Community News

Special Meetings in Slate Falls First Nation



from Collins, Ontario

June 20, 21 and 22, 2003

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For More Information call Leona Masakeyash

Phone: 1-807-347-1299

Annual Summer Festival - August 13 -16, 2003

Wunnumin Lake First Nation - Annual Summer Festival
August 13-16, 2003

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

9TV Booklets $35.00
4 Regular Games of S100.00 each
6TV Special Letter "W'' - $5.00
Jackpot $2,000.00

Thursday, August 14, 2003

9TV Booklets $50.00
4 Regular games of $150.00 each
6TV Special Letter "L" - $5.00
Jackpot $3,000.00

Friday, August 15, 2003

9TV Booklets $50.00
4 Regular games of $300.00 each
6TV Special Letteer "F" - $5.00
Jackpot $5,000.00

Saturday, August 16, 2003

9TV Booklets $250.00
Advance Booklets $225.00
2 Regular games of 5,000.00
2 Regular games of $10,000.00

JACKPOT $50,000.00

9TV Bonanza $10.00/3TV Bonanza - $5.00
Special Letter "N" - $5.00

Wapekeka Full Gospel Camp Meeting

       Wapekeka Full gospel
Camp Meeting
  July 24- 27-,2003

Evangelist :   Bert and Hilda Cook
Musician's :   Josie Semple  - Kasabonika
Bruce Beardy - Wapekeka
and other singers will be here

Matthew 28: 18-20

18. And Jesus came and spoke to them saying
all authority has been given to me in
heaven and earth.

19. Go therefore and desciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name.
Of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

20. Teaching them to observe all things
that I have commanded you, and lo,
I am with you always, even to the
end of age. Amen

Meals and Accommodations will be provided

  For more Information :

Pastor ; Louie J brown 1-807-537-2315 (work)
Simon Brown    1-807-537-2177 (home)

Happy 18th Birthday to Rachel O'Connor

Happy 18th Birthday

To Our best friend

Rachel O'Connor

May everything happy and everything bright

Be yours in your days

From morning till night, and then through the year,

May the same thing hold true.

So that each day is filled with life's best things for you!

From Your Best Friends

Jamie Walker, Martha Quedent, Sara O'Donovan, and your older brother Michael O'Connor.

Joseph Jonas Quequish of North Caribou Lake First Nation

Obituary of Joseph Jonas Quequish

Joseph Jonas Quequish was born according to the Band List on November 16, 1919.  He passed away at his home on the morning of May 17, 2003, after a long battle with cancer.  

Jonas was a trapper, hunter, and fisherman.  He truly loved his land.  He always told his children " Don't forsake your home, it is a gift from the Creator for your benefit.  Learn to value and treasure what has been given to you".  He reluctantly re-located from his ancestoral home at North Caribou Lake, to the community of Weagamow Lake in the early 1960's so that his children could go to school, and retain their treaty status.

Jonas as he was known was a leader in his home community of North Caribou Lake.  He served on the Band Council for 35 years as a councillor, and later on he served as a Band Constable.  He served his people unconditionally on the belief that he was helping to make this community a better place to live.

Jonas was predeceased by his wife Mamie in 1994, and some children that were buried at North Caribou Lake.  He leaves behind to mourn three daughters, Annie (Mike) Williams, Eva (Lou) Marano, and Margaret (George) Benson.  He also leaves to mourn a son Maio (Caroline) Quequish, and a stepson Job (Ina) Apetawakeesic.  He also leaves 27 Grandchildren, numerous Great Grandchildren, as well as a nephew Cameron Quequish, and many other dear freinds and relatives in Weagamow.

Jonas chose to remain in the community when asked if he wished to go out to the hospital.  He loved his children and grandchildren to the very end.  He held each of us in his hands, and pointed towards heaven, as if to tell us that's where he was going.  His favorite song "Jesus Loves Me" was sung for him in his final hours.

May he rest in Peace and live in the House of the Lord.

(written by Saul Williams)

DFCHS Cultural Day Celebrations at Old Fort William

ON Friday May 16, Students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFCHS) will be taken to Old Fort William for a day of activities.

The cultural staff commitee hopes that  students and staff will enjoy their day.

Actuivities planned during the day include:

  • Competitions Crafts
  • Artist Workshop
  • Wild Plants tour
  • Life in a wigwam program
  • Bannock baking contest
  • Canoe Racing
  • Log Sawing
  • Wild plant useage for food and medicine.

And Many more activities...

Nishnawbe Women's Leadership Forum in Sioux Lookout

Equay-wuk (Women's Group)
is hosting a

Nishnawbe Women's Leadership Forum

May 13-15, 2003
Sunset Room, Sunset Inn
Sioux Lookout, Ontario

A gathering of women leaders who are Chiefs and Councillors in the NAN area. This leadership forum will consist of presentations and discussions by women Chiefs and Councillors about their experiences in running in band council elections and their experiences as Chiefs and Councillors on First Nations band councils.

See the Latest Agenda and the poster for this event.

Bell Canada to Install Telephone Services in Saugeen Nation

Saugeen Nation is anxiously awaiting the Bell Canada technicians in their community so the fibre cable can be run from Savant Lake and telephone service becomes available for community members. FedNor and Keewaytinook Okimakanak staff are working with Saugeen Nation to assist the community to access these services as well as ICTs for their school, band office, health centre and police station.

Under the First Nations SchoolNet program, Keewaytinook Okimakanak staff are supporting First Nation schools to get on-line and access the resources required for students to develop the skills required to share their stories and experiences with others. On April 22, KO staff travelled to Saugeen Nation to survey the existing facilities, meet with the Saugeen Nation administration and map out a development strategy that will see the students and staff at the school getting on-line in the next few weeks.

Check out the pictures of the community.

Happy Retirement Wishes for Christina Keesic from Wawatay

Happy Retirement to Christina Keesic

A big meegwetch for twenty-four years of WAWATAY TRANSLATION, for your

  • Dedication
  • Kindness
  • Professionalism
  • Baking
  • Teaching
  • Perseverance
  • Coffee-making
  • Hard Work
  • Leadership
  • Reliability
  • Ojibway Language Perseverance

From all of us at the  Wawatay Native Communications Society

New chief and council in Cat Lake First Nation

Community update for off reserve Cat Lake band numbers and for interested people:

New Chief: Wilfred Wesley  - 95 votes

  • Councillor: Allan Oombash - 143 votes
  • Councillor: Gordon Wesley - 129 Votes
  • Councillor: Vernon Wesley - 127 votes
  • Councillor: Elsie Gray  - 123 votes
  • Councillor: Russell Wesley - 115 votes