Wisdom: Ginoogaming First Nation Training Center makes a difference for students

The Ginoogaming First Nations Training Center promotes language, culture, traditions and history.

LONGLAC — What was once officially known as Longlac Lake Reserve #77, is a small Anishnawbe (Ojibway) First Nation located in Northern Ontario. It is located approximately 40 kilometers east of Geraldton on the north shore of Long Lake, immediately south of Long Lake 58 First Nation and the community of Longlac.

Ginoogaming First Nation is a member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a political territorial organization representing 49 First Nations in Northern Ontario and Matawa First Nations. Within their community, and as of January 31, 2020, they had 980 registered band members, 200 of whom reside on reserve.

The Ginoogaming First Nations Training Center offers programs in education, health and child care; offering educational programs to their students in municipalities such as: Greenstone (Quartier Longlac) at Our Lady of Fatima, Marjorie Mills Public School and Migizi Wazisin Elementary School. Secondary students also attend Geraldton Composite Secondary School (Geraldton Ward) and some of their students also attend Migizi Miigwanan Secondary School, some of their graduating students have gone on to post-secondary education.

Just recently, Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Longlac shared that the Ginoogaming First Nation Training Center in their community provided an excellent leadership opportunity for students.

On February 16, 2022, the GFNTC invited students interested in a leadership position within their organization to join them for dinner at the training center that day and take the opportunity to become the voice of young people as they sit on their new Ginoogaming First Nation Student Council.

During their stay, the students received nomination packages for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Director of Health and Director of Culture.

The school shared that the Ginoogaming First Nation Community Training Center provides an excellent leadership opportunity for students.

On February 16, 2022, they invite students interested in a leadership position with them, to join them for dinner at the Training Center at 4 p.m.

Students who attend will have the opportunity to become the voice of youth by sitting on their new Ginoogaming First Nations Student Council.

They invite all interested students to come to dinner and learn more about the creation of this new student council.

This business was just one of the many ways Ginoogaming The First Nations Training Center demonstrates the work they do in their communities, not only encouraging students to become leaders, but also promoting their language, culture, traditions and history. .

Students in their community, through partnership with the Superior North Catholic District School Board and the Superior Greenstone District School Board, offered an after-school immersion program giving students of all ages the chance to learn Anishnaabemowin virtually. This program began on February 16, 2022 and gave enrolled students the opportunity to learn while interacting with others.

The partnership and relationship they have with their community and area schools is an important example of how promoting Indigenous language, culture, traditions and history is definitely a key objective for Ginoogaming First Nations Training Center.

This year the GFNTC reports that this year’s summer placement was at an all-time high according to Ginoogaming First Nations Employment Records. More than 40 percent of their young people are currently employed by them.

They continue to make it known that their main objective of having a Youth Council is to ensure that the young people of Ginoogaming First Nations have a unified voice within their community.

In its most recent newsletter, the GFNTC presented a “Message from the Board”, which included an update on many topics and provided an overview of the past year. Their Council shared some of these thoughts:

“Boozhoo! Health and greetings from the beautiful Ginoogaming First Nation. It has been almost a year and a half since COVID-19 began impacting all of our lives – we have had to stay home and refrain from gatherings that we know so well. Some of us have seen loved ones fall ill and sadly die from this virus. We are now overcoming the third wave of the pandemic and with vaccination clinics well advanced we hope that some of the restrictions we were submissive will rise slowly.”

“On behalf of our board, we would like to congratulate all of our graduates who have persevered to achieve your goals and we are very proud of your accomplishments. Our ancestors used arrows to survive and today education is another form of arrow because you will all be our future leaders who will take Ginoogaming further than where we are today, I feel very comfortable for the future because you are all doing what good leadership would do.

Milton S. Rodgers