SUDBURY (March 21, 2023) – Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Sagamok Anishnawbek, and Wahnapitae First Nation and Technica Mining are proud to announce that they have entered into a partnership under a new business entity called Aki-eh Dibinwewziwin, which means “to be owned by the earth”. The name of the company was intentionally generated by Anishinaabe Language holders from each of the respective communities and holds significant meaning as this partnership has been created intentionally over the past year in a respectful and reciprocal way.
Over the past 20 years, Technica has been setting the new standard in world-class workforce safety and project excellence in underground and open pit development, construction, maintenance, and operation. Through this partnership, Aki-eh Dibinwewziwin will now provide world-class mine contracting services for their partners and meaningfully participate in the economic benefits in their territorial lands within the Robinson Huron Treaty Territory.
“Atikameksheng Anishnawbek recognizes this partnership as a major step forward for our Debendaagziwaad on the path to true sovereignty and independence. The Cooperative we establish now will benefit our people for generations to come by creating high-value careers and lucrative business opportunities for our community. As most of the mining activity in Sudbury takes place on our asserted lands, it is important that Atikameksheng Anishnawbek accepts nothing less than true partnership and I am delighted to say that this agreement is one of mutual respect and honesty.” – Gimaa Craig Nootchtai of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
“Sagamok Anishnawbek has always had stewardship responsibilities to the lands and resources inhabited and used by our ancestors. The same lands and resources were always intended to sustain our people for all of their economic, cultural, spiritual, and healthcare needs. Unfortunately, the sharing principle regarding lands and resources has not always been embraced by our treaty partners, their settlers, and resource development companies. In more recent times, we are pleased to have experienced more positive relationships regarding the Sudbury mining sector, and we believe that the new relationship with Technica Mining, along with our Atikameksheng and Wahnapitae brothers and sisters, is another step forward in reflecting the principle of sharing.” – Gimaa Angus Toulouse, Sagamok Anishnawbek
“Wahnapitae First Nation greatly appreciates the opportunity to be included in this important endeavour and for all the incredible collaboration that has been required to get to this juncture. This represents a unique moment to build something that is of benefit to our members now and for future generations and we sincerely look forward to the strong foundations we are creating as part of this work. By building strong relationships with our brothers and sisters on Turtle Island, and within Atikameksheng and Sagamok, we can truly look to a brighter horizon, together.” – Chief Larry Roque of Wahnapitae First Nation
“We are humbled to have earned the trust and respect of Atikameksheng Anishinabek, Sagamok Anishnawbek, and Wahnapitae First Nation. For far too long, First Nations in the Sudbury Basin have not properly benefited from our shared resources – while we cannot right our past, it is our responsibility to create a new future.” – Mario Grossi, President and C.E.O. of Technica Mining.
About Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek are descendants of the Ojibway, Algonquin and Odawa Nations. In 1850, Chief Shawenekezhik, on behalf of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek signed the Robinson-Huron Treaty granting the British Crown and their people (Royal Subjects) a right to occupy and share the lands of the Anishnawbek. Atikameksheng Anishnawbek boasts a proud history of sharing the many resources within their reservation lands and their traditional territory, recognizing, and affirming the spirit of the Robinson-Huron Treaty.
The First Nation is located approximately 19 km west of the Greater City of Sudbury. The current land base is 43,747 acres, much of it being deciduous and coniferous forest, surrounded by eight lakes, with eighteen lakes within its boundaries. Their current population is 1,450 and continues to grow, with a third of the population living within the current reservation boundaries.
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek currently has a claim in the Ontario Superior Court to rectify the alienation of approximately 2,670 km2 which was promised to them in the Robinson Huron Treaty.
About Sagamok Anishnawbek
Sagamok Anishnawbek is located on the north shore of Lake Huron. It is a beautiful community whose name means ‘two points joining’. Sagamok’s culture and language is Anishinabek and is made up of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi tribes. Also known as the Three Fires Peoples, the community of Sagamok is well over 2,000 members. A little over 50% of the membership lives on the reserve, with the remainder living in urban locations. Sagamok is a place of rich stories, legends and history that derive from time immemorial. Once the summer camps of the original peoples who came down from Biscotasing, it is now the permanent home to many of those descendants. Sagamok is an ancestor-based village that is known for its diversity, prosperity and growth.
About Wahnapitae First Nation
Wahnapitae First Nation (WFN) is a proud Anishinaabe community, located on the shores of Lake Wanapitei in northern Ontario. Its traditional name, Wahnapitaeping, means “place where the water is shaped like a tooth’. Currently, WFN is home to more than 170 residents, with over 700 members scattered around the globe. As it continues to grow, WFN comes together as a vibrant and thriving mix of families, entrepreneurs, and dedicated volunteers who are ready to create a strong and resilient First Nation for current and future generations.
About Technica Mining
Founded and headquartered in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, with additional offices in Timmins, Ontario and Val d’Or, Quebec, Technica Mining is one of Canada’s leading mining and construction companies. Over the past 20 years, Technica has been setting the new standard in world-class workforce safety and project excellence in underground and open pit development, construction, maintenance and operation.
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Mikinakoos Children’s Fund launches $15,000 fundraiser for GivingTuesday
THUNDER BAY (November 22, 2023) — Mikinakoos Children’s Fund, an Indigenous children’s charity providing essentials to youth in remote First Nations in Northwestern Ontario, is announcing the launch of a special fundraiser in recognition of GivingTuesday.
In alignment with the global GivingTuesday movement, Mikinakoos Children’s Fund aims to raise $15,000 to provide vital winter clothing to 18 First Nations, collaborating with the KO First Nations, Keewaytinook Internet Highschools, and Fort Hope First Nation. The initiative seeks to purchase over 1,500 coats for children in these regions, ensuring they are equipped to brave the harsh winter months.
“The winter season can be particularly challenging in the remote areas we serve, where many children lack access to proper winter gear,” said Mikinakoos Executive Director Emily Shandruk. “Mikinakoos Children’s Fund believes that every child deserves the warmth of hope during the colder months. With this in mind, we’re launching this crucial campaign to make a positive impact.”
Recent support from TD Canada Trust’s Ready Commitment Funding, a $50,000 grant over two years, is boosting Mikinakoos Children’s Fund’s Warm Clothing initiatives, of which this initiative is a part. With growing requests from various communities and organizations, Mikinakoos’ GivingTuesday funding alone wouldn’t have sufficed. Thanks to the extra support, the charity can now ensure that no child is left without essential resources.
GivingTuesday, which falls on November 28, marks the opening day of the giving season—a global movement encouraging people to come together for a day of generosity and positive change. Mikinakoos invites individuals and organizations alike to join in the effort to make a difference.
Here’s how you can contribute:
Donate: Your contribution, regardless of size, will bring Mikinakoos Children’s Fund closer to its $15,000 goal. Every dollar counts. GivingTuesday falls on November 28; however, this fundraiser will run until December 31.
Spread the Word: Share our campaign on social media, with friends, family, and colleagues. Together, we can make a wider impact.
“The remoteness of the communities we serve presents challenges in shipping and distributing necessities, such as food, sporting equipment, and winter gear, especially with the absence of permanent roads,” said Shandruk. “Climate change has further exacerbated the inconsistency of ice road conditions, making the delivery of essential items even more difficult.”
Please consider contributing to Mikinakoos Children’s Fund’s GivingTuesday campaign through this link or by texting “WARMCOATS” to 807-500-1522. Interviews with spokespeople from Mikinakoos Children’s Fund are available upon request.
About Mikinakoos Children’s Fund
Mikinakoos Children’s Fund is a charity created to address poverty by providing basic amenities, such as food, clothing, and shelter to First Nations children residing in remote communities. Join us on this journey to create positive change and secure the safety and wellbeing First Nations children. Engage with Mikinakoos Children’s Fund on social through #FirstNationKidsFirst.
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