Spring 2018 Newsletter

2018-06-08T14:08:36+00:00 June 7th, 2018|News|

Islands Specific Claim

Wiikwemkoong continues to be engaged in negotiations with Canada and Ontario to settle its Islands Specific Claim. As part of Ontario’s participation in the negotiations, it is required to consult with any stakeholders who may be impacted by the transfer of Crown lands to Wiikwemkoong under a settlement agreement. As a result, the Northern Georgian Bay Association and Georgian Bay Association have been consulted with by both Ontario and Wiikwemkoong and have been provided with information about the nature and scope of the Claim. Access to patented properties will continue as before and will remain unchanged. Chief and Council continues to urge the Northern Geor-gian Bay Association and Georgian Bay Association to support our Claim. Council signed the 2017-2018 Support for Community Negotia-tions Fund Agreement with Ontario (Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation) and Wikwemikong for $311,998. The Department of Lands and Resources will be administering the funds and work plan once approved.

Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement

The Governance Unit provided a presentation on the Final Synopsis Report on the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement, an overview of the Agreement. The Chief Negotiator of the Agreement attended the Band Council Meeting on Jan 22, 2018 to answer further questions from Council on the Agreement. The Agreement will be voted on in 2019. In addition to reviewing this agreement, Wiikwemkoong Unced-ed is pursuing discussions with Canada on a government to government, Nation to Nation relationship.

ISO Certification

Greater pressure is being put on First Nation governments to be more accountable, efficient and operate in good governance. Council has identified the need to create and operate under a quality management system that will provide assurance to all Wiikwemkoong An-ishinaabek and clients so that all activities undertaken will demonstrate the principles of good governance, transparency and accountability. Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory has made it a goal to build a quality management system using the ISO 9000-2008 system as guidelines. This system, designed to facilitate international trade and cooperation, is recognized and widely used in Canada and throughout the world. Council also recognizes that being certified under ISO 9001-2015, this quality management system will enhance the credibility of Wiikwem-koong in a competitive environment by demonstrating commitment to quality and reflect the integrity of a community operating under standards recognized internationally. Council also recognizes that maintaining certification under ISO 9001-2015 will stimulate interest and put Wiikwemkoong in a better position to attract investors, part of Wiikwemkoong’s plan to becoming a prosperous community and provide a better future for our band members.

Naandwe Miikan Research Project (Intimate Partner Violence Research Project)

The Project will be revised and will seek out an Ethics Review with Laurentian University and the Manitoulin Anishinaabek Research Review Committees. To facilitate this, Council appointed an interim advisory committee – Tim Ominika, Amy Assinewai and Jamie Peltier to guide the project which is expected to be launched before the Summer 2018.

2018-2019 Indigenous Economic Development Fund – Economic Diversification Grant Program

Wiikwemkoong Unceded supports of the Wikwemikong Development Commission’s (WDC/Enaadmaagehjik) mandate to create long term employment in Wiikwemkoong. WDC is responsible for community development projects that will lead to job creation, natural and cultural heritage interpretation opportunities, and economic development. WDC has made application to the Indigenous Economic Development Fund Project for the Point Grondine Park in the amount of $100,000.

Band Members – Transfer in

Welcome new band members!

  • OSAWAMICK, DIANE LISA, from Chippewas of Nawash
  • MAY, CHERYL PAULA from the Ojibways of Onigaming
  • RAINVILLE, JAMES ELIJAH, Sakimay First Nation
  • FRANCIS, RAYMOND JOSEPH BRUCE from Fort Severn First Nation
  • TAIBOSSIGAI, RYDELL MARK from M’Chigeeng First Nation
  • MAY, CHERYL PAULA from Ojibways of Onigaming
  • RAINVILLE, JAMES ELIJAH from Sakimay First Nation
  • FRANCIS, RAYMOND JOSEPH BRUCE from Fort Severn First Nation

Band Members – Transfer Out

All the very best in your new community!

  • CORBIERE, Jesse James Milo into the membership of Garden River First Nation
  • CADA, Nicholas Wilfred into the membership of Mississauga First Nation
  • CADA, Eleanor Irene into the membership of Mississauga First Nation

Residency Applications

The following were approved to reside on the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and may apply at Rental Property Management for accommodations based on the requirements to be met of section 11 & 16 of the Residency Law of Wikwemikong:

  • Laura Arellano
  • Edward Stevenson Kiefer

Presentations to Council

  • Wikwemikong Nursing Home update and report for the period April 2017 to Septem-ber 2017 by the Wikwemikong Nursing Home Board President and Administrator.
  • Negotiator R. Martin Bayer on the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement from the Union of Ontario Indians.
  • Band Finance Manager on the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada offer of a one (1) year extension of the five (5) year agreement beginning April 01, 2018, due to the name change of the federal government.
  • Band Member Alex Peltier in support of Sladen Peltier to attend the 2018 Canadian Film Screening Awards on March 11, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario in the amount of $1,855 to be derived from the Sports and Recreation Fund (former Tobacco Allocation).
  • The mother of Aurora Enosse-Ominika requested $2000 to compete in the Miss Indian World Competition in Albuquerque, NM, USA on April 26-28, 2018. It was approved out the Sports and Recreation Fund.
  • Information was presented by Ogimaa Duke Peltier on the Reconciliation on Bay Street Film Premiere to be held on June 01, 2018 in Toronto, ON.
  • The Chiefs of Ontario First Nations Child and Family Well-Being Ontario Special Study was presented by Travis Seymour, Sr. Manager MNP Aboriginal Services. A second ses-sion was requested by Council.