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jiimaancanoe jiimego by canoe ENFORCEMENT Youth travels to GenI Youth Conference in DCBy Maranda Maulson For Mazinaigan Washington DCMy name is Maranda Maul- son.Iam18yearsoldasophomoreatNorthernMichi- gan University and proud to be NativeAmerican. This JulyIwashonoredtobeselectedtoattendthefirstever White House Tribal Youth Gathering also known as GenIGenerationIndigenouswhereover1000tribal youth from all over the U.S. gathered in Washington D.C. In fact there were 1075 in attendance To be considered for this gathering I vowed to complete a 30-day challenge in which I was active as a leader and a facilitator of positive change in a Native American community for one month. By doing this I guess you could say I am now officially a change agent. My project focused on getting youth to open the door and venture out into the woods getting reacquainted with our plant and animal relatives. I believe this is important so we can find ourselves and protect our culture a significant amount of which has been lost in the past. I believe that GLIFWCs Onji-Akiing From the Earth cultural summer camp program helps do just this so I traveled and talked to kids about attending this unique experience. I brought some of the hands-on traditional learning to schools to let them see what the Onji-Akiing program is like and how it helps connect us to our culture and make us aware of how to practice our treaty rights. I even traveled to the University of Michigan to share with their Native youth weekend camp which was super neat. TheGenIYouthGatheringwasatremendouslearn- ing experience and in a way kind of a culture shock. It was crazy to think that I was chosen to attend this conference. At the conference I met many cool tribal youth from different tribes heard a talk from the first Native American astronaut who flew into space and even had the honor of meeting the First Lady Michelle Obama. She was very cool and told us that we have the power to bring back the power. She admitted that the U.S. government hasnt treated us at all well and even said that past administrations in trying to destroy us made it illegal to be us. She also said that this has stopped now and that although the solution might not be solved with the Obama administration it would certainly start there. It was very uplifting and rewarding to hear acknowledgment of what was done to our ancestors in the past and what we can bring to our future. Instead of other people deciding what is best for us like it has been for so long it will be we that decide what is best for us now. Also we broke into work group sessions where we as youth change agents held talking circles on climate change natural resources health care and planning leadership and wellnesssuicide. I enjoyed my break-out session on natural resources where I could promote Onji-Akiing and the importance of the outdoors because that is who we are. This whole experience was an incredible oppor- tunity and I encourage all youth to get involved in promoting healthy changes in their communities. As one youth said at the conference If the adults are not making the changes necessary for our com- munity then we need to take over. This is what I plan to do and I challenge all tribal youth to stand up as well. Maranda Maulson at the GenI Youth Gathering. photo by Heather Naigus Canoomin Project emphasizes safety respect for manoomin GLIFWCs Canoomin Safety Projects goal is to develop a safety protocolformanoominikewildricing particularly handling a canoe safely. The project is supported through a grant to GLIFWCs Enforcement Division from the Marshfield Clinic. The grant includes presenting the canoe safety programtoatleastfourreservationsand developing a safety brochure accord- ing to Heather Naigus GLIFWC LEs Outreach Officer. In preparation for developing the safetyprotocolprogramteammembers took an American Canoe Association canoe instructor certification course last June. Four GLIFWC officers a culturaladviser and one intern received certification following the course. After the course the officers worked with the wild rice cultural advisor to develop safety standards in wild ricing. According to Naigus this summer has providedseveralopportunitiestofurther develop the program including Lac du Flambeaus Enrichment Camp and Camp Onji-Akiing in Michigan. While limited time is spent in classroom-style instruction significant time is spent with hands-on on-water learning. Some of the points being covered include how to stand up in a jiimaan canoe how to turn how to Members of the Canoomin project team who have developed a safety protocol for ricing are pictured from left to right GLIFWC Warden Steve Amsler GLIFWC Warden Adam McGeshick Casper Bendixsen Marshfield Clinic GLIFWC Outreach Officer Heather Naigus Cultural Advisor Roger Labine Lac Vieux Desert GLIFWC Intern Erik Heiserman and GLIFWC Warden Lauren Touri. photo submitted Lac du Flambeau Enrichment Camp offers fun on the water LacduFlambeauWis.Thispast June officers from GLIFWCs Enforce- ment Division and myself the enforce- ment intern worked with youth from Lac du Flambeaus enrichment summer day camp program with activities such as archery fishing and canoe safety. During our canoe safety instruction we worked with various native youth with different levels of canoe experience and confidence. For some it was a new experience whileotherswhohadspentagooddealof time canoeing said that they didnt have anydefiningtechniques.Itwasrewarding to see pleased expressions in their faces as they learned skills that improved their turningspeedandabilitytoevenquietly advance sideways. By the end of the day many of the tandemgroupshadimprovedtheircanoe- ingabilitiesnoticeablyandallofthekids agreedtheyfeltmuchmoreconfidentout on the water. Another day brought the kids from Wisconsin to Pequaming Michigan whereGLIFWCofficerstookkidsbrook trout fishing. The hope for the day was to catch some brook trout and the Great Spirit blessed the water with lots of fish for every child. The kids had a blast catch- ing trout bluegill sunfish perch and bullhead with our top fisher being a girl who caught 13 in all. I would dare to say that quite a few fishermen and women were born that day. By Sue Erickson Staff Writer By Erik Heiserman GLIFWC Summer Intern Lac du Flambeau youth spent a day on the water improving their canoeing skills. photo by Heather Naigus See Canoomin page 20 Essential Ojibwemowin PAGE 15 MAZINAIGANFALL 2015