Eabametoong First Nation
“Small polar trees surround us, their leaves swish and flutter in the gentle breeze”
Boozhoo and welcome to Eabametoong; the reversing of the waterplace. Enjoy the freedom the land has to offer when you visit Eabametoong and witness the beautiful landscape as captured by Lakehead University emeritus Ruby Slipperjack. Untouched by major highways and where many traditional values and insights into the natural world have been retained, the closeness to nature and being out on the land is the most rewarding and satisfying experience one will ever encounter.
Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Elders are Indigenous persons who have certain gifts for working with community members. Each of these gifts, separately or together, is related to maintaining the holistic health of a community, and each of these gifts could be utilized in a ‘healing’ effort by Elders. At the same time, all Elders share qualities or characteristics which are recognized by the community as qualities or characteristics which the community may reference when bestowing Elder status on an individual.
When residents are completing their week-long rotations in a First Nations Community, they have the opportunity to meet with and learn from Elders in the community. These teaching sessions focus on cultural teachings and practices, traditional healing and medicine, ceremonies, and other topics which are guided by the Elders.
The Great White North
No place on earth has six seasons such as are experienced in Eabametoong where one looks forward to each successive season and where you can actively engage in the outdoors. Home of the “Bushtown Jets”, common winter activities include hockey, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skating, and snowmobiling. The water flow from Eabamet lake into the Albany River reverses each year, resulting from spring runoff water and with such vast expanses of water, swimming, canoeing, boating and fishing, are popular during the summer, as well as hiking and camping and of course hunting, fishing and trapping are practiced in all seasons.
“Honour the Sun, child. Just as it comes over the horizon, honour the Sun, that it may bless you, come another day…”