2014 February Issue Volume 15 Issue 2 Colour Coding Wellness Centre Program Education Unit Program Youth Program Newsletter Program Food Bank Program G.R. Community Trust Community Event Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Valentine’s Day Valentine, oh valentine, you're so Devine. True as the stars that always shine. Valentine, oh valentine, from you I learned love. Someone like you I thought was undreamed of. Valentine, oh valentine, won't you be mine? To make dreams reality, by love sublime. Valentine, oh valentine, a scarlet rose? On this day when roses reign, A rose from you is all I wish to gain. Valentine, oh valentine, can this be fate? My fate is always changing, but for you it can wait. Valentine, oh valentine, two hearts combine. I've never felt a heart touch mine 'till ours entwined. Valentine, oh valentine, sing me a song, A song that can't be forgotten, something lifelong. Valentine, oh valentine, won't you be mine? Together, forever. Until the end of time. Sat 1 Busy hands, Creative minds Soo College Pow Wow Bree Rhayne 2 Regalia Making (1/4) 3 Food Bank Open Garbage Day—GRE Tutoring Teen Girl Wrkshp (4/4) Winter Walking prg 4 Garbage Day—GRW Tutoring Moccasin making (4/4) Children’s Literacy bingo 5 Food Bank Open Tutoring Men’s Wellness Seminar 6 Tutoring Junior YLP Drop In Social Language Prg Parent Craft Sharing circle 7 Food Bank Open Winter Walking prg Senior YLP 8 Busy hands, Creative minds Free Swim 9 10 Food Bank Open Garbage Day—GRE Tutoring Winter Walking prg A.A. Group 11 Garbage Day—GRW Tutoring Menopause Support Grp 12 Food Bank Open Tutoring Prenatal Class Parent/Child Drop In Wellness Sharing Circle 13 Tutoring Junior YLP Language Prg Beating the Winter Blues 14 Food Bank Open Winter Walking prg Senior YLP 15 Busy hands, Creative minds Free Swim 16 Regalia Making (2/4) 17 Food Bank Open Garbage Day—GRE Tutoring Winter Walking prg Language Prog A.A. Group 18 Garbage Day—GRW Tutoring Women’s Wellness Seminar 19 Food Bank Open Tutoring Elders Luncheon You & Your Baby Grp Family Nutrition 20 Tutoring Junior YLP Evening Social/ Craft Parent N Tot 21 Food Bank Open Winter Walking prg Senior YLP 22 Busy hands, Creative minds Free Swim 23 Soo Naturalists Community Kitchen 24 Food Bank Open Garbage Day—GRE Tutoring Winter Walking prg Children’s Drop In Story time A.A. Group 25 Garbage Day—GRW Tutoring 26 Food Bank Open Tutoring Parent/Child Drop In You & Your Baby Grp Family Nutrition 27 Tutoring Junior YLP Walking the Red Path 28 Food Bank Open Winter Walking prg Senior YLP Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 2 Out & About The Sault Ste. Marie's Indian Friendship Center's Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY) and the WasaNabin programs began a Football Leadership Program when they were approached by some concerned parents of local football players. The parents noticed that their sons were not taking their education, extra-curricular and community volunteering serious after the football season was done. The workers met and discussed options to help encourage and support these young men. The outcome was planning a trip to a live National Football League. We choose a Detroit Lions vs New York Giants game. We put the call out to all local First Nation/ Metis and Inuit football players aged 10-24 years of age that played for Sault Minor Football Association, High School Football, Sabercats and Steelers football. The parents were essential in fundraising and were more than happy to help in any way possible. We received some great donations as well for a raffle table from; Gusto's Bar and Grill, Elizabeth Fantham, Dreamcatchers Fund, Garden River Bingo Hall, Chili Willie's bar and Grill, Professional Auto, Family Tree in Garden River and Perrault's Gas Station. The parents were very supportive, encouraging and thankful for the Football Leadership initiative. what they can accomplish with hard work and dedication; I had to hold the tears back. The youth were filled with so much excitement, pride and energy standing so close to the NFL players. It was nice to just stand back and watch them in awe of seeing the players in person, looking at the field and smiling ear to ear. Even though we were cheering for the Lions, The youth witnessed the New York Giants beat the Detroit Lions in Overtime. We received many thank you's on the ride home. The youth were asking what our next trip was going to be, personally they want to see an NBA game...we will see! The funds for this trip came exclusively from fundraising and donations. We rented a charter bus from Great Lakes Bus Tour that we boarded at 5:00 am and away we went. 25 bodies boarded the bus and we made the snowy long trip to Detroit on December 22nd, 2013. Before leaving the bus the youth were reminded that they were representing their First Nations, schools, communities, CCAY/WasaNabin program and our country as well. (They did an amazing job!). As we entered the stadium the youth were so excited to check things out. Many headed to buy merchandise and memorabilia right away. We took a group of youth down to the field and Joe Trudeau turned to his mother and said, "This is where I'm going to be playing in 10 years." As a youth worker striving to encourage, support and show the youth To find out what other programs we offer please call 705-254-5634 ext 2216 or find us on Facebook under "Melodie CCAY". Volume 15 Issue 2 We will continue to push the youth in our community (Garden River, Batchewana, and Sault Ste Marie) to set goals, encourage proper study habits, achieve great attendance in school, while promoting cultural teachings and promoting identity and pride in who they are and what they can achieve and become. Life is full of little tests, challenges and set backs but we are here to help them learn from mistakes, encourage personal growth and teach positive problem solving. We are in their corner! Melodie General Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth Coordinator Page 3 Garden River Education Unit Telephone Extension List 705-946-3933 Irene M. Gray, Receptionist 210 Dianne Roach, Education Manager 203 Kerry Boissoneau, Finance Clerk 219 Kathryn Skov Administrative Support Worker (Stephanie Jones (MAT Leave) 208 Irene M. Gray, Resource Centre Coordinator 210 Sherri Kitts, 217 Anne Marie Jones, Post-Secondary Counselor 202 Phil Jones, Secondary Liaison Worker 209 Leah-Anne Pine, Elementary Liaison Worker 201 Natalie Barry, AIM Teacher/Coordinator 206 Michelle Thibault, AIM Administrative Assistant 205 Joanne Thiessen, AIM Coop Teacher 211 Bonnie Pregent, AIM Teacher 231 AIM Transportation Route A.M. Route: Begins at 8:30 am b Corner b b b b b b of Hwy 17B & Sweetgrass St. Corner of Eagle St. & Blue Jay St Corner of Sweetgrass St. & Sage St. Corner of Hwy 17 East and Gemah Band Office Big Arrow Variety Corner of Whiskey Jack Drive and Moccasin St. Corner of White Birch & Wolf St. Perrault’s Gas Bar AIM Departure: 12:00 Noon PM Pick –up: Begins @ 12:30 pm AIM Departure: 3:00 pm Volume 15 Issue 2 January 13, 2014 Chiefs, Councilors and Citizens of the Anishinabek Nation Subject: FIRST NATION EDUCATION POLL Education Support Services Coordinator b b Education Unit Dear Chiefs, Councilors and Citizens: Ahnee and Happy New Year! A New Year brings us renewed strength and resilience to achieve our goals and overcome our challenges. A glaring example of this approach was the proposed First Nations Education Act (FNEA), designed to place our citizens under more federal control and which represents a legislative assault on First Nation independence and culture. The Union of Ontario Indians has developed an online poll to gather opinions about the looming FNEA and help formulate a collective response to it. The survey also solicits input and support for the proposed Anishinabek Education System (AES). The AES is not a response to the FNEA; it is a concept developed by Anishinabek educations which has been under negotiation between the Anishinabek Nation and Canada for the past 18 years. The Anishinabek Education System will ensure that our children will be taught by our citizens, using our language and beliefs and other tools to help them compete and succeed in today’s labour market. Your opinions are important! I strongly urge you to please consider participating in the poll and forwarding this letter on to your contacts. The poll is now open and will remain open until February 28, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. To participate, please register online at: http:// portal.anishinabek.ca/public/. All you need to participate is a valid email address and internet access. Miigwetch, Walter Manitowabi Chief Operating Officer Union of Ontario Indians CONTRASTING CANADA’S FIRST NATION EDUCATION ACT AND THE ANISHINABEK EDUCATION SYSTEM TO: Anishinabek Chiefs and Councils and Anishinabek Nation Citizens FROM: Walter Manitowabi, Chief Operating Officer DATE: November 5, 2013 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY On October 22, 2013, Canada released a document with the draft text of the proposed First Nations Education Act. Canada is moving ahead with the unilateral imposition of this legislation despite opposition by First Nations, other governments and a variety of educational organizations across the country. The draft First Nations Education Act is an attack on the inherent rights of First Nations Peoples as protected by the Constitution Act, 1982 and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Instead of recognizing First Nations’ jurisdiction over education, it increases the Minister of Indian Affairs’ control. Instead of ensuring culturally appropriate education, it enforces integration with the provincial system. Instead of ending discrimination and underfunding of First Nations schools and students, it creates more obligations for First Nations but no additional funding. As in the colonial past, the Government of Canada is using education as an instrument of oppression and assimilation. The only alternative to the FNEA is First Nation self-government in education. The Anishinabek First Nations must unite in opposition to the Canada’s legislation and advance the Anishinabek Education System – our education system. BACKGROUND AND CURRENT STATUS Canada’s Advancement of the First Nation Education Act In 2011, the Government of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations jointly launched a National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education for Students On-Reserve. This Panel made a number of recommendations for reforming First Nations education on-reserve in its February Page 4 2012 report. The report and recommendations can be found on the AANDC’s website http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/ eng/1374005629458/1374005714772. to a good education." (Read more: http:// www.ctvnews.ca/canada/first-nations-educationact-is-a-significant-step-forward-ottawa-says1.1509212#ixzz2jdRnRzUu) The recommendations from the National Panel report are set out below. 1. Co-create a child-centered First Nation Education Act. 2. Create a National Commission for First Nation education to support education reform and improvement. 3. Facilitate and support the creation of a First Nation education system through the development of regional First Nation Education Organizations (FNEO) to provide support and services for First Nation schools and First Nation Students. 4. Ensure adequate funding to support a First Nation education system that meets the needs of First Nation learners, First Nation communities and Canada as a whole. 5. Establish an accountability and reporting framework to assess improvement in First Nation education. The First Nation Education Act will repeal sections 114 to 122 of the Indian Act. Following the release of this report, Canada committed to working with First Nations to enact a First Nations Education Act by September 2014. As part of its “consultation”, Canada: ▪ released a Discussion Guide in late 2012; ▪ held 8 face-to-face regional consultation sessions across the country, more than 30 video and teleconference sessions, as well as online consultations through an online survey from December 2012 to May 2013; ▪ sent a letter to all First Nation Chiefs and Councils, including Grand Chiefs, to provide an update on the consultation process and to outline the next steps in the development of a proposed First Nation Education Act in June 2013; ▪ released a blueprint of the legislation in July 2013; and, ▪ released the document “Working Together for First Nation Students: A Proposal for a Bill on First Nations Education” in October 2013. This document includes the draft text for the legislation. On the draft legislation, Minister Valcourt, the federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, stated that "The draft legislative proposal for First Nation education would put in place a system that is accountable to students, and ensures that First Nation students have access, like all Canadians, Volume 15 Issue 2 With a Conservative majority in Parliament, Canada can enact the First Nation Education Act at will. The new legislation will not allow First Nations to remain under the current conditions. Anishinabek First Nation Advancement of First Nation Control Over Education Beginning in 1995, the Anishinabek First Nations decided by Grand Council Resolution that negotiations on education jurisdiction and self-government were our best available opportunity to achieve Anishinabek control of Anishinaabe education. In our vision of Anishinaabe education, we transmit Anishinaabe worldview to children through language and customs. This is the context for Anishinaabe education. We then fit what we want from the Euro-Canadian education system into the Anishinabek Education System, adapting it to suit us, while still meeting provincial standards for education outcomes. As part of the negotiation mandate from the Anishinabek Nation Grand Council, the Restoration of Jurisdiction department at Union of Ontario Indians embarked on intensive community information, consultation and engagement campaigns. A working group of Anishinabek First Nation educators and education professionals was established in 1998 to design the Anishinabek Education System based on the feedback received at many community sessions, workshops and conferences. As a result of these efforts, the Anishinabek Nation has: ▪ created a draft model for the Anishinabek Education System that is based on an accountability and reporting framework focused on improvement in First Nation education and student achievement; ▪ started drafting an Anishinabek Nation Education Act; ▪ signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ontario to address practical education issues and focus First Nation and Ontario efforts on First Nation student achievement ▪ ▪ and student success; advanced the self-government negotiations with Canada for Canada’s recognition of First Nation law-making authority over education and the funding to support the establishment and operation of the Anishinabek Education System; and, incorporated the Kinomaadswin Education Body mandated to implement the Grand Council approved Strategic Plan to Establish the Anishinabek Education System. The Anishinabek First Nations have made huge advances in establishing a separate, publically funded education system in Ontario – a system developed and controlled by the Anishinabek First Nations. Throughout this negotiation process, we have opposed any report or any government action that detracted from our negotiations process, including opposing the co-creation of federal legislation recommended by the National Panel, opposing the federal “consultation” process on the First Nations Education Act and opposing the unilateral imposition of federal legislation on First Nation education. Few will disagree that Anishinabek education is the cornerstone for rebuilding the Anishinabek Nation. By taking on the responsibility of our own education system, we are ensuring that our children, our future, will be secure on our own terms and conditions. Through our collective action, the Anishinabek Nation can overcome oppression and assimilation. This is the challenge. We must meet that challenge. Together is the only way we can meet that challenge. Anishinaabe kinomaadswin nongo. Anishinaabe pane. Anishinaabe education now. Anishinaabe forever. KEY CONSIDERATIONS The Anishinabek Education System is everything the First Nations Education Act is not. Note that First Nations that have a negotiated self-government agreement with Canada are exempt from the First Nations Education Act. Page 5 Anishinabek Education System Proposed First Nations Education Act ▪ Developed by the Anishinabek Nation through 18 years of consultation with Anishinabek leadership, educations and community members ▪ Developed by federal bureaucrats without meaningful input from First Nation leadership, educators and community members ▪ Based on First Nation jurisdiction and full control over education on-reserve ▪ Increases Federal control over education on-reserve ▪ First Nations have broad powers to decide what is in the best interest of First Nations communities, schools and students ▪ The Minister has broad powers to decide what is in the best interest of First Nation communities, schools and students ▪ First Nations establish standards for their own schools with negotiated funding from Canada and control their own schools by establishing their own requirements that schools must provide to students ▪ Canada will establish regulations they will establish the requirements that all schools must provide to students. The draft Act imposes conditions on First Nation schools that are far beyond what is in place currently in Ontario with no commitment for additional funding (for example, the FNEA requires the school operational budgets to be submitted to the Minister) ▪ First Nations negotiate who is responsible for the educational facilities with Canada and negotiate for funding for maintaining these educational facilities ▪ Councils are responsible for all educational facilities and must maintain insurance on these facilities (insurance at their own costs) ▪ Anishinabe languages, history and culture, form the foundation of the Anishinabek Education System ▪ Provincial education standards and curriculum for the foundation for First Nation Education ▪ First Nations may delegate authority for education to any entity the First Nation decides on ▪ Permits First Nations to delegate their responsibilities under the Act but only to an entity such as an Education Authority that is recognized by the Minister or regulated under the Act ▪ First Nations establish education standards and assessments ▪ An independent annual inspection report on each school must be completed by an federally approved inspector and the report is submitted to the Minister ▪ First Nations are responsible for education and to address any issues that arise ▪ The Minister may appoint a temporary administrator for First Nations if the Minister deems intervention is necessary (similar to 3rd party management) ▪ First Nations negotiate and sign tuition agreements with local school boards and the Anishinabek Education System will have a Master Education Agreement with Ontario and Canada will provide funding for provincial tuition at the negotiated amount ▪ All tuition agreements with school boards must comply with directives issued by the Minister or Canada will not pay for the services provided under the tuition agreement ▪ First Nations decide on the educational staffing requirements and qualifications ▪ A First Nation must employ a Director of Education to perform the duties set by the Minister (the Director of Education cannot be a member of Council) ▪ Funding for the AES is provided by Canada according to negotiated fiscal agreements that Canada cannot unilaterally change ▪ Funding will be determined by calculations prescribed in regulations set by Canada and imposed on First Nations (Note, this will severely limit AANDC from responding to unique or special circumstance) RECOMMENDATIONS 1. That First Nations oppose the proposed bill as an intrusion into First Nation jurisdiction that creates an accountability framework that is focused on the Minister, not First Nations. 2. That First Nations reaffirm their commitment to the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement which recognizes First Nation law making authority and jointly support the establishment of our AES system as a priority. Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 6 Garden River Resource Centre Elementary Liaison Worker News Heart Felt February Greetings, Wow, we are already at the half way mark for the 2013-2014 school year, five more months to go. The Garden River Elementary Program will still be taking Kindergarten Registrations at the office all month. If your child was born in 2010 they are eligible for full-time Junior Kindergarten at our local home schools. Please call our office to make an appointment to register your child with the G.R.F.N. Elementary Program. If you live on reserve your child must be registered with the Elementary Program even though you registered your child at their respective home school. may also be able to offer the Grade 8 Poster Program pending on location. The Elementary Program will be working with Sgt. Bell of the Anishinabek Police Services to promote their Anti Bullying Initiative with the elementary students. It is a new initiative where they will acknowledge our students who have been demonstrating good character and behaviour. One bus and one class will be selected for the month of February. Sgt. Bell will be on hand to deliver a message from A.P.S. to the students to commend their actions. A.P.S. plans on offering this incentive program Riley Belleau, our Sault College Placement once a month to the students who are Student, has been assisting the Elementary exemplifying role model behaviour on our Program with student services. Riley and I busses and in the classroom. will be implementing the Grade 8 Poster Program throughout the month which started Baa Maa Pii in January. Currently we have 26 registered Leah-Anne Pine Garden River graduating students for this Elementary Student Liaison Worker June. If you know of a student who resides Garden River Education Unit off reserve and is graduating from grade 8 48 Syrette Lake Rd. and is a Garden River band member please Garden River, ON P6A 7A1 contact our office as they are eligible for a (705) 946-3933 ext. 201 graduation gift and acknowledgement. We First Nation Public Library Week Monday, February 10 to Friday, February 14, 2014. GRFN Resource Centre Check out the Native Content selection that has been added too and built upon during the past several years. You are invited to come visit and see what your public library has for you! Many Miigwetch’s to Karl Hele who has been a major contributor to our collection with his generous donations of text and non-fiction books. Most of donations pertain to our First Nation, so come on in and read up on our history! There are books of all interests, story books, mystery books, vehicle repair books and more. There is one computer that the children can play educational—reading, math, science and music—games on along with two public use lap tops. Free grade one books are available to give away! Start your child on the road of imagination, creativity and learning with a free book or two. Many thanks to the Prince Township Friends of Library for their continuous donations of books as well. Many of which have been shared with other First Nation Public Libraries as was permitted and amongst the community as well. Come on in and see for yourself what YOUR Public Library has to offer to you and your family! HOURS OF OPERATIONS Monday—Friday 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. Closed during Lunch GARDEN RIVER NEWSLETTER Monthly Publication Submission Deadline—3rd Friday of every month. Call to be added to the email list! Elders, call to be added to the mailing list (if preferred) LIBRARY SERVICES Book Lending—Free (2 week borrowing minimum) Inter-library Loan—Free (requires time between ordering & receiving) Late fees—$0.50 per day. Photocopying/ Printing 1) Education purposes—Free 2) Black/White copies—1 sided 8.5 * 11 = $0.07 8.5 * 14 = $0.10 11 * 17 = $0.25 3) Colour Copies—1 sided 8.5 * 11 = $0.60 8.5 * 14 = $0.80 11 * 17 = $1.00 Above prices based on providing paper. Supplying paper earns a 50% discount. Scanning Scanning to email—Free Scanning to USB thumb drive—Free Faxing Education purposes—Free Job related—Free Additional Services Posters/tickets for fundraisers Irene M. Gray Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 7 The Garden River First Nation and the Education Unit will once again cover the registration fee for our Band Member Elders, aged 65 years and older. Please call Irene at 705-946-3933 to register. The following information will be required when you call: ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ Name, Address, Phone Number Age Registration Deadline will be Friday, March 7, 2014 by 4:30 p.m. This deadline will ensure that all registrations are sent in to ensure your space. Please note, the Banquet ticket is not included in the registration fee. Miigwetch, Irene M. Gray G.R. Community Trust Thanks to Public Works (Keith and Cody) for helping with the frozen water pipes at the Trust Office! Much appreciated! Chi-Miigwetch. Alanna Jones, Trust Manager; Garden River First Nation Community Trust ph: (705) 942-1103 Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 8 Garden River First Nation YOUTH PROGRAM MONTHLY CALENDAR Garden River Education/Recreation Centre Colleen Crowley, Youth Wellness Coordinator Phone: 705-946-4006 ext. 3 Email: [email protected] Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat 1 People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, But when the darkness sets in, Their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Volume 15 Issue 2 Right To Play Fitness Fun 11 to 18 years 3:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m. Right To Play Fitness Fun 11 to 18 years 3:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m. Right To Play Fitness Fun 11 to 18 years 3:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m. Right To Play Junior Youth Leadership Program 11 to 13 yrs 3:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m. Right To Play Junior Youth Leadership Program 11 to 13 yrs 3:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m. Right To Play Junior Youth Leadership Program 11 to 13 yrs 3:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m. Right To Play Senior Youth Leadership Program 13 to 18 yrs 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Right To Play Senior Youth Leadership Program 13 to 18 yrs 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Right To Play Senior Youth Leadership Program 13 to 18 yrs 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Page 9 Wellness News Men’s Wellness Seminar 6:00—9:00 p.m. Wednesday February 5 For more information, please call Marie Pine CHR @ 946-5710 Ext. 203. Medical Transportation Services 705-946-5710 Parent/Child Drop-In Social 1:30 p.m.—4:00 p.m. Wednesdays February 6 A Public Health Nurse can answer questions about breastfeeding, baby care, growth, and development and much more. For more information call Rose Sayers at 705-946-5710 Women’s Wellness Seminar Starts at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18 For more information, please call Marie Pine CHR @ 946-5710 Saturday Swim Dates John Rhodes Pool Saturdays, 8 p.m.—9 p.m. Suicide Help Card If someone you know: threatens suicide, talks about wanting to die, shows changes in behaviour, appearance, mood, abuses drugs, alcohol, deliberately injures themselves, appears depressed, sad, withdrawn... You can help: stay calm and listen, let them talk about their feelings, be accepting; do not judge; ask if they have suicidal thoughts, take threats seriously, don't swear secrecy - tell someone. Get help: You can't do it alone. Contact: Family, friends, relatives, clergy, teachers, counselors, doctors, crisis lines, mental health services or hospital emergency departments. Call Sault Area Hospital: Crisis Services 705-942-1872 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Submitted by: Marie T. Pine Volume 15 Issue 2 February 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 A.A. / N.A. Meetings Monday’s February 10, 17 & 24 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Garden River Wellness Centre For information contact Marie T. Pine @ 705-946-5710 ext. 214 You & Your Baby Group 1:30—3:00 p.m. Wednesdays February 9 & 26 March 5, 12 & 19 June 4, 11, 18, 25 July 2 September 10, 17, 24 October 1 & 8 For more information, please call Rose Sayers at 705-946-5710 Topics Include: Week 4—Healthy Relationships Remember that the ratio for children: 1 adult with 2 children within arms reach For more information, call Arnelda @ 705-248-2231 Parent/Child Drop In Clinics Wednesdays—GR Wellness 1:30—4:00 p.m. For more information contact Marie T. Pine @ 705-946-5710 ext. 214 February 12 & 26 March 12 & 26 April 9 & 23 May 7 & 21 June 11 & 25 July 9 & 23 August 13 & 27 September 10 & 24 October 8 & 22 November 12 & 26 December 3 & 17 For more information, call Rose Sayers @ 705-946-5710 Breastfeeding April 9 July 9 October 8 Labour & Delivery February 12 May 14 August 13 November 12 After the Birth March 12 June 11 September 10 December 10 Classes facilitated by Algoma Public Health nurses. Register by calling Rose Sayers at 705-946-5710 Teen Girl Workshop Monday’s Feb. 3, 2014 6 p.m.—8 p.m. Garden River Wellness Centre Parents & babies under 6 months of age come together once a week to talk, share and gather information about nutrition, safety, sleep, growth and development and much more. Prenatal Classes 2:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m. Ojibwe Language Program 1 p.m.— 4 p.m. Healing Lodge Thursday, February 6 & 13 Monday February 17 Call Arnelda at 705-946-5710 for more information. Apple Pie Smoothie Directions: ▪ Put all ingredients into blender ▪ Blend until smooth ▪ Pour into glass and enjoy. Ingredients: ▪ 4 ice cubes ▪ 1 banana ▪ 1 cup unsweetened applesauce ▪ 1/2 cup no-sugar-added nonfat vanilla yogurt ▪ 1/2 cup apple juice ▪ 1 tablespoon Splenda sugar substitute (or sugar) ▪ 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg ▪ 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon ▪ 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice Page 10 Wellness Centre Update Hi everyone, just wanted to provide you with a couple of updates regarding our Health and Clinical Services department. We have been working on two new initiatives since early November that are now in full swing and wanted to inform you of them. ting up an appointment, please give us a call to see if you meet the criteria. You can ask for Health Records and Appointments at 705-946-5710 ext 242 or 226. You can also check out the OTN website at www.otn.ca for more information. Maxine Lesage, RN, BScN Nightingale on Demand – Electronic Health Record System Although the Wellness Centre is not new to an Electronic Record (we have had our electronic system since 2008), we have changed to a new system called Nightingale on Demand on Dec 5, 2013. It does not or will not change anything about the care you receive here, except the fact we will have to register you as a new client. So if you presently come to our clinic and have seen a nurse or any of our primary are providers ( doctor, NP, physio etc..) we will have to re-register you in the system. This may cause some delay in your care or may take longer at your appointment while the provider obtains your personal health information. We ask at the time of registration, that you also bring your Ontario Health Card number as some services that your provider orders for you, will require the number. We thank-you for your patience and understanding as we move towards this new system to better enhance your care. Ontario Telehealth Network – OTN Our community has been successful in obtaining a new service for client appointments, known as telemedicine. It consists of a video screen and equipment that can be used to support a client/physician appointment with the support of the Ontario Telehealth Network. Our staff nurses are trained to work with the network to schedule a medical appointment with an out of town specialist that does not require you to have treatment. In other words, if your medical situation meets the criteria, you could have an appointment with your out of town specialist via videoconferencing. Using a computer screen and audio equipment available here at the Wellness Centre, a trained nurse can help to set this up and support you throughout your appointment. This does not necessarily replace any appointments that you may have with an out of town specialist, but is another option for you. If you think you might be interested in setVolume 15 Issue 2 Page 11 Miijim Gaamig Food Bank OPEN MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Final 2013 Christmas Cheer is still being processed, in the mean time please enjoy these tidbits: ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ MIIGWETCH!!! Some 700 members had a great Christmas because of your generosity! 250 Christmas dinners plus gifts for kids and seniors were delivered A total of 626 volunteer hours for the two day event. Miigwetch to Chief Sayers for his monetary donation Miigwetch to Algoma Power for their monetary donation plus actual help sorting and hauling in (all three representatives) Miigwetch to Garden River Poker Night organizers for their monetary & food donations Miigwetch to GRFN Fire Department Miigwetch to the SSM Soup Kitchen Drivers and Managers Miigwetch to the GR truss for their donation Miigwetch to the Wellness Center for the gift card Miigwetch to the Community Center for their generosity. Miigwetch to the “Secret Santa” for the brand new freezer! Brenda Williams, Food Bank Worker Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 12 Public Works DUE to funding restrictions we will be looking for the dog control officer to return in the spring ERCD Department GRFN HOUSING Emergency Contacts Volume 15 Issue 2 □ Garden River Housing Cell (705) 254-9492 □ Steel City Gas (705) 945-7074 or Cell (705) 941-5908 □ D & R Plumbing (705) 542-1881 □ S & T Group (705) 942-3043 □ Top Line Electric/ Plumbing (705) 575-3683 Page 13 GARDEN RIVER FIRST NATION Employment & Skills Development Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) ASETS 2014-2015 Client Intake The Garden River First Nation Employment & Skills Development team is planning for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Do you need assistance with updating your resume or are applying for a job and require a cover letter? Are you uncertain of your career path and/or are having a difficult time seeking employment? If you are experiencing employment barriers or require more training or work experience, please drop by the Employment & Skills Development office, located in the Aboriginal Innovation and Training Centre (AITC) (Lower level of Community Centre). Plan now for your future! The ASETS Strategy consists of a range of programs and services to provide training and employment opportunities for unemployed/underemployed persons facing barriers such as but not limited to: transportation, lack of education and remoteness. It is designed to assist individuals to maintain and develop the necessary employability skills to enter/re-enter the labour market. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) programs and services, please contact our office and we will gladly assist you. Additional services available are: ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ Career Search: sit down with an employment counsellor and discuss potential options and career goals. Cover Letter and Resume Writing: receive assistance in updating your resume and creating a cover letter. Resource Room: available for individuals to work on resume writing, assignments and job searching. Job Board: there is an updated job board available to you containing in and out of town employment. Printing, faxing, emailing services available. Sault College Job & Career Fair The GRFN Employment & Skills Development team will be participating in Sault College’s “Annual Job and Career Fair” on Wednesday, February 19th 2014 from 10:00am – 5:00pm located at Sault College’s Health & Wellness Centre, there is no charge to attend. For those interested in attending the Fair, please contact the Employment Skills & Development team to help prepare yourself (ie: resume & portfolio edits and printing, creating a strategic plan to approach employers, sales pitch and first impression advice). The Career Fair is a wonderful event for those who would like to prepare themselves for spring employment opportunities! Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 14 GRFN Employment & Skills Development Team Wanita Jones, Acting ASETSSupervisor Phone: 705-256-5413 Ext. 1 Email: [email protected] Shera Jones, Acting Employment Counsellor Phone: 705-256-5413 Ext. 3 Email: [email protected] Melissa Lesage, Acting Assistant Employment Counsellor Phone: 705-256-5413 Ext. 4 Email: [email protected] Darryl Williams, Youth Employment Coordinator Phone: 705-256-5413 Ext. 5 Email: [email protected] Please feel free to contact us for all your employment and training needs! ASETS Community Internet Café! WEDNESDAY EVENINGS FROM 5-7PM Since December 2013, the GRFN Employment Skills & Development team has been hosting a Community Internet Café from 5-7pm on Wednesday evenings in the Anishinabek Innovation and Training Centre’s (AITC) resource lab. During these scheduled evenings, the Employment Skills & Development staff are present to assist any community members who may want to work on their resume writing skills, begin a job search or start a career plan, or who may want to simply gain internet access. The team has also invited Sault College’s Aboriginal Apprenticeship Centre’s Project Coordinator to present an Information Session on the new “Introduction to Home Construction” Program which was successful! Please stay tuned for future announcements via www.gardenriver.org and GRFN’s twitter and facebook pages regarding scheduled “ASETS Community Internet Café” evenings and special guests/workshops (ie. Sault College, IFC, &SSM Armouries)! Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 15 Community Contribution Through out the year, Karl S. Hele will be contributing submissions that will showcase the history of Garden River. Please enjoy part 2. THE MEETING AT THE SAULT IN 1849 Transcribed by Karl S. Hele Background and comments by Karl S. Hele Continued . . . . . to ourselves and to our children’s children; four years have passed since the miners first came among us, seizing our lands and possessing themselves of the mineral which has been placed there for our use; when the time shall have arrived that it would become necessary for our subsistence, that time has now arrived, we have the example of our brethren upon the other side of the lake, to guide us in our transactions, they have sold all their lands, and they can only behold, but not share in the wealth which their lands produce, they have either been unfortunate or unwise. We do not wish to sell all our lands, we must keep some. When I saw our lands occupied without our consent, when I twice travelled to see our Great Father at Montreal, and asked in vain for justice. We sought assistance from several whom we hoped might aid us in our difficulties, at last we turned to one who had been among the first to come upon our lands, but who always said “you must be paid for your lands;” he became our friend, on him we place our reliance, and we can trust entirely to him, he knows our wants and our wishes, and he has full power and authority from us to act, and to conclude a bargain with you; our whole affairs are now in his hands, he is a white man like yourselves, you can understand one another, you are sent by the Government, he is sent by us; turning to Mr. Macdonell, he said my friend, it is for you now to settle with them, I have done. To this all the Indians present signified the approbation. Mr. Macdonell then rose, when Mr. Vidal informed him that the Commissioners were sent to treat with the Indians, and demanded of them if they had more confidence in Mr. Macdonell than in the Government. All unanimously replied, yes, we have more confidence in Mr. Macdonell than in the Government, he alone shall act for us. Mr. Volume 15 Issue 2 Macdonell then addressed the Commissioners, saying that he insisted upon the right of appearing there as the agent of these people, whose determination had been express to him Mr. Vidal, by themselves; he said I am the servant of these people, free to choose whom they may employ to negotiate with you, the servants of a party bidding, for their lands. Mr. Vidal in a most flurried and nervous manner, interrupted Mr. Macdonell, saying that if he persisted, that the Council should be broken up, and there should be no treaty; – To which Mr. Macdonell replied, I will maintain the position in which this people have placed me; it would be base and dishonourable in me to desert it now, and as their agent I tell you, then be the Council dissolved, and let there be no treaty, but upon your head rest the blame. Mr. Vidal then hastily gathered up his papers and rushed from the room, Mr. Anderson remained, while Mr. Macdonell addressed the Indians through an interpreter who repeated to the Indians sentence by sentence as Mr. Macdonell spoke it; he said, my friends the course pursued by these Commissioners is of so extraordinary a nature, that I can not avoid making some observations relative to the position which they have attempted to assume. If this assumption of power is in accordance with their instructions, than any remarks which I may make cannot be applicable to them personally, but to the Government whose servants they are, and I request that they may remain in this room in order that they may hear what I say. Upon an occasion less important than this or on a matter of less grace consequences to you, the power which they have attempted to assume might be treated as ridiculous and contemptable [sic], but in the present instance and under all the circumstances attending it, I must view it in another light; I can only look upon it as a most arbitrary and unjust attempt to compel a simple and unsuspecting people to accede to their views, to force you to accept such pittance for the surrender of your lands, which they may think proper to dole out to you from the large sums which they have received for the sale of those lands. To make just such a treaty as shall suit their views, like regardless of your present welfare or your future fate. The Government has committed such faults and errors, which renders it so necessary that it shall obtain your lands, that it would rob you of them; else why the attempt to prevent one who has your confidence, one who has been expressly employed by your to attend here and negotiate a treaty for you. These men, the servants of the Government, are sent here to ask you if you will sell your lands. By what right, by what authority can they presume to dictate to you whom you shall or shall not employ upon your part. The Government cannot prevent any man or any set of men from employing whom they may choose as a counsel, an advisor or an agent, and the law makes no distinction between an Indian and a white man. If their intentions were honourable fair or just, would they object to hear me or any man in [sic] behalf; would one of them run away like a whipped dog to avoid hearing me; your own good sense my friends will say to you, there must be some bad intentions, something of which they are ashamed, when you see conduct like this exhibited at a grave and deliberative Council, called expressly at their request; it is an insult to you, a free people, before whom these Commissioners come as messengers from their employer, to ask a benefit at your hands. You all know that I come here authorized by you, to offer such a treaty as would have been advantageous to the Government, whilst it would be beneficial to you. I was prepared to offer to surrender to the Government, from the Grand Buttine upwards, a tract of land whereon is included the Bruce Mine, the Copper Bay &c. &c., also the lands at the land laid out as a township, stipulating however, that you should make a reservation from below Garden River to Point au Perdiex upon the St. Mary River, and also that the Hudson’s Bay Company should be secured in the property formerly assigned to them by your people, as well as every individual on such lands, as has been heretofore held with your consent, some of whom have held and farmed them for 40 years, and upwards, besides being of your own blood; and all this is but simple justice, in consideration of which I only ask them to pay over to you the money in their hands arising from the sale of your own lands, and pay the first installment only of but a very small portion of the lands, which would thus be ceded; besides an annuity of £1250 per annum. The act of these men has this day refused our intended offer, they made none themselves. They talked of a treaty, have they any where Page 16 attempted to make one, they have not; and I here tell them to their face (Mr. Anderson is present), that they were not authorized to offer one shilling for your lands, let them contradict me if I say that which is not true. They have questioned much about our arrangements relative to the island of Michipicotton. The land is yours, and the rightful title can only come from you, when you shall have transferred that title to the Government, then let them talk of what they will sanction, or what they will not sanction. As it is, you can sell it, you can keep it, or you can farm it in what manner you think proper. You have come to the determination to reserve it for yourselves, and who shall say that you shall not. You have thought proper to enter into arrangements with me, whereby I become your servant, to farm or work it for you; and who dare say that you shall not employ me. I [sic] Will they tell you that you shall not employ a white man to plant or dig your potatoes if they will not say so. Then how can they declare that you shall not employ me to farm that which you know is far more valuable. Do not feel uneasy at the result of this day, all these lands are still your own, and be assured that every justice must yet be done you, if you be but true to yourselves. And it is fortunate for you that this occurrence has happened, you can now perceive what was their object in seeking to treat with parties here and there. You must combine from one end of the lake to the other, be firm, be united, and you will be strong. Let all the Chiefs meet at a general council, and there only receive proposals for a treaty. I will say no more at present, because I shall have many opportunities more suitable than this. Mr. Macdonell then left the room, followed by all the Chiefs and Indians present. And thus ended the mockery of a treaty upon the part of Government. Why not have sent up Commissioners, empowered to conclude a treaty as in the month of June last, was promised to be done without delay, particularly when the Government have actually received in cash, upwards of ten thousand pounds, the proceeds of the sale of these Indians’ lands, being by the first installment of five. Well did these Indians tell His Excellency, when referring to former promises like this his last one, broken and forgotten as soon as pledged, “Father we begin to fear that these sweet words had not their birth in the heart, but that they lived only upon the lips.” Sault de St. Marie, Oct. 19th 1849. Feb.5th T Bay sis-in-law: Veronica Godbout Feb.18th sis: Mona Jones! Feb.19th: Fav niece in gr. 2 in T Bay: Brooke Feb.21st: Fav older/oldest bro in LA (Leduc, Alberta): Greg! Miss u much! Feb.22nd: Fav sis-in-law in Stittsville: Tracey! TEDI-LYNN BELLEAU Happy Birthday to my “precious pot of gold” who is turning 11 on February 26th Love Mom xoxoxox Alanna, Cam and Sarah Happy Birthday (uncle) Ivan Feb. 22nd from the Belleau Family Congratulations to Phil Jones on his recent award by the Sault and District Arts Council! Way to go, Phil! February 5 Melodie General February 16 Mark McLeod Alanna, Cam and Sarah Silver Creek Golf Course Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 17 Recreation Centre Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 18 Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 19 Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 20 Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 21 The Massage Gallery 1521B, Hwy 17B East, Garden River, ON P6A 7B2 (705) 941-9778 Lovingly sewn by Barbara Burns, GRFN 705-946-2207 Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 22 Welding/ Fabrication/ Design & Repair snow plows, sanders, buckets, blades. Aluminum welding and fabrication. Nothing to big or too small. Hydraulic and machining services available. Fully mobile, for on site welding. Mechanical repairs and service Volume 15 Issue 2 Page 23 Garden River First Nation Mission Statement In the spirit of our ancestors and our Treaty, we endeavour to conduct ourselves in a manner that is consistent with the Seven Grandfather Teachings given to us by the Creator. We envision a harmonious community that is built on mutual respect that maintains a healthy balance through prosperity and well-being. Through these actions we intend to create a self-sustaining community that fulfills the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all members. 705-946-2539 APS (Garden Detachment) 705-946-4196 ASSETS / AITC 705-256-5413 Band Office 705-946-6300 Big Arrow Variety & Gas Bar 705-942-2071 Clip & Snip 705-946-1025 Community Centre 705-946-2614 Dan Pine Healing Lodge 705-248-2231 DarMax Service 705-575-3356 Darwin Belleau Contacting 705-254-8676 Education Centre 705-946-3933 Family Tree—Native Crafts 705-949-6777 G.R. Bingo Hall 705-253-8718 G.R. Child Care Centre 705-256-5400 G.R. Fire Dept. 705-253-1870 G.R. Public Works 705-946-6300 x.210 G.R. Community Trust 705-942-1103 Hidden Hills Horse Ranch 1-705-471-0195 Medical Bus 705-946-5710 Regular hours Quick Stop 705-942-0616 Recreation Centre 705-946-4006 Monday—Friday Rick’s Tree Service 705-946-4265 Silver Creek Golf Course 705-942-2080 The Massage Gallery 705-941-9778 Wellness Centre 705-946-5710 Nbwaakaawin—Wisdom Zaagidwin– Love Mnaadendmowin– Respect Aakdehewin– Bravery Gwekwadziwin—Honesty Dbaadendizin—Humility Debwewin– Truth GRFN Departments 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m. Closed Family Day Monday, February 17, 2014 Garden River First Nation Community Newsletter Contact Information Irene M. Gray Resource Centre Coordinator Garden River Education/ Recreation Centre 48 Syrette Lake Road Garden River, ON P6A 7A1 Phone: 705-946-3933 ext. 210 Fax: 705-946-0413 Email: [email protected] Website: www.gardenriver.org/newsletter (2012—current issues) Website: http://docushare.gardenriver.ca:8080/docushare/dsweb/View/Collection-62 (2006 to present newsletter issues) APS March 2014 Issue’s submission deadline is Friday, February 21, 2014 by 4:00 p.m.
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