Kasabonika Celebrates KCDC Anniversary

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Thirty-third Anniversary of Kasabonika Community Development Corporation
Thirty-third Anniversary of Kasabonika Community Development Corporation
Kasabonika First Nation community feast preparation
Kasabonika First Nation community feast preparation

KASABONKIKA LAKE First Nation – The community of Kasabonika came out today to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Kasabonika Community Development Corporation, as well as Chief Eno Anderson’s birthday today.

Thirty-third Anniversary of Kasabonika Community Development Corporation
Thirty-third Anniversary of Kasabonika Community Development Corporation

KCDC was formed to establish and develop opportunity for Kasabonika First Nation.

The community has seen success in the creation and growth of their hotel, community restaurant, a small community owned store, as well as shareholder investment in the Landmark Inn in Thunder Bay and an ownership stake in Wasaya Airways.

Lounge at Kasabonika Hotel
Lounge at Kasabonika Hotel

Five of the community members who formed the original board of directors who formed KCDC were honoured today at a community celebration and feast.

Kasabonika Lake First Nation is located 448 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout, Ontario and along the Asheweig River. For much of the year, the only way into the community is by air. During the winter, there is access by winter road.

Youth in Kasabonika are a key to the community's future
Youth in Kasabonika are a key to the community’s future

The community is looking to further boost economic opportunities. Chief Eno H. Anderson is looking toward several projects that will provide youth in the community with employment and positive futures.

On July 2nd, at a community feast which came as a part of the Canada Day weekend events, the community recognized the people who formed their economic development corporation. Today there were games for the youth and a time for community members to gather and enjoy the day.

Irene Semple received recognition and a hearty Meegwetch for her efforts at KCDC
Irene Semple received recognition and a hearty Meegwetch for her efforts at KCDC
Head Councillor receives thanks from Kasabonika
Head Councillor Josie Anderson receives thanks from Kasabonika
Fred Anderson receives thanks from Kasabonika
Fred Anderson receives thanks from Kasabonika

One of the goals for Chief Eno H. Anderson is to make the community more self-supporting. To that end the KCDC is an important component of that success. So too is the vision of community leaders.

Kasabonika Airport
Kasabonika Airport

One of the focal points for the community is a growing dependence on aircraft. On Sunday there were several aircraft landing at the airstrip in Kasabonika. One a Wasaya cargo flight brought in lumber for the ongoing housing developments in the community. The other, a Kasper Airways flight, brought in supplies for the community store as well as passengers.

Kasper Air Quest Kodiak 100 at Kasabonika - Part of the airline's training efforts
Kasper Air Quest Kodiak 100 at Kasabonika – Part of the airline’s training efforts

Kasabonika is looking toward the future, as climate change is impacting the access to the community in the winter. This past winter road season didn’t last long enough to bring in the needed supplies that it did only a decade earlier.

This change is fueling change in northern Aviation. Recently an Airbus C295W did a test flight into Kasabonika to demonstrate the large aircraft’s ability to fly into northern communities.

Most remote Ontario First Nation communities are dependant on diesel powered generators for electricity
Most remote Ontario First Nation communities are dependant on diesel powered generators for electricity

One of the big issues in Kasabonika as well as other northern communities is power generation. While there are several wind turbines in the community, the bulk of the electrical power is produced by diesel generators.

Moving forward while recognizing the importance of the past is key in Kasabonika. On July 2nd, that was the message, along with a lot of fun and smiles.

James Murray

Kasabonika First Nation Chief Eno H. Anderson
Kasabonika First Nation Chief Eno H. Anderson
Kasabonika Community Feast - Fried Chicken
Kasabonika Community Feast – Fried Chicken
Wind Turbines in Kasabonika First Nation
Wind Turbines in Kasabonika First Nation
Future Kasabonika / NetNewsLedger Video Reporters working on a story
Future Kasabonika / NetNewsLedger Video Reporters working on a story
Youth in Kasabonika enjoying some games at the Community Feast
Youth in Kasabonika enjoying some games at the Community Feast
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