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February 26, 2019

By Robert Lavallee – Community Developer Blog Post for January 21-25

Aniin – Boozhoo – to all the members in the Treaty 2 Territory! So far I have visited Ashkowananing, Skownan First Nation – where I grew up. I had the privilege to grow up with my grandfather, nimishomis Carl Gabriel who was Ogiimaakaan of Skownan First Nation in 1964-65.

As a direct descendant, I am honored to be part of the Treaty 2 Territory and its beautiful people. I am humbled to do this work with each and every one of you. As I travel throughout the territory I am reminded of the beauty that surrounds us. The land, the water and resources.

Deana Catcheway speaking at the Land, Water & Resource Council Meeting in Skownan First Nation. January 21, 2019.

The First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory staff all attended the Land, Water and Resource Council meeting in Skownan First Nation on January 21st. At the meeting we learned about the changes to the Navigable Waters Act and also heard from people like Deana Catcheway who spoke about how she is connected to the land.

Community Members Governance Special Presentation in Skownan First Nation. January 21, 2019

The above photo was taken at the new hall in Skownan First Nation. Members of the First Nation heard from Rarikowitz at a Community Members Governance Special Presentation.

Ken Catcheway, Councilor Skownan First Nation. January 21, 2019.

Skownan First Nation has always been known for participating in community meetings and it this one was very well attended by members of the council, elders and youth.

Elder Marybert Catcheway enjoying tea listening to Rarikowitz in Skownan First Nation. January 21, 2019
Elder Camille Catcheway asking question of Rarikowitz at Skownan First Nation. January 21, 2019.
Community Members of Skownan First Nation after the Special Presentation. January 21, 2019.
Treaty 2 Territory staff met with Chief Sinclair and Council at the Government Building in Dauphin, Manitoba. January 22, 2019.
I was surprised with a cake from my colleagues at Treaty 2 on my birthday. January 22, 2019.
Chief Sinclair and Council holding up the Treaty 2 Flag at the Lake St. Martin First Nation office in Winnipeg. January 24, 2019.

Grand Chief Eugune Eastman at the Council of Chiefs meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba. January 25, 2019.

I hope that you get a good glimpse of what I have been up to in the first three weeks as a Community Developer for the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory. Stay tuned as I upload more blogs for you. If you would like to make a suggestion about what I should feature in my blog please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at or by cell at 204-621-7070. Miigwech!

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