Monika Ille is a member of the Abenaki First Nation of Odanak in Quebec. She serves as chief executive officer of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, or APTN, and has had a 25-year career in the media industry.
A recent graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal executive MBA, she wrote her final paper on Indigenous women’s leadership identity, a subject she thinks about daily in her role as the leader of a national network that highlights stories made by and for Indigenous peoples.
The exceptional context of the COVID-19 pandemic is creating complex situations for First Nations communities, particularly for people struggling with addiction issues.
The special benefit service for addiction treatment will be exceptionally open to all First Nations members living in communities and requiring urgent treatment. This opening of the benefit ends on March 31, 2021.
Expanded component: For the accommodation costs for First Nations living in community within the framework of a stay in an addiction residential resource.
– Any Indigenous person living in a community with proof of residence.
Are not eligible for the Special Benefit – Expanded Component for Addiction Treatment of Indigenous Services Canada:
– Indigenous people who are not permanently residing on a community.
For more information, you can contact the Odanak Health Centre at 450.568.6766.
The announcement of cases of COVID-19 in the community of Odanak may cause some confusion as to the instructions to be followed according to each person’s condition. Therefore, we would like to remind you of the rules issued by the Public Health:
The Abenaki Council of Odanak expects all residents of the community to respect the guidelines that apply to their situation.
If you are a direct witness to a situation where you know that a person who has been in direct contact with a person who has COVID-19 or is awaiting a test or test result is not following the rules that apply to their situation, you can contact public safety by calling 911 or by reporting it as a private message on the Corps de police des Abénakis Facebook page.
We are proud to announce that the Awikhiganigamikok Library has won the “Coup de cœur des maires – Edition 2020” contest and was awarded a $500 gift certificate to be used in a bookstore in our region.
Many thanks to Florence Benedict, Councillor, for her participation, and to Kyle Dufresne for his novel, without whom the library would not have had the chance to be a recipient of this award.
The Abenakis wish to emphasize their firm opposition to any movement of cultural appropriation by self-proclaimed groups or individuals.
Proud of their rich cultural heritage, the members of the W8banaki Nation have always shown great openness in sharing their culture, traditions and rituals with Canadians, including Quebecers. However, this openness has unfortunately led to cases of cultural appropriation. Indeed, rich in the knowledge transmitted by members of the W8banaki Nation, a growing number of self-proclaimed individuals are claiming to belong to the W8banaki Nation, claiming to be their descendants for various purposes.
Allies and collaborators of the Nation
The Abenakis are the sole guardians of their culture. Although they are open to creating cultural ties with non-native collaborators, the integrity of these ties remains essential. Thus, under no circumstances is it permitted for a collaborator to instrumentalize his or her link with the Nation in order to take advantage of it.
Collaboration with Sylvain Rivard
Having collaborated with Sylvain Rivard for several years, notably within the framework of the activities of the Musée des Abénakis, the Nation wishes to specify that it does not recognize in any way his claims regarding Abenaki descendants. Thus, no forum should be offered to him as a cultural representative of the First Nations. No Wabanaki institution, including the Musée des Abénakis, will collaborate with Mr. Rivard on future projects. Over time, Mr. Rivard has been able to build a profitable cultural credit with the Abenakis, and this, despite all identity recognition. The Nation denounces such an approach and hopes that this denunciation will serve as an example to discourage any other person claiming to belong to the Nation.
About the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki
The Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki, founded in 1979, is a Tribal Council regrouping the Abenaki communities of Odanak and Wôlinak. Its first mission is defined in three key elements: representation, development and administration.
As part of the Campaign Promoting School Retention and Educational Success, Puamun Meshkenu invite students to participate in the creation of a collective work, for and by Indigenous students: Anthology: A Collective Project.
This work will bring together the drawings, texts and comics of the students who have been selected to be part of this major project. This book will be made available free on their website at the end of the school year.
We want to know what makes them proud of going to school or what inspires them to be persistent.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?
Print the following three templates and return your artwork by December 1, 2020 :