Posted on August 24, 2017
Wow, another 2 years has gone by and we are coming to the end of our term in office. I want to thank all Red Rock Indian Band members for the opportunity to serve you as Chief, and looking forward to another term.
Although this was my first year as Chief, it was also my sixth term on Council. Being Chief was a great learning and challenging experience. However, I enjoyed the challenge and with the help and great team work of all the Council, we moved forward. I firmly believe that there was no such this as status quo with our Council and we moved ahead on all our endeavours.
I would also like to thank all of our staff, who I’ve enjoyed working with. You are all a hard working and committed group. Keep up the good work!
Although we’ve had a good 2 years, we have some unfinished business to complete. For example, the Chalet Lodge. Although it took so long to get the ATR (addition to reserve) completed, it is now done and we have secured funding to continue the refurbishing of the Lodge and six cabins. We have started the process to have natural gas piped to the reserve, which will result in huge savings to all band homes and to all of our offices and other buildings. We are still moving forward with the Ruby Lake Marble Quarry, which will also have a polishing and finishing process right on Lake Helen Reserve. This will employ upwards of twenty-five (25) men and women full time. With the purchase of the Gas Bar there are opportunities to extend it to groceries and even a Dairy Queen to start. The Woodlands Operation has secured a minimum of five (5) year contract with Resolute Forest Products to supply a minimum of one hundred and sixty thousand (160,000) cubic metres of fiber per year. Resolute has agreed to pay up front, the yearly management fees to LNFMI, who are the SFL holders on the Lake Nipigon Forest.
Although we did not complete the work on the long-term care, it is still a priority to have our elders cared for at home, on Lake Helen. We will continue to push for this and a Kidney Dialysis Centre.
There is so much more to mention but the success is evident in most of the people working and a very good financial review.
I am proud to put my name forward again for re-election on September 9, 2017. I am fully committed to continue to fight for our Treaty and Inherent Rights. I will continue, with the Council to push for the improvement of our community on the issues of Education and Training of our people in all walks of life. We will work on more housing and most of all we will push for better health care and benefits for all of our Band Members, both on and off reserve. We will fight for our people, not only for now, but for generations to come.
Once again, I thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your Chief and I am looking forward to another term to continue to improve our way of life for all Red Rock Indian Band Members, complete the unfinished business, and start on new endeavours.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Chief Edward Wawia