message from the chiefs August, 2002
are pleased to bring greetings to all
the people in our communities, the staff,
and our friends and partners on the
occasion of the tenth anniversary of
would like to thank the Creator for
all He has given us and for watching,
guiding and protecting our organization
for the past ten years.
also acknowledge and thank our elders,
both those living and passed on. Their
lives and deeds have brought strength
and conviction to our work and their
determination sustains us through good
and bad times.
have much to look back on with pride
and a sense of accomplishment. We believe
that much of our success can be attributed
to one thing -- we have always remembered
who we are and where we have come from.
Our organization respects the values
of our people and makes them part of
everything we do: honour for the Creator
and His work, love and knowledge of
the land and its teaching, and the transmission
of our traditions through our languages.
These are the elements that have built
Keewaytinook Okimakanak. They are why
our organization is strong and effective.
is much to celebrate in ten years, much
progress in our communities, and growth
in the organization. We have worked
in partnership to bring the best we
can for the good of our communities.
But there is nothing better to celebrate
than our ability to remain true to our
beliefs and principles. With such a
foundation, we can face the future,
whatever it brings, with a strong faith
in the organization and its work