To: Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation Band & Community Members
From: Chief and Council
Date: November 22, 2019
Boozhoo! We hope that this communique finds our members and their families in good health and spirits! It has been a very busy and exciting year for the First Nation with many significant milestones accomplished. Your Chief and Council continue to diligently serve the people and would like to take this opportunity to update our membership on recent changes and progress made within the First Nation this past fall.
On Saturday, October 12th 2019 the fall feasting of our ancestral lands took place out at our Roundhouse. The ceremony was conducted by Elder Gilbert Smith with support from our community Elder’s Council and staff. Many people were in attendance, helping ensure that we are carrying out our collective responsibility to honour our ancestors and renew our important relationships with our lands and waters. Chi Miigwetch to our Elders Council for their commitment and hard work! A wonderful fall feast and time of fellowship followed and was enjoyed by all in attendance.
We are pleased to announce that we “officially” have Hydro connection to our Community Complex on our reserve lands. A ceremony was included at the feasting of the lands, blessing this significant milestone for our First Nation. Much acknowledgment and gratitude goes out to all staff who worked tirelessly on this momentous achievement in bringing stable, essential infrastructure to our First Nation. Many thanks to our hard working staff, to our champions! This completes phase one of the Marine cable-Hydro project. We continue to work on phase two which will bring hydro into our residential development area for our homeowners.
On Friday, November 1st 2019 our bi-election for one councillor position concluded. The results were as follows:
Stacey Girardin 4 votes
Garry Kishiqueb 59 votes
Kathleen Sawdo 36 votes
Keith Swazey 21 votes
Chief and Council would like to convey our appreciation to all Band Members for their involvement and participation, which is integral to the ongoing governance of our First Nation. We extend our warm congratulations to Garry and look forward to working with him again. The Oath of Office took place at a duly convened Chief and Council meeting on Saturday, November 9th 2019.
We are also excited to announce that our new Administration Office is complete and our administrative team has been busy transitioning into this space! Our Administration Office is now located on the 3rd floor of the office complex at 100 Little Lake Road in the Fort William First Nation business area, across from the INAC and Dilico buildings. Our new site is within a contemporary, secure facility. All individuals visiting our Administration Office are reminded that it is still a construction area as the first and second floors are undergoing tenant fit-up for their respective space. Please use caution while driving into the parking area and follow instructions posted on signage. We would like to acknowledge our three Aboriginal partners who will also be occupying space in this building. (1st floor): Levesque Enterprises (Dallan Forestry) and Neegani Investment Ltd (NADF) (2nd floor): Fort William First Nation
Our heartfelt appreciation is extended to all in bringing this long-term goal to fruition. We have come a long way and are very pleased with the beautiful new space that our community can take great pride in. Our staff complement has continued to grow exponentially and we are fortunate to be in the position to provide our hardworking, dedicated team of people with a wonderful work environment. As a progressive First Nation, we are ever mindful of maintaining our “standard of excellence” in all that we do! While our physical office location has changed, please note that our mailing address, telephone and fax information remains the same: 1100 Memorial Ave, Suite 328, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 4A3. Congratulations team!
We will be sending out a Christmas Communique in the first week of December. A gentle reminder that our annual Christmas feast will be held on Sunday, December 8th 2019 and is preceded by our Afternoon with Santa event for our children and families. In order to avoid disappointment, please RSVP with Honey Chicago at (807) 622-9836, as the seating is limited and filling up quickly!
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