Walk for Josh Nanokeesic

Posted by Pauline Morris:

Our brother Steven Morris is doing a walkathon he is promoting awareness to what had happened to our nephew Josh Nanokeesic . Josh was severely beaten in KI about 2 weeks ago. He has remained in coma since then, he had part of his skull removed on his right side to relieve pressure, he also had a rib broken on the right back side and numerous scrapes and bruises. He was taken off life support 4 days ago including fluids, now it is just a matter of time. Josh is 16yrs old.
He is also doing the walkathon to raise money for the family, we have family that want to be here and don't have the funds to come and say their goodbyes.
He has 2 sisters in Fort Severn Savannah & Charmaine Thomas a sister in KI Morgan Thomas and 2 nieces, aunts and uncles grandpa Bill Morris and gramma's Rita Paisk, Dora Mckay and numerous cousins. He also has young cousins that think the world of him and they are heart broken, he always made time for them, to play with them, he made them feel special and loved.
we are at palliative care in Sioux Lookout his parents Stanley Nanokeesic / Roseanne Morris, youngest sister Mary,paternal grandparents Jacob/Elsie Nanokeesic brothers Harlen Nanokeesic, Tyrell Anderson aunts Evelyn Neyanokeesic-Mckay,Anne-Marie Nanokeesic and Pauline Mckay and uncle Barry Anderson. We are here because Tikinagan paid our flts and hotel to support Stanley and Roseanne for this we are very grateful.
My brother will start his walk Monday morning 6am est, he will be accompanied by 
Matthew Spade.
My father Bill Morris will be collecting donations at the radio station in Big Tout on Monday and you can also call him at 537-9871 at home. You can also inbox me or Roseanne Morris if you want to donate money.
There are acct#'s and other info about donations on Steven Morris' facebook page.
He estimates 3 days according to his gps.
I also want to thank everyone that has helped us out in anyway.

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Culture Week - April 27th to May 1st

Wawakapewin First Nation Council has approved Culture Week which will fall on April 27 to May 1, 2015. Activities will for the off reserve members will be coordinated by the staff at the Sioux Lookout Sub-Office for the people situated in Sioux lookout and Thunder Bay. For the people situated at Wawakapewin First Nation, hunting, camping, and outings will be our activities for that week. Like last year 20 gallons of gas will be provided for each per household. For reporting purposes please submit a brief report of events performed during that week to Arlene Jung-Meekis Band Manager/Health Director. Sub-office will be open only on a need be basis, as staff will be out holding and participating in Culture Week activities.

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Community Assistant Worker Job Posting

Job Posting
Shibogama First Nations Council
Community Assistant Worker


  • Full Time Employment. 35 hours per week.
  • The person should be prepared to be flexible as the worker will often be expected to work evenings and weekends from time to time
  • Spend time out and about in the community visiting local people and groups as well as attending meetings
  • It is intended the successful candidate is to start by end of February 2015


Primarily in the First Nation community

Position Summary:

The RERP Community Assistant Worker will work under the supervision of Tribal Council and closely work with the Project Coordinator and Project Consultant and community members to develop a Community Readiness Plan. This will include he/she to coordinate community engagement, collect local and regional information, communicate project progress updates, among other duties.


  • Strong communication – written, verbal and listening skills;
  • Ability to build good relationship and earn people’s trust and respect as well as ability to relate to people with different backgrounds;
  • Tactful and sensitive approach;
  • Patience and perseverance - for coping with challenges and setbacks;
  • A non-judgmental attitude
  • Initiative, enthusiasm and motivation;
  • Good organizational planning, and administrative skills - ability to coordinate community meetings, site visits, etc;
  • Good computer skills and experience with software (ie Word processing, spreadsheet; etc)
  • Ability to speak Oji-Cree and translation is preferred;
  • Good understanding of social and community issues;
  • Some skills in researching, analyzing data/information and writing reports;
  • Be familiar with local and regional economies (business and labor)
  •  willingness to learn;
  • Reliable and punctual.
  • Grade 12 minimum or equivalent

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

-    Work closely with the Shibogama Tribal Council, the community, the consultant as well as others to develop a Community Readiness Plan to address change/transition from major capital infrastructure development and improve community quality of life – work with individuals, families, and the whole community to: 

  • identify their opportunities, needs, rights and responsibilities
  • Plan what they want to achieve and take appropriate actions on respecting being ready for regional major capital development (ie regional electrification)
  • Develop activities and services needed to be in place to capture economic (business and labor)  and other opportunities as development unfolds and then becomes operational;
  • Coordinate community engagement ;
  • Communicate with community members on the RERP Project and document input and feedback - gather opinions, data and information required from the community;
  • Act as a link between the project team and the community ;
  • Communicate with community members, elders and leadership to ensure everyone has an opportunity to provide input and direction on the Community Readiness Plan;
  • Report and communicate with Project Team;
  • Promote the project and educate community members  on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy;
  • Coordinate on-site visits, meetings, radio shows, poster and other media distribution, etc.
  • Actively participate in weekly teleconferences and on-site meetings throughout the project;
  • Implement components of the community engagement plan, such as door-to-door visits, radio shows, surveys, etc.
  • Reporting 
  • Duties as assigned, including hydro meter readings in a timely fashion.

Wage Rate:


Submit Cover letter and Resume to by:

February 27, 2015

Drop off to:

Arlene Meekis-Jung, Economic  Development Officer
c/o Wawakapewin First Nation Band Sub-Office Office,
P.O. Box 477,
Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
P8T 1A8
or email to:
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Community Profile

First Nation Reserve

Received Band Status April 15, 1985
Band No. 234
Received Reserve Status November 1998
Size 20.5 square miles or 5,301 hectares


The people of Wawakapewin use two languages in their daily living, Oji-Cree (Ojibway and Cree) and English. The majority of people are fluent in both languages and some still write in syllabics.


The history or Wawakapewin has been handed down through oral tradition from community Elders. The Wawakapewuk are decendants of the people who lived and used this land and its resources for at least 7,000 years. The people of Wawakapewin still maintain the traditional activities of hunting, fishing, trapping and plant gathering.
One of the Frogg Clans direct ancestors was a signatory to Treaty 9 in 1905.
The signing of the Adhesion to Treaty No. 9 at Big Trout Lake in 1929 identified the Wawakapewuk as part of the Big Trout Lake Band were allotted a Treaty payment of $4.00 per person per year.
In 1947 the then Department of Lands and Forests insitituted a trap line system whereby each trapper was required to pay a fee and trap within a specified area to sell their furs.
Big Trout Lake became the central point for the provision of services that had been identified in the Treaty Adhesion; such as health, education, social assistance and the provision of goods and materials. Big Trout Lake is 65 Km northeast of Wawakapewin and this posed an extreme hardship for the people having to travel between Wawakapewin and Big Trout Lake. The Wawakapewuk people generally only traveled to Big Trout Lake in the summer to attend the summer festival and to collect their Treaty payment.
In 1964, at least two new communities were formed from those communities associated with the Reserve at Big Trout Lake and in 1976 other communities were established in Wapekeka, Kasabonika, Bearskin Lake, Muskrat Dam and Kingfisher Lake First Nations establishing themselves as separate Bands and eventually gaining reserve status.
The Wawakapewuk people still maintain direct family ties and kinship with these surrounding communities. During these activities most of the Wawakapewuk people decided to reside in Big Trout Lake year round and travel to their traditional lands only for hunting, fishing and trapping.
In 1972, three Wawakapewuk families returned to their traditional lands on the eastern shoreline of Long Dog Lake to live and to re-establish the community of Wawakapewin. Wawakapewin received Band status in 1985 and Reserve status in 1998.

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Freeze up is a challenging time in Wawakapewin, as there are no planes or supplies that can enter the community. This year, the freeze up happened literally overnight from having no ice on the lake to the pictures as you see here. The boats were frozen in place which was a surprise considering that we had been fishing the day before.

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