June 2012

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JUNE 12, 2012                                                                                                               

Trask: missing person flyer update

The family released an updated flyer on Daniel Trask, missing since November. Please be on the look out for him, particularly in the Diamond Lake area.

    FLYER:   Daniel Trask


Photo: Sturgeon River logging bridge, June 2012

JUNE 11, 2012   Logging bridge under construction over the upper Sturgeon River at the Gervais Road landing. This was the site of the former Hamlow Lake Road bridge.

The new access will allow clear cutting on the east side of the river between Regan and Selkirk lakes in an island of unprotected forest between Sturgeon River and Solace parks and a conservation reserve.

Even though this is a park, existence of the previous bridge, according to MNR, creates a permanent road easement once a logging road, always a logging road. (This immortality does not extend to portages or ancient nastawgan.)

Use of the bridge will be restricted to logging traffic, however, a shallow ford allows four-wheel-drive vehicles to cross and use roads on the east side.

Note how low the water is under the bridge for this time of year.



JUNE 11, 2012                                                                                                               

Wolf Lake portage revived

A revived portage into Wolf Lake adds to the restoration of Temagami's ancient nastawgan and improves canoe-route access to this popular lake.

Traveling between Wolf and Laundry lakes meant a brutal climb over the top of Wolf Lake Ridge along a logging road. This was a modern work-around to the lost aboriginal portage. Last year the old trail was found and this spring restored.

The new gateway to the Marjorie canoe route eliminates cresting the ridge and the walk on the road. And is shorter. First Nation people, who created the nastawgan, always found the best overland route.

    MAP:   Wolf-Laundry portage


JUNE 8, 2012                                                                                                               

Changing of the Seasons Gathering: September 15

The twelveth annual Nishnabai ceremony to celebrate the changing of the seasons will be held September 15 to 16 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, sweat lodge, 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.

Contributions are sought for Saturday's potluck.

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

  BACKGROUND:   Alex Mathias

                          Spirit Rock

                          Obabika Lake access maps 

  GATHERING PHOTOS:   2002   2004   2005   2006   2008 




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