Sioux Lookout is one of four conference sites hosting the Community Learning Networks Ontario regional conference on May 25 and 26. All conference sites will be linked by the Kuhkenah Network (K-Net) using a variety of communication tools so conference participants can join the virtual gathering using their computer or by registering at one of the conference sites. In Sioux Lookout, call Lyle Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org - 807-737-1135 x1387) or visit http://cln-ontario.org for more information.
SCOPE OF POSITION:
Keewaytinook Okimakanak seeks a Payroll/Personnel Clerk for its Finance Department which provides payroll and human resource services for more than 140 employees. The clerk maintains the payroll system, manages sensitive information with strict confidentiality and must have strong bookkeeping, computer, interpersonal and organizational skills to perform duties accurately and efficiently. A detailed job description is available upon request.
LOCATION: Balmertown, Ontario
SALARY: Commensurate with experience
STARTING: May 15, 2006
TERM: Limited to One Year – Replacement for Staff on Leave
CLOSING: May 11, 2006 at 4:30 p.m.
Please send resumé along with three written references to:
BALMERTOWN, ON P0V 1C0
Only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.
Hello all. This is Edmond Etherington. I am participating in a spiritual and cultural walk that is planning to leave from Cochrane Ontario on May 14, 2006 and walk to Robb Alberta.
So far things are going good for us. There are youth participating in the meaning behind this walk. Youth from Moosonee, Peawanuck, Moose Factory, Kashechewan, and some youth from Sunchild Alberta are helping.
Other youth are welcomed to participate in this life experience and meet new people across this country. We will be ask to speak to other youths in different communities on the way. And if your not camera shy, we will be on the news probaly every city we pass by. Don't be shy to join. Guaranteed this is something you will never forget and it will help you as a youth in this society today.
If you need any more info and have any questions feel free to call me on my cell at (705) 262-4628. If anyone is interested in donations like tents, camping gear or are interested meeting the youth, we won't be hard to find on the highway. We are going to be the only ones on the highway to Thunder Bay.
All youth are welcome because there are young women and young men participating in this walk.
from Timmins Daily Press, April 2006
Cross-country walker hitting spiritual stride By EDMOND ETHERINGTON
I am a Cree from the James Bay area. I am the son of Pat Etherington and the late Marlene Etherington. I am 28 years old. My father is from Fort Albany and my late mother was from Moose Factory.
I am writing this to the communities around the James Bay coast. A great opportunity is knocking on the doors for the youth in the area. I did participate in a walk last year that started in Cochrane and ended at Robb, Alta., just south of Edson, Alta.
My father put together this walk to respect the old ways. Today, I am going forward with another walk in May for the new generation, “our youth.” This walk would be a good opportunity for the youth to see this country and meet new friends along the way. It is a cultural walk and spiritual walk.
For me, there is a good meaning behind it. So we can show the youth of today how strong the native culture is. I have been living in Alberta for the last two years. I have been learning as much as I can about the spiritual ways we Crees have. I do know we have our cultural beliefs about trapping, hunting, etc., but we don’t realize that there are spiritual beliefs, too. I try to get this across to our youth so we can try to break the cycle of negativity that is in our communities so down the road they can do the same for their kids.
For myself, it’s really strong for me to do this. I have been through it all growing up. I wasn’t brought up on the reserve. I was brought up in the city life. I had the positive life my parents tried to give me but took advantage of it. I had been selling drugs since I was 14 years old. That’s all I know to do. I am sure some of the people reading this today have bought drugs off me during the time I was selling around James Bay. But now that’s all behind me. The negative I had before is in the past.
We were not meant to look behind us because if we did we would have eyes on the other side ofour heads. We don’t. That’s why I want to show people that a person like myself who has been in the gutter that there is hope for all of us. We just have to make up our minds.
That’s what an Elder taught me. Now he is gone into the spiritual life, his teachings are in my heart. I have the great-grandchildren of this Elder participating in the walk, too.
The youth are realizing that they can do this for their communities so others can look up to them as leaders. I know it’s going to be hard, but if we put our energy together as young individuals we can accomplish this goal.
There are more meanings and teachings I could get out but I can’t write it down on paper because it’s not meant to be written. So I am going to leave it at that for now. I do speak to youth in the justice system and schools around Alberta but now I am here back in my neck of the woods. If anyone is interested, feelfree to leave a message with the Ininew Friendship Centre in Cochrane and I will get back to anybody.
I am looking forward to working together on this good cause for youth so we can be strong as one. So nobody can break us up as “nishawbe.” Keep your head up.
MNN Mohawk Nation News:
Please post this article. I am not living in Six Nations, and I know that K-Net's service extends more to the north, but more First Nations people need to know what is happening in Canada. In the end, we all know that what happens to one of us, happens to all of us.
MNN. May 2, 2006. Things are on schedule! The flyers in the hands of Caledonia residents, Ontario Provincial Police and a few Six Nations people reads:
Citizens of Caledonia -
Meeting tonight - 7:00 Sharp! (no location, no date)
Agenda: Discussion of the "Indian Problem". "What is the final solution?"
Full dress meeting. Wear your sheets. (This is no joke. This is what the flyer actually says. This ain't the movies, folks. This is real life).
Special Speaker - all the way from Burning Cross Mississippi, Bobby Lee Raspmas, Veteran of the 50's, 60's, 70's.
Hear about the "Final Solution". (How come Canada is letting him in and they won't let Indians cross the border to support us?)
Three-fourths of the flyer has a picture of a KKK meeting with sheets on.
We were waiting for this one! This flyer was given out for last Friday's rally and march onto the barricades at the site of the illegal housing project that the Six Nations People are trying to stop. It's being given out again for the Friday, May 5th rally at 7:00 right at the barricades this time.
The press has been asking Caledonians where the flyer came from and nobody seems to know. Janie Jamieson said, "If the non-native rioters come here and it gets out of hand, the OPP will declare they can't handle it. Then the army will be brought in". Based on past experience we suspect that even putting this flyer out is supposed to create a panic. We've seen it all before. The same thing happened in the Mohawk Oka Crisis of 1990.
We have given no reason for the army or the RCMP to come in. If these rioters create chaos, the Caledonians will be screaming for the big guns to come in. In 1990 the people of Chateauguay were incited to riot night after night at the boundary of Kahnawake. It was exactly exactly the same kind of threats, screaming, insults, trying to rush the barricades and yelling for the army to come in. It split the community up and gave it a "red neck" label that still taints its reputation 16 years later. What can be done? How do the people of Caledonia feel about being identified with the Ku Klux Klan? Hey, neighbors, can't you see it? You are being set up to get a bad name.
David Peterson, the Ontario negotiator, has probably been given orders to demand that the barricades be taken down before talks can begin. They want to create a situation so they don't have to negotiate. "Remove your barricades and then we will talk", it says on the colonial script. Every time we object to oppression, this is the same procedure that has been followed. Peterson is probably going to try to make it look like the Indigenous people are being stubborn, belligerent and non-compromising. That's what Bernard Roy and Alex Patterson did in Kanehsatake in 1990. They were getting angry because we kept on wanting to talk about the land issue. Throughout we were peaceful and non-violent. They got impatient and suddenly cut off negotiations. Then the army closed the perimeter around us and kept us there under siege for almost another month.
The term "final solution to the Indian problem" was coined first by Indian Affairs superintendent, Duncan Campbell Scott, to describe his genocidal policies in the 1920's. It's not surprising to find the KKK has taken up the banner of his cause. So they're not the first in line. Remember Hitler? He found Canadian and U.S. Indian policies very inspiring. Unfortunately, World War II was not enough to end such disgusting initiatives.
Has Canada no sense of pride? Aren't they ashamed to be doing this again? This tired out old tactic is digging a hole for Canada's reputation. Rather than settling with the Indigenous people, Canada would prefer to use scare tactics to get a little bit instead of settling the big issues.
Take a stand against the KKK. Take a stand against police and military solutions to legal problems. Ask you Member of Parliament how it is that the KKK is able to import speakers to incite racist violence. This flyer was put out a week ago and nothing's been done since then. We still need people to stand with us. Any help is appreciated. Keep writing the Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Queen and everybody in the world. Tell them what's happening to us.