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JULY 28, 2015

Changing of the Seasons Gathering: September 12

The fifteenth annual Nishnabai ceremony to celebrate the changing of the seasons will be held September 12 to 13 on Obabika Lake.

The ceremony has been popular since started by Nishnabai elder Alex Mathias. He is the last Temagami First Nation member still living on his family's traditional territory.

The unique, non-commercial, remote event is held on a campground on Obabika in the spiritual shadow of Spirit Rock. It is open to aboriginals and non-aboriginals of all ages.

There will be traditional ceremonies, Ojibway stories, potluck feast, and hiking in the old-growth forest. The ceremonies emphasize the traditional importance of the forest.

Previous participants recalled the inclusiveness of the ceremonies and the closeness that developed among participants.

Participants camp for the weekend at campsites at the north end of Obabika Lake with most arriving in canoes by early Saturday morning. Earthroots is organizing a ride share from Toronto.

A minimum donation of $20 per adult is requested to help offset costs.

Contact Amber Ellis at Earthroots for more information: 416-599-0152 ext 11.

  BACKGROUND:   Alex Mathias

                          Spirit Rock

                         Obabika Lake access map 1  

                          Obabika Lake access map 2 

JULY 21, 2015


Downed trees on park portages, part 2

Parks reports the following have been cleared:

1. Kaa to Junction Lake

2. North Lady Evelyn River from park boundary to Gamble

3. Gamble to Smoothwater

4. Smoothwater to Scarecrow Lake

5. Liskeard Lumber and Gamble Lake roads to Chance landing

A crew assembled from across the ministry's Northeast Region made the quick response possible.

More work may be possible this summer, if the crew is available, to tackle:

1. Scarecrow to Sturgeon, and Ishpatina trail

2. Florence to Bluesucker

3. Sturgeon River

4. Bluesucker to Sturgeon via Solace

5. Maple Mt. trail

6. Trout Streams

7. Mendelssohn to Anvil

As Parks only has a two-person crew, creative work by Superintendent Kevin Pinkerton secured the crew despite MNR's bare-bones budget.

Several years ago, despite the commitment in the 2007 Crown Land Recreation Plan, the Crown land portage maintenance program was quietly slashed by MNR. Only Parks has the resources to clear portages in Temagami backcountry parks.

  BACKGROUND: Part 1  Part 3

  FORUM THREAD: Portages



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