OPP Officers Learn To Cook Traditional Dishes

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(WEAGAMOW LAKE, ON) – Last week, Sgt. Steven HAIST and P/C Marc LAUZON from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Deployment Program, had a tea with Naomi and Don CHIKANE.

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They are in charge of the Family and Well-Being (FWB) Program on the North Caribou Lake First Nation Territory. Their goal is to make sure that the community is still rooted within the original Oji-Cree traditions by cooking traditional dishes and catching fish with long nets.

The officers were invited to learn how to prepare walleye eggs and pemmican using traditional methods. They also learned to remove feathers from geese and how to smoke fish (walleye, sucker and whitefish). The community elders appreciated the warmth of the officers.

P/C GOULET expressed that “working in North Caribou Lake is an amazing experience. The local community members are friendly and inviting. P/C ACERO and I have participated in nightly volleyball at the school, and enjoyed bannock, pemmican and tea at the CHIKANE’s, and games of cards, as well as handing out goodies to the children at the radio station. We have met some great people and I would be pleased to be posted here again.”

P/C LAUZON expressed he had a wonderful time within the community and hope to come back this fall.

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P/C ACERO also expressed; “this is my third time being deployed to North Caribou and there is a reason why I keep submitting my name to return. The people are so friendly and welcoming and it is a pleasure to work within the Community.”

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