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MFN partners with Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre to assess Juvenile Coregonine in Lake Superior

 

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.

 

The project will begin the last week of June and continue through the first week of July.

 

These studies will provide a higher resolution of data on the commercially and ecologically important Lake Whitefish, by providing data on the juvenile age-class, data which is currently lacking on Lake Superior. This can better inform how and where the quota is set in future years, as well as teach us more about the biology and life history of the fish caught.

 

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. More information on when and where to join us will be posted on Facebook and distributed in the weekly on reserve flyer.

 

The A/OFRC is a not-for-profit organization that serves as an independent source of information for communities within the Anishinabek Nation. The Centre provides information and recommendations for sustainable fisheries management, reports of stock status, and evaluates stresses on fish populations and habitats, and offers technical support.

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