Our last regular board meeting was held on August 11, 2017. The items on the Agenda were:
- Third Quarter Benefit Programs
- Review of Lake Superior Water Gathering
- Motion to move MFNCT Operating account to RBC with Investments
The MFN Community Trust Board of Trustees has approved the third quarter Benefits for Home Maintenance, Health Promotion, High School Graduation Program and the Elementary and Secondary School Incentives Programs. Total payout for this quarter is $17,134.32.
Please be advised that the Home Maintenance and Health Promotion Programs has funds available so if you haven’t applied in 2017 for the Benefit programs, please send in your receipts.
We also have Elementary and Secondary School program funds available for children who have successfully completed their School year, High school students are required to send in Term 1 Final report and Term 2 Final Report.
We have 2 spots available for the High School Graduation program so if you know anyone how has successful graduated from High School in the 2016/2017 year, please have them send in their report cards, Term 1 and Term 2 final reports along with a copy of their diploma.
When applying for benefits don’t forget to include your name, address, status number, date of birth, phone number, the name of the program that you’re applying for and the supporting documentation that is required. You are entitled to apply for one program per year, maximum payout for each member is $150.00. If you require a copy of the 2017 Benefit Program guidelines please contact Christine Lewis at the Trust Office, see last page for contact information.
Elementary and Secondary School Incentive
Education Incentive is open to the children of Michipicoten First Nation who have successfully completed their elementary or secondary school year (report card, status number, date of birth, phone number and mailing address are required) and who haven’t applied/or received the Home Maintenance or Health Promotion for 2017. Each child is entitled to $150.00.
High School Graduation Program
High school students, who have graduated in the 2016-2017 school year, please send in a copy your transcripts, a copy of your diploma, name, status number, date of birth, phone number and mailing address, you will receive $500.00 on your accomplishment from MFN Community Trust. (2 remaining spaces available for 2017, first come first served)
**The deadline for the fourth quarter benefit applications will be November 16th, 2017 and will be processed at our next meeting on December 3rd, 2017. **
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Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, August 12th, 2017, the weather was beautiful, we have been very lucky with the weather during our meetings for the few past years.
As always it was nice seeing the members out enjoying the community as MFN held their annual Youth and Elder Gathering earlier in the week, MFN was getting ready for the annual pow wow weekend. This year we had some new faces in the crowd and it is very nice to see returning members who came out to our Annual General Meeting and taking an interest in the MFN Community Trust.
We had our Auditor Josh Armstrong presenting our 2016 Financial Statements to the membership. We didn’t have our Investment portfolio manager in attendance this year as we are finalizing the transfer of our investments our new Investment brokerage, we will have RBC Dominion Securities in attendance next year.
In total we had 50 Michipicoten Members attend our meeting this year.
We gave away 3 BBQ’s again this year and the winners were: Delphis Stone and Mrytle Swanson of Michipicoten First Nation and Penny Penno of Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
This year we added 3 – 10 man tents to our give aways, the winners of the tents were: Paula Penno and Angela Stone of Michipicoten First Nation and Deborah Seppala of Drafter, MI, the remainder of the members who attended the meeting received a variety of Gift Cards valued at $50.00.
Hope to see you all again next year at our AGM.
Congratulations to all MFN 2017
High School Graduates
Eythan Chambette – Portage La Prairie, MB
Karl Bouchard – Terrace Bay, ON
Courtney Vallee – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Derrick Boissoneau – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Cheyanne Herder – Hamilton, ON
Jessica Thompson – Sault Ste. Marie, MI, US
Nash Lewis – Wawa, ON
Membership Sponsored Event Program for 2017
Lake Superior Water Gathering/June 19-22/2017
Well it was an experience again having Ceremony here in our Community. Ceremony for the Water and didn’t you know we had rain everyday but nothing was holding us back.
We started the journey with Sunrise Ceremony each morning, it was good sharing and giving thanks to Creator for the start of the new day. Miigwetch for the presents of the Pipe Carriers who joined us in this wonderful ceremony. Sharing Circles were awesome, we all listened to one another, youth, adults, Elders and women who attended. We also had Sharing Circle for the men and what their responsibility is for Ceremony. We heard that Ceremony is to be done more often for the future teachings that we could share.
We had Traditional Massages, Cedar Baths, Sweats, Sharing Circles and Sweats. Well when ceremony calls, we just do it. Our Chief and niece Jess came to go fasting on our little Island with some family to help them out. We all shared in preparation for them, gave them what was needed to be done.
We also had a visitor come join us, her name is Dee and she is paddling the Lake at this time, Prayers for her journey. If you would like to get information on what she is doing, 500daysinthewild.com is where you can look. Interesting canoe journey she is on.
National Aboriginal Day turned out to be a wonderful day. We had Sharing Circles, shared in making Tobacco ties for the water. These were for everyone to take home and share with the water in there area. Sharing in how we can help to keep the waters clean, it was so nice to hear from the children.
On the last day we had Sharing Circle and listened to one young fella as he shared what the animals meant to him. It was an awesome experience for all who sat and shared. “Wow” is all I have to say.
I would like to say Miigwetch to all who made this possible, Michipicoten First Nation Community Trust, Michipicoten First Nation, Helpers in Ceremony, the Shop crew for setting up the tents and whatnot. The water that was bought from Dore River, healing water. So very great full for the opportunity to have community come together and be as one in Ceremony. Miigwetch to all who came to visit near and far. This was suppose to be a one time event but in Ceremony was share that we would be doing it again next year. So June 20-21, 2018, keep in mind of this day.
May Creator be with one and all, Keep our water clean and safe today and for future generations.
Evelyn Stone (Blue Thunderbird Woman)
Stayed tuned for our next Newsletter in December 2017.