Suzie O'Bomsawin

Deux employés du GCNWA au sein de deux comités d’experts de l’Agence canadienne d’évaluation environnementale (In French only)

Le Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki et son département du Bureau du Ndakina sont fiers de vous annoncer que deux membres de leur équipe ont été sélectionnés pour faire partie de deux nouveaux comités d’experts de l’Agence canadienne d’évaluation environnementale.

Suzie O'Bomsawin

Suzie O’Bomsawin, directrice du Bureau du Ndakina, fait partie du Comité consultatif autochtone. Ce comité fournit au gouvernement du Canada des conseils d’expert et participe à l’élaboration de politiques et d’orientations pour le nouveau système d’évaluation d’impact proposé. Il comprend des membres des Premières Nations, des Inuits et des Métis. Cette représentation contribue à faire en sorte que le Comité apporte une perspective large et inclusive reflétant les droits, les intérêts, les priorités et la situation uniques des peuples autochtones au Canada (CLIQUEZ ICI pour découvrir l’ensemble des membres de ce comité).

Hugo Mailhot Couture, biologiste, quant à lui, fait partie du Comité consultatif technique des sciences et des connaissances. Ce comité fournit au gouvernement du Canada des conseils d’experts sur des sujets liés à l’évaluation d’impact ainsi qu’aux évaluations régionales et stratégiques (CLIQUEZ ICI pour découvrir l’ensemble des membres de ce comité).  

FÉLICITATIONS À VOUS DEUX !

NIONA SUR « LA ROUTE DES PANIERS » (In French only)

L’équipe Niona, constituée de jeunes des communautés d’Odanak et de Wôlinak, est présentement en territoire abénakis, dans le Maine, pour partir à la découverte de traditions ancestrales.

Ce projet de recherche collaboratif entre Niona et le Bureau du Ndakina du GCNWA se nomme « La route des paniers ».

Ils se pencheront sur la production de paniers de frêne. Un élément très important de la culture abénakise, tant d’un point de vue historique qu’archéologique.

Apprenez-en davantage sur le sujet en écoutant l’entrevue qu’a offert la responsable du projet, Valérie Laforce, à VIA 90,5 en CLIQUANT ICI.

L’archéologue du GCNWA nommée ambassadrice (In French only)

Le Grand Conseil est fier de vous annoncer que Mme Geneviève Treyvaud, archéologue au Bureau du Ndakina du GCNWA, a été choisie en tant qu’ambassadrice de la région du Centre-du-Québec dans le cadre de la 15e édition du Mois de l’archéologie d’Archéo-Québec.

Apprenez-en davantage sur ces gens passionnés qui ont à cœur la protection et le rayonnement du patrimoine archéologique en CLIQUANT ICI.

Nouvelle direction générale au Musée des Abénakis (In French only)

Le conseil d’administration de la Société historique d’Odanak est fier d’annoncer la nomination de Madame Geneviève Bédard au poste de directrice générale du Musée des Abénakis. Madame Bédard succède officiellement à Monsieur Mathieu O’Bomsawin qui assurait la direction de l’institution depuis avril 2016.

Détentrice d’un baccalauréat en histoire ainsi que d’une maîtrise en muséologie, Madame Bédard cumule plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans le domaine de la gestion de projets culturels et touristiques. D’ailleurs, elle a œuvré dans plusieurs institutions muséales de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec ; le Musée des cultures du monde (auparavant appelé Musée des religions du monde), la maison Rodolphe-Duguay, de même que le Musée Pop (autrefois nommé Musée québécois de la culture populaire).

Il est fort à parier que ses compétences en matière de gestion, de communication et de mise en valeur du patrimoine seront des atouts précieux au sein de l’équipe du Musée des Abénakis.

Le conseil d’administration et toute l’équipe du Musée souhaitent la bienvenue à Madame Geneviève Bédard, qui saura, ils en sont convaincus, relever ce nouveau défi avec brio.

À propos du Musée des Abénakis

Depuis 1965, le Musée des Abénakis offre un témoignage historique et contemporain sur la culture abénakise. Engagé dans sa communauté, il offre à toutes les générations des expériences, du savoir-faire et des traditions témoignant de la richesse abénakise.

Le Musée des Abénakis est subventionné par le gouvernement du Québec ainsi que par le Conseil des Abénakis d’Odanak.

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An unusual construction in Odanak

An unusual construction in Odanak

Archaeologist Geneviève Treyvaud with Vicky Desfossés-Bégin of the Musée des Abénakis d’Odanak. Behind, we can see the structure of the traditional house and some workers. (Photo) (Photo: Marie-Eve Veillette)

A traditional 19th century Abenaki house is about to open its doors on the grounds of the Abenaki Museum in Odanak.

Last week, the structure was taking shape. It is made up of piles cut from spruce logs from the public forests of the ancestral Abenaki territory (the Ndakinna). In the following days, it was planned to cover the walls, which will be made of synthetic bark made of recycled plastic.

“It is a traditional house, yes, but built according to the constraints and realities of the 21st century,” says archaeologist Geneviève Treyvaud, a member of the work team. In the past, the Abenaki people changed the bark of their homes every year, which is unthinkable today because of the regulations surrounding the protection of forests.”

“It is a contemporary adaptation of the dwelling that we are making,” adds Vicky Desfossés-Bégin of the Musée des Abénakis. It is reproduced with today’s material for a question of sustainability as well.”

A project rich in history

This building is being built on the site itself, where archaeological excavations, carried out from 2010 to last year, have uncovered traces of this type of dwelling. These researches, it should be recalled, focused on the fortified mission of the Abenaki fort, dating from 1680 to 1759.

“When the excavations were conducted, several traces of posts, pickets and piles were found,” says Ms. Treyvaud, noting that these traces were left when they were burned, after Major Robert Rogers’ troops attacked the Abenaki fort and set fire to the village and chapel in 1759.

The original idea was to reproduce a house from that period. However, the project has been reviewed according to the wood available to carry it out. “We expected to receive wooden poles… but we were delivered trees,” laughs Mrs. Treyvaud. First Nations were very strong in adapting to their environment and available resources, so we are continuing in the same vein!”

In the end, it’s a bad thing for a good,” says Vicky Desfossés-Bégin, “since the traditional house of the early 19th century is not a type of housing presented elsewhere in Quebec. Indeed, it is rather prehistoric prehistoric pre-colonial dwellings that can usually be visited; a little like the one planned at the beginning of the project. “We thought that with[the material received], we would be able to build on a less well-known period in First Nations history,” says Treyvaud.

It is therefore a house representing the period of contact with Europeans and the beginning of the colony that the Museum will offer to its visitors. “This is a time when the Aboriginal house is very mixed because of the two cultures that coexist. Each takes a little from the other. On the one hand, the first settlers adapted to the Native people’s food and ways of fishing and hunting; on the other hand, the First Nations adapted their tools with European materials, such as ceramics and copper pots.”

Welcome to Kwigw8mna!

The house will be fully equipped with reproductions of artifacts. We’ll feel like we’re entering someone’s home.

To recreate this past living environment, the team behind the project conducted extensive research on traditional Abenaki houses throughout the Ndakinna, which includes not only much of southern Quebec to the Chaudière River, but also Maine and New Hampshire. “We consulted all kinds of historical sources to get a realistic picture of both the inside and outside of these homes,” says Treyvaud.

The archaeological data collected during the eight years of excavations in Odanak were also valuable allies in the implementation of the project.

Despite everything, the work team does not claim to affirm that its construction will be an authentic house. “It will not necessarily have the same shape. We think the houses may have been rounder. On the other hand, there may have been other forms as well.”

Construction began on June 25. We plan to finish it this week, if all goes well. The Montreal-based company Aboriginal Technologies is carrying out the work, with the help of three residents of Odanak.

Once the structure and cladding are completed, the interior and exterior layout will be completed. “All around the house, we want to create a vegetable garden of medicinal and traditional plants, with seeds indigenous to the time,” says Vicky Desfossés-Bégin.

Finally, it should be noted that the project was funded by Canadian Heritage. He also received support from the Band Council, Grand Council and the Ndakinna office. The new attraction will be called Kwigw8mna, which means “our home” in Abenaki.

Source: Article by Marie-Ève Veillette in Le Courrier Sud

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Minister Jean Boulet confirms more than $13 million to support First Nations and Inuit in their efforts to find employment

Minister Jean Boulet confirms more than $13 million to support First Nations and Inuit in their efforts to find employment

In order to enable First Nations and Inuit members to take their place in the labour market, the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, Jean Boulet, has confirmed an investment of more than $13 million through the Alliances for Solidarity and the First Nations and Inuit Employment Integration Assistance Program (FNIHAP).

Funded with $4.8 million, FNIHAP aims to help 500 First Nations and Inuit people enter the labour market by 2023. Directly related to the Great Tasks 2.0, this program is designed to help First Nations and Inuit people gain meaningful first work experience and help them stay employed.

PAIPNI makes it possible to finance up to 80% of the gross salary of the person receiving it and to cover up to 100% of the direct costs related to training. It also provides support measures for new hires and funding to adapt the workplace or human resources tools for successful integration. The implementation of the PAIPNI is done in collaboration with members of the communities concerned to effectively meet the needs of workers.

The Alliances for Solidarity enable the Aboriginal organizations that signed these agreements, in collaboration with their partners in their territories, to address the fight against poverty and social exclusion according to regionally agreed priorities, including school retention and professional integration. Total investments in this regard amount to $8.3 million.

“I encourage First Nations and Inuit people to apply for available jobs, as it is through access to the labour market that they will be able to bring their talents and expertise to their respective communities. Thus, through PAIPNI and the Alliances pour la solidarité, we are mobilizing an available workforce, reducing the effects of labour scarcity on the Quebec economy. »

Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region

“I am delighted with this announcement that will allow First Nations and Inuit to enter the labour market. First Nations and Inuit represent a dynamic young workforce whose strengths and talents must be highlighted. By working together, we will help to address the challenge of labour shortage. »

Sylvie D’Amours, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister responsible for the Laurentian region

Highlights :

  • On May 13, Minister Boulet launched the second phase of the Grande corvée: the Grande corvée 2.0. It is aimed directly at workers, while the first phase aims to anticipate the needs of companies to help them cope with labour shortages.
  • Since the beginning of the Great Hardship 2.0, measures have been announced to bring different under-represented groups closer to the labour market: experienced workers (May 13), people with disabilities (June 5) and members of Aboriginal communities (June 28).
  • Until 2023, the government is continuing the Alliances for Solidarity through three agreements to fight poverty and social exclusion signed with the Kativik Regional Government, the Cree Nation Government and the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission, which receive $2 million, $2.2 million and $4.1 million respectively.

Related links :

First Nations and Inuit Employment Integration Assistance Program (FNIHAP)

Alliances for solidarity

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“Kwei Kwai! “of ICI Mauricie Centre-du-Québec

« Kwei Kwaï! » d’ICI Mauricie Centre-du-Québec

Kwei Kwaï! is a series of reports by ICI Mauricie Centre-du-Québec on the various Aboriginal peoples who occupy the vast territory of Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec.

Among the various interviews conducted, three of them proudly represent the Abenaki Nation.

First, meet Marc-Olivier O’Bomsawin, “the youngest elder” who explains how this great interest in his culture was born. – Click here!

Then, we invite you to discover the young people of the Niona project who present their project of diffusion and enhancement of Abenaki culture. – Click here!

Finally, meet the multidisciplinary artist and clothing anthropologist Sylvain Rivard. – Click here!

A big thank you to Josée Bourassa and all her team for this great visibility and for her great interest in our Nation.

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ABENAKI IN BUSINESS | WHITE FEATHER WORKSHOP

ABÉNAKIS EN AFFAIRES | ATELIER LA PLUME BLANCHE

Did you know that some snowshoes had a pattern that identified which family the traces left in the snow belonged to?

In this edition of Abenaki in Business, we are talking about the babiche, a material that was widely used by Jean-Paul Lamirande of the workshop La Plume Blanche in Odanak. A passionate craftsman, he is known for his work on snowshoes and chairs made of sinew, as well as for the Oliver Lodge exhibition, which once taught us more about Abenaki culture.