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BKEJWANONG KINOMAAGEWGAMIG GRADE 8 STUDENT INSPIRES FOOD BANK DRIVE

Students at Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig collected 1547 items for the Social Services Food Bank.  Grade 8 student Noodin Miskokomon inspired his fellow students to participate in the food bank drive.

“You just feel good when you know that you are helping somebody,” says Noodin, “I felt really great when this started and how many goods we’ve collected—and what we brought together as a school.”

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HERB GRAY PARKWAY TRAIL OPENING

Walpole Island Chief Dan Miskokomon and Council Members attended the Opening of the Herb Gray Parkway Trail in Windsor on November 9, 2016. The new, 17-kilometre multi-use trail is the first trail that has been incorporated into a major provincial highway project in Ontario.

Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation, was accompanied by Drew Dilkens, the Mayor of Windsor, Chief Miskokomon, Reta Sands, Walpole Island Elder, and Lori Newton, Executive Director of Bike Windsor Essex to officially open the trails on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway. The trail runs from Malden Rd. in the west to Howard Ave. in the east.

The relationship that exists today between Walpole Island First Nation (WIFN) and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway began in 2004 during the early planning stages for a new end-to-end border transportation system in the Windsor-Detroit Gateway. Through consultation, WIFN has influenced policy and infrastructure projects to include opportunities to share First Nation history and culture with neighboring communities.

Walpole Island artist, Teresa Altiman, was commissioned to design an interpretation of the Great Turtle which carries the Grandfather Stone.

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GRAND BEND WIND FARM GRAND OPENING

Walpole Island First Nation Chief & Councillors attended the Grand Bend Wind Farm Grand Opening on Thursday, October 6, 2016. After a tour of the Grand Bend Wind Farm, the Chief and Councillors attended the Ceremony & Lunch at the Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend.

Myrna Kicknosway offered the Opening Prayer and Animikeence Plain & Company performed a pow wow drum and dance exhibition. Representatives from Northland Power, Amer Foster Wheeler, and Siemens all spoke at the event (companies involved with the project). Walpole Island Chief Dan Miskokomon and Aamjiwnaang Chief Joanne Rogers also spoke to the attendees.

The Grand Bend Wind Farm is a partnership between Northland Power (who owns 50%) and Giiwedin Noodin First Nation Energy Corporation which is formed by Aamjiwnaang and Walpole Island. Both First Nations own a 25% stake in Grand Bend Wind Farm.

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NEW INDIGENOUS NAME FOR WALPOLE ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

New Indigenous Name for Walpole Island Elementary School, “Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig” Walpole Island Elementary School changes name to “Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig” Walpole Island First Nation, Ontario – The Walpole Island Board of Education (BOE) is pleased to announce the new name of the Walpole Island Elementary School. As of Friday, June 10th, 2016, the school will be known hence forward as ‘Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig’, which translates into English as ‘Bkejwanong School’.

The new name will be officially unveiled at the Walpole Island Elementary School Powwow on June 10th, 2016. Last fall, school name submissions in Anishnaabemwin were requested from the Walpole Island First Nation (WIFN) community. The list was narrowed down to two choices with input from both the WIFN BOE and the Bkejwanong Gii-gdo Ninwag (Bkejwanong Council). Read More.

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MINO-GIIZHGAD (GREAT DAY) FOR BKEJWANONG CHILDREN’S CENTRE’S ANISHNAABE GIIZHGAD MANIDING (ABORIGINAL DAY PARADE)

Binoojiyag (children) from the Bkejwanong Children’s Centre and Elementary School, were joined by members of the community who lined the streets this morning to watch the parade in celebration of National Aboriginal Day (June 21st).

Programs and departments dressed up, decorated their trucks, cars, vans, buses, boats, golf carts, fire trucks, and heavy machinery as they made their way from the Tecumseh Monument to the Water Treatment Plant and back.  Gchi-Miigwech to the Bkejwanong Children’s Centre for doing such a great job of bringing the community together in celebration of our heritage!

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HONOUR, RESPECT, AND REMEMBER

That was exactly the message portrayed by the Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Bkejwanong Children’s Centre on November 10th.

Community members and visitors joined students and staff from the Bkejwanong Children’s Centre (BCC), Walpole Island Elementary School (WIES), and Wallaceburg District Secondary School (WDSS) to honour veterans and soldiers. All were welcomed to express their gratitude for veterans from both Canada and the United States.

The solemn and heartwarming event began when veterans in attendance led a processional march to the Tecumseh Monument, where the flags sat at half-mast in memory of our fallen warriors. Those in attendance gathered around the veterans in support and recognition, as they posted flags and eagle staffs in preparation for the commencement of the ceremony. Read More.

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NINDAWAABJIG – WALPOLE ISLAND HERITAGE CENTRE CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY!

Please join us on Friday October 3, 2014 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Walpole Island Heritage Centre.  Highlights of the day to include food, entertainment, presentations, displays, and vendors.  The festivities will kick off at 10:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. Read More.

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WIFN LIBRARY RECEIVES DONATION

The Bkejwanong Library will soon see improvements thanks to a $10,000 donation from Sun Canadian Pipe Line’s Community Support Program. These funds will help the library enhance its technology, health and safety, building maintenance, and library collection.
Librarian Anne Fournier welcomed Tony Waters from Sun Canadian Pipe Line and presented Mr. Waters with gifts and a coffee reception on July 11. Also present were library staff member Lisa Soney, volunteer Jaynes “Press” Altiman, Councillor Alan Jacobs, Policy Analyst James Jenkins, and Dean Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs, Consultation Manager for Bkejwanong’s External Projects program, was instrumental in coordinating the donation.
Bkejwanong Library plans to host a community open house after the first phase of the project is complete. Keep an eye out for upcoming notices.

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SCIENCE AT A POW WOW

The Walpole Island Elementary School Pow Wow had it all. With exhibits such as craft venders, traditional food for sale and excellent dancing and drumming, one of the highlights that sets the school’s pow wow apart is how they  incorporate education.  Let’s Talk Science was there showing the students and community many science projects that were very educational and could be made easily at home.

The beauty with such a pow wow is the sharing and the teaching, as one of the Let’s talk Science members, Pointed out “This was my first time attending a Pow Wow and it was an experience I will never forget.  The sounds of singing and drumming filled the school yard.  The regalia worn by the dancers was breath taking and the little children who took part in the ceremony immediately put a smile on your face.

I helped staff the Let’s Talk Science booth and we had students make gak using Elmer’s glue, food colouring and borax.  By way of this activity, students were introduced to the properties of polymers.  We continued making gak until our supplies ran out – the activity was a hit!”

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FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA VISITS WALPOLE ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Former Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin made a visit to Walpole Island Elementary School Wednesday morning. He has been a heavily involved supporter of the Walpole Island School for the past five years.

In his speech to the children of Bkejwanong,  Mr. Martin said to them, “You represent a very great people, and your going to make that very great people even greater. You’re going to make them greater because you went to this school, because you had the teachers you had, because of the  Chief and councilors you have and the Elder that spoke to you today talked about how strong your nation is going to become because of you.”

Newly Elected Chief Dan Miskokomon honored the visitors with traditional gifts from Bkejwanong. The students also gave gifts to the visitors that spoke to them.