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Golf Tournament

The Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council is pleased to announce its first annual golf tournament on August 26th, 2005. Profits from the event will be donated towards activities benefiting the youth of our six member communities.
The event will take place at the Club de Golf Algonquin (18 holes), located in the heart of the Maniwaki region. The tournament (best ball) will end with a supper, distribution of prizes and entertainment. The registration cost is $90 and includes the game, a cart, and the supper. So come perfect your game while contributing to a great cause! We invite you to contact us at (819) 449-1225 to register. This promises to be a memorable day!

 

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Annual Assembly

The Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council is holding this year its Annual General Assembly in the community of Eagle Village. The meeting will take place during the week of August 15, 2005. More detailed information will be sent out shortly.

 

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Eagle Village Elections

Elections were held on June 3rd, 2005 in Eagle Village. Chief Haymond was re-elected and the new council is now composed of Gail Joly, David McLaren and Madeline Paul.

 

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Lac Simon Pow Wow

Lac Simon is holding the second edition of its annual Pow Wow the weekend of July 22-24, in Val d'Or at the St.Joseph site.
Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call (819) 736.4501.

 

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Kitcisakik Annual Games

Kitcisakik will hold its annual Games from July 21 to July 24 in Kitcisakik. A 172 tournament will take place Thursday, July 21. Then, on Friday, two tournaments will be organized: horseshoe tournament and a 45 tournament. On Saturday, participants will be able to register to big caliber shooting, 22 shooting, and skeet shooting. There will also be a bingo at the community hall. The day will end with entertainment and the crowning of a prince and a princess. Finally, on Sunday, canoe races will take place. The weekend will end with a closing ceremony and a show by Anwatan Wasche. For more information, you can call (819) 736.3001.

 

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Traditional Herbs

As mentioned in the last issue, from now on we will publish in every newsletter a section featuring a cultural element. This month the information we present comes from the Val d'Or Friendship Centre's newsletter “The Centre's Notebook”.

The four purifying plants

The plants used since the beginning of times by Native people are sage, cedar, sweet grass and juniper. Sage is the most masculine plant and is a powerful purifier. The Canadian cedar, called the Great Tree of Peace, has the perfect balance between feminine and masculine polarities. It predisposes to prayer, tranquility and serenity. Sweet grass is the most feminine of these plants and often called the hair of Mother Earth. The juniper is used for remembering dreams and to purify the sleeping place.

The Ritual

These plants were mainly used to purify the ambiance in a given place. Current applications are: before a ceremony, to offer help for a healing, to purify a new house… Often, these plants were burned in a shell, the abalone shell being the most common. According to tradition, it is recommended to offer the smoke to the four directions, beginning to the North and East and to say a prayer while holding the shell. Native spirituality teaches us that the smoke of the sacred herbs brings our prayers into the spiritual world. The remaining ashes are sacred and consequently should be given back to earth in a respectful manner.

Source: Val d'Or Native Friendship Centre

 

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Human Resources Section, by Angela Benedict

First Nation Management Training

The AANTC is happy to announce the success of the fifth unit Management of Priorities. The session was held at the Val-d'Or Native Friendship Center on June 7-8, 2005. This unit was the fifth amongst a series of twelve to be delivered within the next couple years. In collaboration with COSE Consultation, sessions were offered in English and French with participation from 20 directors, managers and supervisors within the member communities. We look forward to seeing you in October for the sixth unit.

Labour Standards Workshop

An information session was held the afternoon of June 8, 2005 at the Val-d'Or Native Friendship Center for all management staff within the member communities to review the Labour Code. The AANTC was pleased with the participation rate and the overall information that was covered. This session provided management staff a better understanding of the code and employee protection. We will be offering Part 2 - Occupational Health & Safety in October 2005. We look forward to full participation.

 

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Environment Section

I had a chance to visit the school for a day (For Environment week) to present videos on reducing, reusing, and
recycling. After the video presentation, we had enough time to do a short activity. The students were very cooperative and we had a great time! Going to the school was a great experience for me, and hope to do it again real soon!
Migwetch,

Patricia Polson

 

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Economic Development Section, by Carole Whiteduck

Inventory Management Strategies for Cost Reduction

Inventory occupies valuable storage and display space, so naturally you want to maximize your return on investment. But inventory is money that's been invested at a negative rate of interest: the longer it sits on your shelves the more it costs.
It's best to manage that inventory so that you've got just enough of it to service your customers and maintain adequate cash reserves for other business operations.

Analyze patterns to establish forecasts

If you've been in business for a while, you probably have some record of what sold and what didn't sell throughout the year. Analyze that data. Break the inventory down into categories and try to correlate the categories with customers. You may very well see a trend or pattern emerge. Depending on what business you're in, that pattern could correspond to the rhythm of the seasons, or it could be in-sync with the financial year-ends of your biggest customers.
Once you've discerned a trend or pattern, you can begin to plan acquiring and paying for that merchandise according to your needs. The idea is to stock the inventory just before you need to sell it, so that the money you've invested comes back into the business as quickly as possible. A good inventory information system should allow you to capture sales history, and forecast sales, based on that history.

Turn dead inventory into cash

To recover some of the cash you have tied-up in dead inventory, it's best to mark it down for quick sale. Segment your dead inventory into the "bad" (meaning not selling right now) down to the "unsellable". Be realistic and merciless. Display and price the bad stuff so that it will sell. It's not important what you paid for it. What's important, is what your customers are willing to pay for it right now. Alternately, you can talk to your distributor who may be willing to take some of that inventory back.

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Re-burial of Ancestral Remains and Burial Items

“Three years ago, we committed ourselves to a work-plan required to succeed in this unique and historical undertaking. Today, because of our convictions in the belief of redressing one of many injustices exercised against our cultural heritage, our mission to act upon a shared Algonquin desire to have our ancestral remains and their belongings returned to the territory's soil, is near completion. Three years ago, we designated June 21st, 2005 as the deadline to finalize our mission in the repatriation of our ancestral remains and their respective artifacts. Today, because of being encouraged by the collective endorsement of our people, we have succeeded in doing what we set out to accomplish. June 21st, 2005 is confirmed to be the day when we will remove our ancestral human remains and their belongings from imprisoning cabinets and return them to the soil of their territory.”

Rene Tenasco, Coordinator

 

 

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