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Summer Students

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As summer approaches, many are enjoying the sun, spending time with family and friends, anxiously awaiting the summer vacation, enjoying the beach on those nice hot summer day or just sleeping in cause there is no school !!! But, for some of our youth they decided to step up and begin the life of young adults and are working during their summer break. For a few it’s their first job and for others they are returning. MFN was able to secure funding for 6 summer students and gained 1 placement student. Please help us welcome these youth who will be working in our community this summer. Hailey Tangie-Adams is a placement student from the MNR who is on her 2nd year placement with 1 more to next year and is working alongside our Maintenance crew. Shamira Stone is also a returning student who has worked on the first nation for the past 3 years; this is her first year working alongside the Maintenance crew. Cassuis Stone, Amadeus Stone and Noodin Stone are all returning this year working alongside Maintenance Crew. New to the job force is Donovan Reil and Sierra Simon; Donovan started his first ever job with the Maintenance crew and Sierra is placed at the Superior Children’s Centre doing what she loves to do which is; be with children!!!

Nancy Andre

Community Health Promotional Worker/Aboriginal Support Worker

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.

Michipicoten First Nation Waste Management System Review & Upgrades

 

What is Happening?

  • Chief and Council are working on developing a more environmentally sustainable and responsible way of managing the community generated waste,
  • Together with the funding agency (Indigenous Services Canada), we have started upgrading our landfill facility by:
    • enclosing the landfill site with a chain link fence and gates,
    • adding a surveillance system to reduce unauthorized dumping of waste in our landfill, and
    • installing a shelter to temporarily store Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) until they can be shipped out of the community for safe processing and disposal.
  • More upgrades to the landfill site to improve waste diversion are planned over the next couple of years.
  • We hired an environmental consultant to:
    • Research waste diversion programs in the region to determine whether it is viable and sustainable for MFN to partner with other communities (or set up our own programs) to divert bulky and household recyclables, special wastes and our household garbage to off-reserve materials recovery facilities or licensed landfill sites.
    • Identify the waste disposal and diversion options to the community along with estimated costs to implement these options so that we can decide on the best waste management system to implement in our community.
    • Complete environmental investigations at our present landfill site to assess whether the landfill is contaminating the lands beyond the landfill property and if so, what can be done to reduce the spread of contamination.

 

When is this working going to start?

  • We secured funding to complete the fencing and related work at the landfill in 2017 and that work is now essentially completed.
  • We hired the consultant in the winter of 2018 and they will be completing the environmental investigations at our landfill the week of July 9, 2018. A topographic survey of the landfill site and surrounding area will happen over the summer and groundwater and surface water sampling for laboratory analysis will occur in July and October.

 

How can we participate in this process?

  • We plan to have a community meeting in September 2018 (dates to be confirmed) to:
    • Present the findings of our landfill environmental investigations, and
    • Discuss waste diversion and disposal options available to the community along with the associated costs.
  • We will seek your input and feedback on waste management issues that are important to you so we can incorporate these ideas and direction into the community Waste Management Plan.
  • After the consultant has received your input and completed further analysis and life cycle cost analysis, they will present the waste management plan to the community after submitting the draft report.

 

What are the next steps?

  • After the Waste Management Plan has been approved and accepted by Chief and Council and ISC, we will apply to ISC for both Capital funding to implement further upgrades to our landfill and annual Operations and Maintenance funding to assist with the costs of the waste disposal and diversion options recommended in the plan.

 

If you have any further questions or would like more information and/or provide your opinions and ideas in this process, you can contact:

Chris Buckell email: cbuckell@michipicoten.com

Rod Peters (WSP Consultant), 226-279-0330 email: rod.peters@wsp.com

Participants Needed for Research on Returning Home after a hospital stay

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study about their experience with discharge from hospital to home.

Your voluntary participation in the study will involve 2 telephone interviews. Participants will receive up to $75 in COMPENSATION for their time. For more information about the study please contact: Jeffrey Butler at jibutler@yorku.ca or call 1-647-951-2055

 

You may be eligible if you:

  1. Are 18 years of age or older
  2. Live in a rural community in Ontario
  3. Are being discharged from hospital or have been discharged from hospital in the past 30 days
  4. Are caring for a family member who was discharged in the past 30 days

Regional Group Working to Improve Internet for All –YOUR Input Required

The Northeast Superior Regional Broadband Network (NSRBN) is focused on building a broadband network in every community to improve economic growth, resiliency and improved access to health and education services. The availability of adequate and affordable broadband for all citizens and stakeholders is important to the future of the entire region.

As part of the NSRBN information gathering stage, we invite community members to complete a survey so that we can learn more about the current state of technology in our region. Your participation is critical to ensuring that we include as much data as possible to assist in the preparation of a study that will enhance the ability to seek future funding for critical areas. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. You may conduct the survey in two ways; by following the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NESBPSurveyEN or by completing a paper version. You may pick up a paper version at the Economic Development office, Township or Band Hall in your community or reach out using the information provided below.

The NSRBN has been formed with representatives from participating First Nations, and Municipalities and Economic Development Organization in the Northeast Superior region. Specific membership is made up from the following 13 communities and organizations, including; Brunswick House First Nation, the Twp. of Chapleau, Chapleau Cree First Nation, Corporation du Développement Économique et Communautaire de Dubreuilville, the Twp. of Dubreuilville, the Economic Development Corporation of Wawa, the Twp. of Hornepayne, Michipicoten First Nation, Northern Information Technology and Geomatics Cooperative (NITGC), Pic Mobert First Nation, Superior East Community Futures Development Corporation and the Municipality of Wawa and the Twp. of White River. The NESBN also enjoys support from FedNor – Industry Canada, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre.    

The survey will be open from June 18th – June 30th, 2018. All survey responses will remain anonymous as personal user data is not collected, however, should you wish to have your name entered into a $250 draw please enter your name for a chance to win!

If you have any questions for the NSRBN study team, please send an email to info@edcwawa.ca or call Melanie Pilon, EDO at 705 884 9909. The study team extends our sincere thanks in advance for your participation.