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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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First Nations lead protest against pollution in Ontario’s Chemical Valley

Hundreds of climate activists marched in a ‘Toxic Tour’ through a bleak industrial landscape on the edge of Ontario that is a frontline in Canada’s climate wars.

They were gathered to support the tiny Aamjiwnaang First Nation, whose traditional territory lies near an area known as “Chemical Valley” — a 15 square-mile area in Sarnia, where over 40 per cent of Canada’s chemical industry is based. Nearly 60 oil refineries and factories are crammed into an industrial strip overlooking the St. Clair River. Read More.

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Future engineers have fun at Aamjiwnaang First Nation camp

Simulated earthquakes, levitating water balloons and an opportunity to play with electrical circuits.  Not exactly your typical day at summer camp.

But for a group of 23 Aamjiwnaang First Nation students, that’s exactly what their five days of camp looked like as they channeled their inner engineers while learning about science, technology, engineering and math in a relaxed and interactive setting.

The elementary school aged students took part in Engineering Science Quest’s annual Summer Science Camp, which took place at the Aamjiwnaang Community Centre from July 6 to 10. Read More.

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54th Annual Aamjiwnaang First Nation Pow Wow

Come celebrate this Native American Cultural Celebration with us! Gates open at 10 am both days with a beautiful display of Native dancing & singing beginning at 12 noon both Saturday & Sunday lasting until sundown. Also available will be Native food vendors, craft vendors, crafts and listen to music. Remodeled Pow Wow Grounds & Facilities. More information.

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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.