Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Women Leading the Way

Check out this new NAN video called Women Leading the Way.

In 2006, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) took on a major Women's project and focused on Leadership Development Training and Personal Capacity Building workshops held in NAN communities. "Kaninakitchik Esquaywuk" is a collection of interviews by the facilitators, participants, and evaluators that were involved with the project.

One story takes a look at a lady who took advantage of the training when it was offered in her community and used her new found skills to quickly become Deputy Chief of her community.

Passionate tales of growth and how the project has affected individuals on a personal level is the basis for "Kaninakitchik Esquaywuk".

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Fire

Here is a video of Sioux Lookout 35, the large fire near Mishkeegogamang, the footage was taken on July 28, 2011.

The video was created for a wide audience, with the interests of
Mishkeegogamang in mind. The images of new growth and renewal are
encouraging, and the video also features local people from
Mishkeegogamang helping to protect their community.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One New Councilor, Four Re-elected

Thomas Wassaykeesic, David Masakeyash, Mary Anne Panacheese and Laureen Wassaykeesic were re-elected as councilors. Michael Bottle got 107 votes to gain the remaining seat on Council. The list below shows the number of votes received by each candidate:

Name of Candidate
James Bottle 40
Michael James Bottle 107
Kristin Brisket 27
Robert Brisket 50
John Derouin 51
Brenda Fox 79
Eileen Loon 25
Marena Loon 42
David Masakeyash 138
Gloria Muckuck 49
Bella Panacheese 42
Mary Ann Panacheese 81
Tracy Panacheese 49
George John Skunk 36
Maureen Skunk 28
Michael Skunk 41
John Paul Spade 56
Linda Spade 21
Thomas Dino Spade 47
Jeffrey Wassaykeesic 25
Laureen Wassaykeesic 101
Thomas Wassaykeesic 145
Kenneth Wavy 53

Chief Connie Gray-McKay Re-Elected

Connie Gray-McKay has been re-elected as Mishkeegogamang’s chief, winning 92 of the approximately 300 votes that were cast in the August election. The alphabetical list below shows how many votes each candidate for chief received.

Name of Candidate

Michael James Bottle 38
John Derouin 27
Connie Gray-McKay 92
Glenn Kaminawaish 46
Marena Loon 59
Thomas Wassaykeesic 41

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Message from Chief Connie Gray-McKay

A message from Chief Connie Gray-McKay to the people of Mishkeegogamang during the evacuation - thoughtful comments still relevant even though the evacuation is over.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Mishkeegogamang is under evacuation because of a huge fire burning east of the community. This picture shows the massive smoke cloud that could be seen looking east from Cedar Rapids.

Help Wanted: Economic Development Officer


(Full-time Position)

Mishkeegogamang First Nation is seeking an Economic Development Officer to join its team.

The Economic Development Officer is responsible for facilitating, promoting and ensuring community and economic development in order to secure opportunities for economic and business development and increase local employment.

The Economic Development Officer reports to the Director of Operations and is responsible for facilitating community and economic development planning and initiatives; identifying and fostering community economic development opportunities; securing funding for economic development activities and programs; assisting local organizations, businesses and individuals with establishing economic development plans and projects; and promoting the community in order to expand economic development opportunities; and, perform other related duties as required.


The incumbent must demonstrate the following skills:

· Ability to develop and analyze business plans

· Ability to identify and promote community economic development projects and initiatives

· Team building skills

· Accounting and bookkeeping skills

· Analytical and problem solving skills

· Decision making skills

· Effective verbal, presentation and listening communications skills

· Effective negotiation and mediation skills

· Effective written communications skills

· Computer skills including the ability to operate computerized accounting, spreadsheet, word-processing, graphics and website development programs at a highly proficient level

· Stress management skills

· Time management skills

The Economic Development Officer would normally attain the required knowledge, skills and attitudes through completion of a Diploma or Degree in Economic Development and/or Business Administration combined with related financial experience. Equivalencies will be considered. A full job description is available upon request.


Please send a resume with three work-related references to: Mishkeegogamang First Nation

Please Note: The hiring of the successful candidate to this position is subject to a Criminal Record Check.

Help Wanted: Director of Operations


(Full-time Position)

Mishkeegogamang First Nation is seeking a dynamic leader to join its management team as Director of Operations.

As a key member of our high performance team, you will have an unwavering commitment and focus on successful implementation of the annual operating plan, expanding membership and achieving long-term financial sustainability. You will provide strategic leadership to the financial and administrative functions of the organization ensuring exceptional service and overall accountability to community members.

Under the direction of the Executive Director and working closely with the Chief and Council, this position has overall responsibility for developing financial, budget and operational controls and reporting; overseeing all functions, directing effective and efficient office, human resource and administrative procedures and standards; managing benefit and insurance programs and contracts/leases of the organization and, ensuring adherence to all applicable regulatory requirements.

In particular, the Director ensures that Mishkeegogamang First Nation is compliant with all federal and provincial funding partner financial reporting requirements, provides the Executive Director, Chief and Council, and Program Managers with detailed and up-to-date financial reporting information for review, recommends policy and procedure related to the overall operations of the organization, and maintains the organizations information, records and databases.


· Excellent organizational, administrative and leadership skills.

· Post-secondary education in the area of accounting, financial management, business administration or equivalent.

· Minimum of five years experience working in a financial management capacity within a not-for-profit organization.

· Expertise in managing all financial aspects including budgeting, monthly reporting and annual audits

· Familiar with human resource policy and procedure, compensation and benefit program administration.

· Knowledge and experience with Adagio or similar accounting program.

· Great attention to detail and ability to develop, implement and maintain the policies of the organization.

· Superior verbal and written communication skills

· Self starter and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

A full job description is available upon request.

To Apply

Please send a resume with three work-related references to: Mishkeegogamang First Nation

Please Note: The hiring of the successful candidate to this position is subject to a Criminal Record Check.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Horseshoe tournament

Freak snowstorm in Pickle Lake in June

A bear checking out the highway traffic

Elections Officer Elizabeth Redsky receiving nominations. Elections for Chief and Council have been delayed because of the postal strike. They may be held near the end of July.

A playful fox

Ken Wavy

Councillor Bob Brisket