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ENFORCEMENT Onji-Akiing Fostering future protectors of the environment NimamainanAkiourmotherearthwashappythisweekasyouththrewdown their remotes and video games to partake in GLIFWCs camp Onji-Akiing which means from the earth.Youth from Michigan Wisconsin and Minnesota took to the woods at Nesbit Lake near Sidnaw Michigan during the fourth week in July. CampersareassignedtobeoneoffourclansrepresentingtheMedicineWheel and are cycled through activities every day. Day two of camp consisted of rice knocker construction fishing swimming beach activities canoeing and ricing simulation high ropes course and low ropes course and of course crafts. Every morningbeganwithagroupexerciseactivitybreakfastandthenmorningceremony. A few respected elders and community members roamed about the camp offering encouragement teaching a little Ojibwemowin along the way or instruct- ing in traditional crafts. It is our responsibility to share the knowledge we have. This camp is a good place to do that says Roger Labine a cultural advisor from Lac Vieux Desert. Thecampitselfwasstartedin1938bytheCivilianConservationCorpsCCC and is previously known as Camp Nesbit. Within the last ten years GLIFWC and the Forest Service have partnered to run and operate the camp every summer for tribal youth and youth with Native American ancestry. GLIFWC wardens and various staff along with Forest Service experts teach courses on fishing archery ricing hiking canoe safety and many other outdoor skills. Unlike other youth camps Onji-Akiing is heavily focused on introducing youth to Anishinaabe cultural practices and language. Youth come from all back- grounds and regions and the camp serves as a resource for students to learn about Anishinaabehistorymanoominwildricefishingandotherformsofsubsistence that are important to the Anishinaabe lifeway. The camp isnt just about one summer of fun and friendship making its also about opening future doors and opportunities. On Wednesday natural resources professionals from various agencies hosted a career fair for all the students. Stu- dents were encouraged to ask questions pertaining to every career for chances to win prizes. Once a camper reaches high school and has displayed maturity students can apply to become junior counselors and return to camp in a different capacity. Maranda Maulson a current camp counselor and college sophomore at Northern Michigan University speaks about her experiences with camp. I went to college becauseofthiscamp.ItexposedmetodifferentprofessionalsandstafffromNorthern Michigan University. Recently Maranda traveled to Washington D.C as a camp representative. She speaks of her experience We are the fish in the bucket and we should want to jump out of this bucket and share our culture with the world. The assimilation era has done severe damage to Anishinaabe language and identity. Many schools nowadays have a hard time broaching the subject of Native American history. However youth and adults are standing up and finding methods for revitalization. It was truly refreshing to see so many youth inquisitive and willing to learn about the environment and why it has always been so important to Anishinaabe people. Chi miigwech to all staff volunteers and participants in this years Camp Onji-Akiing. Part of catching fish is cleaning them. Camper Edmund Williams Lac Vieux Desert watches as Mike McKenzie demonstrates the art of filleting fish. GLIFWC Executive Administrator James Zorn and Wayne LaBine Voigt Intertribal Task Force representative from SokaogonMole Lake talk to campers about careers in natural resources during the camps Natural Resource Career Fair. By Dylan Jennings Staff Writer It was hands-on activities at the table manned by GLIFWCs Great Lakes Fishery Biologist Bill Mattes. Matt Allen Lac du Flambeau got a taste of a lampreys suction power and now knows why they are so lethal to Lake Superiors lake trout. Steve Perry cultural teacher and Little River elder led sessions on cultural crafts. Above he assists camper Zoie Thiery Keweenaw Bay Indian Community with a project. Campers at the table are from the left Autumn Dakota Cherokee and Koresa Newago Red Cliff. Photos by Dylan Jennings MAZINAIGAN PAGE 14 FALL 2015