Day 4 – Friday

13 October 2017

*Pick up from hotel at 7:00am
*Pick up from Nipissing University 7:15am

Dokis First Nation Banner

Dokis First Nation is a community located on the boundaries that separate the Districts of Parry Sound, Sudbury and Nipissing, approximately 16 kilometers South-West of Lake Nipissing on the French River. The community is accessed by a 25 kilometer gravel road from Highway 64 leading to the two nearest urban centers of North Bay, via Highway 17 and Sudbury via Highway 69. Both centers are approximately 120 kilometers from the community. The First Nation lands are composed of two large islands which are nestled within the flows of the historical French River. The main settlement or community is located on the northern island called “Okikendawt Island” (meaning Island of the Buckets/Pails). The name is derived from several bucket formations in the rock due to centuries of water flows to these areas. The buckets were often utilized for tobacco offerings for safe passage through the territory. The second island is a large Southern Peninsula which is generally utilized for traditional purposes such as hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. Many locals have private hunt and fishing camps throughout this First Nation territory. In total, the First Nation land base is in excess of 39,000 acres.

Time Event
7:00-9:00am Drive to Dokis First Nation
9:00-9:30am Elders’ Welcome: Danette Restoule
Dokis Community Complex
9:30-10:30am Chair: Katrina Srigley
Wendy Makoons Geniusz: “Nookomis Giizhik, Nimisenh, Miina’ig, Ingijibinaa: Working with Plants and Trees to Open Lines of Communication”
10:30-11:00am Break
11:00-12:30pm Chair: Dan Walters
Randy Restoule, Dokis First Nation: “Indigenous Connection to the Land: Conflict between Traditional Knowledge and Lands Use Mapping Processes”
Carly Dokis and Paige Restoule: “A World Covered in Stories”
Jeff Dech and Norm Dokis: “Logging, fire, and beavers: the story of environmental and cultural change on Dokis First Nation as told by traditional knowledge and tree-rings”
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:30pm Workshop:
Stephanie Pyne: “The Lake Huron Treaty Atlas”
2:30-3:30pm Medicine walk (Break)
3:30-4:30pm Chair: Jeff Dech
Chris Duvall: “What traditions and whose histories? Misuses of precedent to justify medicinal cannabis and other plant substances”
Marianne Ignace and Ron Ignace: “Secwepemc Concepts and Laws of Reciprocal Accountability with Sentient Beings on the Land”
5:00-5:30pm Guided Reflection and Discussion: Cindy Peltier
5:30-7:30pm Drive to North Bay, *snack provided
7:30pm Dinner on own Downtown