Treaty 2 Territory – Eagle Island along the western shores of Lake Manitoba is the local beach for those in Kakakwekejeong also known as Ebb and Flow First Nation. Eagle Island was once a place of sacred ceremonies including Sundance by late ceremonial leader Roderick Levasseur. It the 80’s, the beach was a popular destination
Treaty 2 Territory – Eagle Island along the western shores of Lake Manitoba is the local beach for those in Kakakwekejeong also known as Ebb and Flow First Nation. Eagle Island was once a place of sacred ceremonies including Sundance by late ceremonial leader Roderick Levasseur. It the 80’s, the beach was a popular destination for families as it was maintained by the late Pete Baptiste. For the past 3 decades, the beach was left unmaintained and dormant. High grass, bush and weeds took over the area and it was seldom used. Until…….the Covid-19 Pandemic hit.
Throughout the summers of 2020, and 2021 – a dedicated group of helpers from Ebb & Flow worked tirelessly morning until night to restore and revitalize Eagle Island. I wish I had the names of all those involved, but I need to give credit to former education director Arlene Mousseau for taking a lead and making Eagle Island what it is today.
This week, Eagle Island known to locals as “The Beach” was the site of so much more than just swimming. Youth athletes from 9 out 12 Nations with the Treaty 2 Territory Government made it to the island for the 1st ever Treaty 2 Territory Summer Games.
Athletes representing the Nations of Dauphin River, Ebb and Flow, Lake Manitoba, Lake St. Martin, Little Saskatchewan, Minegoziibe Anishinabe, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi, Pinaymootang, and Skownan were in attendance and on the rosters for the games.
Teams were comprised with athletes from different Nations which allowed youth to get to know one another, and join efforts in healthy, fun, and exciting competition. The different sports included Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Golf, Horseshoes, and Long Distance Track.
Mother Nature blessed the athletes with beautiful sunshiny weather and often a nice breeze off the lake.
Local Caterers served athletes and volunteers meals throughout the duration of the tournament while a couple of local vendors were on site.
The Summer Games were planned and hosted by the Ebb & Flow Sports Circle; a dedicated group of volunteers committed from day 1 to ensure the athletes felt welcomed, safe, and allowed to play the sports they enjoy while engaging with other Nations. Our Treaty 2 Territory Government provided support throughout the games, and sponsored the Summer Games financially. T2T Sports and Rec Keeper, Craig Beaulieu sat with the Sports Circle, empowered them and encouraged the group to take the lead. They did an incredible job and the Games wouldn’t have been as successful if not for this dedicated group.
For us, it was about seeing the kids play. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing our young people out there enjoying themselves, being their best, trying their best, and meeting new friends.
As the games came to a close, it was bittersweet to see athletes pack up and leave with their medals. Every single athlete left a winner and we hope they have memories and friendships to last a life time.
For now, the empty basketball court, and empty Volleyball pit sit in the stillness of the island. Not for long though, next week Kakakwekejeong hosts it’s Annual Treaty Celebrations, and families will once again pack the island to watch all of the sporting events planned.
Eagle Island is a place for sport, a place for swimming, and a place of solitude. Miigwech to all those who visited and spent time with us in Ebb and Flow. Baa maa pii, gigaawaa-baamin miin-waa.
Miigwech giigindaman. Stay well.
Contributed By: Marlene Davis, Nation and Economic Development Helper