To: Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation Band & Community Members
From: Chief and Council
Date: December 4, 2017
As we approach the Christmas & Holiday Season, your Chief and Council would like to extend their very best wishes for health, prosperity and happiness to all of our Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation families and community members.
It has been an amazing year for the First Nation and for our people, as we participated in, and witnessed, the historical settlement of our flooding claim. To coincide with the Elders Gathering, the official signing ceremony was held on June 20, 2017 at our Community Cultural Centre. It was very important that our Elders had the opportunity to be there, as they are the ones who hold the history and memories of our lands, and who would have lived through this passage of time. The settlement of the claim has brought closure to this chapter in our history, but more importantly, hope for the future and a better life for our children and the generations to come.
It is important to share that the signed documents went through ceremony, and representatives of the Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation and the federal and provincial governments delivered speeches at the ceremony signing. There have been numerous requests for a copy of the Chief's speech; thus, click here to read her message, which many found both powerful and inspirational.
At our Powwow, held June 16-18, 2017, Chief Whitecloud declared that this would be "A Year of Celebration" for our people. In keeping with this theme, please find information on your Annual Christmas Gift.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GIFT
With the hopes of once again brightening your holiday season, your Chief and Council are pleased to provide a special Christmas gift. We are delighted to be able to give our members the same amount as last year! All adults will receive a $1500.00 cheque, all youth 12-17 will receive a $300.00 gift card, and all children 11 and under will receive a $100.00 gift card. The gift is comprised of monies from the FN's portion of the flooding claim and dividends from the FN's Dallan Forestry company.
It is our hope that this gift will make your Christmas holiday season a little bit brighter and a time of celebration. Our children and youth who have registered to attend the feast, will still receive a Christmas gift from Santa, and our Elders will still receive their turkey and gift card! Your annual Christmas gift will be ready for distribution and mail-out commencing Monday December 11, 2017. (No third party pick-ups, Individual registered band members can only pick up their own gift)
Please Note: the Banquet room for the feast is filled to capacity. If you are registered and cannot attend, please call Honey Chicago at the office as we have people on our waiting list. Chi Miigwech!
~ Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from your Chief & Council and Administration ~
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