February 2014 - Garden River First Nation

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
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
Together, forever. Until the end of
Busy hands,
Soo College
Pow Wow
Bree Rhayne
Food Bank Open
Garbage Day—GRE
Teen Girl Wrkshp (4/4)
Winter Walking prg
Garbage Day—GRW
Moccasin making (4/4)
Children’s Literacy bingo
Food Bank Open
Men’s Wellness Seminar
Junior YLP
Drop In Social
Language Prg
Parent Craft Sharing circle
Food Bank Open
Winter Walking prg
Senior YLP
Busy hands,
Free Swim
Food Bank Open
Garbage Day—GRE
Winter Walking prg
A.A. Group
Garbage Day—GRW
Menopause Support Grp
Food Bank Open
Prenatal Class
Parent/Child Drop In
Wellness Sharing Circle
Junior YLP
Language Prg
Beating the Winter
Food Bank Open
Winter Walking prg
Senior YLP
Busy hands,
Free Swim
Food Bank Open
Garbage Day—GRE
Winter Walking prg
Language Prog
A.A. Group
Garbage Day—GRW
Women’s Wellness
Food Bank Open
Elders Luncheon
You & Your Baby Grp
Family Nutrition
Junior YLP
Evening Social/
Parent N Tot
Food Bank Open
Winter Walking prg
Senior YLP
Busy hands,
Free Swim
Food Bank Open
Garbage Day—GRE
Winter Walking prg
Children’s Drop In
Story time
A.A. Group
Garbage Day—GRW
Food Bank Open
Parent/Child Drop In
You & Your Baby Grp
Family Nutrition
Junior YLP
Walking the Red
Food Bank Open
Winter Walking prg
Senior YLP
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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
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".
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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
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Garden River Education Unit
Telephone Extension List
Irene M. Gray,
Dianne Roach,
Education Manager
Kerry Boissoneau,
Finance Clerk
Kathryn Skov
Administrative Support Worker
(Stephanie Jones (MAT Leave)
Irene M. Gray,
Resource Centre Coordinator
Sherri Kitts,
Anne Marie Jones,
Post-Secondary Counselor
Phil Jones,
Secondary Liaison Worker
Leah-Anne Pine,
Elementary Liaison Worker
Natalie Barry,
AIM Teacher/Coordinator
Michelle Thibault,
AIM Administrative Assistant
Joanne Thiessen,
AIM Coop Teacher
Bonnie Pregent,
AIM Teacher
AIM Transportation Route
A.M. Route: Begins at 8:30 am
b Corner
of Hwy 17B &
Sweetgrass St.
Corner of Eagle St. & Blue Jay St
Corner of Sweetgrass St. & Sage
Corner of Hwy 17 East and
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
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January 13, 2014
Chiefs, Councilors and Citizens of the Anishinabek
Education Support Services Coordinator
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
Walter Manitowabi
Chief Operating Officer
Union of Ontario Indians
TO: Anishinabek Chiefs and Councils and
Anishinabek Nation Citizens
FROM: Walter Manitowabi, Chief Operating Officer
DATE: November 5, 2013
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
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.
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
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2012 report. The report and recommendations
can be found on the AANDC’s website
to a good education." (Read more: http://
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,
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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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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)
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.
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.
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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
Liaison Worker
June. If you know of a student who resides
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
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!
8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Closed during Lunch
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)
Book Lending—Free
(2 week borrowing minimum)
Inter-library Loan—Free
(requires time between ordering &
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 to email—Free
Scanning to USB thumb drive—Free
Education purposes—Free
Job related—Free
Additional Services
Posters/tickets for fundraisers
Irene M. Gray
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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
The following information will
be required when you call:
Phone Number
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.
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
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Garden River First Nation
Garden River Education/Recreation Centre
Colleen Crowley, Youth Wellness Coordinator
Phone: 705-946-4006 ext. 3 Email: [email protected]
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
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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.
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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.
Parent/Child Drop-In Social
1:30 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
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
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
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,
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
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
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8, 15, 22
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
A.A. / N.A. Meetings
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.
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 @
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
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
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
▪ Put all ingredients into blender
▪ Blend until smooth
▪ Pour into glass and enjoy.
▪ 4 ice cubes
▪ 1 banana
▪ 1 cup unsweetened
▪ 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
▪ 1/2 teaspoon ground
▪ 1/4 teaspoon ground
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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
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
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Miijim Gaamig Food Bank
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
Miigwetch to Chief Sayers for his monetary
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
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
Miigwetch to the Community Center for their
Miigwetch to the “Secret Santa” for the brand
new freezer!
Brenda Williams, Food Bank Worker
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Public Works
DUE to funding restrictions we will
be looking for the dog control officer
to return in the spring
ERCD Department
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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/
(705) 575-3683
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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
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!
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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!
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)!
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Community Contribution
Through out the year, Karl S. Hele will be
contributing submissions that will showcase
the history of Garden River. Please enjoy part
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.
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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
They talked of a treaty, have they any where
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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
Sault de St. Marie, Oct. 19th 1849.
T Bay sis-in-law:
Veronica Godbout
sis: Mona Jones!
Fav niece in gr. 2 in T
Bay: Brooke
Fav older/oldest bro in LA
(Leduc, Alberta):
Greg! Miss u much!
Fav sis-in-law in Stittsville:
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
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The Massage Gallery
1521B, Hwy 17B East,
Garden River, ON
P6A 7B2
(705) 941-9778
Lovingly sewn by
Barbara Burns, GRFN
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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
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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.
APS (Garden Detachment)
Band Office
Big Arrow Variety & Gas Bar 705-942-2071
Clip & Snip
Community Centre
Dan Pine Healing Lodge
DarMax Service
Darwin Belleau Contacting
Education Centre
Family Tree—Native Crafts
G.R. Bingo Hall
G.R. Child Care Centre
G.R. Fire Dept.
G.R. Public Works
705-946-6300 x.210
G.R. Community Trust
Hidden Hills Horse Ranch
Medical Bus
Regular hours
Quick Stop
Recreation Centre
Rick’s Tree Service
Silver Creek Golf Course
The Massage Gallery
Wellness Centre
Zaagidwin– Love
Mnaadendmowin– Respect
Aakdehewin– Bravery
Debwewin– Truth
GRFN Departments
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
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)
March 2014 Issue’s submission deadline is
Friday, February 21, 2014 by 4:00 p.m.