

Bill 173, Mining Amendment Act, 2009 and Bill 191, Far North Act, 2009 Projet de loi 173, Loi de 2009 modifiant la Loi sur les mines et Projet de loi 191, Loi de 2009 sur le Grand Nord The Standing Committee on General Government will meet to consider Bill 173, An Act to amend the Mining Act and Bill 191, An Act with respect to land use planning and protection in the Far North.

Bear habitat or human habitat?

It’s both. Be Bear Wise. Spending time outdoors? Remember that you’re in the natural habitat of black bears. Don’t attract black bears:

The Committee intends to hold public hearings in Toronto on August 6, 2009 and in Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Chapleau and Timmins the week of August 10, 2009.

1. Make noise as you travel through wooded areas 2. Properly store food at your campsite 3. Do not hike with food in your pack

Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation on Bill 173 and/or Bill 191 should contact the Committee Clerk by 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 23, 2009.

While the chance of seeing or encountering a black bear is low, it is best to be prepared –

Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on either Bill may send written submissions to the Committee Clerk at the address below by 12:00 noon on Friday, September 4, 2009. Electronic versions of the Bills are available on the Legislative Assembly website at: www.ontla.on.ca. David Orazietti, MPP Chair/Président Telephone/Téléphone: (416) 325-3509

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tain, except death and taxes.” Unfortunately, death and taxes often go hand in hand. While you can pass along your assets tax-free to your surviving spouse, most people can’t pass them along to anyone else without triggering taxes. Unless you have a surviving spouse, there is a “deemed disposition” of your assets at death. In other words, the government considers your assets – whether they have really been sold or not – to have been disposed of at fair market value, triggering the associated income taxes. Everything from stocks and bonds held outside your registered retirement plans to the family cottage may be taxable in the hands of your beneficiaries. Any remaining funds in your registered plans are also taxable on your final tax return – nearly half could go to the taxman. Gord Keesic is a Lac Seul band member and an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc in Thunder Bay. Member CIPF. This article is for information purposes only. Please consult with a professional advisor before taking any action based on information in this article.

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Inspection Public Notice Approved 2009 - 2010 Annual Work Schedule Whiskey Jack Forest Public Inspection of Annual Work Schedule The Kenora District of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has approved the AbitibiBowater Inc. 2009-2010 annual work schedule (AWS) for the Whiskey Jack Forest Management Unit. The AWS will be available for inspection at the Ministry of Natural Resources Kenora District office, the AbitibiBowater Inc. Kenora office and the Ministry of Natural Resources public website at ontario.ca/forestplans beginning June 23, 2009.

Notice of Aerial Spraying Smooth Rock Falls Forest and Cochrane-Moose River Management Unit As part of the ongoing program to regenerate and protect our forests, selected stands in the Smooth Rock Falls Forest and Cochrane-Moose River Management Unit (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about: July 15, 2009

Scheduled Forest Management Operations The AWS describes the forest management activities (e.g. road construction and maintenance, timber harvesting, renewal and tending) that are scheduled to occur on the Whiskey Jack Forest between July 7, 2009 and March 31, 2010. The following are some of the operations that are scheduled on the Whiskey Jack Forest: Silvicultural treatments included in this operating plan may include site preparation, and tending, cleaning and thinning of tree plantations. The following roads may be abandoned during this operating season: Iriam, Lount, McIntosh and Cook Roads. The following road decommissioning activities may occur this operating season: Aesthetic, Glon, Jack Lake and Scouter Roads. Fuelwood For information on the locations of and license requirements for obtaining fuelwood for personal use, please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources Kenora District Office. The approved annual work schedule and any subsequent revisions will remain available for public inspection throughout the one-year duration of the AWS. For further information on the annual work schedule and requests to obtain an annual work schedule operations summary map, please contact one of the following: Ministry of Natural Resources Kenora District Box 5080, 808 Robertson Street Kenora, ON P9N 3X9

AbitibiBowater Inc. 6 Rupert Road Kenora, ON P9N 3B5

For further information, please contact Kurt Pochailo R.P.F., Kenora District Ministry of Natural Resources at 807-468-2597, e-mail: kurt.pochailo@ontario.ca or Ministry of Natural Resources Kenora District, at 807-468-2501.

The herbicide Forza, registration number PCP #26401 Pest Control Products Act will be used. For further information, please contact any of the following individuals during normal office hours. Collect calls will be accepted. Cochrane-Moose River Management Unit Don Larmer, R.P.F. Tembec Industries Inc. P.O. Box 1100 Timmins, ON P4N 7H9 Tel.: 705-360-1207

Cory Wiseman, R.P.F. Ministry of Natural Resources Cochrane District Office 2-4 Highway South, P.O. Box 730 Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0 Tel.: 705-272-7195

Smooth Rock Falls Forest Don Larmer, R.P.F. Tembec Industries Inc. P.O. Box 1100 Timmins, ON P4N 7H9 Tel.: 705-360-1207

Stephen Foley, R.P.F. Ministry of Natural Resources Cochrane District Office 2-4 Highway South, P.O. Box 730 Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0 Tel.: 705-272-7129

Renseignements en français : Cochrane (705) 272-7133.

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Ralph Rowe found guilty James Thom Wawatay News

Although he was convicted of six new counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault July 2, Ralph Rowe was made a free man the next day. Rowe, a former minister, pilot and Scout leader, faced the charges in Kenora before Justice Erwin Stach. Stach sentenced Rowe to a concurrent sentence of one year. This meant the sentence he was currently serving, which was imposed by Stach July 7, 2007, was not extended. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler expressed disappointment with Stach’s decision, saying Rowe should be spending considerable more time in prison for the effect he’s had on First Nation families. “Based on the damage he’s done to the lives of these men and the communities (a con-

current sentence) just isn’t enough,” Fiddler said. “Ralph Rowe has shown no remorse and he hasn’t been rehabilitated. He will always be a threat to children.” Rowe worked in 18 NAN First Nation communities between 1971 and 1986. These are the sixth set of sexual-related charges he’s faced, dating back to incidents in the late 1970s and 1980s. Rowe faced 21 charges at the onset of Fiddler the trial. Most of those were indecent assault. The remaining three were sexual assault. His victims were all First Nations boys who were younger than 12 at the time. Six charges were withdrawn prior to the trial’s launch when

some of the victims decided against testifying. Four other were acquitted when the alleged victim left the courtroom in the midst of testimony. Two other charges were dropped when the complainant failed to attend the trial. Rowe was also found notguilty of two charges, one each of sexual assault and indecent assault. Fiddler praised the strength of those men who faced their abuser. “I admire the men who have gone through this,” he said. In total, Rowe has been sentenced to 10-and-a-half years, having already served seven. In the years since his first conviction, the Ralph Rowe Survivor’s Network was formed. “The group is still active,” Fiddler said. “They’ve found the best support they can get is themselves through peer support.”

KI homecoming cancelled until 2011 over H1N1 fears Rick Garrick Wawatay News

The KI Homecoming 2009 has been cancelled due to the H1N1 pandemic. “It would have been a risk for other people to get H1N1 (the swine flu virus),” said Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Coun. Cecilia Begg, noting KI and many other communities have not had the swine flu in their communities to date. “We don’t

know how long this (swine flu outbreak) will be going on.” Begg said the community decided to cancel the KI Homecoming as a precaution after people began inquiring about the situation. “People wanted to know if it was still happening,” Begg said. “If not, they wanted to make other plans.” While the KI Homecoming has been cancelled for visitors, Begg said the community

is planning to scale down the event to a social gathering with some sports events for onreserve community members only. “We are planning to have our own KI Days during that time,” Begg said. “We will still have our own local events.” Begg said the KI Homecoming, which is held every two years, will be held again in 2011.

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The Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board annual chiefs meetings were buzzing with excitement this year. When the chiefs met June 24-26 in Sioux Lookout, several major events happened. Greg Rickford, member of Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River District, announced a $5.3 million funding investment to the Whitefeather Forest Training Initiative June 24. “The funding is to train Pikangikum First Nations people and surrounding communities in all aspects forestry, harvesting and upgrading the skills of the participants to Grade 12,” said Bob Bruyere, SLAAMB coordinator. After the announcement, meeting members gathered together to see the official ribbon cutting grand opening ceremony for Service Canada June 24. Outreach offices are located in Sandy Lake and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. Two Assembly of First Nations (AFN) national chief candidates visited the SLAAMB office June 24. John Beaucage mentioned his platform about assisting the remote communities in economic development, education and employment training in his speech at the meeting. AFN candidate Perry Bellegarde talked about his vision for a rights-based agenda for AFN. Bellegarde said he thinks AFN is tackling too many things at one point and would like to see AFN tackle only a few major topics at a time. Bellegarde said he would like to reorganize the AFN to make a more effective representation of all the First Nations. The chiefs discussed resolutions on June 26, where the motion was carried on one major resolution. The chiefs passed a resolution at their meeting, demanding the province put plans on hold to do natural resources development, electrical power lines to mine sites and other activities until it provides SLAAMB the necessary funds for the educational upgrading of community members and other training.”


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Ready for high school

Joe Beardy/Special to Wawatay News

The Grade 8 graduating class of 2009 in Bearskin Lake included from left to right teacher Loretta Moskotaywenene, Sky ‘Cloudy’ Beardy, Eli McKay, Desmond Fox, Derek Fiddler and Lawrence Beardy in the back. Up front are Kendall Fiddler, Wendall Kam and Keesha McHoop. The students will be attending high school in the south, the majority of them going to Pelican Falls.

Rehab workers train hands-on Steve Feeney Wawatay News

Personal support workers (PSW) from First Nations communities participated in a hands-on physical rehab training workshop June 10 and 11 in Sioux Lookout. The training the PSW’s received included physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology. The PSW’s worked with professionals to learn the basic skills including how to transfer someone to a bed and helping people to eat and drink. All this training received is intended for PSW’s to feel more confidence when assisting in the delivery of home rehabilitation programs. “PSW’s can help that individual recover from a stroke,” said Pauline Bodnar, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and workshop co-ordinator. Bodnar said diabetes, which is high in northern communities, is a major risk factor for stroke. The workshop was funded from Northwest Local Health Integration Network. Present at the workshop was Heather Coulson, KO Telemedicine project development coordinator. Coulson introduced Tele-Rehab, a short-term project that allows rehabilitation therapists to use technology to carry out follow-up visits or consultations with a person who suffered from a stroke. The pilot project operates through KO Telemedicine and is open to all northern communities. Clients can receive consultation in their home communities from therapists in Thunder Bay through a camera. Coulson said the local CTC makes sure the camera gets to where it needs to go. Coulson also said Tele-Rehab follows all of the laws any hospital would follow.Tele-Rehab is running until Dec. 31 and is only open to those who will be recovering from a stroke in their respective communities.

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Water, highway issues raised in Shoal Lake 39 protest Celebrate local arts & culture this summer!

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Chris Kornacki Wawatay News National Day of Action was marked in Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation (Shoal Lake 39) with a peaceful demonstration along the TransCanada Highway. Community members walked out to the intersection where it meets Highway 673 carrying signs to show Manitoba and Ontario they have a voice and a presence. It was held June 24. The community is located along the provincial border about half an hour outside of Kenora. “There’s a lot of activity that goes on in our community and on our traditional territory and we are not being included,” said Shoal Lake 39 Chief Eli Mandamin. Mandamin was referring to the recent construction project along the Trans Canada that is currently underway. Work has begun on parts of the highway that pass through traditional Shoal Lake 39 territory. The highway is being twinned, but the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) did not consult the Shoal Lake 39 community about the project, Mandamin said. “The MTO will be actively reaching out to First Nation groups, local businesses and affected property owners,” Emna Dhahak, media liaison officer with Ministry of Transportant, said. “We expect to hold a public information centre (PIC) at Clearwater Bay at the midpoint of the highway project July 28.” Along with the highwaytwinning dispute, there is also

an issue with the City of Winnipeg, which gets its drinking water from Shoal Lake 39 territory. “Winnipeg has been getting their water for free for a hundred years from us,” Mandamin said. While Shoal Lake 39 has no arrangement with Winnipeg in respect to the water, neighbouring Shoal Lake 40 does.

“Winnipeg has authority to withdraw water from Shoal Lake for its water supply based on approvals from the International Joint Commission, the Government of Canada and the Provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.” – Ken Allen

“We’re being ignored,” he said. Ken Allen, communications officer for the City of Winnipeg, confirmed an agreement with Shoal Lake 40 was signed in 1989, in which Band 40 receives income from a trust fund established by Manitoba and Winnipeg, but “there is no agreement with Band 39. Winnipeg has authority to withdraw water from Shoal Lake for its water supply based on approvals from the International Joint Commission, the Government of Canada and the Provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.”

“We (Shoal Lake 39) live under non-development provincial zone laws, so we can’t go forward in our own community,” Mandamin said. These laws prohibit mining resources Shoal Lake 39 has on its territory in order to keep the drinking water clean for Winnipeg. Mandamin was also joined by Manitoba’s Roseau River Chief, Terrance Nelson. Nelson was recently nominated for National Chief. “I’m here just to support what Shoal Lake is saying and what they want to get done,” Nelson said. “I think this is a national issue.” Also standing up with Mandamin along the highway were a host of young people from the community. Mandamin said that he was delighted by their presence because that’s why the demonstration was organized; “So that they can have a future to govern themselves, look after themselves, look after their families and the territory with.” “Most of the young people here are wanting a future,” Nelson added. “Their resources are being taken out, Winnipeg doesn’t pay for the water, so they (Shoal Lake 39 members) don’t get the benefits from it.” Mandamin said it is important to show their presence to the rest of Canada. “Stop ignoring us because we’ve been here, we’re going to be here, we’re going to continue to be here,” he said. “So Manitoba and Ontario you have to come sit with us and make an avenue for us to work out these arrangements that have been going on for far too long.”

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LEFT: Two women’s traditional dancers dance their style at the Mt. McKay Powwow, held July 35 in Fort William First Nation. BOTTOM: About 200 dancers and 19 drums took part in the Mt. McKay Powwow, held July 35 under sunny but windy conditions on top of Mt. McKay in Fort William First Nation.

Congratulations! Carol and Narcisse Kakegabon are so proud of their children:

on C Keewaytinook Okimakanak Council Student Accommodations Required

Keewaytinook Okimakanak is looking for safe student accommodations for a ten (10) month term during the upcoming school year (September 2009 to June 2010). Our students will be attending high schools in Dryden, Kenora, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay. The students will be coming from our First Nation communities of Fort Severn, Keewaywin, Deer Lake, North Spirit Lake, Poplar Hill, and McDowell Lake. We are above all interested in finding caring House Parent/Role Models, as well, comfortable and secure homes for our students as these criteria will take precedence in our selection of suitable accommodations. Keewaytinook Okimakanak will provide financial assistance for each student, payable to the house parent(s), on a monthly basis over the ten (10) month term of each Student Accommodation Agreement. The number of students in each home must conform to the appropriate local municipal codes. The House Parent(s) will be required to provide Keewaytinook Okimakanak with the appropriate Criminal and Child Abuse Registry background checks prior to signing a Student Accommodation Agreement. Those interested in welcoming our students into their homes should direct their enquiries to: Keewaytinook Okimakanak Balmertown Jim Teskey Toll Free: 1-800-387-3740 Ext. 1309 1-807-735-1381 Ext. 1309 Keewaytinook Okimakanak Thunder Bay Goyce Kakegamic Toll Free: 1-800-387-3740 Ext. 1706 1-807-766-8442 x 1706 Ext. 1706

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H1N1 found in more communities Rick Garrick Wawatay News

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Notice of Muskrat Dam First Nation General Election to members living off-reserve

Call for nominations for Chief and Five Councillors will be held July 23, 2009 9:00 am. – 5:00 pm. Elections will be held on July 28, 2009 9:00 am. – 5:00 pm. Location of nominations and election polls are yet to be determined and will be announced at a later date. Phone in nominations and voting will be available for members living off-reserve. For more information, please call Joy Barkman, Executive Assistant (807) 471-2573/2574

More H1N1 swine flu cases have hit Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities. Muskrat Dan Chief Vernon Morris said his community of about 200 on-reserve community members has now had two confirmed cases in two children from the same home. “The two young children are from one household, so technically it is not officially an outbreak of the flu in Muskrat Dam,” Morris said. “It has been contained to that one household to date.” Morris said both children are doing well, and have mainly recovered from the illness. “They are doing well,” Morris said, explaining the community has had a pandemic plan in place for a few years. “The necessary precautions have been taken – they (the two children) have received some TamiFlu medication.” TamiFlu is not a cure for H1N1 or influenza-like illnesses; it provides a boost to a person’s immune system to fight flu symptoms and decrease the length of sickness in an individual. Morris said the first case was confirmed in the third week of June, after one of the two boys came back from a medical appointment with flu-like symptoms. His younger brother later came down with the flu. “They are seemingly healthy,” Morris said. “They are full of energy.” Morris said chief and council have met with the community and have encouraged the community to go about their day-today activities. As of June 29, the Public Health Agency of Canada has reported 7,983 laboratoryconfirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus across Canada, with 583 hospitalizations and 25 deaths reported. Ontario has had 3161 laboratory-confirmed cases to date, with 138 hospitalizations and nine deaths reported across the province. Bearskin Lake Deputy Chief Wesley Nothing said his community had another confirmed case in an adult in the last week of June, bringing the total to two adults with the H1N1 flu.

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Keewaytinook Okimakanak has held a series of workshops via videoconference and health and infection control in the wake of the H1N1 outberak in several First Nation communities. “They are fine,” Nothing said. “They are in the community.” Wesley said some other people in the community are sick with flu-like illnesses; they are reporting in to work as being sick and not going to work. Sandy Lake Chief Adam Fiddler said his community has not had any new cases reported since the June 20-21 weekend. “It’s been two weeks, so we’re doing good,” Fiddler said. “We are quite happy it has settled down – all the preventive measures we put in place have worked.” Fiddler said the outbreak will officially be over 12 to 14 days after the last person with the H1N1 flu gets well, which would possibly be sometime during the week of July 6-10. “We put in really strong measures,” Fiddler said, noting people first started coming down with flu-like illnesses on June 10 to 11, the community closed the school on June 10, the first confirmed H1N1 case was on June 13 and the last suspected case was June 20-21. “Within one week we had it contained.”

About 370 Sandy Lake community members visited the nursing station during the outbreak, with about 123 adults and 80 children being treated with TamiFlu. The H1N1 outbreak was declared by Health Canada on June 13 when test results confirmed 10 positive cases of the H1N1 virus. Subsequent test results came back positive bringing the total to 14 confirmed cases. Nursing station staff then stopped testing for the virus, treating all ILI (influenzalike illnesses) cases as H1N1. Fiddler said the focus now is on what measures to put in place for this upcoming fall. “The 1918 flu started out as a mild form of the flu in the spring and became deadly in the fall,” Fiddler said. “It killed 40 million people around the world. “They had to cancel the Stanley Cup that year. Awareness and how to prevent the spread are key at this point.” Sandy Lake is currently planning to hold its annual Treaty Days from July 16-19 and the

annual Muddy Water Music Festival from July 29-Aug. 2. Fiddler said he spoke about the issue of protecting community members who travel for medical appointments from contracting the H1N1 flu while in Winnipeg during a June 30 meeting in Winnipeg with a number of other chiefs, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Health Canada officials. “They congregate in the hospital and boarding homes,” Fiddler said. “We do want put in place measures to protect people from contracting the virus while they are out there. The reality is the flu is out there.” Fiddler said some suggestions were to focus on protecting high-risk patients, such as those who are pregnant, by providing them with other accommodations other than the boarding homes. “Maybe they should be placed in hotels rather than a boarding home,” Fiddler said. “I sense there is some flexibility.” see H1N1 page 14

NOTICE Nishnawbe Aski Nation is planning a gathering for survivors of Residential School. Oski Pawachiken (Renew Your Dreams) will be held the week of July 12-17, 2009 at the Pelican Falls First Nations High School in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. The emphasis of the gathering is Healing and Reconciliation. An opportunity will be provided to the survivors to communicate with the churches. This is also an opportunity to celebrate ourselves as survivors and as Anishnawbe people. Please note that it is every participant’s responsibility to make your own arrangements for travel and accommodations. Lunch and snacks will be provided all week, however, additional expenses and other arrangements for food are the responsibility of the participant. With the receipt of a registration form we will send you an agenda of the event and other related information. Please submit one registration form for each person. Please note that counsellors will be available on site for the duration of the gathering. For inquiries please contact Donna Seguin, the Residential School Program Assistant, at (807) 623-8228, (800) 465-9952 or E-mail to dseguin@nan.on.ca. Meegwetch to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the Anglican Church of Canada for partially funding this event. www.nan.on.ca


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H1N1 virus can still spread from page 12 Sachigo Chief Titus Tait said one of his community members came down with the H1N1 flu while living in a boarding home in Winnipeg during her highrisk pregnancy. “She left on June 8,” Tait said. “On the fifteenth or sixteenth, she got really sick.” Tait said the medical decision was made to deliver her baby by cesarean section while the young woman was extremely ill in hospital, but after two days the baby died. Tait said the boarding home the young woman was living in did not have adequate security, that people can walk in off the street. “It is just not a safe and right environment for people with medical concerns,” Tait said. “We brought these concerns up (during the June 30 Winnipeg meeting). They assured us they would look into our concerns.” Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said he feels Health Canada is willing to be flexible for the needs of high-risk patients. “The issue is to ensure the health and well-being of our patients (is) not compromised in any way in respect to where they are being housed in Winnipeg,” Fiddler said. “That is why we called for the meeting.” While the number of cases

seems to be easing at present, Fiddler said the communities need to be more prepared for the next wave of the H1N1 virus. “What we are being told is this will come in waves,” Fiddler said. “We are preparing our communities for the next flu season in the fall so appropriate levels of support are in place for our communities to deal with it.” But Fiddler also warned community members to take precautions against the spread of flu this summer. “The fact is that people are still flying, patients are still being sent out to Sioux Lookout and Winnipeg,” Fiddler said. “The possibility of the virus travelling back to the communities is still very high.” Fiddler warned people to keep washing their hands, to seek medical help if they are feeling ill and to stay at home if they are coughing. “We are still encouraging our communities to be vigilant,” Fiddler said. “Just because there are no new reported cases doesn’t mean it has gone away.” Fiddler said he would prefer to see Indian and Northern Affairs Canada taking more of an active role in preparations for the next wave of the H1N1 flu, noting the flu is more likely to spread when people are living in crowded conditions and living without adequate clean

water. “INAC needs to be there too, to look at (the) infrastructure needs of our communities,” Fiddler said, “If the community does not have access to clean drinking water, they will have a hard time fighting the flu. We are finding out some of our communities do not have backup generators for their nursing stations.” INAC officials said the federal government recently announced $400 million in funding for new infrastructure projects for First Nation communities. “There has been tangible progress made in new housing and infrastructure in First Nations,” said Margot Geduld, INAC media relations. “Certainly, there is more to be done.” Health Canada officials said the province is responsible for surveillance on H1N1 and other communicable diseases. “Provincial authorities are tracking and reporting on the spread of the virus in Ontario,” said Christelle Legault, media relations officer with Health Canada’s Public Affairs, Consultation and Regions Branch, in an e-mail reply. “Health Canada is aware that there have been confirmed H1N1 cases on reserve. “Health Canada is working closely with all communities to ensure they are well prepared to deal with any further cases.”

Madahbee elected Grand Council Chief Pat Madahbee was elected June 9 as Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief. “My focus for the Anishinabek Nation is going to be on a rights-based agenda,” said Madahbee, who has served as chief for his community of Aun-

deck Omni Kaning First Nation for many years. Madahbee previously served as Grand Council Chief in 1980 when he was 27 years old, the youngest Grand Council Chief ever elected in the Anishinabek Nation.

Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare was re-elected to his second term; Hare is from M’Chigeeng First Nation. Chiefs and representatives from Anishinabek Nation’s 42 communities voted in a traditional stand-up election. –RG

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Whitefeather Forest Initiative gets $5.3M for skills training Steve Feeney Wawatay News

More than $5 million in federal funding was announced June 24 to help with skills training for First Nations people. Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for the Kenora-Rainy River District, announced a $5.3 million funding investment for the Whitefeather Forest Training Initiative at the 17th Annual Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board (SLAAMB) Chiefs Meeting in Sioux Lookout. “Aboriginal people in northwestern Ontario will certainly benefit from the $5.3 million investment announced, which will help increase their participation in the job market,” said Rickford. The Whitefeather Forest Training Initiative will provide Aboriginal people with the skills and employment experience required to work in the mining and forestry industries. “The funding is to train Pikangikum First Nations people and surrounding communities in all aspects forestry, harvesting and upgrading the skills of the participants to grade twelve,” said Bob Bruyere, SLAAMB co-ordinator. “They will learn how to work in mines, learn how to operate forestry equipment, learn how to operate sawmills, and learn how to make environmentally safe roads around Pikangikum.” Whitefeather Forest Training is funded through the federal government’s Aboriginal Skills

and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program. “The ASEP program represents an opportunity for the community of Pikangikum and its people to welcome partnerships with government and partners of corporate Canada in promoting the development of employment and training capacity for the Pikangikum First Nation,” said Alex Peters, president of the Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation. Bruyere said this funding will have a significant impact for the residents of Pikangikum. The initiative represents a partnership between Pikangikum and community, federal and provincial government, academic and industry partners. Goldcorp is one of the partners in this initiative. “As an industry partner, Goldcorp, through Red Lake Gold Mine, is committed to supporting the Pikangikum First Nation’s efforts to improve community members’ employment skills through training opportunities that exist at the mine,” said Mike Lalong, Goldcorp mine general manager. The partnership’s goal is to provide training for 260 Aboriginal people and secure 180 longterm jobs in the mining and forestry industries. Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources for Ontario, commends Pikangikum for taking a leadership role and is looking forward to opportunities for the community by this initiative.

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Kontzamanis . Graumann . Smith . MacMillan Inc. CONSULTING ENGINEERS & PROJECT MANAGERS

Proposed Keewaywin Winter Road Re-Alignment Project

Notice of Completion Opportunity to Inspect the Final Environmental Study Report Class Environmental Assessment for MNR Resource Stewardship and Facility Development Projects The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invites public inspection of the Final Environmental Study Report (ESR) for the proposal developed by KGS Group on behalf of Keewaywin First Nation to construct a winter road re-alignment connecting the community of Keewaywin First Nation with the North Spirit Lake Winter Road corridor. The applicant is inviting comments on the Final ESR for its proposal to construct the 78 kilometer winter road re-alignment including two bridge crossings and fourteen culvert crossings. The project also includes the installation of small land drainage culverts. Two alternative winter road re-alignments were considered for the Proposed Keewaywin Winter Road ReAlignment Project. They included Alternate Route #1 (Western Corridor) and Alternate Route #2 (Eastern Corridor). Alternate Route #1 is located west of the community of North Spirit Lake and continues north to Keewaywin First Nation ending at the northern basin of Sandy Lake. Alternate Route #2 is located east of the community of North Spirit Lake and continues north to Keewaywin First Nation ending at the northern basin of Sandy Lake. The preferred location for the project is Alternate Route #2. The Ànal ESR the winter road re-alignment project has been completed, as required for a Category C project under the Class Environmental Assessment for MNR Resource Stewardship and Facility Development Projects. The ESR describes the process for the selection of a preferred location, the development of a site plan, and an evaluation of environmental effects. If at the end of this notice period MNR considers that there are no signiÀcant outstanding concerns the MNR may permit the implementation of the undertaking without further public notice. Where concerns remain about this project that cannot be resolved with the MNR, concerned parties may request a Part II Order requiring an individual environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act. As this decision rests with the Minister of the Environment please direct your inquiries to the Minister, 135 St. Clair Ave. W., 12th Flr, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1P5 by August 1st, 2009, and copied at the same time to the MNR at the address noted below. Prior to making such a request, however, concerned parties are encouraged to consult the MNR to seek a resolution of their concerns. Comments and personal information regarding this proposal are collected under authority of the Environmental Assessment Act and the Public Lands Act to assist MNR in making decisions. Comments not constituting personal information as deÀned by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, will be shared among MNR and others as appropriate, and may be included in documentation available for public review. Personal information will remain conÀdential unless prior consent to disclose is obtained. To obtain the Final ESR, to discuss the project, to provide comments or to inspect the project Àle during normal ofÀce hours, please contact: Rob Kenyon, P.Eng, Manager Geotechnical Engineering KGS Group 3rd Floor – 865 Waverley Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5C4 Tel: (204) 896-1209 Fax: (204) 896-0754 RKenyon@kgsgroup.com

Lee Gerrish District Planner Ministry of Natural Resources P.O. Box 340 Red Lake, Ontario P0V 2M0 Tel: (807) 727-1334 Fax: (807) 727-2861 Lee.gerrish@ontario.ca

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Notification Notice of Aerial Spraying Romeo Malette Forest As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands in the Romeo Malette Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about: August 5, 2009. The herbicide Forza, registration number 26401, Pest Control Products Act will be used. More information about this aerial herbicide project, including specific locations and maps, is available for viewing at the offices of Tembec, Timmins and the Ministry of Natural Resources during normal business hours. Mac Kilgour Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Government Complex P.O. Bag 3090 South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0 Tel.: 705-235-1320 Fax: 705-235-1377 E-mail: mac.kilgour@ontario.ca Lino Morandin Tembec Industries Inc. P.O. Box 1100 Timmins, ON P4N 7H9 Tel.: 705-360-7544 Fax: 705-360-1279 E-mail: lino.morandin@tembec.com Please note that collect calls will be accepted. Renseignements en français : Lino Morandin (705) 360-7544.

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Jayleen ‘Bubs’ Beardy holds her certificate for best Native Language scores for Grade 7. Presenting her the award was Bearskin Lake Native Language teacher Alice Meekis, teacher’s assistant Amanda Micknack, principal Edith Thunder and teacher Amanda McLean (not pictured).

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Reggie Bushie inquest delayed James Thom Wawatay News

The coroner’s inquest into the death of a Poplar Hill student has been delayed indefinitely. “An application to stop the inquest was filed with the court,” said Dr. Bonita Porter, Ontario’s deputy chief coroner. “A stay was granted to allow the court to hear some additional matters was granted.” The hearing, which relates to the selection of a jury for the inquest in Reggie Bushie’s death, was held in Toronto before three judges, she said. “Once the decision comes back, we’ll be sending out a

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release with the new inquest dates,” Porter said. The inquest had been slated to begin early last month. Bushie was a 15-year-old student at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School when he drowned in the McIntyre River in Thunder Bay. He was missing for several days before his body was recovered by divers in the river. According to the coroner’s office, the inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Bushie’s death and will explore issues relating to how First Nation youth are impacted when attending schools so far away from their homes.

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Class recognizes National Canoe Day of Canada Steve Feeney Wawatay News

CBC Radio/TV conducted a national poll two years ago to determine the Seven Wonders of Canada. After the canoe became one of the wonders, the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough celebrated this by hosting a party June 26, 2007. Ever since, June 26 has been named National Canoe Day and many cities across the country have been holding activities to acknowledge this. Sioux Lookout held a birch bark canoe launch and kids activities at its local beach. History of the canoe was displayed during the event. The traditional technology course from Queen Elizabeth District High School created the birch bark canoe. Darren Lentz, traditional technology course teacher, said students spent many hours working on the canoe. “It took them the whole semester (to work on the canoe), from the beginning until the end,” Lentz said. “It was really a group project.” The class also built a timber frame for a community project in the semester. Along with building it, the students also learned the history and significance of the canoe in Canada. “That’s one of the things we say to the students, it’s a great

to learn about Canada’s history and the innovations of the canoe and to bring it to the forefront,” Lentz said. Lentz said the students also learned respect, perseverance and teamwork while building the canoe. Lentz said the canoe is very important to the history of Canada. “It was the mode of transportation before Europeans arrived here,” Lentz said. “The Aboriginal people were using the canoe to travel these water waves and these were the rivers of the past. “They had trade routes long before Europeans arrived. “The cool thing about the canoe is unlike every other technology, it really hasn’t changed. The design has remained the same and that’s the unique thing, you can’t say that about a lot of technology so that perfection of design hasn’t really changed a lot…it’s just amazing how Canada has developed and the canoe is truly an icon.” Many students, teachers and community members tested out the canoe with no problems. The students agreed they learned a lot while building the canoe. Students Stephanie Wills and Alina Pringle said teamwork played a huge role and it was cool building the canoe. The canoe will be donated to the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Lentz said.

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Darren Lentz, traditional technology course teacher at Queen Elizabeth District High School, enjoyed testing out the studentmade birch bark canoe at the local beach.

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Employment Opportunity Director, SEVEN Youth Media Network SEVEN Youth Media Network (SEVEN) is a project of the Wawatay Native Communications Society, in partnership with Nishnawbe Aski Nation Decade for Youth and Development. The purpose of SEVEN is to increase youth participation, voice and personal growth in Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities and beyond. The Director of SEVEN will lead youth engagement and media production activities that fulfill this purpose. SEVEN media services include a magazine, website and radio programming. Startup funds for SEVEN have been provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (Trillium). DUTIES

• Promote SEVEN youth and sponsor participation through youth conferences, community visits, special events, SEVEN E-Connect, Wawatay media advertising, etc.; • Establish a SEVEN Youth Advisory Committee; • Research and identify youth priorities for personal growth; • Generate and compile story ideas for SEVEN media; • Chair monthly story, website and program planning meetings; • Produce and co-ordinate freelance/volunteer production of multimedia content: print, photos, web, radio and video; • Recruit and train youth as SEVEN media contributors; • Network with youth leaders, youth-led organizations and schools, and engage them in SEVEN activities; • Travel to First Nations as required; • Solicit youth feedback through surveys, interactive website, email and direct contact to guide and evaluate SEVEN; • Write activity reports as required; • Contribute to business and sustainability plans; QUALIFICATIONS:

• Education and/or experience in media; media skills such as research, writing, broadcasting, photography, video production, and website content management; • Experience working with Aboriginal youth in Northern Ontario, and knowledge of their priorities for personal growth and holistic health; • Knowledge of First Nations communities, cultures and languages in Northern Ontario; ability to speak Ojibway, OjiCree and/or Cree would be an asset; • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and oral; • Leadership skills and experience; • Organized, able to multi-task and work independently; • Working knowledge of computers, including general Internet, design and word processing usage; • Knowledge of and interest in new media and social networking applications; and • A valid driver’s licence and use of a vehicle. Location: Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout or Timmins, Ont. Closing date: July 31, 2009 To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Bryan Phelan, Special Media Projects Director Wawatay Native Communications Society P.O. Box 1180 Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7 Fax: (807) 737-3224 By email: bryanp@wawatay.on.ca Thank you for your application. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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RECEPTIONIST Since 1986, Nitawin Community Development Corporation has been committed to meeting the ongoing social housing needs for the residents of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Through a partnership with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Nitawin provides homes for low to moderate tenants that include elders and families. We are governed by a Board of Directors that consists of nine First Nation organizations that operate within Sioux Lookout. We manage and maintain thirty-five houses and two 5-plexes for a total of forty-five housing units. We are currently recruiting for a Receptionist to join our team. RESPONSIBILITIES • Greeting clients, answering and directing telephone calls and providing information; • Responding to client inquires; • Receiving and processing rent payments; • Providing general administrative support. QUALIFICATIONS • Previous experience in an office environment at front desk reception; • Strong organizational and excellent communication skills; • Ability to multi task; • Proficient in MS Office including Word, Excel and Outlook • Ability to submit a cleared Criminal Reference Check. • Ability to speak a First Nation language (preference) If you feel your skills and qualifications meet the above requirements, please send your resume to: Mathew Hoppe, Personnel Director c/o PO Box 387, Sioux Lookout ON P8T 1A5 Phone: 807-737-2662 Fax: 807-737-4823 Email: mathewh@shibogama.on.ca The submission deadline for receiving applications will be Monday July 13th, 2009 at 4pm. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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HOUSING MANAGER Since 1986, Nitawin Community Development Corporation has been committed to meeting the ongoing social housing needs for the residents of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Through a partnership with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Nitawin provides for low to moderate tenants that include elders and families. We are governed by a Board of Directors that consists of nine First Nation organizations that operate within Sioux Lookout. We manage and maintain thirty-five houses and two 5-plexes for a total of forty-five housing units. We are currently recruiting for a Housing Manager to join our team. RESPONSIBILITIES • Implement the policies and directives of the Board of Directors; • Effectively liaison with the Board of Directors, tenants, local First Nation organizations and Provincial funding agency; • Develop annual operational budget and complete financial reporting requirements; • Review tenant applications and provide tenant selection recommendations to the Board of Directors; • Monitor the preventative maintenance projects for the residential housing units; • Supervise staff and complete performance appraisals; QUALIFICATIONS • Five years management or administration experience • Knowledge of applicable Landlord and Tenant Act and legislation • Effective management and communication skills • Ability to submit a cleared Criminal Reference Check. • Ability to speak a First Nation language (preference) If you feel your skills and qualifications meet the above requirements, please send your resume to: Mathew Hoppe, Personnel Director c/o PO Box 387, Sioux Lookout ON P8T 1A5 Phone: 807-737-2662 Fax: 807-737-4823 Email: mathewh@shibogama.on.ca The submission deadline for receiving applications will be Monday July 13th, 2009 at 4pm. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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NotiďŹ cation Notice of Aerial Spraying Nighthawk Forest As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands in the Nighthawk Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about August 1, 2009. The herbicide Vision, registration number 19899 Pest Control Products Act will be used. More information about this aerial herbicide project, including speciďŹ c locations and maps, is available for viewing at the ofďŹ ces of AbitibiBowater and the Ministry of Natural Resources during normal business hours. Sylvain Dube AbitibiBowater 1 Park Street Iroquois Falls, ON P0K 1E0 Tel.: 705-258-3931, ext. 4452

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Nishnawbe Aski Police Service Const. Allan Giba and Sgt. Jackie George stand outside the new NAPS headquarters at 309 Court St. S. in Thunder Bay.

NAPS has a new home James Thom Wawatay News

Nishnawbe Aski Police Service recently moved to a new building at 309 Court St. S. in Thunder Bay. The official moving date was June 15, though “there were really three days of moving,� said Sgt. Jackie George, who became media relations officer for NAPS July 1. “We’ve got a lot more room in this space,� George said, during a private tour of the three floor building. “In our old space, we needed to rent board rooms for things like training. We have a full-service training space here.

“Our service is expanding and growing in an effort to bring the best possible service to our communities.� The drug enforcement, recruiting, media relations, inservice training units all have a home in the new space. There are also more meeting spaces, including rooms specifically designed for conducting background investigations on prospective hires and their testing. As well, a front-door receptionist is now on staff. In total, there are about half-a-dozen additional staff in the new office. There is also room for expansion, should funding become

available to hire additional staff, George said. “There are several extra offices,� she said. The service maintained its former phone numbers and directory making it easy for callers, George said. With George’s promotion, a pair of other officers are working in new roles as well, she said. Const. Allan Giba became the community initiative coordinator June 29 and Sgt. Bob Baxter, the former communications officer became the field support, employment assistance program co-ordinator and auditor July 1.

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The Queen Elizabeth District High School in Sioux Lookout held their graduation June 26, which 16 students from First Nations communities were part of. Riley Barkman was the first student ever in the school to achieve the Specialist High Skills Major Diploma. Students, back row, from left include: Amanda Quequish, Aaron Trimble, Michelane Gliddy, Tim Quequish, Allan Turtle, Riley Barkman, Tyler Angeconeb and Robinson Hudson. Students, front row, from left are: Shayne Kakegamic, Crystal Sakakeep, Kristy Keesickquayash and Kerry Keesickquayash. Missing are Julie Mawakeesick, Dixie McKay-Angees, Adrianna Wabasse and May Wabasse.

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Notice of Aerial Spraying Lac Seul Forest

As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands in the Lac Seul Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about: August 1, 2009. The herbicides, Vision: registration number 19899, Vantage: registration number 26884, VisionMax: registration number 27736 and 2,4D: registration numbers 23508 and 14739 Pest Control Products Act will be used.

As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests, selected stands in the Wabigoon Forest (see map) will be sprayed with herbicide to control competing vegetation, starting on or about: August 8st, 2009. The herbicide Vantage, registration number 26172 Pest Control Products Act will be used.

Windigo, NAN working to recognize new residential schools

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More information about this aerial herbicide project, including specic locations and maps, is available for viewing at the ofces of McKenzie Forest Products and the Ministry of Natural Resources during normal business hours.

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Robert Auld, MFP PO Box 428 429 Airport Rd. Sioux Lookout, ON. P8T 1A5 (807) 737-2522 Ex.33

Arne Saari, MNR PO Box 309 49 Prince St. Sioux Lookout, ON. P8T 1A6 (807) 737-5053

Please note that collect calls will be accepted.

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More information about this aerial herbicide project, including specic locations and maps, is available for viewing at the Dryden ofces of Domtar Inc. and the Ministry of Natural Resources during normal business hours. Penny Ratushniak R.P.F. Leo O’Driscoll R.P.F. 1 Duke Street 479 Government Street PO Box 4004 PO Box 730 Dryden, ON Dryden, ON P8N 3J7 P8N 2Z4 807-223-9852 Please note that collect calls will be accepted. Renseignements en français : Sylvie Gilbart (807-934-2262)

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