Category: Recent News

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.

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION

ONTARIO REGION SECTION 6.2 OF THE NIHB MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION POLICY FRAMEWORK BECOMES EFFECTIVE ON JUNE 1, 2018

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 Heather.larsen@canada.ca, (613) 941-6253

Julie Mirau, Manager, Program Delivery Julie.mirau@canada.ca,  (613) 952-0139

Cynthia Lucier, Manager Sioux Lookout

cynthia.lucier@canada.ca, (807) 737-5822

Sandra Freund, Manager Thunder Bay

Sandra.freund@canada.ca, (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

20th annual Anishinabek Evening of Excellence

On the evening of Wednesday, August 15, 2017 the Anishinabek Nation 7th Generation Charity (AN7GC) will host the 20th annual Anishinabek Evening of Excellence on Chippewas of Rama First Nation Territory at Casino Rama.

Each year the Anishinabek Nation 7th Generation Charity hosts a celebration to recognize and bring awareness to Anishinaabe citizens who have made a lifetime commitment to improving the quality of life on First Nations. We recognize these individuals as ‘building blocks’ to improving the lives of Anishinabek citizens and the Anishinabek Nation as a whole and we present these individuals with Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The closing date for Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations is June 1, 2018

In addition to our Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards, we will also award four (4) Anishinaabe students at the post-secondary level with Anishinabek Student Excellence Awards/Scholarships.

The closing date for Anishinabek Student Excellence Award Applications is June 15, 2018

If you are interested in attending, tickets are $60.00 each. Deadline for purchasing is August 8, 2018. Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact the AN7GC office:

Phone: (705) 497-9127 or 1-877-702-5200 – Fax: (705) 497-9135 –

Email: an7gc@anishinabek.ca

Be Bear Wise and keep your cottage safe from bears

Most human-bear conflicts occur when bears are attracted by smells and rewarded with an easy meal. When bears pick up a scent with their keen noses, they will investigate it – even at your cottage.

Bears will return to an available food source, so keep your cottage clear of attractants like:

  • Open garbage bins
  • Grease and food residue from barbecue grills
  • Ripe fruit that has fallen
  • Meat scraps and food in the composter
  • Bird feeders
  • Pet food
  • Outdoor beverage fridges.

It takes all cottagers working together to be Bear Wise. Remove attractants
or take precautions to avoid unwanted visitors.

When you leave your cottage:

  • Remove garbage or drop it off at a waste disposal site
  • Eliminate odours by disinfecting garbage and recycling bins and
    removing scented products from the outdoors
  • Clean the barbecue and remove any grease or food scraps
  • Remove open food from inside your cottage
  • Close and lock all windows and doors
  • Have neighbours check in on your house if you are away for an extended period of time.

Always call 911 in an emergency.

Call 1-866-514-2327 to report a sighting.

Visit ontario.ca/bearwise for more tips on being Bear Wise at the cottage

Be Bear Wise while Camping

When enjoying Ontario’s campsites, lakes, forests or hiking trails, remember you are in natural bear habitat. Bears have a keen sense of smell, and are attracted by the odour of all food and garbage. Avoid conflicts with bears while camping by being prepared and aware.

Prepare:

  • Plan your trip with safety in mind by learning how to avoid attracting a bear.
  • Teach children how to be Bear Wise and never approach or run from a bear. Keep children between adults while hiking.
  • Think about how to safely store your food and garbage while on the campsite.
  • Pack food with special care.

Be Bear Wise:

  • Look for signs of bear activity near your campsite.
  • Keep dogs on a leash. The bear may follow the dog back to its owner.
  • Follow the advice set out by Ontario Parks or the private campground
  • Use bear-resistant containers or sealed plastic bags to store food when camping or in back country.
  • Hang food at least 4 metres (13 feet) above the ground and 3 metres
    (10 feet) from tree limbs.
  • Never eat, cook or store food, cooking equipment or toiletries in your tent.
  • Clean up at your campsite:
    • Clean fish away from your campsite
    • Burn scraps and fat droppings
    • Drain dish water.

 

Packing checklist:

    • Long ropes for hanging food and garbage
    • Whistle or air horn
    • Bear spray
    • Long-handled axe
    • Dog leash
    • Garbage bags
    • Easily prepared food

 

Always call 911 in an emergency.

Call 1-866-514-2327 to report a sighting.

Visit ontario.ca/bearwise for more tips on being Bear Wise.