Treaty 2 Territory- It isn’t everyday that 7 Eagles fly over to visit and grace a ceremony in our Nations; however that was the sight witnessed today in Pinaymootang First Nation. Eagles symbolize high honour, wisdom, power, trust, strength and freedom; they fly closest to God, our Creator and the beautiful spirts above. It isn’t
Treaty 2 Territory- It isn’t everyday that 7 Eagles fly over to visit and grace a ceremony in our Nations; however that was the sight witnessed today in Pinaymootang First Nation. Eagles symbolize high honour, wisdom, power, trust, strength and freedom; they fly closest to God, our Creator and the beautiful spirts above.
It isn’t surprising that the beautiful sacred birds visited Pinaymootang; for the Nation represents so much as does the Eagle. 151 Years ago, Chief Richard Woodhouse was present when Treaty 2 was made in Manitoba House. Already 151 Years ago, Pinaymootang was a Nation of strength, persistence and triumph.
Almost 151 Years to the day that Treaty 2 was made (on August 21st, 1871) the citizens of Pinaymootang came together and broke ground for the development of their brand new Recreation Center.
Dubbed with the name “Pinaymootang First Nation Activity Center”; the facility will be 7500 Square Feet. It will house a 1930 square foot Activity Area, Multi Purpose Room is 2362 square feet. The building will also include a Workout Gym, a vestibule, kitchen, coat room, janitor’s room, storage rooms, 2 offices, mechanical room, 3 wheelchair accessible washrooms, and showers.
During today’s ceremony, Ogiimaa (Chief) Kurvis Anderson along with Councillors Barry Anderson, Councilor Brian Sanderson, Councilor John Sanderson, Councillor Clay Sinclair, Councillor Blair Thompson, Councillor Darlene Letandre (regrets) shared words of excitement, and reminded the Nation of their commitment to the Youth, and the Abinoonjiaag.
Ogiimaa Anderson stated that the work being done for the youth doesn’t stop with the recreation center, but that progress continues as they work as an interagency team to expand on programs and services for Youth.
The Pinaymootang Recreation Center will be located behind the conference centre and hotel. It will host a variety of programming including gym nights and drop in. The building is adjacent to their ball diamonds, volleyball courts, and outdoor skating rink.
And, as if today wasn’t exciting enough for the people of Pinaymootang, today was also the very first ball game in their newly built ball diamonds.
We commend the leadership of Pinaymootang, Pinaymootang Health Center, Anishinaabe CFS, and Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre on their consistent collaborative efforts toward Youth Recreation and Sport.
Closing remarks and Prayer from Pastor Robert McLean mentioned “We are a Christian community, but the recreation centre will be for everyone of all beliefs”. As with our Treaty 2 Territory Government Odaminoang Onakonehkewin (Sports & Rec Circle) there should be no barriers when it comes to sport, recreation, and arts.
Today’s outdoor ceremony was followed by a feast at the Pinaymootang Conference Centre just foot steps from the sod that was dug into to break ground. The Pinaymootang Recreation Center is set to be complete by summer 2023.
Miigwech for having Moccasin Trail News onsite to be a part of this incredible ceremony. We look forward to the progress, and the ribbon cutting next summer.
Stay safe. God Bless.
Contributed By: Marlene Davis – Keeper, Moccasin Trail News