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Moose Cree First Nation officially opened an office this week to provide services to its members living in Timmins.
The office, located at 36 Birch St. S., is the same building where Muskegowuk Council had its Timmins office until relocating a few years ago to Cedar Street South.
Moose Cree is headquartered in Moose Factory though Chief Mervin Cheechoo, youth councillor Isaiah Moore and Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Allison Linklater all spoke at the opening about the importance of the community’s presence in Timmins.
“Our goal has been to connect with those on the outside, because I know a lot of you feel disconnected,” said Cheechoo, who spoke about how the council is looking at ways to keep their members connected, despite distances from their home community.
“This could be a hub here, connecting with the city and connecting with other organizations here.”
The office will serve Moose Cree members in Timmins as a gateway to access services. It will include child and family services, communications, administration, lands and resources, and resource protection services.
Ontario Power Generation and Kirkland Lake Gold are among the building’s tenants.
Linklater spoke of the pride she felt for the new office.
“We’re very proud of Moose Cree Nation for opening their office and creating a presence for their members and the support that is well needed for members in all urban areas.,” she said.
Moore recalled coming to Timmins when he was six years old and said he’s felt disconnected growing up.
“This office, it’s going to strengthen us together,” he said.
Moore was acclaimed to his role as youth councillor in June and is looking to increase youth services in Moose Factory and in Timmins in the future.
Cheechoo also thanked the staff in the office, recognizing the work that went into the event, and getting things going.
“We, Chief and council, we’re grateful for you guys, because we make decisions at the council table, but it’s you guys that carry it out,” he said.
Representatives from the Omushkego Six Seasons Youth Program were also present and offered congratulations on the new office.
Cheechoo said he was disappointed the City of Timmins did not have a representative at the official opening.
“We invited the City of Timmins also, but they weren’t able to make it,” said Cheechoo. “It’s a little disappointing, being in the city and not sending a representative.”
Amanda Rabski-McColl writes for Timmins Today. Her reporting is funded by the federal government’s Local Journalism Initiative.
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