Episode Two / Takastepanichikewin Nisho
N’BIISING (NIPISSING) FIRST NATION
We’re now on our way to the community of N’Biising, Ojibway Territory. Knowledge Keeper, Perry McLeod, and a group of local youth are going to teach us how to setup a teepee by ourselves, and we have to learn how to traditionally sing and drum for the very first time. We’re a bit nervous, but here we go.
Meet the Elder
Elder Name: Perry McLeod
What is you favorite outdoor activity? Harvesting wild game for our wild food bank at Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre in Sudbury where I work (Director of Traditional Programming) and picking natural medicine for our Traditional Program.
Who’s your role model/hero? My Dad (Ben McLeod).. And I hope to be my kids hero some day.
Words to live by/favorite traditional teaching? When it comes to doing ceremony (and most things really). “If it is done in a good way.. It is the right way!”
Nipissing First Nation was one of fourteen First Nations to opt out of the land management sections of the Indian Act by implementing it’s own Nbisiing Nation Land Code.
First Nation Name
Nipissing First Nation
Nipissing First Nation is located on the north shore of Lake Nipissing between the Municipality of West Nipissing (Town of Sturgeon Falls), Ontario (to the West) and the City of North Bay, Ontario (to the East). Our reserve has several small settlements – Garden Village, Duchesnay, Yellek, Beaucage, Beaucage Subdivision, Meadowside, Jocko Point Subdivision, Veterans’ Lane.
Google Map Link
2,221 registered band members (892 on reserve)