Open house highlights Wikwemikong community services

The Mide Kaaning, also known as Environmental Abandonment Remediation, booth had everyone in great good humour at the Wikwemikong community services open house held last week. photo by Michael Erskine

WIKWEMIKONG—The Thunderdome arena in Wikwemikong was a bustling hive of activity this past Friday, June 3 as community members availed themselves of the opportunity to learn more about the many services being provided to the community by band and other community resources. More than 32 booths lined the sides of the arena, packed with pamphlets and brochures detailing the goods and services on offer, and dozens of fun games offered up the opportunity to win some cool swag while taking in the information.

“In the past we held the open house in the offices spread out across the community,” noted Chief Duke Peltier. “We gave people passports to get stamped at each location. This time we decided to try gathering everyone together under one roof.”

The strategy appeared to be an outstanding success as the building teemed with people of all ages.

“I am not completely sure,” admitted organizer Ron Manitowabi when asked how many booths were set up. “There are at least 32 that I know of, but we left it open for anybody who wanted to set up.”

One of the most popular events was a trivia game show focussed on Wikwemikong band services held later in the afternoon. Helpful hints for the contestants from the audience members were encouraged and those watching were very enthusiastic in their suggestions (if not always completely on the money to the hilarity of all). With each correct answer, contestants would amble over to the correct booth to collect their prizes.

As an added bonus, plenty of door prizes comprising golf packages and even full family cycling packages (complete with bicycles) were available to be won.