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Tl’azt’en and Binche move forward

Tl’azt’en Nation has agreed to continue to work towards the separation of Binche from the Tl’azt’en Nation. The Tl’azt’en Band chief and council sent a letter to The Courier saying they have agreed to move forward with the process of separation and continue to negotiate with the Binche Separation Committee. Josh Hallman, Tl’azt’en councillor and chair of the Binche Separation Committee confirmed he has had positive meetings with the band council and is encouraged they are willing to continue to move the process along. While Hallman had previously been protesting the lack of progress by not attending council meetings, he said he has once again begun to work with Tl’azt’en. Tl’azt’en said in their letter they are planning on moving forward with the negotiated terms of separation and have given a deadline of March 31, 2014. “Tl’azt’en Nation supports Binche in their separation and are committed to further discussions regarding the separation process and negotiations,” said the letter. Tl’azt’en was also holding elections this week, with voting to take place on Nov. 29. Look for election results soon.

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Concerns over misinformation on the Fas Gas purchase and pipelines Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Everything you read on Facebook is not true. Even small town Fort St. James is not immune to the issues of social media spreading incorrect information like wildfire as misinformation is reportedly being put out in the community via Facebook, according to Nak’azdli Chief Fred Sam. Sam said he is very concerned people are putting out the wrong information regarding some Nak’azdli Band chief and council decisions, leading to misunderstandings and frustration in the community. Specifically, in regards to the Nak’azdli Band purchase of what was the Fas Gas service station and an agreement with a pipeline company. The Nak’azdli Band has purchased the Fas Gas station on Stuart Drive, this much is true. The price of the purchase, however, is being incorrectly reported via Facebook, leading to attacks on chief and council, said Sam. The price being reported on Facebook is $400,000, and while Sam did not want to report the actual final figure for the purchase, he said $400,000 is far higher than what was in fact paid for the business. Sam said the purchase was made under the recommendation of the

Nak’azdli Development Corporation and they saw it as an opportunity to expand their businesses off of the reserve. While still deciding how the gas station will look when it reopens, Sam and Leonard Thomas said they are looking at different options and renovations will be taking place. The location will likely provide some form of food service, but it may not be a seated restaurant like what was in place. Nak’azdli is still working on a business plan for the location. “We need to think outside the box,” said Sam. As for pipelines, a story being linked on Facebook contains a significant error in Sam’s opinion, confusing an agreement Nak’azdli signed with a company regarding a proposed natural gas pipeline with an oil pipeline. The band signed on to become part of a First Nations limited partnership with Pacific Trails Pipeline of then PNG, now a project of Chevron/Apache. The pipeline would carry natural gas from Summit Lake to Kitimat, B.C.. The deal was reported in an article on West Coast Native News titled “B.C band councils that have sold out to Oil and Gas (sic)”. While the story goes on to describe the deal as being in relation to one particular natural gas pipeline, the headline and the listing of the bans which

Jeff Boschman of Fort St. James digs for the puck in front of the Smithers net during a scoring chance in Game six of the Omineca region Midget tournament on Nov. 24. Story Page 2. Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier

have signed this deal, gives some people the wrong idea, given the nature of the Facebook comments it has resulted in. For his part, Sam defends the signing of the deal, given the agreement was made regarding a natural gas pipeline, and never has Nak’azdli signed an agreement with a pipeline company in regards to oil or diluted bitumen. The deal was finalized in order to receive a signing bonus by signing on early and 15 First Nations have signed on, but Sam said there is is still no guarantee the project will move forward. Oddly enough, if the community is interested in pipeline information in regards to the band, very few have been coming out to information sessions the band has been holding through their pipeline office, said Sam. Currently, the band is looking at pipelines being proposed by Spectra and PNG and if anyone does have questions, they are encouraged to contact Angel Ransom, the community planner at 996-7115. “They shouldn’t believe things on Facebook,” said Sam. “People should go to the source.”

Heritage Christmas

The Christmas spirit will be alive and well in Fort St. James this year, as the Fort St. James National Historic Site once again will host a Heritage Christmas event. On Dec. 8, the park will come alive with a nativity play, the model train will return, free sleigh rides courtesy of the Silver Springs Country Recreation and Wellness, a live diorama, Christmas carollers and Overwaitea

providing free hot dogs and hot chocolate. The Friends of Fort St. James National Historic Site will be helping out, of course, and anyone is welcome to join the carollers, with a practice open to all on Tuesday, Dec. 3. at 6:30 p.m.. The historic site will again help bring history and Christmas to life. The last Heritage Christmas in the community was in 2010.

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District of Fort St. James Calendar December, 2013

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W T F S S M T W T F S 4 5 6 7 December 5th 1 from 2 Thursday 6-8pm 9-12pm Strong Start 12-3pm Strong Start 11 the 12 13 14 3 4 Centre, 5 6 190 7 8 Stuart 9 At Community Drive East 18 19 20 (Old 21 10 11 12Christian 13 14 15Church) 16 Victory 5:30pm 25 26 27 28 Your 17 18 19Taekwon-do 20Your 21 22 23 Town! Ideas! 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Refreshments will be served! 31

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1-4pm Heritage Christmas @ NHS 5:30pm Public Skating

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5:30pm Public Skating 7pm Evangelical Church Xmas Concert 12pm Free Community Meal @ Zion Chapel


5:30pm Taekwon-do

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Easter Monday (Australia & Canada)

12-3pm Strong Start 5:30pm Taekwon-do

5pm Taekwon-do

18 15 Tax Day

9-12pm Strong Start

4-7pm Strong Start

1pm Cancer Support Grp @ Sue’s 5pm Nak’albun Xmas Concert @ Kwah Hall

5pm Taekwon-do 1pm & 7pm David Hoy Xmas Concert

6:30pm Christmas Eve Eve - Christmas Carol Worship Service @ United Church

5:30pm Taekwon-do 7pm Sowchea Xmas Concert Xmas Hamper Delivery Day 8pm AA Mtg @ United Church

31 Workers Mourning Day 28 (Canada)

6pm New Year’s Family Dance @ Kwah Hall



Community Christmas Party & Fundraiser @ The Legion

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9-12pm Strong Start 7:15pm Public Skating

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CHRISTMAS DAY 26 21 @ Victory Christian 22 Earth Day 23 7pm 12-2pm Xmas Turkey Administrative Ctr (Old Sikh Temple) Dinner @ Anglican 7pm @ Anglican Church Professionals Day Church 7pm Candle Light Service 10am & 6pm Xmas @ Zion Chapel Day Service @ Catholic 10:30pm Midnight Mass Church @ Catholic Church

5:30pm Public Skating

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24 Arbor Day


25 Anzac Day (Australia)

7:15pm Public Skating

Community Christmas Party Fundraiser 30 For the Toy & Food Drive Saturday December 7th at the Legion

5:30pm Cocktails, 6:30pm Buffet Dinner, DJ & Dance! Tickets are $25 with $10 from each to Toy & Food Drive

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10-12pm Food Bank

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With good news recently for the community of progress being made in the horrific murder of Fribjon Bjornson, the community can relax a little in the hope there may be fewer violent individuals roaming freely in the community. However, there is still work to do. This work is being carried on by may in the community, including Fireweed Collective Society, which is helping to organize a walk and event on Dec. 6 to end violence against women as part of White Ribbon Day. As part of national events aimed at drawing attention to violence against women in commemoration of the L’Ecole Polytechnique massacre on Dec. 6, 1989 in Montreal when a lone gunman killed 14


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women and injured 10 more as well as injuring four men, the group will host a vigil and walk. The walk will begin at Spirit Square at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 and after a ceremony with drumming by Guy and Ruby Prince the group will walk down to Kwah Hall, then around via Kwah Road and Second Avenue West and back to Spirit Square. The local event will be aimed at draw- Drummers perform songs during the Missing Women Enquiry. File photo ing attention to some shops in Fort St. James at women, and in the local Lake near Vanderhoof on of the local cases of missing or murdered The Key Resource Cen- area alone, there is a long May 28, 2011. Loren Leslie was women and give families tre on Nov. 28 and Nov. list of missing or murfound murdered just in the area an opportuni- 29 to help people access dered women. Immaculate “Mack- south of Fort St. James in ty to honour their loved resources if they are being impacted by violence ie” Basil has been miss- November 2010, Cody ones. and for people to make ing since June 13, 2013. Legebokoff has been Workshops leading Destiny Rae Tom was charged with her murder. up to the walk will also banners for the walk. On Dec. 4 there will found beaten to death Barbara Joseph was help families access rebe a workshop in Tache outside a residence on killed and mutilated on sources. at Tl’azt’en Health. the Nautley First Nation the Nak’azdli Reserve There will be a workThere are families outside Fort Fraser on in September 2004. shop in Nadleh near Fraacross the community March 23, 2013. Her cousin Winchester ser Lake on Dec. 5. which have been impactMadison Scott went Thomas was convicted There were worked by violence against missing from Hogsback of manslaughter in the

case and sentenced to 12 years. Jacqueline Murdock, originally from Fort St. James, disappeared in Vancouver in 1997. Murdock’s DNA was later found on Robert Pickton’s farm. Emily Tom, Jeanette

Basil, Bonita Antoine, Mary Agatha Basil, Jina Joseph, Debra Joseph, Irene Pierre and Martina Johnny were also named by those at The Key Resource Centre for a workshop as being victims of violence from the area.



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FIrEwEED STOPPING ThE VIOlENCE & OUTrEaCh SErVICE For those who believe all is possible!...Provides free Confidential, Safe, and Supportive counselling and outreach services for women. Hours of Service: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and every other Friday. Location: Room 203, 349 Stuart Drive, Fort St James, BC Phone: (250) 9961214 Fax: (250) 996-7647 Email: *** ST PaTrICk’S aNGlICaN ChUrCh... hosts a free lunch every Tuesday from 11.00am - 1.00pm. All are welcome. This lunch is made possible through the generous giving of time and resources,by many people in the region, including The Roman Catholic Church, Camp Living Water, E-Free Church and many other individuals. We wish to thank all those who contribute their labour to this program as well as those who provide food and other necessities. We also run a small food bank on Tuesday morning, and are very thankful for all who contribute to this endeavor. For further information please call Gwen Andrews 567-6744. *** SErVICE TIMES... at St Patrick’s Anglican Church, Fort St James, will be 10:30 am every Sunday. Free lunch every Tues between 11-1pm with music and Prayer. Please come and join us. *** FIrEwEED ClOThES DrIVE... The Fireweed Safe Haven is doing a winter clothes drive. We are looking for jackets, boots, snow pants, mitts, hats, scarves, fleeces, etc, for men, women and children. The items will then be given to families in the community that need them. If you do not have anything at home that you can part with but still wish to contribute, you can purchase mitts, socks, or thermal underwear. Please drop items off at the Fireweed Safe Haven. For more information please contact Talia at (250) 996-8081.

Every little bit helps. *** aUxIlIary TO STUarT lakE hOSPITaL... Monthly meeting 2nd Wednesday each month. Hospital Cafeteria 7:00 p.m. *** FOrT ST. JaMES PUBlIC lIBrary hOUrS... Tuesday 11:30-8:00 Wednesday 11:30-4:30 Thursday 11:30-4:30 Friday 11:30-8:00 Saturday 11:00-3:00 *** NEChakO VallEy COMMUNITy SErVICES SOCIETy...Child and Youth Mental Health and Counseling Services available at no cost. Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call 9967645 for appointment. *** FOrT TraP aND haNDGUN ClUB... meets last Sunday of every month. Contact (Sue) at 250-9967728 (h) for more information. *** FOrT ST. JaMES SEarCh & rESCUE... steering committee meetings first Tuesday of every month. 7:00 p.m. above the Fort St. James Firehall. Training is the third Tuesday of every month at the Firehall at 7 p.m. New members welcome. For more information please contact Paul at 250.996.7478 or Rod at 250.996.7269 *** MUSIC MakErS...New members always WELCOME. Not everyone has to be on stage, there is lots of work behind the scenes. Call Heike Fonda at 250-996-7006 for more info. *** ThE ThrIFT STOrE...has a new name! “The Bargain Basement”. We are still at the same location, across from Shoppers Food Mart. Donations of clean clothing and small housewares are greatly appreciated. Please, no books or magazines. Proceeds are used for community needs. Open Wed-Sat, 12 noon to 4pm.



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If there is something you really want to see in the paper, a story or photo, we absolutely welcome contributions. However, if you want us to cover something for free, the one-person newsroom has to find time to do it, and there is a whole lot to do to make a newspaper every week and sometimes we won’t get to everything. If we don’t get to something you wanted covered, then you can write or photograph the event and contribute it and we’ll use it when we have space. Many hands make light work, so write in or take a photo and send it to us via: email. We love contributions! Unfortunately, the space in a newspaper is limited and determined by advertising, so if it doesn’t get in, it doesn’t mean we don’t think it’s important, and sometimes it might go in the Advertiser, which gets delivered to more even more places, as it is regional. Also, please also feel free to buy ad space. That is, if you want to be guaranteed to get something into the paper, then please purchase advertising space. If you are flexible or don’t have the money, then we will gladly fit things when we can, but again, space is limited and we can not afford to print pages not paid for by advertising - it’s the reality of how newspapers work, ads pay for them to exist. There is a lot going on in this little town, and it is hard to fit it all in or even to know about it all, and maybe some of the events truly close to your heart get left out at times. But you can help by covering those things and sending photos, written information or even inviting The Courier to the event - remember we can’t cover what we don’t know about. Some weeks there will not be room for everything, some weeks there will be too much room and not enough local information to fill it. Sometimes stories fall through. But we will do our best. Please do your best to understand and don’t expect the event you think is the most important one of the week did not make it in the paper when you wanted it to because we were already working on 10 other stories. Thanks for all your help!

Editor: Police documents sworn under oath show the RCMP is investigating allegations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust inside the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The behaviour reported to have taken place earlier this year at the highest levels of Stephen Harper’s government is deeply troubling. Far from being the work of a single rogue (i.e., PMO Chief of Staff Nigel Wright) acting all alone, a dozen or more people in the Prime Minister’s inner sanctum have been mentioned by police in an elaborate scheme to pay off the controversial expenses of Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, disrupt a forensic audit, whitewash an official Senate report – and cover it all up. Most of these people still work for the Harper government. Some have been promoted. The Prime Minister claims he knew nothing, saw nothing, was told nothing, asked nothing and did nothing as a grotesque “deception” (as he called it) was pulled off right under his nose by his most trusted confidantes. And he refuses to answer any specific questions about what went on and why. His strategy is to deflect, deny and obfuscate, which makes Canadians even more suspicious. In a particularly troubling portion of the police documents about a deal with Duffy, Mr. Wright is quoted as saying: “I do want to speak to the PM before everything is considered final”. A short while later his emails go on to say: “We are good to go from the PM”. What exactly does that mean? The Conservatives claim “good to go” meant Mr. Harper approved Duffy repaying his own expenses. But that seems nonsensical. Why would the Prime Minister have to approve that? This and so many other serious questions remain unanswered. That’s why we have called repeatedly for Mr. Harper to testify under oath. His government has lost its sense of right and wrong. Canadians deserve better. Ralph Goodale, MP Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

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Housing co-op elects board, expands mandate

Nov. 22 at just before one in cans. received a 9-1-1 call from a the morning, a male called to reInvestigation led to the under- residence on Lower Road on the Ruth Lloyd fill the needs as they change in the community. port an assault by another male standing the two men fighting Nak'azdli Reserve. Caledonia Courier The group will hold their next meeting on took place at his residence on were an uncle and a nephew and There was no voice on the Dec. 2 and plan on going after some seed fundLakeshore Drive. the fight was consensual and no phone, only breathing and then The group working on creating a co-op- ing to help them develop a business plan for the The complainant reported the further police action was taken. a man's voice asking where the erative housing project in Fort St. James has organization and they will also be incorporatsuspect was in his residence when Later on Nov. 23 at 7:21 p.m., phone was. elected their board. ing. he woke up, reportedly let in by a a report came in a house on the Police attended and found a Twenty-five members of the 116 member "It's been an interesting journey," said Valk roommate. lease properties at Binche had female caller had reportedly been group have taken the next step in the project, of the work they have done so far. The suspect then tried to punch been broken into. assaulted by her common law electing a board, establishing a misthe complainant and then trapped Complainant reported damage partner. sion statement, bringing forward the complainant in a headlock. to a screen door and a side exterior The man was arrested and re- some resolutions and beginning to The roommate witnessed the door was forced open. leased on a promise to appear and build a vision. altercation and told the suspect to A jacket was stolen, and later undertaking. The board will consist of Pete leave. recovered in another residence. Nov. 26 at 8:14 p.m. a male Valk as chair, Joyce Helweg as viceThe suspect reportedly was RCMP said they have no sus- reported another male in his resi- chair, Sandra Davidson as treasurer under the mistaken belief the pects but the case is still under dence was trying to stab and fight and Judy Greenaway as secretary. complainant had broken his win- investigation. Anyone with infor- with other people. Joan Beaman, Larry Taylor, and Jim dow. mation please contact the Fort St. The suspect then left the house. Wasylenko are also board members. While the suspect was not im- James RCMP or Crimstoppers. The complainant reported the So far, the group has resolved to remediately located, police did disNov. 24 at 9:19 p.m. police at- suspect and he had engaged in a strict membership to one member becover he was on probation with tended a residence on Stuart Drive consensual fight over a disagree- ing allowed to own up to a maximum conditions, however, the com- to where they believed a suspect ment about the cooking ability of of $20,000 in shares of the co-op. plainant did not want to proceed related to a series of break and en- the cook in the home. The mission statement is: To prowith charges and so the investiga- ters may be present. The suspect then reportedly vide quality, affordable housing in tion was ended. The male was reportedly grabbed a cooking knife and was the District of Fort St. James and the On Nov. 23 at 1:40 a.m., "grossly intoxicated" according waving it around. Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako RCMP were conducting a check to police, and in the presence of a The complainant did not want Area C. stop at the corner of Stone's Bay number of intoxicated persons. to pursue charges and the investiThe vision for the group is still beRoad and Stuart Drive. The suspect was arrested based gation was ended. ing developed, however, they are not A black Chevrolet Tahoe was on the information the police had Nov. 28 at 8:35 a.m., RCMP restricting themselves to only seniors pulled over and the driver report- obtained. attended a residence on Dogwood housing. edly exhibited signs of intoxicaFurther investigation led to to assist with a handgun. With ideals encompassing affordtion. the recovery of a wallet and yelThe complainant stated her ability and sustainability, they want to A roadside screening device low bag stolen from properties on friend had recently passed away keep the group open enough to help resulted in a fail reading. Binche. and she had the deceased person's follow and provide for the needs of The driver was given a 90-day The suspect was also on condi- revolver in her home, which she the area, said Pete Valk. roadside prohibition from driving tions to abstain from alcohol. was not comfortable with. A housing study recently comand the vehicle was impounded He has since been remanded The RCMP then took the pleted for the District of Fort St. James for 30 days. into custody and will appear in handgun for safe storage until they identifies seniors' housing is a major @saveca The driver was a Fort St. James court. can determine what will be done priority, so the group will still focus in resident. 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Fort St. James is being invaded - by Eurasian Collared Doves, that is. The foreign bird, originally from Asia, first landed in North America - via the Bahamas - somewhere in Florida, and the first recorded sighting of the animal was in Miami, Florida in 1982. Since then, the invader has wasted no time in making its way across the continent, with an apparent ability to adapt well to human-altered environments. Unlike other invasive species, however, so far the bird has not had any apparent impact on the native species of doves, but this will need to be watched over time to ensure there are not long-term implications of the invader. But while Canadian “snow birds” may be winging their way down to Florida via motorhomes, the Eurasian Collared Dove has been slowly winging its way north and westward over time, and appears to have managed to make it to Fort St. James. Biologist and local bird enthusiast Joanne Vinnedge said a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves was first spotted in 2011 at Tchentlo Lake, and successful nestlings were spotted in Fort St. James in 2012. Since then, she said she has had numer-

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A pair of Eurasian Collared Doves sit on a power line. ous queries from folks about these birds, which do not appear in older bird books, being relatively new to North America in general and especially the north. To get out and learn more and have a look for the rare sighting, you can join in with experienced, amateur and beginner birders for this year’s 34th Annual Fort St. James Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. The event begins each year at Joanne

The Fort St. James Community Arts Council (disclosure: I am a member) put on a big night of burlesque, beverages and beautiful music to help raise funds for the old courthouse. The event saw a sold-out crowd dress up in some of their best to listen to Mel Chesnutt sing with the help of Richard Sutton on guitar, Pauline Friessen on piano, and Olivia McMahon doing some backup vocals and some theatrical support. Then there was the Bottoms Up Barely Burlesque group from Quesnel, B.C.. The group was hilariously entertaining. Playful and charismatic, from comedy to sultry and sassy dancing, the show had more than one person commenting afterwards about sore facial muscles from laughter - not a bad problem to have. The event raised

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Vinnedge’s home and volunteer birders spread out in teams to record all the birds seen within a count circle, centred on the post office and cover a specific area. If this sounds like a little too much outdoor time at this particular time of year, there is also the option of doing a bird feeder count, or joining the birders for part of the day. For more

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around $1,000 towards the required renovations for the old courthouse building, which the arts council and other groups want to see turned into a non profit hub for the community. The arts council would like to be able to use the space for workshops and to store some of the equipment for arts and crafts, like the pottery wheels and kilns they now have in storage until there is a permanent location for them. The renovations needed to make the building usable include wiring for emergency lighting to meet fire code require- ABOVE: Mel Chesnutt sang some saucy songs ments for public to warm up the crowd for Bottoms Up Barely Burbuildings, new lesque. Photos are not allowed during the perforwindows, flooring mance, but to see some of what you missed, you and some electri- can have a look at: cal work to service categories/quesnel--2/shops/bottoms-up-barelythe kilns and pot- burlesque Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier tery wheels in the house is still open, The District of Fort space. A contest to re- and name suggestions St. James office on name the old court- can be dropped off at Stuart Drive.


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