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TEKONJI-AKIING Natural Resource Cultural Summer Camp July 20-24 2015 Lake Nesbit Environmental Center Sidnaw Michigan GLIFWC is excited to announce our 2015 Cultural Summer Camp Program Onji-Akiing for grades 5-7 A collaborative effort between GLIFWC and the US Fish Wildlife Ser- vice Onji-Akiing From the Earth is a cultural outdoor adventure-based camp that focuses on natural resource career exploration and treaty rights. This camp is held at beautiful Camp Nesbit nestled in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest in Sidnaw Michigan also home to the calling loons of Lake Nesbit. Leadershipandservicelearningactivitiesareimportantaspectsofthisprogram. Activities also focus on group cooperation and communication problem-solving self-confidence leadership physical exercise spiritual growth social skills as well as respect and responsibility to self and community. Hands-on experiential activities include a group obstacle course high ropes course sweat lodge fishing archery swimming canoeingmanoomin gathering animal and plant wisdom cultural exploration and cooperative games. Centered on the Medicine Wheel this camp explores Native American tradi- tional ways and traditional ecological knowledge but also learning in the areas of forestry biology fisheries and botany. Youth will work with staff from GLIFWC and the USFS. This camp is free of cost. Deadline for accepting applications is June 15 2015 and it fills up fast so early applications are encouraged. Onji-Akiing Registration Form ParticipantName________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________ City ____________________ State __________ Zip __________ Email __________________________________________ Grade ______________ Age __________ Tribe Affiliation ___________________________if none leave blank Phone ___________________ Please attach another sheet of paper with a short essay at least 100 words on why you want to attend Camp Onji-Akiing. Please include any special achievements and how this camp might help you in school your community and with any life goals. Please attach one letter of recommendation from an adult not related to you about why they think you should attend the camp and will benefit from it. Students are accepted on the basis of their essays recommendations and space availability. In the event you are accepted you will be expected to sign a statement saying that you will participate fully in all activities and parents guardians will have to complete and sign health forms and permissions for all camp activities. For questions or concerns please contact Heather Naigus Fred Maulson 906-458-3778 715-682-6619 ext. 113 hnaigusglifwc.org fmaulsonglifwc.org Mail application essay and letter of recommendation to GLIFWC Attn Camp Registrations PO Box 9 Odanah WI 54861 or Heather Naigus at 253 Silver Creek Rd. Marquette MI 49855. You can also email application to hnaigusglifwc.org or fax application to 715-682-4221.Deadline for accepting applications is June 15 2015 Onji-Akiing From the Earth The deweigan drum has always had a presence at the boat landings and it was refreshing to see an atmosphere without protesters and without negativity. Three hand drum singers shared Honoring songs for Lake Galilee and our waters their voices carrying through the still night. Finally asemaa was offered to the water prior to harvest remembering also the spirit of the fish and their gifts to us. It was a good night. Tribes celebrate GTacs preapplication withdrawl Continued from page 1 Jason Schlender Lac Courte Oreilles tribal member speared the ceremonial ogaa walleye for the LCO Community at Lake Galilee. photo by Dylan Jennings GLIFWC attended the Chiefs of Ontarios Following in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors Elders and Youth Water Gathering in March. The Summit was put on by the Chiefs of Ontario which is a political forum for 133 First Nations to protect and exercise their treaty rights to advocate for strong healthy native communities. Over70representativesfromtheFirstNationsEnvironmentCanadaandGLIFWC attended the event to discuss how traditional ecological knowledge TEK plays a key role in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes as a vital water resource. Under the renewed Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the US and Canada there is an effort to engage First Nations to meaningfully contribute to GreatLakesInitiativesandotherecosystemprioritiesindecisionmakingprocesses between the First Nations and federal and provincial governments. The Summit was a way to connect elders who are holders of traditional knowledge with the First Nations natural resource departments and to encourage youth to enter into the field of natural resource management. GLIFWCwasinvitedtothesummittosharethesuccessesandchallengeswith incorporating elders input and traditional Anishinaabe ecological knowledge in tribalnaturalresourcemanagement.TheGLIFWCAdvisoryAndGuideInputGroup of Elders GAAGIGE was highlighted as a useful tool in ensuring the proper and necessary role TEK has in tribesefforts to self-regulate treaty resources as stated by members Leonard and Mary Moose Mille Lacs. A number of other projects such as increased participation in the Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan and manoomin restoration in the ceded territories were discussed to show First Nations how Anishinaabe culture can seamlessly mesh with biological principles in a variety of ways. GLIFWC was honored to serve as model for successful co- management between tribal people and federalprovincial governments and hopes that our relatives in Zhaanganaashiiwakii Canada will continue to undertake a more active role in Great Lakes protection and restoration issues. Two representatives from the Chiefs of Ontario Youth Delegation shared their experience working with elders from their First Nation communities to design an ecological summer project. Many elders were happy to see Ontario youth take an interest in natural resource management and undertake the Anishinaabe duty to be good stewards of aki. photo by Jen Burnett Ontario chiefs seek to expand TEK role By Jen Burnett GLIFWC Outreach Specialist PAGE 19 MAZINAIGANSUMMER 2015