The Sandy Beach Learning Pavilion Grand Opening was held on August 16, 2009 with Chief Joe Buckell, Councillors William & Myrtle Swanson, Linda Peterson and Kathryn Campbell and members of the First Nation in attendance.
The Municipality of Wawa, with the support of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and Fednor, constructed the Pavilion and Boardwalk to Sandy Beach, which is an eco sensitive environment. Besides providing decorative panels depicting the rich history of the area, a focal point of the Pavilion is the Michipicoten First Nation story board and medicine wheel.
The information was provided courtesy of Michipicoten First Nation and tells the history of the early settlements and subsequent relocations over several hundred years of Michipicoten First Nation and its ancestors. The celebrations opened with a prayer given in thanks to the Creator by Councillor Linda Peterson in her native Ojibwe language, welcoming speeches by Chief Joe Buckell and Councillor Ron Rody of the Municipality of Wawa, an honor song by Allan Syrette and a closing prayer by Elder Dave Swanson, appointed caretaker of the community Eagle Staff.