Naskapi Tipaachimusinaaikin Editor—Isaac Einish
Status Of Women Update
The Status Women of Canada Pilot Project on Empowering Women of Kawawachikamach is coming to its end as of March 31st, 2016.
The Women Empowerment Pilot Project ran for 8 months with different organized activities that targeted the wellness of the whole being using the medicine wheel model; spiritual, emotional, physical and mental. Some activities were physical fitness class with Stephane Pepin, nutrition and healthy eating with Stephanie Lévesque’s. Sharing circles and self esteem workshops and other workshop delivered by Invited guests to help empower our women were Dolly Demitro, Konwatsitsawi Meloche and Melanie Dean. Other fun activities were spa day and sleepover at the NCC.
As a Project Coordinator, it has been a very rewarding and yet very challenging experience. I had the opportunity to work with very beautiful and awesome
women. It was a privilege to have been able to grow, learn, support, empowered and most importantly to be part of a strong group of women. Everyone of us had something to share, bring and teach to each other. Everyone of us had our strengths and weaknesses. That is what makes us unique and fabulous women of Kawawachikamach.
I am very pleased that more and more women are coming out of their shells and making their lives better through coming out and participating in different events. I want to extend my con-gratulations to those women the push them-selves to want a better and brighter future for themselves and their families.
On a final note, I would like to share that we women of Kawawachikamach are all capable, strong, smart, beautiful, resilient, amazing, creative, gifted and caring. We can be all that we dream of and so much more. We need to see ourselves as positive role models for our daughters, granddaughter and nieces. We need to see the inner and outer beauty we all have.
Notes From Court
In February, the Justice Committee had its meeting with Judge Côté, one of the presiding judges over the itinerant court, and Chief and Council. The meeting was about how to improve the court and justice services in Kawawachikamach with the help of the stakeholders, Nation employees, and community members.
Also, during the February court session in Kawawachikamach there were no offenders given community hours, so for now there is no community hours being performed until May, 2016.
There will be an information session regarding the different justice services available to Naskapis in the near future. Announcements will be made to the community with the details.
Told by Joseph Guanish, Kawawachikamach
Translated and transcribed by Brian Webb
When you were young, who told you the stories and legends?
Our grandmother, of course, the one who raised me. She was the one who brought me up. My parents did not raise me. My grandmother and grandfather took me in and brought me up. They raised me so that I would learn the ways of life from the bush.
One time, grandmother and I had a hard time while we were way out in the bush. There is a river called Mushuau Sibi. She went hunting for caribou to get hides for making moccasins and snowshoe lacing. Children’s coats were made from caribou hides – these were winter coats. Grandmother got sick. She almost died because she was so cold. She was working on meat and would run out every now and then. She suddenly became sick and had spasms. She had those spasms for the entire night. I already knew well how to hunt and how to lay traps. I was also taught how to set the wooden traps and otter traps.
The deadfall ones?
Yes. This is what my grandfather taught me. He taught me everything. At first, I would just tag along with him and observe. And when I got bigger, I started doing the things myself and he would just give me advice. That was a very difficult time for my grandparents to raise me.
One time, my grandfather killed 61 caribou. We placed the caribou in a shelter made from young trees. He was remembering people who would be coming through as they moved camp – he would give them the caribou. If there weren’t that many people, he’d give a family 10 caribou.
My grandmother was a great hunter. She didn’t have any children of her own. She was my mother’s aunt. She was married twice. This is what I remember from her. I sensed that grandmother really loved me. She’d leave to go hunting at night. I didn’t know what time it was during the night. I had already gone to bed. She hadn’t brought any food the night before. Still no trace of dawn and she was already leaving. I sensed that she really loved me. I said to her, “It seems that you’re not cooking.” They were taking care other children as well. “Are you not cooking for us to eat?”
“Your grandfather didn’t bring anything home to eat.” She was getting ready to go hunting. This was how determined she was to raise the children. The other children were her sibling’s children. She was given children to look after because she was such a great hunter. She was truly compassionate. My mother’s aunt raised 14 of us children.
News from JCMLC
Another Essential Skills course started at the James Chescappio Memorial Learning Centre January 25th. This course is designed for students that do not have their Secondary III. The topics that are covered are numeracy, reading text, document use and mathematics. Once completed, students are encouraged to move on to completing their high school diploma or get the minimum requirements to get into the vocational programs that are offered in English throughout the province. High School upgrading is ongoing at the centre through distance education. Instead of having a teacher in the classroom, the teacher is at the other end of the phone and in some cases, at the other end of chat on social media. The next ES course starts April 11, 2016. For more information on the Centre, please contact Mike Gagnon at 2621 or like our page on Face Book.
Student Stories From the South
I am taking the Plumbing Mechanical Technics and my lovely girlfriend is taking the Indigenous Wellness Addiction Prevention Pro-gram at Canadore College. We love our programs and the city of North Bay.
North Bay is a beautiful city, nothing like the cities such as Montreal or Toronto.
We’re close to a couple of native communities and walking distance from the Native Friendship Centre. North Bay hasn’t made us feel out of place because we get to see other natives almost everyday.
Our son, George-John is in grade 3 and our daughter, Sophia-Rose started her first year of school. The children love it here; they love the fact that there are programs for both of them. My son takes karate lessons as well as jiu jitsu. We get to go to the movies when new animated movies come out at the theatres.
Wachiya from TATA
On behalf of Tata Steel Minerals Canada, we wish to express our warm regards on the eve of a new season.
We would like to inform you of the latest developments regarding Tata’s DSO Project at Timmins. We are happy with our accomplishments in 2015, particularly with the end of construction of the process plant under the dome while reaching close to 400 work days without lost time injuries, as well as reaching our production objectives. During this period, we also completed the bypass road around the TSMC site in order to provide safe access to hunting and fishing grounds to the north.
Despite the current economic situation in the mining sector, we are convinced that with the collaboration of our partner communities, we will surmount the obstacles before us, while ensuring that Tata is more productive and competitive.
We are happy to announce the conclusion of an Agreement-in-Principle between Tata Steel and the Government of Quebec, which should enable us to pursue the DSO Project in the Schefferville region, thus ensuring the continuation of economic development of local Aboriginal communities.
The Environmental Impact Study for the Howse Project was submitted to the provincial and federal government. While we maintain a dialogue with the Councils, we invite community members to comment on the study during the upcoming consultation period.
Finally, we remain proud to be a major contributor to the « Caribou Ungava » research program, and Naskapi training and economic development initiatives including the Iron Ore Processing and Safe Work Practices, Essential Skills, Truck Driver Training, Mechanics Training, and the acquisition of houses in Schefferville to house personnel for the Naskapi arena works and the new CLSC.
We wish you a peaceful and pleasant rest of the winter.
Coco Calderhead, Community Affairs
Following a referendum held in December, 2014, the Housing Allocation Policy was revised from a “first-come, first-served” basis to a “needs-based” basis, which will take into consideration issues such as family size, overcrowding, level of rent arrears, etc. New houses, and any other houses which may become available, will be allocated through the “Applications for Housing” received during the Housing Application Period, usually held in Fall for the coming year. Applications must be re-submitted each year.
Did You Know?
Subpoena – is a court-issued command for an individual or corporate repre-sentative to appear before the court or to provide specific evidence. Failure to comply with a subpoena without good reason can result in a warrant to cause that person to be arrested and to be brought to give evidence (Sec. 698(2)a)b) Canadian Criminal Code).
In the province of Quebec: Installing a Lift – the vehicle must not be raised more than 2.5” or 6.4 cm. Installing a bigger set of tires and rims – the tire lift must be no greater than 1.5” or 3.8 cm; in other words, the outside tire diameter must not be increased by more than 3” or 7.6 cm; and the maximum tire diameter allowed is 35” or 89 cm
Installing tire and rims such that they protrude from the body – the tires thread must be covered by fenders or mudguards; and mudguards must not be more than 13.5” or 35 cm of the ground.
Essential Skills to start at the JCMLC starting April 11, 2016. This eight week course covers numeracy, reading text and document use. This course is a must if you are re entering the Adult Education stream. Call 2621
How much extra can you make on social assistance?
SAP – A recipient of social assistance is permitted to make up to 200.00 per month before any amount is deducted from the monthly payment. If a recipient makes more than 200.00 in any given month, that amount would be deducted. An-other words, you are free up to the first 200.00 and if you were to make 350.00 that month, 150.00 would be deducted from your monthly allowance.
Its great pleasure that the Naskapi Police Force participates in the community newsletter. And provides input and up-dates on community safety. Community safety is an essential component of my vision of the Naskapi Police Force. We know that through engagement, the community is given a significant voice in how we police. It is my goal to enhance the community’s voice, create partnership, and build trust within the community. I believe that by engaging in our community, we can significantly improve the way we deliver policing, as well as reduce crime activity and establishing trusting relationships within the community. The relationships we build, will also help us solve crime. I am appreciative that our key stakeholders are part of the solution in our community. And they provide information and listen to the concerns of the community.
In Peace & In Friendship,
Director of Public Security
On June 8, 2015, The Naskapi Development Corporation signed a contract with Loblaw’s Grocery store, on behalf of Manikin Centre for partnership. The project will be in 3 phases and works are expected to start on April 2, 2016 to the middle of May if all goes well as planned. The first phase will consist of changing and painting the flooring, painting of the ceiling and relining the new shelving. During this period the store will be closed for five (5) consecutive days, April 2, the store will be opened from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and closed in the afternoon, for the works to commence and will re-open on April 8, 2016 at normal hours, 9:30 am to 6 pm.
A new software system is a point of sale system to help control the price management and inventory and will be installed all through the store. There will be new shelving with over racking, new refrigeration and freezers, new walk-in freezer in the back of the store and a new facelift on the front of the store with a concrete side walk of 60 ft in length x 8 ft width and an expanded roof.
Manikin Centre will have expanded produce, more variety of products such as, meats, deli, produce and grocery and expanded retail aisles that will include an expanded con-cession area. The Post Office will also be renovat-
Naskapi Junior Firefighters Camp and Challenge 2016
Naskapi Fire Department organized a Junior Firefighters Camp and Challenge during the March Break. It was never planned by the department to have a camp and challenge; for some reason the department realized there was nothing happening for the youth during the break. The whole objective from the firefighter’s camp and challenge was to have the youth busy during the March break.
In doing so, we realized our objective could lead to an annual event during the March break and possibly, a summer camp objective. That would deal with; military aspect, fitness, policing, and firefighting.
From March 2 and 3, the Junior Firefighters had a 2 day camp that dealt with fitness (CrossFit), military discipline (attention – stand at ease) and firefighting skills (hose rolling and connecting; obstacles and wearing fire equipment).
On March 4, the Junior Firefighters had a Challenge and showcased their knowledge in fitness and firefighting skills. The Challenge was broken down in 2 categories: Top Firefighter and Fittest Firefighter.
Results from March 4, 2016:
Sarah Ann Pien
Naskapi Fire Department would like to congratulate the top finishers and most importantly, our young participants!
Due to technological and time restraints, we were unable to make a bilingual publication and apologize for that. We hope to be able to publish in both Naskapi Syllabics and English for the May edition.