Category: Important

Whitefish Seining – July 5

You are invited to Michipicoten White Sands beach for juvenile whitefish seining at 9 a.m. this Thursday.


Michipicoten First Nation, in partnership with the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre (A/OFRC), will be conducting a Juvenile Coregonine Seining Assessment in Quota Zone 11, around Lizard Islands, Leach Island, and Gargantua Harbour, and Quota Zone 09 off of Michipicoten White Sands beach.

This project will be utilizing the Juvenile Coregonid Recruitment Index protocol developed by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians in Michigan, which has been adopted by First Nations along the south shore of Lake Superior. Jason Smith, a Fisheries Biologist for Little Traverse Bay Band, will be accompanying the team during the first three days of the study in order to impart his knowledge of the techniques involved.

This study will use a Beach Seining method. During each sampling event, three seine hauls will be conducted. Nets will be 150 feet long x 6 feet tall, with a 6ft3 bag in the centre.

All fish caught will be identified to species and counted. At least 20 individuals of each coregonid species in each haul will be measured for total length and sub-sampled. Sampling will occur at each site on two dates at 1—2 weeks apart. During the second week of the study, members are invited to join the team on White Sands beach. Youth will be given the opportunity to participate in the identification and measurements of the collected fish.

Dilico Anishinabek Family Care hosts Career Fair in Thunder Bay

Dilico Anishinabek Family Care is happy to announce that we will be hosting a career fair on Tuesday, July 10th from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Victoria Inn. We are inviting the general public to join us to discuss and share information about current and future positions needed. We will also be promoting foster parent opportunities and student placements.

This is a great chance to speak directly with our management team about the many career opportunities available within the agency.


Hope in the Darkness – July 3

An initiative started by an Anishinabek police officer to raise awareness about mental health among young people is picking up steam across Canada. It’s called ‘Hope in the Darkness’.

Kevin Red Sky is Anishinaabe originally from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, and has been a member of the Anishnabek Police Service in northern Ontario for 15 years. He has seen the struggles daily with the youth and recognizes that the current systems in place are just not working. Red Sky left Cape Spear, N.L., the easternmost point in Canada, on April 1 this year and is planning to meet other police officers on his trek.

He will be walking from the Wawa Goose 4:45 this afternoon, to 3 Maple Street to talk about what he is doing. All are welcome to join and have a group picture at the Goose and walk to 3 Maple.

Traditional Land Use Map Verification Sessions

Michipicoten First Nation hired InterGroup Consultants to research and write a Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Study related to NextBridge’s East-West Tie Transmission Project. In March and May, InterGroup interviewed members and mapped where they hunt, trap, fish, and gather resources, along with other culturally important sites.

InterGroup is returning to the community with draft versions of the maps and would like to share them with MFN members.  This will be a great opportunity for members to provide feedback and communicate their thoughts and/or concerns on how the East-West Tie Transmission Project could affect hunting, trapping, fishing, gathering, and culturally important areas.

The maps will be available for viewing and someone from InterGroup will be available to hear your feedback on:

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 3 Maple Drive in Wawa Drop in any time. There will be a short presentation at 6:30 pm.
  • Thursday, June 28 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Band Hall on-reserve. Drop in any time. There will be a short presentation at 10:30 am.



In January 2016, a moratorium was placed on Section 6.2 of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Medical Transportation Policy Framework (MTPF) following a commitment made with the Assembly of First Nations.

At the time section 6.2 of the medical transportation policy stated:

“When a client does not attend a scheduled appointment and medical transportation benefits have been provided, the client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip to access medically required health services unless proper justification is provided to explain why the client was unable to attend or to notify the appropriate public carrier of the cancellation.” 

Until now, Section 6.2 of the MTPF was temporarily not enforced so that analysis on missed appointments could be conducted. After a thorough review and follow-up discussions with the AFN, Indigenous Services Canada has decided to reinstate Section 6.2, with minor changes that clarify potential exceptions to the rule.

Section 6.2 now states:

When a client does not attend a scheduled appointment and medical transportation benefits have been provided, the client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip to access medically necessary health services unless justification is provided to explain why the client was unable to attend or to notify the appropriate public carrier of the cancellation. Justification may include, but is not limited to, unforeseen circumstances such as health service delivery delays, severe weather conditions, family or personal emergencies. 

NIHB will continue to work with partners and the NIHB Navigators to ensure that clients are aware of their responsibilities while travelling and will apply section 6.2 only when justification for missed travel has not been received.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


FNIHB Ontario Region NIHB contacts: 

Ontario Region Client Information Line 1-800-640-0642

Heather Larsen, Senior Manager, (613) 941-6253

Julie Mirau, Manager, Program Delivery,  (613) 952-0139

Cynthia Lucier, Manager Sioux Lookout, (807) 737-5822

Sandra Freund, Manager Thunder Bay, (807) 346-3530

Thunder Bay Discharges 1-807-625-6039

All Other Discharges 1-807-737-5080

Sioux Lookout on-Call 

Weekends and Holidays 1-807-737-0828 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

FN Fisheries Management within the Great Lakes – Project Information & Consent Form


Principle Investigator:

Nicolas Brunet, Latornell Professor in Environmental Stewardship,

University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd E, Guelph ON, Canada; 519 824 4120 (ext. 54414)

Team Members: Clayton Coppaway, Research Associate
Kelsey Beaton, Research Assistant, U of Guelph

Sheri Longboat, Assistant Professor, U of Guelph

Steve Crawford, Associate Professor, U of Guelph

Main Contacts:

Clayton Coppaway;; 226.750.5311 or

Kelsey Beaton;; 519.841.1206

Project Duration April – November 2018 (with the possibility of an extension)
Funding: Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)


Dear ______________,

You are invited to participate in a project on Great Lakes First Nation fisheries management. Our work will explore fisheries-related issues and emerging local solutions in your community with the hope of co-developing, with participants, an Ontario-wide portrait of First Nations Great Lakes fisheries. We are talking with approximately 30 leaders and environmental management professionals as a first step. You have been identified as being an important part of this group.

Project Description


This project aims to collaboratively develop our understanding of the history and current status of First Nations fisheries management within the Great Lakes. This project emerged as a direct response to a lack of resources and published materials regarding First Nations fisheries within the Great Lakes in Canada. This is contrasted to Tribal Councils in the United States who have had access to many more fisheries management resources. Our aim is to co-create, using your insights, guidance and knowledge, published reports that will document First Nations fisheries management perspectives and practice. Additionally, we hope to highlight the important relationships between your community’s treaty rights, fish, and the water and identify paths forward to ensure that fisheries management reflects local values, culture and your communities vision for the future.

Interview Process

Interviews will be approximately 45 minutes in length and can be conducted either in person or via telephone or internet. Interviews will only be audio-recorded with your expressed consent. You will be asked questions regarding your background (i.e. what you do, how long you have been in the community), as well as general information pertaining to fishing activities and fisheries in your community or region, and how they are managed. You may choose to withdraw from the study and remove your contributions at any time. You may also refuse to answer questions without consequence.

What are the risks of participating in this work?

We foresee little to no risk of participating this study. However, given the small number of participants, there is the possibility that your identity may be deduced. We are using every strategy at our disposal to avoid this including removing all identifiers associated with the recordings and encrypting all our files.

What are the benefits of participating in this work?

Our hope is that we may create together resources that can be useful to you in documenting and reflecting on your fisheries. At a minimum, we will draft a report that outlines key lessons learned that will be shared will all participants. Additionally, you will be invited to a gathering in the Fall, which will provide opportunities to connect, network, and shape possible future initiatives regarding fisheries management.

What will we do with the information?

Interview transcripts will be initially sent back to you for revision. Information gathered from the interviews will then be analyzed and reported back to you and other partners during a Fall gathering. Your identity will remain confidential unless you choose otherwise. The information collected during interviews may be used for academic publications and educational purposes. Information collected during interviews as well as your identity will always remain protected and held on a password protected computer only accessible to the research team.


Statement of Informant Rights


I have been fully informed of the objectives of the project being conducted. I understand these objectives and consent to being interviewed for the project. I understand that steps will be undertaken to ensure that this interview will remain confidential unless I consent to being identified.

                           I agree to be recorded


I agree to be identified by my name in the results of the study.


I agree to have my picture used in publications resulting from this study



_______________________                 _______________________          _____________

Participant – Printed Name       Participant – Signature                  Date

This project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants. If you have questions regarding your rights and welfare as a research participant in this study (REB#…..), please contact: Director, Research Ethics; University of Guelph;; (519) 824-4120 (ext. 56606)


Project Description Consent Form