PAGE 11 MAZINA’IGAN FALL 2017 GLIFWC youth attend NYCALC 2017 • ENFORCEMENT • 2017 GLIFWC Enforcement youth activities/education Class Date/Time Place Contact ATV/ Snowmobile September 12 5:00–7:00 pm September 13-15 5:00–8:00 pm Bad River Chief Blackbird Center JimStone715-292-3234 Hunter Safety September 18 5:00–7:00 pm September 21-22 5:00–8:00 pm September 23 8:00 am–2:00 pm Bad River Chief Blackbird Center JimStone715-292-3234 Additional hunter education and safety courses in September & October Atpresstime,datesstillbeingfinalized.ContactKimCampyat715.685.2114 to enroll in a safety course. Dates are subject to change. For updated information on these dates and others be sure to check our website at www.glifwc.org, visit us on Facebook or contact your local GLIFWC warden. GLIFWC officers prepare communities for manoominike, recreational canoeing For beginning canoeists, a universal rule declares that one should never attempt stand-up in the long, tippy boat. It makes sense in most situations. But at GLIFWC’s innovative Canoomin program, participants must both stand and propel in the narrow boats with a push pole to complete the course. “Our class gives people all the skills they need to harvest manoomin for the first time,” said instructor Lauren Tuori, a GLIFWC conservation officer. Manoo- min is the Ojibwemowin word for wild rice, a nutritious and culturally vital grain that grows in shallow waters throughout large sections of the Ceded Territory. The Commission developed Canoomin—a mashup of canoe + manoomin— to encourage more tribal members to harvest wild rice and to help develop basic canoeing proficiency. At the core of program: safety. Tuori and additional GLIFWC training officers including Heather Bliss, Adam McGeshick, and StevenAmsler stress the “FourWs” to Canoomin students: wind, weather, water & waves. Before launching on a recreational trip or off to a wild rice bed, canoeists must consider this safety checklist and calculate where safety issues might arise. “There’s a lot that can happen whether canoeing out to reach the wild rice, or right there in the bed,” Tuori said. “Water and air temperatures are generally cooler during the harvest season and hypothermia is a concern in the event some- one goes overboard.” Students learn how to reenter a canoe—even in deep water—and conduct rescues using a push pole, paddle and rope. PFDs, or personal flotation devices, are a must for anyone going out on the water. Now in its third year, Canoomin courses are available on-demand. This year GLIFWCcertifiedstudentsatKeweenawBayIndianCommunity,SokaogonMole Lake, and a third course is available at Fond du Lac near Cloquet, Minnesota. The final Canoomin class for 2017 is scheduled to take place at Fond du Lac Reservation in September. Contact Community Outreach Officer Heather Bliss for details at 906.458.3778. By Charlie Otto Rasmussen, Editor Ready for the Upper Michigan treaty deer hunt A new crop of hunters from KeweenawBayIndianCommunity is ready for the fall season follow- ing a three-day course in Baraga, Mich. Fifteen boys and girls, aged 10-17, completed the hunter safety education program through instruction by GLIFWC wardens including Steven Amsler, Matt Kniskern, Gale Smith and Dan North. The lateAugust program fea- turedtwodaysintheclassroomand a day at the range where students fired shotguns and rifles at station- ary targets. Followingsuccessfulcomple- tion of a written test, each student receivedahuntersafetycertificate. The KBIC treaty waawaashkeshi (deer) hunting season in the 1842 Ceded Territory opens September 1 and runs till the end of the year. Travis Brown (Red Cliff), Talon Defoe (Red Cliff), Nam Corn (Menominee), and Saagi Stark (Bad River) traveled to Shepherdstown, West Virginia to attend the Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress (NYCALC) during the week of July 9-15. The congress brought together Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander students in 10th-12th grade to discuss environmental issues impacting Native peoples. NYCALC’s mission is to develop future conservation leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address environmental change and conservation challenges to better serve their schools and home communities. GLIFWC is proud of the youth that attended and we can’t wait to see how they put their learning into action! (H. Bliss photo) Each summer GLIFWC Officer Lauren Tuori offers Adult CPR, First Aid and AED Defibrillator training to staff and interns. The coursework, which includes both original certifications and refresher courses, is part of an effort to increase emergency preparedness across the Commission no matter where staff is located. “It’s important for both field staff and people working in the office to have this basic knowledge,” Tuori said. “Medical emergencies can occur at any time.” Photo from left: Tuori oversees a first aid bandaging exercise with Dawn White and Travis Bartnick. (C. Rasmussen photo) Canoomin students practice poling canoes in shallow water at Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. (L. Tuori photo)