Update on things happening in Rotary and indigenous communities, including current events – Rotary luncheons with guest speakers, open community and cultural gatherings, etc.

 

 

HIP is looking for financial support of this hockey tournament. If you are unable to provide sponsorship, you can still donate to cover the expenses of hosting this tournament in Timmins.  Please visit our website www.rotaryhip.com and select "donate". Under the projects you can select the Musch Cup. Make this your Christmas gift to the norther youth. The City of Timmins would love continuing to host this important event (but is continually lacking financial resources and is under threat of losing the tournament to other cities in coming years). The kids gain so much experience in sports. Thank you for your continued support of HIP!

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Alberta takes historic step to abolish red tape in health care for First Nations children

Jordan's Principle is named after Jordan River Anderson, a five-year-old boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba who died in a Winnipeg hospital in 2005 after a dispute between provincial and federal governments over who would pay for his home care.
 

In signing trilateral agreement, Alberta becomes first province to fully implement Jordan's Principle

CBC News · Posted: Nov 15, 2018 5:03 PM MT | Last Updated: November 15
 
Representatives of First Nations from Treaties 6, 7 and 8 participated in a signing ceremony of an agreement to fully implement Jordan's Principle in Alberta. (CBC)

Alberta became the first province Thursday to commit to fully implementing Jordan's Principle, an agreement intended to end funding squabbles over who pays the health care bills for First Nations' children.

In what is being hailed as a first, the federal and Alberta governments and the chiefs of 11 First Nations from Treaties 6, 7 and 8 signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday at a ceremony in Edmonton.

Under the agreement, First Nations children will receive culturally appropriate health care without any delays in deciding which level of government will pay, said Jane Philpott, federal minister of indigenous services.

"Let's give a big shout-out to Alberta for stepping up to the plate," Philpott said. "I hope it will be a model for other parts of Canada."

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New schools coming to 4 northern Manitoba First Nations

After fighting for better educational facilities for more than a decade, Bunibonibee Cree Nation, God's Lake First Nation, Manto Sipi Cree Nation and Wasagamack First Nation have signed a contract to build four new schools in their communities.
 
Jamie-Lee McKenzie · CBC News · Posted: Nov 16, 2018 12:33 PM CT | Last Updated: November 16
 
Four new schools will be built in Bunibonibee Cree Nation, God's Lake First Nation, Manto Sipi Cree Nation, and Wasagamack First Nation (Fernand Detillieux/CBC)

Four First Nations communities in northern Manitoba will be getting new schools.

After fighting for better educational facilities for more than a decade, Bunibonibee Cree Nation, God's Lake First Nation, Manto Sipi Cree Nation, and Wasagamack First Nation have signed a contract to build four new schools in their communities.

"This is a historic moment for these four communities, indeed for Canada, in that this is one of the largest infrastructure contracts that the government of Canada has ever signed with First Nations," Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott announced in Winnipeg Friday morning. 

The schools are also being built with First Nations culture in mind.

"Each school has been specifically designed with the participation of community members who know exactly what they need and what the reality should look like," Philpott said. "The schools have been designed with the needs, the traditions, the perspectives of First Nations peoples in mind." 

Bunibonibee Cree Nation, God's Lake First Nation, Manto Sipi Cree Nation, and Wasagamack First Nation have signed a contract to build four new schools in their communities. (CBC News Graphics)

All education in the communities will be grounded in traditional First Nations knowledge with Elders being part of the education.

This is a huge step for education in remote First Nations communities. 

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Setbacks hit water treatment projects for Ontario First Nations

The situations in Neskantaga and Slate Falls are examples of the challenges Ottawa faces meeting its target to clear all long-term boil-water advisories in First Nations by March 2021.
 

Neskantaga and Slate Falls thought they'd be rid of years-long water advisories by now

 
Jorge Barrera · CBC News · Posted: Nov 17, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: November 17
 
Roy Moonias says Neskantaga First Nation is tired of making do with its small, outhouse-like water station, after a new water treatment plant failed to arrive in May. (CBC News)

The filtered water station by the motel overlooking Attawapiskat Lake is the only place Neskantaga First Nation residents can get clean water for free. And project co-ordinator Roy Moonias is worried about elderly people slipping on ice formed from spills when temperatures drop below freezing.

The small, outhouse-like structure — which serves the community of some 300 people — "shouldn't be here," said Moonias. Neskantaga was supposed to have a new water treatment plant back in May. 

"Now we have to suffer more, using this system."

The fly-in Ojibway community, about 433 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont.,, is under the country's longest unbroken boil-water advisory, first imposed in 1995.

It was supposed to be lifted this past spring, but things didn't go according to plan.

It's an example of the challenges Ottawa faces meeting its target to clear all long-term First Nations water advisories by March 2021. Even when projects are announced and money flows, remote communities pose challenges. Weather is particularly disruptive from fall through spring, and if equipment breaks and it can take weeks to get new parts. Those delays often lead to finger-pointing. 

This water station is the only free filtered water available on Neskantega First Nation. The band's projects coordinator, Roy Moonias discusses the issues with it 1:49

Ottawa said in December 2015 Neskantaga would get a new water treatment plant, committing later to completion in "late spring 2018."

But spring came and went as construction continued. Now, Indigenous Services projects completion for March 29, 2019.

Moonias says the community is growing frustrated with the slow place.

He says Indigenous Services budgeted $8.8 million for the project. Kingdom Construction, based in Ayr, Ont., offered to do it for $5 million, though he now expects delays will drive the price up. Technically, the community must foot the bill, though Ottawa has said it's willing to help with cost overruns. 

Moonias alleges the company "wasted two months last year because they said the First Nation didn't have adequate equipment." 

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Campbellford Rotarian Helps Ojibway Women’s Shelter

Cathy Beamish, past president of the Rotary Club of Campbellford, has been helping collect purses for the Ojibway’s Women’s Lodge in North Bay. She has been working with Lola Lawton, founder of Relay for Hunger, part of True North Aid, who is spearheading this and other similar fundraisers. Photo by Sue Dickens

Lola Lawton, founder of Relay for Hunger, which is part of True North Aid, personally delivers the items

“At the Ojibway Women’s Lodge we provide a community based, cultural and holistic healing approach to ending violence against all women.”

November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario

Article by Sue Dickens

Campbellford – “I do what I can.” Those five words spoken by Cathy Beamish is how she humbly takes her responsibility as a driving force here who was recently seeking donations for the Ojibway Women’s Lodge, in North Bay.

This is not the first time Cathy has put her energy into a worthwhile project like this. Last year while President of the Rotary Club of Campbellford she put a call out for and collected winter clothes (hats, coats, boots, mittens, blankets) that were sent to the north for First Nations people. It was called“The Great Northern First Nation Coat Drive,” and is an initiative of Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP).

Lola is always on the go. She is a part of HIP (Honouring Indigenous People) which is a Rotary inspired organization. Here she and HIP Chairman Chris Snyder look at the world’s largest four directional dreamcatcher which Lola made.

Cathy works with Lola Lawton, founder of Relay for Hunger, which is part of True North Aid, and is also part of an initiative to help HIP (Honouring Indigenous People). Lola lives in Flinton.

 “Lola is amazing. She is a part of HIP which is a Rotary inspired organization,” Cathy said.

This time Lola had contacted Cathy to let her know she was campaigning for the I.D. Me project, which is an identification project for a battered women’s shelter in North Bay. It’s a First Nations Women’s Lodge.

To gather support for this, her latest project, Cathy messaged her friends and wrote, “Well my friends last year we collected over 500 coats, hats mitts etc. for First Nations. This year I would like to get 50 purses to send to an Ojibway Women’s shelter. It is through True North Aid again. If you can put a few essentials in the purse that would be wonderful, brush toothbrush, gloves, hat, scarf etc all easily bought at the Dollar store. Anyone interested in helping please contact me.”

 

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