Naicatchewenin chief eyes cultural resurrection

By Mike Stimpson  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A 14,700-square-foot culture and learning centre will give Naicatchewenin First Nation some much needed tools for a cultural resurrection, Chief Wayne Smith says. A $2-million Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation grant for construction of the facility was announced last week. The accompanying news release quoted Smith speaking of a “resurrection” in Naicatchewenin. “Resurrection basically means because we’ve lost a lot of these cultural and traditional teachings,” Smith explained in an interview this week. “We lost our language. It’s always been our goal to bring it back up and revive what we once had.” How did so much get lost? Well, Smith said, that’s complicated. But residential schools and the “’60s Scoop” are part of the story of how First Nations such as his…

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