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PHOTO: Alex checking gill net

His cabin now sits on land inside the Obabika River Park. Is he opposed to the park on his family land? "The land comes first,"  he answers. "I do not want ownership, just protection. If the park protects it, then I am not opposed."

You notice when you first meet him that Alex is different from most people. He is genuine, straightforward and disarming. Canoeist Chris Melanson met Alex in September 2000, while sitting in a canoe at the mouth of the Obabika River. He found himself immediately welcomed into their home. "It was as though they let us into their lives as old friends," he recounts.

Alex is a man of concise conversations, and when he speaks it is never frivolous. Alex has led many people to ancient pictographs and sacred sites, and into the old growth. He easily shares his personal history, aboriginal myths and the struggle for the land. "He taught me," says canoeist Alex Broadbent, "the importance of maintaining his language and culture in the face of change, brought on by others who do not understand this connection to the land."

Tours: Alex gives day-long tours of pictographs, sacred sites and old growth around Obabika Lake. 

How to book: Call in advance and ask about rates at (613) 454-5214. 

                                          September 9, 2001 UPDATED: December 8, 2011


Postcript: Mary Carol died suddenly in her home in 2002.

   Spirit Rock

Map Source: Alex Mathias, Alex Broadbent, Teme-Augama Anishnabai

Map: Misabi family territory in Temagami with Spirit Rock near Obabika











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