Resolute is proud to support the newly formed Foundation Nikanik Nit Ici Matcan benefiting children up to five years of age from Quebec’s three Atikamekw First Nations communities: Manawan, Wemotaciand Obedjiwan. Resolute has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the community of Obedjiwan since 1999 through the Opitciwan joint-venture sawmill. The Atikamekw Council of Obedjiwan has a 55% interest in the joint venture, while Resolute owns 45%.
The Foundation Nikanik Nit Ici Matcan, whose name translates into ‘I am walking towards my future,’ will help Atikamekw children, providing educational initiatives, professional services and family support. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining the Atikamekw language and culture, and on adapting services for children with special needs. The Foundation expects to work closely with the bandcouncils of the three communities as well as with local health, social,education, and other public services.
During a launch event on November 29, Resolute pledged C$25,000 to support the work of the Foundation. Several chiefs and elected representatives attended the event, including Christian Awashish, Chief of the Atikamekw Council of Obedjiwan; Constant Awashish, Grand Chief of the Atikamekw Nation and member of the Foundation’s Board; Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador; and Sylvie D’Amours, Quebec Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs. Several of the dignitaries spoke to the importance of enabling children to reach their full potential.
Resolute’s support for the Foundation Nikanik Nit Ici Matcanrepresents an opportunity to give back to the Atikamekw communities and to contribute to its strong, sustainable future.