Pikwakanagan First Nation
Ron Bernard accepted the 2012 Directors Award on behalf of Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin (OP) – The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, and the community of Pikwàkanagàn. It recognizes Elder Dorothy Commanda, Irwin Sarazin, Linda Sarazin and Chief Robert Whiteduck, who contributed to the development of Discover the Spirits of the Little Bonnechere – A Cultural Heritage Activity Book for Youth, published in 1996.
As well, the contributions of various Pikwakanagan community members including Ron Bernard, who over that past 15 years have joined us on several archaeological excavations along the Little Bonnechere River. Linda Sarazin was a key player in our Adventures in Time partnership, presenting time-travel vacation packages to visiting media and tourists.
Throughout 2011, a significant contingent of Pikwàkanagàn community members contributed to the development of our Footprints in Time (FIT) trails enhancement project featuring the natural and cultural heritage of the Ottawa Valley. Participants included Bonnie Commanda, Elsie Commanda, Noreen Kruzich, Ron Bernard, Michele Gervais and Aimee Bailey.
For almost two decades, the Friends and the community of Pikwàkanagàn have walked a path of sharing the stories of the first peoples who lived along the Bonnechere River.