Author: Brenda Grundt

Status Card Renewals (March 23/24, in Sault Ste. Marie)

Is it time to get your Status Card renewed? MFN is holding a Status Card Renewal at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel (corner of Bay and Bruce across from the Station Mall) in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24th.

You can drop in between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day or depending how long cards last.

First come, first serve.

For more information contact Linda Peterson:

(705) 856-1993, ext 213

(705) 971-8441 (Cell)


Employment Opportunity – Indigenous Fisheries Intern 

A/OFRC LogoAnishinabek / Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre 

The A/OFRC is seeking a suitable candidate to participate in a one year comprehensive training program in the field of Fisheries Assessment and Management being delivered to the Anishinabek Nation as represented by the Union of Ontario Indians (UOI).

Job Description: The intern will receive training in fisheries assessment and management which will include project design, field techniques, data summary and analysis, and report writing. The intern will work on a daily basis with an experienced staff mentor, while being given the opportunity to acquire supervisory experience. Extensive field work will expose the intern to a variety of fisheries issues being dealt with by First Nation communities and the state-of-the-art scientific techniques used to address these issues. There may be opportunities to work in natural resource fields other than fisheries, depending on the project portfolio under management by the A/OFRC during the intern’s tenure.

Salary: $20/hr. The A/OFRC standard work week is 37.5 hours. Ten day shifts are used to complete some projects and substantial overtime is sometimes required.

Location: The position is based in North Bay, Ontario. It is not A/OFRC policy to provide assistance with the costs of relocation. It will be the responsibility of the successful candidate to arrange accommodations in North Bay.

Eligibility: University or college graduate who has graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university. The candidate must be a graduate of a post-secondary degree or diploma program. The position will be a first full-time employment in the candidate’s field of study (exclusive of summer or part-time employment during the term of study).

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have:

  • A keen interest in natural resources management and dedication to the principles of conservation
  • Understanding of fisheries issues facing communities within the Anishinabek Nation
  • Good oral and written communication skills as well as good interpersonal skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work in inclement weather and in harsh conditions
  • Experience with various types of watercraft and must be comfortable with working on all sizes of waterbodies
  • A commitment to safe work practices
  • Flexibility to be away from home for extended periods
  • Citizenship in a First Nation represented by the Anishinabek Nation: Union of Ontario Indians

Consistent with the traditional practices of the Anishinabek, exposure to wood smoke and the burning of sacred medicines, including tobacco, sweet grass, sage or cedar, may occur within the work setting. Ability to speak Anishinabemowin is an asset. 

Application Deadline: 30 March 2018

Please send applications to: A/OFRC, 755 Wallace Rd., Unit #5, North Bay, Ontario, P1A 0E7; or electronically to .

March Break at MFN

Monday, March 12

9 – 10 a.m. Breakfast at the Band Hall

10 – 12 a.m. – Scavenger Hunt at the Band Hall

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Soup and Share / Exercise at Complex

1 – 3 p.m. – Fun Activity Centre & Complex (games, colouring, bouncy house)

Tuesday, March 13

10 – 12 a.m. – Obstacle Course Fun at the Medical Centre

1 – 3 p.m. – Youth Prize Bingo at the MFN Library

6 – 9 p.m. – Movie Night at the MFN Library

6 – 9 p.m. – Cribbage Tournament at Complex

Wednesday, March 14

9 – 10 a.m. – Breakfast at MFN Band Hall

10 – 2 p.m. – Dore River Hike with Leo. Meet at the MFN Band Hall

2:30 – 3 p.m. – Chili & Bannock runch at the MFN Band Hall

3 – 3:30 p.m. – Moose Calling Contest at the MFN Band Hall. There will be prizes for 1st Place Best Call in each category, Child, Youth and Adult. Good Luck!

Thursday, March 15

11 – 1 p.m. – Poker Walk. $5 per hand, prizes for lowest and highest hands! Sign up at the MFN Medical Centre

1 – 3 p.m. – Making Slime at the MFN Library

Friday, March 16

10 – 1 p.m. – Playstation 4 Game Day at the MFN Library

Feathers of Hope: Health and Wellbeing Youth Forum

Hello! Boozhoo! Waacheay!

The Feathers of Hope Team and the Ontario Child Advocate would like to extend an invitation to Northern Ontario First Nations young people to attend the Feathers of Hope: Health and Wellbeing youth forum being held at the Best Western Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario on May 28 – June 1, 2018.

Feathers of Hope speaks to the power and importance of hope. It is an initiative led by First Nations young people that has evolved into a continually growing collective voice for First Nations youth in Ontario. The forum will have representation from Northern Ontario’s First Nations communities, particularly, Grand Council Treaty #3, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Robinson-Superior, and Independent First Nations.

The forum is designed to help young people participate in an open dialogue about how they want to sustain and improve their health and wellbeing. The forum was created in response to a recommendation in Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan that was written by young people. Young people have said at previous Feathers of Hope forums that their physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing is important and needs to be supported by their families, community leadership and all levels of government. They want to be actively involved in creating positive change to improve the health and well-being of their peers and their communities. Toward meeting this goal, a key objective of the forum is to bring together youth and elders in the spirit of sharing and learning.

We are looking for youth aged 15 to 29 who have an interest in contributing their thoughts and ideas about creating positive change at the Feathers of Hope: Health and Wellbeing forum. We would like to ask if you could promote the forum with young people in your community and encourage them to register before Friday, April 13th, 2018. To ensure there is representation from as many communities as possible, up to two youth per community can participate in the forum. Youth can be living on/off reserve. Interested youth must complete the online Youth Registration Form. Preference will be given to young people who have not attended previous Feathers of Hope forums.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.


Youth under the age of 18 will require a chaperone who will be responsible for them for the duration of the forum. If two youth under 18 are attending from one community, only one chaperone is required. Chaperones must complete and submit the online Chaperone Request Form, by Friday, April 13th, 2018. 


The most economical transportation and accommodation costs for youth and their chaperone will be covered by the Ontario Child Advocate. Meals will be provided for youth and chaperone attendees during the forum. Meals during travel days are the responsibility of the young person/chaperone. Please note that May 28 and June 1 are travel days.


To support forum attendees, first aid services, mental health and wellness supports will be provided for the length of the forum.

For further information, please call the Youth Amplifiers at the Ontario Child Advocate at (807) 624-1450 or email

Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @fohtbay

We thank you for your interest in Feathers of Hope.


The Feathers of Hope Team

Elton Beardy, Karla Kakegamic, Edward Narcisse & Desiree Towedo Youth Amplifiers – Feathers of Hope Ontario Child Advocate


7 Grandfather Teachings & Growth after Trauma – April 10-12

Dr. Julie Woit is coming to Michipicoten First Nation!

She will be presenting a 4-Day Experiential Art-Based Program focusing on recovery from trauma from April 10-12th. Participants must attend all three days.

Dr. Julie will be available on the 13th for one-on-one follow-up sessions.

To sign up, call Theresa or Helga at 705-856-0129. Please register for supply, limited space available.