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Ginoogaming band member profiled in Wawatay News


Rocky Shore Development Corporation’s Adolph Rasevych, left, accepted the Development
Corporation of the Year award Oct. 21 during the 19th Annual Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Business Awards
FEBRUARY 18. 2010 — From CN to creating MOUs
Ginoogaming’s Adolph Rasevych has been working to develop his community’s future since retiring from Canadian National in 1993.“I came to Longlac to retire,” said the president and project developer with Ginoogaming’s Rocky Shore Development Corporation, explaining his chief encouraged him to work for the community after he retired with 37 years of experience at CN to develop a partnership agreement for the Longlac sawmill. “Now we have four partnership agreements.”

Rasevych described the four partnerships his community has developed over the past few years during the Matawa First Nations Mineral Exploration Mining Symposium: the Longlac sawmill, which is scheduled to start up in May 2010 after closing down a couple of years ago due to the forest industry slowdown, a wind-power project, a mining project and a waterpower project.
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Ginoogaming Partners with KII for Longlac Forestry Project

Ginoogaming First Nation is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Kenogami Industries Incorporated (KII). KII is a partnership between Rocky Shore Development Corporation of Ginoogaming First Nation, Boreal Resource Industries a group of private interests composed of former Longlac Wood Industries workers and other forest industry representatives and Greenstone Development Ltd., the economic development arm of the Municipality of Greenstone.

Recently KII announced that they have purchased the assets of Kruger Industries in the community of Longlac that operated as Longlac Wood Industries. Chief Celia Echum is pleased that the project will allow Ginoogaming with an excellent economic opportunity needed for the people of GInoogaming. KII Vice- President Adolph Rasevych added, “The expected provision of jobs for the community will be welcomed and much needed duri ng these hard times of recession”.

This is a unique partnership that came together with the goal of maintaining the former Kruger site and seeking other interests to create jobs and economic activity with value-added products and any other forestry related opportunities.

The Board of KII is comprised of equal numbers of each of the partners. “This was an opportunity we could not resist”, said Greenstone Mayor Michael Power who is the President of the Board of KII. KII Secretary-Treasurer Andre Blanchard of Boreal Resource Industries said, “ We at BRI are excited at the prospects of new jobs being created in the area”.
Kruger Industries was very supportive of this initiative and facilitated the transfer of the land, buildings, equipment and legacy wood assets to KII. This will allow KII to seek interested investors going forward.


Rocky Shore Development Corporation was awarded the Development Corporation of the Year award at the 19th annual Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Business Awards for developing, implementing and operating a number of projects for the Ginoogaming band.

“We’d like to get the Longlac sawmill going,” said Adolph Rasevych, president of Rocky Shore Development Corporation. “The jobs will be there, the mill will be there for the next 30 years.”

Rocky Shore Development Corporation is also involved in an exploration project with Premier Gold Mines Limited, a gold/mineral search on its traditional territory and the Ginoogaming wind turbine project.

Rocky Shore was formed by Ginoogaming to operate as a federal corporation under Corporations Canada to develop, implement and operate projects for the band.  One of RSDC’s mandate is to secure economic development opportunities that will substantiate the creation of new full time permanent jobs and through the revenue sector assist the band towards self sufficiency.


GFN Band Members learn prospecting and staking claims


Members of Ginoogaming First Nation were invited to learn the basics of Prospecting and Staking from Septemer 21st to the 24th. The 4 day course was presented by Peter Moses, First Nation Minerals Information Officer, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. (Thunder Bay)

The course is delivered by a lecture and powerpoint presentation, a workshop identifying rocks and minerals as well as hands-on staking a mining claim. Topics included: mineral and rock identification, tectonics, mineral deposits, acquiring mineral land, exploratory techniques and staking a claim to name a few.

A Certificate of Participation was given to each participant upon completion of the course.